Human H5N1 cases in Azerbaijan called likely

first_imgMar 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Authorities in Azerbaijan have reported that three people who died of suspected avian influenza were infected with an H5 virus, and further tests very likely will confirm it to be H5N1, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.”H5N1 is the only strain within the H5 subtype known to cause human infections,” the WHO said. “It is highly likely that the H5N1 strain will be detected in further tests.” Those tests will be conducted at a WHO reference laboratory in Britain.If confirmed as H5N1, the three cases will be the first ones in Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic in the Caucasus region on the west side of the Caspian Sea. The country would be the eighth nation to face human cases of H5N1, following Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Turkey, and Iraq.Yesterday the WHO recognized the avian flu in a 12-year-old Indonesian girl who died Mar 1, apparently the same girl whose case was announced by Indonesian authorities Mar 10. Her case increased the WHO’s reckoning of the global toll to 177 cases with 98 deaths. Confirmation of the Azerbaijani cases would boost the death toll to 101.The WHO announced Mar 10 that Azerbaijani authorities were investigating 10 suspected human cases of H5N1.The victims who tested positive for an H5 virus included a 17-year-old girl from Sarvan settlement who died Feb 23 and a 20-year-old woman from Daikyand settlement who died Mar 3, the agency said. Both villages are in the southeastern area of Salyan.The other patient was a 21-year-old woman from the central-western province of Tarter, who died Mar 9, the WHO said.In its Mar 10 statement, the WHO mentioned a 17-year-old girl who died Feb 23 but said she was thought to have died of a respiratory illness that had afflicted her for more than a year. That report also had said all 10 patients were from the same town (Daikyand).A portable field laboratory provided by US Naval Medical Research Unit 3, based in Cairo, Egypt, tested samples from the three patients, the WHO said. The lab, which arrived in the country yesterday, provides reliable results, the agency said.A Reuters report today said the three patients became ill after contact with sick birds and were not thought to have infected one another. “I do not believe the virus passed from human to human,” said Shyakar Babayeva, head nurse at the institute in Baku, the capital, where the patients were treated.WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said test results were still pending on two other Azerbaijanis who died of suspected avian flu, according to a Canadian Press report published today.Thompson also said several other possible cases are being investigated, including some clustered in families, according to the report.In confirming the case in the Indonesian girl, the WHO said she lived in Boyolali in central Java. She fell ill Feb 19, was hospitalized Feb 23, and died Mar 1. Chickens in her household had died in the days just before she got sick, the agency said.The girl had a 10-year-old brother who became ill on Feb 19 and died Feb 28, the WHO said. But because his symptoms looked like dengue hemorrhagic fever, he was not tested for avian flu. “It will therefore never be known whether he may have died following co-infection with dengue and H5N1 avian influenza,” the WHO said.In other developments:A Hungarian H5N1 vaccine for humans has been approved by Hungary’s pharmaceutical authorities, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. Announcing the approval, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany said the vaccine is intended for people working with diseased birds.India reported new outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry in Maharashtra state, about 85 miles from India’s first outbreak, discovered last month, according to AFP. An agriculture ministry official said four samples from four different villages in the Jalgaon district tested positive. Officials said 75,000 birds in the area would be killed to contain the outbreak.Several seagulls from southern Croatia tested positive for the virus, according to another AFP report. The seagulls came from the town of Pantana, near Split on the southern coast, officials said. About 1,200 birds from the area have been tested since two swans there were found infected with the virus in mid-February, AFP reported.See also:Mar 14 WHO statement on situation in Azerbaijanhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_14/en/index.htmlMar 13 WHO statement on case in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_13/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Manure implicated in E coli outbreak

first_img The positive finding is significant but is just one aspect of the investigation, the FDA said. Testing of other environmental samples from all four ranches is ongoing. Oct 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Investigators seeking the contamination source in a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak have genetically matched an E coli strain found in manure from a California cattle ranch near spinach fields with the strain isolated from sick patients and their leftover spinach. Foodborne disease expert Craig Hedberg, PhD, told CIDRAP News that the spinach outbreak highlights a lack of attention to sanitation on farms and how that translates into disease risk. “This is going to make it impossible for the industry not to deal with these issues in the future,” said Hedberg, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, In a statement yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the investigation points to one infected lot of contaminated spinach that contained spinach from fields on four different farms. Thus, the FDA has narrowed its investigation from nine farms to four, which are located in Monterey and San Benito counties. See also: However, federal and state investigators still don’t know how the feces contaminated the spinach. Suspected transport mechanisms include agricultural runoff, irrigation water, and farm-worker hygiene. Media reports say three manure samples tested positive for the outbreak strain and that investigators have so far taken 650 samples from soil, water, and manure on the farms. “While the focus of this outbreak has narrowed to these four fields, the history of E coli O157:H7 outbreaks linked to leafy greens indicates an ongoing problem,” the FDA said. The outbreak has sickened 199 people and killed 3, and has spanned 26 states and one Canadian province. Since 1995, 20 E coli outbreaks have been traced to leafy greens. Just last week, Nunes Company, Inc., a Salinas, Calif. produce marketer, recalled its green leaf lettuce because of possible E coli contamination from a secondary irrigation water source. In an Oct 10 press release the company said its follow-up tests on the recalled lettuce and irrigation water were negative for E coli O157:H7. Media reports said this is the first time investigators have been able to link an outbreak strain of E coli to a farm where contaminated spinach or lettuce was grown. The Times reported that the cattle ranch and nearby spinach operations are separated by a paved road and fences. The ranch has not been identified. Reilly told the Chronicle the farm where matching manure was found did not fully follow voluntary guidelines that growers use to prevent contamination of leafy greens. He said concerns include the proximity of the cattle to spinach fields and the failure of fences to keep wildlife out of the growing fields. Hedberg said he’s not surprised that the investigators were able to locate a possible source. “With the scope of the outbreak and the attention it got, much more effort was put into the investigation,” he said, noting that federal and state authorities had a lot of data to work with, such as product case numbers and spinach samples. Findings raise more questionsKevin Reilly, deputy director of prevention services for the California Department of Health Services, told reporters at a press conference yesterday that the results don’t prove that the manure was responsible for the outbreak. Risky farming practices?The pasture where the contaminated cattle manure was found is part of a ranch that leases fields to spinach growers, according to an article today in the San Francisco Chronicle. Fences on the property had been penetrated by wild pigs, and investigators are assessing whether the pigs might have spread the bacteria from the cattle pasture to the spinach field, the Chronicle said. The spinach outbreak is the produce industry’s “Jack in the Box” moment, Hedberg said, referring to a nationwide, hamburger-linked E coli O157:H7 outbreak that killed four and sickened hundreds in 1993. “The Jack in the Box episode changed perceptions of eating hamburger and led to changes in how we slaughter cattle and prepare meat,” he said. “The spinach outbreak will usher in a series of changes in how we manage farms and the environment and handle fresh produce.” “The fields are surrounded, frankly, by pastures where livestock are kept,” Reilly told reporters. Reilly was quoted by the Times as saying the closeness of cattle to leafy greens farms is not uncommon in the Salinas Valley area, but that not all four of the suspected farms have both livestock and produce operations. The manure samples that tested positive for the outbreak strain were located between a half mile and a mile from a spinach field, the Los Angeles Times reported. Oct 12 FDA statementhttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01489.htmllast_img read more

Booking.com and Airbnb agree: Host accommodation is a worldwide hit

first_imgTHINK GLOBALLY – ACT LOCALLYThis thought accompanies me throughout my life. I’ve always wanted to know “what’s going on behind the hill.” Once upon a time, the world was not very accessible, information passed through strict filters and local “prophets” spread news that corresponded to the then supreme class in a different social order. We marveled at the world beyond national borders and admired the stories of guests, friends who came from that “outside world”. Today we live in a democratic, open society, information is often “at our fingertips”. Personally, I prefer first-hand information, so on this occasion I will convey news that may not yet have “circulated” through the information network of the Croatian media space.TOURIST GIANTS, LEADERS OF THE NEW AGEAirbnbAirbnb was founded 10 years ago. It was founded in 2008 by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk. In 2011, Airbnb entered the world market for the first time with its platform. Since then, they have accommodated 300 million passengers and today they have 4,5 million accommodation facilities in 191 countries around the world. Airbnb is present in 400 cities worldwide. In 2017, their total turnover was $ 2,6 billion, operating profit $ 450 million, net profit $ 93 million. The value of the company is estimated at $ 30 billion. They have relatively few employees, about 3.000. So far, they have made 142 million arrivals in Europe and generated a turnover of 17 billion USD. But 10 years ago, according to Nathan Blecharczyk, almost no one believed that what they launched would lead to such a result. “Do you think people will stay in other people’s homes?” Was one of the most common questions.Listening to the presentation of this young engineer born in 1983, I felt a special positive energy that goes beyond all existing stereotypes, prejudices and barriers. Nathan Blecharczyk started programming at the age of 12, making money from the job at the age of 14. He completed his higher education at the prestigious Harvard University which he paid for himself from the income of his entrepreneurial activities during the entire period of his studies. In 2005 he joined OPNET Tehnologies as an engineer, continued his career as the chief development engineer of Batiqua and finally in 2008 he founded the world-famous Airbnb with his partners in charge of development.Vision, strategy, actionBig data digital technology, along with increasingly developed artificial intelligence, allows Airbnby, as well as other giants of the digital age, to collect and analyze a huge amount of data from their business environment. This data processing takes place in an incredibly short time, followed by new supply models that are tested in a real environment. All this process gave Airbnb an insight into the greatest values ​​of modern tourist supply and demand.In simple terms, Airbnb asked the hosts what their ideal guest should be like and the guests were asked what their ideal host should be. Out of that came two “personas”, Superhost and Bestgest.Superhost Quality ClubIn addition to all the current benefits enjoyed by the hosts with the title “Superhost”, in the coming days they will be offered new benefits such as a prize in the form of vouchers with a certain amount for travel or free photography of their accommodation, especially affordable prices for “smart” appliances. assistance in paying benefits, an incentive bonus for attracting new guests.By the summer, the possibility of access to Airbnb marketing partners, the possibility of “distance learning” – free webinars to improve business, followed by the offer of various contents with discounts for guests, the possibility of testing tools to better list the offer and other benefits to be enjoyed by hosts. from the “quality club” “Superhost”.Offer specializationThe huge amount of offered accommodation options that are available to the guest today, is becoming an increasing obstacle to the rapid and efficient selection of accommodation that meets the basic habits and needs of the guest. For that reason, Airbnb is launching a new offer of basic “brands” and “sub-brands”. This makes it easier to find the ideal accommodation.The offer starts with the “Shared room” category, which is basically renting a sofa in the house. This is followed by the offer “Private room” (classic double room), then “Entire home” (residential house), “Vacation home” (cottage), “Bed & breakfast” (bed and breakfast), “Boutique” (professionally organized service , such as small family hotels, hostels, etc.) and “Unique” (unusual accommodation such as a tree house, caravan on the beach, etc.).These basic “brands” are followed by “sub-brands”, “narrower specialization”. Such an offer can be offered by the hosts from the “quality club” “Superhost”. The main “subcategories” or “subbrands” are “Dinner party”, “Family”, “Honeymoon”, “Wedding”, “Group getaway”, “One-of-a-kind”, “Social stays”, “Work” and “Accessible.”Airbnb plus and Beautiful HomesBut that’s not all, because a special offer called “Airbnbplus” is being launched. This offer will be offered by hosts with an average rating of 4,8 (out of 5), with 95% acceptance of prices with 0% cancellation. These hosts take care of their guests personally, they have taken care of the special design of their accommodation, they have a specially decorated and harmonized interior. These objects are presented as “Beautiful Homes”. Guests of this accommodation can order and receive services such as transportation, groceries and the like in the household. The best hosts will also have a special logistical support from Airnbnbia called “premium support”. All of the above will be tested in Croatia as well. I managed to notice that Split is on the list of destinations.Booking.comBooking.com was founded back in 1997 in Amsterdam. In 2002, Booking.com had only 7 employees. Among them was Gillian Tans, who chairs the company today. 2005 Booking.com joins the Priceline Group as the group’s smallest company. In 2018, the entire group changes its name to Booking holdings. The planetarily popular brand has imposed itself on Pricelinecom, Kayak, Agodacom, Rentalcarscom, Opentable.Booking.com itself today has more than 1,5 million accommodations in 225 countries around the world, employing 17.000 people in 198 offices worldwide. The offer via Booking.com is translated into 43 world languages ​​and 1,5 million overnight stays are realized every day through this platform. Booking has 17.500 distribution partners and has had one billion overnight stays since its inception. In 2016, the entire group had total revenue of $ 10,743 billion. Operating profit was $ 2,906 billion and net profit was $ 2,134 billion.2016. The group realized 556,6 million overnight stays, 66,6 million rented car days and 7,3 million airline tickets sold.Change of Booking.com courseBooking.com began its business career as a platform for hotel accommodation. Airbnb’s success, which began by offering only accommodation in private homes and apartments, has led to a gradual “change of course” for Booking.com. Today, they have every third request for accommodation in private houses and apartments. This brings booking closer to Airbnb’s business model. Booking is rapidly looking for new opportunities to “pass” modern travelers. 2.000 Booking.com employees are working on developing new products. Each new proposal is developed in two variants and each variant is tested in a real environment on a selected sample of users.Employees are divided into small teams that hold a meeting each morning on the topic of observations about possible improvements to the system. Each proposal is considered and each development engineer has access to the company’s CEO. Gillian Tans has gone through all the jobs in the company from the most basic to the current position of CEO.Some of the main directions of the company’s development strategy are artificial intelligence, big data systems and personalization of the offer. Each person sees a certain offer in a different way, depending on personal preferences, attitudes, opinions, the nature of the trip, the needs of that trip. Accommodation search will be further developed in just such a way, from the perspective of personalized search.Booking.com in CroatiaPhoto: Booking.comIt has not been more than 6 years since we persuaded Expedia to offer family accommodation in Croatia through its platform. It was on one of the world’s major tourism exchanges. Then they flatly rejected us with the explanation that they only mediate towards hotel houses. Not even a year later, by making a strategic, now historic decision, Booking.com in Croatia is moving strongly towards family accommodation. Today, they have an offer in more than 86.000 facilities. In 2017 alone, more than 25.000 new apartments and more than 5.000 holiday homes and 49 hotels are on offer. Host accommodation, as Booking.com calls it, is the biggest hit.How does Croatia stand on the Booking.com platform?The trends are as follows: Weekend trips are on the rise, as many as 47% of passengers in this group claim to be traveling more this year than last. 43% of passengers will replace distant destinations with trips closer to home. 45% of travelers compile a list of destinations they want to visit and as many as 34% of travelers want to revisit a destination they visited as children. Fans of the film industry want to visit destinations – sets of famous film series, as many as 36% of them. As many as 56% of passengers prefer active rest and care for their health.How is Croatian family accommodation on the Booking.com platform?Travel in small groups will increase by 25% and as many as 64% of travelers want to try local specialties and customs, and appreciate the interaction with the host. Among the top 20 cities in the world with the highest number of awards for guest reviews, there are as many as 4 Croatian ones: Split in 2nd place, Zadar in 9th place, Dubrovnik in 10th place and Zagreb in 19th place.What are the guests looking for? They are looking for accommodation in a certain place. They choose the order according to: price, reviews, distance from the center. Included search filters are: price, number of stars, WIFI, free parking. The user of the platform watches the search results on average for 1 minute. It stays on the object page for an average of 2 minutes. As many as 9 out of 10 passengers will book faster if relevant, clear high-resolution photos are displayed on the page. The passenger pays the greatest attention to the lower third of the screen when searching. You can draw your own conclusions based on the information provided.Croatian accommodation with the hosts is the best in the world!Finally, the information that the highest average rating of the review is in the country, among the top 30 countries (according to the total number of awards) – in Croatia. The average rating of Croatian hosts is 9.0!You can “kill the messenger” but not the newsThis old saying has a new meaning in the context of an attempt to disparage the quality of Croatian family accommodation – accommodation with the host. Regardless of what the (non) representatives of the interests of real estate lobbies with large capital do, travel and the demand for accommodation will develop according to the trends followed by the tourist giants. Among them, Airbnb and Booking.com are currently the largest and most significant. They “lead the game.” However, if the players change, the game will certainly not be changed by those who participate in it, and especially not by the Croatian “players”.The time of regime “prophets” is over and the traditional economy is also a thing of the past. According to experts’ predictions in 2025 (in just 7 years), the new, “sharing economy” will reach the turnover of the old, traditional economy. Similar to changes in tourism, there are changes in the energy sector (renewable energy sources), transport (superfast trains, e-driverless cars, etc.) and in other sectors.I hope that, until the complete change of the economic model, the political elites in power in Croatia will not make the wrong moves that would take us even further away from joining world trends.Maybe they would do the most if they didn’t do anything.Author: Nedo Pinezić www.nedopinezic.com</p>
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The Manchester City Football Academy is coming to Novigrad, Istria, for the fifth time

first_imgLOUD THINKING / / / WILL WE FINALLY TURN SPORTS TOURISM FROM POTENTIAL TO A RESOURCE?SPORTS TOURISM IN CROATIA – THERE ARE PICTURES, BUT NO TONS. For the fifth time, Aminess hotels and camps near the city of Novigrad are hosting the world-famous and respected Manchester City Football Academy. Thus, from July 19 to 29, the younger age teams of this renowned English team will stay at the Aminess Maestral Hotel, while they will prepare in ideal conditions on the Aminess football fields, in order to better prepare for the upcoming football season. hospitality – are the key factors for more and more inquiries about away games from various football teams that are increasingly choosing Novigrad as their ideal training destination, point out Aminess. As part of the football campus, football players have 4 pitches at their disposal, in the immediate vicinity of the Aminess Maestral Hotel and one in Dajla. It should also be emphasized that one Aminess field with artificial grass carries the FIFA Quality PRO certificate, which emphasizes the constant investment in sports infrastructure and monitoring of world football trends.Aminess hotels and camps, the City of Novigrad and NK Novigrad have been cooperating for years and bring younger ages of renowned clubs to the destination, a trend that is constantly growing and it is believed that the number of clubs will increase every year.As part of the preparations, the future stars of the Premier League will play a friendly match with the young team of Hajduk from Split, which is scheduled for July 28, starting at 18.00 pm at the city’s Novigrad stadium “Laco”. Novigraders will have the opportunity to enjoy the game of these young talents because maybe that is where the future De Bruyne, David Silva or Sterling are hiding.Istria Youth CupIn the autumn, the citizens of Novigrad will have the opportunity to enjoy new football performances at the third edition of the Istria Youth Cup, an international tournament for younger ages that has brought the best European clubs to Istria in recent years. This international tournament is one of the most important tournaments in the region for the U-16 category, and this fall it brings renowned clubs such as Manchester City, FC Chelsea, FC Bayern Munich or FC Internazionale Milano. Novigraders can once again expect a rich football autumn.Nothing is accidental, including the strategic partnership between FC Bayern Munich and Istria, which was recently signed, and which represents the largest and most important marketing project in tourism, and for Istria a strategic project in positioning the destination.STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR FC BAYERN MUNICH AND ISTRIA SIGNEDlast_img read more

Tax Administration in the control of catering facilities and passenger transport services

first_imgThe Tax Administration notes that in the fiscalization system they monitor and analyze data on fiscalized accounts on a daily basis and, based on the performed risk analysis, carry out supervisory activities. Supervisory activities will include taxpayers who perform the activity:  TOURIST INSPECTION TO DATE 651 SUPERVISION WITH 97 OFFENSES – I 56.30 – Djelatnosti pripreme i usluživanja pića i RELATED NEWS: center_img – S 96.02 – Frizerski saloni i saloni za uljepšavanje.  Authorized officials of the Ministry of Finance, Tax and Customs Administration in order to prevent the gray economy, protect the state budget and taxpayers who duly meet their tax obligations will carry out as part of regular supervisory activities in the period from 5. – 11.9.2019. years supervision of fiscalization in the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia, daily with a 24-hour presence in the field.  – H 49.39 – Ostali kopneni prijevoz putnika, d.n.,last_img read more

Hedonism is in the east – a new campaign of the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board

first_imgAfter a phenomenal campaign and concept #HeadOnEast as part of the Day of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia, the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board continues in the same tone with a new campaign called Hedonism is in the east!! using the well-known hashtags #HeadOnEastCroatia #VisitSlavonijaBaranja. The main actors of the campaign are people who offer tourist experiences in eastern Croatia, but also live them themselves every day. The goal of the campaign, in cooperation with local tourism workers, is to invite everyone to tour the east of Croatia and additionally position itself on the market, because we know that continental and rural tourism will be especially in demand this year. Vladimir Škrobo-Bajo invites guests to Čvarak fest in Baranja and explains why black Slavonian pig greaves are not black, Tomislav Žajdlik from the State Stud Farm Đakovo shows what a privilege it is to do a job that includes petting a Lipizzaner foal, and tourist blogger Mario Jukić reveals the beauty of river beaches Danube and Drava. A special experience of living in harmony with nature was presented by the famous photographer Mario Romulić, who discovered his new passion in the production of home-made food and the harmony that green space offers. All of them call for the discovery of the true hedonism offered by Slavonia and Baranja. It is known that Slavonians and Baranja give guests the most valuable gifts – a sincere smile and a warm welcome. While some adhere to the status quo and this crisis has given them such a great excuse, because there is no money, yet some tourist boards have jumped out and shown that it only takes a little will and effort. These videos did not require a budget, as they were recorded by the participants themselves, but it required a proactive reaction from the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board to present them with the concept and idea, and invite them to get involved. And so, with zero kuna, a new “guerrilla” campaign was created. Of course, it is necessary to have the trust of the local profession and the credibility that is built over the years, through communication and all other projects. 7 ambassadors of the east center_img “The hosts here become and remain friends. In return, guests very quickly begin to “divan” about local flavors, aromas and colors, about the charmingly slowed down rhythm of each individual pleasure, about the amazing combination of traditional and modern. Therefore, the path under your feet, the direction to the east of Croatia to meet hedonism”Point out the Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County. A total of seven films have been made, which will be promoted via social media. Thus, through self-directed videos / films, “ambassadors” of destinations such as Tomica Đukić, chef of Hotel Osijek and the Croatian national football team, world-class gymnast Robert Seligman or employees of the Kopački rit Nature Park, present how they spend their time visiting guests again. Hedonism is in the east. During the standstill of tourist, catering and other economic activities due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board designed a campaign called SLAVONIJA-20, in which the main actors are people who offer tourist experiences in eastern Croatia, but also they themselves live every day. Also, it’s great that the #HeadOnEast concept remains permanent, and which of course will only be upgraded, as is this campaign. Check out all seven short films at #HeadOnEastlast_img read more