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Moroccan Experience in Youth Policy Presented at UN Global Forum

Baku – Azerbaijan – Two Moroccan civil society and youth policy specialists, Karima Rhanem and Yassine Isbouia, recently took part as panelists at the first ever United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies. The forum, held in Baku, Azerbaijan from October 27 to 30, brought together over 700 participants from over 165 countries.Youth Ministers, experts, advocates, civil society members, and representatives of the United Nations, as well as other international and regional bodies, participated in panel events, bilateral discussions, and informal meetings on how to renew commitment to a global youth policy framework.Any policy for youth Leisure? Yassine Isbouia, general coordinator of the Mediterranean Forum of Youth, spoke in a panel with UNESCO about leisure policies for youth.He said that “free time is an important factor for the development of youth and children’s personality and for their social integration.” He added that “leisure and free time need to be institutionalized by a public policy. Yassine stressed that “during free time, the young person is ready to accept, learn and acquire any given knowledge, skill, and attitude that is given to him or her under non-formal education.”“It is unfortunate that leisure has no importance in the educational system of many Arab countries. Extra curricular activities at school are limited, if not absent, and this may lead kids to choose the street as an alternative,” added Isbouia, raising concerns of youth falling into the trap of extremist ideologies or other kind of dangers, such as drugs, alcohol abuse, violence, crime, and terrorism.Today, “there is a need more than ever for a coordinated effort of all education stakeholders to mobilize resources and funds to meet the needs of children and young people and prepare them for life,” he concluded.Strategies for youth and stakeholders’ participationFrom her part, Karima Rhanem participated in a panel with the UNDP under the theme “Governing youth policy frameworks – strategies for youth and stakeholders’ participation.To ensure greater stakeholder participation; Rhanem told a panel “there is a need to improve the legal enabling environment allowing for more inclusive, transparent and equal participation of citizens including civil society and young people in public policy development, implementation and evaluation.”Rhanem highlighted cases in the Arab world of an inclusive process of youth policy creation and the specific characteristics of participation strategies that made them successful. She also highlighted challenges and issues of practical implementation of policies.“It is highly important to find out alternative ways to turn youth street protest into a meaningful constructive dialogue with stakeholders and empower youth led organizations to be an influential force of proposition impacting policies,” she saidFor that to happen, there should be a political will from the state institutions, and a civic engagement from civil society and watchdog organizations to take part in a coordinated cross sectoral dialogue. A monitoring and evaluation system also needs to be put in place to ensure recommendations and proposals presented in the dialogue are implemented and felt by the general grassroots to whom it was originally designed.Rhanem argued that “the main reasons leading civil movements in the Arab world to dissolute is their focus on toppling figures rather than presenting alternatives to change the system of governance.”Many of these movements, according to Rhanem, are characterized by division, a lack of vision and leadership, the tendency to refuse dialogue with authorities, and choosing the street protests and boycotts as their main recourse.She added that “many demanded the fall of institutions without thinking about an alternative transition and the availability of real political new elites to run the country.”“Some of their demands were way too ambitious, unrealistic, and could not take effect immediately. Change needs time, inclusive dialogue, and realistic proposals. This doesn’t mean that some measures could not have been taken immediately, but real change needs a vision to make an impact,” said Rhanem.In some countries, like Morocco, civil movements have been weakened by a series of reforms that the Kingdom has undertaken as a quick response to uprisings. These reforms caused the movements to gain little international attention and lose its ability to gain grassroots support.Rhanem also provided examples on how youth protests, demonstrations, and riots can be transformed into constructive participation of young people in political processes and what reactions from both governmental actors and young people themselves are needed for such a successful transformation.From Street Protest to Constructive DialogueKarima Rhanem also gave an overview of Morocco’s reforms following the Arab Spring and how civil society and youth were able to move from street protests into a real force for change that could influence the country policies, helping to pass constitutional reforms and formulate legislation related to youth, civil society, and citizenship in general.Unlike other countries in the region, Rhanem said that Morocco has witnessed both street activism led mainly by the February 20th Movement and an institutional revolution led by the youth wings of political parties and civil society organizations.The consultations on constitutional reforms included for the first time vast consultations with civil society organizations, which submitted over 200 Memorandums to the government, out of which 55 demanded the creation of consultative councils, including councils focused on youth.Prior to the premature 2011 legislative elections, a coalition was formed composed of representatives of the youth wings of political parties and civil society organizations who have led a political communications and advocacy campaign to put pressure on the state and political parties to establish a quota for youth representation in parliament.“Although the quota system is debated, and viewed by many as a non democratic system. Youth and institutions considered it as the ultimate solution within the current context. After several meetings, held with heads of political parties and the ministries of youth and interior, the new election code, voted by the parliament, allowed for the creation of a national list for youth. This has guaranteed 30 seats for youth in the parliament,” Rhanem explained.She mentioned other initiatives at the local level, through the creation of ad hoc or temporary committees following Article 14 of the Communal Charter, allowing for greater participation of youth and civil society in the management of local affairs.“The draft law on petitions and legislative motions should also move citizens from the culture of complaining to a culture of alternative proposals,” emphasized Rhanem.A new culture of public consultation & dialogueIn relation to effective stakeholder participation, Rhanem outlined that Morocco launched a year and half national dialogue with civil society, reaching out to more than 10,000 participants and hundreds of civil society organizations (CSOs), diaspora groups, and stakeholders in Morocco’s sixteen regions to discuss key constitutional questions to develop specific proposals for the Parliament and to shape public policies. To lead the dialogue, a committee was formed consisting of over 60 appointed representatives from government, CSOs, universities, human rights councils, constitutional bodies, MPs, and political actors.The dialogue aimed to produce several key outputs, including new CSO-related organic laws and a review of the 1958 Decree on the right to establish associations, a diagnosis of civil society in Morocco considering CSO capacity and governance issues, the laws on legislative motions and petitions, the law on public consultations, and a ‘Participatory Democracy Charter’, which is a road map for the implementation participatory democracy, as stipulated in the 2011 constitution.Another parallel dialogue was conducted by civil society coalitions who were not pleased with the government dialogue. They issued their own recommendations and proposals. “This only shows the level of dynamism and maturity of civil society, which instead of just protesting conducted its own dialogue and make proposals and recommendations, while advocating for its implementation,” she added.As for youth dialogue, Rhanem mentioned that “the Ministry of Youth and Sports also launched in 2012 a consultation with around 35,000 youth across the Kingdom with a new vision to have an inclusive process in developing a strategy for youth, which was finalized in 2014. The Ministry formed a committee to develop a youth law and a law on the Consultative Council of Youth and Community Work.”Rhanem concluded that “there are a number of initiatives in the law concerning political parties, election code, communal charter, and other normal or organic laws that encourage civic and political participation of young people. Yet, there is still a problem in the implementation of these policies and involving youth in key political decisions.”Birth of African Network of Youth Policy ExpertsIt is worth mentioning that Karima Rhanem was also among the most active African delegates at the forum who engaged in an intensive dialogue and mapping and analysis of youth policies on the African continent, which was followed by a concrete document that led to the emergence of the African Network of Youth Policy Experts.The platform, which was openly announced at the closing session of the Global Forum, is designed to enhance advocacy for youth policy implementation among African countries by persuading Africa’s UN Member States to renew their commitments regarding youth policies.Quoting the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, who received the African delegates that initiated the network, “we have seen young Africans come together to establish a network for researchers on youth policies. We have seen countries pledging support and commitment and resources to support the global initiative on youth policies. I’ve seen people debating issues around youth policies.”The forum concluded with the launch of an outcome document pledging to support countries that are in the process of developing and “elevating” national youth policy.The Baku Commitment on Youth Policies, which was agreed to by participants and co-conveners (the UNDP, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the team of youthpolicy.org), highlights the principles to guide formulation, implementation, and evaluation of youth policy in the 21st century. It calls for greater youth involvement in youth policy monitoring and evaluation.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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UN pays tribute after designer of iconic logo dies at 102

5 October 2009A senior United Nations official paid tribute today to the designer of the original emblem for the world body, Donal McLaughlin Jr., who died peacefully in his sleep last week at the age of 102. Mr. McLaughlin worked on many projects during his long career, but he will be most remembered for his iconic UN logo design. It is now one of the most recognized symbols in the world, emblazoned on peacekeepers’ helmets in the field, on helicopters and trucks carrying aid, and on leaflets distributed to remote corners of the globe, as well as posters, books, postcards and all manner of UN promotional products. “The United Nations lost a true friend and hero with the passing away of Donal McLaughlin Jr.,” said Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. “The beautiful UN emblem that is now recognized by all peoples around the world was drawn many years ago by Mr. McLaughlin and his team of artists,” said Mr. Akasaka. “The design stemmed from Mr. McLaughlin’s artistry and imagination – and from the knowledge that he was taking part in something meaningful and significant.” A native New Yorker and Yale University-trained architect, Mr. McLaughlin graduated at the height of the Great Depression and worked on a series of high-profile projects, including the 1939 World’s Fair in the United States and the Tiffany and Company’s flagship store in Manhattan. During World War II, Mr. McLaughlin joined the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the war-time precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), working mostly on espionage-related designs, such as cigarette-paper packages showing diagrammatic instructions for derailing German trains. The team – headed by architect and industrial designer Oliver Lundquist, who died in January – was tasked with all the graphic design for the UN Conference on International Organization, the historic 1945 San Francisco Conference of delegates from 50 allied nations who drafted the UN Charter. The team of designers brainstormed the task of creating an image for the delegates pin. Mr. McLaughlin’s draft was chosen and later became the prototype for the UN logo used today. “Although he did not know it at the time, Mr. McLaughlin’s emblem would in the years that followed become an enduring symbol of peace that would live far beyond his lifetime,” said Mr. Akasaka. His design was a view of the atlas from the North Pole down, including all the continents except for Antarctica and placing North America in the centre, with the conference’s name, date and location within a circle. Other members of the team nestled the globe first between crossed laurel branches and then two olive branches. A revised version of the design was officially adopted as the United Nations emblem by resolution 92(I) on 7 December 1946, which had modifications to the colours and centred the continents along the international dateline. Mr. McLaughlin, who as a young man dreamed of seeing his designs in brick and stone but used to joke that he is best known for a button, passed away on 27 September at his home in Garrett Park, Maryland, leaving behind three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. read more

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Crescent Point completes deal for Polar Stars Alberta oil assets

Crescent Point Energy Inc said it had completed the acquisition of oil assets in the Saskatchewan Viking play from private oil and gas producer Polar Star Canadian Oil and Gas Inc for about $334-million in cash and stock.The deal will increase Crescent Point’s land base in the play by 38 percent and include more than 2,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) of production, the company said.Crescent Point expects the deal to add to its per share reserves, production and cash flow on an adjusted basis.The company also raised its average daily production forecast for 2014 to 135,500 boe/d from its earlier forecast of 134,000 boe/d. It also increased its capital expenditure budget by $25 million to $1.8 billion.Crescent Point, which focuses on producing oil from unconventional fields such as the Bakken shales of southern Saskatchewan, has grown through acquisitions, including the $1.1 billion purchase of CanEra Energy Corp in cash and debt in April.Crescent Point did not specify if the deal was in Canadian or U.S. dollars. The company could not be immediately reached for comment.Shares of the Calgary, Alberta-based company closed at $45.56 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday.© Thomson Reuters 2014 read more

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Sri Lankan delegation holds candid talks with UN rights chief

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana and the Sri Lankan delegation met with Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Under- Secretary General in charge of the UN Office in Geneva Michael Moller, on the side-lines of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.  High Commissioner Bachelet having received the delegation warmly, appreciated the progress made by Sri Lanka in some of the key human rights commitments arising from HRC resolution 30/1, and reaffirmed her readiness and willingness to continue to work with Sri Lanka closely in further strengthening implementation and achieving progress through technical assistance and support in areas where such assistance was required by Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said today. Regarding certain information contained in the Office of the High Commissioner’s Report such as the “mass graves” in Mannar, the release of lands held by the military in the North and East and other matters, the Sri Lanka delegation emphasized the importance in compiling these reports by engaging closely with the relevant local institutions and independent bodies,including the National Human Rights Commission, in verifying facts on the ground. The delegation comprising Hon. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, M.P., Dr. Suren Raghavan, Governor of the Northern Province, and Ravinatha Aryasinha, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez had a frank and candid discussion with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, during which perspectives on different aspects of OHCHR’s engagement with Sri Lanka were shared by the delegation. At the meeting with the  UN Under- Secretary General the Foreign Minister briefed Moller on progress achieved by Sri Lanka in reconciliation, peacebuilding and development and emphasized the importance of continuing assistance by UN agencies in ongoing reconstruction, reintegration and sustainable development efforts. The Foreign Secretary and the Permanent Representative were associated with the Minister.Appreciating Sri Lanka’s leadership in some of the key areas of UN work, Moller indicated that his office would facilitate contacts between Sri Lanka and other development partners based in Geneva to help explore joint projects to complement Sri Lanka’s national efforts at advancing socio-economic development, noting further that “Sri Lanka being a country with reasonably higher social indicators than many developing states, it could better share best practices and lessons learnt in its national development efforts with the SDG Lab maintained by the United Nations Office (UNOG) and benefit from the experiences of other countries as well.” Responding to Sri Lanka initiative on the National Thripitake Week and the importance of Thripitake as a UNESCO heritage, Under-secretary General Moller assured the delegation that the UN Office in Geneva would extend support for holding specific activities such as library talks on traditions and cultures highlighting their significance as common heritage.Heads and deputy heads of UN and other International Organizations based in Geneva, Ambassadors to the Human Rights Council and other representatives also had an opportunity to meet Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana and other members of his delegation at a reception organized by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva at a venue provided courtesy the World Intellectual Property Organization. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Fed officials widely divided on rates at July meeting

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials were widely divided at their meeting last month when they decided to cut rates for the first time in a decade, with some arguing for a bigger rate cut while others insisted the Fed should not cut rates at all.The minutes of the July 30-31 discussions showed two officials believed the Fed should cut its benchmark policy rate by a half-percentage point, double the quarter-point reduction the central bank eventually agreed upon. On the other end, some Fed officials argued for no rate cut at all, believing that the economy was beginning to improve after a soft patch in the spring.The minutes did not indicate any consensus on whether future cuts would be needed.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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A free press is cornerstone for accountability and speaking truth to power

This years commemorations which began on Thursday across the world, are focussing on the powerful role that good reporting plays in championing democracy and free elections, when disinformation is becoming a larger problem in even the world’s oldest and most sophisticated democratic systems.   “Facts, not falsehoods, should guide people as they choose their representatives”, said the UN chief, noting that “while technology has transformed the ways in which we receive and share information, sometimes it is used to mislead public opinion or to fuel violence and hatred.”According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), almost 100 journalists were killed going about their work in 2018, with hundreds imprisoned. A total of 1,307 journalists were killed between 1994, and last year.Mr. Guterres said he was “deeply troubled by the growing number of attacks and the culture of impunity…When media workers are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price.”Facts must win out: UNESCO chief AzoulayThe head of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, said in her message for the day that it was essential to “guarantee freedom of opinion through the free exchange of ideas and information, based on factual truths.”She said societies which value a free press, needed to “constantly vigilant. We must act together to protect the freedom of expression and safety of journalists”.A free media is a “prerequisite” for the proper functioning of democracies, she added: “Independent journalism provides an opportunity to present facts to citizens and to form an opinion. Press freedom guarantees transparent societies where everyone can access information”.Among the commemorative events that got underway on Thursday, were a global conference on “Media for Democracy, Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, jointly organized by the Government and the African Union Commission, together with UNESCO; and a conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut, on the same theme, organized by the local UNESCO office in partnership with the Ministry of Information.A high-level event takes place at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday where the Secretary-General and President of the UN General Assembly are due to speak, followed by an expert roundtable No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information, said António Guterres, describing unfettered journalism as “the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power.”Some were harassed. Some were threatened. Some were murdered.Yet, they took the risk and always stood up for #FreedomOfExpression. For justice. For democracy. For you.Never give up on the fight for #PressFreedom!ℹ️ https://t.co/nA8s5TKLTJ #WorldPressFreedomDay pic.twitter.com/G00bXrLTFM— UNESCO (@UNESCO) May 1, 2019 read more

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Bryan Fuller steps down as Star Trek Discovery showrunner

first_img ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations Riker spent 7 years of TNG unready for Captaincy, @GretchenJBerg @AaronHarberts are ready. Thrilled to see them in command of the Bridge.— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) October 27, 2016Berg and Harberts have worked with Fuller before, most famously on Pushing Daisies.This less intense role was worked out over quickly over the weekend as a way to ensure Fuller’s continued involvement.“Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate ‘Star Trek’ fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series,” the CBS statement continued. “We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ this coming May 2017.”There is a lot riding on this show–with some sources saying that production budgets are at around $6-7 million per episode–so CBS’s concerns are valid. At least Fuller will still be involved with the show. We just have to hope it doesn’t go the way of Heroes. Bryan Fuller has stepped back from his position as showrunner on Star Trek: Discovery due, as sources say, to questions about the progress of the show’s production.Fuller is tackling a number of projects, including wrapping up the first season of American Gods on Starz and producing a reboot of Amazing Stories for NBC. Apparently, there were concerns that Fuller had a lot on his plate and wouldn’t be able to make the deadlines CBS had set. Discovery was set to start filming next month.While Fuller also promised that Discovery would feature a female lead, there were worries at the network that the role still hadn’t been cast.“We are extremely happy with the creative direction of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series,” said CBS Television Studios in a statement. “Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of ‘Star Trek.’”Previously, the Discovery release date had been pushed back from January to May 2017 to give the creative team more time to hammer out stories.“We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality,” the showrunners said at the time.Fuller is still involved with the show but has passed show-running responsibilities onto executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. Fuller will be an executive producer, and will still have some creative control. The first two episodes were penned by him, and Discovery will follow an outline he’s created on the show’s arc and mythology.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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New State Marijuana Tax Rate Effective January 1

first_imgThe current tax is $50 per ounce for bud or flower, and $15 per ounce for other plant parts. These taxes are paid wholesale, when plants are sold from grower to retailer or manufacturer. Leif Abel, owner of Greatland Ganja in Kasilof: “So in essence we are paying the tax before the money has been made on the product, because the actual money comes from when the retailers sells that product to the end consumer. So, we’ve got a tax structure where the tax has to be paid on the product far before the end consumer ever pays for it, by the cultivation company who created it.”  At their meeting on Wednesday, they confirmed the new tax rate of immature, malformed or seedy marijuana bud at $25 per ounce. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Revenue and the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office confirmed a new marijuana tax rate effective on January 1, 2019. In August, the state collected $1.54 million in marijuana taxes from 111 growers, according to data from Kelly Mazzei, excise group supervisor with the Alaska Department of Revenue’s Tax Division.last_img read more

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Virgin Galactic shows off the worlds first space tourist lounge

first_img “We are graduating the facility into commercial service,” said VG CEO George Whitesides. “We want to have this be a remarkable historic facility that when people arrive at they feel, ‘Yes, this is the place that I’m going to be going to space from.'”Virgin owner and billionaire mogul Richard Branson announced that his company was ready to “come home” to New Mexico at a press conference with Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham and Sen. Tom Udall in Santa Fe in May. With the unveiling of its new interior, Virgin Galactic says Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space “is now functionally operational.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1:26 Sci-Tech Comment A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy First look inside Virgin Galactic’s space passenger terminal As part of its move to New Mexico, the Virgin Galactic launch vehicle VMS Eve recently landed at the Spaceport, which it will call home from now on.The company says the remainder of its test flight program, which has largely been conducted in California’s Mojave Desert until now, will take place at Spaceport America in preparation for its first commercial flights to space in the coming months.  17 Photos Virgin Galactic announces long-awaited move to Spaceport… 2:28 Virgin Galactic’s Gaia lounge will host space tourists.   Virgin Galactic The world got its first glance at what commercial space travel will look like on Thursday, and it’s a significant upgrade from the arduous trip through today’s airports. Interactive Walkway at The Gateway To SpaceThe Gateway to Space includes an interactive walkway. Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic welcomed members of the press into its newly completed mission control, briefing room and ground-floor Gaia lounge. Gaia is centered on a posh marble and oak “Barista Island” where space tourists, their friends and family will mingle with VG employees and pilots over breakfast and coffee as they contemplate cutting the tether of Earth’s gravity for the first time.Upstairs and overlooking Gaia and the runway is the Cirrus level, home to mission control, the mission briefing room and the pilot corps. VG’s operation is housed inside the Gateway to Space building, a futuristic facade that looks something like an alien spaceship itself. The building is the centerpiece of New Mexico’s Spaceport America, a state-owned facility that has been quietly waiting for several years in the empty desert next to the White Sands Missile Range for Virgin Galactic to finally move in. 1 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Space Richard Branson Virgin Galacticlast_img read more

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Theres A Democrat Running For Every Texas Congressional Seat Next Year

first_img Share MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. FOR KUTIn deep-red Texas, Republicans will have to fight for every congressional seat in next year’s midterm elections. For the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all of Texas’ 36 congressional districts, according to documents filed with the Texas Secretary of State’s office.Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, says those filings set a record for the number of Democratic challengers in an era of Republican dominance, and are a departure from 2016 – when eight Republican-held congressional seats went uncontested by Democrats.“We are seeing a groundswell of unusually high support and mobilization among progressive Democrats who are really angered by the Trump administration,” Jones said.But, Democrats aren’t just gunning for congressional seats. According to preliminary numbers from the Texas Democratic Party, Democrats are running in 89 percent of the seats in the Texas House and 88 percent of the seats in the Texas Senate. Both are the highest percentages the party has mustered since at least 1992.“We are seeing Democrats come out to run not only for the goal of challenging and doing something to voice their opposition to President Trump,” Jones said. “But we are seeing Democrats come out in several districts where, in the past, Democrats had no chance whatsoever and had difficult time recruiting top-quality candidates.”Historically speaking, the opposition party tends to make big gains in Congress during the first midterm election following a presidential election. For example, Republicans won back the U.S. House in 2010 after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008.Jones says resistance to President Trump’s policies has led to “enthusiasm and mobilization,” particularly among more left-leaning Democrats. But he says that doesn’t mean that Democrats can expect huge gains in dependably Republican Texas.“Outside of CD 23, held by Will Hurd, all of the Republican-held districts today, more likely than not, will stay Republican-held districts,” Jones said. “But they are not locks, and certainly we can’t consider them to be sure-things.”Jones says it will take a perfect storm for Texas Democrats to make significant gains in Congress. He says Trump’s approval ratings will have to continue to decline, Democrats will have to continue to out-fundraise their Republican opponents, and Republican candidates will have to make a lot of mistakes.Tariq Thowfeek, a spokesperson with the Texas Democratic Party, says he’s optimistic Texas Democrats could help the party take control of the U.S. House.“Democrats need 24 seats to take back the House,” he says. “I think four of those seats can come from Texas.”But Brendan Steinhauser, a Republican strategist in Austin, says flipping four Republican-held seats in Texas won’t be easy.“This has the potential to be more competitive statewide,” says Steinhauser. “Although, I would think most Republicans would say that we are still probably not going to lose any incumbents this cycle.”Texas’ congressional map doesn’t favor Democrats. Federal courts have ruled the congressional map drawn by the GOP-led Texas Legislature intentionally discriminates against minority voters, which tends to hurt Democratic candidates. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the effects of those rulings as it weighs a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin.However, Democrats could have a shot at unseating Republicans in congressional districts that Hillary Clinton won last year. Democrats are currently eyeing three of those districts, specifically:CD 7, which is currently held by Rep. John Culberson, R-HoustonCD 23, which is currently held by Rep. Will Hurd, R-HelotesCD 32, which is currently held by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.All three of those incumbents have filed for re-election, but Steinhauser says he doesn’t think they’re as vulnerable as Democrats hope.“Those three members of Congress over-performed Donald Trump on the ballot and they did win re-election,” Steinhauser says. “So, if you are looking ahead to 2018, it does seem like they are going to win in 2018 given that Republicans do tend to do better in midterms than they do in the presidential years.”A lot of that depends on turnout, though. Steinhauser says the key for Republicans is to deliver on some of their promises, including the GOP tax cut plan, in order to keep Republican voters engaged.“I don’t see that changing too much in this next election cycle, but I do look to see the Democratic turnout to be higher than it probably ever has been in a midterm election in Texas,” Steinhauser says.Even though Democrats are more motivated than they’ve been in years, Texas remains a mostly Republican state. The GOP swept all the statewide races in 2016 and Donald Trump won the state by nine percentage points.While the margin was closer than many years before, it’s still a big gap for Texas Democrats to close.last_img read more

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Clear your schedule Skyrim has infinite quests

first_imgBethesda’s Elder Scrolls series of open-world RPGs (and their post-apocalyptic cousins in the rebooted Fallout franchise) aren’t exactly known for being short or lacking of material to explore. Still, that hasn’t stopped the studio from giving its latest, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a procedural quest system that randomly generates new quests forever.“You can play forever,” said Skyrim producer Todd Howard to Wired. The game uses what the studio calls the Radiant quest system to generate quests for you based on your progress through the game and where you’ve been. As a result, it generates new things for you to search out. As an example, Howard suggested that an innkeeper might send you out to grab baddies in a part of the map you’ve never been to, or an alchemist could ask you to collect species of flowers you haven’t discovered yet. As a result, you could complete the game in 2 hours and 15 minutes, but you almost certainly won’t.Howard was quick to add that there are a number of elements in place that keep the action from getting repetitive. First and foremost, the world map is peppered with narrative elements that better explain the game’s location and stories, so your continual exploration will be rewarded with deeper knowledge of the backstory. Moreover, your favorite faction’s quests won’t end with the end of that narrative arc. If you love randomly assassinating people as a member of the Dark Brotherhood, you’ll get to keep doing it. Lastly — and Bethesda fans know this well — the random quests will let you encounter awesome locations that aren’t on the map, like abandoned structures or bandit encampments.If you’d like to see the exploration for yourself, why not watch 30 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay?Skyrim releases on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this Friday, 11.11.11.via Wiredlast_img read more

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Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications January 23, 2012 — In treatments of the first handful of patients with lung or liver tumors, Riverside and University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center in Newport News, Va., clinicians have demonstrated the benefit that Elekta’s Symmetry 4-D image guidance technology provides for patients whose tumors move with their breathing. Symmetry essentially yields a more distinct picture of the tumor, without the blurring associated with breathing motion.By having a clearer picture of the tumor position and its motion, physicians have been able to improve the targeting of tumors, thereby avoiding having to treat a larger margin of healthy tissue around the lesion. A Symmetry scan is acquired just before treatment to ensure that the patient is correctly positioned, and to visualize tumor movement.”Symmetry scans give us clearer information about the movement of the tumor, allowing us to increase the safety of treating our patients by decreasing the dose to healthy tissues, while hopefully providing a better clinical outcome,” according to Riverside medical physicist Kelly Spencer.Tumor Motion in Sharper FocusBefore they began using the Symmetry feature in Elekta’s XVI package of image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) tools, Riverside clinicians were using sophisticated XVI 3-D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) VolumeView CBCT imaging technology integrated with their Elekta Synergy S to image tumors. These pre-treatment scans provide physicians with added confidence in the margins that they have planned. Although seeing a target with IGRT technology such as VolumeView has been a key clinical improvement, the motion still created a blur that encompassed the tumor’s range of motion.”For our current protocol, we would create an ITV [internal target volume] to cover the blur we see on the VolumeView,” Spencer said. “We began using Symmetry on a couple of patients with lower lung lesions near the diaphragm where we would expect tumor motion to be an issue. We were actually quite mesmerized by the images Symmetry provided. We could clearly see the actual motion of the delineated tumor with respect to the patient’s breathing.”The same Symmetry benefit applied to a recent patient with a liver tumor situated near the diaphragm. In this case, clinicians inferred tumor motion by observing the movement of the liver with the patient’s breathing.”We wanted to use Symmetry to see how the superior border of the liver moved, and what we observed was that it did not move simply superior to inferior – there was almost a rolling pattern to the liver motion,” Spencer said. “We knew that the liver didn’t necessarily move symmetrically on CBCT scans, but it was harder to appreciate due to motion artifact. This movement probably varies between patients, so that is an excellent reason to use Symmetry to evaluate this motion on a case-by-case basis.”The extent of tumor motion as depicted in a Symmetry scan helps clinicians confirm that the margins around the tumor that they applied during the planning phase are as small as possible, thereby protecting healthy uninvolved tissues.”For example, The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group SBRT Lung protocol criterion is 1 cm margins superior and inferior on the gross tumor volume,” he noted. “With Symmetr,y we can potentially reduce the standard margins and thereby decrease the dose to the uninvolved lung tissues.”Accounting for tumor motion is especially important for patients with lung tumors, as Riverside’s protocol calls for beam delivery while the patient is breathing freely.”Many of our lung cancer patients are older; they often have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema, so their shortness of breath and erratic breathing pattern makes them unsuited for breath hold treatments or any sort of gating,” Spencer said.He added that eight out of 10 patients with lung tumors could benefit from a Symmetry scan.”We are very excited about our future with Symmetry,” he said. “We expected to be able to see a clearer picture of tumor motion, but we hadn’t appreciated how well we would see the motion in all three dimensions. It hasn’t been just superior to inferior tumor motion; Symmetry shows how a tumor can move anterior to posterior or left to right. In that respect, Symmetry has really exceeded our initial expectations.”For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | January 23, 2012 Virginia Physicians Use Elekta Software to Better Target Moving Liver Tumors News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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(prost!)My name is/What’s your name? – Mein Name ist/Wie heißt du? (myn nam-e ist/Vee hyst doo?)You’re very pretty/handsome – Du bist sehr gutaussehend. (Doo beest zayr goot-ows-see-hent)The bill please – Die Rechnung bitte. (Dee rekh-noong bit-e)I love your country! – Ich mag ihr Land. (Ikh maak eehr laant)If you want cheap flights, try Skyscanner! – Wenn Sie billige Flüge suchen, benutzen Sie doch Skyscanner! (Venn zee bil-lige flûg-e zookhen, be-nootsen zee dokh Skyscanner!)**Spanish**Hello/goodbye – Hola/Adiós (Ola/adios)Please/thank you – Por favor/Gracias (por favor, gra-see-ass)Where is the bar/beach? – Dónde está el bar/ La playa (don-de esta el bar/la playa)I want to go to…– Quiero ir a (ki-ero ir a)I’d like a large beer/glass of wine – Una cerveza grande/un vaso de vino (una servesa grand-de/un vaso de vino)Cheers! (when toasting) – salud (salud)My name is/What’s your name? – me llamo/Cómo te llamas? (me lamo/como te lamas?)You’re very pretty/handsome – eres muy guapo/guapa (e-res muy gwapo/a)The bill please – la cuenta por favor (la quenta por favor)I love your country! – me encanta tu pais (me encanta tu pais)If you want cheap flights, try Skyscanner! – si quieres vuelos baratos, prueba skyscanner – (see quieres vel-los ba-ra-tos prueba Skyscanner)**Polish**Hello/goodbye – Dzień dobry/Do widzenia (jyen dob ree/ do-viz-en-ya)Please/thank you – Proszę/Dziękuję (Proshair/jen-cu-yeah)Where is the bar/beach? – Gdzie jest bar/plaża? (g-zhare-yest a bar-ra/pla-ja?)I want to go to… – Chcę dojść do… (H-serr do eash do…)I’d like a large beer/glass of wine – Poproszę duże piwo/kieliszek wina (Po-pror-shor do-zha pivo)Cheers! (when toasting) – Na zdrowie! (Na zdrow-vya)My name is…/What’s your name? – Nazywam się…/Jak masz na imię? 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