Month: November 2020

The Electoral College Is Close. The Popular Vote Isn’t.

first_img– Advertisement – Supporters of the Electoral College argue that it protects less-populous states, ensuring that their interests aren’t overridden by those of, say, New York and California. At the same time, opponents note that the system means candidates pay attention only to a small number of states, and that it devalues the votes of people in either party who live in a state dominated by the other. Republicans in Illinois don’t affect presidential elections, and neither do Democrats in Tennessee.It remains to be seen whether the 2020 election will give new fuel to efforts to eliminate or circumvent the Electoral College, which have always been long shots even though a majority of Americans — 61 percent in a Gallup poll released in September; 58 percent in a Pew Research Center poll in March — believe it should be abolished.John Koza, the chairman of National Popular Vote Inc., said his group — which has been pushing state legislatures for years to sign on to a compact in which states would pledge to award their electors to the winner of the national popular vote — planned to lobby intensively next year in states including Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The compact has already been signed by states, mainly blue, totaling 196 electoral votes, but it will not take effect unless that number reaches 270.- Advertisement – But the 17th Amendment established direct election of senators in 1913, and the difference in population between the largest and smallest states has vastly increased since the Constitution was written. The current Democratic minority in the Senate was elected with more votes than the Republican majority, and by 2040, based on population projections, about 70 percent of Americans will be represented by 30 percent of senators. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 6:40 p.m. ET- Advertisement –center_img Nearly a century ago, Carroll H. Wooddy published an academic paper that examined the likelihood of “unrepresentative votes” in the Senate, by which he meant votes in which senators on the winning side represented fewer Americans than senators on the losing side. He concluded that these votes happened infrequently, largely because “there has been no continuous alliance of thinly populated states against the more densely peopled areas.”Today, of course, population density is very much correlated with partisanship, and the makeup of the Senate is unrepresentative of the population not only in party but in race, gender, age and other characteristics.- Advertisement – Dr. Koza, a computer scientist who taught at Stanford University, argues that the Electoral College should be abolished not because it systematically benefits one party over the other, but because it increases the odds that election results will be challenged even when Americans’ overall preference is clear — precisely what is happening now.last_img read more

US election 2020: Celebrations in Philadelphia at Biden win

first_img– Advertisement – Joe Biden has won the race to become the next US president, defeating Donald Trump following a cliff-hanger vote count after Tuesday’s election.The BBC projects that Mr Biden has won the key battleground of Pennsylvania. – Advertisement – Supporters of both Biden and Trump faced each other in Philadelphia, as the BBC’s Nomia Iqbal reports.last_img

Liam Palmer: Scotland Euro 2020 qualification would have made my late grandmother proud | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – They will now go into the Euros next summer in Group D, alongside England, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.Palmer, 29, insists ending the 22 years of hurt was the driving force for the team, but they also wanted to lift the nation due to the devastating effects of coronavirus.He added: “We all celebrated and enjoyed each other’s company in the team hotel. You saw what it meant to the country – families celebrating – we’ve all seen the videos on social media. That was the driving force for us going into the game.“Like Ryan Christie said in his amazing interview, the emotion was there. The boys knew that after a tough year we could put a lot of joy on a lot of people’s faces. I’m just delighted the boys managed to do that.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – 8:53 Scott McTominay cannot wait to face some of his club team-mates when Scotland meet England at next summer’s European Championships and says he is already ready for the banter to begin Highlights of the play-off final between Serbia and Scotland 1:21 preview image Fudbal Soccer UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifiers- Playoff-Srbija v Scotland.Beograd, 12.11..2019..foto: Srdjan Stevanovic/Starsportphoto .. Palmer said the achievement made him reflect on how his Scottish grandmother would have marked the occasion.The English-born defender said: “My family were quite emotional speaking to them after the game. My nan – my Scottish heritage – she’s not with us anymore but I know she’d have been proud.“She’d have had the whole street round to her house watching. She was that kind of woman – open arms to anyone. She would’ve been proud. The family were really proud.”Scotland’s achievement was huge. They hadn’t qualified for a major tournament since the World Cup in France 98. That victory sparked jubilant scenes on the pitch and in the team hotel in Belgrade, as well as homes across the whole of Scotland. Scotland defender Liam Palmer believes he would have made his late grandmother proud after qualifying for Euro 2020.The Sheffield Wednesday right-back was an unused substitute in the penalty shootout win over Serbia on Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

First Cambodian case of avian flu confirmed

first_imgFeb 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese officials have confirmed that a Cambodian woman who died Jan 30 in Vietnam had avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The 25-year-old woman apparently was the first person from somewhere other than Vietnam or Thailand to die of the disease since the current series of widespread poultry outbreaks and linked human cases began in late 2003.The Cambodian woman became ill Jan 21 in her home province of Kampot, the WHO reported. She sought medical care in neighboring Vietnam Jan 27 and died in Vietnam’s Kieng Giang Provincial Hospital Jan 30. Tests at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, were positive for H5 influenza yesterday, the agency said.Also today, the Associated Press (AP) reported that a 24-year-old man in Hanoi has tested positive for H5N1 avian flu but is recovering. The man had been admitted to the city’s Bach Mai hospital Jan 25, according to a physician who was quoted anonymously.The AP and Reuters today said 45 people have died of H5N1 avian flu since late 2003. But the WHO’s official case count, updated today, is 42 deaths among 55 confirmed cases since January 2004. That includes 37 cases with 29 deaths in Vietnam, 17 cases with 12 deaths in Thailand, and one fatal case in Cambodia.The WHO count does not include two Vietnamese girls, aged 13 and 10, who died Jan 29 and 30; the agency said the Vietnamese government had not yet confirmed their cases. The WHO also cited as an unconfirmed case the death of a man in his 30s from the northern Vietnam province of Phu Tho. It was not clear if he was the 39-year-old man from Da Nang who was mentioned as a suspected case in a Reuters report earlier this week.Assuming that the Vietnamese government confirms the cases in the two girls and the man in his 30s, Vietnam has had 13 cases since mid-December, including 12 fatal ones, the WHO said. But news services have put the number as high as 18.With the Cambodian woman’s death, H5N1 avian flu has now claimed victims in four countries. Human cases first emerged in Hong Kong in 1997, when 18 people fell ill and 6 of them died. In February 2003 a Hong Kong man died of the infection, but his young son survived. After major poultry outbreaks began in eastern Asia late 2003, the first human cases were reported in Vietnam in January 2004.Reuters reported today that relatives of the Cambodian victim said her family had cooked and eaten chickens that had died. The relatives later complained of respiratory problems, but tests at the Pasteur Institute showed they did not have the virus, a Cambodian health official named Sok Touch was quoted as saying.However, an Agence France-Presse report today quoted the head of the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as saying the test results for the woman’s relatives would not be available until tomorrow.The WHO said it was collaborating with Cambodian officials on an investigation of the case.The Cambodian woman’s father said her 14-year-old brother had died in mid-January of a similar illness, according to the AFP report. But a health official said it was too late to test his remains for the virus, the story said.In other news, health workers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city, today launched a campaign to kill all of the city’s 210,000 ducks, according to a Reuters report. The city set a goal of completing the task by Feb 6. Half of the ducks are raised outdoors on small farms, the story said.See also:Feb 2 WHO statement read more

Raw-milk cheese implicated in 35 TB cases

first_img Consumers should not eat cheese that is not clearly labeled as pasteurized, the NYCDH statement added. The cases occurred from 2001 to 2004 and were caused by Mycobacterium bovis, which can be found in raw milk from infected cattle, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDH) said in a Mar 15 statement. In one case, a 15-month-old child died of complications of M bovis infection. General symptoms of M bovis tuberculosis include fever, night sweats, and weight loss, the department said. Lymph node infection may cause neck swelling, and gastrointestinal infection may lead to abdominal pain and swelling, officials said. Mar 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – This week’s health warnings about soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk were based on 35 recent cases of tuberculosis in New York City that are believed to have been linked to raw-milk products. The statement said symptoms usually don’t appear until months to years after infection. Frieden told the Times that the illness often goes unrecognized when it does not affect the lungs. The illness is treatable with a combination of antibiotics. If it is not treated, it can be fatal in rare cases. The common form of tuberculosis is a lung infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. M bovis accounts for less than 1% of tuberculosis cases in the United States and other countries where few cattle are infected and milk is pasteurized, according to the NYCDH. M bovis is more likely than M tuberculosis to cause tuberculosis in organs other than the lungs, such as the lymph nodes or intestinal tract, officials said. NYCDH Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden stated, “As a rule, people should not eat food products that are unlabeled or not labeled in English, as is required by law. Illegally imported food products may not be manufactured or packaged in compliance with the FDA’s strict regulations; consuming these products may endanger your health.” The NYCDH said it is working with federal and state agencies to find the source of products linked with the illness in the city. The department is testing unlabeled or improperly labeled cheese obtained from some Mexican grocers in Brooklyn and Queens. The report said health officials began an investigation 4 months ago after determining that all the younger children were American-born, raising the possibility that contaminated products were coming from abroad. The 35 people who apparently contracted tuberculosis from contaminated unpasteurized dairy products include 22 adults and 13 children, according to a Mar 16 New York Times report. All the adults were born abroad, most of them in Mexico. The New York cases prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week to warn against consuming raw-milk soft cheeses, especially those imported from Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras.last_img read more

Oleg Butković: The construction of the bridge between the mainland and the island of Čiovo must be completed by June 15, 2018.

first_imgAfter the 60th session of the Government, the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, stated that the construction of the bridge between the mainland and the island of Čiovo must be completed by June 15 next year, according to the tender.Answering questions from journalists, Butković said that it was announced yesterday that a decision had been made on the selection of contractors and that Čiovo must be ready by June 15, 2018. The tender states, eight months after signing the contract, Butković said, adding that he believes all the hardships and problems are behind us. “The fact is that there were a lot of problems with this project, not the problems created by the state or Croatian Roads, but the contractor got into trouble and we had to terminate the contract, announce a new tender and now it is moving towards contracting.”, Pointed out Butković, he writes HRT.On Wednesday, Hrvatske ceste (HC) confirmed that they had selected a community of bidders, the Split Road Company and Strabag, for the construction of the mainland-Ciovo bridge, with an estimated value of HRK 95 million excluding VAT. At the end of August, HC received two bids from the community of bidders – Split and Strabag Road Companies, worth HRK 119,8 million (excluding VAT), and Pomgrad, Zagreb montaže and Đuro Đaković Group, worth HRK 113,5 million (excluding VAT). And).HC selected the offer of the Split and Strabag Road Company, assessing it as the most favorable, and since this is a higher price offer than the estimated value of the works, HC confirms that it will have secured funds. The project of building a bridge between the mainland and the island of Ciovo, 547 meters long and worth more than 207 million kuna, is among the European funding projects, with 176,7 million kuna or 85 percent financed from EU funds.last_img read more investigated how nationality affects travelers ’preferences

first_imgTravelers from China and Taiwan attach relatively great importance to a “simpler way of life” (83% and 76%), while travelers from Japan, Germany and Hong Kong travel the most “to escape the demanding everyday home” (66%, 72% and 80 %). Finally, for some travel travelers it is a matter of social status: travelers from Indonesia (75%), India (75%) and the Philippines (80%) claim that their motivation for travel is “to visit destinations that my friends have not visited”, and the same thinks and 32% of passengers from Croatia.  If we look at the countries to which travelers from Croatia travel relatively often, it is clear that we know how to appreciate our neighbors: BiH, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Hungary, Austria, Albania and Slovakia. In addition to the motivation to travel, the destination itself can also vary depending on the country of the traveler. Most global travelers choose a destination based on categories such as “personal safety” and “cleanliness”, but travelers from many countries prioritize “natural beauty” or “delicious local food”.  According to research, excitement and relaxation are at the top of the list as the most popular motives for travel, and personal cleanliness of accommodation and safety as the main motives when choosing a destination.  The biggest differences are noticeable when it comes to adventure tourism: travelers from Russia say they like to spend their free time “looking for excitement”, while travelers from the Netherlands and Germany rate this aspect on average with the lowest rating. A new survey conducted by, gives us an insight into the wishes of travelers by nationality, ie motivation to travel.  Source: Of course, travel decisions also depend heavily on what is more affordable. Probably that’s why most guests in Bhutan are travelers from India, travelers from Argentina are the most frequent guests in Paraguay, while travelers from South Korea are the most frequent visitors to Guam. Destination However, if we compare the most popular motive for traveling among travelers from different countries, it is clear that travelers from different parts of the world have different desires. Thus, travelers from Argentina are most driven by nostalgia, so 73% of Argentine travelers say they travel “to relive the good old days”, while more than half of travelers from Croatia (53%) travel for the same reason.  Most passengers, as many as 85% of them (84% of passengers from Croatia) say that the important motive for travel is “giving yourself time to rest”, which is the most popular motivation for traveling to all nationalities. The exceptions are travelers from Denmark and France, who cite “freedom to behave as I wish” as their most popular motivation.last_img read more

Venice will tax one-day tourist visits from next summer

first_imgThe council has not ruled on the penalties that will apply to tourists who do not pay the fee, although authorities proposed in February that the fine be up to 450 euros. The collection of the tax, which the Venice Council calls a “contribution for accession”, will take effect on July 1, 2020. This move has been announced for almost a year, but the introduction of the tax has been postponed several times because city officials have been considering ways to impose it, reports The Telegraph. The goal of this move by the Venetian government is to enable the millions of travelers who visit the city every day to contribute financially to the maintenance of the lagoon city. “The goal is to improve the quality of life of the population”, Said Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice earlier this year. “We didn’t decide on this move to make money.” When the system is launched, tourists will pay 3 euros to enter the city in the pre- and post-season, 8 euros in the season and 10 euros during critical periods of the season, such as summer weekends, when the number of visitors reaches excessive levels. The charge will also apply to islands in the Venetian lagoon such as Murano, which is known for its glass-blowing workshops. “The tax will not apply to locals or people visiting the city for study or work”, Explained Michele Zuin, city official. The tax will apply to tourists coming by bus, cruise ship, water taxi, plane and train. “It will be charged through vending machines that will be installed at strategic points of the city and cards through the online store, City officials said. Source / photo: The Telegraph; Pixabay The tax revenue will be used to cover the high fees residents pay for public services such as cleanliness, which is quite high due to city canals. Also, by 2022, tourists will, in addition to paying taxes, have to make an online reservation to enter Venice.last_img read more