first_imgDr. Jonathan Epstein, vice president for science and outreach at the EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation organization, said he had not seen any details so far, but, “Someone would have to release the sequences soon, and the evolutionary biologists will be all over it.”On Twitter, Emma Hodcroft, a geneticist at the University of Basel, Switzerland, who is tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus, urged caution. “Don’t panic,” Dr. Hodcroft tweeted. “Scientists will update when we have more info.” Without published reports on the nature of the mutation or how the virus variant was tested, research scientists outside Denmark who study the virus were left somewhat in the dark. Dr. Stanley Perlman, a microbiologist at the University of Iowa and a specialist on the novel coronavirus, said he could not evaluate the Danish statements without more information.- Advertisement – The Danish government will slaughter millions of mink at more than 1,000 farms, citing concerns that a mutation in the novel coronavirus that has infected the mink could possibly interfere with the effectiveness of a vaccine for humans.Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. There are 15 million or more mink in Denmark, which is one of the world’s major exporters of mink furs. She said the armed forces would be involved in the culling of mink.- Advertisement – Kare Molbak, the head of the State Serum Institute, the government’s public health and infectious disease arm, warned at the news conference that a mutation could interfere with the effectiveness of future vaccines. The government has notified the World Health Organization of the virus mutation, and also said 12 people in its Jutland region are known to have it and that it shows a weak reaction to antibodies, according to news reports.The W. H.O. acknowledged by email that it had been “informed by Denmark of a number of persons infected with coronavirus from mink, with some genetic changes in the virus.” The W.H.O. said that Denmark was “investigating the epidemiological and virological significance of these findings, and culling the mink population. We are in touch with them to find more about this event.” In September, Dutch scientists reported in a paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed that the virus was jumping between mink and humans. In Denmark, the government is describing a version of the virus that migrated from mink to humans.center_img – Advertisement – The coronavirus mutates slowly but regularly, and a different variant of the virus would not, in itself, be cause for concern, experts have said.Researchers have studied one mutation labeled D614G in the spike protein of the virus which may increase transmission. They concluded that there is no evidence so far that the particular mutation increases virulence or would affect the workings of a vaccine.Denmark had already begun killing all mink at 400 farms which were either infected, or close enough to infected farms to cause concern. The killing of all mink will wipe out the industry, perhaps for years.Mink are in the weasel family, along with ferrets, which are easily infected with the coronavirus. Ferrets appear to suffer mild symptoms. Mink, which are kept in crowded conditions ideal for spreading a virus, can become quite sick and die. Mink have been infected in other countries as well, including the Netherlands and some U.S. states. Thousands of mink were killed in Utah because of a coronavirus outbreak, but authorities there said there it did not appear that the mink transmitted the virus to humans, but the opposite.Many conservation scientists have become concerned about the spread of the virus to animal populations, like chimpanzees, which are believed to be susceptible, although cases have not been identified yet. Groups of researchers are testing bats and pets and wild animals in the United States.Researchers are also concerned about what occurs when the virus moves from one species to another and may acquire changes, or mutations. While most such changes are not likely to be a problem for humans, there is always the chance that strains of the virus could become more infectious or more virulent.Animal Protection Denmark, an advocacy group, recommended a long-term solution to the problem of mink and coronavirus: “The right decision would be to end mink farming entirely and help farmers into other occupation that does not jeopardize public health and animal welfare.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThis is something that Gareth Hickey has been doing for the last several months to shore up his start-up Noa, which creates audio versions of news content and works with several large news publishers.“We’ve had to put in place a review of all of our data transfer agreements that we have with publishers and other parties that are based in the U.K.,” he told CNBC. “There’s obviously been a cost associated with that because we don’t know what way it’s going to be left and we don’t want to be left scrambling.”Much like customs arrangements, Hickey said some start-ups may be putting their data transfer arrangement off to the last minute.“Just to call a spade a spade, it’s probably the case that some start-ups are going to accept the risk and not put anything in place and if data adequacy is not granted to the U.K. then they’re staring at an unknown.” “Even if we get a deal, we’re not in a scenario that we just carry on trading as we are now. On Jan. 1 there is a huge amount of extra administrative burden and complexity in trading.”One step in getting prepared is securing an Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification (EORI) number from Revenue, the Irish tax authority, which is required for anyone importing and exporting out of the EU. But it remains unclear if all the businesses that need one have obtained it.Last year, Revenue contacted around 90,000 businesses that it identified as possibly needing the registration. A spokesperson for Revenue said that over the last month the agency has been carrying out further contact with around 14,000 businesses.FatigueBrian Keegan, director of public policy at Chartered Accountants Ireland, said that drawn out negotiations and extended deadlines has caused some weariness among businesses.“There’s been an incredible amount of Brexit fatigue. We’ve been marched up to the top of the hill and marched down again so often,” he said.Companies could run the risk of that fatigue getting the best of them come Jan. 1, he said.“We’re not entirely clear if tariffs are going to be applied and secondly if they are applied, the extent to which they’re going to apply between the U.K. and Northern Ireland,” he told CNBC.“While there is a protocol in place to ensure that there is no tariff border, no hard border on the island of Ireland, it’s still very unclear how any of this is going to work and we’re less than 70 days away from the shutters coming down,” he said.Keegan added that he’s hopeful some kind agreement can be made at this stage, which can be expanded upon beyond January.“If Europe is struggling with its trading agreements with a G-7 country, that’s really significant.”Data flowsThe movement of physical goods is one thing, but questions still hang over the flows of data after December.The U.K. will need to gain an adequacy agreement with the EU — which effectively says the jurisdictions are on equal footing — as well, to ensure personal data can flow.Last month, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties argued that the U.K.’s data protection enforcement isn’t up to standard and said in a letter to the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, that there is an “inescapable conclusion” that the U.K. shouldn’t be granted adequacy.If no such agreement is reached, companies will have to make separate data transfer arrangements with customers and partners. An employee enters sliding doors decorated with the stars of the European Union (EU) flag at the Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European Commission (EC), in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. It took 32 months, two prime ministers, and nearly 30 votes in Parliament to extricate Britain from the European Union and the hardest part of the negotiations hasn’t even started.Bloomberg DUBLIN — Customs capacity will be a major hurdle for many Irish businesses that trade with the U.K., regardless of whether a deal is struck with the EU by the end of the year.That’s according to Ian Talbot, chief executive of business group Chambers Ireland, who said that while the Irish government committed to hiring extra personnel to handle customs with the U.K., many small businesses are unprepared for the new responsibilities that will be placed on them.“You could end up getting to a customs point and finding your documentation wasn’t correctly prepared and you can’t proceed,” Talbot said.- Advertisement – For many SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), especially in the agriculture and food industries, any delays could be disastrous.“We just don’t know how this is going to play out at borders. How lenient for example borders might be for the first few weeks and months as everyone gets used to this. That will be a big question in our minds. Will a minor documentation error cause a fail or will some discretion be allowed for a period of time?” Talbot added that regardless of the deal talks on tariffs and quotas, there will be extra obligations on businesses.   – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – Savchenko let slip in October that Stause was fielding DMs from interested hockey players after her breakup from the This Is Us star, 43. “Stop it! … Yes, they have,” she told Us. “But to be honest with you, I’m so busy with the show so you know, I am actually like super looking forward to that as soon as this journey’s over. I hope it’s not over soon, but conversations have been started that I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes after this is all over.”She added: “But right now, it’s too much all at once. I’m gonna focus on my contemporary and my cha-chas.”- Advertisement – Earlier in the day, the professional dancer announced their separation on her Instagram Story. “After 14 years of marriage with my deepest sadness our road is coming to an end,” she revealed.Savchenko, for his part, shared a lengthier statement with a focus on the estranged couple’s daughters, Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3. “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage,” the 37-year-old choreographer told Us Weekly. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them. We ask that you respect our family’s need for privacy and healing during this time.”Elena Samodanova Shares Cryptic Quote After Gleb Savchenko SplitGleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova at The iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Broadimage/ShutterstockThe Dancing With the Stars pro and his partner, Chrishell Stause, were eliminated from the ABC reality series on Monday, November 2. The Selling Sunset star, 39, is navigating divorce herself, having split from husband Justin Hartley in November 2019.- Advertisement – Stause and Savchenko bonded during the process, but they also had their bumps in the road. She noted last month that he gave her flowers after their “first fight.”“If apologies look like THIS, I guess it’s not so bad!!” she wrote via Instagram. “We both care so much and I love the passion he brings to what he does. We are working on me picking up some of his strict Russian nature, and I am softening him up with a little southern charm.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! A telltale sign of a messy breakup. Elena Samodanova hinted that her split from husband Gleb Savchenko was not amicable shortly after the news broke.Samodanova, 36, shared a cryptic quote via Instagram on Friday, November 6. “I don’t hate you,” the post read. “I’m just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be.” She added a lone broken-heart emoji as her caption.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgSpider-Man: Miles Morales is out now on the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5, and it continues the story of the titular Afro-Latino teenager, who first revealed that he had powers like Peter Parker in a post-credits scene in Marvel’s Spider-Man. And just like Insomniac Games’ original Spider-Man game, Spider-Man: Miles Morales also has two post-credits scenes. The first of them bears no connection to what happens in the new Spider-Man game and instead builds on the post-credits scene from Marvel’s Spider-Man, setting up Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 in the process. The second post-credits scene touches upon the ending of the Spider-Man: Miles Morales story and functions as an epilogue.Review: Spider-Man: Miles Morales Is Hanging by a Thread- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Warning: spoilers ahead for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.Spider-Man: Miles Morales post-credits sceneThe two-and-half-minute long Spider-Man: Miles Morales post-credits opens at New York’s Trinity Church. Miles looks out at the city before crouching down and placing the “Spacebound Young Researchers Award” — he won it with former best friend Phin Mason — on one of the outer platforms of the Trinity Church in her memory. The church was a favourite childhood haunt for the nerdy duo, as is revealed during Spider-Man: Miles Morales when the two meet there to find some middle ground.It’s clear that Phin’s death is deeply affecting Miles. On one hand, she was the Tinkerer, the leader of the high-tech criminal army the Underground that had brought war to Harlem. But at the same time, she sacrificed herself to save Harlem from the blast of the Roxxon reactor. Miles brings up his conflicting thoughts on a call with his mother Rio Morales and wonders why Phin would do that, despite losing her brother Rick to Roxxon’s experimental tech, which led her on her vengeance quest to begin with.Miles’ mother gives Miles some great advice with her response: “People are messy. Take your uncle Aaron [Davis aka the Prowler]. He’s the reason [Roxxon CEO Simon] Krieger is in jail, and he helped us get people out of Harlem. But every time I look at him, I think of all the pain he put your dad through. You don’t need to make a judgment on Phin’s life, mijo [my son], or her death. Just remember who she was and why you loved her.”Spider-Man: Miles Morales costs Rs. 3,999 / $50 on PS4 and PS5. Warning: spoilers ahead for Marvel’s Spider-Man.Spider-Man: Miles Morales mid-credits sceneThe minute-long Spider-Man: Miles Morales mid-credits sequence takes place entirely from the first-person point of view of Harry Osborn, who was seen in the Marvel’s Spider-Man post-credits scene. Harry is still floating in that green liquid and still has a black-coloured Venom-like symbiote crawling all over his arms and legs. Unlike last time, he seems to be conscious, with the radio — talking about the events of Spider-Man: Miles Morales — filtering through the glass cabinet Harry is being kept in.For those who’ve forgotten why Harry is in a suspended state, that’s because he suffers from Oshtoran Syndrome, a rare heritable neurological disorder, just as his mother Emily Osborn. Harry and his father Norman Osborn lost her when Harry was just 15, and after Harry’s condition became critical, Norman decided to pursue an experimental medical treatment that would take several years. Harry agreed and that’s how he ended up with a symbiote attached to him.- Advertisement – In the new Spider-Man: Miles Morales mid-credits scene, Norman soon walks in and the doctor gives him a quick report, noting that Harry’s vitals are good and brain activity is normal. Norman laments that he’s been in there a long time and then asks the doctor to pull him out. The doctor protests but Norman is having none of it, and demands him to get Harry out “now”. Norman then walks towards his son and nods his head, in a way that suggests he’s missed him. Harry is his only family, after all.spider man miles morales tinkerer phin mason spider man miles morales tinkerer phin masonPhin Mason / Tinkerer in Spider-Man: Miles MoralesPhoto Credit: Insomniac Games- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgBannon suggested in a video posted on November 5 that FBI Director Christopher Wray and government infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci should be beheaded, saying they had been disloyal to US President Donald Trump, who last week lost his re-election bid to Biden.“I’d put the heads on pikes. Right. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you are gone,” Bannon said in the video.Facebook removed the video but left up Bannon’s page, which has about 1,75,000 followers. Twitter banned Bannon last week over the same content.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting on Thursday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company’s policies to justify his suspension when he urged beheading two senior US officials, according to a recording heard by Reuters.Zuckerberg acknowledged criticism of Facebook by President-elect Joe Biden but said the company shared some of the Biden team’s same concerns about social media. He urged employees not to jump to conclusions about how the new administration might approach regulation of social media companies.- Advertisement – Avaaz said seven of the largest pages had amassed nearly 2.5 million followers. Stone said Facebook had removed “several clusters of activity for using inauthentic behaviour tactics to artificially boost how many people saw their content.”Bannon could not immediately be reached for comment.Zuckerberg spoke on the issue at a weekly forum with Facebook employees where he is sometimes asked to defend content and policy decisions. A staff member had asked why Bannon had not been banned.Another employee asked how Facebook was handling criticism of Facebook by Biden and members of his team. Biden told the New York Times in December last year that he had “never been a fan of Facebook” and considered Zuckerberg “a real problem.”The incoming administration was “not monolithic,” Zuckerberg said. “Just because some people might talk in a way that’s more antagonistic to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that speaks for what the whole group or whole administration is going to stand for.”Arrested in August, Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors to the $25 million (roughly Rs. 200 crores) “We Build the Wall” campaign. Bannon has dismissed the charges as politically motivated.As Trump’s chief White House strategist, Bannon helped articulate Trump’s “America First” policy. Trump fired him in August 2017, ending Bannon’s turbulent tenure.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “We have specific rules around how many times you need to violate certain policies before we will deactivate your account completely,” Zuckerberg said. “While the offenses here, I think, came close to crossing that line, they clearly did not cross the line.”Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said the company would take further action against Bannon’s page “if there are additional violations.”Last Friday, Facebook took down a network of other Bannon-linked pages that were pushing false claims about the presidential election, after they were flagged to the world’s biggest social media company by activist group Avaaz.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgNov 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – As the World Health Organization noted Thailand’s 20th human case of avian influenza, it offered details today of the circumstances around the 50-year-old woman’s infection.The woman, from Bangkok, visited her husband on Oct 23 in Nonthaburi province, north of Bangkok, where backyard chickens had started dying a few days earlier, WHO said. She experienced symptoms Oct 26 and was admitted to the hospital Oct 29. She is still hospitalized in satisfactory condition, the agency said.Investigators have not found any sign of respiratory illness among the patient’s close contacts. Her case is the third confirmed in Thailand in the last month.”These cases coincide with a recurrence of confirmed H5 outbreaks in poultry in six provinces, most of which are in the central part of the country, and point to the need to remain on high alert for the occurrence of human cases in all countries experiencing outbreaks in poultry,” WHO wrote.The WHO recently published suggestions to protect people from direct exposure to the H5N1 virus and, if needed, to protect people after exposure. Among the guidelines:Vaccinating people at risk for exposure to H5N1 against seasonal flu can reduce the chances for the virus to re-assort, which would allow the H5N1 avian virus to adapt more to people and could lead to easier person-to-person spread of the virus.At-risk agricultural workers should wear protective clothing, such as coveralls with an impermeable apron or surgical gowns with long, cuffed sleeves and an impermeable apron; heavy rubber gloves that can be disinfected; surgical masks (standard, well-fitted surgical masks can stand in if high-efficiency N95 masks can’t be found) with fit-testing and training in mask use; goggles; and rubber or polyurethane boots that can be cleaned or used with disposable foot covers.People at risk for occupational exposure may be protected by prophylaxis with oseltamivir. They should also check daily for 14 days after the latest exposure for signs of fever, influenza-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal symptoms.Suspected case-patients must be isolated and sampled according to WHO guidelines. Samples and viruses can be shipped to WHO labs for diagnosis. Serum samples and epidemiologic data also should be collected on exposed patients.At the federal level, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week outlined a number of measures to safeguard domestic poultry populations and track any avian flu viruses in the United States. In a technical briefing on avian flu on Oct 26 in Washington, DC, five people representing aspects of avian flu surveillance and prevention efforts spoke about the issues.The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has conducted an outreach campaign dubbed “Biosecurity for the Birds” to reach poultry industry members with protective measures for their birds. In addition, USDA’s collaboration with state agriculture departments allows it to monitor live bird markets in the northeastern US to stop any H5 or H7 virus subtypes found in those markets, said Dr. Ron DeHaven, APHIS administrator.If an unusual outbreak is suspected, USDA can get specially trained veterinarians to the site within 4 hours, DeHaven added. State-level teams are usually able to respond to a suspected outbreak within a day to cull, quarantine, and disinfect. APHIS also has avian flu vaccines for poultry, which can be used in some situations.”We do indeed have a (poultry) vaccine that is effective against the H5N1 virus that’s currently circulating in parts of Asia,” DeHaven added.Although H5N1 has not been found in North America, “the expanding global spread of H5N1 increases the likelihood that it will eventually be detected here,” said Richard Kearney, wildlife program coordinator at the US Geological Survey in the Interior Department.USDA is working with the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Service (AFWS) and the USGS to address that possibility, Kearney said. FWS and USGS biologists have been sampling migratory birds in Alaska for H5N1, which bolsters other ongoing avian flu studies. A program for 2006 will include more comprehensive surveillance and detection to provide an early warning if migratory birds carry H5N1 into North America.Dr. Richard Raymond, undersecretary for food safety at USDA, said the US inspection system ensures poultry is free from visible signs of disease.”If high-path avian influenza were to be detected in the United States, I want to assure the American public that the chance of that infected poultry ever entering the food chain would be extremely low,” Raymond said.See also: WHO news release on Thailand casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_01/en/index.htmlWHO news release on measures to stop the spread in new outbreakshttp://www.who.int/influenza/resources/documents/guidance_publichealthmeasures_h5n1_10_2005/en/index.htmlUSDA news release on US response to avian fluhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/10/0459.xmllast_img read more

first_imgMay 12, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women who have confirmed, probable, or suspected novel influenza H1N1 infections should receive antiviral treatment for 5 days, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a detailed report on three pregnant women who had the disease, one of whom died.In its surveillance of the novel influenza outbreak, the CDC has been gathering information on infections in pregnant women. As of May 10, 20 cases have been reported, including 15 confirmed and 5 probable cases. The CDC published its findings on the three cases in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Dispatch.Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director CDC’s science and public health program, said at a media briefing today that the CDC is singling out the cases to remind healthcare providers and the public that pregnant women are at higher risk for flu complications such as pneumonia and dehydration and that the agency is seeing some severe complications in pregnant women who have novel H1N1 infections.”We want to get the word out about prompt antiviral treatment,” she said.The first of three case reports in today’s MMWR Dispatch appears to describe the Texas woman who was recorded as the nation’s second novel H1N1 flu death. The 33-year-old woman was 35 weeks pregnant and had a 1-day history of myalgia, dry cough, and low-grade fever when she was seen on Apr 15 by her obstetrician. She had a history of psoriasis and mild asthma, but was not taking medication for the conditions.Four days later she went to the emergency department with worsening shortness of breath, fever, and cough. During the visit the woman had severe respiratory distress. Chest radiographs showed bilateral nodular infiltrates, and the woman was intubated and placed on mechanical ventilation. Her doctors performed a cesarean delivery, and the healthy baby girl was later discharged home.On Apr 21 the woman experienced acute respiratory distress syndrome. One week later, she began receiving oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and broad-spectrum antibiotics, but she died on May 4.During the woman’s hospitalization San Antonio health officials detected an untypable influenza A strain in the woman’s nasopharyngeal specimen and sent it to the CDC, which on Apr 30 confirmed the novel H1N1 virus.In the second case report, a previously health 35-year-old woman who was 32 weeks pregnant sought treatment at the emergency department on Apr 20 with a 1-day history of shortness of breath, fever, cough, diarrhea, headache, myalgia, sore throat, and inspiratory chest pain. Chest radiographs were normal and the rapid influenza test was negative. She received parenteral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, acetaminophen, and an albuterol inhaler, and was sent home.The next day her obstetrician obtained a nasopharyngeal sample and sent it for testing. She recovered fully and her pregnancy is progressing normally following her treatment with antibiotics, antinausea medication, and an inhaled corticosteroid. Influenza testing revealed an untypable influenza A strain, which was forwarded to the CDC and confirmed as novel H1N1.She had visited Mexico 3 days before she was seen in the emergency department, and several of her family members on both sides of the border had recently been sick with flu-like illnesses.The third patient, a 29-year-old woman who was 23 weeks pregnant, visited her family doctor for a 1-day history of cough, sore throat, chills, and subjective fever. She had a history of asthma but was not on medication. Her 7-year-old son was also sick and was also seen during the appointment. Another son, age 10, had been sick with similar symptoms the previous week. The family had not traveled to Mexico recently.The woman’s doctor was 13 weeks pregnant and began oseltamivir prophylaxis and did not get sick.The woman’s rapid influenza test was positive. Her doctor prescribed oseltamivir, her symptoms resolved, and the pregnancy is proceeding normally. The Washington State Public Health Laboratory identified the woman’s virus sample as untypable influenza A, and the CDC later confirmed it as novel H1N1.CDC experts note in the report that research has shown a higher risk for complications in pregnant women during seasonal flu outbreaks and previous pandemics. Cardiovascular, respiratory, and immune system changes during pregnancy are thought to contribute to the higher risk, and health officials have recommended that pregnant women receive annual flu vaccines.Though little information is available on antiviral use during pregnancy, the CDC says the benefits of treatment for the novel virus outweigh the potential risk to the fetus.Alongside its recommendation for 5-day antiviral treatment for pregnant women, the CDC recommends that pregnant women who are in close contact with a confirmed, probable, or suspected case-patient receive a 10-day prophylactic course of antivirals.Though both of the neuraminidase inhibitors can be used to treat or prevent the new virus, the CDC said oseltamivir is the preferred treatment, because its systemic absorption may provide better protection against mother-to-child transmission.”Beginning treatment as early as possible is critical,” the CDC states, adding that treating fevers with acetaminophen is important for preventing maternal hyperthermia, which can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes.CDC. Novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infections in three pregnant women, United States, April-May 2009. MMWR Dispatch 2009 May 12;58 [Full text]last_img read more

first_imgAt the annual conference organized by the tour operator TUI, Valamar Riviera was crowned with another award.Naime, već nakon prve sezone poslovanja TUI Family Life Bellevue Resort 4* osvojio je nagradu kao najbolje ukupno ocijenjeni novi hotel u konceptu FAMILY LIFE i za najbolji WI-FI među svim TUI FAMILY LIFE hotelima u svijetu, i to prema ocjenama iz anketa gostiju koje ovaj turoperater redovito provodi. Uz to, ‘Green & Grill’ a la carte restoran ovog Resorta nagrađen je kao ‘Best Practice’, odnosno kao najbolji primjer implementacije visokih TUI-jevih standarda, što su prepoznali i ovogodišnji gosti te mu također dodjelili visoku ocjenu u anketama.Family Life Bellevue Resort 4* otvoren je u lipnju ove godine te uz Valamar Girandella Resort  4*/5* predstavlja najveću ovogodišnju investiciju u hrvatskom turizmu. Priprema i realizacija projekta trajala je samo godinu i pol dana, a u razvoju projekta Valamar Riviera je ostvarila dva strateška partnerstva s najvećim europskim turoperatorima, TUI i Rewe grupom. U Family Life Bellevue Resortu u Rapcu se, temeljem ugovora s TUI-jem, u sljedeće tri godine očekuje 76.000 novih aviogostiju s britanskog i skandinavskog tržišta.The TUI Group is the largest travel company in the world, comprising a chain of strong tour operators, 1.500 agencies, six airlines with more than 150 aircraft, 300 hotels with more than 214.000 beds and 14 cruisers. More than 20 million guests use their services annually.last_img read more

first_imgThe Garden Resort in Tisno has been voted among the 10 best European festival locations by the influential The Guardian, gaining the support of major media outlets such as The Telegraph, The Independent, DJ Mag, with the support of local, national and regional media. Festival visitors come from all over the world, such as Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Iceland, and from all over Europe, to witness the unique blend of holiday with a musical background.The festival that was the first to place Croatia among the festival destinations and started an avalanche of young tourists from Great Britain, thus encouraging the arrival of Ryanair in Zadar. However, all this is not enough and relevant, and after six years The Garden Resort is leaving Tisno, and maybe even Croatia, announced Nick Colgan, the organizer of The Garden Festival.Reason? The classic Croatian problem – politics and petty interest of individuals.Because of politics, not markets. If we look from the market side, the Garden Festival has revived Tisno, each year attracting 20 foreign guests from more than 000 countries (a total of over 40 guests since Garden in Tisno) who spend about 120.000 euros per day and stay a minimum of 100 days, and this year’s budget of external promoters alone is approximately 7 million euros for the program part alone. After the arrival of the Garden in Tisno, the number of tourists increased by over 1,5%, and if we only roughly calculate 30 tourists x 120.000 euros x 100 days, we come to the exact number and tourist consumption generated directly in Tisno. And when we add the funds invested in the promotion of the destination and the fact that tomorrow, in a few years, when these same guests become parents, they will return to Tisno as another type of guest, it is quite clear how harmful the decision to leave the Garden Festival is Tisno and the whole region, including Croatia.Insane and out of every mind. But… always that but in Lijepa naša.Namely, this Monday, May 28, the Municipal Council of Tisno voted to re-issue the work permit to the Vortex beach bar, which was revoked last year due to illegal work right next to the location of the Garden Festival. What is controversial throughout the story is that the license allows Vortex to play extremely loud music between 07:00 and 12:00 in the morning from June 15 to September 1, thus preventing the festival guests from taking a morning break. “Based on the annual complaints of our guests and foreign partners, we have continuously warned about this problem. This decision of the Municipal Council of Tisno prevented us from doing business responsibly and fulfilling the contractual obligations we have assumed towards our guests. Following the above, The Garden team has been leaving Tisno since 2019, and with the support of international event organizers, we have started talks on a new location for 2019. ” Nick Colgan explained his decision.Interestingly, if it weren’t for the Garden Festival, there wouldn’t be a Vortex beach bar, but that doesn’t mean anything when our politics and petty private interests are involved in the game.Nick Colgan, host of The Garden Resort: It is amazing that it is the representatives of our friends from Tisno who make this decision”Although we are very happy in Tisno and still have a contract with Hostina, the owners of the location, this will be our last year as we will host international events in Tisno. We will be actively looking for a new location for the 2019 season and beyond and we already have several new locations in mind. The decision of the Municipal Council in Tisno, which allows Vortex to work right next to us and during our events from 07:00 to 12:00 with loud music, prevents The Garden from providing a comfortable environment in which our guests can sleep so that they will not return in the future. We offer a small percentage of beds for festival guests, and most of them stay in Tisno, Jezera, Betina and Murter. We are shocked by the Council’s decision and feel they are looking at things short-sightedly. It seems incredible to me that small particular interests stop a project that brings over 20 foreign guests to Tisno over eight weeks. The decision to leave Tisno was not an easy one, but staying in such an environment would permanently jeopardize the project in which we, together with our foreign partners, have invested a great deal of energy and financial resources. The inappropriately loud music of the local bar does not allow people to relax in the morning and guests no longer want to stay on site.This year we expect up to 20 visitors from more than 000 countries around the world who spend around € 40 per day and stay for a minimum of 100 days, and this year’s external promoters budget is around € 7 million for the program part alone. This is the best year so far, four of the six events are sold out in advance for this season, and we also have two new events planned for next year, as well as one smaller event in the preseason. This year we have additionally invested in mobile homes inside the camp site, but now these guests will be completely disrupted by the Vortex. In a conversation with other local government leaders, we will try to find a new destination for The Garden in Croatia. We feel responsible and we feel sorry for the many locals who have contacted us and in recent years invested in their accommodation facilities based on our guests. We believe that the Municipal Council has made a decision that is not well thought out and is harmful in the long run for the local population with whom we work extremely well. It is unbelievable that the representatives of our friends from Tisno make such a decision. “The noise that is created at their unofficial after parties leads to numerous complaints, inability to sleep which means that our visitors cannot rest, which then affects their commitment to our festival. It often ends up with hordes of visitors trying to sleep through the day which is neither ideal nor good looking. It is far from what we expect from our festival and for our community it is a serious problem. We had about 100-150 people who told us that because of that they would not return to the festival, and those are the only ones we know about. This has ruined our daily program, Vortex is obviously taking advantage of the hard work and investment of us, you and other festivals at The Garden Resort in Tisno. We can’t sell any camp accommodation options because people will only ask for a refund due to the noise level produced by Vortex outside normal hours, and this in turn has a real commercial impact on our ability for the festival to grow. Simply, if this presents us with further problems in 2018, we will have no choice but to look for alternative locations in 2019, which is far from our business strategy and desires because we love working with The Garden and trust them. And The Garden is one of the most beautiful locations in the world. We do not want to be evicted by an unofficial third party. That would be a terrible pity.”Nick Colgan said in a statement.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”How to explain such a Decision to someone normal, and especially to foreigners and foreign investors, as well as the whole way of doing business in Croatia, and especially in local areas where various local “sheriffs” make such decisions. Croatia chronically lacks a market economy, not a contract economy, which is the case here.Unfortunately, to date, there has been no reaction from the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB, but it is easiest to say that this is not their problem and distance yourself from everything. What image do we send outwards, both to guests and to investors? What picture am I sending about ourselves?This is a classic example of Croatian reality and the real situation on the ground. That is why we are in this situation in the country and that is why young people go to look for their future in other countries. So much for the strategic development of our tourist destinations and our tourism.One is politics and the other is market and strategic development that should be in everyone’s interest. Because of such things, tourist destinations are stagnating or developing too slowly, and the biggest losers are all. From hotels, landlords, restaurants, museums, etc.… all in a tourist destination. That is why it is necessary for everyone in the destination to unite and look for market changes and development, not political ones. Politics has nothing to do with it, at least it shouldn’t have, this is a matter of development and markets.Too much politics, and too little profession, strategic and market development.This has nothing to do with the market, but solely a political decision. Citizens of Tisno, if you are wondering why you are stagnant and there is no development, why you cannot live from tourism all year round, why your children are leaving, ask the people responsible for the development of the Municipality and tourist destinations in Tisno Municipal Council.And therein lies our whole problem in tourism. Smart enough.last_img read more

first_imgSURFACE CREATES NEW PROBLEMS Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinzeic.com The Ministry of Tourism is preparing another legal paradox. They want to stop the legalization of tourist traffic, that is, to enable the stopping of “categorization”. The reason is, allegedly, the load on the infrastructure in certain tourist destinations and the departure of residents due to tourism. Categorization? It is not a real means of regulating these problems. Flats are built and bought for someone to stay in. Temporarily, occasionally or permanently. They don’t build and they don’t buy to gape empty. If they are categorized then those staying in them will be registered as tourists and the owners will pay the tourist tax, income tax and tourist membership fee. In addition, the owners will be able to legally cooperate with travel agencies, cleaning and maintenance agencies, employ seasonal assistance… So they will create legal jobs in support activities. Such “categorized” accommodation is also available under the supervision of the Tourist Inspectorate, the Economic Inspectorate. If they will not be “categorized” then those who live in these apartments will be in the status of owners and their friends, tenants and their friends. If we want to be honest and objective then we have to look at what we are discussing from multiple angles. The basis of smart planning is (should be) related to the permanent population in a tourist place. If that were the case, then the spatial planning and the building permit would be related to the investor’s residence. The same applies to the purchase and sale of flats / real estate where homeless buyers (and anyone can register their residence in the place of ownership of the flat) would pay a significantly higher purchase and sale tax than resident buyers (Swiss model). Also, the construction of leisure houses (cottages) would be limited in space, floor, volume, design (as it was in the former state). Development and housing planning (I guess) should also take into account the employment opportunities of tenants in the real sector (unless everyone will be employed in the public sector, which can flourish indefinitely). If all this is gone, then what do we have? In the period of a decade and a half, every 7th job in Croatia “disappeared”. In that period, we lost 144.000 active residents. In Dalmatia alone, 60.000 jobs were “lost”. When we talk about the workplace, we mean “indefinite” employment. The number of permanent residents in the historic centers of tourist places will not increase due to the inadequacy of apartments for living by modern standards and due to the disappearance of jobs near the place of residence. Only residents who are tied to the same zone by work can live in the historic center of the tourist place, especially if they work twice, older people who do not have the opportunity or do not want to leave their home. Everyone else goes to the periphery where they can achieve a better standard of living. The chaotic situation in spatial planning, real estate trade and finally in the incompatibility of public infrastructure with approved, planned and built housing capacities. WHERE DID THE JOBS DISAPPEAR? The only benefit of reducing the number of categorized apartments will be for investors who will “open up” the possibility of building new, better, more beautiful tourist facilities instead of those that are “decategorized”. “On paper” there will be a lack of commercial tourist facilities.center_img At the same time, a new construction cycle will be launched, a new, large-scale “concreting” of the coast, emigration of the population and (dis) sale of Croatian “oil” (coast). They will not be registered as tourists, and the owners of these apartments will not pay fees, taxes, membership fees, nor will it be possible to supervise the tourist inspection in such apartments. And all other jobs related to such apartments will not be “visible” or recorded. Without such a status, a young man is incapable of credit, unable to pay rent, unable to provide housing. He can only be a “seasonal resident” of a tourist place employed in seasonal jobs in tourism with a stay in a “staff hostel”. All other possibilities disappeared in the whirlwind of war and postwar. The list of failed companies is impressive, and the “new industry” has not come to life. PEOPLE GO FOR BUSINESS Not to be outdone, the measure of “decategorization” is “throwing dust in the eyes.” This measure will not solve the targeted problems, in fact, new, even bigger ones will be produced. PERMANENT RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN LEAVING HISTORICAL CENTERS FOR DECADES This trend is happening in all cities, so there is a noticeable increase in the number of inhabitants in the peripheral settlements of cities such as Rijeka, which are not nearly “tourist” like Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik… Viškovo “on the edge of Rijeka” is the largest and youngest municipality in Croatia it is also growing. Historic towns in central Istria were abandoned long before the emergence of tourism in these places. Venice itself, its strict center, was abandoned by 40.000 inhabitants in the 60s. At the same time, settlements like Mestre-Marghera where cargo and industry have moved have increased… As many as XNUMX% of apartments in the historic center of Venice have been declared unsuitable for today’s standard of living. Dubrovnik’s historic core is also not exempt from this phenomenon. “CATEGORIZATION” OF APARTMENTS IS AN ACT OF LEGALIZATION OF EXISTING TRAFFIC IN TOURIST ATTRACTIVE PLACES The problem of depopulation is related to many other circumstances, tourism is the least “guilty”. Indeed, in one part it still makes its modest positive contribution. It connects people to a place where they can earn income from tourism. The question is until when? WE ABOLISHED PLANNING PROVISIONS FROM THE FORMER STATE AND SOWED A DISORDERlast_img read more