Month: November 2020

In much-watched Georgia, about 200,00 ballots have yet to be counted.

first_imgThere were also problems in several counties that caused delays in the processing on Tuesday. In Fulton County, the state’s most populous and home to Atlanta, officials had initially said they hoped to have ballots fully processed on Election Day.But a water pipe break in a room being used by Fulton County to process those ballots disrupted operations Tuesday morning, delaying the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.Northwest of Atlanta, in suburban Cobb County, roughly 15,000 absentee ballots had yet to be processed on Wednesday morning, according to the county’s elections and registration director, Janine Eveler. Those should be processed on Wednesday or Thursday, she said.- Advertisement – Additionally, 882 provisional ballots are expected to be processed on Friday, as are ballots cast by uniformed and overseas citizens, and those with missing or mismatched signatures that must be fixed and verified, or “cured by affidavit,” Ms. Eveler said. The counting process can be labor-intensive. Ballots must be manually removed from envelopes by election workers, then placed in scanners for tabulation. In some cases, they require human review for verification.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img With attention focused on Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, about 200,000 ballots remain uncounted, the state’s top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, said on Wednesday.Of the remaining ballots, about 70,000 were from Fulton County, home to most of Atlanta, and are believed to favor former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – A mere 100,000 votes currently separate the two candidates in Georgia, with President. Trump currently leading with 50.5 percent of the vote, or 2.38 million votes.Georgia’s voters were able to submit absentee ballots through drop boxes around the state as late as 7 p.m. Tuesday. After collection, they had to be delivered to elections offices before they could be counted.last_img read more

In Midwest Battlegrounds, the Virus Met Another Concern: the Economy

first_img“I’m not as afraid of Covid as I am of a bad economy,” said Ish Soltay, 51, of Avon Lake, a suburb west of Cleveland. His county, Lorain, which was once reliably Democratic, went for Hillary Clinton by 131 votes in 2016. On Tuesday, it appeared to surge further right, flipping to Mr. Trump, according to preliminary vote tallies.Mr. Soltay, a retired critical care nurse who now sells portable oxygen machines, said he had been personally affected by the coronavirus, which infected his son and chipped away at his paychecks in medical sales. But his support for the president was stronger now than it was four years ago, he said, and on the day before the election, Mr. Soltay took a day off work to make his views known near an appearance by Mr. Biden in Cleveland, two Trump flags waving from the roof of his car.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “In the beginning, March, April, May time frame, I would say corona was a bigger issue for me,” said Mr. Soltay, who said he locked down inside his house in the spring, leaving to go to the grocery store and changing his clothes afterward. “By the time I was voting, if I had to rank them, economy was one to me.”In the Midwest, coronavirus cases have surged dangerously and hospitals have neared capacity in recent days, leaving voters with even more reason to send a message about the pandemic. Even as coronavirus cases rose in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, closely related issues — the economy and shutdowns — were top of mind.Twelve states around the Midwest added more cases in the seven-day period ending Tuesday than in any other week of the pandemic, a sign of the rapidly devolving situation in the center of the country as infections and hospitalizations continue to spike.- Advertisement –center_img The situation is especially volatile in Wisconsin, which has for weeks been adding cases at one of the highest rates in the country. More than 35,000 infections have been identified over the last week, the most in any seven-day stretch of the pandemic. As of Wednesday morning, seven of the 20 American metropolitan areas with the most cases per capita in recent days were in Wisconsin.last_img read more

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris on a Biden presidency

first_imgSawiris also told CNBC’s “Capital Connection” that Biden could bring balance to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“Donald Trump was working 100% in favor of Israel and not trying to find any true solution to the Palestinian problem,” he said.“In this area, we believe that the Trump administration has been totally biased and has not been really working for a fair solution of this dilemma that’s been there for 50 years,” he added. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will bring back the ethics and principles that were missing during the Trump administration, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris said this week.“I think (a Biden presidency) brings some ethics, some principles back to democratic values, freedom values,” the chairman and CEO of Orascom Investment Holding said. “We’ve missed some of the ethics and principles in these areas during (U.S. President) Donald Trump’s reign.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Naguib Sawiris, chairman and chief executive officer of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding.Diego Levy | Bloomberg | Getty Images Trump in January launched a Middle East peace plan that called for two states, with Palestine’s capital in east Jerusalem. At the time, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal was a “realistic path to a durable peace,” but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the plan was “nonsense.”- Advertisement – Sawiris said Biden’s presidency is a chance for Palestinians to find new leaders as well. “I think it presents … an opportunity to the Palestinians to wake up and present a serious leadership that can obtain peace,” he said. “Up till now, you cannot say that Palestinian leadership was all there.”Market reactionSeparately, Sawiris weighed in on the post-election market rally.“The market appreciates the fact that the Democrats … they throw a lot of money into stimulus,” he said, adding that it may not be a long-term policy, but it is good for the market and for gold in the short term.Asian and European markets climbed on Monday after news networks projected Biden’s win on Saturday, while U.S. stocks look set to continue rising when the market opens Monday.“The market is actually positive and happy about this Biden change,” Sawiris said.He added that Biden’s focus on the fight against Covid-19 is also good because the disease has been “destroying” economies around the world. The former U.S. vice president is expected to announce a coronavirus task force today. – Advertisement –last_img read more

FIFA Club World Cup moved to February 2021 due to coronavirus disruption | Football News

first_imgMatch-winner Kingsley Coman lifts the Champions League trophyImage:Bayern Munich will be Europe’s representatives after winning the Champions League last season Bayern Munich, who won the delayed 2020 Champions League in August, will be Europe’s representatives in the competition.FIFA also announced that its women’s U20 and U17 2020 World Cups have been cancelled, having already been rescheduled until 2021.Costa Rica will remain as hosts of the U20 tournament for 2022, with India hosting the U17 event in the same year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020, which was originally scheduled for December, has been subject to the disruptive effect of the pandemic on the confederations’ continental club championships that serve as a pathway for the event,” the world governing body said in a statement.“The introduction of strict return-to-play protocols has facilitated a successful resumption of continental club championships, the last of which is now scheduled to conclude by the end of January 2021.center_img FIFA has moved the Club World Cup to February next year after the coronavirus pandemic affected the conclusion of continental championships around the world.The tournament will still be played in Qatar but has been moved from its original dates in December.- Advertisement – “As a result, the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 will now be held from February 1 to 11 2021, taking place in Qatar as per the original host appointment by the FIFA Council in June 2019.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Vietnamese nurse has avian flu; retesting reveals missed cases

first_imgMar 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 26-year-old Vietnamese nurse who helped care for a younger man with H5N1 avian influenza has contracted the illness, but it is unclear whether he acquired it from the patient or from poultry, according to news reports from Vietnam today.In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed news reports that the H5N1 virus was recently detected in specimens from seven Vietnamese who had tested negative for the virus in January. The agency said it was awaiting more details on the cases, including the outcomes.The nurse is from Thai Binh province, the scene of four other cases reported in the past 2 weeks, according to news services. He provided “direct treatment” for a 21-year-old Thai Binh man with avian flu at a district healthcare center, according to a Bloomberg News report that quoted Dao Trong Bich, deputy director of the center.The nurse was admitted to Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital Feb 28 and is in stable condition, the Associated Press (AP) reported today, quoting an unnamed doctor in the hospital’s tropical diseases unit. He tested positive for the virus late last week, the report said.The nurse is the first healthcare worker known to have contracted the disease. In a report in January, the WHO said, “To date, no H5N1 cases have been detected in health care workers despite several instances of close, unprotected contact with severely ill patients.”But Vietnamese officials said the nurse probably acquired the virus from poultry while visiting his girlfriend in a village where poultry cases were present.Pham Van Diu, director of the Thai Binh Preventive Medicine Center, said, “He has a girl friend in a village where bird flu is present, and he went to her house and had meals there during Tet,” the Lunar New Year celebration in February, according to the Bloomberg report.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoted Diu as saying, “We don’t think it is a human-to-human transmission.” He said the commune that the nurse visited had been “heavily hit” by avian flu.The nurse is one of five Vietnamese confirmed to have avian flu in the past 2 weeks. They include the 21-year-old that the nurse helped care for, a 14-year-old sister of the 21-year-old, and a 35-year-old woman from Hanoi, all of whom are being treated at the Hanoi hospital. In addition, a 69-year-old man from Thai Binh who died Feb 23 had the virus.The WHO said today it had received official confirmation from Vietnam of the cases in the 21-year-old and his sister, the 35-year-old woman, and the 69-year-old man.The Chinese news agency Xinhua on Feb 27 had reported a case in a 36-year-old Thai Binh man, but that case was not on the list that the WHO cited as confirmed by Vietnam.The WHO said specimens from “several” Vietnamese who tested negative for avian flu in January were retested recently in Tokyo. “Retesting detected H5N1 in specimens from seven persons,” the agency said. “WHO is awaiting further details about these cases, including outcomes. Upon receipt of this information, WHO will also include these cases in the cumulative total for Vietnam.”The retesting is part of an effort to help Vietnamese health agencies improve their diagnostic tests, the WHO said. Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with the WHO on the project.A Feb 24 news story in Nature said the seven samples were among a total of 101 that are being retested in Tokyo. They include 11 from patients who tested positive for avian flu in Vietnam and 90 from patients who were ill but tested negative, according to the report, which quoted Phan Van Tu, head of the microbiology and immunology department at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City.The Nature story had indicated that only about a third of the 101 samples had been retested up to that point. WHO spokesman Dick Thompson confirmed by e-mail today that about a third of the samples have been retested so far, leaving open the possibility that more missed cases could be found.The WHO also noted today the retrospective identification of a case of avian flu that occurred in Vietnam in February 2004. The case was in a boy who had fatal encephalitis. It was identified in November 2004 when specimens from the boy were tested in a study of encephalitis. The case was revealed when described in the New England Journal of Medicine in February.See also:Mar 7 WHO statement avian flu case-count tables read more

CNTB announces new edition of “Market Profiles” for 2017

first_imgIn order to provide support in the decision-making process and strategic planning of public and private sector entities in the Croatian tourism industry, the CNTB published new information related to market trends and trends, analysis of achieved receptive results, as well as results of targeted market research programs related to various segments of tourism. business, ie promotional activities of the national tourism organization.The Croatian National Tourist Board has published a new “Market Profiles” for 2017, which includes information from the markets: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, while additional market profiles will be published.Study the market profiles in order to get to know tourists from the mentioned countries as well as possible and to plan and advertise tourist packages for a certain target group of tourists in the best possible way.Side dish: Market profiles 2017last_img read more

Zagreb 80 Museum opened, which takes visitors back to the golden age of the 80’s

first_imgA new private museum, Zagreb 34, has been opened in the old building at 80 Radićeva Street, which takes visitors back to the golden age of the 80s.The ZAGREB Museum in the 80’s was created to experience the past in a new way. Its space is a reconstruction of the everyday life of the Zagreb family, in a unique and interactive way that intersects the past and the future, shows the way of life, heritage, memories and emotions. As the owners point out, “De ja vu” in a new way.There are also board games from that time, an old gramophone and records, a kitchen from the 80s equipped with original utensils from that time, a study with a typewriter, a bedroom with a women’s editing corner, a playroom with children’s games and toys… U through culinary books, visitors can get acquainted with the favorite recipes of Zagreb housewives. Fashion lovers can dive into the world of creations of that time. The Commodore 500 gaming computer, a collection of postage stamps, an album with badges, popular board games such as basketball and football and toys from Mehanotehnika stand out from more than 64 items, while the Museum Souvenir Shop offers unique retro souvenirs for customers of research spirit.”We have been open since mid-December, and the reactions of visitors are excellent, everyone is satisfied, both domestic and foreign visitors. The whole story about the museum is very simple and we were guided to show what Zagreb looked like in the 80’s, from the music, the way of life, fashion and the whole atmosphere of that time. Interaction is very important to us, so we conceptualize the museum so that everything can be touched and used, which is very interesting and different for visitors than in other museums where exhibits are not allowed to be touched.”Points out Anastasija Knežević, one of the founders of the Zagreb 80 Museum, and adds that she invites travel agencies and tourist guides to cooperate because foreigners have a very interesting past from the time of Yugoslavia.Also, the special feature of the Museum is that it encourages its visitors to touch, feel and interact with the exhibition, to reminisce about moments, smells and feel nostalgia. The young generation is given the opportunity to experience the way of life in the recent, positive past, so known and appreciated around the world in the 80s. “Experience the past of the great things we use every day today, such as video games, personal computers and mobile phones, as well as other significant facilities that really began their rise in the 1980s. ” stand out from the Museum of Zagreb 80.Croatia – a country with “a thousand” museumsPhoto: Batana EcomuseumThe Museum of Illusions, the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Museum of Torture, etc.… proved that there is a great need for private thematic museums that tell our authentic or thematic stories, and which certainly generate quality content that we miss so much.It is important to point out that the Zagreb Museum 80, like the other mentioned museums, is a private investment and that with their quality work they have shown how all museums should operate, especially state-owned museums that have much more resources. This is where the difference between private and state museums, which have a secure way of financing, have no imperative to earn money or how many visitors visit them, is best seen, while private museums are companies struggling in the market to survive and certainly care about every visitor and every kuna. . Yes, and in this equation it should certainly be mentioned that private “museums” have a VAT of 25% like everyone else, while State museums do not. Also, unfortunately most importantly, museums under the auspices of the State (honor exceptions) do not work on promoting and popularizing culture and their exhibits, and often do not even work on weekends, which is absurd because they have to work on weekends for tourists and domestic visitors.It would be great if, in addition to building a swimming pool, we encourage the opening of private thematic museums, primarily authentic, because they enrich the Croatian tourist offer and I sincerely hope that their success in Croatia will be an incentive to open more and more specialized museums in Croatia. for everything.Our biggest tourist advantage is our incredible diversity and authenticity. And the motive of the trip is to get to know new ways and cultures of living. I wonder, why don’t we have hundreds of private museums for all our amazing tourist, historical, cultural, authentic… stories?We have to tell our authentic stories and be proud of them, museums give added value, offer quality content and tell thousands of stories about our history, culture, heritage, innovation, identity. The motive for the arrival is not accommodation, but diverse, quality and authentic content of the tourist destination. Croatia with a thousand museums sounds great, doesn’t it?Related news:THE FIRST MUSEUM OF OLIVE GROWING IN CROATIA “MUSEUM OLEI HISTRIAE” OPENED IN PULAMUSEUM OF ILLUSION THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL EXPANDS TO LJUBLJANA AND VIENNA OLDTIMER CROSS SECTION OPENED IN KRAPINAZAGORKA’S MUSEUM OF THE GRIČKA WITCH WAS PRESENTED ART PARK – ABANDONED PARK IN ZAGREB BECOMES A UNIQUE OPEN MUSEUMlast_img read more

Complications with the opening of a tourist guide in the case of Saša Radoš Jagešić

first_imgSaša Radoš Jagešić lives in Zagreb and for the last two years he has been working as a tourist guide for the area of ​​Zagreb and Zagreb County, for which he has passed a course, ie a license. “On Saturday I move to Pula, Istria is a tourist paradise and with knowledge of English and French and the experience of a tourist guide in Zagreb, I decided to make it my future business career, but this time I do not want to work for an agency but open my own business and become entrepreneur”, Points out Rados Jagesic. Sasa Rados Jagesic (left) Related news: An advisor to the CES regional office in Pula told her that she could not use any rights as an unemployed person, and thus no incentives. As a reason, she stated that by acquiring a license for a tourist guide, all future rights of unemployed persons are automatically lost in accordance with the status of tourist guides as an independent activity. She has been unemployed for some time now, and since her husband received a job offer in Pula, they decided to move from Zagreb to Istria. The job of a tour guide became her lifestyle and proved to be a dream job in which she found herself and decided to dedicate herself exclusively to it. But her problems with opening a business don’t stop there either. “What worries me the most is that now it has started to be said that we will not even be able to open lump-sum trades for tourist guides because a free profession cannot run a lump-sum trade. And I’m already arranging jobs for the season and I’m saying I’m going to issue invoices through trades, so then it would be very inconvenient if I can’t open it”, Points out Rados Jagesic. The competent institutions should react as soon as possible about the evaluation of the status of tourist guides, because it is only a matter of time before we hear a similar story as with Sasa Radoš Jagešić. “A lot of people I talked to, my colleagues, agree that this problem can be completely solved if tourist guides stop being guided by a free profession “, explains Radoš Jagešić. “In fact, this whole story with the return of incentives and unemployment benefits is the most frightening, because in that way they consider three and a half thousand of us liars. They believe that when we entered the records, we all lied that we did not have a company, trade and the like. According to them, we are obviously liars who exploit the state.” As her life path took her to Pula, otherwise her hometown, she decided to become self-employed and open a business there. She made a business plan, enrolled in a guide course for the Pula and Istria area, started collecting all the paperwork for CES incentives for self-employment, but then she ran into a dead end. To make matters more absurd, last year in Zagreb, although she has a license for a tourist guide, she earned unemployment benefits for three months like all other tourist guides in the whole of Croatia, except in Istria, where this is not an individual case but a rule we have already written. Unfortunately, we are again witnessing an absurd complication with tourist guides, and a new example this time comes from Istria, more precisely from Pula. Let’s start from the beginning, the story goes like this. LOUD THINKING / IVA SILLA, SECRET ZAGREB: SO WHILE IT GOES, IT GOESlast_img read more

The Golden Penka Grand Prix for the best reports about Croatia went to the USA, Russia and Italy

first_imgPhoto: HTZ By the way, by awarding the “Golden Pen” award, the Croatian National Tourist Board emphasizes the importance and value of professional journalistic coverage of Croatia in foreign media. In previous years, the hosts of the award were Zagreb, Split, Rovinj, Opatija, Dubrovnik, Čakovec, Osijek, Otočac, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Opatija, Mali Lošinj and Osijek. Photo: HTZ Winner Grand prix for the best electronic media report je Vasiliy Andreev iz Russia. He is a well-known producer of the Russian national television Rossiya 1. Andreev won the award as the author of a 20-minute report on Zagreb and Croatia entitled “Advent in Croatia”. In addition to the sights of Zagreb, the report also shows the traditional production of flour, fritters and crostuli in Slunj. The host of this episode was a popular Russian actress Olga Kuzmina which brought the Russian spirit closer to the Christmas spirit of Zagreb and Croatia during the popular Advent. The most significant award of the “Golden Pen” is Grand Prize which is awarded in three categories: for the best reportage of the print media (magazines, newspapers), for the best electronic media report (TV, radio) and for the best blog post (bloggers, social networks). Nominations for the material from 2018 were received from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, the USA, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Slovenia.   “We purposefully nurture and maintain the tradition of awarding this prize because foreign tourist journalists, bloggers, and today influencers are an extremely important part of the mosaic of the tourist world. Every written word, photo or tone contributes to the promotion of Croatian tourism and building the image of Croatia as a desirable tourist destination.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the rich tourist program that is taking place these days in Zadar and Zadar County is an excellent overture to the main part of the tourist year ahead. Award for the best blog post she won Chiara Marchi iz Italy. Since 2015, Marchi from Trieste has been editing his extremely well-read and popular blog called “Missclarie”. The winning blog post “Cherso le 7 cose da sapere” talks about the untouched nature of the island of Cres, secluded beaches, a relaxing holiday by the sea, and seven reasons to visit the island of Cres.center_img He made unique statues for the laureates, especially for this occasion Museum of Ancient Glass from Zadar. The awards ceremony was held in Petrčane in Zadar, and the entire program included a three-day study trip for all journalists and bloggers, which included a tour of Zadar, Starigrad Paklenica, the islands of Ugljan and Kali, Nin, and many other tourist attractions. Along with the Croatian National Tourist Board, as the holder and main organizer of the 15th Grand Prix “Golden Pen”, this year’s partners and hosts, who hosted 24 journalists and professionals from 16 countries, are the Zadar County Tourist Board and the Zadar Tourist Board. This year’s winner Grand prix for the best reportage of the print media je David Farley iz Now. Farley is a journalist whose reports are published in the AFAR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, etc. His main topics are travel and gastronomy. He won the CNTB award for a report on Dubrovnik published in the National Geographic Traveler magazine under the title “Sun Sea Savor”. Dubrovnik’s Stradun graced the very cover of the magazine, and the famous Croatian city was presented on 14 pages.  The Croatian National Tourist Board organized an award ceremony for foreign journalists and bloggers for the best media coverage of Croatia as a tourist destination.  “Zlatna penkala is a praiseworthy project of the Croatian National Tourist Board which awards some of the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism, and foreign media representatives certainly do, because about 90 percent of tourist traffic in Croatia is realized from foreign markets.”, said State Secretary Glavina, adding that he was sure that the journalists’ stay in Zadar County would remain in their fond memories. last_img read more

After 13 long years, a direct airline between Dubrovnik and Budapest is being reintroduced

first_imgAfter 13 years, Dubrovnik and Budapest will again be connected by airline in the summer flight schedule. Also, LOT recently announced a direct line Warsaw – Rijeka, more about the attachment. RELATED NEWS: This was announced by Michal Fijol, Commercial Director of the Polish LOT at Liszt Ferenc Airport in Budapest, where he presented the increase of existing and the introduction of new flights of this airline in 2020. The line Budapest – Dubrovnik will operate on Sundays, the ride will take 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the first flight is announced for June 7, 2020. Embraer aircraft will operate on the route, departing from Budapest to Dubrovnik at 7:00 am, while departure from Dubrovnik to Budapest is scheduled for the same day at 8:55 am. “Our goal is to further position Croatia as an air destination, and the introduction of a direct flight between Dubrovnik and Budapest after 13 years will greatly contribute to this. I am sure that this flight to our country will attract an even larger number of always dear Hungarian guests who are among the top 10 markets from which we realize the largest tourist traffic.”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. By the way, in the previous part of the year, we had about 640 thousand arrivals from the Hungarian market and more than 3,2 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 3 percent compared to the same period last year. According to the current LOT plans, this flight will be current until the end of September 2020, but the option of traffic is left during the entire summer flight schedule. Flights are already available on the website LOT. LIST OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTIONS WITH EMITTING MARKETS 2019 WINTER – 2020 POLISH AIRLINE LOT INTRODUCES NEW DIRECT FLIGHT FROM WARSAW TO RIVER Next step? First and foremost, all tourist workers from the wider area of ​​Dubrovnik must share this great news, because air connectivity is the first condition to extend the tourist season and bring better guests. Inform your current guests from Hungary via direct communication, social networks… that Dubrovnik is now closer than ever. Also, the more information is spread, the more the word about it will spread, and that is what influences the most whether the line will survive and be well filled. If not, logically and justifiably, the line will be shut down if there is no interest. last_img read more