Day: October 1, 2020

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Gallery: Best true wireless earbuds 2020 for wire-free Bluetooth audio (Pocket-lint)

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Mail-in ballots may decide close races

SAN BENITO — Local officials’ move to run city and school elections alongside the Nov. 3 general election is expected to draw higher voter turnout while record numbers of mail-in ballots might help decide close, crowded races.

In March, city and school district officials postponed elections originally set for May 2 based on Gov. Greg Abbott’s recommendations stemming from concerns of voter exposure to the coronavirus.

Now, amid higher numbers of new COVID-19 cases, voter requests for mail-in ballots have reached record levels.

At City Hall and school district offices, officials have contracted the Cameron County Elections Department to run the elections.

While the county is charging the city $19,800 to run the election, the district is paying $35,200, Elections Administrator Remi Garza said Wednesday.

Mail-in ballots reach record numbers

This year, mail-in ballots are expected to help decide close races.

“ We’ve already seen an increase in ballots by

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DepEd pushes for internet allowance for teachers for blended learning



a close up of a black computer mouse and keyboard: Saul Loeb/AFP


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The Department of Education (DepEd) is preparing for the possible provision of internet allowance for teachers and other personnel for blended learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a budget hearing on Tuesday, DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla requested lawmakers from the House of Representatives to make the provision of the internet allowance legal.

She explained that providing the allowance first needs to undergo the process of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as well as the Commission on Audit (COA).

“We are just complying with whatever would be authorized as an allowance kasi meron din batas dito kagaya ng Salary Standardization Law na in-enumerate kung ano lang ang valid allowances,” she said.

“Automatic po ‘yan, magkakaroon po tayo ng COA finding kapag nagbigay tayo ng allowance na hindi naman po nakalagay sa General Appropriations Act at Salary Standardization Law,” she added.

Marikina City Representative Stella Quimbo vowed support

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Johnson Controls Smoke Detection Technology Meets 2021 UL Standard

Johnson Controls’ TrueAlarm sensors provide earlier detection, better fire type recognition and fewer nuisance alarms, the company says.

Johnson Controls, a technology company, has launched its new smoke detection technology which meets UL 268 Standard for Safety of Smoke Detectors for Fire Alarm Systems 7th edition testing requirements coming in June 2021.

The UL 268 sets forth requirements for smoke detectors to be employed in indoor locations in accordance with the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, NFPA® 72. To satisfy the new requirements, Johnson Controls has introduced advanced smoke sensors built upon the performance of its flagship TrueAlarm technology.

The UL 7th edition polyurethane tests better represent the type of smoke and flames produced in modern building fires due to the increased use of synthetic furnishing materials that can ignite and burn faster than other materials, says the company.

The new TrueAlarm sensors provide earlier detection, better fire type

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11 Web Design Tips to Make Your Website Stand Out

If you want your small business website to stand out from the crowd, follow these practical website design tips. If you do, you’ll and higher conversions from your site.

Know your site’s objectives

The success of your company’s website should, at the end of the day, hinge on how well it achieves your objectives. To help with identifying your website’s objectives, here’s a starter list of the most common ones:

  • Generate more qualified traffic
  • Produce more leads
  • Sell more products
  • Educate buyers
  • Generate passive income
  • Increase employee productivity

Once you identify all the objectives for your site, see if you can’t prioritize what the top three objectives are. Keeping these top three objectives for your website in the forefront, you’ll do a far better job of that achieves your objectives.

Make your online identity sync up with your offline one

Most small businesses have spent countless hours and dollars developing

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