Trump’s road to re-election paved on Democrats’ disconnect with voters

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionPHOENIX — There are now two definitions of truth in the United States.The first is that a truthful statement is one that conforms to facts or reality.By this standard, President Donald Trump is a serial liar.The second is that truth is “telling it like it is,” or speaking in a direct, unvarnished way without regard to political correctness or the offense it may give.By this measure, for millions of supporters, Trump is the most honest president ever.The United States has already become a post-truth society. Telling it like it isn’t has become a form of truth.That’s a nation in which chaos is more plausible because the ability to make rational decisions is diminished.Signal and noise can no longer be distinguished.The center, where it was long held that elections are won, evaporates. Violence becomes more likely because incomprehension grows across hardening lines of fracture.It may well be that elections, as with the last presidential race, are now won at the extremes.In Arizona, where Trump’s presidential campaign went from joke to winning proposition in July 2015 with a speech in which Trump said Mexicans were “taking our money” and “killing us,” the honest-man Trump view resonates.Trump was always about language. It didn’t matter that he was a loose cannon. He connected with widespread disgust at the political class and the media. This was his winning intuition: that he could triumph as the subversive plain-speaking outsider.Trump had that “kind of bluntness and occasionally even crass language which, if nothing else, at least meant authenticity,” said Jay Heiler, a lawyer considering a run against Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a rare Republican critic of Trump.“The president just hit a lot of nerves that a lot of conventional politicians didn’t even know were there.”Those nerves still tingle.Nine months into the presidency, the support of Trump’s base remains fervid. I am often asked whether I believe that Trump will be impeached.I’ve taken to responding that it’s more likely he’ll be a two-term president.I’d put the chances of impeachment at under 10 percent and of his re-election at about 25 percent. Trump winks at white supremacists, thrives on confrontation and debases the Oval Office.But it would be a huge mistake to conclude from this that his defeat is inevitable; or that his supporters do not include millions of decent, smart Americans who just view the world differently.Americans who feel culturally alienated from the globalized metropolis (and sense that their worldview elicits contempt in a Democratic Party that often seems to have lost touch with ordinary Americans).Heiler, the pro-Trump lawyer considering a Senate run, turned to the president’s campaign against football players, most of them black, who refuse to stand for the national anthem.“Many African-Americans are focused on a particular set of facts and circumstances” that “drive that conduct, that protest,” Heiler said. “But when many other Americans see it, and Americans of all races,” they think “gosh, these guys all have it pretty good.“You know they make a really good living, playing football. This country’s been really good to them. And so, even if they have an ax to grind, they shouldn’t grind it against the country or its symbol or its anthem.”Heiler said he wouldn’t condemn the protesting players’ choice, even if he disagreed, but “there’s simply no getting around that when you make that choice you’re going to alienate a lot of Americans.”center_img That’s partly because the Democratic Party has not yet begun a serious reckoning with its defeat last year.It hasn’t grasped the degree to which it lives, still, in a coastal echo chamber of identity politics and Trump-bashing. Just being anti-Trump won’t cut it.As Chuck Coughlin, a Republican political consultant who once worked for Sen. John McCain, put it to me, “Somebody who speaks to common-sense American values — that is what the Democrats need.”I’m not sure who that person, is but I am pretty sure she or he does not reside in New York, Massachusetts or California.Coughlin went on, “A Democratic party that can’t tell me how many genders there are, that ain’t flying in this country.”American fracture is the nation’s overriding condition.It keeps widening. Jeff DeWit, Republican state treasurer of Arizona, picked up Trump at the airport for that 2015 Phoenix rally; he remains an ardent fan of Trump’s “movement of people dying for something different.”His deputy, Mark Swenson, told me, “America was formed by a bunch of people who just wanted to be left alone.” For that, guns help. “Bad guys have guns, so good guys should have guns, too,” DeWit said, rejecting my suggestion that the recent carnage in Las Vegas showed the need for stricter gun laws. Now the vague particular “circumstances” alluded to by Heiler includes gross police brutality against black kids and the history of oppression of African-Americans.Players who protest are exercising a fundamental American right. But yes, they are “going to alienate a lot of Americans.”Trump, at some level, is going to win this argument.An overriding lesson of 2016 for liberals is that without hard-nosed realism about the state of the country and Trump’s talents, you lose.And that’s the truth.Roger Cohen is a longtime foreign correspondent and a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Gobernador Wolf: $157.5 millones ahora están disponibles para otorgar subvenciones para la salud y la seguridad en las escuelas para abordar la COVID-19

first_img Español,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que el Comité de Seguridad Escolar (SSSC, por sus siglas en inglés) dentro de la Comisión de Delitos y Delincuencia de Pennsylvania (PCCD, por sus siglas en inglés) aprobó la apertura de dos anuncios sobre fondos por un total de $157.5 millones que las entidades escolares pueden solicitar de inmediato para abordar las necesidades de salud y seguridad relacionadas con la COVID-19 para el año escolar 2020-2021. Se puede encontrar información sobre las subvenciones y el proceso para solicitarlas en la página de Internet sobre Seguridad escolar de la PCCD.“Las escuelas han tenido que soportar una carga operativa y financiera significativa para responder a la COVID-19”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Con la seguridad y el bienestar de los alumnos a la vanguardia de su respuesta, estos fondos están destinados a aliviar en parte esa carga”.Tras la reciente aprobación de la Ley 30 de 2020 el 5 de junio, se transfirieron un total de $150 millones en fondos federales de la Ley CARES a la Comisión de Delitos y Delincuencia de Pennsylvania (PCCD) para ser distribuidos en distritos escolares, centros de carreras profesionales y técnicas, unidades intermedias, escuelas públicas experimentales, escuelas públicas experimentales regionales y escuelas chárter virtuales para apoyar las subvenciones para la salud y la seguridad en las escuelas ante la emergencia por desastre de la COVID-19. Se otorgarán subvenciones a más de 770 entidades escolares elegibles según la distribución de la fórmula incluida en la Ley 30.Se distribuyeron otros $7.5 millones a la PCCD para apoyar las subvenciones para la salud y la seguridad en las escuelas ante la emergencia por desastre de la COVID-19 para el año escolar 2020-2021. El Comité de Seguridad Escolar (SSSC) otorgará fondos a las unidades intermedias que soliciten subvenciones específicas a favor de escuelas no públicas para abordar las necesidades de salud y seguridad relacionadas con la COVID-19.Los usos admitidos de los fondos incluyen la compra de productos de limpieza y desinfección; la capacitación y el desarrollo profesional del personal sobre el saneamiento y la minimización de la propagación de enfermedades infecciosas; la compras de equipo; la modificación de áreas existentes para apoyar el distanciamiento social apropiado de los alumnos y el personal; la prestación de servicios y apoyos para la salud mental; la compra de tecnología educativa para la educación a distancia; y otros programas, artículos o servicios de salud y seguridad necesarios para abordar la emergencia por desastre de COVID-19.Conforme a la Ley 30, las entidades escolares tienen la obligación de presentar la solicitud a la PCCD a más tardar el 30 de junio de 2020 para poder ser elegibles para recibir los fondos antes del 15 de julio de 2020. Las unidades intermedias deben presentar una solicitud a favor de las escuelas no públicas en su área antes del 8 de julio de 2020 inclusive, para poder ser elegibles para recibir los fondos a más tardar el 1 de agosto de 2020.Puede encontrar más información sobre el Comité, su trabajo, estas solicitudes y otras oportunidades de subvenciones en la Página de Internet de seguridad escolar de la PCCD.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gobernador Wolf: $157.5 millones ahora están disponibles para otorgar subvenciones para la salud y la seguridad en las escuelas para abordar la COVID-19center_img June 16, 2020last_img read more

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Pennsylvania comparte la actualización del panel de monitoreo de advertencia temprana de COVID-19, los niveles de transmisión en los condados, los casos rastreados hasta los negocios

first_img September 08, 2020 Pennsylvania comparte la actualización del panel de monitoreo de advertencia temprana de COVID-19, los niveles de transmisión en los condados, los casos rastreados hasta los negocios Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine, publicaron una actualización de la situación semanal que detalla las medidas de mitigación del estado en base al Panel del sistema de monitoreo de advertencia temprana de COVID-19. Las actualizaciones se publican todos los lunes.La actualización incluye lo siguiente:El nivel de transmisión comunitaria como base para las recomendaciones para las escuelas de Pre-K a 12 para determinar los modelos de instrucción.Datos sobre casos entre niños de 5 a 18 años.Casos que informaron haber visitado un negocio entre las ubicaciones potenciales donde pueden haberse producido las exposiciones al virus.Actualización de las recomendaciones de viaje.El panel está diseñado para proporcionar signos tempranos de advertencia de los factores que afectan las medidas de mitigación del estado. La información disponible en el panel de monitoreo de advertencia temprana incluye las diferencias de casos semana a semana, las tasas de incidencia, el porcentaje de pruebas positivas y las tasas de las hospitalizaciones, del uso de respiradores y de las visitas a las salas de emergencias vinculadas a la COVID-19. La actualización de esta semana compara el período del 28 de agosto al 3 de septiembre con los siete días anteriores, del 21 de agosto al 27 de agosto.“Nuestro porcentaje de positividad aumentó significativamente esta semana, una señal de que este virus todavía afecta a los residentes de Pennsylvania”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Debemos continuar centrándonos en tomar medidas para protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás, como usar una máscara, practicar el distanciamiento social, lavarnos las manos y evitar grandes reuniones. Juntos, los habitantes de Pennsylvania pueden trabajar para prevenir la propagación del virus”.Hasta el jueves 3 de septiembre, el estado observó un aumento de 5,453 casos en el plazo de siete días. El aumento de los siete días previos fue de 4,188, lo que indica un aumento de 1,265 casos en todo el estado la semana pasada.El porcentaje de positividad en todo el estado subió al 4.0% desde el 3.2% de la semana anterior. Los condados con un porcentaje de positividad preocupante incluyen Columbia (18.9%), Armstrong (8.6%), York (7.9%), Clinton (7.4%), Beaver (6.4%), Northumberland (5.7%), Indiana (5.6%), Blair (5.2%), Centre (5.0%), Dauphin (5.0%) y Lancaster (5.0%). Cada uno de estos condados está siendo observado mientras el estado continúa monitoreando toda la información disponible.Transmisión comunitariaSegún los datos del viernes, los condados de Columbia y Centre estaban en el nivel sustancial con fuentes conocidas de brotes que alimentaba la transmisión comunitaria. Los departamentos de Educación y de Salud hablarán con los representantes del distrito escolar en ambos condados para analizar las consecuencias de este nivel de transmisión.Con respecto a la semana que terminó el 3 de septiembre, 20 condados estaban en el nivel bajo de transmisión, 45 condados en el nivel moderado, y dos con un nivel sustancial de transmisión:Bajo: Bedford, Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Perry, Pike, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, WyomingModerado: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Susquehanna, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, YorkSustancial: Centre, ColumbiaCasos entre niños de 5 a 18 añosEl Departamento de Salud brinda datos semanales sobre el número de casos de COVID-19 en todo el estado entre niños de 5 a 18 años.Durante la pandemia, ha habido un total de 7,788 casos de COVID-19 entre niños de 5 a 18 años. De ese total, 486 casos se produjeron entre el 28 de agosto y el 3 de septiembre.Pueden encontrarse casos por demografía aquí.Visitas a negociosEl Departamento de Salud brinda información semanal sobre la cantidad de personas que dijeron a los investigadores de casos que pasaron tiempo en establecimientos comerciales (restaurantes, bares, gimnasios/centros de fitness, salones de belleza/barberías) y en reuniones masivas 14 días antes del inicio de los síntomas de COVID-19.De los 4,442 casos confirmados informados entre el 23 de agosto y el 29 de agosto, el 44% (1,953) respondieron a la pregunta de si pasaron tiempo en un establecimiento comercial.De los que respondieron, el 13.5% (263 personas) respondieron que sí visitaron un establecimiento comercial 14 días antes de la aparición de los síntomas:el 60% (157) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un restaurante;el 21% (55) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a algún otro establecimiento comercial;el 11% (29) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un bar;el 14% (35) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un gimnasio/centro de fitness, yel 7% (19) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un salón de belleza/barbería.De los 4,442 casos confirmados, el 45% (2,002) de los casos respondieron a la pregunta de si asistieron a una reunión masiva o a otro evento grande. Del 45%, casi el 14% (273) respondieron que sí asistieron a una reunión masiva u otro evento grande 14 días antes de la aparición de los síntomas.Respecto de los datos informados el 31 de agosto, los datos de esta semana vieron un aumento de las personas que informaron haber visitado un restaurante (60% frente al 50%), e ir al gimnasio/centro de fitness (14% frente al 12%). Los números de esta semana disminuyeron con respecto a las personas que fueron a algún otro negocio (21% frente a 25%), a un salón de belleza/barbería (7% frente a 9%) y a un bar (11% frente al 12%). El número de personas que asistieron a una reunión masiva o a otro evento grande subió de cerca del 13% a cerca del 14%.El 13 de julio, los rastreadores de contactos comenzaron a hacer preguntas más específicas sobre los tipos de negocios visitados y si las personas asistieron a una reunión masiva, definida como más de 250 personas al aire libre o más de 25 en un ambiente cerrado.Los números anteriores señalan a los entornos comerciales y a las reuniones masivas como posibles sitios de transmisión. Solo menos de la mitad de los encuestados a quienes se les preguntó qué tipos de negocios visitaron o si asistieron a una reunión masiva respondieron la pregunta. Por lo tanto, el departamento recuerda a los residentes de Pennsylvania que es esencial que las personas contesten el teléfono cuando los investigadores de casos llamen y que brinden información completa a estos profesionales clínicos.Recomendaciones de viajeTambién hoy, el Departamento de Salud actualizó sus recomendaciones de viaje, anunciadas originalmente el 2 de julio, para eliminar a California y agregar a North Carolina a la lista de los estados sobre los cuales se recomienda a los viajeros domésticos que realicen una cuarentena de 14 días al regresar a Pennsylvania.Es importante que las personas entiendan que esta recomendación está vigente para evitar la propagación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania. Un número preocupante de casos recientes se ha vinculado con los viajes, y si las personas van a viajar, necesitamos que tomen medidas para protegerse a ellas mismas, a sus seres queridos y a su comunidad, y eso implica la cuarentena.El Gobernador Wolf sigue priorizando la salud y la seguridad de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania a través de la pandemia de COVID-19. Los habitantes de Pennsylvania deben continuar tomando medidas para prevenir la propagación de la COVID-19, independientemente del condado en el que vivan. Esto incluye usar una máscara o cubierta facial cada vez que estén en público. Se ha demostrado que la COVID-19 se propaga fácilmente en el aire y los portadores contagiosos pueden ser asintomáticos.View this information in English.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Hey, big spender: These are the most sought-after homes above $1m in QLD

first_imgThis home at 443 Formosa Rd, Gumdale, sold for $3.05m.Mr Carnavas said he thought the timing was right to sell their Coorparoo home and upgrade to a bigger property.Mr Clarke said the suburbs of Chandler and Gumdale had become extremely popular with premium property buyers because of the lifestyle they provided so close to the city.“Also the blue-chip community areas, such as Coorparoo and Camp Hill,” he said.“And I’m seeing a huge increase in demand for Ashgrove at the moment, as well as Paddingtron and Auchenflower.”The desire for an acreage lifestyle close to the city might explain why a property in the north Brisbane suburb of Bridgeman Downs was one of the most viewed in the $2.5 million to $5 million price bracket in the past six months. Price bracket Address Locality Page views Nerida Conisbee, REA Group chief economist.Ms Conisbee said the high number of searches for premium property in the state was a reflection of increased confidence in the economy and interstate migration.“It’s a sign of confidence,” she said.“Jobs are being created and that does seem to be supporting the property market. “It’s just another indicator things are looking up in Queensland.”Tyson Clarke of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty said four of the properties he had sold in the past four weeks sold for between $2 million and $3 million, with two cash offers. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThis property at 334 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs, was one of the most viewed homes on realestate.com.au in the past six months.Selling agent John Bradley of Place – Aspley marketed the property at 334 Bridgeman Road, which recently sold to a Queensland buyer.He said it attracted five offers — all from local buyers — and interest from interstate and overseas.“It’s a very, very large home — just under 1000 sqm under roof — on an extremely rare 2.5 acre flat block,” Mr Bradley said. “We’ve always looked in the Chandler/Gumdale area.“There’s only really four streets in this area with properties on acreage this close to the city on the southeast side of Brisbane.” This home at 23 Sunshine Blvd, Broadbeach Waters, was one of the most sought-after in the past six months.HOUSE hunters across the country are looking to Queensland to join the million dollar club, with new research suggesting many are prepared to drop more than $5 million on a luxury home here.Data from realestate.com.au provided exclusively to The Sunday Mail reveals nearly 18,000 househunters from the Sunshine State looked at homes for sale in the $5m-plus price range in Queensland over the past six months.Sydneysiders looking to escape the property downturn have also been eyeing off prestige property in the state, with more than 5000 searches in the super-expensive price bracket in Queensland coming from NSW. This home at 87 Admiralty Dr, Paradise Waters, was one of the most viewed in the $5m-plus price bracket.Mr Clarke has just sold the Coorparoo home of Josh and Georgia Carnavas for $2.275 million. and helped them buy a new one in the semirural acreage suburb of Gumdale for more than $3 million.“We love it, it’s the best thing we’ve done,” Mr Carnavas said. This luxury home at 334 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs, has just sold.Despite the sale, he said properties in the $1 million to $2.5 million price category were still the most popular.Mr Clarke said he had found the current lending restrictions had impacted the lower end of market, but not the premium sector.“I’ve found properties up to $800,000 are being left out because (potential buyers) don’t have the deposit or don’t have the equity to go forward and purchase,” Mr Clarke said.“But once you get above that price point, people have other properties to leverage from, or more savings, so the $1 million and above market is doing well. “It’s taking a bit longer to get finance, but no one is having any trouble getting it.” This luxury home at 9 Ivy St, Indooroopilly, was one of the most viewed properties over $5m.In the slightly cheaper price bracket of $2.5m to $5m, the most popular properties were in East Brisbane, Raby Bay and Bridgeman Downs.And in the $1m-plus range, homes in the coastal suburbs of Noosa Heads and Broadbeach Waters were the most searched, followed by Ocean View in the Moreton Bay region. This property at 16 Dean Dr, Ocean View, was one of the most viewed in the $1m to $2.5m price range. Picture: realestate.com.au.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the data suggested homehunters were starting to realise they could more value for money in Queensland’s housing market. “In Sydney, $5 million doesn’t necessarily buy you a luxury home, depending on where you’re looking,” Ms Conisbee said.“But when you look at the properties going for that money in Queensland, they’re what you would expect for $5 million.” This home at 27 Piermont Plc, Raby Bay, was one of the most viewed in the $2.5m to $5m price range.WHO’S LOOKING TO BUY PRESTIGE PROPERTY IN QLD?Search Origin $1M-$2.5M $2.5M-$5M $5M+ACT 804 58 224NSW 20,228 1,772 5,009NT 47 3 81QLD 90,715 7,429 17,909SA 1087 166 882TAS 460 49 329VIC 9,171 878 3,494WA 1,189 125 606(Source: realestate.com.au, based on number of searches for property in QLD in the six months to August 31, 2018)THE 10 MOST POPULAR SUBURBS TO BUY PREMIUM PROPERTY IN QLD1. Surfers Paradise 2. New Farm3. Noosa Heads4. West End5. Ashgrove6. Paddington7. Mermaid Beach8. Main Beach9. Broadbeach Waters10. St Lucia(Source: realestate.com.au, based on property searches in the six months to August 31, 2018)MOST VIEWED PROPERTIES IN QUEENSLAND ABOVE $1M This property at 2 Hollyhock Cres, Noosa Heads, was one of the most viewed in the $1m to $2.5m price bracket. Picture: realestate.com.auThe research also shows a whopping 90,000 Queenslanders and 20,000 from NSW searched for property in the state in the $1 million to $2.5 million range in the past six months.Half of the top 10 most sought-after suburbs for premium property were beachside, with Surfers Paradise topping the list and Noosa Heads not far behind.The most viewed properties in the $5m-plus range were in the west Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly, Paradise Waters on the Gold Coast and Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. $1m – $2.5m 2 Hollyhock Cres Noosa Heads 37,131$1m – $2.5m 23 Sunshine Bvd Broadbeach Waters 32,206$1m – $2.5m 16 Dean Dr Ocean View 28,951$2.5m – $5m 7 Ashfield St East Brisbane 82,355$2.5m – $5m 27 Piermont Plc Raby Bay 28,987$2.5m – $5m 334 Bridgeman Rd Bridgeman Downs 25,388$5m+ 9 Ivy St Indooroopilly 35,459$5m+ 87 Admiralty Dr Paradise Waters 30,743$5m+ 236 Mountain View Rd Maleny 26,749(Source: realestate.com.au, for the six months to August 31, 2018)last_img read more

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Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May

first_img Share Tweet UNITED STATES (AP) – The world’s largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba.Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there.“This is an important first step for our company and the cruise industry,” CEO Arnold Donald told The Associated Press in an email. “It begins our efforts to shape a long sustained industry experience in Cuba.”The weeklong cruises will be aboard the Adonia, which carries 710 passengers. The ship is relatively small for the industry; ships sailing under the company’s namesake line carry nearly 3,000 passengers.Carnival is expecting high demand for the voyages and has priced them accordingly. Prices start at $2,990 per person plus taxes and port fees. A similar service-oriented trip on the same ship to the Dominican Republic starts at $1,540 per person.The itinerary is still being finalized as Carnival waits for approval from the Cuban government. The ship is expected to visit several ports and passengers will sleep onboard each night.Cuba is still closed for general tourism for Americans, although as relations thaw between the two countries visitors have fewer hurdles to overcome. Americans can’t just vacation in Cuba but must go there as part of an approved cultural or humanitarian trip, unless they have family on the island.Carnival’s license comes as part of recent approvals for six passenger vessels from the Treasury Department. The government would not name the companies who received these licenses or what their specific line of business is. They could be ferries, yacht charters or cruises. Of those six, four of them are authorized to allow passengers and crew to spend the night aboard, even when docked in a Cuban port. Other major cruise lines did not immediately respond to inquiries about their efforts to sail to Cuba.The vessels are not allowed to stop at other counties, so don’t expect Cuba to become one of four or five stops on a typical Caribbean cruise anytime soon.Carnival isn’t the first cruise company to sail to Cuba. A handful of foreign cruises do come to the island. In 2013, Canadian company Cuba Cruise, in partnership with Greece’s Celestyal Cruises, launched cruises from Jamaica to Cuba, making six ports of call including Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Trips start at about $850.Tourism, a $2.6 billion-plus industry, is one of the main engines that has kept Cuba’s economy sputtering along. Last year, the country welcomed a record 3 million visitors.About 600,000 US travelers are estimated to visit Cuba each year. Cuban officials estimate that 1.5 million Americans would travel to the island annually if all restrictions were removed, supplanting Canada as the No 1 source of tourism and potentially adding some $2 billion a year to state coffers.There are many challenges ahead for the country as it opens up to US visitors. There isn’t yet enough infrastructure to handle the demand. But major travel companies including Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International have been closely eyeing developments there. JetBlue, which has run charter flights from Florida to Cuba for years, just launched a new nonstop flight from New York. It is only open to travelers who are approved to visit Cuba. American Airlines and Sun Country Airlines also offer charters. Sharing is caring! BusinessInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegionalTravel Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May by: Associated Press – July 7, 2015center_img Share 49 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Hong Kong voters out for polls after months of unrest

first_imgBy 11:30 just over a million peoplehad voted (24.37%) compared to 340,048 (10.89%) within the same timescale inthe last such elections in 2015. In those elections only 3.1-million peopleregistered to vote.(BBC) Pro-democracy protest groups hoped thevote will send a message to the Chinese government after five months of unrest. HONG KONG – A record 4.1-millionpeople have registered to vote – over half of this city’s population of 7.4million. More than 400 councilors are due to beelected to Hong Kong’s district council as the polls started around 7:30 localtime (23:30 GMT) on Sunday.center_img Long queues are seen at polling stations in Hong Kong, China on Sunday. A record 4.1-million people have registered to vote – over half of this city’s population of 7.4 million. GETTY IMAGES No trouble has been reported so far. last_img read more

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COVID-19: NWFL scraps 2019/2020 season

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Nigeria Women’s Football League Board on Wednesday announced the cancellation of the 2019-20 Nigerian Women’s Premier League due to the coronavirus disruptions.The campaign, which was initially set to kick off on March 25, was postponed indefinitely four days earlier over the global health crisis. This cancellation means the women’s leagues, including the top-flight, will not take place for the first time since the first championship was organised in 1990.Having scrapped the season, it further resolved that the next term would start after the government’s approval for football’s return in the build-up for the new CAF Women’s Champions League.Wednesday’s decisions were the outcome of a virtual conference meeting, which was attended by NWFL chairperson, Aisha Falode, and chairmen of the women’s clubs on Tuesday.“The management committee of the Nigeria Women’s Football League, headed by Aisha Falode, in conjunction with women club owners and managers have unanimously agreed to scrap the 2019/2020 season, in the three tiers of the women’s league, for the sake of protecting the health of the players and officials in the various clubs, in line with the COVID-19 protocols,” the NWFL announced in a statement.The development means champions Rivers Angels will now have to defend their title in the 2020-21 season, which doubles as the qualifiers for the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League. Nigeria is now the latest country in Africa to cancel its women’s leagues after Uganda, Morocco, South Africa, Algeria, Kenya, Liberia, Cameroon, Senegal and Burkina Faso due to COVID-19.—Tags: COVID-19NPWLlast_img read more

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The Latest: Another Dynamo Dresden player tests positive

first_img May 21, 2020 Associated Press FINA president Julio C. Maglione says swimming organizers have worked closely with the United Arab Emirates’ authorities and “we believe this is the most suitable solution for all those taking part in this competition.”A general congress to elect the FINA Bureau for the years 2021-25 will be staged in Doha, Qatar, on June 5, 2021. The new members of the bureau will start their terms immediately after the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.The short course world championships are held in a 25-meter pool. The FINA world championships and the Olympics are staged in 50-meter pools.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Another Dynamo Dresden player tests positive Dresden is scheduled to resume play on May 31 against Stuttgart.___Manchester United says it believes it will miss out on $24 million because the Premier League will have to make refunds to broadcasters even if the pandemic-disrupted season is completed.The league is in talks with its rights holders about rebates because of delays and changes to the broadcasting schedule. The season was suspended in March.Empty stadiums will also change the TV product.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___German soccer club Dynamo Dresden has reported another case of coronavirus. The already quarantined second-division club has now had four players test positive. Dresden says on its website that the latest positive result was found in a fifth wave of tests conducted on Wednesday. It adds that another “category one” close contact of its coaching staff has also tested positive for COVID-19.The player, staff member and staff member’s contact person must now go into quarantine at home for 14 days.Dresden’s entire team was ordered by local health authorities into 14 days of quarantine on May 9 after two players tested positive.The club says that all players who tested positive before were cleared in the fourth and fifth wave of tests and that they and the rest of the team will be able to resume training on Saturday.Dresden was scheduled to play at Hannover last Sunday but couldn’t participate because of the quarantine order. That game was rescheduled for June 3. The rebates will vary based on the final position in the standings and the number of games aired live. United is in fifth place with nine games remaining.The Premier League hasn’t provided details of the broadcasting rebate.___The governing body of swimming has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.FINA says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.”last_img read more

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SU lifts Sales’ suspension from classes

first_img Comments Syracuse wide receiver Marcus Sales’ interim suspension from Syracuse University was lifted Wednesday, but a Judicial Board complaint must be resolved before Sales can try to return to the football team, according to an article published by The Post-Standard. Michael Vavonese, Sales’ defense lawyer, said in the article that Sales met with the Syracuse University Judicial Board last Friday about the suspension, which kept him from attending classes most of the fall semester even though he is still enrolled at the university. Sales, a senior in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, was suspended from the school and the football team after he and his brother, Michael Sales Jr., were arrested and charged with felony drug possession in July. The charges against Sales were dropped Oct. 26 after an Onondaga County grand jury did not find enough evidence to charge Sales with drug possession. Michael Sales was indicted by the grand jury on felony drug charges. Police pulled Sales over for running a red light and found drugs in the car. Sales faced charges of fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was also charged with driving through a red light, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle and violating the city’s open container law.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text After the charges were dropped, Vavonese said Sales was looking forward to returning to classes and to the football team. Before Sales could do that, though, he had to go through the student judicial process. Vavonese said in The Post-Standard article that the Judicial Board complaint, stemming from the original charges, is still pending. SU head coach Doug Marrone said in a teleconference Wednesday he hasn’t talked with Sales or Vavonese about his possible return and wouldn’t have any discussions with them until the judicial process was cleared up. Vavonese said in the article the judicial process likely wouldn’t be finished until the end of November. Syracuse plays its final regular-season game Dec. 3 at Pittsburgh, so there would only be a slim chance for him to come back to the team this season. rjgery@syr.edu  Published on November 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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O’Brien, Phillips compete for top spot

first_imgRedshirt junior quarterback Danny O’Brien struggled against the Michigan State defense, throwing for only 44 yards on 5-of-11 passing after taking over for Stave. The former Maryland transfer started the first three games of the year for Wisconsin but will battle fifth-year senior and dual-threat passer Curt Phillips for the starting nod against Indiana.[/media-credit]If this season has been one of change for the University of Wisconsin football team, the trend will only continue as coaches decide who to move forward with at quarterback.Head coach Bret Bielema confirmed earlier reports that UW (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) starting quarterback Joel Stave suffered a season-ending broken collarbone Saturday, but said it will not require surgery after the redshirt freshman met with team doctors Monday morning.“He injured his left clavicle … [doctors will] X-ray it every week, but it’s probably an eight-week recovery, which takes him out of the regular season,” Bielema said. “There’s an outside chance of obviously something for postseason, but that would be right on the edge of it. And everything, if it goes to plan, should be 100 percent ready to go for spring ball.”Danny O’Brien took over for Stave in the second half against Michigan State Saturday, but Bielema said the coaching staff will evaluate the best option to start at the position over the next two weeks. The UW head coach also said Curt Phillips will be in the mix to earn the starting nod against Indiana.“We’ll take this bye week right here and pretty much give Danny and Curt equal reps and see where we’re at going into Sunday,” Bielema said. “We may not make a public announcement, but for sure we’ll let our players know who’s going to start the game.”Bielema complemented Phillips’ resiliency and leadership, especially his drive to continue playing after rehabbing three separate anterior cruciate ligament tears. “I know this, there’s probably not a kid that’s invested more time to get on the field than Curt Phillips on our football team,” Bielema said. “Our kids like him; I think our coaches like him. Matt Canada has been intrigued with Curt ever since day one. He’s got that ‘it’ factor that quarterbacks need to have.”Coming out of high school, Phillips was rated as the seventh best dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com. Despite Phillips’ surgeries, Bielema stressed that coming into fall camp he was relatively healthy.“He really looked strong in fall camp,” Bielema said. “That was the first extensive [experience] he’s had action wise in a year and a half. I would think he’s actually gotten better with a limited amount of practice time.”Phillips saw his first action of the season against Illinois, and his only run came on a loss of two yards. He did complete an 8-yard pass to James White, but it was wiped away by a penalty.The fifth-year senior offers the most mobility at quarterback, as the coaches tried to use him as a change of pace player against the Fighting Illini, his first appearance in a Badger uniform since 2009.“It will be interesting this week because Curt obviously has some unique skill sets,” Bielema said.O’Brien completed 5-of-11 passes against Michigan State for 44 yards and no touchdowns. When asked about O’Brien’s preparedness, the head coach said the former Maryland transfer was ready and hinted at the fact that Canada, the offensive coordinator and play-caller, has more confidence in O’Brien. “Danny transferred in with the dream of being a two-year starting quarterback at Wisconsin,” he said. “It started that way and got side railed. Now I know Matt Canada felt very, very confident that he was the guy to go to if there was a sudden change within a series or something like that, the last two weeks.”Regardless of the serious questions at quarterback, Bielema remained optimistic about the Badgers’ outlook for the remainder of the season. However, he resolutely admitted this season has been different than any other of his seven-year tenure.“It’s my life as a head football coach,” Bielema said. “You take these experiences, and it defines who you are. It helps you in the future. You’ll be able to have these reference points.”Through nine regular season games, Wisconsin faces a November slate against two of the top teams in the Leaders Division in Ohio State and Penn State, as well as an important game against a much-improved Indiana team following the Badgers’ bye week.He noted Wisconsin has been in similarly difficult situations each of the past two seasons at this point, yet reached the Rose Bowl both times.“We’ve never been the team that everybody was counting to win a championship the last two years,” Bielema said. “But at the end, we were. And it’s because we handle everything on a week-to-week approach. This thing is no different. We’ve got everything in front of us.”Since Bielema took over, the Badgers have a record of 18-3 in November. Over that span, they have averaged 39.8 points per game while allowing 21.6 points.last_img read more

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