Utah State Football Makes Appearance at Mountain West Media Day

first_img Tags: Jordan Love/Tipo Galeai/USU Football Brad James Written by July 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Makes Appearance at Mountain West Media Day FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHENDERSON, Nev.-Wednesday, Utah State football made its appearance at Mountain West conference media day with various comments from head coach Gary Andersen, star junior quarterback Jordan Love and standout senior defensive end Tipa Galeai.2:39 pmGaleai later said he appreciates the support the city of Logan gives the Aggies and how he’s excited for Utah State fans that both the football and men’s basketball teams are really good.2:32 pmGaleai, when speaking about his 10.5 sacks last season, expressed his hopes that this is just the start of what is to come moving forward. He spoke of how the Aggies’ 38-31 loss at Michigan State last August 31, was his first game at Utah State and shared his exuberance of netting two sacks against the Big Ten-affiliated Spartans. Galeai confirmed his beliefs that his 10.5 sacks are just the “starting point” for what is to come.2:24 pmLove told Mountain West media that if the offense should bog down, the Aggies are blessed to have a kicker of the caliber of senior Dominik Eberle, who was named to the Lou Groza watch list earlier Wednesday.2:00 pmAndersen lauded junior linebacker David Woodward as he says his football knowledge is increasing and he has been consistent, comparably to Love, in his practice this offseason.1:52 pmWhen speaking about senior tailback Gerold Bright, Andersen praised him for his selflessness with the additions of junior college transfer Jaylen Warren and graduate transfer Riley Burt in the program. Andersen said most tailbacks in this situation might panic but Bright has been a solid teammate in bringing Warren and Burt up to speed on the playbook. Andersen says he expects “big plays” from Bright as this is what the Aggies’ offense is predicated upon.1:46 pmAndersen confirmed he has a great leader in Love in comments he shared with the media. He stated that Love has had some good times and bad times this offseason, but he always brings forth his best effort and is incredibly consistent in his play.last_img read more

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SEPTEMBER 16 And 17 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY!EDITOR FOOTNOTE: “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming MONDAY.Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you agree with Dan McGinn, Mayor Winnecke and City Council that they should reduce the Homestead Property Tax Credit from 8 percent to 6 percent for 2017?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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Press release: Next generation of artificial intelligence talent to be trained at UK universities

first_imgThe announcement comes as new figures prepared for Tech Nation by Dealroom.co reveal the number of venture capital investments into the UK’s rapidly growing AI sector leapt by 17% last year.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: Finally, to develop the best and brightest AI researchers in the UK, the government is funding a new globally prestigious Fellowship programme. The first wave has been launched by The Alan Turing Institute.Adrian Smith, Institute Director, The Alan Turing Institute said: up to 200 new AI Masters places at UK universities funded by companies such as DeepMind, QuantumBlack, Cisco and BAE Systems. The Masters programme marks the first nationwide effort to address the skills gap at this level, in collaboration with the Institute of Coding and British Computer Society 1,000 students will have the opportunity to enhance their skills with new PhDs at 16 dedicated UK Research and Innovation AI Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), located across the country up to 5 AI research Fellowships, created in collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute to both attract and retain the best research talent from around the world. New industry-funded AI Masters, and 16 dedicated Centres at universities across the country to train the next generation of AI PhDs prestigious Alan Turing Institute AI research fellowships now open – allowing Britain to retain and attract the very best global talent new figures show that inward investment to the UK AI sector has increased by 17% over the past year, more than the whole of Europe combined Thousands of graduates to become qualified experts in artificial intelligence (AI) as part of a new joint government-industry package to drive up skills in the AI sector, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright announced today (21 February 2019).For the first time, the UK will have a nationwide programme of industry-funded AI Masters courses coupled with work-based placements.The new skills and talent package is a major milestone of the modern Industrial Strategy’s AI Sector Deal which was launched in April 2018. It is supported by industry funding and up to £110 million government investment, including: As companies throughout the UK increasingly use AI in processes from manufacturing to fashion and construction to medical imaging, upskilling people to develop and maintain the new technology is crucial to its success in boosting productivity. This is part of the government’s continued drive to be a world-leader in harnessing the economic benefits of AI and the data-driven revolution, as part of the modern Industrial Strategy.The schemes, aimed at people of different stages in higher education and available to researchers at a variety of levels, helps to build advanced AI skills at all levels, a key commitment contained within the AI Sector Deal.Dame Wendy Hall, AI Skills Champion said: I’m delighted to see the recommendations of the review that Jérôme Pesenti and I wrote just over a year ago, coming to life in such a comprehensive set of skills and talent initiatives. They provide a great impetus to developing AI skills and talent and I strongly encourage industry, universities and those of you who aspire to be part of putting the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution to get involved in these 3 initiatives. The UK has long been a nation of innovators. This AI skills and talent investment will help nurture leading UK and international talent to ensure we retain our world-beating reputation in research and development. Artificial intelligence has great potential to drive up productivity and enhance every industry throughout our economy, from more effective disease diagnosis to building smart homes. Today’s announcement is our modern Industrial Strategy in action, investing in skills and talent to drive high skilled jobs, growth and productivity across the UK. Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said: UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: Artificial intelligence represents an incredible opportunity to transform our economy and our lives for the better. The Turing AI Fellowships will be crucial in building UK leadership capability, driving forward ambitious research and ensuring that the UK can attract, retain, and develop world-leading research talent. Artificial intelligence is a disruptive technology in a range of sectors, enabling new products and services and transforming data science. It allows us to develop new approaches to challenges as diverse as early disease diagnosis and climate change. To maintain its leadership in AI, the UK will need a new generation of researchers, business leaders and entrepreneurs equipped with new skills. Working with partners across academia and industry, the centres announced today will provide the foundations for these future leaders. The UK is not only the birthplace to the father of artificial intelligence, Alan Turing, but we are leading the way on work to ensure AI innovation has ethics at its core. We want to keep up this momentum and cement our reputation as pioneers in AI. Working with world class academic institutions and industry we will be able to train the next generation of top-tier AI talent and maintain the UK’s reputation as a trailblazer in emerging technologies. The AI and Data Grand ChallengeThe Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity. Artificial intelligence and data is one of the 4 Grand Challenges which will see AI used across a variety of industries and put the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution. Exploring the best skills package to equip people with the expertise to make the most of AI was a key commitment of the AI and Data Grand Challenge’s £950 million Sector Deal.Register your interestAI Fellowships: visit the Alan Turing Institute site for more detail and how to apply.AI Masters courses: to register an interest in sponsoring or providing AI Masters courses please contact [email protected] of committed companiesIn the industry-funded Masters scheme, the 11 companies listed here have committed their early support to collectively fund up to 50 of these additional places and work-based placements. Discussions with universities and other companies are ongoing, with the support of British Computer Society and the Institute of Coding. Accenture Amplyfi BAE Systems Cambridge Consultants Cisco Cray DeepMind Infosys Quantum Black WilmotMLlast_img read more

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County Commissioners approve additional clock tower renovations

first_imgFARMINGTON – County Commissioners met Tuesday morning to discuss a potential environmental improvement project, various courthouse renovations and the guidelines of county funding for Western Maine Community Action.Raymond Plog, a landowner along the banks of the Sandy River, expressed concern to commissioners regarding the erosion of his property line due to the unstable banks of the river. Plog said that over the fifty years he has lived on the property the erosion has increased dramatically to the point where he is concerned about his home being in danger. Due to the property’s adjacency to the Sandy River, and the river’s designation as critical habitat for the endangered Atlantic Salmon, it is unlawful for Plog to take action without state approval.Commissioner Charlie Webster agreed to visit the site to help determine the next steps of action. The county does have TIF funding specifically for environmental improvement projects Webster said, and this project could potentially fall under that category. Webster along with representatives from the United States Fish and Wildlife will meet on Sept. 5 to assess the situation.Approval was given to move forward with the renovation of the clock tower atop the courthouse after the construction crew discovered additional work that needed to be done. The project has been ongoing throughout the summer, however the state of the deteriorating clock was discovered to be in worse shape than originally thought. A requested amount of $6,680 was approved to ensure the completion of the project within 3 to 4 weeks.Lastly, Commissioner Webster requested that an email be sent to Western Maine Community Action regarding the $25,000 of funding coming from the county budget. The first quarter of that amount was granted to the non-profit agency several weeks ago, after an agreed upon condition that the organization will report back on how the money is used and how much leverage it provides them.“WMCA is required to raise a certain amount of local money. The other programs didn’t say that, they just wanted us to give the money to them,” Webster said.The email will specifically ask WMCA to inform the commissioners and the budget committee on how the funding has been used and how much leverage it provided, as well as make a request that a representative from the organization will attend a future meeting to discuss these concerns for the next three installments of the funding.“We want to be sure we aren’t paying for overhead or other costs,” he said.last_img read more

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Want to avoid climate-related disasters? Try moving

first_img Laying some groundwork for environmental protection Protecting P-town For those who lived through the storms, their names — Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Michael — are enough to trigger memories of homes, businesses, and loved ones lost in rising floodwaters. Other disasters elicited similar reactions, from the Midwest floods to the California wildfires, and droughts in the Great Plains.The eventual response to catastrophes tended to be a defiant vow to rebuild, turn loss into lesson by making protective seawalls higher and stronger to hold back floods, or raising homes onto stilts to stay clear of the encroaching waves.To this, A.R. Siders says, “Enough.” The time has come to consider a different path: retreat. Abandon areas prone to repeated disaster in favor of those that are safer and do so in a deliberate, thoughtful way.Known as “managed retreat,” Siders, an Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment who recently joined the faculty of the University of Delaware, said the strategy has the potential to save not only lives, but possibly billions of dollars in direct and indirect costs to cities and towns. The idea is described in an Aug. 23 paper published in Science with co-authors Miyuki Hino and Katharine Mach.“Traditionally speaking, there are three ways people respond to floods or hurricanes,” Siders said. “There is protection — basically building a sea wall. There’s accommodation, which often means homes that are elevated, or there’s retreat.“We see retreat listed as an option as early as 2001 by the [Intergovernmenal Panel on Climate Change], but retreat has been seen as largely theoretical — somewhere, sometime people might have to move. But what we’re seeing more and more is that it might be here and that it might be now. It’s no longer a theoretical last resort. It’s something we should talk about now as a realistic option.”The purpose of the paper, Siders said, is to call attention to the need for a greater focus on the strategy as a way to avoid the fallout seen from earlier disasters.,“The point we’re trying to make is: Retreat will happen; people will move. Not managing retreat doesn’t stop people from moving,” Siders said. “After Hurricane Katrina, people had their homes destroyed, and they moved with no help and no support. They just left.”For the neighborhoods they leave behind, the results can be corrosive.“You have thousands of empty homes, and the city has to figure out who owns them,” she said. “They have to sell or demolish them, and maintain the lots. So it eats away at the community, because it’s dotted with vacant homes, and it eats away at the city’s resources.“But if you do manage it and try to do this in a strategic way, then you have a better chance of avoiding those harms,” she continued.The notion of managed retreat, however, is about more than what happens to the homes people leave behind when they flee.“It touches on so many aspects of a city,” Siders said. “You have to think about things like where people are going — where they’re choosing to go and where you want to provide incentives for them to go.“What are the effects on the community they’re moving to? Do they have enough services? Do they have enough hospitals and schools to take in the people they’re receiving? For the people who stay behind, do they suddenly have no sense of community because of all these vacant lots, or do they have something like a new public park or feature to maintain a sense of community?”Those questions only deepen, Siders said, when retreat crosses national and cultural borders. Robot builds erosion barriers from interlocking metal sheets, while robot swarms could protect threatened areas Related GSD students imagine approaches to climate change that save the town’s quintessential New England character “That coordination can happen when people leave New Orleans and go to Houston,” she said. “But what happens when you’re crossing national borders? How do you handle that? So far much of the focus has been on making people safer … but there’s not a lot of focus on if they’re better off holistically, on the emotional or cultural or social aspects. And those are important issues.”For some communities, retreat could mean leaving behind centuries of cultural and religious connection to a particular land, something people are often unwilling to do.“There are examples where people have overcome these problems in creative ways,” Siders said. “There is a community in Indonesia where people moved away from a volcano, but they were allowed to return to visit, and they were given rights to provide tourism in the area, so now they have an economic benefit they didn’t before.“So the problems are not insurmountable,” she continued. “They’re challenging, but they’re not insurmountable, and they can be much more easily overcome if people start thinking about retreat as a real option, and how it ties in to these other issues.”Though it remains an uphill battle to convince communities to consider ideas like managed retreat, Siders said, the tide is slowly turning.“It’s still a very difficult topic to talk about, but in the last few years we’ve seen such drastic wildfires and floods just in the U.S. … there’s a major push for people to start thinking of retreat as an option,” she said. “Just in the time since Sandy there’s been a shift in our thinking. I was in New York during the storm and wrote a paper about the legal strategies that could be used to help communities undertake managed retreat, and no one wanted to talk about it. But fast-forward to this spring, and Columbia University had a conference on managed retreat with 150 presentations. I think people are starting to see the effects of climate change and realize that extreme changes require extreme adaptation.”This research was supported with funding from the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and the Sykes Family Fellowship in Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.last_img read more

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Stowe resort’s Hank Lunde named Stowe Business Person of the Year

first_imgSTOWE MOUNTAIN RESORTS HANK LUNDE ISSTOWE BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEARStowe, Vt (July 2,2008) Stowe Area Association named Mt. Mansfield Company Chairman/AIG Stowe Holdings Chairman Hank Lunde as the Stowe Business Person of the Year at their annual meeting and dinner, held at Edson Hill Manor on June 25, 2008.Lunde was selected not only because of his involvement with the Stowe business community but also for his contribution to the Stowe community at-large over many years. Born and raised in Barre, Hank Lunde graduated from Norwich University with a degree in civil engineering and has served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been Mt Mansfield Company’s President and CEO since 1997.Lunde has been the guiding force behind the Spruce Peak expansion. He has been instrumental in not only bringing diverse interest groups to the table, but also preserving the integrity and heritage of a great ski mountain throughout over a decade of planning and implementation. He has had an unparalleled and positive impact on not only the Stowe and Lamoille County business communities, but all of Vermont. He serves as director on the boards of Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Ski Areas Association and the National Ski Areas Association. For ten years Lunde also served as a board member of the Stowe Area Association.The Stowe Business Person of the Year was first presented in 2003 to John Springer-Miller, former owner of Springer-Miller Systems. Subsequent honorees include Chuck Baraw, President of Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa; Kathy Kneale, owner of Harrison’s Restaurant, Neil Van Dyke, owner of the Golden Eagle Resort, and Ken Beiderman, General Manager of the Green Mountain Inn. A plaque honoring these important members of our community hangs in the lobby of the Visitor Information Center on Main Street.###last_img read more

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An integrated road to Colombian peace

With an area of 1,141,748 square kilometers and a population of almost 41.5 million according to the last official census in 2005, Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America. Its strategic geographic location in the northwest tip of South America, between both Caribbean and Pacific waters and borders with five other countries, makes it as an important gateway to Central America and North America and vice-versa. A large part of its national territory, however, is covered by thick jungles, and the rugged terrain of the eastern and western Andes mountain ranges, creating largely uninhabited and ungoverned areas of difficult access in environmentally rich territories. For much of the last half century, illegal armed groups operating from Colombian bases in these areas have managed to create international networks for greater reach, sowing insecurity through their use of crime, kidnap for ransom and extortion to fund their illegal drug trafficking operations within and beyond the country’s boundaries, but also exporting their terrorist actions and influence to other regions of the world. It began with deep socioeconomic divisions in the 1960s and 70s that generated generalized restlessness and popular discontent with the government, and produced increased urban protests and radical peasant movements that gave rise to extreme left and right insurgencies such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 1964 as a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization and the largest and longest-running left-wing insurgency in the Americas; the National Liberation Army (ELN) in 1964; the Popular Liberation Army (EPL) in 1967; the M-19 in 1970; and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) in the 1980s. As these spread their extreme anti-government sentiment through violence, drug lords were taking control of large areas of the country and building international networks dedicated to supplying a major part of the world’s cocaine demand. In the 1980s, Colombia became the major producer of coca globally. Decades of intense crime followed; kidnapping and assassination became commonplace, resulting in rates that were unparalleled by other countries. This is the first article of a three-part series. After years of internal conflict, Colombia seems to have climbed the last precipice and finally stands just short of the summit of peace and prosperity. How they got there, and where they started their journey is an interesting story that tied a strategic vision to tactical implementation and has involved a comprehensive whole of government approach. As the final phases of its longstanding internal conflict begin, combatant demobilization and the consolidation of the government’s success are imperative in ensuring an effective presence is maintained throughout the country that is capable of providing services and maintaining law and order. Colombia’s internal conflict has gone on for almost half a century, but since 2000, with the establishment of Plan Colombia, has represented an effort that pulled the country from a practically failed state to one of Latin America’s most robust economies. The Colombians brought together state, private and interagency capabilities to consolidate their national territory through varied collaborative approaches under one unified front against the guerrilla insurgencies and their drug-trafficking networks of violence and terrorism. Their experience has become a unique model of a whole of government approach that focused all elements of state power to reestablish security for the Colombian people as well as those throughout the region. The birth of the insurgents and their marriage to drugs By Dialogo December 18, 2013 While a 2010 article in Time Magazine, referred specifically to the city of Medellín as “one of the most dangerous cities in the world” in the 1980s and 90s because it was initially the hub for Pablo Escobar’s cartel activity and then a “playground” for the insurgents, an article published on the BBC News online portal in June 2001, called Colombia “the kidnap capital of the world”. At the same time, the FARC disassociated itself from the national communist party and its political ideology, and made a strategic decision to strengthen its military capacity in order to ex According to Fundación País Libre, a Colombian non-governmental organization working to prevent and fight kidnapping, extortion, forced disappearance and other acts that deprive people of freedom, there were over 3,500 kidnapping cases reported in Colombia only in 2000, of which approximately 750 were perpetrated by the FARC alone. pand. They fused with the drug trafficking community to fund their activities, and peaked between 1996 and 1998, when they claimed to have control of close to one tenth of the country’s municipalities – some 100 of the 1093 at the time. “When Álvaro Uribe became president of Colombia in 2002, the country had endured nearly half a century of a Marxist insurgency that had become perniciously entangled with the booming drug business. The lawlessness had spawned private protection militias, creating a three-way war among the government, the leftist guerrillas and the paramilitary forces,” said a column published by international affairs and foreign policy website World Politics Review (WPR) in October 2013. Continued on Part 2: Light at the end of the tunnel: the 21st century and Plan Patriota read more

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Georgia could see dual runoffs—and keep narrow door open for Democrats to win Senate

first_img● State Legislatures: Tuesday night was a big disappointment for Democrats at the state legislative level, especially since this is the last election before the 2020s redistricting cycle. Via the National Conference for State Legislatures, the legislative chambers below are still in doubt. Democrats failed to flip other targeted chambers such as the Iowa House, Minnesota Senate, North Carolina Senate and House, and Texas House.Alaska: Republicans have again won majorities of seats in the state House and Senate. However, it’s still possible that moderate Republicans will side with Democrats and independents to form new bipartisan coalitions in either chamber, as has been the case in the House for the last four years.Arizona: Enough races to decide majority control in both chambers are undecided. Democrats still have a chance to flip one or both chambers from GOP control, though later-counted votes have largely favored Republicans.Michigan: Control over the state House is still undecided as we are waiting on absentee ballots that lean heavily Democratic. Democrats are hoping to overcome GOP gerrymandering to flip the state House. The state Senate is only up in midterm years.New Hampshire: Republicans regained their majorities with an assist from their gerrymanders, giving them full control over state government heading into redistricting. Republicans also regained control over the state Executive Council, which is key for certain legislation and approving executive appointments such as giving the GOP a new majority on the state Supreme Court.Pennsylvania: Control over the state House is still undecided as we are waiting on absentee ballots that lean heavily Democratic. Democrats are hoping to overcome GOP gerrymandering to flip the state House. Republicans likely cemented their majority in the state Senate, though many absentee ballots are still remaining to be counted for that chamber too.Ballot Measures● CA Ballot: Ride-share giants Uber and Lyft scored a big victory in the most expensive most expensive ballot measure campaign in Californian—and perhaps American—history when voters backed Proposition 22 by a 58-42 margin.The passage of Prop. 22 designates drivers for “App-Based Transportation and Delivery Companies” as independent contractors with some benefits rather than as employees. Uber, Lyft, and delivery companies like DoorDash spent more than $200 million to pass Prop. 22, while labor groups were only to muster up a tenth of that in opposition.● FL Ballot: A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a top-two primary system in state-level races failed to muster up quite enough support to pass. Amendment 3 earned 57% of the vote on Tuesday, which was short of the 60% that constitutional amendments need in Florida.Unfortunately, though, a 79-21 majority approved Amendment 1, which will rewrite the Florida constitution to emphasize that “only a citizen” may vote instead of “every citizen.” While Amendment 1 doesn’t alter the status quo, it prevents local governments from experimenting with letting legal permanent residents who lack citizenship vote in local elections, something a handful of small localities in the U.S. and many European democracies already allow.● MS Ballot: Mississippi voted 78-22 for Measure 2, which repeals a provision of the state’s Jim Crow-era constitution that deliberately penalizes Black voters and the Democrats they support in elections for statewide office. The new law requires candidates for posts like governor or attorney general to take a majority of the vote in the general election in order to win outright; if no one hits this threshold, a runoff would take place between the top-two vote-getters.This new system, though, is still bad for Team Blue because a runoff could lead to a disproportionate drop in Democratic turnout, but it’s better than the 1890 law it replaces. Until now, statewide candidates needed to win not only a majority of the vote but also a majority of the state House’s 122 districts. If no candidate surpassed both thresholds, the members of the House would choose the winner, and there was nothing to stop them from picking the person who lost the popular vote.Voters also supported Measure 3, which will adopt a new state flag, by a 72-28 margin. Earlier this year, GOP Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill that retired the 126-year-old state flag, which prominently displayed the Confederate battle emblem, in the face of a boycott by the NCAA and SEC. The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag was tasked with designing a new flag, and it settled on one with a magnolia in the center and the words “In God We Trust” below; the design was approved by voters on Tuesday.● St. Louis, MO Ballot: Voters in the city of St. Louis supported Proposition D, a ballot measure to make it only the second municipality in America to adopt an “approval voting” system for its local elections, by a strong 68-32 margin. Approval voting will be used for the first time early next year when Democratic Mayor Lyda Krewson is up for a second term.As we’ve written before in the Voting Rights Roundup, all the contenders will face off on one nonpartisan ballot, and voters could cast as many votes as there are candidates, with up to one vote per candidate. The top-two vote-getters will then advance to a general election.The goal of this method of voting is to eliminate the “spoiler” problem, where a candidate wins without majority support only because their opposition was divided. The approval approach attempts to ensure that the most broadly acceptable candidate prevails. Fargo, North Dakota is the only other American city that uses approval voting, though unlike the St. Louis system, there is no runoff there.Mayoral● Miami-Dade County, FL Mayor: Sunshine State Democrats got a bright spot on an otherwise dreary Tuesday when Daniella Levine Cava defeated Republican Steve Bovo 54-46, a result that makes her the first woman to lead Florida’s largest county. Levine Cava is also the first Democrat to hold this office since 2004.  Redistricting Roundup● Redistricting: Here’s our look at where control over 2020s redistricting stands as of now, which is shaping up to be bleak for Democrats—and democracy:Democrats failed to gain key legislative chambers in 2020 and break the GOP’s full control over Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, or Texas, and the Kansas GOP’s supermajorities so that they could uphold the Democratic governor’s vetoes there. Democrats also gained just one of the two Ohio Supreme Court seats needed for a 4-3 majority that could have curtailed GOP gerrymandering there, while Republicans swept every Supreme Court in Texas to maintain their 9-0 majority. Democrats also failed to win the governor’s office or break the GOP’s legislative supermajorities to stop a GOP congressional gerrymander in Missouri.Democrats’ only substantial gain so far was with gaining Oregon’s secretary of state office, which ensures they will control legislative redistricting instead of potentially letting the GOP gerrymander. Democrats did gain a 4-3 majority on Michigan’s Supreme Court in addition to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s existing veto power, though the ability of both to stop the GOP legislature from gerrymandering could be threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court.One small bit of good news is that Team Blue appears to have stopped the GOP from gaining a filibuster-proof majority that would let them gerrymander Nebraska, though the GOP could always end the filibuster with a simple majority if its various factions can overcome their differences, which is not guaranteed. Democrats additionally stopped the GOP from gaining gerrymandered supermajorities in Wisconsin, but the GOP’s state Supreme Court majority there may yet strip Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of his power to veto new gerrymanders.Finally for Team Blue, New Jersey voters also approved Democrats’ cynical ballot measure that will likely postpone legislative redistricting from 2021 to the 2023 elections. That ballot measure was intended to protect Democratic incumbents both in the primary and general, and while partisan control was unlikely to be at stake in such a blue state, maintaining lines based on the 2010 census hurts New Jersey’s growing Asian and Latino populations.Instead of Democrats making major inroads, Republicans actually gained ground by regaining their gerrymandered majorities in both chambers to assume full control over New Hampshire. Republicans also gained enough seats to deny Democrats and the left-wing Progressive Party the two-thirds supermajority they had enjoyed in Vermont’s state House (they failed to break the Democratic-Progressive Senate supermajority). Independents now hold the key to overriding GOP Gov. Phil Scott’s vetoes, but that looks very unlikely for redistricting and other issues in a state where bipartisan comity remains a rare holdout.Missouri voters also passed the GOP’s deceptive ballot measure that will roll back 2018’s legislative redistricting reform, ensuring that even its bipartisan legislative commission will enact legislative maps that give the GOP an undue advantage. Finally, Republicans have gained at least one North Carolina Supreme Court seat and tentatively lead in two more, potentially cutting the 6-1 Democratic majority down to 4-3 Democratic and weakening a check against their gerrymanders, though many provisional and absentee ballots are yet to be counted and likely lean DemocraticWhile Virginians voted to create a bipartisan redistricting commission that would prevent Democratic gerrymandering, which should ensure that the legislative districts are relatively fair for 2021, the inability of Democrats to control congressional redistricting there only further cements the GOP’s national advantage when red states don’t similarly follow suit.At the national level, Democrats failed to gain enough seats outright to win the Senate, though they may yet do so in Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia depending on the uncalled GA-Sen-A seat held by GOP Sen. David Perdue; Perdue currently holds just over a majority of the vote with many mail votes left to count. If Democrats don’t take the Senate, they can’t pass HR 1 and ban congressional gerrymandering nationally. Nor can they reform the Supreme Court and get it to stop enabling GOP gerrymanders. Campaign ActionThat target kept shrinking over the course of the day Wednesday as officials counted absentee votes, about 90,000 of which remained to be tallied when we put the Digest to bed—the vast majority in Democratic-leaning counties. Further updates are reportedly not expected until 10:30 AM ET, but with many election officials working hard late into the night, it’s possible that whether or not we have a runoff could be decided before the sun rises.- Advertisement – Here’s where things stand in the key Senate races that the Associated Press had not called as of Wednesday night:AK-Sen: Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan leads independent Al Gross 62-32 with 191,000 votes counted. At least 133,000 absentee and early votes have not yet been counted, and that number will grow since ballots are valid so long as they are postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 13. Absentees will not be counted until next week.NC-Sen: Republican Sen. Thom Tillis leads Democrat Cal Cunningham 49-47 with 5.4 million votes counted. The North Carolina Board of Elections says that about 116,000 absentee ballots remain outstanding, though it’s not clear how many have been returned. Ballots are valid so long as they are postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 12. The News & Observer reports that final tallies will not be known “until next week.”HouseAnd here’s where things stand in the key House races that the Associated Press had not called as of Wednesday night. Currently, Democrats have won or lead in 219 races and Republicans have won or lead in 216 (see our “Summary” tab here). Several of these results are bound to shift, however, as additional votes are tallied.AK-AL: Republican Rep. Don Young leads independent Alyse Galvin 63-37 with 190,000 votes counted.AZ-01: Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran leads Republican Tiffany Shedd 52-48 with 310,000 votes counted.AZ-06: Republican Rep. David Schweikert leads Democrat Hiral Tipirneni 50.4-49.6 with 352,000 votes counted.CA-04: Republican Rep. Tom McClintock leads Democrat Brynne Kennedy 53-47 with 327,000 votes counted.CA-21: Republican David Valadao leads Democratic Rep. TJ Cox 51-49 with 110,000 votes counted.CA-25: Democrat Christy Smith leads Republican Rep. Mike Garcia 50.3-49.7 with 271,000 votes counted.CA-39: Republican Young Kim leads Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros 50.3-49.7 with 275,000 votes counted.CA-48: Republican Michelle Steel leads Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda 50.4-49.6 with 340,000 votes counted.CA-50: Republican Darrell Issa leads Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar 52-48 with 261,000 votes counted for this GOP-held open seat.GA-07: Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux leads Republican Rich McCormick 51-49 with 362,000 votes counted for this GOP-held open seat.IA-02: Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks leads Democrat Rita Hart 50.04-49.96, a margin of 282 votes, with 393,000 votes counted for this Democratic-held open seat.IL-14: Republican Jim Oberweis leads Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood 50.1-49.9 with 377,000 votes counted.IL-17: Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos leads Republican Esther Joy King 52-48 with 296,000 votes counted.MI-11: Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens leads Republican Eric Esshaki 50-48 with 438,000 votes counted.MN-01: Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn leads Democrat Dan Feehan 49-46 with 366,000 votes counted. MN-02: Democratic Rep. Angie Craig leads Republican Tyler Kistner 48-46 with 423,000 votes counted.NJ-02: Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew leads Democrat Amy Kennedy 51-47 with 279,000 votes counted.NV-03: Democratic Rep. Susie Lee leads Republican Dan Rodimer 48-47 with 349,000 votes counted.NV-04: Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford leads Republican Jim Marchant 50-47 with 279,000 votes counted.NY-01: Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin leads Democrat Nancy Goroff 61-39 with 288,000 votes counted. New York has not counted any absentee ballots yet and likely won’t start tallying them for some time, possibly a week or more. Final results could take many weeks, as was the case following the state’s June primary.NY-02: Republican Andrew Garbarino leads Democrat Jackie Gordon 58-41 with 268,000 votes counted for this GOP-held open seat.NY-03: Republican George Santos leads Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi 50-49 with 273,000 votes counted.NY-11: Republican Nicole Malliotakis leads Democratic Rep. Max Rose 58-42 with 236,000 votes counted.NY-22: Republican Claudia Tenney leads Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi 55-43 with 249,000 votes counted.NY-24: Republican Rep. John Katko leads Democrat Dana Balter 58-38 with 266,000 votes counted.PA-07: Republican Lisa Scheller leads Democratic Rep. Susan Wild 51-49 with 326,000 votes counted. Absentee ballots, which have disproportionately favored Democrats, were still being tallied in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Wednesday evening that she expects the “overwhelming majority” of ballots to be counted by Thursday.PA-08: Republican Jim Bognet leads Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright 51-49 with 301,000 votes counted.PA-10: Republican Rep. Scott Perry leads Democrat Eugene DePasquale 55-45 with 357,000 votes counted.PA-17: Republican Sean Parnell leads Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb 51-49 with 383,000 votes counted.TX-24: Republican Beth Van Duyne leads Democrat Candace Valenzuela 49-47 with 339,000 votes counted for this GOP-held open seat.UT-04: Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams leads Republican Burgess Owens 48-47 with 242,000 votes counted.VA-07: Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger leads Republican Nick Freitas 51-49 with 450,000 votes counted.WA-03: Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler leads Democrat Carolyn Long 55-45 with 341,000 votes counted.Election RecapsSenate, Gubernatorial, HouseThe following notable Senate, House, and governor races were called by the Associated Press after midnight on election night:AZ-Sen: Democrat Mark Kelly has defeated Republican Sen. Martha McSally, flipping this seat to the Democrats.ME-Sen: Republican Sen. Susan Collins has defeated Democratic challenger Sara Gideon.MI-Sen: Democratic Sen. Gary Peters has defeated Republican challenger John James.MN-Sen: Democratic Sen. Tina Smith has defeated Republican challenger Jason Lewis.MT-Sen: Republican Sen. Steve Daines has defeated Democratic challenger Steve Bullock.NM-Sen: Democrat Ben Ray Lujan has defeated Republican Mark Ronchetti, holding this open seat for the Democrats.MT-Gov: Republican Greg Gianforte has defeated Democrat Mike Cooney, flipping this open seat to the GOP.CO-03: Republican Lauren Boebert, who unseated Rep. Scott Tipton in the GOP primary earlier this year, has defeated Democrat Diane Mitsch Busch, holding this open seat for the GOP.GA-06: Freshman Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath has defeated Republican challenger Karen Handel in a rematch of their 2018 race.IA-01: Republican Ashley Hinson has defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer, flipping this seat to the GOP.IA-03: Freshman Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne has defeated Republican challenger David Young in a rematch of their 2018 race.IN-05: Republican Victoria Spartz has defeated Democrat Christina Hale, holding this open seat for the GOP.ME-02: Freshman Democratic Rep. Jared Golden has defeated Republican Dale Crafts. Golden won despite Donald Trump carrying the electoral vote for Maine’s 2nd District.MI-03: Republican Peter Meijer has defeated Democrat Hillary Scholten, flipping this seat, which is held by retiring Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash, to the GOP.MI-06: Republican Rep. Fred Upton has defeated Democratic challenger Jon Hoadley.MI-08: Freshman Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin has defeated Republican challenger Paul Junge.MN-07: Republican Michelle Fischbach has defeated Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, flipping this seat to the GOP.MT-AL: Republican Matt Rosendale has defeated Democrat Kathleen Williams, holding this open seat for the GOP.NJ-03: Freshman Democratic Rep. Andy Kim has defeated Republican challenger David Richter.NJ-07: Freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski has defeated Republican challenger Tom Kean.NM-02: Republican Yvette Herrell has defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, flipping this seat to the GOP in a rematch of their 2018 race.NE-02: Republican Rep. Don Bacon has defeated Democratic challenger Kara Eastman in a rematch of their 2018 race. Bacon won despite Joe Biden carrying the electoral vote for Nebraska’s 2nd District.OK-05: Republican Stephanie Bice has defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn, flipping this seat to the GOP.PA-01: Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has defeated Democratic challenger Christina Finello.PA-06: Freshman Democratic Rep. Chrissy Houlahan has defeated Republican challenger John Emmons.SC-01: Republican Nancy Mace has defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham, flipping this seat to the GOP.TX-06: Republican Rep. Ron Wright has defeated Democratic challenger Stephen Daniel.TX-07: Freshman Democratic Rep. Lizzie Fletcher has defeated Republican challenger Wesley Hunt.TX-10: Republican Rep. Michael McCaul has defeated Democratic challenger Mike Siegel.TX-21: Freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy has defeated Democratic challenger Wendy Davis.TX-22: Republican Troy Nehls has defeated Democratic challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni, holding this seat open seat for the GOP.TX-23: Republican Tony Gonzales has defeated Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, holding this open seat for the GOP.VA-02: Freshman Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria has defeated Republican Scott Taylor in a rematch of their 2018 race.TX-25: Republican Rep. Roger Williams has defeated Democratic challenger Julie Oliver.VA-05: Republican Bob Good, who unseated GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman for his party’s nomination in a convention earlier this year, has defeated Democrat Cameron Webb, holding this open seat for the GOP.WA-10: Democrat Marilyn Strickland has defeated fellow Democrat Beth Doglio in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Denny Heck. (Heck, by the way, defeated fellow Democrat Marko Liias in the open-seat race for Washington’s lieutenant governor.)WI-03: Democratic Rep. Ron Kind has defeated Republican challenger Derrick Van Orden.Legislative- Advertisement – If Perdue does in fact finish below that critical majority threshold, Ossoff will do battle once more in early January alongside fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock, who advanced to a runoff with Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the special election for Georgia’s other Senate seat.At the moment, Democrats and Republicans have each won 48 seats in the Senate, though Republicans are likely to wind up with 50 once races in North Carolina and Alaska are called (see our Uncalled Races section below). Should we wind up with a 50-48 Senate favoring the GOP and two runoffs in January, Democrats could seize control of the chamber if they can flip both seats in the event that Joe Biden wins the White House, allowing Kamala Harris to break ties. If that happens, an already wild election season will come to an even wilder finish in Georgia two months from now.Uncalled RacesYou can stay on top of of all uncalled Senate and House races with our key races tracker, which we’ll be updating continually until every last race is settled.Senate- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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51. Ilok grape harvests

first_imgThe traditional Ilok grape harvest, the most important tourist and wine event in Croatia, will soon begin. In its 51st edition, it returns with a rich cultural and entertainment program and, of course, occasional eno contents. The event starts on August 23 and lasts until September 2, and the central part of this half-century tradition, the organizers announce, will take place on August 31 and September 1 with big concerts by the group Magazin and Miroslav Škora.The main organizer of the 51st Ilok Grape Harvest is the City of Ilok, led by Mayor Marina Budimir, and the event was realized in partnership with the Tourist Board of the City of Ilok. Also, the winemakers of the Srijem Wine Cluster and Ilok cellars are involved in the realization. The Museum of the City of Ilok, the Library and Reading Room, Matica Slovačke, numerous caterers, cultural and artistic societies and many others have enriched the program with their contents.This year, visitors can expect a lot of interactive and interesting content. Those who find themselves in the easternmost city of Croatia at that time will have the opportunity, among other things, to see the old folk custom of guarding the vineyards before the harvest – the so-called Pudarin, then the Danube Chicken Marathon, performances by cultural and artistic societies from Slavonia and Srijem, and the youngest will be able to participate in appropriate educational and entertainment workshops. With the inevitable gastronomic offer of authentic delicacies, visitors will be able to taste some of the top wines and participate in the 6th Night of Wine.Ilok once again profiled itself as the Danube wine kingdom, and wine again proved to be an excellent tourist product that attracts many lovers of good wine. But it also creates additional value – above all a brand that is skillfully positioned on the tourist map of Slavonia, the rest of Croatia, I would dare say the whole region.The Ilok grape harvest originated from the old Srijem-Slavonian custom of gathering people at the time of the beginning of the harvest with the aim of preserving the vineyards, but also more than that – celebrating the good year and the harvest. The entire arrangement of the Ilok grape harvest began in 1962, and over the years this folk custom has grown into one of the most famous and most attractive tourist and cultural-entertaining events.Ilok is still aware of the value that the local wine industry creates for the community and makes full use of the potential of this branch of production. Ilok grape harvests, but also other wine festivals in Ilok are an example of the good rise of this rich, but unfortunately often forgotten area. Evil tongues may say “is it wine again?”, But why reveal hot water, when an established but unpolished tourist product is at hand. The very fact that from year to year the Ilok grape harvest is visited by an increasing number of tourists from all over Croatia, but also from Vojvodina and nearby regions, speaks for itself. Ilok should be applauded because in turbulent times it recognized its strengths and specialized in the tourist offer, which, we repeat, proved to be a recipe for success and a positive story from sleeping Slavonia.You can follow the program of the 51st Ilok grape harvest at the official online headquarters Harrow, To the tourist board i social platforms.last_img read more

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Medicinal cannabis ‘false hope’ for chronic pain sufferers – pain doctors

first_imgRadio NZ News 12 July 2019Family First Comment: “…the largest review on the effects of chronic non-cancer pain showed medicinal cannabis did not work for most patients. You have to treat 24 patients to find one patient who has a 30 percent or more reduction in their pain, 23 out of 24 patients won’t even get a 30 percent reduction in their pain,”Pain management doctors are worried the hype of medicinal cannabis is giving chronic pain patients false hope.The Ministry of Health has released proposed regulations on how GPs and specialists could prescribe medicinal cannabis products.The regulations are now open for public feedback.Christchurch-based pain medicine specialist John Alchin said the largest review on the effects of chronic non-cancer pain showed medicinal cannabis did not work for most patients.“You have to treat 24 patients to find one patient who has a 30 percent or more reduction in their pain, 23 out of 24 patients won’t even get a 30 percent reduction in their pain,” he said.Dr Alchin said other medications for chronic pain had been proven to be much better than cannabinoids.However, he said scientific reviews had also showed it could be very effective for paediatric epilepsy, pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, or for those with nausea from chemotherapy.“It’s not a blanket solution for everything but that’s the way it’s being presented – it’s the new ‘miracle drug’ – but that’s not what the data shows,” he said.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/394227/medicinal-cannabis-false-hope-for-chronic-pain-sufferers-pain-doctorslast_img read more

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