Admission

21 Jul 19
Perspective from the 19th Hole

PERSPECTIVE FROM THE 19TH HOLE: This is the title I chose for my personal blog, which is meant to give me an outlet for one of my favorite crafts – writing – plus to use an image from my favorite sport, golf. Out of college, my first job was as a reporter for the Daily […]

21 Jul 19
Games & Stories

In this post we continue to pick apart the story elements of 2007’s Assassin’s Creed, picking up with Chapters Two and Three to finish off the first act of this action-adventure epic…

21 Jul 19
Gratis NG

Dear neighbors, allies, friends, and family, Corporate givers or sponsors, We write to you today with hearts full and hopes high a sentiment that may feel out of place in a time when our national conversation is filled with a stiff and slow economy. Over the years we’ve witnessed the deaths of children, men and […]

21 Jul 19
naturally Rochelle

If you know anything about London festivals, you would have heard about Lovebox. I have never been to the festival before, but I was excited to hit the festival with my brother and cousin.  Getting there  The festival was held at Gunnersbury park in west London so getting there from east London was a mission. […]

21 Jul 19
My life as a young artist

Given the rather grand exterior of the old post-office building on High Street, ‘Sheffield Hallam Institute of Arts’, I was surprised to find that Fine Art students were chucked in the shed at the back. We were divided into rather claustrophobic cubicles, each occupied by an average of 8-10 students allowing only a few feet […]

21 Jul 19
Isotonic Rehabilitation

Obstacles to a bilingual society by 2030 Taiwan aims to become a bilingual society by 2030.  An “all English teaching research center” was established in 2018 and an ambitious program to train 5,000 Taiwanese to become teachers capable of teaching in English was launched.  However, recruitment for the program failed.  Nobody could qualify for admission […]

21 Jul 19
The Mercury News
By James Anderson | Associated Press DENVER — Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall. Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results. One GOP strategist in Colorado has put a name to it — “recall season.” To be sure, Democrats also have used recalls, most notably in Wisconsin, where they tried unsuccessfully to oust then-Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 over his actions to weaken public-sector unions. But Republicans have been mounting recall efforts against Democratic state lawmakers and governors at an unprecedented rate over the past two years in a handful of Western states, at the same time their political fortunes in those states have been declining. In 2018, they recalled a freshman state senator in California as a way to temporarily undo a Democratic supermajority. The same year in Nevada, two Democratic lawmakers and an allied independent fended off recall attempts. In Oregon, Republicans are pursuing a recall of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who was re-elected last year, after GOP lawmakers walked out of the Senate to try to block votes on climate change and education bills. Colorado, where Democrats control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office, is seeing its highest level of recall activity since 2013 when two Democratic lawmakers lost their seats for supporting gun control legislation and a third facing recall resigned. Recall campaigns are targeting Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, two Democratic state House members and two Democrats in the state Senate. Recall committees have been formed for other lawmakers, and the GOP’s top-ranking officials have encouraged the efforts. U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, newly elected as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, told supporters earlier this year, “We need to teach them how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L.” Colorado recall proponents accused their targets of overreach on issues of gun control, climate change, taxes, sex education and the electoral college — issues that many of the Democrats ran on during their successful campaigns. Karen Kateline, a talk show host working on the Polis effort, insists that she and other Republicans aren’t abusing the original misconduct intent for recalls. “Nobody is putting the brakes on these people,” she said of Democrats. “It’s our constitutional right to recall,” insisted Nancy Pallozzi, a Republican from the Denver suburb of Lakewood, who is leading an effort against state Sen. Brittany Pettersen. “We can’t wait for new (GOP) candidates to be vetted for the next election. Three more years for the governor? And three more years for Brittany? No.” Democrats see the recalls as a blatant attempt to undo the results of the most recent elections, which produced a Democratic wave in several Western states. Matt Harringer, spokesman for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, has a simple label for the Republicans pursuing the recall attempts — “sore losers.” The committee, which gets involved in state legislative races, has dedicated $135,000 to help fight the Colorado recall attempts. “Republicans are definitely on the decline in the West, and Colorado is the leader of that,” Harringer said. “We don’t think there’s a huge appetite to recall legislators who are doing what they said they would do.” Nevertheless, Republicans see it as a worthy strategy. The Colorado Republican Party started months ago offering training sessions for what GOP consultant Ben Engen calls “recall season.” Proponents can use the process to time an election and shape the electorate on their own terms, when most voters aren’t paying attention, said Engen, a Denver-based consultant who conducted some of those sessions. For example, a petition drive can be timed to produce a special recall election during the winter holidays — taking advantage of lower turnout by unaffiliated voters who have helped turn Colorado, once a swing state, into Democratic-leaning territory, Engen said in an interview. “There’s a drop-off in turnout from presidential to midterm elections, and the same thing between midterms and off-year elections,” Engen said. “Initiators of a recall can use the timing to maximize that enthusiasm gap.” To Democrats, that’s essentially an admission that Republicans are using the recall not as a vehicle to oust corrupt officials, but rather as an attempt to game the system and flip seats they otherwise could not win in a regular election. “The strategists see that a recall may be the best chance of winnowing down the electorate in such a way as to sneak through a seat,” agreed Jason Bane, a Denver-based Democratic operative. “They need something that goes under the radar for it to work.” In 2018, California Democratic Sen. Josh Newman lost his seat in a recall election, ending Democrats’ supermajority. Recall proponents’ stated reason for the recall was Newman’s support for a gas tax increase, although he was one of dozens of lawmakers in both legislative houses to vote for it. Ironically, California voters reaffirmed the gas tax increase, which is now in effect, just months after voters recalled Newman in a lower-turnout primary. “What made me a target of the recall wasn’t my vote per se, but was the opportunity to instead redo an election just months earlier, and on more favorable terms,” said Newman, who plans to run for his old seat in 2020, when turnout will be far higher. Previous success, as in California and Colorado, has emboldened Republicans to keep trying. In Nevada, a group of conservatives says they’re preparing a recall effort against first-term Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who signed a law, passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature, adding restrictions to the recall process. Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier filed paperwork to recall Brown based on what he called the governor’s failure to honor the will of the voters and her “politically-motivated agendas.” Currier did not return multiple inquiries seeking elaboration. KC Hanson, chairwoman of the Oregon Democratic Party, called the recall effort a political stunt meant to undermine the results of the November 2018 election, which also gave Democrats a legislative supermajority. “The GOP is embracing inflammatory rhetoric and pursuing a fool’s errand by trying to recall a governor that voters re-elected by a wide margin less than a year ago,” she said. “Clearly, the GOP is scared of what’s on the horizon for 2020.” Recalls were first staged in a handful of states in the early 20th century, an era of progressive political reforms, to remove public officials for corruption or ineptitude. Today, 19 states allow statewide recalls, 11 of them for any reason. Until recent years, they have rarely been used as a political tactic to flip legislative seats or target governors over policy disagreements, said Jason Spivak, who tracks recalls nationwide and is a senior fellow at Wagner College in New York. “Voters, in general, see this as not playing by the rules,” he said. New Mexico is among the majority of states that does not have the recall. This year, a Republican state lawmaker sought to change that. Rep. Bill Rehm insists the intent of his proposal was to honor the standard that recalls should be reserved for performance in office, not politics. “I don’t want it used as a political tool. And I don’t want the public to use it as a threat,” he said. “The public should have a way to get rid of me if I’m not performing.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]The Democrats who control the New Mexico legislature were not persuaded. Rehm’s bill did not get a hearing. Associated Press writers Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michelle Price in Las Vegas and Sarah Zimmerman in Salem, Oregon, contributed to this report.
21 Jul 19
Amrapali Zaveri

  Yaay, a  new Maastricht University (UM) Bachelor course in Global Studies that I was involved in the development of, got accredited !! Here, I tell you about the journey right from conception to accreditation. Interview. On June 5th, I received an invitation for a meeting to exchange ideas concerning the interfaculty and interdisciplinary Bachelor […]

21 Jul 19
Russia News Now

Strategic Culture Foundation Mark Esper is expected to be confirmed in coming days as the new US Secretary of Defense. His appointment is awaiting final Congressional approval after customary hearings this week before senators. The 55-year-old nominee put forward by President Trump was previously a decorated Lieutenant Colonel and has served in government office during […]

21 Jul 19
Arcynewsy

In recent months, the news has been saturated with headlines claiming that we are experiencing a "killer flu season". Researchers looking at laboratory data use the term "flunami". Data suggests that this is a serious year for the influence, with a higher number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths recorded compared to the same point in […]

21 Jul 19
khurram

Lori Loughlin’s home life calming down following ‘initial shock’ of college admissions scandal bust Lori Loughlin is enjoying a newfound calm at home for the first time since she and husband Mossimo Giannulli were busted in the nationwide college admissions scandal in March. via FOX NEWS https://ift.tt/2xZJc3F

21 Jul 19
News Directory

By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews Democratic Republic of the Congo This digital scanning scanner (SEM) shows some Ebola (red) filament virus particles that went from the surface of the VERO (gray-blue) cell of the African angular black cell line. The most recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic […]

21 Jul 19
Circumnavigating Madness

The final admission as an inpatient to the psychiatric ward I finally ended up breaking down with utter exhaustion from the relentless torture of my out of control nervous system and called 911 on myself. I had been pacing the halls of my house for hours, fighting derealization and near fainting episodes. I was so […]

21 Jul 19
Anna Bartosik - Researching PD in 280

The first session I attended at the Social Media and Society Conference was excellent. The session focused on NodeXL, a social media data analysis tool.

21 Jul 19
The United Free

For years, Republicans have claimed that Democrats favor “open borders” when it comes to immigration. Democrats have protested that this is an inaccurate depiction of their position. Historically, Democrats were on sound ground rejecting Republican hyperbole about their views. These days, however, when you look at the array of positions in the party, from the rank and […]

21 Jul 19
thoughts & other things

Congratulations on getting an interview! If you’re on this page, you’re probably preparing. You’ll find that there are hundreds of interview guides advising you, and I think you should read them. I won’t bother to reinvent the wheel. Instead, here’s a quick summary of my approach. Understand the interview: While designed for UK medical admissions, […]