Stars Pay Tribute to ‘Jeopardy’ Host

first_img“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer,” Trebek said at the time. “Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”The Canada native admitted during an ABC News special in January that he struggled with “moments of great pain” and “massive attacks of great depression” since his diagnosis. However, his wife, Jean Trebek, helped him through the challenging times.- Advertisement – “But I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal — a betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive,” he said at the time. “It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts of the value of living and hope. And it would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that had been said on my behalf.”Trebek admitted he wasn’t “afraid of dying” in his 2020 memoir, The Answer Is …Reflections on My Life, noting that he had spoken with his family about stopping treatment if chemotherapy wasn’t successful.“Quality of life was an important consideration. … One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral as part of the eulogy is, ‘He was taken from us too soon’” he wrote. “I’m about to turn 80. I’ve lived a good, full life, and I’m nearing the end of it. I know that. The only thing that might bother me is if I pass on before I get to have grandchildren. (Hint, hint.)”Trebek is survived by Jean, their son Matthew, 30, and their daughter Emily, 27.Scroll down to see more celebrity reactions. Former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings reacted to the news via Twitter writing, “Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him.”Seth Meyers, for his part, tweeted, “RIP to a great giver of joy and knowledge.”Trebek announced his stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March 2019 and said he hoped to host the iconic game show as long as he physically could.- Advertisement – Never forgotten. Celebrities honored Alex Trebek in the wake of the longtime Jeopardy! host’s death on Sunday, November 8, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show’s Twitter account confirmed on Sunday. “Thank you, Alex.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


West Indies unable to train ahead of New Zealand tour after players breach coronavirus rules | Cricket News

first_img“From the information we have received so far, we have been told that the incidents in question included some players compromising the bubble integrity by mixing between two separate West Indies bubbles into which the touring party had been split, by sharing food and socialising in hallways.”- Advertisement –


Proud Boys’ post-election crackup offers revealing glimpse of their deep white nationalist nature

first_img“I love being white and I think it’s something to be very proud of. I don’t want our culture diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate to a Western, white, English-speaking way of life,” McInnes has said. Kyle Chapman, his onetime cohort, fully agrees to this day—and then some.Chapman first made a name for himself at a “March 4 Trump” in Berkeley on March 4, 2017, by coming to the event prepared for battle with homemade implements: a shield adorned with an American flag, football-style padding and a helmet, and a long wooden sign post he wielded like a baseball bat. A video of Chapman breaking the post over the head of an antifascist protester that day went viral and gave birth to his nickname. Chapman was charged with multiple counts of felony assault, which he eventually plea-bargained down to a single charge and five years’ probation.  Kyle Chapman and Nathan Damigo at BerkeleyKyle Chapman, in helmet and goggles, with Identity Evropa founder Nathan Damigo, center in blue shirt, at the Proud Boys event in Berkeley, California, on April 15, 2017.His next big moment, however, was also the Proud Boys’ inaugural event: the April 15, 2017, “free speech” rally they dubbed “the Next Battle of Berkeley” and which proved to be a seminal moment for white nationalist groups such as Identity Evropa and the Rise Above Movement, the leaders of which were all present.- Advertisement – Though they were designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2018, the Proud Boys have been adamant that they are not a white nationalist or racist organization. Their favorite piece of evidence to bolster this claim is to trot out Tarrio, an African-Cuban man who became the group’s chairman after founder Gavin McInnes resigned in November 2018 and was replaced by a national board with Tarrio at its head.Tarrio himself likes to tell reporters that the Proud Boys have “longstanding regulations prohibiting racist, white supremacist or violent activity,” and “I denounce white supremacy. I denounce anti-Semitism. I denounce racism. I denounce fascism. I denounce communism and any other -ism that is prejudice towards people because of their race, religion, culture, tone of skin.” He denies that the Proud Boys are white supremacists by saying: “I’m pretty brown, I’m Cuban. There’s nothing white supremacist about me.”McInnes has sued the SPLC over the hate group designation and claimed that “we are not an extremist group and we do not have ties with white nationalists,” the latter of whom, he told The Guardian, “don’t exist.” However, the reality is that the ethos that McInnes describes as being the core of the Proud Boys—what he calls “Western chauvinism”—is just a public relations-friendly reformulation of the “white genocide” myth that animates modern white nationalism.- Advertisement – Kyle Chapman, a Bay Area commercial diver who gained national notoriety in 2017 as “Based Stickman” after he brought homemade weapons and armor to an alt-right protest in Berkeley, California, created an uproar within the ranks of Proud Boys by announcing this weekend that he intended to “resume” the group’s leadership reins because their current chairman, Enrique Tarrio of Florida, had disgraced himself and the group.Chapman posted the notification on the right-wing platform Parler, fueled apparently by an incident in which Tarrio claimed to have stopped a stabbing of Proud Boys in Washington, D.C., though video did not bear out his claims:Due to the recent failure of Proud Boy Chairman Enrique Tarrio to conduct himself with honor and courage on the battlefield, it has been decided that I Kyle Chapman reassume my post as President of Proud Boys effective immediately. We will no longer cuck to the left by appointing token negroes as our leaders. We will no longer allow homosexuals or other ‘undesirables’ into our ranks. We will confront the Zionist criminals who wish to destroy our civilization.Enrique Tarrio of Proud BoysEnrique Tarrio with the Proud Boys in Portland in August 2019.- Advertisement – McInnes was so impressed that he promptly anointed Chapman a leader of the Proud Boys and placed him in charge of organizing what he considered the group’s “tactical defensive arm,” dubbed the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK). Chapman described FOAK as a “fraternal organization,” a Proud Boys affiliate chapter, “with its own bylaws, constitution, rituals and vetting processes.”However, over the ensuing months and years, nothing ever came of the FOAK project, mainly because Chapman wound up facing multiple charges arising from a variety of violent incidents: for hitting a Texas man over the head with a barstool, for fighting a person in Berkeley while filming a promotional video, for operating a vehicle off-road.Kyle Chapman speaks in PortlandChapman speaking at a Patriot Prayer event in Portland, Oregon, in June 2017.After McInnes left the Proud Boys, Chapman mostly became an afterthought. He largely disappeared from the alt-right protest scene, skipping out on such major Proud Boys gatherings as their August 2019 march in Portland. His only notable involvement was with the white nationalists who organized Boston “Straight Pride Parade” in June 2019, lending his name and image to promoting the event.However, even in his time as a leader of the Proud Boys, he made pronouncements that belied the group’s disavowals of white nationalism, such as his speech at a July 2017 gathering in Sacramento:I am not afraid to speak out about the atrocities that whites and people of European descent face not only here in this country but in Western nations across the world. The war against whites, and Europeans and Western society is very real and it’s time we all started talking about it and stopped worrying about political correctness and optics.Over time, his public references to such white nationalist tropes as “white genocide” and expressions of simple bigotry (including against feminists and women) became even more pronounced. And in his Nov. 9 Proud Boys “coup” announcement, the mask came off entirely.Chapman announced that the organization would embrace its underlying white nationalist ethos by rebranding itself as the “Proud Goys”—a reference to the alt-right belief that Jews secretly control the world’s politics and media in order to oppress non-Jewish “goyim.” He added, “The coup is complete,” and then launched into a nakedly racist rant:We will no longer cuck to the left by anointing token negros as our leaders. We will no longer allow homosexuals or other “undesirables” into our ranks. We recognize that the West was built by the White Race alone and we owe nothing to any other race. Proud Goy members will pay homage to the White men who gave their lives to build our civilization: White men who provided their intellect inventing the modern world, spreading enlightenment, and providing the framework for lesser civilizations to thrive. … We will boldly address the issues of White Genocide, the failures of multiculturalism, and the right for White men and women to have their own countries where White interests are written into law and part of the body politic. We will no longer stand by as Whites are murdered in the streets because of the color of their skin. …Tarrio responded sharply on Parler, saying he had earned the group’s chairmanship and calling Chapman a “grifter.” Chapman retorted: “All you do is grift. Nobody respects you anymore n—-r. Go back to diverting medical supplies with the rest of the slimy Cubans in Miami”—a reference to Tarrio’s own previous conviction, 15 years ago, for participating in a scheme to sell stolen medical equipment, for which he spent 16 months in federal prison.The coup, such as it was, seems so far to have been restricted strictly to Chapman and a few of his cohorts. Tarrio told Kelly Weill of The Daily Beast he thought Chapman was drunk or kidding. “He hasn’t been part of the organization in probably two years,” Tarrio said. “Obviously he still probably has friends.“I’ve never had an issue with Kyle,” he added. “I think he went on a drunken rant that night, and he thought it was funny to put the things he did on his channel, then he said it was a joke. Which regardless of whether it was a joke or not, I think it was stupid.”Chapman, as Weill reports, later denied that it was a joke, and moreover was joined in the call to depose Tarrio by another openly white supremacist Proud Boy, Jovi Val.These incidents exposing the Proud Boys’ bigoted and hateful white underbelly aren’t merely accidental. It’s who they really are, and always have been. – Advertisement –last_img read more


CDC suspends work at Texas A&M biodefense lab

first_imgJul 3, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jun 30 ordered a biodefense research laboratory at Texas A&M University to stop all work on select agents and toxins while the CDC investigates reports of lab workers infected with the category B bioterror agents Brucella and Coxiella burnetti.The alleged lab accidents, along with related alleged violations of federal law, were recently reported by the Sunshine Project, an Austin, Texas, nonprofit group that monitors biodefense research safety. The group used Texas freedom-of-information requests to obtain documents about the lab incidents.In April, the Sunshine Project reported that a Texas A&M researcher had been infected with Brucella after a February 2006 aerosol chamber mishap and that the school did not immediately notify the CDC as required by federal law. Five days ago, the watchdog group reported that the exposure of three other Texas A&M workers to C burnetti, which causes Q fever, was confirmed in April 2006 but also was not reported to the CDC.The Sunshine Project said its investigation of Texas A&M came about through its review of select-agent labs that are vying to host the federal government’s planned new national biodefense facility, according to a Jun 27 report in the Dallas Morning News.The laboratory is affiliated with the Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense Center, a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) center of excellence that focuses on the study of foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza, and Rift Valley fever, according to the center’s Web site. The center is funded by an $18 million DHS grant, according to an Associated Press report yesterday.According to the Sunshine Project, Texas A&M notified the CDC about the Brucella infection in April 2007, a year after the worker’s illness was confirmed.Shortly after Texas A&M reported the Brucella infection, representatives from the CDC’s Select Agents and Toxins Division inspected the laboratory and, in a Jun 30 memo, obtained and released by the Sunshine Project, ordered the lab to stop its work on all select agents and toxins until further notice.Von Roebuck, a CDC spokesman, told CIDRAP News that the agency has never issued such a broad suspension order to a lab before. He said the Jun 30 order applies to every agent the lab works with. The list of affected agents is not public information because of security concerns, Roebuck said.In the Jun 30 letter, the CDC outlined the concerns it has about the lab, which include the adequacy of biosafety plans, security of the facility from unauthorized visitors, occupational safety protocols, authorization from the CDC to work with certain agents, and compliance with federal select agent regulations.Roebuck said CDC officials will visit the Texas laboratory again in the next few weeks to gather more information about its procedures and protocols. “Then the agency will move forward with any recommendations to get them under compliance,” he said.In a statement sent to Texas A&M faculty and staff yesterday, the school’s interim president, Eddie J. Davis, said the laboratory incidents did not pose a threat to anyone on or off campus, but conceded that the university should have reported the worker’s Brucella exposure in a more timely manner. (The university provided CIDRAP News with a copy of the statement.)Davis said none of the workers who were exposed to the Q fever agent got sick and that Texas A&M was going beyond health monitoring standards at other select-agent labs by monitoring workers’ blood for the organism. He said the university believed that the threshold for reporting worker exposure was a confirmed illness.”We are unequivocally committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure we are in full compliance with all CDC and any other relevant policies and regulations,” he said.The university has asked an independent expert and an environmental health and safety group from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston to advise Texas A&M on how it can “expeditiously redeploy a fully compliant select agent research program,” Davis said.The Sunshine Project, in a statement e-mailed to journalists today, said the problems it found at Texas A&M show that the US government needs to reduce the number of people and facilities that handle bioweapons agents and bring a hodgepodge of federal lab rules into a unified, mandatory, and enforceable system to ensure lab safety and accountability.In its statement, the group released details about nine other accidents at Biosafety Level 3 labs throughout the United States, four of which involved worker exposure. The information was gleaned from the Sunshine Project’s review of publicly accessible biosafety committee meeting minutes at the facilities. “There is no reason not to presume that many more similar accidents have occurred but have yet to come to light,” the group said.Coxiella burnetii causes a flulike disease in humans that is rarely fatal, according to the CDC. However, it is highly infectious when it becomes airborne and is inhaled by humans. The agent has previously been weaponized and is considered a potential terrorist threat.Brucella infections cause prolonged fever and a wide range of other possible manifestations, such as arthritis, hepatitis, and meningitis. Symptoms can be prolonged, but the disease is rarely fatal. In livestock, brucellosis causes infertility and abortions. As bioterrorism agents, Brucella strains are inexpensive to produce and disperse, according to an August 2005 article in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID).See also:National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense sitehttp://fazd.tamu.edu/CDC information on Q feverhttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/qfever/clinicians/intentionalrelease.aspEID article on Brucellae lab exposures and bioterror implicationshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol11no08/04-1197.htmlast_img read more


Tomato-linked Salmonella outbreak spreads to 16 states

first_img FDA list of tomato growing regions not linked to the outbreak The illnesses are linked to an unusual strain, Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul. The FDA, in a Jun 7 press release, warned consumers not to eat raw red plum, red Roma, or red round tomatoes, or products that contain any of those varieties, unless the growing areas are on a list posted on the agency’s Web site. Some restaurant chains are temporarily taking tomatoes off their menus. For example, McDonald’s Corp. announced today that it would not serve sliced tomatoes on its hamburgers until the source of the contaminated tomatoes is determined, according to a report from the Associated Press. The FDA repeated its previous statement that grape, cherry, vine-on, and home-grown tomatoes still appear safe to eat. Based on interviews with 73 people, illness onset dates ranged from Apr 16 to May 28. Ages ranged from 1 to 82 years, and 49% of the patients were female. At least 23 patients were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported. Most of the people who have been sickened in the outbreak were from Texas (56), New Mexico (39), Illinois (17), and Arizona (12), according to a Jun 7 statement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The FDA’s initial warning about the outbreak, on Jun 3, focused only on New Mexico and Texas, though cases in seven other states were being investigated. The organism typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Jun 9, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned consumers nationwide to avoid certain raw tomatoes as the number of people sickened in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak grew to 145 cases in 16 states. See also:center_img Jun 7 CDC press release The rarity of the strain and the involvement of so many regions suggest that the contaminated tomatoes were distributed throughout much of the country, the FDA said. During the same time frame last year, only three people in the United States had confirmed S Saintpaul infections. Traceback studies conducted so far have indicated that tomatoes from 15 US and international growing areas are not associated with the outbreak. US states that have been cleared so far include Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Consumers who aren’t sure where their tomatoes were grown or harvested should contact the store where they bought them. Jun 4 CIDRAP News story “Tomatoes suspected in multistate Salmonella outbreak” The FDA urged retailers, restaurateurs, and food service operators not to use red Roma, plum, or round tomatoes unless they are from growing regions that don’t appear to be the source of any tainted tomatoes. Jun 7 FDA press releaselast_img read more


Ryanair is reducing ticket prices

first_imgIrish low-cost airline Ryanair said, with the announcement of business results, that ticket prices for flights to certain destinations could be reduced by up to 9 percent, given the intensified competition in the air transport industry in the next few months.The announcement came after Ryanair achieved 55 percent quarterly profit growth. Profit before tax in the three months to June 30 rose to 397 million euros, driven by stronger demand for Easter, while revenue jumped 13 percent to 1,68 billion euros.The airline says it expects a drop in ticket prices by 5 percent by the end of September and by 8 percent in the next six months, or by the end of March next year. “We expect the pricing environment to maintain a very high competitiveness,” said CEO Michael O’Leary.Ryanair leaders also reiterated warnings about possible major disruptions to flights between the UK and Europe, in the event that a bilateral flight agreement is not reached in the Brexit negotiations. They stressed that this could lead to flight cancellations and relocations. “We want a clear situation so we can plan our schedules for 2019,” CFO Neil Sorahan told the BBC.Airlines Easyjet and Wizz Air also said prices would be under pressure this summer.Source: Business diarylast_img read more


Facebook made it possible to take a 360-degree photo directly

first_imgTourism without social networks is unthinkable, and images and videos are the main promotional tools. Today, being present on social media is a matter of personal hygiene, as is owning a website. “Points out Ilija Brajković, co-owner of the digital agency Kontra, and adds that not being present digitally today, especially in tourism, is a sure direction of failure.As of today, you can take and upload 360-degree photos directly on Facebook, a new feature that will certainly be very present through the tourism sector. You can also set a 360-degree photo as the cover photo on your profile, and the option is available for both iOS and Android devices.Panoramas, beaches, views from the balcony… creativity has no end. Play around and tell a good story.Related news: ILIJA BRAJKOVIĆ, CONTRA: INSTARGAM AND VIDEO ARE “MUST HAVE” CHANNELS IN TOURISM ADVERTISINGlast_img read more


Revenue from tourism grew in the third quarter

first_imgIn the third quarter, the deficit in foreign trade continued to increase (by EUR 0,1 billion compared to the same period last year), with slightly faster growth in exports than imports (8,3% versus 6,8% on an annual basis). On the other hand, there was a strong growth in net exports of services, to which it mainly contributed tourism, although the annual growth rate of tourism revenues was significantly lower than in the same period last year (4,8% compared to 9,1%). Data from the central bank for the period from January to the end of September this year show that revenues from foreign guests amounted to 9,24 billion euros, which is an increase of 6,4 percent or 558,8 million euros compared to the same period last year. At the level of the whole of 2018, growth of 2,7% and inflation of 1,5% is expected, while for the next year, 2019, the same growth rate is projected, which will be mostly contributed by the strengthening of general government investments due to stronger use of funds EU, and further growth of personal consumption, points out from the CNB as part of the report on balance of payments and international investment for the third quarter of 2018. In the third quarter of 2018, the current and capital account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of 4,2 billion. EUR, which is by 0,2 billion. EUR more than in the same period last year. At the same time je realized rast Revenues from tourism exceeded the growth in the number of arrivals (3,1%) and overnight stays (1,6%) of foreign visitors in commercial accommodation facilities. Guests from Germany, the United Kingdom and Hungary contributed the most to the growth of physical indicators. The slowdown in tourism revenue growth can be explained by not so many factors. First of all, the strengthening of competition in the Mediterranean should be singled out, which, among other things, refers to Turkey and the countries of North Africa (Egypt and Tunisia), where the political situation has calmed down to some extent. Also, some European tourists probably decided to stay in their country or travel to Russia during the World Cup in June and July, which reduced tourist traffic in traditional summer destinations. Furthermore, after the revenues from tourism in Croatia grew faster than the competition for several years in a row, a high base was reached, so maintaining similar growth dynamics is difficult to sustain in the long run. Weaker results in the main tourist season were also recorded by some other Mediterranean countries, with Spain, Portugal and Italy standing out, the CNB concludes. Thus, in the third quarter of this year, record revenue was achieved on the basis of travel (tourism), which for the first time in the three most important tourist months (July-end of September) exceeded six billion euros and amounted to 6,24 billion euros. Thus, revenues from the consumption of foreign tourists were 4,8 percent or almost 283 million euros higher than in the same period last year.  Source: CNB At the same time, unfavorable developments in trade in goods greatly mitigate further growth in net exports of services, mainly on the basis of non-residents’ tourism consumption. However, the annual growth of tourism revenues at the level of the whole of 2018 should be slower than the previous three years. Attachment: CNB: Macroeconomic developments and forecasts However, despite the lower annual rate of tourism revenues, tourism revenues in 2018 amount to over 10 billion Euros, which is 19,8% of GDP (Table 1). The final report of the CNB for last year is expected at the beginning of March.2019.last_img read more


From a French fries bar to a global franchise in 10 years. Wake up to dream

first_imgRELATED NEWS: Everyone has ideas and desires, a lot of us are dreamers, and I also belong to the big dreamers, but if we are not proactive from the initial idea and do not start dealing with the question of how to realize that idea then it remains just a wish. It is on this assumption and mindset that most ideas fall into the water. The difference between desire and goal is huge. So, if we look at an idea and set it as our goal, then we know what steps we have to take to make that goal or idea come true. We define the business model, vision, strategy, goals, brand and move step by step into all the challenges that the business process and the market bring us. Plastically explained like that. Ah, make Croatia a successful and global fast food franchise. In addition to McDonalds, Burger King, and even with an ordinary death? Good point, isn’t it? Impossible. Come on kid don’t dream anymore… there were just some comments. Andrija and Denis are awake dreaming and living their dream. But there is a big difference from all dreamers, they dreamed with open eyes, had a goal and turned their dream into reality. And the first step to success is just to define a goal and get started, not just have a mere desire. Of course, the path to success is never a straight line upwards, some winding road with many obstacles, but it is important to have a direction of movement forward and most of all to know where we are going and where we want to get. ANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYS One is desire, and something quite another is goal. Okay, Surf n Fries isn’t even close to McDonalds yet, which doesn’t mean it won’t be in a couple of years, but again, it doesn’t even have to be. The current figures speak for themselves. Surf n Fries in Russia And it was this portal that started with an idea and a wish, which immediately after a short research turned into a goal. It all started with one idea, letter, word, blog and finally today for more than three years the leading tourist b2b portal in Croatia. Surf n fries today are much more than just a french fries bar or fast food. The story will only spread from year to year, and no one should be surprised if Surf n Fries is practically next to the biggest global players in a couple of years. As they might say, they “invented french fries” again, in a fun and innovative way. Most of all through a special way of packaging, ie packaging, where through innovation in the global market they have totally changed the way we look at and consume popular fries. Andrija Čolak and Denis Polić exactly 10 years ago had a dream, a vision and a goal, and not just a wish. Their goal was to open a french bar, and later slowly expand it. But after the opening and great success, the idea immediately came to them to conquer the global market through the franchise model and the Surf n fries brand. Surf’n’Fries started with one store in Rijeka exactly ten years ago, and today it operates franchises on 4 continents in almost 20 countries with over 70 franchises. The Australian market was opened at the end of last year, they entered the Russian market strongly, and the first Surf’n’Fries in Mexico will open soon. ANDRIJA ČOLAK OPENS THE FIRST AGENCY FOR CONSULTING IN FRANCHISE BUSINESS IN TOURISM – CFCGlast_img read more