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Roper: Judge rules on illegal voters

first_imgby Rob Roper The vote fraud case in Victory, Vermont, concluded with eleven “voters” being removed from the town checklist. For this small, Vermont community it meant a full 13 percent of registered voters were illegitimate, and these illegitimate votes were more than enough to alter the outcomes of elections. What’s truly alarming about this case is that the root problem had more to do with election officials – either stubbornly ignorant or flat out corrupt — than with the non-resident voters.It’s hard to blame the out-of-towners who were told repeatedly and defended by those in charge that what they were doing was okay. As Judge Thomas Devine stated in his decision, “… this is a situation where the facts as found by the BCA do not support the legal conclusion of residency.” In other words, the election officials did not understand the law, and, as a result, allowed many people to vote illegally.The Victory BCA argued that non-residents who were were eligible to vote because they had an “intent” to establish a primary domicile in the district at some point in the future. These “voters” included second homeowners from Connecticut, the adult child of a Victory resident who lived and worked in Burlington, and folks who owned a camp in Victory, but lived primarily in Montpelier. However, Vermont law clearly defines a resident as:“a natural person who is domiciled [not was or will be] in the State as evidenced by an intent to maintain [not establish] a principal [not secondary] dwelling place in the State indefinitely and to return there when temporarily absent, coupled with an act or acts consistent with that intent.” (Bracketed comments added.)Judge Devine’s ruling in Victory clarifies the obvious, “…domiciled requires having residence ‘coupled with an intention of remaining indefinitely,’ and neither residency or intent alone is enough to establish it.” It is the job of local election officials to determine that a potential voter is A) currently domiciled in the district in which they would like to vote, and B) that they intend to maintain that residence as their primary domicile as evidenced by action. The Victory BCA did not do this.Which raises the big question, is this fundamental misunderstanding and misapplication of Vermont election law isolated in little Victory, or is this a common belief and practice among BCAs and election officials throughout the state?I will say here that it is the latter. Why?Remember when Garrett Graff attempted to run for lieutenant governor immediately after having lived and worked in Washington D.C. for over a decade? To qualify for that ballot there is a four-year residency requirement, and, as VT Digger reported at the time, “While Graff has lived in Washington, D.C., for nearly a decade, he recently quit his job at Politico and moved to Burlington with his wife. He said he has remained a registered voter in the Green Mountain State … ‘If someone is able to vote for office, they should be able to run for office,’ said Graff.” (VT Digger, 1/27/16(link is external))Sound logic. But, as we know in accordance with Judge Devine’s ruling, Graff was not and never was able to legally vote in Vermont after he established a primary domicile in D.C. Yet, despite these very public comments in a statewide debate over someone seeking the second highest office in state government, nobody batted an eye at the fact that Graff had been voting illegally in Vermont as a non-resident for over a decade. Not local election officials, not legislators, not the Attorney General or Secretary of State, not the press. Why not? Because they all incorrectly believed Graff was right about his voting status.The loosely interpreted “future intent” or “intent to return” is the standard that has been applied – and applied wrongly — to Vermont’s voter checklist on a statewide level for at least a decade. This has allowed people who do not reside in our communities to influence the outcomes of or local elections. First, we need to find out how widespread this problem is. Is it the 13% level of Victory? It’s a small town, but not as hot a second home destination as many other Vermont communities.  And then we need to get to work cleaning up our voter lists and correcting this injustice.Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute. He lives in Stowe.last_img read more

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EnGenius Technologies Releases Two Multi-gigabit Switches for IT and AV-over-IP Applications

first_imgEnGenius Technologies released the EnGenius Cloud ECS2512 and ECS2512FP multi-gigabit switches — aimed at both IT and AV-over-IP applications. Both the EnGenius Cloud ECS2512 ($499) and ECS2512FP ($749) multi-gigabit switches include a full-featured layer 2+ switching capacity (120G), eight high-speed 2.5G ports, and four dual-speed 10G SFP+ slots for fiber uplinks. These switches deliver high speeds that equipment like network-attached storage (NAS) devices, routers and workstations demand.Meanwhile, the more advanced ECS2512FP model supports IEEE 802.3bt Power-over-Ethernet, allowing it to transfer 60 watts of power to each port (from a budget of 240 watts) to such power-hungry devices as Wi-Fi 6 access points, PTZ cameras or AV controllers.EnGenius switches also include the company’s subscription-free EnGenius Cloud that allows IT technicians to monitor system metrics in real-time, display network topology, troubleshoot problems and analyze network behavior.The new EnGenius Cloud ECS2512 are already shipping.last_img read more

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Magnum Power Security Adds Thermal Screening Integration Ability to Deva-Branded Camera/Speaker/Sensor

first_imgMagnum Power Security has announced it has added the ability to integrate with third-party thermal screening software into the Deva-branded all-in-one speaker, camera and sensor product. So, any location with a Deva product can be upgraded or used to screen employees (and visitors) entering a space and provide an audio warning, or even latch and unlatch a turnstile, to prevent an individual with a higher body temperature from entering a facility.And, Deva can help support social distancing measures through third-party software by identifying the number of people in an area. Deva responds in real-time when that number goes beyond a set limit.Manufactured in Italy, Deva integrates multiple communication solutions into a single form factor. Deva’s multimedia system features an HD camera, a high-powered full-range speaker, an array of ambient sensors and advanced connectivity options. Deva enables cross processing of data gathered through both its “eye” and sensors with the implementation of third-party software. Completely weatherproof, Deva works wirelessly both indoors and outdoors as a small- and large-scale information and entertainment system and in safety and emergency systems that rely on real-time data acquisition.Deva can also be used both indoors and outdoors to transmit real-time or recorded emergency messaging. Integration into existing evacuations systems is also possible thanks to its connectivity options.Other security features include its ability to witness an intrusion and trigger an audible alarm while alerting an administrator as well as its ability to spot an abandoned object with its “eye.”last_img read more

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The pursuit of perfection

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Anthony DemangoneI will never forget that day. I shuffled into my first law school exam. It was on property law. I was already on edge.  Then I read the one and only exam question.“Man is made of wood so crooked, nothing he builds shall ever be straight.”  Please describe how this Immanuel Kant quote relates the development of American property law.A few students gasped. A few more muttered to themselves. My heart raced a bit, but I finally settled down and started an outline. Needless to say, I (as well as my classmates) survived the ordeal.That memory flooded back recently when I read this article from LinkedIn: Corporate Cultures Can Be Vibrant And Healthy, But They’ll Never Be Perfect.The author, Jennifer Miller, discusses an interesting subject. The pursuit of perfection in an imperfect world. I think this paragraph sums up her argument. continue reading »last_img read more

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Study shows how neurons reach their final destinations

first_imgShare on Facebook This discovery could ultimately help researchers better understand how neurons gone astray contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, said Peter Baas, PhD, a professor in the College of Medicine and the study’s principal investigator.A selected electron tomography slice shows microtubules, with the arrows indicating the direction of migration (top). The researchers used electron tomography to construct a 3-D model (bottom), and found that whereas most microtubules (green) are attached to the centrosome (blue), a small number are unattached. The unattached microtubules are able to undergo motor-driven sliding, which helps neurons migrate in a straight line.“This study is important for understanding how a healthy brain is organized,” Baas said. “If neurons do not know when to start migrating, or where to go, or if the axons don’t grow long enough, that sort of thing can give way to disorders such as autism.”The study, published this month in the Journal of Cell Biology, focuses on microtubules and the molecular motor proteins that generate forces on these intracellular structures.Until recently, the primary school of thought accepted that microtubules’ main functions were to grow longer and shorter — as merely “passive players” in the wiring of the nervous system. However, Baas has spent his career studying the ways in which motor proteins push and pull on microtubules, causing them turn, and thus enabling the axon to move in response to cues inside the embryo.Researchers also assumed that all “functionally relevant” microtubules were attached to the centrosome, the main organization center of a cell, according to Baas.Baas and his research team decided to use electron tomography — the most rigorous imaging method available — to see, first, whether some microtubules might actually be detached from the centrosome, and if so, how that detachment might contribute to neuron migration.The researchers found that a small group of microtubules were not attached to the centrosome, and that motor proteins can actually slide these unattached microtubules within the neuron as it migrates.Next, they wanted to know, do those sliding, unattached microtubules matter?To find out, the researchers added a drug to immobilize them. They saw that, although the neurons still moved, they frequently changed direction, instead of migrating in a simple, straight line.“When we used the drug that inhibits sliding, we saw that the neuron can’t migrate in a nice straight, smooth trajectory,” Baas said. “That’s how we found out that little bit of sliding that normally occurs is really important for maneuverability.”Going a step further, the researchers detached more microtubules from the centrosome by knocking out their anchoring protein. This caused many of the neurons to slow down or even come to a complete halt, and the neurons’ axons continued to grow at long lengths.By manipulating levels of protein, the researchers now know that even the smallest alterations can greatly change the morphology and migratory behavior of a neuron, which can translate to developmental problems.“If any of these mechanisms – with ninein or any of these motor proteins — are disrupted, there can be problems anywhere along the way,” Baas said. As the human brain develops, neurons leave their birthplace and take a trip to distant locations. Once they reach their final destination, the neurons then send out axons and dendrites — the branches that receive and send messages from other cells.Humans’ most basic functions depend on this journey of neurons getting to where they need to go, and making correct connections once they arrive. This ensures that our eyes can see, our ears can hear, our fingers can touch and so on.A new study from Drexel University researchers shows that the sliding movements of a small group of intracellular structures — called microtubules — play a key role in keeping neurons on a smooth, proper trajectory. LinkedIn Share on Twittercenter_img Email Pinterest Sharelast_img read more

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APA Announces Addition Of New Team Members

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  Automotive Parts Associates Inc. (APA) has announced the addition of two new team members to APA headquarters staff. They will fill the functions of Caprice Caster, director of events and promotions, who has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementInge Hafkemeyer, certified meeting manager (CMM), will be handling all the details for APA’s meeting planning and the incentive trip program, and Sara Griewing will be serving in a marketing/administrative role.Hafkemeyer has 30 years of meeting planning experience. She also is a certified hospitality sales professional and has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Griewing has more than 15 years of marketing, copywriting and graphic design experience.  She’s worked in marketing for both Hallmark Cards and Russell Stover Candies. She also oversaw events and marketing for more than 30 automotive events a year for Super Chevy, Fun Ford and the Mopar Action Series. In addition, she belongs to both SEMA and the Mustang Club of America.   Griewing will be handling APA’s spring and fall promotions, the service center program and assisting with all of the company’s events.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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GRI Hires Maury Shnier As Sales And Marketing Director, Americas

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  Global Rubber Industries (GRI) has hired Maury Shnier to be its sales and marketing director for the Americas. Shnier was previously with CAMSO, where recently he held the post of executive director, sales and operations for the Material Handling Aftermarket division in Canada and the U.S.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHaving established itself as a trusted and reliable supplier of high-quality industrial tires for material handling applications, GRI will be significantly expanding its product offering into agriculture and construction tires with the grand opening of its new factory in January 2018. Shnier will be leading GRI’s efforts to expand its sales, distribution and dealer network to support the full scope of its enhanced product offering across the Americas. In the U.S., his focus will be on agriculture and construction tires, as GRI is well established in industrial tires.“I am excited to be joining the GRI team to help them reach the full potential of their sizable investments in new manufacturing capabilities. Having seen their existing products in the market and witnessed their strong relationships, I look forward to ensuring the company continues that momentum as it branches out into new products and territories,” said Shnier. Prabhash Subasinghe, GRI managing director, said, “As we continue to grow and expand our reach, senior professionals such as Maury will ensure that we do so diligently and rapidly in the Americas.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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H2 Mobility plans for 400 German hydrogen stations

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Air Liquide Q3: Revenue up 3.5%

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