Congress has 14 working days to keep government funded, provide COVID-19 relief

Posted On Nov 20 2020 by

first_imgAlready, House Republicans are resisting an omnibus bill, and raising questions about whether Trump would even sign one. It’s also a question whether he’d sign another CR or a coronavirus stimulus package, when it comes down to it. If Trump really wants to upend the nation and the election (states have to certify the election by Dec. 8, the electoral college votes Dec. 14, the formal joint session of Congress to declare the official results is Jan. 6) he can refuse to fund the government. Whether enough Republicans in Congress would be nihilistic enough to refuse to override his veto is an actual question. Because it is 2020 and anything, absolutely anything, could happen.On coronavirus relief, McConnell has yet to budge in his rhetoric and he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi haven’t had any recent talks. Trump did tweet out one of his usual exhortations on Saturday: “Congress must now do a Covid Relief Bill. Needs Democrats support. Make it big and focused. Get it done!” Never mind that “big” and “focused” are in direct opposition right now—Pelosi wanting “big” and McConnell wanting “focused.” Who knows what Trump wants, other than to magic away election results and pretend like he’s not going to be vulnerable to prosecution in New York State in 64 days.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Who knows at this point what any of this means for the next month. The only thing certain is that as cases and hospitalizations and deaths from coronavirus surge, as states increasingly have to shut down again, the economic pain increases even more. Thousand upon thousands of people face hunger, eviction, and financial ruin. And the obstruction of McConnell is making it worse. “More businesses will be at risk of permanently going out of business, which would dampen labor demand and potentially spur new rounds of layoffs. This suggests the labor market recovery could meaningfully slow or even reverse in coming months as the country tries to get the virus under control,” economists at Bank of America warned last week.That apparently is a feature and not a bug of McConnell’s plan to obstruct assistance. He wants to hamstring the Biden administration before it even begins. He doesn’t care who—or how many—suffer in the offing.last_img read more


German agents in the Split-Dalmatia County

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgAt the initiative of the Representation of the Croatian Tourist Board in Germany and the Association of Independent Agencies RTK (Reiffeisen Touristik Kooperation), a study trip was organized in Split-Dalmatia County with the participation of 15 sales agents from agencies that are members of that association. The trip will last until October 14, and the association itself has about 3500 stationary travel agencies in Germany among its members. Thus, RTK agents visited the most important locations in the county, such as Split, Makarska Riviera and Omis. An important part of the visit was a tour of the hotel on the Makarska Riviera and other attractions in the non-board offer.In the second half of September, a study trip was already realized, which was attended by a larger group of 100 agents working in the network of stationary agencies DER Touristika. Thus, the agents, through the cooperation of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Tourist Boards of Istria, Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County, were divided into four groups and toured almost the entire Croatian coast, all staying at the Valamar Girandella Hotel in Rabac, where they were held. and final presentations. DER Touristik has the largest network of own agencies or partner agencies in Germany, as many as 1500.The CNTB points out that the German market pays great attention to cooperation with travel agencies. They are crucial for better sales of tour operator programs, given that almost 80 percent of programs are sold through agencies. In this way, it tries to further motivate agents to offer their clients various programs that tour operators realize in Croatia and thus encourage a larger number of Germans to choose a vacation in Croatian destinations.last_img read more


From zero to hero: Italy’s Chinese help beat coronavirus

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_img“We Italians feared that the Chinese of Prato were to be the problem. Instead, they did much better than us,” said Renzo Berti, top state health official for the area, which includes Florence.”Among Chinese resident in Prato there isn’t even one case of COVID contagion,” he said, referring to COVID-19, which has killed almost 12,000 people in Italy, more than in any other country.Ethnic Chinese make up about a quarter of Prato’s population, but Berti credits them with bringing down the entire town’s infection rate to almost half the Italian average — 62 cases per 100,000 inhabitants versus 115 for the country.Prato’s Chinese community, built originally around the textile industry, went into lockdown from the end of January, three weeks before Italy’s first recorded infection. Many were returning from new year holidays in China, the then epicenter.They knew what was coming and spread the word: stay home.So as Italians headed to the ski slopes and crowded into cafes and bars as normal, the Chinese inhabitants of Prato had seemingly disappeared. Its streets, still festooned with Chinese New Year decorations, were semi-deserted, shops shuttered.There is some anecdotal evidence that Chinese people elsewhere in Italy took similar precautions, though national data on infection rates among the community is unavailable. The health ministry did not respond to an email seeking comment.Milan restaurateur Francesco Wu, a representative of Italian business lobby Confcommercio, said he urged Italian counterparts in February to shut down their businesses, as he had done.”Most of them looked at me like a Cassandra,” he said. “No one could believe it was happening here … Now Troy is burning and we are all locked inside.”‘Italian friends looked at me oddly’When Chinese-born businessman Luca Zhou flew home from China on Feb. 4 to rejoin his wife and 28-year-old son in Prato, he put himself straight into quarantine in his bedroom for 14 days, separated from his wife and son.”We had seen what was happening in China and we were afraid for ourselves, our families and our friends,” said the 56-year-old, who has a business exporting Italian wine to China.After emerging from his self-quarantine, he ventured outside in mask and gloves. He said the few other Chinese on the streets also wore them, anxious not to spread the virus to others.”My Italian friends looked at me oddly. I tried many times to explain to them that they should wear them … but they didn’t understand,” Luca said.”When I came back to Prato, no Italian authority told me anything. We did it all by ourselves. If we had not done it, we would all be infected, Chinese and Italians.”Italy was one of the first nations to cut air links with China, on Jan. 31, though many of its Chinese residents found their way home via third countries. On Feb. 8, almost a month before closing all schools, it offered students returning from holidays in China the right to stop attending classes.”In Prato, there was a boom in take-up,” said local health director Berti, saying families had been obliged to contact his authority if they wanted to pursue this option. It was then that he began to realize how differently the Chinese were behaving.More than 360 families, or around 1,300 people, registered as having put themselves into self-isolation and also signed up to his authority’s health surveillance scheme, which monitored symptoms remotely and communicated with them in Chinese.As Italian infections began to take off in late February and early March, some families, many of whom retain Chinese citizenship, even began sending children to relatives in China, alarmed at the attitude and behavior of Italians around them.Another who went into self-isolation after returning home from China was 23-year-old university student Chiara Zheng.”I was conscious of the gravity of the situation. I felt a duty to do it for other people and those close to me.” Topics :center_img In the storm of infection and death sweeping Italy, one big community stands out to health officials as remarkably unscathed — the 50,000 ethnic Chinese who live in the town of Prato.Two months ago, the country’s Chinese residents were the target of what Amnesty International described as shameful discrimination, the butt of insults and violent attack by people who feared they would spread the coronavirus through Italy.But in the Tuscan town of Prato, home to Italy’s biggest single Chinese community, the opposite has been true. Once scapegoats, they are now held up by authorities as a model for early, strict adoption of infection-control measures.last_img read more


Kutai Barat Police probe 70-year-old for placing dead wife in water tank

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgPolice are investigating a 70-year-old man who placed the dead body of his 47-year-old wife in the water tank at the couple’s home in Kutai Barat, West Kalimantan.Kutai Barat Police criminal investigation head Adj.Comr. Iswanto said that the man, identified only as NHD, told officers that he placed his late wife’s body in the water tank to fulfill her final wish.”He claimed that before his wife passed away, she told him that she did not want to be away from her family. That’s why he decided to put her body in the water tank,” Iswanto said on Sunday as quoted in tribunnews.com. The tribunnews.com report did not mention whether the tank contained water or was empty, nor if it was in use at the household.Iswanto said that despite the man’s claim, however, the police had opened an investigation into the case.”We have conducted an external examination of the [wife’s] body and found no injuries. A forensic team from AW Sjahranie hospital in Samarinda also conducted an autopsy of the body and found no signs of violence,” he added.He explained that the hospital’s forensic team had collected samples from the body to determine the woman’s cause of death, with the lab results expected next week.”Besides waiting for the complete results of the autopsy, we are also questioning several witnesses,” Iswanto added and that NHD remained free because police had not gathered enough evidence to warrant his arrest.Police discovered the body of NHD’s wife on Friday after reports from local residents concerned about the woman’s whereabouts. NHD reportedly told police that his wife had died from liver disease five days before her body was found. (nal)Topics :last_img read more


Unity Day Flashback…

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img 253 Views   5 comments Share Sharing is caring! Share EducationNewsTertiary Unity Day Flashback… by: – March 28, 2011center_img Tweet The night came to a slow start, an hour behind schedule, the group set up some last minute details for a prompt start at 6:30 p.m. The National Anthem was sung by Klarens Affana who has a beautiful voice. Ms. Clementine KOA Affana, student body president, gave a brief history of how it all began:“The idea of a Unity Day was first conceived 3 years ago, when 2 former All saints’ students named Farah and Kaeshika, were brainstorming ideas on how to make student life more entertaining and to create new events at school. They initially thought of an Indian dance show, where all Indian girls would wear their traditional clothes and perform traditional dances. They then brought their idea to the SBC president at that time, Mr. Reginald Azor, who, with his vice president, Mr. Michael Obasogie; decided to expand the idea into a general talent show. This talent show included singing and dancing to different kinds of music. It was therefore a way for students to unite and to share their cultures through art and self expression. Hence, they named the event Unity Day, the day where all students come together and share their cultures.”Furthermore, she mentioned the 20 nations represented within the school, these include: Cameroon, Nigeria, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cananda, USA, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, China, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, Dominica, Haiti, St. Vincent, Trinidad, St. Thomas and Guadeloupe.The First section which is the talent show had ten acts in all here is an overview of the performances:1.        Marie & Fallon sang in a native language, Tamayo from a movie called Gola.2.        Jasmine & Emanuel with a Haitian dance to the song; ‘Are you ready?’3.        Dr. Fiaz did an Indian role with the help of Dharack, then a rendition of Mark Anthony’ Speech in Julius Caesar.4.        Kiran did two songs one she dedicated to the lives lost in Japan (Arms of An Angel), the other was a mash up to her friends and mother (Killing me Softly and Bring me back to Life) Accompanied by keyboardist: Samuel.5.        Dance called Caribbean Wildness which had a medley of background music: (Artist?) -Sour , Tasha P-Woman time, Rihanna –  Rude Boy.6.        Marie & Samuel did a song he wrote, Dynamite, then a mash up of Katy Perry- Firework and Bruno Mars- Grenade.7.        Dance by Naija Boys to a medley of African Music.8.        Professor Neila did a folk song Tamal.9.        Mona recited her two poems: ‘Would you be mine?’ and ‘Abused’.10.        Dance by African Queens; Marie, Pamela, Clementine and Joy to a medley of African music and in the end ‘Waka Waka’ by Shakira.Dr. Morebise announced the winners and distributed prizes for the 1st and 2nd place in singing and dancing.Singers: 1st place – Marie & Samuel                 2nd place -Neila who gave it to a student next in place KieranDancers: 1st place – African Queens                   2nd place – Kamil GirlsThe next event was the fashion show which displayed a cornucopia of cultural outfits both Eastern and Western. The most eye-catching was the traditional wear from Africa and India.The event officially ended around 9 p.m. This is when the food was served buffet style outside the auditorium.      Dishes served were:•        From Nigeria: Jollof Rice, Pepper soup with goat meat.•        From India and Sri Lanka: Beans curry, chicken curry.•        From Latin America: Empanadas•        From the Caribbean: Baked Macaroni Pie•        Chicken pasta•        Vegetarian pastaThere is no doubt that the efforts of the student body council will not go unappreciated. This compromises of: Clementine KOA Affana (president), Marie Pascale Tsala Affana and Masuma Khawaja (events coordinators), Zubair Khan (treasurer) and Kiran Ansari (secretary).Special Thanks From the SBC President goes out to all the performers (dancers, singers, actors, fashion show models), the technical support, the Master of Ceremonies ( MC) and the decorators. Special thanks to Dhaarak Desai, Kirandeep Sidhu, Erol Agha, Syed Shahzad Saqib and Anushan Vilaramajan for their support in the decoration and preparation of the event, as well as their assistance in cleaning after the event.Comments about the event:SBC President:  Unity day is getting better and better every semester. The excitement and joy of all students awaiting this “end of semester event” is what drives us to give our very best in the preparations, and their satisfaction at the end of the night is our reward. We are thankful for their faithful participation and their support.Dr Raj: ‘Always fun, every semester it rotates, new and creative.’Da Vibes Columnist: Overall, the event was well-organized. However, timing was a bit of a problem. The event was too lengthy, some performances dragged on. Other than that it was a spirit uplifting and inspiring show. Kudos to all the performers and organizers, you know how to have fun.By: Da Vibes Columnist        Jerlyn Williams Sharelast_img read more


WCU looks to extend streak vs The Citadel

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_img February 21, 2020 Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: Western Carolina’s Mason Faulkner, Carlos Dotson and Onno Steger have collectively accounted for 57 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 72 percent of all Catamounts points over the last five games.HOT HARRIS: Kaelon Harris has connected on 27.7 percent of the 83 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 13 over his last three games. He’s also converted 72.2 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Citadel is 0-15 when scoring fewer than 73 points and 6-5 when scoring at least 73.COLD SPELLS: The Citadel has dropped its last eight road games, scoring 69.5 points and allowing 82.5 points during those contests. Western Carolina has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 67.3 points while giving up 76.DID YOU KNOW: The Western Carolina offense has scored 78 points per game this season, ranking the Catamounts 30th nationally. The The Citadel defense has allowed 80.3 points per game to opponents (ranked 301st).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Citadel (6-20, 0-15) vs. Western Carolina (16-10, 8-7)Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, North Carolina; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Western Carolina looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over The Citadel. In its last five wins against the Bulldogs, Western Carolina has won by an average of 11 points. The Citadel’s last win in the series came on March 3, 2017, a 78-72 victory.center_img For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com WCU looks to extend streak vs The Citadellast_img read more


Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Julio Jones, T.Y. Hilton, Adam Thielen, will shake up Week 14 start ’em, sit ’em calls

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgJuJu has been so disappointing anyway that his absence probably isn’t costing his fantasy owners much. The biggest beneficiary has been James Washington, who’s shown himself a viable deep-ball target and upside-laden FLEX play with Devlin Hodges slinging it.Golden Tate injury updateTate (concussion) was ruled out Friday for Sunday’s game after sustaining a concussion in Week 12. The Giants don’t play until Monday night in Week 14 against the Eagles, so Tate’s status will probably be updated later in the week than usual.A vulnerable Philadelphia secondary would be a good matchup for Tate to come back to. Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard are both possible WR3s with Tate out. If all three are healthy, they can still all be used at least as FLEX options. Julio Jones, T.Y. Hilton and Adam Thielen all fit the bill as top-10 fantasy WRs heading into Week 14, except all three are battling injuries that could hurt fantasy owners immensely in the fantasy playoffs. That’s not even to mention the injuries to JuJu Smith-Schuster and Golden Tate that also have the WR rankings in flux and could leave you scouring the waiver wire for a sleeper. We have the latest news and updates on those five wideouts below.For news on Dalvin Cook, click here; for the latest on injured TEs Gerald Everett, David Njoku, Evan Engram, and Austin Hooper, click here; for updates on banged-up RBs Marlon Mack, James Conner, and more, go here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerJulio Jones injury updateFalcons head coach Dan Quinn had already shot down the idea that Jones could be shut down for the season, and Monday, Quinn said Jones’ (shoulder) availability for Week 14 is “trending upward.” He added that Jones would’ve had a better chance of playing in Week 13 if Atlanta had played on Sunday instead of Thanksgiving.Sounds like if we don’t see Julio this week, it will be Week 15 at the latest with how his recovery has gone. Of course, you start Jones the second he’s back on the field; more interesting are Calvin Ridley, Christian Blake and Russell Gage if Jones remains out. Ridley is a must-start, but Blake and Gage are a flip-a-coin FLEX decision with some upside in a pass-heavy offense — on Thanksgiving, both had viable PPR days, though Gage proved to be slightly more valuable with a touchdown.WEEK 14: Top Waiver PickupsIs T.Y. Hilton playing in Week 13?Hilton (calf) made a return in Week 12 before missing Week 13, as the same injury apparently worsened. Colts head coach Frank Reich said Monday that he’s “hopeful” Hilton will return this season. Indy plays in Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. ET in Week 14.”Hopeful” doesn’t sound confident and seems to suggest Hilton is a little further away than this week. Tampa has been torched by WRs all year, meaning that if Hilton is out, you can consider Zach Pascal and even Marcus Johnson as possible WR3/FLEX plays. Coming off catching seven balls on 10 targets for 109 yards, Pascal would be the preferred play and should be picked up off waivers if available.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAdam Thielen injury newsThielen (hamstring) practiced all of Week 13 before being ruled out Sunday ahead of Minnesota’s Monday night game. There wasn’t a further update provided on his injury following the Vikings’ loss. MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSThielen’s trajectory shows the trickiness of hamstring injuries, as the practices apparently weren’t enough to avoid a setback that caused him to miss out Monday. He seems likely to play in Week 14, but obviously that’s just a guess right now. If Thielen remains out, tight end Kyle Rudolph will remain the biggest beneficiary heading into Week 14’s matchup with the Lions.Will JuJu Smith-Schuster play Week 14?Smith-Schuster (knee) missed Week 13 after being ruled out on Friday. He hasn’t played since Week 11, and he hasn’t practiced in that time span, either. Pittsburgh plays in the late-afternoon slot at Arizona in Week 14.WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPlast_img read more