Biden defeats Trump in Nevada.

first_imgJoseph R. Biden Jr. won the state of Nevada on Saturday, according to The New York Times, defeating President Trump by two percentage points.The country had anxiously awaited the results in the battleground state for days, viewing it as a potential tipping point. But when they finally came, the moment was somewhat anticlimactic: Mr. Biden had already been declared the winner of the presidential race roughly an hour earlier, after Pennsylvania was called for him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In Nevada, where Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump by 2.4 percentage points in 2016, Democrats control the governor’s office and legislature, both Senate seats and all but one House seat. It was not widely expected to be a battleground state in the presidential election.- Advertisement – Still, that Mr. Biden has clinched Nevada’s six electoral votes adds to his lead in the Electoral College.The Trump campaign had identified Nevada, which allows any losing candidate to request a recount, as one of the battleground states where it hopes to use the courts and procedural maneuvers to stave off defeat. Less than 24 hours before Election Day, a Nevada judge rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans who had tried to stop early vote counting in Clark County. But while recent polls consistently showed Mr. Biden ahead of Mr. Trump in Nevada, Democrats worried that some of their base working-class voters, many of whom lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, might not show up at the polls because of they would be focused on immediate concerns, like feeding their families. The state has reported more than 107,000 coronavirus cases.last_img read more

World MICE Awards unveils inaugural winners | News

first_imgNewerHurtigruten extends book with confidence offer Rina van Staden, director, World MICE Awards, said: “Our winners have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges and represent the best of the MICE industry. “My congratulations to each of them.”Other winners include Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (‘Asia’s Best MICE Hotel’); Durban ICC, South Africa (‘Africa’s Best Convention Centre’); W Santiago, Chile (‘Latin America’s Best MICE Hotel’); and Address Skyview, Dubai (‘World’s Best New MICE Hotel’).More InformationFor a full list of winners visit here. – Advertisement – Las Vegas took the title for ‘North America’s Best MICE Destination’.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s leading MICE brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.- Advertisement – The World MICE Awards has announced the winners of its inaugural 2020 programme.Brands to win top honours include Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi (‘World’s Best MICE Hotel’), Vietnam Airlines (‘World’s Best MICE Airline’) and IFEMA Feria de Madrid (‘World’s Best Convention Centre’).- Advertisement – OlderChedi Aquarius Koh Chang pencilled in for 2023 A global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in the MICE industry, the programme will search for the best in the sector annually. Destination winners include Dubai, which has built a reputation for hosting world-class events and will stage the much-anticipated Dubai World Expo, was voted ‘World’s Best MICE Destination’ and ‘Middle East’s Best MICE Destination’.In Europe, Madrid emerged as the winner for ‘Europe’s Best MICE Destination’. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX is launching astronauts for Nasa

first_img– Advertisement – SpaceX was shortlisted for evaluation under the Nasa cargo programme in 2006. But by 2008, SpaceX and Tesla, the electric car manufacturer in which Musk had invested, were running low on cash. Musk was faced with an impossible choice: “I could either split the funds that I had between the two companies, or focus it on one company – with certain death for the other,” he told Business Insider in 2013.- Advertisement –last_img

Bachelor Sean Lowe, Catherine Giudici’s Relationship Timeline

first_imgScroll through the gallery below for a full timeline of the pair’s relationship. A true love story. Although many couples on The Bachelor struggle to make it to the altar, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici never had that problem.Lowe, who first appeared on Emily Maynard‘s season of The Bachelorette, became the lead on season 17 of The Bachelor. He was branded as the “Virgin Bachelor,” as he had revealed that he was a born-again virgin and was saving himself for marriage.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The graphic designer, for her part, didn’t know what to expect when she joined the dating show.However, she quickly fell in love. The pair, who got married in 2014, now share three children — which was their plan early on.“We were always planning on having three kids. This one came maybe a little sooner than we had planned, but we are excited,” the Arlington native told Us Weekly in July 2019. “The idea of raising three kids under 3 and a half years old, that’s a little daunting if I’m being honest! [Giudici’s] first thought was probably not excitement! Her first thought was probably, ‘Wait, we’re having a baby? I already have a baby! I’m not ready for another baby!’ But after a few hours I think she got excited.”- Advertisement – ABC announced that the season, which aired in 2013, will be part of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever, a spinoff set to take a look into 10 seasons from the franchise, set to air in 2020.“When I was originally cast, I was very flattered but somewhat grounded by the fact that I would be one of the faces that represented people of color. I knew that one of the reasons I was probably chosen was because I was Filipino,” Giudici wrote via Instagram in June 2020, amid the Black Lives Matter movement. “I counted myself out to be his fiancée because of what I assumed Sean liked. I thought I was there just to check a box, but I ended up with so much more. I became present with the process and as he started noticing me for who I really was, I allowed this experience to open myself up to the possibility of being fully loved and appreciated for all that I was. I ended up getting to represent a mixed race community, I found Christ (I LOVE my testimony!) and marrying the most amazing man I’ve ever known. I’d say doing this show was one of the best things that ever happened to me.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

WHO promotes ‘5 Keys’ to food safety

first_imgOct 13, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Two billion people around the world get sick from unsafe food each year, but following five simple rules could significantly reduce that toll, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. “The 5 Keys represent measures which can be taken on an individual level, and immediately, to reduce the risk of foodborne disease,” Dr. Jorgen Schlundt, director of the WHO’s Food Safety Department, said in a news release. Oct 13 WHO news release WHO’s ‘5 Keys’ poster WHO regional offices are being encouraged to produce more specific versions of the 5 Keys strategy and the training manual, officials said. For example, the regional office for Southeast Asia, based in New Delhi, has produced a version of the manual that emphasizes ways to adapt the safety principles in situations where people can’t afford the detergents generally recommended for preventing the spread of foodborne disease. See also: The agency also said it has produced a manual to help member countries use and disseminate the 5 Keys. The manual is intended for food safety professionals, teachers, and other groups to use in training target groups such as food handlers and schoolchildren. The manual will be field-tested in Argentina, Bolivia, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua in the Americas and Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, and Timor Leste (East Timor) in Southeast Asia. The WHO Web site presents the 5 Keys in a color poster available in 10 languages. The poster lists specific pointers related to each safety principle along with rationales for the principles. The strategy was announced in conjunction with the Second Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators in Bangkok. The WHO announced today a “5 Keys” strategy for preventing foodborne illness. The five rules are these: keep hands and cooking surfaces clean, separate raw and cooked food, cook food thoroughly, store food at safe temperatures, and use safe water and safe raw ingredients.last_img read more

Avian flu strikes again in Laos

first_imgJul 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Laos has reported its first major outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in more than 2 years, on a poultry farm in an area bordering part of Thailand that has recently been hit by the disease.A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said the disease surfaced on a farm just south of the capital city of Vientiane and killed 2,500 chickens, news services reported today. Reuters said the H5 subtype was first detected on Jul 18. The Thai National Institute of Animal Health later confirmed that the virus was H5N1, according to a Bloomberg News report.The last poultry outbreak in Laos occurred in January 2004, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), though the virus was reported to have infected a single backyard duck in May of this year. Reuters reported today that the same farm was the site of the latest outbreak and the one in 2004. Laos has not reported any human cases or deaths.The Laotian government culled all chickens on the farm, disinfected the area, and restricted movement of livestock within a 5-kilometer surveillance zone, Wantanee Kalpravidh, FAO regional coordinator for avian influenza projects in Bangkok, told reporters.The international community has been helping Laos—a primarily rural country of 5 million people—establish a strategy to fight avian flu, according to the news reports. The United States contributed $3.4 million in October, Reuters said.Meanwhile, across the border in Thailand, the Bangkok Post reported today that H5N1 avian flu may have infected five more people in two provinces that the government has declared bird flu “red zones.” The public health ministry said the new cases increased the number of suspected cases to 44, with lab results awaited in all of them, the Post said.Three of the latest patients are from Phitsanulok province and were hospitalized Jul 26. All experienced flu symptoms and had contact with chickens in areas with poultry outbreaks. In Phichit province, a 42-year-old woman and a 4-year-old girl from two different districts became ill after they touched chicken carcasses at their homes.The recent re-emergence of H5N1 avian flu in Thailand followed an 8-month hiatus. The virus killed a 17-year-old boy in Phichit province earlier this week and has been confirmed in birds there. Besides Phichit and Phitsanulok, five other north-central Thai provinces are on the list of avian flu alert zones: Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, and Nakhon Pathom.See also:OIE bulletin with report of 2004 outbreak in Laos read more

Produce firm names winners of E coli research grants

first_img National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, Michigan State University, Elliot T. Ryser, PhD: Quantifying the risk of transfer and internalization of E coli O157:H7 during processing of leafy greens Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, University of California–Davis, Linda J. Harris, PhD: Factors that influence the ability of E coli O157:H7 to multiply on lettuce and leafy greens “Fresh Express is committed to bringing healthy, safe products to consumers, and we plan to share any research findings as widely as possible to help stimulate the development of advanced safeguards within the fresh-cut industry,” Viviani said. See also: The nine research teams, with their principal investigators and research topic, are as follows: Besides Osterholm, members of the scientific panel include Dr Jeff Farrar, California Department of Health Services; Dr. Bob Buchanan, US Food and Drug Administration; Robert Tauxe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr Bob Gravani, Cornell University; and Dr Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota. Tanios E. Viviani, president of Fresh Express, said the company was extremely pleased with the depth and scope of the projects the advisory panel selected. Food Technology and Safety Laboratory, Animal and Natural Resources Institute, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Manan Sharma, PhD: A novel approach to investigate internalization of E coli O157:H7 in lettuce and spinach Ohio State University Department of Microbiology, Ahmed Yousef, PhD: Sanitization of leafy vegetables by integrating gaseous ozone treatment into produce process Advisory panel chair Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said in the news release that the panel was pleased with the quality of the proposals. “We were all extremely impressed by the innovative approaches and new directions being applied to E coli O157:H7 research to better understand and ultimately minimize the threat of this pathogen in fresh produce,” said Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. Apr 11 Fresh Express news release Apr 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A scientific advisory panel assembled by Fresh Express, a California produce company, has selected nine research teams to receive awards up to $250,000 each to study how to keep Escherichia coli O157:H7 from contaminating fresh produce. University of Arizona Department of Immunobiology, Jorge A. Girón, PhD: Interaction of E coli O157:H7 with fresh leafy green produce In an Apr 11 news release, Fresh Express said the nine research teams that were awarded the 1-year research grants were chosen from 65 research proposals. Oklahoma State University Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Jacqueline Fletcher, PhD: Movement of E coli O157:H7 in spinach and dissemination to leafy greens by insects University of Georgia Department of Food Science and Technology, Mark A. Harrison, PhD: Fate of E coli O157:H7 on fresh and fresh-cut iceberg lettuce and spinach in the presence of normal background microflora University of Georgia Center for Food Safety, Michael P. Doyle, PhD: Subsurface contamination and internalization of E coli O157:H7 in preharvest lettuce Clemson University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Xiuping Jiang, PhD: Determining the environmental factors contributing to the extended survival or regrowth of foodborne pathogens in composting systems Jan 19 CIDRAP News article “California produce firm to fund E coli research” In January 2007, Fresh Express, which produces bagged salads and other produce products, announced it would provide up to $2 million for E coli research and asked its volunteer scientific advisory panel to evaluate research proposals based on five priorities. The company’s initiative came in the wake of several nationwide E coli outbreaks that were linked to fresh produce, though the firm said its products have never been associated with any foodborne illness outbreaks.last_img read more

WHO group envisions greater production of H1N1 vaccine

first_imgMay 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A new report from a World Health Organization (WHO) advisory group predicts that global production of vaccine for the novel H1N1 influenza virus could be as much as 4.9 billon doses a year, far higher than previous estimates.The report also says that it’s “premature” to recommend starting mass production of an H1N1 vaccine now and predicts that if the recommendation is made, production could begin no sooner than mid-July. It gives no estimate of when the first doses would become available.The four-page report is based on a May 14 teleconference of about 40 stakeholders, called the Ad Hoc Policy Advisory Working Group on Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccines. It was released late yesterday.The report says that vaccine makers are expected to produce about 480 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine for the northern hemisphere’s 2008-09 flu season. About 350 million doses will be ready by June 30 and 430 million doses by Jul 31.The report continues, “It is estimated that up to 4.9 billion doses [of novel H1N1 vaccine] could be produced over a 12-month period after the initiation of full-scale production,” if production yields are about the same as for seasonal flu vaccines and if “the most dose-sparing formulations” are used.The estimate of 4.9 billion doses is far above the 1 billion to 2 billion doses mentioned by the WHO’s Dr. Marie-Paul Kieny at a news briefing on May 6. She said that was based on an estimated global production capacity of about 900 million doses for seasonal vaccine.The report does not explain what the 4.9-billion-dose estimate is based on, and WHO officials did not reply to a query about this today. But the mention of dose-sparing formulations is an apparent reference to adjuvants—immune-system stimulants that, when added to a vaccine, allow doses to be diluted, thus increasing supplies.The working group also says that with total annual production of 4.9 billion doses, the United Nations (UN) could potentially have access to 400 million doses.The report says that a monovalent, or single-strain, vaccine is the preferred option for the H1N1 vaccine. There has been speculation about adding a novel H1N1 vaccine to the seasonal flu vaccine, which targets three flu strains, creating a four-strain vaccine that could protect against seasonal flu and the novel virus. But the report says this “would have significant regulatory implications,” implying it would cause delays.Timing considerationsConcerning production timetables, the report says that candidate vaccine viruses (seed strains) will become available to vaccine makers at the end of this month—on the later end of previous estimates, which were sometime in the second half of May. But distribution of the seed strains may need to be delayed another week or two for testing in animals to make sure they are safe.”Typically one to two additional months are needed by manufacturers after they receive vaccine viruses to isolate rapid growing strains to [achieve] maximum yield,” the report adds. “Based on these considerations, the Working Group concluded that manufacturers would not be ready to switch to large-scale production before mid-July 2009.”It adds that moving to production too quickly could lead to using strains that don’t grow very well in eggs, as happened with a 2004 Vietnam strain of the H5N1 virus that was used for vaccine production.The report does not suggest when the first vaccine doses might be ready, but health officials have said that, from the time manufacturers receive vaccine seed strains, it will probably take 4 to 6 months to start producing an H1N1 vaccine in quantity. With the vaccine viruses going to manufacturers at the end of May, that suggests that the first doses could be ready in October.Sanofi Pasteur, the largest flu vaccine supplier for the US market in recent years, expects to be able to produce its first doses of an H1N1 vaccine within 3 to 4 months after receiving the seed strains, a company spokeswoman said today.”Typically once we receive the seed virus, in a couple of weeks we can be ready to move to full-scale production, and in a couple of months—three to four—we believe we will have the first doses to provide to health authorities,” Donna Cary, director of public relations, told CIDRAP News.”We will have better information once we receive the seed virus and reagents and the government establishes the licensure process,” she added.GlaxoSmithKline, which also sells flu vaccine in the United States, will probably need 4 to 6 months to start providing vaccine after it receives the seed strains, company spokeswoman Sarah Alspach told CIDRAP News today. She noted that clinical trials will be necessary, and unpredictable hurdles could crop up.The WHO report notes that many factors affecting H1N1 vaccine supplies remain unknown, including the optimal dose, the required number of doses, the required interval between doses, the interchangeability of different products, and the safety profile.One safety issue will be the risk of Guillian-Barre syndrome, the paralytic condition that ultimately derailed the nationwide swine flu vaccination campaign in 1976, the report says. It recommends determining baseline rates of the syndrome in various populations before a pandemic vaccine is available, so that any later changes in its incidence can be detected.Vow to help developing countriesIn other developments today, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said vaccine company executives who met with the agency today showed a “serious commitment” to helping provide H1N1 vaccines for developing countries, but she gave no specifics on what the companies might do.In a press release, the WHO said it would work with the UN and other groups “to find innovative funding mechanisms to ensure that developing countries were not denied access to vaccines because of lack of means.”Chan said she would meet with vaccine manufacturers individually to develop strategies to make vaccine supplies available to needy countries, according to the release.See also: WHO working group report 1 CIDRAP News story on obstacles to H1N1 vaccine production 6 CIDRAP News story on H1N1 vaccine issues of May 6 WHO briefing on vaccine issues 19 WHO news release on supplying vaccines to developing nations read more

WHO lists warning signs for severe H1N1 disease

first_img In addition, particular danger signs in children include fast or difficult breathing, lack of alertness, difficulty in waking up, and little or no desire to play, the agency said. Because a patient’s condition can worsen very quickly, medical attention should be sought when any of the warning signs appear, the WHO advised. Jul 29 CIDRAP News story “Study on pandemic flu risks in pregnancy finds antiviral treatment delays” Jul 31 WHO statement Regarding pregnant women, the WHO noted a US study published this week in The Lancet that showed an increased risk of severe or fatal H1N1 disease in this group. Several other countries also have noted an increased risk for pregnant women and a higher risk of fetal death or spontaneous abortion, the agency said. The agency said pregnant women should be treated with oseltamivir as soon as possible after symptom onset and should be a priority group for immunization. Jul 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today issued a list of warning signs of possible severe disease in H1N1 flu patients, while adding its voice to the recent warnings about the virus’s threat to pregnant women.center_img “WHO strongly recommends that, in areas where infection with the H1N1 virus is widespread, pregnant women, and the clinicians treating them, be alert to symptoms of influenza-like illness,” the statement said. The WHO said signs that can signal a progression to severe disease include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, turning blue, bloody or colored sputum, chest pain, altered mental status, high fever lasting more than 3 days, and low blood pressure. See also: The agency noted that most patients continue to have mild symptoms and recover fully within a week, but a few people, usually younger than 50, rapidly progress to severe and often fatal illness. “No factors that can predict this pattern of severe disease have yet been identified, though studies are under way,” the statement said. In other comments, the WHO said monitoring of viruses from multiple outbreaks has revealed no evidence of a change in the virus’s ability to spread or cause severe illness.last_img read more

By 2023, Adris will invest 2.2 billion kuna in the tourism part of the group

first_imgMaistra – continued growth of all key business indicators In 2018, the Adris Group generated total revenue in the amount of HRK 5,79 billion, which is an increase of five percent. Operating revenues amounted to HRK 5,65 billion or 13 percent more than in the previous year. Revenues from the sale of goods and services amounted to HRK 5,06 billion, which is 16 percent more than last year. Revenue of HRK 3,55 billion was generated on the domestic market, and HRK 1,51 billion on foreign markets, or 12 percent more than last year. Net profit amounts to HRK 446 million, which is an increase of 19 percent. By 2023, Adris will invest almost three billion kuna in the development of its business. The majority of investments, worth 2.2 billion kuna, relate to further raising the quality of service in the tourism part of the business. In 2018, the process of ownership consolidation in the company HUP-Zagreb was completed. The session of the General Assembly of the Adris Group, held in Rovinj, ended the holding of the annual general meetings of the companies within the Group. HUP-Zagreb is a company that significantly contributes to the strengthening of the tourism part of the Group and which also achieves the growth of all key business indicators. These indicators, in addition to Zagreb hotels, include the operations of Dubrovnik hotels in the branch Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels. In 2018, HUP-Zagreb achieved seven percent more overnight stays, with an increase in the average price of overnight stays of eight percent. Operating revenues increased by 10 percent and amounted to HRK 448 million. Profit before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to HRK 176 million and is 17 percent higher than last year. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) increased by 25 percent and amounted to HRK 135 million.  In accordance with the published agenda, after the General Assembly adopted the financial statements for 2018, it also made a decision on the use of the 2018 profit. In 2018, Maistra achieved four percent more overnight stays, with an increase in the average price of overnight stays of four percent. Operating revenues increased by nine percent and amounted to HRK 1,25 billion. Profit before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from ordinary activities amounts to HRK 449 million and is five percent higher than last year. Profit before interest and taxes (EBIT) from ordinary activities increased by four percent and amounted to HRK 275 million. The realized net operating profit amounts to HRK 201 million.  Ante Vlahović is leaving the head of the Adris group  In accordance with the decision of the General Assembly on the payment of a dividend of HRK 18,2 per share, the amount of HRK 298,5 million will be allocated from the undistributed retained earnings of the Company for the payment of a dividend. The dividend will be paid on July 19, 2019, to the accounts of the shareholders according to the balance and statement of the Central Depository and Clearing Company on June 28, 2019. The calculated amount of dividend on treasury shares is retained in retained earnings.  At the beginning of 2019, Adris completed the process of acquiring a 2018% stake in the company. In June 75, the process of functional merger in the tourism part began in order for Maistra and HUP-Zagreb to function as a single system, which will enable the use of economies of scale and synergy effects. The tourism part of the Group has 84 percent of products in solid facilities and as much as XNUMX percent of hotel accommodation at the level of four and five stars. Maistra is a leading Croatian tourist company according to the quality criteria of the tourist portfolio. A dividend of HRK 18,2 per share will be paid on July 19 By 2023, Adris will invest more than two billion kuna in the tourism part of the Group, which will put 95 percent of hotel capacity at the highest level of supply. In addition to investments in Rovinj, Vrsar, Zagreb and Dubrovnik, investments are also planned in Split, a growing and recognizable Croatian tourist destination. In addition to capital investment, a key lever for growth is investing in visibility and experiences in tourist destinations, which directly and positively affects pricing management policy. In 2018, all Adris companies recorded growth in key quantitative and financial business indicators. All three businesses saw double-digit net profit growth: healthy food 11 percent, tourism 24 percent and insurance 33 percent. Consolidated, growth is 29 percent. If the company HUP-Zagreb is added to that, Adris’s operations recorded a consolidated growth of net profit of 52 percent. With the acquisition of HUP-Zagreb, Adris has further strengthened its tourism business, and has made all the necessary reservations related to Agrokor, reports Adris. Finally, the Assembly gave discharge to the members of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. The current President of the Management Board, mr. Vlahović, was elected a member of the Supervisory Board with the beginning of his term on January 1, 2020. Vitomir Palinec, Finance Director of the Adris Group, was also elected a member of the Supervisory Board, and his term of office begins with the conclusion of the General Assembly at which he was elected.last_img read more