Trump’s Climate Policies Accelerated Global Warming

first_imgInstead, in the largest economy in the world, they began to fray.“We’ve lost very important time on climate change, which we can ill afford,” said Richard Newell, president of Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan energy and environment-focused research organization in Washington. “There is severe damage. To ignore climate for four years, you can’t put a price on that. It’s a huge issue that needs to be confronted with long-term momentum and extreme dedication, and we have lost that.” Updated – Advertisement – Assuming Mr. Biden succeeds in re-implementing them, two years would pass before those rules would be legally finalized, resulting in still more emissions.“If Biden puts the rules back in place, the emissions will be lower than the number in our study, but it will still have a lasting effect,” said Hannah Pitt, a co-author of the study.Speaking of Mr. Trump’s rollback of Obama-era rules on auto-fuel economy, which would have lowered tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, she said, “The four years of a Trump administration plus another one or two years to get a rule in place — cars purchased in that period will be less efficient and burn more fossil fuels than they would have otherwise. And those cars can stick around on the road for 10 or 12 years. And once those greenhouse gases are in the atmosphere, they trap heat for decades.“- Advertisement – A recent analysis by the Rhodium Group, a nonpartisan research organization, found that if the five largest Trump climate control rollbacks, including rules on carbon dioxide emissions from auto tailpipes and power plants and methane leaks from oil and gas wells, were to go forward, an additional 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases would be in the atmosphere by 2035. That’s more than the combined energy emissions of Germany, Britain and Canada in one year.- Advertisement – Nov. 9, 2020, 2:49 p.m. ET It is also not certain that Mr. Biden will be able to reinstate all those rules, let alone to make them more stringent. The Biden administration can legally reinstate environmental protections on some public lands that Mr. Trump opened to oil and gas drilling, but using executive authority to write wide-reaching regulations on smokestack and tailpipe emissions may be more problematic with a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Before Kamala Harris, This Vice President Broke a Racial Barrier

first_imgKamala Harris broke gender and racial barriers this year as the first woman, first Black person and first person of Asian descent to be elected vice president.But historians and Native Americans are also revisiting the legacy of Charles Curtis, whose Kaw Nation ancestry gives him a claim as the first “person of color” to serve as vice president, though the term’s current usage emerged decades later.- Advertisement – Mr. Curtis was born in 1860 in the territory of Kansas to a white father and a mother of Kanza descent, and spent his early life among the Kanza people, who are now part of the Kaw Nation.He learned the language and excelled at horsemanship, according to the Senate. And he pursued his early education in Topeka, shuttling back and forth between the city and the reservation, said Crystal Douglas, who runs the Kanza Museum in Kaw City, Okla.Mr. Curtis was eventually elected a county attorney, and to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Mr. Hoover chose him as a running mate in 1928, possibly because of his popularity in the pastoral Midwest.- Advertisement – His embrace of his heritage, however, also came with a legacy that some historians and advocates say undermined Native land rights.‘One of our own men’- Advertisement – Mr. Curtis also had Osage ancestry, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Ms. Douglas, the Kanza Museum director, said that Mr. Curtis “did some wonderful things” for his people, and introduced bills backing women’s voting rights and child labor laws. She said that Mr. Curtis’s personal papers show he was “disappointed” with how the Curtis Act ultimately harmed tribal identity. Mr. Curtis, who served under President Herbert Hoover from 1929 to 1933, often referred to the novelty of his background while in public office, speaking of his rise “from Kaw tepee to Capitol,” as his Senate biography notes.Native artifacts adorned his office, he posed for photographs in a Native headdress, and he referred to himself as “one-eighth Kaw Indian and a one-hundred percent Republican,” the biography says. Laura Harris, LaDonna Harris’s daughter, said in an interview on Monday that she and her mother discovered more about Mr. Curtis while preparing for her campaign.“You want people to know that we were politically active back in the 1800s, as well as today,” she said. “And we have served in government and were included in government.”“But he is almost a fluke,” she added. “He did things that, today, we would think they were not very progressive. But that was his time.”Ms. LaDuke said that while Native women had inspired her run, “I just think it is remarkable that a Native person was elected vice president. And a lot of people didn’t know that.” Dr. R. David Edmunds, a retired historian at the University of Texas in Dallas, said that Mr. Curtis represented the 19th-century approach of U.S. policy toward Native people.“Curtis is the last gasp of the old way, and the country moves away from him,” he said. “He has sort of been forgotten because of that.”Rediscovering CurtisIn 1936, when the coffin bearing the body of Mr. Curtis was transported by train from Washington to Kansas, “thousands” were expected to pay respects, according to The New York Times’s coverage of his funeral.Then he faded into relative obscurity, until this year, as Ms. Harris’s selection on a major party ticket renewed interest in his stature as the highest-ranking person of Native descent in the federal government. “There is pride with the Kanza, that one of theirs rose to be vice president of the United States,” said Mark Brooks, an administrator for the Kaw Mission in the Kansas State Historical Society. “But I would say that some would pick that apart and refer to the Curtis Act and what it actually did.” Updated Nov. 10, 2020, 3:26 p.m. ET According to original documents provided by the historical society, Mr. Curtis is referred to as “one of our own men” by a tribal leader, Chief Washungah, who spoke at the Capitol in 1900 about the tribe’s share of lands under treaties with the federal government.“The white people are getting rich off of the lands that have been treated away,” Chief Washungah told Commissioner of Indian Affairs William A. Jones, according to the documents.He added: “I am getting old and I realize that I cannot live much longer, so I am talking for the children now. I want them to stay on the land, and to get some good land.”Mr. Jones, in return, told the chief that “your matters have been carefully looked after by your representative in Congress,” in a reference to Mr. Curtis. In October, reporting on Ms. Harris’s preparations for a debate, the news site Indian Country Today noted that at least two Native Americans had sought the vice presidency in recent decades.One was LaDonna Harris, a Comanche citizen, a candidate for the Citizens Party in 1980 with Barry Commoner; the other, Winona LaDuke, of White Earth Nation, was the Green Party nominee for vice president in 1996 and 2000, alongside Ralph Nader. – Advertisement – Many Native leaders thought a man who grew up with a tribe would look out for their interests. But parts of his legacy, historians say, are overshadowed by his role as the original author of the Curtis Act of 1898, which orchestrated allotment of Native lands and curtailed tribal leadership.last_img read more

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PNC to buy U.S. operations of Spanish bank BBVA

first_imgIn a statement, BBVA Group Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila said the deal was a “very positive transaction for all sides” and enhanced the Spanish group’s “already strong financial position.”“We will have ample flexibility to profitably deploy capital in our markets strengthening our long-term growth profile and supporting economies in the recovery phase, and to increase distributions to shareholders,” Torres Vila added.Having been approved by both companies’ boards, the deal is expected to close in mid-2021, with PNC as the surviving entity absorbing BBVA USA Bancshares and BBVA USA merging with PNC Bank.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Spanish financial group BBVA has agreed to sell its U.S. business, BBVA USA Bancshares, to PNC Financial Services Group for $11.6 billion, the American firm announced Monday.Headquartered in Houston, Texas, BBVA USA Bancshares has $104 billion in assets under management, with banking subsidiary BBVA USA operating 637 branches in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico. The new company will have a coast-to-coast presence in 29 of the 30 largest markets in the U.S., PNC said Monday.The all-cash deal is the second-largest U.S. banking acquisition since the 2008 financial crisis, according to Reuters, and values the American business at 19.7 times its 2019 earnings and 1.34 times its book value as of September 2020. The price represents almost 50% of BBVA’s current market capitalization.- Advertisement –center_img “Our acquisition of BBVA USA will accelerate our growth trajectory and drive long-term shareholder value through a strategic deployment of the proceeds from the sale of our BlackRock investment,” said PNC Chairman, President and CEO William S. Demchak. An ATM is shown at company headquarters for the PNC Financial Services at One PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Sir Ian Botham’s grandson James Botham called up by Wales | Rugby Union News

first_img 0:21 Wales head coach Wayne Pivac says improvement will take time after they crashed to their sixth successive defeat against Ireland – Advertisement – – Advertisement – James Botham could make his Wales debut against Georgia
James Botham could make his Wales debut against Georgia

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Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian flu

first_imgMar 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong officials have reported that a 9-month-old girl is infected with the strain of avian influenza known as A/H9N2, which has caused mild human illness in the city three times before and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain.The Hospital Authority in Hong Kong said the baby girl has only mild symptoms but is in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Thomas Tsang, head of the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection, said test results today confirmed that the virus is H9N2, according to the story.The same strain infected two girls in Hong Kong in 1999 and a 5-year-old boy there in 2003; all had mild illnesses and recovered.Tsang said the baby girl became ill Mar 4 with an upper respiratory tract infection and fever and was hospitalized at United Christian Hospital from Mar 6 to 9, AFP reported. The story did not make clear when she was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital.The Hospital Authority said it was “very concerned” about the case and that United Christian Hospital would “conduct a review” of all healthcare workers who had close contact with the girl, according to AFP.A report from Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) today said the girl was believed to have contracted the virus from a market in a densely populated area of Hong Kong.The AFP report quoted Tsang as saying in a statement, “Further genetic sequencing is being conducted to determine if the virus is completely of avian origin. This is an isolated case and the source of infection is being investigated. Based on previous experience, however, we will look especially into bird-to-human transmission.”The Centre for Health Protection said the girl’s family members were well and she had not been taken outside Hong Kong recently, according to AFP.In 2004 the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), concerned that H9N2 could evolve into a pandemic strain, contracted with Chiron Corp. (now part of Novartis) to produce a vaccine against the virus. Last September scientists reported that the experimental vaccine generated a good immune response in a phase 1 clinical trial.The contract called on Chiron to make 40,000 doses of the vaccine, based on an inactivated strain of H9N2 developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report on the clinical trial results said H9N2 viruses are widespread in Eurasian poultry. Two of the three different Asian lineages of these viruses can bind to human as well as bird cell receptors (sialic acid residues) and therefore may be more likely to infect humans than other avian flu viruses are, the authors wrote.The H9N2 strain of avian flu is distinct from the lethal Asian strain of H5N1 virus, which has killed millions of poultry in Asia, Africa, and Europe and caused 281 human illness cases, 169 of them fatal, according to the World Health Organization’s current tally.See also:Sep 26, 2006, CIDRAP News story “H9N2 flu vaccine looks good in clinical trial”August 2004 NIAID news release about the Chiron contract to produce an H9N2 vaccinehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/Archive/2004/Pages/h9n2.aspxDec 10, 2003, CIDRAP News story “Hong Kong probes human case of avian flu”last_img read more

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In Split, 20 percent more arrivals and overnight stays

first_imgPrema podatcima sustava eVisitor u srpnju je na području Turističke zajednice grada Splita ostvarili 156.439 dolazaka i 517.059 noćenja što je 20% više u dolascima i 19 % više u noćenjima u odnosu na prethodnu godinu.  U srpnju su nam najbrojniji bili gosti iz Ujedinjene Kraljevine, Poljske, Njemačke, Francuske i SAD-a.”Ovi pokazatelji potvrđuju podatak da je Split jedan od vodećih turističkih destinacija u Hrvatskoj i da je spoj kulturno-prirodnih ljepota, manifestacija i ostalih sadržaja koje Split nudi, uistinu prepoznat od strane turista iz cijelog svijeta. Čestitam našim turističkim djelatnicima na dosadašnjem radu i sigurna sam da ćemo zajedničkim aktivnostima i dalje otklanjati nedostatke i biti dobri domaćini našim turistima.” points out mr.sc. ALijana Vukušić, director of the Split Tourist Board.Looking at the tourist traffic in the cumulative, this year the millionth overnight stay was realized in July while last year the same result was achieved in August. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 27% more arrivals (393.617 arrivals) and 24% more overnight stays (1.125.024 overnight stays) compared to the same period last year.last_img read more

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Croatia Airlines and Asiana Airlines signed an agreement on code share cooperation

first_imgCroatian and Korean national airlines Croatia Airlines and Asiana Airlines, both members of the world’s largest airline association Star Alliance, have signed an agreement on code share cooperation.By concluding this agreement and building a joint product, both companies expect an even better positioning in the highly competitive passenger transport market between Croatia and South Korea. As part of this cooperation, Croatia Airlines will provide passengers with connecting flights via Frankfurt, London and Paris to Seoul, and from Seoul via the above-mentioned European hubs to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik.Asiana Airlines is an airline based in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, which also has the most modern Airbus A350 aircraft in its fleet. From Seoul, it operates flights to 63 destinations around the world (North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia) and carries nearly 20,000.000 passengers annually. “We are glad that our service within this cooperation has become even more accessible to Korean tourists, who in recent years have been a leader in increasing the number of Asian tourists in Croatia. This is another example by which global airlines recognize the quality of Croatia Airlines service and direct their passengers to our flights as partner companies. ” said Jasmin Bajić, President of the Management Board of Croatia Airlines on the occasion of the signing code share contract.Code share Croatia Airlines and Asiana Airlines flights are an additional benefit for passengers from the Korean market, which is expected in Croatia this year almost 500.000, as well as passengers from Croatia due to the fact that the 23rd Winter Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, Korea in February 2018.Croatia Airlines, which operates regional flights in Europe, has made its flights available outside Europe as part of such cooperation. In addition to Asian Airlines, commercial cooperation in the transport of passengers with common flight codes has already been established with the world’s reputable airlines United Airlines, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines and Air India, as well as most European airlines in Star Alliance membership. “As a national airline, Croatia Airlines thus additionally contributes to the development of the tourist potentials of the Republic of Croatia, and at the same time to the strengthening of the Croatian economy. There are also positive effects on the growth of passenger traffic, which will reach a record level of 2,100.000 passengers this year.”Concludes Bajić.Related news:THAI AIRASIA X COMING TO CROATIA NEXT YEAR?GREAT NEWS FOR CROATIAN TOURISM! UNILINE OPENS OFFICE IN SEOOLlast_img read more

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The new addition to the Katarina Line fleet is the Ave Maria, a Deluxe Superior mini cruiser

first_imgThe new addition to the Katarina Line fleet is Ave Maria, mini cruiser Deluxe Superior category.It is a mini cruiser owned by the family of Ante I Matijana Naranča who are long-term partners of the Katarina Line agency. The cooperation started in the nineties with their then traditional sailing ship Lopar. Ante Naranča is a visionary who 2 years ago First on the Adriatic made a mini cruiser with private balconies and thus made a step forward in the offer, and the new ship Ave Maria also has private balconies and large common areas.”With 53,4 meters in length and 8,8 meters in width, the Ave Maria is currently the largest ship in our fleet, providing comfortable accommodation for 36 passengers in 18 luxury cabins with private balconies and private bathrooms. It follows the latest world trends with its design and manufacturing technology, and among other modern benefits, it is adorned with a hydromassage pool on deck and an additional pool at the stern. Travelers will be able to relax and enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape on comfortable deck chairs located on a large sun deck with a total area of ​​250 m2 (of which 70m2 is covered). The spacious, air-conditioned lounge includes a bar with LCD TV and a breakfast buffet“Points out Anamaria Hauptfeld Schweitzer, head of the Katarina Line cruise department.During the season, Ave Maria will explore the islands and coasts of the beautiful South Adriatic together with travelers, mostly between Split and Dubrovnik.last_img read more

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The Zadar Tourist Board has adapted the website for people with disabilities

first_imgJadrijev was involved in a project for the implementation of which he gave advice and suggestions, such as people from other associations, especially those visually impaired or blind from the Association of the Blind of Zadar County, had certain requirements when creating and adapting pages. “The project is very important, because it is not intended only for users in Zadar, but also for all guests with disabilities who come to Zadar from all over Croatia and the world. As I am a physically disabled person who uses a wheelchair to move, it was important to me that the Tourist Board website provides information on where and how disabled people can move around Zadar, or whether they can visit restaurants, theater and museums, or how to access apartments and the like. . In that sense, I expect the site to have more and more information day by day. Now we finally have a unique place that can be visited by a large population of people with disabilities, regardless of the type of disability”Concludes Jadrijev.  Which Zadar restaurants are adapted for people with disabilities, which directions to move around the Peninsula or which routes are most suitable for people with disabilities to get to the museum or sports hall? – only a part of the new content is on the web pages of the Tourist Board of the City of Zadar, and the same and plenty of other information on their computers can be reached by people with disabilities. So is the website zadar.travel now accessible to all blind and partially sighted people, but with respect to different levels of low vision.  “So far we have had nothing, and now we have something. There is still room to supplement because there is a lot of information that is worth having on the web, but this is the first and very important step. The site will get better and more meaningful over timeHe says Filip Jadrijev, Secretary of the Association of the Physically Handicapped of Zadar County. This project was financed and carried out by the Administrative Department for EU Projects of the City of Zadar and the Zadar Tourist Board, while the company Llyods Designe from Labin adapted the functionalities and web design of the City Tourist Board (zadar.travel). Also, on the website of the Zadar Tourist Board there is a special one subpage for people with disabilities with various tourist and important information. In addition to functional and design adjustments to the font, ie size and spacing, which are, for example, important for dyslexics, the site also has the ability to work in dark mode, but also an integrated content reader in all languages ​​that automatically turns on if used by a visually impaired or blind person. has a default system on your computer. The project of creating tourist information materials for the disabled will continue with the production of printed materials in Braille and audio readers of printed info content on mobile devices. The goal of the European project Tourism4All is to develop and promote a cross-border network of tourist destinations of affordable tourism. Improving the accessibility of natural and cultural sights of selected destinations, and promoting new tourist services encourages the social inclusion of disadvantaged or special needs (people with disabilities, the elderly…), but also reduces seasonality in tourism.The first website of a tourist board that is adapted for people with disabilities in this way The project of adapting the content on the web for disabled people was done by the city tourist board in cooperation with disabled associations in Zadar, especially with the umbrella Association of Physically Handicapped Zadar County, so that all changes have real value and provide information to guests with disabilities visiting Zadar. center_img The Zadar Tourist Board and the Administrative Department for EU Projects of the City of Zadar have realized the complex task of adapting the web zadar.travel za persons with disabilities, and promotional materials will soon be printed on Braille. Thus, various important information for tourists with special needs can be found on the subpage. From disabled-friendly accommodation, disabled-accessible beaches, hotels and campsites, restaurants, disabled-accessible toilets to disabled-accessible routes. Special web subpage with all important tourist and informative information for people with disabilities This is a high level of adjustment and a standard that is perhaps the highest in Croatia, and we realized it in cooperation with associations that bring together people with disabilities, said the owner of Labin’s Lloyds Domagoj Ostović added you “As we have different levels of visually impaired people, by emphasizing the nuances of contrast or color, we have taken into account all the tasks in the adaptation of the web. The job turned out to be extremely demanding and challenging, but we are proud to have been given the opportunity. ”     By the way, the Zadar peninsula is completely suitable for the movement of people with disabilities, and ramps with accesses are set up in all places where there is a difference in the terrain. The adjustment was made not only on the streets of Zadar, but also within most of the city’s institutions and sights located on the Peninsula. Apart from being the first such website from a tourist destination, the site was also made according to the highest standards of web adaptation in Croatia. The Labin company Lloyds Design was in charge of creating or adapting the website of the Zadar Tourist Board for people with disabilities. There is a subpage for people with disabilities HERE . Bravo Zadar.last_img read more

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Time to staff schools with armed guards

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionJust a few short weeks after the Parkland massacre we have another shooter walk into an unguarded door in a school in Maryland and shoot two students.Most of the solutions offered over the last couple of weeks to solve this problem involve gun control. That issue makes our politicians feel good, but doesn’t solve the problem at all. Let’s face it, we’re never going to get guns out of the hands of people who want to kill us. Let’s bite the bullet and spend the money necessary to control the access to our schools and secure them with metal detectors and armed guards. We don’t need any more of our kids getting killed in school.In my opinion it’s the only solution to this problem that is going to work.Ron BelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

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