Conquistador Donald Trump can’t actually win states, so he decides to just ‘claim’ them

first_imgIt’s unclear exactly WTF Trump thinks he’s actually doing here. You can’t just “claim” states, no matter how simple that might make this game. However, Trump appears to be channeling Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. Which is fitting, since they both like gold.  On Wednesday afternoon, networks began calling Michigan for Joe Biden. This followed the Wisconsin call earlier in the day. When Fox News joined in a few hours after the rest, the call they’ve already made on Arizona means they’re showing Biden with 264 electoral votes. As soon as Nevada unloads some additional votes, Fox might actually be the first to call it for President-Elect Biden.Donald Trump clearly could not have this. So he decided to simply preempt the whole vote counting thing and just start … claiming states. “We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, “ tweeted Trump. And Georgia. And North Carolina. And … “Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan.” Because that’s how the system works, sugarbear. First claimed, first served. No takesy backsy. Oh, also note the royal “we.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Reading Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Reading, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)last_img read more

Team Biden not worried about ‘trespasser’ Trump refusing to leave White House

first_imgAnd just imagine Trump’s pique when he realizes the center of the media universe has shifted to Biden and his transition team just as soon as this race is called.  The Biden campaign was responding to multiple reports that Trump has no intention of conceding the election even when it becomes clear he has no path to victory.“Trump-world is becoming concerned that someone is going to have to reckon with him that this race is coming to an end — but who?” tweeted CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. Collins further reports that Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and other aides “have not attempted to bring Trump to terms of what’s happening and have instead fed his baseless claim that the election is being stolen from him.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Newsflash: Everyone still working at the White House is a spineless wonder. Hey, here’s an idea: How about just letting the whizzes at Fox News handle it? They seem up to the task.Okay, back to reality: Would a concession be nice and helpful in healing our democracy? Sure. But we all knew that if and when Trump was booted from office by the will of The People, he’d sooner burn it all down than leave peacefully. “Nobody I have spoken to on the campaign or in the White House believes that Trump would ever publicly acknowledge a loss, even long after the election is certified,” tweeted Axios reporter Jonathan Swan. – Advertisement – Yep. Trumper will go to his grave insisting the election was stolen out from under him because Georgia and Pennsylvania weren’t called for him when he was up with 50% of the votes reported. Seriously, has the guy ever even watched returns come in? Because Trump’s unhinged tirade from the White House briefing room on Thursday displayed a level of ignorance that is, frankly, irreconcilable with the bare basics of how elections are called.That said, Trump really did the Biden campaign a favor when he unleashed that attack on the fundamentals of our democracy just before a stretch of hours when Biden would blow by Trump in the Pennsylvania count and even edge ahead of him in Georgia. Team Biden no longer has any obligation to wait for a concession speech from Trump because one obviously isn’t coming. When the race is finally called for Biden, he can simply move ahead with his victory address to the country.In fact, Biden has been pitch perfect throughout this entire time of uncertainty—exuding confidence, counseling patience, and preempting Trump at every turn. The only way to handle a bully like Trump is to never give an inch—thus the “trespasser” designation. If Trump’s going to trash our democracy, then he may as well be treated like the garbage he’s spewing. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Kenya takes top spot at Africa World Travel Awards | News

first_imgNewerVirgin Hyperloop transports first passengers Kenya – with its tantalising cocktail of epic savannah landscapes, immense herds of wildlife and palm-fringed beaches – has been voted ‘Africa’s Leading Destination’ by the World Travel Awards. The news was unveiled during the inaugural Africa Winners Day, with World Travel Awards – the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in travel and tourism – honouring the best from across the continent. – Advertisement – In the hospitality sector, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club’s unique comforts in the shadow of the mighty Mount Kenya helped it to the title of ‘Africa’s Leading Hotel’, while Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, South Africa picked up ‘Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel’. Aberdare Country Club, Kenya was voted ‘Africa’s Leading Green Hotel’.In the aviation sector, Ethiopian Airlines lifted ‘Africa’s Leading Airline’, while ‘Africa’s Leading Airport’ went to Cape Town International Airport. Kenya Airways picked up both ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. – Advertisement – Kenya’s thriving capital, Nairobi, was also named ‘Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination’, and Kenyatta International Convention Centre collecting ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’). Cape Town was declared ‘Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination’ and its majestic Table Mountain picked ‘Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction’. The fascinating South African city of Durban was voted ‘Africa’s Leading City Destination’.- Advertisement – OlderWorld Travel Market Virtual arrives in London for first time Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of Latin America’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”He added: “The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. “This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”Other winners include Serengeti National Park (‘Africa’s Leading National Park’); Thanda Island, Tanzania (‘Africa’s Leading Luxury Island’); Shambala Private Game Reserve, South Africa (‘Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve’); and The Oberoi, Marrakech (‘Morocco’s Leading Hotel Suite’).WinnersFor a full list of winners, take a look here.More Information World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.For more information about World Travel Awards, visit the official website. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sterling Brown Agrees to $750,000 Settlement in Lawsuit Against Milwaukee

first_imgThe Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown has reached a tentative agreement under which he would receive $750,000 to settle a lawsuit that he filed against the city in 2018, after the police used a Taser to subdue and arrest him in a confrontation over a parking violation.Details of the agreement, which requires the approval of the Milwaukee Common Council, are included in a letter of recommendation that the city attorney, Tearman Spencer, sent to the council on Wednesday. On Friday, Mr. Brown signed the agreement, which would include an admission of a constitutional violation by the city and a commitment to changes in operating procedures by the Police Department.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Video of the episode shows officers pushing Mr. Brown to the ground at one point and using a Taser on him after he did not immediately take his hands out of his pockets when ordered to do so. The police did not pursue criminal charges against Mr. Brown.Mr. Brown contended in his original complaint that the police officers used excessive force because he is Black. Mr. Spencer’s office and the president of the Common Council did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails on Monday afternoon, and it was unclear when the Council would consider the recommendation.Mr. Brown’s lawyer, Mark Thomsen, declined to comment on the tentative agreement on Monday.In a statement on Monday, the Bucks said the team was “pleased that Sterling’s lawsuit has been mutually resolved.” – Advertisement – Speaking about the confrontation on “Good Morning America” in 2018, the Milwaukee Bucks guard said he was angered every time he watched the footage because he felt “defenseless.”Mr. Spencer, the Milwaukee city attorney, wrote in his letter to the council that he recommended the settlement “because of the unpredictability of a trial, and the city’s risk for exposure to compensatory and punitive damages, as well as additional attorney fees and costs.”The announcement came after months of protests against police brutality and calls for police reform across the country. Mr. Spencer’s letter expressed a commitment to changes in the Milwaukee Police Department’s operating procedures, though details were not specified. “No one should ever have to go through the horrifying abuse and injustice that Sterling experienced,” the Bucks said. “We commend Sterling for his courageous response to this terrible situation by repeatedly sharing his story and working tirelessly with countless local groups and organizations to help make change in our community.”In 2019, Mr. Brown rejected a settlement offer by the city for $400,000 because it did not include an admission of guilt by the city, Mr. Thomsen said at the time.A Milwaukee police officer confronted Mr. Brown in January 2018, because his car was parked in a handicapped spot. The situation escalated quickly with multiple police vehicles being called to the scene.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Covid: India’s festival season doesn’t stop for coronavirus

first_imgMillions of people are marking the Hindu festival of Diwali in India, but as shoppers pack markets in the capital, Delhi, there are concerns over rising coronavirus cases.Doctors say they’re fearful of a medical emergency.- Advertisement – India already has the second highest number of Covid cases worldwide, but a relatively low death rate. The country’s prime minister has so far ruled out a second lockdown. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

US Senate passes Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act as WADA express concern over bill | Athletics News

first_imgIt passed through the Senate on Monday and is expected to be signed into law by President Trump.WADA president expresses concerns – Advertisement – WADA has actively opposed key parts of the bill, raising concerns it will undermine and “disrupt the global legal anti-doping framework” and could deter whistleblowers from coming forward.US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart described it as a “monumental day in the fight for clean sport worldwide”.The bill is named after Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian whistleblower who revealed information of the state-sponsored doping regime in Russia.- Advertisement – A bill that will allow U.S. officials to prosecute anyone involved in doping at international sporting events is on the verge of becoming law in the United States.The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act will allow the U.S. to seek prosecution for doping offences at events involving American athletes, sponsors or broadcasters.It means team coaches or managers and officials from any country can be investigated with potential penalties including fines and prison sentences. Athletes will be exempt as they already come under WADA sanctions.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act – named after the Russian whistleblower who revealed information of the state-sponsored doping regime in Russia – will allow the U.S. to seek prosecution for doping offences at events involving American athletes, sponsors or broadcasters By Sarah DawkinsLast Updated: 17/11/20 6:53pmcenter_img WADA president Witold Banka has expressed his concerns over the act, and wants to know why it does not cover US professional and college sports.He said in a statement on Tuesday: “We join other stakeholders around the globe in asking why this US legislation, which purports to protect athletes and claims jurisdiction overseas, specifically excludes the hugely popular and influential professional and college leagues.“Nearly half a million athletes compete in US college sports, and thousands more in the professional leagues. These leagues were originally included in the Act but were subsequently removed without explanation.“Why are those who surround the athletes in these associations and leagues now exempt from the scope of this legislation? If it is not good enough for American sports, why is it being imposed on the rest of the world?“While the Act was passed without consultation with international anti-doping partners, WADA will seek to work with US authorities on implementing this legislation to ensure that the global anti-doping system, which has evolved for 20 years in close collaboration with the US, is not upended, that WADA’s mandated investigative capacity is not diminished, and that the negative impact of this Act is minimised.” WADA president Witold Banka has asked why the legislation 'specifically excludes the hugely popular and influential professional and college leagues' in the US WADA president Witold Banka has asked why the legislation 'specifically excludes the hugely popular and influential professional and college leagues' in the US

Thailand, Vietnam probe possible human H5N1 cases

first_imgAug 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Concern about H5N1 avian influenza intensified in Thailand and Vietnam today as health officials reported more suspected human cases, but Indonesian officials said six people in two suspected case clusters in North Sumatra tested negative.In Thailand, a 9-year-old girl from Lop Buri province died yesterday of suspected avian flu, the Bangkok Post reported. She is from the same province where a suspected case was reported in a 61-year-old woman yesterday.A provincial health official, Pranor Khamthieng, told the Post the girl had initially tested negative for the H5N1 virus, but her symptoms suggested the disease. The Thai News Agency reported that the girl suffered fever, sore throat, and severe cough for 2 days before she was hospitalized with breathing difficulties. Samples were sent to a lab in Bangkok for a more thorough investigation, the Post reported.The Thai News Agency said the girl’s family raises about 20 fighting cocks, but provincial authorities inspected her house and nearby areas and found that none had died suspiciously.Elsewhere in Thailand, the Post reported today that two patients in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, have been isolated at Ban Pho Hospital because of suspected avian flu. Doctors at the hospital told the Post that initial tests indicated the patients had regular influenza and that they were awaiting the results of avian flu tests.One doctor said the patients, a 17-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman, had touched ducks at a slaughterhouse where they both worked. A local livestock official, however, said no bird flu outbreaks had been reported on chicken farms in the province, according to the Post.As of yesterday, the Thai Health Ministry reported that 164 patients from 21 provinces were under surveillance for possible avian flu.Thailand’s only confirmed avian flu case so far this year was in a 17-year-old boy who died of the disease Jul 24 in Phichit province. The entire country is on bird flu alert after outbreaks surfaced in July in the northern and central provinces, ending a nearly 8-month hiatus.In Vietnam—which hasn’t had a confirmed human H5N1 case since November 2005—Bloomberg News reported today that health authorities are awaiting tests on a man from the southern province of Kien Giang, on the Cambodian border in the Mekong Delta. The report said the man was hospitalized with lung damage and a high fever about a week after eating duck.Cao Bao Van, head of the molecular biology laboratory at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, told Bloomberg that test results may be reported over the weekend.Vietnamese news media have reported that ducks from two households in the southern province of Tay Ninh recently died suspiciously and test results were pending. Tay Ninh is also on the Cambodian border.Meanwhile, in Indonesia, preliminary tests came back negative for H5N1 in six patients from the same district in Sumatra where the world’s first lab-confirmed human-to-human transmission of avian flu occurred in a family cluster, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.The suspected illnesses in the six patients had raised fears of more human-to-human transmission, because the group appeared to include two family clusters. Of the six patients, three were children: two siblings, aged 10 and 6, and an 18-month-old neighbor.An Associated Press report yesterday had said there were a total of seven patients in the two possible clusters. But AFP reported today that a local hospital official in Kabanjahe village said it appeared that one patient had been counted twice.last_img read more

Medical groups announce agenda for improving disaster response

first_imgJul 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Eighteen medical groups, led by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), released a report at a recent conference in Washington, DC, that contains 53 recommendations for improving the nation’s response to mass casualty events such as terrorist attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.The 55-page report reflects the priorities and strategies that representatives from the groups identified at AMA-APHA leadership summits held in Chicago in 2005 and New Orleans in 2006, the AMA said in a Jul 18 press release. The summits were sponsored by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”Most disasters are unplanned, but the response shouldn’t be,” AMA President Ronald M. Davis, MD, said in the press release.The recommendations highlight four main themes: funding, response system integration, health professional training and proficiency, and adequate legal protection for public health and healthcare responders.Dedicated fundingSteady, dedicated funding is needed to ensure the emergency and critical infrastructure and capacity to respond to disasters, because the health system is already pressed beyond capacity, the groups wrote in the report. Governments and health systems must develop processes that enable local health systems to return to readiness as soon as possible after a disaster, and funding for economic recovery from disasters must make reestablishing public health and healthcare systems a priority.The groups requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) be funded to perform a comprehensive study of healthcare surge capacity and develop recommendations to help health systems improve disaster response and recovery.Integrating services and systemsGovernments, health systems, and professional organizations should continue progress toward nationwide integration of emergency and trauma care services with emergency and disaster preparedness and healthcare systems. The groups pointed out that the IOM has already recommended that a lead agency should be established to oversee emergency and trauma care, and the federal government has issued a mandate that fosters interagency collaboration among emergency and trauma care services.All aspects of governmental and health system emergency and disaster preparedness efforts should directly involve public health and healthcare professionals, the report said.Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the APHA, said in the press release, “For too long public health and medicine have responded to emergencies in separate silos.” Bridging the gap between the two groups will allow for rapid and efficient disaster response, he said.Integration goals also require that health disaster communication and information networks be technologically interoperable with all government levels and health systems, the report said.TrainingEducational institutions can help ensure that public health and healthcare professionals receive adequately training in incorporating competency-based disaster preparedness and response coursework into undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and continuing educational programs, the groups emphasized.Governments, health systems, and professional groups must develop and distribute competencies for managing adult and pediatric patients in emergency and catastrophic settings, the report said. Educational accreditation agencies should then incorporate the competencies into educational materials and formal continuing education programs.Legal protectionNational and state legislation is needed to create adequate legal protection so that health and mental health practitioners can provide care in emergency and disaster settings outside of the location where they are licensed or accredited, the recommendations state.Policies must also address medical liability, standards and altered standards of care, and license reciprocity to make it easier for volunteer health professionals to assist with disaster response, the report said.last_img read more

Pula VR Experience – the first virtual walking tour in Pula

first_imgAfter Šibenik, Osijek, Split and Pula, it found itself on the map of interpreting cultural heritage through virtual reality.The new tourist offer, Pula VR Experience is the first walking tour in Pula which with the help of virtual glasses, VR-Application and digital map the user can explore Pula alone or with the expert guidance of a licensed tourist guide.The goal of this tour is to visually and auditory immerse the user in the Roman architecture of ancient Pula using the most modern VR-Technology. The user walks through the old town and at seven specific points stops and uses VR goggles and observes what that part of the city looked like 2000 years ago, in Roman times.The so-called VIEWPOINTS (places from which it is observed) are two near the Arch of Sergius, two at the Forum and three places near the Arena, and as Marko Flego and Mateo Brajek, owners of the travel agency Krug Travel from Pula, point out new locations near the Arena and one at the Little Roman Theater. Virtual tours will be sold through two packages, from HRK 190,00 and HRK 360,00 per person.Thus, tourists can see what Pula once looked like, ie in antiquity through a virtual experience.Related news:CAN VIRTUAL REALITY THREATEN TOURISM?THE CROATIAN GIANTS APPLICATION USES EXTENDED REALITY TO REVIVAL A PART OF CROATIAN HISTORYOSIJEK FIRST IN CROATIA OF VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY PRESENTED TOURIST DESTINATION</p>
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Camp resting place – Zlatni Lug opened in Požega

first_imgThe Pandžić family, the owners of the famous “Golden Meadow” from Donji Emovac, presented their new tourist offer – a modern camping resort located in Emovac meadow.The resort is fully equipped for a short vacation for guests traveling as campers, and other campers looking for a vacation in nature. The camp is located next to the farm Zlatni lug, so with a beautiful view of the green environment, guests can enjoy numerous sports and recreational opportunities, touring the estate and domestic animals.”The whole idea of ​​Zlatni lug started about ten years ago when we bought the first piece of land of 5 hectares. That is when the idea of ​​that one large estate that will deal with sports – recreational and rural tourism was born. We started from a restaurant that can accommodate 300 guests today, and we also offer 54 beds, which is of great importance for all of us.”Said Leo Pandžić, head of business and tourism, adding that their next goal is to build a four-star hotel.The rest camp has 15 plots of land for up to 30 vehicles and is one of three camps in Slavonia and Baranja. The camp area is lit and provided with video surveillance, and guests have the opportunity to connect to electricity and water, a service area for campers with a cabin for emptying chemical toilets, a shared bathroom with showers, and a dishwashing area and free WiFi signal for all guests. Also, there are other facilities such as cycling, jogging, fishing, bocce, archery, five-a-side football and touring pets.Camps are growing year by yearIn 2018, from 1.1. to 11.4., a total of 19.097 arrivals and 73.209 overnight stays were realized in the camps, which represents an increase in arrivals by 25,8% and overnight stays by 67,3%, point out the Croatian Camping Association (KUH), which covers over 90% of the Croatian camping offer. From year to year, investments in camps are growing, and it is especially important that investments in raising quality, from building swimming pools, raising the quality of accommodation, infrastructure, investments in animation, are growing. Also, there are more and more campsites opening on the continent as well as small family campsites, which are a trend in Europe.Related news:CAMPSITIES RECEIVE 67% OF NIGHTS GROWTHNEW VISUAL IDENTITY OF THE CITY OF POŽEGA – HILLS & VALLEYS PRESENTEDlast_img read more