How Biden and Trump Can Each Still Win the Presidency

first_imgOtherwise, Mr. Trump’s path to winning a second term depends on holding onto the battleground Great Lakes states he won in 2016 and on retaining Georgia. “Trump’s path is exactly the same as it was in 2016,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist who is a veteran of Senator Marco Rubio’s campaigns. “He needs to overperform in some traditionally blue states. Trump wins when the voters Democrats take for granted no longer reliably vote for Democrats.” If Mr. Biden prevails in Georgia and Arizona, he can reach 270 electoral votes while losing Pennsylvania and Michigan or Wisconsin.Or he could become president simply by winning back Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.In Georgia, where Mr. Trump holds a narrow lead with about 92 percent of the vote counted, a leak at a processing center in the central part of the state delayed the tabulation of some ballots for Atlanta and its suburban counties, which are seen as Democratic strongholds.- Advertisement – If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Roughly 20 percent of the vote remained unreported as of 6 a.m. Wednesday in DeKalb County, a heavily Democratic suburb of Atlanta.“Joe Biden’s path is largely unchanged since he entered this race,” Guy Cecil, the chairman of Priorities USA, a leading Democratic super PAC, said early Wednesday. “There are still at least five competitive states giving him multiple paths to 270. It may take a couple of days to count the votes, and we may need to fight the Trump campaign in court, but Joe Biden remains the favorite.” In Wisconsin, Mr. Biden was running well ahead of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 margins in Waukesha County, a Milwaukee suburb, and Dane County, home to the liberal city of Madison. The Milwaukee turnout appeared to be lower than in 2016, a troubling possibility for Mr. Biden given the city’s heavily Democratic tilt.Still, Democrats were confident that the final vote tally would favor Mr. Biden.“I think if you look at what’s counted and what is not counted, Biden is almost assuredly going to win Wisconsin,” said Sachin Chheda, a Democratic strategist in Milwaukee.And then there is Nebraska, one of two states, along with Maine, that split their electoral votes by congressional district. Mr. Biden won the state’s Second Congressional District, which includes Omaha. The Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman, Jane Kleeb, declared victory early Wednesday.“Omaha is now Joe-maha,” she said.Because Mr. Biden won that lone Nebraska electoral vote, he could secure the presidency by winning Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin — regardless of the result in Pennsylvania. Mr. Trump’s victories in Florida, Ohio and Texas did not create a new path for him so much as close off new shortcuts by which Mr. Biden could have claimed victory on Election Day. In remarks made early Wednesday from the White House, the president was adamant that he would hold onto Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — all states with significant percentages of ballots left to count.“We don’t need all of them” to win, he said.His last chance for a flip is Nevada, which was expected to be a tight race, but one generally favoring Mr. Biden. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:30 a.m. ETcenter_img – Advertisement – Here are the top scenarios remaining for Mr. Biden, as well as Mr. Trump, to win the 2020 election. The Biden scenarios presume that he wins Nevada, a blue state where he is narrowly ahead.One path involves Mr. Biden winning both Arizona and Georgia, Sun Belt states where he appears competitive with tens of thousands of votes left to be counted. Mr. Biden has the edge in Arizona, and a win there would take some pressure off him to rely entirely on the blue-wall states. He can afford to lose Pennsylvania if he wins Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin.- Advertisement – Joseph R. Biden Jr. started election night with many paths to 270 electoral votes, but by Wednesday morning President Trump had won Florida, Ohio and Texas and was within striking distance of winning North Carolina.That left a diminished but still significant number of ways by which Mr. Biden could prevail, mostly clustered around recapturing Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the once-reliable “blue wall” states that Mr. Trump toppled four years ago.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden, appearing briefly before his supporters in Wilmington, Del., early Wednesday, said he was “feeling real good about Wisconsin and Michigan” and predicted a win in Pennsylvania, a central battleground that is notorious for its sluggish counting of ballots.“We believe we are on track to win this election,” he said. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it.last_img read more

Jeannie Mai Shares Post-Surgery Update After ‘DWTS’ Exit

first_imgShortly after, Armstrong, 26, raved about Mai and all that she had accomplished on the show. Additionally, he noted that she didn’t “deserve” what happened to her.Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong on Dancing With the Stars Jeannie Mai Shares Post-Surgery Update After Dancing With the Stars ExitJeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on October 19, 2020. ABC/Eric McCandless“Your journey on this show was so special, so unique and so inspiring! I loved EVERY SINGLE WEEK that we got to go through this together! I hope I helped give you an experience that you’ll remember forever,” he wrote via Instagram on Monday. “We share a lot of good times, tough times and all the times in between but mainly, a lot of laughs! Mainly you laughing at me but hey I’ll take it! 😂 Thank you for giving me such an amazing season! We will all be praying for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #TeamDreamOfJeannie always! 🙏🏽🔥.”Mai later addressed her condition in an extensive Instagram statement, which was accompanied by a photo of her lying in a hospital bed. The former How Do I Look? host revealed that she “made it safely out of my emergency surgery,” and she thanked Dr. Nasseri for successfully identifying the health matter.- Advertisement – On the mend! Following her unexpected exit from Dancing With the Stars for health concerns, Jeannie Mai gave an update on how she’s coping after undergoing surgery for a potentially life-threatening condition.On Thursday, November 5, the 41-year-old TV personality took to her Instagram Story to share a mirror selfie taken “4 DAYS POST SURGERY.” Mai gave a thumbs-up while wearing a “Vote Jeannie” T-shirt, writing: “No speaking. No chewing. No bad T-shirts.”Jeannie Mai Shares Post-Surgery Update After Dancing With the Stars ExitJeannie Mai Courtesy Jeannie Mai/Instagram- Advertisement – “What simply started as a sore throat had unbeknownst to me become a dangerous infection that already closed at least 60% of my airway and resulted in a throat abscess that spread in a matter of 3 days,” she explained. “Although I am grateful to be recovering safely, I can’t lie … I am devastated by the fact that my journey with #DWTS will end this way 🥺 😞 . Dancing on this show has been the most exhilarating adventure. I’ve gained both beautiful friendships and loving supporters.”The California native continued, “To my partner, @Brandonarmstrong, I’m sorry you don’t get to make fun of my moves anymore while I gift you life gems on how to be a grown up🤭 🤪 Love u so much lil bro, and will ALWAYS cherish the memories we made!!!”Mai has been engaged to rapper Jeezy since April.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! The Real cohost was recently diagnosed with epiglottitis, a rare condition that causes the tissue that protects the windpipe to experience inflammation. Leading up to the diagnosis, she had suffered a sore throat.Mai’s condition resulted in her immediate hospitalization and subsequent exit from Dancing With the Stars, where she was partnered with pro dancer Brandon Armstrong.“It saddens me that I will not be able to continue with the competition on DWTS. My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery,” she said in a statement to Us Weekly on Monday, November 2. “I am heartbroken that my DWTS journey has to end here. The last several weeks have been an amazing learning experience. I have pushed myself to new limits physically and mentally, and I am so proud of how far we’ve come.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘RHOSLC’ Star Heather Gay Has a Crush on Kyle Richards’ Husband

first_img– Advertisement – “Coparenting is really my job. I have a hundred percent custody,” she shares. “I raise the kids, but he helps me out financially and, you know, with rides and stuff like that.”The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City airs on Bravo Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.- Advertisement – Watch out, Kyle Richards! Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Heather Gay admits she has a bit of a crush on Richards’ husband, Mauricio Umansky.“I would take Mauricio in a boat, anywhere,” the reality star jokes to Us Weekly exclusively on the Friday, November 12, episode of the “Getting Real with the Housewives” podcast. “On a plane, on a train!”- Advertisement –center_img All kidding aside, Gay is single after going through a difficult divorce from her husband of 11 years in 2015. The pair share three daughters, Ashley, 17, Georgia, 14, and Annabelle, 13.RHOSLC Star Heather Gay Has a Crush on Kyle Richards Husband Mauricio UmanskyHeather Gay Chad Kirkland/Bravo“Of course you can get divorced when you’re Mormon, but it’s just, like, really not an option doctrinally speaking,” the reality star explains. “It’s been a hard process for me, but I’m finally able to say that it’s been the greatest thing because it got me here and it got me to kind of own my life and be more present in my choices.”The owner of Beauty Lab + Laser said her ex was “hesitant” about her being on the Bravo series since he is a “devout Mormon,” but he’s “generally supportive” and will make at least once appearance.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Kristin Cavallari, Jeff Dye Relationship Is ‘Super Hot and Fiery’

first_imgThe pair were then spotted on an “intimate” dinner date in Nashville at “uber trendy” spot Bastion on October 28, a second source told Us.During the evening, Cavallari was “seen leaning into Jeff and giving him a long kiss,” the eyewitness said at the time. “The couple had a very upbeat night with a lot of laughs.”Despite their flirty display, the pair’s relationship is “a causal dating situation,” the insider added, noting that Cavallari is “not in the zone to move forward with a full-blown relationship of that level and is just keeping herself preoccupied and having fun.”A source told Us last month that the Hills alum and the Better Late Than Never star “are totally a thing” after her split from Cutler, 37, six months prior.The former NFL quarterback and Cavallari announced their separation in April after returning home to Nashville from the Bahamas, where they were quarantining as a family amid the coronavirus pandemic.The pair were married for seven years before calling it quits.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The Laguna Beach alum, however, “isn’t looking for someone serious right now,” which the source says has not deterred Dye.“Jeff is hoping that their relationship will progress and turn into that and get closer to her,” the insider adds. “He’s doing his best to keep himself in the picture for as long as possible.”The couple sparked romance speculation when they were seen kissing in Chicago in October.- Advertisement – The Very Cavallari alum “can have a dominant personality,” according to the source, but Dye “absolutely loves that about her and loves a challenge.”Kristin Cavallari Relationship With Jeff Dye Is Super Hot FieryKristin Cavallari and Jeff Dye. Broadimage/Shutterstock; ShutterstockThe Uncommon James designer, 33, and the comedian, 37, were first linked in early October, and Dye has already met Cavallari’s three kids, the source tells Us. The True Comfort author shares sons Camden, 8, and Jaxon, 6, and daughter Saylor, 4, with estranged husband Jay Cutler.“[Jeff] thinks he’s so lucky to be spending time with her. He loves that she owns who she is and admires her success,” the insider says.- Advertisement – Spicing things up! Kristin Cavallari and Jeff Dye have a lot of chemistry together, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.“Kristin and Jeff’s relationship is super hot and fiery right now,” the insider says. “They’re very into each other and Jeff is so obsessed with her.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Minnesota cattle no longer listed as TB-free

first_img Cattle from the five herds found to be infected have been culled, BAH said. The USDA has paid for the killing of almost 4,000 cattle from those five herds; federal money also has been used to pay for removal of 180 exposed cattle. Mycobacterium bovis causes bovine TB, which is a respiratory disease of cattle, according to the BAH. It is a chronic, slowly progressive disease but does not spread easily. Infected cattle may transmit an infection to other animals, even when they appear asymptomatic. Bovine TB can affect all warm-blooded vertebrates, according to APHIS. State and federal officials are also testing wild deer, according to a story in the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald. A deer shot by a hunter last fall near the site of the first infected herd was found to have TB. State officials haven’t determined if that case is a harbinger of a larger outbreak among deer, the paper said. Pasteurization of milk and improved inspection and hygiene virtually eliminated human illness cases linked with bovine TB. However, a series of 35 human cases in New York City prompted the federal government last year to warn against eating soft cheeses made from raw milk. With the change come more restrictions on cattle sales across state lines, BAH said in a news release Jan 30. USDA requires all sexually intact cattle to be tested for bovine TB within two months of shipment. Certain cattle are exempt from testing, including those crossing state boundaries directly to slaughter, those going to an approved feedlot, and those from a TB-accredited herd. State rules for shipping cattle vary, so producers must contact destination states for details. Minnesota had been deemed free of bovine TB from 1976 until the discovery of the disease in a cow from a Roseau, Minn., herd in February 2005 prompted an investigation, according to the BAH. Since then the state has quarantined 65 herds for bovine TB. Tests on 39 of the herds showed no sign of infection, prompting their removal from quarantine. Twenty-six herds remain under quarantine today. “This is not a food issue,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson, as quoted in a Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper story yesterday. “This is really an economics issue for cow producers.” “The state can apply for TB-free status 2 years after the last infected herd is depopulated, so it’s vital that we expedite depopulation of any infected herds,” said Bill Hartmann, state veterinarian and executive director of the BAH. APHIS information about bovine tuberculosishttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bovine_tuberculosis/bovine_tb.shtmlcenter_img The Minnesota BAH, in conjunction with APHIS, is offering free bovine TB testing to farms within 15 miles of an infected herd. However, the recent downgrade in status affects all Minnesota farmers, which means many will have to pay for testing on their own. Besides Minnesota, states currently classified as other than free of bovine TB are Michigan, New Mexico, and Texas, according to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced on Dec 8 that the USDA would drop the state’s TB status a notch, from TB-free to “Modified Accredited Advanced.” The reduction in status took effect Jan 30. Minnesota cattle producers who plan to ship cattle to other states must follow both federal and state testing rules. With few exceptions, farmers must pay for the testing. See also Feb 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Minnesota cattlemen are facing an economic blow from a once-banished nemesis: bovine tuberculosis. Mar 17, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Raw-milk cheese implicated in 35 TB cases”last_img read more

USDA vows to boost avian flu prevention efforts

first_imgMar 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said yesterday it would step up its antismuggling efforts and monitoring of live bird markets this year to protect the country from H5N1 avian influenza.The agency plans to more than double the number of special operations to seize banned poultry products and will expand the monitoring of live bird markets from 12 states to 29 or 30, officials said at a press briefing yesterday afternoon.They also announced a renewal of last year’s hunt for the H5N1 virus in wild birds throughout the United States, among other steps. The deadly virus was not found in any of the more than 100,000 wild bird samples tested last year.”There are no detections of high-path[ogenic] H5N1 in the United States, and we’re doing all we can to keep it that way,” said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.Johanns said the USDA’s antismuggling team conducted 31 operations at ports and in restaurants and markets around the country last year, and one led to the seizure of 360,000 pounds of banned poultry products from countries affected by H5N1 avian flu.This year, plans call for running 70 operations, of which 23 have already been conducted, Johanns said.Dr. Ron DeHaven, the USDA’s chief veterinary officer, said the agency has seized about 400,000 pounds of banned poultry products overall. “I don’t have a breakout in terms of the country of origin of that product, but undoubtedly much of it has come from China,” he said in answer to a question.He added that products from countries battling H5N1 avian flu are not necessarily contaminated, since the outbreaks are “relatively sporadic.” The products seized are destroyed.More monitoring of bird marketsIn monitoring live bird markets, the USDA has focused until now on 12 northeastern states, where 132,000 birds were tested last year, DeHaven said. This year officials hope to increase the program to a total of 29 or 30 states.”The focus has been in the Northeast, where we know we had a low-path virus circulating,” he said. He didn’t name any of the new states but said they are mainly poultry-producing states with different kinds of live markets from those in the Northeast.This year’s wild-bird testing program will be launched in April by the USDA along with the Department of the Interior (DOI), state agencies, and academic researchers, Johanns said.”Surveillance will again be conducted in all four major flyways, and in Hawaii and the South Pacific,” the USDA said in a news release. “Data collected from 2006 will be used to further focus the sampling on high-risk species and geographic locations.”Last year, six samples of the more than 100,000 tested were positive for the low-pathogenic North American strain of H5N1, but the deadly Asian H5N1 strain was not found.Dr. Rick Kearny of the DOI said officials tested samples from more than 45,000 live birds, nearly 50,000 hunter-killed birds, 500 sentinel birds (captive birds allowed to mingle with wild birds), and more than 1,000 birds found dead.Kearny said US agencies also aim to increase collaboration with Canadian and Mexican authorities on wild-bird surveillance this year.Officials also announced completion of a 7-year study of avian flu in waterfowl in Alaska, where Asian and North American birds mingle in summer. Scientists took 8,254 samples and concluded that the risk of introduction of the deadly H5N1 virus in Alaska is “relatively low,” according to the news release.In the briefing, Steve Kappes of the USDA Agricultural Research Service said investigators found only low-pathogenic viruses of North American origin in the study. The suspected reason the deadly virus hasn’t been found in Alaska “is that the distance may be too long for a sick bird to get that far,” he said. “It’s unlikely that we’ll see it in Alaska.”The USDA is prepared to test birds quickly if avian flu is suspected in a poultry flock, according to DeHaven. He said all 45 labs in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network are trained to use a recently developed test that can return a result in 3 hours, as compared with up to 2 weeks for previous tests.”A detection of high-path H5N1 in wild birds does not mean our commercial poultry industry will be affected,” Johanns commented. He said US poultry are typically raised in buildings with controlled access, and biosecurity practices have been used for decades.In addition, the USDA compensates owners for birds destroyed for disease-control reasons. The compensation program now covers birds killed to control all low-pathogenic H5 and H7 viruses—which can mutate into deadly strains—in addition to those culled because of high-pathogenic strains, Johanns said.International efforts outlinedThe USDA also announced the signing of a agreement on coordinating technical assistance with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agreement, approved last fall, covers plant and animal diseases, including avian flu, and other topics ranging from hunger and conservation to renewable energy.In the news release, Johanns said the agreement would facilitate greater international collaboration on many agricultural issues. “I believe the benefits will be immediate by enhancing the worldwide response to highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza,” he said.Under the agreement, the FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) set up a Crisis Management Center in Rome last fall. Three USDA specialists are assigned to the center, which analyzes animal diseases and deploys international resources to contain them.In related efforts, the USDA said it is hosting a workshop in Washington, DC, this week to prepare more than 50 volunteer specialists from 15 countries for rapid international deployment to combat H5N1 avian flu.In addition, the USDA is helping to coordinate a global communication workshop on avian flu, to be hosted next month by the FAO and OIE. Its aim will be to develop an international communications plan for dealing with animal-to-animal spread of H5N1 avian flu.See also:Mar 14 USDA news releaseTranscript of USDA press briefinglast_img read more

Baxter denies report of vaccine trial in Indonesia

first_imgMay 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health minister said yesterday that Baxter Healthcare Corp would launch a clinical trial of an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine in Indonesia in July, according to news reports, but a Baxter official said the company has not announced any clinical trials.Siti Fadilah Supari, Indonesia’s health minister, said the clinical trial would involve “hundreds of participants” and conclude in October, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published today. She also said Indonesia would initially stockpile 2 million doses of the vaccine.In February, Indonesia revealed it had stopped sharing H5N1 virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a protest against drug companies’ use of the samples to make vaccines seen as too costly for developing countries. Soon afterward Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with US-based Baxter International, owner of Baxter Healthcare, which laid the groundwork for future collaboration or supply agreements on H5N1 vaccines.Chris Bona, a Baxter spokesman in Deerfield, Ill., told CIDRAP News today that the company has not announced any plans for a clinical trial of its vaccine in Indonesia and has not signed any new agreements with Indonesia beyond the initial memorandum of understanding in February.Bona said there were no firm plans to produce the company’s vaccine in Indonesia and no agreements about stockpiling. In addition, any Indonesian H5N1 samples Baxter would use to develop a vaccine would likely come directly from the WHO, Bona said.On May 15 Indonesia announced it had resumed sharing its H5N1 samples with the WHO. A week later, during the annual meeting of WHO member countries, the WHO negotiated a preliminary agreement designed to maintain the international sharing of flu virus samples while ensuring that developing countries can obtain pandemic flu vaccinesBaxter has a cell culture–based H5N1 vaccine under development. Last October the company said the preliminary results of a phase I/II clinical trial showed a good immune response against drifted H5N1 strains. The vaccine was based on a 2004 strain of H5N1 from Vietnam.See also:Oct 17 CIDRAP News article “Baxter says cell-based H5N1 vaccine shows potential in trial”last_img read more

UN official: Bird biosecurity lapses could worsen food crisis

first_imgJun 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Lax biosecurity measures around poultry in some countries could lead to an increasing number of H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks that could exacerbate the global food crisis, an official from the United Nations Food and AgricultureOrganization (FAO) said at an international infectious disease conference in Malaysia today.Juan Lubroth, senior officer with the FAO’s infectious diseases group, made the comments during symposia on influenza in animals and people at the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID), which started yesterday in Kuala Lumpur and runs through Jun22. ICID is the annual meeting of the International Society for InfectiousDiseases.Lubroth said though fewer countries have experienced recent avian flu outbreaks, numerous small outbreaks continue to occur, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. “It’s like a boiling pot, and we need to keep the lid on that before it gets worse,” he said.He said 80% of the world’s poor depend on livestock for their livelihood, and poultry has been an inexpensive protein source, the AP reported. However, he added that about 240 million poultry have been slaughtered to control the spread of H5N1.Failure to protect the food supply of the world’s poor only makes worse the effect of rising prices of rice, corn, and other staples, Lubroth said.Global veterinary service capacity needs to be expanded, and more countries need to be transparent regarding disease surveillance and develop surveillance systems and policies to manage the disease, he said. “We fail to see that political commitment.”In the abstract that accompanied the presentation, Lubroth wrote that veterinary experts worry that government officials, in a panic over the threat to human health, are focusing nearly all of their efforts on accumulating antiviral and vaccine stockpiles, “forgetting that the origin of the malady was—and remains—a poultry problem.”Lubroth wrote that a lag in funding for poultry safety initiatives has prevented national veterinary services from mounting the border and regulatory controls needed to contain the disease within Southeast Asia.Biosecurity: stalled or improving?Today’s comments from the FAO seem to counter some of the recent comments from a UN official on the state of global pandemic preparedness. On Jun 18, David Nabarro, the UN’s influenza coordinator, listed national improvements in poultry biosecurity as a reason behind the organization’s assessment that the world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic, according to an earlier report. He also said more countries are focusing their efforts on the link between human and animal health.Other pandemic experts, such as Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, disagree that the world is better prepared for a pandemic and say governments have not planned for supply, medicine, and utility disruptions that could severely damage the world’s economy and worsen the impact of the disease on health.Nabarro, however, expressed concern that the virus remains entrenched in several countries, particularly Indonesia, the country that has had the highest number of human cases anddeaths.Indonesia reports on diagnostic challenges in human casesIn another presentation during the same ICID symposia, Sardikin Giriputro, director of the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, gave an update on that country’s clinical cases and spoke of challenges in diagnosing H5N1 infections.With 135 cases and 110 deaths from the disease, according to the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) update, Indonesia has been hit harder than any other country by the H5N1 virus.However, early this month Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, said that the number of human cases has slowed this year, according to a Jun 5 AP report. She said only 18 people have been infected with the virus so far this year, compared with 27 for the same period in 2007 and 35 in 2006.Giriputro said that some patients with H5N1 infections have been misdiagnosed with dengue fever and typhoid, which has delayed antiviral treatment, according to a report today from Reuters. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is the drug of choice for H5N1 illnesses and is best given within 24 to 36 hours of symptom onset.He told the group that medical officials in Indonesia are finding that rapid test kits used to diagnose the H5N1 virus in animals are less reliable for testing human samples, according to the Reuters report.”It depends on the viral load [from human samples],” Giriputro said, adding that false-negatives can occur when there isn’t enough virus in the human sample.Indonesia’s government has been distributing oseltamivir to health centers in areas that have had poultry outbreaks and human cases, he said. Physicians prescribe the virus without waiting for laboratory results if patients have influenza-like illnesses and may have had contact with sick poultry.In an abstract that accompanied his talk, Giriputro said about 50% of Indonesia’s H5N1 patients had a history of direct contact with sick birds, 30% had indirect contact, and 20% had no contact that could be determined.See also:Lubroth and Giriputro ICID abstracts (pages 2 and 3, respectively)Jun 18 CIDRAP News report “UN:Pandemic preparedness pays off, but threat remains”last_img read more

New promotional materials and the website of the Zadar Tourist Board for Petrčane

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the city of Zadar has published a new tourist brochure as well as the website of Petrčane www.petrcane.zadar.travel. In addition to the brochure itself, the plan of Petrčane has been updated with the most important points that may be of interest to guests and visitors of this beautiful tourist place, which attracts more and more tourists every year.The tourist development of the place began in the early 50’s, first with the opening of the resort, and later with the construction of large tourist complexes (hotel “Pinija”, Punta Skala). Today, Petrčane boasts 1.577 beds in high category hotels and 2.135 beds in private accommodation. This data clearly describes the constant growth of the tourist offer and we can establish that Petrčane is recognized as one of the most important tourist destinations in the Zadar area. “Thanks to the favorable geographical position between the two peninsulas, favorable climate, located between two cities with a long tradition and glorious past, Zadar and Nin and beautiful beaches, today’s Petrcane, which is divided into Gornje Petrcane, Punta Skala, Puntica, Donja Petrcane and Punta Radman tourism development is based not only on accommodation facilities, but also on the development of new, tourism and hospitality complementary activities and attractions. “They point out from the Zadar Tourist Board and add that they continuously invest significant funds in the marketing activities of their destinations through on- and offline advertising channels in Zadar and all tourist destinations.With new promotional materials about Petrčane, TZG Zadar recently updated both of its mobile applications Secret Zadar  i Zadar Travel, which are adapted to the latest versions of iOS and Android systems, and are enriched and expanded in terms of content and functionality. “We invite all Zadar residents, especially those who are directly and indirectly involved in tourism, to download them to their mobile devices via Google Play and App Store, because through them, in addition to renting their private accommodation, they can find out a lot of other useful information that will convey to your guests, from little-known interesting facts about old Zadar to a list of all recent events and happenings in the city. ” they pointed out from the Zadar Tourist Board.In addition to interesting information intended for tourists, there is also corner for renters with all the most important information that can be used by private renters.In this way, TZG Zadar combines its online channels, which consist of a basic website, appropriate pages about Advent and Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival, a website about Petrčane, all the way to mobile applications and channels on social networks, into one connected ecosystem online communication, which will fully come to life at the beginning of next year by redesigning and creating a new basic website www.zadar.travel .last_img read more

Communal wardens in Makarska picked up all the towels from the beaches – so easily and efficiently

first_imgEmployees of the Department of Communal and Traffic Police of the City of Makarska and Makarska Komunalac doo this morning carried out an action of removing towels and other beach equipment on the part of the beach that is under the concession of the city utility company. The action covers the area from the peninsula of Sv. Petra to Cvitačka, and a full truck of towels and other beach props was collected with which bathers try to “reserve” their place on the beach.This problem has been present in many Dalmatian municipalities and cities in recent years, so many have decided to introduce bans. The City of Makarska did the same last year, and a few days ago it took a step further by placing signs with the rules of conduct on the beach. ” Actions to remove towels and other beach equipment, and based on our Decision on communal order, we carry out regularly during the tourist season, and recently, in cooperation with police and customs we had an action to combat illegal sales on the beach which is also a big problem. We will continue to carry out such actions as long as necessary, but I hope that over time there will be fewer and fewer such cases. ” said Deputy Mayor Drazen Nemcic.Ploče, on the recommendation of the City of Makarska, was placed at six locations by the concessionaire Makarski komunalac doo It is prohibited according to the city Decision on communal order – disturbing public order and harassment of other users, pollution of the environment and equipment owned by the beach, entry, installation and use of own deck chairs and umbrellas, installation of towels and other beach equipment, swimming outside the fenced area, camping and sleeping, lighting a fire, throwing cigarette butts outside the intended containers, use of shampoo, soap and detergents, and bringing cats and other dogs pets, and the rules are now visible at all times to swimmers on the Makarska beach. ” Although a lot has been written about this problem in the media, I think it is important that we have set up boards with rules of conduct so that every swimmer can see what he is not allowed to do on the beach and what he can be punished for. Bringing order to the beach is not something that can be achieved overnight, but it is one of the highest priorities because the city beach is our main resource ”Concluded Nemčić.So simple and effective, after a couple of such actions, it is certain that the rules of behavior on the beach will be learned and there will be no more problems with “reserving” towels on the beaches. Feel free to copy because the problem did not arise because of the people, but because of us because we are not strategically involved in the development of tourist destinations and because we have allowed them to do so. So let you care and strategically and systematically develop destinations.Related news: TOWELS, DRINKING, NAKEDNESS… EVERYTHING IS SUPER WHILE MONEY FLOWSlast_img read more