Joe Biden wins Minnesota

first_imgThe Trump campaign really, really wanted Minnesota, one of Trump’s narrowest 2016 losses. So much for that. After leading in Minnesota polls, Joe Biden has won the state’s 10 electoral votes.- Advertisement –last_img

Jason Momoa ‘Didn’t Know’ How to Be Dad, Grew Up Without One

first_imgSelf-taught. Jason Momoa initially struggled to raise his 11-year-old son, Nakoa-Wolf, after growing up without a father at home.“I didn’t know what it takes to be a dad,” the actor, 41, told InStyle on Tuesday, November 10. “And I don’t want to just tell my son, ‘Because I said so.’ I really want to connect, and I want him to be vulnerable and open.”- Advertisement – The Game of Thrones alum, who also shares daughter Lola, 13, with Lisa Bonet, went on to say that he also had a difficult time raising his two children after his character was cut from the HBO show.Jason Momoa How to Be a Dad Pink SuitJason Momoa Broadimage/Shutterstock“I mean, we were starving after Game of Thrones,” the Hawaii native explained. “I couldn’t get work. It’s very challenging when you have babies and you’re completely in debt.”He and Bonet, 52, welcomed their daughter and son in 2007 and 2008, respectively. The Cosby Show alum is also the mother of daughter Zoë Kravitz with her ex-husband, Lenny Kravitz.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Momoa spoke about the New York native during the aforementioned Saturday Night Live appearance, calling Lenny his “brother.”Bonet gushed in March 2018 about how “fantastic” her blended family is, telling Net-a-Porter: “It’s full on family love.”Jason Momoa How to Be a Dad Children Lisa BonetJason Momoa and Lisa Bonet AFF-USA/ShutterstockThe Emmy nominee never wanted to burden Zoë with their 1993 split, she added at the time. “I didn’t want to pass on those heirlooms, and this fresh wound of a divorce,” Bonet said. “I think there are probably times when these thresholds can either sink you, or you can see who you are and rise and dust yourself off.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Momoa has a close relationship with his 31-year-old stepdaughter, the High Fidelity alum told Rolling Stone in 2018. Zoë first met the Aquaman star in high school, and he joined her and her friends in drinking 40s at the time. Momoa now calls the actress “Zozobear.”Jason Momoa How to Be a Dad ChildrenJason Momoa Courtesy of Jason Momoa/InstagramThe Baywatch Hawaii alum also has a tight bond with Lenny, 56. “I’m a huge fan of the artists I meet on Instagram love spreading the aloha,” Momoa captioned a December 2018 photo of himself and the “Low” singer rocking matching rings. “I got @lennykravitz a present made by @leroyswoodentattoos amazing bone skull ring. Check him out insta. Mahalo Lenny for coming to support me on @nbcsnl aloha.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Coronavirus: The Russian provinces buckling under Covid-19

first_imgCovid-19 infection rates are now surging again in Russia and this time the poorer provinces are being hit the hardest. In northern regions like Arkhangelsk patients have been forced to sleep on benches and in corridors and ambulance crews are overwhelmed. Health workers in Russia are usually wary of sounding critical, but now they are reaching breaking point and are speaking out about their challenges. BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford headed north to meet them.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

Biden should choose new disarmament agenda—starting with the Mine Ban Treaty

first_imgAt Daily Kos on this date in 2017—Donald Trump says he believes Putin about election, says US intelligence full of ‘political hacks’:Though the White House yesterday announced that there was no scheduled meeting between Trump and Putin, the Kremlin disagreed. And one of them was right. In fact, Donald Trump is convinced that the Kremlin is always right,Trump said he took Putin at his word that Russia did not seek to interfere in the US presidential election last year, despite a finding from US intelligence agencies that it did. …“He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew from Da Nang to Hanoi in Vietnam. Trump spoke to Putin three times on the sidelines of summit here, where the Russia meddling issue arose.They were just short meetings. Just long enough for Trump to assure Putin that they were simpático. Just long enough for Trump to give his position on US intelligence officials. THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGThe Myth of the Latino Vote and What Newsrooms Must Learn From 2020, by Perla Trevizo. This election once again showed the need for more distinct voices in newsrooms. ProPublica and Texas Tribune reporter Perla Trevizo explains why newsrooms must comprise and engage the communities they cover — and not just before an election. How the Trumps Helped Anti-Vaxxers Spread Lies About the COVID Vaccine, by David Gilbert. Trumpworld figures, including the president, supercharged anti-vaxx disinformation. Final Reckoning: The 50 Most Disgraceful People of the Trump Administration, by David Halperin. We’re avoiding all the awful outside allies and toadies, from Sean Hannity to Lil Wayne, Jerry Falwell Jr. to James O’Keefe, the late Bob Murray to Vladimir Putin to Diamond and Silk. We focus on the people paid by taxpayers (and Trump campaign donors) to destroy the country and the planet. Plus, of course, Rudy Giuliani. TOP COMMENTS • RESCUED DIARIESQUOTATION“All across our planet, crucial connections are being disrupted. The stability that we and all life relies upon is being lost. What we do in the next 20 years will determine the figure for all life on Earth.”           ~~Sir David Attenborough, “Our Planet,” 2019TWEET OF THE DAYx BLAST FROM THE PAST- Advertisement – Biden can start with the Mine Ban Treaty. Early this year, the Trump administration revised U.S. antipersonnel landmine policy to consider using those weapons anywhere in the world. As a candidate, Biden indicated he would return to the earlier Obama-Biden approach, which instead set the goal of eventual U.S. accession to the treaty. […]Biden can start with the Mine Ban Treaty. Early this year, the Trump administration revised U.S. antipersonnel landmine policy to consider using those weapons anywhere in the world. As a candidate, Biden indicated he would return to the earlier Obama-Biden approach, which instead set the goal of eventual U.S. accession to the treaty. […]Similarly, a total of 110 countries—among them the vast majority of our NATO allies—are now party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which bans these namesake weapons that are currently used to international outcry in harming civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh. The last significant U.S. use of cluster munitions was in 2003 (aside from a single attack in 2009). It’s time to recognize these too have no place in our arsenal. […] – Advertisement –last_img read more

Nanoleaf Essentials smart lighting basics is a collection of bulbs and lightstrips » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The Nanoleaf Essentials smart lighting basics collection includes the A19 Bulb, 80″ Lightstrip, and 40″ Lightstrip. Each of these gadgets delivers more than 16 million different colors and tunable white hues. If you haven’t yet ventured into the world of smart lighting, this series is a great introduction. You’ll love the rich, vibrant colors you can light any room in your home with. Using Thread technology, a step up from Bluetooth the devices in the Nanoleaf Essentials series won’t drop their connection. And they’ll work with your Apple HomePod or another hub so you don’t have to have yet another device in your home. Wake yourself up in the morning with a warm white light, game with a deep green hue, and go to sleep with a comforting amber glow. You can even use customized schedules or circadian lighting that works with your internal clock.last_img read more

Trump’s legal battles: How six cases may play out

first_imgOne clause requires all federal officials, including the president, to seek the consent of Congress before accepting any benefits from foreign states. What we know: It’s a “political hit job”, a Trump Organization lawyer said of Mr Vance’s inquiry in August 2019. Ms Carroll v Mr Trump seemed straightforward enough until September, when the US Department of Justice weighed in. What might happen next: The White House said Ms Trump’s book was full of “falsehoods”, but Mr Trump is yet to reply to the lawsuit. So what does this have to do with Mr Trump? Cohen’s testimony gave Ms James grounds to seek information about Mr Trump’s property empire. Like Mr Vance, Ms James has had to fight for that information in the courts. media captionTrump describes allegations he avoided taxes as “fake news” What might happen next: Mr Trump is expected to appeal against the demand to hand over his tax returns in the Supreme Court. There, the matter may be settled. Civil investigations like this can result in financial penalties, if evidence of wrongdoing is found. If it is, another criminal inquiry cannot be ruled out. Karen McDougal

Communicating to Americans living aboard

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – For some 2 million Americans registered with 260 embassies or consulates abroad, the US government says its Web site ( is designed to provide the latest information on avian and pandemic influenza.The site was referenced in the Dec 18 report “National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan: Summary of Progress,” which summarizes what federal agencies are doing to prepare for a pandemic.According to the report, the US Department of State (DOS) and Department of Health and Human Services , with other agencies, were in charge of implementing programs to inform US citizens, including businesses, NGO personnel, Department of Defense Personnel, and military family members residing and traveling abroad, “where they may obtain accurate timely information, including risk level assessments, to enable them to make informed decisions and take appropriate personal measures.”William Armbruster, spokesman for the science bureau at the DOS, said that during meetings with ambassadors or visitors from other agencies over the past year, Americans living abroad have been encouraged to use the site.Although the host government may give out information about the pandemic, he said, anyone overseas who doesn’t read or speak the national language can use the site. Having one main source of authoritative information will prevent confusion and panic, he added.And what will happen if the Internet is not working?Armbruster said that while the power may go down in one part of a country, people living in another part can still access information. Additionally, each country has a “warden net,” an embassy-controlled communication network designed to get information to Americans who have registered and are living in that country.The system is tailored to each area and includes calling people, making announcements in the media, and in some cases, driving out to individual homes. Embassies may also call town hall meetings, assuming the government has not banned public gatheringsSee the full list of pandemic planning actions at from the Editor-in-Chief:A significant number of the Americans living overseas are employees or family members of employees of international companies. Their need to have clear and predetermined plans and communication strategies for responding to changes in the pandemic threat was really brought home to me in late May. I was speaking at a meeting on pandemic influenza and business preparedness in New York City. A number of the Fortune 100 companies were represented at the meeting by their senior business continuity and security personnel. At that time the media was reporting on an emerging cluster of H5N1 cases among an extended family in Sumatra. It appeared at the time—and was later confirmed by the WHO—that 3 generations of person-to-person transmission of H5N1 virus had been documented. Rumors spread widely that the WHO was about to raise the pandemic alert level from Phase 3 to Phase 4. I asked for a show of hands how many of the companies had specific action steps in their pandemic response plans should the WHO elevate the status to Phase 4. To my surprise many companies did. I still have not figured out what the difference means from a pandemic risk perspective of such a change—and I don’t think the WHO knows either. When I asked what the various companies would do, I was shocked to learn that many of them had plans to evacuate their ex-pats out of Asia (and only Asia) and bring them back to the US. It was evidentthat there was no clear understanding of what the possible change in pandemic phases really meant for the health and safety of their employees or their family member or even the reason for evacuating them from Asia. The takeaway message for me from this story is that having an effective way to communicate with employees based around the world is important. Knowing what to communicate is even more critical. We still have lots of work to do on that latter point. —Michael Osterholmlast_img read more

Study sheds light on lethality of 1918 flu virus

first_imgJan 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A virus recovered from victims of the 1918 influenza pandemic kills by replicating so rapidly that it revs the immune system into overdrive, turning the body against itself, a team of scientists report in today’s issue of the journal Nature.The finding, from a small study done in cynomolgus macaque monkeys, appears to confirm historical accounts of the 1918 pandemic that describe victims drowning from within as their lungs filled with blood and fluid.And it may offer a starting place for interventions against future pandemics, because avian influenza H5N1, the viral strain currently considered the most substantial pandemic threat, causes a similar intense immune reaction in human victims.H5N1 “appears to do this in a way that is quite similar to the 1918 virus, ” Darwyn Kobasa of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiological Laboratory, the paper’s first author, said in a media briefing before the paper’s release. “So we think a greater understanding of the viruses that cause pandemics will help us predict what might be expected and how to plan to use our knowledge and resources to reduce the impact of a new pandemic.”The study, led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, used a virus that was reassembled in 2005 out of fragments recovered from the tissues of 1918 victims and now is held in only two high-security biosafety level 4 laboratories: the Canadian lab in Winnipeg and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.The researchers compared clinical course, pathology, and genomic analyses for seven monkeys experimentally infected with high doses of the 1918 virus and three monkeys infected with a modern virus from the same H1N1 family as the 1918 strain.Monkeys from both groups were euthanized on the third and sixth days after infection for analysis. The scientists had planned to let the experiment run for 21 days, but the 1918-infected monkeys were so gravely ill that they had to be euthanized at day 8.Pathologic analysis revealed that the lungs of the 1918-infected group, but not the modern-virus group, were filled with blood and watery fluid and had widespread tissue destruction. Viral isolation from the tissues showed that the 1918 virus kept replicating throughout the monkeys’ respiratory systems until they were put to death—unlike the modern virus, which the last monkey from the modern-virus group largely cleared from its system.And analyses of gene expression in bronchial tissues from both sets of monkeys uncovered striking differences in the reactions of the monkeys’ immune systems. The macaques that received the conventional virus spiked an immune response after three days, but that response faded by day 6 as healing began. The 1918-infected group, on the other hand, experienced an initially muted immune response that grew progressively stronger and never abated.”There was an uncontrolled or aberrant inflammatory response,” co-author Michael Katze of the University of Washington, Seattle, said in the media briefing. As in case reports from 1918, he said, “instead of protecting the individuals that were infected with the highly pathogenic virus, the immune response is actually contributing to the lethality of the virus.”That over-revved reaction, commonly called a “cytokine storm” after overproduction of one type of immune-system proteins, was recorded last fall in mice experimentally infected with the same recovered 1918 virus, by a team that included some of the authors of today’s paper.Kawaoka, who was not an author on the mouse study, told reporters it was important to repeat the work in nonhuman primates because organisms that are lethal to mice in the laboratory often show lesser effects on larger animals.An uncontrolled immune system reaction has been hypothesized as the cause of death for 1918 victims, who were described in autopsy accounts as having lungs that resembled sodden sponges, and it has been identified in several deaths from H5N1 in Vietnam.But it also has suggested a possible defense strategy if a pandemic begins — something dearly sought by public health planners, who acknowledge that vaccines cannot be produced quickly and antivirals will be in short supply.On the basis of their findings, the authors of today’s article recommend additional research into drugs that damp down the immune-system response triggered by the 1918 virus. “One can image that first-responders, the people on the front lines in the hospital, could perhaps be treated with a combination of drugs—let’s say an antiviral drug like Tamiflu and drugs that already exist which may control that inflammatory response,” Katze said in the briefing.One possible pharmaceutical defense strategy hinges on statins, a class of drugs used against cardiovascular disease that target the same inflammatory response observed in the flu studies. Several studies have found that patients who are taking statins experience less sepsis and bacteremia.And a forthcoming article in the journal Critical Care Medicine follows a group of 11,400 patients with atherosclerotic disease, half of whom were taking statins, and finds that statin use cut the risk of death from infections—mostly pneumonia—by two thirds.”This is a clinical and epidemiologic signal of protection that we ought to pay attention to, that statins are beneficial in serious infectious disease syndromes that are associated with elevated levels of proinflammatory cytokines,” David Fedson, a former professor of medicine and pharmaceutical researcher who recommended exploring statins as a defense against a pandemic in a 2006 article in Clinical Infectious Diseases, said in an interview.Unlike pandemic vaccine, he said, statins can be produced in advance—and unlike the antivirals used against flu, they are widely produced around the world in generic format, and therefore both abundant and cheap.But interventions that affect the immune system should be approached with caution until further research is conducted, said Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.”The immune wiring of the human body is so complicated that what might appear at the outset to be an obvious way of dampening the immune system may have unseen complications,” he said.And distributing even inexpensive, widely available drugs may be impractical, he added, given the social and economic disruption that a pandemic would cause: “Given our lack of surge capacity, and the fact that the vast majority of pharmaceutical products we use in this country today are produced offshore, I have no sense those drugs would really be available.”Kobasa D, Jones S, Shinya K, et al. Aberrant innate immune response in lethal infection of macaques with the 1918 influenza virus. (Letter) Nature 2007 Jan 18;445 [Full text]last_img read more

Valamar Riviera named the best major exporter in 2017

first_imgCroatian Exporters Association as part of the 13th Convention of Croatian Exporters organized under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Croatia Valamar Riviera awarded the “Golden Key” in the category The best big exporter in 2017.Interestingly, Valamar won this award in strong competition with Končar-energetski transformatori doo and Pliva Hrvatska doo Valamar is the only company from the tourism sector to be awarded the “Golden Key” award and the only tourism company that has been among the prestigious nominated companies since 2014. from the Croatian economic sector.”It is my great honor and pleasure to receive the Golden Key Award on behalf of Valamar Riviera. The tourism sector is the largest exporter in the Croatian economy, and Valamar Riviera, as the largest company in tourism, generated as much as HRK 2017 billion in sales revenue abroad in 1,6. Therefore, it is extremely important for tourism to have competitive business conditions for the global market when we talk about fiscal policy, labor market and exchange rate stability. Today, Valamar Riviera is among the ten largest companies in Croatia in terms of market capitalization. The Golden Key award goes to the rank of the highest recognitions for the achievements of our company.”Said Marko Čižmek, a member of the Valamar Management Board.Valamar Riviera is the leading tourist company in Croatia, which can accommodate more than 33 guests a day in its 15 hotels and resorts and 56.000 camping resorts in six destinations from Istria and Kvarner to Dubrovnik. Valamar is the leading investor in Croatia with more than HRK 4 billion invested in the tourism portfolio, and this year alone more than HRK 700 million has been invested. In 2018, the company created more than 600 new jobs and employs about 6.600 employees.Related news: VALAMAR PRESENTS NEW BRAND STRATEGY “ALL YOU CAN HOLIDAY”last_img read more

Andjelko Leko passed away

first_imgA well-known Croatian hotelier, 85-year-old Anđelko Leko, died on Thursday in Zagreb, reports Vecernji list.The longtime director of the HUP hotel, whose portfolio also includes the Westin and Sheraton hotels in Zagreb, recently sold his majority stake to the Adris group and announced his retirement from the business he had been in since 1959 as a young waiter at the Ilica Brewery.last_img