Projected distributions of Southern Ocean albatrosses, petrels and fisheries as a consequence of climatic change

first_imgGiven the major ongoing influence of environmental change on the oceans, there is a need to understand and predict the future distributions of marine species in order to plan appropriate mitigation to conserve vulnerable species and ecosystems. In this study we use tracking data from seven large seabird species of the Southern Ocean (black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophris, grey-headed albatross T. chrysostoma, northern giant petrel Macronectes halli, southern giant petrel M. giganteus, Tristan albatross Diomedea dabbenena, wandering albatross D. exulans and white-chinned petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis, and on fishing effort in two types of fisheries (characterised by low or high-bycatch rates), to model the associations with environmental variables (bathymetry, chlorophyll-a concentration, sea surface temperature and wind speed) through ensemble species distribution models. We then projected these distributions according to four climate change scenarios built by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change for 2050 and 2100. The resulting projections were consistent across scenarios, indicating that there is a strong likelihood of poleward shifts in distribution of seabirds, and several range contractions (resulting from a shift in the northern, but no change in the southern limit of the range in four species). Current trends for southerly shifts in fisheries distributions are also set to continue under these climate change scenarios at least until 2100; some of these may reflect habitat loss for target species that are already over-fished. It is of particular concern that a shift in the distribution of several highly threatened seabird species would increase their overlap with fisheries where there is a high-bycatch risk. Under such scenarios, the associated shifts in distribution of seabirds and increases in bycatch risk will require much-improved fisheries management in these sensitive areas to minimise impacts on populations in decline.last_img read more

Assistant Capital Project Manager

first_imgJob DescriptionReporting to the Supervisor, Capital Project Manager (SPM), theAssistant CapitalProject Manager (APM) will assist the SPM and Capital ProjectManagers (PM) with leading the execution of multiple assignedcapital outlay projects from conception through completion using avariety of contracting methods. Projects range from moderate toadvanced difficulty and complexity. The APM will assist the SPM andPMs with the management and coordination of the project team(Architects/Engineers, consultants, contractors, stakeholders,etc.) to ensure design and construction optimizes universityprogram goals, while conforming to the project’s establishedcriteria for scope, cost, schedule and quality. The APM will alsoassist the SPM and PMs with managing assigned projects andcoordinating the involvement of all participants in the design,value engineering, document review, construction, occupancy, closeout, warranty, and financial management processes.Required QualificationsBachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university inArchitecture, Engineering, or Building Construction; OR trainingand work experience that demonstrates knowledge of the industry ORthat equates to a Bachelor’s degree.Working knowledge of site/building design and constructionprocesses.Must have proficiency with current computer software such asMicrosoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.Must have a valid driver’s license.Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks, pay attention todetail, and meet critical deadlines.Ability to interact and communicate effectively, with a wide rangeof individuals in a diverse environment.Ability to interpret design/construction documents.Preferred QualificationsUnderstanding of construction project delivery methods.Knowledge of construction management software (MS Project,Bluebeam, Primavera, BIM/Revit, LaserFiche, etc.)Previous construction experience in a higher educationsetting.Knowledge of the Commonwealth of Virginia Construction andProfessional Services Manual (CPSM).Appointment TypeRestrictedSalary Information$60,000-$70,000Review DateSeptember 18, 2020Additional InformationWork is performed both in office setting and also at constructionsites which may include inclement weather.Must be able to travel to construction sites and traverse uneventerrain.Must be able to safely move and handle up to 50 pounds.Must be able to sit, stand, walk, lift, reach, bend, climb,push/pull and perform repetitive motion primarily through use ofkeyboarding.May be required to travel to non-Blacksburg work sites withovernight stay required.As needed, may be required to be on construction site during offhours.May be required to work additional hours or modified work scheduleto meet the needs of the department.The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction check.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Operations HR at [email protected] regular business hours at least 10 business days prior tothe event.Advertised: September 9, 2020Applications close:last_img read more

‘Look on the Bright Side’: ‘Spamalot’ Comes to OCHS Thursday to Sunday

first_img__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook Tech CrewAlly HoffmanMatt EdwardsBrianna CesanekRenata AltimariShannon Farrell Maddie Walker Not Dead FredHannah Childs King ArthurOliver Trout Sir RobinJustin Smith ConcordeJosh Breslin Pit MusiciansSarah AndersonLaura PomeroyAlexandra AuberzinskyJohn BrittinEmily KnightRussell BelsDavid GreenwoodCharlie WigginsBen FischerLuke Martino Sir GalahadKyle Howey Sir Not Appearing in this ShowDarby Grant Amber Angelucci Sir BorsEddie Corcoran Prince HerbertJack Kane Mary Millar Dead CollectorJustin Angelastro French TaunterLaura McKinley Brother MaynardParker Guariglia HistorianMadison Mack The Ocean City High School Drama Guild will present four performances of  Monty Python’s “Spamalot” on Thursday through Saturday at Ocean City High School.Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday (April 3 and 4), and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday (April 5).  Call for tickets ($12 students and seniors, $15 adults) at 609-399-1290, ext. 1442.“Spamalot” is a musical derived from the legendary British comedy troupe’s take on “Camelot.”Student participants are as follows:Stage CrewElizabeth BeattySamantha ParksBrianna RamosMaya LawsXIola SorgieIan KampmeyerAllison DailyAsa LittlefieldNoel ButtlerKiersten Estelle Guard 2Jack Crowell Robin’s Minstrel (Male)George Beckert French GuardAngela Guido Juana Parral Tucker Birmingham Laker Girl-6Hadly Patterson Laker Girl-1Shannon Wallace The Dancing NunNicki Hyde PatsyBrendan Haddon Maddy Crowell Cassidy Cooney Robin’s Minstrel (Male)Ben Jargowsky Dennis Galahad’s MotherTaylor Jackson Guard 1Michael Beebe Laker Girl SingerMaddie Logue Knight of NiMatt Popp Laker Girl-4Samantha Del Sordo Robin’s Minstrel (Female)Beth Kazanjian Rachel Wright Alexxa Pastore Jake Smith Laker Girl-2McKayla Perry Laker Girl-3Amanda Leonetti The Lady of The LakeMiranda SchumacherBriarRose Ginn Robin’S Minstrel (Femaile)Samantha Wright Sir BedevereJohnny Piccinino Anna Myers Tim the EnchanterBeth Kazanjian Alexis Riddiough Olivia Ensminger Caitlin Bond MayorAidan MacDonald Tina Urban Mikey Clark Cast Brooke Blumenstock  Ensemble (Finnish People/Camelotonians/Frenchies/Knights That Say Ni and others) Brianna DiGregorio Voice of GodEric Idol Sir LancelotKevin Birk Laker Girl-5Molly Reighn Johanna Newman Walter Luchay Dancing MonkParker Guariglia Emily Breed Prince Herbert’s FatherMatt Unsworth Angel (“Find Your Grail” Solo)Natalie VisoAimee Ferenz French Guard 1Fiona Flynn The Black KnightAidan MacDonald French Guard  2Charity Beckertlast_img read more

Spectators Heading Back to Games, With Limits

first_imgBy TIM KELLYIt’s been a rough time for local athletes, coaches, fans and parents who have been dealing with measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.Finally, things have taken a positive turn.On Feb. 12, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that parents and guardians of senior athletes – as well as a limited number of fans – will be permitted to attend winter and spring sports events.The governor’s statement gave hope that New Jersey schools are taking the first tentative steps away from virtual events, games and practices at near-empty venues and toward traditional competitions in stadiums and gyms.This was good news to all parties who’ve been stricken with COVID cabin fever.“The kids have been divided into two different cohorts since September,” said Jennifer Bowman, whose senior daughter Katie is an Ocean City High School Red Raider star lacrosse player. “I am praying the seniors will have the opportunity to walk the hallways together before they graduate. They miss each other.”Murphy’s statement announced an executive order that takes place immediately. It seemed to indicate scholastic sports’ “old normal” could be back in the not-too-distant future.“As a father of four, I know how difficult it has been for many parents to not be able to see their kids participate in sports,” Murphy said. “With our metrics trending in the right direction, we feel comfortable … allowing parents back into youth sporting events.”The order allows up to two parents or guardians per athlete under the age of 21 to attend both indoor and outdoor practices and competitions statewide. Indoor events many not exceed 35 percent capacity, or 150 people, the governor said.Though less than perfect, the new policy is a welcomed improvement, said Red Raiders head football coach Kevin Smith.“I’m happy for the basketball families that they’ll get to see a little live action. Hopefully people can maintain their discipline a bit longer so we can speed up the process of returning to normal,” Smith said.Ocean City’s Jake Schneider will be playing lacrosse in front of his parents and a limited number of fans this spring, thanks to an executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo courtesy of sportsrecruits.com)The Red Raiders football team was permitted to have 500 fans last season, “so all things considered, we had a pretty good situation” Smith noted.One of his players, All-State wide receiver and lacrosse standout Jake Schneider, went out for the basketball team, his first year of organized hoops since eighth grade, as a way to get around the previous restrictions.“Many of his friends from football and other sports are on the basketball team,” his mom Maureen Schneider said. “Jake thought that since he couldn’t watch games in the gym, if he made the team he could at least watch from the bench.”It worked out even better than that, as Jake not only made the squad, he has been getting significant playing time.“(Going out for basketball) turned out to be a good decision,” said Jake, who is headed to Cabrini University on a lacrosse scholarship.“Even though there haven’t been fans at the games, we are really good at creating our own energy,” he added. “We cheer each other after good plays and things like that. I think that was a big reason we beat teams like Atlantic City and Wildwood Catholic.”Jake said he was hoping fans would be allowed at lacrosse and other spring sports, which are played in outdoor venues with enough space for people to be safe.Boys basketball took another hit this week when it was learned an opposing player from Wednesday’s game against Cape May Tech tested positive for the virus and the Red Raiders starters and players who were on the court with that opponent would be quarantined for 14 days.Murphy said all spectators must follow the New Jersey Department of Health’s guidelines, including wearing masks, social distancing and staying home when sick. Spectators will also be expected to cooperate with contact-tracing efforts.Schools may impose stricter guidelines if they wish, and may decide when and if to implement Murphy’s guidelines, according to the statement.Fans will again be allowed to watch the Ocean City girls lacrosse team and other spring sports in person, due to a change in state policy.Although the governor’s new policy does not signal a full return to normal, it is a big improvement, according to Jennifer Bowman.“The senior parents have been mourning the loss of our kids’ final year in high school sports. We’ve been working with them since kindergarten. Senior year is supposed to be full of celebrations and togetherness. It will be nice to go to a game in person.”COVID-19 precautions don’t just affect athletes, Bowman added. Concerts, plays and school events such as the popular “Mr. Ocean City” pageant have also been lost or held virtually because of the pandemic.“Some of these events aren’t the same when they’re virtual,” Bowman said. “Maybe they can wait until the warmer weather and hold them on the football field, where everyone could have fun and still be safe.” Ocean City athlete Katie Bowman is among those affected by a change in state policy regarding the attendance at high school sports events. (Photo courtesy snap-raise.com)last_img read more

My Career

first_imgWhat does your job involve?I oversee production from our two bakeries, ensuring procedures, standards and quality are maintained. I am also responsible for the management and training of production staff (10 in total), the development of new products, sourcing ingredients and managing stock control. I have daily contact with our four shops and many wholesale clients and am responsible for the daily production orders and schedules.How did you end up being a baker?It’s a long story! My father [Chris Beaney, former president of the National Association of Master Bakers] and grandfather were both bakers, so I grew up in a baking environment, helping in the bakery from a young age and working my first night shift when I had just turned 16. However, I decided I wanted to follow a different career path so studied geology at university and got a job working for an environmental consultancy. I was in an office inputting information into spread-sheets and I soon found that it didn’t really fire me up. I went travelling to New Zealand with a friend and, while I was there, worked in a bakery, which reignited my passion for the industry and made me rethink my future. The day I returned, I started a two-year BTEC course at the National Bakery School in London.Where have you worked?While studying at the bakery school I gained experience working in my family bakery and also at Patisserie Valentin in Heathfield, East Sussex, and Swanley Bakery in Kent. I then worked full-time for Beaney’s Bakery, and then ran a packed-lunch business for six months while in France during a ski season. In May 2006, I moved to London and joined Breads Etcetera in Clapham, helping them to achieve gold awards at the Great Taste Awards. I started at Cavan in 2007. We have also had success at the Great Taste Awards, winning gold awards for our Wholemeal Farmhouse Loaf and Pumpkin Rye Bread.What motivates you?I enjoy developing new products by experimenting with flavours, ingredients and production methods. I love the hands-on nature of the work. It can be hard work, but there’s nothing more satisfying than creating something with your own hands, which gives people enjoyment. It’s inspiring to get a positive reaction from colleagues and customers who try a product you have made for the first time.last_img read more

Local sandwich bars “unsustainable”

first_imgIndependent sandwich bars and cafes finding it hard to put sustainability on the menu, faced with increasing pressures that prevent them from offering either healthy or sustainable products, states a new report.A dependence on a very small group of major wholesalers, combined with competition from fast food giants undercutting them on price throughout their supply chains, means unsustainable practices are often the only option, according to An Inconvenient Sandwich – a report by New Economics Foundation.“Our small independent cafes and sandwich bars are finding themselves locked into a vicious cycle where they can only survive by buying unsustainable supplies and employing cheap labour,” said report author Rosalind Sharpe. “There might have been a massive growth in consumers choosing ethical options, but that is not being reflected when we purchase our daily sandwich.”The report highlights the hidden costs of the cheap takeaway sandwich: heavily processed food from unsustainable sources; food loaded with calories, fat and sugar; poor working conditions throughout the supply chain, and the lack of realistic options independent sandwich bars and cafes face even if they want to provide healthy and sustainable products.  “This report is really about the throwaway economics of takeaway food,” added Sharpe. “Our hectic consumerist lifestyle depends on the quick, portable, cheap food we buy from cafés and takeaways. But this casual food requires cheap raw materials, a cheapening of the value of life and labour, and a disregard for harmful knock-on effects in the present and the future. “We want to get discussion going on how our local independent takeaways and cafes can both survive and give their customers real choice and sustainable options.”last_img read more

Student managers facilitate practice

first_imgStudents involved with athletics are not typically accustomed to auditioning for roles, but that’s precisely what 24 Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s undergraduates had to do to earn their coveted spots as the hard-working student managers of the Irish football team.Caroline Genco | The Observer “The tryout process, for me, consisted of coming to practice almost every single day,” Saint Mary’s sophomore Courtney Thompson said. “At practice I basically just helped the older managers in any way possible which included shagging balls and setting up the fields. “I remember being so excited to be a part of the football program and just to be trying out as a manager in general. It was all I would talk about the entire year.”Tryouts can last throughout the whole season; some students choose to begin working football practices at the beginning of the school year, while others join the pool at the beginning of second semester practices. From the field of largely first-year students trying out, the head and assistant football equipment managers select a group of 14 students to continue to their sophomore year in the program as full-time managers, according to junior Anthony Tucker.“Basically throughout the year you’re kind of being evaluated by 
the full-time managers and the full-time equipment managers — Ryan Grooms and Adam Meyers
 — and right before the spring game they’ll 
narrow the group of freshmen or first-year students
 to 14,” he said. “If you’re selected as one of those 14, you 
officially become a full-time student manager
 and then you work that full next season.” Tucker said seven of the 14 sophomore managers continue to their junior year in the program. After that, three of those seven go on to become senior managers.“A lot of [the evaluation] is things outside of just how you perform in practice,” Tucker said. “Are you accountable? There’s a lot, a lot of work, a lot of time goes into it, a lot of stuff behind the scenes. So really, 
are you prepared to make the commitment to come to the equipment room, 
get to school a month early and really put in a lot of time?”The full-time managers work as a team but are assigned to one section of the team such as linebackers or running backs, which allows each manager to specialize in that section’s particular needs, Tucker said. “Each manager is assigned to a position
,” he said. “So you’re with that position group all that practice for every practice of the year, so you do get to know those guys a little bit. … And you really get an 
appreciation for how hard they work and what goes into the performance that goes onto the field on Saturday.“You kind of just shadow the coach. Whenever they’re doing drills, you get the cones ready, footballs ready, things of that nature. You definitely get a really good understanding. It’s like your little niche. Personally, I work with linebackers and since I’m with them every day I have a really have a good idea of what’s going to come in practice and what to be prepared for and what the coaches like.”Although all managers receive scholarship money for their time spent with the team, Thompson said managers do their jobs and often work long hours because they realize their work is essential to the football team’s success. She said she typically works five hours per day for five days of the week.“The biggest incentive I have is to be able to watch the team get a win on game day,” she said. “If I continually do my job well, then the team can have a much smoother and productive practice, ensuring that they are as prepared as possible for game day.”Thompson said participating in the program’s history and helping the team continue its legendary tradition make the hours worthwhile.“For me, by far the most rewarding thing in the program is walking down the tunnel on game day and knowing that in some small way I am a part of history,” she said. “No matter what the outcome of this season or the next or the next, I can say that I was a part of the Notre Dame football team.”Tucker said the full-time managers often form deep friendships because of the time they spend together before and during the school year and, for the juniors and seniors, at away games. He said the camaraderie adds an extra incentive to the program.“Within the group we’re really, really close,” Tucker said. 
“That first month [of practice in the summer] before any regular students get here, we’re all pretty much living together … We were pretty much together all day. “We work long days in the summer. We go out to lunch together, we go out to dinner together. You really don’t know each other before the summer starts, but that first month you really form close bonds. … That’s really one of the more rewarding parts of the job is you can really form close relationships with people who have a shared interest in the football team.
”Tucker said working with the team allows him to fulfill his passion for football and, at the same time, offers him a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes operations of a historic program.“Personally, I love football,” Tucker said. “I’ve had a passion for football. I 
played it in high school. One thing about going to college was I kind of got removed from the game and competition, and I missed that.“Even though I’m not actually participating in the drills, just to be around the sport is an awesome experience, and not only
 to be around football but to be around such a recognized program as Notre Dame. … On top of that I think it’s a great experience to learn about the equipment side of the sport because you don’t really get to see that on Saturdays, but so much goes in; there’s
 so much attention to detail.”Tucker, who transferred to Notre Dame from Seton Hall University after his freshman year, said being a manager has been a “dream come true.” “I grew up just loving Notre Dame,” he said. “I’m a first generation college student, so I kind of just made the Notre Dame connection on my own. I 
grew up watching Notre Dame football on Saturdays and it’s been awesome to be able to come here.” “I was just happy to be in the stands
 for football games my first year, but to be able to do my small part to make sure practice runs smoothly is just a dream come true for me,” he said. “… I couldn’t ask for a greater experience. I feel like I have the best campus job that anyone could ask for.”Tags: football, Student Managerslast_img read more

WVNG, ARSOUTH shaping the future for Peruvian Army’s NCO corps

first_imgBy U.S. Air Force Capt. Holli Nelson/West Virginia National Guard October 03, 2018 Through a continuous partnership with U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH), members of the West Virginia National Guard and subject matter experts in the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) and Not In My Squad (NIMS) programs teamed up to deliver training to the Peruvian Army’s (PERAR) non-commissioned officer corps Sept. 10th through 14, 2018 in Lima, Perú. U.S. Air Force Capt. Holli Nelson and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Hector Guillén, representatives of the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG), were joined by Sgt. Maj. Boris Bolaños, senior enlisted advisor to the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, Sgt. Lyndsay Monaco, a NIMS workshop facilitator and Brigade S-1 NCO for the National Ground Intelligence Center, and ARSOUTH representatives Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Cornejo and Staff Sgt. Carlos Colon. During the week-long engagement, U.S. service members focused on working with the senior enlisted leaders of the Peruvian Army to facilitate courses on leadership, empowering the NCO corps, professionalism, ethical behavior, physical fitness, NCO development and gender integration for more than 500 PERAR soldiers. In separate sessions, Capt. Nelson and Sgt. Monaco engaged directly with more than 50 females in the Peruvian Army for physical readiness training to instill esprit de corps between the two countries’ militaries and highlight the importance of gender integration, equality in the military and how NCO leadership molds U.S. forces. “In regards to gender integration and NCO professional development, we are one team. We are all a family. North or South America, it makes no difference,” said Sgt. Monaco. “After this week, the Peruvian Air Force is looking to do the same thing and the Army is ready for us to come back with more U.S. females and change the foundation for their future. This week was history making and couldn’t have been more successful. Un equipo, una pelea (One team, one fight).” “As a West Virginia guardsman, being able to have a lead role in shaping the future for the NCO corps in Perú is a high point in my career,” said Capt. Nelson, who serves as the WVNG’s public affairs officer. “Not only that, but working with our Army counterparts from the active component highlights the total force capability to influence change with our international partners.” In addition to discussions on improving gender integration in the PERAR, the core construct for the week related to NCO professional development. While the Peruvian military has a large NCO corps, it does not traditionally hold the leadership responsibilities and standards of training and education associated with NCOs in the United States military. Each day, members of the U.S. delegation presented courses to the PERAR on the basics for the U.S. Army’s core values and expectations for advancement. Each session allowed for a question and answer period for direct feedback between PERAR senior enlisted leaders and NCOs and U.S. forces. Sgt. 1st Class Guillén, the WVNG’s State Partnership Program coordinator and Peru native, presented on the importance of a strong officer and NCO relationship, the joint working relationship between the Army and Air Force in the National Guard and his experiences as a Senior NCO in the Army. “There are many ways to leave a legacy and that’s definitely by being a good leader. Good leadership helps you mentally, professionally, technically, tactically and physically,” said Sgt. 1st Class Guillen. “What I saw was a group a PERAR soldiers willing to adapt and willing to learn the new ways of working together as one for a better today.” He added that the State Partnership Program (SPP) is a terrific program that connects outstanding West Virginian and Peruvian military forces together for important engagements and partnership building. West Virginia and Perú have been linked together through the SPP since 1996. As a part of the NIMS workshop, the PERAR NCOs were able to brainstorm ideas and highlight issues in the organization, without senior enlisted or officers in the room, to present to their leadership with recommendations for change. PERAR NCOs were empowered to recognize issues within their unit, develop courses of actions and deliver their ways forward to their respective leaders who can implement change or produce a resolution. “In the last few days, I’ve come to realize that Peruvian Army is eager to develop their NCO Corps,” said Staff Sgt. Colon. “This week, the U.S. Army gave them the right tools to do so. In this engagement, we influenced the women in the Peruvian Army to seek leadership and self-development. We opened many doors for them to grow in their military life an also in their civilian life and made an impact in the future growth of the NCO corps as a whole.” This engagement is a part of an ongoing series between ARSOUTH and PERAR. It’s based on a 2016 memorandum of understanding signing, designed to provide a foundation for institutional change to education and leader development within the PERAR NCO corps.last_img read more

Trump just can’t catch a break in court with his nuisance election lawsuits

first_imgIt’s all premised on the repeated lies we heard from Trump when he emerged from his bunker Thursday night to rant about how Democrats rigged the vote, with “mystery ballots” and “secret count rooms.” There is not great mind at work here, anywhere. (That’s made obvious by the fact that they’re letting Rudy Giuliani out there in front of cameras.) But it really can’t be overstated just how bad their false claims in front of actual judges are.Like in a hearing in front of Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens, who reviewed a witness affidavit the Trump team brought in which a Republican poll watcher in Wayne County said the she’d heard that an election worker was told to backdate late-arriving absentee ballots. “The witness claimed another poll observer, who wasn’t named, heard from the election worker, also unnamed, about the issue,” Buzzfeed’s Zoe Tillman reports. “The witness reported that she then spoke with the poll worker, who gave her a handwritten note that read, ‘entered receive date as 11/2/20 on 11/4/20.’”- Advertisement – The key thing to remember in Pennsylvania is that all the ballots they’re trying to hang their fraud claims on are being segregated from the Election Day ballots, and haven’t been counted yet. Trump is losing Pennsylvania on Election Day votes. “‘I heard somebody else say something’—how is that not hearsay? Come on now,” Judge Stephens told Trump lawyer, saying it was secondhand hearsay at that. Trump lost that one. Then there was the Chatham County, Georgia, case, one of the silliest, in which a poll watcher saw 53 ballots separated from other ballots and put on a table and so clearly, the campaign asserted, they had arrived late and were proof of fraud. An elections official testified that those 53 ballots “were, in fact, received by GA’s Election Day deadline, saying they were handled separately because they didn’t show up on a manifest of absentee voters so they had to be checked.” For 53 ballots, the Trump campaign wasted all that time and effort and money to have the case summarily dismissed.One of the “victories” the Trump campaign claimed out of one of their many Pennsylvania suits was in getting election observers into a Philadelphia ballot-counting process. That allowed them to move from 10 feet away from the process to 6 feet away, provided they complied with social distance measures put in place. That was their big win in Pennsylvania. They’re not going to give it up, however. They just filed one more in Montgomery County Pennsylvania arguing over 600 absentee ballots they say should not be allowed.Everything they are trying to do in Pennsylvania appears to be hoping that something will stick so that they can take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, where three of the court’s conservatives made it clear that they would welcome Republicans coming back if the vote is close enough, or Trump asks for it. The Trump campaign has been saying it out loud, like when a campaign lawyer went on Lou Dobbs’ show on Fox and said: “We’re waiting for the United States Supreme Court—of which the President has nominated three justices—to step in and do something. And hopefully Amy Coney Barrett will come through.” Which I’m sure will work. It’s not like saying out loud “Amy Coney Barrett is on the court to subvert democracy” is going to put a spotlight on her or anything, making her anxious to distinguish herself in her first major case by allowing a Trump coup. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Flights to Zadar started. Croats and Germans make up half of the guests

first_imgRyanair, Europe’s largest airline, has been flying 10 flights to / from Zadar since the beginning of July. Also, the Polish national airline LOT also landed in Zadar yesterday, and the flight from Warsaw to Zadar will operate once a week. Like many others. Clearly, all these data are far from last year’s record numbers of tourist traffic in Zadar, but given the pandemic circumstances in March, April and May and the fact that tourism is just beginning to happen, they are not catastrophic, especially after the “Adria Tour case” “The decline in tourist traffic is significant, but in the case of Zadar it is not so catastrophic. Of course, we all expect a speedy recovery of tourist traffic due to the importance of tourism in the economy of Zadar and the whole country, so the fact that most European countries see Croatia as a safe destination is now really encouraging. It seems that better numbers can be expected during July and August, when during the holidays many will head to tourist destinations outside their countries, but we can also expect a significant arrival of domestic guests. For Zadar, the re-establishment of air traffic is especially important”They emphasize in the Zadar Tourist Board. Thus, when compared to last year’s figures for tourist traffic in Zadar, June’s 30 percent share in overnight stays and 25 percent in arrivals, in circumstances when most European countries have not yet opened their borders, it really does not seem so bad. And this is in the framework at the national level as well as expected and forecasts before the start of the season. Surely everyone would sign 30% of the turnover immediately before the start of the tourist season, and anything beyond that will be a great result in this uncertain year. From the first day of July, planes of low-cost airlines finally took off for Zadar. So are the 5.270 tourists who visited Zadar on July 2 (14,6 thousand on the same day last year) or 36 percent of last year’s figures. When it comes to overnight stays of domestic and foreign guests for the same six-month period, Zadar with 150 thousand overnight stays holds the ninth position in Croatia ahead of Split, Opatija, Crikvenica and other destinations. This tells us that although at the level of daily monitoring, tourist traffic is recovering somewhat and that the “Adria Tour case” has not left long-term negative consequences for Zadar. At least according to current data.center_img According to the eVisitor system, Zadar ranks sixth in terms of tourist arrivals in the Republic of Croatia from the beginning of the year to the end of June (43 arrivals). Most of the work was done in household facilities (42 percent) and hotels (32 percent), while camps, non-commercial accommodation and other catering accommodation with an additional 26 percent of turnover statistically filled the overall figures. Zadar Airport Croats and Germans make up half of the guests in Zadar During June, most tourist overnight stays in Zadar were realized by Croats with a share in total overnight stays of 30 percent, and after domestic guests the best were Germans with a share of 22 percent, followed by Austrians with 13 percent, Slovenes with 11 percent, Czechs with 5 percent, Hungarians with 3 percent, while guests from Poland, Slovakia, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina each had a 2 percent share in total overnight stays. Domestic tourists realized a little more than 22 thousand overnight stays, while foreign guests had about 51 thousand overnight stays. When it comes to organizing tourist arrivals, 79 percent of guests came individually, while 21 percent of tourists arrived in Zadar through travel agencies.last_img read more