The city has seen persistent protests since May, and many of the demonstrators have vowed to continue their actions to support racial justice and oppose police brutality no matter who wins the election.More than a dozen protests against Mr. Trump’s efforts to stop votes from being counted were organized by Refuse Fascism. At the one in Seattle, a group of protesters moved through the streets, yelling, “Every city, every town, Trump-Pence out now,” and “count every single vote.”At the pro-Trump event in Phoenix, at least 150 people gathered in front of the State Capitol before marching to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. In Phoenix, about 150 pro-Trump protesters, some of them armed, gathered outside the county recorder’s office where a closely watched count of votes that could help determine the outcome of the election was being conducted.At several points, protesters contended that Adrian Fontes, the county official who oversees elections in Maricopa County, was improperly failing to count some ballots and costing Mr. Trump votes in Arizona’s most populous county — although there was no evidence that any ballots had been improperly tossed. Updated Nov. 5, 2020, 1:17 a.m. ET Mr. Trump claimed early on Wednesday that he had won the election long before key states had counted all their ballots. He spent much of the day asserting, without evidence, that people were trying to “steal” the election from him and cast doubt on the legitimacy of the many ballots sent through the mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.Early on Thursday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was only a handful of electoral votes from winning the election, and Mr. Trump’s campaign was mounting an aggressive legal effort to challenge the tally, filing lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania. In Portland, hundreds of people marched through downtown. “The Vote Is Over. The Fight Goes On,” one sign read. The crowd later stopped at a separate “Count Every Vote” rally along the waterfront, where speakers expressed fears that Mr. Trump, who lost decisively in Oregon, was trying to sabotage the election and prevent votes from being counted in other states.A portion of the crowd proceeded through downtown, where some people smashed windows. At that point, dozens of police officers began chasing the crowd through the streets and declared a riot. Gov. Kate Brown had extended an emergency declaration earlier in the day, allowing her to activate the National Guard that joined Wednesday night’s operations. “The only way Biden can win Arizona is through fraud,” said Jim Williams, 67, a welder who attended the protest. “I won’t accept a Biden victory. I don’t want to live under Communist rule.”Some in the crowd chanted “Down With Fox,” reflecting the protesters’ ire at Fox News’s decision on Tuesday to call Arizona for Mr. Biden, a move that some other news outlets later followed.Mike Baker reported from Portland, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York, and Simon Romero from Phoenix. Reporting was contributed by Christiaan Triebert and Ed Shanahan in New York, Kaitlin Gillespie in Portland, and Hallie Golden in Seattle. – Advertisement – The Minnesota State Patrol said on Twitter that it was arresting protesters and that demonstrating on the freeway “is illegal and very dangerous for pedestrians and motorists.” Keely Varvel, Mr. Fontes’s chief deputy, said there were no plans to halt counting of the ballots because of the protest in front of the building. “We are still planning to finish up our scheduled ballot processing work and report out more results tonight,” Ms. Varvel said.- Advertisement – PORTLAND, Ore. — Calling on election officials to “count every vote,” protesters marched through the streets of several American cities on Wednesday in response to President Trump’s aggressive effort to challenge the vote count in Tuesday’s presidential election.In Minneapolis, protesters blocked a freeway, prompting arrests. In Portland, hundreds gathered on the waterfront to protest the president’s attempted interventions in the vote count as a separate group protesting the police and urging racial justice surged through downtown, smashing shop windows and confronting police officers and National Guard troops.- Advertisement – In Detroit, another group of pro-Trump poll watchers gathered earlier in the day outside a ballot-counting center in Detroit, demanding that officials “stop the count” of ballots after the Trump campaign filed suit to halt the count in Michigan. “It’s such a dangerous moment,” said Carol Carmick, 59, who said she joined the protests in Portland out of fears that Mr. Trump would try to stay in power even if he lost the election. Protesters also gathered in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere, some of them continuing the protests over racial justice and policing that have rocked the country since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. More demonstrations were scheduled for the coming days.In Minneapolis, several hundred protesters angered over the president’s declarations marched onto Interstate 94, prompting the police to clear the roadway.“Our focus is on not allowing Donald Trump to steal this election from the American people,” Nekima Levy Armstrong, a lawyer who was part of the protest, said in a phone interview from the freeway. She said that the protesters had halted traffic and that the police, some on horses, had begun to make arrests and were not allowing protesters to leave. In New York, protesters held a peaceful demonstration in Manhattan earlier on Wednesday calling for every vote to be counted and for racial equality, but hostile clashes between protesters and the police developed later on when protesters briefly shut down traffic in the West Village, and officers pushed protesters to the sidewalks and arrested at least 20 people. – Advertisement –
Fear of the disease could cause panic and chaos that might disrupt the food supply, basic services, financial services, and public order. “Under such circumstances, the economic costs imposed by an outbreak would be greater than what is estimated in this study,” the authors note. The report predicts that the economic impact on developing countries will be even larger than the effect on developed countries, because mortality rates in developing countries are expected to be higher. Quarantines, sickness, and death will be the major factors that reduce worker productivity and affect economies, according to ABARE, an Australian government research agency. Consumer confidence and investment also would suffer. In its analysis, ABARE assumed a medium-scale pandemic with a global death toll of around 80 million. The authors also assumed that healthy adults aged 19 to 45 would be particularly hard hit, as was true in the severe flu pandemic of 1918-19. Industries such as transportation and production would be most acutely affected by border closures. However, a pandemic could spur the growth of some other sectors, such as health care, communications, and information technology. Jun 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An influenza pandemic would reduce the gross domestic products of the world’s major economies by amounts ranging from 9% in China to 3% in Canada, according to a recent report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE). Predicted decreases in gross domestic product are as follows: China, 8.7%; Southeast Asia, 7.1%, Australia, 6.8%; Republic of Korea, 6.7%; Japan, 6.1%; United States, 3.5%; European Union, 3.7% and Canada, 3%. Regardless of where the initial outbreak occurs, all countries are vulnerable to a pandemic, the authors wrote. “It is more efficient for Australia and other countries to continue to be active in international efforts aimed at eradicating, preventing or containing the influenza virus at its source before it reaches international boundaries,” they concluded. “A collective approach in dealing with the spread of the virus may be more effective and efficient than individual or unilateral efforts.”
“Thus, these results do not disprove a role for cytokines in the pathogenesis of H5N1,” said the expert, though the data may support the argument that therapy to block a single cytokine may not be clinically beneficial. Infected mice that were treated with glucocorticoids didn’t lose as much weight, but the researchers found that the mortality rates were similar to those in the other groups. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told CIDRAP News that though the new study appears to create some doubt about the role of high cytokine levels in the pathogenesis of H5N1 infection, “It probably tells us a bit of truth about both hypotheses. When the researchers genetically manipulated the system, the mice still did badly,” he said. Though the findings are negative, they help guide the search for therapies for H5N1 infections, the authors write. “Any lab finding that is going to be meaningful has to match up with the clinical disease severity and distribution by age,” Osterholm said. They found that H5N1-infected mice deficient in TNF-alpha or its receptors had mortality rates and weight loss similar to infected wild-type mice. After H5N1 inoculation the IL-6deficient mice lost nearly the same amount of weight as the wild-type mice, and all died. Similar mortality and weight loss results were seen in the mice with the CCL2 defect. The study, to be published ahead of print this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), was conducted by Robert G. Webster, PhD, and colleagues at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. They report that groups of mice genetically programmed to lack one of three important inflammatory cytokines died after they were exposed to a Vietnamese H5N1 virus strain. Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of CIDRAP News, also disagreed with the study findings and said the clinical picture in human and animal models suggests that age distribution is a critical finding that supports a role for the cytokine cascade in the pathology of the disease. Mortality patterns in the mice are not unexpected, the expert said, noting that in mice the H5N1 virus primarily kills by neuroinvasion rather than by respiratory pathology. “These results refute the popular paradigm that the cytokine storm is the cause of death during H5N1 infection,” the authors state, adding that more research is needed to examine the contribution of each cytokine to factors other than weight loss and mortality. The researchers concluded that deficiency of any of the three key cytokines alone does not protect mammal hosts from H5N1 avian influenza death and that glucocorticoids do not reduce the lethality of the H5N1 infection. “In any event, these data cannot be ignored, nor can it be concluded that these results refute the role for cytokines in the pathogenesis of human H5N1 lung disease,” the virologist commented. “The role of inflammatory responses in the pathogenesis of influenza is still far from understood.” Salomon R, Hoffmann E, Webster RG. Inhibition of the cytokine response does not protect against lethal H5N1 influenza infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2007 (published online Jul 17) [Abstract] Cytokine cascades are pleiotropic and multiply redundant, and once one starts, it is unlikely that blocking a single cytokine will have a major effect, the virologist said. The virologist pointed out that mice with TNF receptor defects lost less weight than the wild-type mice (9.1% vs 17.1%), though the difference may not be statistically significant because there were only three mice in each study group. The scientist also said the glucocorticoid-treated mice lost less weight than the untreated group. “You have to be careful when interpreting mouse studies, but this leaves an open question,” Fauci commented. Jul 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Scientists have hoped that disabling the body’s destructive immune-system overreaction to the H5N1 avian influenza virus, known as “cytokine storm,” could lead to new lifesaving treatments, but according to a new study, trials testing the strategy didn’t protect mice infected with the disease. Scientists have suggested that the cytokine storm contributed to the high death rate in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and is playing a similar role in human cases of H5N1 infection today. Autopsies of some H5N1 avian flu victims in the current outbreaks have revealed lungs were choked with debris from excessive inflammation triggered by the virus. Similar severe lung damage was often reported in victims of the 1918 pandemic, which disproportionately killed young, healthy adultsthose with the strongest immune systems. The authors used mice that were genetically altered to lack one of three cytokines: TNF-alpha, a proinflammatory molecule that appears to direct lymphocyte-mediated lung injury during influenza infection; IL-6, which is known to be elevated during H5N1 virus infection; and CC chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2), a chemocytokine that recruits leukocytes to infection sites. A more promising therapeutic strategy may be early inhibition of H5N1 polymerase activity to decrease viral replication, they wrote. However, an internationally known virologist who discussed the study’s findings with CIDRAP News and asked not to be named disagreed with the authors’ conclusions, but said their data were important. “If inflammatory responses are not contributing to pathology, how is glucocorticoid therapy having such a strong effect on weight loss?” the virologist asked. Also, they found that mortality rates were high in nonaltered mice that were given glucocorticoids to suppress cytokine production after exposure to the H5N1 virus.
After another tourist boat charter season in the Mediterranean, Zizoo an online boat rental platform, reveals to us this year’s most sought-after summer destinations and the latest trends in the nautical world, based on a bianual industry report.From wedding fleets to this year’s most visited marinas, we bring you a brief overview of this year’s trends in nautical tourism, with an emphasis on Croatia, as a convincing number one destination.Top rated destinations in 2017If we take into account the growing popularity of Croatia as a tourist destination and the almost ideal sailing conditions it offers, we are not surprised that more than 64% of the total number of requests and a little more than half of Zizoo reservations in 2017 are for Croatia. The most sought after locations in Croatia were Split, then Pula, and Trogir. The second most sought-after destination was Greece, which accounted for 20% of the total number of charters this year.* 71% of German and more than 80% of Austrian clients chose the Croatian coast this year.* Almost 40% of American clients opted for Croatia, while slightly more than half were looking for a ship in Greece.* With clients from Great Britain, Croatia has overtaken the leading Greece this year.”As predicted, the areas with the largest number of charters were northern and central Dalmatia”, Says Sinan Masović, Zizoo’s CFO of Croatian origin. We are not surprised by the fact that D-Marin Marina Dalmacija in Sukošan, as the largest marina in Croatia and the winner of the award “Tourist Flower 2015” for the marina of the year, hosted the largest number of clients. It is followed by Split ACI Marina, Marina Mandalina (Šibenik) and Trogir ACI Marina.Boat brandsZizoo’s growing fleet in Croatia includes over 4,200 sailboats, catamarans, speedboats, motor yachts and dinghies. German and Austrian clients prefer to spend their holidays on models such as Bavaria, Beneteau and Jeanneau, while American and English clients prefer to book Lagoon catamarans or Elan sailboats. Larger groups of family and friends preferred the Bavaria Cruiser 46, as well as the 37, 40 and 50, while the most sought-after catamaran models were the Lagoon 380 and 39.* Of the total number of requests for sailboats, Germans and Austrians preferred to choose Bavaria Yachts sailboats, which make up as much as 35%, while 21% chose Jeanneau.* American and British customers, on the other hand, convincingly gave preference to Lagoon catamarans, which accounted for almost 65% of the total demand for catamarans.trendsAs Croatia continues to arouse interest among young travelers, both from the EU and the rest of the world, so the demand for authentic and unusual travel is growing. This season we have gathered a diverse clientele with a wide range of sailing experiences including:* Younger clientele eager for interesting experiences, who prefer to sail, often with a crew, instead of planned, commercial excursions.* Clients who have planned unique events such as weddings on 3 different ships, birthday parties at the gulet or various corporate trips.Also, thanks to the possibility of booking motor boats and speedboats in real time with one click on Zizoo, a large number are clients who spontaneously decide to rest on board in a one-day or weekend arrangement.Related news:EASY BOAT RENTAL – ZIZOO RECOGNIZED BY INVESTORS
The Croatian Post recognized the need for the development of domestic production, and included a new category of original Croatian products “Click on domestic – products of our villages” in the offer of its new online store Žuti klik.With the latest project of cooperation with family farms, Hrvatska pošta wants to bring small agricultural producers closer to customers throughout the Republic of Croatia, encourage rural development and help family farms sell domestic products.“A large part of family farms sell products only in person, by phone or by e-mail. Few family farms have their own websites, and they are mostly for information only, without the possibility of online purchase. Hrvatska pošta offers all family farms a complete solution for online sales (Yellow Click) and distribution (hpekspres) of products and customer support ” they point out from the Croatian Post and add that small farmers can focus on what they know best – the production of top domestic products.Currently, the Yellow Click offers six categories of domestic products: 1) honey and jams, 2) teas, 3) natural cosmetics, 4) packaged processed products, 5) winter and 6) olive oil, and by expanding cooperation to a larger number of family farms the offer will be continuously enriched.See the current offer of domestic products within the Yellow Click HERE, and the Croatian Post invites all domestic producers interested in cooperation to contact them at [email protected]
As part of the package of laws within the competence of the Ministry of Finance, the announcement of regulating the payment of contributions by members of the management board raised the most dust at the moment, and Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić said at today’s presentation of tax reform guidelines to businessmen and representatives of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. , but to expect concrete proposals from businessmen, not just criticism. “It is not our idea to go to those who are registered full-time, but we have to address this problem. “, said Maric. The President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović, proposed on behalf of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce that instead of increasing the burden for all raising the coefficient, it be applied only to companies that generate revenues above a certain amount or exempt new companies until a certain year. Maric emphasized that he would consider all proposals and take them into account when passing the final bill. “In the latest research of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, entrepreneurs confirmed that taxes are the area that has made the greatest progress in improving the business climate. This shows that the past tax reform has been well implemented. It also confirms that positive economic trends need to be further strengthened by further simplifying the tax system. Although part of the package of laws was met with public outcry and part with public approval, I would like to emphasize that everyone is at the table and open to discussion. The goal of today’s meeting is to find out first hand how the economy breathes”, Said Burilovic and added that further changes to the tax system are certainly needed, but they must be sustainable, which means that they must take into account the expenditure side of the budget and the rest of the system, such as health and pension system.”With regard to the income tax law, we welcome the increase in the tax base for the application of the 24 percent tax rate. By reducing the pressure on above-average wages, we can retain more value-added workers, such as doctors and IT professionals. We also believe that switching fresh meat and fish to a reduced rate of 13 percent will increase the competitiveness of domestic companies in relation to imported products. “, Burilovic emphasized.As expected, businessmen from all sectors, from small shipbuilding and tourism to the wood processing industry and egg production, appealed for a reduction in VAT, and the universal demand was to provide incentives for reinvested profits. Numerous other concrete proposals were made to the Minister and his associates. Jakov Ćorić from the company Gala complained that it was a huge omission that eggs are not a category involved in the reduction of VAT, along with meat, fruit, vegetables and fish, and asked for relief from investments, especially reinvested profits. President of the Association of Small Shipbuilding HGK Boris Vukusic also demanded a reduction in VAT on vessels, and on the same track were the appeals of Boris Zgomba, president of the Association of Travel Agencies HGK who complained about the high tax burden in tourism. Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić said that the reform was done with the best intention to relieve the economy, within the framework set for them. “Comprehensive and comprehensive tax reform is what we insist on, we want a fairer system that will also be more competitive. Without a strong economy, we cannot reach sustainable solutions in the pension and health care system, but also in demographic terms. “, said Marić, adding that it is important that changes in the tax system are made consistently and as predictably as possible. Marić presented the data according to which the tax pressure on work in Croatia with the aim of proving that it is not as great as it is presented in public. He also refuted the theory of “super-hiccup” reform, showing that the tax wedge on below-average wages is the smallest compared to competing countries (EU 10), and we are at the very top in terms of taxation of above-average wages. He reminded that the tax reform reduced VAT rates for the supply of electricity and garbage collection, and stated that with this reduction for housing and the planned reduction of the VAT rate for fresh fruit, meat and fish, the amount is almost three quarters. consumption of the average Croatian family with the lowest income. “Over HRK 6,3 billion in tax relief in three rounds of tax reform, this is our contribution to the economy, but it is not enough because the tax system cannot be the only solution to our economic problems. We want to be your service, we want to simplify your business, but it is process and we can’t get to that overnight”, Concluded Marić. Get involved in the public debate The Ministry of Finance has sent a package of nine laws related to tax reform to public discussion. The public hearing will last until 6.9.It is proposed to increase the tax base for the calculation of income tax at a rate of 24 percent from HRK 17.500 to HRK 30.000, the abolition of employment contributions and injuries at work in the total amount of 2,2 percent on salaries and increase health insurance contributions from 15 to 16,5 , 4 percent. The real estate sales tax will be reduced from 3 to 2020 percent, and the general VAT rate will be reduced from 25 to 24 percent in 1.1. From 13. a lower VAT rate of XNUMX percent will apply to fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and baby diapers.It is also proposed to increase the flat tax on beds in camps and within households and farms – currently the flat rate is 350 kuna per bed, and in the future it would be determined by local governments in the range of 700 to 1500 kuna per bed.Get involved in public debate (e-consultation)
The Istria County Tourist Board has announced a call for nominations for the already prestigious Golden Goat – Capra d’oro award.Prominent individuals are awarded as well as the best projects or activities in the field of marketing activities in the tourism of Istria, and especially in the field of product improvement and tourist promotion in the categories of events, innovative products, tourist products and visual communications.The call for the annual award of the Istrian Tourist Board traditionally opens on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, and the award is given at a meeting of Istrian tourism workers held at the end of the year. improving the quality of destination promotion and encouraging the introduction of innovations and recognition of the efforts made by participants in the promotion of Istria.More detailed information about the award can be found on the website www.istra.hr/zlatna-koza
The UNWTO has published a global review of tourism reports, which considered measures of 217 world destinations. The survey shows that 7 destinations have eased travel restrictions for international tourism purposes, while at the same time, several more states are planning to reopen borders with certain measures and caution. Read the full report in the attachment. The report notes that in all destinations in the world it still exists as a kind of travel restriction related to COVID-19. Furthermore, as of May 18, 75% of them are still completely closed due to international tourism. In 37% of all cases, travel restrictions have been in place for 10 weeks, while for 24% of global destinations there has been a limit of 14 weeks or more. Interestingly, UNWTO research shows that the more important tourism is to the economies of individual destinations, the more likely it is to introduce a complete closure of borders. As an example, they point out Malta, where tourism accounts for 85% of GDP, and they still have it completely closed for tourism purposes. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that timely and responsible easing of travel restrictions would boost a number of social and economic benefits, ie boost the economy and thus tourism. “This will contribute to the survival of many millions of people around the world. The tourism sector is a driver of sustainable development and a pillar of the economy. The UNWTO emphasizes the need for caution, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly reopens. ” All regions have more than 65% of their destinations completely closed to tourism: Africa (74%), the Americas (86%), Asia and the Pacific (67%), Europe (74%) and the Middle East (69%). Attachment: RESTRICTIONS ON TOURISM TRAVEL STARTING TO EASE BUT CAUTION REMAINS, UNWTO REPORTS
Meanwhile, testing on COVID-19 has become an important part of the overall solution, enabling the safe reintroduction of international travel by potentially reducing reliance on complete quarantines. / / / Activation of air traffic is crucial for the recovery of tourism, and three prerequisites are needed for this Photo: Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum Government restrictions on travel and entry to individual countries continue to significantly affect global travel market demand. / / / A big step forward in activating global tourism: United Airlines embarked on a pilot program to test all passengers on its flights On behalf of their 58 airlines, which before the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic covered more than 60 percent of the world’s total airline capacity and transported 1,87 billion passengers a year, the three alliances call for harmonized approach to testing which will be the basic framework of trust, as recommended by the ICAO guidelines. Recent tests of digital “health passes”, such as Common Pass, provide compelling arguments for the use of digital technology in harmonizing standards for the verification of passenger health data. RELATED NEWS: SkyTeam CEO Kristin Colvile said digital health pass testing and testing regimes have been identified as effective means of restoring confidence and reopening borders. “Aviation provides millions of jobs around the world and drives international trade and tourism. Urgent measures are needed to adopt testing and technology to mitigate the risk of coronavirus and to restart international air travel safely and quickly.Said Colvile. / / / IATA: The chance of a passenger getting a virus on a plane is the same as being struck by lightning “We welcome the publication of the updated CART report, which, among other things, calls for serious consideration of screening and testing as a means of easing passenger and border restrictions and revitalizing the tourism and travel industry, as well as the global economy. A strong and effective testing protocol will provide further evidence, showing that air transport is not a key cause of infections, and will pave the way for establishing a framework of trust between countries.Said Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh. Alliances support technical solutions that provide a consistent, scalable, and affordable way to report passenger health data, which is easy to apply as part of the trip and includes pre-trip procedures to reduce passenger inconvenience at airports. Three World Aviation Federations – oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance – fully support the report of the second phase of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aviation Recovery Working Group Council (CART), on the joint efforts of airlines asking governments to implement the report’s guidelines for testing protocols passengers, as well as adoption digital health pass technologies so that air traffic can continue safely. / / / WTTC: An incredible 174 million jobs in travel and tourism could be lost this year “Given that extensive travel restrictions create considerable uncertainty for passengers, testing may play a role in restarting travel safely. Any solution used to report passenger health data should be consistent, scalable and cost-effective – this will give passengers, airlines and other stakeholders a clear view and confidence in the continuation of international travel.”Concluded the Executive Director oneworlda Rob Gurney. The World Aviation Alliances have teamed up to call on international governments to act swiftly to adopt a standard format for health passes and testing protocols to reopen borders.