Thirty-one former Republican members of Congress — many of them outspoken critics of the president — on Monday denounced Mr. Trump’s allegations in an open letter that called on him to accept the election results. “Every legal challenge must be heard,” Mr. McCarthy said. “Then and only then does America decide who won the race.”- Advertisement – President Trump’s iron grip on his party has inspired love for him among some Republican lawmakers and fear among others. Neither group will tell him it is time to concede his loss — or at the very least, to stop spreading claims about the integrity of the nation’s elections that are contrary to considerable evidence.The dynamic helps explain why, days after Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the election, even Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, was unwilling to recognize the result. Instead, senators have tiptoed around — or in some cases blindly run past — the reality of Mr. Trump’s loss, and the lack of evidence to suggest widespread election fraud or improprieties that could reverse that result.- Advertisement – By Monday evening, only a few Republican senators known for their distaste for Mr. Trump — Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — had acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory.The Republican House leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, insisted that Mr. Trump was right to contest the results of the election. – Advertisement –
Carwiz has thus entered into a partnership with Leos Groups of Companies, which has been in business since 1983, whose mission is to be the most professional car rental company in Cyprus by offering full service and developing relationships with customers and suppliers based on trust and honesty. By the way, Carwiz rent a car is a Croatian company which, after opening the first branches on the Croatian market, soon started to conquer the global market through a franchise business model. Although this crisis has hit them hard, Cariwz is still expanding and with its own franchise model they are present on as many as four continents, ie 20 countries with more than 60 branches. Although the rent a car industry, like all economic entities, and above all those operating in the travel industry, is facing a challenging and difficult year, Carwiz rent a car has proven that it is still possible to continue expanding its business. Although there are relatively few of them on the market compared to other tourist branches, about 15 rent a car companies in Croatia generate a total of over one billion kuna in annual revenues and are responsible for the purchase of 25 new vehicles a year. The loss of financial income in the car rental industry is 90 percent Despite everything, Carwiz is expanding with a new franchise partnership in Cyprus and expanding the franchise network to eastern Mediterranean! Any authentic brand, and Carwiz certainly is, who cares about its customers and business partners can maintain the strength of the brand even in a crisis, provided it reacts quickly, accepts change and has a real team of people behind it who follow trends and accept change. When asked how to gain trust around the world that results in partnership and global expansion at a time when the world is increasingly closing and every country and business is focusing on the domestic market, Carwiz gave a concrete answer with their example. A difficult year for the entire tourism sector, including the car rental industry, which is directly dependent on tourism. The car rental industry is an important part of the mosaic of the Croatian tourist offer, especially in the context of air traffic, extension of the tourist season and raising tourist consumption. “Their brand strength fits perfectly into Carwiz’s mission and vision even during a crisis as the new franchise partner operates in every major city in Cyprus including the Larnaca airport branch ” points out Krešimir Dobrilović, director of Carwiz. The importance for the tourism sector is clearly shown by the fact that more than 90 percent of users of the car rental industry in Croatia are foreign tourists. “It is very important to change the way of doing business, educate and keep a clear direction of business. For business in crisis, it is important to establish stability and efficiency of business, adjust the service and offer, and meet new needs and desires of customers. Most of the responsibility is certainly on the sales teams, but it is very important to consider how to reorganize the entire business in order for it to maintain its success in the short and long term, given the uncertainty that the crisis brings us.” they say in Carwiz. Find out more about the Carwiz franchise model in the attachment: CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET It is strong brands that have the trust of customers, the crisis continues to communicate and have visibility, deliver added value, will recover first and foremost as soon as the recovery of the economy and the tourism sector begins. Brand power Although we do not yet know the long-term consequences of the crisis caused by the coronavirus, one thing is certain – business needs to be adapted, embrace new ways of doing business and prepare the company for crisis business.
First Lady Frances Wolf Outlines Waterway Protection Efforts Under Way at Governor’s Residence During Earth Day Gathering Environment, First Lady Frances Wolf, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – With the expansive waters of a challenged Susquehanna flowing directly behind her, First Lady Frances Wolf today told a gathering of students and top environmental leaders protection of the iconic waterway is an ongoing priority at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.Two days after Governor Wolf proclaimed Earth Day 2017 on April 22, the First Lady announced plans are under way on the residence grounds at 2035 North Front Street, Harrisburg, to lessen storm-water runoff by installing and maintaining a rain garden and additional rain-collection barrels, and enhancing existing green features.“Taken alone, none of these steps is monumental, but collectively they reflect the will and the theme of Governor Wolf’s Earth Day proclamation — ‘The Difference YOU Can Make,’” said the First Lady. “We have some of the state’s top environmental leaders gathered here today, but they can accomplish only so much without an individual environmental commitment by all of us.”Mrs. Wolf publicly commended the 30 students and several teachers from nearby St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, noting they have demonstrated environmental awareness by participating in the residence event and dedicating this week to Earth Day 2017-related field trips.“You have demonstrated your commitment to our state’s wealth of woods and waters at a young age, and I commend you,” the First Lady said. “Feel free to ask questions of the environmental leaders gathered here today about what you see and hear. Hopefully, some of you will be inspired to follow in their footsteps.”Joining the Harrisburg school group and First Lady Wolf were Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn; Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell; Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper; and Harry Campbell, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Office, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.“These enhancements of the residence grounds are directly in line with DCNR’s ongoing efforts to protect our waterways, such as expanding forest buffers along streams and rivers,” said Dunn. “When properly installed and maintained, all are indicative of what individual home and property owners can do to curb runoff into waterways; control erosion; and improve the quality of our wealth of waterways, such as the nearby Susquehanna River.”“Pollution from storm water runoff is the next great challenge to our streams and rivers. Reducing it is one of DEP’s highest priorities,” said McDonnell. “As citizens step up to make a difference, DEP is working with municipal leaders to do the same with comprehensive storm water management plans.”“During Governor Wolf’s Administration, the commonwealth has taken many steps towards jumpstarting the restoration of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams, said Campbell. “The Governor and First Lady are clearly demonstrating that here at the governor’s residence, on the banks of the Susquehanna River, which is the largest source of freshwater entering the Chesapeake Bay. As every Pennsylvanian has a stake in having clean water, the rain garden, rain barrels and enhanced green features at the governor’s residence set the example that we all can contribute. We commend Governor and Mrs. Wolf for their leadership and commitment to clean water.”Penn State student Zoe Roane-Hopkins will join DCNR’s Landscape Design Section as an intern this summer to oversee planning, design and maintenance of the residence rain garden.Residence staff will provide materials, funding for plantings and equipment assistance for preparing and planting.DCNR plans to conduct an analysis of the site, looking at drainage, soils, solar orientation, and utilities, and determine the best area for a rain garden. Areas with drainage issues or wash-outs would be likely locations.Details on the benefits of rain gardens and rain barrels, suggested plantings and other information can be found at http://www.iconservepa.org/.Built on the Susquehanna River, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence is a two and one-half story Georgian Style home. Designed by architect George Ewing and completed in 1968, the 28,600-square-foot building has 32 rooms. It has served as home to eight governors and their families.The first floor of the residence serves as a museum, housing both temporary and permanent art exhibits, decorative art, and artifacts reflecting the rich history and cultural heritage of the commonwealth. The second floor historically served as private living quarters for the Governor and First Lady.American and Pennsylvania flags were first raised at the executive mansion in February 1969, and the first tour-day was in June of that same year. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 24, 2017
Kalmar and Yara have entered into an agreement in which Kalmar will deliver fully autonomous equipment, software and services for a fully digitalized container handling solution at Yara’s Porsgrunn facility in Norway.This means that all the necessary operations related to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel Yara Birkeland will be conducted in a fully autonomous and cost-efficient manner, with zero emissions, as explained by the two companies.The delivery is scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of 2020.“With this agreement, Yara Birkeland is not just the world’s first electric and autonomous container vessel; it is the world’s first fully digitalised and electric supply chain, with all operations, including loading, unloading and sailing conducted in a fully autonomous manner with zero emissions,” Tove Andersen, EVP Production, Yara, commented.Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara last year announced a partnership with technology company Kongsberg to build the world’s first fully autonomous, battery operated container vessel.Yara Birkeland is expected to reduce emissions and improve road safety by removing up to 40,000 truck journeys annually in a densely populated area of Norway. The vessel will transport fertilizer from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant via inland waterways to the deep-sea ports of Larvik and Brevik, a journey of 31 nautical miles.Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will provide the autonomous loading and unloading solution for Yara Birkeland, as well as transportation between the fertilizer production facilities and the quay. The solution will be implemented in phases, with the level of automation gradually increased over time. The end result will be a fully autonomous, mixed-traffic and zero-emission solution in an industrial environment, according to the duo.Kalmar will also support Yara’s operations with a full-scale service contract. Furthermore, Kalmar personnel will provide operational, automation and software support for the whole solution.“We are very excited to work with Yara on this unique groundbreaking project. The project involves several firsts for us, including the first fully automated RMG for vessel loading, unloading and container storage management. Furthermore, the Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads will drive along the public roads in the Porsgrunn industrial park, which is also used by normal road traffic. We are working closely with local authorities and other parties to ensure the safety of passengers and vehicles at all times,” Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar, said.Image Courtesy: Yara/Kalmar
Federal, state and local leaders joined together on August 28 to break ground on the first phase of construction of the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project.“When completed, this project will provide flood protection for residents, businesses and farming areas of southern Santa Clara County,” said Norma Camacho, Chief Executive Officer of Valley Water.Funds for this multi-year $180 million project derive from voter approved Measure B, the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, as well as other state and federal sources.Extending 13 miles from Buena Vista Avenue in Gilroy to just beyond Llagas Road within the City of Morgan Hill, the project protects hundreds of properties susceptible to flooding during storm events.The multi-benefit project includes channel modifications, replacement of road crossings, and habitat enhancement providing flood protection to more than 1,100 homes, 500 businesses and 1,300 acres of agricultural land.
Image courtesy of GATE LNGLiquefied natural gas (LNG) throughput volumes at the Dutch Gate terminal have gone up in the first nine months of the year as European consumption of gas produced in the Atlantic region jumped. The facility located in the Dutch port of Rotterdam recorded a throughput of 5.49 million tonnes in the first nine months of 2019, 46.4 percent above the 3.75 million tonnes recorded in the January-September period in 2018.The Port of Rotterdam noted in its report that the European consumption of as produced in the Atlantic region was higher during the period under review. Previously, this gas was often sold in Asia.Gate terminal, owned by Gasunie and Vopak, is one of Europe’s largest LNG terminals. It consists of three 180,000-cbm storage tanks and has an annual regasification capacity of 12 Bcm – equal to around 180 cargoes per year.
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May 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB has low percentage of employees test positive for coronavirus antibodiesUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears to have successfully handled the first wave of the new coronavirus. Associated Press — The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.— The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.— The Spanish soccer league isn’t changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate since players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and will try to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship. Just 0.7% of MLB employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15.The start of the baseball season has been delayed because of the virus outbreak. There is no timetable for when the season might begin.Sixty people tested positive in the raw data, and adjustments were made for false positives and false negatives.One of the study’s leaders says the survey had a 0.5% false positive rate and demonstrates MLB employees have been less affected than their surrounding communities have been.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: The 85-year-old Bess fought health problems the last few seasons and said he didn’t have the energy level to do what he needs to do to excel as a coach.Bess was 1,300-416 in 50 seasons at Three Rivers – 143 more victories than NCAA Division I leader Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) of Duke. Bess led the junior college team to national titles in 1979 and 1992.NHL-DUCKS-CONTRACT EXTENSIONSDucks extend Guhle, CarrickANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Brendan Guhle (GOO’-lee) to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension. Guhle has four goals and eight points in 30 games this season for the Ducks this season. He was acquired by Anaheim from the Sabres in February 2019. Update on the latest sports The Ducks also signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year extension worth $700,000.SOCCER-MORGAN-BABYUS soccer star has babyUNDATED (AP) — U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan has become a mom just in time for Mother’s Day.Morgan announced Saturday on social media that she gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Morgan was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup last summer in France. She hopes to return to the team following her maternity leave in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Chinese Basketball Association president and former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says his league has three options for resuming a season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule, play a shortened season with some games dropped, or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.— The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-THREE RIVERS-BESSCollege hoops’ all-time coaching leader retires.POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — College basketball victory leader Gene Bess of Three Rivers College has retired and has been replaced by his son, Brian.
The Texas Relays last weekend went very well for the Wisconsin men’s track squad. The team set out to excel in the 4×400-meter relays and achieved a qualifying mark.If this weekend lives up to the Badgers’ expectations, like it did last week, the team should have multiple qualifiers for the Big Ten regionals. The team is sending 16 athletes to this weekend’s events in Knoxville, Tenn., and has high hopes to put up high qualifying marks again.Freshman runner James Groce is part of the 4×400 team that qualified for the Big Ten regionals last weekend. Groce said he was impressed with how well the team did.”First meet, everybody was pretty much going through the motions, getting acclimated from the indoor season to the outdoor season,” Groce said. “Everything gets a little bit longer, but so far so good. Training has been coming along good too. We (4×400 relay) got a fast time down in Texas.”UW head coach Ed Nuttycombe was also satisfied with the team’s performance.”Considering we took a small group of people, it went real well,” Nuttycombe said. “Our 4×400 [relay team] ran the fastest we’ve ran in about 5 or 6 years. … The only thing that didn’t go as we hoped was Rick Bellford in the jumps because he has a bit of a bruised heel, and so we’re kind of nursing that along. Overall, it went well.”Even though the Badgers posted an NCAA-qualifying mark last week for the 4×400 meter, they are sending another 4×400 relay team, but with a different group of runners.”The team is prepared. Chad’s [Melotte] hamstring is bothering him a little bit, but he’s a tough guy. He’ll work through it,” Groce said. “We’ll be ready to race when we need to, but we’re not going to run that team (last weekend’s qualifying team) until the Big Ten [regional].”Nuttycombe chose last weekend specifically to put up a qualifying mark.”We won’t run the same team [this weekend]. We’ll run a good team, but it won’t be [last week’s] team,” said Nuttycombe. “We kind of picked that spot (Texas Relays) on the calendar several weeks ago and kind of said we’re going to go, and that’s going to be the moment where we’re going to try and run fast, and it worked out.”Groce believes this weekend’s relay team may be a little bit slower, but still will be able to find success on the track.”It’ll probably be a little slower because we’re not running all of our best legs,” Groce said. “We pretty much ran all of our best legs at Texas to qualify for regionals to get us in a good seed for conference.”I just want to lay a fast time down to qualify for regionals,” continued Groce, talking about his own results. “So if that gets us the win, then I’d be happy, even if it’s 10th. But [if] we still qualify for regionals, I’d be happy.”Nuttycombe hopes that this weekend will be a success like Texas had been. Nuttycombe is especially eager for this weekend because it is a two-day meet where his runners can have a night’s worth of rest and can compete in multiple races.”That [Texas Meet] was about trying to go run fast in that one particular relay in that particular meet,” Nuttycombe said. “This week is going to be about trying to get on the board with some good open races, meaning non-relay races. It’s a good meet because we can do open races on Friday and come back and run relays on Saturday, so everybody is going to get multiple opportunities to run.”As the season goes on, Nuttycombe believes it’s time for the team to really get going and put up some high qualifying marks.”It’s getting to be the middle part of the season now, and it’s time that the guys stepped it up for us in individual open races,” Nuttycombe said. “I don’t want to single anyone out for this weekend, but there should be some guys this weekend who throw out some good marks.”
Andy Lee will return to full training next week, with a view to fighting again before the end of the year.The former WBO middleweight champion hasn’t fought since December since he lost that belt to Billy Joe Saunders. Lee’s ultimate goal is a match with unified middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin.