QAnon Supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Headed to Congress

first_imgIf you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Elsewhere, Ron Weber, a West Point graduate and lawyer in Ohio who beat three other contenders in a primary and has shared QAnon hashtags and conspiracy theories on social media, lost his race on Tuesday. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election Results- Advertisement – Whatever objections others had seemed to melt away after Ms. Greene won the runoff in August. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House minority leader, said she would be given committee assignments if elected. Senator Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by the governor last December and is seeking a full term in a special election in Georgia, readily accepted Ms. Greene’s endorsement.Ms. Greene, for her part, has recently sought to distance herself from her most controversial views. Asked about QAnon in an interview with Fox News, she said she had chosen another path. She also tweeted that she had now accepted that the Pentagon had been hit by a hijacked plane on Sept. 11, 2001, not a missile. But it is Ms. Greene, the victorious candidate in Georgia, whose candidacy has exemplified the party’s difficulties in handling its QAnon problem. Now that she is headed to Congress, the party must decide what to do with her.“I think she will start off with a pretty short leash,” Mr. Buck said.- Advertisement –center_img Even so, he added, there is a fundamental problem: “There is no real establishment or party leadership in the way that there used to be,” and so “members of Congress have realized that there is an open playing field to be whoever you want if you can get attention for yourself.”Ms. Greene, who owns a construction company, has called QAnon “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out.” She has also made derogatory remarks about Black people, Jews and Muslims.Nearly every elected Republican in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, where Ms. Greene was running for an open House seat, lined up to oppose her after she trounced eight other candidates in the June primary and forced a runoff. But not everyone in the party was as unwelcoming. Mr. Trump posted a congratulatory tweet after Ms. Greene’s strong showing in June, and two of his highest-profile supporters backed her: Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows, the former congressman who is now the White House chief of staff.- Advertisement – Here’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pelosi: A voting and ethics measure is ‘first on the agenda’ of the new Congress.

first_imgSpeaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Friday signaled that in the opening days of the new Congress, House Democrats would revisit their ambitious legislation to toughen ethics and lobbying restrictions, undo barriers to voting and reduce the influence of money in politics.That legislation — denoted H.R. 1 in a sign of its importance to the Democratic caucus — cleared the House on a party-line vote in the opening days of the 116th Congress, but was not given a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. Its prospects next year were unclear, as the Democrats’ hopes to win control of the Senate were dimming.- Advertisement – “He’s so wonderful in that way,” Ms. Pelosi said, calling him a “beautiful, appropriate person.”Ms. Pelosi’s news conference came less than 24 hours after Democrats traded blame during a caucus meeting held by telephone over losing some House seats in this week’s elections. On Thursday, she defended the Democratic’s Party’s efforts to make gains in the House and Senate on the first caucus conversation since Election Day.“We did not win every battle, but we did win the war,” Ms. Pelosi said. – Advertisement – With tens of millions of people still suffering from the ongoing toll of the pandemic and the federal government set to run out of money on Dec. 11 without congressional action, Ms. Pelosi insisted that she wanted to see another relief package and an omnibus spending package become law before Christmas and the end of the current Congress.“We want the Republicans to come back to the table,” Ms. Pelosi said of the coronavirus relief negotiations, which stalled again in the days leading up to the election. But she dismissed Republicans’ renewed push for a scaled-down package, saying, “It doesn’t appeal to me at all because they still have not agreed to crush the virus.”The House speaker also said she had not spoken to Joseph R. Biden Jr., who by Friday was leading in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and had nearly doubled his lead in Nevada. She suggested the two were unlikely to speak about the traditional transition steps before a winner was declared.- Advertisement –center_img “We have a responsibility to find our common ground,” Ms. Pelosi said.- Advertisement – Ms. Pelosi said the legislation “will be the first on the agenda,” speaking at her weekly news conference, but acknowledged the political realities of a likely divided government.She also raised infrastructure legislation as one of the instances where the two parties could find a compromise and successfully pass laws in divided government.last_img read more

Garmin Venu Sq, Venu Sq Music Edition Smartwatch With 6-Day Battery Life, Health Monitoring Features Launched in India

first_imgGarmin Venu Sq and Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition smartwatch has been launched in India. The Venu Sq series has over 20 inbuilt sports apps, health monitoring features including advanced sleep, and supports GPS. The smartwatch series have a battery life of up to six days in smartwatch mode and up to 14 hours in GPS mode. Venu Sq Music Edition comes with onboard music storage. The wearables were launched internationally in September and are now available in India as well.Garmin Venu Sq, Venu Sq Music Edition priceGarmin Venu Sq is priced at Rs. 21,090 in India, while the Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition is priced at Rs. 26,290. The smartwatches by Garmin are already available in the Garmin retail stores and will be available everywhere else, including e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, Paytm Mall, and Tata CliQ soon. They will also be available in the following retail stores: Helios watch stores, Garmin stores, Just in Time, Lifestyle, Kamal Watch, and Malabar Watch.- Advertisement – Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition comes with onboard storage to save music tracks that you can directly listen to without using a paired phone. You can download songs and playlists on the smartwatch, including those from third-party services like Amazon Music and Spotify.The wearables come with an Innovative Body Battery energy monitoring feature that lets users monitor their energy levels. There are also preloaded workout options on the watch. Preset workouts can be downloaded from Garmin Connect that can also be customised as needed. The Venu Sq series is compatible with Garmin Coach, where free training plans are available along with a virtual personal trainer.Garmin Venu Sq series supports smart notifications and Android users can reply to messages directly from the wearable. Garmin Venu Sq smartwatches are compatible with Android and Apple devices. Users can download apps, widgets, watch faces, and more from the Garmin Connect IQ store. They are equipped with safety and tracking features as well.- Advertisement – Garmin Venu Sq is offered in three colour variants – orchid/metallic orchid, white/light gold, and shadow gray/slate. Venu Sq Music Edition, on the other hand, comes in four colour options – light sand/rose gold, navy/light gold, moss/slate, and black/slate.Garmin Venu Sq, Venu Sq Music Edition specifications, featuresBoth the Garmin wearables sport a 1.3-inch colour display. The Venu Sq series have a battery life of up to six days in smartwatch mode and up to 14 hours in GPS mode, as per the company.Garmin Venu Sq and Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition have over 20 inbuilt indoor and outdoor sports apps including yoga, Pilates, running, cycling, strength training, and more. It boasts of health monitoring features such as advanced sleep with pulse oximetry, respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with relax reminders, and hydration tracking.- Advertisement – Are Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Gen the Perfect ‘Affordable’ Products for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump reportedly pushed Georgia GOP senators to demand secretary of state resign

first_img● AL-Sen: Republican Sen. Richard Shelby turned 86 this year, and plenty of politicos are speculating that he won’t see a seventh term in 2022 in this very red state. Shelby himself told Roll Call last year, “We’ll see what happens.”● IA-Sen: Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley turned 87 this year, and he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to announce if he’ll seek an eighth term or not. Grassley told the Iowa Capitol Dispatch back in February that he’d decide eight to 12 months from Election Day 2022.● MO-Sen: Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is up for a third term in 2022, though the 70-year-old incumbent hasn’t announced if he’ll run again yet.- Advertisement – The St. Louis Business Journal’s Dave Drebes wrote last week that there are plenty of rumors that former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned in disgrace in 2018, could challenge Blunt in the primary, and that Greitens “has done nothing to tamp that suspicion.” Greitens himself showed some interest earlier this year in trying to regain his old job from GOP Gov. Mike Parson, though Greitens didn’t end up launching a comeback campaign.Drebes also mentions 2016 Democratic nominee Jason Kander as a possible contender, though there’s no indication yet that the former Missouri secretary of state is considering. Four years ago, Kander held Blunt to a 49-46 win even as Donald Trump was carrying the state 56-38.● NH-Sen, NH-Gov: Retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc announced Monday that he’d challenge Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in 2022, a move that comes three months after he lost the primary for the Granite State’s other Senate seat by a 50-42 margin. Bolduc, who struggled with fundraising during his last campaign, is hardly the politician at the top of the party’s wish list, though.Paul Collins, who serves as the top political adviser to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, drew plenty of attention when he tweeted last week, “]H]ey @SenatorHassan @Maggie_Hassan, what is it like serving in the united states senate these days? asking for a friend ….” Sununu, who was just re-elected 65-33, himself has been coy about his plans, but he notably didn’t say no when the National Journal’s Zach Cohen asked him about it in late October.When Cohen followed up last week about Collins’ tweet, Sununu joked, “As a three-term governor I’m a little overqualified for the US Senate.” When Cohen asked, “So you’re not going to run for Senate?” Sununu responded with a SpongeBob SquarePants GIF. Yes, that’s the world we live in now. Bolduc, for his part, said of Sununu, “At this point it makes no difference in my plans,” adding, “If the governor is going to run, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”If Sununu does challenge Hassan, it would open up the governorship for the first time since 2016, when Hassan left to successfully challenge Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte. WMUR John DiStaso wrote last week that there’s been speculation that Ayotte, who has done a number of local GOP events recently, could run for governor if there’s an open seat. So far, though, there’s no word if Ayotte may be interested in a rematch with Hassan, especially if Sununu opts out.● NY-Sen: Last week, the New York Times’ Astead Herndon asked Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Is there a universe in which they’re [party leaders] hostile enough that we’re talking about a Senate run in a couple years,” to which she responded, “I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics.” AOC continued, “You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year.” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is up for re-election in 2022.● UT-Sen: While Republican incumbent Mike Lee has sponsored unsuccessful legislation to limit senators to two terms, he hasn’t said if he’ll seek a third term yet in this very red state.One person who expressed interest in taking him on if he does is Steve Schmidt, a longtime nation GOP strategist who left the party to become an independent in 2018 and co-founded the anti-Trump Lincoln Project. Schmidt responded on Thursday to a tweet calling for him to challenge Lee by saying, “Thinking about it. Would be a fun race.” Schmidt, though, continued by acknowledging, “Hard to win. I wouldn’t go into it to win so much as I would be to strip his sanctimony, BS and hypocricy bear [sic].”● VT-Sen: Democratic incumbent Patrick Leahy said in September that he’d decide at the end of 2021 whether or not to seek a ninth term, a milestone that only two other senators, West Virginia’s Robert Byrd and Hawaii’s Daniel Inouye, have ever achieved. If Leahy, who turned 80 this year, remained in the upper chamber, he would pass Byrd as the longest-serving senator in American history in late June of 2026.● WI-Sen: The Democratic primary to take on Republican incumbent Ron Johnson kicked off a week before Election Day when Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson launched his campaign, and plenty of other Badger State politicians may be interested. Late last month, Politico and the AP mentioned Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, state Attorney General Josh Kaul, and Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry as possible contenders, though none of them appear to have said anything publicly yet.Johnson, for his part, has yet to announce if he’ll seek a third term in this swing state.● NRSC: On Tuesday, Florida Sen. Rick Scott won an uncontested race to chair the NRSC for the 2022 cycle.Gubernatorial● AL-Gov: Republican incumbent Kay Ivey, who was elevated from lieutenant governor to governor in the spring of 2017 after Robert Bentley resigned in disgrace, is eligible to seek a second full term in 2022, but she hasn’t announced her plans yet. Ivey is 76, and longtime state political observer Steve Flowers predicted in June that she’d retire.● MA-Gov: When a reporter asked Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday if he’d be on the ballot in 2022, the incumbent only responded, “That’s a long time away.” Massachusetts does not have term limits for its governors, and the Boston Globe reported back in 2019 that Baker was putting together a team for a possible bid for a third term.Baker would tie Democrat Michael Dukakis for the longest-serving chief executive in state history if he sought and served out another term, though Dukakis got an involuntary four-year break between his first and second term following his 1982 primary loss.● NJ-Gov: Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is seeking re-election next year in what’s usually a reliably blue state, and Team Red could have a competitive primary.Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, who lost the 2017 nomination contest, announced he’d run back in January, and he said he’d raised almost $820,000 through the end of September. Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick also recently told the New Jersey Globe that he’d decide after the 2020 elections were over, while the site says that state Party Chair Doug Steinhardt is still interested. (Steinhardt memorably said early this year that he had “no timeline whatsoever because I don’t know what I’m doing and I don’t know where I’m going,” which should inspire Republicans everywhere.)Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, who also serves as the county’s party chair, also didn’t rule anything out when asked in 2018, and mentioned him as a possible contender this week. That story also name-dropped state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon as a possibility, and O’Scanlon shared the story on Twitter.One person we probably won’t see running, though, is wealthy businessman Bob Hugin, who spent $36 million during his unsuccessful 2018 bid against Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez. While a writer for the far-right Daily Caller said last week that he’d take on Murphy, the New Jersey Globe’s David Wildstein quickly reported that this “does not appear to be true,” and that multiple people close to Hugin had heard nothing from him about a possible campaign.Wildstein said that some Republicans had encouraged Hugin to run and that his “friends say that he doesn’t take Shermanesque positions of permanently ruling out an option,” but he otherwise didn’t seem interested. One unnamed county party chair told Wildstein, “We’re close friends. If he were interested, he’d have called me. I haven’t heard from him.”● NY-Gov: Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last year that he’d seek a fourth term in 2022.● TX-Gov: Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said last year that he’d seek a third term, and he reaffirmed earlier this month that he’d run for re-election.Uncalled RacesQuite a few contests remain uncalled, but we’re tracking all of them on our continually updated cheat-sheet, and of course we’ll cover each of them in the Digest once they’re resolved.● Alaska: Election authorities in Alaska announced Tuesday that they would tally about a third of the estimated 155,000 uncounted ballots, which altogether will make up about 44% of the total vote, that evening. Here is where things stood in uncalled contests before those new votes were included:● AK-Sen: Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan led Democratic nominee Al Gross.● AK-AL: Republican Rep. Don Young led Democratic nominee Alyse Galvin.● AK Ballot: Measure 1, which would increase the state’s fuel production tax, trailed. Measure 2, which would establish a “top-four” primary system, also trailed.● CA Ballot: Proposition 14, which would issue a stem cell research bond, leads 51-49 with 14.7 million votes counted. Proposition 19, known as the Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment, leads 51-49 with 14.6 million votes counted.● San Francisco, CA Ballot: Proposition G, which would lower the voting age to 16 for local elections, trails 51-49 with 418,000 votes in.Called Races● NC-Sen: Republican Sen. Thom Tillis secured a second term on Tuesday after Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded.● CA-48: Republican Michelle Steel secured victory on Tuesday when freshman Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda conceded. Rouda sounded interested in seeking a rematch, though, adding, “While one campaign ends today, another is just beginning. I look forward to having voters compare my opponent’s two years in Congress with my accomplishments on November 8, 2022.”● TX-24: Republican Beth Van Duyne claimed victory after Democrat Candace Valenzuela conceded on Tuesday.● PA Treasurer: Republican Stacy Garrity flipped this seat for her party after Democratic incumbent Joe Torsella conceded on Tuesday. – Advertisement – It’s all an obsequious effort to stay on Trump’s good side, of course, democracy be damned: Perdue and Loeffler acted, said the AJC, because they were afraid Trump would “tweet a negative word about them and risk divorcing them from his base.” They’re also apparently hoping for some in-person love from Trump, too. Politico reports that Mike Pence is headed down to Georgia (or perhaps George) on Nov. 20 and says “some Republicans believe Trump will eventually follow.”Meanwhile, Democrat Raphael Warnock has released his second ad of the runoff, a minute-long spot focused on his humble upbringing. “People like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” says Warnock, explaining that he grew up in housing projects, raised by a mother who picked cotton and tobacco and a father who was a veteran and a preacher.He then describes his rise “to Martin Luther King Jr.’s pulpit as senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church” after being the first in his family to graduate from a four-year college. He concludes by telling voters, “If you’re looking for a billionaire, I’m not your guy”—a jab at the ultra-wealthy Loeffler. “But if you want someone who’s been through some of the same challenges as you, I’m Raphael Warnock and it would be my honor to serve you.”Senate- Advertisement – Campaign ActionThe Trump campaign and the Georgia Republican Party also sent a letter to Raffensperger piling on with vague aspersions, as did the Republican members of the state’s House delegation. That letter misspelled the state’s name, addressing itself to “George Secretary of State,” and was also signed by two candidates who described themselves as “members-elect,” despite questioning the validity of the very same election they believe has sent them to Congress.- Advertisement –last_img read more

How Obama Sees This Moment

first_imgEven amid a raging pandemic, President Trump remains focused on spreading conspiracy theories about the election he lost, abetted by conservative news media outlets and disinformation campaigns on social media. Most Republicans seem resigned to ceding their party to the president, declining to demand that he accept reality and step down. (Worth noting: Not a single Republican lawmaker agreed to appear on any of the Sunday talk shows this past weekend.)Complaints about partisan gridlock aren’t anything new: For more than a decade, pundits have griped about the inability of lawmakers to compromise and accomplish big things. But now, those intractable divisions have spread to the entire country, leaving us unable to form consensus on even the most basic of facts, like Mr. Biden’s victory or the need to wear masks to fight a deadly virus.- Advertisement – That’s the argument Mr. Obama is making in interviews surrounding the release on Tuesday of the first volume of his new memoir, “The Promised Land.”With the election over, the former president is pulling the fire alarm on our democracy. His comments to The Atlantic, NPR and CBS News are striking given that they are coming from a president who was known — and often critiqued — for his levelheaded, “no-drama Obama” style in office. Consider what he told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic:“America is the first real experiment in building a large, multiethnic, multicultural democracy. And we don’t know yet if that can hold. There haven’t been enough of them around for long enough to say for certain that it’s going to work.”Mr. Obama centers much of his concern on “truth decay” — the decline of agreement on central facts and a blurring of lines between fact and opinion in civic life. The term comes from a report published by the RAND Corporation in 2018 that was included on Mr. Obama’s summer reading list that same year. He told The Atlantic:“If we do not have the capacity to distinguish what’s true from what’s false, then by definition the marketplace of ideas doesn’t work. And by definition our democracy doesn’t work. We are entering into an epistemological crisis.”- Advertisement – Mr. Biden won the White House by promising a return to political norms, a vow that might be impossible to fulfill given the kinds of changes Mr. Obama denounced. Whether Mr. Biden, a longtime creature of old Washington, can navigate our new political and media reality will probably be a central test of his presidency. Mr. Obama doesn’t see his successor as the cause of rising populism, a movement he traces to the 2008 election when Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, energized her party’s base. Though he couldn’t resist throwing some shade at Mr. Trump:“I’m not surprised that somebody like Trump could get traction in our political life. He’s a symptom as much as an accelerant. But if we were going to have a right-wing populist in this country, I would have expected somebody a little more appealing.”Rather, he blames the media environment, the decline of local news and the refusal of social media companies to take responsibility for conspiracy theories posted on their platforms. There is no longer a “common baseline of fact and a common story,” he said.Mr. Obama even seemed to question whether he could win the presidency if he ran today.“Even as late as 2008, typically when I went into a small town, there’s a small-town newspaper, and the owner or editor is a conservative guy with a crew cut, maybe, and a bow tie, and he’s been a Republican for years. He doesn’t have a lot of patience for tax-and-spend liberals, but he’ll take a meeting with me, and he’ll write an editorial that says, ‘He’s a liberal Chicago lawyer, but he seems like a decent enough guy, had some good ideas’; and the local TV station will cover me straight. But you go into those communities today and the newspapers are gone. If Fox News isn’t on every television in every barbershop and VFW hall, then it might be a Sinclair-owned station, and the presuppositions that exist there, about who I am and what I believe, are so fundamentally different, have changed so much, that it’s difficult to break through.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Zack Snyder to Break Down Justice League Trailer in Black-and-White on Tuesday

first_imgIt’s also unclear if Leto’s Joker will be part of the new Justice League trailer, but here’s how that casting addition came about. Snyder said: “I had this idea for a scene. I had a version of this scene that I had written maybe three years ago. Slightly different, but very similar. But then, for whatever reason, for a multitude of reasons, I didn’t do it.“Then I was talking to [my wife and producing partner] Debbie, and I was like, ‘I have this […] do you think it would possible? Am I crazy? Should I just cold call him?’ So I called him […] it was a cool conversation. When I pitched him the idea, I feel like he hooked onto the ‘why’ of it, because there’s a big ‘why.’ And literally, he said to me, ‘We’ll talk more.’ I kept calling him, we talked over a while, and he agreed to do it. It was a great experience working with him.”Snyder has previously revealed that his director’s cut of Justice League would be available as a four-hour movie and a four-episode miniseries. But structurally, the film is divided into even more parts: “The thing about the movie that I think is interesting is the way I constructed the cut was, it’s six chapters, right? It was always this chaptered concept, where the first section says ‘Part 1′ and you have this little section, ‘Part 2′ and you have another section […] and then an epilogue.”- Advertisement – Zack Snyder’s Justice League is getting a new trailer breakdown on Tuesday at 10:30pm IST (9am PST), the director has revealed, on the three-year anniversary of its theatrical release. This will be in black-and-white entirely, according to Snyder, and hence it’s unclear if this is a new trailer or whether Snyder will merely offer his thoughts on the first trailer. Snyder has also talked about how Jared Leto came on board to reprise his role of the Joker, and how his four-hour director’s cut of Justice League is made up of six chapters.Lastly, Zack Snyder’s Justice League star Ray Fisher has shared a new photo (above) on Twitter, featuring Ezra Miller’s Flash and his Cyborg, as he uses his “third eye” to project a hologram that consists of Mother Boxes. Mother Boxes are extremely powerful objects that have been used to revive Superman, create Cyborg, and can even terraform Earth.- Advertisement – Zack Snyder’s Justice League will release in 2021 on HBO Max. No global release plans have been announced, but Snyder said at DC FanDome they are working to make sure that international fans are cared for as well. However, it is yet unclear what that actually means. WarnerMedia has previously said it plans to continue working with existing partners in countries where HBO Max has no launch plans. In India, WarnerMedia has ties with Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+ Hotstar. “My ideal version of the movie is the black-and-white IMAX version of the movie,” Synder told The Film Junkee on Friday. “That, to me, is the most fan-centric, most pure, most Justice League experience. Because that’s how I lived with the movie for two years, in black and white […] When I do the live-stream of the trailer, Steph and I coloured a black and white version of the trailer. So the first version that I’m going to put out, and probably what I’m going to talk about on Tuesday, will be the black and white version of the trailer.”Snyder’s comments don’t clarify if he’s going to discuss a black-and-white version of the first trailer, or if this is a second trailer. But one thing is for sure: the trailer breakdown will be exclusive to Vero.The first trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League was unveiled at DC FanDome less than three months ago, and it featured all the primary Justice League members — Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) — in addition to the new villain Darkseid (Ray Porter) and the original villain Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds).- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

CDC announces plan for sharing remaining flu vaccine

first_imgNov 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – In an effort to spread the impact of the influenza vaccine shortage fairly, federal health officials today announced a plan to share most of the approximately 11 million remaining doses of injectable vaccine among states on the basis of need.About 3.1 million doses will go to states and territories to fulfill orders they had placed before the vaccine shortage erupted last month, including orders with Chiron, whose entire production of 48 million doses was lost because of contamination concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced.”This process will ensure that 100% of public-sector orders from states will be fulfilled,” regardless of where the orders were placed, CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, said during a teleconference this afternoon.Another 7.2 million doses of vaccine will be apportioned to states over the next several weeks “on the basis of unmet high-priority needs,” Gerberding said. “We’re using a formula that state and local health officials have developed that asks, ‘What is the gap between the number of high-priority people in the state and the number of doses already shipped?'”Within each state, the state health officer will be responsible for determining where the doses will go, Gerberding said.She said the CDC is holding back another 1.3 million doses of vaccine “to make sure we have some flexibility in case we develop an unexpected pediatric or adult situation where there was an urgent need.”The loss of the Chiron vaccine, amounting to nearly half of the total expected supply, left Aventis Pasteur as the only maker of injectable flu vaccine for the US market this season. The shortage prompted the CDC to recommend that vaccine be reserved for people at risk for serious flu complications, including 6- to 23-month-old babies, people over 65, those with chronic illness, pregnant women, healthcare workers, and other close contacts of vulnerable people.In a news release, the CDC said Aventis had already shipped 33 million of its expected total of 58 million doses before the Chiron problem emerged. “The remaining 25 million doses have been allocated at a rate of about 3 million doses per week—or about 14 million doses—since Oct 11, under a joint distribution plan developed by CDC and Aventis.” The remaining doses will be distributed through December and into January, the agency said.In today’s news conference, Dr. Mary Selecky, immediate past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO), commented, “This new allocation will help us provide vaccine for people in the high-priority groups, but you have to remember that there’s still not enough vaccine for everyone who needs it. The shortage can’t be fixed at this point, but the plan will ensure that the vaccine is allocated in the fairest way possible.”Patrick M. Libbey, executive director of the National Association of City and County Health Officials, also expressed support for the allocation plan. “We see it as the best available solution for getting the vaccine to the people who need it most,” he said.The CDC also announced the debut of a 24-hour flu information hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO, in English and Spanish, for healthcare personnel and the public. The number for the hearing-impaired is 1-800-243-7889.People are encouraged to call the hotline for information about the flu and this year’s flu season and to report when they can’t find vaccine in their communities, the CDC said. Healthcare personnel can also use the number to report cases of flu or flu-like illness. Callers can listen to recorded messages on various topics and can switch to a live staff member to seek more information.Libbey said people in search of a flu shot should call their own healthcare provider or their local health department. Gerberding added that if information isn’t available from the local or state health department, people should call the CDC hotline.In response to questions, Gerberding said the CDC probably will not make any recommendations this year about how to ration vaccine when there’s not enough for all high-risk people in a local setting. “Right now the CDC perspective is we understand that state and local health officials are very capable of making these kinds of decisions,” she said. “I don’t think we’re going to issue any formal recommendations about sub-prioritization this year, but it’s something we might take into consideration in future years.”Gerberding also said that reduced-dose, intradermal flu shots are not the answer to the current shortage for high-risk groups. In two recent studies, injecting reduced doses of flu vaccine—20% or 40% of the normal dose—just under the skin surface worked as well as a standard intramuscular dose in adults up to age 60.”This is a promising strategy that might make vaccine go farther, but it wasn’t shown to be effective in people over 60 and probably won’t be effective in people who need vaccine the most,” she said. “It’s not the solution for most of the high-priority population.”Gerberding also noted that flu is present in 29 states so far but is within the normal range for this time of year. In contract to last year at this time, no states have reported widespread cases, she said.last_img read more

US’s wild bird H5N1 monitoring expands beyond Alaska

first_imgAug 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US agriculture and interior secretaries announced yesterday that their departments are expanding wild bird monitoring for H5N1 avian influenza beyond Alaska in partnerships with the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands.”Because we cannot control wild birds, our best protection is an early warning system, and this move to test thousands more wild birds throughout the country will help us to quickly identify, respond to, and control the virus if it arrives in the United States,” said US Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary Mike Johanns in a USDA–Department of Interior (DOI) press release yesterday.Scientists are not certain what role migratory birds play in transmitting the H5N1 virus.DOI secretary Dirk Kempthorne said joint federal and state testing programs will be important this fall when birds now nesting in Alaska and Canada begin migrating south through the continental United States.President Bush allocated $29 million in his 2006 fiscal year avian influenza supplemental package to cover the cost of implementing the wild bird monitoring component of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza. Of the $17 million the UDSA received, $4 million has gone to states to expand wild bird monitoring. The remainder funds USDA sampling efforts, purchase of sampling kits, and analysis of bird and environmental samples.Of the $12 million that went to the DOI, about $2.4 million has gone to state agencies and other agencies for collecting wild bird samples. The rest of the DOI’s allocation will fund DOI’s sampling and analysis activities and a data management system for state-federal wild bird sampling efforts.Surveillance status in AlaskaA surveillance program between the DOI and the State of Alaska has been under way since the summer of 2005. United States monitoring efforts began in Alaska because it is the first US stopover for birds from Asia and other continents where the H5N1 virus is present.In April, samples from Alaska began arriving for testing at the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wis., center biologist Paul Slota told CIDRAP News. “We’ve screened about 7,000 samples from Alaska. We’re on target with the number of samples we needed, so we’re off to a good start. Next, we’ll be working on samples from the lower 48 states,” he said.Besides screening, the extra resources provided by the federal-state partnership have allowed the NWHC to do more mortality investigations than they could have done otherwise, he said. Screening has identified a fair number of influenza viruses, but none were H5N1, Slota said. Samples positive for H5 influenza are sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, to determine if they are H5N1. “The lab-to-lab relationship is going very well,” he said.Wild bird monitoring goalsA wild bird monitoring plan drawn up by several groups including the USDA, DOI, International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Association of Public Health Veterinarians, and the State of Alaska, is part of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, according to a March press release from the USDA, DOI, and Department of Health and Human Services.The monitoring plan outlines five strategies for early detection of the H5N1 virus in wild migratory birds:Investigation of disease outbreaks in wild birdsExpanded monitoring of live wild birdsMonitoring of hunter-killed birdsUse of sentinel animals, such as backyard poultry flocksEnvironmental sampling of water and bird fecesThe goal of the USDA-DOI wild bird surveillance plan is to collect 75,000 to 100,000 samples from birds and 50,000 environmental samples. Since 1998 the USDA and the State of Alaska have tested more than 12,000 birds in Alaska, and since 2000 the USDA and the University of Georgia have tested almost 4,000 birds in the Atlantic flyway.Sampling locations in each state will depend on weather and habitat conditions during bird migration periods, the USDA-DOI press release noted. State and interagency groups will pinpoint sampling locations as migration occurs; likely locations include areas where large groups of birds congregate, such as public lands, private lands with property owner approval, and local areas such as ponds and city parks.According to an article on the testing plan from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), 11,000 samples from live birds will be screened by the NWHC. The rest will be tested at labs certified by the USDA. Samples that test positive will be sent to the NVSL to determine if H5N1 is present.Western states launch testingOregon and Washington are two of the states in the Pacific flyway, which is the focus of the next round of wild migratory bird screening.State and federal wildlife biologists will be testing wild birds in Oregon this summer and fall, said a Jun 19 press release from the ODFW. Wildlife authorities will collect samples from several species that are most likely to have been in contact with birds from Asia this summer in the Arctic. Oregon’s detection plan will involve collecting about 4,000 samples from migratory shorebirds and waterfowl including pintails, mallards, green-winged teals, geese, and tundra swans.Live bird sampling began on Sauvie Island, in northwest Oregon near the Columbia River, in late June and will continue through September in six other wildlife management areas. Hunter-harvested birds will be sampled at check stations during hunting season, which runs from September through December. Fecal samples will be collected from June through January from such waterfowl gathering areas as wetlands, urban parks, and golf courses.In Washington, wildlife biologists began testing 2,500 wild birds in July, focusing on those most likely to have interacted with Asian migratory birds this summer, according to a Jun 13 press release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The first areas tested were northern Puget Sound and coastal estuaries. Waterfowl testing will focus on pintails and mallards and when possible will include wigeons, green-winged teals, shovelers, and sea ducks. Shorebird testing will target Western sandpipers and dunlin, and when possible will include red knots and ruddy turnstones.The WDFW estimates that about 1 million geese, 12 million ducks, and 150,000 swans pass through the Pacific flyway each year, beginning in August, on their return from the Arctic. In addition, hundreds of thousands of autumn-migrating shorebirds arrive in Washington between July and October.See also:Aug 9 USDA-DOI press release expanding wild migratory bird testing beyond AlaskaJun 19 ODFW press release on bird testing efforts for avian flu 13 WDFW press release on avian influenza surveillance plan read more

Pandemic flu fighter Chan nominated to lead WHO

first_imgNov 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) today nominated Dr. Margaret Chan, the agency’s top pandemic influenza official and a veteran of the world’s first confrontation with the H5N1 flu virus in 1997, to be the agency’s next director-general.Chan’s nomination will be submitted to the World Health Assembly for a vote tomorrow, the WHO said. News services said the assembly has always confirmed the executive board’s nominations in the past.Chan has been serving as the WHO director’s representative for pandemic influenza and assistant director-general for communicable diseases, the agency said. As director of health in Hong Kong, she confronted the first human outbreak of H5N1 avian flu in 1997, when 18 people fell ill and 6 died. The crisis ended after authorities ordered the slaughter of all 1.5 million domestic poultry in Hong Kong.If elected, Chan, 59, will be the first Chinese to head a major United Nations agency, according to news services. She will succeed Dr. Lee Jong-Wook, who died May 22. Dr. Anders Nordstrom has been serving as acting director-general.Chan had been the front-runner to replace Lee among five finalists for the job, according to a Reuters report. China, a member of the UN Security Council, had nominated her for the post, in what was seen as a sign of the country’s interest in playing a larger international role, the report said.She served as director of the Hong Kong health department for 9 years before joining the WHO in 2003. Her tenure in Hong Kong included the battle with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2003, when Hong Kong had 1,755 cases with 299 deaths, a major share of the global toll of 8,096 cases and 774 deaths, according to WHO figures.”She also introduced primary health care ‘from the diaper to the grave’ with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention, self-care and healthy lifestyles,” the WHO statement said.Chan’s supporters had contended that her election could improve relations between the WHO and China, Reuters reported. WHO officials have repeatedly criticized China for being slow to share H5N1 data and samples with the rest of the world.Chinese Health Minister Gao Qiang promised closer cooperation between Beijing and the WHO following Chan’s nomination, Reuters reported. “China’s government will strengthen cooperation with all the member states of the WHO to contribute to a better public health,” he told the WHO board, speaking through an interpreter.After Chan’s nomination, China’s UN ambassador, Sha Zukang, smiled broadly and said he was “one hundred percent” pleased, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.When she started to campaign for the job last summer, Chan promised she would be independent, the AP reported.”If elected, I’m not serving Hong Kong’s interests,” she was quoted as saying. “I’m not serving China’s interests. I’m serving the world’s interests. That’s a very important message to get clear.”Chan’s nomination needs approval by a two-thirds majority of the World Health Assembly, which consists of all 193 WHO member countries, according to the AP.The WHO executive board consists of 34 members who have technical qualifications in health. The United States is one of the 34 countries currently represented on the board.The board chose Chan over Mexican Health Minister Julio Frenk; Shigero Omi of Japan, Western Pacific regional director for the WHO; Spanish Health Minister Elena Salgado; and Kazem Behbehani of Kuwait, the WHO’s assistant director for external relations and governing bodies. Diplomats told Reuters that the final vote pitted Chan against Frenk.Chan earned her medical degree at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and a public health degree at the National University of Singapore, the WHO said. She joined Hong Kong’s health department in 1978, the AP reported.Mike Leavitt, US health and human services secretary, issued a statement calling Chan “a strong leader.””Dr. Chan led the successful response to the outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the highly pathogenic avian influenza,” he said. “I am confident that she will ensure WHO’s role as the premier global health agency, guided by scientific excellence and well-prepared to meet the many challenges it faces.”See also:Nov 8 WHO news release about Chan nomination 3 WHO statement about the director-general election Leavitt’s statement read more

ID Riva Tours brought the first group of Germans to Slavonia and Baranja

first_imgOn Sunday, the first large group of Germans arrived in Slavonia and Baranja, organized by the German tour operator ID RIVA from Munich. This fulfilled the promise of the owner of ID RIVA Tours, long-time Croatian tourist expert Selimir Ognjenović, that he would help make the northeastern part of our homeland a tourist mecca, writes Tourism library.This promise was made by Ognjenović at last year’s Days of Tourism in Bol on Brač, when he received a lifetime achievement award for 40 years of work and development of Croatian tourism, and called on Croatian tourism workers to help open and make Slavonia and Baranja interesting for tourists. so we help the emigration of the population there.A group of Germans is located in the Hotel Osijek, from where they tour the region and the diverse offer of that part of Croatia. So yesterday they visited Baranja, Kopački rit, Zmajevac, and enjoyed the beautiful landscapes, especially the vineyards and the richness of Barnja cuisine and Baranja wines, of course all with the inevitable tamburitza. On Tuesday, German tourists will visit Vukovar and Ilok, then Vinkovci and its surroundings… then head to Požega, Kutjevo cellars…Photo: Turizmoteka”When we told our friends that we were going to Slavonia, they corrected us, you mean Slovenia, they told us. We are now delighted, with the beautiful nature that reminds us of the landscapes of our grandmothers, while industrialization has not taken off. We are surprised by the warm hospitality we came across, but also by large portions of new dishes and flavors for us., “Said, among other things, satisfied tourists from Germany.Promised, held! Hat to the floor to our ambassador of Croatian tourism, Mr. Selimir Ognjenović. But this is not the end, but only the beginning, because as Ognjenović announced, he plans to bring about a thousand guests to Slavonia and Baranja this year and next.Slavonia certainly has something to show, in fact, it has a premium motive for coming to Europe through the Vučedol culture, and it is certainly the best secret, as Ognjenović points out. It is easy to develop tourism on the sea where every year you have a safe base of tourists, while on the continent you have to come targeted and develop step by step destination.It is possible, in fact, all the way to the people.The initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia A big positive “dust” was set in motion initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia. Day after day, support is coming from all over Croatia from the entire tourism sector from Istria to Dubrovnik, as well as from Zagreb to Slavonia.The owner of the German tour operator ID Riva tours, Mr. Selimir Ognjenović is convinced that the time has come to significantly promote continental tourism in Slavonia and Baranja, and therefore initiated the visit of forty tourist workers from the interior of Istria who were in Slavonia and Baranja, and now the first group of Germans to visit Slavonia and Baranja. According to him, the east of Croatia, ie Slavonia and Baranja have all the predispositions to become a strong receptive tourist region, and I fully convey my support to you. ”Our goal is to invite Croatian tourism managers to the consciousness of “Croatia’s most beautiful tourist secret”, and that means to take them or pull them to fly through Slavonia. Believe me, I see a “movie” of how it works: tamburitza restaurants. ” Ognjenović points out and adds that it is terribly important to move away from the model of the coast and dogma: one place – one hotel.Related news: SELIMIR OGNJENOVIĆ: “I WANT TO EXPRESS SUPPORT WITH THE FULL HEART OF“ THE CROATIAN MOST BEAUTIFUL SECRET ”TO BE THE HOST OF THE CROATIAN TOURISM DAYS 2018.# DHTSlavonija2018last_img read more