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Lebanon’s Gebran Bassil hit by US sanctions over Hezbollah

first_imgThe president’s son-in-law is the latest figure targeted by the US for supporting Hezbollah.- Advertisement –last_img

Lead in Pennsylvania Puts Biden Closer to Winning Threshold

first_imgJoseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday took the lead in Pennsylvania, where a victory would give him the presidency, and was ahead in three other critical battlegrounds as his campaign focused on a presidential transition process and states worked to tally the remaining votes.President Trump and his political lieutenants spent the day continuing to float baseless conspiracy theories about the legitimacy of the election, and Republicans in several states threatened or took legal action aimed at slowing or halting the counting of ballots. But there were also mounting indications that Mr. Trump would not have the full support of his party if he persisted in a scorched-earth effort to impede the electoral process.- Advertisement – “We’re here to make sure every vote counts,” she said. “We want to make sure that our voters are counted and that our democracy is not stolen from us. We’re celebrating everybody’s right to vote and the fact that we all showed up to put him out.”Pennsylvania Democrats, however, were growing frustrated by the slow count and were eager for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to post more returns.In what appeared to be another attempt to create an artificial sense of uncertainty around the vote count, the Pennsylvania Republican Party appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, asking it to order state election officials to separate mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day from all the other votes they were tabulating — even though Republicans acknowledged in the filing that Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already issued an order to that effect.The attempt to involve the Supreme Court came as part of a larger legal fight over mail-in balloting rules in Pennsylvania, in which the high court has already declined twice to get involved. But state authorities said there were fewer mail-in votes arriving after Tuesday than they had anticipated, suggesting that the stakes in the litigation might be relatively low.Late Friday, a federal court in Nevada denied an injunction request by Republicans that could have delayed the count here by several days. The G.O.P. wanted to stop the use of a signature verification machine in Clark County, home to Las Vegas and a stronghold of Democratic votes. Judge Andrew Gordon of U.S. District Court refused to wade in, saying that the plaintiffs lacked evidence that the automatic scanner was affecting voters. Outside the city’s convention center, jubilant Biden supporters danced along a blockaded part of the street as a D.J. with a speaker system blasted music. They unfurled a banner declaring “The People Have Spoken.”Bernadette Golarz, 36, a nurse from Philadelphia, said she was celebrating because she expected Mr. Trump to be defeated. – Advertisement – On Friday, Mr. Trump vowed to exhaust all legal options available to him, making his case in an emailed statement to the news media by his campaign. – Advertisement – Mr. Biden held a lead of about 30,000 votes in Arizona, after a new tranche of ballots from Maricopa County, the state’s population center, helped Mr. Trump close the gap by about 7,000 votes on Friday night. Katie Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, said on CNN that 173,00 ballots remained to be counted statewide, including 92,000 in Maricopa County. In Nevada, Mr. Biden picked up about 2,500 votes in the Las Vegas area, officials said late Friday, giving him a lead of more than 22,000. Tens of thousands of ballots remain to be counted, but they continue to favor Mr. Biden.It was in Pennsylvania, though, where the race seemed to turn emphatically in Mr. Biden’s direction. Early Friday morning, a few thousand votes from Philadelphia were posted, vaulting the former vice president into the statewide lead and setting off joyous celebrations in the city where Mr. Biden formally began his campaign last year and has long considered a second home. By Friday evening, Mr. Biden was leading in the state by about 27,000 votes. Republican strategists and Trump allies concede that it is highly probable that Mr. Biden will cross that threshold soon enough, and that he may ultimately carry all four of the states in question. In three of them, the remaining ballots are seen as likelier to favor Mr. Biden than Mr. Trump; in the fourth, Arizona, Mr. Trump gained ground on Mr. Biden but perhaps not by a sufficient amount to erase the former vice president’s lead.Mr. Biden was expected to speak Friday night and address the state of the race broadly, as he had the previous two days. Campaign advisers also indicated that they were ready to begin naming senior officials in an anticipated administration in a matter of days, if the race is called in his favor.In Georgia, Mr. Biden went into the lead overnight Thursday, thanks to a vote tally from Clayton County, a Democratic-leaning area near Atlanta. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said the state remained “too close to call” and predicted that it was headed for a recount, given that Mr. Biden’s lead stood at a mere 4,000 or so votes out of five million cast. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 9:46 p.m. ETcenter_img Mr. Biden and his team projected confidence, after overtaking Mr. Trump in the vote count in both Pennsylvania and Georgia early Friday.But in both states, as well as in Arizona and Nevada, Mr. Biden was not yet leading by a sufficiently wide margin to completely foreclose any possibility — however remote — that the count could still turn against him. On Friday evening, Mr. Biden was ahead in Pennsylvania and Georgia by less than a percentage point, and by not much more than that in the two Western states. – Advertisement – Campaign officials met with White House officials on Friday, including the White House counsel Pat Cipollone, an administration official confirmed, but the legal path forward for Mr. Trump to contest the validity of the election results wasn’t resolved.Mr. Trump has been as angry in private as he has been in public, people who have spoken to him said. One adviser said the president wants “fighters” defending him and is as concerned with the news media battle as he is with the legal challenges.Fleeting efforts to gently make him understand that the situation is bleak and unlikely to change haven’t been successful. And he is being egged on by Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, and a small handful of White House advisers.But another group of advisers have been more candid with Mr. Trump. Late Thursday and on Friday afternoon, a handful of aides told the president that they’re willing to keep fighting the legal battles, but that it is an uphill climb without a likely positive outcome, according to people familiar with the discussions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss private conversations. Mr. Trump, one adviser said, heard what they were saying, but is not yet ready to accept it.On Capitol Hill, some Republican leaders resisted coming to terms with the likelihood of a Biden presidency, at least in their comments for public consumption. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House minority leader, firmly aligned himself with Mr. Trump. He appeared on Fox News late Thursday night to insist that the president had “won this election” and again linked arms with the president on Friday. “Republicans will not back down from this battle,” he said.But a handful of rank-and-file House G.O.P. lawmakers declined to rise to the president’s defense. “Baseless allegations undermine the public’s confidence in our electoral system, which is the foundation of our Republic,” said Representative Steve Stivers, an Ohioan who was chairman of the House Republican campaign committee two years ago when the midterm backlash against Mr. Trump cost the party its majority. In private, some longtime House Republicans were even more caustic — dismayed, if not surprised, at the president’s handling of the election. Some said they were eager for him to concede, though Mr. Trump has told allies he has no plans to do so while states are still counting and the vote isn’t certified. What that means in the longer term is not clear.Yet in a sign of the hold Mr. Trump retains on the party’s hard-line base, few Republicans in either chamber who are not retiring or regular critics of the president would confront him by name. In Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, repeatedly evaded questions from reporters about the president’s inflammatory rhetoric, pointing to a statement he had made Friday morning that “every legal vote should be counted.” So far, lawsuits brought by Mr. Trump and other Republicans this week have had no meaningful effect on the tabulation of ballots, and they seem designed largely or even entirely for public-relations purposes. The Trump campaign has not outlined a theory of how its various legal interventions could actually lead to a reversal in the underlying vote count. There were, however, more indirect signs that Senate Republicans were moving on from the Trump years. Mr. Graham, an ally of the president’s who just won re-election in commanding fashion, said he was not assuming that Mr. Trump had lost but allowed that he was eager to work on immigration and infrastructure and that he also thought Mr. Biden deserved to have his cabinet confirmed.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Mr. Biden the obvious winner in her weekly news conference, telling reporters that he would enter office with a “tremendous mandate” to govern and referring to him as president-elect, even though Mr. Biden himself has not yet declared victory.While Democrats have set up an extensive legal operation to counter Mr. Trump in court, the Biden campaign struck a dismissive tone on Friday toward the president’s digging in and depicted him as a sore loser rather than as a menace to the democratic process.Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Mr. Biden, suggested that if Mr. Trump declined to concede an election he had lost, then “the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”Reporting was contributed by Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia, Emily Cochrane in Washington, D.C., Maggie Haberman in New York, Katie Glueck in Wilmington, Del., David Philips in Las Vegas, Jennifer Medina in Phoenix and Sean Keenan in Atlanta. Should Mr. Biden win any combination of two states, or the state of Pennsylvania alone, he would clinch a majority of votes in the Electoral College.last_img read more

Perry Ellis Face Mask Trio Has the Perfect Adjustable Fit

first_imgSee tips and information from the CDC.If you’re tired of your current batch of face masks, it may be time to upgrade your collection! Whether you’re sick of covering up before leaving the house or are totally used to it by now, it’s still imperative to wear a mask in public — especially when social distancing isn’t possible. It may not be a guaranteed method to avoid contracting COVID-19, but it’s the easiest way to seriously reduce the spread.That being said, we’re sure you know all of these facts by now — we’re just serving you a healthy reminder of what the CDC recommends, and also offering a solution to make mask-wearing slightly more enjoyable. For starters, you need to scoop up some new ones — like this chic set from Perry Ellis.Perry Ellis Reusable Rounded Woven Fabric Face MasksPerry Ellis Reusable Rounded Woven Fabric Face Masks Amazon- Advertisement – See it!Get the Perry Ellis Reusable Rounded Woven Fabric Face Masks for just $21, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.These masks are currently available in a three-pack and feature different prints within each set. While there are colorful options and more subtle patterns to pick from, what we love most about these masks is how they fit.- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Please note: Information below is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Each mask has stretchy ear loops with little toggles that are adjustable to fit you perfectly. That pinching feeling you may get behind your ears while wearing a mask? That’s not happening here! These are a step up from the disposable and basic cloth coverings out there, and we’re so grateful they’re on Amazon. They would even make a stellar stocking stuffer for the holiday season!Perry Ellis Reusable Rounded Woven Fabric Face MasksPerry Ellis Reusable Rounded Woven Fabric Face Masks AmazonSee it!Get the Perry Ellis Reusable Rounded Woven Fabric Face Masks for just $21, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.These masks are made from 100% cotton and are breathable. Shoppers note that these masks are some of the best they own, and they’re actually incredibly affordable too. For the quality and the quantity that you get, $21 is a bargain! There’s nothing like new masks to get you excited about wearing them. Just don’t forget to hand-wash (or throw in the washing machine) regularly!See it: Get the Perry Ellis Reusable Rounded Woven Fabric Face Masks for just $21, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from Perry Ellis and shop all of the face masks available on Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!See tips and information from the CDC.Check out more of our picks and deals here!Disclaimer: While we work to ensure that product information is correct, on occasion manufacturers may alter their ingredient lists. Actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our website. We recommend that you do not solely rely on the information presented and that you always read labels, warnings and directions before using or consuming a product. For additional information about a product, please contact the manufacturer. Content on this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Contact your health-care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. Us Weekly assumes no liability for inaccuracies or misstatements about products.This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at Happy shopping!last_img read more

Amazon sues influencers for allegedly marketing counterfeits

first_imgThe company has pursued counterfeiters in court, rolled out various programs to seek and detect sales of counterfeit goods, and in June launched the Counterfeit Crimes Unit, made up of former federal prosecutors, investigators and data analysts, to mine the site for fraudulent activity. How the scheme workedThis complaint alleges the defendants orchestrated a sophisticated scheme to deceive Amazon’s counterfeit-detection systems. Beginning last November, the sellers and influencers fueled purchases of knockoff purses, bags, belts and wallets, which were falsely branded as luxury goods from the likes of Gucci and Dior, the suit claims.Fitzpatrick was previously a member of the Amazon Associates program, which allows members to advertise and link to Amazon products in exchange for a percentage of the sales. Amazon removed Fitzpatrick from the program after it discovered she was advertising counterfeits, the company says.- Advertisement – Two influencers allegedly teamed up with nearly a dozen third-party sellers to advertise, promote and facilitate the sale of counterfeit luxury goods on Amazon, according to a lawsuit the company filed Thursday.- Advertisement – The influencers would post side-by-side photos of the generic, non-infringing product and the counterfeit product on their Instagram Stories. As of Wednesday evening, Fitzpatrick and Kelly-Krejci were still sharing “hidden links” to Amazon products via newly created Instagram accounts, despite previously instructing their followers to purchase counterfeits on other e-commerce websites, including Etsy and DH Gate, a Chinese wholesale marketplace.Dharmesh Mehta, Amazon’s vice president of customer trust and partner support, said in an interview that the case stood out to him due to the alleged counterfeiters’ brazenness on social media platforms.“Every piece of data that you’d look at Amazon, or that we had, might have looked fine,” Mehta said. “But the smoking gun here was sometimes lying in plain sight on a set of social media sites.”Mehta said the case illustrates the need for collaboration between online platforms, which could simplify and expedite the process of catching fraudsters.“Certainly with the social media sites, we’ve had efforts where as we detect abuse that we think is happening on their sites, we report this to them,” Mehta said. “I think this is going to require continued investment from those parties as well, because I would expect any of these critical social media sites would not want a set of crime being perpetrated or organized or advertised through their platforms.”Amazon declined to answer questions about how the influencers connected with the third-party sellers. Cristina Posa, associate general counsel and director of Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit, said the investigation is still ongoing.The company is seeking unspecified damages from Fitzpatrick and Kelly-Krejci, as well as an injunction against the influencers and sellers that would bar them from selling or promoting any products sold on Amazon.Counterfeits aren’t just a problem on Amazon’s marketplace. CNBC previously reported that dupe and designer lookalike videos are flourishing on TikTok, as teens look to wear items that appear similar to Gucci or Lululemon, but may not want to pay full price for those products. Fitzpatrick and Kelly-Krejci continued to promote the Amazon listings on their social media accounts and websites via photos and videos, then directed consumers to purchase them using a “hidden link.” The “hidden link” referred to an Amazon listing, run by a seller in on the scheme, for a non-infringing, generic item.Here’s what an Instagram post from the influencers looked like: The influencers would link to an Amazon listing for a generic product that appeared harmless to the company’s counterfeit detection tools. Amazon accused Kelly Fitzpatrick and Sabrina Kelly-Krejci of using Instagram, Facebook and TikTok accounts, as well as their personal websites, to promote counterfeit products being sold on Amazon. The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, also names 11 individuals and businesses based in the U.S. and China that allegedly listed the counterfeit products on Amazon.Fitzpatrick and Kelly-Krejci didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Amazon’s marketplace, launched in 2000, now accounts for more than half the company’s overall sales. While it remains a critical component of Amazon’s business, the marketplace has also faced a number of issues related to the sale of counterfeit, unsafe and expired goods. Fake products can be particularly harmful to credible brands that sell on Amazon because they siphon away business and can force businesses that already survive on low margins to further lower their prices to compete.- Advertisement –center_img And this is what an Amazon listing would show: After placing the order, sellers would ship out the counterfeit product instead of the generic item, Amazon says. On her website, called “Stylee and Grace,” Fitzpatrick described how they were disguising counterfeits as non-infringing products in an attempt to skirt past Amazon’s anti-counterfeit tools, the lawsuit says.“As Fitzpatrick explains to her followers, a ‘hidden link’ means ‘you order a certain product that looks nothing like the designer dupe in order to hide the item from getting taken [by Amazon] and orders being cancelled,’” according to the complaint, which quotes from a post on Fitzpatrick’s website.Amazon confirmed the products were fakes by purchasing a series of them, then shut the offending accounts down. An example of one of Fitzpatrick’s Instagram posts allegedly advertising a counterfeit Dior bag. Amazon on Thursday filed a lawsuit against two influencers and nearly a dozen merchants for allegedly marketing and selling counterfeit goods like the knockoff Gucci belt pictured above. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Super League hopefuls discover requirements to take Toronto Wolfpack’s place in 2021 | Rugby League News

first_imgFeatherstone Rovers and Toulouse among clubs pushing for inclusion in 2021 Super League; Clubs voted against allowing Toronto Wolfpack back into the competition for 2021; Up to eight clubs believed to be interested in taking Toronto’s place By PA MediaLast Updated: 12/11/20 9:16pm – Advertisement – Super League chief executive Robert Elstone discusses the journey to the play-offs and Toronto’s failed bid to be re-admitted to the Super League – Advertisement – Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos November 13, 2020, 7:30pmLive on – Advertisement – Super League chief executive Robert Elstone discusses the journey to the play-offs and Toronto’s failed bid to be re-admitted to the Super League As Featherstone became the latest Championship club to officially launch their bid for Super League, candidates have been shown the minimum criteria needed to fill the vacant 12th spot.As many as eight clubs are thought to be interested in taking Toronto’s place in the top flight in 2021.In addition to either playing in Super League or finishing in the top six of the Championship in 2018 or 2019, clubs must be able to boast an average attendance of at least 2,000 in that time and have a stadium capacity of 5,000.In a document circulated to Championship clubs, Super League says the successful applicant will enhance the commercial value of the competition, be competitive on the field and sustainable off it for 2021 and beyond.A six-strong panel will examine their finances and ability to host televised matches and will also consider social and digital footprint, community engagement, season-ticket sales, merchandising and sponsorship.center_img 3:52 Brian McDermott said the decision to refuse Toronto Wolfpack entry to the 2021 Super League is the biggest mistake the game has made The panel will comprise chief commercial officer Rhodri Jones, Graham Odlin and Chris Anderson from Super League and chief operating officer Tony Sutton, Karen Moorhouse and Dave Rotheram from the Rugby Football League.It will be chaired by Lord Jonathan Caine, who will have the casting vote in the event of a tie.Applications must be received by 9am on November 30, with a decision expected by December 16.Toulouse, who were top of the Championship when it was curtailed in March, were the first club to throw their hat into the ring, and Featherstone on Thursday evening confirmed their intentions.Rovers chief executive Davide Longo said: “We believe we can offer an application as strong as any that highlights Featherstone Rovers as the best example outside of Super League of a club that has maintained a sustainable model while still being competitive on the pitch over the past decade.“Furthermore, the club has developed the stadium, training facilities and off-field infrastructure that is compatible to many Super League sides.“Speaking to our supporters, many still feel begrudged from when Rovers were removed from the top flight in 1994-95, despite not being in the original four relegation positions at the time.“Alongside this, the club were denied a Super League place after winning the Grand Final in 2011, during a period where we won the league four consecutive times.“Since then, the club has developed a model that is worthy of top-flight status while consistently performing at the highest level outside of Super League.“In 2019, we finished runners-up to Toronto, giving us the best argument for the 12th spot on merit.” 3:41 – Advertisement – Brian McDermott said the decision to refuse Toronto Wolfpack entry to the 2021 Super League is the biggest mistake the game has made Candidates will also be asked how their business plans would be affected by a continuation of the coronavirus pandemic and what contingencies they have in place to deal with it.In the document, the league confirms the successful applicant will be entitled to £1m of central funding in 2021, compared to the current figure of £1.8m, but they would be entitled to the full amount if they avoid relegation at the end of their first season in the top flight.last_img read more

Salmonella cases trigger almond recall

first_img Before eating any almonds having a “best before” date of Aug 21, 2004, or later, consumers should check with the store where they bought them to see if the almonds came from Paramount Farms, Lost Hills, Calif., the FDA said. Any almonds subject to the recall should be returned to the store. In the initial recall notice, which the FDA published on its Web site, Paramount Farms said the FDA had identified seven cases of S enteritidis infection in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. In five cases, patients had eaten almonds bought from Costco Wholesale Inc. in Oregon. All seven patients recovered, the company said. The notice said no Salmonella organisms had been found in the company’s products. The recent cases appear to be only the second instance of salmonellosis associated with almonds. In 2001, cases in several Canadian provinces were linked to raw almonds from another California producer, according to reports by Health Canada. See also: Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weak immune systems, the FDA noted. In healthy people, Salmonella often causes fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Paramount Farms announced a limited recall on May 18 of almonds sold under the Kirkland Signature, Trader Joe’s, and Sunkist brands. The recall was expanded later, the FDA said. State and federal health authorities are aware of about 18 reports of S enteritidis infections that may be related to the almonds under recall, the agency said. The FDA statement didn’t say where the cases occurred.center_img Paramount Farms distributed the almonds in bulk or packages to brokers, distributors, and grocery store chains nationwide, and the products were sold to consumers in a variety of package sizes with various brand names, according to the FDA. The almonds also were exported to Mexico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, France, England, and Italy. May 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers to check the source of any raw almonds in their possession in the light of a recall based on a possible link to recent Salmonella enteritidis infections. May 21 FDA announcement Notice of May 18 recall read more

ER physicians fear possible fall flood of flu

first_imgSep 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As children return to school and promptly become infected with H1N1 influenza, emergency-room (ER) physicians nationwide are becoming increasingly anxious over their ERs’ capacity to deal with an influx of flu patients.Many of the physicians work in emergency departments that experienced a spring onslaught of flu and fever cases when H1N1 first struck. In some cities, those cases were part of an early wave that receded; in others, the count of flu cases climbed and has kept climbing through summer months that usually are flu-free.In either situation, the physicians say they are concerned that the expected fall increase in H1N1 flu—plus the annual arrival of seasonal flu—will significantly perturb a system that has little capacity to handle excess demand. And if H1N1 flu undergoes enough mutation or reassortment to add significant virulence to its notable contagiousness, they add, chaos could result.Potential for a perfect storm”From what I have been reading, the flu season in the Southern Hemisphere has been very, very bad—they have been swamped with an increasing number of cases,” said Dr. Stuart Bradin, an assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine in theUniversity of Michigan Health System. “So I think we are in quite a bit of danger of having a very bad flu season here. Having seasonal flu on top of that, and considering that the pandemic flu strain may become more virulent than its initial presentation, I think is the potential for a perfect storm.”Some physicians have been hearing early rumbles of that storm since H1N1 appeared in late April.”The months of May, June, and July were 3 of our top 6 months ever, in terms of emergency department volume, going back at least 10 years,” said Dr. Brian Zink, chair of emergency medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Rhode Island.Dr. David Munter, emergency department director at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va., said: “I have never before, in a 28-year career, seen flu in June, July, and August, but we had it, and it was all in teens and young adults. We had no summer dip [in cases] at all.”He added: “I think when school starts, it will explode.”The physicians say that many of the flu patients they saw and expect to see are not gravely ill. Some, especially in the spring, were worried well seeking tests or reassurance. Most who came for care over the summer had fever and other flu-like symptoms, but did not need to be admitted to the hospital and were discharged to recover at home.The spring wave of cases “increased our wait times and reduced efficiencies,” Zink said. “Individuals who needed to be wearing masks, we had to stop and get masked in triage, so it slowed the triage process down. And we went into rooms masked and using contact precautions, which adds a little bit of time to each encounter. But we see 100,000 patients a year in our main hospital [ER], so if you add even a few minutes to each patient, it slows everything down.”ERs already under stressH1N1 arrives at a time when emergency medicine nationwide is widely considered “at the breaking point”—the title of a 2006 Institute of Medicine report on the precarious state of emergency care. That report estimated that ER visits rose by 26% between 1992 and 2003, from 89.8 million to 114 million in a year, while 425 emergency departments and 703 hospitals closed and the number of hospital beds in use shrank by 198,000.In April of this year, the American Hospital Association updated that calculation in a report that found 50% of 1,078 hospitals were treating more uninsured patients in their ERs, while approximately 10 hospitals per month were laying off 50 staff or more.Meanwhile, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimated in August that H1N1 flu may infect 30% to 50% of the U.S. population this coming winter, leading to as many as 1.8 million hospital admissions that could include 300,000 patients requiring placement in an intensive care unit (ICU). From 30,000 to 90,000 Americans could die, the report said, up to three times as many as die from flu in a normal year.H1N1’s progress through the Southern Hemisphere flu season appears to prefigure that. Last week, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), acknowledged that Southern Hemisphere hospitals “had challenges to keep up with the number of people coming in” even though there was “no increase in the level of severity, no increase in the death rate.”Medicine’s concern for H1N1’s potential impact on ERs is so acute that the American College of Emergency Physicians, emergency medicine’s specialty society, in July issued a “National Strategic Plan for Emergency Department Management and Outbreaks of Novel H1N1 Influenza.” The plan, written under contract to the Department of Health and Human Services, walks ER directors through a potential H1N1 scenario, lists vulnerabilities that may prove to be weak points, and compiles 27 essential capabilities that ERs must fulfill to handle significant new demand.Physicians preparing for the fall say uncertainty is a key element in their anxiety. On one hand, H1N1 flu and seasonal flu could cause mostly minor illnesses—but if those mildly ill patients come to ERs, they will take time to interview, assess, and treat, and take staff attention and bed space that might otherwise be devoted to the seriously ill.That is likely to increase ERs’ “length of stay,” one key measure of how smoothly an emergency department is functioning. And while they are there, those patients may pose an infection risk to any other patients around them, who may be chronically ill or suffering from any of the underlying conditions that have been implicated in H1N1 deaths to date.If on the other hand the two flus begin to cause very serious illnesses, they could significantly increase hospital and especially ICU admissions. Such patients might bypass an emergency department or stop in it only briefly, but they could nevertheless have a profound effect on its operations. That is because “boarding,” or holding admitted patients in an ER until a bed opens up elsewhere in the hospital—another key measure of ER quality—is created when ICU and ward beds are full.In a 2006 analysis, the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center estimated that responding to a severe pandemic would require 4.6 times as many ICU beds and twice as many hospital beds as exist in the United States.Strategies for preventing overloadAround the country, emergency departments and the hospitals that house them are crafting solutions that they hope will head off an ER overload. Many are considering creating satellite triage stations located away from ERs—in hospital parking lots, repurposed clinics, or even drive-throughs—all of which rely on keeping flu patients out of the ER and bringing healthcare personnel out to meet them.Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which operates three hospitals, recently placed on its website an interactive decision tool that allows parents to assess the severity of a child’s symptoms so that only children who need emergency care will be brought to its ERs.In Virginia, Munter envisions physically dividing his hospital’s waiting room into two zones; one, a flu zone, would feed into a pre-designated isolation area within the ER. And the quality-focused Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will shortly publish a monograph proposing that flu patients be separated more radically, by being steered into what physicians call a “pathway”—a multi-step protocol triggered by a particular set of signs and symptoms—that would not only put them in certain rooms but process them at different speeds depending on results of tests given in a particular rapid order.Several emergency physicians said that what they fear most for the fall and winter is not an onslaught of flu, but a slow crawl up the epidemic curve. An onslaught, they argued, would be recognized as a crisis and would trigger a coordinated response in the same way a plane crash does. But a steady increase, though it might eventually reach disastrous proportions, would be perceived at any moment as ER business as usual: vastly overcrowded but not deserving outside response.”Our fear is that it will hit hard enough to really disrupt emergency department operations, but not hard enough to engage crisis-management protocols,” said Dr. Joseph “Jody” Crane, a co-author on the forthcoming IHI paper and business director of the Fredericksburg (Md.) Emergency Medical Alliance. “That could wreak havoc on the running of emergency departments.”See also: 2006 Institute of Medicine report: “Hospital-Based Emergency Care: at the Breaking Point”…2009 American Hospital Association report “The Economic Crisis: The Toll on the Patients and Communities Hospitals Serve” College of Emergency Physicians’ “National Strategic Plan for Emergency Department Management of Outbreaks of Novel H1N1 Influenza” E, Waldhorn R, Maldin B, et al. Hospital preparedness for pandemic influenza. 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Šibenik-Knin County has started a project of standardization and certification of rural tourism

first_imgSpecificity of products and services, traditional approach to organization of services, respect for environmental values, traditional construction for tourism, product recognition and marketing diversification of rural households, are the starting points for standardization and certification of rural tourism, said in Sibenik at the presentation of agro-tourism labeling Sibenik-Knin County .Riječ je o novom projektu Turističke zajednice Šibensko-kninske županije, kojeg provodi Hrvatska udruga za turizam i ruralni razvoj-Klub članova Selo, a partneri su TZ grada Knina, lokalne turističke zajednice s područja ove županije i HF Eko Etno Grupa. Od ukupno 500 registriranih domaćinstava u Hrvatskoj, na području Šibenika nalazi se 24, dok se na području Knin-Drniš nalazi 18 turističkih seljačkih gospodarstava. „The goal of labeling is to introduce even better quality services to households, but also to inform tourists in detail about what to expect on vacation in the rural area of ​​Šibenik-Knin County. In this way, the owner of a rural tourist farm has an additional motive to increase the service on his household, and on the other hand the tourist can monitor and compare the offer on such farms.”, Said Dijana Katica, president of the Croatian Association for Tourism and Rural Development-Village Members Club.Branding and promotion are importantStandardization is carried out according to general standards prescribed by the European Federation of Rural Tourism (EUROGITES). In addition, there are mandatory standards that every such household must have, and they prescribe the minimum conditions for accommodation and services. In addition, additional standards have been introduced that relate to the typicality and characteristics of all types of households where tourist services are provided.Govoreći o standardizaciji seljačkih turističkih objekata na području Šibensko-kninske županije, Željana Šikić, direktorica Turističke zajednice te županije je istaknula kako je, prije svega, važno brendiranje i promocija takvih tipova objekata. Dodala je kako od toga imaju svi koristi – od lokalne zajednice, preko ponuđača ugostiteljsko-turističkih usluga, samih turista, pa do nacionalne razine, jer se na taj način poboljšava imidž i kvaliteta usluge Hrvatske kao turističke zemlje. „Slijedom razvojne strategije, akcijskog plana provedbe razvojne strategije te master plana Šibensko-kninske županije, prije godinu dana pokrenuli smo projekt  „Like Home“ u okviru kojeg je do sada kategorizirano 88 objekata u obiteljskom smještaju, a slijedi podbrendiranje oznakama city, rural bike te posebice luxury. Iznimno me veseli što pokrećemo sličan projekt na području agroturizma u kojem leži golem potencijal i vrijednost Šibensko-kninske županije. Riječ je o detaljnoj klasifikaciji i standardizaciji prilagođenoj našoj destinaciji koja će kvalitetnije integrirati usluge. Osim brendiranja i promocije, ovim projektom se uvažavaju i ističu specifičnosti destinacijskog proizvoda”, Emphasized Željana Šikić.Related news: ŽELJANA ŠIKIĆ, ŠIBENIK-KNIN COUNTY COUNCIL: SOMETIMES LATER RISE IN TOURISM, TODAY GIVES US HIGHER GROWTH RATESlast_img read more

A great discovery by mathematicians! The distance between Split and Osijek is the same in both directions

first_imgCroatian mathematicians from a prestigious faculty came to a “new” incredible discovery and cognition with a mathematical equation.They calculated and proved that the distance between Split and Osijek is the same in both directions, as in the case of Pula and Vukovar. Yes, I know it sounds amazing. The distance between Osijek and Split is exactly 687 kilometers, and to make things better, the distance is the same in the other direction if you travel from Split to Osijek. Also, the distance between Pula and Vukovar is exactly 559 kilometers, as in the other direction, not a kilometer more.As I was pleasantly surprised by this discovery, I decided to test it this summer and see for myself if it is true. I left Vinkovci for Pula and back, and two weeks later I traveled to Split and back. And yes, really, the distance is the same in both directions. Trust me on the words, tried and tested on your skin. Are you surprised too?Namely, as you know, Croats have a vacation and travel to the Adriatic every year, as well as Slavonians and residents of continental Croatia. By the way, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics in 2016, 1,6 million or 44,0% of the Croatian population aged 15 and over were on at least one private multi-day trip. A total of 3,8 million private trips were made, of which 2,5 million (67,8%) were in Croatia and 1,2 million (32,2%) abroad. On private multi-day trips, the population of Croatia realized a total of 23,1 million overnight stays, of which 16,8 million overnight stays (72,8%) were realized in Croatia, while on one trip an average of 6,1 overnight stays were realized. Another discovery and the Croats come to the Adriatic to the sea, purely if you haven’t noticed from the great records we break from month to month.But the motive of this article is as follows. Too often Slavonians, and I believe like other domestic tourists from the continent, when they are at sea and ask the hosts / locals to come to Slavonia, they encounter an already famous sentence:Ugh, well that’s farYes truth. Put yourself in our position and imagine what is going on in our heads then. To put it mildly how confused we are hehe and wondering who is crazy here? Well, we just came from Slavonia to the sea in Dalmatia, Istria, Kvarner… and we get the answer that it is far. It’s not for us, is it for you?Our prices are the same all year round, hotels and restaurants are open all year round and we strive to develop the destination through 365 days a year. Well, if we can, surely how can you extend the season for at least half a year. Spend the earned euros in Slavonia, for us the season lasts all year round, and each season is a new and different tourist story, so you can’t go wrong whenever you come.When we talk about continental tourism, domestic tourists are always a strong base, ie domestic consumption, and I wonder why residents from the sea do not travel to Slavonia and continental Croatia? Yes, you travel the world, learn, watch, educate yourself, but you should definitely get to know your country first. We have something to brag about and show off. On the contrary, believe me, you will be delighted with what Slavonia has to offer. Amazing stories and experiences. How Istrians met and admired Slavonia and BaranjaIn April, at the urging and initiative of Mr. Selimir Ognjenović, owner of the German tour operator ID Riva tours, about 40 hosts in family accommodation from the interior of Istria visited Slavonia and Baranja. The aim of the trip was to get to know Slavonia and Baranja and a working meeting between Slavonian-Baranja and Istrian tourist stakeholders, in order to exchange experiences. As I was personally present, in a conversation with the majority, and they said this publicly later, they came to Slavonia exclusively at the urging of Mr. Ognjenovic because they trusted him and to “repay” him because he helped them a lot in the beginning. when they did not yet know that they could make a good living from tourism.”If it weren’t for Selimir, I don’t know what could persuade me to come to Slavonia,” said a host from a family accommodation in Istria.Their expectations were that the atmosphere in Slavonia was negative, that they would find empty fields, that there were no people and that they had nothing to see in Slavonia. Exactly such a picture of Slavonia has been presented all these years through the Croatian media. The big blame is on ourselves, as well as on the media. But that’s for another story. What is fascinating is how everyone was impressed and delighted with Slavonia, the hosts and what they experienced (and they saw only a small part of Slavonia and Baranja). You know that this is well seen in the eyes of people, when someone is really happy, impressed and satisfied, so this positive energy could be seen in our guests from the interior of Istria.We need to respect ourselves a little more, tradition, culture and identity, as well as Slavonia. I invite you, let Slavonia introduce itself to you and impress you. And yes, the distance between Split and Osijek is really the same in both directions, if you don’t believe me, see for yourself.Experience Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem!Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board  Požega-Slavonia County Tourist Board Brod-Posavina County Tourist Board  Virovitica-Podravina County Tourist BoardPS Another obvious proof of the need to brand regions, not that five Slavonian counties each work for themselves and develop different tourism products without the much-needed synergy. The best examples are Tuscany or Provence, and that is exactly how we should brand Slavonia as one tourist region and brand.last_img read more

Poreč introduces order in the destination: Poreč municipal wardens will be assisted by the security service this season

first_imgGrad Poreč angažirao je zaštitarsku službu koja bi trebala gradskim komunalnim redarima značajno olakšati posao, a koja će već od ove turističke sezone raditi zajedno s redarima. Cilj je dovesti reda u cijeloj destinaciji, pogotovo u slučaju raznih preprodavača koji rade na crno i prodaju robu ne poštujući Zakone i Odluke o komunalnom redu grada Poreča.”Paradoxically, but by law, communal wardens have less authority than security guards. That is why it is sometimes very difficult for them to implement the Decision on Communal Order. For example, a communal warden who catches an illegal reseller on the Square cannot ask him for a personal one, so he cannot sanction him.“  rekao je gradonačelnik Peršurić.This year, the city of Poreč-Parenzo is taking a step further and, following the example of some other cities, it has decided to hire a security service. “The security guard has a license and the ability to keep, for example, an illegal reseller until the arrival of the police, and we believe that already this summer we will reduce the number of illegal resellers or display goods on the facades of buildings in the old town. For one Poreč, this is simply not appropriate, and thus we want to protect those sellers who do their job correctly, respecting the communal order, from unfair competition. ” Peršurić added and explained that the intention is not to introduce repressive measures, but to implement the Decision on Communal Order, which Poreč, as one of the most organized cities in the country, deserves.Na javnom natječaju za zaštitarske i redarske usluge, kao najpovoljnija ponuda, odabrana je ona tvrtke Klemm security d.o.o. u iznosu od 190 tisuća kuna + PDV, za razdoblje od travnja do listopada. Sukladno Zakonu o privatnoj zaštititi, zaštitar ima pravo na provjeru identiteta osoba, pravo na privremeno ograničavanje slobode kretanja, ima pravo pregledati osobu i predmete te osigurati mjesto događaja I zadržati osobe do dolaska policije.How it will look in practice was explained by the head of the Administrative Department for the communal system Marino Poropat “Every exit of the security service will be performed in agreement with the Communal Police of the City. 1300 hours of work have been contracted to be used during the tourist season, in unannounced promotions, throughout the day including the evening hours. Based on experiences from other cities that already have security services, we expect that the presence of security guards near some facilities will have a disincentive effect on citizens and tourists, and ultimately on the owners of such facilities who illegally exhibit goods or similar, and that tourists will decide to sit in a bar. to whom all is well and where there will be no security guard, explained Poropat.The mayor commented that the engagement of the security service is only a part of the activities for the protection of Poreč’s old town and reminded that the City is already co-financing the renovation of facades and facades for building owners in the old town, while projects to restore the city waterfront are nearing completion. When arranging the waterfront, the stands will also be taken into account. As a Poreč resident and as a mayor, I can say that the current situation does not befit a city like Poreč, which will be regulated by the reconstruction of the city waterfront.”Said Perušić and concluded that this novelty aims to improve and facilitate the implementation of the Decision on Communal Order.</p>
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