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With 200,000-Plus Outstanding Ballots, Georgia Remains in Nail-Biting Play

first_img“If we don’t get there, but we get the number so small that then there’s no question of who actually the winner is, I think that will be really helpful, really remove a lot of those questions that people might have,” Mr. Raffensperger said. In a news conference Wednesday morning, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said that the largest number of outstanding ballots, more than 70,000, was from Fulton County, which includes most of Atlanta and is a reliable Democratic stronghold. About 50,000 ballots were from DeKalb County, a Democratic-leaning area that also includes part of Atlanta.Roughly 7,000 ballots were from Forsyth County, which voted heavily for Mr. Trump in 2016.Mr. Raffensperger, a Republican and supporter of Mr. Trump, said he would pressure county officials in the state to complete its tally on Wednesday. But if a full vote count could not be finished, he added, he hoped that the number of uncounted ballots would be significantly reduced by the end of the day.- Advertisement – The fact that so many ballots remained uncounted came as little surprise. Voters were allowed to deposit absentee ballots in county drop boxes until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The process of counting them is labor-intensive, involving manually removing ballots from envelopes and, in some cases, subjecting them to human review.But there were also unwelcome surprises, most notably a pipe that burst Tuesday morning in State Farm Arena, the stadium where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball and where Fulton County was tabulating votes. The plumbing failure, announced by county officials late Tuesday night, delayed the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Threadneedle moves £110m PUT offshore

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German farm locked down after 174 workers contract COVID-19

first_imgTopics : Some 500 workers are in quarantine on a large Bavarian farm to contain a mass coronavirus outbreak, German officials said Sunday, as they announced free COVID-19 tests for worried local residents.A total of 174 seasonal workers have tested positive for the virus since Friday, Werner Bumeder, the district administrator of Dingolfing-Landau, told a press conference.Most of the seasonal employees come from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine, he said, and had been working in close proximity harvesting cucumbers at the farm in the municipality of Mamming. One of the infected employees has had to be hospitalized.Bavarian Health Minister Melanie Huml said authorities were taking the outbreak “very seriously” and were racing to track down anyone who came into contact with the workers in order to break the chain of infection.She said health officials would soon begin mass testing at other agricultural businesses in the region.Residents of Manning who wished to get tested will be able to do so for free, she added, stressing that this could be particularly important for anyone planning to go away on vacation.Germany has fared better than many of its neighbors in suppressing the virus, reporting just over 200,000 cases and 9,118 deaths to date, according to the Robert Koch Institute for disease control.But the country has also been hit by repeated coronavirus outbreaks at slaughterhouses, keeping authorities on high alert.Summer travel is another cause for concern, prompting Germany to announce free tests for holidaymakers returning from abroad.center_img He stressed that the cluster appeared to be limited to “a closed group of people” and had not yet spread to the wider population.The farm’s 480 employees and managers are all in lockdown on-site, with those who have tested negative staying in separate accommodation from those known to be infected.The farm itself has been closed off from the outside world with a security team monitoring the quarantine.Bumeder said the outbreak showed that the farm “did not consistently implement” hygiene regulations aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly virus.last_img read more

Willis Towers Watson: Germany needs new approach to longevity data

first_imgCredit: VolkswagenVolkswagen has so far opted against using its own bespoke mortality dataSome major German listed companies have gone down this route, but Borst added that there were strict regulations regarding individualised mortality tables.Evelyn Stoll, head of the occupational pension department at Volkswagen in Germany, said her company had so far rejected the idea of compiling its own mortality tables as it wanted to avoid the ”efforts of follow-up checks”.European longevity comparisonsBorst also presented a European comparison showing significant differences in longevity assumptions used for calculating pension liabilities.While Germany currently expects a 65-year-old male to live another 20 years under the latest Heubeck tables, Austria adjusted its mortality tables (AVÖ) last year to a 23-year life expectancy from the same age.In the Netherlands and Switzerland the estimate at age 65 is just over 22 years, and France expects these males to live for almost 25 years.Comparing these assumptions to OECD statistics and life-expectancy calculations shows Germany is closest to the international group’s estimate of 18 years.The widest gap can be seen in the French longevity tables as the OECD only expects a 65-year-old French male to continue to live another 19.4 years. Georg Thurnes, AonHowever, Borst pointed out that one of the major differences between the general population and people in occupational pension plans was the share of lower earners. In Germany, people covered by an occupational pension plan are more likely to be from the medium to higher-earner section of the population, she said.Speaking to IPE last year, Georg Thurnes, chief actuary and board member at Aon Hewitt Germany, said: “To apply the reduction to both higher and lower income earners in retirement will only be meaningful when a company’s staff mirrors a representative sample of the population.”Fixing broken tablesBorst proposed the introduction of individualised longevity calculations for larger companies as a way of bringing more accurate data to the second pillar.However, she said this was only feasible for companies employing several thousand people.“But it gives the companies a much clearer calculation of their liabilities – albeit it will most likely lead to increased liabilities,” she said. Speaking in Berlin earlier this month, Borst said: “The discount only works in companies that have a balanced workforce with both higher as well as lower earners.”  All other companies would have to be aware that the recent update to the mortality tables could lead to assumptions in their liability calculations that did not match the actual payments, she added.Borst warned that any update to the mortality assumptions based on currently available general data could only be a best estimate: “And best estimate means exactly that – it is not necessarily closer to the truth.”Heubeck uses data from the German first pillar system, as no data that might be more relevant for the second pillar is available.center_img Critics of the most recent update to Germany’s mortality tables have been proven right by Willis Towers Watson’s head of actuarial consulting in Germany, Hanne Borst.A general discount applied to mortality assumptions to account for “socio-economic factors” only fits certain companies, Borst said in a presentation at MCC’s annual occupational pension conference Zukunftsmarkt Altersvorsorge in Berlin. Last year, the updated tables – traditionally issued by the Heubeck consultancy – had resulted in additional liabilities of up to €10bn for Direktzusage pension plans, which are benefits paid directly from company balance sheets. Heubeck later admitted its data was “inconsistent”.Heubeck introduced the socio-economic factors to take into account the fact that people with a lower income tend to die earlier than those with higher incomes.last_img read more

Do You Have Unconditional Trust In Your Marriage?.

first_imgRecently, I wrote about the three layers of trust in relationships.  Since then I’ve been noticing how and when I trust people and situations, as well as how and whether others trust me in our interactions.  What I’ve noticed is that my own ability to trust runs deep, and that my deep trust is contagious.  It’s not universally contagious, but it has the potential to be.  This deep trust carries with it a strong sense of peace and well-being, as if all is right with the world, even when appearances seem to deny it. At dinner with a friend recently, we were discussing trust and settled on the term “unconditional trust.”  Dictionary definitions of trust link it with confidence, faith and belief.  Those four words can be interchangable in many cases, and they all boil down to being free of doubt.Looking through the lens of a romantic relationship, how can a person be free of doubt?  There are two ways to cultivate trust:  through experience and through choice.  The first is the easy way; when my partner proves to be repeatedly reliable, I learn to trust in his reliability.  However, when we’re learning important life lessons like trust, it’s usually not so easy.  I’m reminded of a poem (author unknown) that starts, “I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to overcome/I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve…”  I think trust is a lot like that.  We learn to trust through experiences that force us to learn how to trust.  We learn to trust by learning what not to trust.  And ultimately, we learn to trust by consciously choosing to trust.  Trust, faith, belief, and confidence are all choices we make.  There is no empirical evidence in faith.  Beliefs are things we make up in our minds; we choose to believe certain things.  And although there are people who mistake belief with truth, they are not the same thing.  Having confidence in someone or something is also a choice.  If faith, belief and confidence are choices, then so must be trust.My husband and I have been having this conversation for weeks now.  He’s not thrilled that I’m an exotic dancer, and on one level I understand and sympathize with that.  On the other hand, we have been consciously cultivating trust in our relationship for the past year or so.  He says things like, “It’s not you I don’t trust, it’s the men,” and “I’ll trust more when you stop dancing.”  Statements like that make me a little crazy because they’re conditional.  And trust, like peace, to be real, has to come from within (Ghandi).  To be real and sustaining, trust has to exist regardless of outside appearances.  My husband, if he really wants to learn the life lesson of trust, is going to have to make the decision to trust me.  On my part, I can help by being open, honest and transparent.  But I can’t pick and choose when to be those things, I have to be them consistently.  Last weekend this took us backwards a step.  I had to tell him that I’d really prefer not to be monogamous.  Now, I could have easily had an affair and hidden that from him, but that wouldn’t help him learn to trust.  On some level, no matter how well hidden, our romantic partner will energetically feel the betrayal.  I also could have kept my mouth shut, but that wouldn’t have been transparent or open.  What I did say is that although I’d prefer to be polyamorous, I’m choosing to stay with him even though it means monogamy.The other thing I can do to help my partner learn to trust is by modeling trust.  When I choose to trust something, whether it’s about him or something else, I say it.  I consistently remind him of ways that the universe is conspiring on our behalf. I have chosen to trust on such a level that even when I don’t understand or like something that’s happening, I always trust that it’s in my best and highest good.  In fact, I have a favorite saying, developed while we were separated and I often couldn’t see how this was unfolding in my best and highest good:  “It’s all good, I don’t care what it looks like.”  Well, it looks an awful lot like unconditional trust.When you make the decision to trust, and repeatedly choose to trust, you will eventually develop the empirical proof that you were right to trust- even if the proof doesn’t look like what you might have expected.  Yes, it would be easier if the proof came first.  However, I believe that trust learned by repeatedly choosing to trust in the face of uncertainty is one of the greatest gifts available to us.  It comes with a deep sense of peace and faith that is unshakable.  It’s mine, and nobody can take it from me… but I’ll gladly share it.By GalTime Romance Expert Johanna Lyman Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleRelationships Do You Have Unconditional Trust In Your Marriage?. by: – August 12, 2011 Sharecenter_img 118 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

DADP wants convention ratified

first_imgPhoto credit: Dominica Association of Persons Living with Disabilities Michael Murphy is intensifying calls for the Government to ratify the United Nation Convention on the rights of persons living with disabilities.President of the DAPD Michael Murphy says ratification of the convention will benefit the entire country, as not only persons with disabilities will benefit but everyone.“The number of persons on government welfare will be reduced, literacy rates will increase, persons with disabilities will be able to attend the cricket, some of us who have political aspirations may find ourselves in the parliament in the country,” he explained.According to Murphy, being disabled poses some challenges but it also comes with some capacity.“Most persons who have disabilities are very intelligent and they can do many things with precision…” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Share 23 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share LocalNews DADP wants convention ratified by: – July 13, 2011last_img read more

Fire officials avert fire at Social Security

first_img Share Smoke emanating from the roof of the Social Security building. Photo credit: Facebook profileFire officials have averted what could have been a major loss at the office of the Dominica Social Security on Monday due to a fire.While no official report has been given from the Fire Officials, unconfirmed reports indicate that the fire may have started in a room where a generator was housed.Dominica Vibes News can report that there weren’t any injuries; however the extent of damage caused by the fire is not clear at this point.We contacted fire officials however they were not prepared to give a statement on the incident just yet. We will provide further details as they become available.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 8 Views   no discussions LocalNews Fire officials avert fire at Social Security by: – June 11, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

Ivy Tech Community College Lawrenceburg Awards Scholarships to King and Queen of Versailles Pumpkin Show

first_imgVersailles, IN Ivy Tech Community College Lawrenceburg campus has awarded $1000 scholarships to both the King and Queen of the Versailles Pumpkin Show.   The 2019 festival kicked off Wednesday evening with the crowing of the King and Queen.  Sam Evans, from South Ripley, was crowned king and Jessica Starkey, from Milan, was crowned Queen. “Ivy Tech is honored to partner with the Versailles Lions Club to offer scholarships to these deserving young people,” commented Shakira Grubbs, Vice-Chancellor of Enrollment and Student Success for the Lawrenceburg campus.This year, the Versailles Pumpkin Show celebrates its 117th year.  It is organized by the volunteers of the Versailles Lions Club.last_img read more

Other Sports Khelo India 2019: Karnataka farmer’s daughter wins gold in under-21 weightlifting category

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Pune: Ending the tournament on a high, the Maharashtra Under-17 and Under-21 gymnastics teams walked away with the overall title in both categories by a comfortable margin ahead of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. In all, Maharashtra finished with 14 gold medals (U-17 five and U-21 nine), a media release said. The first day in the U-17 category was dominated by Uttar Pradesh. The rhythmic gymnastics all-around competition that followed saw Bavleen Kaur of Jammu and Kashmir steal the show. However, the final day of the U-17 category belonged to Maharashtra. It was the day of apparatus finals and the hosts won 17 medals which took their total to 21. Maharashtra topped the U-17 medal tally with 21 medals (Golds-5, Silver-7 and Bronze-9), followed by Uttar Pradesh with 10 medals and West Bengal with four (G-4). The story of the Under- 21 category was similar.               On the first day, Maharashtra secured three medals. The women’s artistic all-round competition was won by West Bengal, while the rhythmic gymnastics (IAAC) section was won by Aditee Dandekar, another Maharashtra gymnast. Maharashtra took the U-21 championship with a total of 18 medals (Golds-9, Silver-6, Bronze-3). West Bengal finished second with 11 medals while Uttar Pradesh was third with six. Read More | Host Maharashtra dominate Khelo India Youth Games Maharashtra gymnastics team head coach Mahendra Babhulkar credited the strong performance to the fact that they had the opportunity to practice at the host complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi days before the event. Many of his young gymnasts have been training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centre in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Babhulkar said having a SAI training centre in the state makes a huge difference to his gymnasts as facilities and equipment are very good.Read More |  Khelo India 2019: 10-year-old shooter becomes youngest gold winnerAkshata Basvani Kamati of Karnataka has won a gold medal in the under-21 age 71 kg category in weightlifting at the Khelo India Youth Games. Kamati, the daughter of a farmer, initially seemed nowhere in the running for the gold. She heaved a modest 73 kg in the snatch and then failed twice at 76 kg, while her main rivals — fellow Karnataka lifter Lavanya Rai (79) and PH Roshni of Arunachal Pradesh with 77 — built a handy lead. Stung by that reverse, Kamati opened with a successful attempt at 100 kg in clean & jerk and then improved it to 103 kg before failing at 107 kg in the next two attempts. Her rivals were nowhere close with Rai managing 95 kg, but failing at 98 kg, which, had it been successful, could have given Rai the gold.Rai’s attempt in snatch, Kamati’s attempt in clean & jerk and the total were all new records for junior women. The two Karnataka girls were clearly the pick and with totals of 176 kg by Kamati and 174 kg by Rai, they were way ahead of third place holder Roshni (167 kg), a media release said Monday.        Kamati comes from Halaga near Belgaum. Her tryst with the sport was a case of love at first sight, which happened while taking a stroll in a gym at the Sharda Girls High School back home. Once hooked, she represented her school at the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) competitions in Bellari, landing a gold medal in her maiden major tournament. There was no looking back after that.    Kamati credited her father for encouraging her towards the sport. “My father plays a very important role in my life. I have his unconditional support and he ensures that there are no hindrances of any kind in my sporting journey,” she was quoted as saying in the release. In 2014, Kamati began training at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru centre under coach Virpal Kaur.  “When I saw Akshata for the first time, I was sure that she was made for weightlifting. Her BMI (body mass index) is very suited to lifting. Her technique is special and it will take her to high levels,” said Kaur.   last_img read more