Month: November 2020

  • Trump’s lead shrinks in Pennsylvania, with new results expected soon.

    first_img– Advertisement – PHILADELPHIA — As an anxious nation’s attention shifted among the handful of states that remained too close to call, election officials in Pennsylvania said they would release more vote totals early Friday, offering more clarity on who might capture the state’s 20 electoral votes.Since election night, when President Trump had an early lead, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has steadily made up ground.- Advertisement – If the former vice president manages to win the state, he will capture the White House outright.On Friday morning, he was trailing Mr. Trump by 18,229 votes, or 0.3 percentage points, with 95 percent of votes counted. There were roughly 163,000 mail ballots still to be counted, according to the official total on the state website.Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt told CNN that vote counters had been tallying votes for the past several hours and that the city would have a vote count update on Friday morning. Most of the outstanding ballots were from denser population centers, including Philadelphia and its suburban counties, and Allegheny County, which is home to Pittsburgh. “The counting in Philadelphia has continued uninterrupted from the beginning,” Mr. Schmidt said. “We had a brief pause yesterday for about two hours as a result of some litigation, but it’s just critically important that we continue counting every eligible vote cast by voters in Philadelphia.”The Trump campaign has filed multiple lawsuits in Pennsylvania, including one seeking to allow election observers closer access to election workers in Philadelphia, which a judge granted on Thursday morning. The Trump campaign also filed a motion to intervene in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging a rule in the state that allows ballots that are postmarked by Election Day but arrive up to three days later to still be counted.Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, said late Thursday that election officials were not seeing a large influx of late-arriving ballots and did not expect them to affect the final tally.- Advertisement –center_img “Unless it is super close,” she said, “I don’t see them making this or breaking this one way or another. But in the meantime, we are going to be counting every ballot.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • As Biden takes the lead in Georgia, state officials say a recount is inevitable.

    first_imgThose who voted absentee — a group that this year has been heavily Democratic — can check online to see whether election officials have accepted or rejected their ballots. Absentee ballots are often rejected when the voter forgets to sign or uses a signature that does not match the one on file with the state, in some cases because the filed signature is many years old. Election officials are supposed to contact voters in such cases but are not always able to do so.Voters have until 5 p.m. on Friday to submit an affidavit form to “cure” such ballots. With Georgia hanging in the balance as the last votes are counted, national Democrats — including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — are amplifying the message in hopes of salvaging every vote possible. Mr. Biden’s late surge in this year’s count, thanks to his dominance in Atlanta, Savannah and the increasingly Democratic-friendly suburbs around both, transformed the competition in a traditionally Republican-leaning state into one of the closest contests in the nation.As the count narrowed and it appeared that the two candidates would be separated by the slimmest of margins, Democrats urged voters in the state to fix ballots that had been rejected because of invalid or missing signatures before the deadline on Friday evening. – Advertisement – “With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said Friday morning at the state Capitol.He added: “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that a pool of about 4,200 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be counted in four counties: Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Floyd. The largest tranche to be counted was in Gwinnett County, which contains Atlanta suburban communities and has gone from leaning Republican to leaning Democratic in recent years. The state must also deal with ballots from military and overseas voters, which will be counted if they arrive in the mail before the end of business Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday.Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of the votes could be completed by the end of the weekend.Flipping Georgia, a state last won by a Democrat in 1992, and where Mr. Trump won by more than 200,000 votes four years ago, would represent a significant political shift this year, but the state has shown signs of trending blue. When Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016, he did so by five percentage points, a far slimmer margin than Republicans had enjoyed in previous presidential elections.- Advertisement – ATLANTA — As former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. took a narrow lead over President Trump in Georgia, Georgia’s secretary of state said Friday that the presidential race there was so close that a recount was inevitable.As of late Friday morning, Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump in Georgia by about 1,600 votes.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Trump campaign divided over next steps

    first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – These people declined to be named in order to speak freely.Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, is one of the people trying to persuade the president to stay in the race. The former New York mayor is one of the surrogates who has pushed for legal action on behalf of the president.Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told CNBC on Friday that Trump plans to continue to fight back in the election but that there will be a peaceful transition of power if he loses.- Advertisement – There is a growing rift within President Donald Trump’s campaign over the path ahead as Joe Biden leads in Pennsylvania and other key swing states, putting him on the precipice of enough wins to secure an Electoral College victory.Shortly after NBC News announced Friday morning that Biden surged into the lead in Pennsylvania, Trump’s campaign said in a statement that the “election is not over.”Yet, behind the scenes, several aides privately acknowledge that the president has no clear path to victory, while Trump’s closest advisors are saying otherwise, according to people familiar with the matter.- Advertisement –center_img U.S. President Donald Trump is reflected as he arrives to speak about the 2020 U.S. presidential election results in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 5, 2020.Carlos Barria | Reuters A person within Trump’s data operation, however, privately acknowledged that there may not be a clear path for the president to come back.Rather, the campaign is hanging its hopes on legal efforts that have so far proven to be fruitless in affecting the vote count, this person said.last_img read more

  • In a Divided Washington, Biden Could Still Exert Economic Power

    first_imgMr. Biden will face several trade decisions in the short term, including whether to continue with Mr. Trump’s ban on TikTok and WeChat, the popular social media apps, and whether to retain America’s tariffs on Chinese goods and foreign metals. Updated Nov. 8, 2020, 7:15 p.m. ET Stimulus- Advertisement – Mr. Biden will be able to exert some additional oversight over the $2.2 trillion stimulus package that passed in March. For instance, small businesses that took Paycheck Protection Program loans were required to keep workers on payrolls, and he could instruct his Treasury Department to more rigorously scrutinize the loans to ensure that the money was actually going to pay salaries and overhead costs.Mr. Biden could also take a page from Mr. Trump and seek to repurpose unspent funds from that stimulus legislation, including hundreds of billions of dollars that were earmarked for the Paycheck Protection Program but never allocated before a congressional deadline ended the program. He could also lean on the Treasury to make lending facilities established by the Federal Reserve more generous and attractive to users, if they haven’t expired by the time he enters office.TaxesMr. Biden proposed trillions of dollars of tax increases on high earners and corporations in his campaign. Much of that agenda would require cooperation from Congress, but in a few areas, a Biden administration could act on its own to raise taxes — largely by changing regulations governing how Mr. Trump’s signature 2017 tax law is carried out.Several of those regulations apply to income earned abroad by multinational corporations that operate in the United States. A Biden Treasury Department could move to reverse a series of decisions that Mr. Trump’s team made after the 2017 law was passed that effectively reduced the liability of multinationals under a pair of new taxes created by the law, known as the Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax and the Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income.Mr. Biden campaigned on a promise to raise U.S. tax liability on multinationals’ global income, which he could attempt to do via regulation by changing how the liability is calculated. His Treasury Department could also attempt to roll back a so-called high-tax exemption, which allowed some companies to lower their tax bills in the United States.A Biden Treasury could also change the regulations covering Opportunity Zones, another creation of the 2017 law that is intended to entice investment in high-poverty areas by providing a tax break. Such changes could make it more difficult for investors to qualify for the tax benefits from the zones, and Treasury could impose more stringent reporting requirements on projects that qualify for the breaks.TradeAs Mr. Trump has shown, the executive branch has a great deal of latitude when it comes to trade policy. In the run-up to to the election, Mr. Trump saw the limits of the White House’s ability to jump-start the economy without Congress. He repurposed some federal funds to temporarily extend expanded unemployment insurance and allowed companies to defer collection of workers’ payroll taxes but found his hands largely tied beyond those measures. Economists and political advisers say Mr. Biden could seek other creative approaches if a Republican Senate blocks the kind of big spending package that Democrats have been pushing.That includes providing student debt relief, which Ms. Wong said would work as a sort of stimulus by removing the burden of those payments. Mr. Biden could direct the Education secretary to forgive student loans up to a certain amount — Ms. Wong would favor as much as $50,000 to $75,000 for low- and moderate-income households. That move, she said, would strongly benefit workers from minority racial and ethnic groups.The administration could also use executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour, she said, providing a pay boost for many thousands of workers. But as President Trump has demonstrated time and again, Mr. Biden has the power to pull some levers unilaterally, without congressional approval, and could influence the federal government’s economic policymaking machinery through an array of executive actions, regulations and personnel changes.“There’s a tremendous amount that can be done without Congress,” said Felicia Wong, who serves as an adviser on the Biden transition board but who was speaking in her capacity as head of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank. From finding ways to stimulate the economy to changing trade rules to tinkering with corporate taxation, here are some of the ways a Biden presidency could unilaterally influence economic policy. Mr. Katz pointed to payday lending regulation and a debt collection rule at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as things that could be on the table quickly.Richard Cordray, the bureau’s former director, said in a white paper earlier this year that the it should be taking action to help people avoid foreclosure and eviction during the pandemic and be carefully monitoring the practices of debt collectors.“The C.F.P.B. should make sure companies are complying with all emergency protections on the books, and maximizing assistance to consumers to prevent garnishments, foreclosures and repossessions,” said Linda Jun, senior policy counsel at Americans for Financial Reform.center_img WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will take office in January with a weak economy weighed down by the resurgence of the coronavirus, millions of Americans still unemployed and businesses struggling and shuttering as winter bears down.Addressing that economic challenge and following through on his campaign’s tax and spending promises could be complicated if Republicans maintain control of the Senate.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden would not need congressional approval to deal with these and other outstanding trade issues — including how to resolve a spat with the European Union over subsidies given to Boeing and Airbus, how to resolve global negotiations over digital services taxes and whether to follow through on Mr. Trump’s plans to place new tariffs on Vietnam.“The administration would want to keep Congress in the loop, but they have a lot of discretion to shift away from Trump’s policies,” said Simon Lester, a trade policy expert at the Cato Institute.Mr. Biden will also have broad scope to stake out his position on America’s economic relations with China, including whether to continue limiting U.S. exports of sensitive technology like artificial intelligence and robotics. And the next president will also have to decide whether to pursue additional sanctions for human rights violations in the Chinese region of Xinjiang and whether to continue trying to block Chinese investment in the United States. Congressional approval would be needed if Mr. Biden wanted to pass any free trade deals. But his advisers have said that they are unlikely to pursue any new agreements in the short term, instead focusing on domestic priorities.Some of Mr. Biden’s other priorities on trade transcend party lines and could gain support among congressional Republicans — like strengthening Buy American rules to devote more federal dollars to American products, or investing in domestic technologies like semiconductors to ensure that China does not gain a competitive edge. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Financial regulationSome of the biggest Trump-era changes to bank regulation have been done through the regulatory agencies, rather than through Congress. Examples include a weakening of the Volcker Rule, which keeps banks from betting for their own profit, and a reworking of the Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to invest in poor communities.A new crew of regulatory officials will have leeway to either undo those tweaks or to impose new ones — which will probably cut toward stronger oversight. Much like the slow drip of deregulation under the Trump administration, any changes coming out of the Fed and its fellow regulatory agencies are likely to be small and steady.“It is going to be a tough slog for the Democrats on the legislative front,” said Ian Katz, a director and financial policy analyst at Capital Alpha Partners. “The action is really with the regulators.”But changes may not come that quickly, even if Mr. Biden taps more pro-regulatory officials for the various agencies. One of the most powerful regulatory positions — the Fed’s vice chair for supervision — is held by Randal K. Quarles, a Trump appointee whose term is not up until October 2021.One area to keep an eye on is climate finance: The independent Fed has been slow to embrace climate stress tests, or to publicly examine how its own policies might take into account climate concerns, against a political backdrop in which climate-related measures seemed overtly political. That could change in the next four years.Consumer protectionA Biden administration could exert huge influence over consumer protections, including those involving debt collection, payday lending and foreclosure abuse.The Supreme Court ruled in June that the White House has the power to fire the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without cause, rejecting a federal law that sought to place limits on presidential oversight of independent agencies. That means Mr. Biden will be free to replace Kathleen Kraninger, the bureau’s current director, with someone who will more rigorously scrutinize businesses and ramp up enforcement.last_img read more

  • Georgia Republicans are pissed they lost after a surge in mail voting, so now they want to curb it

    first_img– Advertisement – For now, fortunately, there’s nothing Fleming can do to undermine mail voting before the all-important Senate runoffs on Jan. 5. However, there’s plenty we can do: Republicans, however, are not serious thinkers, least of all state Rep. Barry Fleming, who chairs the Judiciary Committee in the Georgia House. His reaction to the newfound popularity of mail voting is so unhinged we must reproduce it in full:Instead, Democrats are relying on the always-suspect absentee balloting process to inch ahead in Georgia and other close states. If elections were like coastal cities, absentee balloting would be the shady part of town down near the docks you do not want to wander into because the chance of being shanghaied is significant. Expect the Georgia Legislature to address that in our next session in January.This analogy is so bonkers it’s not worth parsing (does he think voters are somehow being tricked into using absentee ballots?), but the real problem is that Fleming has a powerful perch from which he can make voting harder. When he says we should expect Georgia Republicans to find new ways to suppress the vote, we should believe him—and prepare for a fight.- Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Andy Reid: Kansas City Chiefs head coach signs contract extension | NFL News

    first_imgReid, entering his 22nd season as an NFL head coach, owns a career regular-season record of 215-129-1 (.625). He’s won 230 total games including the playoffs, the second-most victories among active NFL head coaches (Bill Belichick – 308), and is fifth all-time in wins among head coaches in NFL history.- Advertisement – “He’s a hall of fame head coach, but more importantly, an outstanding person who has really changed our team culture. I’d like to congratulate Andy and his family on this well-deserved extension. It is our hope that he can finish his legendary career right here in Kansas City.” Reid added Super Bowl Champion to his resume in 2019 after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV.“I’d like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for their support over the last eight years,” Reid said. “Aside from winning the Super Bowl, one of my favourite moments last season was being able to be a part of bringing the Lamar Hunt Trophy back to the family.“I’m grateful for our players, my coaching staff, our support staff and our great fans. My family and I love living in Kansas City, and I look forward to continuing my career here.” Reid won the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 Reid won the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019

  • State health leaders busy battling myths about H1N1 vaccine

    first_imgOct 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Top state health officials said today they have been kept busy battling rumors and myths about the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, on top of the demanding work of coordinating the vaccination program just getting under way.”We’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time lately saying the vaccine is made just like seasonal flu vaccine,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper, MSN, RN, during a public teleconference held by the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB).The board met by telephone today to hear state and local perspectives on the pandemic and discuss recommendations about behavioral health issues related to the pandemic, among other agenda items. The NBSB advises the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on biodefense issues.”There’s this misperception that keeps getting heightened in the media that this vaccine was rushed to market, that corners were cut, that there’s some special way this was made that’s different from seasonal flu [vaccine],” Cooper said.She said most people believe that Tennessee’s health department is working to protect and improve the health of residents, “but then you get a talking head saying, ‘Well, they’re lying to you.’ That then complicates the messaging.”Cooper said the news media in the state have been doing a good job of covering the story: “We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve not had some of the fear mongering that’s going on about the vaccine. . . . But it’s difficult when you can go to national media and find misinformation.”Mary Selecky, secretary of health in Washington state, told the board she has been dealing with misinformation too.”We have a very interesting history in the Northwest that has to do with that frontier mentality,” she said. “Glenn Beck [a conservative radio commentator] is from Washington state. My understanding is that perhaps Glenn Beck is not the best supporter of vaccines.”Noting a recent Harvard School of Public Health poll that showed only 50% of parents will allow their children to be vaccinated, she said, “We have a lot of work to do. There are a lot of difficult, confusing details to the public. . . . Then we’re getting hit with the seasonal flu vaccine lack of availability, and it’s just adding to the confusion.”Jay Butler, MD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said a recent CDC survey on attitudes about the H1N1 vaccine showed a more positive response: 61% of respondents said they would definitely or probably get the vaccine if it becomes available to them. The poll involved about 500 people.Patricia Quinlisk, MD, MPH, who chairs the NBSB and is also Iowa’s state epidemiologist, agreed that misinformation is a challenge. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and anything that can be done at the national level and with nongovernmental speakers would be really helpful,” she said.Vaccination drive going wellDespite many challenges, Cooper and Selecky reported that the H1N1 vaccination programs in their states are working well so far.Cooper said more than 1,200 providers in Tennessee have preregistered with the health department stating their intent to give the vaccine, and the actual number of vaccination sites is higher because some of those that registered represented multiple sites, such as pharmacy chains. Selecky put the number of providers in Washington at more than 2,000.”All of the investments made into preparedness planning for all types of disasters have really paid off,” said Cooper. “In Tennessee our plan is really working, and we’re ecstatic about that.””We’ve ordered everything available to our state, and it’s getting out to providers timely, not sitting on a dock somewhere,” she added.In Washington, said Selecky, “Vaccine is getting into healthcare workers, it’s getting into children. . . . The train is moving down the track, and we’re very proud of the work that we’re doing.” Healthcare workers are among the priority groups for the vaccine.Selecky said the immunization program comes at a very tough time because of recent layoffs in public health. Local public health agencies in Washington have 330 fewer full-time equivalent jobs now than they had a year ago, she reported.Public health will meet the challenge, but it will mean letting go of less urgent tasks, she added. “It’s a time when public health will shine, but they’re going to be very, very tired at the end of the day.”Mental health recommendations consideredThe NBSB today also discussed a set of recommendations about mental health issues related to the H1N1 pandemic. After considerable discussion, the board asked its Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee to come up with a list of very specific guidance materials that HHS can send to state health departments and physicians soon.The subcommittee had drawn up a set of recommendations and actionable next steps regarding intervention, training and education, communication and messaging, and vulnerable populations.For example, the communication recommendations call for officials to integrate behavioral health factors into all health messaging, expand the use of nontraditional communication, address the needs of special populations, and “maintain sensitivity to terminology.”For actionable steps, the subcommittee advised public health communicators to discourage the use of the term “worried well” because it is “imprecise in the context of H1N1.” Instead, public health messages should tell people why they should refrain from usual behavior, such as going to a hospital emergency department for flu-like symptoms, and tell them what to do instead, the proposed recommendations say.In requesting specific advice from the subcommittee, Quinlisk said, “We want HHS to send to every state health department in the country this specific information, and this should be sent to every doctor in the state to present to their patients.”Betty Pfefferbaum, MD, JD, chair of the subcommittee, said she thought the panel could accomplish that.last_img read more

  • Injectable pandemic H1N1 vaccine headed to states

    first_imgOct 13, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – About half of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine coming from manufacturers is now injectable doses, and shipments are on their way to states to use this week alongside the nasal-spray version that is already available, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.The arrival of the injectable vaccine in doctors’ offices and public health clinics will improve efforts to target high-risk groups such as the youngest children and youth, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions. The first shipments of pandemic vaccine that went to states last week were the live attenuated intranasal form of the vaccine, made by MedImmune, which is recommended only for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years.Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters at a press briefing today that as of yesterday 9.8 million vaccine doses were available to states, which have placed orders for 5.8 million doses. The production total since Oct 8 has risen by 3 million doses, and state orders have increased by 2.1 million doses.The CDC also said today that preliminary data from the largest report so far of pandemic flu hospitalizations in the United States shows that serious infections still primarily involve patients who have underlying medical conditions. The data on about 1,400 adults and more than 500 children are from the CDC’s Emerging Infection Program Network, an active surveillance system that includes flu hospitalization data from 10 states.Schuchat said there were no surprises in the data, which confirm earlier findings from 272 hospitalized patients that indicated that pregnant women, children, and people with underlying medical conditions have the highest risk. “The larger numbers make us feel more confident about the people in the risk groups to be vaccinated,” she said.Among the adults in the group, 88 (6%) were pregnant women, she said. Also, 26% of the adults had asthma, 10% had diabetes, 8% had other chronic lung conditions, and 7.6% had immune system compromise.The new findings suggest about 45% adults who have been hospitalized with pandemic H1N1 infections didn’t have an underlying condition that put them in one of the risk groups, Schuchat reported. That compares with 27% who had no reported underlying condition in last week’s report on 272 patients who were hospitalized in the spring wave of H1N1. Schuchat said the CDC is still looking into what role obesity may be playing in the more severe cases.In children, the most common underlying conditions were asthma, other chronic lung conditions, and neuromuscular diseases, she said. She added that about 5.8% of children had hemoglobinopathies such as sickle cell anemia and that the CDC needs to review the pediatric findings more closely.The CDC has received reports of five more pediatric flu deaths since its last update on Oct 9, Schuchat told reporters. That brings the total to 81.In other developments, Schuchat acknowledged delays in distribution of the seasonal flu vaccine. However, she said health officials are seeing very little circulation of seasonal flu viruses. “Even if more vaccine isn’t available until November or December, we think it will be just fine to be vaccinated then,” she said.See also:Oct 8 CIDRAP News story “Two reports offer new data on severe H1N1 cases”last_img read more

  • The international conference ‘Creating and managing experiences in cultural tourism’ started in Šibenik

    first_imgThe international conference ‘Creating and managing experiences in cultural tourism’ has started in Šibenik. The conference is held in the fortress of St. Mihovil from June 22 to 24 as part of the program of the 57th International Children’s Festival, and the conference will seek to provide answers to open questions, detect obstacles and present stimulating examples of good practice to better understand the application of economics of experience in tourism.‘The International Children’s Festival is, and I’ve really traveled the world, as far as theater is concerned, one of the few theater events that plays out its city. I think it is an ideal story for this topic of ours that we will talk about these two days, the topic of cultural tourism and creating experiences’, said Jasen Bokko, organizer of the international conference.Fortress of St. Mihovila once took the title of cultural attraction in Croatia, so it is not surprising that St. Mihovil was chosen as the venue for the event, which brought together numerous experts from Croatia and abroad who will speak in the coming days on the topic of designing the experience of cultural tourism, the economy of experience or creativity in a transformational economy. ‘I hope that today’s conference will offer an insight into how we do it and that we will learn something from each other. It is really difficult to approach each individual. One of the possible ways is to focus on topics that we know are more – less common to all mankind, so in Croatia we have perhaps one of the best examples we are proud of. We have the Museum of Broken Relationships because we were all in a kind of love affair, so we broke it up and each of us on the consumer side knows what it feels like. However, what about topics that are very specific. Research can help but not in every concrete, individual example’, said Daniela Angelina Jelinčić, from the Institute for Development and International Relations in Croatia, where, as she pointed out, they work not only with the brain but also with emotions.In addition to Jelinčić, lectures in the first part of the day were also given by Hrvoje Hribar, until recently director of the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Alexander McCuaig from Great Britain, Matko Burić, producer of Motovun Film Festival and Davinia Gale from Malta. The presentation and lectures continue in the afternoon, and again on Friday, June 23, while the working language of the conference is Croatian and English.See the conference program herelast_img read more

  • Zadar presented an application for public city transport – CityBus

    first_imgThe City of Zadar within the project Innovative Zadar, and in cooperation with the company Impaddo, Liburnia, the Tourist Board of the city of Zadar presented a free Android application for public transport in the city of Zadar – CityBus Zadar.The application is designed as a guide through public transport in the city of Zadar, both for citizens and tourists. In addition to information on bus lines, it offers information on parking locations and taxi stands. “The aim is to encourage citizens to use public city transport more often in order to avoid greater traffic jams in the city. In less than two weeks, the application has been downloaded more than 500 times and the city carrier Liburnija receives only positive reactions to its introduction. ” points out Stipe Stagličić from the company Impaddo and adds that the application was created at the Google I / O Extended Hackathon held in mid-May this year in Zadar, at Arsenal.The CitxBus Zadar application includes various features that make it easier for users to use as well as plan time, and it is important to point out that the application is available in several languages: Croatian, English, Italian, German and Hungarian, so that tourists can use all bus stops in the area of ​​Zadar (including Bibinje and Crno), show the nearest bus stops from the user’s location with information about the following lines coming to the same, show routes of all city bus lines, view the timetable of all city bus lines by date all passing stops with approximate arrival times, display of all Taxi stops in the city of Zadar, display of all parking zones in the city of Zadar with information on billing time and method of payment and direct possibility to send SMS from the application, display of additional information related to public transport on area of ​​the city of Zadar, real-time notification of planned works and changes in routes on city lines and possible delays of individual buses as well as navigation using public transport, from the user’s location to the desired location by entering the address or selecting a point on the map, display the time required for arrival k to the goal.The application is completely free and without advertisements, and in less than two weeks it has been downloaded more than 500 times and has received very positive reactions from citizens. Stagličić points out that a version of the application for iOS devices will soon be available, as well as an extension to the suburban lines of the bus carrier Liburnija, and through the presence of the application on the market, the observed errors will be constantly corrected. “A further plan related to the application is primarily to install locators in buses to make the tracking and navigation system work better. There are a few more ideas for future development, one of which is to connect to the NextBike system to integrate complete public transportation into one. The goal is to find strategic partners in order to be able to do all this by the beginning of the next tourist season. ” concludes Stipe Stagličić.You can download the CityBus Zadar application herelast_img read more