Republican Party asks Supreme Court to halt count in Pennsylvania

There are 20 Electoral College votes at stake in Pennsylvania. If Biden, who currently has won a projected 253 electoral votes from other states, wins the popular vote in Pennsylvania, he would be projected as the winner in the race for the White House, according to NBC News’s current analysis.A candidate must win at least 270 votes in the Electoral College to be elected president.Trump had been leading Biden in Pennsylvania’s ongoing ballot count until Friday morning, when Biden pulled ahead of the Repubilcan president because of his strong performance in a count of mail-in ballots. – Advertisement – The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, November 5, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters The Republican Party of Pennsylvania on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt an ongoing count of mail-in ballots received in that state after Election Day, a move that came hours after Democratic nominee Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the vote tally there.The party is asking the Supreme Court to order the Pennsylvania secretary of state to log and segregate those ballots, but to take no other action on them, including counting them, for now.The GOP is seeking to overturn an extension of the Election Day deadline for the receipt of mail-in ballots that was granted by the Pennsylania Supreme Court.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Biden was outpacing Trump in both Democratic and Republican-leaning counties’ counts of mail-in ballots.This is breaking news. Check back for updates. – Advertisement – read more

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A Trump appointee stands between Biden’s team and a transition to a new administration.

first_imgA White House official pointed out, as several Trump allies have, that the transition after the 2000 election was delayed by the court fight between the campaigns of Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush of Texas over several weeks. The official said it would be strange for President Trump to send some kind of a signal to allow the transition to start while he was still engaged in court fights.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Transition officials for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. called on a top Trump administration appointee on Monday to end what they said was unwarranted obstruction of the money and access that federal law says must flow to the winner of a presidential election.The officials, speaking on background to reporters on Monday night, said it was nearly unprecedented for Emily W. Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, to refuse to issue a letter of “ascertainment,” which allows Mr. Biden’s transition team to begin the transfer of power.- Advertisement – By law, Ms. Murphy, the head of the sprawling agency that keeps the federal government functioning, must formally recognize Mr. Biden as the incoming president for his transition to begin. It has been three days since news organizations projected that he was the winner of the election, and Ms. Murphy has still not acted.The transition officials said her inaction was preventing Mr. Biden’s teams from moving into government offices, including secure facilities where they can discuss classified information. The teams cannot meet with their counterparts in agencies or begin background checks of cabinet nominees that require top-secret access. But Mr. Biden’s aides said that the dispute in 2000 involved one state with only about 500 ballots separating the winner and loser, far less than in the current contest. In every other presidential race for the past 60 years, the determination of a winner was made within 24 hours, the aides said — even as legal challenges and recounts continued for weeks.A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a question about whether Mr. Trump was willing to let Ms. Murphy begin the transition without a concession from him.last_img read more

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US pledges smallpox vaccine for world stockpile

first_imgDec 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The United States is pledging 20 million doses of smallpox vaccine to a global stockpile managed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.The vaccine will remain in the Strategic National Stockpile but will be available to the WHO for emergency use, according to an HHS news release. Thompson said last week that the United States has more than 400 million doses of smallpox vaccine as a result of a buildup since 2001, when the nation had only about 15 million doses.Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom also have pledged vaccine for the stockpile, according to HHS, but the announcement did not list the amounts.Thompson made his announcement at a Paris meeting with foreign health ministers participating in the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI). Founded after Sep 11, 2001, the group includes the health ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus the European Union health commissioner and the WHO director-general.The United States suggested establishing the WHO Smallpox Vaccine Bank in 2003, at a GHSI meeting, the HHS statement said. The proposal was for a physical stockpile in Geneva and a “virtual global stockpile of pledged vaccine stocks from around the world.”The global stockpile will be used only if at least one case of smallpox is confirmed. Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, but the United States and Russia maintain stocks of the virus for research purposes, and disease experts fear that samples may have fallen into the hands of terrorists at some point. The former Soviet Union made large quantities of the virus in its biological weapons programs.Thompson said the US pledge to the global stockpile does not compromise the supply of vaccine for Americans. “We have stockpiled more than enough smallpox vaccine for every man, woman, and child in America,” he said. “But in this age of global interconnectedness, we need to take extra steps to be prepared for threats around the world.”See also:Dec 10 HHS news releaselast_img read more

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WHO confirms Indonesia’s 54th avian flu case

first_imgJul 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory confirmed today that a 44-year-old man who died on Jul 12 near Jakarta had H5N1 avian influenza.The WHO announcement brings Indonesia’s official avian flu toll to 54 cases with 42 deaths. The country is now tied with Vietnam for the most deaths.The patient lived in East Jakarta and was hospitalized for high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties 2 days before he died.The WHO said investigators have taken samples of poultry from around the man’s home. Health authorities are also investigating another potential source of infection: the local wet market the man regularly visited as part of his job as a food vendor. Previous reports said he sold fried chicken and freshwater catfish.All of Indonesia’s H5N1 avian flu cases have occurred within the past year, whereas Vietnam has had no human fatalities this year. An Indonesian health official said this week that he expects more human fatalities this year because the disease is so widespread among the country’s poultry populations (in 27 of 32 provinces) and because widespread culling would be too expensive.Meanwhile, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported today on Bulgaria’s apparent first case of avian flu in poultry. Agriculture minister Nihat Kabil told AFP the virus was detected at a barnyard in the southern village of Slantchogled. Kabil said he ordered that all poultry and poultry products in the region be destroyed.The report did not say what strain of virus was found, but it said the Sofia laboratory that detected the virus will give a definitive answer in 4 days on whether it is H5N1. Samples will also be sent to a European Union reference lab in Weybridge, England, for testing.In February, the deadly H5N1 virus was detected in four swans in northern Bulgaria, the story said.In other developments, a Connecticut congressman has criticized the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its handling of smuggled Chinese poultry parts found recently in Michigan, according to a report today in The Detroit News. In a letter to USDA Secretary Mike Johanns, Rep. Rosa DeLauro faulted the agency for not testing the poultry for the H5N1 virus before destroying it and for not alerting Michigan officials to a possible health risk.On Jun 5, the USDA seized 1,940 pounds of illegal Chinese frozen poultry from a Troy, Mich., warehouse. The agency destroyed the product without testing it. The USDA said testing the product would have served no food-safety purpose. The agency states that poultry cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees poses no threat.State officials did not find out about the USDA probe until June 22, according to previous reports. Michigan and USDA officials continue to track other poultry products from the same warehouse that were distributed to restaurants and grocery stores.A USDA spokeswoman told The Detroit News that officials were reviewing DeLauro’s letter and looked forward to addressing her concerns.DeLauro, ranking member of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, has criticized the USDA over avian flu before. On Jun 21 she raised concerns about the USDA’s plans for detecting avian flu and questioned how the agency could ensure the safety of imported Chinese poultry products. According to a press release on DeLauro’s Web site, she inserted language into the fiscal year 2007 agriculture appropriations bill to bar the USDA from implementing a rule allowing the importing of processed Chinese poultry products.See also: Jul 20 WHO update on Indonesian situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_07_20/en/index.htmlJul 13 CIDRAP News story “Michigan officials track smuggled Chinese poultry”last_img read more

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Griffon vulture as a tourist product?

first_imgA feeding ground for griffon vultures with an observatory was built in the Učka Nature Park, and in this way an organized and sustainable system for feeding vultures was established, and the tourist offer of the Učka Nature Park was improved.Griffon vultures are an endangered species in Croatia, and the estimated number of the total nesting population today is between 100 and 110 pairs. One of the biggest reasons for the endangerment of vultures is caused by the abandonment of traditional agriculture as an activity, ie the decline of extensive livestock, which drastically reduced the amount of available food and the area and quality of suitable habitats. For this reason, as part of the PARCS project, a feeding ground for griffon vultures with an observatory was built in the Učka Nature Park, because vultures need a reliable food source, especially during nesting and in the first year of life.The primary goal of the feeder is to return vultures to the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park, and one of the most important preconditions for the return of the vulture population to the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park is to ensure regular food availability. The lack of food is compensated by the Kvarner population of griffon vultures by daily migrations to feeding grounds in the Italian Alps, with part of the vultures nesting on the island of Cres crossing the Učka ridge. On the built feeding ground in the Učka Nature Park, it is planned to deliver material of animal origin intended for feeding vultures throughout the year, and additionally intensified during the nesting and raising of young birds. In this way, the aim is to encourage the re-nesting of this species on the rocks of the Učka Nature Park.Improving the tourist offer of the Učka Nature ParkWith this project, Učka Nature Park also wants to develop green and sustainable forms of tourism and improve the tourist offer that would attract visitors interested in learning about the natural and cultural values ​​of the area, but with minimal negative impact on the environment and biodiversity. “Thanks to the newly built feeding ground, we have created the preconditions for a new tourist offer in the Učka Nature Park, which is based on bird watching. In this way, we will attract visitors interested in the natural values ​​of the Park, and the investment will certainly contribute to better financial self-sustainability of the Učka Nature Park.”, Said Egon Vasilić, director of the Public Institution Nature Park Učka.Bird watching from a relatively short distanceHabitat of griffon vultures are open large areas where there are high and inaccessible cliffs suitable for nesting. In order to enable visitors to the Učka Nature Park to see vultures, an observatory was built from which it will be possible to observe and photograph birds from a relatively short distance. The observation deck consists of a bird watching room and an entrance multifunctional space. The outer wall of the observatory is camouflaged using reinforcement profiles placed in front of the façade and above the roof into which the branches of the surrounding tree species are inserted. In this way, the mimicry of the building in the surroundings is ensured, with an interesting combination of technical and organic facades. As part of the development of the bird watching service for the Učka Nature Park, a van was purchased to transport visitors to the observation post.So close yet so far”A quality and authentic product that we lack Given the fragmentation of the relief, geological background, different microclimatic and other conditions, it is possible to distinguish a large number of mosaically distributed habitat types with different bird communities, zoned primarily in relation to plant communities. So far, 167 species of birds have been recorded for the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park and the narrower contact area, and with griffon vultures as a special attraction, there is certainly no lack of motivation to come.Also, across from Učka, on the island of Cres, there are two ornithological reserves (“Podokladi” in the middle and “Kruna” in the northern part of the island) where about 70 nesting pairs live. The island’s population living on Cres is unique because here vultures nest on vertical cliffs just above the sea – sometimes less than 10 meters above sea level.In case you didn’t know, in the UK alone, as much as € 500 million is spent annually on birdwatching, and interestingly, as many as 60 million Americans watch birds. The potential of birdwathing tourism is also shown by the fact that Murizt, a national park in Germany, generates the majority of its income from birdwatchers, through 600 visits per year, which brings the region 13 million euros and 628 permanent jobs. By the way, it is the market of Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Sweden that are the leaders in birdwatchnig tourism in Europe.As part of the tourist offer of the park, along with educational trails and walks as tourist niches, we have hiking, mountain biking with eight marked trails, free climbing, free flying, as well as bicycle rental. With the purity of nature, forest, mountains, crystal clear skies, incredible proximity to cities which is a rarity, views of Kvarner and islands, diversity of fauna and flora and with indigenous food PP Učka certainly belongs to a unique authentic experience and excellent tourist product. At least as a one-day experience and an experience to remember. In the morning, tourists bathe in the sea, and in the afternoon with children in the woods and on the mountains. Can a better experience than that?View towards Rijeka and Opatija and towards the Kvarner islands / Fb: PP UčkaIt’s just one of thousands of our authentic stories. Tourists are here with us, in our “sales salon” and we just have to pack them nicely and tell them the story of the Nature Park that is located just above them. If nothing else, staying in nature, in the fresh air and a breathtaking view, ie a view that sells (a view of Kvarner and the islands), as well as our indigenous gastronomy, it is this experience that is talked about and remembered.We have a relatively untouched nature, so ask yourself when you and your children were in nature, a real forest? See a real cow, not a purple one, a chicken or a goat? He heard her breathing and her voice. Ask your guests the same question as if they ever slept in the woods or mountains? Yes, ask them when they were in the woods with their family?It is quality content that our tourism and our tourist offer lack. We have everything, thousands of authentic stories, but unfortunately “no one” knows about them. It’s all up to us, and while we’ll continue to just sell sun and sea, we won’t get far.We have everything, what more do we need? Related news: GREAT NEW COOPERATION! DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH TOURISM IN LICAlast_img read more

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The new Law on Agricultural Land came into force

first_imgYesterday, the new Law on Agricultural Land (Official Gazette, No. 20/2018) came into force, which authorizes local self-government units to dispose of state-owned agricultural land.Municipalities and cities are obliged to adopt Disposal Programs within three months of the entry into force of the Act, and state land is leased through a public tender for a period of 25 years with the possibility of extension for the same period. The tender for the lease is announced for cadastral parcels that make up production and technological units with an area of ​​up to 100 hectares. Participants in the public tender for lease may be natural or legal persons who have settled all obligations based on the use of agricultural land owned by the state, ie all obligations based on the fee for economic use of water and all public benefits, and against whom does not conduct proceedings for the transfer of possession of agricultural land.As they point out from the Ministry of Agriculture, persons who have subleased or otherwise disposed of the allocated agricultural land owned by the state cannot participate in the public tender. The right of priority in the public tender for lease has: the holder of a family farm or owner of an agricultural craft or a legal entity in the rank of micro and small enterprises, for which agriculture is the primary activity, who is the owner or possessor of livestock for at least three years; previous owner; young farmers up to 41 years of age, family farms based in the municipality or city where the land is located.The new Law also enables the extraction of agricultural land from the forest management plan, which needs to be placed in the Programs at the disposal of local self-government units. In this way, it will be possible to lease and sell state-owned land to farmers who want to increase their production areas, and above all to family farms and young farmers. “With this law, we return the disposal of state land to municipalities and cities because the management from Zagreb proved to be unsuccessful. I expect all local self-government units to urgently accept the job and start preparing disposal programs. Deadlines are short, farmers have waited too long to get land. A large number of farmers have their leases expired and they are eagerly awaiting new contracts that will primarily ensure their safer business, but also without which they cannot apply for tenders from rural development. I also invite the representatives of municipalities and cities to respond to the workshops that we organize just for them and where we present this law. Come and learn everything you need to know to be successful in this extremely important business for Croatian farmers. ” – said Minister Tomislav Tolušić.The law also prescribes the sale of state-owned agricultural land. They can be bought in the continental area cadastral parcels of up to 10 ha and in the coastal area up to 1 ha. One buyer can buy state land in the Republic of Croatia up to a maximum of 50 ha for the continental area and up to 5 ha for the coastal area. Coastal areas are considered to be units of local self-government that have access to the sea, islands and peninsulas, while other areas are considered to be a continental area. Exceptionally on the Istrian peninsula, local self-government units that have access to the sea are considered a coastal area, while other areas are considered a continental area.The law also provides for the lease of private agricultural land that is not maintained suitable for agricultural production. In order to protect the soil, the environment or people, the Ministry may lease such land to a natural or legal person for a period of up to ten years for a fee in the amount of the initial rent. The funds obtained from the lease belong to the owner of the land, if the owner is unavailable or of unknown residence, the rent is kept in a special account of the local self-government unit for 10 years. The law also stipulates that the Ministry of Agriculture takes over all the work and workers of the Agricultural Land Agency because the Agency ceases to operate.last_img read more

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Jadrolinija presents new catamaran “Jelena”

first_imgThe newest ship in the Jadrolinija fleet, the catamaran “Jelena” was solemnly presented and blessed in the port of Rijeka.The catamaran “Jelena” is a new construction built in the world shipyard Damen in Singapore. By the way, “Jelena” is a fast aluminum passenger catamaran, with a capacity of 403 passengers and 8 crew members, and it is a total of 51 ships in the white fleet of Jadrolinija.It is intended for the transport of passengers on local high-speed lines. The catamaran is fully adapted to the access of persons with disabilities, it is equipped with coffee a bar and a modern passenger lounge on two levels. The godmother of the ship is Zita Pleša, a pensioner of Jadrolinija with 40 years of work experience in the Company.last_img

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A professional group of hostellers was founded in Split

first_imgAt the session, the need for joint action towards the competent institutions was emphasized in order to adjust the regulations, enable easier finding of labor and other issues specific to the activity. In the opinion of all participants, mutual cooperation is extremely necessary in order to raise the current problems, business and quality of hostels in the Split-Dalmatia County to a higher level. Antea Ćurin, Neli Prolić, Sanja Baković, Šime Pletković Source / photo: Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber; Backpackers Fairytale Hostel The director of Lavčević-hotelijerstva doo (Hotel Dujam & Youth Hostel) Neli Prolić was elected president of the Professional Group, while the vice presidents are the owner of Terpsihora doo (backpackers Fairytale and Wonderful World hostels) Antea Ćurin and the owner of Hostel Split, Šime Pletković. The Business Secretary of the Group is Sanja Baković from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber. In the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber, the Professional Group of Hostels was established yesterday, with the aim of organizing and connecting members from this activity in order to improve business and promote and protect common interests. With the establishment of this group in ŽK Split, the Association of Hostels of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which has been operating at the national level for a little over two years, has gained its counterpart at the county level. Hospitality in Croatia and the Split-Dalmatia County has been experiencing its growth and development for the last ten years. There were 76 hostels in the Split-Dalmatia County last year, which is 6 percent more than the year before.last_img read more

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