Anthony Joshua on Oleksandr Usyk scouting mission: ‘I need to see my competition in the flesh’ | Boxing News

first_img Carl Froch says he would not be confident putting Usyk against a big heavyweight like Joshua Moments after outpointing Chisora, Usyk was asked about his heavyweight title aspirations and replied: “Not just world champion, the undisputed world champion.”Joshua and Usyk both won Olympic gold in 2012.Usyk has since won the World Boxing Super Series and undisputed cruiserweight title while Joshua became a two-time heavyweight champion.“Usyk is already in AJ’s head,” his co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk, who works alongside Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports last week.“Their fight will happen anyway, this is just a matter of time.“AJ knows that this guy is a real threat for him.”Parker among circling contenders 2:42 Carl Froch says he would not be confident putting Usyk against a big heavyweight like Joshua – Advertisement – Joseph Parker is working towards a Joshua rematch Joseph Parker is working towards a Joshua rematch

See Garrett Yrigoyen’s Pics With New Flame Alex Farrar

first_imgThe pair cozied up on the beach overlooking a colorful sunset with Farrar sitting on Yrigoyen’s lap. In one selfie, the California native wrapped his arm around Farrar’s waist and smiled with his mouth wide open.Days earlier, the former reality TV personality sparked speculation that he was dating again one month after ending his engagement to Becca Kufrin. “🎃Happy Halloween💀 Picked up a special pumpkin at the patch 👻,” Yrigoyen wrote via Instagram on Saturday, October 31, alongside three photos from his and Farrar’s festive day out.“Best pumpkin in all the land 🧡🧡,” Farrar replied.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Before the beginning of his new romance with the fitness guru, Yrigoyen was engaged to Kufrin, 30, for two years. The exes met while filming season 14 of The Bachelorette, which aired in 2018.“I don’t think it’s going to come as a shock to anyone, but Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement,” the former Bachelorette announced on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast in September. “After many conversations, we came to this decision. It wasn’t something that we just arrived at one night. It wasn’t based solely off of one Instagram post or somebody else’s opinions or comments. There’s much more to it. To any relationship, there’s a lot of layers, and it’s not for me to divulge details.”- Advertisement – Moving on! Garrett Yrigoyen isn’t afraid to bare all on social media — and neither is his new flame, Alex Farrar.“Best in all the land 🌈 @gy_yrigoyen,” the yoga instructor, who previously kept her Instagram private, captioned a handful of loving snapshots with the Bachelorette alum, 31. “When unexpected surprises make your life better 😊.”- Advertisement – Earlier this year, the duo hit a rough patch in their relationship after Yrigoyen shared a controversial message amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests. When Yrigoyen came under fire for supporting police during political unrest, Kufrin initially defended him even though she didn’t personally “align with” his views. However, she eventually changed her tune, admitting during a June episode of her podcast that she was uncertain of her future with Yrigoyen.Two months later, Bachelor Nation fans continued to wonder if the pair had called it quits when the Minnesota native moved into a new home in Los Angeles by herself. Though the twosome hadn’t been in a good place, Kufrin was still hit hard by her split from her former fiancé.“Becca is really broken up about it,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively in September. “She thought Garrett was her person, her forever. … She needed space and time to figure things out before officially confirming the breakup.”Scroll down to see more of Yrigoyen’s photos with his new flame.last_img read more

Europe tries to shut down strain from Danish mink farms

first_imgLONDON — The discovery of a new coronavirus strain on Danish mink farms has led to the introduction of strict public health measures in the north of the country, with other European nations also responding to the outbreak.It comes after a warning from Denmark’s national authority for the control of infectious disease, the State Serum Institute, that if the mutant virus were to spread internationally it could have potentially “serious consequences” for a future Covid-19 vaccine.More than a quarter of a million people in northern Denmark went into lockdown on Friday, with citizens urged to get tested after Covid-19 infections were reported among the mink population in that region.- Advertisement – Data from animal rights group Humane Society International puts Denmark as the world’s second-largest exporter of mink fur, behind China. It says Denmark accounted for roughly half of all of the 35 million mink farmed in Europe in 2018.Since June, 214 human cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Denmark with variants associated with the farmed minks, the WHO said, including 12 cases with a unique variant, reported on Nov. 5.All of these 12 cases were found to have originated in North Jutland, Denmark, and the people infected ranged in age from 7 to 79-years-old.The WHO said initial observations suggested that the clinical presentation, severity and transmission among those infected were similar to that of other circulating coronavirus strains.The WHO has since launched a review of biosecurity measures in mink farms across the globe.Too early to ‘come to any conclusions’The coronavirus is constantly evolving, and, to date, there is no evidence to suggest the mutation identified among Danish mink farms poses an increased danger to people.As of Monday morning, more than 50.3 million people were reported to have contracted Covid-19 worldwide, with 1.25 million related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Drugmakers and research centers are scrambling to deliver a safe and effective vaccine in an attempt to bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. – Advertisement – Mink farm owner Holger Rønnow in his farm, where he is forced by the Government to mass cull all minks on November 6, 2020 in Herning, Denmark.Ole Jensen | Getty Images News | Getty Images Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said on Friday that it was “a long, long way away” from understanding whether the mutation of the virus could have any implications for diagnostics or vaccines.The WHO’s chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, agreed.“I think that we need to wait and see what the implications are, but I don’t think we should come to any conclusions about whether this particular mutation is going to impact vaccine efficacy or not,” Swaminathan said on Friday.“We don’t have any evidence at the moment that it would. But we will update you as we get more information.” Restaurants across seven municipalities were ordered to close from Saturday, and schools from fifth grade and above were required to switch to remote learning from Monday.Elsewhere, the U.K. government implemented stricter rules for arrivals from Denmark. Freight drivers who have been in or travelled through Denmark in the last 14 days, and who are not residents of the U.K., will now be refused entry to Britain. All passenger vessels and accompanying freight from Denmark will also be halted.In Ireland, passengers arriving from the Scandinavian country have been told to take extra precautions to contain the spread of the newly-discovered coronavirus strain.- Advertisement –center_img The Irish government has said people should restrict their movements for 14 days after entering the country from Denmark, even if they are visiting for an “essential” purpose.What do we know about this new Covid strain?Last week, Danish health authorities raised the alarm over a mutant form of the coronavirus that arose in mink farms and has spread to humans.Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the situation as “very, very serious,” and ordered the country’s mink farms to cull all 15 million minks in a move designed to reduce the risk of the animals re-transmitting the strain of the coronavirus to humans. Minks at farmer Stig Sørensen’s estate where all minks must be culled due to a government order on November 7, 2020 in Bording, Denmark.Ole Jensen | Getty Images News | Getty Images Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020.Dado Ruvic | Reuters – Advertisement –last_img read more

IOM says poor communication hurt CDC smallpox efforts

first_img Asserting that the program succeeded in preparing the nation for smallpox and other public health emergencies, she said, “So far in response to the policy, each state has a smallpox response plan in place and laboratory capabilities to respond have been greatly enhanced. . . . In addition, millions of clinicians have received education packages to help them distinguish between smallpox and other pox viruses.” She said the ability to communicate about a threat has also been greatly improved. Roebuck also commented that the states are holding smallpox vaccine doses that they ordered but haven’t used. The states ordered a total of more than 291,000 doses, he said, which means roughly 250,000 doses haven’t been used yet. In the case of an outbreak, having vaccine on hand “could be very beneficial to a particular location prior to when federal relief would come,” he said. Further, when the program fell short of initial expectations, the CDC didn’t clarify or revise the goals, the IOM contends. “For example, if it was important to vaccinate specific numbers rapidly, what was the effect of the low vaccinee numbers on readiness for a release of smallpox virus? This question went unanswered . . ..” Ehresmann added, “This smallpox vaccination program was really the beginning of the more formal efforts the department has made for emergency preparedness at an all-hazards level. . . . I think the department is in a much better position that it was in December 2002. Not to say that we’re in preparedness nirvana.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) never fully explained the reasons for the vaccination program to the public health and healthcare workers at whom it was directed, and the result was poor participation, says the report by an IOM committee of experts. However, few health workers volunteered for the shots, in part because the government initially offered no plan to compensate them if they suffered serious adverse reactions. By the end of January 2005, only 39,608 civilian health workers had been vaccinated, according to data on the CDC Web site. By contrast, the mandatory military vaccinations proceeded rapidly; more than 760,000 troops have received shots since December 2002, according to the Department of Defense. President Bush announced the plan to vaccinate military personnel and frontline civilian health workers in December 2002, and the civilian vaccination effort began in January 2003. The original plan was to vaccinate roughly 450,000 health workers in the first stage and several million additional healthcare workers and emergency responders later. At the time, the CDC urged states to complete the initial phase of civilian vaccinations in as little as 30 days. Naturally occurring smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, but disease and security experts have been worried for years that stocks of the virus might have fallen into the hands of terrorists. Thus the IOM report says the vaccination program was “the result of an extraordinary policy decision: to vaccinate people against a disease that does not exist with a vaccine that poses some well-known risks.” See also: As a result, “Skepticism among key constituencies was followed by lack of buy-in. Despite their expressed willingness to strengthen preparedness for bioterrorism in general, and their desire to serve their communities, many public health and health care workers were ultimately unwilling to accept the well-known risks of smallpox vaccine in the context of limited information about the risk of smallpox.” The heart of the IOM’s critique is that the CDC didn’t explain the vaccination program adequately to the people who were called upon to be vaccinated. The national security assessment underlying the plan was not divulged, “and the public health reasoning behind the smallpox vaccination policy and program was never fully explained,” the report summary states. One example of this was that the CDC gave only a “vague” explanation of why the official vaccination policy differed from what was recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Kris Ehresmann, who served as smallpox vaccination officer for the Minnesota Department of Health, agreed that the messages used by the CDC in the program engendered skepticism but said the program did yield important benefits. She is the Minnesota Department of Health section chief for immunizations, tuberculosis, and international health. CDC spokesman Von Roebuck acknowledged that the CDC has not come up with a set of specific measures to define smallpox preparedness but said the agency is working toward them. He said the next round of agreements with states, whereby states submit preparedness plans and receive CDC funds, will include more specifics on what preparedness means. CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding defended her agency in a statement issued last week. “CDC disagrees with the assertion that in any way its valued scientific voice was constrained in the smallpox program,” she said. The policy “was based on the best scientific advice of the CDC and other recognized scientific experts,” as well as state and local officials, she added.center_img Further, the report says the nation’s level of preparedness for a smallpox outbreak remains unclear because the CDC has not spelled out what constitutes smallpox preparedness. The IOM’s key recommendation is that the CDC define preparedness and set goals based on that definition. She said the CDC failed to provide clear reasons why vaccination was important and simultaneously stressed that the vaccine was a live-virus vaccine that entailed some risk. “Those two things worked together to really reduce the number of people who received vaccine,” she told CIDRAP News. “You’re not really telling people why you should do it [get the shot], and then you give every reason in the world why you shouldn’t do it.” She said it wasn’t wrong to provide information about the risk, but in the absence of a clear rationale for vaccination, “the result is going to be fewer people vaccinated.” Part of the IOM critique is that the CDC’s communications about the program “seemed constrained by unknown external influences.” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding has flatly rejected that assertion and said the program has achieved major improvements in smallpox preparedness. Before the civilian vaccination program began, the CDC asked the IOM to assemble an expert committee to advise the agency on how to run the program. In response, the IOM committee, chaired by Brian Strom, MD, MPH, head of the epidemiology department at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, issued six brief reports over 19 months. The latest report adds four new chapters to the previous reports. Nonetheless, she said, “There were a number of benefits to Minnesota because of the program. Probably the lowest benefit was vaccinating people. The largest was the partnerships that were established between public health and hospital and healthcare providers, between state and local public health [agencies] working on crisis situations where we needed to accomplish the impossible in a short time.” Part of the problem, the summary goes on to say, was that “The typically open and transparent communication from CDC . . . seemed constrained by unknown external influences.” In a statement he made when introducing the report, Strom said, “It . . . became apparent that security-related constraints were placed on CDC’s ability to communicate with key constituencies.” In Minnesota, about 1,500 health workers received smallpox shots, according to the CDC. Ehresmann said the state is not giving any vaccinations now. “I don’t really have measures to give you at this point, but those will be forthcoming in the next cooperative agreements, which will be later this year,” he said. “Finally,” the report states, “the committee found that the program’s outcomes (for example, the status of smallpox preparedness in each jurisdiction and nationally) are unknown because there has been no systematic assessment of smallpox preparedness, no review of administrative lessons learned, and no accounting of what has been done with the opportunities for scientific research.” Mar 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Poor policy communication and a lack of clearly defined goals seriously hindered the smallpox preparedness program that the federal government launched in 2003, according to a report released by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) last week. Report table of contents pagehttp://www.nap.edu/books/0309095921/html/last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Household flu precautions, pneumonic plague in China

first_imgAug 5, 2009Use of hand hygiene and masks may slow flu spread in householdsIn a Hong Kong study, the use of hand hygiene and surgical face masks seemed to reduce flu transmission in households when started within 36 hours after the index patient’s first symptoms, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine published ahead of print. The study involved 407 people who sought treatment for flu-like illness and 794 household members. The households were divided into three groups—control, hand hygiene only, and hand hygiene plus face masks. Sixty household contacts of the patients had lab-confirmed flu within 7 days after the intervention. Hand hygiene with or without masks seemed to reduce transmission, but the differences were not statistically significant. However, a significant reduction (adjusted odds ratio, 0.33; 95% confidence interval, 0.13 to 0.87) was seen in households where the two interventions were started within 36 hours after the first patient became ill.[Oct 6 Ann Intern Med report]Pneumonic plague kills three, sickens nine more in Chinese townThree people have died of pneumonic plague and nine more have the often-deadly disease in the town of Ziketan in China’s Qinghai province, the Associated Press (AP) reported. One of the surviving patients was described as being near death, one was in serious condition, and the others were stable, the report said. Police have set up check points to seal off the town of 10,000, located about 300 miles west of Beijing. The outbreak was detected Jul 30. The report said most of the sick people are relatives of the first victim, a 32-year-old herdsman who fell ill after burying his dog.last_img read more

First H1N1 vaccine doses headed to states, cities

first_imgOct 1, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The first 600,000 doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine—all of them the nasal-spray formulation—are on their way to 25 states and major cities and should arrive by Tuesday, Oct 6, matching earlier predictions, federal health officials said today.”We are transitioning from the planning to the implementation phase” of the H1N1 vaccination effort, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said at a news briefing.States and large cities began placing orders for vaccine yesterday, said Schuchat, who is director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. She didn’t name the states or cities, but urban areas that work directly with the CDC program are Washington, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles County.”Vaccine ordered yesterday should be arriving out to the sites by Tuesday,” she said. “We’re really pleased that this is starting, and it’s earlier than we were planning.”In response to a question about when the doses will become available, Schuchat said, “There’s a good chance they’ll be available later next week in a lot of the sites.”CDC officials have been predicting that the earliest doses would reach providers in early October. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said last week that the first doses could reach providers as early as Oct 6.Schuchat said that—as predicted previously—all of the earliest doses will be the live-virus nasal-spray vaccine, which is made by MedImmune. Like the company’s seasonal vaccine, FluMist, it is approved for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years, but not for pregnant women or people with chronic conditions that raise their risk for flu complications.”We believe a lot of the states will be directing those early doses to healthcare workers,” Schuchat said. “There’s a bit of a myth out there that the workers shouldn’t get the live vaccine, but that’s a myth. Most healthcare workers who are under 50 and don’t have those chronic conditions can receive the nasal spray.”She said the CDC plans to release information each Friday on how much vaccine was available for ordering and how much was shipped to each of the states and large cities, as of the preceding Wednesday.The CDC has contracted with McKesson Corp. to distribute the vaccine doses to vaccination sites designated by state health departments. McKesson also distributes vaccines in the CDC’s Vaccines for Children program.Schuchat cautioned that the vaccination drive will face some bumps in the road. “At the beginning we’ll have a bit of a slow start. But we’ve ordered enough [vaccine] so everyone who wants to be vaccinated can be.”HHS releases children’s Tamiflu to statesIn other comments, Schuchat said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released 300,000 pediatric doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) from the national stockpile for distribution to states that may need it.”Basically each state that needs their proportion of that supply will receive this Tamiflu over the next week,” she said.The CDC said earlier this week that Tamiflu for children could run short as the flu spreads and advised that pharmacists may need to formulate the medication, sold as a liquid, on site by mixing the adult formulation with other ingredients.”Some of the liquid formulation will have an expiration date that may have passed, but the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] has extended the expiration date of those courses after careful testing,” Schuchat said today.She reported that Texas and Colorado have already requested and received allocations of the liquid antiviral, getting 22,000 and 4,600 doses, respectively.Death toll in pregnant women risesOn another topic, Schuchat updated the CDC’s numbers on H1N1 complications in pregnant women. As of late August, 100 pregnant women in the United States had required intensive hospital care for H1N1 and 28 had died, she said.On a conference call with clinicians earlier this week, CDC officials said that about 5% of H1N1 deaths have been in pregnant women, though they make up only about 1% of the population. As of Aug 20, 24 of the 484 deaths in the country involved pregnant women, officials said.”The H1N1 influenza in pregnant women has really been striking,” Schuchat said today. CDC obstetricians have been talking to “doctors around the country who have never seen this kind of thing before.”She added that the CDC has not previously tracked seasonal flu complications in pregnant women, so it’s not entirely clear if complications are actually much more common with the new virus or if it just seems that way because of increased surveillance.See also:Sep 18 CIDRAP News story “CDC says 3.4 million doses of H1N1 vaccine to ship in early October”last_img read more

Brac Airport has widened the runway with over a hundred passengers

first_imgThe youngest Croatian airport, the one on the island of Brač, has big plans to bring as many passengers as possible who have chosen this largest Dalmatian island for their vacation. But the people of Brač are afraid that they could get the final international permit for the extended part of the runway due to the administrative procedure only at the beginning of August !!?The runway of Brac Airport was recently expanded from 1 to 440 meters, which was financed with 1 million kuna by Jako Andabak, owner of the hotel house “BlueSun” because he realized that investing in the modernization of the airport benefits his hotel house. . The expansion enabled the landing of larger aircraft with over a hundred passengers, and not as before, only those up to a hundred passengers.In the second half of May, an Embraer 190 aircraft with five crew members landed at Brač Airport with a newly expanded runway, bringing 112 passengers from Brussels. This, they say on Brač, is just the beginning of connecting their island and the Belgian destination with TUI’s fleet. “This is a historic event for our airport and island tourism, because we can finally receive larger planes, such as Airbus 318 and 319, which, in addition to transporting tourists directly to Brac, significantly relieves the burden on Split Airport. By the end of the week, we are waiting for the official use permit for the extension of the runway that we have made, and we hope for a quick reaction from the Civil Aviation Agency in order to speed up the process of obtaining an international announcement.”, Says Tonči Peović, director of Brač airport, adding that it is customary to wait 72 days for notification of all participants in international air traffic about changes and business, from new technologies, services, and that would mean Brač to have an official international notice.Peović expects the understanding of the Agency because they already have agreed air traffic with TUI to Brussels by September, and from June 13 flights will start from Deauville, France, which will bring 30.000 new passengers to Brač, which is twice as much as last year. was a record tourist season.”Negotiations are underway with other airlines, Norwegians who will fly to Brac from London, and German and Scandinavian airlines. Now that we have better conditions and the possibility of landing aircraft with up to 150 passengers, many are interested”, Explains Tonči Peović.After the extension of the runway, the bomber C541 and C100 will be able to land at the highest Croatian airport, “Croatian Kathmandu”, as Brač is called due to the altitude of 300 meters, so the mentioned Airbuses 318 and 319, along with Fokker 70 and 100, and Embrier 170 and 190.Even if both the state and international administration had an understanding for the plans and wishes of the people of Brač…last_img read more

Zagreb took sixth place in the ranking of ‘bike friendly’ capitals of Europe

first_imgOne of the European trends that is rapidly spreading in European cities is the use of public bicycle systems, all under the motto of healthy living and raising environmental awareness of citizens. Ecological public transport is becoming more and more a reality, and not just an upcoming trend, and citizens are increasingly thinking green, and thus choosing tourist destinations for their vacation that are environmentally conscious.This is also shown by the data of the European Cycling Federation ( ECF ) how in European cities bicycles are becoming one of the main means of transport day by day. According to writing Euronews, Zagreb ranked sixth on the ‘bike friendly’ list of European capitals, thanks to 10,1 percent of residents who use a bicycle as their main means of transport every day.The absolute winners are Copenhagen and Amsterdam with 35 and 32 percent of citizens who use this vehicle every day, respectively. Berlin, Ljubljana and Helsinki are still ahead of Zagreb, but their 13, 12 and 11 percent.London is planning to build ‘bike highways’, and in the Netherlands there are plans to build fast lanes for cyclists. The European Cycling Federation, in cooperation with public authorities, the business community and non-governmental organizations, has developed an EU cycling strategy, which aims to increase the share of bicycles in transport from eight to 12 percent.Bicycle highway in GermanyLast year, Germany began construction of a 100-kilometer-long motorway intended exclusively for cyclists, on the route of abandoned railway tracks. The modern “Cyclo – Bahn” should connect ten cities in the west of the country, and the first five kilometers connecting the cities of Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm have already been completed and are put into operation these days. The project was launched because there are 70 million cyclists in Germany, and according to the German Cycling Club, as many as 60 million people ride bicycles regularly. The newly built route should allow the number of cars on the roads to be reduced by 50.000.Zagreb is the first city in Croatia with a system of public bicyclesCertainly, as this is the story, it should be added that Zagreb is the first city in Croatia to introduce a system of public bicycles, and for which the NextBike system of public bicycles is responsible. Popular Nextbike form of transport is available in 15 Croatian cities and municipalities: Zagreb, Karlovac, Gospić, Brinje, Slavonski Brod, Ivanić Grad, Velika Gorica, Sisak, Zadar, Šibenik, Makarska, Metković and even on the island of Lastovo. The Nextbike system of public bicycles in Croatia already has 20.000 registered users who have recognized it as the most affordable, fastest, healthiest and most fun transport in the city.Also, Zagreb, apart from Sljeme as an interesting bike route with a phenomenal view of the entire city, certainly has the untapped potential of connecting with the embankment of the Sava River, which also extends all the way to Sisak, Sl.Brod and Županja. If we look at the bigger picture, even the Sava River almost connects Ljubljana and Zagreb, so we can talk about a large bike path from Ljubljana through Zagreb all the way to Belgrade.The advantages of cycling as a means of transport should not be particularly emphasized, it includes low costs, a positive effect on health and the environment. Also, integrated public transport is the future that is already arriving in Croatia, and visitors and tourists can use the bus, train, car and public bicycle system as the charms of combined transport.last_img read more

By introducing traditional Chinese medicine in Istria, they want to attract more tourists from China?

first_imgIn Pula, the County Prefect of Istria, Valter Flego, received the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Croatia, HE Mr. Hu Zhaoming and associates, for whom this is the second visit to Istria, point out from the Istrian County.The prefect introduced the economic and tourist results of the Istrian County as well as the very low employment: “Although we are a small region, with a small population compared to China, there are currently 1,5 million tourists in Istria, and this tourist year is going in a very good direction. ” Flego pointed out and thanked for the long-term cooperation with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, as well as the international cooperation with the Chinese provinces and the city of Ningbo, which he visited two years ago with the Istrian delegation.The key topic of the meeting was the possibility and further development of economic cooperation, especially in the field of mutual import and export of products, which had already begun earlier. The Chinese Ambassador emphasized that the Chinese have become large global consumers of quality products, so there is great interest in importing Istrian wines, olive oil and other premium products from Istria.Talking about the tourism aspect of the cooperation, emphasis was placed on the fact that Chinese tourists are coming to Croatia more and more, and how to further increase their arrival was discussed. Namely, last year 100 thousand Chinese guests were recorded, and in the first part of this year this number increased by 16%, while the number of 150 thousand visitors from China is expected by the end of the year.The participants especially commented on the great potential in the development of cooperation in the field of health tourism, medical tourism, in terms of offering services and practicing traditional Chinese medicine in Istria, which the participants agreed would further contribute to attracting Chinese tourists. The Istrian prefect suggested that the Embassy send an official Letter of Intent to the Istrian County as soon as possible in order to start examining the possibility of such cooperation.Whether they can intensify in Istria before and after the season, targeting a large Chinese market of 1,3 billion inhabitants, remains to be seen, but certainly one of the preconditions is to introduce direct flights to China as soon as possible to increase the arrival of Chinese tourists in Croatia.Perhaps the announcement of the arrival of a low-budget airline in Croatia next year may be on that trail Thai Air Asia X from Thailand, which currently connects 23 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Xian, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Chongqing, New Delhi and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold) Coast), Auckland, the Middle East (Jeddah, Tehran and Muscat) and Africa (Mauritius).last_img read more

From July 01, tourist and sanitary inspectors will start inspections in the Adriatic

first_imgThe inspection will cover the operation of catering facilities of hotels, camps and nautical tourism ports “marinas”, as well as catering facilities and tourism service providers that operate within these facilities. Control elements in the supervision of accommodation facilities from the HOTELS groupControl elements in the supervision of accommodation facilities from the group CAMPSITESControl elements in the supervision of accommodation facilities from the MARINE groupAnnex I – Conditions for hotel categories over 50 accommodation unitsAnnex I – Conditions for camp categorizationAnnex Ia. – Conditions for hotel categories up to 50 accommodation units So now there will be no more confusion or doubts, which should be observed in accordance with the law and what exactly the inspectors control in the inspection. Finally a partnership approach, as logical and as it always should have been. They will control the fulfillment of legal obligations in the field of food safety, water, protection of the population from infectious diseases and adherence to anti-epidemiological and social distancing measures in accordance with the recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, in order to avoid the risk of 19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus.  Side dish: For the first time, the State Inspectorate published the documents “Elements of control in supervision ” in which it is stated what the tourism and sanitary inspectors will supervise in coordinated inspections. Coordinated inspections of tourism and sanitary inspectors of the State Inspectorate will begin July 01, 2020. Tourist inspectors will primarily control the legality and fulfillment of legal obligations prescribed by the conditions for type and category of object (emphasis on the type and category of catering facilities, special standards and quality labels, working hours, house rules, prices, normative, etc.). center_img Given the high level of general hygiene conditions and measures to protect the population from infectious diseases with the offer of safe food and the provision of special safety measures is an important prerequisite for quality tourist offer to tourist inspectors will be joined by sanitary inspectors. Elements of control in supervision “The goal of these coordinated supervisions is by no means to punish, but to contribute to the catering and tourist facilities, hotels, marinas and camps being maximally ready for the arrival of tourists.”Said Chief State Inspector Andrija Mikulic. There are about 764 hotels, 204 camps and 61 nautical tourism ports in the Republic of Croatia. Most of these hotels, camps and marinas are located in Dalmatia, Primorje and Istria, and the supervision will cover those who will be open to tourists during this season.  For the first time, the document “Elements of control in supervision” was published on the website of the State Inspectorate, which specifically states what will be monitored. Tourist and sanitary inspectors of the State Inspectorate from 01 July will start with coordinated inspections in order to determine the readiness for the tourist season, announced the State Inspectorate.last_img read more