Stacey Abrams Draws Recognition, Praise As Biden Leads in Georgia

first_imgMs. Abrams has, at times, also run afoul of members of her own party, who criticized her blunt ambition and open desire to be Mr. Biden’s running mate. In the South, where Black politicians are close-knit and traditional, Ms. Abrams has also been a disruptive force. Her political vision can be at odds with the local Democratic establishment, and her shot to national prominence has ruffled feathers.The political payoff of Mr. Biden’s breakthrough in Georgia, however, may put those tensions to rest. The playbook she popularized took root — a combination of winning back metro suburbanites and registering new voters in Black, Latino, and Asian-American communities.Nse Ufot, the current chief executive of New Georgia Project, said electoral campaigns are often too shortsighted to do the long-term work of registering and educating new voters, regardless of party affiliation.- Advertisement – Not everyone is celebrating Ms. Abrams. Lee Morris, a Republican who serves as county commissioner in Fulton County, home to Atlanta, said he viewed Ms. Abrams, a fiery orator, as “divisive,” drawing a comparison between her and Mr. Trump.“Like President Trump’s allegations of cheating and corruption have fired up the right side, certainly her efforts have fired up the enthusiasm of folks to get out and vote,” Mr. Morris said in an interview Friday. That said, while Mr. Trump’s false claims of rigged elections and widespread cheating are baseless, Georgia has a long and documented history of voter suppression, particularly among voters of color.- Advertisement – “When you think about the transactional nature of electoral campaigns, I think they prioritize getting people who are already voters to vote for them,” Ms. Ufot said, adding that there was “not enough conversation about 100 million Americans who are eligible to vote who did not vote in 2016.”Astead Herndon contributed reporting.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Britney Spears ‘Will Not Perform’ With Dad Jamie in Charge: Lawyer

first_imgIn response, one of Jamie’s lawyers, Vivian Lee Thoreen, brushed off Ingham’s comments as hearsay and claimed that he has prevented Britney, 38, from speaking to Jamie, 68.The hearing was held to determine whether Jamie will remain the co-conservator of Britney’s estate. However, Judge Brenda Penny ultimately decided not to suspend Jamie on Tuesday, saying the matter can be further discussed “down the road.”Britney Spears Dad Jamie Is Out Remains Co-Conservator Her Estate Amid Court BattleBritney Spears and Jamie Spears. Jim Smeal/Shutterstock; ShutterstockJamie was appointed Britney’s conservator in February 2008 after her public breakdown, putting him in charge of her medical and financial decisions, among other powers. He stepped down as conservator of her person in September 2019, citing “personal health reasons,” but remained conservator of her estate.- Advertisement – Britney Spears’ attorney blamed the pop star’s hiatus from the music industry on her father, Jamie Spears, during a court hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 10.“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She also stated that she will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career,” Samuel D. Ingham III claimed. “We are really at a crossroads.”- Advertisement – The Crossroads star, who has not released an album in more than four years, announced in January 2019 that she was going on an indefinite work hiatus. She subsequently spent one month in a mental health facility. A source exclusively told Us in August that “there has been significant improvement in Britney’s overall medical treatment plan” since Jamie stepped down as the conservator of her person.Fans have called for the conservatorship to end using the hashtag #FreeBritney on social media. Britney acknowledged the movement for the first time in September, saying in court documents obtained by Us that she “welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans.” In a November 2 Instagram video, she assured her followers that she is “the happiest [she’s] ever been” in her life.The entertainer shares sons Preston, 15, and Jayden, 14, with ex-husband Kevin Federline.With reporting by Marjorie HernandezListen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The Grammy winner requested to have Jamie removed from the case entirely in August, stating in court documents obtained by Us Weekly that she was “strongly opposed” to his return. In his place, she asked that Jodi Montgomery, the care manager who temporarily took over as conservator of her person, “continue in that role” and that Bessemer Trust Company, a private wealth management firm, oversee her estate.Britney’s attorney Ingham was granted permission in October to hire a law firm to assist in their legal battle against Jamie. In response, the former building contractor argued that bringing additional lawyers onto the case would take away more money from Britney’s multimillion-dollar fortune.Jamie made a case for why he should have remained co-conservator of the estate in court documents filed earlier this month, noting that he managed Britney’s business affairs and assets for years and once saved her from potential financial ruin.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Joe Gomez: Liverpool able to claim money from FIFA for injured defender’s wages | Football News

first_imgJoe Gomez training with England Manager Gareth Southgate says that it is too early to speculate on the extent of Gomez’s injury suffered in training – Advertisement – 1:16 – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Clubs are able to claim up to a maximum of around £130,000-a-week until the player returns to full training. However, they cannot claim anything for the first four weeks. Liverpool say Gomez has had successful surgery on the knee problem he picked up in training with England on Wednesday, and that his rehabilitation is underway.While he is likely to miss a significant part of the remainder of the season, they have put no timescale on his return.Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk, who has also undergone “successful” knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament damage he sustained in the Merseyside derby, leaving them short of options at centre-back.Joel Matip is the only senior centre-back fit and available for manager Jurgen Klopp.Redknapp: No Gomez, VVD puts huge stress on LiverpoolListen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxSky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp told the Pitch to Post podcast:“I’m choked for Joe Gomez if it is a bad injury. He’s a young man who has already had knee injuries and come back brilliantly. I’m a big fan of his, he seems like a really good, down to earth player. 2:13 Liverpool can claim money from FIFA to cover Joe Gomez’s basic pay while he is out injured.All players are insured when on international duty through FIFA’s club protection scheme, which applies to injuries sustained in matches and in training.- Advertisement – “I remember seeing him many years ago playing for Charlton in the FA Youth Cup and thinking ‘this is a star of the future’ and he’s certainly proved that at Liverpool. I just hope it’s not going to be anything too serious.“From an England point of view, it’s a disappointment for Gareth Southgate, but for Jurgen Klopp, if this is a long-term one and you’ve got no Virgil, no Joe Gomez, that puts an enormous amount of stress on this squad from a team that were red-hot favourites at the start of the year.“It’s certainly going to change things and for everybody else involved, that back two have been so impressive at times. It’s not been easy with no Virgil at the moment, but no Virgil and no Gomez is going to make it even more difficult.“I suffered with injuries playing for England and it’s really hard to deal with because you’re so proud that you’re there but you also know it’s costing you an enormous amount of time in your career.“I broke my ankle twice playing for England, tore my hamstring playing for England, it cost me an enormous amount of time. Of course, you wouldn’t swap it for the world but there is something so frustrating because it should be the highlight to play for your country but when you come back injured, it’s frustrating for everybody.” MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson of Liverpool complain to the referee Craig Pawson fafter he awards a penalty for handball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on November 8, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus) *** Local Caption *** Joe Gomez; Jordan Henderson; Craig Pawson Matt Upson says Gomez’s injury came at a horrible time for the defender, who was just getting more responsibility at Liverpoollast_img read more

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Avian flu confirmed in Afghanistan, Myanmar

first_imgMar 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Afghanistan and Myanmar have joined the company of countries hit by H5N1 avian influenza with the confirmation today of the virus in chickens in both countries, according to news service reports.A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) laboratory in Italy detected the virus in chickens from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, and the eastern province of Nangahar, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Afghan officials had reported finding an H5 virus in poultry and wild birds 4 days ago.A joint statement from the FAO and the Afghan government said birds in the affected areas would be killed immediately, their owners would be compensated, and poultry markets would be closed and disinfected, AFP reported.The story said the FAO warned last month that avian flu would be “virtually unavoidable” in Afghanistan because of its location on bird migration routes.Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan on the south and east, recently reported an H5 virus in chickens on two farms in its Northwest Frontier province. Pakistani officials are awaiting confirmatory test results from a European Union laboratory and have said the virus is highly likely to be H5N1, according to the AFP report.H5N1 avian flu has also been reported in Iran, Afghanistan’s neighbor to the west. Iranian officials reported in mid-February that the virus had killed 153 swans in a wetland area.Tests by an FAO lab in Bangkok today confirmed the H5N1 outbreak in Myanmar, according to another AFP report.Myanmar’s military government reported Mar 13 that an H5N1 outbreak had been discovered in the central town of Mandalay. The government had run its own lab tests but also sent samples to labs in Thailand and Australia, according to AFP.A veterinary official in Mandalay said the virus might have come from migratory birds or chickens imported from China, the story said.Health officials have destroyed 12,500 chickens and quarantined 43 farms near Mandalay since the outbreak was found, AFP reported. The government lifted its news blackout today and printed a full page of information about avian flu in a state-run newspaper.The FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) said they were sending experts to Mandalay, and the WHO said it had given the government enough oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat 100 people, though no human cases have been reported, according to AFP.A Myanmar-based WHO official, who declined to be named, told AFP, “We are also giving them equipment including masks and gloves. We are very satisfied with their work. They’ve done their best. They are stepping up surveillance measures.”In other news:Malaysia today reported a new outbreak of H5N1 in an “eco-park” and a village in the northern state of Perak, according to AFP. Last month Malaysia reported H5N1 on one chicken farm, the country’s first outbreak since late 2004.Initial tests pointed to avian flu in the deaths of hundreds of poultry in a kibbutz in southern Israel, AFP reported. Dead chickens were also found in communities near the kibbutz in the Negev desert, the story said. Israel has had no confirmed H5N1 outbreaks.last_img read more

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HOW: Storytelling is the key to a good marketing message to bring a customer to yourself

first_imgThe sequel to the first day of the HOW Festival contained three lectures, and we bring a brief summary and main conclusions.Consumer psychology in tourism – The most important thing is to know who your customer isBehavioral marketing expert and founder – Promosapeins – the first behavioral agency in the Adriatic region, specializing in consumer psychology, Dalibor Šumiga, opened a lecture at Hotel Operations Weekend 2017 to which no one was immune.Explaining the path of the consumer, the way the customer’s brain goes through the experience and presenting examples from the hotel industry, the audience followed with interest facts such as the dream phase in which a potential customer spends the most time before deciding to buy, or in this case, book accommodation. and travel.In marketing noise, as he states, you will stand out with a unique and good story. Storytelling is the key to a good marketing message that will bring the customer to yourself. The rest is by no means negligible, because in the digital age, one customer can tell their user experience, instead of a few, to millions today with just a few mouse clicks. If you recognize what your customer wants, not only will he be loyal, but he will also become your ambassador.During the lecture, Šumiga emphasized the sentence: “If you want to understand how animals live, you don’t go to the Zoo. You go to the jungle. ”Digital trends in the hotel industry – Who will prepare hoteliers for digital trends and the improvement of the work system?The digitalization of the hotel industry was the top topic on the first day of the HOW Festival at the Falkensteiner Spa Hotel Iadera. Lecturer Sylvia Dudek, program manager of METRO Accelerator, talks about the METRO Accelerator program itself in the direction of taking advantage of what is already there. Users have smartphones and over 50% of them want to have service over their phone. Dudek notes that hotel reservations begin with digital availability and reviews. METRO Accelerator prepares and trains staff according to digital solutions, and the program itself is divided into four phases:Selection (marketing insight)Mentoring (competitive advantage)BIZ Construction (tested products with users)User successIt can be concluded that METRO not only follows the trends in the hotel industry, but is also far ahead of what our hoteliers, according to the program presented at the Festival, certainly benefit from.Digitization of business – impact on hotel operations – Is it time for a great revolution?  The young entrepreneur, owner of the Salzburg hotel, and founder of the software company hotelkit, Marius Donhauser, with his dynamic lecture on the first day of the Hotel Operations Weekend Festival showed how big the change of jobs will be. Hotelkit distributes its software in more than 400 independent hotels and helps them optimize their daily business. As Donhauser argues, we are facing a change in jobs in the hotel industry that we have not seen since the Industrial Revolution.We had the opportunity to see Google Voice Assistant, Sava the hostess as well as many other artificial intelligences that make the catering business easier. While everything we’ve seen looked exciting, Donhauser warns that one should be careful with new technologies. However, it is the man who gave this presentation today.The second day opened with workshops for the Reception and Food and Beverage Department. Piet Boogert, General Manager of Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, ​​General Manager Thierry Kremper from Novotel Sarajevo Bristol and Nenad Nizić, owner of Vestibul Palaca, presented how the reception can bring tourists closer to the local experience. Participants were also given examples of good practice on “How hotel bars can be profitable” and “How technology is implemented in the reception”. On the second day, 12 workshops were held, and the Festival, in addition to the aforementioned departments, also dedicated itself to the Departments of Wellness, Marketing and Sales, Technology and Household. The festival gathers over 500 participants, and hoteliers state that HOW, although organized for the first time, has aroused great interest and achieved great success.last_img read more

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HBOR lowered interest rates in order to increase the use of EU funds

first_imgThe Management Board of HBOR has made a decision on a temporary reduction of the nominal interest rate under the program of lending to EU public sector projects to 2,5 percent, this reduction refers to loans that will be approved by the end of 2018.After the interest rates for lending to EU projects of the private sector and rural development, fisheries and wine envelope were reduced in 2017, a decision was made to temporarily reduce the interest rate for public sector projects.Thus, during this year, EU projects of rural development, fisheries and wine envelopes can be credited at an interest rate of 1,7 percent, EU private sector projects at an interest rate of 2,4 percent, and public sector projects at an interest rate of 2,5, 3 percent. Prior to these reductions, the minimum interest rates on all EU project lending programs were XNUMX percent. “By lowering interest rates while maintaining all other favorable conditions such as long repayment periods, the possibility of granting a grace period and using the grant as our own participation, we want to encourage entrepreneurs to invest and accelerate the dynamics of using available EU funds”Said Tamara Perko, President of the Management Board of HBOR.Source: HBORSo far, HBOR has supported more than 600 projects with an amount of more than HRK 3,4 billion through the program for lending to EU projects. Loans are approved directly, through commercial banks or according to the risk-sharing model for up to 15 years with the possibility of waiting up to 3 years, or up to 5 years for raising and / or restructuring long-term plantations and for the public sector. An additional advantage is that in certain cases the grant funds can be used to reduce the loan principal, and in the case of direct lending, HBOR can accept up to 70 percent of the grant amount as its own participation, HBOR points out.The interest rate reduction for EU projects of rural development, fisheries and wine envelope and public sector projects is in force for all loans approved until 31 December 12, and for those of the private sector until 2018 June 30. The final interest rate for each final The beneficiary depends on the credit rating as well as the collateral offered.Loans approved under these programs are intended to close the financial structure for project implementation, and can be used to co-finance eligible investments, as well as those investments that are an integral part of the project, but cannot be financed from EU funds.Source: HBORlast_img read more

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International Fireworks Festival on the list of the most recognized pyrotechnic shows in the world and this year at Bundek

first_imgThis year, too, the International Fireworks Festival will decorate the sky over Zagreb.In pyrotechnic circles, the Bundek Fireworks Festival is recognized worldwide and believe it or not there are already waiting lists for teams that would like to participate in it. The Fireworks Festival has turned into an excellent tourist product, followed by a huge number of citizens as well as tourists, and is visited by more than 30.000 people every year.One of the most visited events this year has prepared magical light surprises, which will surely delight audiences of all ages.The venue is the bank of the Sava along Lake Bundek, where from 29.6.2018 to 01.07.2018 to gather the best and most imaginative world-renowned deminers, and to organize a party to remember, show their skills and illuminate the Zagreb sky with thousands of projectiles.This year it is being held for the 18th time, and at 17 festivals held so far, renowned world fireworks performers from many countries – Germany, China, Austria, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Russia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Romania , Philippines, etc. This time we will be introduced to three top teams that have an enviable world rating. These are companies that have already won many international festivals:  “Bolshoy Prazdnik” Russian masters of sky painting, Fire Event from Austria known for its fascinating choreography and depiction of the sky in the form of a magical fiery backdrop, and HC Pyrotechnics – Belgium, who introduced themselves to the Zagreb audience 4 years ago, and are known for their passion for painting the sky, and as true artists combine traditional baroque with a touch of modern technology.Fireworks are fired in accordance with the music, and what is interesting is that all three teams will have a given theme for the first two minutes, ie a song from the Zagreb region. And this year, the three teams will present their skills with spectacular 10-minute fireworks, which will include countless projectiles. By the way, these are specially designed fireworks in which the firing of fireworks is synchronized with the musical background.The host Mirnovec Pyrotechnics already has an enviable career and so far they have performed fireworks around the world (Montreal-Canada, Berlin-Germany, Moscow-Russia, Kaliningrad-Russia, Macao-China, Pohang-Korea, Hanover-Germany, Warsaw-Poland, Courchavel -France, Rome-Italy, Muscat-Oman, Valletta-Malta, Vilinus-Lithuania), and what is interesting is that they are also engaged on the tour of Enrigue Iglesias and are currently working on effects at his concerts in Lisbon and Copenhagen.During all three days of the festival, a colorful music program and entertainment content for all ages and tastes is provided: children’s fireworks are prepared for children every day at 22 pm, and there is a large amusement park, a rich gastronomic offer and the launch of lanterns to help associations Krijesnica and Veliko srce malom srcu. In the past five years, around HRK 600.000 has been collected and handed over to the mentioned associations!Certainly, for a complete experience, it is necessary to look closely at the fireworks and thus through music experience the complete magic of a fiery fairy tale over Zagreb. Tourist employees in Zagreb, introduce your guests to this unique and top tourist experience. Even better, visit the Fireworks Festival in Zagreb together with your guests.See the full program of events herelast_img read more

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UNWTO: Residents are aware of the positive impact of tourism on their cities

first_imgWe can conclude that, according to a global survey by the World Tourism Organization, most residents believe that tourism has a positive impact on the economy, but that it is still necessary to take certain measures to better manage it. You can find all the results of the research in the presentation HERE. Of all respondents, more than 70 percent think these measures should focus on improving infrastructure and facilities, as well as creating attractions for tourists and residents. Twelve percent of them believe that these measures should include a limit on the number of visitors, while only 12 percent believe that the promotion of tourism should be suspended. Question: How to react to the increase in the number of tourists in your city? / UNWTO Question: How does tourism affect your city? / UNWTO An online survey was conducted in 15 countries and targeted 12.000 people to better understand residents ’perceptions of urban tourism and its impacts and management strategies. “Today, adequate tourism management for the benefit of visitors and residents, while ensuring that local communities benefit from tourism, is becoming more important than ever”, Said Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General. “It is important to set up a plan for urban tourism as soon as possible that is fully in line with the urban agenda.”center_img For many urban destinations around the world, addressing the challenges of growing tourism demand and adequately managing tourism flows have become priorities. The results show that 49 percent of respondents believe that measures should be taken to better manage tourism. But again, values ​​vary from country to country – from 75 percent in Argentina to just 24 percent in Japan. Almost half of the respondents (47%) believe that they live in a “city with a large number of visitors”. Yet the results vary significantly from country to country, ranging from 68 percent in Australia to just 33 percent in France. Over 50 percent of them believe that tourism has a positive impact on the budget and the promotion of cultural exchange, and 49 percent of respondents believe that measures should be taken to improve tourism management. Only 12 percent of respondents prefer to limit the number of visitors, reports the UNWTO. Wealth and income generation as well as intercultural exchanges and new offers of activities have the greatest impact on cities. The perception of the positive impacts of tourism is particularly strong in Argentina, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Spain and Sweden. According to the first global survey by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ipsos agency, 47 percent of respondents believe that they “live in a city with a large number of tourists.” last_img read more

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A two-day conference on creating the identity and brand of Croatia starts tomorrow

first_imgThe conference will be opened by renowned experts in PR, corporate communications and branding – prof. dr. sc. Krishnamurthy Sriramesh from the University of Colorado, a scientist in the field of communication management, and prof. dr. sc. Dubravka Sinčić Ćorić, leader of the working group of the President of the Republic of Croatia for creating the identity and brand of Croatia. In addition, two round tables are held on the first day of the Forum. The first round table will stimulate discussion on whether Croatia can become a cultural, economic and political brand thanks to the presidency of the European Union in 2020, while the second round table will show how multinational companies see Croatia in the international environment. For the first time this year, the conference will have a student section in which 39 students from Croatian universities will exhibit 23 scientific papers in the field of public relations, communications, marketing and branding. The best student presentations will be awarded a special prize by a three-member expert jury. The conference will provide answers to the question of the extent to which communication is a key factor in establishing a national brand and how Croatia can use its own advantages to strengthen the country’s image and improve its promotion in the world. Scientists and experts participating in both days of the conference will try to contribute to the process of creating a unique Croatian brand, and the importance of their contribution will be confirmed by three special awards that will be given to individuals for overall scientific contribution to public relations and communication. Reviewed papers from this year’s Forum will be published in a bilingual collection of papers at the end of 2019. Papers with the best reviews will be found in a special issue of the international scientific journal Communication Management Review. Almost 300 scientists and experts in the field of communication management and related scientific disciplines participated in the previous editions of the Communication Management Forum. The third edition of the international scientific conference Communication Management Forum 2019, which brings together about 200 scientists and experts in the field of communications, branding, marketing and tourism, will be held on 10 and 11 May 2019 entitled “In search of a common denominator: communication, tourism, national culture and brand ”. During the two days of the conference, more than 140 scientific papers will be exhibited. Communication Management Forum 2019 is organized by Edward Bernays University College, a university that conducts study programs in communications and tourism, and partners. Source / photo: Edward Bernays College of Communication Managementlast_img read more

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