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Under pressure, Church of California postpones conference of thousands

“The county is very concerned about the public health impacts that could result from an event like this if it were to take place, especially as we continue to see a high number of cases and a large number of people. in hospitals that are infected with Covid-19, ”Dr. Muntu Davis, the Los Angeles County health official, told reporters earlier on Friday.

“Sun Valley and surrounding areas continue to have some of the highest rates of Covid-19 cases in the county, and have been for some time,” said Dr Davis, “and a rally of this magnitude will create additional opportunities for Covid-19. transmission, both to those attending this gathering and to others in the community.

In its lawsuit last August against Mr. MacArthur and Grace Community Church, Los Angeles County argued that it openly defied the rules against indoor church services.

The county pointed to an interview Mr MacArthur did with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in which Mr MacArthur said he held a Sunday service for 3,000 people who “hugged each other and they weren’t wearing masks. and they sang songs. “

Mr. MacArthur had argued that government officials had no power to prohibit such services, indicating that the Scriptures stated that “no earthly state has the right to restrict, delimit or prohibit the gathering of believers. ”

Mr MacArthur also downplayed the severity of the virus. In a sermon last August, he drew applause when he said, “There is no pandemic,” and argued that the number of Covid-related deaths had been inflated.

“There is another virus roaming free in the world,” Mr. MacArthur said, “and that is the virus of deception.”

Last week, the United States Supreme Court partially lifted restrictions on religious services in California, blocking a total ban but leaving in place a 25% capacity restriction and a ban on singing and singing. The decision was a partial victory for churches that had argued that restrictions imposed by Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, violated constitutional protection for the free exercise of religion.

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WTTC, Spain to host the conference focused on the recovery of global travel and tourism

WHY RATE: The World Travel and Tourism Council and the Spanish Government jointly held a large-scale global conference to discuss the key measures needed to resume international travel. The event included the signing of key parts of the ‘La Palma Declaration’, which outlines a number of crucial recommendations, such as the adoption of shared international protocols for COVID-19 traveler testing. – Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer

With the aim of establishing actions and commitments to restart international travel, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Spanish Government hosted a hybrid conference, where industry leaders from both the public and private sectors participated, covering 95 countries and more than 100 travel and tourism companies.

This event was organized as a result of the WTTC convening the leaders of the G7 + Spain, South Korea and Australia for an agreement at the highest level, to save the sector and the millions of jobs that depend on it.

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, reiterated his commitment to the sector and confirmed Spain’s leadership with the holding of an important conference to discuss the key measures necessary to reactivate international travel and tourism.

The conference was a follow-up to last month’s first public-private sector tourism meeting of the G20, where around 45 executive directors and members of the WTTC were invited for the first time at the request of Saudi Arabia, the host country.

As a result of the discussions, all key parties have signed the ‘Declaration of La Palma’.

The ‘La Palma Declaration’ includes a number of key recommendations including the adoption of international protocols for COVID-19 testing prior to departure and acceptance of the results upon arrival at the destination. This testing regimen has proven its effectiveness in several countries, such as Spain and the Canary Islands.

Establishing sanitary control measures like this will allow for shorter quarantine periods when returning to the country of origin, or could lead to the elimination of quarantines altogether.

The ‘Declaration of La Palma’ also proposes to establish international agreements to implement international travel corridors that facilitate the return of both leisure and business trips between countries or cities with similar epidemiological situations.

Travel and tourism companies were also invited to propose new measures to adapt and facilitate travel in the context of the pandemic. These options included offering flexible reservations, payment terms or changes due to positive COVID-19, or offering affordable or higher value products to incentivize domestic and international travel.

The ‘Declaration of La Palma’ urges all parties to adjust their business models to the new global situation and work together to develop new products that boost national and international travel and tourism, as well as implement training programs to improve and empower to tourism workers and SMEs. giving them the digital skills necessary to adapt to the “new normal”.

Finally, a more inclusive and resilient industry will be promoted by strengthening sustainability practices in tourism.

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, opened the Conference and said that the results of this Summit will benefit millions of families and companies around the world.

“The priority is to make it possible to restart international travel, and for this we must use the new tools available, such as more accessible and reliable diagnostic tests, so that international travel guarantees safety.”

During his speech, he made it clear that we must turn the crisis into an opportunity to modernize the international tourism sector and make it more inclusive, accessible and sustainable, and to better spread wealth.

In conclusion, he said that a world without COVID-19 is approaching, but as this future approaches, we have an obligation to mitigate the effects of this crisis in the Travel and Tourism sector.

Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “WTTC is delighted to have had the opportunity to work closely with the government of Spain in organizing this vital conference, as the biggest challenge facing the industry is international coordination.

“I want to acknowledge and congratulate the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, as well as the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, for their leadership and commitment to public-private collaboration. This is a historic meeting and it will be essential to restart international travel through close collaboration that will result in the implementation of key measures that will be necessary to recover millions of jobs ”.

He also highlighted that an international rapid test exit protocol is crucial for the sector, which is why the La Palma Declaration will support the execution of this and all the proposals presented by WTTC at the G20 meeting last month.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, delivered the closing speech, highlighting “it is essential to have a coordinated international response that allows the restart of international travel in a safe and viable manner, since this will allow travel and tourism sector to recover more quickly. “

During his speech, Maroto stressed that the La Palma conference is of extraordinary importance, because it is the first time that the public and private sectors have committed to working together for the recovery of global tourism. He also said that Spain was a pioneer in the approval of air corridors to facilitate international travel and has established the obligation to perform pre-trip diagnostic tests as an alternative to quarantines and travel restrictions to guarantee the restart of safe international travel.

Finally, the Minister stressed that the tourism sector is a priority for the Government and that the necessary resources will be allocated for its transformation and necessary impulse.

We want Spain to continue to be the most competitive country in the world in terms of tourism and for this we will mobilize more than 3,400 million euros over the next three years in transformative projects that make tourism a more sustainable, digital, accessible and inclusive sector, ” she said.

Among the CEOs of some of the world’s largest travel and tourism companies and WTTC members who participated were: Iberia President and CEO Javier Sánchez-Prieto; CEO of Radisson Hotel Group, Federico J González Tejera; TUI CEO, Friedrich Joussen; Certares founder and managing partner Greg O’Hara; Expedia Group Senior Vice President, Jean-Philippe Monod.

The ministers who participated in this historic conference were: the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez; The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres; Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism; The Secretary of State for Tourism of Portugal, Rita Marques; UK Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, Nigel Huddleston; The Minister of Tourism and Sports of Argentina, Matías Lammens; Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala; The Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, HE Ahmed Agil AlKhateeb; Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands.

The Director General and CEO of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac IATA, and the Secretary General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, also participated in this important conference.

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Trump’s superb press conference

Hi. welcome to On politics, your daily guide to national politics. I am Lisa Lerer, your host.

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ATLANTA – What the President of the United States did tonight was not complicated, but it was amazing, even after four long years of extraordinary politics.

President Trump has attacked democracy.

In his remarks tonight from the White House, Mr. Trump lied about the vote count, smeared his opponents and tried to undermine the integrity of our electoral system.

“If you count the legal votes, I win,” he said, before ticking off a litany of baseless claims about how his campaign would have been cheated by his opponents, non-partisan election officials and a vast conspiracy of tech companies and big business.

But nothing is “rigged”, “stolen” or “illegal”. Nobody “does a lot of bad things.”

Donald Trump is simply losing.

And he apparently decided to try and take down our system with him.

Joe Biden has taken over Mr. Trump’s leadership, or expanded his own, in three of the four states that will decide the next president: Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada. Notably, in the state where Mr. Trump appears to be making gains – Arizona – the president appears to have little problem with the vote count.

Votes that Mr. Trump calls “late” and “illegal” were obliterated on election day, making them valid. In Pennsylvania, the Republican-led state legislature did not allow election officials to begin counting mail-in ballots until election day. So now they are numbered.

Instead of letting the process go, the president is calling on election officials to stop counting ballots, potentially depriving hundreds of thousands of voters. As James Baker, the former secretary of state who led the Republican legal and political team during the 2000 Florida recount battle, told my colleague Peter Baker today: “This is a very difficult to defend in a democracy.

There’s also a pragmatic question regarding the president’s claims: If the Democrats wanted to rig an election, why didn’t they do a better job of it? After many Democrats nearly predicted a landslide, the party has so far lost seats in the House and faces a steep path to gain control of the Senate. Mr. Trump touted these Republican victories in his comments tonight.

On social networks, his family members and allies called on Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham to back the president’s claims – even trying to make the issue a litmus test for the 2024 campaign. (We’re not even done with 2020!) Of course, Republicans who back Mr. Trump could question the validity of their own victories.

So with some exceptions, they have largely returned to the position they often adopt with the president: silence. But it can become increasingly difficult to remain silent.

As he has been doing for months, Mr. Trump has indicated that he will not accept the election results and encourage his supporters to do the same – a dangerous game in an already heated political environment. And at least a few voters are listening.

In Arizona, it’s hard for Carla Livak to believe the president could lose her state, where supporters have flocked in the tens of thousands for her rallies, and car parades in her honor have stretched for miles.

“It’s just hard to believe that everything is so close,” she said. “I just don’t believe it.

The 70-year-old Tucson resident said she thought something suspicious was going on with the vote count.

“It feels like big tech is banding together to censor things, that there are invisible tentacles of power,” she said. “He has enemies who are so great, it is not beyond the realm of the possible.”

One thing is certain: Win or lose, Mr. Trump’s conspiratorial thinking and influence over his supporters will be part of his legacy.

Hank Stephenson contributed reporting from Tucson.

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Here is the latest, at 9 p.m., on the situation in the remaining battlefield states. For the latest numbers, go to our results pages.


Electoral votes: 16

Asset directs Biden, 49.4 percent to 49.3 percent, with over 98 percent of the estimated vote.

Difference: Around 3,500 votes.

Keep in mind: Thousands of ballots are due to be counted in Georgia, an official in the secretary of state’s office said Thursday afternoon. Most of them are in countries with democratic tendencies. The state intends to complete its count by the end of the day.


Election votes: 20

Trump leads Biden, 49.8 percent to 49.0 percent, with about 94 percent of the estimated vote.

Difference: About 53,000 votes.

Keep in mind: The state’s top electoral official said Thursday evening that counties “still count” and gave no direct answer as to the number of ballots still pending, estimating it to be “several hundred. thousands ”. She offered no timetable as to when the in-state count would be completed. Most of the votes to be counted are in counties where Mr. Biden leads, including Philadelphia, the most populous county in the state.


Electoral votes: 6

Biden leads Trump, 49.4 percent to 48.5 percent, with 89 percent of the estimated vote.

Difference: About 11,000 votes.

Keep in mind: Nevada still has about 190,000 ballots to count, the Secretary of State said Thursday afternoon. Ninety percent of them are from Clark County, where Mr Biden currently leads by eight percentage points. All Election Day votes were counted, leaving only the late Democrat-leaning mail and provisional ballots to compile.


Electoral votes: 11

Biden runs Trump, 50.3% to 48.3%, with 88% of the estimated votes.

Difference: Around 57,000 votes.

Keep in mind: Mr. Trump must win around 60% of the remaining votes to capture the state. Further results are expected to be released Thursday evening.


Election votes: 15

Trump leads Biden, 50 percent to 48.6 percent, with 95 percent of the estimated vote.

Difference: Around 77,000 votes.

Keep in mind: With most of the votes now counted, Mr Biden would need to win about two-thirds of the rest to get ahead. Ballots postmarked on polling day will be accepted until Thursday, November 12.

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