COVID-19 made in-person campaigning tough, but UNITE HERE found a way in battleground states

first_imgThe Biden campaign and many other Democrats were justifiably cautious about campaigning in person during the coronavirus pandemic—a fact that may have hurt some candidates, as Republicans had no caution about it. But it was possible to go out in the field safely and effectively, as one union showed in several of the key states we’ve all been obsessing about for days now.UNITE HERE knocked on the doors of 3 million voters, going to 20,000 doors a day in Arizona’s critical Maricopa County. They did it all with what a union staffer described on Twitter as “comprehensive safety protocols, including mandatory PPE,” and, she wrote, had “0 COVID outbreaks.” The organizing included an intensive focus on Latino voters in Arizona, part of the successful effort in that state. And the union did it all in a pandemic economy that has been brutal for its workers—these are hotel and restaurant and other hospitality workers, which means a lot of them have lost their jobs since March. Now, UNITE HERE is taking a well-deserved victory lap on Twitter, and it’s worth checking out the effort the union put in.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Donald Trump Will Lose Special Twitter Protections in January

first_imgFacebook did not reply to Reuters questions about how it would treat Trump’s account.Biden’s victory on Saturday in Pennsylvania put the Democratic presidential candidate over the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to clinch the presidency. Republican Trump has not conceded and has vowed to challenge the outcome in court.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Under Facebook’s policies, it appears that after Biden takes office in January, Trump’s posts would also no longer be exempt from review by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners.Facebook’s online policy says it defines politicians, whose posts are exempt from fact-checking, as candidates running for office, current office holders and many of their cabinet appointees, along with political parties and their leaders.It says “former candidates for office or former officials continue to be covered by our third-party fact-checking programme.”- Advertisement – US President Donald Trump will be subject to the same Twitter rules as any other user when President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, the social media company confirmed this week.Twitter places “public interest” notices on some rule-breaking tweets from “world leaders” that would otherwise be removed. Such tweets from political candidates and elected or government officials are instead hidden by a warning and Twitter takes actions to restrict their reach.- Advertisement – But the company said this treatment does not apply to former office holders.“This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.It has added multiple warnings and labels to tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account, including many since Tuesday’s election that made unfounded allegations of voting fraud. It first hid one of his tweets behind a “public interest” label in May when the president violated the company’s policy against glorifying violence.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Departing HHS chief cites pandemic flu, food tampering as top concerns

first_imgDec 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – In announcing his resignation today after 4 years as US Health and Human services (HHS) secretary, Tommy G. Thompson cited pandemic influenza and food biosecurity as two of his biggest worries.Thompson, who presided over massive increases in federal spending for public health preparedness and biodefense research, said in response to a question, “There are two things that really worry me yet. The big one is pandemic flu.”He cited the widespread concern that H5N1 avian influenza could trigger a human flu pandemic. Noting that the virus has sickened about 40 people in Asia and killed 30 of them (official figures are 44 and 32), he said, “That is huge lethality. No other disease has had that kind of lethality before.”He added that no vaccine is currently available for the virus. HHS researchers are working on a vaccine, but current egg-based vaccine production methods are very slow, Thompson noted. He said he wants to push the development of cell-culture technology for producing flu vaccines.”I’m putting in the budget this year for $125 million for pandemic flu,” he said. “I really consider this a huge bomb out there that could really impact on the health of the world.” The World Health Organization has estimated that “30 million to 70 million people could die” in a pandemic, he added. “We made great progress on pandemic flu, but we’re not there yet.”Thompson said his second big concern is that terrorists will strike the food supply. “I cannot understand for the life of me why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it’s so easy to do, and we’re importing a lot of food from the Middle East and it’d be easy to tamper with that,” he said.He said the government has made some progress in food biosecurity: food-import inspections have increased from 12,000 to 98,000 per year, and laws now require businesses to give advance notice of the arrival of food shipments from abroad.”But it still is a very minute amount that we’re doing,” Thompson said. “We’ve got more tools, but those two areas [pandemic flu and food security] need a lot more work.”In his teleconference this afternoon, Thompson said he had told White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card about a year ago that he was thinking of resigning, but Card asked him to stay on for the rest of President Bush’s first term. He said he agreed to stay but made it clear he would probably leave after that. Today Thompson said he would stay until Feb 4, 2005, or until his successor is confirmed.When he was asked what he considered his major achievements at HHS, Thompson cited the rebuilding of the public health infrastructure at the state and federal levels as third on the list. For his top two accomplishments, he cited the overhaul of Medicare, with the prescription drug benefit for seniors, followed by efforts to raise people’s awareness of the need for a healthy lifestyle.Last April HHS officials said that federal spending for public health preparedness and biodefense had increased from $294 million in 2001 to $5.2 billion in fiscal year 2004, a 17-fold jump.The secretary also mentioned bioterrorism preparedness efforts in his prepared announcement. “From the day I arrived, we spoke of the need to better prepare for bioterrorism, and together we helped this nation weather the first biological attack on its people with the anthrax letters,” he said in a reference to the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001.”We expanded our cache of smallpox vaccine, so we can now protect every man, woman, and child if this vicious disease were to return,” he added. He said the government has stockpiled more than 400 million doses of the vaccine.In other comments today, Thompson said the nation may need an agency independent of the Food and Drug Administration to monitor the safety of drugs after they are on the market. He also expressed a hope that Congress will consider requiring food supplement manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of their products before they can be sold, instead of putting the burden on government to prove that a product is unsafe before it can be removed from the market.last_img read more

Congo confirms another Ebola case

first_imgJan 5, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that laboratory officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have confirmed a third case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.Laboratory analysis was performed at the DRC’s national lab in Kinshasa, a lab in Franceville, Gabon, and at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa, according to a Jan 2 statement from the WHO.The Ebola outbreak in Mweka district in Kasai Occidental (West Kasai) province was first reported on Dec 26. Officials have not reported what subtype is involved in the outbreak.The WHO said it is aware of 36 suspected cases, including 12 deaths that might be associated with the Ebola virus outbreak. However the lab in Kinshasa previously detected some Shigella (bacterial) infections, so some of the patients may have other illnesses.Public health officials have identified 184 contacts of patients who have or had suspected Ebola infections and are monitoring their health status.The DRC’s last Ebola outbreak, in September 2007, also hit West Kasai province and also featured Shigella infections in some patients, according to previous reports. Seventeen cases and six deaths were reported in that outbreak.The highly contagious Ebola virus is associated with a high case-fatality rate, ranging from about 50% to 90%. Early symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hallmarks of Ebola infection include internal and external bleeding, and there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease.In other developments, Jose Van-Dunem, with Angola’s health ministry, told reporters today that Angola was closing part of its border with the DRC to block the spread of the virus, Reuters reported. The WHO, in an earlier statement on the outbreak, had said it had received no reports of international spread of the virus and advised countries not to impose trade or travel restrictions on the DRC.Van-Dunem said the border closure is in effect for Angola’s Lunda Norte province, which borders DRC’s West Kasai province.See also:Jan 2 WHO statementDec 29, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Ebola strikes Congo again”last_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism provided vocational schools with HRK 350 for the implementation of tourism projects and initiatives

first_imgIn order to improve the quality of hospitality and tourism staff and secondary vocational education in general in the tourism sector, the Ministry of Tourism has published a public call intended for secondary vocational schools to promote, strengthen competencies and raise the quality of human resources.A total of 350 thousand kuna from the program will be available for a wide range of projects, which include the creation of tourism products, promotion and introduction of IT communication technologies and the like. “Tourism is an extremely dynamic industry and that is why we want to encourage young people in tourism to innovate and be creative through such projects from the very beginning of their education. It is especially important to emphasize the importance of practice in education, which is also the best way in which they can further develop their potential. I believe that students will gain new knowledge, experience through their projects and ultimately learn to create new, original offers themselves in order to become part of the success of Croatian tourism in the future.”Said Minister Cappelli on the occasion of the announcement of a public call intended for secondary vocational schools to promote, strengthen competencies and raise the quality of human resources.Grants will be awarded for a new tourism product to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the destination where the school is located. Schools are invited to apply for projects based on connecting public, civil, private sector and science, positive effects in environmental protection, introduction of new technologies, inclusion of strategically defined special forms of tourism (nautical, health, cultural, business, golf, cycling, rural and mountain). , eno and gastro, youth, social, etc.), then for projects created in cooperation with other educational sectors for the purpose of tourism development (IT-electrical engineering and computing, creative, agriculture and food, health and social care, graphic, art, etc. .) and for new forms of promotion such as branding, introduction of IT communication technology (use of social networks, internet), etc.Projects can be submitted by secondary vocational and art schools whose founders are the City of Zagreb, the county or the Republic of Croatia, a each school that applies for the project, applies a team consisting of 1 project leader (professor / mentor) and at least 3 members (students). The amount of requested funds can be a maximum of HRK 20 thousand, if one applicant (school) applies, or HRK 40 thousand if two or more applicants (partners) apply.By the way, from 2009 until 2017, the Ministry of Tourism, through the Occupation Promotion program, allocated a total of HRK 3.168.776,89. As an indicator of the success of the Program itself, last year, out of a total of 15 projects, the three best were selected and awarded a special recognition by the Minister of Tourism at the Days of Croatian Tourism. These are the following projects: “The Art of Chocolate” School of Tourism and Hospitality Split in partnership with the School of Fine Arts Split, “Find Me”, Mechanical Engineering School Osijek and “Meeting Point Sopot”, Secondary Vocational School Vinkovci in partnership with Carpentry Technical School Vinkovci.The public call is open until February 28, 2018, and more information about the program and the necessary documentation for project applications can be found below in the attachment:Attachment: PUBLIC INVITATION to secondary vocational and art schools for the PROMOTION AND STRENGTHENING OF COMPETENCIES OF VOCATIONAL OCCUPATIONS FOR TOURISM 2018last_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism allocated funds through the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” – KTG

first_imgSee all decisions on project selection through the KTG program in the attachment. “Measure A” supports the increase of standards, quality and additional offer of accommodation facilities of the type: hotels, camps, other catering facilities for accommodation and family farms, by co-financing eligible project activities, such as: raising quality provided higher category, development and improvement of additional contents, thematic definition of accommodation capacities, investment in green entrepreneurship, construction of a new camp or rest area in the continental part of Croatia, Adriatic hinterland and on islands where such contents do not exist, activation of mountain and hunting lodges, construction or arrangement accommodation, increase and improvement of living conditions for persons with disabilities, arrangement of picnic areas, tasting rooms, wine shops, and development of ethno, traditional, hunting, fishing, equestrian and other additional facilities on farms. “Measure C” refers to the availability and safety of tourists, through co-financing of publicly available defibrillators (medical rescue and resuscitation devices) in restaurants on islands and cruise ships on the Adriatic, and encouraging the development and application of innovative IT technologies in tourism. The program consists of four measures, each of which has a different purpose of co-financing “Istria is visited by more than 4 million tourists every year, and in order to provide our guests with a diverse offer and ensure the continued growth of revenues generated in tourism, it is important to continuously work on creating new tourism products and services. This year, through the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” we co-finance 453 projects which create quality offers that are in line with global tourism trends”, Stressed the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli during the signing of the contract. “Measure D” refers to the recognizability, so this year will be co-financed the placement of “Croatian island products” through tourism, and major international gatherings in Croatia related to investment in tourism, development and promotion of special forms of tourism. Today in Istria, the Ministry of Tourism signed contracts with the beneficiaries of the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” from the area of ​​Istria County. Funds through the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” are intended to increase the quality and additional supply of restaurants, development of new products in the destination, sustainable development, internationalization of business, use of new technologies and the like. Beneficiaries of funds are small businesses (companies outside the public sector, crafts and cooperatives) and family farms that provide catering and / or tourism services. In total, within the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry”, HRK 23,6 million was allocated for 453 projects, of which 60 are from the Istria County. “Measure B” encourages the development of special forms of tourism such as cyclo-tourism, active and adventure through investments in infrastructure, services and equipment, arrangement of necessary infrastructure and investments in equipment for caves, rafting, climbing rocks, lookouts, adrenaline parks , golf driving ranges, and promotional activities for the existing offer. This measure also supports amusement, adrenaline and theme parks, traditional small floating hotels, renovation and decoration of traditional wooden excursion boats, and the creation of a package of new tourist products for special interest markets. Measure A1 (all types in the “hotels” group)Measure A2 (camps and rest campsites)Measure A3 (other catering facilities for accommodation)Measure A4 (family farm – family farm)Measure B (development of special forms of tourism)Measure C (defibrillators and IT technologies)Measure D (recognizability and “Croatian island product”)last_img read more

Belgium put Istria and Varaždin on the green list

first_imgBelgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a new list of countries by zones / colors according to the epidemiological situation. What is important to emphasize is precisely the regional approach to travel restrictions, which is what Croatia is doing tourism entrepreneurand have been struggling since the beginning of the covid crisis, and it is on this path that the proposal and European Commission. Member States should provide data on new cases to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control on a weekly basis and should also provide regional level to ensure that the measures can be targeted only to areas for which it is absolutely necessary. Read more in the attachment. / / / EC PROPOSES A FAIRER APPROACH TO CLOSING BORDERS, COMMON CRITERIA AS WELL AS MAPPING REGIONS common criteria and thresholds Member States to introduce travel restrictionsmapping common criteria agreed color codea common framework for measures applicable to travelers from high-risk areasClear and timely informing the public about all restrictions Source: Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairscenter_img / / / HOTELS SUPPORT REGIONAL APPROACH IN EUROPEAN COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS ON MOVEMENT WITHIN THE EU Namely, the European Commission presented a proposal Recommendation on a coordinated approach to restrictions on free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the proposal identifies four main areas where close cooperation between Member States is needed: Thanks to this approach, although most of Croatia is still in the red zone, the news is that according to the new updated list – Istria and Varaždin are on the “green” list, thus enabling Belgian tourists to travel to these two regions.last_img read more

Cruelty on immigration is un-American

first_imgThe message: “You think your native country is cruel? America is even crueller.”That’s the logic behind a proposal under consideration by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that would try to discourage migrant families from crossing the border by threatening to separate parents from their children when they are taken into custody in the United States.Until now, that approach has been beyond the pale for U.S. officials, who rejected it as inhumane and coldhearted in the extreme, given the trauma it would inflict on children, who by definition are innocent.If Nielsen gives the green light to break up migrant families, she would be responsible for a policy whose heartlessness would rival that of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forcible internment of some 110,000 U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II.Four decades after that act of mass inhumanity, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation formally apologizing for it.In November, more than 7,000 “family units” were taken into custody at the border, a 45 percent surge compared with October; in the same month, the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border shot up by a quarter.U.S. officials are correct that those families take tremendous risks, often at the hands of coldblooded smugglers who guide them north to the border. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:Families and unaccompanied children detained at the Mexican border are often fleeing horrific conditions in Central American countries, especially El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where violent gangs, drug trafficking and rampant criminality contribute to some of the world’s highest murder rates.Now the Trump administration, alarmed at the recent surge in border crossers, is considering a new strategy to deter them. They are also justified in wanting to discourage migrants from undertaking the journey, in which ransom, rape and other forms of abuse are rampant.The right way to do that is not to double down on the cruelty with which those families already contend by tearing children from their parents’ arms.What’s more, it is unlikely to work in the case of families and children who flee their native countries in fear for their lives.Heedless of horrendous conditions in Central America, the Trump administration cynically believes border-crossing families are trying to game America’s system, with its yearslong backlog in immigration courts and legal protections that allow many people to live and work freely while they await adjudication of their cases. In fact, many have legitimate asylum claims based on the threats they face in their home countries, and all are entitled to due process.The idea of wrenching children from their families was first entertained in March by then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now the White House chief of staff, who said the minors would be “well cared for as we deal with their parents.”Has a U.S. official ever issued a more chilling “assurance”?More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

CWC hangs up on UK £800m outsource deal

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