Cal Cunningham concedes to Senator Thom Tillis in North Carolina.

first_img– Advertisement – With a vast majority of votes counted, Mr. Tillis was leading by just under 100,000 votes, according to Edison Research, in an election that drew more voters and political spending than any in the state’s history. Mr. Tillis took a lead on election night and never lost it, but because of an influx of mail-in ballots, the result was still not official on Thursday, long after most other races were called.In a pre-emptive victory speech last week, Mr. Tillis said North Carolinians were “letting everybody know that the truth still does matter, letting everybody know that character still matters, and letting everybody know that keeping your promises still matters.” – Advertisement – The result was a relief for Republicans, who viewed the seat as a potential tipping point whose loss could have cost them control of the Senate. A win by Mr. Tillis would give Republicans 49 Senate seats to Democrats’ 48. Another race remained uncalled in Alaska, where Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican, is favored to win.Either way, Mr. Tillis’s apparent victory only increased the already towering stakes of a pair of January Senate runoffs in Georgia, where a clean sweep by Democrats could hand them a working majority, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris empowered to cast tiebreaking votes.Republicans view that outcome as a long shot in a state they have historically dominated, but both parties were already pouring tens of millions of dollars into the races and honing messages to try to frame the holiday-season fight.center_img Cal Cunningham, the Democrat challenging Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, conceded the race on Tuesday after a protracted vote count, as the incumbent appeared headed for a narrow victory in a crucial swing state that would bolster his party’s hold on the Senate.Mr. Tillis, 60, had been one of the Democrats’ top targets this year, a decidedly unpopular first-term Republican in a fast-growing and increasingly competitive state. But he was able to capitalize on unexpected Republican strength in North Carolina to outrun Mr. Cunningham, who was damaged by late revelations of an extramarital affair.- Advertisement – Mr. Cunningham said in a statement on Tuesday that the election results suggested “there remain deep political divisions in our state and nation.” He added that he would “always be proud of the work we did together to lift up the voices of North Carolinians who feel left behind by our politics.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgIn Connecticut, which has 548 patients hospitalized, its highest total since May, the governor limited all private gatherings in the state to 10 people and has allowed the hardest-hit municipalities to reimpose limits on other businesses.In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy has put new limits on indoor dining that begin tomorrow night after hospitalizations there more than doubled in the last month, from 653 to 1,801 — a threshold last crossed in June.Why are Covid cases falling in India?Two months ago, India looked like a coronavirus disaster zone, with nearly 100,000 new infections a day and deaths shooting up. Today, reported infections, deaths and the share of people testing positive have all fallen significantly. The country reached a high point of nearly 98,000 daily infections on Sept. 16, but dropped to about 46,000 cases on average per day this past week. The number of daily virus deaths has fallen from 1,200 in mid-September to about 500 today.Some researchers say the cases aren’t really falling and the lower numbers may be explained by a change in testing. They argue that less reliable tests are being used more frequently, and fewer tests are being administered over all.Mobility data shows that Indians have returned to shopping areas and public spaces. Many are not wearing masks. A large chunk of the population seems resigned to the threat of infection. In many places, said one cardiologist, “people are partying like there is no tomorrow.”Experts generally agree that the number of infections has far outstripped efforts to track them in India, and that infections in the country may still get considerably worse.ResurgencesHere’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following What you’re doingI shaved my little beard today. I was using it to chart pandemic progress, but news of a vaccine that’s 90 percent effective is good enough for me. Timing for actually getting vaccinated may be a close shave, but hopefully heaven can wait. — Jeff Berry, Madison, Wis.Let us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Melina Delkic contributed to today’s newsletter. Email your thoughts to briefing@nytimes.com. New York reimposes restrictions and more may followFor months, the virus seemed relatively contained in and around New York City, despite clusters in Brooklyn and Queens. But now, as cases rise sharply, a potential second wave has New Yorkers on edge.In a bid to avoid the devastation of the spring, when thousands of people died, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today reimposed restrictions across the state. Beginning Friday, private indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people — including in private homes — and gyms, bars and restaurants must close nightly at 10 o’clock. (Restaurants can continue to provide takeout after 10 p.m. but only for food.)- Advertisement – Unlike in the spring, when New York was the epicenter of the pandemic, the jump in cases this time arrives as the virus is surging around the country. It’s not just Mr. Cuomo who is raising alarm — governors from coast to coast are issuing dire warnings and begging people to take the virus seriously. For the first time, new cases surpassed 139,000 Tuesday, and 61,964 people were hospitalized across the country with Covid-19, a number higher than at any point during the pandemic.“We’re seeing a national and global Covid surge,” Mr. Cuomo said. “And New York is a ship on the Covid tide.”center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement – In New York City, the seven-day positivity rate was at 2.5 percent, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, a rate not seen since early June, when nonessential businesses began to reopen. Elsewhere in the region, new limits are being put in place, just in time to damper any illusions of large family gatherings for Thanksgiving.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Former ‘RHOC’ Stars: Where Are They Now?

first_img– Advertisement – “They even said, ‘We’re shocked. We’re completely shocked at this,’” she exclusively told Us in May 2020. “’They know that you said you’d never become a ‘friend,’ so they want to give you a limited role.’ And I’m like, ‘No, thank you.’ That’s not what I said. I said, ‘F off!’ And then I just took a week or so and I just absorbed it. … I cried and I was scared.”Over the years, many faces have come and gone on the first Housewives series.Gretchen Rossi walked away in 2013 ahead of season 9. Heather Dubrow stepped away in 2016 after joining the cast in season 7. Meghan King, meanwhile, exited the series in 2018 after three years on the California-based show.- Advertisement – “I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County. It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for ‘whooping it up’ with me along the way,” she wrote at the time via Instagram. “I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget.”That same month, Tamra, who joined the show in season 3, announced her departure. The news came after Tamra was offered a part-time role for season 15, which she promptly declined. She opted to leave the show after 12 years after receiving a call from production saying they “decided to go in a different direction” and didn’t need her as a full-time cast member.- Advertisement – Scroll down for an update on all of the ghosts of Orange County’s past! Every orange can’t last forever! Following exits from OG star Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge and Jo De La Rosa, Us Weekly is revisiting favorite former Real Housewives of Orange County stars.After 14 seasons on the Bravo series, Vicki announced in January 2020 that she was leaving the show.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Joe Giudice Attempts TikTok Dance With Daughters Gia and Milania

first_imgIn another clip, the trio danced to Marv Allen‘s “Out the Frame.” This time, Giudice followed along with his daughters while they all pumped their arms in the air. At the end of the video, he waved and walked out of the frame while Gia and Milania kept dancing.Joe Giudice Attempts TikTok Dance With Daughters Gia and Melania During ReunionJoe Giudice with daughters Gia and Melania. Courtesy of Gia Giudice/InstagramThe former Real Housewives of New Jersey star shares Gia, Gabriella, 16, Milania and Audriana, 11, with his ex-wife, Teresa Giudice. Gia and Milania arrived in Italy earlier this month, marking the first time they have visited their dad in nearly one year.“Happy to be back,” Milania captioned an Instagram photo of herself smiling with her dad on November 6. The teenager later took to her Instagram Story to post videos with Gia walking through Rome. “We’re back,” she wrote.- Advertisement – “She’s helping out a lot out here, it’s good because I have a lot of things going on out here and she’s putting together a lot of deals for me,” he said on October 9. “We’ve been seeing each other, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say that we’re boyfriend, girlfriend, but we’re kind of like hanging out a lot.”Joe added that he still talks to his daughters “every day” despite the distance. “Milania was just gonna call me now,” he said. “I was watching them play soccer yesterday through the phone. So, good thing for the phones. It’s better to be there in person, but what are you gonna do? Right now, I wouldn’t be able to come there anyway.”Joe Giudice Attempts TikTok Dance With Daughters Gia and Melania During ReunionJoe Giudice with daughters Gia and Melania. Courtesy of Gia Giudice/InstagramTeresa, for her part, has since moved on with boyfriend Luis “Louie” Ruelas. A source told Us Weekly on Monday, November 9, that their romance is “very new, but they are happy.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Practice makes perfect! Joe Giudice showed off his best moves while attempting a TikTok dance with his daughters Gia and Milania during their visit to Italy.Gia, 19, shared a clip on Sunday, November 15, via Instagram of herself, Milania, 14, and her father, 48, dancing to “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” by Popp Hunna. While Gia and Milania kept up with the routine, Giudice stood in the back swaying side to side.- Advertisement – Joe’s daughters last visited him in December 2019, just two months after he moved to Italy following his deportation order. The former Bravo personality was taken into ICE custody nine months prior after completing a 41-month prison sentence.Joe and Teresa, 48, announced their separation in December 2019. The pair’s divorce was finalized in September. One month later, Joe told Wendy Williams that he’s been dating a lawyer.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Report cites weaknesses in FDA spinach inspection

first_img The FDA does not routinely inspectfields except in outbreak investigations, the report stated, adding that noneof the 199 inspection reports mentioned field condition observations. According to the report, thefindings are based on the FDA’s inspection records of all firms that producedpackaged fresh spinach from 2001 to 2007. One of the key findings was thatfresh spinach facilities were inspected only once every 2.4 years, less thanhalf of the FDA’s goals. The report states that the FDA’s goal is to inspect95% of high-risk facilities, such as those that produce packaged spinach, atleast once a year. However, for the investigation period, the FDA provided 199inspection reports for 67 facilities. FDA inspectors were more likely torequest voluntary compliance of violators, rather than take enforcement actionssuch as warning letters, seizures, or injunctions. “The inspection reportsprovided to the committee raise serious questions about the ability of the FDAto protect the safety of fresh spinach and other fresh produce,” theinvestigators wrote. When FDA investigators foundobjectionable conditions, investigators found they took no”meaningful” enforcement action and overlooked repeat violations,even at multiple facilities operated by Natural Selection Foods, the firm thatwas linked to the 2006 E coli O157:H7outbreak. Dec 5, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Reportsays stingy funding has put FDA in crisis” The report said the FDA observed”objectionable conditions” during 47% (93) of the 199 inspections. Themost common ones involved plant sanitation, plant construction, and workersanitation. For example, more than 60% of the inspections that recordedobjectionable conditions documented facility sanitation problems, includinginadequate restroom cleanliness or litter accumulation. Other problems includedwater condensation inside some of the plants that could contaminate spinachwith waterborne pathogens. See also: The 10-page report, released yesterday, was requested by theUS House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in thewake of a 2006 Escherichia coli O157:H7outbreak linked to fresh spinach. The outbreak was traced to contaminated spinach from California’s Salinas Valley andinvolved 204 cases and 3 deaths in 26 states and one Canadian province. Inadequate funding and resourcesfor the FDA’s food safety activities may be hampering the agency’s ability toprotect the safety of fresh spinach, the report says. Some of the findings suggest thatin some instances the FDA lacks the authority to do its job. On eightoccasions, facilities barred FDA inspections from fully reviewing their foodsafety practices. Current laws don’t empower the FDA to compel firms to producerecords. “On one occasion, inspectors were denied access to writtenrecords by the facility that was the site of the 2006 outbreak,” theauthors wrote. In December 2007, the FDA’sscience board, an independent advisory committee, issued a report that theFDA’s ability to conduct routine inspections and perform its enforcement andregulatory duties has “severely eroded” and couldn’t be fixed withits current resources. Mar 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An investigation by acongressional oversight committee into the US Food and Drug Administration’s(FDA’s) inspection of fresh spinach revealed lax enforcement at facilities thathad violations. FDA spokeswoman Kimberly Rawlingssaid that the agency is seeking legislative authority to launch a foodprotection plan that targets some produce and foods that have been connected torecent outbreaks, according to a Washington Post story today. The scope of FDA inspectionsappears to be too narrow to identify the sources of an E coli outbreak, the investigators found. For example, in the2006 spinach outbreak California and FDA officials determined that the outbreakwas probably caused by contamination, such as cattle or wild-pig feces ortainted water, in spinach-growing areas. Despite the recent foodcontamination episodes, the United States still has one of the safest foodsupplies in the world, including its fresh produce, she told the Post. Mar 23, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDAreleases final report on spinach E colioutbreak”last_img read more

CDC targets threat of novel flu at summer camps

first_imgJun 15, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As the school year winds down for most students, and with it the threat of school-related illness clusters, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has its sights set on preventing the spread of the novel H1N1 virus at another setting where kids congregate: summer camps.Yesterday the CDC issued interim guidance to help day and residential camp administrators prevent and respond to novel flu outbreaks. The advisory comes on the heels of one of the first reported outbreaks at a camp.An Asheville, N.C., Boy Scout camp that attracts about 700 participants from across the nation sent 19 sick scouts from Florida and Georgia home after 10 of them tested positive for the novel flu, the Associated Press reported today. Other sick campers and staffers have been quarantined, and camp administrators are screening others for symptoms.Yesterday’s guidance from the CDC includes basic measures such as educating campers and staff on staying home when sick, covering coughs, and washing hands frequently, but it also includes several specific suggestions for residential camps. For both day and residential camps, the CDC suggests developing a relationship with local health departments to assist with response planning and to become familiar with illness reporting requirements.The CDC’s guidance suggests that camps communicate with parents early on how illnesses will be handled and arrange ways for sick campers and staff members to be transported home from camp.To reduce the risk of bringing the novel H1N1 virus to camp, the campers, staff members, and volunteers should be notified ahead of time that they cannot attend if they have had an influenza-like illness within the 7 days before camp begins or until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. Those who have been exposed to a person who was sick with the novel virus or had a flu-like infection should be instructed to monitor and report any symptoms.Camp officials should consider screening incoming campers to determine possible novel flu exposure and to determine if any young people or staff have preexisting medical conditions, such as asthma, that might increase their risk for flu complications.Staff and volunteers should be taught how to recognize flu-like illnesses and quickly isolate campers who appear sick. For example, if separate rooms aren’t available for sick campers, staff can use a part of a room with temporary barriers, a separate tent, or a separate cabin. Designated staff members—ones who don’t have risk factors such as pregnancy—should care for the sick campers to avoid spreading the virus to others.The CDC said camps should develop protocols ahead of time for evaluating sick campers, and a healthcare provider should be contacted for severely ill patients or sick campers who have underlying medical conditions.Camps should supply plenty of hand sanitizers, especially for use during activities, such as hikes, in which campers don’t have access to sinks and liquid soap.Linens, eating utensils, and dishes used by sick campers don’t need to be cleaned differently or separately, but those who handle soiled laundry should wash their hands immediately after touching it, the CDC guidance says.See also:Jun 14 CDC novel H1N1 interim guidance for day and residential campslast_img read more

The 1st Congress of Health Tourism was held – the strategy for the development of health tourism was set

first_imgThe 1st Congress of Health Tourism was held in Zagreb in the Revival Hall of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, organized by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and LUX promotion.Precisely because of the need to travel outside the place of permanent residence in order to improve health, health tourism is becoming a development model that is able to produce strong positive economic, health and social effects. Of course, only if we have top health institutions and if we round everything nicely into a quality tourist product.Due to this understanding, health tourism in Croatia, but also in many other countries, has become one of the strategic development goals of tourism and health. The goal of the congress is to specifically prepare Croatia and in the near future to open it to a new market of health tourism users. The congress therefore pointed out the possible dangers of further development of health tourism without systematic monitoring of its development effects, as well as without detailed elaboration of possible scenarios of its development in the near or distant future.In an effort to include Croatia in the international market of profit-oriented health services to non-residents as soon as possible, there is a problem of erosion of the social component of the health care system intended for residents, as well as Croatia’s ability to protect public interest in access to health care. regulated by the Health Care Act and guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia.Academician Zvonko Kusić, President of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, welcomed the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts’s reputation in the world, the history of the Renaissance Hall and the magnificent palace of the People’s House, one of the oldest in Zagreb, where the Health Tourism Congress was held. “The roots of health tourism in Croatia go back to ancient times when the first spas were opened, but the field of health tourism is still not well legally resolved or articulated. Although health tourism sounds marketing and market, health has always been a social category and should never be completely left to the market because it is a social and civilizational achievement.”, Added academician Kusić.President of the Committee on Health and Social Policy of the Croatian Parliament, Ph.D. Ines Strenja-Linić said that many health care institutions encounter numerous problems when they try to offer some services to the market, which is why it is necessary to legally regulate the field of health tourism in cooperation with the two line ministries. She warned of the value of the program of the Congress of Health Tourism for the development of health and tourism in the future, and expressed the intention to hold a round table on the topic of the Congress in the fall in the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia.On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, the Congress was attended by the Assistant Minister, Ms. Olivera Shejbal. In her welcome speech, she pointed out the increase in tourist arrivals in Croatia on vacation, said that Croatia has become a hit market for tourists from around the world, and that health tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors and is expected to be one in the future. of the main motives of the journey. She mentioned the importance of involving members of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, especially the medical class and the Croatian Academy of Medical Sciences, the Committee for Health Tourism and Spa Medicine in the development of health tourism in the future. ” With the education of human resources and activating the use of natural resources: natural healing factors that Croatia abounds in and competes with its eco-preservation for a top welless destination or a modern EU destination for health tourism (eg Peljesac peninsula, Nin or the island of Mljet). Also, health tourism offers the possibility of extending the tourist season as well as the development of the economy, especially on the islands and on the continent in cooperation with, for example, small family hotels and existing medical and health facilities.Sheybal points out.Dr. sc. Denis Kovačić on behalf of the Ministry of Health announced that a new Law on Health Care will be passed at the end of this year, in which a special chapter will be dedicated to health resorts and spas in order to regulate what is now in the “gray zone” in health tourism. He also announced the possibility of passing a special Law on Health Tourism.Among the conclusions of the congress, the importance of resolving complex relations and currently uncoordinated related laws and regulations between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism was emphasized; the need to upgrade existing legislation in the health tourism sector in order to avoid different legislative interpretations of the same issues; adoption of regulations on services in health tourism. The need for certification of health services in the Republic of Croatia was especially emphasized. The formation of the Krapina-Zagorje County Health Tourism Cluster was exclusively announced at the congress.last_img read more

New TOMAS research is underway: Thomas Summer and Nautics

first_imgIn 2017, the Institute for Tourism again conducted surveys of attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia, the TOMAS Summer survey was conducted for the tenth time (last survey was conducted in 2014), and the TOMAS Nautika Jahting survey for the fifth time (last survey was conducted in 2012) . TOMAS research is extremely important for understanding the current state of the entire tourist product, profile and behavior of tourists as well as the most important tourist consumption.The TOMAS Summer 2017 survey is conducted from June to October, in all coastal counties, in more than 70 places on the coast and islands, in hotels, camps and private accommodation, on a sample of about 5.000 respondents, domestic and foreign guests. The research collects information on the socio-demography of our guests, the characteristics of their stay and travel in Croatia, and consumption and satisfaction with the 34 elements of the offer.“We believe that, as before, this research will enable us to obtain a rich informative picture of our guests so that all those who create and promote tourism products, as well as tourism policy makers, can make decisions about the need for innovation or change. tourism market preferences. We thank the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian National Tourist Board and all tourist boards that finance this research. We also thank the employees of all hotels, camps, marinas, port authorities and the owners of private accommodation in which this year’s TOMAS research will be conducted for their help and cooperation. ” stand out from the Institute of Tourism. On the other hand, from July to October, the TOMAS Nautika Yachting 2017 survey is conducted – Attitudes and consumption of boaters in Croatia, in 28 marinas and eight ports open to public traffic along the coast and on the islands, sailors-yachtsmen on their own vessels and those on charter are surveyed. Previous research was conducted in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012 and thus seeks to maintain the continuity of this research which collects data on nautical tourism that are not available from other sources – sociodemographic profile of sailors, characteristics of their travel / navigation, costs for travel / sailing time and attitudes about the nautical and overall tourist offer of Croatia.Data will be collected during July, August, September and October, and the results of the survey will be presented to the public in December this year. You can find the results of the latest TOMAS nautical survey from 2012 herelast_img read more

Presečki Oldtimer Museum opened in Krapina

first_imgIn addition to the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals and the Museum of Ljudevit Gaj, Krapina received another museum – Presečki Oldtimer Museum, the largest museum of its kind in Croatia.It has been a long-term dream of the passionate collector Antun Preseščki, and the idea and realization lasted 25 years and an investment of around 6 million kuna. The Presečki Oldtimer Museum is a modern museum institution that covers 1100 square meters of exhibition space and in one place introduces the public to the history of this important aspect of technical culture.In addition to representative examples of cars from the fifties, sixties and seventies of the twentieth century, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy 60 motorcycles, buses, bicycles estimated at over 5 million kuna, but also other museum specimens of various photographs, magazines, books, posters and devices. And soon the part where you can see how the master restorers revive old vehicles will come to life.The new museum will certainly be a reason for tourists to visit Krapina and Krapina-Zagorje County.last_img read more