Kings of the Premier League: Pick your team of the month before Joleon Lescott and Sam Quek | Football News

first_imgFormer Premier League kingpin Joleon Lescott and Olympic gold-medal hockey player and presenter Sam Quek will pick the team of the month for October.But you have the opportunity to pre-empt the guests’ selections or assemble your very own ultimate XI from the season so far. GRAPHIC – Advertisement – Friday 6th November 7:00pm Team-mates Danny Ings (No 4) and Jannik Vestergaard (No 6) were also among the goals, with the former netting a spectacular effort before suffering a knee injury with five minutes left on the clock.Despite being on the losing side, Jack Grealish produced yet another dazzling display with a goal and an assist for Villa to land runner-up spot – maintaining his untarnished run in the top-10 form players this season. This week, Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse soared to the summit to finally end Harry Kane (No 3) and Heung-Min Son’s (No 5) run at the top of the table – despite Kane converting from the penalty spot to help Spurs beat Brighton 2-1.The Saints’ captain powered into pole position with an assist and two goals from direct free-kicks during the 4-3 win over Aston Villa on Sunday – becoming the first player to do so in the Premier League since Christian Eriksen in 2015. We have included all of the players available for selection, all of whom either top the Power Rankings statistical chart or the Budweiser Kings of the Match fan vote standings.Use the interactive team selector below to create your XI and share it on Twitter @SkySportsPL using the hashtag #KOTPL.This week’s Power RankingsThe weekly Power Rankings factor the previous five league games, weighted incrementally from the most recent fixture.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Who would make your team of the month? Make your selections before the XI is revealed on Kings of the Premier League this Friday.Sky Sports and Budweiser, official partner of the Premier League and King of Beers, have joined forces again to deliver the show for a second season, with the latest show airing at 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League on Friday.- Advertisement – Kings Of The Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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Here’s Why The Georgia Runoff Matters

first_imgGeorgia’s runoff law was created in the 1960s as a way to preserve white political power in a majority-white state and diminish the influence of Black politicians who could more easily win in a multicandidate race with a plurality of the vote, according to an Interior Department report.Since the 1990s, Democrats have won only one of seven statewide runoffs in general or special elections, according to Inside Elections, the nonpartisan political newsletter.Why does Georgia have two?While Senate elections are staggered so that a state’s two seats are not up for re-election at the same time, this was an unusual year for Georgia.- Advertisement – As the dust settles from the presidential race, the eyes of the political world have already shifted to Georgia, where two runoff elections set for early January will almost certainly determine which party has control of the Senate.The outcome of the contests, which will play out two weeks before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, will either swing the majority to Democrats, handing the new president broad power to carry out his policy agenda and push through nominations as he sees fit, or leave Republicans in charge, allowing them to influence his plans.- Advertisement – In the weeks ahead, tens of millions of dollars in campaign cash are expected to pour into the state to fund a marathon of political advertising, while party leaders and interest groups on both sides train their attention on the races.Here’s how it will work.What is a runoff election?A runoff election is essentially a rematch that is held when none of the candidates meet the criteria for winning. Under Georgia law, candidates must receive a majority of the vote to win an election. If no candidate breaks 50 percent, the top two vote-getters then face off again in a runoff election to determine the winner. Senator David Perdue, a Republican, was facing a normal re-election race for the seat he won in 2014. In addition, Senator Kelly Loeffler, another Republican appointed last year to succeed Senator Johnny Isakson after he retired because of health issues, was facing a special election to serve out the remainder of his term until 2022.Both of their races went to runoffs because neither they nor their challengers garnered at least 50 percent of the vote. How are runoffs different than elections on Election Day?It is traditionally more difficult for candidates to convince voters to turn out for elections that do not feature the presidential contest on the ballot, and this special election will come shortly after New Year’s with the country still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.In the past, Democrats have struggled in such races, with Republicans dominating the format in conservative-learning Georgia. After a prolonged count that ended on Friday night, Mr. Perdue fell just short of the majority he would have needed to win re-election against Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, sending both of them to a runoff. In 2017, Mr. Ossoff lost in a runoff election for seat in the House.It has been clear since Tuesday that Ms. Loeffler’s race would be decided in a runoff, after the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Ms. Loeffler emerged as the top two finishers in a crowded field competing to replace Mr. Isakson.When are the runoffs and how do people participate?Georgia’s law says the runoffs are to take place on the Tuesday of the ninth week after the election. That puts them on Jan. 5. Voters must be registered to participate by Dec. 7.The state will hold three weeks of early voting. Registered voters may vote by mail if they request an absentee ballot. – Advertisement – But both parties are expected to dump ample resources into turning out their voters for the runoffs, and since there are no other races happening around the country, enormous national attention will be focused on Georgia.The stakes will be high. Republicans hold a 53-to-47 majority, but after elections this week, they were tied 48 to 48 with Democrats. While Senate races in Alaska and North Carolina have yet to be called, Republicans are expected to prevail in those states, which would put the party in control of 50 seats.If Republican leads in those states hold, Democrats would need to capture both of the seats in Georgia to secure a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Then, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris could cast tiebreaking votes to carry out the Democratic agenda. If they were to lose one, Republicans would maintain their majority, albeit by the slimmest of margins.With judicial nominees, a stimulus deal, infrastructure and health care measures, and tax and spending policies all on the line, the Senate races in Georgia are likely to take on an intensity that mirrors the presidential race that just ended.And with President Trump refusing to concede and making baseless accusations that the election was stolen from him, Republicans are likely to try to use their grievances about the presidential race to galvanize their voters to turn out in Georgia and deny Mr. Biden the Senate he would need to get things done. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Trump Lost the Race. But Republicans Know It’s Still His Party.

first_imgThe fact that Mr. Trump’s defeat was not the blowout critics had hoped, Mr. Rubio said, means that the anticipated repudiation of Trumpian politics was wrong. “Trump was going to get wiped out, the G.O.P. was going to get wiped out,” he said, running through often-repeated predictions. “Meanwhile, Republicans are going to probably hold the Senate and make up to a 10-seat gain in the House.”While Mr. Rubio said he could not imagine a scenario in which Mr. Trump was not in the picture — “He’s not going to just vanish into a building” — the president’s strong support among Latino voters in Florida (47 percent) and Texas (40 percent) showed how the party could expand a “multiethnic, working-class coalition” that did not fit neatly inside the left-right paradigm.- Advertisement – “I think that a lot of people just don’t realize that when it comes to identity,” Mr. Rubio said, “the identity tied to your employment, your culture, your standard of living, your values, is much more powerful than the pronunciation of your last name.”Navigating the unavoidable, disruptive force that is Mr. Trump complicates an already difficult job for conservatives like Mr. Rubio, 49. First, Republicans need to convince more voters of color that they are welcoming, despite embracing Mr. Trump and his divisive message. “If someone expresses hatred or disdain for people like you, it’s going to make it hard for them to vote for you,” Mr. Rubio said.They also need to demonstrate that Republicans can be the party for Americans who are struggling economically — many of whom were won over by Mr. Trump’s message — not just the party that cuts taxes for corporations and dismantles government regulations. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img A “pro-worker” Republican Party, as described by the likes of Senator Josh Hawley, 40, of Missouri, would require a sea change in the way its members tend to balk at spending when there is a Democratic president.Mr. Hawley, like Mr. Rubio, has been vocal about the need to pass a second coronavirus relief package, breaking with Republicans who have expressed concerns about growing deficits. Some conservatives have proposed less conventional ways of appealing to the party’s core constituencies, including social conservatives, by embracing ideas typically associated with Democrats, like paid family leave.last_img read more

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With their hero defeated, QAnon followers ask, ‘Now what?’

first_img– Advertisement – These are trying times for believers in QAnon, the conspiracy theory built around the baseless claim that there is a Fsatanic pedophile cult run by top Democrats. There are also signs of infighting among QAnon’s inner circle. Ron Watkins, an 8kun administrator who some believed was Q himself, announced on Election Day that he was stepping down from the site, citing “extensive battles” over censorship and the site’s future.Though QAnon has had some success infiltrating the Republican Party — an adherent won a congressional race in Georgia last week — the movement has been dealing with other setbacks. QAnon followers have been banned from most major social media platforms, deflating the movement’s momentum and depriving it of its most effective organizing tools. Facebook groups and YouTube channels with hundreds of thousands of subscribers disappeared overnight. “Trump knows what he is doing,” wrote another on a QAnon forum. “He is letting the Dems, technocrats and media publicly hang themselves.”Some QAnon adherents, however, were already inching toward acceptance.“We’re losing,” one tweeted. “Not sure I trust the plan anymore. Not sure there even is a plan.”- Advertisement –center_img Last weekend, as Democrats danced in the streets to celebrate the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr., QAnon believers were on their computers, trying to make sense of it all.“Biden will NEVER be president,” wrote one.- Advertisement – For years, they had been assured that Mr. Trump would win in a landslide and spend his second term vanquishing the deep state and bringing the cabal’s leaders to justice. Q, the message board user whose posts have fueled the movement for more than three years, told them to “trust the plan.”But since Mr. Trump’s defeat, Q has fallen silent on 8kun, the website where all of Q’s posts appear. QAnon-related activity on the site has slowed to a trickle — one recent day, there were fewer new posts on 8kun’s most active QAnon board than on its board for adult-diaper fetishists.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Breaking language barriers with preparedness messages

first_imgEditor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Public Health Practices online database showcases expert-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning and response.Jun 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – After the Sep 11 terrorist attacks, officials in some of Minnesota’s largest public health departments identified a big gap in their communications strategy: They had few options for getting important health and safety information to diverse state residents who speak limited English.A coalition of communications officials from state, county, and local health and service agencies came together to form the Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO), with the goal of reaching limited–English-proficiency (LEP) groups with vital health and safety information.”In a crisis, you have to have the media,” said Lillian McDonald, executive director of ECHO. McDonald had worked in broadcast media for several years before she signed on in 2003 to convene a group of public information officers to devise ways to bring preparedness information to LEP populations. “But the mainstream media wouldn’t touch this.”Building relationshipsBy September 2004, ECHO had forged a partnership with Minnesota’s public television system to produce and air a series of 20-minute programs in languages that reflect Minnesota’s unique cultural landscape: Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, and English.Topics covered in the series, believed to be the first in the nation, range from Lyme disease to severe weather warnings to pandemic influenza. One of the most recent programs, for example, addressed the mass dispensing of medications in the event of an influenza pandemic or terrorist attack.McDonald said ECHO hopes to someday have the capacity to go on the air live in a disaster situation such as an illness outbreak. During a local emergency, such as a chemical spill, ECHO can use its phone, fax, and Web portals to update residents on how to protect themselves and their families.She said the program has been able to address some emerging health threats—for example pediatric flu deaths and illness and deaths from poisonous mushrooms—that are specific to some of its audience groups.Viewership has expanded threefold, to about 9,500 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, she said. “Word of mouth has been unbelievable,” she said. ECHO recently expanded its coverage across Minnesota through additional public television affiliates. Now, nearly all of the state can access the ECHO broadcasts.One of the keys to ECHO’s acceptance in the LEP populations has been customizing each topic for each language by featuring native-speaking on-air personalities and expert guests. “We’re giving communities their own voice—we’re creating bridges,” she said.Expanding reach with different formatsRealizing that the important public health messages need to have a longer shelf-life and be available in a variety of formats, ECHO also offers programs and materials on the phone and Web and on DVDs.Phone messages change monthly and, during nonemergency times, feature seasonal advice, for example avoiding foodborne illnesses during summer months. On ECHO’s Web site, viewers can access current and past programs. In addition to the array of languages offered on the television programs, the phone messages are also offered in Russian, Arabic, Oromo, and English.The system also sends fax and e-mail health alerts to community organizations that work with Minnesota’s LEP populations.McDonald said despite little money for advertising, publicizing the various components of ECHO hasn’t been difficult, given the involvement of communications officials in the system. “Word of mouth has been unbelievable,” she said.Moving toward greater sustainabilityECHO would like to maintain its momentum and even grow to meet its audience’s changing needs, McDonald said, but shrinking grant dollars are a challenge. Some foundations would like to donate to the organization, but they often run into rules that prohibit giving to government organizations. Currently, ECHO’s fiscal agent is the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), based in St Paul.”If we’re going to be going around door knocking, we need to have a business model—we can’t be all government,” she said.McDonald said one promising avenue is for ECHO to become a nonprofit group under the arm of the AMC’s nonprofit research foundation. She said ECHO has submitted the proposed arrangement to the Internal Revenue Service and hopes it is approved.See also:View tools and reviewer’s comments from the “Emergency and Community Health Outreach” practicelast_img read more

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The destination of the Middle Danube presented its tourist offer in Zagreb

first_img“The idea for this project arose from a similar cross-border tourism project on the border of Italy, Slovenia and Austria. According to their great experiences, the creation of a new unique destination of the Middle Danube was initiated”, Said Ivana Jurić, director of the Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County.  Assistant Minister of Tourism Snježana Brzica wished the Danube region more and more visibility and that there would be more and more such cross-border projects. The tourist success of this area requires as many domestic visitors as possible. “Every year, 100 Slavonians go on vacation to the Adriatic and Zagreb. We want 100 thousand tourists from the rest of Croatia to come to us in autumn and winter”, Pointed out Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić, adding that the gastronomic and wine offer of the destination can be perfectly complemented with cruising and the beaches of the Danube. “This means that all local attractions on both sides of the border are now becoming common”, explained Jasmina Beljan Iskrin, coordination of the Central Danube Tour project. So far, nine cross-border itineraries have been designed, which mainly include ethnographic, cultural and gastronomic offer, as well as cycling routes, with an emphasis on the tastes and aromas of the Danube. It is part of the project “Central Danube Tour – strengthening tourism development in the cross-border region of the Danube”, co-financed by the INTERREG IPA Cross-border Cooperation Program Croatia – Serbia 2014 – 2020. Partners in this project are the institutions of Osijek-Baranja County, Ilok and province of Vojvodina and the Danube Competence Center.center_img All the beauties, luxury and attractions of the Middle Danube region were presented at the Danube Festival in Zagreb’s Europa cinema. The gastronomic offer, winemakers, tourist contents, manifestations of urban content and cultural institutions of the Croatian and Vojvodina Danube region were promoted for all citizens. All this offer was presented to visitors in Zagreb, as well as top events from the area such as Exit Festival, Tastes of Vojvodina and Festival of Street Musicians in Novi Sad, Pannonian Challenge and Land without Borders in Osijek, Wine & Bike Tour in Erdut, Wine Marathon in Baranja, DunavArt festival… The whole program was completed by the performances of the Osijek rapper Kandžija, singer Zrinka Posavec and Podium Brass Quintet with a repertoire of sounds of the Danube.last_img read more

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