Senate Majority in Limbo as Perdue Re-election Race Goes to Runoff in Georgia

first_imgSenator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, was fighting for his political life on Friday in a contest that could determine which party controls the Senate, as his re-election bid headed to a January runoff against Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger.Mr. Perdue had a razor-thin lead over Mr. Ossoff in a contest that demonstrated Democrats’ emerging strength in what was once a Republican stronghold in the Deep South. Neither candidate claimed a majority of votes amid a protracted count, according to The Associated Press.- Advertisement – Mr. Perdue, a first-term Republican, had come tantalizingly close to winning outright and avoiding a runoff altogether. He led after election night, but as Democratic counties around Atlanta and Savannah continued to count and report ballots on Friday, he had dipped just below the 50 percent threshold needed to win under Georgia law. The state’s other looming runoff is a special election to fill the seat vacated by retired Republican Johnny Isakson and could more of a wild card. Dr. Warnock, 51, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once led, emerged as the front-runner after Tuesday’s voting, but there were more than a dozen candidates on the ballot. The inconclusive result set up a dramatic rematch between Mr. Perdue and Mr. Ossoff on Jan. 5, and thrust Georgia into the center of the nation’s political fray as Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared on track to win the White House. The state had already been slated to decide the fate of its second Senate seat in a special-election runoff between the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, the same day. That makes it nearly certain that the twin Georgia races will determine which party controls the chamber just two weeks before the next presidential inauguration.“Change has come to Georgia,” Mr. Ossoff said at a rally on Friday, “and Georgia is a part of the change coming to America.” Mr. Perdue pounded Mr. Ossoff as too extreme for the state, distorting many of the Democrat’s positions on policing, health care and a range of other issues to try to scare moderate voters to his side. He praised Republicans’ tax and regulatory cuts, as well as the popular programs Congress approved to help unemployed Americans and small businesses weather the pandemic. If Mr. Biden wins the White House, and Democrats take both of Georgia’s seats, they would draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie, effectively taking control of the chamber given the vice president’s power to cast tiebreaking votes. But that is a tall order in a state with deep conservative roots, and Republicans felt reasonably confident they could hang onto at least one of the seats needed to deny Democrats the majority.- Advertisement – Mr. Perdue’s campaign made clear immediately that he would seek to nationalize the race, saying a vote for Mr. Ossoff was “a vote to hand power to Chuck Schumer and the radical Democrats in Washington.”“We are excited for overtime — it gives us even more time to continue exposing Jon Ossoff and his radical socialist agenda,” Ben Fry, his campaign manager, said, adding a dig at Mr. Ossoff, who lost a high-profile special election for a House seat in 2017. “Jon Ossoff does two things well: burn through out-of-state liberal money and lose elections.” In a good sign for Republicans approaching the runoff, Mr. Perdue outperformed Mr. Trump in Tuesday’s voting, and Mr. Ossoff trailed Mr. Biden.Mr. Ossoff, 33, tried to portray Mr. Perdue as a flunky for special interests who failed Georgia in a time of crisis and was putting people’s health care at risk by pressing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Citing reports that Mr. Perdue was trading stocks early in the pandemic, Mr. Ossoff accused the senator of having been more interested in his own financial success than that of Georgians.“Retirement is coming for Senator David Perdue,” Mr. Ossoff said on Friday. “A senator who saw fit to continue to attack our health care in the midst of a pandemic. A senator who told us that this disease that has taken a quarter of a million lives was no deadlier than the ordinary flu while he looked out for himself.”Mindful of the power of the state’s sizable Black electorate, Mr. Ossoff tied himself closely to Representative John Lewis, the civil rights icon and longtime Atlanta congressman who died this year. Mostly, though, he sought to capitalize on a wave of antipathy toward Mr. Trump in a state where the coronavirus has taken a deadly toll. Mr. Perdue, 70, a former chief executive of Reebok and Dollar General who beat his Democratic opponent by eight points in 2014, was initially expected to have an easy road to re-election.But he was weighed down by voters’ displeasure with President Trump’s coronavirus response, and by his own missteps. He faced accusations of anti-Semitism after running a Facebook advertisement that enlarged the nose of Mr. Ossoff, who is Jewish, a move his campaign blamed on a vendor. He struggled to keep up with Mr. Ossoff’s prodigious fund-raising, which exploded in mid-October after Mr. Perdue publicly mocked the first name of Senator Kamala Harris, his colleague in the Senate for nearly four years and the Democrats’ nominee for vice president.“Kah-MAH-lah or KAH-mah-lah or Kamamboamamla — I don’t know,” he said at a rally for Mr. Trump in Macon. Mr. Perdue’s campaign said he had “simply mispronounced” the first name of Ms. Harris, a Black woman of Indian and Jamaican descent. Mr. Ossoff called it bullying and suggested it was racially insensitive.As in his 2014 campaign, Mr. Perdue ran as a Washington outsider, campaigning in a denim jacket rather than the expensive tailored suits he wears in the Senate. The case was harder to make this time given his six-year record there. But he tied his campaign closely to another onetime outsider, Mr. Trump, and pushed ahead. Two other Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, putting them at 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48.Both parties were already busy on Friday readying for the nine-week sprint, and they were expected to deluge the state with tens of millions of dollars more in advertising to try to turn out their voters. For Democrats, it will be a bank-shot attempt to harness total control of Washington after a spate of otherwise disappointing congressional elections. Should Mr. Biden win, Republicans will be motivated to deny him the majority, holding onto considerable power to shape at least the first two years of his term and thwarting liberal ambitions.Regardless of what happens, the runoffs were a clear sign of Democrats’ growing power in a once solidly conservative state. After years of predictions, the mobilization of Black voters and movement toward Democrats by educated white women in Atlanta’s suburbs signaled that Georgia’s status as a true battleground state might finally have arrived.- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 8:30 p.m. ET He has run as a progressive, vowing to expand the Affordable Care Act and push for sweeping changes to policing and the criminal justice system to root out anti-Black bias.Ms. Loeffler, 49, overcame a stiff challenge from Representative Doug Collins, a fellow Republican. She poured more than $20 million of her own fortune into the race and had the backing of the state’s Republican governor and Senate Republicans’ campaign apparatus, who believed Ms. Loeffler’s record as a businesswoman could win back independent suburban voters, particularly women.But the fight to edge out Mr. Collins turned bitter and personal, driving Ms. Loeffler to the hard right. She courted the support of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist who won a House seat on Tuesday in Georgia, and took other positions that could be hard to walk back in January even as she tries to reorient the campaign around her success as a businesswoman and record in Washington dealing with the coronavirus crisis.On Thursday, she had already begun attacking Dr. Warnock, giving a glimpse of a playbook that will try to mine his language from years on the pulpit and liberal policy positions to portray him as a pastor in the mold of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the former pastor of former President Barack Obama, whose “God damn America,” sermon was used to attack the former president.But Republicans are getting a late start. Consumed for much of the year with holding off Mr. Collins, Ms. Loeffler left Dr. Warnock largely untouched as he introduced himself to voters on purely positive terms as a pastor and healer.Anticipating a barrage of attacks on the horizon, Dr. Warnock used his first advertisement of the runoff, a spoof of a campaign-style attack ad, released on Thursday to try to prime voters for what was coming.“Get ready Georgia, the negative ads are coming,” he says. “Kelly Loeffler doesn’t want to talk about why she’s for getting rid of health care in the middle of a pandemic, so she’s going to try and scare you with lies about me.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

North American pandemic plan takes shape

first_imgAug 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States who met at a security summit in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug 21 unveiled a North American pandemic influenza plan designed to share expertise, coordinate public health messages, and overcome anticipated obstacles at national borders.The plan evolved from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a trilateral effort launched in 2006 to enhance collaboration on security and economic issues. At the 2006 summit, leaders vowed to develop a pandemic plan and establish a senior-level coordinating body to work on preparedness issues, according to a US State Department fact sheet.Though the plan covers traditional areas such as information sharing, surveillance, and medical resources, it emphasizes preserving the three countries’ economies in the event of an influenza pandemic.”Although influenza will not physically damage critical infrastructure, systems may be weakened by the absence of essential personnel in the workplace or the diversion of resources,” the 44-page report states. “The Plan, therefore, extends beyond health and medical sectors to include provisions in relation to critical infrastructure and the movement of goods and services across our borders.”Kim Elliott, deputy director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said TFAH welcomes the release of the pandemic flu plan. “The flu virus doesn’t respect borders, so it’s incumbent upon every country to plan for coordination,” she told CIDRAP News.A pandemic plan is meaningless unless it stipulates that participants hold exercises to test it, Elliott said. The North American plan includes provisions for bilateral and trilateral pandemic response exercises, with a target date of December 2008.Among the challenges North American pandemic planners will face, Elliott said, is vastly different healthcare systems—particularly Canada with its more centralized approach, and the United States with a more privatized healthcare model. “So it’s good to test operations and different strategies,” she said.The plan spells out the triggers that would prompt one of the three countries to request assistance from its neighbors: when human or material resources are scarce, when a pandemic event in one country threatens the others, and when an outbreak requires robust coordination of responses by all three countries.In several areas, the plan calls on the countries to address obstacles that could hamper outbreak containment. For example, authorities should ensure rapid cross-border movement of diagnostic materials and reagents, as well as specimens, isolates, and vaccines. Also, the document specifies that countries should ease the way for veterinary and medical personnel to respond to emergencies in other countries.Sharing information and best practices is another theme of the plan. For example, it says countries should share information about how they plan to use nonpharmaceutical interventions and communicate public health messages to their citizens.Regarding stockpiling of vaccines and drugs, planners acknowledge that though the countries have different goals, it is useful for them to share their strategies for shelf-life extension, vaccine and antiviral allocation, and mass distribution.Though border restrictions are not a centerpiece of the plan, the document does address international arrivals. The three countries will share and coordinate triggers, criteria, and protocols for screening international travelers, the report says. “These . . . should be balanced against the necessity to maintain the flow of persons, cargo, and trade across North American borders,” it states.The plan advises countries to adopt a layered passenger-screening approach consisting of predeparture, en route, and arrival checks.Because the infrastructures of the three countries are highly interrelated, the plan suggests that infrastructure sectors in each country, such as agriculture, transportation, and utilities, join with their counterparts in the other countries to assess their risks and share their resiliency strategies. The United States has already identified how it would protect critical infrastructure and key resource sectors, and Canada and Mexico are both finalizing similar plans, the report says.Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors of the FluWiki, an interactive pandemic planning Web site, told CIDRAP News that one element that seems missing from the North American plan is a strategy to inform citizens of the countries about, and involve them in, for example, community mitigation plans.Dworkin, who is chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., said a recent study from the Irish Council for Bioethics suggests that global pandemic planners need to do more to teach citizens about their pandemic risks. The study found that 7 in 10 Irish people were unaware of the flu pandemic risk and that three-fourths weren’t fully aware of avian flu risks.last_img read more

CNTB has announced a competition for the election of directors of representative offices in London and Seoul

first_imgAt the beginning of November, the CNTB opened an office in China, specifically in Shanghai, and now competitions have been announced for the selection of directors of representative offices abroad in the United Kingdom with headquarters in London and in South Korea with a representative office in Seoul, where the representative office opens for the first time. . “A competition has been announced for the director of the future office in South Korea, where we are opening our representative office for the first time, since this is a market that offers great potential for Croatian tourism. Our long-term goals imply an even stronger positioning of Croatia in distant markets, which is why we recently opened an office in China, and after Seoul we are following the procedure for opening an office in Los Angeles. The UK market is also extremely important to us, which from year to year increasingly participates in the overall results of tourist traffic and from which we are growing at a rate of 8 percent this year. We expect that quality individuals and proven professionals will apply for the competition, whose work will significantly contribute to the further positioning of Croatia as a quality and desirable tourist destination.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.The Tourist Board of the CNTB has formed a Commission for the evaluation of received candidatures for the purposes of implementing the tender. Barbara Mesić, Chief Adviser to the Minister of Tourism, was appointed President of the Commission, and the members of the Commission are CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, CNTB Tourist Board representatives Boris Žgomba, Tomislav Fain and Marcel Medak and Professor Dragan Magaš who is a member of the Commission as an external associate. After the deadline for applications, the commission will evaluate the received applications, conduct interviews with selected candidates, which will inform the Tourist Board, to which it will send its nomination proposal. In addition to the conditions prescribed by the Labor Act and the Ordinance on special conditions that must be met by employees of the tourist office, interested candidates must also meet the conditions prescribed by the competition itself. Candidates must, among other things, have completed at least a specialist graduate or university degree, have at least three years of work experience in tourism and / or marketing, actively know one language with knowledge of another world language or know the language of the country in which they will perform duty of the director, to know the tourist market for which they are applying and to make a proposal of their work program of the representative office.The British market is important for our country, and interest in Croatia is growing from year to year. Thus, in the first nine months of this year, there were 8% more arrivals and overnight stays than last year, ie 850.000 arrivals and 4.4. million overnight stays of guests from the UK. They mostly stayed in hotels and then in household facilities, while they spent the most nights in Dubrovnik, Split, Konavle, Pula and Poreč. The average daily consumption of tourists from the UK according to the TOMAS survey is 139 Euros, which puts them in second place in terms of consumption, immediately from guests from the USA who on average achieve the highest daily consumption of 158 Euros.Applications and evidence of eligibility and curriculum vitae of candidates must be submitted no later than 15 days from the announcement of the competition, or until December 13, 2018. years. Find out more about the conditions of the competition in the attachment.Attachment: CNTB has announced a competition for the election of directors of representative offices in London and SeoulRELATED NEWS:THAI AIRASIA X COMING TO CROATIA NEXT YEAR?last_img read more

Japan’s capital sets new daily record of 366 coronavirus infections

first_imgJapan’s capital has reported 366 new coronavirus cases, Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, said on Thursday, a new daily record fuelling fears of a second round of infections.As Japan began a four-day stretch of holidays, the city’s government declared its highest alert against the disease. Thursday’s figure took cumulative infections to more than 10,000 in Tokyo, topping a daily high of 293 cases last week.”A total of 366 cases have turned positive, which was the largest number to date, and a record 4,926 were tested,” Koike told reporters. “It’s a very big number. Please refrain from going out as much as possible during the four-day weekend. We must stop infections from spreading with everyone’s cooperation.”Although Japan has suffered about 28,000 infections and more than 1,000 deaths, it has escaped the kind of explosive surge seen elsewhere.But recent signs of a spurt in infections in Japan, as well as other major economies, such as the United States, have prompted authorities to raise renewed alerts against the virus. Topics :last_img read more

Dutch roundup: Vervoer, KLM, Gazelle, Pon

first_imgElsewhere, with a return of 3.7%, the €2.2bn KLM pension fund for cabin staff was the best performing scheme of the three large schemes of the Dutch airline over the first quarter.The pension fund’s coverage ratio rose by 0.6 percentage points to 123.6%, equating to a real funding of 78.7%.The Stichting Pensioenfonds Cabinepersoneel KLM reported returns for fixed income, equity and property of 3.3%, 1.7% and 2.9%, respectively, while a 50% interest hedge contributed 1.4 percentage points to the total result.However, following rising equity markets, it lost 0.1 percentage points on its equity cover.Over the same period, the €6.6bn KLM scheme for ground staff achieved a return of 3% due mainly to the rising value of its bonds portfolio.Its interest hedge contributed 0.5 percentage points to the quarterly result of the Algemeen Pensioenfonds of KLM.According to the scheme, fixed income, equity and real estate returned 3.6%, 1.7% and 2.8%, respectively.It added that it was considering investing in existing funds of Dutch mortgage loans, as a way of diversifying its portfolio.Since year-end, the coverage ratio of the pension fund for ground staff rose from 122.1% to 122.8%.The €7.3bn KLM scheme for cockpit staff (Vliegend Personeel) reported a quarterly return of 2.5%, while its coverage rose by 0.5 percentage point to 133.3%.The assets of the KLM schemes are managed by Blue Sky Group.In other news, the €85m pension fund of bicycle manufacturer Gazelle has joined SPP, the €660m multi-company scheme of Dutch Volkswagen importer Pon.SPP was alreading managing the pension assets of the Stichting Pensioenfonds Pon Holdings (SPPH), the Stichting Pensioenfonds Geveke (SPG) and the surviving relatives scheme of the Stichting Pensioenfonds Pon.The Gazelle pension fund has approximately 1,875 participants in total, and was founded in 1927.Although it is part of the metal and electrotechnical engineering industry, it had been exempt from mandatory participation in the industry-wide metal scheme PME.The scheme said it decided to join the multi scheme for reasons of continuity, expertise and costs.The Pon multi scheme was established on 1 January 2012 to simplify joint operations, while allowing the participating pension plans to keep their own characteristics.An additional consideration was that, because of the ring-fenced assets within the multi scheme, the principle of solidarity between participants could remain limited to the individual pension plan, SPP said.The multi-company scheme has now approximately 10,550 participants in total.Following their respective collective labour agreements (CAOs), a large part of the Pon employees are participants of either metal scheme PME or PMT, the pension fund for the metalworking and mechanical engineering industry. Vervoer, the €15.7bn pension fund for the private road and waterways transport sector in the Netherlands, has reported a 6% return for the first quarter of 2014. Over the first three months of the year, its coverage ratio improved by 3.4 percentage points to 112.7%.Vervoer attributed the increase of its coverage to its 64.3% fixed income holdings and falling interest rates, as well as a positive return on its derivates to hedge the interest risk on its liabilities.The transport scheme, which has 624,000 participants in total, said its fixed income and equity holdings returned more than 3% and 0.7%, respectively, while property and infrastructure returned 0.7% and 2%.last_img read more

Future looks bright for Nelson Minor Hockey after positive changes

first_img Vice President – Danny Jewitt Novice and House $300.00 Equipment/Uniform Manager – Vince Vulcano Past President – Doug Harrison Ice Scheduler – Cynthia St. Thomas Maida said players already registered would receive a rebate for the difference in paid fees after July 31.To help with registration, Maida said the Nelson Leafs are pitching in to support NMH.“All paid NMHA members for the 2015/16 season will receive a free season’s pass to the Nelson Leafs,” Maida explained.It was believed Nelson Minor Hockey might fold this season due to lack of people wanting to sit on the executive.However, most of a full board has been filled for the upcoming season.The new board includes: President – Tony Maida In an effort to get players back onto the ice, Nelson Minor Hockey is going to lower fees for the upcoming season.Under the direction of former NMH president Tony Maida, the local association is doing its best to increase registration for the 2015-16 campaign.“We have already been working on some exciting things for the new season, Maida said in a prepared statement. “Our board had decided to lower fees for the 2016-16 season.”The new fees are: First time player $100.00 Midget Director – Geoff Watts Peewee Director – Todd Hutt Atom Director – Cam Paterson West Kootenay Representative – Greg Andrusak Bantam Director – pending Registrar – Deb Matthews Treasurer – Brad Ouchi Female Director – Cam Paterson Skills Director – Kim Osika Referee in Chief – pending“I’d like to welcome the NMHA Board of Directors for the 2015/16 season and say thank you to all the past board members who put in endless time and energy to help our association,” said Maida.NOTES: NMH IS accepting coaching applications for the 2015/16 season.  Application deadline for Rep is July 31, 2015 and House, August 31, 2015 Coaching application – http://nelsonmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015-16-coaching-application.pdf Novice Director – Sandy Boyd Tournament Director – Deedee Bendis Secretary/Public Relations – Lisa Upper Rep $390.00 (300.00 + $90.00 Rep Try Out fee. $200.00 Rep fee applicable to players once selected to rep teams)last_img read more