Sarah Michelle Gellar Will Allow Electronics at Thanksgiving

first_imgShe added, “I know that’s not something that most of the country will be able to do and it really breaks my heart. But again, it’s going to be about forging new connections and making do as we can.”The Cruel Intentions star is also considering celebrating Thanksgiving in March when she hopes the pandemic will have improved.- Advertisement – Screens at the table? Sarah Michelle Gellar will allow her family to use electronics during Thanksgiving to stay connected to loved ones who couldn’t join due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 43, exclusively told Us Weekly about her and husband Freddie Prinze Jr.‘s holiday plans while promoting her collaboration with Apothic Wines. The actress teamed up with the wine company in October to create an interactive Halloween experience.- Advertisement – “There’s no rule against having Thanksgiving dinner in March, you know?” she said. “Maybe we’ll throw one when things are calmer in the world, but for a March Thanksgiving, we’ll have a lot more to be thankful for.”Gellar also shared her entertaining tips for the holiday noting that decorations are less important than the food and wine. The actress said she counts “a nice Apothic red” as one of her favorite wines to enjoy.Sarah Michelle Gellar Will Allow Electronics Thanksgiving Due COVIDSarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. Courtesy Sarah Michelle Gellar/Instagram“I think sometimes we get so bogged down in the tablescape and the settings and the flowers that we forget that it’s about enjoying the meal,” she said. “I always say this when people get married too. I’ve never left a wedding and been like, ‘That was the best floral arrangements I’ve ever seen, that was the best silverware.’ We leave with the memories of togetherness and a meal. So, I just always say to try to focus on that.”With reporting by Kayley Stumpe – Advertisement – “We’re fortunate that this has now happened in a time where we are so technologically connected and this is the one time I’ll allow electronics at the table,” she said. “People will sit at the table together and we’ll be with computers.”Sarah Michelle Gellar Will Allow Electronics Thanksgiving Due COVIDSarah Michelle Gellar. ApothicGellar explained her Thanksgiving dinner with Prinze. Jr, 44, and kids Charlotte, 11, and Rocky, 8, will be hosted outside to allow for social distancing, but noted it’s an option she wishes was available for more people in the U.S.“Normally we host for a lot of people,” Gellar explained. “We don’t usually travel during Thanksgiving. We usually host it for people that can’t afford to go home or can’t get to their families and we usually do a really big one. And it’s so sad that this year there’s going to be so many people that can’t get home, but I don’t think it’s something that we can actually do. I mean, the beauty of living in California is that our weather usually does hold up until we will be able to do something outside.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

McDonald’s to test meat-free burger next year; Beyond Meat stock falls

first_imgShares of Beyond Meat, which made the meat-free patties for McDonald’s Canadian test, fell 6% in morning trading on the news. The stock was briefly halted for volatility.McDonald’s ended the Canadian test of its meatless burger in April and has since said that it has no plans to bring back its P.L.T. burger at this time.Other international McDonald’s markets have found more success with meatless burgers. Restaurants in Germany, for example, have added veggie burgers made by Nestle to their menus. – Advertisement – This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. – Advertisement –center_img McDonald’s will test a meat-free burger in several markets next year as it adds plant-based menu offerings, which it has coined “McPlant.”International President Ian Borden said that McPlant was created “by McDonald’s and for McDonald’s.” Borden said that the McPlant line could also include chicken substitutes.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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New anthrax antidote performs well in animals

first_img Rai P, Padala C, Poon V, et al. Statistical pattern matching facilitates the design of polyvalent inhibitors of anthrax and cholera toxins. Nature Biotech 2006 Apr 23 (early online publication) [Full text] Apr 24 NIH news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/Pages/AMD_06.aspx In test-tube experiments, the antitoxin was 10,000 times more potent than single peptides, the NIH said. The NIH-supported research was done by a team led by Ravi S. Kane, PhD, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and Jeremy Mogridge, PhD, of the University of Toronto. Their report was published Apr 23 in Nature Biotechnology. See also: The PA molecule has a number of sites that can bind to host cells, the NIH said. Therefore, Kane and colleagues created a molecule that can cling to PA at multiple sites. The protein-studded bubble they produced is called a peptide-functionalized liposome. “Just as a glove matches the shape of a hand more closely than a mitten, and so fits more snugly, the polyvalent inhibitor binds the toxin at multiple sites and is orders of magnitude more potent than an inhibitor that binds at a single site,” the agency said. “The multiple peptides on the functionalized liposome are arranged with the same average spacing as the binding sites of the PA molecule, which permits a firmer bond between the two, explains Dr Kane.” The researchers created a fatty bubble, studded with proteins, that binds to a key component of anthrax toxin at multiple sites, preventing it from attaching to host cells, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a news release.center_img “This novel approach to the design of anthrax antitoxin is an important advance, not only for the value it may have in anthrax treatment, but also because this technique could be used to design better therapies for cholera and other diseases,” said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, MD. The investigators used the same liposome-based technique to develop a polyvalent inhibitor of cholera toxin, which also worked well in test-tube experiments, the NIH said. As explained in the NIH release, the toxin produced by Bacillus anthracis has three parts: a protein called protective antigen (PA), which binds to receptors on target cell surfaces, and two enzymes. When PA binds to a host cell, it creates a pore that enables the enzymes to enter the cell. Apr 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists have come up with a new approach to neutralizing the toxin produced by anthrax bacteria and have tested it successfully in a small number of animals, according to a report published this week. The antitoxin was also tested in rats. When nine rats were simultaneously injected with anthrax toxin and relatively small doses of the new antitoxin, five of them remained healthy. When slightly higher doses of the inhibitor were used, eight of nine rats were protected. The journal article says the experiment was the first to show that a liposome-based polyvalent inhibitor works in animals. The team next plans to infect animals with B anthracis and allow the disease process to begin before treating them with the anthrax antitoxin, the agency said.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu prevention, PCA roof leak, meningitis in Africa, USDA’s social networking tools

first_imgMar 26, 2009North Korea reports H5N1 prevention strategiesNorth Korea yesterday said its nationalized approach to preventing avian influenza has helped it avoid outbreaks and infections, despite the circulation of the H5N1 virus in other nations, Korea News Service (KNS) reported yesterday. North Korea has conducted bird surveillance in winter migration areas, developed rapid detection systems, educated the public and medical workers about how to prevent the disease, and set up medical checkpoints in densely populated areas to monitor and treat people who are sick. The nation also said it would continue its close contacts with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.[Mar 25 KNS report]Group helps Nigeria with avian flu fightA nongovernmental organization has launched an intensive program to prevent avian influenza in Nigeria, AllAfrica.com reported today. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is aiming its behavioral-change messages at migrant poultry workers, traders, and transporters in states that have been hit by the virus, which include Anambra, Borno, Kano, and Lagos.[IOM Web site]Hearing reveals leaky roof problem at PCA plantA leaky roof at the Peanut Corporation of America’s plant in Blakely, Ga., might have introduced or spread Salmonella contamination that sparked the recent national outbreak, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported yesterday. A recent bankruptcy hearing revealed that the company had spent $60,000 fixing the roof in August 2008. A former plant worker told the AJC that the roof leaked so profusely that employees had to move products around to keep them from getting wet. In 2007, an internal investigation conducted by ConAgra of its Sylvester, Ga., plant found that moisture from a leaky roof and a faulty sprinkler system might have triggered the growth of Salmonella at the facility, which led to a national outbreak involving peanut butter that sickened 425 people in 44 states.Africa’s cases of meningococcal disease riseAfrica’s “meningitis belt,” an area that includes northern Nigeria and Niger, has recorded 24,868 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 1,513 deaths, since Jan 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement yesterday. Cerebrospinal fluid testing has revealed that the predominant strain is Neisseria meningitides serogroup A. The WHO said 2.3 million doses of polysaccharide vaccine have been released to Nigeria and 1.9 million to Niger.[Feb 25 WHO statement]USDA unveils new-media toolsThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today launched news- and recall-related RSS (really simple syndication) feeds, a Twitter feed, and new bookmarking capabilities to allow people to share food safety content on social networking sites and Web pages. In a news release today, the USDA said the tools will expand the reach of its educational materials and connect with audiences it might not otherwise reach.[Mar 26 USDA press release]last_img read more

Serious H1N1 cases in Canadian Inuits raise concern

first_imgEditor’s note: CIDRAP News learned on Jun 10 that some of the Canadian indigenous groups that have been hit by serious cases of H1N1 influenza are not Inuit, but rather are among the groups known in Canada as First Nations or aboriginals. In particular, a Canwest News Service report referred to hundreds of cases and 20 hospitalizations at St. Theresa Point, a First Nation in northern Manitoba. Jun 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that health experts are closely monitoring novel H1N1 influenza infections in Canada’s Inuit populations, following reports that the communities are seeing more than their share of severe cases.Keiji Fukuda, MD, told reporters at a press briefing, “We can say now that we know a larger number than expected of young Inuit people developed serious illnesses and had to get hospitalized.”He added that the WHO doesn’t know if the trend is linked to socioeconomic factors, genetic factors, or chronic underlying diseases, and commented that Inuit groups were hit hard in some earlier pandemics. Fukuda is the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and the environment.Yesterday, Joel Kettner, MD, Manitoba’s chief medical officer, told reporters that 26 people were being treated in intensive care units for suspected novel influenza infections, which is unusual for an influenza outbreak, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported. He said more than half of the patients are of aboriginal descent, with an average age of 35.Manitoba’s health department said in a statement yesterday that 15 extra ventilators have arrived at the province’s ICUs and that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is helping the departments prioritize patients and was considering deferring non-urgent surgical procedures that would normally require use of the units.As of yesterday, Manitoba said it had confirmed 40 novel flu cases in 6 of its 11 health regions.Meanwhile, health officials in Canada’s Nunavut territory today said the number of confirmed novel flu cases has jumped from 25 to 53, with six patients in the hospital, the CBC reported. Nunavut’s population is primarily Inuit.Donald R. Olson, MPH, research director for the International Society for Disease Surveillance, based in New York City, told CIDRAP News that the severe cases in Canada’s Inuit populations are puzzling. However, he added that among remote populations, the 1918 pandemic influenza was more severe and didn’t follow the age patterns seen in the rest of the world.”Inuit groups didn’t show the same apparent sparing of the elderly, so possibly the older proportion of the population had not been exposed” to previous viruses related to the pandemic strain, he said.The medical literature tells of “flu orphans” from remote Alaskan villages who survived the 1918-19 pandemic, though their parents and grandparents died, presumably because they had not been exposed to earlier H1-like viruses.In 2006 at a state summit in Alaska, former US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt described the impact of the 1918 pandemic virus on Alaska’s native populations. “The Alaska native population in Nome was decimated—176 of the 300 Alaska Natives in the region died,” he said in comments posted on the HHS pandemic flu Web site. “The pandemic swept through communities, killing whole villages.”Preexisting health conditions may also have contributed to the severity of the 1918 pandemic in Inuit populations, which also had high tuberculosis rates in the early 20th century, Olson said.Officials don’t know if higher rates of chronic illnesses in today’s Inuit populations are playing a role in the high number of severe cases. However, Health Canada reports that when compared to the rest of the nation, First Nations and Inuit people have 1.5 times the rate of heart disease, 3 to 5 times the rate of type 2 diabetes, and 8 to 10 times the rate of tuberculosis infection.Yesterday, an Australian health expert from Darwin warned that the country’s indigenous populations might be at greater risk for novel H1N1 infections.Besides citing lack of exposure to similar virus and underlying conditions as possible risk factors, experts have also theorized that remote populations might have a genetic predisposition that makes them more susceptible to the virus, Olson said. But he expressed doubt that the factor is playing a role in Canada’s current outbreak.The signals coming out of Canada are worrying, he said. “The less developed world may have a terrible experience with this, though there is a lot of coughing and sneezing in the rest of the world,” Olson said.Danuta Skowronski, MD, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of British Columbia, told CIDRAP News that over the past few years, circulation of seasonal H1N1 viruses in North America has been patchy, and people in remote communities are likely to have had less exposure to the viruses than have people living in urban settings.There’s still much that researchers don’t know about possible cross-protection against the novel H1N1 virus from exposure to previous H1N1 strains, she said. Though researchers have identified antibody markers and determined that seasonal vaccination offers little protection, they still haven’t gauged the cell-mediated response—which can offer protection during severe infections—afforded by exposure to previous H1N1 strains, Skowronski added.Public health officials will also be looking for environmental factors that might be contributing to the infections in the First Nations and Inuit groups, she said. For example, large numbers of people living in one household may have greater exposure to the virus. “This all needs to be assessed, because we’re picking up possible signals of concern,” Skowronski said.See also:Jun 8 Manitoba press releaseHealth Canada disease and health condition statisticsAhmed R, Oldstone MBA, Palese P. Protective immunity and susceptibility to infectious diseases: lessons from the 1918 influenza pandemic. Nature Immunol 2007 Nov;18(11):1188-93 [Abstract]last_img read more

Obama’s emergency step aimed to help implement disaster plans

first_imgOct 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In a measure designed to help hospitals respond more quickly to surging numbers of pandemic H1N1 cases, President Barack Obama on Oct 24 signed an emergency declaration that will help facilities establish alternative care sites and protocols for triage and transport.Pandemic H1N1 flu activity is now widespread in 46 states, according to a recent status update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National indicators point to intensifying pandemic activity that could overwhelm local hospitals and emergency departments.At least two hospitals that experienced a surge of flu patients have already had to alter their flu triage and treatment by setting up tents adjacent to the emergency departments: Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., in mid October and Dell Children’s Memorial Hospital in Austin, Tex., in mid September.The emergency H1N1 declaration fulfils one of two conditions that would be needed for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to grant a waiver of section 1135 of the Social Security Act, which would ease certain restrictions on healthcare facilities in an emergency.The waiver still requires individual requests from facilities and would only apply to a specific emergency area and period and within 72 hours of when a hospital has instituted its disaster protocol.In the past, section 1135 waivers have been made for events including Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Gustav, Obama’s inauguration, and North Dakota flooding.The waiver affects requirements in several government health programs that provide certain patient protections that also may impair the ability of healthcare institutions to fully implement their disaster medical plans. The government programs include Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).In background materials on the HHS’s flu.gov Web site, federal officials said the waiver doesn’t suspend HIPAA privacy rules. It said, however, that the president’s emergency declaration and an HHS secretary waiver could temporarily shield affected hospitals against sanctions for not complying with some provisions such as securing patient approval for the medical team to speak with family or friends involved in their care.Paula Steib, a spokeswoman with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told CIDRAP News that Obama’s signing of the emergency declaration wasn’t unexpected.”It was a continuation of similar actions taken this past spring to ensure all authorities are in place so the federal government and the states have the flexibility to respond to needs should they arise,” she said.”It was not related to any specific events or vaccine supply issues, but an effort to be as prepared as possible.”In late April after the first novel H1N1 illnesses were identified, federal officials declared a public health emergency, which they said was a routine measure that allowed the government to free up resources to respond to the outbreak and deploy antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to states.See also:Oct 24 background information on Obama’s H1N1 emergency declarationhttp://www.flu.gov/professional/federal/h1n1emergency10242009.htmlOct 25 White House blog posthttp://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/10/25/president-obama-signs-emergency-declaration-h1n1-fluOct 23 CIDRAP News story “Spikes in US indicators point to intensifying pandemic”Apr 26 CIDRAP News story “US swine flu cases rise as feds call health emergency”last_img read more

HRK 26 million in non-refundable EU funds for the reconstruction of Dubrovnik’s Lazareti

first_imgAn agreement on co-financing a project for the restoration of cultural heritage was signed in Dubrovnik “Lazareti – creative district of Dubrovnik”, whose total value is HRK 33 million, and a total of HRK 26 million will be co-financed by European Union funds.The mentioned project of restoration and equipping of cultural heritage and improvement of cultural heritage management through its putting into full cultural and tourist function will increase the attractiveness and recognizability of the monumental complex Lazareti and Dubrovnik as exceptional cultural destinations throughout the year.The grant agreement from the European Union funds for financing the project “Lazareti – Creative District of Dubrovnik” was solemnly signed by the Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Gabrijela Žalac, Director of the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting Tomislav Petric and on behalf of the beneficiary, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković. “This year, we signed contracts for a total of 14 cultural heritage projects worth almost HRK 364 million, and the total allocation for cultural heritage projects amounts to HRK 903 million.”Minister Žalac emphasized and added:”In 2017, 9 contracts worth 5,9 billion kuna were signed for projects in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, on which I would like to congratulate all those involved in the preparation of projects co-financed by EU funds and wish them successful implementation!”On behalf of the Project beneficiaries, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Franković He thanked the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds and the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting for cooperation and explained that within the integrated development program it is planned to renovate 3 naves of the Lazareti monument complex – individual cultural property registered in the Croatian Register of Cultural Heritage. diverse cultural content that will ensure the sustainability of this project both at the institutional level and at the financial level.last_img read more

Hrvatska bi mogla hraniti 25 milijuna ljudi, ali uvozimo čak i vodu, maslinovo ulje, sol…

first_imgAccording to expert estimates, Croatia, given the climatic and geographical benefits, can produce enough food for 25 million people.Unatoč tome, godišnje uveze vrijednosti od dvije milijarde dolara prehrambenih proizvoda. Svima je jasno da moramo uvoziti banane i tropsko voće, ali u Hrvatsku se uvozi svinjsko meso i jaja koja se i kod nas mogu proizvesti bez poteškoća. Domaće solane proizvode sol, ali Hrvatska godišnje uveze i do 100 tisuća tona soli iz Tunisa, Alžira, Egipta i Maroka.U prva četiri mjeseca u Hrvatsku je uvezeno kruha i peciva u iznosu od 33 milijuna eura i to iz Italije, Njemačke, Poljske, Francuske, te čokolade vrijednosti 41 milijun eura. Mlijeka, sira i vrhnja, tko zna kakve kvalitete, uvezli smo oko 47 milijuna eura, dok domaće farme propadaju. Apsurdno je da uvozimo i vodu, mineralnu i gaziranu, i to gotovo 35 tisuća tona, što preračunato iznosi oko 18 milijuna eura. Uvoznog ulja od suncokreta i pamuka u Hrvatskoj je prodano u vrijednosti od 10,5 milijuna eura, biljaka, reznica i cijepova uvezli smo od dvanaest tisuća tona za 11,3 milijuna eura.Osim toga godišnje uvezemo i 1,5 milijuna litara maslinova ulja iz Italije, Španjolske i Belgije. Med, najčešće patvoreni, zapravo je riječ o fruktoznom sirupu, dolazi iz Turske, jabuke su slovenske, poljske i mađarske, češnjak je iz Kine. Kada na policama trgovačkih centara vidimo uredno posloženo voće i povrće koje mami kupce, rijetki će pročitati deklaraciju na kojoj piše država proizvodnje. Kupce uglavnom nije briga otkuda dolazi i tko je proizveo krumpir, jabuke, tikvice, rajčice, kupus, cvjetaču, karfiol.Slično je i s mesom i prerađevinama od mesa, bilo da je riječ o govedini, junetini, teletini, mlijeku, siru i drugim mliječnim prerađevinama. Za prosječnoga hrvatskoga građanina, nažalost, važna je samo niža cijena. O kvaliteti nitko ne govori. Tako se afere oko neispravne hrane redaju jedna za drugom. Kontaminirana jaja insekticidima iz Nizozemske, piletina zaražena salmonelom, jestivo ulje s kancerogenim tvarima, mlijeko s alfatoksinima, poljska čokolada zaražena salmonelom, keks s akrilamidom, škampi kontaminirani sulfitom, teški metali u talijanskim sirevima.Unfortunately, such products are withdrawn from the market when some of them have already been consumed, despite the controls carried out, both at EU level and in Croatia.Source / Author: Stanislav Soldo, Maslina


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Study trip of the Croatian Camping Association to Spain and France

first_imgIn 2018, from 1.1. to 6.5., a total of 152.522 arrivals and 553.527 overnight stays were realized in our camps, which represents an increase of 20,55% in arrivals and 23,62% in overnight stays. In May alone (1.1.-6.5.), A total of 179.924 overnight stays were realized, ie an increase of 44,39% compared to the same period last year. By countries, the first are Slovenes (with + 21% of overnight stays), followed by Germans (+ 10% of overnight stays) and Poles (+ 73% of overnight stays). Austria ranks 4th in overnight stays and Italy 5th.Invitation to a study trip to Spain and FranceAfter last year’s trip to the Netherlands and Belgium, the destination of this year’s KUH study trip will be the sunny coasts of Spain and France, or some of the most popular tourist and camping destinations in the French region of Occitanie along with Perpignanon and the Spanish tourism capital – Barcelona. Locks.In this area there is a concentration of very high quality camps that are rated the highest grade of the German ADAC and all carry the title “Superplatz”, while one camp belongs to the selection of top camps “Leading Campings”. The planned route in France includes a tour of several camps of the famous French group Yelloh! Village. “It should be added that, in terms of their product and target emitting market, these camps are very similar to ours, so we believe that this year’s study trip, thanks to quality camps and attractive destinations, will be very interesting for anyone who wants to get to know the specifics of camping. specified regions. ” stand out from KUH.For the WORK PROGRAM times click hereFor the Application Form click hereThe price of a trip based on 4 nights for a group of a minimum of 60 people is HRK 7.300,00 per person in a double room (surcharge for a single room is HRK 1.350,00). The price includes flight, bus transfers, hotel accommodation, insurance and organization of camp tours.Deadline for final confirmation of interest – Monday, May 21.5.2018, 12. to 00:XNUMX.last_img read more

Valamar and Plava laguna presented the project of connecting and networking family farms in the Vukovar-Srijem County

first_imgAt the end of last week, the delegation of Agro-klaster doo held a working meeting in Tar-Vabriga with representatives of the city of Novigrad and the municipality of Tar-Vabriga, as well as the most important hotel and catering companies from Istria. Thus, the well-known hotel companies Valamar and Plava laguna were presented with a project of connecting and networking family farms in Vukovar-Srijem County, with the aim of finding autochthonous Slavonian products on the shelves of retail chains and on the tables of our tourist and catering facilities.During the meeting, it was concluded that there are real needs and opportunities for cooperation, especially for some food products, but it is necessary to ensure sufficient quantities of products, continuity in delivery and adequate logistics capacity for receiving goods and fast delivery, said Vukovar-Srijem County.Eco-production was also recognized at this meeting as a great opportunity for positioning on the market of food production and sales. In this sense, it is necessary that our family farms network as soon as possible, increase the volume of production and continue to work on the introduction of prescribed norms and standards in the production of food products. stand out from Vukovar-Srijem County.The final conclusion is to prepare a concrete proposal and basket of products for the next meeting, which hoteliers and caterers could possibly include in their offer for the 2019 season. It was also agreed to organize the promotion of Slavonian products and producers in Istria this year. interested caterers and tourist workers visit Vukovar-Srijem County and see for themselves the potentials and possibilities of future cooperation. The day before, on Wednesday, the delegation of the Agro-cluster held a meeting of similar content with representatives of the city of Lovran.Agro cluster of Vukovar – Srijem County At the beginning of the year, more precisely in January 2018, the Vukovar-Srijem Parish together with a couple of municipalities established the Agro cluster with the intention of implementing already started or future development projects in the field of agriculture and rural development more efficiently and to the greatest extent possible. The primary goal of establishing this cluster is to intensify the primary production of certain crops (especially vegetables and fruits), a higher degree of processing of manufactured goods, connecting producers for joint participation in sales and procurement markets, support in the construction of necessary logistics facilities and facilities, and ultimately raising overall competitiveness of the agri-food sector in our county.The founders of the company are: Vukovar-Srijem County, municipalities: Cerna, Vrbanja, Drenovci, Lovas and Stari Jankovci, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Osijek, and the Cooperative for Fruit and Vegetable Production “Vinkovačka šparoga”.The specific functioning of the company will be based on the triple-helix model, according to which clusters most often function, and this includes the inclusion and connection of production (family farms, crafts, producer associations, companies…), public (counties, municipalities and cities, support institutions.… ) and the scientific and educational sector (faculties, institutes, vocational schools ().last_img read more

Cres renters soon to interest-free loans to raise the quality of accommodation

first_imgBy the way, the exact number of renters who have used HBOR’s credit line so far is a business secret, but as we unofficially find out, a total of about 50 renters used this credit line to finance the work of private renters. More on that in the attachment. Source: Novi List / Cover photo: Apartment Pinja, Cres / Booking.com An education in tourism was held on the island of Cres so that Cres renters could better prepare for the upcoming season and new tourist trends, which are jointly organized by the Cres Tourist Board and the Cres Landlords Association. Namely, it is HBOR’s credit line for renters, in which the Ministry of Tourism subsidizes one percentage point of interest, so that renters can get a loan with an interest rate of two percent per year and a one-year grace period. However, according to the proposal of the mayor of Cres, the city would join this credit line and subsidize the remaining two percent, which would make loans for Cres renters interest-free. Vesna Bartolović, head of HBOR’s regional office for Primorje and Gorski kotar, who presented the new credit line of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Renato Kraljev, a well-known Croatian chef, spoke about the formation of menus based on indigenous dishes and groceries and Nedo Pinezić, the first man of family accommodation in Croatia. RELATED NEWS: HOW MANY RENTERS HAVE USED THE CREDIT LINE TO FINANCE THE WORK OF PRIVATE RENTERS? The news that resonated from the workshop was the proposal of the mayor of Cres, Kristijan Jurjak, to include Cres with a subsidy for loans to renters, which would provide Cres renters with interest-free loans to raise the quality of accommodation, writes Novi List. last_img read more

Increase in the number of punters in airports and seaports

first_imgIn September 2019, Croatian airports recorded 1 thousand passengers or 494% more than in the same month last year. Since the first month of this year, the number of passengers in seaports and airports has been continuously growing. Thus, the growth of passengers was also recorded in September. The largest passenger traffic was achieved by Split Airport with 468 thousand passengers (an increase of 3,2% compared to September 2018), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 403 thousand passengers (an increase of 5,1% compared to September 2018) and Zagreb Airport with 348 thousand passengers (an increase of 1,3% compared to September 2018). The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 319 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 8,4% compared to the same period last year. Source: CBS The number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships in the third quarter of 2019 amounted to 18,2 million passengers, which is 5,0% more than in the same period in 2018. The number of passengers increased in ports with significant passenger traffic such as Split, Supetar , Preko, Krk, Korcula, Zadar and Jablanac. 3,5% more passenger cars and 3,9% more buses were loaded and unloaded on ships compared to the same quarter of 2018. Increase in the number of passengers in seaports in the third quarter of 2019 as well. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in September 2019 was 15, which is a decrease of 272% compared to September 2018. Almost 19 million passengers were embarked and disembarked in Croatian seaports in the third quarter of 2019, which is the highest in that period in the last five years. Compared to the same period in 2018, this is an increase of 4,9%. Source: CBS Of the total number of passengers in seaports, 3,2% or 607 thousand were disembarked from cruise ships and, among other things, visited the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Hvar, Korcula, Rijeka and Sibenik. Compared to the same period in 2018, these passengers increased by 0,1%.last_img read more