South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham survives to lick Trump’s boots another day

first_imgThe Most Pathetic Republican keeps his perchWell, we’re not going to be rid of Donald Trump’s most obsequious Senate lackey anytime soon. Sen. Lindsey Graham has survived a strong challenge by Democrat Jaime Harrison to retain this South Carolina Senate seat. The state’s Republican voters evidently intend to torture America with the buffoonish Graham for another six long years. – Advertisement –last_img

Wooask S01 AI voice transcription recorder translates and transcribes in 134 languages » Gadget Flow

first_imgThe Wooask S01 AI voice transcription recorder has powerful pocket-size technology to record, transcribe, and translate anywhere. This little gadget contains features that make it incredibly powerful. It offers voice-to-text transcribing and translating in 134 languages, 32 GB of built-in storage, and 500 hours of cloud storage. Plus, it saves as Word or PDF files. Impressively, it has a super battery life that lets you record up to 10 hours on a single charge! Whether you’re keeping minutes for a business meeting or recording a lecture for school, just connect this gadget to your smartphone. Then, S01 will instantly transcribe everything, helping you quickly edit and share notes with others anytime and anywhere. Furthermore, S01 works without the mobile app, and you can plug your earphones in to listen to recordings. With these features, this AI voice transcription recorder is an ideal intelligent device to make your work life easier. – Advertisement –last_img read more

TikTok Parent ByteDance in Talks to Raise $2 Billion Before Possible Hong Kong Listing: Report

first_imgIt could result in Beijing-based ByteDance eventually listing some of its biggest assets, such as Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, in Hong Kong.ByteDance is currently fighting to avoid US attempts to ban TikTok over national security concerns.Listing ByteDance assets could provide a major boost for Hong Kong’s market, which has been weighed down by the US-China trade war, the coronavirus pandemic and last year’s roiling pro-democracy protests.- Advertisement – Beijing is pushing its tech giants to list on Chinese exchanges.Hong Kong and Shanghai were set this week for the dual listing of Ant, the Alibaba-linked digital payments and finance provider, which would have been a world-record IPO.But it was pulled at the last minute amid an escalating dispute between Ant, whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma, and Chinese regulators. – Advertisement – Citing fears of systemic financial risks, Beijing has imposed new restrictions on fast-growing online lending and credit products, like those offered by Ant, in the run-up to the share issue.This was seen as potentially changing the business landscape for Ant, forcing the IPO to be shelved for now.The Trump administration has insisted on the need to ban TikTok, saying it has links to the Chinese government through ByteDance and that user data could be obtained by Beijing. The popular short-video platform has 100 million users in the US.TikTok has repeatedly denied the claim. ByteDance has avoided a ban in the country by setting up TikTok Global, which will run the short-video app’s US operations and be part-owned by Walmart and Oracle.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. ByteDance, the Chinese parent of viral video platform TikTok, is in talks to raise $2 billion (roughly Rs. 14,800 crores) from investors before a possible listing of some of its businesses in Hong Kong, according to a report.The plan could eventually value ByteDance at a massive $180 billion (roughly Rs. 13,31,300 crores), Bloomberg News reported late Thursday, citing people familiar with the talks.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

BSNL Best in Voice Quality, Jio and Vodafone Tie for Second, Airtel Third in TRAI My Call User Data

first_img– Advertisement – The data makes a distinction between indoor, outdoor, and travelling call quality. While the indoor and outdoor call quality ratings for the four TSPs are largely comparable, BSNL scores big on call quality delivered while travelling with a user rating of 4.4, over Airtel’s 3.3 and Jio’s 3.2. The data is also mapped for each state and can be viewed individually for each TSP for the last four months.The overall call quality experienced by users in all states and across all TSPs raises some concerns. The user feedback samples say that only 60 percent of the calls were satisfactory, while 26 percent had poor voice quality and about 14 percent of calls were dropped.Which are the best truly wireless earphones under Rs. 10,000? 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. BSNL has the highest rating for voice quality over calls, Reliance Jio and Vodafone tie for the second spot, and Airtel is third, according to user feedback generated through the My Call app and published on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) website. TRAI periodically updates this user data — first published on its website in December 2017 — that rates popular telecom service providers (TSP) between 1 and 5 for the call quality experience they deliver across the country. Although Vodafone and Idea have merged to become Vodafone Idea (Vi), the data still makes a distinction and ranks Idea separately in the fourth spot.As per the [data updated](https://trai.gov.in/mycall-dashboard) on November 5 on the TRAI website, BSNL has a cumulative user feedback rating for voice quality over calls of 3.4/5, which is calculated for a total number of 2,014 samples. Reliance Jio and Vodafone are tied for a rating of 3.3. It’s important to note that while Jio has a sample size of 10,292, Vodafone has a much smaller sample size of 3,408. Airtel with 9,520 feedback samples gets a rating of 3.0 and Idea with just 977 samples is rated at 2.9.- Advertisement –last_img read more

We are in a national emergency as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in 47 states

first_imgAs of this report, hospitalizations are now rising in 47 states with 22 states at their highest numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began. “We have legitimate reason to be very, very concerned about our health system at a national level,” Lauren Sauer, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University, told NPR.Chart depicting states in which COVID-19 cases are impacting hospital capacityAccording to NPR, states in the Midwest and West are seeing the most increase in hospitalizations. While no connection has been made, it is important to point out that the Trump administration traveled to a majority of these states while campaigning prior to the election. Daily Kos reported at least five cities saw a rise in cases following Trump campaign-related events.Officials are noting how many hospital beds are being occupied to predict whether or not the healthcare system in a specific area will be overwhelmed. While the percentage of beds occupied does not provide all the information needed, it’s a starting point to understand hospital capacity, healthcare officials told NPR. Additionally, because of the equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients, hospitals are worried shortages seen at the beginning of the pandemic will return. “When the numbers go up like that, particularly for critical care, that strains the system pretty significantly,” Dr. Mahshid Abir, an emergency physician at the University of Michigan and researcher at the Rand Corp., said. ”This is a scarce resource. Critical care nurses are scarce. Ventilators are scarce. Respiratory therapists are scarce.”- Advertisement – “The virus is spreading in a largely uncontrolled fashion across the vast majority of the country,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease expert at Vanderbilt University, told the AP.x – Advertisement – But as COVID-19 patients continue to fill up hospital beds at alarming rates, not all state officials are thinking logically. “Hospitals are facing severe constraints in the weeks ahead,” North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said. “We need everyone to help slow the spread.” While Burgum acknowledged the number of obstacles healthcare staff are facing in addition to the importance of slowing down the spread of COVID-19, he also announced that COVID-positive nurses can stay at work.Hospitals in North Dakota have reached 100% capacity and in an attempt to address staffing concerns Burgum amended an order to allow nurses, despite being COVID-19 positive, to continue working in both hospitals and nursing homes. Giving nurses the ability to come to work while sick does take care of the issue regarding a shortage of healthcare workers but it creates an even bigger issue of spreading COVID-19 to high-risk individuals and within the hospital itself. Since the start of the pandemic, nursing homes have been hit hard with COVID-19—this order will only increase cases in such spaces. While Burgum believes there will be little risk of further spread since these nurses will only attend to already COVID-19 positive individuals, there is no guarantee. This mandate will not only nurses themselves and others at risk, but also increase pressure on nurses to work while sick. Additionally, he claimed that other states also took this drastic step, but which states have done so is unclear.Americans across the country continue to pay for Donald Trump’s inability to address the coronavirus pandemic. But hope remains as Trump’s leadership comes to an end and Biden formulates a COVID-19 taskforce and plan. We will get through this but in the meantime, we must not forget that we are still in a pandemic, and safety regulations must be followed to slow the spread.center_img Several states have seen a record number of hospitalizations. According to data compiled by Reuters, the number of Americans with COVID-19 who have been hospitalized has steadily increased to 73% in the last 20 days. Additionally, data found that Texas has reported the highest number of hospitalized patients followed by Illinois and California.In Texas a lack of social distancing and failure to implement mask mandates has resulted in the state surpassing the 1 million mark. “If Texas were its own country, it would rank 10th in terms of total cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, placing it higher than European hot spots like Italy,” the Houston Chronicle reported. While the average number of cases is still lower than some other states, such as New York, California, and Florida, counties in Texas are seeing an increase in hospitalization. Data released by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council found that hospitals in the Houston region treated more than 1,000 coronavirus patients, additionally, COVID-19 patients were using more than 15% of intensive care beds, the Houston Chronicle reported. “It shows that for whatever reason we haven’t controlled the infection,” Paul Klotman, president of Baylor College of Medicine, said. “And given the size of the state, it shows we’re still nowhere near herd immunity.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Gareth Bale: Tottenham forward ‘concerned’ after embrace with club team-mate Matt Doherty | Football News

first_imgWales assistant boss Rob Page at training
0:51 “All I can speak for is ourselves, I can’t speak for Ireland. But we feel what we have done is good planning.“Of course there’s going to be contact on the pitch. We’ve watched the game back and it’s hard to determine how long you’ve got to be in close contact for as well.“If there’s absolutely any risk we will not take the chance. But our medical protocols have been second to none and we’ve had consistent negative tests so that goes to show we’re doing something right.”Tottenham will be without Doherty for Saturday’s match against Manchester City, which is live on Sky Sports. Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCleanImage:Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean also tested positive for coronavirus Following those clear results, Wales’ Nations League promotion decider against Finland is set to go ahead in Cardiff on Wednesday. “It’s a slight concern for everybody when you’ve been playing someone and you’re in close contact with them on the field,” Bale said.“Maybe you’re not long enough with them to catch it, but you’re a bit wary.- Advertisement – “It’s good news that everyone’s come back and tested negative and now we can just concentrate on the game on Wednesday.” Kick off 7:45pm Bale said that he and Tottenham – and Wales – team-mate Ben Davies have spoken to Doherty since his positive test.“Me and Ben have spoke to him briefly and he’s doing fine, he’s just got mild symptoms,” Bale said.- Advertisement – Saturday 21st November 5:00pm Kick off 5:30pm Wales caretaker boss Robert Page insisted he is confident in the testing procedures his side have in place.“Some associations will use different testing companies,” Page said. “The FAW are doing a fantastic job keeping to all the protocols. They are making sure we are doing everything right in the hotel and no one is doing anything wrong in training.“They’ve done fantastic with that and we’re obviously glad that none of us have tested positive.” Wales captain Gareth Bale has admitted he was left “concerned” after Republic of Ireland defender – and his Tottenham team-mate – Matt Doherty tested positive for coronavirus following Sunday’s match between the teams.Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean also tested positive along with Doherty, who Bale was pictured hugging at the end of the match, but every player in Wales’ squad has since returned a negative coronavirus test.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Caretaker manager Robert Page says every Wales player has returned a negative Covid-19 test ahead of the Nations League promotion decider against Finland “Hopefully he recovers fine, doesn’t have any problems and will be back playing as soon as possible. Wednesday 18th November 7:30pm Gareth Bale and Matt DohertyImage:Gareth Bale and Matt Doherty are team-mates at Tottenhamlast_img read more

HHS to share $225 million for pandemic readiness

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was expanded Jul 13 to include additional information on how the HHS funds can be used and when they will be awarded.Jul 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government today announced plans to distribute $225 million to states for pandemic influenza preparedness, the second round of grants for that purpose this year.The money will be apportioned to all 50 states, four urban areas—New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles County—and US territories, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news release.The money comes from $350 million in emergency money passed by Congress in December, HHS officials said. In January the agency announced it would pass out $100 million in the first round of grants from that appropriation.Congress approved $3.8 billion in funds for pandemic preparedness in December, in response to President Bush’s request last fall for $7.1 billion. Lawmakers authorized another $2.3 billion in June.The $100 million in grants announced in January was intended to help states prepare and test pandemic response plans and identify gaps in preparedness, HHS said. The $225 million is to be used to begin addressing the gaps, the agency said.For some examples of how the money will be used, states will plan and test how they will make decisions about school closings, manage bans on public gatherings, and run mass clinics to give vaccinations or dispense antiviral drugs, according to Von Roebuck, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is administering the grants.States and other jurisdictions are currently receiving guidance from the CDC, and they are required to submit a plan for how they will use the money in line with the guidance, Roebuck told CIDRAP News.”August 31 is when their information is due back to us, and that’s also the award date for the funding,” he said. “What we’re asking for is a plan for how they’re going to use the money, but the availability is almost immediate in August.”In announcing the grants, HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt referred to the pandemic flu “summit meetings” he attended around the country earlier this year. “These funds will build on the work begun at the summits and help local, tribal, territorial and state public health officials as they undertake critical preparedness planning that communities must do themselves,” he said.The new grants range from $832,392 for Wyoming to $17.6 million for California. Amounts for the urban areas range from $859,299 for Washington, DC, to $6.98 million for Los Angeles County.See also: Jul 11 HHS news releaseHHS table of grant amountshttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/news/allocation.htmlJan 12, 2006, CIDRAP News story “States to share $100 million for pandemic planning”last_img read more

Canada says feed mill error suspected in BSE case

first_img The report says that if the cow had not died of mastitis, it would have shown signs of BSE in another 3 to 6 months. Canada announced in June that it would ban potentially infective cattle parts (specified risk materials) from all animal feeds, not just ruminant feeds. That ban is to take effect in July 2007. “The procedural error associated with the 16% Heifer Grower ration makes that feed the most likely source of infection,” the agency said. The government also said the cow involved died of mastitis, not BSE. The animal was showing no outward signs of BSE at the time of death, but was tested because it met other criteria for BSE testing, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported. The batch of potentially contaminated cattle feed, intended for heifers, was delivered to the farm where the cow in question was being raised and was used there, the CFIA said. The agency said an enforcement investigation is under way. The CFIA said it has increased its inspection and enforcement efforts related to the feed ban in the past year, adding about 115 staff members in those areas. In 2005, Canadian and US Department of Agriculture officials reviewed and confirmed the effectiveness of Canada’s feed ban, the agency said in a news release. See also: Investigators found 172 cattle that were born or raised on the same farm as the infected cow and might have had the same feed, the CFIA reported. Most of these were confirmed to have died or been slaughtered previously, but 38 were found still alive and were subsequently euthanized and the carcasses burned.  Four other live animals have been quarantined temporarily to allow for calving or collection of valuable genetic material and will be destroyed later. CFIA investigation report The case, reported Jul 13, was in an Alberta dairy cow born in April 2002, years after Canada’s 1997 ban on feeding of cattle parts to cattle and other ruminant animals. Because of this, the CFIA had said the cow’s feed history would be the main focus of its investigation of the case. Investigators found generally good compliance with the feed ban at all levels, the CFIA said. However, a review of records at one feed mill showed that equipment was used to process feed for nonruminant animals and then was used to process one batch of cattle feed without being cleaned in between. The feed for nonruminants contained materials banned from cattle feed. “Nonetheless, the extremely small infective dose of BSE means that even very limited opportunities for contamination may permit periodic cases,” the agency said.  “The emergence of such cases is common to almost every country reporting the disease.” Aug 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A procedural error at a feed mill might have resulted in contamination of cattle feed with banned materials and caused Canada’s seventh case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the Canadian government said yesterday.last_img read more

The World Tourism Organization has published a handbook Tips for Responsible Travelers

first_imgU povodu obilježavanja Međunarodne godine održivog turizma za razvoj, Svjetska turistička organizacija (UNWTO) pripremila je kratki priručnik Savjeti za odgovornog putnika. Priručnik je napravljen na osnovi Globalnog etičkog kodeksa za turizam Svjetske turističke organizacije koji je osnovni okvir za odgovorni i održivi turizam, a sastoji se od niza načela kojima je cilj da budu vodič glavnim sudionicima u razvoju turizma.Priručnik Savjeti za odgovornog putnika pronađite u prilogu : Savjeti za odgovornog putnikaAko strateški ne razvijamo turističke destinacije, možemo samo kratkoročno profitirati, a dugoročno uništiti destinaciju. Danas “jedna” kuna manje, sutra “pet” kuna više. Pogledajte video o odličnom dokumentarcu o utjecaju masivnog turizma, backpackera tj. trčanjem samo za novcem ne razmišljajući što i kako sutra- Grigo trails.Nisu krivi turisti što goli hodaju po Hvaru niti što su cijelu noć pijani i bučni u Novalji, krivi smo mi jer smo im to dopustili. Zašto to ne rade u Londonu? Zato jer ne smiju i postoje pravila ponašanja.last_img read more

Do we finally provide our guests with parking?

first_imgWe are constantly breaking tourist records, and this year we have crossed the magic limit of 100 million overnight stays. Statistically excellent and it is certainly a great success of the whole sector, but regardless of the whole euphoria, you need to be honest, open your eyes and talk openly and argumentatively about all the challenges.One of the challenges is certainly the awareness and the need to provide parking for guests. A logical and banal, but again so neglected problem. Why is there still a chronic lack of parking in our tourist destinations. When we invite guests to leave their Euros in our destinations, I wonder: Can’t we provide them with the most basic thing – parking?Again, due to the non-strategic development of our tourist destinations, the only thing that has grown in the past 20 years are accommodation capacities. The entire infrastructure did not follow this development, from the sewerage to the electricity network, so HEP sends us notifications every season not to turn on the air conditioning because the whole system is overloaded. Also, the beaches have remained the same, parking is declining, and destinations are suddenly rapidly increasing in population due to the arrival of tourists. All this is a huge burden on the entire infrastructure of the tourist destination, and the analysis of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce speaks in favor of that – “Simulation of food and beverage consumption in August“. Thus, Nin and Medulin are Croatian record holders in terms of population growth during the summer. According to the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the population of these cities increases by almost five and a half times during the summer season due to tourists, ie the number of inhabitants in Nin jumps by 461 percent in August, while the population of Medulin increases by 447 percent. Also, population growth in, say, Split-Dalmatia County ranges from 38 percent to as much as 123 percent in Istria County.Every year we witness cities cracking at the seams, especially this summer season, so it’s just a matter of how much the numbers can still grow without investing in infrastructure. But let’s get back to the topic of this article – parking. First I wonder where all that money that cities make goes? Secondly, does that thing really hurt us so much for our guests that we can’t even provide them with parking. Yes, it is best that the guests do not even come, but only to send money.If we care about our guests, shouldn’t we care where they will park their vehicles, ie will they be able to park in the destination at all? We are still primarily a destination where in most cases tourists come by car, even if guests come by plane they should use transport to the accommodation, whether public transport, taxi or car rental during the year. Now, if someone travels five to ten hours to our destination and knows that it will be difficult to find parking at the start we have a big problem. Before dipping his feet into the sea, he already has a negative perception and stress in his head.If we talk about destinations that develop primarily through tourism – live from tourism, especially those in Dalmatia whose space is further cramped due to the highway, why none of these destinations such as Vodice, Trogir, Biograd na Moru, etc. kup did not buy land above the highway and provide tourists with parking? If we are talking about destinations that have money, live from tourism and tourists, shouldn’t that be in their interest?First: They would solve the problem of incredible congestion, and thus rapidly reduce pollution as well as noise in citiesSecured parking would solve a big problem for tourists because they would know that they do not have to look for parking after “ten” hours of driving to the destination, which is extremely frustrating. It is clear to you that tourists when they finally come to the destination, all they want is to settle down and refresh themselves in the sea, especially if you are traveling with children, and not again looking for hours for parking. Here I immediately ask the hosts in the family accommodation: Do you greet them with a cold welcome drink and some indigenous snack?Secured parking would show that you care about tourists, reduce crowds in the city / destination, guests would go down to the destination by electric vehicles, and thus encourage environmental and sustainable development in combination with electric benches, smart city, LED lighting, organic products etc.… Also, there comes efficient public transport as well as various forms of integrated transport such as public bicycle system, car sharing services, rickshaws, segway… the story is only spreading in one other direction. Speaking of which, why don’t we have a fast and efficient “boat” line, ie electric boats, which connect destinations by sea, so as not to burden the roads. We have boats, we have an electric motor, it’s just a matter of implementation. Again, not to go on big ships, but on small boats which are our tradition and which would employ a lot more people.Second: We will encourage guests to move and explore the whole region / destination If there was no problem with parking, guests would use their cars more often without fear of having to look for parking again, and would free them up and encourage them to move by car to visit and experience the surrounding destinations. By doing so, they would have a much better experience of the whole region. Certainly how guests want to experience as much as possible, and one destination cannot provide them with all seven days. In the end, the only thing that matters is how the guest feels at the end of their vacation, ie whether they are satisfied with the destination or not, and whether they will come back and recommend it. We have to care, that’s a key element.Did we live up to expectations? Or maybe surpassed? What is good and what is not good in the destination? What do guests want? Ask them, they are with you, this is your best free research. My first encounter with tourism was through animation in tourism. As an animator, I communicated with the guests every day and I knew everything that was good and what was not in the hotel, camp, destination. Unfortunately, then, and as far as I can see today, the management still has no ear to listen to its guests, of course honoring the positive exceptions. We have to start dealing with tourism, and not live on rent, so we sell forms without content.Third: Increasing tourist spendingAlso, if we would provide parking to our tourists, it would further encourage tourist spending, precisely through increased guest mobility. Of course, nights and arrivals should be counted, but I wonder why no one counts tourist spending, ie non-board consumption, which is more important than the numbers of overnight stays. On the contrary, it is crucial for understanding tourism, because the goal of tourism is to increase the quality of life of the local population and to spend as much and as much local participants as possible on the local economy, not just to earn some and ultimately make money from tourism.Win-win, right? But first we must care about tourists and the strategic development of tourism.Some cities such as Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar have started this year with applications for public transport, but this is just the tip of the iceberg because the problem is complex, and it is impossible to solve the whole problem with one intervention. We need to look at the bigger picture and close the whole circle. Tourism is extremely dynamic, complex, heterogeneous, multidisciplinary and connects various industries vertically and horizontally. That is why it is complex and must not be developed by inertia or accident, but only strategically and sustainably.Let’s start from the beginning and provide parking for our guests.PS This has nothing to do with the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB, because the cities themselves are in charge of the development of tourist destinations.


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