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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

Asian stocks under pressure after spike in coronavirus cases

first_imgAsian stocks were expected to come under pressure on Wednesday, as a spike in new coronavirus infections weighed on sentiment, although US assurances that the China trade deal was intact and upbeat economic data provided some reasons for optimism.Kyle Rodda, market analyst at IG Markets, said late selling seen in Wall Street suggested a “soggy start” for Asian markets.“We expect something of a positive start for Asian trade, but we will have overhanging concern about the virus itself and a second wave unfolding,” said Kyle Rodda, market analyst at IG Markets. “The market is clinging on to a recovery as much as it can.” Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures rose 0.15 percent in early trading.Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures fell 0.02 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures lost 0.01 percent.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.5 percent higher, the S&P 500 gained 0.43 percent and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.74 percent.However, the three major indexes pared gains from highs of more than 1 percent earlier in the session on Tuesday. Coronavirus cases in the US surged 25 percent in the week ended June 21 compared from the week before, according to a Reuters analysis.US states including Texas and Arizona set records in their outbreaks. The European Union is prepared to bar US travellers because of the surge of cases in the country, putting it in the same category as Brazil and Russia, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.“For now markets are having trouble with the implications given the high bar to re-imposing restrictions,” according to a research note from the National Australia Bank.Remarks from US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin helped boost the mood on Wall Street. He said the next US stimulus bill will focus on getting people back to work quickly and that he would consider a further delay of the tax filing deadline.MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.90 percent.The euro jumped to one week highs after positive economic data on Tuesday, and other high-risk currencies strengthened.The dollar index fell 0.228 percent, with the euro up 0.01 percent to US$1.1307.Oil prices pulled back after hitting their highest since early March, on expectations that US inventories will hit a record high for a third week in a row.US crude recently fell 0.89 percent to $40.01 per barrel and Brent was flat on the day.Topics :last_img read more

Community Zones to Compete for Tourism Enhancement Competition Prize

first_img Sharing is caring! 101 Views   no discussions Tweet LifestyleLocalNews Community Zones to Compete for Tourism Enhancement Competition Prize by: – February 13, 2020 Sharecenter_img Share                                                     Indian River, PortsmouthThe Dominica Community Tourism Association is inviting communities to compete for best tourism product in its Community Tourism Enhancement Competition.This initiative to enhance Dominica’s community tourism product will be anchored on four pillars: cleanliness, landscaping, hospitality and community involvement.At its launching on Wednesday, February 12th, Lester Riviere, manager of Dominica Community Tourism Association, relayed that the competition is expected to build greater awareness of Dominica’s community tourism subsector.He says that the competition provides an opportunity for communities to promote their uniqueness.“They can showcase their talents and abilities in craft, wellness, culinary skills and others. The good thing is that all the zones will be awarded cash prizes based on their participation and a winning trophy.”Meanwhile, President of the Association, Josephine Dublin-Prince says the competition’s concept is based on grassroots community development.“For that to happen, the base has to be energized,” she said. “This is to create the opportunity to villagers to understand the development…begins with them and transcends from what they do at the community level.”The five zones are:Zone 1 -Giraudel/ EgglestonZone 2-Layou, St Joseph and MeroZone 3- Grandbay and Bellevue ChopinZone 4- Soufriere and Scotts HeadZone 5-Wotten Waven and Laudat Sharelast_img read more

Clippers defeat Denver Nuggets, clinch homecourt advantage for first round

first_img“And that’s basically what happened.”Denver (30-51) got 32 points from Wilson Chandler, 19 points and 17 rebounds from Kenneth Faried and 16 points from Randy Foye.The Nuggets’ leading scorer — point guard Ty Lawson — was given the night off and did not play. Neither did forward Danilo Gallinari, who scored 47 points against Dallas on Friday.The Nuggets outrebounded the Clippers 58-47, 25-13 on the offensive boards.“I don’t think we had great effort or great focus tonight,” Rivers said. “But they played hard. They dominated the glass in the first half. It felt like every time they missed, they got the rebound. They had 19 more shots (58-39) than us in the first half and we were only down by three (57-54).”The Clippers also had nine of their 13 turnovers in the first half.“We were being very lackadaisical and we talked about it,” Paul said. “We were being sloppy, weren’t taking care of the ball and second half, we cleaned it up.”The teams were tied 31-31 after one quarter, but the Nuggets led by as many as eight points in the second quarter before taking a 57-54 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Clippers led 83-78 heading into the fourth quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night played host to the Denver Nuggets in their second-to-last regular-season game. But the bigger focus was on who the Clippers might play in the first round of the playoffs, which begin this weekend.The possibilities were any one of five teams — San Antonio, Portland, Memphis, Houston and Dallas.Guard J.J. Redick was feeling good about taking on any of them based on how well the Clippers have done within the Western Conference this season.“It’s interesting when you look at that,” Redick said prior to his team struggling mightily to defeat the lowly Nuggets 110-103 before 19,060 at Staples Center; the Clippers trailed 96-90 with 5:43 to play, but they clinched homecourt advantage for the first round with the victory. “I think we had the second-best record in the West against the West,” Redick said. “We got our butts kicked every time we played anybody good from the East, it seems like.center_img “But our record against the West and our record against a lot of the top teams whom we’ve beat at least once if not several times — we have some money in the bank, so to speak. We have something to go back on to say, ‘We’ve been successful against this team and we can do it again.’”The Clippers (55-26), who record-wise are now tied for second in the West with San Antonio and Houston with one game to play Tuesday at Phoenix, went 2-2 against San Antonio this season, 2-2 against Memphis, 3-1 against Portland, 2-2 against Houston and 2-1 against Dallas. The Clippers were 35-15 in the West before Monday, second only to Golden State’s 40-10.Blake Griffin led the Clippers on Monday with 22 points, Redick scored 20, DeAndre Jordan had 20 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks, and Chris Paul scored 17 points, nine of them down the stretch to help seal Denver’s fate.But it should not have been that difficult to dispatch a team that is going nowhere.“We knew we weren’t playing well and we were fighting ourselves,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “When that happens, you’re trying to get yourself going, you just couldn’t. The only thing I warned them (about) before the game was like, ‘This (Denver) team is (plying) free, but you could take it away from them by playing harder. But if they get confidence, then it’s going to be a dangerous game because they’re still going to be free and we’re going to be in a tight game thinking we’ve got to win this game.’last_img read more

Shazier shines in Steelers debut

first_imgSHAZIER’S DYNAMIC DEBUT—Steelers rookie LB Ryan Shazier sparkles in NFL debut. Above he intercepts ball in front of Scott Chandler. (AP photo)PITTSBURGH (AP)—Ryan Shazier let Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler sprint by him before the rookie Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker gave chase.The moment Chandler appeared to be open down the seam, EJ Manuel lofted a pretty spiral in Chandler’s direction.It looked like the right decision. It wasn’t.Shazier needed all of two steps to close the gap on Chandler. One well-timed leap and the 15th pick in May’s draft had the ball in his hands. By the time he was finally tackled more than 25 yards downfield, the Steelers were in Buffalo territory – and any concerns about Shazier’s banged-up right knee were long forgotten.So much for that “boo boo” coach Mike Tomlin kept talking about.In the span of a precocious half during Pittsburgh’s 19-16 win Saturday night, Shazier did more than make up for the week he lost while nursing his knee back to health. He offered proof he’s ready to handle his role in what the Steelers hope is a defensive revival in 2014.last_img read more

Announcing Harlequin’s New Youth Education Program

first_imgFacebook41Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Harlequin Productions “The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” ~William Bennett, Former US Secretary of EducationNumerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and academic achievement. According to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, students that have theater as part of their education consistently outperform their peers in test scores, attendance, reading comprehension, and general involvement at school. In 2005, students involved in drama scored an average of 65.5 points higher on the verbal component and 35.5 points higher in the math component of the SAT, compared to peers without drama as part of their education. However, these statistics only scratch the surface of the true value of a theater education. Working in the arts also improves things that can’t be expressed in numbers, such as self-esteem, empathy, and creativity.Harlequin Productions believes in the value of theater as part of a student’s education. For more than 15 years, Harlequin has offered a variety of programs focused on making quality theater education available to young people in our community.It began in 1999, Harlequin introduced its first summer theater education program to provide alternative theatrical training activities for youth. In 2007, the program became The Shakespeare Experience and offered an exclusive Shakespeare intensive that took students through Shakespeare’s language and styles of performance. In 2013, Harlequin’s objective evolved to include a cross-discipline look at a variety of live performance practices. This resulted in a new program, The Conservatory for Young Actors, which Harlequin committed to offer at no charge to participants. Over the years, Harlequin has also offered special student matinee performances and one-day workshops for youth.Today, Harlequin is excited to announce the next generation of its education program. Harlequin is gathering all of its existing education programs under one name: Spotlight Youth. The company will continue its celebrated Conservatory for Young Actors summer program as well as expanded year-round workshops, student matinee performances, study guides for teachers, and youth internships – all under the umbrella of Spotlight Youth.To spearhead these changes, the company hired youth educator and local actress Vanessa Postil as Education Program Manager. Her training and experience in youth education in theater makes her an excellent choice. “This is an exciting and reenergizing time for the program,” says artistic director Linda Whitney. “Vanessa’s fresh vision for Harlequin’s Spotlight Youth program is inspiring.”Registration has begun for Harlequin’s Spotlight Youth summer 2015 workshops. These low-cost workshops are offered in July and include improv, stage combat, Shakespeare playground, auditioning, and new this year, musical theater dance. For more information and to register click here.Harlequin is passionate about providing quality theater education to young people in our community. As Linda Whitney put it, “Theater is story-telling and language; it’s literature, history, geography, and even math. At its best, it is community building. It’s about engaging the imagination and exploring the possibilities of what it means to be human. And these things are at the foundation of education.”last_img read more

Bombers roll past Rockers 5-1 in High School Fieldhockey action

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers continue to roll on the West Kootenay High School Fieldhockey scene.The Bombers dominated a Stanley Humphries Rockers squad from Castlegar from start to finish en route to a 5-1 victory in action Thursday at the Pass Creek Fields.Stanley Humphries playing the game with eleven players ran into a brick wall as the Bombers controlled the game from the beginning and did not look back, chances and goals coming often for the Bombers.  “Great passing and running by the Bombers kept Stanley Humphries on their heels all game,” said coach Bruce Walgren.LVR opened the scoring when Hanna Quinn combined some quick passing by  the midfield, Allie Zondervan Noa Butterfield and Naomi Perkins. Emma Borhi scored the Bombers second of the game on a pass from Hanna Quinn and rookie Kassandra Schloeder to give LVR a 2-0 lead at the half.Rookie Liza Demski, Quinn and Borhi also scored in the second half.Stanley Humphries ruined the shutout bid by keeper Cammille Gebharts in the second half.”Much like in Oliver the lady bombers were very solid in the back line, Heather Potkins, Kyra Burkart, Noa Butterfield, Emma Gregorich, and Rookie Mia Kraus,” Walgren explained.”The nidfield lead by the stellar play of Allie Zondervan and Naomi Perkins just kept the pressure on Stanley Humphries and continuously fed the front line for some terrific scoring opportunities.”last_img read more