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first_img23 May 2014After successfully staging its fifth democratic elections, South Africa is finalising its preparations for the inauguration of President-elect Jacob Zuma, who will be sworn in for a second term of office at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday.On Wednesday, Members of Parliament elected Zuma to serve for another five years as President with former trade unionist and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy.Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said preparations had been under way for the past few weeks to ensure that Saturday’s inauguration is a success.Thousands of ordinary South Africans, as well as around 40 current and former heads of state, are expected to gather at the Union Buildings to witness the swearing in by South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.After taking his oath shortly after 11am, Zuma will deliver his inaugural address, signalling the start of the new five-year administration. In the days following, he will elect his new team of Cabinet ministers. The first State of the Nation address of the new term, outlining the government’s programme for the next five years, will follow in the coming weeks.There was an increased security presence at Waterkloof Air Force Base outside Pretoria on Friday ahead of the arrival of current and former heads of state who will be attending the inauguration.The Department of International Relations and Cooperation confirmed on Friday that heads of state and government (presidents, prime ministers or royalty) of 40 African countries would be in attendance on Saturday, along with seven former heads of state.South Africa’s BRICS partner countries will be represented at the event by Brazilian Vice-President Michel Temer, outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese Home Affairs Minister Li Liguo, and Sergey Naryshkin, chairman of the State Duma of Russia’s Federal Assembly.African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and a representative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will also be among the guests.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgIn the summer of 2018, the Network Literacy team gathered in Duluth, MN to re-ground our work together. It had been a long time since we had invested time in reflecting on our work and contemplating our future. As a result, we were floating a bit.  So we spent the better part of two days in a meeting room at Zeitgeist, a nonprofit arts and community development organization, doing out best to practice the Zeitgeist motto, “Connect. Create. Thrive.”What emerged from our time together was a set of shared values, a model explaining how network practices lead to resilience and adaptation, and a vision for how our work can help guide people toward network practices. The infographic below begins to explain the values, model and vision, and their influence on how we approach our work and why we want to do this work together.Text from InfographicMFLN Network Literacy – How and Why We WorkValues – Democracy. Social Capital. Equity.These values, critical for living & working together in a complex world, guide our work to help people become more resilient and adaptive.Networks – We all face complex issues that can only be addressed with emergent solutions. Network Literacy help people organize in networks to identify emergent issues and create innovative solutions.Fractals – Often the same patterns are present in large-scale and small-scale change.Emergence – The path to change cannot be predicted, it emerges from our work together.Relationship – Our relationships with each other are the key that unlocks change.Personal Growth – We need to project the patterns we want to see in the world. Network Literacy helps people pursue the personal growth necessary for building relationships and doing shared work.Growth Mindset – Knowing that we can grow and change, and others can grow and change with us.Asset-based – We grow by finding, developing & celebrating our strengths.Storytelling – The stories we tell ourselves and others influence our ability our ability to grow.Collective Action – The solutions we seek will only be found together. Network Literacy helps people engage in meaningful collaboration to address complex issues from multiple perspectives.Diversity – A diverse network allows for more creativity and innovation.Co-learning – We are all learners and teachers. Sharing our experiences helps us move forward.Shared Work – We seek inclusion, sharing work as well as power, credit and leadership.Adaptation & Resilience – Adaptation and resilience are critical to living together in a complex world. Network Literacy helps people become more resilient and adaptive within complex social systems.Practice – The skills we need to address complexity cannot be mastered, only practiced.Reflection – Intentional reflection allows us to adjust to an ever-changing environment.Connection – We must constantly seek connection between people and ideas to find our path together.This is the thinking that underlies our work. To see our 2019 Plan of Work, visit https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/network-literacy/network-literacy-plan-of-work/With thanks to all who have inspired us,Jessica Beckendorf & Bob Bertschlast_img read more

12 12 19

first_imgAt the 2018 Austin Film Festival, we chatted with Root for the Villain writer/director Max Rissman about shooting short-form episodic content.The Austin Film Festival is regarded as a writer’s film festival. This year, in addition to marquee screenings of Isold Uggadottir’s And Breathe Normally, Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux (starring Natalie Portman), and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, the festival hosted a whole week of shorts and features, workshops, and pitch competitions aimed at honoring up-and-coming writing talent.We caught up with writer/director Max Rissman, whose digital series Root for the Villain played as part of a new Scripted Digital Series block, to chat about his writing experience and to get his advice on directing a digital series.1. A Good Bridge ProjectI had already done my fair share of shorts while in film school, so I was excited to challenge myself with a more ambitious project for my MFA thesis. However, I didn’t feel quite ready to dive all-in on a feature, but a short series felt like a good transition towards more long form projects.Coming out of film school at NYU, Rissman (like most film school graduates) already had several short films to his name. However, jumping straight to a feature isn’t always the path for everyone. While Rissman was looking to challenge himself with more than just another short, the concept of doing Root for the Villain as five digital shorts (about 8 minutes each) ended up being a better bridge project right out of school than taking on the major risks of shooting (and financing) a full feature.2. Let the Formula Find YouOnce I decided on doing a digital short series, it really allowed the formula to find me in the early writing stages. You don’t have to let screen times dictate your story when you’re setting your own constraints.In the Scripted Digital Series block at the Austin Film Festival, short series came in many different time formats and episode counts. For Root for the Villain, Rissman’s five eight-minute episodes were simply the right formula and screen time for his stories. Festivals usually have strict rules for what shorts and features need to be, but this new format can be much more open to filmmakers exploring their stories’ needs.3. Explore the Episodic Nature of StorytellingWriting and directing short form episodes is quite different from both the contained nature of films and the open-ended nature of pilots. With short episodes you can tell an ongoing story in a manageable and nimble way, while exploring the challenges and opportunities of stringing several episodes together to draw the audience into a unique world and have them invest in your characters.Because of the nature of the industry, not many screenwriters get the opportunity to write episodic content. It’s much different than telling self-contained stories, Rissman explains. Episodic content allows you to bury information a little deeper and really explore characters and relationships in ways that you don’t have to resolve immediately. As episodic content becomes a bigger part of the industry, it can be great practice for screenwriters to begin exploring it early and often.4. Lead with Your StrengthsAs I continue to develop my craft as both a writer and director, I have always considered writing to be my biggest strength of the two. Once you know your strengths, you can use them to try to mitigate your weaknesses by surrounding yourself with talented people who can cover you in other areas.At a screenwriter’s film festival like AFF, it’s hard not to bump into talented writers at every screening. Like many at the festival, writing is a strength for Rissman, but that doesn’t mean he’s perfect. Good writing will always be one of the most important parts of a project — after all, Rissman says, “a good script can go a long way in attracting the most talented actors and crew members, who are eager to work on high quality material.”5. The New Age of Digital SeriesThe timing of this project really worked out well as many festivals began adding digital series slots to their lineups just as we were starting our submission process. But in general, the industry seems to be leaning more and more in the direction of a new age of independent television.When you see Root for the Villain (and Rissman is hopeful it’ll be up online in some format early 2019), you really get to feel like you know the characters. As a semi-procedural format, it feels familiar-yet-refreshing with its supernatural twist. It’s a nice change of pace from many of the heavy themes we see in most festival features; it presents itself more as content we’re used to seeing every day on television and online. For filmmakers like Rissman, it’s a bold concept to embrace, but in the end, it might be the first of a exciting new path for writers and filmmakers.You can find out more about Root for the Villain on the project’s Seed & Spark page, or keep up with its release information on Facebook.All images via Root for the Villain.For more behind-the-scenes insights and interviews, check out some of these articles below.Screenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a MethodRoundup: Genre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic FestProduction Tips: How to Maintain the Stunt Double IllusionJonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the GreatsInterview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big Worldlast_img read more

17 09 19

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 23, 2017 – BahaMar investor is hoping the provision of jobs through their massive development will help to curb crime in the Capital.   Graeme Davis, President of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Bahamas expressed to media that the surge in crime is concerning as it does effect tourism.  Davis added that, “…we can help, certainly putting people back to work and creating a couple thousand jobs and then growing to that 5,000 jobs, I think it will have a positive impact.” There is also concern that the Government seems unable to find a remedy for the landfill problem; a stinky situation which has aggravated residents and threatens the pleasant appeal of resorts like Baha Mar. “There is a committee being put in place and we all expect action as good business owners and residents we demand it.”Media challenged the executive on the possibility that the soft opening date of BahaMar on April 21st is to influence at the General Elections; Davis denied that charge.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 23, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said that while he’s aware of all the talk among the public about the $4 billion oil refinery project by Oban Energies, he urged Bahamians – particularly Grand Bahamians – to focus on the benefits such a project will bring to Grand Bahama.“There’s more to the story than what you see,” Minister Turnquest told participants of the 20th Annual Grand Bahama Business Outlook, which took place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Grand Lucayan resort.“You will be hearing more about that as the project proceeds.  Today, as a matter of fact, the group is in East Grand Bahama beginning the final stages of their Environmental Impact Assessment.  And we will continue to see activity, going forward through to the shovels in the ground.“We have confidence that this project is going to go forward, that the funding is available, that the environmental concerns will be addressed and that at the end of the day, we will have a project that will be a catalyst for the development of Grand Bahama as a whole, east Grand Bahama in particular.”Minister Turnquest reminded Grand Bahamians that what helped to bring about the “glory days” of Grand Bahama, when the economy was on the incline, was the industrial sector.“So we have an opportunity and we have to see it through. Again, in the Heads of Agreement, we have requirements and everything is contingent on those requirements,” the Minister Pointed out. “As the Prime Minister has indicated, that Heads of Agreement will be Tabled and everyone will be able to see what it contains – the benefit and the risk to us as an island, as a country.”As the Representative for Grand Bahama, Minister Turnquest said that he’s pleased that there are a number of prospective developments slated for his constituency, including the Oban Energies Oil refinery in East Grand Bahama.He said that a number of projects have been slated for Grand Bahama, including the purchase and development of the former Ginn property in West Grand Bahama. He also mentioned the purchase and eventual refurbishment of the Grand Lucayan resort by the Wynn Group.“The re-opening of this property is absolutely vital to the city of Freeport, particularly the Lucayan strip, which is a major contributor to the Grand Bahama economy,” added Minister Turnquest.“I know that there was some rumor that because Mr. Wynn was not here to speak at this Business Outlook, that there was some trouble with the deal. I just got off the phone with Mr. Wynn before I came into this room and I assure you that is not the case at all. There was some miscommunication and he is actually in the Dominican Republic, opening a property there.“But this deal is very much on track and we expect to have this wrapped up relatively soon; the brands that are associated with their proposal are very well known brands to us and they will give Grand Bahama the kind of variety of offering that we have been missing.”Interestingly enough, Minister Turnquest said that Grand Bahama continues to attract interest with respect to the tourism industry.“As the Minister of State said, 2018 is poised to be a very significant watershed year for us,” added Minister Turnquest.  “Between the government and our partners at the Grand Bahama Port Authority, we have to lock arms on these opportunities and ensure that we provide the best opportunity for these projects to become successful.”Drawing on a farming analogy, the Deputy Prime Minister told the audience that when one is planting, you don’t see results right away; it takes a while and in the meantime, the seed has to be watered and nurtured before it begins to spring up.“That’s the phase where we’re at,” said Minister Turnquest. “After years of going backwards, we’re now starting to go forward and we must celebrate that.“Prospects for the economy in 2018 are for furthering strengthening of activities, with growth estimated at 2.5 percent.  Conditions in the Labor market are also consequently set to improve.  These developments will be underpinned by the completion of the Baha Mar phased opening and by various foreign investment related projects, which have been foreshadowed by the Prime Minister.“As well, we expect the growth of both the tourism sector and the national economy to be favorably impacted by stronger projected growth in the United States, our major trading partner.  The increase in investor consumer confidence in the United States bodes well for continued growth in tourist related travel and investment interest in The Bahamas.”Minister Turnquest said that the government is on track to bring the country’s financial house in order and that the Government remains on track to meet its budgetary target by year’s end.“The Government anticipates continued growth in the economy, which will be very much associated with improvements that we expect to happen here in Grand Bahama. As was pointed out by the Minister of State for Grand Bahama, various projects are being negotiated and/or are already in progress.“This signals a significant spike in the Grand Bahama economy and, in the words of the Honourable Prime Minister, what’s good for Grand Bahama, is good for The Bahamas.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS) Related Items:last_img read more

11 09 19

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, June 5, 2018:Sheri M. Fisher (42, Haverhill) was arrested for OUI Liquor. The arrest took place in the St. Thomas’s parking lot. (3:30am)A gray 2000 BWM drove into the woods on Ballardvale Street and Balland Road. Fence and shrubs damaged. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. Driver cited for marked lanes violation and speeding. (9:00am)Mark Paul Khlafie (21, Tewksbury) was arrested for OUI Liquor and Speeding. Khlafie crashed his car on Aldrich Road. (1:52pm)A 17-year-old was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and Speeding. Car was towed from Forest Street and Clinton Street. (5:26pm)A 3-vehicle crash took place on Main Street. Airbag deployed. Fire Department conducted evaluations. No details on injuries. Two vehicles towed. (10:05pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 28: OUI Arrest; Trash Truck Fire; Car vs. MotorcycleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”last_img read more

10 09 19

first_imgThe focus on all that made Stranger Things great is strong. Netflix Season 1 was an overwhelming commercial success, season 2 didn’t quite hit the same heights, but Stranger Things is back. The good news: Season 3 is potentially the best one yet.With a tighter, slightly shorter run of eight episodes that manages to tap every emotional vein of childhood (even for those who didn’t grow up in the ’80s) while leaking more monsters from the Upside Down, season 3 is a roller coaster that never lets up. With a refreshing helping of humor and summer sunshine, this time round Stranger Things focuses on what the show does best. It’s a smart return to form for creators the Duffer Brothers, despite a creeping yet evident strain on upping the terrors for the kids of Hawkins, Indiana.3Billy has a big role to play. Netflix As with the two previous seasons, a threat looms from the murky and generic science-lab world. Men in white coats have ill-advised designs on the small town of Hawkins. Meanwhile, those who remember the lasting shot of the second season will know that the gigantic spider-like Mind Flayer remains trapped but intact in the Upside Down. While it threatens the poor people of Hawkins yet again, Billy, our favorite mullet-sporting bully, does what he does best: Terrorize while looking cool. 2:33 Related stories Stranger Things 3: The tiny, beautiful references to season 1 and 2 Stranger Things season 3: Our biggest WTF questions Stranger Things 3 ending: Post-credits scene, Hopper, season 4 Comments While different, this season’s threats don’t benefit from the fear of the unknown — the Demogorgons and their variations just aren’t as scary as they used to be. However, our heroes Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas, Max and El are entering new territory. It’s called becoming a teenager and the shock of seeing the young heroes stretched out and deeper voiced quickly gives way to hilarity as they attempt to navigate identity and love. Now playing: Watch this: Through the well-timed placement of banger after ’80s banger, a message of embracing your nerdiness is loud and clear. But while the smart kids constantly prove their worth to the bumbling adults, there’s still no escaping a few helpful coincidences.This season’s sense of fun, along with its relationship drama and multiple odd pair-ups bring humor and touching moments that recall Game of Thrones at its best. While the story flows in tighter spaces and everyone has a part to play in grander events, the conspiracy is simply a side project. It’s a fun excuse to spend the summer in the warmer-than-ever world of Stranger Things.Watch the third season of Stranger Things on Netflix July 4. 59 Photos Culture TV and Movies The ever-expanding cast introduces Maya Hawke, daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, as Robin, an ice cream scooper working a summer job with Steve Harrington, who’s recently graduated and down on his luck. Their prodding and poking fun at each other, along with the glowing Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin and last season’s MVP Priah Ferguson as Erica, form the backbone of a party of misfits we never knew we needed.Surprisingly, many of the most touching moments come from a hard-drinking and eating Hopper, who turns to Joyce for parental advice. His willingness to move on from everything that’s happened — including the loss of his daughter to cancer — carries his stubborn and bad-tempered police chief beyond his well-established Rambo machine gun-toting territory. David Harbour needs to take yet another bow. See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos 3 Stranger Things season 3: Everything to know As season 3 kicks off, El appears to be on shaky ground. Her world largely revolves around being Mike’s girlfriend: The boy and the sense of home he provides, which she tried so desperately to return to throughout season 2. Now their constant kissing causes Hopper deep disdain. Swiftly and for the better, though, her world opens up, along with a new shopping mall setting that seems to be an overflowing gateway to ’80s references.1El and Max form a welcome friendship. Netflix A highlight is El’s relationship with Max. They overcome their initial misunderstanding and jealousy as Max provides some much-needed guidance for El. Some of El’s new vocabulary leads to standout El moments, including the word “bitchin'” used to golden effect. Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. AFPUS president Donald Trump said Sunday he is creating a commission headed by vice president Mike Pence to investigate what the US leader alleges was massive voter fraud in the 2016 election.No public evidence has emerged of large-scale illegal voting in the November election, and Trump and the White House have failed to substantiate the president’s claim.However Trump listed the ways he believed voter fraud had occurred during an interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly which aired before the Super Bowl on Sunday.The fraud was apparent, Trump said, “when you look at the registration and you see dead people that have voted, when you see people that are registered in two states that voted in two states, when you see other things, when you see illegals — people that are not citizens — and they are on the registration rolls.””It’s really a bad situation. It’s really bad” Trump said.Trump’s own lawyers have stated in legal filings that there was no evidence of fraud in the November 8 election.But on Sunday the president promised “to set up a commission to headed by Vice President Mike Pence and we’re going to look at it very, very carefully.”Trump has previously argued that were it not for illegal immigrants voting, he would have won not just the electoral college but also the popular vote, which was taken by Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.Although there has been no substantiated evidence of massive voter fraud, US officials have said they believe that Russia attempted to meddle in the presidential vote by hacking Democratic Party emails as part of a pro-Trump campaign.Senators have launched a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img 00:00 /01:46 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Laura IsenseeLawyers hired by the Turkish government have asked the Texas Education Agency to launch a full investigation into Harmony Public Schools.The charter network focuses on math and science education and runs more than 40 schools in Texas, making it the state’s largest charter network and the second largest in the country.“We’re not anti-charter. We’re not trying to displace thousands of Harmony students,” said John Martin, senior counsel with Amsterdam and Partners which filed the complaint. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of several red flags related to discrimination, self-dealing and immigration visa issues.”The complaint alleges that Harmony has abused the immigration visa system to hire Turkish nationals, that it’s discriminated against other non-Turkish employees and that it’s given a large portion of contracts to affiliated companies or former employees.The complaint also alleges that the system has ties to a controversial Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who’s been accused of trying to overthrow the Turkish government.Harmony CEO Soner Tarim said that the complaint is a political attack from a Turkish administration hostile to critics.“You know this was established here, as a nonprofit organization,” Tarim said. “That’s why I call it a political move and it’s a witch-hunt. And we have nothing to do with Turkey.”Tarim, who is a dual citizen with Turkey, said that the current president there, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has received little support from Turkish Americans.He pointed to Harmony’s successes, like a $30 million federal grant and continued expansion.This isn’t the first time Harmony charter schools have faced state and federal investigations, though it’s never faced sanctions.A spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency said that they’ve received the complaint and will decide the next steps. Sharelast_img read more

2 09 19

first_img Share Megan Kamerick/KUNMKate Noble speaks to voters at a listening session at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. She ran for a seat on the Santa Fe Public Schools Board.Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years?Early signs from the groups that work with women considering a bid for office suggest a level of intense interest not seen in at least a quarter century.Kate Noble had never considered getting involved in politics until she woke up the day after Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.Noble worked for years in the economic development office of Santa Fe, N.M., and she believes a good workforce depends on well-educated citizens, so she decided to run for a local school board seat.Her political philosophy is distinctly un-Trumpian: “I want to be someone who can bring forward anybody’s and everybody’s good ideas. They don’t need to be my own.”The interest in running for office comes as women are still far from having anywhere close to proportionate representation at any level of government. In Congress, about 20 percent of lawmakers are women, while in statehouses, about 25 percent of lawmakers are women.In Noble’s case, she contacted the New Mexico branch of Emerge, a group that trains Democratic women to run for office. She ended up running unopposed and won.A Trump bumpIt turns out Noble wasn’t the only woman to wake up with the same idea after the election.“We saw an immediate uptick in interest in our work,” said Andrea Dew Steele, the president and founder of Emerge America. “And it has persisted through today. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”Applications for the group’s training sessions increased 87 percent after Election Day, Steele said.“Some of it is absolutely a reaction to President Trump and his policies,” said Jean Sinzdak, of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “For others, it is Hillary Clinton’s loss,” because the fact that we don’t have a female president “sort of woke them up to the idea that maybe we haven’t made as much progress as we thought.”Sinzdak oversees the university’s nonpartisan New Jersey training program, Ready to Run, which also has affiliates nationwide. Ready to Run is experiencing its own Trump bump with more than 50 women signing up immediately after Election Day. This year’s program is already at capacity, which Sinzdak, who has been running the program for 12 years, says typically doesn’t happen until March. The program has been expanded to accommodate up to 50 extra people.Both Steele and Sinzdak say the interest they’re seeing from women who want to run for office reminds them of what they saw in the early 1990s following the Anita Hill hearings. Hill had accused then-Supreme Court nominee, now Justice, Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.After those hearings, Sinzdak said, “We did have an increase in the numbers of women running for office and we saw a big jump in the number of women who ran for and won election to Congress.”Local and state officesWhile Trump became president without ever running for another office, most people get their start in politics the way Noble is, by running for local office.“I don’t think people realize that a lot of the decisions that are made that affect their daily lives happen at the local and state levels,” said Ashley Sanderson, the executive director of Emerge New Mexico.But a surge in interest in running for office might not translate into women actually running for office, said Rachel Michelin, executive director of the nonpartisan training group California Women Lead, pointing to 2012 as a year that was supposed to be good for female candidates in California.“We had open seats. We just had redistricting in California. It was a presidential election. So we thought we would see this big surge of women getting elected,” she said. “What happened, though, was we just didn’t have enough women running.”That’s where groups like California Women Lead, Emerge America and Ready to Run come in to help guide women from signing up for a training program to actually running for office. Steele, of Emerge America, believes this latest burst of enthusiasm is different from past years and she’s confident that more women will actually run in 2018.“The biggest challenge for us is getting more women interested in running,” said Steele. “So the fact that women are self-nominating, are waking up and saying ‘I want to do this,’ is the biggest, most hopeful sign that I’ve seen definitely since the Anita Hill hearings.”As for Noble, she says she’s already learned a lot by running for office.“I have really liked listening to people, working on ideas, having people listening to me.” She says the school board campaign was a good test run for future campaigns. “I’m so energized.”Copyright 2017 KQED Public Media. To see more, visit KQED Public Media.last_img read more