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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President Kamala Harris celebrate outside the Chase Center after Biden accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during the largely virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., August 20, 2020


first_imgCelebrations broke out in cities and towns across the country on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race. Democrats are looking at being shut out completely from the district-drawing process — which will use data drawn from the 2020 census — in key states including Florida, Texas and North Carolina. Together, those states will account for more than 80 congressional seats starting in 2022. In his own remarks, Biden declared it “the honor of my lifetime” that the country had sided with his message of unity and head-on confrontation of the coronavirus. Early on Monday, he unveiled a transition team of scientists and experts to prepare his virus response. “That plan will be built on bedrock science,” he said in his speech Saturday. The news in House races across the country has generally been better for Republicans than for Democrats. An exception came in northeastern suburbs outside Atlanta, where Carolyn Bourdeaux was declared the winner on Friday in a House district that had been vacated by the five-term Republican congressman Rob Woodall. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” James Clyburn, the Democratic whip in the House and a Biden adviser, pressed Republicans to break with the president. “What matters to me is whether or not the Republican Party will step up and help us preserve the integrity of this democracy,” he said. – Advertisement – It was a remarkable — and improbable — scene, as our reporters Matt Flegenheimer and Katie Glueck write in a news analysis. Matt and Katie remind us that Biden is the same “institutionalist 70-something, incorrigible square, inexhaustible reciter of Irish poetry” he’s always been. “But then, it seems that defeating President Trump can do strange things for a man’s reputation.” Biden and Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, projected an executive air on Saturday night as they strode onstage to address the country in Wilmington, Del., hours after the race had been called. The pressure is now on the General Services Administration, which is responsible for declaring a winning candidate and facilitating the transition process. Its Trump-appointed administrator, Emily Murphy, has not yet affirmed Biden’s victory. “I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight,” Harris said. “Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all, including the Black women who are too often overlooked, but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy.” – Advertisement – Veterans of both Republican and Democratic administrations are now calling on Trump to accept his election loss and begin the transition process. But he has shown no willingness to do so — and in fact, he’s been eerily silent other than a cascade of tweets, many of which Twitter has labeled misleading.center_img Harris began with a speech that invited women, particularly women of color, to bask in the milestone of her election as the first female vice president. She invoked her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who arrived in the United States as an Indian immigrant at 19. – Advertisement – “While there will be legal disputes requiring adjudication, the outcome is sufficiently clear that the transition process must now begin,” wrote the four members of its advisory board, which includes veterans of the Clinton, Obama and George W. Bush administrations. The center has participated in presidential transition activities for four election cycles. This would become relevant if Republicans succeeded in overturning a state court decision to allow ballots to be accepted up to three days after Election Day. The good news for Biden is that it does not appear losing those ballots alone would be enough to erase his lead in the state. – Advertisement – In Arizona, more votes came in on Sunday, breaking narrowly for Trump. He does not appear to be on pace to overtake Biden in the state, which remains undecided and would only add to Biden’s margin of victory in the Electoral College if he held on to win. But over all, Democrats have lost a net of five seats in the chamber this cycle, with a number of races across the country still uncalled. The nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition released a letter on Sunday urging him to move ahead with the transition. Enough votes have been counted in Pennsylvania, Nevada and other close states that it’s clear Trump has lost the election. In Pennsylvania, for instance, ballots received after Election Day have been sorted and counted separately from those received through Nov. 3. Here’s another thing Republicans have to celebrate: As of last night, Democrats had not flipped a single statehouse chamber in an election year that will determine who controls the decennial process of redistricting.last_img read more


first_imgA sharp increase in the use of online rental applications since the start of the coronavirus pandemic has caused a consequent jump in red flags for fraud. The percentage of so-called fraud triggers detected by TransUnion increased nearly 30% from March to August, according to the credit reporting agency. TransUnion defines fraud triggers as applicant statuses with failed authentication and/or identified as high risk. They reached a high of 15.2% in August, compared with 10.3% over the same period last year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –  “What Covid has done is accelerated the rental industry’s adoption of technologies in the digital environment to become contactless,” said Maitri Johnson, vice president of TransUnion’s tenant and employment business. “As this acceleration into the digital environment has occurred, it also has opened up the prevalence of fraud much more so.” As a result, the multifamily rental industry is now at higher risk. Since the pandemic began, the frequency of actual fraud incidents has jumped by nearly 50%, according to TransUnion’s survey of 82 multifamily executives. Another quarter saw up to 100 instances of fraud in their portfolios in the past year. While many were able to flag fraudsters before they moved in, 41% said they missed it, and the applicant moved in. These fraud cases are largely about faking the identity of the tenant. They include using someone else’s driver’s license, stealing someone else’s Social Security number from the dark web or inventing a new identity entirely, known as synthetic fraud.- Advertisement – Sign advertising apartments for rent in the Upper East Side in New York City.Adam Jeffery | CNBCcenter_img – Advertisement –  Synthetic fraud involves building a credit profile for a person who doesn’t exist and then using that profile to open credit cards to buy merchandise. The rental home then becomes a part of the crime. “Taking this fictitious persona, applying for apartment home, it all checks out, and they get access to an apartment home, and they eventually use it as a drop zone for all their spend. Then they will skip out in the middle of the night,” Johnson said. It all leaves the landlord holding the bag. Two in 3 executives told TransUnion they were concerned about fraud growth within their communities. With thousands of valid tenants now behind on their rent because of the pandemic, this only adds to the burdens of property management companies and adds to the losses of property owners.“If you’re trying to evict someone, but that someone doesn’t exist, how do you do that?” Johnson said.last_img read more


first_img– Advertisement – On November 6, Savchenko, 37, and Samodanova, 36, announced their split after 14 years of marriage. The estranged duo, who wed in 2006, share daughters Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3.In a statement to Us, the Dancing With the Stars pro stressed that the twosome intended to make their children their priority following the breakup. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly,” he said in a statement to Us. “And we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them.”Samodanova, for her part, said in an Instagram Story post that their “road is coming to an end.” Later that day, the choreographer shared a cryptic message that alluded to Savchenko’s faults in the relationship. “I don’t hate you. I’m just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be,” the note read.Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Were Having Issues Before SplitGleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Rob Latour/BEI/Shutterstock- Advertisement – A rough go of it. Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova’s road toward separation was a bumpy one.“Gleb and Elena had been having issues for a few months, and his relationship with [his Dancing With the Stars partner] Chrishell [Stause] was the catalyst to bringing those issues to the forefront and over the edge,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Gleb is a very passionate person, handsome and always gets attention, and Elena can be insecure.”- Advertisement – Savchenko’s DWTS partner Stause, 39, is also in the midst of a separation from estranged husband Justin Hartley, whom she split from in November 2019. Since Savchenko’s breakup announcement, rumors have swirled about whether he had an affair with Stause. The Selling Sunset star and the Russian dancer denied the speculation.Savchenko, for his part, responded to his estranged wife’s “false accusations” of infidelity. “My relationship with Chrishell was and remains strictly platonic,” he told Us on November 7. “Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The insider continues, “It was an ongoing thing while they were together, and it especially became an issue when he was on set, on the road and getting attention from the public.”Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Were Having Issues Before SplitChrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko. ABC/Eric McCandlessIt all “took a big toll on Elena, and it was hard for her to adjust,” the source adds. Meanwhile, Savchenko “isn’t bothered by the attention and is just trying to live his best life and move forward” after the split.“His main focus is on his kids and trying to spend as much time with them as possible and also making time for himself,” the insider says. “Gleb feels secure and fully supported by the cast throughout everything. Everyone knew this was coming for a long time. So, they aren’t surprised and just have his back.”- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgJun 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – When avian flu struck a poultry flock in Denmark last month, the owners waited 2 weeks to notify authorities, thereby increasing the risk of human infection, according to a report in the Jun 15 Eurosurveillance Weekly.The outbreak, which thus far is Denmark’s only one in domestic birds, began in a backyard holding in Funen county on May 3 with the death of four birds out of 102 free-ranging poultry on the farm. It peaked May 5 and 6, when 30 birds died, and ended May 12, according to the report.The outbreak killed 47 birds, all of which were in one flock of 50 birds on the backyard farm. Three other flocks in different areas of the farm were unaffected.Veterinary authorities were alerted the evening of May 17, and avian flu was confirmed May 18.In the meantime, according to the report, the two farm owners had close contact with the birds, including culling sick birds without wearing masks or gloves. They reported getting bird blood on their bare hands in the process.In addition, the farm had visitors on several occasions during the outbreak, and three visitors bought eggs for home cooking during this time.”Avian influenza A/H5N1 is currently not a very contagious virus for humans,” the report says, “but there is a small and real risk of infection for people who have close contact with sick birds.”All the people who might have been exposed to avian flu virus during the outbreak took oseltamivir for postexposure prevention. Fortunately, follow-up with farm owners, visitors, and others who might have been at risk has revealed no signs of avian flu.”At present,” the report states, “it is impossible to know whether avian influenza H5N1 has become endemic in Danish wild birds, or if it has not, whether it is likely to be reintroduced later.”It is therefore important to maintain timely surveillance, preparedness, and communication lines between relevant stakeholders.”Molbak K, Trykker H, Mellergaard S, et al. Avian influenza in Denmark, March-June 2006: public health aspects. Eurosurveill 2006 Jun 15;11(6):E060615.3 [Full text]last_img read more


first_imgMar 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – State and federal public health officials are managing two large Salmonella outbreaks, one linked to contaminated groundwater that has sickened as many as 216 people in Alamosa, Colo., and another that is apparently connected to imported Honduran cantaloupe and involves 59 illnesses in 16 states and Canada.Salmonella in Colorado waterAfter state health officials confirmed dozens of Salmonella infections in Alamosa area residents, authorities tested the municipal water supply and found it was contaminated with bacteria, according to a Mar 21 emergency declaration from Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.Today the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the pathogen was Salmonella, according to a statement from David Svaldi, president of Adams State College in Alamosa. The town of about 8,700 people is in south-central Colorado in the San Luis Valley, an area known for growing cool-weather crops.Media reports and official statements have not specified which Salmonella strain caused the illnesses.Area residents have been under a bottled-water advisory since Mar 19, according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). According to an update on the Alamosa County Web site, authorities will begin a three-step process to clean up the municipal water system tomorrow. Residents have been advised that the bottled-water advisory may be in effect for up to 2 weeks.The CDPHE confirmed the first Salmonella infection on Mar 14, according to Ritter’s emergency declaration. As of yesterday, 216 cases of salmonellosis had been reported in Alamosa, of which 68 were confirmed by laboratory tests, according to the statement from Svaldi. Twelve Adams State students have reported symptoms, but laboratory tests have not yet confirmed the infections. Nine people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.Authorities have not said how they think the water became contaminated with Salmonella. Ken Carlson, an environmental engineering professor from Colorado State University, said Alamosa’s water comes from five deep wells and is untreated, the Denver Post reported on Mar 21. More than half of the US drinking water supply consists of untreated groundwater, he told the Post, adding that groundwater typically never comes in contact with possibly contaminated surface water before reaching consumers.”Generally that’s been a good assumption. There have been very few outbreaks in these systems,” Carlson told the Post.Local residents are speculating that water could have been contaminated by sabotage or by an accident at a new water treatment plant that is under construction, according to the Post report.Michael Beach, a waterborne diseases specialist with the CDC, said that in the past 20 years there have been only five reported instances of Salmonella contamination in municipal water, according to the Post. He said one case involved contaminated groundwater, two were linked to water-distribution system breaches, and two involved disinfection problems. Since 1971, none of the 15 recorded cases of Salmonella contamination in city water supplies were caused by sabotage, Carlson told the Post.FDA, CDC investigate cantaloupeMeanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Mar 22 warned consumers not to eat cantaloupe from Honduran grower Agropecuaria Montelibano and ordered FDA field offices to detain all of the company’s cantaloupe shipments. The FDA said in a press release that between Jan 18 and Mar 5 it had received reports of 50 Salmonella cases in 16 states, along with 9 illnesses in Canada, linked through case-control studies to the consumption of Honduran cantaloupe.According to a Mar 22 statement from the CDC, the patients were found to have the same genetic fingerprint of Salmonella Litchfield. Patients’ ages range from under 1 year to 93 years. At least 14 patients have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.The FDA’s traceback investigation indicated that cantaloupes consumed by patients with the outbreak strain were grown in Honduras, according to the CDC statement. Government statements did not make clear how the outbreak was linked to Agropecuaria Montelibano specifically. The FDA has advised US grocers, food service operators, and produce processors to remove the company’s products from their stocks; however, the CDC said the products may still be in grocery stores or consumers’ homes.Consumers who have cantaloupes in their homes can check with the markets where they purchased the product to see if the fruit came from the implicated Honduran grower, the FDA said. The CDC said consumers who have the potentially contaminated cantaloupe in their homes should throw the product away.See also:Mar 24 statement from Adams State College President David Svaldihttp://www.adams.edu/news/mar0822/mar0822.phpMar 22 FDA news release on cantaloupe contaminationhttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01808.html CDC statement on Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupehttp://www.cdc.gov/Salmonella/litchfield/last_img read more


first_imgA group of foreign experts in eco-tourism spent six days in Croatia, visiting Split first, and then the goal of their arrival – the Lastovo Islands Nature Park. The purpose of their visit was to try the package “Lastovo – positively wild”, the first eco-tourist offer of this park, which was designed by the park staff in cooperation with the local population and the world organization for nature protection WWF.On the first day of their stay in Croatia, last Monday, the experts gathered in Split and first participated in a workshop on the ecological footprint in tourism, where they were joined by colleagues from the Kornati National Park, who also participate in the DestiMED project. The next day they visited Split and after that, only in the evening, they reached Lastovo. “The goal of tourism that we want to develop is not only profit, but also the well-being of the local community, preservation of identity, culture and tradition, as well as protection of natural resources. The eco-tourism offer must be a departure from mass tourism. Seven experts who spent last week in our park got acquainted with our nature, were delighted with the activities, cultural customs and offer. “, points out Bruna Đuković from the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, explaining how some of them tried diving for the first time, while others took oars in their hands for the first time and kayaked around the shores of Lastovo.”Although we will receive the real report only later, what we learned by talking to the experts is that our package is too intensive for them in terms of activities carried out. This information is extremely important to us because we will adjust this offer according to it”, Explains Mosor Prvan from WWF Adria, project manager of DestiMED within which this tourist offer was developed.The experts spent most of their time with nature conservationists and the local community, housed in the camp. They participated in making souvenirs and visited the local winery, and complained about too much riding and too little cycling. “We focused on quantity, we wanted them to experience as much as possible, and that was obviously the wrong decision. We know for the future. We in the Nature Park are extremely satisfied, but we understand that much more attention needs to be paid to the organization of such an offer. The fact that 12 local stakeholders are involved in Local cluster in ecotourism participating in this offer for us is a confirmation that we are on the right track“Concludes Bruno. The second group of experts will arrive in Lastovo in the spring, and they will be greeted by a “refreshed” tour “Lastovo – positively wild”. It will last five days, will not include a tour of Split, but will spend its time in better quality, exploring local customs and participating in the production of local products.The test in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park is the first of seven pilot tests to be held this fall in protected areas in six Mediterranean countries covered by the DestiMED project, implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria and funded by the EU Interreg Mediterranean Program. It is based on the success of the MEET (Mediterranean Ecotourism Experience) network, a non-profit destination management organization, which aims to further develop and promote a high quality portfolio of ecotourism experiences in the region’s protected areas.last_img read more


first_imgAn interesting workshop on the sustainable development of cultural tourism was held in the Museum of Vučedol Culture, organized by the Croatian Tourist Board. The workshop was held within the project “European Destinations of Excellence” (EDEN), and part of the entire program included a two-day study trip of journalists who got to know the beauties of Ilok, Vučedol and Vukovar. These are the destinations that are this year’s winner of the national EDEN election for 2016/2017. year, which was held on the topic of “Cultural Tourism”.On behalf of the Croatian National Tourist Board, the workshop was attended by Slavija Jačan Obratov, Director of the Sector for Destination Management and Offer Development Support, who stressed the importance of promoting cultural tourism. “Communicating emotions and creating experiences play a key role in promoting the offer of cultural tourism. The promotion of lesser-known and non-traditional tourist destinations, the creation of a European network of destinations that develop sustainable forms of tourism and the reduction of seasonality are the basic goals of the EDEN project, launched in 2006 by the European Commission.”, Pointed out Jačan Obratov.The director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, Rujana Bušić Srpak, emphasized that the basic tourist identity of this county is based on cultural attractions. Lidija Komes, EDEN Ambassador to Croatia, Mirela Hutinec, Director of the Museum of Vučedol Culture, Ružica Marić, Director of the Museum of Vučedol Vukovar City Museum, Jasna Babić, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Vukovar and Ivica Miličević, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Ilok.Museum of Vučedol Culture, VukovarIn order to show the participants good examples from practice, Gorana Barišić Bačelić, director of the Fortress of Culture, spoke from Šibenik, emphasizing the excellent results of visits to the two city fortresses, which have been visited by more than 550 visitors since the opening. She also added that in their case it was important not only to successfully implement the reconstruction projects of the fortresses in Šibenik, but also to effectively manage the post-project period. The conclusion of the workshop is that creative, modern and innovative models of cultural heritage management are increasingly in trend and that they need to be offered to foreign and domestic guests because Croatia is truly a country of rich cultural heritage.Unfortunately, this very interesting workshop was not announced, at least to the media, nor to the general public, which is a great pity and omission, because the general public was not aware of its holding, and accordingly could neither educate nor join the workshop.last_img read more


first_imgSGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has awarded ISO certificates in ACI marinas for three areas of activity, namely ISO 9001: 2015 for the area of ​​quality management system; ISO 14001: 2015 for the area of ​​environmental management system and ISO 50001: 2011 for the area of ​​energy management systems.Thus, 22 ACI marinas, as part of the largest marina system in the Mediterranean, by meeting strict certification requirements, confirmed their focus on responsible business, responsible energy use and environmental protection, with the aim of improving the quality and safety of guest service, business processes and contributions. in promoting sustainable tourism in Croatia, point out the ACI marina.”I am extremely pleased with the fact that ACI has shown with this international certificate that it is a company that works intensively and will continue to work to raise the quality of business and that is aware of the need for environmental protection and efficient use of energy. Our efforts are aimed at bringing the quality and diversity of service in Croatian nautical tourism in general to the level of excellence so that Croatia is recognized as a destination for top nautical tourism. By continuous investments in the organization, facilities, human resources and environmental protection, we have a long-term impact on increasing quality and raising standards in marinas, but also with business partners and in the entire destination, which is reflected in a number of other tourism and industry.” said the President of the Management Board of ACI, Kristijan Pavićut, and added that this achievement is an additional confirmation that ACI is a leader in the segment of Croatian nautical tourism, but also an additional incentive to achieve excellence.   The director of the certification department of SGS Adriatic, Drago Goić, stated during the presentation of the certificate: “Certificates are awarded for a period of three years, and SGS is obliged to conduct an inspection every year in order to gather evidence of continuous improvement of the management system according to these standards. Boat satisfaction, environmental protection and energy efficiency are the basic goals of certified systems. ”last_img read more


first_imgThus, Adriatic.hr is one of the first travel agencies that, thanks to the efforts of the internal team, successfully completed the API integration of private accommodation for the Trivago portal. In addition to comparing prices, Hotel Trivago has added the offer of private accommodation to its services, and the agency is Adriatic.hr, which, thanks to the mentioned integration, managed to list its entire offer of private accommodation on their website, which has over 14.000 accommodation units. Cover photo: Illustration by HrTurizam.hr Leading agencies in terms of online booking of private accommodation in Croatia, Adriatic.hr, represents a kind of turning point in the offer of private accommodation.  The Adriatic.hr travel agency owes its success to the constant application of technical solutions and innovations, so it is not surprising that the IT sector is part of its identity, which ultimately led to a constant search for new ideas to improve the rental market. “By monitoring market trends, the opportunity and need to establish partnerships with various global companies was identified, to which Adriatic.hr quickly established itself as the most important domestic business partner. ” point out from the Adriatic.hr agency center_img By the way, Trivago is a growing hotel search engine that allows users to compare hotel prices with just a few clicks, and searches more than 400 search sites and more than 1,8 million hotels in more than 190 countries. Niame, private accommodation within the Adriatic.hr offer will be listed on the largest website for comparing accommodation prices online – trivago. last_img read more