transcriptWill Every Vote Count in Pennsylvania?The day after Election Day, the count continues across Pennsylvania. But the rules are still in dispute, and legal battles raise questions about whether every vote will be counted. transcriptBack Catch up on the latest news from the 2020 campaign trail.Catch up on the latest news from the 2020 campaign trail.Show more videos from 2020 Elections new video loaded: Will Every Vote Count in Pennsylvania?- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Recent episodes in 2020 Elections- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The election in Pennsylvania is still far from over, with legal teams and counties across the state arguing over the technicalities. “Certain ballots are coming back naked, meaning that they lack their internal privacy sleeve.” And in Pennsylvania, that means they get rejected. “I’m opening up the initial envelope for them to open up to see if there’s any naked ballot or not.” “The Democratic party plans to contact them and provide the resources necessary for them to be able to vote in person today. Because otherwise they’ll be disenfranchised.” Republicans filed a lawsuit late Tuesday objecting to any attempts to correct naked ballots. “It is my understanding that it is not permitted, based on a ruling by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and I’ll leave that up to the lawyers who are in court fighting about that to determine what to do about it.” But this is just one of the many legal battles over mail ballots. “As the election starts moving over to the mail system, new things start becoming issues and all these things become cause for really hard-fought court cases.” Ballots are still being counted the day after the election in Lancaster. “So what you’re seeing right now are racks of mail ballots that had been received Monday and Tuesday and are going to be opened here today. And then scanned in.” More are expected between now and Friday. Ballots postmarked by Election Day, but delivered late by the United States Postal Service. What isn’t clear yet is whether they’ll be counted. “The law says that they basically won’t be counted, if they came in by 8:00. What the PA Supreme Court says as long as they’re postmarked or even if there’s not a postmark, then they should be counted. That was challenged to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court said that it’s a little late right now. We’re not going to expedite that decision on that, but we will make a decision after the election. So we’re just sticking those mail ballots aside. And so either the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision, or we can actually then go ahead and scan them.” “That sounds very confusing.” “Yes. Hello.” Not all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are handling the uncertainty the same way. In Lehigh County, they’re taking the time to scan the ballots and keeping a separate tally until the lawsuits are resolved. “We will be receiving ballots all week long. And we time-stamp them when we receive them to make sure we know exactly when they were received by our office.” The confusion has put Pennsylvania in the spotlight in a way that has some officials feeling déjà vu. “You can see the potential for Pennsylvania to be like Florida in 2000, where the eyes of the nation are on us. We don’t have the hanging chad issue. But we have the issue of ballots coming in for three days after the election. We have the issue of naked ballots. I was worried about what would happen. And maybe some of that is coming true. We’ll see as we get further into this.”
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The MacBook Air with Apple M1 SoC will also keep the same prices as before, with a 256GB variant priced at Rs. 92,900 in India and a 512GB model priced at Rs. 1,17,900. The prices in the US are $999 and $1,249 respectively. Intel-powered MacBook Air models are no longer listed. Colour options are Silver, Space Grey, and Gold.The Mac Mini gets a $100 price reduction and corresponding decrease in India as well, with the 256GB version now priced at Rs. 64,900 and 512GB version at Rs. 84,900. Prices in the US are $699 and $899 respectively, and Silver is the only option. A single Intel-powered variant is still listed.Education pricing is also available for all new Macs powered by Apple Silicon. They will be available in the US next week. All new Macs are configured with 8GB of memory by default and an upgrade to 16GB at purchase time will cost Rs. 20,000 extra. The online Apple Store in India is accepting orders already, and lists November 25 as the earliest shipping date.- Advertisement – There are four high-performance CPU cores, which Apple says are the world’s fastest and deliver the world’s best performance per Watt. These cores are said to offer significantly higher performance using a quarter as much power as today’s top laptop CPUs, and delivering 3X the performance of current Intel-powered Macs. The four efficiency cores on their own are said to be as powerful as the current dual-core Intel CPU powering the MacBook Air, but while consuming much less power.In terms of graphics performance, the has eight GPU cores delivering 2.6 Teraflops of throughput. Apple says it is the world’s most powerful integrated GPU. It is said to be twice as powerful as current GPUs, or consumers one-third as much power to deliver the same levels of performance. Software also gets access to more memory than ever before.Other features include machine learning acceleration thanks to the Neural Engine, capable of 11 trillion operations per second, for tasks like image resolution upscaling, video reframing, and voice recognition are drastically improved. The Secure Enclave promises best-in-class security.MacOS 11 Big Sur has been engineered to schedule tasks between the high-performance and efficiency cores. Macs powered by Apple Silicon are said to instantly wake from sleep just like iPhones and iPads. All Apple software has been optimised, and vendors including Adobe are readying updates to their offerings. Logic Pro is said to allow up to 3X more instruments and effect plugins. Final Cut Pro is said to run 6X faster when rendering complex timelines. MacOS 11 will be available for download starting on Thursday, November 12.Universal Apps will combine native binary versions for Apple as well as Intel CPUs and can be download from the Mac App Store or the Web to run on all Macs. Rosetta 2 translation seamlessly runs apps built for Intel CPUs, even without updates. Moreover, iPad and iPhone apps including games will be able to run natively.MacBook Air powered by Apple SiliconAccording to Apple, the MacBook Air is the world’s best-selling 13-inch notebook. Tasks previously impossible on such a thin and light device can now run, thanks to 3.5X faster CPU performance, 5X faster graphics and 9X faster machine learning than the previous generation. The new MacBook Air is said to be faster than 98 percent of PC laptops sold in the past year.The new MacBook Air is now fanless and runs completely silent. It delivers up to 15 hours of wireless Web browsing and 18 hours of video playback, 6 hours longer than before.MacBook Air 13-inch powered by Apple SiliconThe new 13-inch MacBook Pro is said to be 2.8X faster, with up to 5X faster graphics and 11X faster machine learning than the previous generation, making it the world’s fastest compact pro notebook. It uses active cooling to allow for sustained performance in tasks such as video transcoding and compiling code. Battery life is up to 17 hours of wireless Web browsing and 20 hours of video playback, which is 10 hours more than before. This is the longest battery life ever for a Mac. Apple also promises studio-quality mics for video calls or recording audio, plus the improved M1 camera processor for sharper video with less grain and better contrast in low light. It has two Thunderbolt ports compatible with USB 4, and can drive the Apple Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution, all in the same design as before.Mac Mini powered by Apple SiliconThe new Mac Mini is said to be up to 3X faster in terms of CPU performance than the previous version, with a 6X increase in graphics performance and 15X faster machine learning. It is also said to be just a tenth the size of the current top-selling desktop PC, and up to 5X faster. Apple M1 SoC features and performanceAccording to Apple CEO Tim Cook, over 50 percent of buyers are new to the Mac, and 2020 has been the best year ever for the product line. Apple has been making its own SoCs for iPhones and iPads for more than a decade, and the company has spent several years developing the Apple M1 SoC. It is the first of a family of chips, and more powerful variants are expected over the next few years to power the higher-end MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro and Mac Pro models, plus any new ones that Apple might announce.The M1 SoC (not to be confused with Apple’s line of M-series motion co-processors) is designed primarily for small size and power efficiency. With a high level of integration, it replaces multiple discrete chips in previous-gen Macs including the CPU, IO controlelrs, security co-processor, and memory controller. A unified memory architecture allows all blocks to access a single pool of memory to avoid duplication and reduce latency as well as power draw. Apple also says it has leveraged an industry-leading 5nm process to pack16 billion transistors onto each chip.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple has just unveiled new versions of its popular MacBook Pro 13-inch, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers powered by its in-house Apple M1 SoC. Apple announced earlier this year that it would begin transitioning its entire Mac product line to in-house ARM-based processors from the Intel X86 CPUs that it has been using for the past 15 years. The first of this new generation of Apple Silicon processors is called the Apple M1, which features eight cores (four high-power and four power-efficient) as well as a custom integrated GPU, image signal processor, Secure Enclave, and Neural Engine. The Apple M1 is designed with a new unified memory architecture that is said to improve power efficiency, and is manufactured on a 5nm process.New MacBook Pro 13-inch, MacBook Air, Mac Mini Prices in IndiaThe new refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro will be priced starting at Rs. 1,22,900 with 256GB of storage, and Rs. 1,42,900 for 512GB of storage. These are the same prices as the previous MacBook Pro models. The prices in the US are $1,299 and $1,499 respectively. Both feature 8GB of unified memory. Intel-based MacBook Pro 13-inch models are also still listed, with 512GB and 1TB of storage priced at Rs. 1,74,900 and Rs. 1,94,900 respectively. All variants are sold in Silver and Space Grey.- Advertisement –
– Advertisement – The Israel native joked that her daughter was “crying in the background,” making her wonder whether she “really wants” a third one. “It depends what day you’re gonna ask me that question,” Vander joked.The real estate agent and her kids, Aiden and Elle, have been enjoying extra family time amid the coronavirus pandemic.“My husband works from home and obviously with real estate, I work from home excluding showings,” Vander told Us. “But I spend a lot of time with the family. I just put my son in daycare three weeks ago for, like, half a day in the morning. It’s a small class. So far, so good, so hopefully it will stay this way. And my daughter, she’s 6 months old, and we’ve been full-time parents.”- Advertisement – The Netflix star welcomed her baby girl in May. Prior to giving birth, Vander candidly opened up about her past pregnancy losses.“Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there,” Vander captioned a mother-son photo at the time. “Two years ago, I had back-to-back miscarriages, now I’m few days away from having baby No. 2. To all the women who are trying to get pregnant, don’t give up and stay positive.”- Advertisement – Family of five? Maya Vander is on the fence about having a third child with her husband, Dave.“We’re going back and forth because, look, it’s a lot of work,” the Selling Sunset star, 38, exclusively told Us Weekly on Thursday, November 12, while promoting Ever Eden baby products. “Both me and my husband are very busy, which is a good thing. I do like a big family. That being said, I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m 50/50 with that.”- Advertisement – While raising Aiden and Elle, the two-time mom loves using Ever Eden’s moisturizing lotion “every day after bath time,” Vander told Us on Thursday. “They also sent me the line for moms, so I’ve been using the moisturizer for my body as well.”With reporting by Kayley Stumpe
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Oct 19, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A government official in Thailand said 23 tigers at a private zoo died of avian influenza after eating the carcasses of chickens believed to have had the disease, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Meanwhile, thousands of chickens have died in new outbreaks of avian flu in southern Vietnam this month, despite official statements that the disease was under control, according to news services.In Thailand, tigers at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in central Chonburi province began dying Sep 14, Charal Trinvuthipong, director of the nation’s Bird Flu Elimination and Prevention Center, told the AP. He said another 30 tigers, among more than 400 kept at the zoo, were sick.”We believe that the tigers contracted bird flu because they ate chicken carcasses, and we believe the carcasses had bird flu,” Charal was quoted as saying. He added that veterinarians were checking for avian flu at chicken farms in the province.Last January avian flu killed a clouded leopard and infected a white tiger at a zoo near Bangkok, according to reports at the time. Today’s AP report said that zoo is also in Chonburi province and that the white tiger also died. Avian flu also killed at least two house cats in Thailand last February.In Vietnam, an official said about 3,000 chickens on three farms in southern Tien Giang province died or were culled over suspicions they had the disease, according to an Oct 18 AP story.Test results from samples of those birds are expected this week, Cao Van Hoa, deputy director of the provincial agriculture department, told the AP.The villages near the outbreaks have been disinfected and transportation of poultry to or from the affected districts has been banned, officials told the news agency.An Oct 16 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said more than 20,000 chickens have sickened or died this month in Long An and Hau Giang provinces. It attributed the information to the daily newspaper Tuoi Tre, and quoted the story as saying, “The bird flu epidemic has returned quickly and caused big losses to farmers but no information about this has been released.”But an agriculture ministry spokesman told AFP that the report could not be true. Vietnam officials earlier said they had brought the latest outbreak under control.In northern Vietnam, the Oct 16 edition of the newspaper Tien Phong reported that police in Lan Son province last week seized and destroyed 3.5 tons of chickens smuggled from China, the AP reported. Avian flu has killed or led to the culling of more than 43 million poultry in Vietnam.Those who look toward poultry vaccine as a possible solution were dealt a setback this week when an Australian company announced that an experimental avian flu vaccine for poultry had failed to protect chickens. Only a small percentage of the chickens inoculated in the initial Australian trial of the vaccine survived exposure to H5N1 virus, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP).Imugene Limited began the trial in August in Geelong, Victoria, announcing then that once developed, the vaccine could be used to protect the world’s poultry industry from further outbreaks.Imugene managing director Dr. Warwick Lamb told the AAP Oct 18 that the company will develop a second avian influenza vaccine. “Although we only have very early data, we have identified ways to make the next trial vaccine candidate more effective,” Lamb said.Avian influenza has killed 31 people in Vietnam and Thailand and sickened 12 more since Jan 28, according to the World Health Organization.See also:Feb 16, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Leopard’s death in Thai zoo blamed on avian flu”
Editor’s note: This story was revised Dec 8 to correct the erroneous statement that the World Health Organization had confirmed two more deaths from avian influenza (rather than two cases.)Dec 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed two more human cases of avian influenza, one in China and a fatal one in Indonesia, bringing the global total to 135 cases with 69 deaths in nearly 2 years.Indonesia had already announced that the Nov 25 death of a 25-year-old woman from Tangerang was due to the H5N1 virus, so the WHO’s announcement on Dec 6 was confirmation of that diagnosis.In addition, a 10-year-old girl from the south China province of Guangxi is hospitalized with H5N1 flu, the WHO said today. The girl developed a fever and cough on Nov 23. Health authorities were investigating to determine how she contracted the illness. Hers is the fourth human case of illness announced by China to date; two cases have been fatal.Meanwhile, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) announced yesterday that an 8-month-old baby in Indonesia has tested positive for H5N1 infection. The story cited a spokesman at the Sulianti Soroso hospital in Jakarta as saying preliminary tests were positive for exposure to the virus.The baby boy, from North Jakarta, was ill for 5 days before being placed in isolation on Sunday, ABC said in an online story yesterday.Ukraine in state of emergency over poultry outbreakSpreading infections in poultry prompted the Ukrainian government yesterday to approve President Victor Yushchenko’s request for a state of emergency.Mass poultry deaths have occurred in several villages in Ukraine’s Crimean region, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story published today. Tests are awaited to determine which subtype of H5 is causing the deaths.Those six villages are added to the five villages where poultry die-offs began last week, AFP reported.Yushchenko told reporters that “what happened in these villages is clearly a professional error of the veterinary service and it must accept responsibility,” and ordered the dismissal of the chief veterinarian. That man, Petro Verbytsky, had offered to resign a month earlier, after being accused of not doing enough to keep Ukraine free of bird flu, Reuters news service reported.The first avian flu cases were registered in the country’s poultry 2 months ago, according to a Web site called ForUm, which describes itself as an Internet newspaper in Ukraine, but the government and local authorities did not respond.Ukrainian Interior Ministry troops were patrolling exclusion zones around the affected villages, birds were being incinerated with leftover napalm from the Soviet era and monitoring zones have been imposed around affected areas, Reuters reported on Dec 5.Farmers are being compensated for lost poultry, and villagers are being vaccinated for seasonal flu, which won’t prevent H5N1 infection in humans but could reduce the opportunities for that virus to mix with human flu viruses and evolve.Thailand makes oseltamivirThai authorities have announced the country can make its own antiviral oseltamivir, according to a story published today by AFP.Swiss drug maker Roche does not have a patent on the drug in Thailand, AFP reported. Roche markets the drug under the name “Tamiflu.” The drug is being widely stockpiled as a possible intervention against pandemic flu.Lt. Gen. Mongkol Jivasatikarn, director general of the Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization, said the country spent nearly a year readying production, according to the AFP. He projected that Thailand could produce 1 million capsules of Tamiflu in 2006. In the event of a pandemic, he added, the country has the capacity for making at least 400,000 capsules a day.See alsoWHO announcement of Chinese case http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_07a/en/index.htmlWHO announcement of Indonesian case, confirmed http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_06/en/index.html
The United States banned imports of Canadian cattle and beef after Canada’s first BSE case in May 2003. The border was reopened to boneless beef from young cattle a few months later, but live cattle were banned until July 2005, when officials reopened the border to cattle intended for slaughter before reaching 30 months of age. See also: The case was in a 50-month-old dairy cow from Alberta, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The cow was born several years after Canada banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants in 1997. Canada’s sixth case, in a cow from Manitoba, was confirmed Jul 4. The latest case was detected through Canada’s BSE surveillance program, which focuses on high-risk cattle. It was first announced as a potential case on Jul 10. The carcass was burned, and none of it entered the human or animal feed systems, the CFIA said. The new case drew concern from US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, who said he was sending a US expert to join the investigation. Finding the disease in a cow born more than 4 years after the feed ban took effect “does raise questions that must be answered,” he commented in a prepared statement. Jul 13 statement by USDA Secretary Johanns The CFIA said other countries have had BSE cases in cattle born after ruminant-to-ruminant feed bans. “Nonetheless, a full accounting and determination of how this animal was exposed to BSE will be the primary focus of the CFIA’s investigation,” the statement said, adding that US officials have been invited to participate. “We need a thorough understanding of all the circumstances involved in this case to assure our consumers that Canada’s regulatory system is effectively providing the utmost protections to consumers and livestock,” Johanns said. Jul 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) Canada yesterday confirmed its seventh case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the second case verified this month. The agency said it has found the farm where the cow was born and is tracing other cattle born there within a year before and after the animal’s birth. The location of the farm was not given.
Jul 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Novartis, the Swiss-based drug manufacturer, today announced plans to build what it says will be the first US plant to make cell-culture-based influenza vaccines.The facility will be built in Holly Springs, N.C., at a total cost of about $600 million, the company said in a news release. It will be able to produce about 50 million doses of seasonal trivalent (three-strain) flu vaccine annually.”In the event of an influenza pandemic, the site is planned to have a capacity of up to 150 million monovalent doses annually within six months of a pandemic declaration,” the company said.The US government awarded Novartis a $220 million contract in May for development of cell-based flu vaccines in the United States. That money will go toward the cost of the new facility, officials said.Depending on validation testing and approval, the plant could begin production as early as 2011 and be ready for full production as early as 2012, a Novartis spokesperson told CIDRAP News by e-mail.Novartis also announced today it has submitted a cell-based flu vaccine for approval by the European Union’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use. The company said it filed in June after successfully completing phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccine. Officials said this marks the first such submission in the EU.Flu vaccines have been grown in chicken eggs since the 1950s, but a number of companies are developing techniques for growing them in laboratory cell cultures instead. Cell-culture production offers a number of potential advantages, including faster start-up, greater flexibility, less risk of contamination, and freedom from dependence on the availability of eggs.”We are taking the lead in moving cell culture vaccine manufacturing closer to a commercial reality now that the site for a U.S. manufacturing plant has been chosen and the first EU submission for a flu cell culture vaccine have been completed,” Novartis Chairman and CEO Dr. Daniel Vasella said in the news release.The company is currently conducting a phase 1 and 2 clinical trial of a cell-based flu vaccine in the United States. The company spokesperson said by e-mail, “Our phase I/phase II trial in the US is fully enrolled, and immunogenicity data are satisfactory. We are in ongoing dialog with the US Food and Drug Administration to evaluate the data received to date and achieve an optimal design for our phase III program.”The vaccines for the European and US trials were developed and produced in Marburg, Germany, the company said.In May the US Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $1 billion worth of contracts to five companies for developing cell-based flu vaccines, including the $220 million to Novartis. The money comes from $3.8 billion that Congress appropriated last December for flu-pandemic preparedness.The other contractors and their awards were GlaxoSmithKline, $274.75 million; MedImmune, $169.6 million; DynPort Vaccine, $40.97 million; and Solvay Pharmaceuticals, $298.59 million. The contracts are for 5 years.See also: May 4 CIDRAP News article “US awards $1 billion for cell-based flu vaccines”Jun 27, 2005, CIDRAP News article “Momentum builds for cell-culture flu vaccines”
Aug 14 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_08_14/en/index.html In its Aug 3 statement, the WHO had said that a 29-year-old miner who died Jul 14 had the deadly virus. The agency said the man had helped care for a 21-year-old miner who had fallen ill with similar symptoms in late June but had recovered. Contacts of the case-patients have been monitored and were “coming to the end of the period of their observation,” with no further cases detected, the WHO said. The earlier statement indicated all the suspected cases were in miners. Tests at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “have confirmed Marburg virus infection in the putative index case, a mine worker, and in one of his close contacts during his illness,” the WHO said in a statement. Aug 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Only one additional case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has been confirmed in Uganda since a single case and some suspected cases were reported there on Aug 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday. In addition, experts from the CDC, the WHO, and the Ugandan government are working to identify the virus’s natural hosts and mode of transmission, with particular emphasis on the mines and surrounding area, the WHO said. See also: The presumed index case mentioned in yesterday’s statement was that of the 21-year-old miner who recovered, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told CIDRAP News. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Marburg, a viral hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola fever. In an outbreak in Angola in 2004 and 2005, 227 of 252 patients died. To contain the outbreak, the agency said, an international team including experts from the WHO and several other organizations is working with the Ugandan health ministry to strengthen surveillance, contact tracing, infection control, logistics, and social mobilization. Editor’s note: This story was revised Aug 16 to include a clarification from the World Health Organization about the identity of the index case-patient.