The 2019-20 season ended less than a month ago as Iguodala’s Miami Heat lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Finals series that concluded on October 11.The playoffs were played out in a ‘bubble’ in Orlando as the season resumed in July almost four months after it had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that players on teams who did not go deep in the playoffs have had plenty of time to rest. NBA players union vice president Andre Iguodala says the health of the league’s athletes is the top concern as they continue to negotiate details of the upcoming season.The league is reportedly keen on a December 22 start, but there has been pushback from some of the game’s stars, who deem a pre-Christmas start to be too early.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Image:Iguodala (right) and LeBron James played in an NBA Finals series that only finished on October 11 “What it looks like starting in December? What it looks like starting in January? But our number one concern is player health, being in the Covid-19 environment and also that quick turnaround.”The quick turnaround could call for Iguodala and the Heat, plus LeBron James and the Lakers, to be in training camp by December 1.Because the NBA stopped play on March 11, the league reminded teams that all players will have had at least five months off in 2020.- Advertisement – A counter proposal to start the 2020-21 season in late January was rejected by owners and players due to the projected loss of four weeks of revenue approaching $1 billion. Image:NBA commissioner Adam Silver is reportedly pushing for there not to be back-to-back games during the upcoming season “We’re trying to get a good feel for the full body of players and giving them an understanding of what the climate looks like, all the different scenarios,” Iguodala told ESPN.- Advertisement – To be determined are the specifics of the schedule – commissioner Adam Silver is reportedly pushing for no back-to-back games and the postseason to end before the Summer Olympics in July – and the number of regular-season games teams would play.Also uncertain is when – or if – fans could be allowed in arenas at any point during the season to help make up for revenue shortfalls.The players union is reportedly pushing for escrow payments of 15 percent on all player salaries. As much as 18 percent could be withheld from salaries, per reports.That would total approximately $720 million in player salary, reducing individual annual salaries of some of the NBA’s top stars by more than $6 million.For example, the $34.4 million the Los Angeles Clippers owe Kawhi Leonard for next season would be dropped to $28.2 million. LeBron James’ $39.2 million salary would be just over $32 million.Want to watch even more of the NBA and WNBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here.
A year after resigning following a disputed election, Evo Morales returns from exile in Argentina.- Advertisement –
One major reason why Trump’s scorched-earth litigation is going nowhere is that no swing state wound up receiving large numbers of mail ballots after Election Day. Democrats and voting rights advocates had been deeply concerned about the GOP’s efforts to suppress mail voters by sabotaging U.S. Postal Service delivery times and invalidating postmarked mail ballots, but as it turned out, the number of later-arriving ballots was not enough to flip the outcome in a single state.Campaign Action- Advertisement – ● Vermont: Democratic lawmakers are considering permanently adopting mail voting statewide after Vermont mailed every voter a ballot in 2020 for the first time as a temporary measure during the pandemic. However, Republican Gov. Phil Scott has not indicated whether he supports or opposes the measure (he let the 2020 changes become law without his signature), and Democrats will no longer have the ability to override his vetoes after 2020 on their own.2020 Census and Reapportionment● 2020 Census: A third federal district court, this time ruling in a case brought in Maryland, has blocked Trump’s directive that had ordered the Census Bureau to exclude undocumented immigrants from the reapportionment data used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state will receive after 2020. Trump is already appealing his loss in another similar case to the Supreme Court, which has set oral arguments for Nov. 30.Legislative Elections● Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania: After leading in key races last week, Republicans have held onto both legislative chambers in Arizona and Pennsylvania, along with Michigan’s state House and Minnesota’s Senate. The GOP therefore maintains full control of state government in Arizona and will prevent unified Democratic governments in Minnesota and Pennsylvania that could have enacted new voting reforms. These victories also further cement the GOP’s large national advantage over 2020s redistricting, which we delved into in-depth last week.Judicial Elections● Illinois: Democratic incumbent Thomas Kilbride became the first state Supreme Court justice in Illinois history to lose a retention election since the state adopted such elections in 1964. Kilbride won the support of 56% of voters in the 3rd District as of Nov. 4, and while many mail ballots had yet to be counted as of last week, these ballots are unlikely to put him over the 60% threshold needed for a third 10-year term.Consequently, the remaining six justices, who are evenly split between the two parties, unanimously chose Democrat Robert Carter to replace Kilbride, meaning Democrats retain a 4-3 majority, but it may not be for long. With the 74-year-old Carter promising not to seek a full term in 2022 and the conservative-leaning 3rd District thus facing a partisan open-seat contest next election cycle, Republicans will now have a chance to gain a 4-3 majority on the court for the first time in several decades.A potential GOP majority on the court would have key implications for voting rights and redistricting that we’ll explore in a future edition of the Voting Rights Roundup. Democrats in the legislature could, however, draw a new map for the court that could dramatically change the calculus.Election Administrator Elections● Maricopa County, AZ Recorder: Republican Stephen Richer reclaimed this post for his party by unseating Democratic incumbent Adrian Fontes 50.1-49.9, with Fontes conceding on Thursday. The recorder is tasked with administering elections in Maricopa County, which is home to more than 60% of Arizona’s population and whose 4.5 million residents make it the fourth-largest county in the country. The county’s Republican-run Board of Supervisors members took control of key powers from Fontes’ office following his 2016 victory, though Fontes nevertheless was able to institute a major overhaul and modernization of Maricopa’s voting systems.Ballot Measures● Alaska: A ballot initiative appears poised to pass that would replace Alaska’s electoral system with a primary where all candidates regardless of party run on the same ballot and the top-four finishers advance to an instant-runoff general election. The measure trailed badly on Election Night, but as mail ballots have been tallied, Measure 2 took a lead of around 500 votes out of 313,000 cast as of Friday afternoon, a margin of 0.06%.Overseas and military ballots postmarked by Election Day can still be received through Nov. 18, so we likely won’t have any definitive calls until at least next week. However, if this measure is approved, Alaska would also become the second state after Maine to adopt regular instant-runoff voting in presidential elections. It would also require greater campaign finance disclosure to combat dark money.● Mississippi: Following the passage by a 79-21 margin of a measure put on the ballot by the GOP-run legislature that ended Mississippi’s Jim Crow-era “electoral college” in elections for statewide executive offices such as governor, the plaintiffs who were suing over it in federal court have indicated they will likely withdraw their lawsuit.This measure requires a separate runoff election in case no candidate wins a majority instead of throwing the decision to the GOP-gerrymandered state House, which made it effectively impossible for Democrats to win barring an improbable landslide. A separate runoff could still penalize Black voters and the Democrats they support if Mississippi sees turnout drop in future runoffs. Nevertheless, a runoff would still be far less of a barrier than the defunct Jim Crow-era law, which could have required a 15% popular vote victory for Democrats to prevail.● Puerto Rico: By a 52-48 margin, Puerto Rico voters have approved a measure put on the ballot by the pro-statehood New Progressive Party that asked the island’s residents whether their government should seek statehood for the territory or retain its current commonwealth status.This referendum is just the latest in a string of votes that have sought to resolve questions around the territory’s status. What sets it apart from previous measures, however, is that it’s the first that both asked a relatively straightforward “yes” or “no” question on statehood, unlike 2012’s multi-part referendum, and did not see a significant undervote or boycott by statehood opponents like a 2017 referendum did.Nevertheless, the referendum is unlikely to lead to change in the short term so long as Republicans hold the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators have opposed the idea, claiming statehood would lead to “socialist agenda.” A Democratic Congress, however, could admit Puerto Rico as a state if the Senate were to abolish the filibuster.● Oakland, CA: Voters in Oakland, California have voted heavily in favor of lowering the voting age to 16 in school board elections, passing a ballot measure to do so by a 2-1 margin.● San Francisco, CA: Voters in San Francisco appear to have voted by a slim 50.8-49.2 margin to reject lowering the voting age in local elections to 16. Ballots that are postmarked by Election Day continue to arrive and be counted by officials, but the margin of defeat has barely budged since Election Night. This loss marks the second time in four years that voters have narrowly rejected this proposal after it failed 52-48 in 2016, meaning San Francisco won’t become the first major U.S. to lower the voting age. However, advocates sound likely to try again in future elections. – Advertisement – This development was particularly notable in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, where Republicans had waged lawsuits seeking to throw out such ballots, and on Friday, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the GOP’s request to overturn a lower court ruling that came down before Election Day allowing such ballots to count.The GOP’s legal efforts in Minnesota and Pennsylvania had even prompted officials to segregate postmarked ballots from those received by Election Day should they later be invalidated, and the Supreme Court’s far-right hardliners appeared poised to do just that in a separate Pennsylvania suit. However, all of these cases are now effectively moot as far as the result in the Electoral College is concerned.This outcome doesn’t mean that the fight over these ballots—and GOP attempts to disqualify them—didn’t matter, though. The low number of later ballots was a direct result of hard work by Democrats and civil rights advocates to educate voters about the pitfalls of mail ballot deadlines and Republican efforts to disenfranchise them. Democrats had widely urged their voters to request and return their mail ballots as soon as possible, or vote in-person, to ensure officials received their ballots by Election Day, an effort that succeeded.Voting Access- Advertisement – ● California: After securing overwhelming majorities in the legislature once more, California Democrats are considering whether to make statewide vote-by-mail permanent after temporarily adopting it for 2020 as a pandemic-related measure. While much of the state had already been transitioning to all-mail voting, Democratic Assemblyman Marc Berman vowed to introduce a bill for next year’s session extending vote-by-mail to all future elections.● New York: New York Democrats, who will likely maintain decisive legislative majorities once all mail votes are tallied, have introduced a bill to allow mail ballots to be counted in advance instead of waiting until days after Election Day to begin counting them. Almost every other state lets election workers begin processing mail ballots in advance of Election Day, but New York’s existing law has led to major delays in vote-counting after the pandemic caused a surge in mail votes this year.● South Carolina: Republican Gov. Henry McMaster says he opposes making any form of advance voting permanent even though South Carolina allowed absentee mail voting without an excuse due to the pandemic. That would leave South Carolina as one of just six states after 2020 without either in-person early voting or no-excuse mail voting.- Advertisement –
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Sep 7, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese officials have blamed the Sep 5 death of a 14-month-old boy on avian influenza, according to news reports from Vietnam.Officials said the boy was infected with an H5 strain of influenza A, but doctors had not yet determined whether the virus was H5N1, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. The boy, who lived on the outskirts of Hanoi, died of pneumonia, the report said. H5N1 avian flu has killed at least 27 people in Vietnam and Thailand and devastated poultry flocks in much of Southeast Asia this year.The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today it had received “informal reports of a laboratory-confirmed fatal case of influenza A H5 infection in Vietnam.” The agency said H5N1 is the only H5 subtype that has been known to cause disease in humans.”Detection of an H5 subtype of influenza A in a human should always arouse a very high level of suspicion that the case was caused by the H5N1 strain,” the WHO said.The AP story said the boy fell ill with high fever, coughing, and seizures on Aug 28. Reports did not say how the boy might have been exposed to the virus. Authorities were disinfecting the area around the child’s home in the Thanh Tri district, the report said.Vietnam reported three human deaths caused by H5 virus in early August; the viral subtype was later identified as H5N1. Earlier this year, Vietnam had 16 human deaths that were attributed to H5N1 avian flu, the last of them in March.The WHO now says that Vietnam and Thailand have had 39 confirmed human cases of avian flu this year, with 28 deaths. These include 27 cases with 20 deaths in Vietnam (including the case reported today) and 12 cases with 8 deaths in Thailand.In other developments, a second outbreak of avian flu in poultry was reported in Malaysia, and two people there were under hospital observation with a flu-like illness, the AP reported today.Workers were killing 1,200 chickens and ducks to fight the outbreak in northern Malaysia, near the Thai border, the report said.The two human patients, a 10-year-old boy and a veterinary worker, were among more than 800 people who were screened for signs of avian flu in a quarantine zone around the village where the disease was first identified in poultry Aug 17, the story said.The AP said the disease is believed to have been brought into the area by fighting cocks smuggled in from abroad. Peter Cordingley, a WHO spokesman in Manila, was quoted as saying the latest outbreak is probably an extension of the one reported in August.Elsewhere, researchers in South Korea reported last week that migratory ducks were probably the source of avian flu that erupted in South Korean poultry last winter. A study by the National Veterinary Quarantine Service indicated that H5N1 virus first infected ducks in the central city of Cheonan “around last October,” according to a Sep 2 Agence France-Presse report.The virus was first detected on a chicken farm in the central province of Chungcheon in December. The disease subsequently spread widely, forcing authorities to cull 5 million chickens and ducks, the story said.H5N1 avian flu struck poultry flocks in eight Asian countries last winter. Since late June, the disease has resurfaced in poultry in parts of Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, China, and Malaysia.See also:Sep 7 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_09_07/en/
(CIDRAP Source Osterholm Briefing) – By raising its pandemic alert level to phase 6 today, The World Health Organization (WHO) has put every continent, country, organization, and individual on official notice. The critical wake-up call has sounded; no more pressing the pause button.During a press conference announcing the pandemic declaration, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, read the official, much-awaited statement and then answered questions from the media. Among her answers, Dr. Chan pointed out that we now face an “extremely unusual situation.”We have one influenza virus (novel H1N1) causing a pandemic of moderate severity, spreading worldwide and passing easily between people. At the same time we’re watching another influenza virus (H5N1) that is capable of causing much more severe illness but, fortunately, still passes almost exclusively from birds to people and hasn’t spread beyond Europe, Asia, and Africa.Who predicted that scenario 5 years ago? No one. And who can predict what will happen next? Again, no one.Be vigilant, be readyAnd that’s why two quotes from the WHO press conference today struck me as particularly salient:”Influenza viruses are full of surprises.” – Dr. Chan”Influenza and pandemics are humbling.” – Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environmentThe good news is that we do know, have known, about the unpredictable nature of influenza. And now we have experienced what could be considered a dry run. The events of the past 5 weeks have poked holes in our existing preparedness plans and shown us what needs to be strengthened.So what should your organization do now? I’d recommend the following steps:1. If you haven’t already done so, conduct a postmortemLook at your organization’s performance during the past 5 weeks, paying special attention to the period when information was changing rapidly. I covered this topic in my last column about lessons learned and yet to be learned and emphasized the importance of staying nimble. I’ve no doubt that the need for that quality became very apparent. But now you’ve got the weight of the WHO in your camp. Take advantage of the renewed interest and media attention. Now might be prime time to seek extra funding for preparedness efforts and supplies.2. Hang on to any plans that are based on a severe scenarioThe WHO no longer considers this pandemic the equivalent of a “mild to moderate” influenza season. The agency, much pressured to add severity levels to its alert phases, explained today that from a “global” point of view, the pandemic is of moderate severity.But it added the caveat that severity varies from country to country and even hemisphere to hemisphere. In northern Manitoba, for example, one village of native people is being hit particularly hard.If yours is a multinational organization, keep close tabs on each country, particularly if you rely on critical products and services from regions in the southern hemisphere, where H1N1 is edging out seasonal influenza strains. Remember that conditions could change in the time it takes to sneeze. Keep your eyes and options open. You might be able to prevent your organization from being humbled. And if you’ve kept your C-suite informed all along, your credibility may well have risen now that the official declaration has been made.3. Don’t base long-range decisions on what’s happening nowToo much is unknown at this point. And while we aren’t seeing the pandemic cause big changes in the world economy at the moment, what’s happening now could be laying the groundwork for a more serious situation. Remember that the pandemic of 1918 started much the same way. We don’t know if this is the first or last wave. We do know that we won’t have a vaccine until late September or early October, and even then we may have to ration what’s available in the United States for months to come. Most people in the developing world will never have access to the vaccine.4. Encourage personal preparedness among your employeesAgain, seize the opportunity that the WHO declaration is providing to remind your employees of how important individual preparation is. Do they have at least a 2-week supply of food, water, prescription medications, and other supplies to weather a wave of severe proportions? Check out the Employee Protection section of the CIDRAP Business Source Web site for a wealth of information.Bottom line for businessYou may have fought an uphill battle to prepare your organization for this day. Today’s announcement validates your efforts. And while the pandemic is considered moderate right now, absolutely no one knows if it will stay that way. Your organization’s leaders need to know that world leaders ask of them ongoing vigilance and continued preparation.
Synergy of public and private sector for the promotion of Istrian greenery – Discover green Istria by bike
Discover green Istria by bike is the name of the project whose joint promotion was started by the Tourist Boards of Žminj, Kanfanar and Svetvinčenat in cooperation with Pedalistra.Thus, from May 29 to September 15, foreign and domestic guests of these three municipalities will discover the beauties of untouched nature, taste gastronomic delicacies, become part of revived history, but also enter the Earth’s surface on Pedalistra wheels.The first bike tour is called the Henry Morgan Trail as early as this Tuesday, May 29, in Kanfanar, starting at 16 p.m. During this period, a bicycle path named after pirate captain Henry Morgan will pass on Tuesdays. The day is dedicated to the Municipality of Kanfanar, so participants will be able to enjoy the medieval Dvigrad, Istrian fuži and the Lim Channel. Wednesday is reserved for the Žminj Story, ie a 16 km long tour. On this section, cyclists will stop to visit the cave Feštinsko kraljevstvo, taste the cheese of the famous family dairy Latus and relax with a cup of Žminj coffee. Every Thursday, cyclists will visit the Svetroscent Castle Morosini Grimani, the medieval theme park Sanc. Michael in Rapanja and enjoy a medieval dinner.A leaflet was also published in German and English with information on cycling tours and sites that promote the specifics of each of the three municipalities. News and experiences of participants of bicycle tours can be followed on social networks, and all those who want to ride on two wheels through the Istrian greenery can announce the Pedalistra and the tourist boards of these three municipalities.Synergy of public and private sectorThe synergy of the public and private sectors, so rare, and so logical, natural and obligatory, that is how things should work.This is an excellent example of synergy, support and cooperation between the public and private sectors among neighboring municipalities. In this way, the guests from Svetvincenat and Kanfanar will find out everything about Žminj’s Bartulja, the Žminj teče (ka) race or the Zad kaštela Pasta Festival via a leaflet. Of course, and vice versa, guests who participate in the tours, regardless of which one they choose, will receive information on Ivanja, the Medieval Festival, Lavender Day, the Istrian Cargo Festival or the Svetvinčenat Cheese Festival, as well as the Kanfanar Jakovlja, Fužijadi, Istrian buckets or Dvigrad outdoor weekend.Again, so important is the joint promotion of the whole destination or in this case the three Municipalities, which we can certainly put in the category of endemic species. Together they are stronger, there is no competition and only in this way can everyone grow and offer quality, diverse and authentic content. Especially when we know that rarely any tourist destination can keep and fill the guest with more than two or three days. It is in the content that the key to success is. Guests do not see our invisible borders between cities and counties, for them the destination is first Croatia, then Istria and only then a city. That is why it is necessary to brand regions; Istria, Dalmatia, Kvarner, Slavonia… Just imagine how much content and tourist stories the whole of Dalmatia or Istria has to offer, and how much of Zadar or Pula on its own?One of the best examples of synergy is the clusters of north-western Istria, Colors of Istria, which, through the joint cooperation of all tourist participants, generate excellent tourist content, which they successfully fill before and after the season. Well done to the Tourist Boards of Žminj, Kanfanar and Svetvincenat who realized that only joint efforts can succeed as well as such an important cooperation with the private sector – this is the only winning combination and only in this way can a quality tourist destination.To conclude, synergy to quality content is the only winning formula.Related news:ISTRIA OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE EXAMPLE OF TOURISM DEVELOPING STRATEGICALLY. THE MAGIC WORD IS SYNERGYFIND OUT WHY ISTRIA WINE & WALK IS ONE OF THE BEST TOURIST STORIES IN CROATIA
Public call for concession on Lastovo. A 5-star hotel and villas with a total of 500 beds and two nautical tourism ports with 400 berths will be built.
According to the public invitation, it is about building 5-star hotels and villas, a total of 500 beds in Jurjeva Luka and awarding a concession on the maritime domain for the construction and economic use of the beach and 2 nautical tourism ports, with 400 berths on the island of Lastovo. Side dish: Ministry of State Property / Public Invitation for St. George’s Port, Lastovo The subject of the public call are: Establishment of building rights on parts of Lastovo owned by the Republic of Croatia on which parts, total approximate area 93.070 m2, planned use T1, within the tourist zone Jurjeva luka, based on acts for the implementation of spatial plans, will form building plots for construction of tourist and catering buildings in in accordance with the valid spatial plans,award of a concession on maritime domain, in parts of Lastovo and on a part of the sea with a total area of 20.184 m2 for the purpose of construction and economic use of the beach and special purpose port – nautical tourism port-mooring within the tourist zoneaward of a concession on a maritime domain, on Lastovo with a total area of 117.365 m2, for the purpose of construction and economic use of a special purpose port – the port of nautical tourism Kremen within the planning code LN Kremen Given that this is a priority park Lastovo Islands, the potential investor will have to respect and harmonize everything with regulations on nature protection, all in accordance with the Urban Development Plan of the tourist zone Jurjeva luka and nautical tourism port LN Kremen. The concession is granted for a period of 50 years, and the construction period is 5 years from the signing of the Contract. The deadline for submitting bids is May 14, 2019. Find out more details about the public call in the attachment. The Ministry of State Property has published a public call for bids for the establishment of building rights on land plots (concessions) owned by the Republic of Croatia in Lastovo for the construction of tourist and catering buildings and for the award of concessions on the maritime domain in Lastovo for construction and economic use of the beach and special purpose ports – nautical tourism ports – mooring and concessions on the maritime domain for the purpose of construction and economic use of special purpose ports – nautical tourism ports Kremen.
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