That battleground state, with the largest trove of electoral votes still up for grabs, had hundreds of thousands of outstanding mail-in ballots to count as Mr. Trump’s lead narrowed to about 136,000 votes Thursday morning.Georgia is critical to the balance of power in the Senate as well. As the votes were tallied, Senator David Perdue, the Republican incumbent, was on the cusp of falling below 50 percent, which would trigger a runoff in January.- Advertisement – Georgia already faces a runoff for its other Senate seat, now held by a Republican, Kelly Loeffler. If Democrats were to win both, and Mr. Biden prevails in the presidential race, the Democrats could capture control of the Senate, with a bare margin of 50 seats, and the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote.With Mr. Trump’s political path growing more precarious, his team turned to the courts, filing lawsuits and demanding a recount in Wisconsin.The Trump campaign’s bid to stave off defeat stretched from the Supreme Court, where the campaign intervened in a case challenging Pennsylvania’s plan to count ballots received for up to three days after Election Day, to individual counties where the campaign showed a willingness to fight over even the smallest batch of votes.- Advertisement – The political tensions started to spill into the streets, with protests in Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City and Portland, Ore.While mostly peaceful, with chants demanding that every vote be counted, store windows were shattered in Portland as some protesters grappled with the police. In Minneapolis, demonstrators shut down a freeway and dozens were arrested. – Advertisement –
For a salary of $13 an hour, she worked from a high-school cafeteria in Ann Arbor, Mich., sorting ballots and delivering them to the next station. She said election officials at her center wore masks, but it was not always possible to maintain social distancing.“It’s a risky thing to do, but it’s essential work,” she said.Phil Armstrong, the county executive in Lehigh County, Pa., said it was impossible to respect social-distancing rules at the vote-counting center, given all of the ballot counters, lawyers and election observers from both parties who were present.“It was pretty crowded,” he said. Still, the vibe was upbeat, and different tables of ballot counters had friendly competitions about how many ballots they had counted in a certain period of time. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The process could be tedious but no detail was too small for a citizenry hungry for information. Local media in Pennsylvania was filled on Saturday morning with descriptions of how ballot counters would load envelopes into machines twice: first to slice them open and then a second time to open the smaller, inner “secrecy” envelopes. Ballot counters then unfold the ballots by hand and feed them into high-speed scanners. From there, the results are saved onto memory sticks, WHYY-FM, a public radio station in Philadelphia, told its listeners.Evelyn Smith, a graduate student in economics at the University of Michigan who counted ballots for 13 hours on Election Day, said she found the monotony of the process tedious, but meditative. Beyond the tedium and the exhaustion, they were facing the added stress of trying to keep themselves safe as coronavirus cases in the United States hit record highs. Still, with masks covering their faces and gloves guarding their hands, they soldiered on into Saturday.In some election offices, safety measures including social distancing, meant that fewer ballot counters could work at the same time than in previous elections, slowing the process.One election official in the Westmoreland County, Pa., tested positive for the coronavirus in the last few days, according to Douglas W. Chew, a county elections commissioner, who said that no other employees had tested positive as of Saturday. Perhaps no one wants the election to end more than the vote counters themselves.With tens of thousands of ballots still to be counted in states where President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. were separated by slim margins — and an anxious nation riveted by every change in the count — a small army of workers continued to tally votes four days after the polls closed.- Advertisement – And, while many polling stations use scanners to process thousands of ballots rapidly, at this point in the count they were also processing ballots that could not be read by machines for a variety of reasons.While each state has its own rules and methods, the scene in West Chester, Pa., was a familiar one. Election workers, seated under fluorescent lights, sorting and feeding ballots by hand into high-speed scanners. At this station, weary workers were given the weekend off and will resume counting inside the university gym Monday morning.But others worked through the night and into the morning on Saturday. While they counted, independent observers watched over their shoulders and some places offered livestreaming feeds online for members of the public to watch scenes like the one at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. It was not exactly packed with action, but more like suspended animation as workers in neon yellow and orange jackets sat at opposite ends of tables methodically tabulating ballots.- Advertisement –
– Advertisement – According to Armenian reports, 79 people were detained and protesters began heading towards government headquarters. Some of the protesters said the prime minister should have consulted the people before agreeing a peace deal, accusing him of breaching the constitution, a BBC correspondent in Yerevan reports.
“We are going to make sure that that is 100 per cent before we put him out there,” Nelson said about the knee, “so that’s going to be into the season before we are able to have him join us.”Porzingis suffered the injury in mid-August during the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. He underwent surgery in early October to repair meniscus damage.Dallas’ plan is to be cautious with the 7ft 3in Porzingis to make sure there are no setbacks.- Advertisement – Dallas big man Kristaps Porzingis will miss the start of the 2020-21 season as he continues his recovery from knee surgery, Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson has confirmed.Nelson said the team is targeting January 1 as the date when Porzingis will be cleared to begin on-court activities. The NBA regular season will begin December 22 but it isn’t yet known when Dallas will open the slate or approximately how many games Porzingis might miss.- Advertisement – Image:Porzingis averaged 20.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in 57 games last season Also, Dallas starting big man Dwight Powell is expected to be ready for the regular season. Powell ruptured his right Achilles tendon in January and underwent surgery.“We are not going to rush, we are going to do it the right way, but we are pretty optimistic that he will be able to join us out of the gates,” Nelson said of Powell.Powell, 29, averaged 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 40 games (37 starts) last season.Want to watch even more of the NBA and WNBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here. “We are very, very particular about bringing him back at the right time,” Nelson said. “It’s not going to be a rush. We have got long-term vision when it comes to his rehab.” – Advertisement – Porzingis, 25, has been through the rehab process before. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in February 2018 when he was on the New York Knicks and missed the rest of that campaign and the entire 2018-19 season.He was traded to the Mavericks in 2019 while he was sitting out and played well in his first season with the club. He averaged 20.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in 57 games.- Advertisement –
Dec 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Ukraine has joined the ranks of Asian and Eurasian countries reporting the H5 strain of avian influenza in poultry, according to weekend news reports, and Indonesia’s eighth death from H5N1 has been confirmed.UkraineDomestic chickens and geese in Crimea died suddenly Friday, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported. The agency stated the number of birds at 1,500; a Bloomberg story gives the number as 2,500. The birds were in small villages on the Crimean Peninsula, which extends into the Black Sea in southern Ukraine.Tests have identified the cause as the H5 avian flu virus, but test results on samples sent to British and Italian laboratories are needed to determine whether the culprit is the H5N1 strain that is of international concern for its potential to cause a flu pandemic.Ukraine will use napalm to dispose of the birds’ carcasses, according to a Bloomberg story. Several tons of the agent were reportedly sent to Crimea. The birds died with “lightning speed,” with no signs of infection, a Crimean veterinary official told Bloomberg.The affected villages as well as areas within 3 kilometers were placed under quarantine, and all poultry in that area were to be destroyed, Agriculture Minister Olexander Baranivsky told Agence France-Presse (AFP). Live poultry sales have been banned.Pyotr Verbitsky, chief veterinary inspector in Ukraine, said the outbreak was near Sivash saltwater lake, along the migratory route of millions of migratory birds from Asia, according to AFP.IndonesiaThe 25-year-old woman who died late in Jakarta late last week has been confirmed by a World Health Organization (WHO)–affiliated laboratory in Hong Kong as having H5N1 avian influenza, says a Reuters report. That puts the number of deaths in Indonesia at eight, although at this writing the case has not yet been added to the WHO official numbers.The total number of confirmed human cases of H5N1 stands at 133, and the number of deaths, including this newly confirmed fatality, stands at 69.RomaniaIn other developments, Romanian officials confirmed yesterday that H5 avian flu had been confirmed in birds in Cioacile, a town in the eastern part of the country. The town is under quarantine, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. This constitues the fourth outbreak in Romania since last Thursday. Samples from the infected birds are being sent to a laboratory in England for subtyping. Reuters reported that 8,000 birds were being culled in the area.VietnamA Reuters story today says that more than 900 ducks and chickens have died in the Cao Bang province of Vietnam, about 270 kilmeters north of Hanoi, and that close to 4,000 birds there have been destroyed. The cause was identified as H5 avian flu, but the subtype was not reported. The area borders the southern Chinese province of Guangxi.
The management of Eurowings introduced a regular winter route connecting Kvarner with Cologne in early July, and through it Kvarner is connected with numerous destinations around the world throughout the year.The introduction of this year-round route represents a significant positive step for the entire county, its economy, residents and especially all entities related to tourism, as it is the first time in history that Rijeka is directly connected to a major European capital during the winter, said the director of the airport. Rijeka Tomislav Palalić.Linija se odvija dva puta tjedno: nedjeljom i srijedom do kraja ožujka, a zatim se nastavlja u travnju svake subote. No kako ističu iz Zračne luke Rijeka, glavni problem je slaba popunjenost aviona, koja je ispod 30 posto, što znači da je na ukupno 144 mjesta u avionu u prosijeku ih je prodano manje od 40. Slaba popunjenosti linije nije pokrivena komercijalna isplativost linije, što će ukoliko tako i ostane, sigurno negativno se odraziti na buduće smanjenje ili otkazivanje navedene linije.Rijeka Airport invites business entities as well as the general public to help them in the promotion and filling of the mentioned line through their channels, as well as when exhibiting at fairs. However, in order for the line to be well enough filled and commercially viable, the motive of coming to Rijeka, ie the entire Kvarner, is needed. So, we have an excellent airline, ie transport connections, which is the first prerequisite for the development of tourism, especially in the pre- and post-season, and now it is up to us to create good enough motives for arrival, and the motive for coming out of season is not sun and sea, but quality, diverse and authentic content.It is all up to us and surely how we can encourage positive changes through synergy. Ultimately, we can all share information, both private and business, on our channels to further promote it. Surely we are in a much better position than before, because the line is active, we have the confidence of the airline, and now it is up to us to keep it. As Mr. Palalić points out, the line is of great importance for the entire Kvarner because it is connected with the whole world throughout the year.The summer flight season beginsSoon, more precisely on March 26.03.2018, XNUMX. The summer flight season begins at Rijeka Airport, and flight schedules have been announced. This is how flights to other European destinations start, Berlin on Saturdays, Hannover on Thursdays, Frankfurt on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Stockholm on Mondays and Fridays.This year, new airlines were introduced, such as to Hanover via Eurowings, Eindhoven via Transavia, Katowice via Small Planet Airlines and to Frankfurt via Condor. More on reduleting on the official web siteBy the way, Eurowings currently has almost 100 flights a week (one way) to Croatia, and in addition to Rijeka, the airline is flying this summer to other Croatian cities such as Dubrovnik, Osijek, Pula, Split, Zadar and Zagreb.Side dish: Ljetni red letenja – Zračna luka RijekaARRIVALS 2018 DEPARTURES 2018 Related news:JANUARY 15 PERCENT MORE PASSENGERS AT AIRPORTS
Bravo for the move of the city of Umag. The purpose of tourism is to focus the newly generated tourist spending on a better quality of life for the local population. For whom to develop tourism if not for the local economy and the local population, which must directly benefit from it. Also, as there are large crowds in the city during the summer months due to the arrival of tourists, the quality of life of the local population is much lower. For example, going to the store, post office, clinic and other primary needs of the local population is sometimes not a possible mission. That is why the decision of the city of Umag on free parking in the city center is extremely important and an excellent example of the direction in which tourism should be developed. Namely, as they point out from the city of Umag, from June 1, 2016, all citizens residing in the Umag area and a traffic permit issued by the Umag Police Station, use free and unlimited large parking on the coast, 365 days a year. However, as Umag, as well as its population in the center and settlements is rapidly developing and growing, another decision was made that will greatly delight the people of Umag and which definitely puts Umag on the list of rare cities that provide free parking in the city center. , at as many as 5 locations. Photo: Google maps Umag thus became the first city in Croatia to have an organized parking payment system, but also organized free parking for its citizens in the city center, at 5 locations. Citizens of the City of Umag, more precisely natural persons with permanent or permanent residence in the area of Umag, are entitled to free parking on the parking lot of Šetalište Vladimira Gortana (coast), Šetalište Vladimira Gortana – at the gas station, Ulica Ernesta Miloša, Ulica 154. brigade Hrvatske vojske (in the part not reserved for tenants of POS apartments) and in the parking lot in Ulica žrtava fašizma. To exercise the right to free parking, you need proof of residence or permanent residence in the City of Umag and a valid traffic license for a personal vehicle in your possession. Find out how to get an e-vignette for free parking here After the introduction of a new and modern parking payment system “ParkWallet” in early June, which allows parking from a smartphone with a credit card, the City of Umag at a recent session of the City Council provided all its citizens with free use of four large parking lots. makes 5 free parking spaces in the city center.
The reduced ticket price for pupils, students, pensioners and children older than six (6) years with a 50% discount will be HRK 5,00, while the regular price is HRK 10,00. Photo: Kristijan Toplak, Virovitica-Podravina County The Petar Preradović House Interpretation Center responded to the invitation to participate in the new action ‘A week worth of vacation’ organized by the Ministry of Tourism in cooperation with the Croatian National Tourist Board. The reduced price with a 50% discount for a group of at least 10 people will be HRK 10,00, while the regular ticket price is HRK 20,00. Adults will also have a 50% discount on tickets, and an individual ticket will amount to HRK 15,00, while the regular ticket price is HRK 30,00. By participating in the new campaign ‘Vacation Week Worth’, they are announcing a 50% discount on all tickets for a visit to the Petar Preradović House Interpretation Center in the week from 10 to 19 April 2020. Family ticket prices will also be at a 50% discount and will amount to HRK 25,00 (2 adults + 1 child) while the regular price is HRK 50,00, HRK 30,00 (2 adults + 2 children) and the regular price is 60,00 .35,00 kn, and 2 kn (3 adults + 70,00 and more children) instead of the regular price of XNUMX kn.
Will that be a mistake? I’m afraid he will, not only now in this situation, but we are generally neglecting the potential of the home guest. The domestic guest must be a base for fasting and before the season, and especially for continental and rural tourism. This could be seen in the crowds at NP Krka and NP Plitvice last week. As I was just studying how to communicate, I was thrilled by the main tourist website of Slovenian tourism – www.slovenia.info. I did something similar with the Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County, where local ambassadors from the destination tell their story and invite us to visit them. It is this human story, the emotion that has the greatest value, and that is why it is always often best to use local people with stories rather than actors in tourism communication. They did the same in Bol with theirs Bol stories, or the Zagreb County Tourist Board in the campaign “Vacation never closer”Where local winemakers invited everyone to visit them on their doorstep. Also, as did some tour guides, who told their local destination stories this time around. It is to our dear neighbors that we will open a series of articles on how other destinations communicate at this time to domestic tourists. On the other hand, unfortunately, the campaign for domestic tourists has not yet started in Croatia. The domestic guest must be a base for fasting and before the season, and especially for continental and rural tourism Region branding – 4 regions The website is modern, simple, “drinkable”, informative with all the useful information and interesting stories about why to visit Slovenia. Also, communication is focused on three main menus. What to do – segmented by motives of arrival (from gastronomy, active vacation to culture), which destinations to visit – branding of regions has certainly facilitated communication about this segment and how to get to Slovenia, ie. how to plan a trip. Speaking of the topic of the promotional film, watch the video with which the Slovenian Tourist Board communicated at the time of communication #stay home, travel later There is even a segmented offer of accommodation for the planned, cyclists as well as for eco accommodation. And when we open one of the offered categories, a new story starts, targeted only for that type of tourists. Basically, as you research the website, new stories are revealed, and it is clear that the whole project has a guiding thread and logic. Although the website looks simple, it is clear that it is a page with a lot of content that is cleverly positioned. In any case, we can learn a lot from Slovenia. Although this analysis only superficially scratched the topic, the fact is that Slovenia has done much more to activate the domestic guest, while we are still waiting. Croatia continues to neglect the development and potential of the domestic guest #mojaslovenija But we don’t even have a created habit, especially for continental and rural tourism, when we talk about a domestic guest. This crisis has just created an opportunity that rural and continental tourism could not even dream of, because it has created a great demand for just such content, as well as weekend travel. But now it is necessary to position itself and offer an almost tourist product. Like everything, one needs to engage in development, encourage and create a habit for domestic travel, and certainly how Cro cards can play one important role in the future. But again, not as a stand-alone project, but through a broader platform for activating the domestic market. After the initial campaign, on the Youtube channel of the Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenian ambassadors of tourism joined in through short videos, inviting everyone to spend their summers in Slovenia through the story. So far, 46 video stories have been published. A couple of years ago, more precisely in 2017, Slovenia created a new tourism development strategy, and the basis of the same is the branding of Slovenia as a green, active and healthy destination or green boutique destination. Branding regions is imperative today. While in Croatia it had 306 tourist boards, as many destinations that each develop their own vision and tourism strategy. The number of TZs is not even a problem, it is less important – the main issue is efficiency, synergy and branding the regions outwards. How we brand ourselves as a destination for tourists. Slovenia.info website Everything that is one-time is one-time and effect. In Croatia, we often publish a video and call it a campaign. No, that is very far from the campaign. The campaign must have a rounded and meaningful story. It’s like creating a new website and then no one is filling the content on it. So, let’s make a great concept, but we fall for the realization and elaboration of the same. We have a story, but we don’t have a product. Of course honor with positive examples. This is the announcement of a motivational campaign. “Now is the time. My Slovenia”Which started two weeks ago, and which aims to promote and activate the people of Slovenia to spend a weekend or vacation in Slovenia. A rounded story must be imperative Vouchers with which Slovenia wants to encourage spending in tourism will cost the state budget 345 million euros, will be issued in electronic form and will be available from June 1. Vouchers will be able to be used to pay for bed or bed and breakfast. Interestingly, one also important detail. When you click book, say on Terme Krka (above in the picture, the first offer on the right) a link opens, but not on the home page of Terme Krka, but on the page for direct booing, as can be seen below in the picture. All we have left is A or action. “Providing a safe and at the same time quality experience in a sustainable destination that Slovenia can offer to its guests is of key importance for encouraging domestic guests to spend their holidays at home.”Point out the Slovenian Tourist Board. The basis of the new strategy is the branding of Slovenia through 4 regions, which each tells its own story and has its own characteristics. A combination of four European geographical areas: the Alps, the Mediterranean, Pannonia and the Karst. By the way, Slovenia has already made excellent use of the name of its country and incorporated it into the slogan I Feel sLOVEnia, purely to point out a good example of branding. “There comes a time when the most important journeys take place in the home country … – points out Maja Pak, director of the Slovenian Tourist Board on Linkedin. The campaign is being implemented in cooperation with many partners: the tourism industry, destinations, key Slovenian tourism institutions, associations, influential individuals, the media and other institutions. In the case of Slovenia, the campaign video is just the beginning of the story. Of course, one should be aware that a domestic guest generally does not have as much financial power due to low salaries. When we talk about price policy, the market is always the best regulator, which can be seen at current prices, both hotel and private accommodation, where prices are on average at a flat rate estimated at about 20-30%. Now is the time. My Slovenia According to Slovenian media, it is estimated that with this form of domestic tourist spending, with 345 million “vouchers” donated by the state, citizens will spend an additional 172 million euros. Personally, I think that the additional consumption of citizens will be much higher. Vouchers are certainly a great move, because it directly creates domestic consumption and thus drives the economy. Direct reservation The so-called tourist vouchers are part of a new government aid package following the end of the corona virus epidemic and will be given to them svi adult citizens in the amount of 200 euros, children in the amount of 50 euros, and will be able to use it by the end of the year at the latest. In fact, not only is it possible, but thanks to digitalization we can make a direct booking on one page, in this case through our main tourist page www.croatia.hr, in order to further speed up the whole process. It was on this topic that we discussed at 3. Loud Thinking where the topic was just now Smart tourism. The guest wants to buy a product now and now, and as the money will be distributed later, he is not interested, it is a matter of back-end and internal agreement. Technology makes it very easy for us. It is always necessary to look at how to speed up and reduce the steps, because today it is more difficult than ever to get attention and keep it. Because the more steps (clicks) it takes to make a final purchase, in this case a booking, the fewer users go to the last step. In Croatia, on the other hand, Cro cards will be launched from June 01 or today, at least that was announced by MINT, while we are still waiting for the activation of the domestic guest. I honestly don’t know what to expect. To boost the local economy and consumption, Slovenia has decided to introduce vouchers for domestic tourists. A great upgrade to the whole story about the promotion of a domestic guest in Slovenia. As it was announced, as the measures are relaxed, the economy is opened, so is the mission of reviving local economies. One of the first “measures” is certainly to keep its citizens traveling within their country. Thus all states began to communicate the narrative that citizens buy and travel locally. The goal is, of course, to start the local economy after this health and economic crisis (which is yet to come). The fact is that we are neglecting the domestic guest again. Especially in the pre- and post-season. Campaigns for domestic tourists have already started in Germany, Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Austria went a step further, and exclusively by political decision, which is not according to the rules and in the spirit of the EU, it decided to open up to Germany, but not to “let” its citizens spend their summers outside their country. Namely, the rule still applies that on their return, the Austrians have to isolate themselves, which of course no one wants and directly harms Croatia. However, until June 15.06, when “Day D” is for the tourism sector because most of the borders are opening, I believe that the pressure of the EU as well as Croatia will bear fruit and the Austrian market will open. Take, for example, Zagorje, which in addition to the county tourist board, has 9 other local tourist boards. In addition, there are “brands” such as the Heart of Zagorje and the Pearl of Zagorje (unfortunately it is not about sub-brands). Now, it is not the number of tourist boards that is important, but branding and development to the outside. Isn’t it logical and natural that Zagorje is one destination and brand? Which would then mean a coordinated strategy and vision of development, communication and a website. And yet how are we talking about a continental destination, where TZs have less fin. budget for all, each for himself developed some tourism of his own. Which is insane and totally out of all market rules. And that’s where we fall. We are falling on market development. But this is certainly a broad topic, which we will discuss in more detail on another occasion. The CNTB launched a global campaign for key foreign markets, but not for the Croatian market. As for Cro cards, they were not intended as a measure to help tourism in an emergency situation, so this measure should not be seen as such. But as the whole project was ready, MINT decided to go with it. Unfortunately, at the moment, it will not have any impact on the market, because it is certain that in the private sector, where jobs and business will be saved, they will not pay money to Crokartica. But on the other hand, the public sector could generate some spending, which is again a political decision. Certainly the efficiency of the whole project should be looked at over a longer period, not through this year, where nothing is normal. Also, if we get the attention of the user and he wants to buy some product / content, which is the most difficult, especially today when the noise in communication is extremely large, not to give him the option to buy the product immediately. Everything falls into the water, which is a shame. Watch the videos of the Slovenian ambassadors HERE 200 euro vouchers for everyone On one occasion, I asked an expert meeting why the CNTB could not offer the option of direct booking through its website, otherwise the main promotional channel of our tourism, as well as other promotional articles, in the context of directly leading to booking accommodation. To my question, colleagues from the system of tourist boards rejected the idea, because it is not the job of the CNTB and it is not done that way. But, interestingly, this is exactly what the Slovenian Tourist Board does, which is logical. Because if we do a promotion through a native article, and using the marketing AIDA model (Attention, Interest, Desire and Action.), And we manage to get A and I and D, we are missing the last and most important step – and that is buying or booking. If we do not offer this option, then we are only extending the steps and the time the user must take to make a booking. And that’s where the whole story falls. Either people have to look for additional info on their own, where they waste time and have a lot more steps to get to the reservation, or people just forget because something has distracted them.
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