Updated Nov. 3, 2020, 8:05 p.m. ET With a record number of votes already cast through early in-person voting and mail ballots, election officials across the country reported relatively smooth operations, with nothing more than the usual reports of long lines at polling places — made longer by social distancing — and machine malfunctions.In the past several days and weeks, foreign countries interfered less than they had leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, the director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, told reporters on Tuesday. And although there were reports of Russian trolls trying to amplify debunked claims of election fraud, they were limited in scope and there was no evidence of either widespread hacking or rampant Election Day disinformation efforts. Those efforts were part Mr. Trump’s longstanding drive to raise doubts about the integrity of the entire voting system and give himself grounds to challenge any unfavorable outcome or lengthy counting process by claiming fraud. In Nevada, the Trump campaign filed an emergency motion on Tuesday afternoon, asking the Nevada Supreme Court to halt the processing of some mail-in ballots in Clark County until local election officials allow for expanded access to observe the processing of mail ballots. The campaign was appealing a case it lost on Monday. (Later, it filed emergency suit to extend poll hours in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.) Television images showed election workers in downtown Philadelphia making quick work of opening and counting stacks of mail ballots. Voters met long lines in Detroit with high spirits, and no major reports of unrest. During an afternoon news briefing with reporters during a visit to his Virginia campaign headquarters, the president did not reprise his bellicose, legally meaningless demands of recent days that counting cease on Election Day. But he renewed his complaint that the Supreme Court did not step in to block Pennsylvania’s decision to count all ballots with postmarks on or before Election Day that arrive at elections offices up to three days afterward.Several states are similarly planning to count late-arriving ballots, meaning that if the outcome is close, it may be days before the winner is known for sure.On Monday night, Twitter had flagged a post by Mr. Trump that predicted violence in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing Pennsylvania, for now, to stick to its extended counting deadline.And on Tuesday it highlighted a statement by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office debunking a claim amplified by Mr. Trump’s aides and supporters that Democrats had illegally hung a poster promoting the Biden ticket at a downtown polling station.“Misinformation being spread online has driven more calls to the Election Task Force hotline,” said Jane Roh, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney, “than actual incidents at polling sites.”Nick Corasaniti reported from Philadelphia, Jim Rutenberg from New York and Stephanie Saul from Atlanta. Reporting was contributed by David E. Sanger, Julian E. Barnes and Luke Broadwater in Washington and Dionne Searcy in Omaha, Neb. By the end of a day that was expected to push the percentage of Americans voting to its highest level since 1908, with a predicted total of around 160 million votes, it had become clear that the nation’s creaky elections infrastructure was proving to be more resilient than either the Republicans or Democrats had expected.“We have not seen major systemic problems or attempts to obstruct voting,” said Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, which runs the Election Protection Hotline, adding that problems had been “isolated and sporadic.”Conducted over weeks in which coronavirus infections reached new highs nationwide and with President Trump aggressively seeking to cast doubt on the integrity of the voting system, the election posed challenges that both voters and the officials running it largely adapted to meet.- Advertisement – “It has been steady as she goes throughout the state,” Gabriel Sterling, an official at the Georgia secretary of state’s office, told a group of reporters in midafternoon on Tuesday. Waiting times around the state, he said, averaged two minutes.Across Omaha, lines at polling places were shorter than in past days. Lined up were people like Ann Roth, 57, a voter who said God told her that the president was going to win, and Happy Sadjo, 47, who immigrated from the West African nation of Togo and called Mr. Trump an “American dictator.”In polling locations across northern Philadelphia, a Democratic stronghold of the type that Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, is counting on to give him an edge in a vital battleground state, voters lined up as early as 6 a.m., an hour before the polls opened.“I think Philadelphia is ready for a change, and they’re going to turnout,” said Sonia Bacchus, who arrived at William Rowen Elementary School early and came equipped with a folding chair for the lines. “Oh yeah.”The vast expansion of early voting options could reveal a vastly different electorate: of the 100 million voters who cast early ballots, nearly 30 percent did not vote in 2016, according to TargetSmart, a Democratic data firm. If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Even in Georgia, which became a symbol for all of the challenges of the nation’s election infrastructure when its new voting system experienced a wholesale breakdown in the spring, officials reported generally “steady movement” at polling stations, despite reports of some nagging issues with malfunctioning voting machines. But arduous work lay ahead with the counting of the record volume of mail-in ballots, especially in states like Pennsylvania that do not start counting absentee ballots until Election Day and are likely to take days to complete the task.Democrats were keeping a particularly wary eye on the Postal Service, which reported that its processing system had not recorded the delivery to elections offices of some 300,000 ballots — and that mail slowdowns were particularly having adverse effects in Democratic party strongholds like Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta and South Florida.Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., ordered sweeps in trouble spots on Tuesday to ensure that all ballots are found and delivered. The Postal Service said it was working into the evening to try to meet the court’s demands, though on its own time frame. The entire voting process still faced the constant and continuing threat of litigation. Over the course of the election, more than 400 election-related lawsuits were filed across the country, and courts were still issuing major rulings as voting was getting underway. Overnight, a federal appeals court in Texas rejected a Republican appeal to try and knock out more than 127,000 votes that had been cast at drive-through voting locations in Harris County.In Montgomery County, just outside Philadelphia, Republicans filed a complaint on Tuesday arguing against the county’s efforts to contact voters whose mail ballots were rejected because of errors and get them to cast provisional ballots. A federal judge agreed to hear the case on Wednesday morning.The Trump campaign also complained that election officials in Philadelphia were keeping the campaign’s observers too far from counting tables. The observers were there to observe the process as absentee ballots were processed and counted for potential challenges, but the campaign had yet to file suit as of late afternoon. Though it threatened to undermine confidence in the final results, it also thrust voting rights to the center of the national political debate in a way not seen since the civil rights era, driving Democratic turnout, Biden campaign aides said.Election officials from both parties tended to agree, determining that all the questions about voting this year forced Americans to vote earlier, spreading the strain on the system across weeks and avoiding a single, last-minute crush.“Voters really thought about how they were going to vote months ago and many had a plan and have executed on that,’’ said Kim Wyman, a Republican and the secretary of state in Washington, who oversees one of five predominantly vote-by-mail systems in the country and became an adviser to her colleagues in other states this year. “That’s exciting that we had that kind of engagement.”Still, the president’s attacks on the voting system also created an unusual situation in which his own supporters indicated to pollsters that they were less likely to vote by mail than their Democratic counterparts were, creating a bipartisan expectation that the president would lead the in-person, election-day vote and trail in the mail ballots.That divide on the degree of the threat from the pandemic was visible on Election Day. At a polling location in Dallas, an election judge refused to wear a mask inside, bringing complaints from voters throughout the day. Fears of violence that led some shopkeepers and homeowners to board up their windows and doors had not been realized as of early Tuesday evening, and there were only scattered and limited reports of intimidation at voting precincts.- Advertisement – The authorities in Michigan sought to hunt down the source of robocalls that warned voters to “stay home.” A federal judge ordered the Postal Service to make an intensive sweep for mail-in ballots that had yet to be delivered. And legal skirmishes broke out in and around Philadelphia as Republicans sought to challenge votes in the critical Democratic stronghold.The most litigated, disrupted and polarized election in generations came to a close on Tuesday as a jittery yet determined electorate cast the final votes. And although there were glitches and confrontations here and there, the worst fears about a chaotic end to the campaign failed to materialize, even as the tension over the outcome and aftermath remained undiminished.- Advertisement – Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. – Advertisement –
U.S. President Donald Trump watches as Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks at a Make America Great Again campaign rally on October 19, 2020 in Prescott, Arizona.Caitlin O’Hara | Getty Images Mark Kelly will win Arizona’s Senate race, NBC News projected Friday, flipping the second seat of the 2020 election for Democrats.As of midday, Kelly had a lead of 3.4 percentage points over Republican Sen. Martha McSally, 51.7% to 48.3%, with 91% of the total votes counted. Kelly has won 1,600,332 votes thus far, an advantage of 103,133 votes over McSally, whose total stands at 1,497,199 votes.- Advertisement – The expected victory would make Arizona the third state where a Senate seat changes hands this year after Democrats won GOP-controlled Colorado and Republicans carried Democratic-held Alabama.Both parties will have at least 47 seats entering the next Congress.Kelly, 56, is a former Navy captain and astronaut, and he is married to former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head in 2011. Giffords went on to become a leader of the gun violence prevention movement.- Advertisement – Throughout his campaign, Kelly touted his political independence over any ties to the Democratic Party. After decades as an independent, in 2018 Kelly registered as a Democrat for the first time. McSally, 54, also has a military background, having served for more than 25 years in the Air Force, where she became the first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat. Kelly maintained a lead over McSally in nearly every poll since he first entered the race, a reflection of what both Democratic and Republican strategists said was his overall strength as a candidate.Kelly’s campaign also vastly out raised McSally’s, although both candidates brought in record-breaking sums for an Arizona political race. By Sept. 30, Kelly had raised a total of $82.8 million for his campaign, compared with $50.9 million by the McSally campaign.- Advertisement – McSally, meanwhile, fully embraced her party’s standard bearer: President Donald Trump. But Trump’s divisive record and his insistence that Republicans in Congress mirror his positions on every issue made it much more difficult for moderate Republicans this year to build winning coalitions of voters.Arizona has a long record of electing moderate Republicans to statewide office, especially to the U.S. Senate. The late Sen. John McCain, whose seat McSally and Kelly are running to fill in a special election, represented Arizona in the Senate for more than 30 years before his death in 2018. The winner of the 2020 race could assume office as early as Nov. 30 when the results are certified.But the political hue of Arizona has been shifting from red to purple in recent years, due in part to the growth in Hispanic voters. In the state’s largest county, Maricopa, 31% of residents are Latino and in the past four years, twice as many voters in Maricopa County have registered as Democrats than as Republicans. Another factor influencing the state’s politics is a major influx of newcomers. Since 2016, the number of people who have moved to Arizona is estimated at 300,000, and fully a quarter of them hail from California, the nation’s most politically liberal state. – Advertisement –
Still funny! Jonah Hill, Emma Stone and more Superbad stars have continued with their thriving careers since the comedy film’s 2007 premiere.The coming-of-age movie, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, was based on the duo’s experience growing up in Vancouver, Canada. The onscreen besties — played by Hill and Michael Cera — embarked on a series of hilarious escapades that involved partying, romance and more teen tropes.- Advertisement – The creative team behind the film initially feared the content would be too much for some viewers. “I thought that when we showed Superbad to audiences, we would start an ongoing debate about how dirty should the movie be,” producer Judd Apatow told Entertainment Weekly in August 2007. “And at the very first screening, nobody in the audience had any issue with anything in the movie in the numbers that would make you change it. I couldn’t believe it. I thought we would be debating so many set pieces and language and cutting things. And there was nothing.”Hill recalled that he and Cera “weren’t allowed to go to the first test screening in case something went horribly wrong.” The Moneyball star added: “I remember the second everyone called me and emailed me at the same time. Judd sent me a few emails, one being like, ‘It’s crazy, it’s awesome. Everyone loved it.’”- Advertisement – The actors were encouraged to improvise on the set — after much preparation. “We did rehearsals for a month beforehand where we’d hang out at Seth’s house and we did a bunch of table reads,” Cera explained. “I felt like I knew it really well, and we were so comfortable around each other.”Hill, for his part, leaned into the opportunity despite the pressure. “I think a lot of it is being so scared not to do it, you just do it,” he said. “If someone put you in that position and there’s cameras around and you didn’t do it, you’d feel so s—tty.”Scroll through the gallery below to find out what the cast of Superbad has been up to since the movie’s release (hint: they’re killing it after all these years)!- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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But by the time broader distribution of a vaccine is underway next spring, Mr. Trump’s presidency will have long ended.A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, responded on Twitter, saying that Mr. Trump “has failed with his pandemic response, lied to Americans about how bad it was when he knew otherwise & was fired by voters for his incompetence. @NYGovCuomo is fighting to ensure the communities hit hardest by Covid get the vaccine. Feds providing 0 resources.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “They’re not going to play a huge political role here,” he added.Jennifer Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said much of the department’s response had been paid for by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, which is set to expire Dec. 31, thanks in part to Mr. Trump’s failure to negotiate new relief despite months of wrangling with Congress.Kim Deti, a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health, said health officials there were also concerned about having enough money to continue contact tracing and other operations that they believed had kept the state’s virus cases low for much of the year.- Advertisement – Federal resources were very much on the minds of state officials as they grappled with infection numbers shooting skyward and hospitals on the verge of being overrun.Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, where the number of new cases reached a daily record 8,256 on Thursday, said whatever Mr. Trump said now could not make up for his refusals to wear a mask and his embrace of large public gatherings, at campaign rallies and at the White House.While the outgoing administration could still help, Gov. Evers said, “they also report to a president who, frankly, isn’t the most consistent one as it relates to the things that count: masks, and making sure you’re not in public gatherings with a whole bunch of people to spread the disease.”- Advertisement –
“She must be in a good place to win if after two fences I’m not happy, as it is a long way to go in a championship race. The previous Arkle winner was second and everyone else was in another parish, so fair play to her.“Yes, she has three from three here, but I think that is coincidence – if they were run anywhere else she would have won. She has won on all sorts of tracks, but if you are going to like a course, and especially be a two-miler, the Old Course at Cheltenham is the place to be, isn’t it?“I think she can (take the step up to be a Queen Mother horse). Whether that means winning or being competitive, time will tell.“She is value for more today, considering the feel I got all the way round. She will be there in the money, whether she is first or fourth you don’t know. She is a credit to connections.”Nicholls said of the second: “I was a bit nervous about the ground. I think on better ground he would finish better.“A flatter track would suit him better, but I wasn’t expecting that as I didn’t know what to expect. I would say watching that, slightly better ground, he would bounce off it. It was an almighty run.”Philip Hobbs said of Defi Du Seuil: “He just got very tired very quickly after jumping the second last and Dickie (Richard Johnson) just thought there was no point after that jumping the last, but he seems to be OK after the race.”Johnson added: “Defi du Seuil was going well. However, he was very tired jumping the second last. I just thought it was the right thing to do to pull him up after that, but he does seem to be fine after the race.” Harry Cobden kicked again on Duc De Genievres and looked sure to hold on, but Henry de Bromhead’s mare stuck to her task gamely and the 7-4 chance ended up winning going away by a length and a quarter.The winner was given a 12-1 quote by Coral for the Champion Chase in March.Odds-on favourite Defi Du Seuil was pulled up early in the straight, having been behind in the early stages following a mistake at the first, before finding little for pressure at the finish.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Coleman said: “She has done very well. She has got a massive heart this filly as she hated the ground. She was never happy the whole way.“It was a testament to her ability and her attitude as it was a hard race for her. Since November last year, she has only run once, so she might be a touch rusty. When I got on top, I won well.“If you look at the form of the Arkle Trial (that Put The Kettle On won last year) it doesn’t stand up, but if you look at the Arkle, it is probably strong form.- Advertisement – Last season’s Arkle winner Put The Kettle On maintained her unbeaten record at Cheltenham when collaring Duc Des Genievres in the Shloer Chase.Normally a front-runner, Put The Kettle On’s rider Aidan Coleman was content to let Duc Des Genievres set a brisk early pace on his first run for Paul Nicholls, but Put The Kettle On and Defi Du Seuil closed in coming down the hill.- Advertisement –
In March 2005, the WHO reported that 130 cases and 57 deaths from pneumonic plague had been reported in Zobia, Bas-Uele district in Oriental province of the DRC, dating back to Dec 15, 2004 (see CIDRAP story link below). Nineteen of the deaths occurred in Ituri district in the northeastern Oriental province, a plague hotbed, according to the WHO. Preliminary results from rapid diagnostic testing confirmed pneumonic plague, the least common but most lethal form of the disease, according to the WHO. Further laboratory analysis, including cultures, is ongoing, the WHO reported. A team from Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), the WHO, and the DRC Ministry of Health is in the outbreak area assessing the situation and helping local health authorities, according to the WHO. The WHO also said suspected cases of bubonic plague have been reported in the country, but the number of cases was unknown. Jun 14 WHO statement on plague outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_06_14/en/index.html Officials have set up isolation wards to treat patients and are administering preventive drugs to close contacts of those infected. However, according to the WHO, control measures have been difficult to implement because of security concerns in the war-torn area. The WHO stated, “Ituri is known to be the most active focus of human plague worldwide, reporting around 1,000 cases a year. The first cases in this outbreak occurred in a rural area, in the Zone de Sante of Linga, in mid-May.” Plague kills 30% to 60% of infected people if left untreated, but it can be effectively treated with antibiotics and other measures if diagnosed in time, according to the WHO. Pneumonic plague accounts for only 2% of plague cases. About 99% of all plague cases and deaths occur in Africa. May 27, 2005, CIDRAP News article “Plague outbreak highlighted ongoing problem in Africa” Jun 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – One hundred people have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of suspected pneumonic plague, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. See also: The plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, circulates mainly among rodents and their fleas but occasionally spreads to humans. It is transmitted primarily by flea bites, direct contact, or inhalation of contaminated respiratory droplets. CIDRAP plague overview
Sep 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that seasonal influenza vaccines for use in the southern hemisphere next year contain the pandemic H1N1 virus instead of a current seasonal H1N1 strain, signaling that the pandemic strain is expected to push the older H1N1 strains aside.The WHO also picked a new strain of influenza A/H3N2 for the 2010 Southern Hemisphere vaccine, while keeping the influenza B strain the same. The recommendation means that manufacturers will likely be changing two of the three strains used in the vaccine.The WHO annually recommends one H1N1, one H3N2, and one B strain for use in seasonal flu vaccines, trying to match the current circulating strains. Because it takes months to grow millions of doses in eggs, the agency makes its choices for the southern hemisphere in September and those for the northern hemisphere in February.The pandemic H1N1 was the predominant flu strain in much of the world by July of this year, the WHO’s technical report on the strain recommendations notes. In a separate question-and-answer statement, the agency added, “The available data suggest that the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) viruses are becoming much more common than the current seasonal influenza A (H1N1) viruses.”Although it is impossible to know whether the seasonal influenza A (H1N1) viruses will be completely replaced by the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus, the group of experts convened by WHO for this consultation consider it likely that seasonal influenza A (H1N1) will not pose a major public health risk in 2010 in the southern hemisphere.”The waning seasonal H1N1 strain had become widely resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the report notes. The pandemic H1N1 virus remains generally susceptible to the antiviral, though a few cases of resistance have been identified in people who were treated with it.The three recommended flu strains are normally combined in one vaccine, but the WHO said today it was not ready to decide whether the three newly recommended strains should be combined or if separate seasonal and pandemic vaccines should be used next year in the southern hemisphere. The target groups for the seasonal and pandemic strains differ somewhat, particularly regarding older people, who seem to have some protection against the pandemic strain.”WHO will be in a position to provide guidance on this issue after the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) meets in late October and deliberates on this issue,” the agency said.The three strains recommended by the WHO today are:For pandemic H1N1, an A/California/7/2009-like virus (the same strain used in the pandemic vaccines now being made)For H3N2, an A/Perth/16/2009-like virusFor B, a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virusMost of the recently collected H3N2 isolates differed from the H3N2 strains used in this year’s southern and northern hemisphere vaccines (A/Bisbane/10/2007 and A/Uruguary/716/2007) and were closely related to the Perth strain, the WHO said. It noted that South Africa had widespread H3N2 outbreaks in June.As for the B strain, viruses from both of the major B lineages—Victoria and Yamagata—have been circulating recently, but the Victoria lineage has been predominant, the agency said. The B/Brisbane/60/2008 strain is a member of the Victoria lineage and is the same strain being used in the current northern hemisphere vaccine.In a note on H5N1 avian flu, the WHO says that 37 human cases, with five deaths, were confirmed from Feb 1 through Sep 21 in China, Egypt, and Vietnam. A total of 440 cases and 262 deaths have been confirmed in 15 countries since 2003.See also: Sep 23 full WHO report on the strain recommendationshttp://www.who.int/influenza/vaccines/200909_Recommendation.pdfSep 23 WHO question-and-answer statementhttp://www.who.int/influenza/vaccines/200909_RecommendationFAQ.pdfFeb 13, 2009, CIDRAP News story on WHO recommendations for 2008-09 Northern Hemisphere vaccinehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/news/feb1309selection-br.html
TripAdvisor has announced the winners of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence. Among the winners of this prestigious award are as many as six hotels Laguna Poreč and two camps: All Inclusive Hotel Laguna Albatros, Apartments, Studio apartments and Villas Laguna Bellevue, Hotel Laguna Materada, Hotel Laguna Mediteran, Hotel Laguna Parentium, Hotel Laguna Molindrio and camps Bijela Uvala and naturist Camp Ulika.The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to accommodation facilities, sights and catering facilities in order to enable TripAdvisor users to make such a special trip. This is the seventh year of the award of the Certificate of Excellence, which is awarded through the number, quality and frequency of travelers who leave their comments on TripAdvisor during the year. These are facilities that constantly deserve great reviews on TripAdvisor. “This recognition makes it easier for travelers to choose facilities that provide them with excellent service. TripAdvisor is proud to help travelers feel more confident in their choices for their trip”, They said from TripAdvisor.”This prestigious recognition gives us additional impetus in our work, especially since the decision on excellence is based on the ratings of other guests who have stayed in our facilities. We try to make every guest feel comfortable and welcome with us, and with the accommodation and facilities we offer to enable them a special stay in our facility, be it a hotel, camp or some other type of accommodation. This year, for example, we are offering a richer animation in the Green Lagoon, and we have made the fourth pool in the auto camp Bijela uvala, which makes us unique in Istria. Also, this year we have invested in 11 new villas in Laguna Bellevue, so for next year we expect even better visitor ratings”, They point out from Laguna Poreč.In Istraturist Umag, three facilities brought this year’s prestigious guest recognition – Hotel Sol Umag, Apartments Sol Stella and CampingIN Park Umag Mobile Homes. This year, Hotel Sol Umag introduced a novelty for all guests who live by halal values and a healthier lifestyle, and became the first hotel in Istria with a halal quality certificate (package label A).
When we face a danger, and at this moment, apart from the COVID-19 virus infection, the danger we see before us is the illiquidity of our business, the scenario of laying off employees and closing the company, the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline fight or flee for the situation (fight or flight) which can lead us to a kind of mental paralysis. Analytical, quantitative, financial, and rationally oriented leaders, managers, and owners are often excellent at analyzing the situation, but can focus solely on numbers and be prone to profound cost reductions in ways that can have negative long-term impacts on business. Let’s call them rational analysts and take the example of one CEO who, in a recession a few years ago, immediately started with such serious cuts that the business barely worked. She felt better, but a year later she readily admitted that by losing sight of her strategic purpose she had lost years of momentum. This loss of long-term outlook ultimately put her business at greater risk than it had before the first economic crisis. Beware dear entrepreneurs (e), wheels of tourism, keep your brave spirit and let your mental resources become your biggest ally in this crisis. 4. WHOLE BRAIN WalkAround MAKE EVERYONE FOR YOURSELF FOR EVERY DECISION NEEDED AND THEN EXCHANGE CONCLUSIONS – be disciplined and consistent, and argue about all the elements. In moments when it is difficult for us, when we are experiencing a hurricane of fear, panic, worry, stress, feelings of helplessness, anger, sadness, it is important to notice all these emotions and not allow them to automatically take over us and that is why cognitive diversity i agility of thinking needed more than ever. What exactly does that mean? 1. # Stay at home and we discipline it and not by our interpretation of staying home. 2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL YOUR AVAILABLE MENTAL RESOURCES available to you, especially for effective decision-making in a crisis. Non-prone to change, more practical, more detailed leaders, managers and owners immediately start planning any response to the crisis, but too often they minimize any risk by focusing mainly on very short-term decisions and reactions. These practical organizers strive for the good feeling that they are “doing” something, but that can be the wrong thing to do. Conversely, leaders, managers, and owners who expend so much energy devising innovative ideas in response to a situation will create even more change than the crisis itself has created. These creative, visionary people run the risk of leading this team and organization to fatigue from change beyond what the crisis has created. Retaining some initiatives can allow everyone to focus and not have to reinvent everything. Maintaining a long-term perspective 2. ASSEMBLE A COGNITIVALLY DIVERSE CRISIS TEAM AS YOU WOULD ENSURE ACCESS TO A WIDER PERSPECTIVE Tourism was among the first. The strongest support of our budget. There are a lot of questions and few answers. It is ungrateful to talk about any predictions and figures at this time. We find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances and no one has been able to prepare us for it whether we are a large hotel corporation, a smaller travel agency or a small family renter. We all have the same questions; What will be? What to do? What to do next? In times of crisis, making decisions important to our business requires a breadth of thinking that we are often reluctant to do even in “normal” circumstances (without being aware of it) because “when everything is right” we mostly rely on our familiar, well-established ways of thinking and behaving. By using it, you will ensure the inclusion of all the thinking perspectives you need, providing a cognitively diverse approach and ensuring better results and an increased dose of innovation. Therefore, these are two key messages: Otherwise, in business, it is important, and especially in these crisis situations – to gather people around us who are different, especially our opposite. If you find it difficult to identify who should make up your crisis team – in this table you can “quickly” scan some forms of behavior and thinking that can help you: 3. USE THE WalkAround – Whole Brain® BUSINESS DECISION-MAKING ANALYSIS MODEL 1. AS AN OWNER / MANAGER, AWARE HOW TO DECIDE DECISIONS OTHERWISE? Setting a calm, appropriate pace Our recommendations are based on Whole Brain Model crisis management. It is equally applicable to large organizations and eg small family farms. Below we explain which extremes you can go to and the importance of balancing all mental centers, ie it is important: Recognition of saturation from change Continuing to launch a new product, developing creative solutions, or allowing policy flexibility (in a given context) that will meet the needs of employees and the client simply does not happen because they seem too risky. This is a “crisis mentality” that reacts in the only way it knows how – to withdraw to control over the preservation of all recognizable processes in the business. Leaders, managers and owners whose first reactions come from a limbic center who are otherwise more people and relationship oriented, could find themselves in a situation overwhelmed by the emotional demands of the situation and as a result experience tremendous distraction and blockage. The reaction of this type of leader (intuitive communicator) inadvertently affects the rest of the team who begins to worry and becomes frustrated by the delays in financial, technological and operational decisions that needed to be made in a calm and appropriate manner. WalkAround is a diagnostic tool for understanding, encouraging, diagnosing, and planning different approaches to a solution based on the use of all four mental centers (Whole Brain). Avoiding the “crisis mentality” These are questions that require a quick response and a change in our standard mindset because the situation is non-standard. It is difficult to act under mental paralysis and a sense of hopelessness. And that is why we cannot be comforted when someone says “crisis is also an opportunity” because in such a state we cannot see it. In this uncertain days and months when we cannot predict what will happen to tourism, when we will again be able to travel, work and get reservations, sell our stories, indigenous products, experiences, services and everything that tourism makes tourism, we can turn to that what we have and that is MENTAL RESOURCES – within our teams and families. And that is why in such states and in these moments, even the smallest shift is important – you become aware of yourself and your emotions, you respect perspectives that you would not otherwise, you try tools like this, dive into your potentials, connect the incompatible… If you still find it difficult to determine, we recommend that you take into the brainstorming process the people who most often disagree. You can apply the same team building within the family – it is important that key topics are discussed by people who look at the situation / problems / challenges from different perspectives. 5. ASK THESE QUESTIONS UNTIL YOU FIND NEW SOLUTIONS / IDEAS Evaluate each important decision by answering ALL four questions according to the following quadrants. If necessary, you may want to contact others outside your team to get clear and appropriate answers for each quadrant. These are challenging times that require us to awaken the mental centers we have that we don’t otherwise use. Published by: Marinela Dropulić Ružić, Meraklis. The text has been adapted according to thinkherrmann.com How then to achieve that “breadth, that is, stretched thinking”? I am witnessing this these days because some entrepreneurs, including my friends, co-workers and colleagues, have already faced some difficult decisions about laying off employees, borrowing and taking great care of their own livelihoods.