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Long Voting Lines. How Americans Are Settling in for a Wait

first_img“The whole thing is just a gigantic nightmare,” said Robin Helmericks, a scientist who stood in line to vote early with her 19-year-old daughter in Charleston, S.C., on Monday.Or, as Ian Dunt, a British political journalist, said on Twitter on Monday: “There’s not enough booze in all the world for sitting through the American election results tomorrow night.”If the election generates that sort of response in someone 3,000 miles away, how are actual Americans, marinating in a sea of collective angst, meant to get through the day? Even more than that: If there’s no result by Tuesday night, which is likely to be the case, how will we hang on until there is?- Advertisement – “We expect long lines at the polls,” he went on, and also delays because of social distancing related to the pandemic. “After the polls close, and in the ensuing days, we will continue to need your patience. Never in the history of this city have so many people voted by mail. By law, staffers are not allowed to start opening and counting these ballots until Election Day itself.”Mr. Kenney noted that the results in Pennsylvania — and, by extension, the rest of the country — might not be known for a while. That’s the message election officials everywhere have been trying to emphasize, as they cope with the pandemic reality of a record number of mail-in ballots.- Advertisement – “In meditation, you can’t force the mind to stop thinking,” Mr. Miller said. “If you think, ‘Don’t think about the election, don’t think about the election, don’t think about the election’ then the election has become your mantra, and that’s not going to do you any good.” “Quite a lot of research suggests that the worst is yet to come as far as anxiety,” said Professor Sweeny, who specializes in the psychology of waiting.Part of the problem is the natural inclination to brace for the worst, in order to fortify yourself against potential disappointment, she said. “That tendency ramps up and moves more to the front of the mind as you get closer and closer to an outcome. Even people who are general optimists show a decline in optimism as the moment of truth draws nearer.”Of course, part of the difficulty this time around is that no one knows when this nirvanic (or hellish, depending) “moment of truth” might actually arrive. Having to wait longer also means fretting longer about possible scenarios and obsessing even more about the darkest contingencies.But people should avoid indulging in “speculative mode” and instead focus on what is in front of them, said Michael Miller, director and co-founder of the New York Meditation Center.“This whole season has been focused on speculating about what is going to happen,” he said. “But getting caught up in the moment-by-moment question of what results are coming in — that has never been good practice.”While it would be great to have some clarity, he said, it is unclear when that will come. “It’s about how can you make a plan to engage in self-care that would keep you in the present moment,” he said.Think small, he counseled. Clean your oven, rake some leaves, go for a walk, take off your shoes, feel the carpet on your feet. Breathe. “Patience,” exhorted the mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, in an open letter urging the residents of his city to remain calm through Tuesday and beyond.center_img Hurray, it’s Election Day!Not that it feels like much consolation.- Advertisement – “This has been the slow-moving election from hell with all the early voting,” Drew McKissick, the chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party, said on Monday, eagerly anticipating its end. “It’s been draining.”The overriding prediction going into Election Day 2020 indeed take patience, the sort that feels in short supply right now. (How long is a piece of string? That is how long the election seems to have taken already.)Unfortunately, said Kate Sweeny, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, studies show that anticipatory dread only increases as waiting drags on. Nobody would advise anyone to spend Election Day stationed next to their liquor cabinets and enslaved to their social media feeds, though good luck with that. Either people are focusing disproportionately on alarming snippets of information that automatically make them feel bad — a swing against their candidate in a new poll, say, or a video of some helpless voters apparently being intimidated at a polling place — or they’re scrolling obsessively in search of some chimeric nugget of definitively good news to quiet their unease.“What is the German word for ‘feeling physically nauseous from anxiety at the news but also morbidly unable to look away and stop scrolling?” the novelist Celeste Ng wrote on Twitter.Mac Stipanovich, a Republican strategist and lobbyist in Florida who was intimately involved in the slow-burn nightmare of the 2000 election (his candidate won, but still) said that in many ways, it’s easier to be a campaign operative or a volunteer during stressful elections. Even if the tide is going against you, you’re too busy doing your job to indulge in your distress.last_img read more

IAAF Diamond League expands into Africa

first_imgZurich, March 3: The General Assembly of the Intertiol Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meeting has decided to include Rabat, Morocco, as a new host city for the prestigious global series of one-day athletics meetings, it was announced on Thursday.The meeting replaces New York, US, with immediate effect for the 2016 season, reports Xinhua.Launched in March 2009, the IAAF Diamond League — which features the world’s best athletes competing across 32 individual track and field disciplines — has for its first six competition seasons (2010-2015) included host cities in Asia, Europe, and North America.With the addition of Rabat, the series of 14 meetings — which annually takes place from May to September — now includes a fourth continent, Africa.Rabat first applied for membership of the IAAF Diamond League in 2014 and has since undergone a rigorous evaluation process to confirm its organisation, facilities and services were of a high enough standard for inclusion into athletics’ top-tier intertiol invitatiol circuit.Sebastian Coe, IAAF President and Chairman of Diamond League AG, said: “We are pleased to be able to take our premier athletics series into a new continental area. The IAAF Diamond League offers the best athletics entertainment to the world outside of the IAAF World Championships and the Olympic Games.”2016 IAAF Diamond League calendarMay 5 – Doha, QatarMay 14 – Shanghai, ChiMay 22 – Rabat, MoroccoMay 28 – Eugene, United StatesJune 2 – Rome, ItalyJune 5 – Birmingham, BritainJune 9- Oslo, NorwayJune 16 – Stockholm, SwedenJuly 15 – MocoJuly 22-23- London, BritainAugust 25 – Lausanne, SwitzerlandAugust 27 – Paris, FranceSeptember 1 – Zurich, SwitzerlandSeptember 9 – Brussels, Belgium. IANSlast_img read more

Rahul, Gayle guide Kings XI Punjab to second IPL win

first_imgKINGS XI Punjab picked up their second win of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL), with KL Rahul’s unbeaten half-century guiding them to an eight-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians.Having beaten Rajasthan Royals in their first match but then come up short against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI chased down a target of 177 with eight balls to spare to make it two wins from three.Mumbai posted 176-7 in their 20 overs, Quinton de Kock (60) making the most significant knock, while Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen and Murugan Ashwin took two wickets apiece.In Kings XI’s reply, Chris Gayle (40) smashed four sixes and three fours in a brisk opening partnership with Rahul (71 not out), who received good support from Mayank Agarwal (43) and David Miller (15 not out)After a bright start from Rohit Sharma (32) and de Kock, Kings XI were able to halt Mumbai’s progress by dismissing the Indian opener and Suryakumar Yadav in quick succession.de Kock eventually brought up his 50, his first of this year’s IPL, with a slog to long on that narrowly missed Agarwal and bounced once before clearing the rope. Just as it looked as if the South African would kick on, hitting a wonderful six over square leg, he was gone, trapped lbw by Shami.Yuvraj Singh was the next to fall, picking out Shami at square leg off Ashwin’s bowling, while Agarwal took a wonderful catch on the boundary to dismiss Kieron Pollard before Hardik Pandya helped propel his side to 176-7 with a hard-hitting 31 off 19 balls.After surviving a pair of early speculative lbw shouts, Gayle fired Kings XI towards their target with a volley of sixes before holing out off Krunal Pandya’s bowling.With Rahul playing a watchful innings at the other end, the onus was on Agarwal to pick up where West Indies veteran Gayle left off and he struck a series of boundaries before being brilliantly caught-and-bowled by Krunal Pandya.The 28-year-old’s dismissal roused Rahul, who upped the tempo and soon brought up his 50. With Miller providing support at the other end, the target was ultimately chased down with time and wickets to spare.SPIN DOES THE TRICKJust as it looked as though Mumbai could be on for an imposing total, with de Kock well set and Yuvraj finding his range, the two Ashwins, Ravichandran and Murugan, were able to slow up the run rate effectively, with the latter ending with impressive figures of 2-25.Losing wickets in clusters slowed down the run rate effectively. Mumbai then subsequently failed to threaten when bowling and this ultimately led to their defeat.KINGS XI VARY THE PACEDespite his eventual match-winning knock, Rahul struggled to get out of the traps and it seemed as though the run chase was passing him by.However, he was fortunate to have batting partners who were willing to take the pressure off him, with Gayle and Agarwal happy to take on the role of aggressor.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant feels fan pressure to play in every game

first_imgGuessing gameAn informal group of fans that saw Bryant play in Auburn Hills, Mich., waxed poetic on the Pistons’ lineup introduction for the Lakers’ star. Those fans expressed sympathy for Bryant’s on-court struggles.Keyur Patel, a 29-year-old financial analyst of Detroit, mused that “everyone acted like Kobe was going for 81 points” when he scored two consecutive jumpers in the third quarter. “I wouldn’t care if he scored zero points,” said Gary Dysart, a junior at Texas College who spent $250 for a ticket and $350 for a round-trip flight to see Bryant play. “As long as I witnessed Kobe on the court, I was good.”Despite his health, Bryant’s quest to perform for his paying customers inspired those fans with far greater impact than any of his game-winning shots. “That’s why I love Kobe so much,” said Travell Marsenburg, a 31-year-old auto technician from Toledo, Ohio, who spent $600 to see Bryant play with his son (Travell, 12), his girlfriend (Simone Mickles; 27) and her younger brother (David Hicks, 11). “He’s the ultimate competitor. Even if he doesn’t always feel well, he’s always going to go out for the fans and give it his all.”Not always.Bryant has missed 11 games this season, including Friday’s loss to Memphis at Staples Center because of soreness in his right shoulder. Sammy Salgado, a 30-year-old fire equipment technician from Hemet, shook his head as he heard the news while sitting with his 2-year-old son, Josiah, behind the Lakers’ basket. “It sucks because my son can’t watch him,” said Salgado, who paid $580 for two tickets through Fanxchange. “You never know if he’ll play. But I thought he was going to be able to play. He had been healthy.”At other times, Bryant wasn’t. Since announcing his retirement in late November, Bryant has played 14 out of 21 games at Staples Center and appeared in 23 out of 24 road games. He admitted feeling more willing to miss a game in December in Oklahoma City because the Lakers play there again in April.Bryant has not had the same guilt of missing one of the next 13 games at Staples Center this month, as he would with final stops in Denver (March 2), Phoenix (March 23) and Utah (March 28).“I know his obligation to the fans here at home and to the fans on the road that are going to see him for the very last time,” Scott said. “We still have a bunch of home games left. I do kind of look at it where he might take a couple of those games off.” That did not sit well with 24-year-old Tony Fagnano, who drove four hours on Friday from San Luis Obispo with his girlfriend and purchased two tickets worth $150 each at the Staples Center box office. Fagnano also did not sound thrilled about Bryant’s absence on the bench, which both Bryant and Scott have said stemmed from not wanting his back to stiffen up. “The consensus among the fans sitting with us is he should be there,” Fagnano said. “He’s still a part of the team.”Good news for ticket sellers: Bryant’s popularity trumpets uncertainty over his playing status. Average resale prices for tickets still remain high with Seatgeek ($178) and Stubhub ($170).Bad news for Lakers fans: those who buy tickets to see Bryant play have no guarantees he will. But fans have appeared willing to take that risk for one obvious reason.“It’s Kobe’s last year and he’s a legend,” said 37-year-old financial analyst Franklin Mguyen, who bought a ticket for $260 to see Bryant play on Jan. 16 in Utah. “You have to go and see him.” Business 101Demand will obviously spike for Bryant’s final home game against Utah on April 13. Average resale prices have already skyrocketed through TicketMaster ($735-$5,000) Seatgeek ($783-$22,000), Stubhub ($700-$25,000) and TicketsforLess ($987-1,337).But it seems unlikely anyone could match the initial pinch that Jesse Sandler experienced when he purchased four tickets for Bryant’s final game eight days before Bryant announced his retirement. After Sandler paid $925 through Stubhub, the ticket resell website informed Sandler that the seller “incorrectly” listed the tickets for sale. Stubhub added that tickets in a similar location near the basket by Utah’s bench would cost $6,000. “I talked to them 10 times with 10 different people,” Sandler said. “They had an opportunity to make it right.”Stubhub offered a refund and a $100 credit for other purchases, but Sandler refused and shared his story on The Lead Sports website. Stubhub called the incident a “mistake” and blamed “market manipulation.”“It was a failure of communication on our part to be more prepared for this type of situation,” Stubhub spokesman Cameron Papp said. “We have a user agreement that explicitly says you cannot list the ticket, cancel an order and then relist that ticket for a higher price.”Stubhub offered Sandler another $1,000 credit, but Tickets for Less gave Sandler four tickets in a similar location. Since then, Sander donated those tickets to After School All-Stars, while Budweiser will grant Sandler and his friends access to the game. Bryant became aware of the incident and blamed Stubhub for making “a horrible business decision.”“That’s just ‘Branding 101,’ ” Bryant said incredulously. “What the hell are you doing?”Sandler wondered the same thing.“It was cool to see one of my biggest idols talk about me. That was a very cool moment,” said Sandler before making a joke. “It only took 20 years.” Once those 20 years become final, Bryant will receive one rousing standing ovation for reasons beyond his skills. It will also stem from what has partly driven Bryant to step on the court. “The fans deserve to see me out there,” Bryant said. “If I can’t be out there, it’s for a serious reason.”Quote box: “I always feel terrible when I can’t get out there and play. I feel disappointment for the fans when I can’t,” — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant But before the Lakers visited the Detroit Pistons two months ago in his final stop in Auburn Hills, Mich., Bryant protested. He raised a significant variable that has driven him during his 20th and final NBA season, including when the Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday at Staples Center. “ ‘Coach, I got to play,’ ” Scott recalled Bryant saying. “ ‘People paid their money. I have to play.’ ”Bryant received his wish. The Lakers still lost. He shot only 2 of 15 from the field. And he sat out the fourth quarter so he could receive treatment. But had he sat out, Bryant would have felt something far worse than his illness.“I always feel terrible when I can’t get out there and play. I feel disappointment for the fans when I can’t,” Bryant said. “If I feel like I can try and give it a go, I think the fans deserve that effort from me.” His left Achilles just tore. That did not stop Kobe Bryant from making a pair of free throws. His left knee just fractured. That did not prevent Bryant from playing an entire second half on one leg.His rotator cuff in his right shoulder just ripped. That did not inhibit Bryant from shooting left-handed.The Lakers’ 37-year-old star revealed his toughness in various ways after suffering eventual season-ending injuries in recent years. Yet, one moment became so painful during the 2015-16 campaign that Bryant stayed in bed for almost the whole day. Bryant nursed the stomach flu that left himself so weak that Lakers coach Byron Scott uttered a few words he rarely says.“There’s no way you should play tonight,” Scott said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more