Watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez sum up the importance of unity—without abandoning progressive values

first_imgOcasio-Cortez reminded viewers of what many on the left already realize, saying that progressives have “assets to offer the party that the party has not yet fully leaned into.” She added that the conversation is deeper than simply “saying anything progressive is toxic and a losing message.”Here are those clips.xRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on criticism from within the Democratic Party: “There are, at least in the House caucus, very deep divisions within the party and I believe that we need to really come together and not allow Republican narratives to tear us apart” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/7AYH24xw3f— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 8, 2020- Advertisement – Here is former Ohio Governor John Kasich pressing the narrative that Biden needs to listen to Republicans, as opposed to the “hard left” or “far-left,” when it comes to policy and getting things done. And here is Ocasio-Cortez responding to that assertion.xJohn Kasich, who did not deliver Ohio to Dems, is saying folks like @IlhanMN, who did deliver Minnesota, are the problem.Please don’t take these people seriously and go back to celebrating and building power 🎉 https://t.co/kXAv3UfmgQ— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2020 On Sunday morning, Ocasio-Cortez talked to Tapper about butting heads within the House and her message to her peers.“If you look at some of these some of the arguments that are being advanced,” Ocasio-Cortez told Tapper, “that ‘defund the police hurt’ or that arguments about socialism hurt, not a single member of Congress, that I’m aware, of campaigned on socialism or defunding the police in this general election.” What’s a possible solution other than dropping progressive values from the campaign trail? Ocasio-Cortez suggested digital campaigning as an area where centralized democratic operations can improve, and become more resilient to Republican attacks.“I believe that we need to really come together and not allow Republican narratives to tear us apart,” Ocasio-Cortez said on divisions within the House caucus. Noting that the House holds a narrower majority than before, the New Yorker stressed that it’s “going to be more important than ever for us to work together and not fight each other.”- Advertisement – xEvery single swing-seat House Democrat who endorsed #MedicareForAll won re-election or is on track to win re-election.Every.👏🏽 Single.👏🏽 One.👏🏽— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2020And on a heartwarming side, Ocasio-Cortez also talked to Tapper about what it meant to her as a woman of color to see a Black woman elected to the White House. “It’s really incredible,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “For so many of us, especially women, we have grown up… And I know, my entire childhood, we are told we are too emotional, and that this country would never elect, first, a Black president. And luckily, that happened, with the election of Barack Obama, but now, a woman of color, and no less, a Black woman, to the second-highest seat in the land. I mean, it’s really remarkable. You can’t be what you can’t see. That’s very often said. It’s so amazing that so many little girls are growing up with this being a norm for them.”center_img – Advertisement – As we know, all four members of the Squad were reelected this November, as well as Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush, a progressive activist. Bush will be Missouri’s first Black congresswoman. We also saw a rainbow wave across state and local elections, and a groundbreaking number of Muslim Americans elected to office. Certainly, all of those wins are victories to be celebrated.That said, Democrats carry a majority in the House, but a smaller one than before. And people from all sides of the aisle have thoughts on what might have cost people votes or seats—blatant support for movements like defunding the police, Black Lives Matter, Medicare for All, and such among them. On a private call, for example, Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger from Virginia suggested to colleagues that “no one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Garmin Brings Pregnancy Tracking to Its Wearables, Offers Kegel Reminders and Weight Gain Recommendations

first_imgGarmin has introduced a new feature helpful for pregnant women. It enables pregnancy tracking for its wearable lineup, allowing users to track their pregnancy on a weekly basis and the baby’s growth patterns. It also offers educational content on nutrition and exercise. This feature is available through the Garmin Connect IQ app and can be enabled in the menstrual cycle section. Once enabled and set up, users can easily alter their training goals, and get Kegel practice and hydration reminders.The wearable company has announced this new feature via a blog post. The company notes that the pregnancy tracking feature is available on the Vivomove wearable range. But it could also come to other Garmin wearables, at least those that offer menstrual cycle tracking.- Advertisement – Which are the best truly wireless earphones under Rs. 10,000? 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. Pregnancy tracking will have to be enabled in the Garmin Connect app by heading to User Settings > Women’s Health > Cycle Type > Pregnancy. Users will have to offer details on their last period and other information to assess the current status of their pregnancy. After the information is filled in, users will have to download the Pregnancy Tracking Connect IQ app to start using the feature on their wearables.As mentioned, this feature allows for tracking pregnancy week by week. It brings the ability to manually enter and track baby movement and blood glucose levels. There are customised reminders for Kegel practice and setting of hydration goals. This new feature also offers weight gain recommendations, and tracks sleep and ‘Body Battery’ to ascertain weekly body changes.Furthermore, this new Garmin pregnancy tracking feature offers educational content related to exercise and nutrition. It also offers an approximate gestational age of the baby and offers you a visual representation of how big your baby is — by comparing it to fruits and vegetables. These features are similar to what other baby tracking apps like Baby Center offer, but you can get reminders on the wrist with Garmin and the measurements of body changes by a wearable may also be a little more accurate.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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PNC BBVA deal, regional bank stocks, financials, shares

first_imgPNC Financial climbed on Monday after agreeing to buy the U.S. unit of Spanish banking company BBVA for $11.6 billion in cash.The rest of the regional banks surged, too. The KRE banking ETF ended the session more than 4% higher.- Advertisement – “If you look at where they unloaded their shares of BlackRock, they were at very good valuations. And while they’re giving up massive margins which come with BlackRock which are 40% margins, they’re still buying into a high-margin business, and one that is complimentary to their business. It opens up Texas, Alabama, Florida, Colorado, California, New Mexico and Arizona so this is a really interesting buy for them,” Sanchez said during the same “Trading Nation” segment.PNC sold its position in BlackRock for roughly $14 billion in May. It used the proceeds of the sale to finance its BBVA purchase. The deal is expected to close in mid-2021. Disclaimer He highlighted $44 as a level of support and upside as high as $55, the level the KRE ETF traded in February before the Covid pandemic market losses. The shares closed Monday at $49.16.  As for PNC’s deal, Gina Sanchez, CEO of Chantico Global and chief market strategist at Lido Advisors, said the acquisition should prove beneficial to the company, particularly after it sold its stake in asset manager BlackRock earlier this year.  – Advertisement – “The train has definitely left the station on this one. [It’s] dealing with some near-term overbought conditions. With that said, we have a market weight position on the industry and think it can continue to rally with this broad market breakaway,” he said.center_img Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, sees the outperformance as a positive for the rest of the market.“The regional and the large banks are emblematic of the bear market in key risk areas that were suffered between 2018 and 2020 and are now reversing higher. So I think for the market as a whole, this is very bullish. It represents a market now firing on all cylinders,” Wald told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Monday.After a 21% rise in three months, Wald added that the regional banks may need to cool off before resuming the rally.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Canada to boost feed restrictions to prevent BSE

first_img A Canadian Broadcasting Corp. report on the CFIA announcement said that it fell short of critics’ demands that all animal parts be removed from all animal feed. The Canadian action pertains to specified risk materials (SRMs)—tissues that, in infected cattle, harbor the abnormal prion proteins that cause BSE. SRMs generally include the skull, brain, spinal cord, eyes, tonsils, vertebral column, small intestine, and certain nerve bundles. Both Canada and the United States require the removal of SRMs from carcasses intended for human consumption. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) did not say when the restriction would take effect. US officials, in announcing their preliminary decision, suggested it would be several months to a year or longer before the restriction would be imposed. The purpose of banning SRMs from all animal feeds is to reduce the risk of cross-contamination in feed manufacturing, whereby SRMs used in chicken or pig feed could enter cattle feed if both kinds of feed were made with the same equipment. A ban would also limit the risk from giving cattle the wrong kind of feed. The CFIA noted that an international team that reviewed Canada’s response to the BSE case found in Alberta last year “strongly endorsed” the removal of SRMs from all animal feed. “Feed restrictions are universally recognized as the critical measure to contain the spread of BSE,” the agency said. Cattle contract BSE by eating protein from infected cattle. Both Canada and the United States banned the use of cattle materials in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals in 1997. However, cattle protein is still used in feed for nonruminant farm animals (pigs, chickens, horses) and in pet food. Canada announced the decision Jul 9, the same day the US government said it had tentatively decided to take the same step but wanted to gather public comments on the move first. In February, an international team of experts recommended a ban on SRMs in all animal feed as a critical step for preventing the spread of BSE. The team reviewed the US response to the case of BSE discovered in Washington state last December. The CFIA said, “Preventing these potentially infectious materials from entering the entire feed production chain at the start diminishes the effects of potential cross-contamination of ruminant animal feeds that could occur as feed is produced and distributed. Based on risk analyses, removing SRM from animal feed will more quickly reduce the incidence of BSE in North America by preventing future disease spread.” The CFIA said it would introduce a “regulatory proposal to require the removal and redirection of SRM and dead and downer cattle from all animal feed, including pet food.” The agency said it was weighing “various options” for the ban in consultation with numerous stakeholders and other governments, including the United States. See also: Jul 13, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Canadian government has announced it will ban high-risk cattle parts from all animal feeds, including pet food, as a further step to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Jul 9 CIDRAP News story, “FDA sets BSE-related rules but delays action on feed”last_img read more

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Japan again bans US beef over BSE fears

first_img Dec 12, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Japan ends BSE-related ban on US beef” Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced the renewed ban Jan 20, just a few weeks after shipments had resumed in mid-December. US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns called the presence of the spine material “an unacceptable failure on our part” to honor the agreement with Japan and promised to take corrective actions. Johanns said he had ordered additional USDA inspections at plants that process beef for export. He also promised to: Order unannounced inspections at facilities that produce beef for export. The Japanese Agriculture Ministry said inspectors found cattle backbone material in 3 of 41 boxes in a 389-kilogram shipment of beef from Atlantic Veal & Lamb Inc., according to a Jan 20 Associated Press (AP) report. The firm is located in Brooklyn, N.Y., other reports said. Investigate the violation and report to the Japanese on the findings and corrective actions. When he was asked if he viewed the renewed import ban as an overreaction, Johanns replied, “I do not believe so at all. . . . In some situations we have taken the same sort of action where we would close borders.” Transcript of Jan 20 USDA press conference Atlantic Veal & Lamb has been barred from shipping beef to Japan, Johanns said. “We will take the appropriate personnel action against the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service [FSIS] employee who conducted the inspection of the product in question and approved it for shipment into the Japanese marketplace,” he added. In a Jan 20 news conference, Johanns said backbones from cattle younger than 20 months are not classified as SRM under US regulations, but the agreement with Japan banned all cattle backbones. “Very clearly what we have learned about this shipment is that it failed to meet the terms of the agreement,” he said, according to a transcript. Provide for further training of FSIS inspectors on export requirements. Jan 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Japan has again banned American beef following the discovery last week of cattle spine material in an imported shipment, a violation of the recent bilateral agreement designed to keep beef tainted with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of Japan. Japan cut off imports of US beef after the nation’s first case of BSE was found in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in December 2003. Japan officially agreed on Dec 12, 2005, to resume imports of beef from cattle no more than 20 months old. The agreement required the removal of specified risk materials (SRM)—tissues likely to be contaminated in BSE-infected animals—such as the brain, eyes, vertebral column, spinal cord, and tonsils. Send a team to work with the Japanese to reexamine US beef already in Japan to confirm compliance with the agreement. In a statement, Atlanatic Veal & Lamb said, “We regret that there was a misinterpretation of the export requirements and an honest mistake involving a very small amount of product that has led to this degree of concern.” “This just simply should not have happened,” he said. Atlantic Veal & Lamb statementhttp://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/statement-of-atlantic-veal-and-lamb-on-suspension-of-ability-to-export-53683637.html See also: The inspector who approved the meat for shipment to Japan “for whatever reason just did not connect to the fact that the vertebral column needed to be removed before it arrived in Japan,” Johanns said. The company said it was “absolutely confident” that the product was safe. “It is important to note that Atlantic Veal produces veal derived from very young animals—animals that have never tested positive for BSE. We estimate that the veal we shipped came from animals who were less than 4 1/2 months of age,” the statement said.last_img read more

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Novartis claims success in trial of cell-based flu vaccine

first_imgOct 24, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis claimed success last week in a phase 3 clinical trial of a seasonal influenza vaccine produced in cell culture rather than in eggs, the conventional production method.In a news release, the company said volunteers who received the vaccine had at least as strong an immune response as did volunteers immunized with an egg-based vaccine containing the same flu virus strains.The company, which presented preliminary findings at a flu vaccine conference in Vienna, said the safety profiles of the two vaccines were similar.Flu vaccines have been grown in chicken eggs since the 1950s. A number of companies are working on cell-based production, but no cell-based flu vaccine has yet been licensed. Novartis said it applied for European Union approval of its vaccine in June.”Novartis is committed to bring cell culture–derived influenza vaccine to market,” company CEO Jorg Reinhardt said in the news release. Cell culture is seen as a slightly faster and considerably more flexible production technology than the egg-based method.The Novartis vaccine is grown in canine kidney cells. Company officials said the product is a subunit vaccine, meaning it contains individual viral proteins rather than whole virus particles.In the phase 3 study, conducted in Poland in the 2004-05 flu season, 1,300 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 and 1,354 volunteers older than 60 were randomly assigned to receive the cell-based vaccine or an egg-based vaccine, Novartis reported. Each volunteer received one dose.Researchers found no difference in the immunogenicity of the two vaccines, both of which met all three immunogenicity criteria of the European Union’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, the news release said. Rates of local and systemic side effects were similar for the two vaccines in both age-groups.When asked how long it takes to produce the cell-based vaccine, company officials told CIDRAP News by e-mail, “Currently, basically the same as egg-based except lead times are much shorter and start-up is more flexible.”Officials said Novartis has completed phase 1 and 2 trials of the vaccine in the United States and will report the results in 2007. Currently the company is “in dialogue” with the Food and Drug Administration about the design of a phase 3 trial, they reported.last_img read more

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More results point to 1-dose regimen for H1N1 vaccines

first_imgSep 11, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – US health officials offered more evidence today that a single dose of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccines may be enough to protect adults, saying preliminary findings in government-sponsored trials reinforce early results from company trials announced yesterday.In the government trials, large majorities of nonelderly adults had a “robust” immune response just 8 to 10 days after receiving H1N1 vaccines made by Sanofi Pasteur and CSL Ltd, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), at a news briefing this afternoon.Elderly people had somewhat lower response rates of 56% and 60%, but that is in line with older people’s response to seasonal flu vaccines, Fauci reported. The two vaccines were tested without adjuvants and at the same doses used in seasonal flu vaccines: 15 micrograms (mcg) of antigen.Since the H1N1 vaccine is new, most experts had expected it would take two doses to protect people. Evidence that one dose is effective means more people can be protected with a given amount of vaccine, and a single-dose regimen also means faster protection, since 2 doses have to be given at least 3 weeks apart.However, officials acknowledged today that, with the virus spreading rapidly in several states, the vaccine may come too late for some people. Doses are expected to become available in quantity starting in mid October, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the virus is currently widespread in 11 states—five more than a week ago.Also, it remains likely that young children, who have little or no previous exposure to flu or flu vaccines, will need two doses of H1N1 vaccine. The first results of trials in children are expected in about 2 weeks, Fauci said.Yesterday, CSL and Novartis reported that large majorities of adults had a strong immune response to single doses of the companies’ vaccines after 21 days. The Novartis vaccine contained an adjuvant (MF59), while the CSL product did not. US officials hope to be able to use vaccines without adjuvants, because adjuvanted flu vaccines have not been used in the United States before and doing so would raise regulatory issues. (Novartis is testing its vaccine both with and without its adjuvant.)The US government has ordered H1N1 vaccines from CSL, Novartis, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, and Medimmune. Federal official have said the biggest share, about 45% of the supply, is expected from Novartis.At today’s press conference, Fauci said, “I’m very pleased today to be able to tell you that the initial results from the NIH [National Institutes of Health]-sponsored trials corroborate and reinforce the findings from the companies.” The trial showed that “a single 15-mcg dose of unadjuvanted vaccine is well tolerated and induced an immune response in healthy adults that is generally predictive of protection.”Researchers took blood samples 8 to 10 days after vaccination to test immune responses. They found that the Sanofi vaccine induced a “robust” immune response in 96% of adults aged 18 to 64 and in 56% of adults 65 and older, the NIAID said in a news release.Similarly, a single 15-mcg dose of the CSL vaccine generated a robust response in 80% of adults between 18 and 64 and in 60% of older adults, the agency said.The slight differences between the two vaccines may be due to technical differences in the preliminary measurement of the amounts of antigen in the doses used and the lmited number of samples studied so far, the statement added.On the safety side, “There have not been any significant adverse events whatsoever,” said Fauci. The most common side effects have been swelling and redness at the injection site, not unusual with flu and other shots.The lower immune response rate in older people was not surprising, Fauci said. “The results we’re seeing are essentially right on the money of what we see with seasonal influenza vaccine. Elderly individuals generally have less of a response,” he said. Older people are not a priority group for H1N1vaccination, since they appear to have some protection against the virus, apparently because of past virus and vaccine exposures.Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the results very encouraging. Based on the expectation of a two-dose regimen, “we thought people wouldn’t be fully immunized until after Thanksgiving,” but the trial results suggest that the first vaccine recipients will have immunity weeks earlier, she said.A leading flu vaccine expert, Dr. Gregory A. Poland of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said he was pleasantly surprised by the findings announced yesterday and today.”We’ve all made the assumption based on past history that with a novel antigen it would take two doses” to generate immunity, he told CIDRAP News. “So maybe H1N1 isn’t as novel as H5N1, where clearly two doses were necessary to reach protective levels of immunity in only half the population.”Referring to the CSL vaccine, he added, “The important news is that this was without adjuvant. I think most everybody thought we’re talking two doses, or one dose with adjuvant. This is somewhat preliminary, there were only 240 subjects . . . but this is very good preliminary news.””This will make a major difference in our ability to respond to the pandemic, because you can immunize so many people so much more quickly,” Poland added. “This means a 2-week time frame before you have immunity versus a 5-week time frame.”At the same time, he said it’s highly likely that young children will need two doses of the vaccine. The standard advice is that children younger than 9 need two doses of seasonal flu vaccine if they’ve never been vaccinated before, he noted.”I suspect what’ll happen [with the H1N1 trial results] is that as we work our way down the age range, there’ll be some age where you’ll need two doses,” Poland said. “The question is, ‘When is one enough?'”Federal officials have said they expect that the first 45 million to 55 million doses of vaccine will start flowing to vaccinators in mid October. At today’s briefing, Dr. Jesse Goodman, director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said, “October 15 continues to look like a reasonable target for a substantial amount of vaccine. We’re certainly doing what we can to make some available sooner.”He also expressed satisfaction that 15 mcg seems to be an adequate dose, since federal officials advised the vaccine manufacturers a few weeks ago to proceed on that assumption.But in response to a question at today’s briefing, Fauci acknowledged that with the virus spreading rapidly, the vaccine may arrive too late for some people. Given that the novel virus just emerged in April, “the amount of time to make the vaccine was quite good, but there could be peaks [in cases] before people get vaccinated,” he said.Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the timing of H1N1 outbreaks will vary in communities across the country, adding, “We do believe that many prevention opportunities will be possible with this vaccine.”Poland, commenting on the timing question, said, “We’re already seeing in colleges that as kids get back and are in large congregated groups, boom, they have flu in there. . . . So clearly it’ll be too late for them. But the sooner we get the vaccine the better,” and a one-dose regimen will mean people will be protected weeks earlier.See also: Sep 10 CIDRAP News story “Early results suggest 1 dose of H1N1 vaccine may be protective”Sep 11 NIAID news releaselast_img read more

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Finally comes a new era of amusement parks that are different and modern

first_imgNot every city, especially those on the sea, can have an amusement park like the first Croatian theme amusement park for children and adults Fun Park Mirnovec in Biograd na Moru, which opened this year, but in Vodice, Zadar and Bibinje they realized how the tourist offer of their places can be expanded with an amusement park for children.This logic was followed by Vedran Jukić from Vinkovci, who set up and opened amusement parks in these three places with the consent of the local self-government, which attract many visitors every day. ”There has been an amusement park in Vodice for 6 or 7 years, in Zadar for 4, and in Bibinje for two years, and this has greatly improved and enriched the tourist offer of these places. Amusement park Jukić is a unique amusement park in our area. I believe that it is in the interest of every city to enrich the offer of its facilities and amusement parks for children. All the equipment in our amusement park is top notch and it is no longer even like those amusement parks we used to see in our cities. We offer a carousel, mini ferris wheel (large wheel that lifts visitors high), children’s train, adrenaline park, mini cars, free fall, pirate boat, slides and inflatable playrooms, children’s trains, adrenaline parks, trampolines, bungee trampolines, dragon, cars and more ” says Vedran Jukić owner Amusement park Jukić.”We are the only ones in Croatia to have a Baroque carousel, which is extremely attractive to us for Advent, but also in summer events. Attendance is satisfactory and foreign and domestic tourists and even locals come to us. Tourists are thrilled because they have a place to leave their children and know they are safe while they relax and drink coffee”, Points out Jukić, adding that all equipment must be correct and tidy and they pay special attention to that. “My safety comes first, I go through the whole safety list a hundred times every day, because if there is any omission on our part, I can close the company immediatelySays Jukić.At first glance, when we say “amusement park”, we immediately see a film of those old amusement parks that do not instill much security and that have been there for decades. Such amusement parks do more harm than good because, on the contrary, they ruin the reputation of a tourist destination. But times are changing, and so are amusement parks that are more modern and thus serve their purpose – and that is a quality additional content of a tourist destination.”We are the only ones in Croatia to have a Baroque carousel, which is extremely attractive for us for Advent, but also in summer events” – Vedran JukićFor now, the local self-government is not generous about issuing consents and permits, says Jukić, and the reason is the poor perception of old amusement parks, which is good because they care about the quality of their content, while on the other hand the biggest challenge is to change the bad perception. “There are amusement parks in several places on our coast, ours differs in the variety of offers and newer attractions that we have introduced. We pay special attention to landscaping. I have an idea to offer campsites and hotel houses setting up an amusement park for their guests. I plan to open a few more amusement parks in places where I manage to get a permit because I have enough equipment. My desire, and I plan to do so, is to create a brand of amusement parks that will be recognizable by their appearance, quality of equipment and safety. For now, I am satisfied, although the visit has not reached the level we expect in all places, but I believe that everything I do has a perspective”, Concludes Vedran Jukić.On small projects like these tourist destinations can stand out with their offer and attractiveness to visitors. Those who have children know how impossible it is to walk past an amusement park and not stay in it. But at the same time, parents in this way during the evening find satisfactory content for their little ones who are willing to pay and maybe next year they will choose the destination according to such content that they want to consume on vacation.If we are developing a tourist destination as a destination for families with children, then the focus is certainly on content that is primarily intended for children, because children are the first focus of parents. From animation for children, amusement parks, children’s playgrounds, events and creative workshops, bicycles for rent with added seats, arranging promenades by the sea with a fence to the entire infrastructure such as setting fences along the promenades if they are elevated so that children do not fall on the rocks or sea etc…To conclude, content, content and only quality and diverse content. Why is this most important and why is the main focus on the content? That is why the motive for coming is not accommodation, but the offer and content of the tourist destination.last_img read more

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Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch from Velika Plana was named the best family accommodation in Croatia

first_imgAs part of the Family Accommodation Forum, the Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia awards for family tourism and the EHHA awards for the European House of the Year were presented.The award for the best accommodation for a wellness holiday went to wellness Villa Biocrystal from Hreljin, while the recognition for the best accommodation for an active vacation went Willie Falcon Rook from Konavle, a Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch from Velika Plana is the best eco-accommodation. They were declared the best accommodation for the family Sunny apartments in Zagreb.It was chosen as the best accommodation for staying with pets cottage Berry from Pokupsko, the best accommodation without barriers is boarding house Mamica from Pušćina, and the most original accommodation is Bear’s Log from Rakovica. The award for the best accommodation in rural tourism went to the hands B&B Tinka from Momjan, was chosen for the best accommodation in nature B&B Casa Rustica from Vodnjan, was declared the best accommodation on the coast Villa Evelyn from Fažana, and as the best accommodation in the city it was defended apartment Emerald from Zagreb.The statue for the best family accommodation in 2017 in Croatia went into the hands Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch from Velika Plana.Winners of the Tourist Flower Bruce and Megi Yerkovich with the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli and the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Josip Zaher / Photo: Croatian Chamber of Commerce”I am very touched by this award and recognition. We have been working for ten years and over time we have received various awards and recognitions from Europe, and this is our first award from Croatia, so this is our favorite recognitionSaid Bruce Yerkovich.Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch, an intimate and luxurious haven nestled on 50 hectares of Velebit Mountain, a UNESCO-protected and untouched wilderness. As the only luxury ranch in Europe included in the famous travel guide DK Eyewitness Travel, the ranch is a first-class riding destination in Croatia, attractive to those looking for an ecological holiday destination in an adventurous spirit. The restaurant serves seasonal food freshly picked in nature or procured as part of a collaboration with the local community, and in addition to activities with horses, they also offer canoeing, hiking, trekking, biking in nature and caving.The Secretary General of the European Family Tourism Association (EHHA), Villaro Lassen, presented the EHHA awards to four winners from Croatia, Villa Falcon Rook from Konavle as the best family house, and was chosen as the most original house. Villa Vista from Zamasko in central Istria, the best house on the coast is Villa Sreser from Peljesac, and the best wellness house Villa Vadediji from Žminj.Related news: 4th FAMILY ACCOMMODATION FORUM OPENS / Minister Cappelli announces recategorization of family accommodation and favorable HBOR loanslast_img read more

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Last year, 18 percent more passengers were realized at airports

first_imgIn the period from January to December 2017, 116 thousand aircraft landings and take-offs were realized at Croatian airports, which is 7,1% more than in the same period of 2016, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).More than 9,5 million passengers were embarked and disembarked at Croatian airports in 2017, which is 17,6% more than in 2016.Zagreb Airport generated the most passengers, with over 3 million passengers, which is 12 percent more than last year. After Zagreb, Split had 2.8 million passengers, an increase of 23 percent, and in third place is Dubrovnik Airport with 2.3 million passengers, an increase of 20 percent.last_img

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