November 2020

first_imgThough Democrats flipped Republican-held seats in Colorado and Arizona, they lost one in Alabama and failed to capture seats in several other states in which they invested enormous sums of money.But a second Georgia runoff would extend their hopes through January, and focus the nation’s attention squarely on the Peach State. The Ossoff campaign said Thursday that the race was on track to require a runoff. “We are confident that Jon Ossoff’s historic performance in Georgia has forced Senator David Perdue to continue defending his indefensible record of unemployment, disease, and corruption,” Mr. Ossoff’s campaign manager, Ellen Foster, said in a statement.Mr. Perdue’s campaign manager, Ben Fry, said in a statement that if “overtime is required when all of the votes have been counted, we’re ready, and we will win.” Democrats’ sputtering hopes of reclaiming the Senate are on the edge of getting a boost, as Senator David Perdue, the Republican incumbent in Georgia, could be forced into a runoff with his Democratic challenger if his vote share remains below 50 percent once the state’s final votes are counted.As of Thursday afternoon, with 97 percent of the votes counted, Mr. Perdue had 49.9 percent of the vote against Jon Ossoff, who had 47.7 percent. Under Georgia law, if Mr. Perdue finishes below 50 percent, he’ll face Mr. Ossoff in a one-on-one vote in January.- Advertisement – On Wednesday, Mr. Warnock shared a pre-emptive video parodying the attacks he expects Ms. Loeffler to launch against him. The video claims Dr. Warnock hates puppies and eats pizza with a fork and knife. “Get ready Georgia, the negative ads are coming,” Mr. Warnock said. There will already be one runoff election in Georgia: Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, will face the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – If Democrats were able to win both seats, and if Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins the presidency, they would have the 50 senators needed to usher through judicial and cabinet appointments, and enact a Democratic agenda. If Republicans maintain control, they could exert their power to block the priorities of a Biden administration.If President Trump prevails, the Democrats would need to achieve the enormously difficult feat of winning both Georgia seats and the North Carolina seat held by Senator Thom Tillis, who is nearly two percentage points ahead of his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, with 94 percent of the votes tallied. The extra seat would be required because the vice president casts the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. Mr. Tillis has already declared victory. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgAlthough labs that specialize in diagnostics have long had protocols in place to ward off such events, “we’ve never had a situation where so many labs work on a pathogen” amid a pandemic and so much asymptomatic testing, said Dr. Butler-Wu, the clinical microbiologist. As a result, there are few contingency plans in place to deal with such unusual testing errors.One person at Roger Williams, who was among the 20 that tested positive, “was initially told I would not be retested,” said the person, who asked to remain anonymous to protect their status at the university. That decision was quickly reversed, and the person tested negative, ending a “stressful emotional roller-coaster.” But only a subset of the 20 people who tested positive were given the opportunity to take a second test with the state department of health, raising ethical concerns, the person said.Events at Brown also caused “consternation among the staff and the faculty,” said Edward Hawrot, the university’s senior associate dean for the program in biology. A few people who tested positive and suspected that the cause was contamination “were sort of pleading to be retested,” and were able to do so, he said. But many institutions do not have the resources to test liberally, making it difficult to issue follow-up diagnostics.- Advertisement – Some at Roger Williams, however, were left angry and confused. A few faculty members in the marine sciences building were embittered by the event, which they said had disrupted classes, hampered productivity and eroded emotional well-being, according to an individual who worked in the building, who requested anonymity to avoid repercussions from the university. Others worried that faculty members and students would see the event as an excuse to forgo testing and gather in close quarters, the individual said.Brian Williams, the university’s chief of staff, acknowledged that the events had seeded some tension. He could not provide further details, he said, because the university was still reviewing the matter.- Advertisement – Guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend against retesting people within 90 days of a positive result. There are no explicit exceptions for potential contamination. Many individuals whose tests were likely contaminated, across several institutions, stopped getting tested for weeks or months because their positive results had been treated as legitimate, despite the possibility they were still vulnerable to the virus.One faculty member at Roger Williams, who was among the 20 who tested positive in mid-October, was able to restart regular screening. But when he recently tested positive again, health officials told him he did not need to isolate, according to an email sent to several people in the building.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgAlthough the former Montel Williams Show host and Harris’ past relationship was news to many people, Williams had spoken about their romance one year earlier. In July 2019, the same photo circulated, which prompted the talk show host to confirm their dating history.“@KamalaHarris and I briefly dated about 20 years ago when we were both single. So what?” he tweeted. “I have great respect for Sen. Harris. I have to wonder if the same stories about her dating history would have been written if she were a male candidate?”Williams was previously married to Rochele See from 1982 to 1989. The former couple share daughters Ashley, 36, and Maressa, 32. He also has a son Montel, 27, and daughter Wynter Grace, 25, with his ex-wife Grace Morley, whom he was married to from 1992 to 2000. He married his third wife, Tara Fowler, in 2007.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Some people were shocked to discover that the pair used to be an item. “The Fact that Kamala Dated Montel and it seems like no one remembers lol,” one person tweeted.Montel Williams Is Kamala Harris' Ex and He Already Addressed Their Past RomanceMontel Williams and Kamala Harris. Invision/AP/Shutterstock; Mediapunch/ShutterstockAnother user wrote, “Brah why Kamala Harris used to date Montel Williams I’m weak 😂 This mad random.”One person thought the connection was hilarious tweeting, “Vice President elect Kamala Harris makes history as the first Vice President in history to date Montel Williams.”- Advertisement – Under the radar. Montel Williams once dated Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, but news of their past romance shook the Internet.Earlier this week, a picture circulated via Twitter of Williams, 64, and Harris, 56, with his daughter Ashley at the Race to Erase Multiple Sclerosis gala in Los Angeles in May 2001. At the time, Harris was working at the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco.- Advertisement – Harris, for her part, married attorney Doug Emhoff in 2014 at a courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. The politician met Emhoff, 56, on a blind date set up by one of Harris’ friends. Harris reminisced on their first date in a sweet birthday tribute to Emhoff in October.“The morning after our first date, @DouglasEmhoff emailed me a list of his available dates for the next couple of months,” Harris captioned a selfie with her husband via Instagram. “He said, ‘I want to see if we can make this work.’ We’ve been making it work ever since.”Emhoff has two children Cole, 26, and Ella, 21, from a previous marriage.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

first_imgJul 29, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Thailand, home of the world’s fourth-largest poultry industry, has confirmed that the recent re-emergence of avian influenza has spread to 21 provinces, three more than just yesterday. Meanwhile, Vietnam’s state media yesterday reported that the disease there now affects Bac Ninh province in the northern part of the country in addition to the 11 southern provinces already affected.These reports came as a group of Southeast Asia experts convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Bangkok meet to discuss ways to improve surveillance and control. According to the Associated Press, delegates have made plans to establish an avian flu surveillance registry within 2 years. No base of operation has been announced, but Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Chaturon Chaisang offered his country as a regional coordination center location at the meeting’s opening ceremonies yesterday.Announced today at the meeting by Joseph Domenech, FAO’s chief of animal health services, is the fact that the agency is planning to issue guidelines by the end of August urging wider vaccination of birds in the containment effort, says an International Herald Tribune report. The recommendation is based on findings indicating that avian flu has become firmly rooted in domesticated ducks and wildlife so cannot be destroyed by the usual measures of culling and quarantines, said Domenech.The FAO, along with the World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health, in February recommended that countries with avian flu outbreaks consider vaccinating poultry, according to the Herald Tribune. The upcoming guidelines are expected to be stronger, although each country would be free to decide whether to carry out a vaccination program. At present, Thailand and several other countries have banned vaccination, while Indonesia has undertaken a program, says a channelnewsasia report.Widespread vaccination is controversial. It is expensive—each dose costs about 5 US cents and each bird should be vaccinated two or three times. More major in terms of cost is administration—current vaccines must be injected, which is costly and also may be unrealistic in remote rural areas, according to an Agence France-Presse report. Moreover, vaccinating large numbers of birds could expose humans to healthy-looking birds that still harbor H5N1, Domenech acknowledged.A vaccine that animals could swallow is seen by some experts as an urgent need. An announcement today by Xinhau, China’s state news agency, says the patent-pending botanical extract V38-AMF-1, made by two Hong Kong pharmaceutical companies, has been discovered to completely inhibit H5N1 avian influenza as well as several other infections in vitro. The agent, to be tested in poultry beginning in the fall, can be provided as a powder to be added to drinking water, according to a press release.In Vietnam, 400 ducks from three farms northwest of Hanoi in Vietnam have been destroyed after testing positive for H1 avian flu. This follows the culling of 1,400 ducks from a nearby farm a couple of weeks ago, according to The Nation, a Thai newspaper.last_img read more

first_imgSep 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A disease outbreak involving Ebola hemorrhagic fever and other illnesses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is continuing to grow and may be spreading beyond the area first affected, according to the latest reports.”Case numbers associated with the outbreak continue to rise and the situation has become further complicated by concomitant reports of cases of typhoid and Shigella dysenteriae type 1,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement yesterday.News services today said a suspected Ebola case has been reported in Kasai Oriental (East Kasai) province, which neighbors Kasai Occidental (West Kasai), site of all the previous cases.On Sep 10, Congolese officials said five Ebola cases had been confirmed in the outbreak, out of 395 cases and 167 deaths. A Voice of America (VOA) report today said officials have confirmed nine Ebola cases, out of about 400 suspected cases with more than 170 deaths.Dr. Benoit Kebela, secretary-general of the DRC health ministry, said samples from two cases in Kasai Oriental have been sent to the United States for testing, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published today.Kebela said the samples came from near the village of Mwene Ditu, more than 300 kilometers from Kampungu, the site of the confirmed cases, according to the story. He said he didn’t know of any contact between the infected people in the two areas.Also, a number of suspected cases have been reported recently in the capital of Kasai Occidental, outside the original outbreak area, according to the VOA report.Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, said no cases have been confirmed outside Kasai Occidental, the AP reported. “In a situation where people are on the lookout and are hypersensitive to anything that sweats and bleeds, we would expect to hear about suspect cases like this,” he said.The WHO reported an increasing national and international effort to respond to the outbreak. “Outbreak response field teams have been strengthened and operational bases have been reinforced and established in three towns in the affected area,” the agency said.Epidemiologists, virologists, laboratory experts, and logisticians from the DRC, the WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Agency of Canada are on the scene, the WHO said.Christiana Salvi, a WHO official in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, said Canada has sent two mobile labs, which will speed the testing of samples, according to the VOA report. Up to now, samples have had to be sent Gabon or to the CDC in Atlanta, she said.The WHO statement listed numerous international organizations that are helping to respond to the outbreak.But Salvi said the response teams are a long way from bringing the outbreak under control, the VOA reported. “We will be able to say that this outbreak is under control when we have all suspect cases tested, when we follow up all their contacts, and when we have all the cases isolated,” she said.See also:Sep 20 WHO statement read more

first_imgThe Croatian Association of Marketing Communication Societies, HURA, hosted the annual meeting of professional associations at the European level, which brings together more than 2.500 agencies from 30 European countries and directly employs more than 120.000 people.U Dubrovniku se dva dana raspravljalo o aktualnostima u komunikacijskoj industriji, GDPR Uredbi i E-privacy uredbi koja će tek stupiti na snagu, ali i fenomenu lažnih vijesti i važnosti transparentnosti.  Predstavnici nacionalnih strukovnih udruženja složili su kako je važno zajedno istupati prema institucijama Europske unije  i zastupati interese komunikacijske industrije.Thus, for the first time, Croatia was given the opportunity to host the European Association of Marketing Communication Agencies (EACA), which HURA reluctantly accepted, and on that occasion, HURA President Davor Bruketa commented: “Ponosni smo što je Europsko udruženje agencija za tržišno komuniciranje prepoznalo proaktivno djelovanje HURA-e i odabralo nas kao domaćina godišnjeg sastanka. U HURA-i smo to shvatili kao priliku za snažnije uključivanje u međunarodne inicijative i mogućnost za aktivno utjecanje na politike i procese koji utječu na naš rad poput Opće uredbe o zaštiti osobnih podataka – GDPR.“By participating in the European Association of Marketing Communication Agencies, HURA actively acts at the international level with the aim of ensuring a better position of the communication industry on the market, but also at the national level actively educates experts through festivals and workshops that it systematically organizes.last_img read more

first_img“These are excellent indicators for Croatian tourism if we know that, for example, in April alone, more than 280 million world travelers sought key tourist information through TripAdvisor. “, commented the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić. So this year the popularity of our country has grown by an excellent 27 percent. Behind Croatia, in the category of countries with the highest growth in popularity on TripAdvisor in the period, is Slovenia with a growth of 22 percent, Montenegro with a growth of 18 percent, Greece with a growth of 12 percent and Cyprus with a growth of 11 percent.  Dubrovnik and Split are the cities with the highest growth in popularity In the city category, after Dubrovnik and Split, the most popular are Salou in Spain with 39 percent, Ayia Napa in Cyprus and Marmaris in Turkey with 31 percent and Ibiza in Spain with 29 percent.   center_img Additional confirmation of Croatia’s demand are cities Dubrovnik, which took first place in the category of cities with a popularity growth of 46 percent as well Split which ranks in an excellent second place with a popularity growth of 41 percent.  According to the obtained statistical data on the behavior and visits of portal users TripAdvisor, one of the largest specialized travel platforms in the world, Croatia is at the top of the list of countries with the highest search growth and popularity in the first four months this year, reports from the CNTB. TripAdvisor is available in 49 markets worldwide in 28 language variants, and its platforms contain more than 760 million comments and opinions from travelers and tourists about travel, as well as more than eight million accommodation facilities, restaurants, experiences, airlines and more.last_img read more

first_imgAnd so the story spreads, and everyone primarily lives off tourism, which has provided them with stable and sustainable incomes, and given them a chance for further growth and development. Like say the destruction of our coastal space and main resource through illegal construction. And yet, the same unplanned construction did not follow the development of basic infrastructure, so today we have challenges with basic infrastructure problems. Tourism must be one of the main fuels for the development of products and services, ie industry, initially through successful placement in the tourism sector, and then expanding to the domestic economy with a tendency to the global market, ie exports. Tourism provides this primary sustainability, that companies are not dependent and burdened from month to month to deal with the primary issue of survival, but can dedicate themselves to growth and development. Because when you are not burdened with basic survival you can focus on further development. Of course, it is not good for the state to rely too much on only one economic branch, including tourism. Caution is thus even greater because tourism is subject to various external factors that we cannot control, from bad weather and potentially rainy summer season / year (additionally the impact of global warming), security issues (threats of terrorism) and thus health situations, such as these situations. around the spread of coronavirus. Currently, in a global emergency situation where states are closing borders and where all citizens are in home self-isolation, it is sadly out of place to talk about tourism. The question is how to prepare for the day after the coronavirus, but we will talk about that in more detail soon. In conclusion, a large share of tourism in total GDP is not a problem of tourism, but it is certainly a state. Therefore, it is necessary to develop other industries, especially production, and less service activities, as well as to encourage as many exports as possible. Unfortunately, we will pay and pay a high price for not developing market for decades, a conscious decision unfortunately, and now the consequences will be great, and it will be much harder and slower to recover. It was similar with the global recession, from which we emerged among the last, at least statistically. Logically, if the growth of other industries is generated, the percentage share of tourism in total GDP decreases. And that’s where we fall. And that is why the share of tourism in total GDP is extremely high. But again, this is not a problem of tourism success. So any discussion or argument as to how this is a flaw of tourism is pointless to me. This is not a tourism problem. Because what would such a statement mean: Reduce the number of tourists and the season? In the current emergency situation around the coronavirus pandemic, it is often imputed in the media that the big problem is that tourism generates about 20% of GDP and we need to move away from its development. Thus, tourism is not an end in itself, especially if it encourages imports and makes a living from pure rent, but if it generates added value, then without tourism such development is not possible. But the success of tourism and its large share of GDP is not a problem of tourism, but rather proof that other industries are at a low level. Thus, on the plastic example of egg production, they would have hundreds of family farms, thousands of employees – all of whom would have a basic income from tourism and be self-sustaining. Certainly, then, certain owners of family farms would think about day-to-day growth and development, product and activity differentiation, so some would additionally start producing other branches. Some would invest in rural housing to complement the business, others would go into wine or olive oil production, and some would also consider attracting EU funds to raise technology and production to a higher level with a tendency to export. The problem of tourism is low tourist consumption and thus the total earnings from tourism. Also, the biggest problem is that we have low added value and that consumption is not reduced enough to the local economy, but imports are encouraged, which is against the very essence of tourism. Just one plastic example – imagine how much a daily / monthly island of Krk or Rijeka or Pula needs for home-made eggs? These are hundreds of thousands of eggs a month, which unfortunately do not come from the local economy but from imports. What is the monthly demand of the Split-Dalmatia County for eggs? This is a key issue in tourism if we want to develop strategically and sustainably! Tourism cannot be the only carrier of development, nor is the meaning of tourism to be an end in itself, without added value. On the other hand, I wonder where in maritime destinations that primarily live solely from tourism, tourism earnings have been spent or reinvested all these years? Where if not on the basic infrastructure, raising the quality of life of citizens? Also, why has no one thought that exactly one part of the profits from tourism is not invested in the development of another industry, precisely with the aim of reducing dependence on tourism? As in the example of egg production where one destination in the Adriatic or county has a daily need for tens of thousands of eggs. It is this production that must come from the domestic field and the economy. But not through one big company / industry, but through hundreds of small family farms. That is why we need clusters, and their planned and targeted development, with the support of public institutions. In Croatia, we have the absurdity that over the years we have invested billions of kunas to “stimulate” agriculture, and we have never had less production. Otherwise, the word incentive means or should mean growth or development. From overloading the electricity network, sewage, discharge into the sea, problem with parking, etc.… And that is why tourism is complex, and we touched only on one segment through this article, and must not develop by inertia and spontaneous because the consequences are long-term and sometimes difficult correctable. Tourism is not an end in itself, and especially not a platform to encourage imports, just as tourism cannot be the only driver of development. On the contrary. Tourism must be a platform for added value.  On the other hand, it is not in the interest of any entrepreneur to have 60% or more revenue from only one source, ie the customer, and it is always necessary to look at how to reduce dependence on one customer, which would reduce business risk if the main client terminates cooperation for some reason. . Thus, in the case of tourism, it is necessary to generate the growth of other industries in order to reduce the excessive influence of one industry in the total GDP.last_img read more