Tag: State

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Washington state again fails to live-track murder hornet

SEATTLE — Washington state officials said Monday they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the giant insects.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture said an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into a forest.

The hornet was captured Oct. 5 and kept alive with strawberry jam, which she seemed to enjoy, said Sven Spichiger, a department entomologist.

Scientists then tied a tracking device onto her body and released her two days later onto an apple tree. They lost track of her after she went through some blackberry bushes, though officials believe the tracker was still attached at the time of its last signal.

“This one was a lot feistier,” Spichiger said.

A total of 18 hornets have been found in the state since they were first seen last year near the U.S.-Canadian border, the agriculture department said.

Officials earlier in the month reported trying to glue a radio tag to another live hornet so they could follow it back to its nest, but the glue did not dry fast enough. The radio tag fell off and the hornet ultimately could not fly.

The Asian giant hornet — the world’s largest at 2 inches — can decimate entire hives of honeybees and deliver painful stings to humans. Farmers in the northwestern United States depend on those honey bees to pollinate many crops, including raspberries and blueberries.

Despite their nickname, the hornets kill at most a few dozen people a year in Asia, and experts say it is probably far less. Hornets, wasps and bees typically found in the United States kill an average of 62 people a year, the Centers for Disease Control and

09
Oct
2020
Posted in website

After voter registration website debacle, state extends deadline

Florida’s secretary of state issued a directive Tuesday to reopen the state’s voter registration window until 7 p.m. to register.



a person standing in front of a sign: A voter exits the polling precinct after casting their ballot in Florida's primary election at Precinct 321 on Aug. 18, 2020 in Tampa, Fla.


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A voter exits the polling precinct after casting their ballot in Florida’s primary election at Precinct 321 on Aug. 18, 2020 in Tampa, Fla.

The decision came hours after voters across the state encountered problems with the registration website, registertovoteflorida.gov, as the clock ticked toward the initial deadline on Monday.

“We are working with local Supervisors of Elections and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to ensure that all eligible registrants have the ability to submit a voter registration application by 7:00 pm this evening,” Secretary of State Laurel Lee said in a public notice released Tuesday afternoon.

According to Lee, the website was inundated with over a million requests per hour in the final hours before the midnight deadline.

“We will work with our state and federal law-enforcement partners to ensure this was not a deliberate act against the voting process,” she added.

MORE: Supreme Court reinstates South Carolina witness requirement for absentee ballots

Just before 6 p.m. Monday, Lee announced on Twitter that the website’s functions had been restored and that a “high volume” of visitors caused delays for about 15 minutes.

Hours after that announcement, however, the website was still giving people fits.

Destinee Morin, a recent high school graduate from St. Cloud, who is already registered, spent much of Monday unsuccessfully refreshing the website in an attempt to help register two friends, both of them teenagers and would-be first-time voters.

MORE: 2020 Election: Voter registration deadlines for each state

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07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Sony Change PS5 Trophies, Microsoft Touts The Series X, & Bungie Reveals Destiny 2: Beyond Light Exotics | Save State

In this video, Persia talks about a since-deleted blurb from a French PlayStation Blog post that mentions a trophy tracking system coming to the PS5 along with additional updates coming to the PS4 this week. This means you’ll now know your exact progress for individual trophies for compatible PS5 games. Other trophy system changes include an update to icons and the level cap being upped to 999. Current trophy levels will scale to a comparable level after the update and will not impact any trophies you’ve already earned.

Persia also talks about Microsoft poking fun at Sony after its teardown video, because you’ll have to do a bit of adjusting to turn the console on its side. A cheeky tweet from Xbox showed how you can simply rotate the Series X onto its side because of its box shape.

Lastly, Persia talks about some of the Exotic weapons and gear that were revealed for Destiny 2: Beyond Light. The Cloudstrike, Lament, Dawn Chorus, and Icefall Mantel are just a few of the new items featured, and they all have their own special effects that benefit their respective classes.

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05
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Computer Outage Causing Voter Registration Disruptions With Pa. Department Of State

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With less than a month to go before the general election, a computer problem is causing issues for Pennsylvania voters.

According to the state, this outage began late Saturday.

The outage is impacting multiple state agencies including the Department of State, which oversees voting and election materials.

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State says this is due to an issue with contractors equipment, and there’s no evidence of malicious interference. All its data is backed up.

Many of the Department of State’s election-related and professional licensing services are affected, including online voter registration and the online application for mail in ballots.

The state’s Secretary of Administration says they are working around the clock to get this problem solved.

What you can do during this outage is download the paper voter registration, mail in ballot applications, and other election related forms and applications.

Links to more information can be found at the following locations:

You can also call the state’s toll-free voter hotline to have applications mailed to you.

The state says that counties will still be able to process registrations, mail-in ballots, absentee ballot applications, and ballots with alternative processes.

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04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Business leaders call for urgent reforms as global economy faces its ‘worst state in a century’

  • On Monday, business leaders under the Business Twenty group made 22 policy recommendations for the G-20 group.
  • Each recommendation fell into three key areas: empowering people, safeguarding the planet and shaping new frontiers.



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Top business leaders say the global economy is facing its worst crisis in a hundred years, and “downside risks remain elevated” unless urgent reforms are enacted during the G-20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia in November.

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“The global economy is in its worst state in a century,” warned Yousef Al-Benyan, chairman of Business Twenty (B20), a group made up of high-level CEOs from around the world. “The challenging opportunity is to build back better, with real urgency required from policymakers and business leaders,” he added.

Business Twenty is an engagement group that seeks to represent the voice of the global business community across all member states and economic sectors in the Group of 20.

The group is urging G-20 leaders to undertake “bold and broad based” policy action to put the post-pandemic economic recovery on a stronger, more stable growth path. It said trade tensions, policy uncertainty, geopolitical strains and building financial vulnerabilities were key risks to the outlook, as societies and economies navigate the crippling impact of the coronavirus.

“As the economic recovery evolves over the next couple of years, downside risks remain elevated,” Al-Benyan said, raising concern about low productivity growth and rising inequalities. 

“Business has its share of responsibilities to honor and a substantial role to play in building back an economy that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable,” he added.

Saudi Arabia will be the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to host a G-20 summit. The event brings together the leaders of the largest economies of the world to address financial