Microsoft To Do App Adds New Task Count Feature, Overall Improvements

first_imgMicrosoft’s To Do app is receiving an update that brings new features and improvements. The update for Windows 10 includes a task count besides the completed bucket in user-created lists, in order to help keep track of completed tasks. Apart from Windows 10, Microsoft has also rolled out the update for Android and iOS as well. For Android, the update brings improvements to syncing, and for iOS, it enhances the experience while adding tasks from Siri. The update also fixes some bugs in the To Do app.For Windows, the update is only available on the latest version of the Windows 10 Microsoft To Do app. The changelog for the same says that sections in the Planned smartlist will now show the task count in the section title. It also fixes a few bugs around keyboard focus and addresses an issue that was causing the app to crash. A task count visual beside the completed bucket has also been added.- Advertisement – Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. To Do is an app by Microsoft for lists, tasks, and reminders. The update for the app on Android has fixes to improve syncing in To Do. The changelog for Microsoft’s update on iOS says it fixes some issues so that users can have a smooth experience while adding tasks from Siri. It also fixes some bugs related to print functionality.Meanwhile, Microsoft also reminded users that November 15 will be the last day to export Wunderlist data to the To Do app. Wunderlist, a cloud-based task management app that was acquired by Microsoft in June 2015, will shut down on November 16, after which it will not be possible to export data.The latest update of the Microsoft To Do app with all the new features can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Transgender in Bangladesh: First school opens for trans students

first_img– Advertisement – “Whether or not someone is of the third sex is identified at a fairly mature age. That’s why we don’t set any age limit. Anyone can be admitted here as soon as a transgender person is identified, no matter what age they are,” the madrassa’s education and training secretary, Mohammad Abdul Aziz Hussaini, told the BBC Bengali service.last_img

Pfizer, Zoom Video, JPMorgan Chase, United Airlines & more

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Trump supporters sue to stop election certification in ‘certain’ Georgia counties—Black counties

first_imgxSurprise, surprise. The complaint only challenges predominantly Black counties including: Fulton, Richmond, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, Henry, DeKalb and Gwinnett. (Atlanta metro, Augusta, Macon, and Savannah.) And exactly zero rural, white counties. https://t.co/XKXQN37N90— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) November 12, 2020They could not keep Black voters from turning out, so they’re trying to take their votes away after the fact.Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. We need you to phonebank, textbank and do other crucial work necessary for Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock to win seats in Georgia. Click to find the activity best for you.- Advertisement – ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 12: Atlanta resident Robin Dennis leaves with a voter sticker after casting her ballot at State Farm Arena during the first day of early voting in the General Election on October 12, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. , State Farm Arena is Georgia's largest early voting location. Early voting in Georgia runs October 12-30. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)Black voters matter.The Trump campaign has filed yet another stupid lawsuit contesting the election and trying to stop certification in certain Georgia counties. This suit alleges that there is “evidence that sufficient illegal ballots were included in the results to change or place in doubt the results of the November 3, 2020 presidential election” in “certain counties.”Those counties:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img We’ve got one last shot at booting Senate Republicans from power in January. Please give $3 right now to send the GOP packing.last_img read more

Biden’s Education Department Will Move Fast to Reverse Betsy DeVos’s Policies

first_img– Advertisement – Leading the team is Linda Darling-Hammond, the president of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Learning Policy Institute, who also oversaw the education transition for Mr. Obama in 2008. Ms. Darling-Hammond, a veteran education researcher and policymaker in arenas like desegregation, school finance and teacher preparation, was considered a contender for Mr. Biden’s secretary of education, but took herself out of the running, saying she was committed to her work in California.The transition team’s strong representation from former Obama-era officials and teachers unions has been met with mixed reactions.In announcing the team, a transition official said its members had “deep backgrounds in key policy areas” with “a diversity of perspectives critical to addressing America’s most urgent and complex challenges.”- Advertisement – “There’s a lot of work to be done, but it will be nice to know there’s an education secretary who’s thinking about how to protect students from predatory schools instead of the other way around,” said Aaron Ament, the president of the National Student Legal Defense Network, which has sued the department for its efforts to roll back Obama-era rules on loan forgiveness and consumer protection.The team Mr. Biden has named to help the Education Department through the transition signaled the direction he intends to take.- Advertisement –center_img Keri Rodrigues, the president of the National Parents Union, which represents low-income parents and parents of color, said the composition of the team made her worried that the Biden administration might stack the government with people who are “interested in fortifying the status quo that has been failing so many of our kids.”“This is the biggest table right now,” she said of the transition team, “and I don’t see parent groups, family groups, community groups present.” She added, “It seems we’re back to the same old, ‘We’re going to do things to you, not with you.’”last_img read more

Chrishell Stause, Gleb Savchenko Had ‘Flirty Relationship’ on ‘DWTS’

first_imgCrossing the line? Dancing With the Stars partners Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko “definitely had a flirty relationship” while on the show, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.The Selling Sunset star, 39, and the Russian dancer, 37, were partnered for season 29 and eliminated during the November 2 show.- Advertisement – Throughout their time together on the competition series, the other “DWTS pros turned their heads” to the pair’s playful dynamic because “they love Gleb and also [his estranged wife] Elena [Samodanova],” the source adds.Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko Flirty Relationship DWTS Amid His DivorceChrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko ABC/Kelsey McNealThe cast was “really sensitive about the situation, but also felt like it wasn’t their problem or place to get involved,” the insider says, noting that Stause and Savchenko “had an attraction toward each other right at the beginning.”That instant connection led to the pair “texting a lot and hanging out outside of work,” the source adds.- Advertisement – “Chrishell and Gleb are still texting all the time and have been in contact about the public frenzy surrounding them,” the insider tells Us, referring to Savchenko’s recent divorce news. “Chrishell isn’t bothered by the attention either.”The former soap opera star “isn’t concerned about what [her estranged husband] Justin Hartley thinks of it all and is super over him and has moved on and is focused on the next thing,” the source says.Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko Flirty Relationship DWTS Amid His DivorceGleb Savchenko and Chrishell Stause ABC/Eric McCandlessFor now, the pair “are just having fun and neither of them are expecting/wanting their relationship to become serious.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Earlier this month, Samodanova, 36, announced that she and her husband of 14 years were separating. Savchenko confirmed the split to Us in a statement.“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage,” the choreographer told Us. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them.”The timing of the breakup caused some to think that Stause’s working relationship with the dancer was partially to blame, but Savchenko denied that she had any part in it.Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko Flirty Relationship DWTS Amid His Divorce Elena SamodanovaGleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Broadimage/Shutterstock“I will not stand by and allow false accusations and internet rumors go unaddressed. My relationship with Chrishell was and remains strictly platonic,” he told Us, denying his estranged wife’s accusations of a “recent inappropriate relationship” amid their breakup. “Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage.”Stause, for her part, addressed her involvement in an Instagram Story post, noting that she was “saddened about the news” of the couple’s split.“It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this one anyone,” Stause, who is in the midst of a divorce from This Is Us star, 43, wrote on November 6. “As you can imagine, the countless hours of training, and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

Pilot study to probe cardiac effects of smallpox vaccine

first_img In the news release, Sherry said it has been estimated that up to 1 in 2,000 smallpox vaccinees has complained of chest pain, shortness of breath, and related symptoms. But the number of people who had a viral infection of the heart after vaccination without any symptoms could be much higher, she said. The general aim of the study is to begin investigating why smallpox vaccination appears to trigger myopericarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle and lining) in a tiny fraction of recipients, according to a news release from the North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine. People who have myocarditis can later experience dilated cardiomyopathy, which can cause severe heart failure, Sherry said. However, whether myocarditis associated with smallpox vaccine can lead to this condition is unknown, she said. In addition, the researchers will inject mice with the viruses and then monitor them for cardiac damage and to determine whether the mice can serve as an animal model for future studies, Sherry said. “If we find interesting results, then we would consider submitting a more in-depth proposal to better address how the vaccine might be altered to improve it,” she added. Jun 16, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – In an effort to shed some light on a potential side effect of smallpox vaccination, researchers are launching a federally funded pilot study of the effects of smallpox vaccines on cardiac cells in mice. See also: The study will focus on the effects of three different poxviruses on cardiac cells in mice, Sherry told CIDRAP News in an e-mail message. Two of the viruses are vaccinia, used in the standard smallpox vaccine, Dryvax, and a weakened form of vaccinia, which is used in the modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) vaccine. The other virus is a virulent cowpox virus, which does not cause smallpox but is not weakened. Mouse heart cell cultures will be infected with the viruses, and the effects on two types of heart cells will be compared with the effects on more generic mouse cells, Sherry reported. The cell cultures also will be monitored for viral replication and virus-induced cell death.center_img North Carolina State University news releasehttp://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_06/194.htm CDC report on adverse events in civilians who received smallpox shots in 2003http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5305a4.htm “We will also determine whether these viruses cause cells to release different cytokines (cell factors involved in protection against viral infection), and whether differences in virus-induced damage to the cells reflect differences in release of these cytokines (either differences between the viruses, or differences between the responding cells),” Sherry stated. Among more than 39,000 civilian health workers who received smallpox shots in 2003, there were 16 suspected and 5 probable cases of myopericarditis after vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, 75 cases of myopericarditis occurred among 623,244 military personnel who received smallpox shots between December 2002 and May 10, 2004, according to the Department of Defense. North Carolina State officials said the National Institutes of Health awarded a 2-year, $500,000 grant for the research. Dr. Barbara Sherry, a professor of virology in the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, is conducting the study in collaboration with Dr. David Pickup, a Duke University expert on smallpox vaccines. Safety summary for the Department of Defense smallpox vaccination programhttp://www.smallpox.mil/event/SPSafetySum.asplast_img read more

Another avian flu case confirmed in Vietnam

first_imgJan 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese health officials today confirmed the fourth human case of avian influenza in Vietnam since December, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.The patient is an 18-year-old woman from the southern province of Tien Giang who is hospitalized in critical condition, the WHO said. She became ill Jan 1 and was hospitalized Jan 5, the agency said.Three other Vietnamese children—two boys, aged 6 and 9, and a 16-year-old girl—have died of H5N1 avian flu since Dec 30.Another 18-year-old Vietnamese woman, from the province of Hau Giang, died Jan 10 of what was suspected to be avian flu, according to reports earlier this week.The latest case brings the total of confirmed cases in Vietnam to 31, including 23 fatal cases, by the WHO’s count. Thailand has had 17 cases, including 12 deaths.The WHO also said today that the recent tsunami in Southeast Asia is not likely to increase the risk of a flu pandemic, despite the presence of H5N1 avian flu in the region. The WHO and many disease experts fear that the avian flu may spark a pandemic if it evolves to a form that could spread easily from person to person.”Areas with the highest prevalence of avian influenza were not directly affected by the tsunami, thus there is no inherent increased risk of the emergence of the pandemic strain due to the tsunami itself,” the WHO said. “However, any activity that spreads avian influenza increases the possibility of the emergence of a pandemic virus. The risk of importing avian influenza into areas affected by the tsunami can be minimized by controlling the movement of poultry from areas where outbreaks of avian influenza have occurred. It is also important to ensure that infected poultry are kept out of the food chain, including emergency food relief activities.”See also:Jan 13 WHO announcementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_01_13/en/last_img read more

Indonesia blames two more deaths on avian flu

first_imgSep 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian officials have blamed two more deaths on H5N1 avian influenza, bringing the country’s reported avian flu toll to six, although the cases have not yet been confirmed by an international reference laboratory.A 27-year-old woman who died today and a 5-year-old girl who died last week had the virus, according to officials quoted by the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse.In addition, Indonesian officials reported that several other people have tested positive for the virus, but they gave no details on those cases.The 27-year-old woman was hospitalized Sep 22 and died early today at the Jakarta hospital designated for possible avian flu cases, hospital spokesman Dr. Sardikin Giriputro told the AP. He said blood and saliva tests confirmed her infection, but samples were sent to a Hong Kong laboratory for further confirmation. AFP listed her name as Karwati.According to a Reuters report, Giriputro said it was unclear how the woman caught the virus, but 15 chickens in her household had died of unknown causes.A blood sample from the 5-year-old girl, named Riska, tested positive for the virus, although a saliva test was negative, said I Nyoman Kandun, the health ministry’s top infectious disease official, as quoted by AFP today. He said the ministry had classified her case as an avian flu death despite the mixed test results. Samples from the girl, who died Sep 21, have been sent to Hong Kong for further testing.A Reuters report today said a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on the girl was negative, but the story didn’t explain who conducted that test.Previous deaths blamed on H5N1 avian flu in Indonesia include those of a 38-year-old man and his two young daughters in July and a 37-year-old woman who died Sep 10. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sep 22 that an 8-year-old boy hospitalized in Jakarta had the virus. (The WHO has said the test results for the 38-year-old man’s daughters did not meet the criteria for H5N1, but the Indonesian government regards their cases as confirmed.)Yesterday AFP quoted Giriputro as saying that five hospital patients in Jakarta had tested positive for avian flu while five others had tested negative. But the story gave no details on the cases.The AP said today that at least 34 people in Indonesia were hospitalized with possible avian flu symptoms. However, Health Minister Siti Fadila Separi said the situation remained under control and the virus did not appear to be spreading from person to person.Indonesia to receive oseltamivirThe Indonesian government announced today that 400,000 tablets of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), enough to treat 40,000 people, were being donated to the country this week, the AP reported. Supari, the health minister, said donor countries and agencies were providing the drug to help Indonesia fight avian flu, but gave no details.The AP said the Australian government pledged today to give Indonesia enough antiviral medication to treat 40,000 people, but it was not immediately clear if the donation announced by Indonesia included the Australian contribution.FAO says control strategy underfundedIn other news, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, “The global strategy for the control of avian influenza in animals remains largely under-funded despite contributions pledged by some donors.”A strategy developed by the FAO and other agencies last May is expected to cost over $100 million over the next 3 years, the FAO said. So far, donor countries have pledged about $16.5 million. That includes $6 million each from Germany and the United States, $4 million from Switzerland, and $0.5 million from Japan.”It makes sense to stockpile antiviral drugs to protect humans against a potential avian influenza pandemic, but at the same time we have to contain the virus at source, in animals, to reduce the risk to people,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer.The support pledged so far “is excellent, but it marks only a starting point and unless it translates into further financial funding to support affected countries, the cycle of bird flu infection that will occur in poultry this winter will not be stopped,” Domenech said.The statement said there is a “small window of opportunity” to vaccinate poultry before winter. Domenech said Vietnam, in particular, needs $10 million to complete its current nationwide poultry vaccination program, upgrade lab facilities, and conduct follow-up surveillance.The FAO also said countries along bird migration routes should set up surveillance programs and will need money to do that.”India and Bangladesh, Central Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa should develop national prevention, early detection and rapid response plans,” the agency said. Domenech said those efforts would cost about $50 million for the next 3 years.FAO concerned about IndonesiaLast week, the FAO voiced concern about the spread of avian flu in Indonesia and called on the government to step up its efforts to control the virus.”Avian influenza has become endemic in Indonesia and it is continuing to spread,” Domenech said in the FAO’s Sept 22 statement. “In view of the worrying situation, it is necessary for the government to improve its virus control policies and strategies.”The agency said veterinary and civil authorities should be provided with the full authority to enforce disease-control measures.See also:Sep 26 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/107804/index.htmlSep 22 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/107810/index.htmllast_img read more

Tests reveal pig worker has Ebola antibodies

first_imgJan 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in the Philippines recently announced that a worker who had contact with sick pigs tested positive for antibodies to the Ebola Reston virus, a pathogen that was discovered about a month ago for the first time in pigs.Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidemiology Centre, said the case represent the first known pig-to-human Ebola Reston virus transmission, according to a Jan 24 Associated Press (AP) report.The Ebola subtype was discovered in 1989 at a primate facility in Reston, Va. among monkeys imported from the Philippines. The Ebola Reston virus can sicken monkeys, but causes little if any clinical disease in humans.Tayag said blood sampling on 50 pig farm and slaughterhouse workers conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that one worker was exposed to the virus more than 6 months ago, the AP report said.Francisco Duque, the nation’s health secretary, told reporters at a news conference that the man had not been seriously ill in the past 12 months and was extremely unlikely to have exposed others to the virus, the AP reported. “This new finding in humans still presents a negligible risk to human health,” he said.Lo Wing-Iok, an infectious disease expert in Hong Kong, said viruses jumping species is always a concern, according to a Jan 23 report from Reuters. He said it is important to follow the Ebola Reston developments very closely.”This virus may be magnified in swine and we could get a higher-density virus in the environment and more cases of human infection can occur,” Lo told Reuters.When Ebola Reston virus outbreaks hit monkeys in the Philippines in the 1990s, people who had close contact with the sick animals were tested, and about 25 had antibodies to the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). One person had mild flulike symptoms but recovered fully.In other Ebola developments, the medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) said recently that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is under control.All patients with suspected infections who were under observation in the MSF isolation center in Kampungu in Western Kasai province have been discharged and are in good health, the organization said.So far 48 patients have shown symptoms of Ebola fever, but only 7 cases were confirmed, MSF reported. There were 2 deaths among the 7 confirmed cases.MSF said its isolation center would remain open in case new suspected cases surface.The outbreak, which began in mid December, is the second outbreak since 2007 to strike the DRC’s West Kasai province. Statements from the WHO and MSF have not said which Ebola subtype has sickened people in the outbreak. Public health officials have said that some of the suspected cases in both recent outbreaks had Shigella (bacterial) infections.See also:Dec 11, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Testing turns up Ebola in pigs”Jan 23 Doctors Without Borders reportJan 2 WHO update on Ebola in DRClast_img read more

FDA finds Salmonella in crackers amid recall flurry

first_imgJan 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The company implicated in the national Salmonella outbreak has recalled more of its peanut products, some distributed beyond US borders, as Kellogg Corp. announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found the pathogen in one package of its peanut butter sandwich crackers.National peanut butter brands sold through retail stores have not been linked to the Salmonella outbreak, but the FDA has warned consumers to avoid any commercially made products containing peanut butter—such as crackers, cookies, and ice cream—and any peanut butter served in institutions such as schools and nursing homes until investigators determine more about the scope of the contamination.Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), based in Lynchburg, Va., said yesterday in a press release that it is expanding the recall of peanut butter made at its Blakely, Ga., facility and is voluntarily recalling peanut paste made at the same plant. The company said the peanut butter and peanut paste were distributed to institutions, food services industries, and private-label food companies in 24 states, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Korea, and Haiti.”In addition, affected product was used as an ingredient in other products that may have been distributed in other states,” the company said, emphasizing that none of its recalled peanut butter is sold to consumers through retail stores.The peanut butter and peanut paste involved in the expanded recall was made on or after Jul 1, 2008, at the Blakely, Ga., facility. The company said tests on environmental samples and a small number of unopened containers have yielded Salmonella, though the company did not say if the pathogen matched the national outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium.The recall affects 200 lots of peanut butter and peanut paste as well as 52 lots of coarse natural paste, according to PCA.PCA is advising companies to segregate and hold the product and call PCA for further instructions.Meanwhile, Kellogg Corp. said in a press release today that Salmonella has been found in one package of its Austin peanut butter sandwich crackers, one of the brands the company has already recalled. The company did not indicate if the Salmonella found in the package of crackers matches the national outbreak strain.On Jan 14 customers and consumers were advised by the company to hold certain cracker brands pending more information from PCA. Two day later Kellogg recalled the products and said it has asked its salespeople and a retrieval company to remove the recalled products from store shelves.In other developments, more companies recalled products that may contain possibly tainted peanut butter or peanut paste supplied by PCA. The companies include:Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products: Wal-Mart Bakery peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no-bake cookies, and peanut butter fudge no-bake cookies; Lofthouse brand peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no-bake cookies, and peanut butter fudge no-bake cookies; Parco Foods’ Chuck’s Chunky food service peanut butter cookies; Pastries Plus gourmet cookies; Food Lion Bake Shop peanut butter cookiesMeijer: cheese and peanut butter sandwich crackers, toasty peanut butter sandwich crackers, peanut butter and jelly ice cream, peanut butter cup ice creamGeneral Mills: Larabar peanut butter cookie flavor snack bars, JamFrakas Blisscrisp peanut butter flavor snack barsSo far the outbreak strain has been connected to 474 illnesses in 43 states, according to a Jan 17 update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak may have played a role in 6 deaths, and 107 case-patients have been hospitalized.Agriculture officials in Georgia and Connecticut have isolated Salmonella in unopened 5-pound jars of King Nut peanut butter and are awaiting further test results to determine if the pathogen matches the outbreak strain. Earlier this month, public health officials in Minnesota found the outbreak strain in an open container of King Nut peanut butter, a bulk brand that is produced by PCA but is distributed to food service institutions by King Nut Corporation.See also:Jan 19 Kellogg press releaseJan 19 General Mills press releaseJan 18 CIDRAP News story “FDA warns not to eat selected peanut butter products”Jan 19 Meijer press releaseJan 18 Ralcorp Lofthouse press releaseJan 18 Ralcorp Wal-Mart product press releaseJan 18 Ralcorp Food Lion press releaseJan 17 CDC Salmonella outbreak updateJan 18 FDA outbreak updatelast_img read more

Sustainable tourism is a key direction of tourism development

first_imgThis is the conclusion of the conference “Challenges and perspectives of sustainable tourism in Croatia”, which was held to mark 2017, as the year of sustainable tourism for the development of the World Tourism Organization, under the auspices of the United Nations. .The conference “Challenges and perspectives of sustainable tourism development in Croatia” was held in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, on the occasion of marking the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The conference was organized by the Network for Sustainable Development of Croatia under the co-sponsorship of the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Lika Destination Cluster, which organized a conference on the Plitvice Lakes.The conference, which was attended by a large number of representatives of tourist boards from all over Croatia, local action groups, representatives of local and regional self-government units, the scientific community and people from the tourism industry, discussed the need to integrate the wider community into education, promotion and implementation of sustainable philosophy. tourism development. Representatives of the three ministries addressed the conference; Mr. Igor Kreitmeyer, Assistant Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Robert Pende, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Ms. Nikolina Klaić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds.From previous examples of tourism development on the coast, we could see all the advantages and disadvantages of tourist expansion. The danger of mass tourism and its seasonality and all the consequences that such a form of tourism brings with it is especially emphasized. Some places on the Adriatic in the summer months become unbearable for tourists who come on vacation as well as for the domicile population. The danger of spatial devastation was also pointed out.Sustainable tourism development rests on three pillars: economic sustainability, social responsibility and environmental protection.Successful implementation requires the cooperation of seemingly opposing sectors, such as tourism construction and space protection. There are many bad examples of non-cooperation of the mentioned sectors in Croatia and that is why we must approach further development carefully and professionally so that further spatial “pollution” does not occur. If we look through the history of the construction of cities and settlements, we will see that in the past much more attention was paid to the culture of construction and materials that were appropriate to the climate.Sustainable tourism means involving the population and coexisting with tourists because they are just coming to experience, feel and taste what they do not have in their area. Cooperation between service providers and local producers is highly valued and sought after today. Rural households that, in addition to agricultural activities, also offer the service of accommodation and food, must get their place in the tourist offer. It is not uncommon for a fast food product to be more expensive than a domestic and healthy product of an agricultural household that has only produced that food. In the context of the development of continental tourism, education is needed as well as strategic assistance in sustainable development.Based on the lectures and interactive panel discussion, conclusions were reached according to which the philosophy of sustainable tourism should be promoted at all levels of society, integrate tourism development stakeholders to adopt specific sustainability projects (TZ, JLS, LAG, associations…), create, promote and implement small projects “Sustainable tourism in practice ”and certainly legally regulate and improve mountain tourism as well as other selective forms of tourism in Croatia, following the example of good examples of developed countries.last_img read more

Kopački Rit gains new values ​​through EU projects

first_imgThe Naturavita project, with a total value of around HRK 400 million, is just one of the current projects that are being prepared or implemented in the area of ​​Kopački rit, and are mostly financed from European Union funds.The project includes the demining of about 200 hectares of mine suspected areas, restoration and protection of forests and forest land in protected and Natura 2000 areas in the Danube-Drava region and water protection and water-dependent ecosystems, reducing the risk of fire and other natural disasters and education and promotion of ecosystem services . The start of the project is expected at the end of this year and will last until 2020.Millions of investments are the result of systematic project preparation and, as the prefect Ivan Anušić points out, synergistic action of Croatian Forests, Croatian Waters, Osijek-Baranja County, Public Institution Nature Park Kopački rit and the Agency for Management of Protected Natural Values ​​in Osijek-Baranja County. “Kopački rit has a central place in the tourism strategy of Osijek-Baranja County because it is an area that does not exist anywhere else in Europe. It is legally called “European Amazon”, and with our joint projects and activities we want to offer it to tourists as a top destination of natural heritage and riches. The County participates in all projects, and we are sure that progress and results in Kopački rit will be shown very soon. ”Said the prefect of Osijek-Baranja County, Ivan Anušić.Contracts for two more valuable projects were signed within the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020.The first refers to the renovation of the castles in Tikves, ie the creation of the Presentation and Education Center. Through the project, the old and new castle with an annex to the presentation center will be renovated and arranged, the parking lot will be renovated / built and the entire complex will be horticulturally arranged. A new storage facility will also be built for the equipment needed to protect and monitor the park. The project is planned to be realized by 2021, and its value is 61.066.740,42 kuna without VAT.The second project is the construction of a new infrastructure of the tourist port Sakadaš and the development of new educational facilities in the area, which will enable greater turnover of visitors. The purchase of a new electric excursion boat and solar-powered boats is also planned in order to provide visitors with a completely new experience of flora and fauna in Kopački rit. The project is worth more than 11 million kuna, and their implementation is scheduled for 2021.last_img read more

The first Novotel hotel will open its doors in Zagreb at the end of 2020

first_imgThe company Rox from Zagreb has signed a contract with the hotel group Orbis SA, the exclusive holder of the Novotel license for Eastern Europe, for the construction of their first hotel in Croatia.Orbis SA is a strategic partner of AccorHotels, which connects more than 4.500 hotels, complexes and residences worldwide.  “Novotel is the world’s leading brand of modern hotels and tourist complexes in 59 countries, ideally located in the heart of major international cities, business zones and desirable tourist destinations. The passion that this brand cultivates for work perfectly suits our location in Zagreb. I believe that this hotel will be recognized as a central place for organizing business events, but also as an oasis of peace for rest and relaxation.”Said Ivo Krištić, President of the Management Board of Rox dooThe hotel will offer 170 rooms, a bar, a restaurant, a wellness center and rooms intended for business users. Zagreb’s Novotel plans to open its doors by the end of 2020. “Croatia has become one of the most attractive countries for investors in the hotel sector. We are very proud that the local partner decided to work with the Novotel brand and chose Orbis as the manager for this top project. Zagreb is one of the most important business centers in Southeast Europe – a very dynamic and creative city. Guests looking for rest and relaxation, but also business users will truly enjoy Novotel”Added Gilles Clavie, CEO and CEO of Orbis Group.Located in a great location, on Slavonska Avenue, only 20 minutes from the city center and 15 minutes from the international airport, Novotel Zagreb will provide superior accommodation and a unique experience for both business users and guests looking for a vacation.last_img read more

Education for the safety of the owners of family accommodation in Zadar County was held

first_imgTomislav Klarin In the continuation of the lecture, Sanja Bubičić from the Administrative Department for Economy, Tourism, Infrastructure and EU Funds, emphasized that Zadar County takes special care of private renters of island and rural areas and, recognizing the need to raise the quality of accommodation in existing facilities and raise the level of service , placed a lending program with a subsidized interest rate for approved loans. Sanja Bubičić Those renters who are already good hosts and who have decorated their rooms, apartments / studio apartments and holiday homes and belong to the quality club “Welcome”, have made commendable strides in quality and originality of the offer, Sanja Bubičić invited to apply for the Public Call for “Welcome” award for the best renters. It will be published in October on the Zadar County website, and the winners will be announced and officially awarded as part of the awards ceremony in December 2019. Cash prizes with plaques will be awarded to media representatives, which, in addition to recognition, aims to ensure media-intensive promotion of excellence, creativity and professionalism in the field of private accommodation services as well as further encouragement of innovation in tourism and interconnection and exchange of experiences of all actors. in the tourist offer of Zadar County. In order to increase the level of self-protective behavior of citizens and the level of equipment with technical protection facilities and reduce the risk of target groups becoming victims of crime, within this project, research was conducted and its results were presented by Tomislav Klarin from the Department of Tourism and communication sciences, University of Zadar. In his presentation, he stressed the importance of security as an element of the tourist offer because it is almost a prerequisite for the arrival of a guest in a particular destination. Presenting data from other research conducted by the University of Zadar, he pointed out the positive and negative effects of tourism in Zadar County as a tourist destination, especially those related to its island population. Damir Hordov Ivana Marić, Police Prevention Officer of the Office of the Head of the Zadar Police Department, introduced the participants to the statistics on crimes that occur during the tourist season and pointed out the importance of self-protective behavior of each individual in preventing crimes, especially property.center_img The intention is to continue touring and educating private landlords in dislocated areas of Zadar County. Source / photo: Zadar County As part of this prevention project, the County Administrative Department for Economy, Tourism, Infrastructure and EU Funds, in cooperation with the Zadar Police Department, printed leaflets “Safe Vacation” with advice on self-protective behavior handed out to renters and employees of tourist boards. , conveyed the advice to as many citizens and tourists staying in their accommodation facilities as possible. Damir Hordov from the Zadar County Tourist Board introduced the renters to the project of marking quality in family accommodation brand name “Welcome” as well as the associated subbrands “City”, “Rural”, “Family” and “Bike”. As this is a group of standards and criteria that seek to create a new basis for connecting the holders of family accommodation and supplement the existing system of categorization in order to increase competitiveness and quality of apartments, rooms and houses that are rented privately, he invited Quality club. Marketing association creates preconditions for strengthening the tourist season and positioning Zadar County as a recognizable tourist destination. As part of the preventive project “Safety in Zadar County Tourism”, which has been implemented for six years in the organization of the Zadar Police Administration, Zadar County, University of Zadar and the Zadar County Tourist Board, “Education for family accommodation owners in Zadar County” was held in Preko . On that occasion, representatives of tourist boards and renters gathered in private accommodation on the islands of Ugljan and Pašman, Zadar County reports.last_img read more

621 thousand overnight stays were realized during the holidays

first_imgThe realized holiday tourist traffic exceeded the expectations of the CNTB, and as the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić points out, the results further confirm the fact that Croatian destinations work well and continuously on the development of year-round tourist offer. “Attractive contents and rich Advent programs have been created, which introduced us to 2020 in a positive atmosphere. We have a very challenging tourist year ahead of us, but we are full of optimism in maintaining our country’s competitive position in the large international market. “, concluded Staničić. Cover photo: Advent in Osijek Observing tourist traffic only on the coast, during the Christmas and New Year holidays in the Adriatic counties there were 134 thousand arrivals and 405 thousand overnight stays, while on the continent together with the city of Zagreb there were 104 thousand arrivals and 216 thousand overnight stays.  Looking at the destinations, most overnight stays in the mentioned period were realized in Zagreb, Opatija, Poreč, Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Split. Most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Germany and Italy.  center_img According to the data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, in Croatia during the Christmas and New Year holidays, ie in the period from December 20, 2019 to January 6, 2020, it was realized 238 thousand arrivals i 621 thousand overnight stays, which compared to the same period last year represents an increase of 8 place in arrivals and overnight stays.  Looking at the counties, most overnight stays on the coast were realized in Istria, Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County, while on the continent most overnight stays were realized in Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje and Međimurje counties. last_img read more