Kanye Votes for Himself as Write-In Candidate

first_imgHe subsequently shared a second video of his ballot being scanned, which he called “the first vote of my life.” Kanye West, the billionaire hip-hop artist and fashion designer who launched an independent presidential bid earlier this year, cast a vote for himself on Tuesday in what he said on Twitter was his first time voting in a presidential election.Because Mr. West, whose campaign began relatively late in the presidential race, failed to qualify for the ballot in Wyoming, where he lives, he was forced to vote for his own ticket as a write-in option.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr. West’s campaign was dogged by questions from its inception. When the music mogul launched his bid, some Democrats feared that Mr. West, who has previously voiced his support for President Trump, could be a spoiler in competitive states, siphoning votes that might have gone to Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – Though Mr. West ran as an independent — his party is called the Birthday Party — Republican-aligned political operatives were later found to be assisting Mr. West’s efforts to qualify for the ballot.Even with the help, Mr. West’s candidacy was marked by a struggle to make the ballot in most states. The campaign missed the deadline in many states and failed to collect enough valid signatures in others.But Mr. West does appear on ballots in a dozen states, including Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa. “Keep believing Kanye 2020,” he wrote on Twitter, where he shared a video of his ballot. (Wyoming does not have laws forbidding photos of completed ballots.) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Enigmatic fast radio burst pinned on magnetised dead star

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The Pennsylvania G.O.P. makes another filing to the Supreme Court on the handling of mailed ballots.

first_imgThe Pennsylvania Republican Party asked the Supreme Court on Friday to order state election officials to separate mailed ballots that arrived after Election Day from other mailed ballots.The party’s emergency application acknowledged that Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already ordered county election officials to do so, but it said it could not be sure that the officials had all complied.- Advertisement – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that ballots sent before Election Day can be counted if they arrive up to three days after Nov. 3. On two occasions, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case, though several justices expressed doubts about the state court’s power to override the State Legislature, which had set an Election Day deadline for receiving mailed ballots.The party’s emergency application seemed to be taking a belt-and-suspenders approach.“If county election boards count and do not segregate late-arriving ballots,” the new filing said, “it could become impossible for this court to repair election results tainted by illegally and untimely cast or mailed ballots.” – Advertisement – If Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic candidate, maintains his lead in Pennsylvania without the late-arriving ballots then the question would become academic. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Milk Tea Alliance: Thai and Hong Kong activists on fight for democracy

first_imgIn recent months, Thailand has seen waves of youth-led protests looking very much like the ones seen in Hong Kong in 2019.From hand signals to flashmobs, Thai pro-democracy activists are deploying tactics learnt from Hong Kong demonstrations. Meanwhile, Hong Kongers are organising online campaigns to support and boost awareness of the Thai protests.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – They are part of a unique Asian youth movement called the Milk Tea Alliance, which also includes Taiwanese supporters.Two prominent protesters – Joshua Wong from Hong Kong and Akkarasorn Opilan from Thailand – tell us how both sides are helping each other, and what this generation of Asian youth activists hopes to achieve.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Eight Sinai peacekeepers killed in helicopter crash

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Justice Dept. Finds ‘Poor Judgment’ but No Misconduct in 2006 Jeffrey Epstein Inquiry

first_img– Advertisement – The full 350-page report goes into great detail about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the nonprosecution agreement. It also seeks to rebut certain urban myths that have developed around Mr. Epstein, including whether he had received a light deal because he cooperated in an investigation involving a criminal case involving two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers or was an “intelligence asset.” The report said it “found no evidence suggesting that Epstein was such a cooperating witness or ‘intelligence asset.’”In a two-page statement issued by his lawyer, Gordon Todd, Mr. Acosta said the review largely vindicated him and “debunks allegations” that he and his office had “improperly cut Epstein a ‘sweetheart deal’ or purposefully avoided investigating potential wrongdoing by various prominent individuals.”Mr. Acosta also said in the statement, “The Epstein affair as understood today is vastly more lurid and sweeping than was known” and involves allegations against a number of prominent people as well as Mr. Epstein.Before releasing the executive summary, Justice Department lawyers met in Miami with lawyers for some of the victims to discuss their findings. The government lawyers said full copies of the report would be provided to any member of Congress who asked for them.Sigrid McCawley, a lawyer with Boies Schiller Flexner who represents several victims, called the review an “anemic accounting of what really happened.” Spencer Kuvin, who represents some of the first accusers who complained to federal and state authorities about Mr. Epstein, said he was glad “the U.S. government is recognizing its own failures regarding its handling of this matter.”The furor over the handling of allegations of sexual abuse by Mr. Epstein led federal prosecutors in Manhattan to take a fresh look into the matter. The new investigation led to Mr. Epstein’s arrest on sex-trafficking charges in July 2019.But his death a month later prompted another round of public outcry, particularly from victims who would never be able to face him in a federal courtroom. Attorney General William P. Barr immediately announced internal investigations to determine how Mr. Epstein had died and said that the Manhattan federal prosecutor’s office would continue to build a human trafficking case against some of Mr. Epstein’s associates. The nonprosecution agreement was part of a deal that culminated with Mr. Epstein pleading guilty in Florida to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor girl and registering as a sex offender. The terms of the federal agreement, which also safeguarded four named alleged co-conspirators from prosecution, were largely kept hidden for years from his victims.- Advertisement – Coroner’s reports and an investigation by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department’s inspector general ultimately ruled Mr. Epstein’s death a suicide, Mr. Barr said last fall, adding that he personally reviewed security camera footage of Mr. Epstein’s housing area that showed that no one had entered it on the night of his death.The F.B.I. and inspector general investigations led to criminal indictments against two prison guards who were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and with making false records. While the guards have pleaded not guilty, the cases against them laid out the official narrative of the negligence that the government said allowed Mr. Epstein the privacy and isolation that he needed to commit suicide.The Bureau of Prisons has also completed an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Epstein’s death, but it is not expected to be made public.This summer, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan arrested Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a publishing magnate and a onetime confidant of Mr. Epstein, on charges that she lured underage girls and groomed them to be abused by Mr. Epstein. The report faulted Mr. Acosta for not being sensitive to the feelings of Mr. Epstein’s victims by not alerting them to the terms of the nonprosecution agreement and making sure they had adequate notice of Mr. Epstein’s guilty plea to the state charge. The report said that omission “presented a glaring contrast with Acosta’s responsiveness to the demands of Epstein’s attorneys, which included the unusual courtesy of allowing them to preview and respond to (federal prosecutors’) draft victim notifications.”The review had followed public outrage prompted by an investigative series in The Miami Herald that examined the events leading up to the nonprosecution agreement and the relatively light sentence Mr. Epstein received from state prosecutors in Florida as a part of the deal. A month after the Herald series, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who is chairman of the subcommittee with oversight of the federal judiciary, demanded a Justice Department investigation of Mr. Acosta’s handling of the matter.Mr. Sasse said the review’s finding were inadequate. “The D.O.J.’s crooked deal with Epstein effectively shut down investigations into his child sex-trafficking ring and protected his co-conspirators in other states,” he said in a statement.- Advertisement –center_img The review was an attempt to close the door on an embarrassing episode for the Justice Department that critics have said allowed Mr. Epstein to largely go unscrutinized in the face of years of allegations that he sexually abused dozens of teenage girls. It also permitted him to continue to socialize with politicians, celebrities, academics and Wall Street billionaires and reinvent himself as a philanthropist and tax and estate adviser to the ultrarich.The decision by Mr. Acosta to pursue a nonprosecution agreement rather than federal charges “was a flawed mechanism for satisfying the federal interest that caused the government to open its investigation of Epstein,” according to a 13-page executive summary of the report. Mr. Acosta, the summary said, erred in giving too much deference to the interests of Florida prosecutors and “his view of the federal interest in prosecuting Epstein was too narrow.” Mr. Acosta defended his 2007 decision making during a news conference soon after Mr. Epstein’s arrest in July 2019. But his explanation did not quell the furor, and two days after that news conference he resigned as labor secretary. A former top federal prosecutor in Miami “exercised poor judgment” by allowing the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to evade federal child trafficking charges more than a decade ago, a Justice Department review revealed on Thursday, but it found no other wrongdoing, prompting criticism that the department dodged responsibility for its light treatment of Mr. Epstein, who died last year of an apparent suicide after his arrest on similar charges.The department’s Office of Professional Responsibility did not find any professional misconduct by R. Alexander Acosta, the U.S. attorney in Miami who oversaw the 2006 investigation into Mr. Epstein and who later served as labor secretary under President Trump until he resigned last year amid a renewed uproar over the Epstein case.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Facebook Launches Vanish Mode on Messenger and Instagram; Latter Also Gets Reels and Shop Buttons

first_imgMosseri said that Instagram’s home screen hadn’t been updated in a big way for quite a while, but the way people create and enjoy culture has changed. “The biggest risk to Instagram is not that we change too fast, but that we don’t change and become irrelevant,” Mosseri said in the post.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – The new ephemeral messaging feature on Instagram and Messenger differs from WhatsApp’s recently introduced ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature. While those messages can be screenshotted, and are readable for seven days, Vanish Mode chats will disappear after they have been viewed by the receiver, the sender will get a notification if someone takes a screenshot of the chat before it vanishes.Vanish mode is now available on Messenger in the US and a bunch of other countries. It will roll out on Instagram and in other countries soon.As mentioned above, Instagram is also going through a considerable redesign and its head Adam Mosseri has written a blogpost to explain the changes. The platform hopes that the Reels tab will give people an opportunity to “share their creativity with the world and have a chance to break out and find an audience”. The shops tab, on the other hand, will feature personalised recommendations, editors’ pick curated by Instagram’s @shop channel, shoppable videos, and new product collections, for a closer integration with brands. The tech giant has said that the Shop tab would make it easier for users to get inspired by creators, shop through Instagram, and support small businesses.- Advertisement –center_img Instagram and Facebook Messenger are getting their own version of ephemeral messaging with the introduction of Vanish Mode. Disappearing messages were once a Snapchat signature, although now versions of this exist across platforms including WhatsApp and Telegram. Instagram has also brought changes to its homepage. The Reels tab, which was launched recently in India, is now being expanded globally, and a Shop button is also being added to the navigation bar and will push the notification button for likes and comments to the top-right corner of the homepage.Facebook had announced Vanish Mode back in September. It’s now coming to Messenger and Instagram and will let users send messages on the DMs without it staying in the chat history. You can swipe up on the existing chat thread to turn on this feature. A simple second swipe up can bring you back to regular chat mode. Facebook noted that only people you’re connected with can use vanish mode in a chat. It also doesn’t seem to apply to group chats, and will only work in a private, one-on-one chats. Instagram already has a feature which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear once they have been viewed and the addition of Vanish mode for texts makes its messaging functionality even more similar to Snapchat.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Encouraging results reported for injectable flu drug

first_img Sheridan said no significant differences in any of the efficacy end points were seen, which “was expected given the active control, small sample size, and exploratory phase 2 nature of this study.” Oct 28 news release about outpatient studyhttp://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=343466 In the other trial, hospital patients who were seriously ill with flu were treated for 5 days with either IV peramivir or oseltamivir, with similar results in both groups, including no deaths and a median of 4.0 days to hospital discharge, the company said. Oct 27 news release about hospital studyhttp://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=343132 Clinical stability was a composite measure based on temperature, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, systolic blood pressure, and heart rate. For ethical reasons, the study included no placebo arm. In addition, both peramivir groups had significant improvements in a composite symptoms score, starting as early as 24 hours after treatment, the statement said. The drug was well-tolerated, with adverse-event profiles similar for the treatment and placebo groups. Hospital studyThe inpatient study was designed primarily to assess how long it would take patients with serious or life-threatening flu to become clinically stable with 5 days of treatment with peramivir or oseltamivir. The study was conducted at centers in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. “This phase 2 study was a critical test of peramivir, which demonstrated for the first time that a single administration of this potent neuraminidase inhibitor can be effective in treating seasonal influenza,” Dr. William P. Sheridan, chief medical officer of BioCryst, said in the news release. Secondary outcomes for all groups included no mortality, no clinical relapse, a median of 4.0 days to hospital discharge, and a median of 10.8 days to resumption of normal activities, the company reported. Sep 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Trial of injectable flu drug yields disappointing results” Sheridan also said that the zero mortality in the study is “an important finding worthy of follow-up,” given that a previous epidemiologic study showed a mortality rate of 10% in 219 patients who were not treated with neuraminidase inhibitors. See also: Page with link to recording of Oct 27 BioCryst teleconference (free registration required)http://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=60565 Peramivir is a neuraminidase inhibitor, like the licensed antivirals oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which is taken orally, and zanamivir (Relenza), inhaled as a powder. In response to questions, he said the study was not designed to show differences between peramivir and oseltamivir. He said peramivir is important because it permits parenteral treatment of flu patients, adding, “At the ICAAC meeting the need for a parenteral drug for influenza has come up several times already. Also there’s concern about resistance to existing drugs, including oseltamivir.” The primary end point was time to alleviation of symptoms, which was 81.8 hours for the placebo group. The respective times for the 300-mg and 600-mg peramivir groups were 59.1 and 59.9 hours, both of which were significant reductions, the company said. Oct 31, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. reported encouraging results this week in two phase 2 trials of its injectable antiviral drug, peramivir, a potential new treatment for influenza. In one study, a single intravenous (IV) dose of peramivir in outpatients ill with flu reduced the duration of their symptoms by about 22 hours compared with a placebo group, a statistically significant difference, according to BioCryst, based in Birmingham, Ala. Neither set of results has yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The company described the inpatient study in a press release and a teleconference on Oct 27; the outpatient study was reported in an Oct 28 press release and a poster presentation at the 46th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobials and Chemotherapy/Infectious Diseases Society of America (ICAAC/IDSA) meeting this week in Washington, DC. Outpatient findingsThe outpatient study was sponsored and conducted in Japan by Shionogi & Co. Ltd., which in 2007 bought from BioCryst the rights to develop and market peramivir in Japan. “The time to clinical stability was 25.3 hours for all groups combined, with no statistically significant differences across treatment groups,” Sheridan reported during the Oct 27 conference call (a recording of which is available online). In the news release, Dr. Michael Ison of Northwestern University, principal investigator in the study, said, “This landmark study provides us great insight into the course of treatment for patients who are hospitalized for influenza. The results indicate a potential role for antiviral therapy, which is critical as currently there are no antivirals approved for patients hospitalized for acute serious or potentially life-threatening influenza.” The new findings come 13 months after the company reported disappointing results in an earlier phase 2 trial of the drug. In that study, flu patients who received injections of peramivir did better than a placebo group, but the difference was not significant. The company said at the time that the use of shorter needles than were used in an earlier trial probably resulted in inadequate doses. The study involved 296 patients who tested positive for influenza within 48 hours after symptom onset, BioCryst reported. The volunteers were divided into three groups, with 99 receiving 300 milligrams (mg) of peramivir IV, 97 receiving 600 mg of the drug IV, and 100 receiving an IV placebo. The investigators enrolled 122 patients who had flu confirmed by polymerase chain reaction. Of these, 41 received 75 mg of oseltamivir twice daily, 41 received 200 mg of IV peramivir twice daily, and 40 received 400 mg of IV peramivir twice daily.last_img read more

Croatian tourist offer presented on the national TV station France 5

first_imgLast Saturday, on the French national television station France 5, in the prime time of 20:50, a 90-minute travel show about Croatia was shown. The show “Echappées belles”, or in free translation “Beautiful Sanctuaries”, presented Croatia as the youngest member of the European Union with an incredible natural heritage, rich culture, a number of protected monuments on the UNESCO list, but also as a country of extremely hospitable people.It is a show that shows well-known tourist destinations through unknown facts about the lives and customs of the local population, while special emphasis is placed on active tourism and gastronomy. The recording of this show, which is estimated to be watched by more than two million viewers, was also supported by the Croatian National Tourist Board.Thus, many French spectators had the opportunity to get to know Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar in more detail, and Hvar, Dugi otok, Pašman, Brtonigla, Buzet, Pula, Gorski kotar, Kuterevo, and the national parks Paklenica and Brijuni were also presented. The show talked about the connection of Croatian man with the sea, ie the rich maritime tradition, trends in the production of local organic agricultural products, but also about the valuable historical heritage evoking life and historical events. Thus, Dubrovnik is presented through the artistic vision of Igor Hajdarhodžić and his studio in which he makes models of old ships and through the original works of Croatian artist Lena Kramarić who adorns the interiors of some of the best Croatian hotel buildings.Istria was presented in the show as a gastronomic oasis through the testimonies of famous Istrian olive oil producers, truffles and restaurateurs. As part of the original tourist offer, illuminated cranes of the Pula shipyard, better known as the “Shining Giants”, were singled out. Presenting life on the islands, French host Raphael de Casablanca, during the filming of the show, met with many islanders who live and work in the traditional spirit. The beautiful shots of the protected landscape on the island of Hvar delighted the Frenchman Olivier Grinberg a few years ago, who in May this year opened a luxury boutique hotel on Hvar with his sister, which is also recommended by the prestigious French magazine Vouge. The Croatian hotel in the hands of French hoteliers was the reason for the arrival of the French camera crew on Hvar.Leader Raphael de Casabianca said that he was so delighted by the sight of a lavender field on Hvar, not far from a small white chapel surrounded by millennial olive groves, that he would surely return to Croatia in October. “I am amazed by the richness of the country, the many influences we find in architecture, gastronomy and the Croatian temperament. It feels like a country at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Mediterranean. Slavic temperament, Latin culture and Mediterranean style. At first the contact may seem cold, but from the moment you gain trust, the human heart speaks”, Concluded de Casabianca.The show can be viewed in its entirety below in the attachment.last_img read more

The Master Plan for the Development of Tourism in the Šibenik-Knin County until 2020 has been adopted

first_imgOn Friday, the Šibenik-Knin County Development Agency announced the new Šibenik-Knin County Tourism Master Plan (ŠKŽ) until 2020, a strategic document that determines the priorities of sustainable tourism development. It was also adopted by the County Assembly of ŠKŽ, which makes it ready for implementation.  Namely, on October 6, 2015, the Šibenik-Knin County, the Department of the Economy, announced a tender for the development of the Šibenik-Knin County Tourism Master Plan for the period up to 2020. The Urbanex-Krutak consortium (consisting of Urbanex doo and Krutak doo) was selected as the developer in the tender, and the contract was signed on 15 March 2016. The purpose of drafting the Master Plan of Šibenik-Knin County is to create a systematic presentation of the possibilities of integrated and sustainable tourism development of the county, in order to increase economic activity and the impact of tourism in the long run.As part of this, a working group has been defined that includes persons who are involved in the tourist activities of the County on a daily basis, and are part of the public, private or civil sector. To monitor the implementation of the Šibenik-Knin County Tourism Master Plan until 2020, an executive body called the Coordination Council was established, which consists of eight members: Goran Pauk-Šibenik-Knin County, Mira Lepur-Director of the Šibenik-Knin County Development Agency, Marlena Floigl-Head of the Administrative Department of Economy of Šibenik-Knin County,The task of the Coordination Council was to continuously monitor the process of creating the Masterplan in all its phases and through cooperation with the developers to form the final solutions of the Masterplan.The Masterplan document is divided into the following main thematic units: Situation analysis, Tourism development strategy te Action plan: Implementation activities.U analizi stanja dan je pregled postojećeg stanja s analizama internog okruženja u kojem su analizirani turistički resursi i ograničavajući uvjeti razvoja turizma, te analizom tržišta gdje su analizirana turistička kretanja na globalnoj i lokalnoj razini. Kroz ovo su poglavlje definirani rezultati dosadašnjeg turističkog i sveukupnog razvoja Županije, a oni predstavljaju ulazne podatke za izradu strategije turističkog razvoja. U strategiji turističkog razvoja je jasno definirano koji turistički resursi i koliko trebaju biti korišteni u narednom razdoblju, kako ćemo adresirati ograničavajuće uvjete i kakva bi u turističkom smislu trebala postati Šibensko-kninska županija do 2020. godine.The action plan details how to achieve the interventions identified in the strategy. It exhaustively lists the strategic interventions defined in the Strategic Framework of the Master Plan, the priority for implementation, the time of implementation, the estimated value of interventions, coordinators and holders of intervention implementation, as well as indicators of results and outcomes.In order to strengthen the applicative character of the Masterplan, a marketing plan for the period up to 2020 has been developed as an appendix to the Masterplan. in the area of ​​the County enabled to participate in the negotiation process during the development of the master plan.The master plan is divided into five main goals of tourism development:Razvoj inovativnih turističkih proizvoda i održivo gospodarenje turističkim resursimaIntegrirani razvoj turističke infrastrukture i povezanih uslugaStvaranje povoljnih uvjeta za konsolidaciju i razvoj poduzetništva, za razvoj novih poduzetničkih inicijativa i poboljšanja investicijskih uvjeta u sektoru turizmaOsiguravanje prepoznatljivosti regije Šibenik – Dalmacija, širenje na referentna turistička tržišta i usvajanje strategije za prepoznavanje različitih segmenata turističke ponudePovećanje efikasnosti i kompetitivnosti upravljanja i organizacije turističkog sustava regijeInvesticijski ciklus je to od 1.176.652.000,00 kn do 2020.godine sukladno Master planu razvoja turizma u Šibensko-kninske županije, u kojem je planirano povećanje  do 5.331.350 noćenja, te povećanje rast smještajnih kapaciteta do 115.000 Attachment:Tourism master plan action planMaster plan of tourism of Šibenik-Knin Countylast_img read more