Weary ballot counters continue four days after vote as the nation waits for results.

first_imgPhil Armstrong, the county executive in Lehigh County, said the workers were exhausted, in an interview with The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.“I don’t know how anyone could have done this process both quickly and carefully,” Mr. Armstrong told the newspaper. “It’s just a very tedious process.” In West Chester, Pa., election workers unseal ballots under fluorescent lights, and feed them by hand into high-speed scanners, in video seen on KYW-TV in Philadelphia.They were given the weekend off and will continue counting ballots inside a university gym on Monday morning.At the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, a livestream showed ballot counters in yellow and orange reflective jackets, sitting at opposite ends of tables tabulating ballots throughout the week. Perhaps no one wants the election to end more than the vote counters themselves.With tens of thousands of ballots still to be counted and the world waiting for a final result, counters in several key states, wearing masks and gloves, were set to continue to tally votes into next week, risking their own safety as coronavirus cases in the United States hit record highs.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Man City vs Liverpool: Joel Matip and Diogo Jota start for Liverpool as Gabriel Jesus leads City line | Football News

first_img“I still can’t envisage anyone besides Liverpool or Man City winning the league. I just can’t see that. I know Tottenham have started really well and I hope they have a great season and there are more challengers, but I just can’t see anybody else lifting that league title besides the big two of the last few years.“I’d been very strong putting Liverpool as favourites for the title, but for the injury to Virgil van Dijk – not just one of Liverpool’s top players but one of the top players in the Premier League. And if something similar would have happened to, say, Kevin De Bruyne for Man City, who is their top man, I think you’d say the same for City. I think it makes for an even more interesting race, no doubt about that.”Paul Merson on why City must win at Etihad:“With the players Liverpool have got out, Manchester City have got to win this game. If they don’t, they’ll look at it as a major opportunity lost.“It’s an absolute must for them to win, not just for the three points, but psychologically. If Liverpool win this game and they’ve got the players of the calibre they have out, that’s not good for Manchester City. Then Liverpool will go clear at the top again.“Even with City’s game in hand, Liverpool going eight points clear would be massive. That’s the gap they gained this time last year when they beat City 3-1 at Anfield. And that was it, wasn’t it?” Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards form part of a stellar Sky Sports line-up on Super Sunday for Manchester City’s clash with Liverpool.The pundits join David Jones in the studio and Martin Tyler on commentary for an unmissable game.How to followManchester City vs Liverpool will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off at 4.30pm.Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app.Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.Pre-match readingJurgen Klopp on preparing for ‘toughest game’ against City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Sky TV presenters Micah Richards and Roy Keane before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at Etihad Stadium on July 2, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)Image:Join Micah Richards, Roy Keane and more GRAPHIC Joel Matip returns to the Liverpool defence for the first time since mid-September and Diogo Jota starts, while Gabriel Jesus leads the line for Manchester City in Super Sunday’s big clash at the Etihad.Matip partners Joe Gomez in Liverpool’s defence, while Jurgen Klopp has opted again for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Jota, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane behind Mohamed Salah.- Advertisement – Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action with Kyle Walker and Eric Garcia of Manchester City IMAGE PANELImage:Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action with Kyle Walker and Eric Garcia of Manchester City Jesus is named up front for Pep Guardiola’s side after scoring on his comeback from a thigh injury in midweek, while Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Joao Cancelo return to the starting XI.City are looking to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.The pair have been title rivals for the past two seasons, with Klopp’s champions currently five points clear of Guardiola’s side, though City have a game in hand.The teams- Advertisement – Man City: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Torres, Sterling, Jesus.Subs: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Silva, Foden, Garcia.Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jota, Firmino, Salah, Mane.- Advertisement – Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Jones, Shaqiri, Origi, Phillips.Keane, Carra, Neville, Richards at the Etihad “In all circumstances, this is always the toughest game,” he added. “Playing against Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola, is a proper challenge, a massive task.“I know what people are saying about them at the moment, but this is a sensational football team. That’s why it’s a very important game, a very difficult a challenging game, but an important one.“I enjoy preparing for these games because it asks for pretty much everything, you have to think about all the little details and then, in the end, still give the boys the feeling they can feel completely free in different moments.Jamie Carragher on why City and Liverpool remain title favourites: – Advertisement –last_img read more

How the sanctuary movement in the US is advocating for immigration reform

first_imgAnd in Ohio, Pastor Sally Padgett has been looking after Miriam, a mother from Honduras who is at risk of deportation. When they both caught Covid, they were terrified that if Miriam’s health deteriorated that they may have to go to hospital – meaning Miriam would have to leave the safety of the church and risk being captured by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers.Produced by Sophia Smith Galer Across the US, a number of Lutheran churches have formed a sanctuary movement to support undocumented migrants – and their work has doubled due to Covid.In California, Pastor Nelson Rabel Gonzalez has been visiting his city’s mainly Mexican migrant population that work in the grape and cherry fields. He says that lots of them have not been provided with masks and hand sanitiser, but need to continue to work as they are essential workers – and that those who have been let go because of the pandemic are struggling to pay rent. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Twitter Fleets stories released to all, will compete with Snapchat, Instagram

first_imgThe company on Tuesday also announced Spaces, a feature that will allow users to join virtual rooms where they can engage in real-time, audio conversations with others.Spaces brings to mind Clubhouse, a startup that quickly gained popularity earlier this year among venture capitalists. Clubhouse allows its users to join rooms where they can engage in real-time, audio conversations with others.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “People feel more comfortable joining conversations on Twitter with this ephemeral format because what they’re saying lives just for a moment instead of feeling like it’s around forever,” said Joshua Harris, Twitter design director. Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said Spaces will allow Twitter users to have more thoughtful debate and exchanges.“It’s not a ‘Here’s an interesting startup doing something interesting. Let’s try and replicate it,’” Beykpour said. “It’s very fundamental for us. If we want Twitter to be a place where we can have thoughtful conversations, we need to support a wide spectrum of those conversations.”Spaces will roll out to select test users before the end of 2020. At the start of that testing, Spaces will only be available to users who are women or of marginalized backgrounds, the company said. Those are users who face a disproportionate amount of harassment on Twitter, said Maya Gold Patterson, Twitter staff product designer.“The team is interested and the company is interested in hearing first from this group of people on their feedback,” Patterson said. Twitter on Tuesday launched Fleets, its competitor to the stories features available in Snapchat and Instagram. It also announced that it will soon start testing a new audio feature similar to that of popular startup Clubhouse.Fleets lets Twitter users post full-screen photos, videos, reactions to tweets or plain text that disappears after 24 hours.Twitter began testing Fleets in March in select markets like Brazil, but it starts rolling out globally to iOS and Android Twitter users on Tuesday. The feature will show up at the top of users’ apps, above their feed. The company said it expects this feature to encourage more users to post content.- Advertisement – Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey gestures while interacting with students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on November 12, 2018.Prakash Singh | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

Health minister puts all of Thailand on bird flu alert

first_imgAug 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Amid a rising number of cases of suspected avian flu in birds and humans, Thailand’s health minister yesterday declared that all of the country’s provinces are on alert, triggering tighter rules on bird transport and disposal.Health officials are monitoring 765 workers and farm families who were involved with a cull over the weekend of 300,000 chickens in the Nakhon Phanom province, said a report today in The Nation, a Thai newspaper. So far, six people have developed a fever and two have exhibited influenza symptoms and are receiving oseltamivir, the report said.Meanwhile, the number of people in other provinces who are being monitored for avian flu has apparently dropped from 80 in 19 provinces reported on Monday to 45 in 10 provinces on Tuesday.Thailand reported its first human H5N1 avian influenza case and death of 2006 last week, a 17-year-old boy who died on Jul 24 in the Phichit province after handling dead chickens. In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Lower Northern Regional Veterinary Research and Development Centre in the Pitsanulok province said it confirmed the presence of H5N1 in chickens in Phichit during regular surveillance of high-risk areas. The positive test prompted full-scale preventive measures, which include screening, culling in affected areas, disinfecting affected and other high-risk areas, quarantining, and banning poultry transport for 30 days.In other news, Bloomberg reported today that Thailand has vowed to jail farmers who do not promptly report poultry deaths. The news service quoted a statement from Thai agriculture minister Sudarat Keyuraphan that farmers who don’t notify officials about bird deaths within 12 hours could face up to 2 months in jail and a fine of up to 4,000 baht ($106). The ministry also said the same penalties would apply to people in border provinces who violate a ban prohibiting poultry from Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.See also:Thailand’s Jul 26 report to the OIEhttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_fup_0000003364_20061107_121544.pdflast_img read more

FDA requests backup in hunt for Salmonella source

first_img “We’re getting as many resources online as possible,” he said. Tauxe emphasized that case-control studies continue to strongly suggest tomatoes, as more than 80% of those who were sick say they ate fresh tomatoes, about twice the rate among healthy controls. However, he said expanded case-control studies that the CDC conducted over the weekend clearly pointed to a need to look beyond tomatoes. He said the FDA is exploring the idea of forming an interagency task force to help coordinate the work of federal agencies and state health departments. The outbreak involves the relatively rare Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul. In early June the FDA warned consumers not to eat raw red plum, red Roma, or red round tomatoes, or products that contain any of those varieties, unless the growing areas are on a list posted on the agency’s Web site. Jul 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that it was activating an emergency network of laboratories to help out in the quest to determine if other food items commonly served with fresh tomatoes could be the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has now grown to 869 confirmed cases. Also, he said Congress still has not required food companies to build in food safety controls that the FDA requested last November when it released its food safety plan. David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, said at a news briefing today that the FDA has activated the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), a voluntary system that was established after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks to temporarily increase laboratory capacity. Acheson said 10 of about 100 labs in the system have already offered to help with additional food-product testing. FERN was previously activated during the spinach-related Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak and during the investigation of melamine contamination in pet food, he said. Jun 27 CIDRAP News story “Salmonella source still a mystery as cases top 800” Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said the most recent illness onset among the confirmed cases was Jun 20, which he said suggests the outbreak is ongoing. Cases have occurred in 36 states and the District of Columbia, though large percentages are from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Several case clusters—groups of sick people who had the same exposure—have emerged in the outbreak investigation and could provide valuable trace-back clues, he said. The slow pace of the investigation and the FDA’s uncertainty about tomatoes as the source of the outbreak have upset some growers. On Jun 28, Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer of the Western Growers Association, released a statement calling on the US House Committee on Agriculture to hold hearings on the Salmonella outbreak.center_img Outbreak stirs talk of changeAcheson acknowledged the difficulties in investigating the outbreak and said federal officials are already pondering ways to avoid similar problems the next time the nation faces a large outbreak linked to fresh produce. In past updates, federal officials have said fresh tomatoes are frequently consumed with other produce items in dishes such as salsa, pico de gallo sauce, and guacamole. Those recipes often include other fresh components such as finely chopped jalapeno peppers, onions, cilantro, and garlic. “The collateral damage inflicted on thousands of innocent producers in this country by FDA ‘blanket’ advisories such as with spinach and tomatoes cannot go unchallenged,” Nassif said. Advice to consumers unchangedThough the FDA is broadening the scope of the outbreak investigation, Acheson said the agency is not changing its advice to consumers or naming the other products it is now investigating. “We’ll update the message as needed, based on the science. It would be irresponsible to say where we’re expanding,” he told reporters. Some infectious disease experts have faulted federal investigators for not tracing the tomatoes consumed by controls to help clarify which products are contaminated and confirm that tomatoes are the source. However, Tauxe said today that officials have not yet requested that type of trace-back study. The produce industry has a role to play in avoiding a repeat of this difficult outbreak investigation by ensuring that its products are safe, Acheson said. One reason for the frustrating slowness of the trace-back studies is that most growers, packers, and distributors still maintain paper records. “Electronic record-keeping would enhance traceability,” he said. See also: CDC Salmonella updatelast_img read more

ZOT HGK participates for the first time in the European quality assessment of accommodation HOLIDAY HOME AWARD – Apply!

first_imgTHE BEST HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION IN THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL (REGIONAL OR NATIONAL CAPITAL)The holiday home / apartment is located in the regional or national capital. It allows the visitor to enjoy the city life and the special ambience and features of the city where it is located.THE BEST ACCOMMODATION FOR A BEACH HOLIDAYHoliday house / apartment is located on the coast, near the waterfront and offers the opportunity to enjoy the sea, water, beach, etc.BEST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION FOR HOLIDAYSThe holiday home / apartment and surroundings provide quality facilities especially suitable for families with childrenBEST GREEN HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATIONThe holiday home / apartment is sustainable in terms of a mild environmental impact and provides visitors with the opportunity to experience the local nature.THE BEST ACCOMMODATION FOR HOLIDAYS WITH PETSThe holiday home / apartment provides quality facilities and opportunities for families with petsTHE BEST ACCOMMODATION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS HOLIDAYS  The holiday house / apartment provides quality facilities and opportunities for visitors dedicated to health and wellnessTHE BEST UNIQUE HOLIDAY PLACEThe holiday home / apartment is uniquely located and integrates the environment into the experience of living in a houseBEST ACCESSIBLE HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATIONThe holiday home / apartment provides quality facilities and facilities for the disabledMore about categories and criteria: CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA , And fill out the application form here  Apply for the selection of the best tourist apartments / holiday homes in Europe and thus together we contribute to the illustration of the huge diversity and quality of family tourism that is offered on the European market through the competition of accommodation facilities from Croatia. The family tourism community of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, since the beginning of this year, has become a member of EHHA, the European Association of Family Accommodation.From the very beginning of the ZOT membership, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been actively involved in the public debate related to the uniform regulation of “short-term leases” in all EU member states. The public debate was initiated by the European Commission after a survey was conducted in the most active member states on this issue.Croatia joined later, but we presented the Croatian model at the ITB in Berlin and submitted the EHHA – and an overview of the most basic legal provisions and overall trends in family accommodation in the Republic of Croatia, says Nedo Pinezić, president of the Family Accommodation Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. , Deputy President of ZOT HGK is the first Croatian member of the international commission for the evaluation of the quality of accommodation within the Holiday home award 2017.  “Among the registered households, there are several from Croatia, from Istria, from Krk, from the Split-Dalmatia County… We have excellent representatives from all parts of Croatia. The hosts apply themselves, and the criteria are set by the market, according to demand. It is interesting that this system of rewarding quality goes towards labeling, specialization of the offer in a similar way as quality is assessed in Croatia through the system Tourist flower – quality for Croatia. This is a confirmation of the good work of ZOT HGK on improving quality by promoting specialization, branding, education developed through the annual cycle of national and cluster FOSs (Family Accommodation Forum). Through this system of training, presentations and education, more than 6.000 family accommodation hosts are educated every year. ” Pinezic points out.Registered households THE BEST HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION IN THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL (REGIONAL OR NATIONAL CAPITAL)The holiday home / apartment is located in the regional or national capital. It allows the visitor to enjoy the city life and the special ambience and features of the city where it is located.Apply / CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA Also, all those hosts who want to compete for the recognition of the Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia “, can also apply independently by the end of August through the form that will be published on the website of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

CNTB presented a portal on health tourism

first_imgThe portal of the Croatian National Tourist Board recently published a subpage on which it presents health tourism.It is a joint project of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce whose goal is to present the national offer of health tourism in one place, ie business entities that contribute to improving and enriching the tourist offer and developing content to extend the tourist season and positioning Croatia as a health tourism destination.On this subpage, business entities are divided into 10 tourist regions and the activities they are engaged in, and information is available in six foreign languages, thus promoting all companies involved in health tourism in a unique way.I can only say at last, something like this should have been a long time ago, but better late than never. But without a strategy for the development of health tourism, as well as a complete tourism product, there will be no success, as well as such important synergies of all stakeholders. I sincerely hope that this is a symbolic start to some new positive story about the development of health tourism.Get involved if you’re not on the list, network and tell stories together. . The web is available via a link Health & Wellness – Full of well-being.last_img read more