Twitter and Facebook label Trump posts claiming election stolen

first_imgFacebook’s label on that post reads, “As expected, election results will take longer this year. Millions of people across the US voted by mail, and mail ballots take longer to count.”Twitter also labeled a post from Ben Wikler, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, saying that Joe Biden had won the state.Facebook began alerting users early Wednesday that ballots are still being counted, after President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he had won the presidential election. The messages appear at the top of the feeds for both Instagram and Facebook.“Once President Trump began making premature claims of victory, we started running notifications on Facebook and Instagram that votes are still being counted and a winner is not projected,” Facebook said in a tweet. “We’re also automatically applying labels to both candidates’ posts with this information.” The Twitter warning reads: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” Facebook, in its label, wrote, “Final results may be different from the initial vote counts, as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks after polls close.”“As votes are still being counted across the country, our teams continue to take enforcement action on Tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information about the election broadly,” a Twitter spokesman said via email.Another post had been labeled by Facebook but not by Twitter as of late morning Wednesday.- Advertisement – US President Donald Trump gestures after speaking during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Twitter and Facebook have appended messages to another post from President Donald Trump Wednesday morning.The labels come after both platforms flagged Trump’s post early Wednesday claiming opponents are trying to steal the election. NBC News has not yet projected the presidential election results, and votes are still being counted in several key states.Twitter appended a warning over one post, in which the president wrote, “Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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GAO says USDA, FDA should improve food recalls

first_imgOct 21, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserted this week that weaknesses in the government’s systems for handling food recalls increase the risk that consumers will buy and eat unsafe food. This meat was mixed with still other meat before it reached retail shelves, so the precise amount of potentially contaminated meat that was sold is unknown, the report says. Customers ultimately returned or destroyed 64,000 pounds of beef as a result of the recall, but it was not possible to determine how much of the original 10,410 pounds was included in that amount, the GAO says. The report was prepared at the request of two Democratic legislators, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio. The USDA generally agreed with the report and said it had already addressed most of the problems cited, but the FDA disagreed with some of the main conclusions. The report recommends that Congress consider requiring food companies to notify the government of potentially unsafe food and giving the USDA and FDA authority to require recalls. The agencies currently lack that authority, except that the FDA can require recalls of infant formula. In commenting on a draft of the GAO report, the USDA said it was generally accurate and that the procedures adopted in May would correct most of the problems cited. But the agency said the GAO’s recommendations about collecting more data and generating more reports would be burdensome to the agency and to industry, according to the report. See also: The GAO also says the methods the two agencies use to notify consumers of recalls—press releases and Web postings—may not be effective. Consumer groups consulted by the GAO said relatively few consumers may see that information. They suggested that the agencies try additional steps, such as posting recall notices in grocery stores and using “shoppers’ club” information. Eating meat products from BSE-infected cattle is believed to be the cause of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But when the BSE case was discovered, officials said the organs most likely to harbor the BSE agent, such as the brain, spinal cord, and distal small intestine, had been removed from the carcass and did not enter the human food supply. The GAO says the amount of food recalled by US companies has increased substantially in recent years. For meat and poultry, the volume grew from about 6 million pounds in 1988 to 36 million pounds in 2003. Firms normally conduct voluntary recalls when they discover they may have sold contaminated food or food that contains unlisted allergens, but the GAO says the federal agencies do not know how well the recalls are carried out. The report notes that the federal government has mandatory recall authority over other products, including motor vehicles, general consumer goods, vaccines, and medical devices. Besides urging consideration of recall authority over food, the GAO recommends that USDA and FDA “better track and manage food recalls, achieve more prompt and complete recalls, and determine if additional ways are needed to alert consumers about recalled food they have in their homes.”center_img However, last May the USDA established time frames for completing verification checks and methods for reaching all segments of the distribution chain, the report notes. If implemented, the new procedures should help ensure that recalls are effective, it says. “USDA and FDA do not know how promptly and completely the recalling companies and their distributors and other customers are carrying out recalls, and neither agency is using its data systems to effectively track and manage its recall programs,” the GAO report says. One of the report’s appendices describes the USDA’s oversight of the beef recall that followed the discovery of the nation’s first cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Washington state in December 2003. It says the USDA was unable to determine how much of the 10,410 pounds of beef in the original recall was actually recovered. USDA officials said processors mixed the potentially contaminated meat with other meat for a total of 38,000 pounds of beef that was distributed “at the secondary customer level,” according to the report. GAO report, “Food safety: USDA and FDA need to better ensure prompt and complete recalls of potentially unsafe food” Further, the agencies “do not track important dates to calculate how long companies take to carry out recalls and the percentage of food that is recovered,” the GAO says. Nor do the agencies “promptly verify that recalls have reached all segments of the distribution chain.” The GAO found that the USDA took an average of 38 days and the FDA took an average of 31 days to finish recall verification checks in 2003—longer than the expected shelf life for some of the foods recalled. The USDA and FDA don’t give companies specific guidance on how quickly to carry out recalls, and therefore they may be less motivated to notify customers and pull food from the marketplace, the report asserts. The FDA, after reviewing a draft, rejected the assertion that weaknesses in FDA procedures slowed recalls and limited the amount of food recovered, the document says. The FDA also dissented from the recommendation for giving food companies specific time frames and for recording the dates of company and FDA actions. The GAO, an investigative agency of Congress, analyzed 10 recalls monitored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and 10 monitored by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2003. The agency found that about 38% and 36% of recalled food was eventually recovered in the recalls overseen by the USDA and FDA, respectively.last_img read more

Romania has more avian flu outbreaks

first_imgDec 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Romania has reported three new outbreaks of avian influenza this week, while a mild strain of avian flu has surfaced in North Carolina turkeys, according to news services.Dozens of chickens were found dead in the southeastern Romanian villages of Bumbacari and Dudescu, which lie outside the Danube River delta, according to Agence France-Presse and Bloomberg News reports. The viral strain was not listed.In addition, an H5 virus was found in live and dead hens in the Danube delta village of Periprava, according to Bloomberg. The story said health workers plan to kill almost 9,500 birds in the three villages, which have been quarantined.An agriculture official said samples from the infected birds would be sent to England for testing for H5N1 viruses, according to the report.H5N1 avian flu surfaced in Romania in early October. Most outbreaks so far have been in the Danube delta, whose wetlands are home to many wild birds.Turkeys on a farm in eastern North Carolina tested positive for a low-pathogenic H3N2 strain of avian flu, according to a Reuters report published by MSNBC today.The US Department of Agriculture said the low-pathogenic avian flu has been found elsewhere in the United States this year, according to the story. It is not a threat to humans.Poultry exports from Sampson County, where the affected farm lies, and neighboring counties were suspended for 30 days as of Nov 29, the report said.In Ethiopia, officials were testing pigeons for avian flu after hundreds of the birds died near the capital, Addis Ababa, and in an eastern Somali region, according to a BBC News report.No avian flu cases have been found in Africa, but there is concern that migratory birds from Europe will carry the disease there this winter.last_img read more

USDA releases farm biosecurity guide

first_imgJul 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a guide to helps farmers protect crops and animals from security threats. In drafting the security guidelines, the USDA received input from producers throughout the country. The 20-page document covers general agriculture, dairy, crops, cattle, and poultry. The guide, titled “Pre-Harvest Security Guidelines and Checklist 2006,” offers voluntary, practical measures to help farmers protect crops and animals from natural disasters and naturally or intentionally introduced pathogens. USDA’s pre-harvest security guidelines and checklist One recommendation that would cover almost any type of farm is to develop and update a risk management plan and share it with employees, family, and local law enforcement. A more specific recommendation for crop farmers is to maintain an updated inventory of anhydrous ammonia, ammonium nitrate, bulk urea, pesticides, and other hazardous materials and to investigate any discrepancies. The guide is available at the USDA’s local Farm Service Agency centers and online. It is the latest in a series of USDA publications to address biosecurity; the agency has previously published guidelines for food processors and distributors and for those involved in agricultural transportation. CFIA checklist for preventing avian influenza on farmscenter_img See also: Jul 12 USDA news release on farm security guidelines Meanwhile, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today released on its Web site a checklist of precautions for preventing avian influenza on poultry farms. The checklist includes tips such as maintaining a visitor log, requiring visitors to wash their hands before entering a poultry house, following a strict schedule when caring for the flock (such as working from youngest to oldest), and draining ponds near poultry houses. In a press release today, the USDA said improving food-producer awareness about biosafety issues is central to its homeland security efforts. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner commented, “While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to protecting agriculture, recommendations in this guide can be beneficial to a variety of types and sizes of agricultural operations.” read more

Unusual E coli strain sickens 231 in Oklahoma

first_img CDC report on FoodNet data for 2006 The sick have been infected with E coli O111, a far less common strain than E coli O157:H7, the serotype typically identified in E coli outbreaks. Both strains can cause the form of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is potentially fatal. “We still have some individuals who are on dialysis for HUS,” Oklahoma State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley told CIDRAP News today. She said there has been one death in the outbreak, that of a 26-year-old man. As described by the OSDH, signs and symptoms of the illness have been similar to those of E coli O157:H7: diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and severe abdominal cramps, usually with no or only mild fever. Bradley called the illness “very similar to [those caused by] other enterohemorrhagic E coli strains.” Sixteen of the 61 people hospitalized in the outbreak have received dialysis treatment, including nine children, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said in an update today. The patients include 185 adults and 43 children; three patients’ ages have not yet been learned, officials said. Largest outbreak of E coli O111″This appears to be the largest E coli O111 outbreak ever reported in the US,” Bradley said in a Sep 2 update on the outbreak. “Children tend to select fewer things off a buffet than adults,” Bradley explained. “We were hoping we might find it [a contaminated food] in a subset analysis of children.” January 2007 CDC report on STEC in Connecticut “I’d love to say we’re zeroing in on a food item, but we’ve not been able to do that,” Bradley said. “We hope that by increasing the number of controls [interviewed], we might have a particular food item or category that will fall out in our analysis, but as our investigation has progressed I’m becoming less and less optimistic. If we’re not able to, it points to the possibility that we have an infected food handler who handled multiple food items.” Sep 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A restaurant-related illness outbreak in Oklahoma featuring an uncommon strain of Escherichia coli has expanded to involve at least 231 people, 61 of whom have been hospitalized, Oklahoma health officials announced today. Food source elusiveMost case-patients ate at the Country Cottage restaurant in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Locust Grove between Aug 15 and 17, the OSDH has said. But despite interviewing more than 1,300 people who ate there, health officials have not yet identified a specific food source for the outbreak. She said that possibility seems more likely, since the restaurant is a large buffet-style operation, with 58 employees who handle food. While most employees have a primary duty station, it is not unusual for them to fill in at other stations as needed, so they would handle a number of foods, she said.center_img The first OSDH announcement of the outbreak came on Aug 25. Four days later state officials said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had identified the pathogen as E coli O111. Most of the people infected have had diarrhea lasting a couple of days, but were not sick enough to need medical attention, Bradley said. Bradley said investigators have been trying especially to find and interview children who ate at the restaurant during the period in question. Not only are children at greater risk for serious illness, but information from children might equip investigators with valuable clues about possibly contaminated food items. OSDH page with links to daily outbreak updates Sep 10 OSDH news release How common?Little is known about the incidence of pathogenic E coli strains (known as Shiga toxin–producing E coli, or STEC) other than O157:H7, according to a January 2007 report by the CDC. Another CDC report, covering FoodNet foodborne disease surveillance in 2006, said the program colleted data on 209 non-O157 STEC isolates, of which 29 (15%) were O111. O26 and O53 strains were more common. (FoodNet surveillance covered about 15% of the US population in 2006.) See also: The numbers of patients and hospitalizations are likely to change as the investigation continues, the OSDH said today. The January 2007 CDC report, discussing STEC cases in Connecticut from 2000 to 2005, said, “Overall, infections caused by non-O157 STEC were less severe than those caused by STEC O157. However, the severity of disease caused by STEC is related to the virulence profile of the infecting strain, and some non-O157 serotypes cause illness as severe as that caused by STEC O157.” Yesterday officials said testing of surfaces in the restaurant had revealed no contamination, and last week authorities determined that water from a well on the restaurant site was safe.last_img read more

Closing the Zagreb rotor from the perspective of one renter

first_imgIn anticipation of another Advent in Zagreb, the period that each renter will apartments in Zagreb mark as the peak of the season in the Croatian capital, I listen to announcements and decisions of the city fathers (op.a. father) in relation with closing date of the Zagreb rotor, which according to the last announcement (and there were more) will be closed to all traffic on Saturday, December 15, 2018. So right in the middle Advent in Zagreb.For all those who (yet) do not know Advent in Zagreb this year runs from December 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Recall, preparatory works on the Zagreb rotor began in July 2018. It was then announced that the works would be completed in 18 months, despite this, numerous construction experts claim that the mentioned deadline is unrealistic and belongs to the optimist class. Regardless of the claims of the profession, the City still insists that this will be the case. I personally support the city’s claims and I persistently hope that it will be so. Also, I persistently hope that those responsible know the difference between assertion and hope?From 2007 to the end of 2017, the Zagreb Police Administration recorded 1004 traffic accidents on the Zagreb rotor, in which 211 people were slightly injured, while 22 people suffered serious bodily injuries.Following the event regarding the date closing the Zagreb traffic aorta, claims and hopes, I ask some questions along the way, and I think that other fellow renters should also ask the following questions;Question one: Can the closing of the rotor be postponed for the next twenty days? Of course it can! Specifically. Can the closure of the rotor be postponed to Monday, January 7, 2019? This question can be asked especially for one simple reason that the rotor was originally supposed to be closed in early November, then in mid-October it was announced that the rotor would close in late November. The latest information says that ‘Dan Z ‘ moved no less and no more than on Saturday, December 15th.Question two: What would we lose and what would we gain by delaying the closure of the rotor and why? Considering the above-described deadlines for closing and moving them, but also the deadlines for reopening the rotor for traffic (the ‘announced’ end of work on the rotor is the end of 2019, the beginning of 2020, out of sight), I conclude that in practice no one can guarantee with certainty and say “we will be done by then and then”, do you know how it is already going with us? Let’s not lie to ourselves, we can only hope! For that very reason, by postponing the closing date we would lose little.”What is a minute versus eternity?”, The villains would say, and it will seem like an eternity the time needed for the complete reconstruction of this legendary Zagreb road to everyone who normally walks this way to work or to their homes every day. With the postponement of the closure, they would get much less crowded at the western entrance to Zagreb, much less nervousness from the motorized citizens of Zagreb and most of those who will arrive in the metropolis in the pre-Christmas mood, and the famous rotor as the first check point before scattering along the avenues, streets and alleys of the already congested Zagreb.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”There are a few more good reasons why it would be desirable to postpone the start of work for January 2019. The first is certainly that the postponement would avoid work for two consecutive years. Advent in Zagreb. Some will say it doesn’t matter! Others will, however, with a little thought, realize how important this question is. What could very easily happen to all those who would during this year Advent could have unpleasant experiences associated with arrival and crowds, next year, but even this year they simply bypass the Capital and answer those who might otherwise decide to come with a negative word of mouth. There is no need to talk about how the media will report on everything. I sincerely and persistently hope that this will not happen.In December 2017, the City of Zagreb realized 111 arrivals and 253 overnight stays, which is more than a quarter of the total overnight stays in the Republic of Croatia during December 200.The second reason is that most tourists who plan to stay in Zagreb during the Christmas and New Year holidays will leave Zagreb in January, while some Zagreb residents will go skiing. What will greet the residents with an address in Zagreb on their return would be nothing more than what greets them every year when they return from their vacation, which they are used to anyway !?The rotor will be closed one way or another and I agree, the transport infrastructure needs to be renewed, modernized, relieved, however is the announcement and timing closing the rotor for December 15 the wisest decision? I don’t think so!Compared to December 2016, in December 2017 the City of Zagreb realized 15% more arrivals and 17% more overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities.If the rotor still closes in mid-December, maybe it would be convenient to set up several Advent houses next to the toll booths in Lučko and Demerje, and even at the Jastrebarsko exit? Why not? Adult passengers can certainly be offered mulled wine, drivers hot tea or coffee to wake up, and the youngest could be delighted with fritters? Of course, we all hope that there will be no need for that and that this year’s guests, as every year, will still spend more time in rows for sausages in front of Advent houses, than in rows and columns at toll booths.Therefore, as every year full of optimism, faith and hope in Top destination Croatian tourism during December and with a smile on his face Let’s welcome all the guests who decided to visit Zagreb during Advent and try to bring beautiful and positive experiences from the Croatian capital! Let’s work! #ZagrebeIzdržiAuthor: Branimir BoučekSources – – – – – Cover photo: – Rotor sketch: Faculty of Civil Engineeringlast_img read more

Croatia on the luxury route Mediterranean Luxe

first_imgThe first travel program includes departure from Monaco to the Italian cities of Milan and Venice, and then moving to Croatia and the capital Zagreb. The second program includes Valencia and Barcelona and a tour of French cities such as Montpellier, Marseilles and Nice, and the trip ends in Monaco.   Organization Mediterranean Luxe launched by the tourism organizations of Catalonia and Monaco, respectively the globally recognized agency Kuoni, which has prepared two luxury travel programs that include all destinations participating in this year’s event.  In addition to presentations of the offer of luxury tourism, the program also included a presentation of the gastronomic offer of destinations that participated in the event, so Croatia presented itself with fuži with truffles, fritters and selected liqueurs. Precisely with the aim of promoting luxury tourism and promoting the mentioned route, a promotion was held Croatian National Tourist Board in cooperation with the tourist boards of Spain, France, Catalonia, Monaco and the city of Zagreb at the prestigious Mediterranean Luxeu in Singapore during the International Luxury Travel Mart.  Mediterranean Luxe aims to promote the tourism sector of the Mediterranean region and inform tour operators and other visitors about news from the segment of luxury tourism.  Croatian offer of luxury tourism presented in Singapore  “The capital of Croatia, as a leader in trends in our country, presents its luxury offer and we are extremely glad to be in the renowned society of world leaders in luxury tourism. We are honored to be part of the Kuoni agency program and that this segment of Zagreb’s offer will be presented to the Asian market, which records a significant increase in arrivals and overnight stays in Zagreb. Namely, back in 2015, the countries of Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines were in 19th place in terms of results, while in 2018 they took 9th place, which shows the growing interest in our city. “, said Martina Bienenfeld, director of the Tourist Board.last_img read more

Canopy by Hilton got his book that tells the authentic story of the destination

first_img“It’s always nice to see the life of a project after completion, how close it is to the image we created and imagined in the design process… how the space came to life, how people behave or feel in it and looking at it all in Canopy’s case I think nothing we would change. This book is precisely the point on and because it best depicts the life of the hotel, from the process of creating the idea to the life of the hotel today and all its aspects, guests, employees, food, cocktails, design and art, a complete experience that we all strive for when we come to a new city or country ”said Dean Franić from Studio Franić Šekoranja at the presentation of the book. The characteristics of the Canopy brand are the nurturing of local culture, and therefore local designers were hired for Canopy Zagreb – Studio Franić and Šekoranja, as well as Croatian furniture manufacturers. In the hotel you can find motifs of Croatian chessboard, sixth costume, Kožarić’s grounded sun, Croatian science and art, but also Zagreb traditional dishes made of fresh local ingredients from the Dolac market, presented in a modern way in the ReUnion restaurant.  Namely, the Canopy by Hilton hotel book was presented at the Canopy by Hilton hotel in Zagreb. So, it is precisely this local and authentic story that is synonymous and characteristic of the Hilton Canopy brand. Also a clear difference from the competition, not only from other hotel brands, but each Canopy by Hilton is different because it is tied to the authentic story of the destination in which it is located. And yesterday, the whole story got a sequel and an additional stamp to its philosophy of nurturing local culture. Photo: Ivo Trojanović Last year, after Reykjavik, Zagreb had the honor of being the site of the second Canopy by Hilton hotel in Europe. The sweetest place in the neighborhood, the famous Union factory, just two years after it opened, was given the title of exclusive supplier of sweets to the courts in Vienna and Budapest. Once upon a time, people who lived in this neighborhood could feel the joy that others could only see in movies about Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. Just a few steps from the hotel, more than a century ago, the sweetest factory in the region opened. The electric tram was just starting to run, and one of the tram stops was right in front of the factory. When people got off the tram, they were stunned by the sweet chocolate smell that came out through the chimneys and windows of the factory. At that time, the famous nougat chocolate with almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts was created, which would later become the most famous Croatian chocolate product today – Bajadera.  The design of the book is due to local designers who were involved in the editing from the beginning, Dean Franić and Saša Šekoranja from Studio Franić Šekoranja, the texts were written by Željka Zrnić, while the photographs are due to several authorial photography teams, Duško Vlaović, Karla Jurić and Matej Jurčević and Sanjin Kaštelan.center_img And what the interpretation from the book through the “pen” by the author Željka Zrnić looks like, we can see below in the attachment. If we know that the very essence of tourism is authenticity, and the motive for coming is to experience something new and different, ie a new way and culture of living, then this move is certainly to be commended. Photo: Ivo Trojanović The book is the last phase, more precisely, giving life to the project even after its completion, and the book, just like the hotel, keeps from oblivion the industrial and cultural history of Zagreb, more precisely, its part that stretches along Branimirova Street. “With this project, Hilton has shown that it can and wants to be a leader in the hotel business. We have shown that our goal is to raise the bar in the current usages of the hotel business, and that we will continue to do so, as evidenced by our planned portfolio expansion. This book is a valuable memory of all the work we went through together with Studio Franić Šekoranja, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them. ‘ said Josipa Jutt, director of the Hilton Hotel. Photo: Ivo Trojanovićlast_img read more