COVID-19 death toll could spike by some 200K by spring, but Trump’s focus is crying election foul

first_imgAnyone even loosely following the president’s Twitter timeline knows he hasn’t rigorously adhered to even the simplest of public health measures like wearing a mask in public or social distancing. Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir confirmed the Post’s report on ABC’s “This Week” that the president hasn’t even attended a coronavirus task force meeting in at least five months. “That’s true, but the vice president does chair the coronavirus task force,” Giroir said. “(…) We often have several cabinet members there, and the vice president briefs the president every day or nearly every day on coronavirus, so I’m not concerned that the president doesn’t attend.”xJUST IN: Adm. Brett Giroir confirms Washington Post report that Pres. Trump has not attended a coronavirus task force meeting in at least five months, saying “that’s true.”“I’m not concerned that the president doesn’t attend—the vice president is there”— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 15, 2020I am, considering Politico reported at the end of October that Vice President Mike Pence hasn’t sat in on a standing call with the country’s 50 governors for more than a month. “There’s not any acknowledgment or appreciation of the severity of the surge,” an unnamed official in one governor’s office told Politico. “The stark reality that we’re facing is the White House – from top to bottom – has stopped governing and is only campaigning.”- Advertisement – When Tapper asked Fauci if another 200,000 deaths in four months is possible, the expert responded: “It is possible, Jake, and the issue is the models—as I’ve said so often—are as good as the assumptions you put into the model, and we’ve got to change those assumptions. We’ve got to say we’re going to turn it around by very very rigorously adhering to the public health measures.” – Advertisement – RELATED: Researchers attribute at least 700 deaths directly to Trump’s disease-ridden ralliesRELATED: The new surge in COVID-19 cases is different in both size and character—and harder to stopThe Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.- Advertisement – xcenter_img And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Open Bionics x Konami Venom Hero bionic arm is designed for below-elbow amputees » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The Open Bionics x Konami Venom Hero bionic arm provides mobility for below-elbow amputees, and thus, can change people’s lives. It’s compatible with adults and children with upper limb amputees, and even eight-year-olds can wear it. The bionic arm’s design is based on Venom Snake—the protagonist of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The character wears an iconic red and black version. Although the fictional character’s arm comes with weapons attached, the Hero Arm doesn’t. And if you’d prefer to experiment with different designs, you can. Open Bionic uses 3D printing and scanning to custom-manufacture each Hero Arm. This feature allows you to accessorize it with magnetic clip-on covers. Overall, it’s a life-changing wearable to provide lower-arm movement.last_img read more

Judge dismisses suit to limit DoD anthrax vaccinations

first_img In 2004 HHS awarded an $877 million contract to VaxGen Inc. to make a new vaccine, but in 2006 the agency canceled the contract after problems with the vaccine’s stability delayed a clinical trial. No new contract has yet been announced. Judge Rosemary M. Collyer in Washington, DC, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acted appropriately when it determined the vaccine was safe and approved its use, according to the AP. In her ruling, the story said, Collyer wrote, “The court will not substitute its own judgment when the FDA made no clear error of judgment.” She dismissed a suit by eight military personnel who argued that the vaccine is unproved and that vaccination should be optional. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been trying to develop a second-generation anthrax vaccine for the nation’s emergency stockpile of drugs and medical supplies for civilians. The aim is to acquire a vaccine that requires fewer doses and has fewer side effects. “We vaccinate our service members to protect them against deadly diseases, both natural and those potentially spread by terrorists or enemy forces,” Smith told CIDRAP News in an e-mail message. “We take very seriously the potential use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists.” In response, the FDA affirmed that the vaccine was safe and effective for all forms of anthrax disease, and the judge then lifted his injunction. But in October 2004 he stopped the program again, ruling that the FDA had not followed proper procedures in issuing the new approval. The vaccine, called anthrax vaccine adsorbed and developed in the 1950s, requires six doses over a period of 18 months, followed by annual boosters. Feb 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A federal district judge has dismissed a lawsuit aiming to stop the Pentagon’s mandatory anthrax vaccination program for troops serving in some areas overseas, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Smith said the vaccination requirement covers all uniformed personnel and “emergency-essential” civilian workers in the US Central Command and Korea. The shots are also required for certain forces at sea and uniformed personnel in units with missions related to biological warfare or bioterrorism, she reported.center_img A legal battle over the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) mandatory vaccination program has dragged on for years. Soldiers concerned about the vaccine’s side effects sued to stop the program, arguing that the FDA had never specifically approved the vaccine for preventing inhalational anthrax. In December 2003 a federal judge in Washington, DC, ordered the program stopped. About 1.8 million troops have received anthrax shots since the program was launched in March 1998, according to online information from DoD. The program has been controversial, with some troops objecting to the shots because of reported serious side effects. When the shots were optional, only about 50% of affected personnel accepted them, the Pentagon said in 2006. In October 2006 the Pentagon again made the shots mandatory for personnel serving in the Middle East and South Korea. Mandatory vaccinations have continued since then, according to Cynthia O. Smith, a DoD spokeswoman in Washington. Oct 19, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Pentagon to resume mandatory anthrax shots for some” See also: DoD anthrax vaccine immunization program In January 2005, the FDA granted a Pentagon request for emergency permission to restart the vaccination program, but said the shots had to be voluntary. DoD resumed the program on a voluntary basis in April 2005. In December 2005, the FDA completed a final investigation of the vaccine and reaffirmed its earlier finding that it was safe and effective.last_img read more

Vietnamese boy dies of avian flu

first_imgMar 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An 11-year-old boy in northern Vietnam died recently of H5N1 avian influenza amid an ongoing spate of bird outbreaks in the country, according to news services and the World Health Organization (WHO).The boy, from Thanh Liem district in Ha Nam province, became ill Mar 4 and died Mar 14, the WHO said in a statement today. Counting his illness, Vietnam has had 106 human H5N1 cases with 52 deaths. The WHO’s global count has reached 373 cases and 236 deaths.An Associated Press (AP) report yesterday said the boy’s family raises chickens, some of which got sick in late February. After some of the birds died, the family killed and ate one of the remaining ones, the director of the provincial health department told the AP.Vietnam has had five human H5N1 cases so far this year, all of them fatal. The last case was in a 23-year-old woman from Phu Tho province who fell ill in mid-February and died Feb 25, according to the WHO. A Xinhua report yesterday said a woman from the same district as the 11-year-old boy died of H5N1 disease in June 2007.Yesterday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung criticized farmers for failing to report poultry outbreaks and for eating sick and dead birds, the AP reported. He said the eating of infected birds had caused the four previous deaths this year. Thirteen provinces have had bird outbreaks since the start of the year, the story said.In other developments, the Hong Kong Department of Health recently confirmed that the viruses that killed two children in Hong Kong’s current seasonal flu epidemic were not novel strains.Gene sequencing showed that a 7-year-old boy who died had the Brisbane strain of influenza A/H1N1, and a 3-year-old girl had the Brisbane strain of A/H3N2, the health department said in a Mar 14 statement. Both strains have been circulating in various parts of the world in recent months.Last week Hong Kong officials closed all primary schools and kindergarten/child-care centers because of the growing seasonal flu epidemic. The 2-week closure began Mar 13.See also: Mar 18 WHO statement 14 Hong Kong Department of Health statement read more

The negative consequences of the drastic increase in the sojourn tax in nautical are already being felt on the ground, and will only be felt

first_imgThe drastic increase in the sojourn tax for owners or users of vessels came into force in August last year by a decree of the Croatian Government which brought five to six times higher prices than in the previous category, depending on the category of vessel and the time period for which the tax is paid.For example, the owner of a yacht 9 to 12 meters long has so far had to pay an annual fee of about 150 euros, and according to the new Regulation on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2018, the price will be about 775 euros, and for yachts 12 to 15 meters annual the fee jumped from 176 euros to 1.024 euros. Also, the Office abolished the payment of an annual lump sum for the use of marinas, which has been the normal practice so far.Price classes are divided except by the length of the vessel and by time periods of stay, so for the longest vessels over 20 meters in length, which are also the most luxurious, the fee for a period of one year increases from 227 euros to 1.939 euros, or a maximum of 14.500 kuna.Logically, he asked the question whether and to what extent Croatia will be competitive with the surrounding countries?We didn’t have to wait long for an answer, and the first negative consequences are already visible on the ground. Namely, according to the interpretation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce of the Rijeka County Chamber – the Association of Marinas at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the relocation of vessels to marinas has systematically begun in the competition of competitive Mediterranean countries.”We will see the first real effects of raising the nautical sojourn tax “in the sky under the clouds” after Easter, when the arrival of a good part of the users of our services has been announced.”Said the president of the Association Sean Lisjak for Novi List , estimating that most of the owners of moored vessels on the Adriatic still do not even know what our Ministry of Tourism expects from them this year in this regard.”The point is that, despite our timely and continuous warnings of certain negative effects of this Regulation, the representatives of the competent institutions insisted on the introduction of a new way of calculating the fee, which, unlike stationary, ie guests staying in hotels, camps and apartments, these fees increased by a reasonable 14 percent, nautical or guests in our marinas are burdened with the obligation to pay fees that have multiplied the amounts compared to those they have paid so far. Already today, with the arrival of the first guests, we are witnessing their astonishment with the enormous increase in this obligation, which, in relation to its previous values, jumped from 2,5 to an incredible 8,5 times. In addition, we recognize the newly introduced calculation methodology and the fee as bad and potentially harmful, which takes into account the length of the vessel, but also eliminates the possibility of paying an annual lump sum that allowed sailors the convenience of enjoying an unlimited number of visits to their vessels. obligation ” said Lisjak.What is certainly significant is that many boaters are not yet aware in the true sense of what awaits them, and as the season is just beginning, we will only see the extent of the damage after Easter. “At the moment, none of us in the industry has the right answer to the questions that our guests are rightly starting to ask us, and we are afraid that this completely wrong, and ultimately unnecessary move will ultimately bring our nautical tourism many times more damage than the value of revenue growth. collection of this fee. And once those responsible realize they have made a mistake and are doing damage, the negative effects of such a move will not be possible to correct overnight”Concluded Lisjak for Novi List, emphasizing that the trend of clients leaving Croatian marinas has already begun and that, only in one Dalmatian nautical center, these changes caused the loss of clients and their vessels estimated at 150 thousand euros.Raising the price, as well as using the argument that we are in trend now so we go “take the icing on the cake” by raising new levies and taxes, for no good reason or raising the quality of service, is never good. We all know that it is three times, if not more, more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest / customer back because we have lost his trust, and that is the worst. A trust that builds over the years and loses overnight.This is not a political issue, but exclusively a market oneWhat all the negative consequences of this reckless decision will be, we will see at the end of the season and draw the line.This is not a political issue, but exclusively a market one, and the biggest problem is that the profession is not heard, nor is the profession struggling. This is another proof that politics must not make decisions without consulting the profession, but quite the opposite, first the profession and then politics. Also, here we come to one of the key problems in Croatia, and that is the poor status of the profession, ie that the voice of the profession is not heard or fight for their sectors, which due to inertia allowed its degradation due to someone’s small private interests, as in nautical , as well as other tourism sectors.Related news:THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA ADOPTED THE DECREE ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2018DECREE ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2018RESEARCH ON CAPACITY AND BUSINESS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2017last_img read more

The first system of public bicycles in the Dalmatian hinterland

first_imgToday, the first system of public bicycles in the area of ​​the Dalmatian hinterland was put into operation in Drniš.The system of public bicycles is intended for all citizens of Drniš, as well as visitors and tourists, who will be provided with additional tourist facilities by this project.The system of public bicycles in the area of ​​the City of Drniš was procured through the project Adriatic Canyoning – ADRIATIC CANYONS ADVENTURE TOURS, and through the project 2 terminals and 12 bicycles were procured – 8 city (classic) and 4 mountain bikes. The system of public bicycles in the area of ​​the City of Drniš consists of two points with a terminal and bicycles. One checkpoint is located in the city center – next to the Bus Station, and the other next to the rural household Etnoland in Pakovo Selo, which is visited annually by over 40 thousand guests from different parts of the world.It should be emphasized that this is the first system of public bicycles in the Dalmatian hinterland, which is increasingly profiled as a cycling destination, while the City of Drnis and this project shows that it invests in sustainability and environmental protection, all using modern technologies and following European trends.The goal of the Adriatic Canyoning project is to make destinations in the Adriatic hinterland recognizable as outdoor destinations, which will raise the quality of the local population through activities of sustainable use and visiting natural and cultural heritage sites, and contribute to the economic development of local tourism through activities of sustainable tourism products. communities. Public bicycles are an increasingly popular form of transport in 17 Croatian cities and municipalities, including Drniš as of today. After the official presentation of the project, a test ride on public bicycles followed, and the guests were most attracted by the ease of use via the free mobile application “nextbike” for quick and easy bicycle rental. The public bicycle system significantly reduces emissions, noise, traffic jams and parking problems, and also affects the extension of the tourist season. The Adriatic Canyoning project is funded by INTERREG IPA cross-border cooperation program Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro 2014-2020, in  as part of its third priority axis “Improvement of tourism development and preservation of cultural and natural heritage”. Its total value is EUR 1.879.251,32, of which co-financing from EU funds is 1.597.363,59 or 85%. The project started on July 1, 2017, and will last for 30 months, ie until December 31, 2019.In addition to the City of Drniš, the project partners are the City of Široki Brijeg and the Municipality of Grude (BiH), the City of Obrovac and the Zadar County Development Agency ZADRA NOVA (Croatia) and the Agency for Construction and Development of Herceg Novi (Montenegro).The City of Drniš has entered into a contract for the maintenance of the public bicycle system for a trial period of 3 months with the company Sustav javnih bicikli doo in the period from 11 July to 11 October 2018, so  once a registered user in Drniš, nextbike bikes can be used in more than 150 cities in the world, while enjoying an unlimited number of free rides lasting up to 30 minutes.RELATED NEWS:VUKOVAR AMONG SEVEN SEVEN CITIES IN CROATIA THAT INTRODUCED THE NEXTBIKE PUBLIC BIKE SYSTEM[SPIN CITY & NEXTBIKE] BY JOINT COOPERATION TO COMPLETE CITY TRANSPORT SERVICE IN ZAGREBlast_img read more

Siniša Lasan named the best sommelier of Croatia 2019.

first_imgThe championship was attended by 36 competitors from renowned Croatian restaurants, hotel houses, wine bars and taverns. Sommelier Siniša Lasan, employed in the Dubrovnik restaurant Proto, was named the best sommelier at 23rd Croatian Sommelier Championship which was, organized by the Croatian Sommelier Club, held at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb.  Siniša Lasan – first place at the 23rd Croatian Sommelier Championship, in addition to the main prize of a study trip to the French region of Champagne, also had the honor of representing Croatia at the European and African Sommelier Championships – Contest Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2020., which will be held in Cyprus from 16 to 20 November 2020.  The Croatian Sommelier Club is a non-profit professional association founded in 1993. Today, the association has about 500 members. The main task of HSK is the progress of the sommelier profession, deepening the awareness of the table culture, as well as the constant education of professionals and the general public. Croatian sommelier club, since 1994, is a member of the World Association of Sommeliers (L’Association de la Sommelierie Internationale – ASI).center_img Along with Siniša Lasan, Ivan Jug (second place), sommelier in the restaurant Noel, Zagreb, and Marko Škarica (third place) from the restaurant Draga di Lovrana competed in the finals. The champion collected the most points in the practical disciplines of the finals such as matching wine with the default menu, correcting the wine list, decanting red wine, blind tasting, recognizing and describing domestic and foreign wines, recognizing strong alcoholic beverages, dissolving Magnum bottles and communicating with guests. Photo: last_img read more

HUT members temporarily suspend the operation of a number of hotels for a period of two weeks

first_img“In order to fully respect and support the measures announced yesterday by the National Crisis Staff, which relate to quarantine for arrivals from countries that are our largest emitting markets, as well as the ban on gathering more than 100 people, leading hotel companies have decided to temporary suspension of most hotels for a period of 2 weeks. Hotels will close immediately upon departure of guests currently staying”Concludes Veljko Ostojić, director of the Croatian Tourism Association. By the way, HUT members are: Plava Laguna, Valamar RIviera, Arena Hospitaly Group, Maistra, Bluesun, Jadranka group, Falkesteiner, Turisthotel, Imperial Rab, Aminess, HUP Zagreb, Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels, Makarska Hotels, Camping Association Croatia and UPUHH. The proposal, which includes short-term and long-term measures over the weekend, will be sent to the Ministry of Tourism, points out Veljko Ostojić, director of the Croatian Tourism Association, and adds:  The focus of short-term measures is to preserve jobs and maintain the liquidity of companies, which is necessary for the realization of the rest of the tourist year. Long-term measures are intended to compensate for damages, and they will be further defined after the overall extent of damages is determined.center_img HUT points out that the operation of one hotel for accommodation will be provided in each coastal destination, while the operation of several hotels will be provided in Zagreb.  At the meeting of the President of the Board of Members of the Croatian Tourism Association, which brings together leading Croatian hotel companies, it was defined proposal of measures to help the tourism sector which is already recording damage from the coronavirus situation. last_img read more