VTsIOM named the results of exit polls on voting under the Constitution :: Politics :: RBC

According to exit polls conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, 76% of the participants in the vote on constitutional amendments said they supported the amendments to the Basic Law. This is stated in the VTsIOM report.

The survey was conducted at 800 sites in 25 regions. In total 163.1 thousand people took part in it. 70.6% of people agreed to answer the question of the interviewers, the rest chose to hide information about their choice.

The Federal Law “On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right to Participate in the Referendum of Citizens of the Russian Federation” prohibits the publication of public opinion polls on election day and five days before it. However, the all-Russian vote on amendments to the Constitution does not fall under its effect. The format of voting is regulated by a separate law.

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VTsIOM named the results of exit polls on voting under the Constitution :: Politics :: RBC

According to exit polls conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, 76% of the participants in the vote on constitutional amendments said they supported the amendments to the Basic Law. This is stated in the VTsIOM report.

The survey was conducted at 800 sites in 25 regions. In total 163.1 thousand people took part in it. 70.6% of people agreed to answer the question of the interviewers, the rest chose to hide information about their choice.

The Federal Law “On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right to Participate in the Referendum of Citizens of the Russian Federation” prohibits the publication of public opinion polls on election day and five days before it. However, the all-Russian vote on amendments to the Constitution does not fall under its effect. The format of voting is regulated by a separate law.

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Brexit: negotiation remains seized

The Brexit clock is ticking, and the Europeans cast serious doubts on the famous British punctuality, while London has promised to seal its future relationship with Brussels by next month in broad outline, and at the end of the year in detail. At the start of a new round of negotiations on Monday (May 11th by videoconference, due to the Covid-19), the European Commission does not see, at this stage, what could bring the two sides of the deadlock.

Against the watch

After six weeks of interruption of discussions, London and Brussels had resumed contact, Monday, April 20, for a new round of post-brexit negotiations, already by vivio-conference. A long silence due to the coronavirus, which affected the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, then his British counterpart David Frost, not to mention the recently recovered British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

“The United Kingdom did not want to commit itself seriously on a certain number of fundamental points”, regretted Brussels chief negotiator Michel Barnier. This week, the European Trade Commissioner, Irishman Phil Hogan, saw no more reason to hope. “There is no real sign that our British friends are entering negotiations with a plan to succeed. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think so. “

Unexpectedly, 10 Downing Street maintained the already tight agenda that it had set for itself before the pandemic, “ with the goal of making progress by June “. As of July, in fact, it will no longer be possible to postpone the transition period, which for the time being must end on December 31, 2020. For British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, there is no question of extending the deadline , while none of the major blockages have been lifted.

Intransigence

According to a diplomatic source, Michel Barnier explained to the member states this week that London only agreed to advance “In areas where he has interests such as transport, services and trade in goods”. But the United Kingdom has made no concessions on the points which the EU absolutely wants, such as the renouncement of any form of unfair competition with European standards, the recognition of the EU Court of Justice to arbitrate disputes , or access to British waters for European fishermen. London government claims, on the contrary, its ambition to become a “Independent coastal state”, with commercial negotiations on fishing conducted each year based on fish stocks.

On Saturday May 9, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas finds it “worrying” to see the British deviating from the political declaration signed at the same time as the withdrawal agreement, which nevertheless provides for “Fair conditions of competition”. “The British government still refuses to extend the deadline,” he said. “If this continues, we will have to face Brexit in addition to the Coronavirus at the end of the year”, he warned.

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Minimum wage rises in more than 20 states and cities in the US – Telemundo San Antonio (60)

MIAMI – The minimum wage rose between Tuesday and the first day of the year in 21 states and 26 cities and counties in the United States, according to figures compiled by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

The first employees to benefit from this increase were those who work in New York City, who as of Tuesday must receive a payment of at least $ 15 dollars per hour, while in the rest of the state it is $ 11.80 per hour.

New York is one of 17 jurisdictions where the minimum wage has risen to as high as $ 15 an hour that unions and organizations like NELP have been asking for for years.

But the increase is not limited to this start of the year, as throughout 2020 another 4 states and 23 cities and counties will reach the desired figure of $ 15 an hour.

In total, 24 states and 48 cities and counties will increase their minimum wages sometime in 2020.

In Illinois and Saint Paul, in the state of Minneapolis, they will increase the minimum wage twice this year, on January 1 and in July, the NELP noted.

In addition to Illinois, states that already have new minimum wages include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.

The increase in the minimum wage will benefit about 6.8 million employees, according to figures from the Institute for Economic Policy.

Those who will see no change in their pay are employees under the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $ 7.25 an hour since it last rose to that figure more than a decade ago.

On July 24, 2009, the US federal minimum wage had its last hike and despite various attempts to increase this figure, workers will have to wait until they see the results of next November’s elections to try to achieve an increase.

One of those efforts was the House of Representatives’ approval in 2019 of the “Raise the Wage Act” project, which would have allowed the current federal minimum wage to rise to $ 15 an hour in stages, in addition to other protections.

But the hopes of workers in about fifteen states currently living on the federal minimum wage were dashed in the words of Senate leader Republican Mitch McConnell, saying the upper house was not going to vote on the bill.

Added to this was the White House notice that he would veto the measure if he reached his desk.

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Released Chinese lawyer Wang Quanzhang remains under surveillance

“It’s a dream come true”released Li Wenzu in tears while hugging her husband Wang Quanzhang while their 8 year old son Quanquan hugged his parents. This modest and emotional scene took place on Monday evening April 27 in the couple’s apartment in Beijing when human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, 44, reunited with his family at the end. nearly five years in prison and around 14 days in Shandong Province.

“I hope we can now live a peaceful life together”

Moved and visibly very tired, this tireless fighter for individual freedoms told the Hong Kong daily, South China Morning Post, to have “A little dizzy after five years totally disconnected from the world. I will try to live again now “. Arrested in 2015, Wang was held incommunicado for more than 1,000 days without access to his family or a lawyer.

In 2016, he was charged, tried in 2018 and finally sentenced in January 2019 to four and a half years in prison for “Subversion”. His wife, who had been fighting for years for his release, was still in hospital that morning for appendicitis surgery. “I hope we can now live a peaceful life together without ever being separated,” she said.

Chinese police will always monitor him very closely

Nothing is less sure. Several human rights activists fear that the authorities will impose constant surveillance on him. “I’m sure the police won’t let him go”, Canton Wu Yangwei, an independent political commentator, said since.

Amnesty, through the voice of Doriane Lau in Hong Kong, asked the Chinese authorities to stop it “Harass and limit your freedom of movement”. Amnesty also denounces Beijing’s use of the coronavirus epidemic and quarantines to cloister many activists, lawyers and journalists who denounce the attacks on liberties. Three citizen journalists from Wuhan have been missing for several weeks. We still have no news of them.

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Despite Covid-19, health insurance for all remains a distant dream in the United States

Will Covid-19 accelerate the United States’ path to health insurance for all? The question divides. Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic candidate for the presidential election on November 3, does not want it. But supporters of his former rival, “Socialist Democrat” Bernie Sanders, believe that the pandemic has made him unavoidable.

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Before the Covid-19 burst into the presidential campaign, this historic reform, supposed to prolong the effort to cover the entire American population undertaken by Barack Obama in 2009, already divided some timid Democrats at the prospect of another defeat facing Donald Trump.

27 million people without insurance

The left wing of the party presented it as a necessity in a country where 27 million people remain without insurance, while the centrist candidates questioned its funding and the impact it would have on private insurance. Donald Trump and the Republicans cheerfully exploited this project to show their constituents that the Democrats had become dangerous Communists.

The pandemic has changed public opinion. According to a recent survey by the Marist Consult / Politico institute, support for “Medicare for All”, the name of the reform project, reached its highest level in nine months. And, for the first time since June 2019, a majority of independents (52%), key voters not affiliated with the two traditional parties, are in favor.

One reason for this is the fact that 164 million people in the United States, or about half the population under the age of 65, have employer-sponsored medical coverage. Deprived of employment due to the pandemic, many new unemployed workers find themselves brutally without medical coverage.

“The coming months will be a referendum on Donald Trump”

For Robert Blendon, professor of health policy at Harvard University, it’s all seen: “Joe Biden does not support health insurance for all, and neither does Democratic leadership in Congress. The coming months will be a referendum on Donald Trump and his management of the economic crisis, not on the disruption of the healthcare system. ” To be closer to Bernie Sanders’ voters, Joe Biden proposed on April 11 to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare public health insurance from 65 to 60 years of age.

Universal health coverage divides American Democrats

Managed by the federal government, this very popular system, which covers 97% of American seniors, served as a model for the reform advocated by Bernie Sanders. ” There are other measures that can be taken quickly to help the uninsured, without going through an overhaul of the health system which, moreover, would not pass Congresscontinues Robert Blendon. This does not mean that the subject of health insurance for all will not return to the table in four or five years. Young Democrats, More Progressive, Push the Party in the Direction of European Countries.

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Marius Gilbert: “We are moving towards systematic screening in nursing homes, but it takes time”

The first wave of coronavirus screening in nursing homes started on Monday, no less than 20,000 tests will be carried out this week.

Lhe first wave of coronavirus testing in nursing homes began on Monday. In total, no less than 20,000 tests, delivered by the federal government to the regions, will be carried out this week.

Interviewed by RTBF, Marius Gilbert, researcher in epidemiology at ULB, said that “even if a person is asymptomatic positive, he can be removed from contact with residents and do other tasks in the nursing home. “

For the researcher, systematic screening is an important step. “The benefit of this screening is multiple, it had to be done and is starting to take place. I hope the other waves will follow. “

Towards systematic screening

Anyway, the increase in screening is done day by day and we are moving towards an almost systematic screening in this second-line medicine, but it takes time to set up. “

For his part, virologist Steven Van Gucht was on the set of VTM to also discuss the situation of nursing homes. “There are more than 800 residential care centers in Flanders,” he explains. “So we had to make a first choice to determine which care homes should be tested first. The professor thinks that screening can now advance quickly.

Some forecasts, which predict that half of the residents of nursing homes will die from the coronavirus, are considered too dramatic by the virologist. “Even today, a minority of retirement homes are in real trouble. In the vast majority of cases, it’s not that bad right now and we have to try to keep it that way. ” It is therefore essential that staff receive good instructions, good medical supervision and the right protective equipment. Tests will then identify where the virus is and best isolate it.

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They are called Miguel, Teresa, Pedro, Rosa, Jos Luis, Mara …

They are called Miguel, Teresa, Pedro, Rosa, Jos Luis, Mara … and they were always there, for a long time maybe 70, 80 or 90 years. Some went through a war and when there was no money they used their pensions to help the children. They are seen walking their grandchildren through the park with a renewed smile on their faces furrowed with life.They gave us everything they had, which sometimes was nothing, and they dreamed at last with a quiet and dignified rest, with trips to discover a world that was

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Coronavirus, Italy sees the end of the tunnel but remains cautious

While Italy is, to date, the most bereaved country in Europe by the coronavirus epidemic with a total of 11,500 deaths, the figures announced by the Ministry of Health, Monday, March 30, allow glimpse a thinning.

The increase in new infected cases was 4%, half as much as four days ago and four times less than two weeks ago. The number of positive people in Lombardy, the most affected region, fell: 25,006 people declared on Monday, against 25,392 on Sunday, even if in this region in particular, the number of deaths remains very high (812). But the number of people healed is encouraging, 1,590 for Monday, the strongest daily toll since the start of the epidemic.

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Hope for Italy?

Even if it takes several days to see a solid trend emerge, ” we can reasonably hope that Italy is on the downward slope, at least in terms of the number of infections “Says Pascal Crépey, teacher-researcher at the Graduate School of Public Health (EHESP). “SIf we look at the number of new positive cases, we see that it is on the third day of decline, after a plateau of several days.

This improvement does not, however, mean that Italy is out of the crisis. The Italian authorities call for caution and the continuity of containment measures. The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, announced Monday evening the extension of the confinement ” at least until Easter ” In an interview with the Spanish daily El Pais, Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte said that the relief will be ” very progressive ” and only ” when the scientific committee says the curve starts to go down. “

Mistakes at first but Italian solidarity

On February 22, as Italy recorded its first official deaths, the country suddenly seemed to be hit by the crisis only in early March. ” The opacity of Chinese power has caused the danger in Europe to be underestimated. The Italians were the first affected and had to put in place, sometimes in a contradictory and muddled way, a plan “Explains Jean-Pierre Darnis, scientific advisor at the Istituto Affari Internazionali of Rome and lecturer at the University of Nice.

On March 7, following the start of an epidemic outbreak in the Lombardy region, containment measures were put in place, followed a few days later by national containment. Meanwhile, the flight of Italians from the North, especially the Milanese, to the South contributed to the spread of the virus.

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The Italian government also had to deal with the peculiarity of a very regionalized health system, as Jean-Pierre Darnis explains again: ” There was a problem of coordination and discrepancies. The government sought to establish a national strategy, but first had to reach a consensual agreement with each region, which has its own health authority.

Beyond the measures taken by the government, and despite some shortcomings in anticipating the crisis, ” we must not forget the momentum of solidarity shown by Italy “Underlines again the scientific adviser,” there is an ethical Italy, with a Christian moral which includes a united network of associations, private hospitals, nursing staff who give themselves to care for the population ” Many Italian municipalities on Tuesday March 31 at noon observed a minute of silence and raised the tricolor at half-mast. A gesture made in memory of the victims of Covid-19 and in tribute to the nursing staff.

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