Biden is closing the gap on Trump in Georgia.

first_imgIn Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold and home to most of Atlanta, Mr. Biden narrowed the margin by more than 18,000 votes between 5 p.m. and midnight as the work of processing and tabulating the votes continued. In DeKalb County, also part of the metropolitan region, Mr. Biden narrowed it by an additional 5,000. The next update from Georgia’s secretary of state is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, said that as of 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, about 90,735 ballots still needed to be counted. More than a third of them were in Fulton and DeKalb counties. ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia appeared headed for a photo finish as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. steadily gained ground on President Trump. The victor will be awarded 16 electoral votes.Mr. Biden began Wednesday morning approximately 100,000 votes behind Mr. Trump, but as county elections workers around the state continued the laborious tabulation of absentee ballots into Thursday morning, Mr. Trump’s lead narrowed to 23,000 votes, or 0.5 percent. Under Georgia election law, a candidate may request a recount if the margin is 0.5 or less.- Advertisement – Republicans in Georgia were nervously assessing the vote count and promised to file lawsuits in a dozen or more counties aimed at knocking off votes here and there. The first case, filed in Savannah on Wednesday, was an effort to chisel away 53 ballots that Georgia Republicans said had arrived too late to be counted. If the trajectory of Mr. Biden’s gains continued, it appeared he could overtake Mr. Trump in Georgia by the final tally on Thursday. The question was whether additional absentee votes from rural and more Republican areas would offset enough of Mr. Biden’s gains to preserve Mr. Trump’s lead.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Zoom Adds New Security Enhancements to Help Prevent Disruptions, Trolls in Virtual Meetings

first_imgIn addition to the new enhancement, Zoom now allows meeting participants to report a disruptive user by clicking the top-left Security badge. This is in line with how hosts and co-hosts have the ability to report disruptive users and trolls from the Security icon. Moreover, account owners and admins can enable reporting capabilities for non-hosts.Zoom has enabled both the Suspend Participant Activities feature as well as the ability for meeting participants to report a disruptive user on its desktop clients for macOS, PC, Linux, and mobile apps. The features will also reach its Web client and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) later this year.Zoom has also brought its At-Risk Meeting Notifier that scans public social media posts and other websites to look for publicly shared Zoom Meeting links. It automatically alerts the account owner by email on detecting a meeting that appears to be at high risk of being disrupted. Meeting hosts will also receive advice on steps that could include deleting the vulnerable meeting and creating a new one with a fresh meeting ID, enabling enhanced security settings, and using solutions like Zoom Video Webinars or OnZoom.- Advertisement – Zoom has added new security features to help prevent disruptions during virtual meetings and allow users to remove and report disruptive participants. The video conferencing app is also bringing a tool called At-Risk Meeting Notifier that helps alert hosts about the meetings that are at high risk of being disrupted and getting trolled by some individuals. Zoom meetings are still quite popular as people continue to work from home due to the pandemic. However, online disruptors and trolls are actively impacting virtual conversations and causing what is commonly known as Zoombombing.One of the latest security enhancements implemented by Zoom is the ability to let hosts and co-hosts temporarily pause their meeting and remove a disruptive participant. All you need to do is click on the Security icon and then select Suspend Participant Activities. This will stop all video, audio, in-meeting chat, annotation, screen sharing, and recording. It will also end Breakout Rooms.- Advertisement – Zoom already has over 300 million users, with a large number of people using it as their daily communication tool. This makes it necessary for the platform to help eradicate Zoombombing and allow users to safely communicate with their peers.Apart from limiting trolls, Zoom is also busy uplifting security by rolling out end-to-end encryption and working with regulators on addressing user privacy concerns.How are we staying sane during this Coronavirus lockdown? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Zoom will also ask the host or co-host if they want to report a user from their meeting and share their details. This will remove the reported user from the ongoing meeting and will notify Zoom’s Trust and Safety team.“Hosts and co-hosts may resume their meeting by individually re-enabling the features they’d like to use. Zoom will also send them an email after the meeting to gather more information,” the company said in a blog post.Zoom has by default enabled the Suspend Participant Activities feature for both free and paid users.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

The Masters: Three essentials for success at Augusta National | Golf News

first_imgShaping tee shots from right to left on the second, eighth, 10th and 13th holes means shorter approaches, often from flatter lies than the rest of the field. This requires a level of confidence that even the best golfers can’t conjure every week. But those who find it here end up playing a simpler golf course than those who do not.Consistent contactMost elite professional golfers hone their swings on the practice tee, hitting tens of thousands of shots from perfect, flat lies. Augusta National confronts them with multiple variables, the primary one being the sidehill lies they must contend with on practically every non-tee-shot full swing.What’s more, the tendency of the setup staff to groom the fairway grass toward the tee box means the players face a preponderance of into-the-grain lies, which demand absolutely solid contact not just on full shots, but on greenside pitches and chips as well.Course managementTiger Woods’ combination of prodigious power and sublime skill in executing golf shots has caused many fans of the game to overlook what might be the greatest asset in his career at the Masters: his mind, and particularly his ability to dissect a golf course. Tiger Woods is a five-time winner at The Masters Tiger Woods is a five-time winner at The Masters Tiger Woods is a five-time winner at The Masters

Vietnamese boy, 9, dies of avian flu

first_imgJan 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 9-year-old boy from southern Vietnam died of H5N1 avian influenza yesterday, according to news services.The death of Thach Phung marks the first reported fatality due to avian flu since late October, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) tally, which has stood at 32 deaths and 44 total cases since then.The boy was from Cang Long district of the southern province of Tra Vinh, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. He had been in contact with infected poultry, developed a high fever and was taken to a local hospital, according to the AFP report of comments by the deputy director of Tra Vinh provincial hospital. The boy was transferred to the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City on Jan 3, where he tested positive for avian flu.A 16-year-old girl from southern Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province was diagnosed with the H5N1 flu last week; she remains hospitalized in Ho Chi Minh City on a respirator, AFP reported today. (Her case has not yet been included in the WHO’s case count.)The two latest cases may herald a long winter in a region buffeted in 2004 by human deaths and the loss of millions of poultry from disease and culling. Six provinces in Vietnam have reported new outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry in recent weeks, according to data from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). At least 22,000 birds have been culled since early December to stop the disease from spreading, officials said in an AFP report.The resurgence of avian flu in Vietnam comes at a time when many Vietnamese are looking forward to a traditional festival that includes eating poultry.“The demand for poultry consumption always booms when Vietnamese people prepare for the traditional lunar new year festival in early February,” Bui Quang Anh, animal health department director, said in comments reported by AFP.The government is stepping up control measures, according to a Jan 5 online story by Kyodo News of Japan. Ha Tay province, for example, is giving money to people who discover outbreaks early. Prime Minister Phan Van Khai banned movement of sick poultry from affected areas and is seeking increased monitoring, especially along the Chinese border, AFP reported.Poultry movement is also being closely watched in Malaysia. Officials there today declared the country free of avian flu, emphasizing that internal and external movement of poultry would be strictly supervised, according to a story by Bernama, Malaysia’s national news service.Malaysia will maintain its ban on importing chickens, ducks, and eggs from affected countries, officials were reported as saying.“The threat is still high as neighboring countries are still grappling with the disease,” said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, with the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry. The last report of a case was on Nov 22, 2004.Movement of fighting cocks from Kelantan state remains prohibited, he added. The H5N1 outbreak, which began last August in Kelantan, was attributed to fighting cocks smuggled from Thailand.Movement of poultry in Kelantan will now be allowed, but exporting from there requires a permit, the story noted.last_img read more

One more avian flu fatality in Vietnam, Mongolia reports bird deaths

first_imgAug 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Reports from Vietnam say a 35-year-old man who died Jul 31 had H5N1 avian influenza, although official confirmation from the Ministry of Health is still to come.Pham Van Lu, of the Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta, is reported to have slaughtered and eaten two chickens with H5N1 and to have fallen ill with a high fever thereafter, according to a story in Thanh Nien News. Verification of his case as H5N1 came from the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Ming City, the story says. This represents the first human case in Ben Tre.In other developments, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) received a report yesterday from Mongolia of dead migratory birds. The report came from Dr. Ravdan Sanjaatogtokh, Director of the State Veterinary Services. The birds affected were migratory ducks, geese, and swans in the Erhel Lake area in the Kovsgol province near the Russian border.The OIE report puts the number of dead birds at 80 and says they died of an A-type influenza, with subtyping in progress. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) today says 86 birds are dead at Erhel Lake and more wild birds have died at Khunt Lake in central Mongolia and in the south Gobi Desert. More than 100 people living near Erhel Lake have been quarantined, and tourists have been asked to stay away.Meanwhile, the European Union has banned imports of live birds and feathers from Russia and Kazakhstan, both of which have had avian flu outbreaks in domestic poultry recently. Eggs and poultry meat have also been banned, although the two affected countries do not export these to the EU, Reuters reported.The avian flu circulating in Khasakhstan has been confirmed as H5N1, but whether the infection in the Novosibirsk, Altai, and Omsk regions of Siberia has been confirmed as H5N1 remains unclear from reports.Russia’s chief epidemiologist, Gennady Onishchenko, seems convinced it is. He is quoted in a second AFP story today as saying, “There is every reason to believe that . . . the H5N1 strain of bird flu has been transferred by wild birds from Southeast Asia. . . . The sub-type circulating among animals can reasonably be expected to cause sickness among humans.” He also said avian flu was carried by wild fowl in the previously unreported regions of Tyumen and Kurgan, although he did not specify the viral subtype there.See also:CIDRAP case count table for human cases of H5N1last_img read more

New FDA job to focus on food safety strategy

first_img Von Eschenbach commented that Acheson’s experience and scientific expertise will help the FDA keep pace with the “rapid transformation of the food safety system due to advances in production technology, rapid methods of distribution, and the globalization of food sources.” In his new job, Acheson will work with the FDA product centers and its Office of Regulatory Affairs to coordinate the agency’s food safety and defense assignments and commitments, officials said. May 1 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01622.html Von Eschenbach said Acheson will advise him on “strategic and substantive food safety and food defense matters,” an FDA news release states. One of Acheson’s first jobs will be to develop an “agency-wide, visionary strategy for food safety and defense.” In a comment he qualified as highly speculative, Hedberg added, “Dr. Acheson is certainly developing the credentials of someone who might be chosen to lead such an agency.” Craig Hedberg, a foodborne disease expert at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis, said the FDA action suggests that the agency is focusing more attention on food protection. David Acheson, MD, will be assigned to the new job, said FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach. Acheson is chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). At CFSAN, Acheson has had the lead role in emergency response and in communication with industry, states, and consumers. Acheson will assume his new position immediately. He will report to Dr. Murray Lumpkin, deputy commissioner for international and special programs, who reports to von Eschenbach, according to FDA officials.center_img May 1, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the creation of a new assistant commissioner position to provide guidance on food safety and defense strategies. In 2006, Acheson often served as a spokesman for the FDA during the investigation of a widespread Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak related to bagged fresh spinach and similar outbreaks linked to lettuce served by taco restaurant chains. Faye Feldstein, who has been Acheson’s deputy director at CFSAN, will now serve as acting director of the CFSAN Office of Food Defense, according to an FDA spokesman. “The strategy will identify and characterize changes in the global food safety and defense system, and identify current and future challenges and opportunities,” the FDA said. “It will also name potential barriers, gaps, and most critical needs in a food safety and defense system. The strategy will serve as the framework in helping the agency prioritize and address food safety and defense challenges.” “It seems to be elevating the importance of food protection (both food safety and food defense) within the FDA,” he told CIDRAP News by e-mail. “By pulling this position out of CFSAN and putting it up at an assistant commissioner level, it establishes it as a priority concern of the commissioner.” The move also establishes Acheson as “a key national leader for food protection,” he added. See also: Hedberg, who is an associate professor of environmental and occupational health, also commented, “I think this is certainly a response to the recent [foodborne disease] outbreaks and the congressional attention they are getting. I think Dr. Acheson has done a good job in public appearances, and if talk continues to develop about the need for a single food safety agency, this move could lead to an administration attempt to coordinate food safety through FDA.” (The FDA shares food safety responsibilities with the US Department of Agriculture; the USDA generally regulates meat and poultry, and the FDA oversees other foods.)last_img read more

CNTB performs at the “Caravan” fair in the Netherlands

first_imgIn the period from 18 to 23 January 2018, the largest and most visited camping fair in the Netherlands will be held. It is a fair “Caravan“, Which will be held in the city of Leeuwarden and where, among others, camping equipment companies offer their offer, as well as more than 200 campsites from all over Europe. The Croatian National Tourist Board will also perform at the 66 m2 stand, during which six co-exhibitors will present their offer: Cresanka – Camp Kovačine Cres, Valalta Rovinj, Jadranka Camps Mali Lošinj, Vranjica Belvedere, Camping Association of Croatia and Hadria Camp Straško, report from the CNTBIn 2017, this fair was visited by more than 47.000 people and was attended by more than 400 exhibitors on an area of ​​over 45.000 m2 of exhibition space. We add that the camping segment in the Netherlands is richer this year for another award that focuses on experiences during your stay at the camp. This is the award “The Ultimate Holiday Feeling”. There is also the “Camping Experience of the Year” award, which is jointly awarded by the online camping platform Campingnavigator.com and the “Caravan” fair. Thus, the winning camps will be announced in the following 6 categories: Wellness-Spa, Sport & Activities, Culinary, Nature, Silence and CyclingCroatian National Tourist Board for the first time at the fair in IndiaThe CNTB points out that for the first time they are organizing a performance at the OTM fair, which will be held in Mumbai from 18 to 20 January 2018. The performance will be realized in cooperation with the tourist boards of the city of Zagreb, Dubrovnik-Neretva and Zadar counties. It is a business fair, and the Croatian offer will be presented at a stand of 30 m2.last_img read more

Air France introduces a direct route Dubrovnik – Paris

first_imgAfter the establishment of summer flights of KLM aircraft to Split, i Air France got involved in opening new summer air routes.For 2018, they have prepared flights from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Bari in Italy, Cagliari in Sicily, Ibiza in Spain and Perpignan in France. But the most important thing for us is certainly the decision of this airline to establish new flights in the summer season and for Dubrovnik – the pearl of the Adriatic, a city of unique cultural and political history, part UNESCOof this World Heritage List since 1979.With the establishment of Air France’s seasonal flights, both domestic tourists and passengers have the opportunity to travel by Air France planes to Paris, and then to other world destinations. Air France aircraft will fly from June 19 to September 1, 2018, twice a week with Airbus A2 aircraft.Air France – KLM is a world leader in international transport with departures from Europe. In collaboration with its partners, Transavia and HOP! in 2016 they offered their travelers 320 destinations in 114 countries around the world. With a fleet of 534 aircraft and 93,4 million passengers carried in 2016. Air France-KLM from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and Charles de Gaulle in Paris have 2200 flights a day.The Flying Blue frequent flyer loyalty program is the leader in Europe with 27 million users. Air France – KLM is also a member of the Skyteam group of 20 airlines offering access to a global flight network with more than 16270 flights a day to 1057 destinations in 179 countries.last_img read more

ZigZag, the first integral hotel in Croatia, changes its name to Irundo

first_imgFour years ago, in 2014, the first integral hotel ZigZag was opened, and today, after successful growth and positioning, ZigZag changes its name to Irundo.ZigZag, a domestic company, a pioneer in the segment of professional management of apartments for short-term rent, will now operate under the name Irundo. It is a top tourist service that offers its guests the best of private and hotel accommodation. Apart from the guests, the advantages of this business were also recognized by the apartment owners, so under the Irundo brand, in six cities and three countries, over 200 apartments found their place.By changing the name ZigZag to Irundo, it wants to position itself as a modern company for all adventurers who expect top-class accommodation, but with a sense of home. The branding agency Fabular is responsible for the development of the new brand strategy, new name, slogan and brand concept, while the Manasteriotti DS studio has created a new visual identity.“Based on the new brand strategy, we realized that a name change was necessary to communicate our new story more strongly. Our brand is named after the swallow (lat.hirundo) migratory bird that always returns home to its nest, and can also be read I-run-do because we always want to encourage guests to go out and get to know the city through the eyes of its inhabitants. Our guests are looking for a warm feeling of home, to which they return with pleasure after an exciting day spent in the adventure of exploring a new city. We have united exactly these wishes of the guests in our new slogan “Be adventurous. Feel at home. ” explained Igor Kordić, COO Irundo.Urban adventure Irundo, at the moment, has about 70 employees, but it will not stop there. Since 2011, when the company started operating, until now, over 10 million kuna has been invested in the company. New accommodation capacities and the creation of new jobs are also planned. The success of this business model is confirmed by the fact that they are filled almost all year round, with an average of over 75 percent, and are visited annually by people from all over the world.Services of this type of accommodation are used by different profiles of people. Irundo guests are families, groups of friends, business people, musicians, directors, young and old. They all have one thing in common, they want to have the feeling of home on the trip, and still be located in the city center and know that they will get a standardized and quality service.Owners of the integral hotel Irundo (ZigZag Apartments) Igor Kordic and Tomislav Zovko.Photo: Petar Glebov / PIXSELL”Through our access to the apartments, we have created a “golden mean” between typical private accommodation and a hotel. This is what more and more guests are looking for. This is exactly what Irundo presents and offers to all its guests. This year, in addition to rebranding, we also introduced other news. We have improved and standardized internal processes. We provide our guests with top customer service support that offers all useful information and support 0-24. We are also expanding our accommodation capacities. Irundo dictates the industry standards in Croatia, which put us alongside similar foreign companies in Western markets and world capitals”Said Tomislav Zovko, CEO of Irundo, adding that the interest in this type of accommodation is growing every year, which confirms the continuous growth.In just seven years of operation, the young company has confirmed continuous growth and prospects for all employees and partners, as well as confirmation of the success of the business model. The plan is to continuously invest in the quality and development of the company in order to further strengthen its organizational structure and be ready for new expansions and acquisitions in the future, concludes Zovko.last_img read more

New director of the CNTB office in London and PR agency for the international market elected

first_imgLIST OF NEW DIRECTORS OF THE CNTB REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE ABROAD On that occasion, the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli pointed out: “The new director of the CNTB office in London is expected to do a challenging job of further positioning our country in the British market, from which we have achieved a 35 percent growth in tourist traffic over the past two years, and where we continuously carry out various promotional activities.”  RELATED NEWS: The director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, said that he believed that the newly elected director of the CNTB Representation in London would justify the trust in the UK market with her work and engagement, which increasingly participates in the overall results of Croatian tourism. Agencije Hills Balfour u popisu svojih klijenata navodi razne globalne turistike destinacije, od USA, Čile, Dubai, Qatar, Beč, Las Vegas itd… In order to better promote the Croatian tourist offer in domestic and foreign markets, great attention is paid to communication with key publics, while the work of the Croatian Tourist Board is supported by authorized PR agencies, the CNTB said. center_img The British agency Hills Balfour is in charge of drafting and implementing the CNTB’s PR strategy Thus, in the next four years, he will manage the promotion of Croatia on the territory of Great Britain Darija Reić who gained part of her professional experience working in the Hong Kong Tourist Board and TUI, one of the world’s largest tour operators.  By the end of the year, the UK agency will be responsible for the development and implementation of the PR strategy and the implementation of international PR activities in the field of media relations, social media and online communication, as well as events and PR projects for the CNTB in thirteen emitting markets. Hills Balfour. At the 50th session of the Tourist Board, decisions were made on the selection of a PR agency for cooperation in 2019, and a new director of the representations of the Croatian Tourist Board in Great Britain, based in London, was appointed. last_img read more

Let me tell you one story – the story of small but big Ston as a top destination

first_imgLet’s tell stories, our authentic stories. That is the very essence of tourism. The main star of this largest vineyard in the Croatian south is plavac mali, a variety that has been planted in almost 90 percent of Pelješac vineyards. Although the wine cellars are scattered along the entire rural part of Pelješac, you will experience one of the most beautiful Pelješac oenological stories in the wider area of ​​Ston. In the settlement of Putniković, surrounded by vineyards that rise above the most beautiful Adriatic beaches, visit the first Croatian Museum of Viticulture and Enology and the House of Wine Tradition. Thus, every guest of the Pelješac peninsula can find out and experience how wine on Pelješac has become a way of life. Da li neka destinacija može tražiti više od toga? Kada tome pridodamo cijeli poluotok Pelješac, blizinu Dubrovnika ( inače za gradnju Stonskih zidina zaslužna je upravo Dubrovačka Republika ) , otoke Mljet i Korčulu, kao i dolina Neretve – možemo svakako zaključiti kako je Ston i cijeli taj prostor vrhunska destinacija. Da vam ispričam jednu priču – priču o “malom”, ali velikom Stonu kao vrhunskoj top destinaciji. #We live it. You will love it! Visit Ston  Solana Ston enjoys status the oldest active saltworks u Europi, moguće i u svijetu, te najveće sačuvane u povijesti Sredozemlja. Tzv. bijelo zlato na tom su području počeli eksploatirati i brati još i stari Rimljani, a na podjednak se, prirodan i tradicionalan način – uz pomoć mora, sunca i vjetra, morska sol i cvijet soli tamo proizvode i danas. Nevjerojatno, zar ne?  Did you know that oysters have long been known as an aphrodisiac? The longest walls and the oldest saltworks in Europe, the best oysters in the world, the empire of Plavac mali, a traditional way of life and indescribable peace. It is all Ston, a destination of great values ​​and authentic stories. center_img Just as oysters celebrated Ston on the gourmet map of the world, so quality Pelješac wines have positioned the entire Pelješac peninsula at the very top of the oenological scene of the world.  „Zaštitnik znak” Stona su monumentalne zidine koje su, s dužinom od 5,5 km i visinom između pet i deset metara, uvjerljivo najduže zidine u Europi i others by length in the world (right after the famous Great Wall of China!).  Doživjeti šetnju među najdužim zidinama na svijetu, okusiti morsku sol iz najstarije aktivne solane u Europi, kušati najukusnije kamenice na planeti, nazdraviti životu proslavljenim vinima, plivati u čistom tirkiznom moru – treba li nam više od toga? A destination that Dubrovnik must sell and every Dubrovnik guest must experience Ston and this destination in a broader sense. Just to remind everyone of their wealth, the Ston Tourist Board presented new videos with which it continues its #We live it campaign. You will love it! Visit Ston The gastronomic delicacy that celebrated Ston and put it on the gourmet map of the world is oyster. Nije tajna da za tom morskom školjkom iz Malostonskog zaljeva uzdišu gurmani diljem svijeta, tvrdeći da je upravo stonska kamenica najukusnija i najsočnija na svijetu. Stonska kamenica nepresušna je inspiracija za chefove koji je u tamošnjim restoranima i konobama pripremaju na niz kreativnih načina. Ipak, svi su suglasni da je najukusnija kada je svježe izvađena iz mora, dakle sirova, te pokapana s tek nekoliko kapi limunovog soka.last_img read more