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Markets like the idea that there may not be a ‘blue wave’: Scaramucci


first_img– Advertisement – Markets had priced in expectations for a “blue wave” in which Democrats would sweep the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives.Ahead of the election this week, Democrats were hoping to retain control of the House and edge out the Republicans for a majority in the Senate. NBC News has projected that Democrats will keep their House majority, but Republicans — which are slightly ahead in the Senate race — look likely to win control of the upper chamber. Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital II LLC, speaks during the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) Toronto Global Forum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 6, 2019.Cole Burston | Bloomberg | Getty Images “That sort of mixture of government will slow things down from a tax policy point of view … I suspect that they will pass a pretty big stimulus and infrastructure bill, which will hopefully boost the economy both here in the United States and around the world,” Scaramucci said.- Advertisement – Scaramucci, who served briefly under U.S. President Donald Trump, said he believes Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will win the election — which will be “very good news for the world.”“The markets are reacting very favorably to that as well. It will mean a return to a level of normalcy, less … tweeting, less sort of nonsense borne from impetuosity. And I’m very happy about it personally,” he said.The presidential race remains too close to call as officials continue to count the ballots, but Biden is leading with 253 electoral votes, according to NBC News.center_img – Advertisement – Investors appear happy that there may not be a “blue wave” outcome in the U.S. elections, as seen in the rally in world markets, said Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge fund investor and former White House communications director.U.S. stock futures rose on Thursday following a positive session on Wednesday. Asian markets rallied in Thursday trade, while European markets also climbed higher.“I think the markets do like the notion that there wasn’t a ‘blue wave,’” Scaramucci, founder and co-managing partner of Skybridge Capital, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble and Matthew Taylor on Thursday.- Advertisement – But Scaramucci acknowledged that Trump has a hold on a big number of voters, especially working-class families who are struggling to move up the social ladder.“There’s distress in the system, there’s a very large part of the American public that frankly, is not doing well,” he said. “They are attached to the president. He represents them, he’s an avatar for their anger.”He said that these people want to feel better and that they have upward mobility within the American society. If that can happen, “you’ll see a die off of populism and nationalism,” he added.‘Thrown in the garbage’Separately, Scaramucci said modern era polling has to be “thrown in the garbage.”“The indictment there is related to their methodology,” he said. “Frankly, they’re probably interviewing too many people in a closed circuit that are Democrats.”Ahead of Election Day, most polls found Trump trailing Biden by 10 points or more. The race turned out to be much closer, with Trump receiving 48% of votes and Biden getting 50.5% so far, according to NBC News.Scaramucci said one pollster told him they need to “branch out and find more Republicans, and make sure the Republicans are speaking honestly to us.”“One of the phenomena of the Trump era (is that) there are many Trump supporters that, due to the social stigma of supporting him, perhaps were lying in the polls,” he said. “But yes, the methodology of these polls, the modern era of polling has to be thrown in the garbage.”last_img read more


Trump doing what he does best, filing nuisance lawsuits right and left to cling to presidency


first_imgThey’ve got another one in Pennsylvania, apart from the suit they’ve filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, that’s just a nuisance suit to gum up the works. They wanted their observers to have “closer observation” in Philadelphia’s canvassing center than the 6 feet ordered by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. They appealed that 6 feet of distancing but were denied. They can’t try to infect the vote counters by standing closer than 6 feet to them. They have a second request at the Commonwealth Court asking “officials to segregate/preserve ballots that were already canvassed so they could check to make sure they complied with election law.” The court didn’t address that in its order. As Mark Sumner noted, the campaign made the most of that order so that their observers can continue to observe. From 6 feet away. As if that was … something.The campaign is also filing a federal suit in Nevada to stop the counting, alleging voter irregularities including dead voters and non-residents. Pressed by local reporters and by NBC’s Jacob Soboroff for any evidence at all of thousands of fraudulent ballots being cast in Nevada, former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, who was acting as a Trump surrogate, refused to answer. They say they’ll show their evidence later in the day, when they formally file. So right now you can imagine a whole bunch of Nevada Republicans desperately trying to manufacture “evidence.”- Advertisement – Speaking of baseless suits: x Thursday, Nov 5, 2020 · 6:21:43 PM +00:00 ·Joan McCarter – Advertisement –center_img The Trump campaign has been threatening to try to halt vote counting in Michigan, to initiate a recount in Wisconsin, and even more challenges in Pennsylvania where as of Wednesday there were something like six Republican suits. As of now, there’s not a single case that has merit or that should be taken seriously coming from Trump. That is something that the U.S. Supreme Court should think about seriously if they’re really considering coming to his rescue. He’s basically being laughed out of every lower court he goes to.Meanwhile, the Biden campaign is taking it all in stride. “We’re winning the election, we’ve won the election, and we’re going to defend that election,” Bob Bauer, one of the Biden campaign’s top attorneys, told reporters Wednesday. “So we don’t have to do anything but protect the rights of voters and to stand up for the democratic process.” – Advertisement –last_img read more


9 Things the Biden Administration Could Do Quickly on the Environment


first_img2. Convene global leadersMr. Biden has said he intends to assemble a “climate world summit” to press leaders of the big industrial nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions more aggressively.3. Reverse energy rollbacks- Advertisement – Expect the Biden administration to immediately rescind a large number of President Trump’s executive orders on energy, particularly a March 2017 order calling on every federal agency to dismantle their climate policies. Several experts said he is likely to replace it with one declaring his administration’s intention to cut greenhouse gases and instructing all government agencies to look for ways to do so.4. Make climate part of coronavirus reliefThe Biden administration will very likely push to include clean energy provisions in any new economic stimulus measures Congress considers. That could include things like research and development funding for clean energy, money for states to continue their renewable energy expansion, and an extension of tax credits for renewable energy industries.5. Sign executive orders to cut emissionsDeveloping and finalizing new regulations will take time, and, if challenged, they may ultimately be struck down by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. But Mr. Biden has indicated that, early in his administration, he will sign executive orders instructing agencies to develop new methane limits for oil and gas wells, to reinstate and strengthen fuel economy standards, and to tighten efficiency standards for appliances and buildings.6. Create new financial regulations- Advertisement – 7. Revise rules on fossil fuel productionMr. Biden is expected to cancel a 2017 executive order to lift restrictions on offshore energy exploration and production. He also could stop the Trump administration’s expedited reviews of pipelines and other fossil fuel projects.8. Prioritize environmental justiceMr. Biden has made addressing the effects of pollution and global warming in low-income communities a central element of his climate plan. In the near term, a Biden administration could create an environmental justice advisory board to coordinate policies across agencies and take concrete steps like increasing pollution monitoring in vulnerable communities and creating mapping tools to better understand disparities.9. Restore wildlife areasMr. Biden has pledged to take “immediate steps to reverse the Trump assault on America’s national treasures” including major cuts in 2017 to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, as well as opening parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. He has said on the first day of his administration he will sign an executive order to conserve 30 percent of United States land and waters by 2030. WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. campaigned on the most ambitious climate platform of any presidential candidate in history, promising to spend $2 trillion over four years to draw down planet-warming fossil fuel emissions and convert much of the nation to clean energy.The possibility that the Senate could remain under the control of Republicans, who have generally opposed climate legislation, puts a damper on some of his biggest-ticket plans. But with or without Democratic control of the Senate, the first 100 days of the Biden administration are likely to see a flurry of executive actions addressing climate change, as well as a major push to insert clean energy provisions into legislation that could pass with a bipartisan coalition.- Advertisement – Here are nine things a Mr. Biden may do early on to put the United States back on a path to addressing climate change.1. Rejoin the Paris AgreementMr. Biden has pledged throughout the campaign, and again this week, that on the day he takes office he will recommit the United States to the global agreement on climate change. That would only require a letter to the United Nations and would take effect 30 days later. Mr. Biden has also said he will, on the first day of his administration, sign an executive order requiring public companies to disclose climate change-related financial risks and greenhouse gas emissions in their operations. – Advertisement –last_img read more


Deaths raise Indonesia’s H5N1 fatality count to 97


first_imgJan 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry said today that an 8-year-old boy died of H5N1 avian influenza, the same day the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a 16-year-old Indonesian girl—previously confirmed one of the country’s H5N1 case-patients—died of the disease.The boy, who was from Tangerang, a suburb just west of Jakarta, died today after one day of treatment in the hospital, the ministry said in an e-mail statement, according to a Reuters report. If the boy’s illness and death are confirmed by the WHO he will be listed as Indonesia’s 119th case-patient and its 97th H5N1 fatality.He had a fever and was first diagnosed as having dengue by doctors at a local hospital, the boy’s father told an Indonesian news Web site, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. After the doctors determined the boy had the H5N1 virus, he was transferred to a hospital in Jakarta where he died a few hours later, the AFP report said.Sudhara Ningrum, of Indonesia’s bird flu center, told AFP that chickens had died suddenly near the boy’s house, but officials have not received a report on whether samples from the birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The health ministry said that the boy’s neighbor ran a chicken slaughterhouse and that it was investigating the source of the boy’s illness, according to Reuters.Also today, the WHO released a statement confirming the H5N1 death of a 16-year-old girl from Bekasi, another suburb of Jakarta. The girl died on Jan 15, the WHO reported. She was previously listed as Indonesia’s 117th case-patient, and her death has now been recorded as the country’s 96th fatality.The girl got sick on Dec 30 and was hospitalized 5 days later, according to previous reports. Chickens in her neighborhood had reportedly died 2 weeks before she became ill.Several of Indonesia’s recent H5N1 case-patients and deaths are from suburbs of Jakarta. The 8-year-old boy is the seventh person from the Jakarta suburb of Tangerang to die of the disease since October, according to the AFP report. Though health officials banned backyard poultry in Jakarta in early 2007, the rules and a plan for culling have been difficult to enforce.The girl and the boy are the second and third Indonesians to die of H5N1 infections in 2008. On Jan 14, the health ministry reported that a 32-year-old woman from Tangerang died of the disease on Jan 10.See also:Jan 18 WHO statementJan 11 CIDRAP News story “Woman’s illness raises Indonesia’s H5N1 total to 117”last_img read more


Seven states report sporadic flu cases


first_imgOct 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In a sign that influenza season is approaching, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that a handful of states have seen sporadic flu cases and that the earliest signs suggest that this year’s vaccine is a good match for circulating strains. Reports from  US labs affiliated with the World Health Organization and the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System say that of 40 influenza viruses identified during September, 1 (2.5%) was an H1 virus, 4 (10%) were H3 viruses, 29 (72.5%) were nonsubtyped A viruses, and 6 (15%) were B viruses. “Based on the level of oseltamivir resistance in only one influenza subtype, H1N1, and the persisting high levels of resistance to the adamantanes in H3N2 viruses, CDC continues to recommend the use of oseltamivir and zanamivir for the treatment or prevention of influenza,” the report said. “Use of amantadine or rimantadine is not recommended.” For the week that ended Oct 4, the CDC said in an Oct 10 update that seven states reported sporadic seasonal influenza activity: California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, New York, and Wyoming. Forty-one other states reported no activity, and two—Montana and Washington—did not report. Over the summer months (May 18 through Sep 27), the CDC antigenically characterized a small number of influenza isolates, the report said. Of the six isolates, four were type A/H1, one was type A/H3, and one was type B. “All six viruses are antigenically similar to the components selected for the 2008-2009 influenza vaccine,” the CDC said. For the H1 component the vaccine strain is similar to A/Brisbane/59/2007, for the H3 component, A/Brisbane/10/2007, and for the B component, B/Florida/4/2006. Last year a number of countries, including the United States, reported increased resistance of H1N1 viruses to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The CDC said that since May 18 it has tested 10 isolates for antiviral resistance. It found that 2 of 6 H1N1 viruses showed resistance to oseltamivir, but no resistance was found in H3N2 and B viruses. All retained sensitivity to zanamivir (Relenza), the other neuraminidase inhibitor. Of six type A viruses tested for resistance to the older flu drugs known as adamantanes, two were positive: one H3N2 virus and one of five H1N1 viruses. See also: CDC’s week 40 influenza reporthttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/last_img read more


Image management in the function of the development of Croatian tourism


first_imgSeasonality, unfavorable structure and obsolescence of accommodation capacities are the key weaknesses of our tourism sector, show the relevant SWOT analyzes, and as one of the most significant weights of the sector is the bad image of Croatia.The mentioned term is defined by economic theorists as a set of beliefs and impressions that people have about a country, more precisely, as a picture of a large number of associations and pieces of information related to that country. In this case, despite the fact that Croatia has been a member of the EU for four years, when it comes to tourism, recent research shows, Croatia is still associated with a country of Balkan provenance, and ultimately a country with a certain democratic deficit.In this sense, in today’s environment of global media, the role of sports, especially football, which as a planetary phenomenon has evolved into one of the most important media, primarily in terms of creating and then promoting the image of a country, has become extremely important. Sport in general, especially football in front of everyone and everything, like it or not, has become a significant lever for “building” the image of a country, while, furthermore, the same image has become a significant fact in creating competitive advantages.In such a global environment, where impressions become more important than facts, we still have a huge deficit of awareness of the potential of the image, and the lack of an image management strategy is unnecessary to discuss. That is why it is necessary to stand behind the new video of the Croatian Tourist Board, premiered on the second day of WTM in London, in which the main roles are played by our celebrated athletes, the purpose of which is to exploit, multiply and multiply the reputation that our top athletes enjoy he manages it in a way that will lead to the conversion of attitudes and perceptions about Croatia, which will at least approximately collide with the reputation of our sports stars.It is to be hoped that the times when the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board “ran” through opportunities (bronze of football players at the World Cup in France, planetary successes of Janica Kostelic, Goran Ivanisevic da) to multiply global media attention focused on our announced athletes behind us.Published by: doc.dr.sc. Ivan Herak, former Minister of Tourismlast_img read more


Agreement signed on financing the development of amendments to the spatial plan of the Plitvice Lakes National Park


first_imgThe signing of the Agreement provided all the preconditions for the adoption of the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the initiation of Amendments to the existing plan.The Agreement on Financing the Development of Amendments to the Spatial Plan of the Area of ​​Special Features of the Public Institution of the Plitvice Lakes National Park was signed today by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy, Dr. Sc. Tomislav Ćorić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Minister of Construction and Physical Planning Predrag Štromar, Director of the Croatian Institute for Spatial Development Irena Matković and Director of the Public Institution Plitvice Lakes National Park Tomislav Kovačević.Financial resources will be provided by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, which initiated these changes, said Minister Ćorić, adding that the Ministry is undertaking a number of other activities aimed at improving the situation in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. “On the one hand, the development of a new National Park Management Plan has been initiated, which will, among other things, contribute to a better organization of visits, work is underway to repair losses in public sewerage, and a wastewater treatment plant will be procured and installed by June this year.”Concluded Coric.The holder of the project for drafting amendments to the spatial plan is the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, and all activities will be coordinated by the Croatian Institute for Spatial Development. “With targeted changes, we want to improve the existing plan and preserve our national pearl”Said Deputy Prime Minister Predrag Stromar, emphasizing that this primarily refers to the creation of a basis for a better water supply and sewerage network, as well as to prevent the growth of construction in the most sensitive areas of the National Park.The director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Tomislav Kovačević, is also satisfied with the signed agreement, emphasizing that this is an additional step towards sustainable development and preservation of the value of the national park, which, as he said, this park deserves.Related news:TOMISLAV KOVAČEVIĆ NEW DIRECTOR OF PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK“THE PLITVICE TIMES” – THE FIRST TOURIST MAGAZINE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROMOTING STORIES FROM ALL OVER THE CHARACTERlast_img read more


In September, tourist turnover from the Hungarian market was exceeded throughout 2017


first_imgThat Croatia is a hit tourist destination on the Hungarian market is confirmed by the tourist turnover realized so far this year, which exceeds the total arrivals and overnight stays throughout 2017.Namely, according to the eVisitor system, slightly more than 572.000 arrivals and 3 million overnight stays were made from the Hungarian market last year, while in the previous part of the tourist year about 595.000 arrivals and 3,1 million overnight stays were realized, which is an 8 percent increase in arrivals and 6 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. “The current trends in tourist traffic show that the majority of tourist traffic from the Hungarian market is realized in the individual segment, while a smaller part refers to organized travel, which confirms the thesis that Hungarians know Croatian destinations and regions very well. The most arrivals and overnight stays of Hungarian tourists were made in Crikvenica, Vir, Rovinj, Opatija, Medulin, Rab, Zadar, Lopar, Poreč, Zagreb and Vodice. Of accommodation, they prefer family accommodation, which accounts for about 50 percent of total traffic, while about 23 percent of total arrivals are realized in hotels.”, Said Ivana Herceg, the new director of the CNTB Representation in Hungary, announcing a business workshop for Croatian and Hungarian entities that will be held on October 15 at the Academy of Sciences in Budapest. Hungarians point out safety, good motorway connections and proximity as a great advantage of Croatia, so one of the main goals of this workshop is to increase the number of arrivals and overnight stays in the pre- and post-season and increase cooperation in the continental part of Croatia.That Croatian continental destinations are popular among Hungarian tourists is also shown by a special promotional project of the city of Karlovac, which was recently presented to the citizens of Budapest. In addition to the occasional cultural program in which students and professors of the Karlovac Music School and the Vuge Folklore Society performed, visitors could taste Croatian specialties and enjoy the exhibition “Portrait of the Star City”, art photographer Goran Vranić, and presented their promotional material in Hungarian. Aquatika – freshwater aquarium from Karlovac.Additional confirmation of Croatia’s popularity are numerous media reports on the beauty and quality of the Croatian tourist offer, such as the one in the famous Hungarian lifestlye magazine “Ridikül”, which presented Istria, Pula, Brijuni, Rovinj, Poreč and Motovun, destinations where Hungarians are welcome. guests, stand out from the CNTB.Sell ​​Croatia workshop in BudapestNumerous Croatian and Hungarian tourist entities within the Sell Croatia business workshop will have the opportunity to further improve cooperation, ie even better linking supply and demand in an organized segment that includes travel agencies and tour operators. Applications for participation are open until October 5 via the form available at pages Croatian National Tourist Board.last_img read more


Amendments to the Law on Hospitality came into force


first_imgThe new Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity regulates the manner and conditions under which legal and natural persons may perform catering activity, and entered into force on 17 November 2018.Ugh where to start first hehe is a question that goes through my head first. When you just look at this abbreviated version of the Law, obligations and regulations, it is difficult for a person not to be sick and weak, let alone an entrepreneur who should be an accountant, lawyer, etc.… Too many regulations, various frameworks, administration that suffocates entrepreneurship. It is common knowledge that the fewer taxes and regulations, entrepreneurship flourishes, and instead of less administration and the influence of the State, we are more and more dealing with papers, instead of real business.The Ordinance will prescribe special standards for facilities in the household and family farm, which will achieve a diversity of accommodation tailored to the needs and interests of individual groups of guests.Providing the possibility of performing catering activities, in addition to special hospitals and health resorts, and other health care institutions, companies for performing health care activities and health care workers who independently perform private practice, in accordance with special regulations governing health care.Arrangement of a new type of facility in the household and on the family farm, facility for Robinson accommodation.Landlords who provide catering services in the household on 17 November 2018 on the basis of approval decisions issued by 1 September 2007, ie before the entry into force of the Ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household (Official Gazette no. 88/07.) or based on the decision issued on the occasion of a request made before 1 September 2007 shall , in order to continue the provision of catering services with emphasis tags for category (star) at the facility in which provide catering services, file a proper request for issuing decisions on approval for the provision of catering services in the householdetc.…Perhaps the whole situation is best described in the attached video where one entrepreneur describes his working day.However, in any case, there is an abbreviated version of the new Law on Amendments to the Law on HospitalitySide dish:Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activitylast_img read more


We bring the conditions of HBOR microcredit for hosts in family accommodation


first_imgFinally, the details about the long-announced and long-awaited, favorable HBOR loans for hosts in family accommodation are known. Landlords may not apply for a decision on harmonization of standards and continue to provide catering services, but then lose the right to display the label for the category (stars) on the facility where they provide catering services and promotional materials, the Ministry of Tourism concludes. – four years from the entry into force of this Act, if the decision on approval was obtained after 31 December 2004. Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity The lowest loan amount will be HRK 20.000, and the highest HRK 375.000 with an interest rate of 2,70% for loans in HRK and 2,00% interest for loans in euros, all with a repayment period of 10 years with a grace period of one year. In the procedure of issuing the said decision, it is not determined that the tenant is the owner of the facility in which he provides services or that he is the owner of the land for camping, nor the condition of usability of the facility, but only whether the facility in which the services will be provided meets the minimum requirements. category. – three years from the entry into force of this Act, if they obtained the decision on approval in the period from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2004. Also, this measure is provided with the aim of helping renters who want to go through the new recategorization process, if they still want to keep the label for the category (stars), which is an obligation under the new Law on Amendments to the Law on Hospitality. Otherwise, landlords who obtained a solution after September 1, 2007 have no obligation to harmonize the standards of facilities (recategorization). But let’s go in order.  – two years from the entry into force of this Act, if they have obtained a decision on approval by 31 December 2000. Optimal deadlines are provided for harmonization, which allow sufficient time for adjustment and finding the best solution for improving the quality of accommodation units in households: Namely, after the entry into force (November 17, 2018) of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Hospitality for the process of harmonization with the current Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities, the Ministry of Tourism in cooperation with HBOR provided renters with favorable financial instruments for increasing the quality and additional offer of facilities in the household.  According to the Ministry of Tourism, one credit line will be available to natural persons – renters who have a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household related to accommodation in a room, apartment, holiday home, camp or camping resort.  Finally, it is important to point out that landlords who obtained a solution after September 1, 2007 have no obligation to harmonize the standards of facilities (recategorization). The decision on harmonization of standards is issued by the competent office (state administration office in the county or administrative body responsible for catering) according to the location of the facility, at the request of the landlord, while inspection of compliance with the provisions related to harmonization of standards will be carried out by the tourist inspection.  Landlords who on the day of entry into force of the Act on Amendments to the Act on Hospitality (November 17, 2018) provide catering services in the household on the basis of a decision on approval issued before September 1, 2007 or on the basis of a decision issued before the application submitted before 1 September 2007, in order to continue providing catering services with the right to display the category (star) mark on the facility where they provide catering services, they must submit a proper application for a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household in accordance with the Act and the Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household (Official Gazette 9/16, 54/16, 61/16 and 69/17). The new Ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household has not yet been adopted, because before that it was necessary to adopt amendments to the Law on Catering Activity, and it is expected soon. Attachment: The goal of more favorable loans through HBOR is to support family accommodation to develop better and better through the harmonization of standards, increasing the quality and additional offer of facilities in the household.last_img read more