BLOG: How to Follow Pennsylvania Primary Election Returns


first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  The Blog,  Voting & Elections Today is the day: April 26th is the Pennsylvania primary. Registered voters in the Republican and Democratic parties will head to the polls to make their choice for President of the United States, United States Senator, statewide row offices and most of the state legislative seats in Pennsylvania.Polls are open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM — Go vote!After the polls close, you can head over to the Department of State’s election-night returns website, which offers up-to-the-minute statewide results.The portal allows users to customize searches, receive timely updates and view results on mobile devices. The site also provides direct links to each county’s election results website.Visitors to the site can take advantage of a location-based service through the “My County” link which instantly brings up results for the county in which the user is located.The election returns website can be accessed on the Department of State’s home page at The Department will have results on the site as it receives reports from Pennsylvania’s 67 counties after the polls close at 8 PM on Election Day.Miss the registration deadline for the primary? It is never too early to register online so you can participate in the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, November 8th. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: April 26, 2016 BLOG: How to Follow Pennsylvania Primary Election Returnslast_img read more

Zidane criticises Real Madrid’s lack of intensity in PSG defeat


first_imgZINEDINE Zidane criticised Real Madrid for a lack of intensity during their 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Madrid were humbled at the Parc des Princes, where an Angel Di Maria brace and a late Thomas Meunier goal saw the Ligue 1 giants to victory in their Group A opener.Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema had efforts ruled out for Madrid, who fell to a PSG side  without Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.Zidane, whose team failed to record a shot on target, was unhappy with Madrid’s intensity in Paris midweek.“They have surpassed us in everything, especially what bothers me is the intensity,” the Madrid head coach told a news conference, via AS.“At this level, in this competition, it is complicated if you don’t enter the field well. They have surpassed us.”Zidane added: “They are good at creating chances. What has worried me is to see my team without the necessary intensity.“We know that the opponents were going to put a lot of pressure on us. We have almost never entered the game. We had only two chances and made two goals, but the VAR ruled them out.”Di Maria opened the scoring for PSG when the attacker beat Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at his near post in the 14th minute.However, Zidane refused to blame his shot-stopper – later beaten by Di Maria from 20 yards before Meunier’s late sealer – following the defeat.“We are all in the same boat. When we win, we all win. And when we lose, we all lose,” he said.“I don’t want to point at anyone. It is everyone’s fault when it is lost.”While Madrid failed to have a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since Opta started recording the data in 2003-04, Zidane is unworried about his side’s ability to create.“I didn’t like not creating opportunities with the players we have on the field. It is what it is. We have almost never entered the game,” he said. “I am not worried. Normally we have occasions.”last_img read more

Tom Donegan – SpecialEffect – Every solution we find is a milestone


first_imgTom Donegan is the Fundraising Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect. Tom Donegan – SpecialEffectSpecialEffect is a UK based charity doing amazing things to help those who otherwise couldn’t enjoy playing video games. It gives some respite to those who badly need it, and they’ve an ever expanding portfolio of ingenious modifications to consoles to allow for various disabilities.We’re pleased to be helping spread the word of the work they do and it’s with this purpose that we’ve made them the Charity Partner of our ESI Forum series, the monthly esports industry networking and knowledge sharing events that we host at the Bunkr. They’ll be there again on August 31st detailing what it is they do and showcasing one of their modified tools which allows players to play some Rocket League with chin controls. Here we spoke to Tom about what they do at SpecialEffect, the impact they have and their plans to do more of the same!Esports Insider: Tom, tell us how and why you personally came to be involved with SpecialEffectTom Donegan: The charity was founded by my dad, Dr. Mick Donegan, back in 2007. In the early days, it was a 100% voluntary organisation and I would help out with some of the admin and fundraising duties, while I was finishing up at Uni.I then went off and did a number of other jobs in the non-profit sector, before returning to SpecialEffect as a full time employee about three years ago, when I joined the fundraising team as the events coordinator. ESI: What stands out in your memory of the impact SpecialEffect has had?Tom: It’s been amazing to see how things have developed over the past ten years! The service we provide is lifelong, so one of the nice things is that you get to know people and follow their progression in using the technology. A great example of this would be Rob Camm, who we helped initially after he was involved in a car accident and was paralysed from the neck down. Our team visited him while he was still in intensive care and had literally been staring at the ceiling for 6 weeks. “Within a year Rob was able to go to University in Bristol and received a first class degree this summer!”They set him up with an eye-tracking system, which meant he could take control of a computer without using his hands. Suddenly he was able to go online again, communicate with his friends on social media and start playing simple games like chess and draughts with his family. So there was an immediate impact in terms of his quality of life right there and then. But also in the long-term too – once he had moved out of intensive care and into rehab, we helped Rob to progress to a combination of speech recognition and a ‘headmouse’ to give him quick and comprehensive computer access. Within a year Rob was able to go to University in Bristol and received a first class degree this summer!It’s great to follow individual stories like that. But then there’s also the big-picture stuff as well. Everything we learn through working one-to-one with people, then gets applied to our R&D work with tech and software companies, so you start to see people putting features like eye-gaze accessible menus into their games for example. Certain high-end gaming laptop manufacturers have event started to integrate eye-tracking cameras into ‘mainstream’ systems! Through influencing changes at this level, we can start to impact a far greater number of people’s enjoyment of technology, not just here in the UK but worldwide.ESI: Can you tell us about the original conception of the charity and its ethos? What is SpecialEffect’s mission, and what have been the milestones to date?Tom: The original idea for the charity came from Mick’s experience as Deputy Director of a national centre that uses technology to help severely disabled young people with their education and communication.“In all honesty, every single person we find a solution for is a milestone”While the young people and their parents valued this service highly, they frequently asked where they could go to find help to play video games, as standard controllers were impossible for them to use. Because of their disabilities, many of them had never had the chance to play video games, whether independently, with friends or with their families. All they’d ever been able to do was to simply watch other people having all the fun! Mick decided that something HAD to be done to fill this huge hole in their quality of life and, as a result, founded SpecialEffect. As for milestones, in all honesty, every single person we find a solution for is a milestone. On a macro level, though, one of the most satisfying milestones along the way was reaching the point where we had grown enough not only to help individuals but to also help developers to incorporate accessible features into their games and hardware. As a result, this was the point when we became a global charity, helping literally thousands more disabled people all over the world to join in with the rest of us too. Another massive milestone, of course, is to have reached the point we’re at today, our tenth anniversary year, when with the help of amazing supporters like yourselves, we’re not only surviving but still growing and transforming more and more and more severely disabled people’s lives every single day.SpecialEffect are our charity partner for the #ESIForum SeriesESI: You’ve had a great relationship with Football Manager for some time. How has entering the world of esports been?Tom: We’re still quite new to the world of esports, but the interaction we’ve had so far has been great in terms of raising awareness and developing relationships within the industry.“We’re still quite new to the world of esports, but the interaction we’ve had so far has been great”Some of the conversations I had at the first ESI Forum were brilliant and we’re really keen to learn more. There’s obviously so much cross-over between our work with disabled gamers and the wider gaming community, and people seem to have a real connection to what we do. It would be great to keep building on this going forward.ESI: How can those that want to help do so? Also, you’re UK based but are there plans to expand further afield in the future?Tom: The work we do is pretty resource heavy – both the technology and staff time involved in one-to-one assessments and the R&D work don’t come cheap – and we don’t charge a penny for any of our services or loaned equipment. Raising enough each year to fund this work is a constant challenge, so we’re always looking for supporters who can help us to meet the ever increasing demand. We do a lot of events throughout the year – some more conventional things like runs and football matches, but also some very games-community orientated stuff, like GameBlast and OneSpecialDay. In addition to raising money, we are always keen to partner up with people who can help us spread the word and engage with new audiences – joining forces with the ESI Forum is a great example of this! We’ve also recently been approached by a number of esports teams who were keen to carry our logo on their jerseys as a charity ‘sponsor’ and it’s been pretty awesome to see the brand out there at tournaments. Long story short, we’re open to new ideas and suggestions, so drop me a line or come and have a chat on August 31!The next Esports insider Forum Series event is taking place on August 31st at Fnatic’s Bunkr in Shoreditch, London. Come by, meet SpecialEffect, chinwag with those in and around the world of esports, plus play some Tekken and eat some pizza. Tickets limited. read more