USU Track & Field Athlete Takes Part in NCAA Career Sports Forum

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailINDIANAPOLIS-Last week, a Utah State track and field athlete was given the chance to participate in the 2018 NCAA Career in Sports Forum at the NCAA’s headquarters in Indianapolis.The program ran from May 31-June 3 and Aggies junior thrower Michala Zilkey was granted the opportunity to attend by virtue of the selection of a committee within the NCAA membership.Participants were selected based on their interest in pursuing a career in sports and who are viewed as campus leaders as well as by receiving a nomination from athletics administration at their respective schools.Zilkey, a native of Gig Harbor, Wash., said she found the late Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s room was “especially impact-ful” to her.In her junior season, Zilkey placed sixth in the discus with a career-best toss of 159-6 and 11th in the hammer throw with a mark of 161-11 at the Mountain West track and field championships last month.Zilkey stated her ambition is to “help develop female leadership in sports” and hopes to work with high school or collegiate female athletes on developing leadership style through sport and character education. June 6, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Track & Field Athlete Takes Part in NCAA Career Sports Forum Tags: Michala Zilkey/NCAA/Student Leadership/USU Track and Field Written bylast_img read more

Countrywide appoints new Chairman

first_imgCountrywide, has appointed Peter Long, the former Chief Executive of travel agent giant TUI, as its Non-Executive Chairman.Mr Long (left), who is also Chairman of Royal Mail, will start his new role following Countrywide’s annual general meeting in April, replacing the retiring Grenville Turner. He will work alongside Alison Platt, Chief Executive at Countrywide. He commented, “I am delighted to be joining the Countrywide plc board as Chairman and am looking forward to working with Alison and her team. The group has a clear focus on its customers as it executes its strategy and generates long-term sustainable shareholder value.”Alison Platt, said, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Grenville (right) for his dedication and significant commitment to the development of Countrywide during his tenure. As Chairman and previously as CEO, Grenville has been unwavering in his stewardship of Countrywide. Personally, he has been unstinting in his support and guidance for me and his counsel has been invaluable.“I am pleased that Peter has accepted the role of Chairman and would like to welcome him to Countrywide. I and the entire Board look forward to working with him as Countrywide pursue its strategic objectives.”Related newsCountrywide has released its latest monthly Lettings Index for January which reveals that average rents in the UK rose by 1.2 per cent to £906 a month year-on-year. While this represents the slowest increase in three years, average rents are 12 per cent above their pre-recession peak, reaching the highest level on record, led by growth in London.Johnny Morris, Research Director at Countrywide said, “Nationally rents in January rose at the slowest rate since 2012, as some of the upward pressure on prices subsided and affordability limited further rises. Across most of London and the South East the slowdown in rental growth is the first since 2010, where rents have been growing for the past six years.”Peter Long Countrywide Countrywide new Chairman February 17, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide appoints new Chairman previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide appoints new ChairmanPeter Long, formerly of TUI, will replace Grenville Turner as Non-Executive Chairman at Countrywide.The Negotiator17th February 20161 Comment617 Viewslast_img read more

Pool – Clinical Laboratory Assistant (Hourly / Casual)

first_imgPortland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans’Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifyingveterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment.You will be given instructions during the application processto claim Veterans’ Preference in the recruitment of this position,and to provide the documents required for verification ofeligibility. Please do not send your documentation to thehiring manager directly.For verification of eligibility, please submit the followingdocumentation: Requisition IDreq13 Pool – Clinical Laboratory Assistant (Hourly / Casual) Preferred Qualifications- Associates degree or higher- Experience working as a Medical Assistant in a PCMH ambulatorycare facility- Management or supervisory experience- Experience in Primary Care or Internal Medicine Employment TypeCasual Employee Position Summary – Qualified applicants must possess one of the following MedicalAssisting credentials; CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), NCMA (NCCT), CCMA(NHA)- Three years of Medical Assisting experience or more in ambulatorycare Basic Qualifications Veterans: DD214Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Departmentof VA This Hourly Hiring Pool represents current or potential hourlynon-benefited job openings in this employment category. There is noguarantee of employment from this hiring pool. Positions are notbenefited. Hours and schedules vary.Morning lab: 9:00-11:50 am, or Afternoon lab: 1:00-3:50 pmCompensation category:Technical Assistant Level III – Casual Employment.Wage will be determined based on qualifications (education andcredentialing) and experience.The employee can work up to 599 hours per fiscal year.Duties require independent actions, use of judgment and specificknowledge or experience in a technical specialty (generallyrequiring two years experience in the specialty or comparabletraining/education). Work is performed under generalsupervision.Some responsibility for design and planning and/or directing thework of others performing similar tasks. Also represents the workof highly technical positions requiring more extensive technicalknowledge and containing a higher level of complexity. Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaininga diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, makingdecisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexualorientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or anyother protected class.Portland Community College will hire only United Statescitizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the UnitedStates. All new employees will be required to complete thedesignated Immigration Service Employers Verification I-9form.last_img read more

‘Earlier Than the Bird’ Celebration Set for Saturday

first_imgShoppers dress in pajamas and festive costumes to get into the holiday spirit during the “Earlier Than The Bird” event each year in November. The early forecast calls for clear weather on Saturday – ideal conditions to kick off the holiday season along downtown Asbury Avenue. In Ocean City, that means shopping in your pajamas for the “Earlier Than the Bird” celebration.The annual downtown shopping extravaganza takes place 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 23 – the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Anybody (pajama-clad or not) can take advantage of early-bird shopping specials at stores on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street.Free turkeys will be awarded to the best-dressed, and shoppers can text in to win gift certificates and prizes from downtown merchants. Free coffee will be available at Jon & Patty’s (637 Asbury Avenue), Ocean City Coffee Company (917 Asbury Avenue) and Starbucks (1061 Asbury Avenue). Shoppers also can enjoy a free standard doughnut at Drip ’N’ Scoop (960 Asbury Avenue).Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available starting on the weekend of Nov. 23 and 24. Ride the downtown the old-fashioned way noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Board in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Seasonal beach tags for summer 2020 will be on sale at the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue) starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Horse drawn carriages will whisk shoppers to their destinations over the holiday season along Asbury Avenue in the heart of the downtown business district.ALSO COMING UP:COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE (Nov. 26): The interdenominational Ocean City Ecumenical Council invites everybody to come together for the annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue).The service is sponsored by the Ecumenical Council and the churches throughout Ocean City. A dessert reception will follow the service. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the local Food Cupboard for those in need. CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AND BUSINESS AWARDS DINNER (Nov. 26): The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor Ocean City Primary School teacher Carrie Merritt as 2019 Citizen of the Year at its annual dinner 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Flanders Hotel. The Chamber also awards local businesses in a variety of categories. For more information and reservations, call 609-399-1412 or email [email protected] & MOSAIC SALE (Dec. 2 to 14): The Ocean City Arts Center (1735 Simpson Avenue) will host its Pottery and Mosaic Sale 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. A meet-the-artists reception will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.FAST AND FURRIEST 5K TURKEY TROT (Nov. 28): The 12th annual Fast and Furriest 5K Turkey Trot goes off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. The course for this 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race is on the Ocean City Boardwalk, and proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, call 609-398-9500 (ext. 4) or visit will make an appearance Friday, Nov. 29, for the “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” holiday spectacular. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN (Nov. 29): Ocean City’s small-town version of “Black Friday” takes place 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29. “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” will be a warm and entertaining time featuring carolers and performers throughout downtown Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street.Downtown stores will offer discount shopping for gifts, and many Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available. Entertainment and Christmas carols will begin at 4 p.m. on the steps of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.The event culminates around 5 p.m. when Santa Claus will emerge on the rooftop of City Hall. With the help of an Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck, Santa will descend and help light the City Hall Christmas Tree and illuminate City Hall.SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (Nov. 30): The shopping discounts will continue on Nov. 30 as downtown merchants celebrate Small Business Saturday.HOLIDAY POPS: MUSICAL SOUNDS OF THE SEASON (Nov. 30): Music lovers can enjoy a special performance of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. “Holiday Pops: Musical Sounds of the Season” will feature popular holiday and special performances by vocalist Scott Coulter and his cast of Broadway soloists.Children of all ages will enjoy the classic Christmas songs. Joining the show will be professional dancers from the Atlantic City Ballet’s production of the “Nutcracker.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $25 and $20. Call 609-399-6111 or visit Hall is decked out with wreaths on every window for the holiday season.CHRISTMAS PARADE (Dec. 6): Save the date for the annual parade at 6 p.m. along downtown Asbury Avenue.LIGHTS, CAMERA, CHRISTMAS: 2019 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR (Dec. 13-22): Tickets are on sale now for Ocean City Theatre Company’s annual holiday show. Visit BOOK SALE (Dec. 13-14): The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will hold a holiday book sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in the atrium outside the library.ANGELUS CHORUS AND TENOR JOHN TAYLOR (Dec. 14): Tenor John Taylor joins the 55-voice Angelus Chorus directed by Richard Stanislaw in a concert of traditional Christmas music at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.14 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eighth Street and Central Avenue. The concert is free; an offering is received.last_img read more

David Gilmour Plays Pink Floyd, Solo Songs In Rare Late Night Appearance [Watch]

first_imgDavid Gilmour is in the middle of his first tour in North America since 2006. After playing three shows in Los Angeles, the Pink Floyd guitarist had one more stop in the City of Angels; the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Much like his current setlists, Gilmour was able to perform both a classic from the Pink Floyd catalog and a song from his newly-released solo album, Rattle That Lock. For the former, Gilmour chose the title track to Floyd’s 1975 album, Wish You Were Here. For the latter, Gilmour chose the title track to his own solo album, delighting fans with an edition of “Rattle That Lock.”You can watch videos of both songs performed, below:“Wish You Were Here”“Rattle That Lock”last_img read more

Everything You Need To Know About Lettuce’s Fool’s Paradise

first_imgFool’s Paradise is coming up this weekend, and we’re counting the minutes until we hit the sunshine. For those coming in to see Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large, we’ve got everything you need to know right here, right now. On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a funk-fueled dance party – with so many surprises in store!Daily SchedulesThe gates will open at 3PM on Friday and Saturday, with non-stop music through 10:15PM. See below for the set times, and keep your eyes peeled for some incredible collaborations from Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as they make surprise appearances as artists-at-large.After-PartiesIn addition to the main lineup, a number of late night shows will be hosted by some of the most talented musicians in the industry! On Friday, March 31, there will be performances from Jaw Gems, Eric Krasno Band, and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge. On Saturday, April 1st, Dumpstaphunk will bring their unique brand of down-and-dirty New Orleans funk to the Elk’s Lodge for a very special late night set, their only performance at Fool’s Paradise. After Dumpstaphunk finishes up, they’ll join forces with members of Lettuce to form this year’s “Fools For Funk” super group.Artist-Led ExcursionsThere’s more to look forward to than just musical adventures. Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes, The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky, and Vulfpeck’s Antwaun Stanley, or ping-pong tournament with Adam Deitch and Adam Smirnoff, or a sailing adventure and DJ set at sea with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. Sign up for those here!Saturday Pre-Party With The LocalsFool’s Paradise is completing the experience with a little extra sauce from Florida’s finest local bands. Ajeva, The Groove Orient, and Ben Strok & The Full Electric will be representing a swath of the sonic scene from Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville with a Saturday afternoon party primer at the Elk’s Lodge.The Elk’s Lodge will be open with a full bar, and plenty of space to hang with your friends before the gates open at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, April 1. This pre-party welcomes all Fool’s Paradise attendees. The music will get the party started at 1PM, around the time that Adam Deitch and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff will be hosting a charitable ping pong tournament in the same vicinity (sign up here), and will play through 4PM when the music starts across the way at the main event.VIP The only thing better than attending as a fan is going as a VIP. The Fool’s Paradise VIP program will have you stylin’ from the moment you check in through your first #TBT memories. The golden wristband will: provide you with priority access to the pit area in front of the stage and to the reserved seating area in front of the soundboard. Note: the rest of the venue is all General Admission, so this reserved seating is prime.On Saturday evening, there will be an exclusive happy hour with the bands. This is your chance to ask them anything, give them a cheers or high-five, and take as many photos as you’d like. This lineup is more than willing to spend time with their fans and are excited for this opportunity to become friends.Your VIP wristband will also give you discounted alcoholic beverages in a private tiki bar area. Lines are never an issue here! You will also receive an official AJ Masthay original print Fool’s Paradise poster and t-shirt. More information can be found here.Where To Stay“Fools For Love” Hotel VIP Packages are sold-out, but you can book a hotel on your own here.There are also a very limited amount of “Fools For Trees” VIP Camping Package, which includes 2-Day VIP ticket(s) to show (for each person in package), campsite for 4 persons with parking for 2 vehicles, free access to the late-night shows, priority access to pit area and seating, discounted beverages, exclusive happy hour with artists, and a very special Fool’s Paradise poster & t-shirt designed by AJ Masthay. You can purchase the Camping “Fool For Trees” VIP package here.For all of the information, head to the festival website.last_img read more

Mungion Announces Sophomore Album, ‘Ferris Wheel’s Day Off’, Release New Single

first_imgMungion is quickly rising the ranks of the jam scene. Despite being a relatively new act—the group formed in spring of 2015—the group has earned enormous buzz with their high-octane live performances and dynamic compositions. Today, as a follow up to the group’s first-ever official live release, Live Fun Vol. 1, which was released back in May, Mungion has announced that they will be releasing their sophomore studio album, Ferris Wheel’s Day Off, this fall.Due out on October 5th, Mungion’s forthcoming Ferris Wheel’s Day Off finds the quartet—comprised of Justin Reckamp (guitar/vocals), Joe Re (keyboards/vocals), Sean Carolan (bass/vocals), and Matt Kellen (drums/vocals)—joined by a rotating cast of musicians, including a full horn section. The album was produced by the band’s good friend, Ben Factor, and showcases the group’s stellar sense of humor and explosive improvisations.As Reckamp shared in a press release, “We have spent the last ~15 months grinding away in different cities, studios, and apartments are very proud of the way the whole thing turned out. … There’s a little something for everybody here – some tracks are funky, others heavy. Often times, multiple genres are represented inside one tune; that’s the essence of what we do, and the records’ diversity is something we are very proud of.”In addition to detailing the new album, Mungion has also released the first single off the album, “One Night Stan”, which was premiered yesterday via Relix and can be streamed below or on Apple Music. The group also recently announced plans for an extensive fall tour, which will see the group supporting The Motet and Aqueous. For more information, head to Mungion’s website here. Ferris Wheel’s Day Off Tracklisting:1. One Night Stan2. Makanda3. Ferris Wheel’s Day Off4. Quemaste Tu Cabello5. Basketball6. Parn Kournt vs. Card Farm7. Herbert8. Windows9. Chatterbox10. Sloob SyndromeView All TracksMungion Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:8/9 – 8/11 – Caledonia, MI – Cowpie Music Festival8/10 & 8/11 – Kenosha, WI – Peachtree Music Fest8/16 – Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand9/7 – 9/9 – Capon Bridge, WV – Valley Fusion Festival9/26 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern9/27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo9/28 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook9/29 – Schuylkill Haven, PA – Meeting of the Minds10/1 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi10/3 – Detroit, MI – El Club *10/4 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation *10/5 – Chicago, IL – Concord *10/6 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *10/7 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Ball Room10/24 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom ^10/25 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Lounge ^10/26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ^10/27 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^11/1 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar ^11/2 – Washington, D.C. – Union Stage ^11/3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry ^11/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom *11/30 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave *12/1 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room *12/5 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s ^12/6 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall12/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Old Town Pub ^12/8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^* w/ The Motet^ w/ AqueousView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Warmth from the woods

first_imgPETERSHAM, Mass. — In heavily wooded New England, forests are dynamic ecosystems that support a range of plants and animals, and their ability to soak up carbon also makes them an important piece of the climate-change puzzle. How changes to forests over time affect the flow of carbon through the atmosphere has long been a focus of researchers at the 3,700-acre Harvard Forest. Now, three wood-fired boilers are providing those scientists with a new tool to expand their understanding.The new, super-efficient, thermal biomass system, which provides heating to five nearby buildings, is expected to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions because it is fueled by wood that has been responsibly harvested by the woods crew. The system will allow researchers to explore how using plants can be an integral component of an actively managed forest that supports long-term conservation and local economies.“With this project, we are putting our assertions into practice and providing a practical application to our fundamental research exploring the role of forests as infrastructure,” said Forest Director David Foster. “We can address looming questions about carbon dynamics, and the linkages between conservation, use of resources, and the way our land can figure in as a solution toward climate change.”The Harvard Forest in Petersham has long maximized using renewable sources for energy and heat. The trees used to fuel the boilers are harvested as part of a sustainable management plan. The woods crew focuses on taking low-quality material out of the forests for use as biomass, therefore improving the growth and quality of trees with a higher economic and ecological value.This strategy is important in New England, which has seen a dramatic increase in its forests in the last 150 years. The increase has resulted in a net storage of carbon, but because most forests are not managed optimally, they may not be capturing carbon efficiently or producing wood that could be used for limited commercial purposes.“One of the very clear facts is that if you look across New England and most landscapes, it is direct impacts by people that are having the strongest effect on changing natural process,” Foster said.  “Our recent ‘Changes to the Land’ report showed that the greenest scenario for the long-term viability of nature and society is not only to conserve but actively to manage the land.”Standing in front of the new facility are crew members Lucas Griffith (from left), Roland Meunier, Ron May, and John Wisnewski. Photo by Colin DurrantThe decades-long, interdisciplinary research projects in place in the Harvard Forest focus on tracking carbon emissions in the air, measuring how much of that carbon gets stored in trees and soil, and understanding how the carbon flow is affected by changes such as logging or hurricanes.“Without thinking about it, we have greatly expanded our research team,” said Foster. “Our woods crew now tracks their activities, collecting and analyzing data in order to benefit the larger research being conducted here.”Carbon emissions are a major contributor to global climate change, so an improved understanding of what role forests play in taking carbon out of the atmosphere would help policymakers and governments determine more effective strategies for conserving and managing land to improve the environment.A dedication ceremony for the facility on Tuesday attracted local, state, and federal officials, including state Senators Stephen Brewer and Mark Pacheco and Steve Marshall, the U.S. Forest Service assistant director for cooperative forestry. A dozen Harvard undergraduates, participating in a weeklong Wintersession program, joined a tour of the field research sites. The tour was led by Bill Munger, a senior research fellow in atmospheric chemistry at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.“The Harvard Forest is truly leading by example, not only by demonstrating sustainable forest management, but also by using its renewable wood resources to provide heat and reduce the carbon footprint of its facility,” said Stephanie Cooper, assistant secretary for land and forest conservation at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.A 2010 state report said development of large-scale biomass plants for electrical generation would be unwise because of negative effects on the forests’ diminished ability to store carbon, as well as the inefficiency of the electrical generation system.However, small-scale biomass systems for heat, like the Harvard Forest, have net-positive benefits because they are more efficient, have less impact on forests, and haul wood over less distance.Wood is fed into the boilers at least three times a day to heat a large thermal storage tank that pushes up to 100 gallons of hot water per minute to heating loops in the various buildings.“This project continues our 20-year effort to increase efficiency and move toward greater sustainability, while at the same time serving as a beautifully integrated system for science and education,” said Foster. “There is a community-wide emphasis and spirit in increasing sustainability efforts.”Harvard has a longstanding commitment to sustainability, including comprehensive green building standards and a goal to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, including growth. As part of this commitment, additional sustainability efforts at the forest include a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array, a gray-water recycling system, and using wood for building projects.Primary support and funding for the biomass project was provided by the Harvard Forest woods crew, Harvard Forest Director of Administration Edythe Ellin, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the U.S. Forest Service: Northeastern Area.last_img read more

Vision 2020: Electoral College Vs Popular Vote In America

first_imgU.S. Army Stock Image.WASHINGTON — Election Question: Why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote and thus the presidency?Answer: That’s how the framers of the Constitution set it up.This unique system of electing presidents is a big reason why Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Four candidates in history have won a majority of the popular vote only to be denied the presidency by the Electoral College.The Electoral College was devised at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. It was a compromise between those who wanted direct popular elections for president and those who preferred to have Congress decide. At a time of little national identity and competition among the states, there were concerns that people would favor their regional candidates and that big states with denser populations would dominate the vote. The Electoral College has 538 members, with the number allocated to each state based on how many representatives it has in the House plus its two senators. (The District of Columbia gets three, despite the fact that the home to Congress has no vote in Congress.)To be elected president, the winner must get at least half plus one — or 270 electoral votes.This hybrid system means that more weight is given to a single vote in a small state than the vote of someone in a large state, leading to outcomes at times that have been at odds with the popular vote.In fact, part of a presidential candidate’s campaign strategy is drawing a map of states the candidate can and must win to gather 270 electoral votes.In 2016, for instance, Democrat Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than Trump in the presidential election, after racking up more lopsided wins in big states like New York and California. But she lost the presidency due to Trump’s winning margin in the Electoral College, which came after he pulled out narrow victories in less populated Midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin.It would take a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College — an unlikely move because of how difficult it is to pass and ratify constitutional changes. But there’s a separate movement that calls for a compact of states to allocate all their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner, regardless of how those individual states opted in an election. That still faces an uphill climb, though.Vision 2020 is a new series from the AP dedicated to answering commonly asked questions from our audience about the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),As usual, the Democrats want to change the rules so they can win.last_img read more

Hope in St Helier

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