For the first time in state history, more Californians are expected to vote by mail in the November election than actually go to the polls because of the growing popularity of absentee ballots. Once the domain of overseas travelers and homebound seniors, absentee voting has been made easier by changes in state laws, and busy residents have jumped at the chance to save time and still have their voices heard. “As we all get more and more hectic lives, absentee is a very attractive way to vote,” said Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Two decades ago, only 9 percent of general-election voting was done by absentee ballot. By last year’s special election, absentee voting was up to 40percent, and in the June primary nearly 47 percent of votes cast were absentee. “We can expect the November general election will have even higher numbers requesting, and subsequently casting, absentee ballots throughout the state,” Secretary of State Bruce McPherson wrote last week. But experts warn that the trend has made campaigns longer and more expensive, and it has raised concerns about privacy and security. “The old adage used to be: Just campaign in the last 10 days, because nobody paid attention,” said Allan Hoffenblum, a political analyst who publishes the California Target Book analyzing state elections. “They now start well over 30 days out, because they know a lot of voters start at least a month before the election. It’s changed the tactics.” Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation, said that while the boom in absentee ballots makes it more convenient to vote – and thus may boost turnout – it also has an isolating effect. “In California, we don’t have a lot of civic rituals as it is,” Alexander said. “Voting at your polling place is one of the few civic rituals millions of Californians engage in. I think it would be a mistake to take that experience away.” Advocates say absentee ballots allow voters more time to think through their choices, and that is particularly critical on a ballot such as the one for Nov. 7, calling for many voters to make more than 30 choices. Still, analysts say absentee voting also raises the question of whether someone is pressured by others in the household to vote a certain way when filling out a ballot at home, rather than voting at a polling place where the ballot is truly secret. Voting by mail also depends on the U.S. Postal Service, and McPherson recently expressed concerns about such costs this year. Big ballots In at least 15 counties, McPherson said, the ballot is so big that it will take 63 cents, rather than a standard 39-cent stamp, to mail it. And that has McPherson concerned that voters will use insufficient postage and their ballots will be kicked back to them. McPherson has asked the Postal Service to work with county election officials to ensure that heavier ballots with insufficient postage are delivered on time. The issue is not affecting Los Angeles County because its InkaVote system creates a smaller ballot, said county Registrar Conny McCormack. Los Angeles County also has traditionally had a lower absentee-voting level than other counties. In the June primary, 30 percent of L.A. County voters mailed in their votes, compared with more than 55 percent in Contra Costa and Orange counties. A permanent thing Those counties also have encouraged residents to sign up as permanent absentee voters so they are automatically mailed absentee ballots every election. “Some counties have done that, and they believe it makes their processing easier,” McCormack said. “That wouldn’t be the case here. “If we had 30 or 40 percent of our voters (permanent) absentee that would mean we’d be mailing out 2 million ballots. And getting 2 million ballots ready to mail out by Election Day would be extremely difficult. “If we had to, we would do it, but it’s very expensive.” “And you have to set up polling places anyway. So it really becomes running two elections.” Some experts trace the first big acknowledgment of the value of absentee voting to the 1982 governor’s race between George Deukmejian and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. During that battle, some media outlets used exit polls and early returns to declare Bradley the winner Election Day. But Republicans had made a big push on absentee ballots that year and the final results gave the win to Deukmejian. So now election campaigns must essentially run two campaigns. Campaign managers know they now need to reach voters earlier with advertising while also continuing the traditional last-minute blitz for the smaller universe of voters who turn out on Election Day. And political consultant Bill Carrick said many absentee voters also wait until the last minute to cast their ballots. “It drives the campaigns crazy, because they know people have gotten the ballot and they haven’t voted,” said Carrick, who is working with the Phil Angelides gubernatorial campaign. “Is that ballot filled out, sitting in an outbox for three weeks, while people wait to send it at the last minute? Or is that ballot unfilled out and the voter truly undecided? Those are the kinds of questions that give campaign managers gray hair and high blood pressure.” firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6723 How to vote Early voting: Touch-screen voting in Los Angeles County will run Oct. 25 through Nov. 3 at more than a dozen sites. Locally, touch-screen locations are open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Mid-Valley Library, 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills, or the North County Fire Training Center, 42110 6th St. West, Lancaster. For a complete list of locations, see www.lavote.net. Absentee: A request for an absentee ballot must be received by an election official no later than Oct. 31 for the Nov. 7 election. Absentee ballots can be requested online at www.lavote.net or by writing or visiting the Registrar-Recorder’s Office, 12400 Imperial Highway, Room 3002, Norwalk. For more information, call (562) 466-1323 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Source: Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office Absentee ballot use in California General elections, Ballots cast, Percentage absentee 1962 5.9 million 2.6 1970 6.6 million 3.1 1980 8.8 million 6.3 1990 7.9 million 18.4 2000 11.1 million 24.5 2005* 8 million 40 *Special statewide election Source: California Secretary of State’s Office160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The survey, conducted in November and December by the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch and market research company Markinor, involved 3 000 face-to-face interviews of people across the country, conducted in six of SA’s 11 official languages.The lead researcher for World Values Survey SA, Dr Hennie Kotze, attributed the results to the positive socio-economic trends South Africa had experienced over the last five years.The survey also found that South Africans’ confidence in state institutions had increased by 11% over the previous survey – although around 40% of respondents said the government was doing “very badly” when it came to handling crime.Political system, democracyThe survey also focused on the system governing the country. People were asked to rate the political system as it was under apartheid, the current political system, and the political system expected in the future on a 10-point scale, with 1 being “very bad” and 10 being “very good”. While black South Africans were the most positive about the current and future political systems, white, coloured and Indian South Africans were more positive than negative, with an average of more than 5 out of 10.The survey also showed that South Africans regard democracy as very important: on average, the survey respondents gave democracy a score of 8.7 out of 10 for importance. When asked to what extent South Africa was a democracy today, the respondents answered on average 7.4 out of 10.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Emerging technologies may have the potential to revolutionize the way businesses work, but despite that, CEOs aren’t so sure that new technology can help them to boost productivity.Gartner says that there’s a problem. They see a disconnect between what technology can do and how to most effectively apply it to business models to increase productivity.Mark Raskino, analyst at Gartner, said that ” CEOs lack a major new theory. The really big management ideas of the past like business process management (BPM), total quality management (TQM) and lean [management] are less helpful in an ephemeral product and services world where social networks, business model innovation, design thinking, brand values and customer experiences are at the center of value creation …There is still little in the way of management theory on how to optimize the new kinds of inputs and work …There is no new big idea or major trend in contemporary productivity thinking.”It’s maybe not so much that new technologies can’t boost productivity. Rather, it’s that businesses aren’t designing their business plans to best take advantage of the possibilities of technology. Gartner says, for example that the technologies of IoT, AI, 3D printing and blockchain have the potential to radically change business, but these technologies still aren’t on the radar for most executives.Gartner’s survey of CEOs found that just 1% said they see value in blockchain, AI or 3D printing technologies, and only 2% thought that IoT would help them improve productivity.Raskino said that “what’s really needed is new business-transforming management science ideas. Those include methods of framing, modeling, measuring and changing productivity to take advantage of the pile-up of new high-power technologies. Big, creative thinking may be more valuable than yet more new technology right now. The smartest CIOs of this generation have the opportunity to come up with new methods as powerful as Lean or BPM were in prior decades.”
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Julian King at Underground Arts Wednesday, June 3 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $15 | Pop, R&B, Soul Julian King works hard to perfect his craft. And, with the release of his latest single “Unforgettable” and an upcoming headlining show in Philly — there’s no doubt that this Philly-bred singer/songwriter is ready for his time in the spotlight. MORE INFO Beanie Sigel “The Return” Concert at The TLA Saturday, June 6 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $37-60 | Hip-hop Philadelphia-bred rap veteran Beanie Sigel brings it home to The TLA on South Street for what will be one of his first major appearances in a while. Grab tix for this show to relive why many still hail the Philly native as one of the greatest rappers of all time. MORE INFO Charlie Wilson at The Mann Center Sunday, June 7 | The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue | $35-125 | R&B, Soul Nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson is bringing his acclaimed Forever Charlie tour to Philly for an “unforgettable night” at the Mann this summer with special guests KEM and Joe. The party goes down on Sunday, June 7th for a night of R&B, Billboard-topping hits like, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.” MORE INFO King Britt & HPrizm Present The Buddy System Monday, June 29 | Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N Frankford Avenue | $8 Philly, two of the country’s finest creatives are teaming up at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for the next edition of The Buddy System. This new monthly music series curated by Philadelphia musician, DJ and producer King Britt and New York City-based composer, producer and performer HPrizm returns to the JBs for another dope event. The catch? All of the artists will be a surprise. MORE INFO Bilal Album Release at World Cafe Live Tuesday, June 30 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $75-175 | Soul, R&B Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sell out, grab your tickets now. MORE INFO In 1979, legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records Kenny Gamble, along with broadcast executive Ed Wright, founded the Black Music Association, which established June as Black Music Month by decree from President Jimmy Carter. In 2000, the United States government officially recognized Black Music Month after radio personality and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams and Congressman Chaka Fattah tirelessly pushed to get the African American Music Bill passed through legislation. For this Philly 360° Black Music Month guide, we’re resurfacing our exclusive with Dyana, who is also fondly referred to as the “Mother of Black Music Month.” Check out the below video to get her breakdown of how Black Music Month came to be. Then, browse this list of over 15 shows that will go down in and around Philadelphia during the month of June. D’Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa and more — no matter your musical taste, we’ve got something for you. Check it. Philly 360° Black Music Month 2015 Top Picks Femi Kuti at World Cafe Live Tuesday, June 9 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $25-38 | World, Afrobeat, Funk Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don’t miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June. MORE INFO Sitin’ In With Koyaki At The Kimmel Center Wednesday, June 17 | The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets | Free | Jazz, Urban, Hip-hop Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city’s hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin’ In. This month’s show is hosted by the indie Grammy-nominated emcee and producers, Kokayi with performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic. MORE INFO Roman Gianarthur & Clean Bandit at Underground Arts Monday, June 15 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20 | Urban, Soul, Pop This singer songwriter is a part of Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Arts Society collective. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist, Roman is sure to shut it down when he hits the stage. Be sure to check out his single “I-69.” It’s a winner. MORE INFO Grits & Biscuits at The TLA Saturday, June 20 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 | Hip-hop If you’re into country, down south flavor, then Grits & Biscuits is probably already on your radar. This Dirty South-influenced party makes it way to The TLA on June. MORE INFO Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa at Susquehanna Bank Center Wednesday, June 10| Susquehanna Bank Center | $37-85 | Hip-hop In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama. MORE INFO DMX at The TLA Thursday, June 11 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $50 | Hip-hop Veteran rapper DMX lands back in Philadelphia this month. Get up close and personal as he bring his signature hardcore, raw rap styling straight to the stage of South Street’s TLA. MORE INFO Can’t-Miss Shows In Philadelphia(M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia) Jodeci at Tower Theater Thursday, June 25 | Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA | $40-45 | R&B, Soul An iconic 90s R&B group, Jodeci redefined music for our generation. Reunited and on the road, the guys lands in Philadelphia for an unforgettable night of R&B/Soul at Tower Theater on June 25. MORE INFO Curren$y at The TLA Friday, June 26 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $34 | Hip-hop Lousiana-based rapper Curren$y brings his smart lyrics and high-energy onstage presence to Philadelphia for this one-night-only hit at The TLA on South Street. Keep your eye out for Philly 360°’s official contest for this show. MORE INFO SWV at World Cafe Live Sunday, June 21 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35-65 | R&B, Soul With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited” on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live. MORE INFO Ibeyi at World Cafe Live Monday, June 22 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $20 | World Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences. MORE INFO D’Angelo at The Keswick Theatre Tuesday, June 23 | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA| $75-175 | Soul, R&B D’Angelo, the internationally beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D’Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA. MORE INFO
Once upon a time, the answer to the question of what are the main benefits of outsourcing was cost savings based on labour arbitrage, but today that response would be superficial and incomplete.I believe the main benefits of outsourcing are access to scarce skills, expertise and the latest technology, cost reduction, turning capital expenditure into operating expenditure, and the opportunity to concentrate resources on core business objectives.If you think about outsourcing in this manner, you will not only start to realise areas within your IT organisation that would benefit from adopting it but also ways as a strategic leader you can add further value to your entire organisation by doing so.The first big error people make when considering outsourcing is looking to resolve a problem without first looking to so in-house – a problem remains a problem no matter where it sits.Sensible outsourcing providers will often sniff this out during the RFP or other stages of the bidding process but others may look to take it on, hoping they can fix the issue(s) as a calculated risk whilst trying to win the business (the fact a vendor accepts this huge risk should really start ringing alarm bells for you as you both know there’s an elephant in the room).Those that don’t take the business (and hopefully this is the majority) will likely make you consider going back and fixing the problem before retendering. Those who take it on will only delay the inevitable, leaving you not only with a larger problem downstream but also with the added bonus of a whole heap of complex contractual issues to sort out (which I imagine you will now discover were also not properly agreed or worded up front).Many take this approach and get their fingers burnt with outsourcing, vowing never to return.It’s a real shame, as outsourcing done in the right way is an extremely beneficial way to add to the value you provide to your organisation.The second biggest error people make when considering outsourcing is to engage with and select a vendor by having only had a few live sales meetings/conference calls with a cursory glance over provided case studies. Coupled without ever having visited their operating/service centres to see them in action in a live environment or meet their staff that will be working with your team in person.You wouldn’t do this if you were hiring permanent staff or running the project in-house, so why do this when exploring outsourcing? It makes no sense.This often occurs when a company decides to outsource a small project or a portion of it to see if outsourcing works for them in an operational sense.The vendor is often chosen just on labour arbitrage and due to this the work is often performed in Asia or Eastern Europe.The ‘project’ is often then left with the vendor with scant and seemingly erratic communication and only poured over in detail once the deliverable is returned with obvious errors.The end result is the project often has to be redone in-house, blowing the project budget, causing delays and delivering red faces all round.Outsourcing is again blamed as the enemy with the lack of communication and poor vendor selection/interaction issues being swept conveniently under the carpet.So, in reflection it may be outsourcing is not for you but you owe it to yourself and your organisation to try everything that can add value to what you deliver.Outsourcing executed properly can provide real value when opportunities are identified, structured, communicated and managed correctly, so what are you waiting for?
Below is a guest blog from Ketan Paranjape, director of personalized medicine at Intel. He is speaking tomorrow, May 22, at the Big Data in BioMedicine Conference at Stanford University starting at 2 p.m. You can watch the live stream of the conference here and get an inside look at what’s going on with big data and bio IT. Follow the #bigdatamed hashtag on Twitter during the three-day conference. Over the weekend I was perusing the latest edition of the New York Magazine and read this article about a cancer doctor who lost his wife to cancer. After I put my tablet down, I hugged my wife, grabbed the “honey do list” from her hand and got to work. Whether I was comparing the right mix of fertilizers for my lawn at the neighborhood home improvement store or driving my son to his tennis practice, all I could think about was, “what could we have done to prevent what happened and also help the 9 million or so cancer patients worldwide?”Here at Intel, we are trying our best to answer that very question. We have laid out a vision for delivering “Personalized Medicine at the touch of a button…Everywhere…Everyday…and for Everyone…” I suppose you need an app for everything these days.But you would wonder how could a hardware company that makes “chips” for computers make a difference? The answer from our vantage point is Big Data Analytics. If we can create an ecosystem of hardware, software and services players in healthcare and life sciences that generate, manage, share, and analyze data across the multiple silos of payers, government, providers, clinics, pharma, clinical trials, genomics, and wellness data, we should be able to help the key decision makers with the right amount of well curated information.So starting out with what we do best, we optimized software programs for analyzing data. We were able to cut the run time of Broad’s Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) from three days to one day and speed up Ayasdi’s Cure software by 400 percent. These reductions in run times and performance improvements help speed up the number of tests you can do and help the researcher or clinician get to an answer quicker.We then built appliances – highly optimized hardware and software solutions that target specific genomics or clinical problems. The appliance with Dell reduces the RNA seq run times from seven days to three hours and the Genalice appliance can map 42 whole genomes in 18 hours. As you start running out of machines or clusters in our backyard, we go to the cloud. Working with Novartis, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cycle Computing and MolSoft, we were able to provision a fully secured cluster of 30,000 CPUs and completed screening 3.2 million compounds in about nine hours compared to 4-14 days on existing resources.We have also embraced the power of both Hadoop and in-memory analytics. Working with Nextbio (now part of Illumina), we were able to get a 90 percent gain in throughput and 6x data compression enabling researchers to discover biomarkers and drug targets by correlating genomic data sets. Working with SAP and Charite we built a ‘real-time’ cancer analysis platform on SAP-HANA that analyzed patient data in seconds compared to two days. BTW, this data set had 3.2M data points per patient and up to 20 TB of data/patient.These are just a subset of projects we have completed working with our broad range of ecosystem partners. For more details please visit – www.intel.com/healthcare/bigdata or drop me a line – Ketan.email@example.com. I’m also speaking tomorrow, May 22, at the Big Data in BioMedicine Conference at Stanford University starting at 2 p.m. You can watch the live stream of the conference here By the way, regarding the fertilizer we decided on a good Nitrogen mix (2 lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 sq. feet) and my son moved from level 1 to level 1.5 in his class.What questions do you have?
Mayawati may have lost the crown, but not her riches. In fact, in the last five years, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo has more than doubled her assets.In 2007, when she swept to power in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati was worth Rs 52.27 crore. On Tuesday, when she declared her assets while filing nomination for the Rajya Sabha, it had multiplied to a whopping Rs 111.64 crore. In the last two years alone, her wealth seemed to have jumped by Rs 24 crore.The BSP president, who is facing a disproportionate assets case, owns two commercial space in New Delhi’s Connaught Place worth Rs 18.84 crore, while her house in the Capital’s Sardar Patel Marg is valued at Rs 61.86 crore. She also has a bungalow in Lucknow worth Rs 15.68 crore besides a commercial property at Okhla Phase-1.Surprisingly, the purchase date of the Delhi bungalow was shown as July 6, 2009 while that of the Lucknow bungalow on November 3, 2010.After filing her nomination Mayawati said: “Now I will raise the issues concerning Uttar Pradesh in Parliament because my party feels it will be a better platform to raise those issues.”She also expressed confidence that the BSP would do well in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.”My party workers feel that I do not need to devote all my time here (in UP). They have promised me that they will ensure a massive victory for the party in the Lok Sabha elections,” Mayawati said. “I will devote time to increase the party’s base across India.”advertisementMunkad Ali, who was recently appointed as the party’s coordinator for western Uttar Pradesh, also filed his nomination for the House of Elders. This will be his second term in the Rajya Sabha. Speculations were rife that the BSP supremo would field her close confidant Shashank Shekhar Singh (former cabinet secretary). Instead, she chose Ali.Notification for the biennial elections for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from UP was issued on Monday and the last date of filing nominations is March 19. The term of the 10 Rajya Sabha members from the state would expire on April 2.Out of the 10 seats, Samajwadi Party (SP) has six members, followed by the BSP and the BJP with two each. “The papers will be scrutinised on March 20 and if required, elections will be held on March 31,” returning officer, principal secretary (assembly), Pradeep Kumar Dubey, said.
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Karachi, Jan 18 (PTI) Pakistan is planning to send a near full strength hockey squad to the South Asian Games to be held in India next month in a bid to restore some pride in the sport at home. Around 45 players are presently training at the Hockey Club of Pakistan in Karachi under the supervision of coaches Muhammad Saqlain and Rehan Butt to prepare for the SAF Games to be held from February 5-16 in Guwahati and Shillong. “Obviously we know only one match is important for us in the SAF Games and that is the one against India and we are preparing keeping that in mind,” Saqlain told PTI. He said he was trying to get the players to get back to playing to their strength of natural hockey with skills. “I get the feeling that if Pakistan is to become a force in world hockey again we need to work hard on our skills and using them in competitions,” he added. Pakistan Hockey Federation has announced that the national whites squad will go to India for the regional meet. Former Olympian Rehan Butt, who has featured in many memorable clashes with India, said that the idea was to pick a full strength side for the SAF Games to give India a tough fight. “Presently we have around five to six players of the senior team that appeared in the World Hockey League last year and we have recalled three very good senior players for the camp,” Butt said. He said the camp also included around 18 totally new youngsters who had not played for Pakistan as yet. “The established players in the camp include Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Rashid, Zohaib Ashraf, Hasim Khan, Arsalan Qadir, Ehsanullah, Ali Shaan, Imran Butt,” he said. He said the selected players would go to Islamabad on February 2 and from there they are expected to go to Shillong and Guwahati for the Games by an Air India chartered flight for Pakistani athletes. “We know the Indian hockey set up has improved a lot and is getting stronger and we are ready for a tough challenge but we also know how important it is for us to do well as it would be a big boost to Pakistan hockey at this stage,” Butt said. PTI Corr PDS PDSadvertisement