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Sweet Lou helps Clippers trim LeBron-less Lakers

first_imgLou Williams had a season-high 36 points and the Clippers scored 22 consecutive points during the second half of a 118-107 victory over the depleted Lakers on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who held the Lakers without a field goal for more than six minutes while matching the longest unanswered scoring run by any team in the NBA this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We were just a little sluggish,” Williams said. “We were just a step slow. We knew they were on a back-to-back, but for whatever reason, we just weren’t playing our best until we put a good stretch together in the third and then busted the game wide open in the fourth.”The Clippers turned a seven-point deficit into a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter of their fourth win in five games. Williams torched his former team yet again, scoring 23 points in the second half, yet the game turned with the suffocating defense played by Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Avery Bradley and Sindarius Thornwell during that 22-0 run. —AP SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Clippers guard Lou Williams puts a shot up against the Lakers’ Josh Hart. APLOS ANGELES—Even while playing without LeBron James on the tail end of a back-to-back set, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to carve out a double-digit lead in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers.That’s when the Clippers’ four toughest defenders clamped down and Sweet Lou went wild to win this basketball-loving city’s first rivalry game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Pressure? No problem, ‘chill’ Kobe ready to help UP win TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

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Olympiacos Stops Veria, 2-0

first_imgATHENS — Olympiacos beat host Veria 2-0 on Oct. 31 to maintain its perfect record in the Greek league after nine rounds.Brown Ideye and Jimmy Durmaz scored in the second half to give the defending champion the victory.Ideye opened the scoring in the 55th minute, when goalkeeper Jonathan Lopez’s clearance ricocheted off his body and into the net. Lopez protested that the ball also hit Ideye’s hand.Durmaz made sure of the victory in the 74th, two minutes after he entered the game, with a free kick.Olympiakos is nine points ahead of second-place Panathinaikos, which hosts third-place AEK Nov. 1.Also, Panionios won 2-0 at Levadiakos and Platanias overcame an early deficit to beat 10-man Kalloni 2-1 with a late goal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Adidas Creators Contest Day 20

first_imgWHAT DOES THE TOP GOAL SCORER IN THE WORLD CUP GET?Click here to answerWATCH CARNIBALL 2018, ONE QUESTION ON EACH MATCH DAYVIEWERS TO SEND IN THEIR ANSWERS AT indiatoday.in/sports/fifa-world-cup-2018SEND US YOUR ANSWERS ALONG WITH YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS & CONTACT NUMBERCONTEST FROM JUNE 14TH – 15TH JULY 2018, EACH DAY ONE WINNERWINNER WILL GET ADIDAS TELSTAR 18 FOOTBALLlast_img

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Kompany could make England game – Martinez

first_imgWorld Cup Belgium’s Kompany might be available for England game, says Martinez Rob Lancaster 03:27 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roberto Martinez Vincent Kompany Belgium Portugal international friendly 2018 BRUNO FAHY World Cup Belgium v Panama Belgium v Tunisia England v Belgium Panama Belgium Tunisia England Both the Manchester City star and Thomas Vermaelen will be out against Panama, but the duo could return for the second group clash Belgium coach Roberto Martinez remains hopeful Vincent Kompany will be fit to face England in what could be a crucial game in deciding the outcome of Group G.Kompany’s participation in the World Cup was put in doubt when he suffered a groin injury in his country’s 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal at the start of June.While the Manchester City captain was included in Martinez’s final 23-man squad, the boss of the Red Devils has revealed the 32-year-old is set to miss the fixtures against Panama and Tunisia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, the centre-back could yet be back for the clash with Gareth Southgate’s squad, which takes place in Kaliningrad on June 28.”Kompany might be available for the third game,” Martinez told the media.Thomas Vermaelen will also miss Belgium’s tournament opener with Panama in Sochi on Monday, Martinez confirmed, though the experienced Barcelona defender is expected to be available for the rest of the group stage.”Vermaelen can be medically fit for the following games [after Panama]. He is not with us here in Sochi and is working in Moscow,” the former Everton manager added.  @LaurentCiman23 left the group this morning. Laurent returned to 🇧🇪 and will now remain one of our stand-by players, until Sunday evening 5pm. R. Martínez thanks him for his professionalism and contribution to the team during our #WorldCup preparation. #REDTOGETHER — Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 16, 2018 Belgium announced defender Laurent Ciman – who had travelled with his compatriots to Russia as cover for the injured Kompany – left the squad on Saturday.last_img read more

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3-Star Recruit Announces Commitment to Nebraska

first_imgNebraska football's game day balloon release.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Despite a disappointing start to the Scott Frost era in Nebraska, the Cornhuskers showed promise toward the end of the season. Although winning just four games is below the football program’s standards, the future is bright in Lincoln.Frost showed in the final stretch of the season that he can coach against the top teams in the Big Ten. Now, he’s proving that he can also recruit outside the state of Nebraska.In an announcement to his Twitter followers, Jamin Graham revealed that he’s committing to the Cornhuskers. The three-star recruit is a member of the 2019 class.Here is the announcement:Truly blessed just wish my granddad to was here to see it but #GBR ?? pic.twitter.com/NH6HFWVPNm— Jamin Graham (@jamin_graham27) December 2, 2018Graham is considered the No. 47 weak-side defensive end, per 247Sports.Nebraska edged out Louisville, Memphis and Minnesota among several others for Graham’s future services. His size and versatility will be greatly valued for the Cornhuskers’ defense, which struggled for the majority of the 2018 season.It appears Frost is ready to bring Nebraska football back to prominence.last_img read more

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1st Test: Bowlers put Australia in control vs Sri Lanka in Brisbane

first_img Reuters BrisbaneJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 18:14 IST Australia vs Sri Lanka: Mitchell Starc claimed his 200th Test wicket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPat Cummins and debutant Jhye Richardson starred as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 144Niroshan Dickwella offered stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka scoring an enterprising 64Australia were 72-2 at stumps on day one with Marcus Harris and Nathan Lyon at the creaseBrief scores: Australia (72/2 in 25 overs) at stumps, trail Sri Lanka (144-all out) by 72 runs. Marcus Harris (40*), Dilruwan Perera (1/4), Suranga Lakmal (1/27)Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 144 in just over two sessions before their new-look batting order reached 72 for two to put the hosts in a commanding position on day one of the series opening day-night test at the Gabba on Thursday.Mitchell Starc also claimed his 200th test wicket to add to a satisfying day for the Australians who came into the two-match series on the back of a 2-1 series loss to India.Marcus Harris was 40 not out at close with nightwatchman Nathan Lyon yet to score with Australia trailing by only 72 runs at a venue where they have not lost a test in 30 years.Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers claiming 4-39 while Jhye Richardson (3-26) made an impressive debut as Australia rolled Sri Lanka in 56.4 overs after touring captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat.”The way the guys performed as a collective today, credit to them,” Richardson said.”Credit to Patty (Cummins), credit to Starcy (Starc) who bowled really aggressively, you can’t fault anything they’ve done.”They were a big help for me.”Only Niroshan Dickwella offered stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka scoring an enterprising 64 with six boundaries and a six.Classic! With Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble, Niroshan Dickwella pulled out this spectacular shot!#AUSvSL | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/FM3dfY4Zjocricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2019advertisementIN THE SWINGCummins and Richardson set the early tone, striking in successive overs to remove Lahiru Thirimanne (12) and Chandimal (five) in the first hour before Lyon claimed Dimuth Karunaratne (24) to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 56-3 at tea.After the break, Richardson produced a near unplayable delivery to bowl Kusal Mendis for 14 and then had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind for five to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 66-5.”To see the ball swing that’s a big key for me,” Richardson, 22, said.”If the ball is swinging I’m instantly more confident in what I’m doing and to get that first wicket it releases a lot of emotion.”Roshen Silva (nine) lasted 56 deliveries before he edged Cummins to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.In Cummins’ next over, Dilruwan Perera received a nasty blow to his right thumb from a rising ball and was forced off the field.Sri Lanka eventually reached 100 in the 46th over, before Suranga Lakmal was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at slip giving Starc his landmark 200th test wicket.Starc is the 17th Australian to achieve the feat.Enjoy a look back at Mitchell Starc’s milestone wickets from his Test career so far… A few at the Gabba! #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/44tdPDFmkycricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2019Perera (one) returned to the field but survived only minutes before becoming Starc’s (2-41) second victim, offering another catch to Labuschagne.Cummins dismissed Dickwella and Chameera in the same over shortly after the dinner break, leaving Australia’s new opening pair of Joe Burns and Harris with 25 overs to bat in tricky conditions under lights.Burns made 15 in his return to the test team before edging to slip off Lakmal (1-27) and Usman Khawaja (11) fell just minutes before close when he played on to his stumps from Perera to give Sri Lanka a much-needed boost ahead of day two.”We need to dry up the runs,” said Karunaratne. “Otherwise if they score freely it’s really tough for us.”If we can get a couple of early wickets and if Dilruwan (Perera) can bowl really well, I think we’re in the game.”Also Read | BBCI lifts Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspension, Koffee with Karan controversy continuesAlso Read | Umesh Yadav’s 7-wicket haul puts Vidarbha on top vs KeralaAlso Read | Manish Pandey stars as Karnataka fight vs Saurashtra on Day 1Also Read | Watched a bit of the men’s ODI and decided to keep things simple: Smriti MandhanaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australia vs Sri LankaFollow 1st TestFollow Day-night TestFollow Brisbane 1st Test: Bowlers put Australia in control vs Sri Lanka in BrisbaneAustralia made it to stumps on day one of the series opening day-night Test on 72-2 after dismissing Sir Lanka 144. Brief scores: Australia (72/2 in 25 overs) at stumps, trail Sri Lanka (144-all out) by 72 runs. Marcus Harris (40*), Dilruwan Perera (1/4), Suranga Lakmal (1/27)advertisementlast_img read more

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IIT-Gn gets Rs 14 crore donations from alumni

first_imgIIT-Gn gets Rs 14 crore donations from alumniMore than 80 percent recently graduated students of IIT Gandhinagar pledged to donate, acquiring placements in companies like Tata Consultancy Services recruited 10, Indian Oil Corporation and L&T Construction, Goldman Sachs, Nutanix.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 10:43 IST Eighty percent of the 394 students graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, (IIT-Gn), on Saturday, pledged donations even as the alumni and well-wishers extended generous funds to the 10-year-old institute during the 2018-19 academic year.Alumni bankAddressing the institute’s eighth convocation, Amit Prashant, officiating IIT-Gn director, said the institute had Rs 14 crore in donations from well-wishers in India and abroad. “The IIT-Gn’s alumni are taking leadership in supporting the Institute. Six new Rs 1 lakh per year scholarships have been recently instituted by the alumni,” he said.Degrees at IIT-GnOf the 394 graduating students, 145 received BTech degrees, 2 BTech-M.Tech dual degrees, one BTech-MSc dual degree, 105 MTech, 86 MSc, 21 MA, 27 PhD, and 7 PGDIIT degrees. In addition, 53 students were awarded medals and awards, including 25 gold medals, 13 silver medals, and 15 medallion for excellence in various categories like academics, outstanding research, overall performance, innovation, leadership, social service and sports.Delivering the convocation address, Swati Piramal, Vice-Chairperson, Piramal Group, and Director of Piramal Enterprises, said, “Public policy, science and innovation can change lives and create a huge impact. Science and innovation must be used to tackle national challenges of poverty and health.”She referred to tales of Indian culture and the 3,000-year-old Vedic texts that showed three paths to success – Gyana, Karma and Bhakti.Advise for studentsEncouraging students to pursue excellence in life, she said, “It’s important to have a dream and a higher purpose as the higher purpose drives one towards excellence. We must always have an impossible dream. A dream may seem impossible, but with great effort and a noble cause it can be achieved.”advertisementAmit Prashant said 43 percent of the BTech students graduating this year had received international exposure in the form of study abroad programmes, summer internships or participation in international conferences, while 45 students had opted to pursue higher studies.PlacementsOn placements, he said 103 companies visited the IIT-Gn’s campus this year and recruited as many as 75 percent, BTech students. Tata Consultancy Services recruited 10, Indian Oil Corporation and L&T Construction 8 each. Goldman Sachs offered the maximum package to BTech students, and Nutanix to MTech students.Also read: IIT Gandhinagar students run Nyasa School to educate construction workers’ childrenAlso read: IIT-Gandhinagar engineering student bags Cargill scholarshipAlso read: IIT Gandhinagar becomes India’s first educational institute to receive Eat Right Campus Award from FSSAIGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAyshalast_img read more

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Highland Village Pioneer Day Accents Family Fun

first_imgFrom paintings to slide shows and quilt and candle making, the Pioneer Day celebration at Highland Village is aiming to entertain families in the Gaelic tradition. The Iona, Victoria Co., museum will host the annual event Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon to 5 p.m., on its 40-acre (16 hectare) site. This year’s event has two special presentations: the Air Aithis aig M’Athair painting exhibition by Mabou coal mine artist Peter Rankin, and From the Highlands of Scotland to the Shores of Cape Breton, a slide show by photographer Wally Ellison. There will also be a number of demonstraions including quilt making, candle dipping, Gaelic singing, step-dancing, Barvas ware pottery making, weaving, flax processing, soap making and tool sharpening with the whet stone. Crafts such as rug hooking, treadle sewing, and tatting will be complimented by a spinning frolic and demonstrations of Cash’s Carding Mill. Mi’kmaq basket weaving by Donna Poulette of Eskason will highlight the event. Games and a scavenger hunt for the kids will take place in the afternoon. Gaelic-style musicians Joe Peter MacLean and Wally Ellison and piping and fiddling brothers Keith and Kyle MacDonald from Foot Cape, Inverness Co. will perform. There will also be step-dancing, Gaelic singing, a céilidh and the Iona Gaelic singers will again gather around the milling table for the milling frolic. The village’s newest attraction, a dry-mortared stone wall at the Scottish black house, will be on display, as will a herd of ancient sheep from the Hebridean island of Soay, and the refurbished Malagawatch Church. Corn on the cob and lemonade will be for sale and horse and wagon rides will be available for children during the afternoon. Regular admission prices apply. For more information call Highland Village at (902) 725-2272.last_img read more

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We are working with authorities on increasing vigilance Richardson

first_imgBirmingham: ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said that the global body is working with the authorities to ensure that there are no further untoward incident like the clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan fans during a World Cup match in Leeds on Saturday. Two persons were evicted from the stadium after fans of both countries clashed outside the stadium, requiring intervention from the Yorkshire Police. This was after an aircraft flew over the Headingly Stadium with a “Free Balochistan” banner. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan in terms of land area and it borders to the north of Afghanistan. Richardson said that ICC is in process of upping the security and ensure no such political slogans are raised at the ground. “We are working with various security teams to beef up the security. Obviously, it is very difficult to get hold of every person present at the ground. But our security team would be looking for any person, who is trying to raise any political slogan or banner,” Richardson told mediapersons during a brief interaction. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Meanwhile, ICC has asked the curators not to produce belters. The tracks on offer in the ongoing World Cup have not exactly been batting belters and that’s exactly what the curators were told before the start of the tournament, said Richardson. English pitches over the years have been traditionally batsmen-friendly with the World Cup hosts producing tall scores but the current edition has seen scores of 265-270 proving to be challenging for the batsmen. “We didn’t have any specific instruction for the curators. All that was told to them was to prepare firm even paced wickets,” Richardson said. “We didn’t want it to be exactly batting tracks and there should be something for the bowlers. Also a bit of turn on offer for spinners,” said the former Proteas wicketkeeper. That the wickets are not loaded in favour of batsmen was something that England captain Eoin Morgan and opener Jonny Bairstow acknowledged on various forums. Asked about the slowish tracks at Southampton and Manchester, where India’s batting line-up struggled, Richardson termed it more about weather conditions that led to wickets being a bit slow. In fact, India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said that he felt that the track at Manchester started deteriorating as he was batting. The Sunday’s match between India and England game has been billed as ‘One Day 4 Children’ as part of ICC’s tie-up with the UNICEF. Some of ICC’s sponsors like UBER and booking.com will be donating to the fund for each boundary scored and wickets taken respectively. The funds will be used for children’s education.last_img read more

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Security deployment beefed up at vital installations and sensitive areas in JK

first_imgSrinagar: Kashmir remained on edge on Sunday as authorities stepped up security deployment at vital installations and sensitive areas amid heightened terror threat and flare-up of hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC).After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsVarious educational institutions also directed their students to vacate hostels. Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived here last week, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of Kashmir Valley, the officials said. In Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with top security officials on Sunday and is believed to have discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The hour-long meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe meeting came amidst fresh skirmishes between security forces of India and Pakistan along the border with the Army foiling an attack by BAT on a forward post along the LoC in Keran sector, killing five to seven intruders. The Indian Army has asked its Pakistani counterparts to approach them by raising white flags and take possession of bodies which are lying on the Indian side of the LoC. Jammu and Kashmir Governor S P Malik has dismissed speculations that the Centre might be planning to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. Political parties in J-K had expressed apprehensions about such action after the Centre deployed additional troops and curtailed the Amarnath Yatra. The National Conference (NC) held a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee (PAC) where they expressed concern over the “uncertain and uptight” situation in Jammu and Kashmir. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has called an all-party meeting at her residence on Sunday evening to discuss the situation. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Jammu and Kashmir has issued a notice to former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. See P5last_img read more

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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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