Celebrity Red Carpet Fashion, Style

first_imgYeehaw! It’s the 2020 Country Music Association Awards, which means the hottest stars in country music are stepping out in their coolest looks. And we’re loving every second of it.On Wednesday, November 11, A-listers are attending the 53rd annual awards show at the Music City Center in Nashville. It’s not only a big night for the industry, but a big night for awards shows in general, as this will be the first one to have a live audience in attendance, with many COVID-19 precautions taking place.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We couldn’t be more excited to bring all of these incredible performances to life next Wednesday night and give our artists the chance to come together, in a big way, on television for the first time in months,” executive producer Robert Deaton said in a statement.Reba McEntire will be hosting for the fifth time alongside first timer Darius Rucker. “I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with Darius Rucker,” McEntire said in a statement in October. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great country music and hope you’ll tune in and watch!”Two years ago, the country legend caused all kinds of red carpet buzz when she attended the 2018 affair in a dress she originally performed in at the 1993 CMAs. This year, she opted for a glimmering black number.- Advertisement –center_img Meanwhile, Carly Pearce — who styled her look alongside her mom — dazzled in a shimmery green number with a thigh-high slit and belt around the empire waistline. And Ashley McBryde stood out in a strapless indigo gown that was drop dead gorgeous.Keep scrolling to see all the best red carpet looks at the 2020 CMA Awards.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)- Advertisement –last_img read more

Meet George Jetson? Orlando Unveils Plans for First Flying-Car Hub in U.S.

first_imgIn an announcement that drew immediate comparisons to “The Jetsons,” the city of Orlando, Fla., and a German aviation company formally unveiled plans on Wednesday to build the first hub for flying cars in the United States.The 56,000-square-foot transportation hub, shown for the first time in renderings and in a video simulation, resembles an airport terminal. Think Eero Saarinen.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Orlando officials don’t seem to be dissuaded by that uncertainty. On Monday, the City Council approved more than $800,000 in potential tax rebates to Lilium.Buddy Dyer, the city’s longtime mayor, framed the project as a transformational one in a statement on Wednesday.“For this new technology to truly reshape the transportation ecosystem and benefit Orlando residents long-term, it is going to take a true partnership between cities, developers and transportation operators,” Mr. Dyer said. “We have been focused on finding the right partners to be a global leader in the advanced air mobility space.” – Advertisement – The site selected for the transportation hub is in Lake Nona, a 17-square-mile planned community within the city limits that is next to Orlando International Airport. It will require approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft themselves will also fall under the agency’s oversight.“The F.A.A. is the regulatory authority over all flight activities in the United States, including urban air mobility aircraft,” the F.A.A. said in a statement on Wednesday night. “The agency is in the preliminary stages of working with these applicants and will continue to engage with them as they work to meet certification standards.”Jim Gray, a City Council commissioner whose district includes the site of the planned hub, said on Monday that tax incentives were justified and that the project would create about 140 jobs that paid about $65,000 a year on average.“That’s what we need,” Mr. Gray said during the Council meeting. “We need better-paying jobs. So I think our investment, us priming the pump to help this work with some tax rebates, is absolutely the right thing to do.”Orlando officials noted that the projected salaries would be more than 25 percent higher than the average salary in Orange County, which includes the city. They also said that the tax rebates were not taking away from existing funds.“It also should be emphasized on rebates that’s on value that they’re generating,” Mr. Dyer said on Monday. “We’re rebating money that would not otherwise be there.”In a January 2019 report on the emergence of flying cars, analysts at Morgan Stanley said that “autonomous urban aircraft may no longer be the stuff of comic books.” But they took a longer view on the technology, stating that flying cars would be common by 2040, with the global market projected to be $1.4 trillion to $2.9 trillion by then. The so-called vertiport is scheduled to be completed in 2025 and will enable passengers to bypass Florida’s notoriously congested highways, the city and the hub’s developers contend. But is the ambitious project, intended to introduce Lilium’s flying taxis as a more time-efficient if costlier alternative to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, viable? There is a caveat: The aircraft are still in the developmental phase.- Advertisement – Some officials in Florida couldn’t help but bring up the 1960s animated series “The Jetsons,” in which the father, George Jetson, cruised through the skies in a flying car.“This,” said Jerry L. Demings, Orange County’s mayor, “is truly ‘The Jetsons’ coming to reality in Central Florida’s backyard.” The electric-powered aircraft will be capable of taking off vertically from the ground-based hub and reaching a top speed of 186 miles per hour, according to the Munich-based aviation company Lilium, which is working with the Orlando firm Tavistock Development Company on the project.last_img read more

Moment iPhone 12 Case with MagSafe features a rugged, dual-compound construction » Gadget Flow

first_imgWith a rugged, dual-compound construction, the Moment iPhone 12 Case with MagSafe will protect your phone. This includes when storing your device in your pocket or for accidental drops. In fact, you can drop the iPhone12 Case from 6 feet, and it’ll limit damage and scratches to your phone thanks to its extra-strength design. Furthermore, the case curves around the edges of your phone. This provides the right balance between protection and minimalism. Also, its thin rubberized body makes it pocket friendly. It’s a convenient way to protect your iPhone 12, and it even works with Qi wireless charging without having to remove the cover. Plus, the built-in magnet tray is compatible with MagSafe. Overall, the Moment iPhone 12 Case with MagSafe is compatible with a range of iPhone 12s, including the mini, Pro, and Pro Max. – Advertisement –last_img read more

2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Notable quotes from business summit on pandemic issues

first_img Among other tips for communicating the importance of pandemic preparedness, Sandman said, “You need to involve your audience. It’s much easier to get people to do something than to get them to care. Once they do something, it launches a process that may get them to care.” In other comments, Barry said the evidence from 1918 shows that quarantine “doesn’t work, period.” Researchers found that 99 of 120 military camps used quarantine during the pandemic, but it was effective only when rigidly enforced, which occurred in only three or four cases. And 11 of the 21 camps that didn’t use quarantine fared better than average. John M. Barry, author of The Great Influenza, a history of the 1918 pandemic, warned the audience that planning documents do not equal preparedness. He cited the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans as exhibit A: “If there was an event more planned for than a hurricane hitting New Orleans, I don’t know what it is.” Barry is a distinguished visiting scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans. “Pandemic preparedness is a slog,” he said. “It’s not just climbing a mountain, it’s climbing a mountain range. It takes time.” By analogy, it took a generation to achieve the widespread use of auto seatbelts, he added. “Most experts predict the global spread of the next pandemic will take about 3 months,” she said. See also: The meeting brought representatives from about 200 corporations and other organizations to Orlando, Fla., Feb 5 and 6 to hear a long list of flu and preparedness experts. The meeting was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News. A discussion on the role of the media brought a warning on the lack of hospital surge capacity from Greg Dworkin, MD, editor of the Flu Wiki and chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. Conservative estimates are that about 20% of the global population will fall ill and worker absenteeism will reach about 35%, Chan added. Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, who videotaped a speech for the conference, said past pandemics took about 6 to 9 months to spread around the world, but the next one is likely to be much faster. Though he generally supports the CDC advice, he said, it pays little attention to the possibility that the next pandemic will come in multiple waves. In 1918, the pandemic began with a fairly mild wave in the spring, followed by a far more severe wave in the fall. People who were exposed to the disease in the spring were much less likely to get sick in the fall, he said. “This greatly, enormously complicates all your planning,” Barry asserted. “You can only pull the trigger so many times.” (CIDRAP Director Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, discussed this same dilemma in his talk on the “fog of pandemic preparedness”; see link below.) “The idea that if you just plan ahead you can handle the surge [of patients in a pandemic] just isn’t so. You can’t,” said Dworkin. He said hospitals need to huddle with local officials about where to send seriously ill flu patients when hospitals are full. One option he mentioned: closed schools. The question of Internet capacity came up in a discussion on the role of business and government in a pandemic, in which increased telecommuting and millions of homebound children could put heavy pressure on the system.center_img In concluding the conference, Osterholm said it was clear that attendees at this year’s meeting had a better grasp of the pandemic threat than those who attended the first CIDRAP business conference a year ago. “We can’t let pandemic fatigue get the best of us,” though “there will be days when people look at you as if you were one brick short of a load,” he said. Feb 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Predictions and observations at this week’s conference on business preparedness for pandemic influenza ran the gamut from how fast a pandemic would circle the globe to how well the Internet would hold up, with many topics in between. “It’s a teeming mass of constantly mutating viruses,” Poland said. Noting that the virus has branched into different clades and more narrowly defined subgroups in the past few years, he added that there hasn’t been a clade 1 human infection in almost a year, and yet the H5N1 vaccine currently being stockpiled by the US government is based on a clade 1 virus. Poland is director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group. In the same session, flu vaccine expert Gregory Poland, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., stressed that the H5N1 avian influenza virus—considered the leading candidate to spark a pandemic—is not just one species. Barry commented on the recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on nonpharmaceutical measures for battling a pandemic—advice shaped in part by research on the effects of social distancing, mask use, and the like in the 1918 episode. “I don’t know whether that’s likely to hold up,” he added. A recurring theme at the conference was the need for preparedness advocates to persevere and fight off “pandemic fatigue.” Risk communication expert Peter Sandman, PhD, articulated the message in his lecture on Feb 5. In a session on vaccines, antiviral drugs, masks, and respirators, Osterholm raised the possibility that governments would seize privately held supplies of such items in a pandemic emergency. He said he knows of two states where the attorneys-general have talked about that possibility. Feb 7 CIDRAP News story “Businesses must overcome ‘fog’ of pandemic preparedness” Rajeev Venkayya, MD, senior director for biodefense on the White House Homeland Security Council, said, “What I’m hearing is that there continues to be concerns about the last mile and also about the backbone,” referring to the capillaries and main arteries of the Internet. He added that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking into the question. Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, assistant secretary for the Private Sector Office at DHS, had a somewhat different message. “The backbone of the Internet is pretty sturdy,” he said. “It’s the last mile that’s a concern.”last_img read more

Insect-cell-based flu vaccine looks good in clinical trial

first_imgApr 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – An influenza vaccine grown in insect cells instead of chicken eggs proved safe and yielded a good immune response in a trial in healthy adults, possibly signaling a significant advance in flu vaccine production technology, according to a report published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).The vaccine also reduced the incidence of actual flu by 86% in comparison with a placebo group, though the groups were too small to make this finding statistically significant, according to the report by John Treanor, MD, of the University of Rochester, and colleagues.The vaccine, made by Protein Sciences Corp., Meriden, Conn., has hemagglutinin, the protein found on the surface of flu viruses, as its sole active ingredient, or antigen. The protein is produced by infecting insect cells with a harmless virus that has been altered to contain the gene for hemagglutinin. Most conventional flu vaccines consist of whole, killed flu viruses or viral fragments that contain several proteins, not just hemagglutinin (though one vaccine uses a live, weakened virus).Cell-culture technology makes it possible to develop and produce flu vaccines faster than with the traditional egg-based method, which takes about 6 months. It also is considered safer, because there is no production of live flu viruses, and, in the case of the Protein Sciences vaccine, no preservatives or adjuvants are used.Protein Sciences expects to obtain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its vaccine, called FluBlok, in time for the 2008-09 flu season, according to Manon M.J. Cox, the company’s chief operating officer and the senior author of the JAMA report.The FDA has granted the vaccine “fast track” status, and Protein Sciences plans to begin submitting its application documents in the fourth quarter of this year, Cox told CIDRAP News by e-mail.No cell-based flu vaccine has yet been approved in the United States. The European Union licensed a cell-based flu vaccine made by Solvay Pharmaceuticals several years ago, but the company has not sold any of it, according to Cox.The virus used to make the Protein Sciences vaccine is a baculovirus, a type that infects a few insect species and is commonly found on green vegetables but does not grow in mammalian cells, according to a recent journal article by Cox and D. Karl Anderson, also of Protein Sciences. A serving of coleslaw typically contains millions of baculovirus particles, the article says.The vaccine is made by cloning hemagglutinin genes from target flu viruses and splicing them into baculoviruses. The recombinant baculoviruses are then used to infect lab-grown cells derived from the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), according to Cox and Anderson. The viruses grow in the cells, producing hemagglutinin.The FluBlok study was sponsored by Protein Sciences and conducted during the 2004-05 flu season. The vaccine contained hemagglutinin from the same three strains as were used in conventional flu vaccines that season: a New Caledonia strain of influenza A/H1N1, a Wyoming strain of influenza A/H3N2, and a Jiangsu strain of influenza B.The investigators used 460 volunteers, randomly divided into three groups. One group received a placebo; the other two groups received one of two vaccine formations. One formulation contained 45 micrograms (mcg) of hemagglutinin from the H3N2 strain and 15 mcg each of the H1N1 and B hemagglutinins, for a total of 75 mcg; the other contained 45 mcg of hemagglutinin from each of the three flu strains, for a total of 135 mcg.The immunogenicity criterion used in the study was a fourfold or greater increase in serum hemagglutination-inhibition antibody at 28 days after vaccination. For the H1N1 strain, this response occurred in 3% of the placebo group, 51% of the 75-mcg vaccine group, and 67% of the 135-mcg group. Responses to the H3N2 strain were found in 11% of the placebo group, 81% of the 75-mcg group, and 77% of the 135-mcg group. For influenza B, an immune response was seen in 4% of the placebo group, 65% of the 75-mcg group, and 92% of the 135-mcg group.Thirteen cases of laboratory-confirmed flu infection occurred among the volunteers, but only nine met the CDC case definition for flu (fever plus sore throat or cough). These nine cases involved 7 of the 153 placebo subjects (4.6%), 2 of 150 volunteers in the 75-mcg vaccine group (1.4%), and 0 of 151 volunteers in the 135-mcg group. The four lab-confirmed cases that didn’t meet the CDC case definition included one in the placebo group, two in the 75-mcg group, and one in the 135-mcg group.”When considering both vaccine groups combined, the cumulative incidence of culture positive CDC-defined influenza-like illness was reduced by 86%,” the report states. The authors describe this as “preliminary” evidence of protection against flu, because the sample size was small.As for safety, rates of local and systemic side effects of the vaccine were low. Injection-site pain was more common in the vaccine recipients than the placebo group, but it was mild in 97% of cases. The rates of systemic symptoms were similar in the vaccine and placebo recipients, and there were no reports of fever.The responses to the 75-mcg vaccine met the European Union criterion for flu vaccine licensure, but the 135-mcg formulation triggered a stronger response “and might be expected to provide greater or longer-lasting protection,” the authors write. They add that the 135-mcg formulation should be used in further development of the vaccine and that “these doses are well within the production capacity of the system.”Of the lab-confirmed flu infections, three were influenza B and 10 were H3N2. All 10 of the latter were found to be A/California/7/2004-like viruses, a variant that was not included in the 2004-05 vaccine and that accounted for 75% of the H3N2 isolates in the United States in 2004-05.The report says others have suggested that neuraminidase, another flu virus protein that is typically found in conventional flu vaccines but not in FluBlok, may be important for protection when the hemagglutinin in the vaccine does not closely match the circulating virus. The current findings, however, suggest that “it is possible to generate a substantial amount of protection in an immunologically primed population against influenza with a pure hemagglutinin vaccine, even in the presence of significant antigenic drift.”Treanor, commenting by e-mail, said, “It’s unclear what our observation really means about this, but the protection we saw against the drifted virus (86%) was comparable to that seen with the inactivated vaccine in another study (77%). I would not want to make too much of this, but it does suggest that a hemagglutinin-only vaccine can provide reasonable protection against a drifted virus.”The authors say the approach used to make FluBlok has already been used to make effective vaccines against hepatitis B virus and human papillomavirus. They add that using recombinant baculovirus is especially appropriate for producing flu vaccine because genes can be copied and inserted into the virus quickly, making it easier to update the vaccine.”In addition, the extraordinarily high yields of protein possible in this system provide the opportunity to use much higher and potentially more effective doses of vaccine,” the report states.Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said the new findings may signal a “breakthrough” in the ability to quickly produce large amounts of flu vaccine, in a world that currently can produce only about 350 million doses of trivalent flu vaccine annually.”Other cell-based vaccines are using the same viruses we use in egg production. We now have this novel flu vaccine in which we use the baculovirus to serve as the means to produce this recombinant hemagglutinin,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News.With this technology, he said, “production could be ramped up much more quickly and from the standpoint of quantity of vaccine this could be a major breakthrough.”Commenting that the vaccine seems to have good efficacy, Osterholm added, “This is not just an incremental increase in our vaccine work; to me this is truly a major and exciting step forward. . . . There’s a lot more work to do here, but I think it’s very important that it’s gotten this far.”Cox said the baculovirus technology makes it possible to move a flu vaccine into full production in about 6 to 8 weeks from the time the target viruses are identified. In response to the original H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997, Protein Sciences created an H5 hemagglutinin vaccine in 8 weeks, according to Cox and Anderson’s recent report.Treanor commented, “I don’ t really know how much faster this vaccine is [compared with egg-based vaccines] but I am guessing it might shave a couple of weeks off the production time—that is, a baculovirus vaccine might be ready in mid August compared to early September. This isn’t a big difference in time but could mean many thousands more people getting vaccinated.”Cox said she expects that the vaccine will cost about $1 per dose once full-scale production is under way, but the initial cost will be higher.Protein Sciences launched trials of FluBlok in children and the elderly last October. Cox said both studies will be concluded by the end of May and reports of the results are expected by the end of June.Treanor JJ, Schiff GM, Hayden FG, et al. Safety and immunogenicity of a baculovirus-expressed hemagglutinin influenza vaccine. JAMA 2007 Apr 11;297(14):1577-82 [Abstract]See also:Protein Sciences page with information on the vaccinehttp://www.flublok.com/January 2007 report by Cox and Anderson in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruseshttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1750-2659.2006.00007.x/fullJun 27, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Momentum builds for cell-culture flu vaccines”last_img read more

HHS includes online services in pandemic communication drill

first_img Details about the pandemic exercise were off the record, but the scenario featured intensified activity overseas that prompted the World Health Organization to raise its pandemic alert stage. The situation then progressed to one suspected H5N1 case in the United States, which led to dozens of cases in major cities on both coasts. “We recognize that during a pandemic information could be life-saving. As more and more people turn to the Internet for information and news, blogs have emerged as an important and influential communications tool,” HHS said in its invitation to attend the tabletop exercise. The exercise was the second time HHS has reached out to blogs. In May 2007, the department featured posts from bloggers such as Michael Coston of Avian Flu Diary and Greg Dworkin, MD, of FluWiki in a 5-week pandemic preparedness blog series. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt hosts his own blog on the HHS Web site. He is the first cabinet secretary to use the online forum, according to HHS. Bloggers were also included in a 1-day leadership conference that HHS hosted to engage community leaders in talking about local preparedness efforts and seek input on how to tailor HHS’s own resource materials. May 22, 2007, CIDRAP News story “HHS launches blog on pandemic preparedness” Representatives from state health departments and healthcare facilities also took part in the exercise, because they will also be fielding questions from the media and online sources throughout an influenza pandemic, and especially at the beginning. See also: The session was held on Mar 17 at HHS headquarters in Washington, DC. Representatives from online avian-flu information services such as Avian Flu Diary, FluTrackers, FluWiki, WebMD, and CIDRAP News participated in the exercise along with those from several national media organizations, including ABC News, National Public Radio, and Reuters. At several points during the exercise, moderator Forrest Sawyer, a former news anchor with ABC and NBC who now runs his own media production and strategy company, Freefall Productions, asked the news media and online outlets to predict what their headlines would be and what information they would need from HHS, CDC, and other agencies. During the exercise the communications officials from HHS floated the idea of “embedding” some of their staff in media organizations to ease access to official information during a pandemic. The agency also said its media access policies now treat reputable blogs and other reputable online services the same as traditional media organizations. Stephanie Marshall, director of pandemic communications at HHS, told CIDRAP News that because growing numbers of people are going to online sources for news and information, “It’s important for the government to understand how best to work with bloggers and other online journalists to distribute information. The exercise and the insights offered by the participating bloggers will help us improve and refine our existing pandemic communications plan.” Federal officials at the table included HHS Secretary Leavitt and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard. Mar 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently held a tabletop exercise to assess how it could best work with the news media—including blogs and other online-only information sources—to get status updates and vital health information to the American people during an influenza pandemic.last_img read more

Officials say Salmonella outbreak winding down

first_img FDA officials did not comment on the AP’s findings. David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, has previously said the agency focuses its inspection effort on high-risk foods—those that have been implicated in outbreaks, according to the AP report. Acheson has also said that based on the recent outbreak, the FDA is increasing its sampling of peppers. According to an update yesterday from the CDC, the outbreak is ongoing but has slowed to a trickle. “The average number of persons who became ill in recent weeks continues to decrease, indicating that the outbreak is ending,” the agency said in its update. Aug 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked mainly to fresh hot peppers from Mexico is ending, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday, amid reports that contaminated shipments had been turned back at the US border well before the outbreak and that some restaurants and grocery stores are still buying the imported peppers. Though federal officials still suspect that tomatoes played a role in some of the early illnesses, investigations of case clusters that emerged later in the outbreak pointed more toward jalapeno and Serrano peppers. In July, authorities found the Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul outbreak strain on a jalapeno pepper at a produce importer in McAllen, Tex., and at a patient’s home in Colorado. During testing at a farm in Mexico they also found positive samples from irrigation water and from a Serrano pepper. The CDC estimated that the latest illness onset date is Aug 5. One patient who got sick early in the outbreak, on Apr 10, was deleted from the case count because further testing revealed the Salmonella Saintpaul isolate did not match the outbreak strain. In other developments, jalapeno and Serrano peppers from Mexico are still being sold in the United States, according to a report today from USA Today. In July officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to eat fresh jalapenos and Serranos from Mexico. One produce distributor, Agricola Zaragoza, based in McAllen, Tex., recalled its jalapeno peppers after one of them tested positive for the outbreak strain. Meanwhile, federal inspectors at the US-Mexico border on many occasions blocked the entry of contaminated peppers into the United States months before the Salmonella outbreak surfaced, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Aug 19. See also: The AP said its review of FDA inspection records found that peppers and chiles were the top Mexican crop rejected at the border over the last year. The AP’s analysis showed that 88 shipments were blocked, 10% of them because of Salmonella contamination. In the last year, the pathogen was detected in 85 of 158 shipments of fresh and dried chiles that the FDA inspected. Raul Ramirez, a produce manager at a Los Angeles–based distributor, told USA Today that buyers of the Mexican peppers, which his company sells, are typically small Hispanic grocers and small restaurants. He and another distributor, based in Edinburgh, Tex., said big supermarkets and restaurants are avoiding the Mexican peppers, according to the report. Bob Buchanan, a former science advisor to the FDA, said the apparent delay in classifying peppers as high risk might stem from the fact that the FDA sets priorities for high-risk foods years in advance, according to the AP report. He added that imported dried chiles have been considered risky because spice merchants often dry the peppers in the sun where they risk contamination from birds and other animals. Jul 30 CIDRAP News story “Salmonella outbreak strain traced to Mexican farm” Since April, 1,434 cases have been linked to the outbreak, which has sickened patients in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. So far at least 273 patients have been hospitalized. No deaths have been linked directly to the outbreak, but officials said illnesses may have contributed to the death of two older Texas men who had preexisting medical conditions. Aug 20 CDC Salmonella outbreak update Ami Gadhia, policy counsel with Consumer’s Union, a nonprofit group, told the AP that she questioned the FDA’s definition of risk. “If the fact that they were showing up on problem lists for a year doesn’t make them high-risk, I don’t know what does,” she said. “If it’s across the board, then that’s a systemic problem that the FDA needs to be able to nimbly respond to.”last_img read more

Register your camp for the “Innovative Camp of the Year” – a special award for innovation in Croatian camps

first_imgDuring the first six months In Croatia, there were 5.7 million arrivals and 22.9 million overnight stays, and excellent results are accompanied by camps.From the opening until 02.07.2017. The camps realized 3.622.452 overnight stays, ie an increase in the number of overnight stays compared to last year of + 25,9%. Of the major markets, cumulatively, Germany is at + 42%, Slovenia at + 10%, the Netherlands + 7%, Italy + 14% and Austria + 18%.Observing only the moon June, there were 2.68 million arrivals and 13.54 million overnight stays. Compared to June last year, there is an increase in arrivals of 32 percent, while in overnight stays there was an increase of 33 percent. Thus, in June, the camps increased by 46 percent.Innovative Camp of the Year – a special award for innovation in Croatian campsFrom year to year, Croatian campsites constantly invest in the quality of their offer and the expansion of content and services, no longer copying good examples from Europe, but devising and creating their own locally adapted and innovative concepts. So already today in Croatian camping we have examples of top wellness concepts, specialized children’s education and entertainment, theme zones, glamping, aquaparks, etc ..The Croatian Camping Association (KUH) invites all campsites to report specifics, creativity and innovation of any kind in the camping offer and novelty in 2017, and the best projects will be at this year’s XI. camping congresses get special recognition for the most innovative concept in camping. “We invite camps to report all innovative projects realized in 2017. Send your applications by Friday 21.7. to mail info@camping.hr, with a few sentences of explanation, report to us all creative and innovative ideas, concepts, services, typologies of accommodation and anything else introduced in the business of your camp in 2017, which stands out from the standard offer“They point out from KUHlast_img read more

Challenges and perspectives of sustainable development of Croatian tourism

first_imgThe Network for Sustainable Development of Croatia, co-organized by the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Lika Destination Cluster, is organizing a conference “Challenges and perspectives of sustainable development of Croatian tourism”.The scientific community, representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and people from practice will exchange experiences and present their views on tourism in Croatia and propose guidelines that, in their opinion, could best determine the path of sustainable tourism development. The model of development of accommodation capacities as well as accompanying infrastructure in the coastal area revealed the pitfalls of tourism development and reminded us many times that only professional, planned thinking and dialogue can establish a system for sustainable tourism development in our country.The fact is that Croatia is a popular destination for tourists who come to our coast in increasing numbers every year. Continental tourism is also recording better results as well as visits to our hitherto lesser known destinations. However, to what extent Croatian agricultural products participate in tourist consumption, whose furniture is used to equip tourist facilities, and how many Croatian products participate in the tourist market in general, are questions we have been asking ourselves for years. “In recent years, we have witnessed a shortage of manpower in tourism, and the question justifiably arises as to whether we will be able to meet the growing tourism development with such capacities in the future, if we do not pay enough attention to sustainability. Tourism development necessarily interferes with the environment and spatial planning, the consequences of which, if not enough attention is paid to sustainability, can have unforeseeable consequences. When we talk about sustainable tourism development, all eyes are always on the Ministry of Tourism, but we should often ask ourselves how much each stakeholder in the tourism sector can contribute to sustainability. points out Tomislav Kovačević, head of the Lika LAG and president of the Croatian Sustainable Development Network.Therefore, participation in the conference is extremely important for all tourist boards, municipalities, cities and counties, and especially LAGs as relatively new, but extremely important factors in community development. “There are also farmers as direct food producers, traders as intermediaries in the chain, carriers and the local population that lives in the destination and feels the consequences of development the most. Cooperation at the micro and macro level has no alternative. Croatia is a beautiful and still largely preserved country for quality tourism development. “Concludes KovacevicThese topics will be discussed at a conference held at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, September 27.09.2017, 11. at the Lake Hotel starting at XNUMX p.m. There is no conference fee. A large number of tourist boards from Croatia, hoteliers, representatives of cities, municipalities and counties and LAGs have already reserved their place at the conference, the Ministry of Defense points out and invites you to send your applications for participation to e-mail: ured@mzorh.hrConference program on sustainable tourism development in Croatia: Challenges and perspectives of sustainable development of Croatian tourismRelated news:  LAG LIKA AS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT AND BRANDING OF LIKA AS AN INDIGENOUS TOURIST DESTINATIONlast_img read more

Tourism and diplomacy

first_imgThe good reputation of the destination is based on a good relationship between people – word of mouth communication.According to the latest available information, 87.000 households have been registered in Croatia to provide accommodation services, and in these households in the first 8 months of this year, about 5 million guests stayed. Croatian hosts have communicated with their guests at least 10 million times via email, and at least another 10 million times orally. That communication was successful, cordial in a good atmosphere. Because of such communication, the guests chose the accommodation, stayed in it, left good reviews. It is difficult to know how many additional contacts there were for various reasons that did not result in arrivals and overnight stays. The only thing that is certain is that it is a huge number of textual and oral conversations, communications that create the first impression of the interlocutor.In the case of family accommodation, communication is direct, between the specific persons who will be the hosts and their guests. The hosts don’t change over the years, so the conversations get closer and friendlier over time. In such communication all prejudices fall. All publicly communicated animosities among nations, neighbors, states melt like ice in the summer heat.If we add to this the growing number of posts by the guests themselves on social networks, which can be during the holidays and a few a day, on days when we had a million guests a day we could have up to several million personal posts a day. In a month, we can count on over 100 million personalized posts that are communicated to friends on social networks. And that range is multiplied by at least 1.000… That’s how many times people around the world have read about Croatia, looked at photos from Croatia. Such is the huge contribution of Croatian hosts and guests to the reputation of our country in the world.DIPLOMACY THROUGH PUBLIC MEDIAThe social and political organization of a country, the functioning of its public administration, the efficiency of the institutions of the system and the public communication of the executive, also creates the first impression of the country as a possible tourist destination. The impact on the volume of tourist traffic of such an impression is very significant. The most recent example is the case of Turkey, which has transformed from a champion of Mediterranean tourism into the biggest loser in just one year. This drastic example, where a number of unfavorable circumstances have arisen, is an instructive example, among other things, of the influence of diplomacy on the volume of traffic from an emitting country. The Turkish diplomatic offensive that took place in Germany and other European countries just at the time of the intensive booking of tourist arrangements affected the drastic decline in tourist arrivals more than any other circumstance. It is not very convenient to come to the country from which you expect guests and then rudely insult the government and the nation.Of course, the media can hardly wait for an occasion for bombastic news where politicians help them so much that sometimes it seems as if there is some agreement between them. This is especially evident in small developing countries where any topic that is not related to the quality of everyday life of its inhabitants is more than welcome.Unfortunately, Croatia is no exception. The diplomatic offensive through the media has lately been targeted at almost all neighbors. The targets are Slovenia, Hungary, B and H…DIPLOMACY AT THE TABLEThere are many reasons why it is advisable to resolve open diplomatic issues “at the table”, in conversation and not through the media. We are connected with neighboring countries not only economically, touristically but also relatives, it could be said. A large number of Croatian citizens have family ties in the surrounding countries, many originate from those countries, and citizens of neighboring countries are increasingly casual residents or temporary workers in Croatia. Numerous EU projects with neighboring countries are also underway.Direct communication is the best communication. Taught by the way our hosts accommodate family accommodation and the announcements of our guests, perhaps priority in conversations should be given to neighbors, people living along the border that binds them for business, private, tourism. And then to the representatives of the local authorities of the border areas. Life that takes place in the border area, the exchange of goods, services, travel between guests and hosts, relatives and friends often completely moves away from the stereotypes created through media communication. For now, the people seem to be leading in relation to politicians in gaining sympathy among neighbors and in the world at large. And it should be at least “unresolved”.TOURISM MEANS LIFE FOR CROATIACroatia is “full of life” while it is full of tourism. The functioning of the general state, a large part of the economy from which the public sector lives, depends on the tourist traffic in the country. Recent research conducted by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce shows that the consumer potential of tourists is several times greater than the potential of the population of the Republic of Croatia. Much of our standard of living depends on income from tourism, starting with traffic: modern highways, connectivity by air, bus and boat lines; but also the functioning of most of the 128 cities and 428 municipalities… It is difficult to imagine life in Croatia without the significant contribution of tourism. Our economists, who often compare “pears and apples” and then compare Croatia with developed countries, often belittle or do not understand the importance of tourism for our lives.Tourism is a great opportunity to place a significant number of products and services that have yet to develop to the level of recognition, volume and quality that Croatian tourism has already reached. A small developing country, like Croatia, must always think touristically and domestically at every opportunity. Such thinking should be communicated not only by the inhabitants of our country, hosts in their personal communications, but also by representatives of the executive who have been given a mandate to pursue a policy for the benefit of all citizens, for the promotion of Croatia in the world.Author: Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more