Month: November 2020

Victoria Spartz Wins Indiana House Seat, Quashing Democrats’ Hope of a Flip

Victoria Spartz Wins Indiana House Seat, Quashing Democrats’ Hope of a Flip

first_imgMs. Spartz’s overt appeals to Republican voters, however — warning of the dangers of socialism and playing up her background as a businesswoman — ultimately moved enough rural, conservative voters in the district, overwhelming pockets of suburban voters who had chafed at her boldly partisan messaging. Beating back a swell of liberal enthusiasm from suburban voters alienated by President Trump, Victoria Spartz, a Republican state senator, won election on Wednesday to a reliably conservative House seat outside Indianapolis, quashing Democratic hopes of flipping the seat to expand their majority.Ms. Spartz, who was born in Soviet Ukraine and used her rags-to-riches story of success to emphasize her belief in limited government, prevailed against Christina Hale, a Democratic former state legislator who branded herself as a problem-solving centrist, according to The Associated Press. Her victory reflected Republicans’ tight grip on suburban voters in the district even as Mr. Trump faced headwinds.- Advertisement – That she defeated Ms. Hale for the open seat vacated by Representative Susan W. Brooks, Republican of Indiana, who is retiring, sent a warning shot to Democrats. They were hoping to increase their majority by wresting seats in well-educated, wealthy suburban areas like Indiana’s seahorse-shaped Fifth Congressional District, betting that Mr. Trump’s eroding support would drag Republicans down with him.Ms. Spartz was able to beat the odds in the district, which supported Mr. Trump in 2016 by eight points. Ms. Hale had explicitly campaigned on crossover appeal, promoting legislation she had passed with Vice President Mike Pence when he was the state’s governor and pledging to work across the aisle once in Washington. Emulating a playbook that swept 31 Democrats running in Trump districts to the House in 2018, she kept a laserlike focus on health care, and rebuked Ms. Spartz for her party’s handling of the pandemic.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Twitter flagged Trump’s morning tweets as potentially misleading.

Twitter flagged Trump’s morning tweets as potentially misleading.

first_img– Advertisement – WASHINGTON — Twitter flagged all of President Trump’s early-morning tweets on Saturday as disputed and potentially misleading after he made baseless claims about election irregularities.In a series of posts, Mr. Trump focused his ire on Pennsylvania, where a loss in the state would seal his fate as a one-term president. Mr. Trump was trailing former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. by about 28,000 votes when he tweeted.- Advertisement – Within an hour, Twitter had put a warning label on all four of the tweets, saying that the content of his claims “might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”Twitter has grown increasingly aggressive about flagging Mr. Trump’s false statements even as the president, in the days since Election Day, has spread false stories about “illegal ballots” and has demanded that local officials in several states stop counting ballots prematurely.last_img read more

When Is Joe Biden’s Inauguration Ceremony?

When Is Joe Biden’s Inauguration Ceremony?

first_imgTraditionally, the group that is seated on the platform includes the president and vice president and their families; the president-elect and vice president-elect and their families; the chief justice and associate justices of the Supreme Court; former presidents; the diplomatic corps; cabinet members and nominees; members of Congress; governors; the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and other guests, according to the joint committee.In 2017, when Mr. Trump was sworn in, his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were in attendance, as were Mr. Trump’s predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and his wife, Michelle Obama, and former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. President George H.W. Bush was unable to attend because of poor health; he died in 2018.How long is the Inaugural Address?- Advertisement – Washington, the nation’s first president, was sworn in on April 30, 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City.Andrew Jackson’s first inauguration, on March 4, 1829, was the first ceremony to be conducted on the East Portico of the Capitol. The crowds of attendees were so excited that they rushed toward the new president, who then retreated into the Capitol and rode a horse to the White House. Every president since George Washington has delivered the Inaugural Address, which has ranged from 8,445 words to 135 words, according to the committee. During his Inaugural Address on Jan. 20, 2017, Mr. Trump spoke for 16 minutes before hundreds of thousands of followers and spectators. In his speech, he vowed to shatter the established order and reverse a national decline that he called “this American carnage.”The next day, Mr. Trump disputed independent estimates of the attendance, saying that up to 1.5 million people had been there, a claim disproved by photographs. Visual estimates of the size of the crowd put it at one-third the size of Mr. Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.Has the event always been in January?No. The ratification of the 20th Amendment in 1933 fixed Jan. 20 as the date. Before that, inaugurations traditionally took place on March 4. Through history, the ceremony has taken place on other dates and in 10 different locations.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fantastic Beasts 3: Mads Mikkelsen Said to Be in Talks to Replace Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts 3: Mads Mikkelsen Said to Be in Talks to Replace Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

first_imgMads Mikkelsen is reportedly in early negotiations to replace Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming as-yet untitled Fantastic Beasts 3, the third entry in the five-film Harry Potter spin-off saga. Depp left the role earlier this week at the request of studio Warner Bros., after he lost a libel suit against British tabloid The Sun, which had described him as a “wife beater.” The London High Court judge ruled that Depp had repeatedly assaulted former wife Amber Heard and as such, The Sun article was “substantially true.” Depp plans to appeal the verdict.Deadline first brought word of Mikkelsen’s potential hiring for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, noting that director David Yates — who has helmed every Wizarding World movie since 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — has picked the 54-year-old Danish actor as he is a “big fan.” Mikkelsen is best known for his turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in psychological horror-thriller series Hannibal, the Bond villain in Casino Royale, the antagonist Kaecilius in the Marvel movie Doctor Strange, and the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Danish drama The Hunt.- Advertisement – While Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production in the UK, Depp had filmed just one scene before he was asked to leave. He is still set to get his full salary for Fantastic Beasts 3 thanks to a contract clause. Still, Mikkelsen wouldn’t have to do much to catch up. If he joins, Mikkelsen will star alongside the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, and Victoria Yeates.Behind the scenes, Yates is working off a script written by Steve Kloves and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who has herself been under the spotlight much like Depp for her transphobic comments, and the vehement defence of said comments. Both Rowling and Yates had even defended Depp’s presence in Fantastic Beasts in 2018, with the author saying she was “genuinely happy to have” him and implied that fans don’t have the full story, while the director dismissed Heard’s claims and suggested that talent excuses abuse.Fantastic Beasts 3 is slated to release July 15, 2022 in cinemas worldwide, delayed eight months due to COVID-19 and Depp’s departure.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Study probes patterns in previous triple-reassortant swine flu infections

Study probes patterns in previous triple-reassortant swine flu infections

first_imgMay 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Triple reassortant swine influenza A viruses that contain genes from avian, human, and swine influenza viruses emerged and became predominant in North American pig herds by the late 1990s and have been detected in humans 11 times since 2005, authors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments reported today. Nine of the patients had been exposed to pigs to various degrees at sites ranging from pig farms to a custom slaughtering house. In 8 of the 11 cases, pigs reportedly showed signs of respiratory illness. Exposure wasn’t known for one of the patients, and another was epidemiologically linked to a person with a suspected infection, suggesting human-to-human transmission of the triple reassortant swine flu virus. Preliminary data suggest no cross-reactivity between ferret antisera against the triple-reassortant isolates and the seasonal influenza A viruses, the authors reported. Isolates from all 11 patients were susceptible to older antiviral drug group called the adamantanes as well as the newer neuraminidase inhibitors. “Our findings underscore the need for close communication and collaboration between human and animal health agencies for ongoing surveillance, investigation, research, prevention, and control efforts,” the group wrote. According to surveillance reports and investigation by state health departments of two of the earlier cases, the median age of the patients was 10 years (range, 16 months to 48 years), and 8 patients were younger than 18. All lived in the Midwestern or southern United States. Among the clinical findings, 4 of the 11 patients had underlying medical conditions, and at least 3 had received the current season’s influenza vaccine. More detailed information was available for 10 of the patients. Symptoms included fever, cough, headache, sore throat, and diarrhea. The median fever was 103.5°F. Incubation ranged from 3 to 9 days. The first such infection in humans was reported to the CDC in 2005, and in June 2007 human infection with novel influenza A viruses was classified as a notifiable disease in the United States, according to the group’s findings that appeared today in an early online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Their report describes epidemiologic and clinical data from 11 cases reported to the CDC from December 2005 through February 2009 Reasons for increased case reports since 2005 are unclear, but the authors suggested that improved surveillance and testing and new requirements for reporting might have played a role, though a true increase in human infections may have stemmed from changes in zoonotic transmission.center_img Viruses in all 11 cases were subtyped at the CDC with real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and the hemagglutinin-inhibition assay. Complete genome sequence analysis was performed on viruses from respiratory fluid samples to determine if the virus was a triple reassortant. The authors concluded that the incubation for the triple-reassortant influenza appeared longer than for seasonal flu and that some of the patients had severe lower respiratory illness and signs that are unusual for influenza, such as diarrhea. Among four hospitalizations, two were severe: a 48-year-old woman with an underlying health condition and a 26-year-old woman who was previously healthy. All of the patients fully recovered. They advised clinicians to consider animal influenza infections in patients presenting with febrile respiratory illnesses, especially when human influenza viruses are not circulating. Tests showed that 10 of the patients were infected with triple-reassortant swine flu A H1N1, and 1 was infected with the H1N2 subtype. Analysis of virus hemagglutinin genes from five of the patients found that the viruses came from two different phylogenetic lineages circulating in North American swine. Shinde V, Bridges CB, Uyeki TM, et al. Triple-reassortant swine influenza A (H1) in humans in the United States, 2005-2009. N Engl J Med 2009 Jul 2 early online edition published May 7 [Full text]last_img read more

CDC shortens stay at home for those with flu symptoms

CDC shortens stay at home for those with flu symptoms

first_imgAug 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In a revision of its advice for how long those who are sick with the novel H1N1 virus should stay away from others, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday shortened the time period, which may reduce some of the pandemic’s absence burden on businesses and schools.The new exclusion guidance urges people with influenza-like illnesses to stay home at least 24 hours after they are free of a fever (in the absence of fever-reducing medication), defined as 100°F, which in most cases ranges from 3 to 5 days.Earlier recommendations urged people to stay home for 7 days after illness onset or for 24 hours after symptoms resolve, whichever was longer. Besides businesses and schools, the guidance also applies to camps, mass gatherings, and other community settings.However, the new recommendations do not apply to healthcare settings. People working or visiting healthcare facilities should still observe the earlier, longer-period exclusion guidance.The CDC also emphasized that more stringent and longer exclusions may be needed for sick people who will return to settings where they have contact with people who have underlying medical conditions, such as camps for children with asthma or daycare centers that children younger than 5 attend.”Decisions about extending the exclusion period should be made at the community level, in conjunction with local and state officials,” the CDC said.At a June teleconference that the CDC hosted for businesses in the wake of the World Health Organization’s pandemic declaration, some businesses asked for clarifications on how long people with novel flu infections should stay home before returning for work.Lisa Koonin, MN, MPH, a senior adviser with the CDC’s influenza coordination unit who co-hosted the CDC business teleconference, told CIDRAP News today that the previous guidance was based on an early assessment of novel flu illnesses. She said the new recommendation is based on household contact studies. People seem to be most infectious the first day of a fever, which for most people goes away after 2 to 4 days.Koonin said businesses and schools want to decrease absenteeism, but the CDC wanted to base any modification of its recommendations on scientific findings. “But if the outbreak becomes more severe, the CDC may recommend a longer exclusionary period because of the need to be more cautious,” she said.In its recommendation, the CDC said exclusion periods should apply even if antiviral medications are used and that when people return to work or school they should continue to observe respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene and avoid people who are in high-risk groups.John Budd, PhD, chair of human resources and industrial relations at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, hinted that the new recommendations are likely to be well received by the business community. “The longer individuals are absent, the more disruptive it is for the workplace,” he said.See also:Aug 5 CDC recommendations on duration of self-isolationJun 12 CIDRAP News story “Pandemic declaration prompts CDC huddle with businesses”last_img read more

Uniline wants to become “One stop sport travel company”

Uniline wants to become “One stop sport travel company”

first_imgSports tourism, with its three components – tourism of sporting events, tourism of sports memories and active sports tourism – and an annual volume of 660 to 700 billion dollars, is one of the fastest growing selective forms of tourism in the world. WITHHowever, sports tourism is one of the niches that can and must extend the tourist season, especially because we have all the prerequisites, from a pleasant Mediterranean climate, connectivity, to global sporting success in both individual and team sports, and thus meet athletes as excellent ambassadors of our tourism. All the potentials of sports tourism in Croatia have been recognized by Uniline, the largest Croatian tour operator, through which tens of thousands of users of these services – from competitors, coaches to fans – and about twenty renowned sports federations and clubs.Goran Sprem, Uniline: We set ourselves the goal of becoming a “one stop sport travel company” active on a 24/7 basis, ie available to clients every day and at any timeTo sports tourism, which participates in the tourist cake with 14%, experts predict dynamic growth in the next ten years. As one of the optimal forms of year-round business, it can significantly contribute to further diversification and sustainability of Croatian tourism, he said. Goran Sprem, Executive Director of Uniline for Sports and Corporate Tourism, continuing, at this time we take care of the logistical needs of the Croatian national basketball team in the preparatory cycle for the upcoming European Championship which begins in just three days, wishing it success and better placement given the quality of top players at its disposal. “We take our clients to the Winter and Summer Olympics, football and handball world and European championships. We perform a complete annual service on all trips and matches for our renowned sports federations; handball, basketball, tennis, swimming, karate federation and other federations and clubs such as RK PPD Zagreb, BC Cibona or KHL Medveščak. After the European Basketball Championship, we will immediately follow the activities for the reception and accommodation of the best European handball players, their fans and guests, considering that Uniline is the official tourist company of the European Handball Championship in Croatia in January 2018. ” Sprem points out.Due to the dynamic growth of sports tourism in Uniline, they are starting a new business model as a solution for year-round and sustainable tourism.As Sprem points out, they set a goal to become ”One stop sport travel company” active on a 24/7 basis, ie available to clients every day and at any time. ” We see the future of this business in the systematic and continuous expansion of services and the creation of new business models in which we seek rational and cost-effective solutions for athletes, federations and clubs and their fans and guests through our specific know-how we have developed – from organizing sports development camps for all ages to the sports preparatory part and, if necessary, preparatory and competitive segments with accompanying services. ” concludes Sprem.last_img read more

In Vižinada, major construction works will not be allowed to be performed during the tourist season

In Vižinada, major construction works will not be allowed to be performed during the tourist season

first_img“In 2019, we had a ban on almost all work for three months, but we had problems implementing the decision in the field. In the end, due to the remarks of the citizens, we made one, we can say “easier” version, where we banned only picking. We also shortened the ban on works to two months, from July 1 to August 31. According to the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia, we cannot forbid anyone to work. We believe that everyone should work and live from their work, so we will try to see the effect of the new decision this season”, Said Mayor Marko Ferenac. “Everyone has to work and live from their work, whether from tourism or construction. Picking is the noisiest, so I invite those who plan to build to have understanding and consideration for their neighbors and to do this type of work before the tourist season. All other works that do not create a lot of noise can be performed, but only from 9 am to 18 pm. Before and after the decision does not allow any work”, Ferenac thinks. The decision on the temporary ban on performing works in 2020 was adopted by the Municipality of Vižinada. According to that decision, it is temporarily forbidden to perform earthworks, that is, excavations, using pneumatic hammers and compressors. The works will therefore not be allowed to be performed at all from 1 July to 31 August. Other works, as well as internal construction, can be performed in this period from 9 am to 18 pm in settlements that have registered accommodation facilities, reports Istra Terra Magica. The decision states that from July 1 to August 31, works can be performed in exceptional cases such as emergency interventions to repair facilities and arrange utilities and other infrastructure that prevent consequences dangerous to human health and life, as well as major damage to property, then necessary works on repairs of buildings when there is a danger to human health and life and works performed in the public interest, and whose investor is the Municipality of Vižinada, institution or company in full or partial ownership of the municipality. However, the tourist council of the municipal tourist board did not support such a proposal for a decision. The members of the council demanded that the works be banned for three months and that a certain group of works be banned, which the municipal council did not accept. “We stayed, therefore, on the draft decision that was put to public consultation, during which no objections from citizens were received.”, Concluded Ferenac.center_img He asked and called on everyone to compromise, given that the tourist season is extremely important to the Municipality of Vižinada. Namely, every year there are more and more people who earn from tourism, there are more and more renters, and because of that there are more and more construction works. For those who do not comply with these provisions, fines of HRK 5 to 10 for legal entities and HRK 5 to 500 for natural persons, ie craftsmen, are envisaged. A fine of 2 to XNUMX thousand kuna will be imposed on a natural person in the capacity of a contractor. Source / photo: Istria Terra Magicalast_img read more

For the first time since March, AirBnb made over a million bookings in one day

For the first time since March, AirBnb made over a million bookings in one day

first_imgOver 60 percent of bookings are either guests traveling solo or with another person, while 17.000 overnight stays are booked by guests traveling in a group of 10 or more. Photo: AirBnb According to AirBnb, most guests do not travel far. Approximately half of the booked nights are intended for travel to destinations within 480km. Over two-thirds were for travel to a destination within a radius of 800 km, and both distances can usually be driven by car. Interestingly, in rural areas of the U.S., hosts earned over $ 200 million in June, an increase of more than 25 percent compared to what hosts in those areas earned in June 2019. However, according to AirBnb, accommodation at affordable prices is most in demand. So just over half of the nights booked on July 8 were accommodations that cost up to $ 100 per night. RELATED NEWS:center_img Two thirds of the booked nights were in destinations outside the cities, which is logical, and the focus is on houses / villas with swimming pools. This gives guests more space for their money and more control over their environment, including private entrances and facilities such as kitchens and swimming pools. Namely, on July 8, guests booked more than a million overnight stays via Airbnb, for the first time in more than four months, that the threshold of one million overnight stays had been reached. For the first time since March, AirBnb made over a million bookings in one day, which is great news and proof that tourism is still waking up. last_img read more