While Harris’s nomination is historic and meaningful, Black women’s overwhelming interest and commitment to casting a ballot is not a new feature in American politics. In 2008 and ’12, Black women voted at the highest rate of any race and gender subgroup. […]The passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which granted voting rights to all women in theory but only white women in practice, had little effect on Black women’s lives. Through an array of legal and extralegal strategies, white Americans worked to keep Black people from practicing the constitutional right to vote.Black women passionately resisted these efforts. During the 1960s, for example, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer led a nationwide movement to expand the voting rights of Black Americans. It was a bold act of defiance—and a matter of life and death. As Hamer explained in a 1964 interview with The Nation, “We’re tired of all this beatin,’ we’re tired of takin’ this. It’s been a hundred years and we’re still being beaten and shot at, crosses are still being burned, because we want to vote.” Fully aware of the consequences of her actions, Hamer refused to capitulate. “I’m goin’ to stay in Mississippi,” she added, “and if they shoot me down, I’ll be buried here.” […](You can learn more about Fannie Lou Hamer from this excerpt of Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America, a graphic novel on the history of voting rights, by author Tommy Jenkins and illustrator Kati Lacker.)THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGTOP COMMENTSQUOTATION“The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guarantee of your liberty. That vote of yours has cost millions of dollars and the lives of thousands of women. Money to carry on this work has been given usually as a sacrifice, and thousands of women have gone without things they wanted and could have had in order that they might help get the vote for you. Women have suffered agony of soul which you can never comprehend, that you and your daughters might inherit political freedom. That vote has been costly. Prize it! The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer. Understand what it means and what it can do for your country. Use it intelligently, conscientiously, prayerfully.” ~~Carrie Chapman CattTWEET OF THE DAYBLAST FROM THE PAST- Advertisement – At Daily Kos on this date in 2018—If Democrats succeed on Election Day, women will be one big reason:There has been a lot of reporting on the phenomenon of white college-educated women moving away from Republicans and, in some cases, running toward Democrats due to how repulsed they are by Donald Trump. Some of this has been anecdotal, but the polling on women is telling. In a Washington Post/ABC news poll, Trump enjoys 48 percent support among men compared to just 33 percent support among women. And check out the trend lines from the same poll on female party identification over the last eight years, which is moving increasingly toward Democrats and away from the GOP. […]Democratic gains among women start around the end of 2014, when just over 50 percent of female voters identified as Democrats, and get a nice little bump when Trump becomes pr*sident, reaching 58 percent now. And in the eight-year period between 2010 and 2018, Republicans lost fully 7 points among women who identify with the party. – Advertisement –
With no winner in the 2020 race and votes still being counted in several battleground states, President Trump entered the East Room of the White House at 2:21 a.m. on Wednesday and asserted without evidence that the election was being taken from him by “a very sad group of people.”“This is a fraud on the American public,” he told a crowd of supporters, in a reckless and unsubstantiated string of remarks about the democratic process. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win the election.”- Advertisement – “We have a lot of life in that and somebody declared that it was a victory,” Mr. Trump said. “Maybe it will be. I mean that is possible. But certainly there were a lot of votes out there that we could get because we’re now just coming into what they call Trump territory.” They also stood in contrast to remarks made earlier in the evening by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who urged his supporters to have patience until all the votes were counted.“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election,” Mr. Biden tweeted. “It’s the voters’ place.”An early call of Arizona for Mr. Biden by Fox News was another check on any legitimate claim that Mr. Trump had won, or was even the likely victor in the race. And that call appeared to have enraged him. He told supporters that he had been watching Arnon Mishkin, the leader of the network’s decision desk, who appeared just after 12:30 a.m. and insisted Mr. Trump could not win the state.- Advertisement – The president said he wanted to stop the counting of votes and put the outcome of the election in the hands of the Supreme Court. “We want all voting to stop,” he said.“We will win this,” he continued. “As far as I am concerned we already have won it.” He had not, in fact, won the battleground states he claimed as victories, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Many states were still counting votes and had not reported any vote totals. Less than an hour after he left the stage, The Associated Press called Arizona for Mr. Biden. – Advertisement – His remarks were an escalation of his monthslong effort to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the race and previewed what is expected to become a protracted legal battle. Before Mr. Trump’s false claims, his campaign was already fund-raising off the uncertain outcome. A 12:03 a.m. plea asked for money to help “protect the integrity of this Election.”- Advertisement –
Team news, stats and analysis ahead of Northern Ireland in the European Qualifying play-off final on Thursday; kick-off 7.45pm.Like Scotland, it was also penalties that saw Northern Ireland into the European Qualifying play-off final, beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-3 in the shootout after a 1-1 draw. Slovakia had also won on spot-kicks, beating the Republic of Ireland 4-2 following a goalless draw.- Advertisement – 1:26 1:09 1:09 Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis and Josh Magennis say reaching a second European Championships would be just as special as the first Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis added:“For me as well, I am probably getting to the latter stages so I don’t know when these opportunities come around again. Even the message to the younger players would probably be the same because you just don’t know in football.“When you get these opportunities, and when they do come around, you have to try to make the most of them.”Opta statsVictory for Northern Ireland will see them qualify for the European Championship finals for the second time and a second consecutive tournament, reaching the Round of 16 at EURO 2016.Slovakia are looking to reach the European Championship finals for a second time, qualifying for EURO 2016 previously.Northern Ireland have lost six of their last 10 matches in all competitions (W1 D3), losing their last two in a row – they last lost three consecutively in November 2017.Slovakia have lost their last two matches, losing to Scotland and Israel in the UEFA Nations League in October; they have not lost three in a row since October 2016.Since they last had more shots than an opponent in a match in June 2019 vs Belarus, Northern Ireland have attempted just 72 shots in 11 matches while facing 186 themselves – Norn Iron have only had 10 shots in one match since then (vs Bosnia in October, 13).Since the arrival of manager Pavel Hapal, Marek Hamsik has been directly involved in more goals than any other Slovakia player (6 – 4 goals, 2 assists). – Advertisement – Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis told Sky Sports News:“It would be absolutely massive. To say you got to one major tournament is beyond believable, to say if you were able to get to two, to go to both, it will be class.“There will be as many tears as there was the first time, so it will be amazing. If you need any more inspiration or you need to get yourself geed up for these games, then I think you are in the wrong sport.” Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis and Josh Magennis say reaching a second European Championships would be just as special as the first Image:A handful of Northern Ireland fans will be allowed into Windsor Park on Thursday Kick off 7:45pm Sky Sports announced last week that both Scotland and Northern Ireland’s play-off games will be free-to-air for UK customers on what is sure to be a dramatic night of football.Northern Ireland vs Slovakia will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm and free-to-air on Sky Challenge; kick-off at 7.45pm.You can also follow all the latest in our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, including build-up, match commentary and the latest analysis. Plus, watch in-game goals and free match highlights shortly after full-time.NI fans back for crunch match However, after a wonderful run of six wins between March and October 2019, Northern Ireland have won just once since, although it was their crucial play-off semi-final last month. They’ve lost six and drawn two of the remaining fixtures, with Ian Baraclough replacing Michael O’Neill in June 2020.Northern Ireland are winless in three matches against Slovakia (D1 L2) since a 1-0 friendly win in March 1998 with Steve Lomas scoring the winner. The last meeting between the two was a friendly back in June 2016, with the sides sharing a goalless draw.Team news If Northern Ireland win…If Northern Ireland beat Slovakia, they will be Path B winners and go into Euro 2020 Group E with Spain, Sweden and Poland. – Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Rangers forward Jordan Jones has been left out of the Northern Ireland squad for their Euro 2020 play-off after breaching coronavirus rules but manager Ian Baraclough says the player has apologised and can return in the future After playing at their first European Championships in 2016, Northern Ireland are looking for back-to-back appearances with a victory on Thursday. They famously reached the round of 16 as one of the best third-place teams before being knocked out by Wales. More than 1,000 fans will be at Windsor Park for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off final. A total of 1,060 supporters will be allocated socially distanced seats in the 18,500 capacity stadium.Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: “We have worked closely with the Minister for Communities, Carál Ní Chuilín, and her officials, as well as the team at Belfast City Council, to land on this number.“Our own staff have also played a significant role in this and we’re delighted to have fans back at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, in a safe and responsible setting, for one of our biggest games in recent times.”Magennis: Tears if NI reach Euro finals There are a few Northern Ireland absentees. Jordan Jones is missing after breaching coronavirus protocols with Rangers, and Joel Cooper, Trevor Carson (knee), Corry Evans (hamstring) and Matty Kennedy (knee) all missing. But Baraclough said there were no other issues within the squad – giving Jonny Evans a clean bill of health following his own recent injury set-backs.Rochdale’s Ryan McLaughlin – brother of Sunderland right-back Conor – has been called into the squad alongside youngsters Ethan Galbraith and Conor Hazard, who have been promoted from the U21s.Kyle Lafferty suffered the loss of his sister last week, while George Saville arrived in Belfast late after a family emergency which kept him out of Middlesbrough’s goalless draw at Brentford at the weekend, but Baraclough said both players were available.How to watch – Advertisement –
The agency had reported 337 cases, including 311 deaths, on May 18. About 200 traditional healers recently were trained in ways to reduce the risk of disease for themselves and their clients and were given masks and gloves, the WHO reported. Marburg spreads through contact with bodily fluids of patients. The epidemic is still concentrated in the northern province of Uige, which accounts for 388 cases and 324 deaths, the WHO reported. The Angolan outbreak, which was identified as Marburg on Mar 22, is the largest on record. First recognized in 1967, the disease can cause bleeding from multiple body sites and result in death within a week. Efforts to trace contacts of Marburg patients are becoming more efficient, but cases without known links to previous cases are continuing to turn up, the agency reported. This suggests that the surveillance system has not yet “reached the efficiency needed to interrupt chains of transmission,” the statement said. Educational campaigns focusing on the hazards of home treatment with injections have resulted in the collection and safe disposal of large numbers of syringes, the agency said. But it is unclear whether the use of home injections has been eliminated in the province. Four new suspected cases, including three deaths, were reported yesterday in Bungo municipality, marking the first cases there since early April. An urgent investigation has been launched to determine if those cases can be linked to the city of Uige, where transmission is ongoing. Bungo is in Uige province, but “Another focus of transmission would be a disturbing development for outbreak control,” the statement said. See also: May 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Angola’s epidemic of Marburg hemorrhagic fever reached 399 cases with 335 deaths yesterday, an increase of 62 cases and 24 deaths in the preceding 8 days, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) statement. May 27 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_27a/en/index.html Editor’s note: As originally published, the story below incorrectly listed the number of deaths in the Marburg epidemic as 337. The correct number, 335, was substituted on Jun 8, 2005.
Feb 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – If the next influenza pandemic imitates past ones and plays out in waves, the first wave might serve as a warning that gives the world a little time to prepare for the worst, a leading expert on the pandemic of 1918 told business leaders at a Minneapolis meeting this week.John M. Barry, author of the 2004 book The Great Influenza, an account of the 1918 pandemic, said the first phase of that pandemic, in early 1918, was mild. The disease didn’t strike with full ferocity until the second wave about 6 months later, in September and October.”The first wave was so mild that you could read in a scientific journal article that this disease looked like influenza and acted like influenza but it can’t be influenza because it was, so far, absent the usual complications of influenza,” Barry told a luncheon audience on the first day of the “Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza” meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center.”At first it wasn’t great at infecting people in large numbers,” he said. “Over a period of about 6 months, it was becoming more and more and more efficient, and then suddenly seemed to erupt simultaneously all over the world on three continents.”On the basis of pandemic planning meetings he has attended, Barry said planners don’t seem to be figuring on “the wave phenomenon.” “I think it’s important to take that into consideration, because you may well have 6 to 8 months after the first identified human [case],” before the worst phase hits, he said. “There may be an opportunity there.”The 1918 pandemic had three waves, as Barry recounts in his book. The last wave, in the winter of 1918-19, was milder than the second, though still much worse than the first.Barry said that in the pandemic of 1889, which also was severe, the third wave was the most lethal. If that happened in the next pandemic, “it would be good news for us, because by that time we would be fully protected by vaccine,” he said. Once a pandemic flu virus emerges, it is expected to take at least 6 months to develop and begin producing a vaccine precisely matched to the virus.US Army data make clear how fast the 1918 virus evolved in the course of the pandemic, according to Barry. At the first five major army camps affected, 20% of the troops who caught the flu suffered pneumonia, and 37% of the pneumonia patients died. At the last five camps hit by the virus, an average of just 3 weeks after the first five, only 7% of flu patients had pneumonia, and 17% of them died.”You have to understand that this is going to be a constantly changing enemy,” Barry said.If Barry sounded faintly reassuring on the subject of pandemic phases, he was the opposite on other points.He cited the prediction of other experts at the 2-day meeting that even if the next pandemic is severe, about 98% of people will survive. Though he didn’t take issue with that overall, he said the toll could be much worse in certain places or among certain groups. In 1918, about a third of the populations of Alaska and Labrador perished, and in Western Samoa the toll was 22%. In Fiji, 16% of the people died in just 2 weeks. And among young adults in general—the hardest hit group—an estimated 4% to 8% succumbed.In addition, today’s population is “clinically more vulnerable” to flu than the population in 1918, Barry said. The reason is the many people with weakened immune systems, including the elderly, HIV/AIDS patients, and cancer patients.To drive home the importance of preparedness, Barry talked about the widespread failure of public officials in 1918 to level with the public about the influenza threat. In an atmosphere of rigid wartime censorship, enforced by laws that “make the Patriot Act look like a resolution of the ACLU,” any utterance that could have been construed as harmful to public morale was punishable, he explained.Hence, public officials mostly downplayed or lied about the pandemic, saying things like, “This is ordinary influenza by another name,” Barry said. Rather than allaying fear and panic, this approach increased them.But there were a few places “that sort of did prepare and did tell the truth from the beginning,” he said. “In San Francisco, the city from day 1 told the truth about the disease.” As a result, “you didn’t get the panic and social breakdown that you got elsewhere.”The lesson is that when people are told the truth about a danger, they can prepare and deal with it, he said. “So preparation does make a difference.”Barry, of Washington, DC, is a distinguished visiting scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans.
The Danube, the longest river in the European Union, and its most significant tributaries, the Mura and Drava, have lost 80% of their floodplains and wetlands due to human interventions over the past 150 years. The construction of numerous hydropower plants has changed the character of rivers, especially in Austria and Slovenia, resulting in reduced biodiversity and water quality and less ability to accept flood waves, leading to more frequent devastating floods.WWF Adria, together with numerous partners from state institutions and the non-governmental sector, is implementing several projects to improve the condition of rivers. Part of it is financed from European funds such as IPA, Interreg or LIFE program, all with the aim of restoring degraded habitats and connecting responsible institutions and protected areas in the area of the future Transboundary Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube”, also known as “European Amazon”. , which lays the foundations for modern and sustainable river management in Croatia. “The area of the Mura, Drava and Danube, exceptional and untouched rivers, with floodplain forests and backwaters, offers a home to many protected and endangered species, such as otter and beaver, bald eagle, sturgeon or Danube salmon. Although foreigners already know this region by exceptional nature, and we should value our nature more and take the obligation to protect it more seriously. species that depend on them “, points out Petra Remeta, head of the freshwater program at WWF Adria. WWF Adria zajedno s partnerima provodi dva EU projekta u području „Europske Amazone“. U projektu DRAVA LIFE zajedno s Hrvatskim vodama rade na obnovi staništa rijeke Drave, kako bi poboljšali njenu dinamiku i stvorili nova staništa za iznimno ugrožene vrste kao što su mala čigra i bregunica. Kroz projekt coop MDD, koji financira Dunavski Interreg program, stvaraju se temelji suradnje između zaštićenih područja u svih pet država, a stvorit će se mreža Škola uz rijeke, u kojima će lokalno stanovništvo i turisti moći saznati više o tom području i vrstama koje u njemu žive. “Protecting the ‘European Amazon’ is one of WWF Adria’s top priorities. Therefore, we welcome the news of the decision of the International Coordination Council of the UNESCO program “Man and the Biosphere” to include the Bačka Podunavlje in Serbia on the World List of Biosphere Reserves. This gives us the third part of the puzzle in the creation of the cross-border Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, which will once join parts in Austria and Slovenia, become the largest protected river area in Europe, “concludes Remeta.
By opening a new office in Zagreb, Uniline symbolically confirms the continuity of the development path that began 22 years ago, when they started with 5 employees and an office of only a few rooms in the Pula hotel Riviera. Today, Uniline employs over 200 employees, 40 of whom are in the newly opened and modernly equipped Zagreb office in Oreškovićeva Street.”By opening a new office in Zagreb, we are further strengthening our position as a leading Croatian tour operator with the desire to create and sell innovative tourist experiences to reach the position of a leader in Southeast Europe. It is part of our strategy to respond to market challenges by entering the development of sports and health tourism and new overseas markets, and in infrastructure by introducing a new and complex information system and the gradual and systematic digitalization of business. ”, Boris Žgomba, President of the Management Board and co-owner of Uniline, emphasized in front of the gathered business partners during the opening new office in ZagrebUniline generates annual revenue of HRK 380 million, and the company’s services in Croatia and the region are used by almost 360 guests. With headquarters in Pula, branches throughout the country and representative offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia and China and Korea, the company has recently been increasingly turning to the markets of South America and Australia, and is the exclusive franchisee of Europcar for Croatia. with a fleet of 1200 vehicles.
At the 8th Business Conference “South East Europe Tourism – SEET 2018”, the public institution Aquatika was awarded the prestigious Brand Leader Award 2018 for the best authentic project and outstanding contribution to the promotion of a unique tourist experience in the market of Southeast Europe.It is an award intended for companies and projects that have stood out with innovation, a high degree of market recognition and positioning of authentic products.The SEET 2018 conference brought together participants from all countries of Southeast Europe, Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and China. As part of the conference, a panel “Destinations of health, beauty and unique experience” was held with the participation of the director of Aquatika, who pointed out that, in addition to providing a unique tourist experience based on natural resources, Aquatika seeks to educate children and youth through its own educational programs. Additionally, during the conference, the entire tourist offer of Karlovac was presented and B2B workshops were held, the aim of which was to further promote Croatian continental tourism in Europe and the world.”This award shows that Aquatika is recognized beyond the borders of our beautiful country. It is also a great recognition for all employees, as well as for all those who participated in the implementation of this EU project. The primary goal of Aquatika was to encourage the development of tourism in Karlovac and generate attractive tourist facilities and experiences throughout the year. I can say with certainty that we succeeded in that, and in addition to the development of tourism, we also managed to positively influence the development of entrepreneurship in the Karlovac area.”, Said the director of the Public Institution Aquatika Margarita Maruškić Kulaš.That Karlovac’s Aquatika has already been recognized and acknowledged is evidenced by its other awards. Among them are: the “Sustainable Tourism” award for outstanding contribution to nature and environment, two prestigious A + Awards in the category of Architecture + Landscape, first place in the category “National projects” at the Bled Water Festival, the award “Blue Flower of Accessibility” for 2017 ., the title of the second most successful local EU project in Croatia and the recognition of the Croatian Public Relations Association in the category of Public Relations in regional and local self-government. Before it was even realized, the project called “Freshwater Aquarium and Museum of Rivers – KAquarium” was recognized by the European Union. The project, whose holder is the City of Karlovac, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund in the amount of HRK 36.222.282, while its total value is HRK 36.691.939.