Biden urges patience with vote count, says he’s on track to win

first_imgBiden said he’s also confident “we’re going to win Pennsylvania.”There are still tens of thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots that have not been counted, especially in the key states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which count in-person votes first, then absentee votes. While Biden was speaking, President Donald Trump preemptively accused Democrats of trying to steal the election. – Advertisement – This is a developing story. please check back for updates. WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told supporters early Wednesday morning that he is confident about his campaign’s chances of winning the election. “I’m optimistic about this outcome,” Biden said in Wilmington. “We’re confident about Arizona” and Minnesota, he said. “We’re still in the game in Georgia, although that’s not one we expected … and we’re feeling real good about Wisconsin and Michigan.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.Paul Sancya | AP – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system has futuristic, touch-sensitive game pieces » Gadget Flow

first_imgThe Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system offers a futuristic take on your gaming experience. Each blink is a hexagonal, touch-sensitive tile that can interact with the others. Providing a unique way to blend analog and digital play, each of the Blinks knows a different game. The coolest part? That tile can teach the other tiles how to play! So you just grab your Blink and pick your game, and then you’ll be playing in seconds. With this smart tabletop game system, you’ll get nine different games you can play. And now you can add on the Epic Adventure Expansion, which includes six totally new—and epic—tabletop games. They come from fresh game creators for brand-new adventures. No matter which game you choose, you’re going to love Blinks. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Eta Causes Flooding in South Florida

first_img“You can’t fly a bucket truck in winds that exceed 35 miles per hour,” Mr. Orlove said. “Miami is seeing gusts above 40 to 50, but as long as the sustained winds are below that, our crews are able to restore service.”Eta, the 28th named storm of the 2020 season, is forecast to meander over the warm waters of the Gulf for the next day or two, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm, surrounded by dry air that weakens tropical systems, is no longer expected to strengthen into a hurricane.It could still turn to the northeast, possibly returning to Florida’s Gulf Coast, but the 10 a.m. advisory from the hurricane center showed a much-deteriorated storm. All tropical storm watches and warnings for Southwest Florida were lifted.- Advertisement – The power was out Monday morning for more than 40,000 Florida Power & Light customers, mostly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The company said nearly 300,000 people lost power on Sunday as the storm approached and most had already had it restored.Crews have been out working to restore power in areas where the sustained winds have died down somewhat, such as in Palm Beach County, said Bill Orlove, a company spokesman.- Advertisement – “If the models are correct and the storm doesn’t move to the north, then it’s just going to get sheared apart, just sitting there in the central Gulf of Mexico,” said Stacy Stewart, a senior hurricane specialist with the hurricane center. “The storm is degenerating before our eyes right now.”There is broad scientific consensus that climate change is one of the central forces behind increasingly extreme weather, including hurricanes, producing worsening floods and more powerful storms.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Biden flips Arizona, further cementing his presidential victory.

first_img– Advertisement – The Arizona victory brings Mr. Biden to 290 electoral votes, 20 more than the 270 required to take the White House.Republicans have been mounting long-shot legal attempts to try to upend results in key battleground states, but they have been mostly dealt setbacks — and some of their cases deal with small numbers of ballots.For instance, Mr. Trump would have to invalidate roughly 55,000 Pennsylvania votes for Mr. Biden to retake the state. The office of Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, has said that there is no evidence to support claims from Mr. Trump’s lawyers that the election in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania was fraudulent.- Advertisement – Last week, the Democratic challenger Mark Kelly defeated the state’s Republican senator, Martha McSally, in a special election, making Mr. Kelly and Senator Kyrsten Sinema the first pair of Democrats to represent Arizona in the Senate since the 1950s.- Advertisement – The Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Arizona, alleging that poll workers in the state’s largest county, Maricopa, improperly pressured voters to enter their vote in a way that would incorrectly reject votes. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has narrowly won Arizona, capturing the state’s 11 electoral votes and strengthening his Electoral College margin as President Trump continues to make baseless attacks on the vote counts favoring Mr. Biden.Mr. Biden, who won the state by about 11,000 votes, or 0.3 percentage points, is the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since President Bill Clinton in 1996. Four years ago, Mr. Trump won the state by 3.5 percentage points.- Advertisement – That Arizona — the home of the late Senator John McCain and Senator Barry Goldwater, a founder of the 20th century conservative political movement and the 1964 Republican presidential nominee — was in play for Democrats at all is remarkable. Before the state voted for Mr. Clinton, the last Democrat Arizona had supported for president was Harry S. Truman in 1948.Mr. Biden’s win underscored a profound political shift in Arizona, a longtime Republican bastion that has lurched left in recent years, fueled by rapidly evolving demographics and a growing contingent of young Hispanic voters championing liberal policies. On Wednesday, Arizona’s attorney general, Mark Brnovich, a Republican, told Fox News that state officials had received about 1,000 complaints about the election but had found “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud.“If indeed there was some great conspiracy, it apparently didn’t work,” he said.last_img read more

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USDA names chicken plants with Salmonella problems

first_img “FSIS intends to post updated results of completed Salmonella verification sample sets for young chicken slaughter establishments on or about the 15th of each month, beginning in April 2008,” the agency said in its announcement of the move last week. “Each month’s posting will replace that of the previous month.” Feb 6 CIDRAP News story “USDA to name poultry plants with Salmonella problems” See also: The FSIS’s current policy is to name the facilities in categories 2 and 3. Thirteen different poultry companies are represented by the chicken plants named by the FSIS. Pilgrim’s Pride has five plants on the list, while Tyson Foods has four. Five facilities appear on both the FSIS list and the Food and Water Watch list. Four of those are listed by the FSIS as category 2 plants, meaning that between 10% and 20% of recent samples were contaminated. But their appearance on the consumer group list signals they had more than 20% contamination at some point in the last 2 years. The plants listed are in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The two that failed the standard are a Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. facility in Ellijay, Ga., and a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Center, Tex., according to the FSIS. Only two plants actually failed to meet the USDA’s standard for Salmonella in chicken: a maximum of 20% of samples contaminated. At the other 19 plants, between 10% and 20% of recent samples had Salmonella, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Apr 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – As expected, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week began publishing the names of broiler chicken plants that have had trouble with Salmonella, listing 21 facilities where more than 10% of samples were found contaminated in recent tests. The naming of the 21 plants came on the heels of a report in which the consumer group Food and Water Watch listed 27 broiler chicken facilities in 17 states that failed at least one round of Salmonella testing between January 2006 and January 2008 by having a contamination rate higher than 20%. The nonprofit group used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the information from the FSIS. An FSIS spokesperson declined to comment on the Food and Water Watch report. The Food and Water Watch report takes issue with that approach, saying that good performance in one round of sampling is no guarantee of continued success. The group’s findings show “that passing in one test period does not mean that contamination levels won’t increase beyond the performance standard in the next period,” the report states. Risk-based samplingUnder the risk-based sampling policy, the frequency of FSIS sampling is based on performance category. Category 1 facilities are tested at least once every 2 years and category 2 facilities at least annually, while category 3 plants may be tested several times a year, USDA officials have said. The group called on the USDA to publish Salmonella testing results for all chicken plants and to seek legislation to make its Salmonella standards legally enforceable. The organization also urged the agency not to reduce the frequency of sampling at plants that have the lowest contamination rates. “Such results undercut the position of FSIS that passing facilities should not be retested for 12 to 24 months,” the report adds. “With no government oversight and enforcement, previously good plants may allow themselves to produce unsafe food over extended periods of time, which obviously threatens consumer health and safety.” Food and Water Watch report, titled “More Foul Fowl” The USDA had said in January that it would begin listing facilities with higher Salmonella rates on Mar 28. The move is part of a control initiative the USDA first announced about 2 years ago, after several years of increasing contamination rates. About 16% of broiler chicken samples tested positive for Salmonella in 2005. The initiative includes a “risk-based” sampling program, in which FSIS focuses more of its sampling on plants that have higher Salmonella levels. For example, it says, a Perdue Farms facility in Kentucky failed Salmonella testing in February 2007, with 32 positive samples out of 51 tested, up from 9 of 51 (a passing score) in December 2005. FSIS announcement about publication of chicken plants in performance categories 2 and 3http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/Salmonella_Verification_Testing_Program/index.asp The agency began naming broiler plants first because they have had the most trouble with Salmonella, but it is considering publishing results for facilities that produce other poultry and meat products, officials said. Three-tier rating systemThe FSIS sorts chicken plants into three categories according to their Salmonella test results as compared with the USDA’s 20% standard. Facilities that limit Salmonella to half of that standard (10%) or less in the last two sets of samples are put in category 1. Those that have Salmonella in more than 10% but fewer than 20% of samples are in category 2, and those that exceed 20% are in category 3. A set is a series of samples collected at one site on successive operating days—51 days in the case of broiler chickens.last_img read more

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Excellent cooperation between TZGZ and TZZŽ on the destination campaign – Around Zagreb

first_imgLogically, smartly and I can say finally because this is a win-win for everyone. Both for the Zagreb Tourist Board and the Tourist Board, and mostly for tourists and visitors, both domestic and foreign. So far, the Zagreb Green Ring has by no means managed to position itself towards the Zagreb market, which is a logical link, and so Zagreb has not realized the potential of a quality offer in its surroundings, only 30 minutes from the center of Zagreb. Apart from a better quality of life for the citizens of Zagreb, in the domain of daily or weekend visitors, all tourists who come to Zagreb would also have an excellent, more diverse and high-quality offer. Tourism knows no borders, and with this, I sincerely hope for the first joint cooperation and complementarity, absolutely everyone benefits. “The friendship between Zagreb and Zagreb County is also expressed in these extraordinary circumstances, mutually confirming mutual trust and partnership, which resulted in the destination campaign “Close to the city, close to the heart”. In preparation, we followed the trends in the travel market, listening to the security situation, and now we are launching a joint campaign in three foreign languages: English, German, Slovenian and, of course, Croatian. At TZGZ, we have recognized the ideal partner and we are sure that our joint campaigns will be implemented in the future as Zagreb County embraces Zagreb.. “Said the director of TZZŽ, Mrs. Ivana Alilović. “Staying outdoors, in greenery and nature with a focus on health, safety, sustainability and compatibility of the offer of Zagreb and its surroundings, are the main features of the partnership campaign TZZŽ and TZGZ. Unlike our previous activities in which TZGZ purposefully promotes a certain tourist product (Zagreb Light Festival, health tourism, summer events in Zagreb, etc.), the campaign “Near the city, close to the heart” / “Around Zagreb” is special and important because a word about a specific destination promotion. The idea of ​​joint promotion, which we have been negotiating with colleagues from TZZŽ, we have successfully realized with the arrival of Ms. Alilović and I am glad that we are now partnering in target markets: Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and, of course, in other parts of Croatia”Said the director of TZGZ, Ph.D. Martina Bienenfeld. The Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb and the Tourist Board of the Zagreb County together created a special promotional campaign dedicated to Zagreb and its surroundings under the slogan “Near the city, close to the heart” / “Around Zagreb”. This is the first time that these two tourist boards have cooperated in partnership, promoting the capital and the Zagreb Green Ring through a unique destination campaign. It was made for the needs of the campaign new destination website www.aroundzagreb.hr, which provides specific information about the offer, content and attractions, a list of restaurants, a calendar of events and suggestions on how to spend three days in Zagreb and the surrounding area. In the end, I hope that this is just the beginning of joint cooperation between TZGZ and TZZZ, because I emphasize again, this is a win win situation for everyone. The campaign TZGZ and TZZŽ “Near the city, close to the heart” was created with the aim of creating a unique platform to promote the rich offer of Zagreb and its surroundings. In that sense, as a destination campaign, it will address emitting markets throughout the year, reminding travel lovers how diverse, high-quality and attractive the tourist offer of Zagreb and the Zagreb surroundings is. I must certainly emphasize the proactivity of the Tourist Board, which in a new direction and energy began to proactively penetrate the market and in this extraordinary time for tourism, despite all the shortcomings and challenges, stood out the most of all tourist boards in Croatia. last_img read more

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It has never been more important to ensure the placement of a domestic product

first_imgPhoto: Pexels.com President of the Professional Group of Food Processing Industry ŽK Split Paško Šuto he pointed out that it is necessary to strengthen local producers by connecting them with local consumers, as well as that domestic retail chains, hotels and caterers recognize the quality and benefits of domestic products and market them as much as possible. The meat industry Braća Pivac in Slavonia has about 150.000 pigs and about 10.000 cattle in cooperation, and their fresh and final product comes largely from domestic producers. “Our Dalmatian prosciutto has over 70 percent of the share of domestic raw materials, most of which are our delicatessen products, and we want to offer them to a greater extent in our hotels and restaurants, to whose needs we are ready to adapt.’, she said Elena Perkovic-Palos from the Pivac Group. The President of the Professional Group of Travel Agencies also testified to the importance of this initiative for the tourism sector. Dragan Kostadinović, since modern tourism generally strives for local and original, including food, as well as a representative of the Split Radisson Blu Hotel Katarina Banić.   Tomaš also emphasized that strengthening domestic production and raising awareness of safety and quality of Croatian products is one of the basic and most recognizable activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which it has carried out over the years through numerous actions such as Let’s Buy Croatian and the Original Croatian and Croatian Quality marking project. “Doing business in a pandemic and the lack of tourist spending encouraged a stronger turn to domestic food and beverage producers, and with this meeting we wanted to intensify cooperation and through direct talks to connect the three sectors involved in the production and marketing of domestic food and beverages – producers, traders and tourism workers.’, said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber Joze Tomaš. Today’s meeting is the third B2B meeting organized by ŽK Split in recent months with the aim of stronger connection of compatible economic sectors. This positive initiative, welcomed by representatives of manufacturers, retailers and the tourism sector, will certainly continue in the future, taking into account the specifics of small and large manufacturers, as well as the difference between sales channels and stores and HoReCa systems.  Dario Mamić from Tommy stated that the Tommy retail chain cooperates with almost all significant domestic producers and that it intends to continue to do so. “In the total range, the representation of domestic products is over 70%, and in some categories, such as fresh products, fruits and vegetables, it is one hundred percent. Our strategic orientation is to stimulate domestic production and stimulate the domestic economy, while we also expect domestic production to be better organized, competitive and to offer a quality product in sufficient quantities.”, Said Mamic. Representatives of the tourism sector and food and beverage traders were presented with prosciutto, meat and processed meat producers, representatives of fisheries, mariculture and fish products, bakers and producers of dairy products, olive oil, fruit and vegetable products and wine and spirits producers. . The meeting was attended by about 30 representatives of leading companies in Split-Dalmatia County from the food processing industry and professional groups ŽK Split from the food and beverage trade, hotel, catering and travel agencies, with the aim of networking and more intensive communication of all participants in the food supply chain and beverages in the domestic market. From the sea and fields to the shelf and the table, is the name of the intersectoral B2B meeting of professional groups of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber, which was held yesterday in the Split Chamber. last_img read more

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Take another look at what Trump’s done

first_imgA recent letter laments the lack of media coverage for what its writer refers to as Trump’s “accomplishments”. The letter exhorts us to “have our country’s best interest at heart.”A Google search for “Daily 202 priorities” finds a Washington Post analysis reporting several governmental actions. When were they announced? ”Underscoring how politically unpopular these moves are, most were rolled out on the Fridays before Christmas and New Year’s Eve to minimize media coverage and public notice.”Summarizing the article: Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion 1) Key regulations on fracking were rescinded, leading to potential for environmental damage.2) Rules designed to prevent another Deepwater Horizon spill weakened.3) Interior Department rolled back a policy protecting migratory birds.4) Mining leases for Ivanka Trump’s landlord reinstated.5) New Medicare guidelines let nursing homes off the hook when patients suffer.6) Expect “deeper cuts in the 2019 budget, part of an effort to … pay for the new tax law… One possible casualty, a pay raise that federal employees historically have received”.7) “Several important government offices that enforce laws and ensure public safety have been decimated by neglect …”center_img 8) Trump’s government has reneged on a federal commitment to fund a major infrastructure project.9) All members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (advising the government since 1995) have been fired (by form letter delivered via FedEx).10) The Justice Department wants a citizenship question added to the 2020 census questionnaire. Per Arturo Vargas, member of the National Advisory Committee of the Census, “This is a recipe for sabotaging the census.”This would seem to be the “other side of the coin” with regard to Trump’s so-called “accomplishments.” And to deliberately time their announcement for limited media coverage? Well, what does that say about taking our country’s best interest to heart?Jerry BoehmAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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No statue for ex-D.C. Mayor Barry

first_imgFormer Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry doesn’t deserve a monument to his greatness to be displayed in our nation’s capital or anywhere else.We have witnessed in recent months the removal of numerous statues of Civil War generals of the Confederacy. We have seen these statues removed because these war heroes were supposedly promoting slavery.We have seen in recent months the careers ruined of many men for their mistreatment of women.Yet, this man, Marion Barry, a convicted drug abuser and woman stalker, has a statue erected and dedicated in our nation’s capitol. That’s a statue that needs to be removed.Wayne CollinsScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes How hypocritical can we, as a nation, be? As a country, we vilify criminals and womanizers. Yet we allow a statue to be erected to reflect the greatness of a man who was arrested, charged, detained, prosecuted and jailed for these specific offenses. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Clean up area near Rotterdam bike path

first_imgI was really pleased to read in The Gazette that they are spending thousands of tax dollars to improve the bicycle path in the Rotterdam Junction area.I’m sure many people are going to really enjoy the scenic view of the once-beautiful Erie Canal.The canal was a home to beavers, muskrats, many varieties of fowl, not to mention great fishing. Unfortunately, a junkyard has ruined the entire area. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There are decaying vehicles, not to mention a trailer park has also moved in. Instead of adding more blacktop to the path, how about cleaning up the environmental nightmare that has existed for many years. I’m sure the many bikers and joggers would love to see pristine clear waters and abundant wild life instead of the eyesore that presents itself.I have complained to the state Department of Environmental Conservation many times over the years, to no avail.The funding wasn’t there. Everyone who cares about their environment, take a walk or ride on the bicycle path the Mabee Lane section and see the mess.We need to put the Erie Canal back to its original beauty.MARTY SHANTYCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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