Candidates, questions and poll locations for the Nov. 6 election

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first_imgMainers will head to the polls Tuesday, electing a new governor, filling a number of state and county positions and weighing in on five referendum questions. The questions are listed first, followed by candidates appearing on local ballots and poll places and times.Question 1: Universal Home Care ProgramQuestion 1 is a Citizen’s Initiative, meaning it was brought forward after a petition process collected enough signatures. The wording of Question 1, as it appears on the ballot, is this:Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018? If approved, Question 1 would create a Universal Home Care Program that would provide in-home and community support services for Mainers that require assistance due to either old age or disability.The program would be funded by new taxes on wage income and non-wage income that exceeds the amount of wages subject to Social Security taxes; in 2018 that figure was $128,400. Specifically, a 1.9 percent tax would be applied to both the employer and the employee on wage income in excess of $128,400. A 3.8 percent tax would also be applied to qualifying non-wage income, reduced by the amount paid in relation to wage income; by design this would cap the tax at 3.8 percent. That tax would generate $310 million annually, according to the state’s Office of Fiscal and Program Review.A nine-member board would be created to oversee the program. The law would require that at least 77 percent of the funding go directly to service worker costs.Question 2: Wastewater Infrastructure BondQuestion 2 is a bond issue, meaning it was passed by two-thirds of the Legislature prior to appearing on the warrant. The wording of Question 2, as it appears on the ballot, is this:Do you favor a $30,000,000 bond issue to improve water quality, support the planning and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and assist homeowners whose homes are served by substandard or malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems? This question would authorize the state to issue $30 million in bonds, mostly to support Department of Environmental Protection-issued grants to municipalities for pollution abatement facilities. A total of $27.65 million would be used for that purpose, prioritizing areas with high-value shellfish resources. Another $2 million would be used to replace failing septic systems through the Small Communities Grant Program and the final $350,000 would assist homeowners eliminating residential overboard discharge systems on the coast.Assuming 5 percent interest over 10 years, the $30 million bond would generate $8.25 million in interest.Question 3: Transportation BondQuestion 3 is a bond issue, meaning it was passed by two-thirds of the Legislature prior to appearing on the warrant. The wording of Question 3, as it appears on the ballot, is this:Do you favor a $106,000,000 bond issue, including $101,000,000 for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities and equipment related to ports, piers, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and $5,000,000 for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings? Question 3 authorizes the state to issue $106 million in bonds: $80 million to the Department of Transportation to support highway and bridge improvements; another $20 million to the MDOT for facilities and equipment relating to marine transportation, aviation, railroads, bicycles and pedestrian trails; $1 million to the Maine Maritime Academy to improve the waterfront pier in Castine; and $5 million to the Department of Environmental Protection to fund the installation of culverts at stream crossings to improve fish habitats.Assuming 5 percent interest over 10 years, the $106 million bond would generate $29.15 million in interest.Question 4: Public University BondQuestion 4 is a bond issue, meaning it was passed by two-thirds of the Legislature prior to appearing on the warrant. The wording of Question 4, as it appears on the ballot, is this:Do you favor a $49,000,000 bond issue to be matched by at least $49,000,000 in private and public funds to modernize and improve the facilities and infrastructure of Maine’s public universities in order to expand workforce development capacity and to attract and retain students to strengthen Maine’s economy and future workforce? This question would allow the state to issue $49 million in bonds for construction and renovation projects within the University of Maine System. The funds would be distributed at the direction of the Board of Trustees, with that board having approved projects in all seven campuses. At the University of Maine at Farmington campus, $8.5 million in Question 4 funds would be used to renovate the Olsen Student Center, Mantor Library and build a new Child Care & Early Education Center, as well as support improvements in the classrooms and dorms.Assuming 5 percent interest over 10 years, the $49 million bond would generate $13.47 million in interest.Question 5: Community College BondQuestion 5 is a bond issue, meaning it was passed by two-thirds of the Legislature prior to appearing on the warrant. The wording of Question 5, as it appears on the ballot, is this:Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to improve educational programs by upgrading facilities at all 7 of Maine’s community colleges in order to provide Maine people with access to high-skill, low-cost technical and career education? Question 5 would allow the state to issue $15 million in bonds to support the Maine Community College System. The funds would go toward the seven colleges for a variety of purposes that range from creating new programs to energy efficiency improvements to facilities. At the Central Maine Community College in Auburn, $2.5 million would be used to renovate and expand instructional laboratories, upgrade information technology infrastructure and upgrade heating and ventilating systems.Assuming 5 percent interest over 10 years, the $15 million bond would generate $4.12 million in interest.The state-wide ballot (all towns in Franklin County vote on this)Gubernatorial ElectionAlan Caron of Freeport (Independent)Teresea Hayes of Buckfield (Independent)Janet Mills of Farmington (Democrat)Shawn Moody of Gorham (Republican)[Note: While appearing on the ballot, Caron has dropped out of the race, endorsing Mills]U.S. Senate ElectionEric Brakey of Auburn (Republican)Angus King of Brunswick (Independent) [Incumbent]Zak Ringelstein of Yarmouth (Democrat)U.S. Congressional District 2 ElectionTiffany Bond of Portland (Independent)Jared Golden of Lewiston (Democrat)William Hoar of Southwest Harbor (Independent)Bruce Poliquin of Oakland (Republican) [Incumbent]State Senate District 17Russell Black of Wilton (Republican)Jan Collins of Wilton (Democrat)State House of Representatives DistrictsHouse District 74 – Includes the towns of Jay, Livermore Falls and part of Livermore.Christina Riley of Jay (Democrat) [Incumbent]Robert Staples of Jay (Republican)House District 112 – Includes the towns of Anson, Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Kingfield, New Portland, Phillips, Starks, Weld and Sandy River Plantation, plus the unorganized territories of East Central Franklin (including Freeman, Madrid and Salem Townships), and Perkins and Washington Townships.Thomas Skolfield of Weld (Republican) [Incumbent]Cynthia Soma-Hernandez of Anson (Democrat)House District 113 – Includes the towns of Farmington and New Sharon.Paul Brown of Farmington (Republican)Scott Landry of Farmington (Democrat)House District 114 – Includes the towns of Chesterville, Industry, New Vineyard, Strong, Temple and Wilton.Randall Hall of Wilton (Republican)Cherieann Harrison of Wilton (Democrat)Maitland Lord of Chesterville (Independent)House District 117 – Andover, Bethel, Byron, Eustis, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Lovell (part), Newry, Rangeley, Stoneham, Stow, Upton and Plantations of Coplin, Dallas, Lincoln, Magalloway and Rangeley, plus the unorganized territories of North Franklin, North Oxford, South Oxford (including Albany and Mason Townships) and West Central Franklin.Frances Head of Bethel (Republican) [Incumbent]Stephanie LeBlanc of Bethel (Democrat)Judge of ProbateRonald Aseltine of Wilton (Independent)Margot Joly of Weld (Democrat)County TreasurerQuenten Clark of Farmington (Republican)Pamela Prodan of Wilton (Democrat) [Incumbent]Register of DeedsSusan Black of Wilton (Republican) [Incumbent]District Attorney for District 3 (includes Franklin County)S Thomas Carey of Auburn (Republican)Andrew Robinson of Farmington (Democrat) [Incumbent]County Commissioner for District 3 (includes Weld, Avon, Strong, New Vineyard, Industry and everything north of those five towns)Clyde Barker of Strong (Republican) [Incumbent]Polling locations and times [Note: All polls close at 8 p.m.]AVON – municipal building at 1116 Rangeley Road – opens at 8 a.m.CARRABASSETT VALLEY – town office at 1001 Carriage Road – opens at 8 a.mCARTHAGE – town office at 703A Carthage Road – opens at 8 a.m.CHESTERVILLE – town office at 409 Dutch Gap Road – opens at 8 a.m.COPLIN PLANTATION (& Wyman Twp) – town office at 8 School Street – opens at 10 a.m.DALLAS PLANTATION – townhouse at 436 Dallas Hill Road – opens at 10 a.m.EUSTIS – town office at 88 Main Street – opens at 8 a.m.FARMINGTON – community center at 127 Middle Street – opens at 8 a.m.INDUSTRY – town office at 1033 Industry Road – opens at 8 a.m.JAY – community building at 13 Community Drive – opens at 8 a.m.KINGFIELD – Webster Hall at 38 School Street – open at 8 a.m.NEW SHARON – town office at 11 School Lane – open at 8 a.m.NEW VINEYARD – Smith Memorial Hall at 1680 New Vineyard Road – opens at 8 a.m.PHILLIPS (& Madrid) – Phillips Primary School at 15 Russell Street – opens at 8 a.m.RANGELEY – town office at 15 School Street – opens at 8 a.m.RANGELEY PLANTATION – School House at 393 South Shore Drive – opens at 10 a.m.SANDY RIVER PLANTATION – town office at 33 Town Hall Road – opens at 10 a.m.STRONG (& Freeman) – Forster Memorial Building at 14 South Main – opens at 8 a.m.TEMPLE – town hall at 258 Temple Road – opens at 8 a.m.WELD – multi-purpose room at 23 Mill Street – opens at 10 a.m.WILTON – municipal building at 158 Weld Road – opens at 8 a.m.last_img read more


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first_imgScientists will be able to predict earthquake magnitudes earlier than ever before thanks to new research by Marine Denolle, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS).“For large-strike slip earthquakes like those that occur on the San Andreas Fault, which are likely to rupture for about 50 seconds, we would be able to predict the final magnitudes 2 to 5 seconds after getting the first seismic wave,” said Denolle, senior author of the study that appeared recently in Geophysical Research Letters.Denolle shares authorship with Philippe Danré, the first author and former EPS visiting master’s student; Jiuxun Yin, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and Brad Lipovsky, an EPS researcher. The team also proved that the activity of earthquakes is actually organized, not chaotic as scientists had previously believed.“Our research, which is technically rather simple, provides answers relevant not only to earthquake dynamics, but to prediction of earthquake behavior before the earthquake ends,” said Denolle. While there is still no way to predict quakes before they begin, current detection systems consist of a series of sensors that transmit signals to determine the location and magnitude once rapid shaking occurs.Denolle and her team used data products and created numerical models to predict an earthquake’s final magnitude 10 to 15 seconds faster than today’s best algorithms — seconds that could provide enough time for people to exit a building or for officials to stop traffic before shaking starts.The team began by examining patterns of seismic signals — transient waveforms that radiate from the first rupture in a fault, a thin seam of crushed rock separating two blocks of the earth’s crust. An earthquake occurs when the blocks break free. Scientists read these waves using an underground instrument called a seismometer that translates motions into a graph called a seismogram. “Seismograms give us information about what happened on the fault at the place where the earthquake occurred,” said Denolle.Denolle and her team combined previous seismograms, which recorded changes in the waves over time as they traveled between the seismometer and the fault. This data product, known as “source time function,” provides a more accurate read on the waves from the source over long distances.Denolle and her team examined a catalog of source time functions from earthquakes around the globe between 1990 and 2017. They discovered that large earthquakes are actually composed of a series of subevents, smaller events whose size is nearly proportional to the size of the main one. The team concluded that they could predict the final size of an earthquake based on the size of the first few subevents.“The self-organization of earthquake ruptures is well-explained by heterogeneity on the fault, and our current knowledge of earthquake physics can explain our observations,” said Denolle.The researchers hope their work will continue to evolve and can one day help improve the algorithms for early warnings of earthquake. To do this, they will work on extracting more accurate high-frequency signals from earthquakes to understand more about their dynamics.“Eventually, we would hope that the study can provide some guidelines for proper modeling of large earthquakes, and serve as a tool for earthquake early warning, especially for regions expecting large earthquakes, like the Pacific Coast and Japan,” said Denolle.last_img read more


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first_img In the particular case of the FAB, the operation center will be at the Aerial Operations Command, headquartered in Brasília, where Super Tucano airplanes (A-29), F 5EM fighters, radar airplanes, UAVs and helicopters are available. By Dialogo May 23, 2013 On May 18, the Brazilian Military started Operation Ágata 7 along the entire Brazilian border, which includes ten South American countries. By employing 25,000 Soldiers, and the participation of Federal Police agents, Highway Patrol, Military Police and government agencies, this edition is the largest deployment ever performed by the Brazilian government. The operation is designed to support the fight against crime between Oiapoque, in the northern state of Amapa, and Chi, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Operation Ágata 7 occurs on the eve of the Confederations Cup, a soccer tournament hosted in Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador. Due to this event, the Ministry of Defense opted for a mobilization that would cover the 10,492 miles of national border versus actions that occurred only on portions of the border between Brazil and the South American countries in prior editions. As the operation unfolds throughout the entire land border, the troops will have centers built at the western and southern Amazon Military Commands, where the Navy, Army and Air Force will serve. However, the three branches will utilize work force and equipment from military organizations and can count on reinforcements from other regions. The Ministry of Defense has performed six editions of Operation Ágata through the Armed Forces Joint Staff for almost two years. The boundary zone is 93 miles from the border, representing 27% of the national territory that includes 710 municipalities, 122 of which are border areas. The Navy will use river patrol boats, UH-12 helicopters, hospital ships and speedboats. The Army will use aircraft, as well as armored and light vehicles for the transportation of the troops, and the land force will setup operations in strategic locations on the Brazilian border to block the highways. Besides combating illicit activities, Operation Ágata also unfolds civic actions such as medical, dental, and hospital services in areas where underprivileged families are located. According to the integrated balance, the prior six editions of Operation Ágata have resulted in 59,717 procedures, from which 18,304 were medical and 29,482 were dental services. Approximately 9,000 people received vaccinations and 195,241 medications were distributed. The Border Plan directed the operation, which was created by presidential decree in June 2011. Currently, 12 ministries, 20 government agencies and institutions from the 11 border states are taking part in Operation Ágata. During the deployment, the troops will be on the lookout for major cross-border crimes such as drug trafficking, contraband and embezzlement, weapons and ammunition trafficking, environmental crimes, vehicle smuggling, illegal immigration and mining. Before beginning the operation, the government was in contact with neighboring countries to transfer information regarding the use of the military. While Operation Ágata is part of the national Strategic Border Plan coordinated by the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces Joint Staff, its execution is the responsibility of the Brazilian Navy, Army, and Air Force (FAB). last_img read more


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first_imgChinese state-backed hackers have also been targeting vaccine-makers, the US government said in July while announcing criminal charges.Microsoft said most of the targets — located in Canada, France, India, South Korea and the United States — were “directly involved in researching vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.” It did not name the targets but said most had vaccine candidates in various stages of clinical trials.The company identified one of the state-backed hacker groups as Fancy Bear, the Russian military agents who Britain’s National Cyber Security Center said in July were behind such intrusion attempts. Two others were North Korea’s Lazarus Group and a group Microsoft calls Cerium.- Advertisement – Microsoft said it has detected attempts by state-backed Russian and North Korean hackers to steal valuable data from leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers.It said in a blog post Friday that most of the attacks in recent months were unsuccessful, but provided no information on how many succeeded or how serious those breaches were.- Advertisement – At the same time, coronavirus cases are surging. In the US, deaths per day have soared more than 40 percent over the past two weeks to an average of more than 1,100, the highest level in three months.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Most of the break-in efforts involved attempts to steal the login credentials of people associated with the targeted organisations. The Lazarus Group posed as job recruiters while Cerium targeted spear-phishing emails that masqueraded as missives from World Health Organization representatives, Microsoft said.The blog post coincided with an appearance by Microsoft president Brad Smith at an international forum calling on nations to protect health care facilities from cyberattacks. This year, the Paris Peace Forum is taking place online.Optimism about a COVID-19 vaccine has grown since pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced earlier this week that preliminary data showed its vaccine to be 90 percent effective.- Advertisement –last_img read more