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William Barr boosts Trump’s rhetoric of voting ‘irregularities’—even though Trump can’t find any

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first_imgThere are no fraud claims. None. Trump’s quasi-legal teams have been able to produce no evidence of election-bending fraud, or even of election-inconveniencing fraud. The claims are entirely based on Trump’s unwillingness to face reality, his sycophants’ unwillingness to force him to do so, and the rampaging fascist tendencies of a Republican Party willing to delegitimize American democracy itself rather than accept election losses.It’s not surprising William Barr is willing use the powers of his office to add to that din of propaganda. That’s why Trump hired him. – Advertisement – Sounds ominous, yes? In fact, the actual memo obtained by the AP tells a less dramatic story. Barr tells prosecutors that investigations “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.” In other words, Barr is reiterating a power prosecutors already have to investigate, “if” credible allegations were to surface. Since Trump’s collection of dildo-adjacent landscaping fetishists have, time and time again, made allegations about irregularities that they have been completely unable to find evidence of and which they cannot explain to federal judges, resulting in each would-be case getting laughed out of their still Zoom-based courtrooms, the statement is meaningless.What it does mean is that William Barr is willing to put the weight of his crooked office behind Trump’s anti-democratic, autocratic blabberings about supposed vote fraud against him. He’s willing to put out a memo to please Dear Leader, using Dear Leader’s terminology, to create a news cycle in which the Department of Justice is investigating nothing, for no larger apparent purpose than making sure Trump doesn’t fire him for not doing it.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Leahy doubts FBI in anthrax case; scientist admits error

By on November 18, 2020

first_img See also: Aug 20 CIDRAP News story “FBI says it easily replicated anthrax used in attacks” Ivins, a microbiologist who worked at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Md., died of an apparent suicide on Jul 29 as the FBI was preparing to charge him in the case. On Aug 6 the FBI announced its conclusion that Ivins was the sole perpetrator and released a number of documents, mostly search warrant affidavits. “I believe I made an honest mistake,” he told the Times, adding that he had been “overly impressed” by what he saw under the miscroscope. He was careful at the time not to implicate Iraq or any other government in the attacks, but others used his analysis to allege that the silicon suggested possible involvement by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the Times reported. Jahrling reported this to his superiors and was subsequently summoned to the White House to brief top administration officials, the Times reported. A virologist, Jahrling also said, “I never should have ventured into this area,” referring to the study of anthrax, a type of bacteria, the story said. The AP report said the NAS review will be handled by private scientists who were not involved in the FBI investigation and that it could take up to 18 months. Mueller told the Senate committee he would consider allowing it to suggest scientists, but cautioned that the NAS and the Justice Department would probably have to go along. Mueller replied, “I understand that concern,” but he defended the FBI’s view that Ivins was the only culprit, the AP reported. ‘An honest mistake’One of the controversial questions in the anthrax case has been whether the anthrax powder used in the attacks was weaponized, or treated to make it spread better through the air and penetrate into the lungs. Such treatment would be difficult, making it less likely that one person was responsible for the attacks, experts have said. A Sep 17 Los Angeles Times report said Jahrling, the senior civilian scientist at USAMRIID in 2001, had studied the anthrax used in the attacks, work that was detailed in a 2002 book by Richard Preston. Using an electron microscope, Jahrling detected what he believed to be signs that silicon had been added to the material, the story said. Leahy said at the hearing, “If he is the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in any way, shape, or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people,” the AP reported. Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, was one of two senators, in addition to several media offices, that received envelopes containing anthrax powder in the fall of 2001. The attacks killed 5 people and sickened 17 others. “We have looked at every lead and followed every lead to determine whether anybody else was involved, and we will continue to do so,” Mueller said. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing a day earlier, Mueller had said he would ask the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to review the FBI’s work on the case. In view of skepticism about the FBI findings, a number of scientists and biodefense experts have called for a review by independent experts. An NAS spokesman confirmed this to the AP. The spokesman, Wlliam Kearney, said the organization “would welcome input on potential committee members” from Congress, federal agencies, the scientific community, and the public. But all the nominees would have to be approved by the NAS president, he said. Another senator at the hearing, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said a congressional investigation of the FBI’s anthrax probe will probably be necessary, according to a Sep 17 report by Congress Daily. Lawmakers want role in review of caseIn other developments at the Senate hearing, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., demanded to have a role in choosing scientists who will conduct an independent review of the FBI’s investigation, according to the AP story. Aug 15 CIDRAP News story “FBI conclusions in anthrax probe meet skepticism” Sep 16 CIDRAP News story “FBI seeks independent review of anthrax probe” Sep 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a target of the 2001 anthrax attacks, said this week that he disbelieves the FBI’s conclusion that Dr. Bruce E. Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the attacks, according to news services. Meanwhile, Peter B. Jahrling, a leading government biodefense scientist, told the Los Angeles Times this week that he had erred in 2001 when he told Bush administration officials that the anthrax used in the mail attacks probably had been modified to make it more lethal. Grassley said the NAS review panel probably will not be allowed to review classified evidence in the case, creating a need for a congressional investigation, the report said. But in response to e-mailed questions from the newspaper, Jahrling said this week that he had been wrong. Senator doubts FBI chiefLeahy, at a Sep 17 hearing of his committee, told FBI Director Robert Mueller III that he thinks other people were involved in the attacks, but he did not explain his reasons, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. Other committee members also voiced doubts about the FBI’s conclusions, according to news reports. As reported previously, FBI scientists and outside experts hired by the FBI to analyze the anthrax used in the mailings announced Aug 18 that they had found silicon, but they believed it occurred naturally and was not added to the material. “I believe there are others who could be charged with murder,” Leahy added. “I just want you to know how I feel about it as someone who was aimed at in the attack.”last_img read more

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CDC funds research on public health preparedness

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first_imgOct 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Seven universities will share $10.9 million in federal funds to study the ability of state and local public health systems to respond to emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.With the grants, ranging from about $1.3 million to $1.7 million, schools of public health will “evaluate the structure, capabilities, and performance of public health systems for preparedness and emergency response,” the CDC said in a news release.The schools will establish “Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers” with the money, the agency said.”These research centers will connect public health with scientists involved in business, engineering, legal, and social sciences to incorporate multiple perspectives into preparedness and response research which can be used to strengthen our nation’s response capability,” said Richard Besser, MD, director of the CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.In 2000 the CDC set up Centers of Public Health Preparedness to strengthen terrorism and emergency preparedness by connecting academic expertise with state and local health needs, especially in preparedness education, the agency said. The launching of the new research centers is required by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006.The seven schools receiving funding, with their research missions and grants, are:Emory University, Atlanta, creating and maintaining sustainable preparedness and response systems, $1,562,676Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, generating criteria and metrics to measure effectiveness and efficiency, $1,717,286Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, enhancing preparedness to address the risks of vulnerable populations, $1,495,398University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, enhancing the usefulness of training, $1,470,307University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, creating and maintaining sustainable preparedness and response systems, $1,695,189University of Pittsburgh, creating and maintaining sustainable preparedness and response systems and generating criteria and metrics to measure effectiveness and efficiency, $1,701,845University of Washington, Seattle, improving communication in preparedness and response, $1,270,632The CDC said it received more than 20 applications from schools of public health for the grants. The recommendations in a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systems, were considered in writing the selection criteria.See also: Oct 6 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2008/r081006.htmIOM report, Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systemslast_img read more

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Presidential panel calls for planning czar, faster vaccine

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first_img Today’s report also emphasizes individuals’ pandemic-mitigating behavior, such as frequent hand-washing and staying home from school or work when sick. The report recommends extensive public education campaigns to reinforce those behaviors. The panel was careful to acknowledge, however, that the precise impact of novel H1N1 flu is impossible to predict. It did say the virus “poses a serious health threat” to the nation. Administration officials in charge of pandemic preparedness welcomed the PCAST report. The actual wording in the report is that President Obama should “designate a senior member of the White House staff, preferably the President’s Homeland Security Advisor, to be responsible for coordination of all major decision-making about the 2009-H1N1 pandemic.” “HIN1 influenza has the potential to affect virtually every aspect of our lives, from our economy and national security to our education system. It may not be possible to stop influenza, but we can reduce the number of people who become severely ill by preparing well and acting effectively,” she added. In a press release today, PCAST listed these primary recommendations: See also: The advisory panel, comprising scientists, academicians, and engineers, cited a “plausible scenario” of the H1N1 pandemic to produce symptoms in 20% to 40% of the population, leading to as many as 1.8 million hospitalizations and 30,000 to 90,000 deaths, potentially filling up intensive care units. “In particular,” it says, “the report does not rigorously address the measures that might need to be taken in the unlikely event that the pandemic proves to be much more severe than we currently envision.” Identify a White House point person with primary authority to coordinate key decisions across the government as the pandemic evolves Aug 24, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A White House expert advisory group today released a report calling for the Obama Administration to accelerate novel H1N1 vaccination preparation for high-risk Americans and appoint a White House pandemic preparedness point person, among other recommendations. Aug 24 PCAST press release But some preparedness steps, the report said, should be improved or accelerated.center_img “The PCAST H1N1 subcommittee report recommendations will enhance national preparedness and response to 2009-H1N1 flu, and be valuable for longer term, systematic pandemic policy coordination and planning. The President discussed this report at length with PCAST members and expressed sincere thanks for their expert contributions,” said John Brennan, White House homeland security advisor. Clarify guidelines for the use of antiviral medicines It also calls for policies that would assist education efforts, such as more flexible workplace rules on absenteeism so that employees don’t feel pressured to come to work when sick. In listing caveats about the report, the advisory panel in its executive summary states that the group performed its mission rapidly and said that some information it gathered “must be viewed as provisional and subject to change.” “As this PCAST report notes, it is not possible to predict how the 2009-H1N1 influenza virus or the upcoming influenza season will play out, but it is best that we plan and prepare for a resurgence of H1N1 flu,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in the news release. In lauding the Obama Administration’s preparedness efforts, PCAST co-chair Eric Lander, president and director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, said in today’s press release, “The federal government’s response has been truly impressive, and we’ve all been pleased to see the high level of cooperation among the many departments and agencies that are gearing up for the expected fall resurgence of H1N1 flu.” Accelerate development of communication strategies—including electronic social networking tools—to broadcast public health messages to help mitigate the pandemic’s impact Accelerate preparation of flu vaccine for distribution to high-risk individuals The group said the federal government’s preparations for a likely fall wave of novel H1N1 influenza have been well organized and scientifically grounded, according to the report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Upgrade the current system for tracking the pandemic’s progress and making decisions about allocating resources Full reportlast_img read more

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The first high category hotel opened in Čakovec – Hotel Castellum

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first_imgThe first high-category hotel Hotel Castellum (4 *) was opened in Čakovec. It is a hotel that is aimed at providing full support to business clients, but also towards strengthening Međimurje as a destination and the development of tourism throughout the region.The hotel has 30 modernly decorated and equipped rooms, a multifunctional hall with its own terrace and a view of the Čakovec Park, the hotel fitness and three bar concepts. Watchtower bar serving a rich buffet breakfast, Wine bar with a selection of the best Međimurje wines and Sky bar on the roof of the hotel with a view of the entire city.Guests have at their disposal free parking and a charging station for electric vehicles, and soon an e-bike station. The hotel is owned by the company City projekt, and the total value of this investment was around 20 million kuna.”Creating conditions for encouraging investment in tourism projects, especially in those for raising the quality of high-category accommodation, is one of the important goals and priorities of the Croatian Government. This well-thought-out investment is proof that tourism in Croatia does not happen by itself, but thanks to innovative and creative individuals and companies that listen to what the tourist market is looking for and consider how to improve the tourist offer by creating high quality content. The realization of this project will not only contribute to improving the competitiveness of the tourist offer of accommodation, but I believe will further encourage the development of tourism in Čakovec as a year-round destination.”Minister Cappelli emphasized at the opening of the hotel.The opening of the Castellum Hotel represents only one part of the announced almost one billion euros of investments expected by Croatian tourism in 2018, which include the renovation and / or construction of a large number of new hotel units whose importance is confirmed by the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020.</p>
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Air Canada Rouge introduces direct flight Toronto-Zagreb

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first_imgThe arrival of the new airline Air Canada Rouge on the Toronto-Zagreb-Toronto route was marked with a traditional water greeting at the Franjo Tuđman Airport.Air Canada last flew in Croatia in the summer of 1991, and with its re-arrival it will enrich Zagreb and Zagreb Airport with another intercontinental flight. Air Canada Rouge spokeswoman Carolyn Hadrovic, who arrived by plane from Toronto, expressed satisfaction with the welcome in Zagreb and the cooperation with the Zagreb airport team, and expressed confidence that this flight will contribute to further rapprochement between Croatia and Canada and strengthen economic and tourist ties. and Croatia traditionally nurture.On behalf of the Embassy of Canada, Daniel Zaharychuk, Program Manager of the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service of the Embassy of Canada, addressed the audience, noting that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Croatia. Toronto will, among other things, be a powerful generator of economic and tourist arrivals, of which there were more than 150.000 last year.Air Canada Rouge is the largest Canadian airline with a fleet of over 400 aircraft operating to more than 350 destinations in Canada and the world. The airline’s home airport is in Toronto, an airport with nearly 50 million passengers and the largest hub of international passengers in North America. Air Canada Rouge will fly to Zagreb with Boeing 767-300 aircraft, and the flight will last 9 hours and 25 minutes.last_img read more

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The eno-gastro conference in Split brought together top sommelier and chefs

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first_img“The primary goal of our events is to educate the hospitality and tourism profession with the desire to improve the quality of offer and service. Apart from education, since we gather exhibitors (producers of wine, cheese, fish, truffles…) and caterers, this is an opportunity to connect them and thus enrich the offer. Through these educations and presentations, we all want to work together to improve enogastronomy”, Said Dantes Begic, the organizer of the event. Begić believes that continuous work should be continued on the development of eno-gastro tourism in Croatia. “Through continuous research and monitoring of the quality of services and offers (Mystery Guest projects), we have established that we lack better quality offers and services. Guided by this, we focused our events on strengthening awareness and working on our knowledge, as well as improving the quality of the offer and service among caterers and tourism workers.”, Added Begic. Eno-gastro tourism is one of the segments of tourism in which we have significant potential and it is important to hold this type of events in order to educate the tourism profession, but also to connect caterers and producers and thus create a quality tourism product. Lecturers who held their presentations and workshops are big names in the world of sommelier – Filip Savić, Mario Meštrović, Jure Andrijašević, special guest from Austria Suvad Zlatić and guest from Slovenia Mira Šemić and culinary trio Hrvoje Zirojević, Braco Sanjin and Ivan Pažanin. Dantes Begic The “Conference of top wine connoisseurs – Wine Vip Event” was held in Split, organized by Dantes and the Ricerca Mercato Agency. The event focuses on enogastronomy, one of the key tourist products on which tourism in Croatia should be developed, but also the entire brand of our country. Source / photo: Wine Vip Eventlast_img read more

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Palma Travel has created charter-package arrangements for Dubrovnik with departures from Zagreb and Ljubljana

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first_imgThus, the first charter flight from Ljubljana with 76 passengers, who are accommodated in Dubrovnik hotels, landed in Dubrovnik yesterday. By the way, the line from Ljubljana, which did not exist so far, is planned every Thursday, in the period from June 25 to October 1. Organized by the Croatian travel agency Palma travel doo and the Slovenian travel agency Palma doo, charter-package arrangements have been created for Dubrovnik with departures from Zagreb and Ljubljana every Thursday until October 1.10.2020, XNUMX. 180 Croatian and Slovenian guests are expected in Dubrovnik every week Dubrovnik tourist workers – join the promotion of the line The line from Ljubljana is a new line that has not existed so far, so we are more than satisfied with the first response and demand in Slovenia. However, the campaign has just started and we expect good demand, points out Čanaglić and adds: “Precisely in order to, due to the specifics of this season and the global situation in which we find ourselves, do something good for domestic guests, to help partner hoteliers in an area that almost “lives” exclusively from foreign guests who are now gone, and generally start Croatian tourism, we decided in negotiations with partners to create a package that includes a return flight Zagreb – Dubrovnik – Zagreb every Thursday starting from 2.7. until 1.10.2020., all air taxes + luggage, 7 nights in the selected hotel (from 3 to 5 *, from the service of bed and breakfast to all inclusive), tourist taxes, complete service in the destination (transfer, representative, possibility of excursion) . Specifically, the first departures and arrangements start from 3.070 kn per person”Points out Dalibor Čanaglić from the Palma Travel agency. By the way, I think that the big mistake of our tourism is that we easily reject the domestic guest, especially in the pre- and post-season, let alone this year in the current situation. It was the local guests who generated consumption this part of the season in the interior of Istria, where caterers and winemakers point out that domestic guests have saved them in the previous part of the season.  “Last booking is currently present in Slovenia, where Slovenians decide to travel at the last minute, ie 10 days before departure, booking and payment is made. So it is still difficult to talk about booking for September, but if the epidemiological situation is favorable, we expect an increase in the arrival of Slovenian tourists on the Adriatic. The state of booking is extremely influenced by the day-to-day media reports as well as the statements of epidemiologists, both from Croatia and Slovenia. If no one says anything for a day or two, people live normally and book their vacations, and as soon as the media announces an increase in new cases, the booking stops immediately. ” pointed out Čanaglić. We know that for years, a 7-day vacation in Dubrovnik has been almost inaccessible for a domestic guest, primarily due to high accommodation prices, fast occupancy, the price of arrival at the destination, expensive non-board consumption, etc. with a flight from Zagreb, as well as from Ljubljana. From next Thursday, a 319-seat Airbus 180 is planned, and a press trip of Slovenian and Croatian journalists and partners organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Palma agency is also planned, in order to further promote and bring the whole project closer. Of course, 4 million Croats (ie half less according to CBS data / In 2019, 54% of the Croatian population aged 15 and over went on private multi-day trips ) cannot replace the 20 million arrivals of foreign tourists, but they can certainly be a great base for extending the season, generators of certain tourist spending and ultimately the motive for the arrival of foreign tourists because no one wants to come to a destination “dead” out of season. As Dubrovnik is dependent on air flights, this is a good opportunity for all Dubrovnik tourist workers to promote this line through their own channels, because they will additionally contribute to the promotion of the same. And that’s a win-win for everyone, because if demand is weak, the line will logically shut down. Synergy across the chain is key. Photo: Dubrovnik Airport Find out more about Palma Travel with flights from Zagreb and Ljubljana to Dubrovnik HERE Dubrovnik is directly dependent on air travel last_img read more

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Redesign and new name for entering European markets: Cycling product Bicikademija stanica – Bikademy

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first_imgThe whole story works extremely simply. The Bikedemy application is downloaded, a tour is selected, a check-in is made at each given location as a confirmation that the last tour, when all the default locations have been passed, you have passed the “exam” and that’s it. After passing all the exams of a particular Studio, Bike Students also receive an award. In addition to new tours, ie studies, old Studies such as: all five Slavonian counties, Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Istria 1 and Istria 2 and the island of Rab are also available on the application. Do we want to develop cycling tourism? Here is a great opportunity for all destinations to make their tours and studios, in a different and innovative way. In addition, it is a Croatian tourist, and soon export, product. “Bikademy is not only for athletes, but for all people who love cycling and cycling. The bicycle is ideal for touring regions and cities, and this corona crisis has only enhanced the use of the bicycle in everyday life. We will certainly represent successful people from various branches of the economy who use the bicycle in everyday life and for whom the bicycle is a lifestyle.”Adds Herceg. Already existing cycling product The bicycle academy has experienced its new design and is becoming a new brand under the name Bikademy consisting of a new one Web pages i new Android apps. The platform is primarily intended for an increasing number of cyclists, both foreigners visiting our country and domestic, and thus can serve as a an excellent tool and added value in the tourist offer of the destination. The team that worked on the rebranding consists of: Tin Horvatin, Boris Predmerski, Berislav Petrović and Krešimir Herceg. For Croatia prizes provides GIANT Croatia. Bikademy is an innovative and interactive cycling tourism concept (Made in Croatia) that promotes certain areas as ideal cycling destinations.  In addition to the redesign and the new application, Herceg points out how they opened two new studios – Zagreb and Berlin. For example, Studio Zagreb consists of seven locations or Exams: Ban Josip Jelačić Square, Maksimir Park, Jarun, Bundek, Lake Savica, NSB, Mirogoj. It is planned to go out on European market, and mostly for that reason, the complete content is in English, he points out Krešimir Herceg when asked what the new functionalities of the application are, he adds: “In addition to the design and creation of the new Bikademy brand that we have been developing over the past few months, we have also developed a new application that is more functional, easier to use and closer to users. ” Herceg points out. It is an interesting concept that destinations present through Studies consisting of natural and cultural heritage sites that represent Bikademy Exams. Also, at this time of the coronavirus pandemic, it is a new way of outdoor recreation that connects active life with tourism, natural and cultural heritage. Which is extremely important due to local consumption, especially in the pre- and post-season, as well as when the borders are “closed” due to the epidemiological situation. last_img read more

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