Month: November 2020

In Ascendant Night for Congressional Republicans, Women Led the Way

first_imgAshley Hinson, a former state legislator and television reporter, ousted Representative Abby Finkenauer of Iowa; Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the Citadel, defeated Representative Joe Cunningham of South Carolina; and Yvette Herrell, a former state legislator and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, flipped Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s seat in New Mexico to become the first Native American Republican woman in Congress. Republicans were celebrating their success at chipping away at Democrats’ House majority and feeling increasingly confident of maintaining control of the Senate. By Wednesday evening, they had elected 22 women and were on track to have the highest number of them serving in their congressional ranks, surpassing the previous record of 25 women elected in 2004.Those wins came as Republicans fought to protect female incumbents in the Senate, where Joni Ernst of Iowa prevailed in her competitive race, Kelly Loeffler advanced to a runoff in Georgia, and Susan Collins won a decisive victory in her re-election race in Maine. Cynthia Lummis, a former House lawmaker, became the first Republican woman to represent Wyoming in the Senate, replacing the retiring incumbent, Senator Michael B. Enzi. The pickups were particularly remarkable in the House, where Democrats swept to power in 2018 by running a diverse class of contenders and sent a historic group of women into office. Just one new Republican woman, Representative Carol Miller of West Virginia, was elected to the chamber that year, raising alarms inside the party conference.That set off a scramble by Republican leaders to steal a page from the Democratic recruiting playbook, eschewing the kind of candidates they had previously turned to — white, male, often veterans of politics — in favor of newcomers with diverse backgrounds. “These are important gains. They need to be celebrated; they need to be acknowledged,” Ms. Walsh said. “But women are still very underrepresented on the Republican side.” – Advertisement – By Wednesday afternoon, Democrats had defeated only one Republican woman in the Senate, Martha McSally of Arizona, who had been expected to lose.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — Republican women delivered critical victories to their party in the election, signaling the success of their efforts to recruit and elect a more diverse slate of candidates as they sought to counter Democrats’ huge advantage in adding women to their ranks in Congress.Conservative women were nearing a historic level of representation in the House, more than doubling the number of female Republican incumbents in the chamber as they scored key upsets in battlegrounds across the country and beat back Democratic challengers flush with cash.- Advertisement – “The Republican Party vowed to make gains among G.O.P. women, and it did because it prioritized the problem,” said Olivia Perez-Cubas, a spokeswoman for WFW Action Fund, a super PAC to elect conservative women that pumped millions of dollars into Republican primary races and the general election. “We’re seeing that Republican women will win.”Republicans regained a number of seats they had lost in 2018, and partial returns showed women leading Democratic incumbents in other competitive districts, like in Staten Island, where Representative Max Rose of New York was fighting to hold off Nicole Malliotakis. Republican leaders said on Wednesday that they anticipated welcoming as many as 19 women to their ranks after a dozen candidates had notched decisive wins.A woman won in nearly every district that Republicans had flipped by Wednesday, a striking statistic that bolstered the argument that conservative women could win competitive seats if they were able to make it through a primary to a general election. Republicans were still lagging far behind Democrats, who have spent years and huge sums to recruit and elect women across the country. But the Republican gains reflected the success of an urgent effort they undertook two years ago to make up for their widening deficit in enlisting women to run.“In many ways, this cycle for the Republican women is a very simple story,” said Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “You can’t see numeric gains in officeholders unless you have increases in number of candidates.”But to reach gender parity in Congress, she cautioned, Republicans would have to continue prioritizing the recruitment of women in both chambers and not interpret their success on Tuesday as “a one and done.”- Advertisement – In Florida, Maria Elvira Salazar, a former broadcast journalist, stunned Democrats by defeating Representative Donna E. Shalala by a narrow margin in the state’s 27th Congressional District. And Michelle Fischbach, a former lieutenant governor, defeated Representative Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, ending the tenure of the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and a 30-year veteran of Congress.Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said in an interview on Wednesday that he and other party leaders had championed recruits like Ms. Hinson early in the cycle, recognizing that “women and minorities’ biggest challenge were primaries, not general election.” More than 200 Republican women ran for the House this cycle.“They’re not going to give up,” Mr. McCarthy said. “These are the type of people you see who are just natural leaders. They’re not being elected because they’re a woman, but they’re going to break barriers where they haven’t been able to get there before.”Republicans were also optimistic on Wednesday about the chance of victories by Young Kim, the first Korean-American Republican woman elected to the California Legislature, and Michelle Steel, a first-generation Korean-American and member of the Orange County board of supervisors, who were challenging Democratic incumbents in tight races in California.Democrats, for their part, added to the diversity of their ranks with victories by Cori Bush, the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress, and Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, both New York Democrats who became the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Mr. Torres is also the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ETlast_img read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Apologises Over Leaked Internal Document on Tactics to Counter EU Rules

first_imgAlphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has apologised to Europe’s industry chief Thierry Breton over a leaked internal document proposing tactics to counter the EU’s tough new rules on internet companies and lobby against the EU commissioner.Pichai and Breton exchanged views in a video-conference call late on Thursday, the third this year, according to a statement from the European Commission.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Our online tools have been a lifeline to many people and businesses through lockdown, and Google is committed to continuing to innovate and build services that can contribute to Europe’s economic recovery post-COVID,” spokesman Al Verney said in a statement.The incident underlines the intense lobbying by tech companies against the proposed EU rules, which could impede their businesses and force changes in how they operate.Breton also warned Pichai about the excesses of the internet.“The Internet cannot remain a ‘Wild West’: we need clear and transparent rules, a predictable environment and balanced rights and obligations,” he told Pichai.Breton will announce new draft rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on December 2.The rules will set out a list of do’s and don’ts for gatekeepers – online companies with market power – forcing them to share data with rivals and regulators and not to promote their services and products unfairly.EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager has levied fines totalling EUR 8.25 billion (roughly Rs. 72,780 crore) against Google in the past three years for abusing its market power to favour its shopping comparison service, its Android mobile operating system and its advertising business.Breton told Pichai that he would increase the EU’s power to curb unfair behaviour by gatekeeping platforms, so that the Internet does not just benefit a handful of companies but also Europe’s small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs.“Europe’s position is clear: everyone is welcome on our continent – as long as they respect our rules,” he told Pichai.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “In any case, yes I had a discussion with Sundar… I told him what I had to tell him….he apologised. (I told him) If you need to tell me something, my door will always be open,” he said.Pichai apologised for the way the document came out, which he said he had not seen or sanctioned, saying that he would engage directly with Breton if he sees language and policy that specifically targets Google, another person familiar with the call said.Google said the two had a frank but open conversation.- Advertisement – The call came after a Google internal document outlined a 60-day strategy to attack the European Union’s push for the new rules by getting US allies to push back against Breton.The call was initiated by Google before the document was leaked. Breton brought up the leaked document and showed it to Pichai during the call.“I was not surprised. I’m not naive. I thought it was a bit old fashioned…,” Breton told the Anglo-American Press Association in a online meeting on Friday, waving the document in the air.- Advertisement –last_img read more

USDA awaits further testing in possible BSE case

first_img The USDA had tested 5,668 cattle for BSE from Jun 1 through 21, according to APHIS figures. The agency says it has 99% confidence of detecting BSE at a level of one case in 10 million cattle if it tests 268,000 cattle during the expanded screening program. “The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” Clifford stated. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of most screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so they will detect any sample that could possibly be positive” (italics in original). See also: He added that some inconclusive results are expected in screening test programs, since screening tests “are designed to cast a very wide net.” Tissue samples from the animal were sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for the confirmatory testing, Clifford said. Clifford said the USDA “remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply.” The ban on putting “specified risk materials”—tissues most likely to carry the BSE agent in an infected animal—into the food supply would protect the public if any more BSE cases were found in the United States, he said.center_img Jun 28, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture reported an “inconclusive,” or preliminary positive, test result in its screening program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Jun 25 and is awaiting confirmatory test results. The inconclusive result was the first since the USDA expanded its BSE testing program Jun 1 in an effort to test more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months. In announcing the finding, Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said confirmatory tests would be completed in 4 to 7 days. Because the confirmatory tests could be negative, Clifford did not report the age, breed, or sex of the animal involved, the laboratory that did the screening test, or where the animal came from. He said the animal did not enter the human food supply or animal feed. Jun 25 USDA statementhttp://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0263.04.htmllast_img read more

Vjeran Piršić, Eko Kvarner: The future of Croatian tourism lies in sustainable tourism where natural resources would be primarily respected, but also the natural possibilities of a certain environment

first_imgWhen asked how and where he sees the future of Croatian tourism, Piršić answers: “The future of Croatian tourism definitely lies in sustainable tourism, where natural resources would be primarily respected, but also the natural possibilities of a certain environment. But sustainable tourism alone is not enough. It is very important that we carry out the same tourism in a responsible way. That sustainable tourism does not work without responsible tourism can be best seen in the example of a Croatian eco-friendly resort that relied on renewable energy sources and environmental products in its business, but strictly forbade local events in its vicinity, which allowed tourists literally forced to spend within the resort”Says Pirsic.Piršić adds that he does not see the future in large resorts, but in changes in the current structure and change of roles in the tourism industry: “The ideal solution for sustainable and responsible tourism is private accommodation where tasteless apartments would turn into small hotels, renters become hosts and tourists guests. Through this type of accommodation, guests would be offered a bed and breakfast consisting of indigenous products, renewable energy sources would be used, and at the same time greater flexibility of hotel opening would be achieved throughout the year. “When asked if he thinks that Croatian tourism has the potential to offer its guests year-round facilities, Piršić answered with a dose of skepticism: “Private accommodation and small hotels are definitely the right way to expand the tourist season. However, a number of limiting factors should not be neglected, such as the climatic conditions in Kvarner, due to which our areas are abundant with rainfall from the beginning of November, then the beginning of the school year, which narrows the possibility of longer trips for many families. offer to guests”Concludes Piršić and adds that we are only 600 kilometers away from major centers such as Milan, Vienna and Munich, and sees weekend tourism as a realistic option on which to rest year-round tourism in our country.Source: Teklic.hr Encouraged by recent media reports, about the “cracking of tourism at the seams” in some tourist destinations, where mayors literally appeal to tourists to return in the fall or some other time of year due to congestion and large crowds, as well as their own experience where we are literally on the way to a resort stuck in a multi-hour, endless column of cars, and at the destination walking from terrace to terrace looking for a free chair, we decided to examine whether this kind of tourism has prospects for survival and what can be done in terms of long-term existence of Croatian tourism.Perhaps the answer to these questions lies in the following terms: responsible and sustainable tourism.A colleague from the Teklic.hr portal talked about this issue with a well-known Croatian ecologist, the president of the Eko Kvarner association, Vjeran Piršić, who points out large-scale tourism as a fundamental problem of Croatian tourism. “Today, large numbers of tourism are present in Croatia, which seems to be a likely path to ruin. There are two reasons for this – tourism in large numbers often leads to the devastation of destinations, and a picturesque example of this are Plitvice Lakes, where obviously all of us, due to congestion, this pearl turns from a national park into an ordinary park. The second reason is the “crowding” of tourist destinations, which in turn leads to a complete blockade of certain destinations at the peak of the season, as is the case in Dubrovnik burdened with cruising tourism or some smaller areas where the municipality of two thousand inhabitants the path to resource destruction, but also to demographic disruption, in the sense of facing a constant shortage of manpower”, Pirsic points out. Photo: Facebooklast_img read more

Bravo to Istraturist who admitted people with Down syndrome to practice

first_imgThese days, four protégés of the Vinkovci association Bubamara have arrived at Umag’s Istraturist – for autumn work.In order to show that as people with Down syndrome, they are equal members of society, the Buba bar was launched in Vinkovci, which is planned to be officially opened in the spring of 2018, and this summer they received an invitation from Umag to try professional catering and achieve your right to work. The four of them will work until the end of September at the Hotel Sol Garden Istra, which the guests enthusiastically welcomed.Namely, deeply aware of the fact that most people with disabilities are unemployed or employed in lower paid occupations, and that many people with disabilities live in poverty, and those living in rural areas are particularly excluded from the labor market, Bubamara decided to do so. to change. The Buba Bar project has been established in Vinkovci, the City has provided the space, and funds still need to be raised in order for it to be arranged and fully operational. The association has 1495 members, while it is estimated that there are about 500 people with disabilities living in Croatia who want to work. “Projects like this show that this is possible and we invite other companies to get involved in providing internships and subsequent employment of people with disabilities.”, Emphasizes the director of Istraturist Ronald Korotaj.Bubamara, the Association of Persons with Disabilities, was founded in 1984 to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities through an efficient and high-quality service system. With his initiative, he is trying to influence the change of the law on employment of persons with disabilities. By the way, the Bubamara Association delighted Croatia, but also the whole world, with a social entrepreneurship project which aims to open the first cafe in Croatia that will employ people with Down syndrome. The project called Buba bar was presented through the successfully completed Indiegogo campaign, which was declared the second most successful crowdfunding campaign in Croatia in 2016.”We want Buba Bar, the first cafe in Croatia to employ people with Down syndrome, to become a place where people with disabilities will exercise their basic right – the right to work and will have the opportunity to contribute to the community.” emphasize from the Association Bubamara, which has 1.495 members and has implemented over 150 different projects for the needs of people with disabilities in Vukovar-Srijem County.It is one of the largest civil society organizations in Croatia with more than 1400 members and more than 200 employees, including psychologists, social workers, special educators, speech therapists and is unique given the fact that it covers all types of disabilities.Bravo to Istraturist, which with its positive example shows its responsibility towards society, ie socially responsible business. How much this experience and opportunity means to people with Down syndrome cannot be described in words, but it can be seen in their eyes. I sincerely hope that other hoteliers will follow this positive example.Related news:THANK YOU VALUABLE MOVE OF THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM – HIRE PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AND THEIR BUBA BAR PROJECT FOR CATERING SERVICES  BUBA BAR, SECOND MOST SUCCESSFUL CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN IN 2016last_img read more

Awards given for annual achievements in winemaking

first_imgThe Croatian wine scene is rich, propulsive and lively. The number of wine labels on store shelves is constantly growing, the number of wineries and wine retailers as well, wine lists in restaurants often offer a serious cross-section of domestic and world offer, tastings and promotions are constantly held, several schools and courses for wine education are active. ascent.Such a good trend is primarily due to the individuals behind the launch of all these activities, and then wineries, associations, publishers, scientists and many entrepreneurs from all spheres of the economy from trade to production. This year, Römerquelle and Vinart have established an annual achievement award where the title of meritorious will be awarded. After the launch of the project, a polling board was established consisting of an equal ratio of renowned wine and gastronomic journalists, and sommelier of the most prominent Croatian restaurants who, as representatives of the wine market, assessed which individuals whose successes contributed to the development and affirmation of good wines.Therefore, on Thursday 9.11. at the Sheraton Hotel awarded the title of Meritorious to selected individuals and companies for their contribution to the development of wine culture, initiating trends, preserving wine tradition, affirming moderation of consumption, promoting wine science, promoting wine quality, and other works for the Croatian wine scene.Römerquelle Winery of the Year is Benvenuti Winery, and Römerquelle Person of the Year is Tomislav TomacA winemaker who built a completely new perception of Pošip as a variety and crucially influenced the modernization of Dalmatian white wines, Luka Krajančić, was awarded as the winery of the year in Dalmatia. Continuous excellence in Malvasia, Teran and Muscat production, confirmed by two IWC trophies and Decanter platinum, has brought the winery Welcome, in addition to the award for winery of the year in Istria, the award Römerquelle winery of the year. Highest recognition, award for Römerquelle Person of the Year he won Tomislav Tomac, most responsible for the progress and profiling of Plešivica as our “champagne wine region”, the originator of the trend of “orange” wines from amphorae, and the winemaker whose sparkling wine Amphora was included in Decanter’s list 75 Stellar Buys last year.The awards were presented in eight categories, four of which relate to the achievements of traders, four to the achievements of wineries, and Römerquelle Winery of the Year and Römerquelle Person of the Year were also selected. The company’s webshop of the year was named Live fine wines, a wine shop was chosen as the wine shop of the year Bornstein, the supermarket of the year is Vrutak, and the title of wholesaler of the year was won by the company Miva & Mohor. The achievements of the wineries were rewarded according to the regional division, so the winery of the year of Slavonia and the Danube region was chosen. Jasna Antunović Turk, whose Graševina Premium in 2013 received a platinum medal at this year’s Decanter, the world’s largest wine evaluation. Winery Tomac, whose sparkling wine Amfora was included in the list of 75 most important wines in the world last year, is the winery of the year in the Bregovita Hrvatska region.The organizer and initiator of the project of awarding the most deserving legal and natural persons in Croatian winemaking is the company Vinart, which organizes festivals and workshops, publishes wine publications and designs campaigns. “Everything we do aims to improve the culture of wine, so we launched this project so that the most deserving of it were rewarded and permanently recorded.” said the director of Vinart, Saša Špiranec, and added that Vinart’s annual achievements will continue to monitor the development of the Croatian wine scene in the coming years and once a year direct the spotlight to the most deserving.


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Valamar Riviera has concluded a loan agreement with the European Investment Bank

first_imgToday, Valamar Riviera signed a loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the amount of EUR 16 million.This is the first EIB transaction in Croatia directly financing a private sector company with the support of an EU budget guarantee through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is a financial component of the Investment Plan for Europe, better known to the general public as the Juncker Plan. “.The loan from the European Investment Bank will co-finance the completion of Valamar Girandello Resort, ie the construction of the first Kinderhotel 5 * in the Valamar Riviera portfolio, whose opening in April this year completes the repositioning of Rabac as a leading holiday destination for higher paying guests. This loan is a supplement to the indirect loan in the amount of EUR 44 million granted to Valamar by HBOR in March 2017.”Today we presented the results of the EIB Group in Croatia in 2017, which reached the highest level since 2013. Payments of 729 million euros, or 28% more than in 2016, represent our contribution to the real economy. We also signed the first direct transaction with a private sector company backed by an EFSI guarantee to support tourism in Croatia. Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors and is responsible for 20% of Croatia’s GDP and 10% of jobs in the country. At the same time, we signed an agreement to further improve the quality of the EIB’s advisory centers and established an advisory body, the so-called European Advisory Hub, which offers Croatia a unique approach to support in project preparation. ”Said Dario Scannapieco, Vice President of the EIBThe first EIB transaction in Croatia directly financing a private sector company with the support of an EU budget guarantee through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)This EUR 16 million EIB loan is a supplement to the EUR 44 million indirect loan granted to Valamar by HBOR in March 2017. The agreement we signed today with the European Investment Bank is a confirmation of the exceptional trust of large financiers in Valamar Riviera, but also an example of a quality investment project recognized at the highest European level because it contributes to the development of the Croatian economy in a broader sense, said Marko Čižmek. He added that Valamar continuously invests in raising the quality of products and developing the destinations in which it operates, as well as in improving working conditions in tourism.“For Valamar, this cooperation is extremely important in terms of expanding the horizons of financial sources that enable us to implement large investment projects. We hope that we will continue our cooperation with the EIB on future projects within the strategic goals of our company, which include achieving double-digit growth of results and values ​​of the company in a sustainable and socially responsible way.. ” concluded Čižmek.last_img read more

The first RegioJet train arrived from Prague to Rijeka with more than 500 passengers

first_imgPhoto: RegioJet CZ  “The arrival of the train from Prague is a symbolic return of our traditional tourists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the route that passes through several countries is proof of good connections, important for tourist movements. The interest in our country is also evidenced by the investments of the Czech investor in the Hilton hotel on the Costabella worth 80 million euros, which raises the quality of Kvarner’s tourist offer.” concluded Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.  “Demand is a record and the highest in the history of our company, which is why we decided to operate on this route every day until the end of August, and not just three times a week as originally planned. The line will remain in 2021. “, he concluded Jančura, adding that all passengers can also buy a bus ticket for many Croatian destinations departing from Rijeka. Interestingly, this news was accompanied by  The New York Times. In addition to numerous Czech, Slovak and Slovenian tourists, diplomatic representatives of these countries also arrived in Croatia, as well as 30 leading Czech and Slovak media who will report on the Croatian tourist offer during their stay in our country. The importance of the Czech and Slovak markets for Rijeka is also confirmed by the director of the Rijeka Tourist Board Petar Škarpa. “Czech and Slovak tourists in Rijeka have achieved significant growth in tourist traffic in the past three years, and I hope that this year’s RegioJet train will contribute to the return of Czech and Slovak tourists as it was before the pandemic. I am extremely glad that Rijeka has been recognized in this sense by the Czech partner RegioJet, ie the owner, Mr. Radim Jančura, who connected the Czech Republic and Slovakia with Croatia and Rijeka with this line. “, said Škarpa.  Modern and high-quality trains run on the mentioned route, offering customers top service during the trip to the final destination. The first train arrived with a maximum allowable capacity of 12 wagons, of which nine were 9 sleeping and three Astra wagon standard. Until July 11, trains will run 3 times a week, and after that date the train on the route Rijeka – Prague will travel daily until the end of August. In September, trains will run again 3 times a week, and the last train from Rijeka will depart on September 26, 2020. The first train of the Czech carrier RegioJet, which will run from July to the end of August on the route Prague-Brno-Bratislava-Ljubljana-Rijeka, successfully arrived at the railway station in Rijeka together with more than 500 Czech, Slovak and Slovenian tourists who were part of this premiere trip. Approximately 30 tickets were sold “We are proud to cooperate with RegioJet, which has recognized the importance of connecting the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia with Croatia, which enjoys the status of one of the most popular and most popular foreign tourist destinations in these markets. This railway route will significantly contribute to tourist flows between our countries, and this is confirmed by the data on the sale of more than 30 thousand tickets in the first ten days of sales. At the moment, the Czech Republic is in an excellent third place in foreign markets from which we generate the largest tourist turnover, while Slovakia is in eighth place”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. According to the words Radima Jančure, CEO of RegioJet, this company is the leader for long-distance rail connections in Central Europe, and annually records 20 million passengers, 11 million in rail and 9 million in bus transport. last_img read more