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first_imgPartisans hoping to proclaim victory after Tuesday’s midterm elections got their wish: Democrats racked up enough wins to seize control of the House of Representatives in January for the first time since 2010, while Republicans added at least two seats to what was a slim advantage in the Senate.That means it’ll be business as usual in the Senate, with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) remaining as majority leader, but a major realignment in the House, with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) expected to return to her perch as speaker, with Democrats running the committees.Though voters elected a record number of women, including many first-time candidates, both parties also took some hits to the chin, as rising Democratic stars Andrew Gillum and Beto O’Rourke lost, along with Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). In the GOP, some Trump supporters lost their races, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Kansas Gov. hopeful Kris Kobach, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, and Congressman Dave Brat of Virginia.To gain a sense of how the election played out and what the results may mean going forward, the Gazette interviewed Harvard faculty members who study political history (Alex Keyssar, the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School), government (Steven Levitsky, professor of government), race and political economy (Maya Sen, associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School), and election law (Guy-Uriel Charles, Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School). Below, they evaluate the results and what those may herald for the 2020 presidential race.Q&AAlex Keyssar, Steven Levitsky, Maya Sen, and Guy-Uriel CharlesGAZETTE: What surprised you the most about this election?alex keyssar: Several things strike me about the election results. One, overall there were relatively few surprises. The results in the House and the Senate were in line with what had been predicted for many months. Yes, of course, there were surprises in individual races, but the patterns were not a surprise. Two, the results bring home the significance of gerrymandering in the House (the Democrats appear to have had to win the popular vote for the House by about 9 percent to get a narrow majority of seats), as well as the significance of the structural malapportionment represented by the Senate. Democratic Senate candidates received more votes than Republicans, but they lost seats. Three, it appears that turnout was relatively high, but still below 50 percent. That is a significant fact. Four, the most important single outcome in this election may prove to be the passage of a proposition in Florida that will restore voting rights to ex-felons. That will affect all future elections in Florida, and it was achieved through remarkable grassroots organizing.MAYA SEN: I was surprised that the urban-rural divide continues to be so predictive of electoral results, with urban places voting overwhelmingly for Democrats and rural areas voting overwhelmingly for Republicans. This particular pattern will be interesting to watch moving forward. The broader American system of government really isn’t built to withstand partisan cleavages mapping onto geographical cleavages so cleanly, and so persistently. After all, the federalist system — and in particular the structure of the Senate — give an unequal representation to states that have smaller populations. And if these states systematically and persistently vote differently from the rest of the country, it will create some political instability and resentment among those living in more populous areas, whose partisan and policy interests will be underrepresented.Guy-uriel charles: I was surprised and pleased that voters in Florida opted to restore voting rights to ex-felons who have completed their sentences. In fact, there was additional good news as voters in Michigan and Nevada decided to make voting easier in their states by adopting same-day registration and registering voters when they obtain or renew their drivers’ licenses.Steven Levitsky: I think what’s most striking is the crystallization of partisanship. Increasingly, Republicans win red states, Democrats win blue states, states where the distribution of partisanship favors one or the other. Massachusetts, of course, was a huge outlier in that Charlie Baker (’79) won easily despite this being an overwhelmingly Democratic state. But Massachusetts’ governor’s race is a real exception. For places like Missouri or Montana, eventually, if it’s a Republican state, opponents can’t win, and that’s something unusual. More and more, partisanship is what’s defining elections, not campaigns, not economic issues — those things matter — but it’s partisanship that’s defining elections, much more than 20, 30 years ago.GAZETTE: What do we know about the American electorate now that we didn’t know Monday?charles: I think we can say that voters increasingly care about the widespread availability and accessibility of the right to vote. Voters in Missouri, Colorado, and Michigan all passed measures that will make it harder to gerrymander electoral districts. During Harvard appearance, she calls for a return to bipartisanship Related A look at three local efforts to safeguard and understand the voting, while encouraging participation Pelosi sees Democrats retaking House The election just ahead sen: I’ve been surprised by the enthusiasm and passion on both sides. I expected that strong anti-Trump anger would motivate the Democrats’ base to turn out to vote in large numbers, but it was surprising to see the fervor and affirmative excitement among Trump’s own supporters. I think we have a sense that the 2020 presidential election will be similarly emotional on both sides, with extremely high voter turnout and passion. I think we can also expect that very few people will be persuadable.Separately, it is still too early to say whether explicitly racial appeals worked (or did not work) for conservative politicians. Scholars will be investigating this in the years to come, but it seems like the preliminary answer is that racial appeals (including explicitly racist appeals, which were previously very rare) no longer seem to derail candidacies nor deter significant numbers of voters.GAZETTE: How does it change our sense of what’s at stake in the 2020 presidential election?Levitsky: I think Trump got some good news for 2020, and Republicans still performed really well in some critical swing states. Florida and Ohio immediately come to mind. Not overwhelmingly good news in that much of the upper Midwest seemed to swing back to Democrats, but in the key states of Ohio and Florida, the Republican Party continued to do quite well, and that bodes very well for Trump in the Electoral College.sen: The Democrats’ control over the House will change the political narrative surrounding investigations into the Trump White House somewhat, significantly emboldening the president’s detractors and enabling new and deeper lines of investigation. At the same time, however, the Republicans hadn’t been very successful in the past two years in actually implementing significant policy changes. That’s extremely unlikely to change with the Democrats controlling the House. For that reason, I think we can expect continued policy gridlock, with an additional element of partisan conflict by way of Democratic-led House investigations into the Trump administration.Somewhat more long-term, it will be very interesting to watch the careers of these young progressives who have been elected, particularly women, people of color, and those who are openly LGBTQ. It is an exciting time to see such impressive numbers of women be elected, for example. I should note, though, that the U.S. (with the new House numbers putting the share of seats held by women at around 22 percent) will still lag behind European peers in the share of women in national legislatures (around 28 percent). So there’s still room for improvement here.charles: I don’t think this election changes our sense of the stakes for 2020. That is a presidential election year, and the stakes could not be higher.GAZETTE: What should we be looking for as we head into the run-up to 2020?sen: Probably the most important ramification is the Republicans’ continued control of the Senate in terms of what that means for the federal courts (in particular for the U.S. Supreme Court). The president and the Senate together make appointments to the federal courts. With the Senate remaining safely in Republican hands, President Trump will have a continued green light to continue to shape the courts by appointing extremely conservative judges, without needing to compromise at all in terms of ideology. In this sense, we can expect that Republicans will “hold onto” the courts for some time to come, appointing young, extremely conservative judges who oppose protections of minority and LGBT groups, who will be against expansive readings of reproductive rights, and who will be hesitant to involve themselves in gerrymandering controversies.In addition, with several liberal Supreme Court justices aging (Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85, Stephen Breyer is 80), Republicans might be in a position in the next two years to appoint another extremely conservative judge like Brett Kavanaugh or Neil Gorsuch to the court. This is an excellent position for Republicans, and they will reap the electoral and policy rewards of this for a generation.GAZETTE: How do you think this election will be talked about decades from now?Levitsky: This is clearly not a decisive or defining election in terms of electoral shifts and trends. It’s in many ways similar to the last couple of elections. It’s not a dramatic departure or realignment in either direction. There’s much more continuity than change. This is a really important election, in the context in which we have a president with authoritarian instincts and a proclivity to concentrate and abuse power, and a Republican Party that was increasingly abdicating its oversight responsibilities. What is really important is that the opposition won control of the House. That’s going to dramatically change the dynamics of American politics. The House, rather than engaging in oversight of the Trump administration, was essentially serving as a legislative shield for the Trump administration. That will change dramatically. Now, the Trump administration didn’t get a heck of a lot done legislatively anyway, despite the fact that it controlled both houses of Congress. But now I think we’re headed probably for almost total legislative stalemate and paralysis.Impeachment continues to be an option of last resort for the Democrats, as it should be. But they will engage in oversight. They’ve got a long list of areas of potential abuse of power in which the Democrats can exercise an effective checking of Trump’s power. You may see some interesting legislation come out of the House in terms of protecting or advancing voter rights. I think that’s increasingly going to be a big issue dividing Democrats and Republicans, and probably will be a winning issue for Democrats. But what we may also see is Trump’s increased use of executive orders given that it will be more difficult to get legislation through Congress, maybe quite dramatically — which, unfortunately, President Barack Obama really set a precedent for.These interviews were lightly edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

first_imgBut it just makes sense to go ahead and “tank” by rebuilding through lottery picks and all of the first-round picks the Thunder just acquired from the Clippers.UPDATE: Wojnarowski reported later Saturday afternoon Westbrook and his agent are speaking with Thunder GM Sam Presti about Westbrook’s future, “including the possibility of a trade prior to the start of next season.” The report adds the two sides “understand that the time has likely come to explore trade possibilities for Westbrook.”Wojnarowski adds building around Westbrook and Steven Adams is an “unlikely scenario” for the Thunder. Before the Woj Bomb of the century dropped in the early Saturday morning hours, a different type of Woj Bomb was apparently ticking behind the scenes.If you don’t know by now, the Clippers were able to sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency and immediately after made a blockbuster deal for Paul George. But a similar deal was almost sent to the Raptors, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In Woj’s story recapping the deal, he reports the Thunder were willing to trade Russell Westbrook and George to the Raptors, assuming Leonard stayed in Toronto. The deal was centered around Toronto’s Pascal Siakam.MORE: NBA players react to Kawhi Leonard, Paul George dealsFrom Wojnarowski:Had Presti been able to strike a deal for George with Toronto — and Leonard was willing to stay — George was believed to be willing to join the Raptors, sources said. Presti pursued a package of Russell Westbrook and George to the Raptors — with the NBA’s Most Improved Player, forward Pascal Siakam, as the centerpiece of a broader, asset-crippling deal — but Ujiri couldn’t keep up with the Clippers’ willingness to unload unprotected first-round picks into the middle of the next decade, league sources said. Simply, Toronto didn’t have the depth of picks it needed to get a deal done — nor the certainty that getting George would make Leonard stay with the Raptors, sources said.The Raptors could have been looking at adding Westbrook, with four years, $171 million left on his deal, and George to a roster that Leonard still might have fled. Toronto extended itself as far as it could for Leonard, but Ujiri could never be sure that the Thunder even wanted to do a deal with them — and perhaps were just using the Raptors to squeeze more out of the Clippers.Woj hints at the end there that Oklahoma City could have just been bluffing. But other reports indicate the Thunder are still looking to deal Westbrook, especially after losing George. With the West gaining two strong teams in Los Angeles, it seems unlikely the Thunder will be able to compete like they have in years past.So a complete rebuild could be on the way as ESPN’s Royce Young indicates.From Young:Now, like after Kevin Durant’s departure in 2016, all eyes are on Russell Westbrook, though this time, circumstances are different. The Thunder are comfortable embarking on a rebuild rather than trying to retool. But they will evaluate their options going forward, which include seeing what this team looks like with Westbrook leading the charge alongside Gallinari and Steven Adams, trading current pieces to try to add to the roster, or hitting reboot on the roster completely and trading Westbrook. The last option appears to be the most likely scenario.MORE: Kawhi Leonard free agency winners and losersThere’s also this report from Alex Kennedy.Don’t be surprised if the Thunder trade Russell Westbrook. A number of NBA executives believe it’s a possibility. Oklahoma City could decide to blow up their roster and completely rebuild.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 6, 2019Westbrook turns 31 in November and has two years remaining on his contract. He’ll earn $38.15 million in 2019-20 and $40.6 million in 2020-21. While he’s no doubt a star player, that salary will make it difficult for most teams to try and make some cap space available for a deal to happen.A few teams that make sense from a salary cap position and assets position include the Timberwolves, Heat and Pistons. Miami seems like a strong contender considering Jimmy Butler just joined. Plus, the Heat have an expiring deal with Goran Dragic, and reportedly had a deal that involved him fall apart.There haven’t been any official reports as to what teams are interested in Westbrook. Those will likely come later as the Thunder decide what they want to do with their roster. As Young mentioned above, OKC could just play out this season and see how Westbrook works with Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.last_img read more

first_imgEarlier, Iraqi athlete Mustaafa Alsaamah stunned the field to claim men’s discus gold on the first day of athletics.Iran’s Ehsan Hadadi, the Asian Games gold medallist, was widely tipped to challenge for the title at Baku’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, and he led with a fourth-round throw of 60 metres 54 centimetres before Alsaamah’s late intervention.The 21-year-old Iraqi launched a personal best throw of 60.89 metres in the fifth round to move into the lead by 35 centimetres.Hadadi only managed 58.70 on his final attempt to snatch back the lead, which handed gold to Alsaamah. Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi competes during the Athletics Women’s 800m at the Baku 2017 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at the Olympic stadium in Baku on May 16, 2017. PHOTO AFPUganda’s Nakaayi wins 800m heats, Iraq’s Alsaamah lands discus goldBaku, Azerbaijan | AFP |  Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi qualified for the final by over two-and-a-half seconds faster than her nearest rival in the women’s 800-metre heats as she scorched to a time of 2 minutes 02.97 seconds on the first day of athletics at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku.The 22-year-old, who has previously broken the two-minute barrier, was well clear of Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui (2:04:37) and Bahrain’s Manal Elbahraoui (2:05:43) who also progressed to tomorrow’s 6pm final.Olympic semi-finallist Noelie Yarigo of Benin is also safely through after she won heat three.In the women’s 400-metre hurdles, red-hot favourite Oluwakemi Adeyoka of Bahrain was in impressive form as she blitzed through to the semi-finals.The Asian Games and Asian Championship gold medallist cantered to victory in heat one in 56.59 seconds.Uganda is represented at the games by an athletics, swimming, tennis and weightlifting team. The Islamic Solidarity Games comprise 10 days of sporting competition by athletes from over 50 ISSF nations, in 21 sports & 270 medal events. Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Aldawodi, whose personal best stands at 65.52, salvaged a bronze medal with a fifth-round throw of 58.63 metres, to leave Asian Games bronze medallist Ahmed Mohammed Dheeb empty handed.Azerbaijan chalked up the other gold medal on offer in the morning session as Samir Nabiyev won the men’s disability shot put final.A superb throw of 13.95 metres was enough to secure the gold ahead of Iranian silver medallist Javid Ehsani Shakib (13.74m).Iran also clinched the other podium place as Javad Dalakeh threw 13.06 metres.In the men’s 100-metre heats, Asian Championship and Asian Games gold medallist Femi Ogunode comfortably progressed to Tuesday evening’s semi-finals after winning heat two.The Qatari, who ran 9.91 seconds earlier this season, coasted to victory in 10.28 ahead of Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Mohammed (10.48s) to qualify second fastest.Andrew Fisher of Bahrain was the fastest qualifier with a time of 10.20, while Oman’s Barakat Al Harthi (10.29s) and Turkey’s Emre Zafer Barnes (10.33s) also broke the 10.40-second barrier.In the absence of established female sprinters such as Murielle Ahoure (Cote d’Ivoire), Marie-Josee Ta Lou (Cote d’Ivoire) and Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria), the women’s 100 metres appears to be wide open.Gambian sprinter Gina Bass was just five hundredths of a second off her personal best as she qualified fastest for the semi-finals in a time of 11.58 seconds.Turkey’s Mizgin Ay (11.73s), Uzbekistan’s Nigina Sharipova (11.74s), Bahrain’s Iman Essa (11.76s) and Azeri Zakiyya Hasanova (11.78s) all posted competitive times ahead of the evening session.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgRobin van Persie scored twice as Fulham’s youngsters were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United at Craven Cottage in their final match of the Under-21 Premier League season. Van Persie, who also hit the woodwork twice, opened the scoring for United early on and they were three up by half-time courtesy of Joe Rothwell’s brace.Noe Baba almost pulled a goal back for Fulham in the second half but his shot was superbly saved by keeper Anders Lindegaard.Van Persie netted again nine minutes from the end of a resounding win for the visitors, whose line-up also included Adnan Januzaj.Fulham got a late consolation when Stevie Humphrys headed in Luca de la Torre’s injury-time cross.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_imgThe broadcasting deal will take the2010 Fifa World Cup matches straight fromthe pitch to the homes of millions ofAfricans.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library) All countries across sub Saharan Africawill benefit from the 2010 Fifa broadcast deal.(Image: Wikimedia) Tamara O’ReillyAn agreement by football governing body Fifa and the African Union of Broadcasters (AUB) will see to it that the 2010 World Cup reaches viewers across sub-Saharan Africa.All 64 of the tournament’s matches will be broadcast live on free-to-air television and radio in 41 regions in Africa in English, French and Portuguese. Fifa selected the AUB as the partner for sub-Saharan Africa based on its capacity to reach the largest possible audience.AUB is a combination of the Pan-African Broadcasting and Union of National Radio and Television Organisation of Africa, formed in 2007 to develop all facets of broadcasting on the continent.“The AUB has shown considerable strengths in uniting broadcasters under one umbrella to ensure that all sub-Saharan Africans will be able to have access to the radio and TV coverage of and around the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Fifa president Sepp Blatter.“We always promised that 2010 would be an African World Cup, and with today’s cooperation agreement we have made a big step towards achieving this goal.”An African production centre will be established at the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Johannesburg during the 2010 event to ensure high-quality coverage for African viewers.The IBC, the communication nucleus of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is under construction at the Nasrec Exhibition Centre in the south of Johannesburg. Nasrec is one of the oldest and largest exhibition centres in Johannesburg. More than R120-million (US$12-million) is being spent on the upgrading and installations that will be required by the 15 000 media personnel and commentators who will descend on the city for six weeks during June and July 2010.Johannesburg is already the primary broadcasting hub for international and local television and radio, as well as home to almost 60% of all information, communication and technology businesses in South Africa.“For us at AUB the deal was a dream come true for it accords with the goals of our Union for sustainability and will facilitate the achievement of one of the goals we adopted as legacies for Africa from the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, namely capacity development of broadcasting in Africa,” said Lawrence Atiase, CEO of the AUB.“We are fully committed to playing our part and we thank Fifa for placing their trust in the AUB’s ability to deliver.”The move is also being welcomed by several African countries who cannot afford to pay the high prices for broadcast rights of such tournaments. Kenya, for example, who has in the past broadcast live tournaments like the African Cup of Nations and the Olympic Games to the Kenyan public, did so at considerable costs.“We welcome this move by Fifa,” says Kenya Broadcasting Corporation managing director David Waweru. “It will be easier to negotiate with AUB, who will sell at more affordable and realistic fees than third parties. We are now sure we, as the national broadcaster, will bring the 2010 World Cup to Kenyans.”The previous Fifa World Cup, held in Germany 2006, was the most extensive in the tournament’s history. Compared to the 2002 tournament, which was covered by 232 channels worldwide, the 2006 event was broadcast by 376 channels reaching 24.2-billion viewers globally.According to the Fifa website, the 2006 event was aired in a total 43 600 broadcasts across 214 countries generating total coverage of 73 072 hours. This means that if all the 2006 coverage were shown on just one channel, it would take over eight years to broadcast non-stop.Host of the next Fifa World Cup, South Africa, enjoyed more 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany coverage than any other African market, with the cable network, SuperSport, showing a total of 1 627 hours of coverage on its five channels.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] articlesMeet Zakumi, the 2010 mascot Fifa World Cup host cities 2010 media hub at Nasrec Useful linksFifaAfrican Union of Broadcastinglast_img read more

first_imgBatlharos, Friday 29 January 2016 – Today, Brand South Africa in partnership with Shout SA and Breadline Africa handed over a newly built, and fully equipped mobile library to the learners and teachers at TT Lekalake Primary School.The handover ceremony was attended by members of the community, parents as well as representatives from neighboring schools. Mr Tumisang Rabi, principle of TT Lekalake said “this library is not only a facility for the learners of this school, it is a resource for the community at large. It is impossible for a community to grow and improve without proper literacy skills. This library will instill a love for reading in the smallest of children. It is very important for young children to learn to love reading, as this is a primary skill to ensure success not only in later grades, but also in life in general.”Ms Jade Orgill, Project Manager at Breadline Africa articulated the importance for the library for TT Lekalake in particular, “This school is a government quintile 1 school, which means that they are the least resourced as per government’s poverty quintile ranking. The lack of access usually translates into low literacy level such as is the case at TT Lekalake. One of the positive measures currently in place is the learner development programme that has been initiated by the governing body, teachers and parents.” This programme is just one example of the active steps taken by the community of Batlharos to improve the state of education in the district.The National Development Plan (NDP) mentions that education is a prerequisite for South Africa’s development, and the community in Batharos encourages learners to be dedicated, studious and focused children is response to this.Circuit Manager of John Taoco Gaetsewe District, Mr Mpho Malele encouraged parents to play their part and “make reading a priority at home. Initially the children will read a slowly and get frustrated, but it is important to encourage them to persevere, because the more they read, the better they will read and the faster they will read. The Department of Basic Education has instituted a compulsory reading period for all schools, teachers need to set small goals for their learners throughout the year, which will contribute to the improvement of the literacy levels in the district.”Mr Malele called on the community at large to play their part and support education initiatives in the community, “by attending school events, you are showing the children that you are committed and care about their education, which will instill the same values in them.”The 2014 Annual National Assessment (ANA) Results revealed that there is a significant gap between children reading, understanding and interpreting information. The library resource at TT Lakeleke combined with the commitment of learners and teachers aims to bridge this gap – improving the academic results of the school, and creating better opportunities for the learners as they progress into adulthood.Kabelo Mabelane co-founder of Shout SA, wrapped up the programme by calling on the children to stay in school, respect their teachers, and read! “Readers are Leaders, Mabalane said, and Leaders are Readers! We all need to play our part and develop a love of reading in our communities”.Follow the conversation on #EducateSAAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Kelly DavidsTel: +27 11 712 5072Mobile: +27 (0) 74 928 4285Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

first_imgSource: Health Care Spending and Efficiency in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, RAND Corporation Report, 2013.This post is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img