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Ivory Coast election: Alassane Ouattara wins amid boycott

first_img– Advertisement – “They should stop because Ivory Coast needs peace, these are criminal acts and we hope that all this can stop, so that after the election this country may continue on its course of progress, which it has enjoyed over the last few years.” – Advertisement – Mr Gbagbo also put himself forward to stand in this year’s election but the electoral commission blocked him because he had been convicted in the Ivorian courts. What’s the background to the tension? Alassane Ouattara, 78, economist. Became president in 2011, serving his second term after years in opposition. It added that a significant number of voters were disfranchised because polling stations did not open, adding that even those people who were able to vote did so “in a context of fear and anxiety”. At least nine people were killed during Saturday’s vote, news agency AFP reports. Related Topics His supporters argued that a constitutional change in 2016 reset the clock and that his first term did not count. In the eastern town of Daoukro, protesters erected roadblocks. Meanwhile tear gas was used to push away demonstrators who gathered close to where the president cast his ballot in the main city, Abidjan. Opposition figures say it was illegal for Mr Ouattara to stand for a third term as it broke rules on term limits. But, in July, the ruling party’s previous presidential nominee, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a heart attack. After voting in Abidjan on Saturday, Mr Ouattara called for an end to the protests. His opponents do not share that view, arguing instead that it is illegal for Mr Ouattara to run for a third term. Main opposition candidates Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié had urged their supporters not to vote. “An election is the moment when a society comes together to experience and live out democracy, but the context that prevailed on election day… shows that a large segment of the Ivorian population did not experience this election in peace,” PTI Advocacy Group said in a statement. Ivorian anti-riot police use tear gas to disperse opposition supporters in Blockhauss, Abidjan.

Oregon Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Heroin and Cocaine, and New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

first_imgA study by the Florida Policy Institute, a think tank backing the increase, found that the higher wage would directly benefit 2.5 million workers in the state. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. OAKLAND, Calif. — The march to decriminalize drugs moved further across the nation on Tuesday despite continued federal prohibition.Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. And in New Jersey and Arizona voters decisively passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. Cannabis is now legal across a large bloc of states in the West — from Washington down to the Mexican border — and well beyond.- Advertisement – The amendment was supported by unions and the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and was opposed by business organizations representing construction companies, citrus farmers, hotels and restaurants.In Louisiana a measure supported by two anti-abortion Democrats, Gov. John Bel Edwards and State Senator Katrina Jackson, passed comfortably. Amendment 1 would add these words to the State Constitution: “Nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion, or require the funding of abortion.”In Mississippi voters approved a new state flag with red, yellow and blue stripes, a magnolia flower and the words, “In God We Trust.” The state’s previous flag, which dated to 1894 and contained a Confederate battle cross, was decommissioned by lawmakers in June.There were 38 statewide citizen initiatives being decided across the country on Tuesday, about half the level of the last presidential election, when there were 72. Experts attribute the decline to the effect of the coronavirus, which has made gathering signatures more difficult. When all measures are tallied, including those placed by legislatures on the ballots, there are a total of 124 statewide ballot initiatives this year, down from 154 four years ago.Noam Scheiber contributed reporting. Oregon voters also legalized psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, for people age 21 and older. Proponents said the move would allow the drug to be used to treat depression, anxiety and other conditions.- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 12:19 a.m. ETcenter_img – Advertisement – Cannabis was also on the ballot in Montana, Mississippi and South Dakota. If all of the marijuana measures pass, cannabis will be legal for medical use in three dozen states and recreational use will be allowed in 15.The Oregon measure would make possession of small amounts of what have long been considered harder drugs a violation, similar to a traffic ticket, and no longer punishable by jail time. The law would also fund drug addiction treatment from marijuana sales taxes. Even in a year when the number of citizen initiatives in states across the country was sharply down from the last presidential election, the diverse slate of measures offered a chance to gauge the mood of the nation.In Florida, where the two presidential candidates were within a few points of each other, voters approved a pro-labor amendment to the Constitution that will raise the minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour in 2026.Florida becomes the eighth state to enact a minimum wage of $15, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but the first state that Donald J. Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election. The District of Columbia has also enacted a $15 minimum wage.- Advertisement – Under the measure, the state minimum wage would rise from its current hourly rate of $8.56 to $10 next September, and then increase by $1 every September through 2026. After that, annual increases would be tied to inflation. Florida’s measure, known as Amendment 2, earned a place on Tuesday’s ballot last December and needed at least 60 percent of the vote to pass. With 99 percent of the vote counted, the measure had slightly more than 61 percent.last_img read more

Wisconsin election official says nearly all votes counted; NBC has Biden leading

first_imgWASHINGTON – A top election official in Wisconsin confirmed Wednesday that nearly all the votes in the state have been counted in the presidential election. NBC News has not independently called the race yet. “All of the ballots have indeed been counted,” Meagan Wolfe, the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, told NBC’s Today. “We’re not seeing that there’s any counties that haven’t posted their results on their websites,” Wolfe added.- Advertisement – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a get out the vote event at Sharon Baptist Church on November 01, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Wolfe later clarified that there are two small towns still outstanding, with around 600 votes between them.NBC News currently has Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by 20,697 votes, with an estimated 97% of the vote in.An estimated total of 3.3 million votes have been cast in Wisconsin, according to NBC News. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Biden is currently winning 49.5% of these votes, while Trump is winning 48.8%. The state, which was carried by Trump in 2016, is considered a must-win for both candidates, neither of whom won 270 Electoral College votes outright on Tuesday. The two campaigns are now locked in a post-election day battle to win key battleground states that have yet to count all their ballots.This is a developing story, please check back for updates. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Apple Store Goes Down Ahead of iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max Pre-Orders in India, US, Other Key Markets

first_imgApple online store in India, US, Japan, Australia, and the UK seems to be down ahead of pre-orders of iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini. The pre-orders are slated to begin at 6.30pm IST and the shop pages for all products are not working. Even the Mac and iPad listings weren’t functioning at the time of writing. This isn’t unusual as Apple tends to shut down online activity every year ahead of all of its big iPhone launches. The iPhone 12 mini is the cheapest in the range, starting at just Rs. 69,900.The Apple Store India website has put up a message that reads, “The weekend’s almost here. And so is pre-order. Won’t be long now. Pre-order begins at 6:30 PM.” All of the product pages seem to be working fine and show specifications and overview properly, but when you click on the Shop or Buy button, the above-mentioned message pops up. The same happens even when you click on the Buy button for Mac and iPad products on the site. This is likely due to Apple configuring backend work to get the site up and running before the pre-orders begin. The Apple Store went down ahead of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders last month as well. The India online store was launched in September this year.- Advertisement – In the US, Apple has put up a message on its online store stating, “You’re… early. Pre-order begins at 5:00 a.m. PDT. Enjoy the extra sleep.” We noticed that the online store is down in Australia, Japan, and the UK as well.For those looking to pre-order, the iPhone 12 mini price in India has been set at Rs. 69,900 for the 64GB storage variant, while its 128GB storage model carries a price tag of Rs. 74,900 and the top-end 256GB storage option is priced at Rs. 84,900. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, in contrast, starts at Rs. 1,29,900 for the 128GB storage variant. Its 256GB option is priced at Rs. 1,39,900 and the highest 512GB storage model carries a price tag of Rs. 1,59,900.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for 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.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Twitter flagged Trump’s morning tweets as potentially misleading.

first_imgWASHINGTON — Twitter flagged all of President Trump’s early-morning tweets on Saturday as disputed and potentially misleading after he made baseless claims about election irregularities.In a series of posts, Mr. Trump focused his ire on Pennsylvania, where a loss in the state would seal his fate as a one-term president. Mr. Trump was trailing former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. by about 28,000 votes when he tweeted.- Advertisement – Within an hour, Twitter had put a warning label on all four of the tweets, saying that the content of his claims “might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”Twitter has grown increasingly aggressive about flagging Mr. Trump’s false statements even as the president, in the days since Election Day, has spread false stories about “illegal ballots” and has demanded that local officials in several states stop counting ballots prematurely. – Advertisement –last_img read more

News: Etihad to launch Israel connection next spring

first_imgEtihad Airways will launch a daily scheduled year-round flights to Tel Aviv, the economic and technological centre of Israel, following normalisation of diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates. – Advertisement –last_img

Facebook Is Now Using AI to Help Human Moderators Identify Posts That Need Review

first_img– Advertisement – Having said that, Facebook knows that AI is not the perfect solution for all problems and cannot solely help moderate content on its platform.“We’ve optimised AI to focus on the most viral and most harmful posts, and given our humans more time to spend on the most important decisions,” said Chris Palow, a software engineer in Facebook’s interaction integrity team.Facebook has also developed a local market context that helps understand market-specific issues, including the ones that emerge in India. This will allow the machine learning algorithms to consider local context and help mark out content that could impact a particular group of people, Palow explained.In addition to the new changes to its content moderation, Facebook has announced that it is expanding access to its Rights Manager to give all page admins on its platform and Instagram with the ability to submit copyright protection applications. This will allow more creators and brands to issue takedown requests for the content re-uploaded on both Facebook and Instagram. The Rights Manager was piloted with certain partners in September.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Facebook was initially relying on a chronological model to deal with content moderation. However, it over time started making a shift towards AI and enabled the system to automatically find and remove content that isn’t suitable for the masses. That automation helped recognise duplication reports from Facebook users, identify content such as nude and pornographic photos and videos, limit the circulation of spam, and prevent users from uploading violent content.Now, Facebook wants to go beyond automation and use its machine learning algorithms to sort the reported content on the basis of priority to help utilise its human reviewers optimally.“We want to make sure we’re getting to the worst of the worst, prioritising real-world imminent harm above all,” Ryan Barnes, a Facebook product manager who works with its community integrity team, told reporters during a press briefing on Tuesday.- Advertisement – Facebook is using its algorithms to intelligently rank user reports in a way that its human reviewers could review and filter out all the content that couldn’t be caught by computers but is harmful for the society. One key factor that the company is taking into consideration is around how popular a violating content could potentially be on the platform.“We look for severity, where there is real world harm, such as suicide or terrorism or child pornography, rather than spam, which is not as urgent,” Barnes said.Additionally, Facebook is considering the likelihood of violation and looks for the content that is similar to what already violated policies. This would help prioritise areas where human reviews are important.- Advertisement – Facebook says it is improving the way it moderates content on its platform by using artificial intelligence (AI). The social networking giant, which has a content review team of around 15,000 reviewers who review content in over 50 timezones, receives a significant amount of user reports on objectionable content on an active basis. However, as reviewing those reports is vital to build an effective social network, Facebook is now deploying machine learning. This helps to prioritise reported content. Facebook is also boosting copyright protection by allowing page admins to submit copyright requests.Content moderation is must for a massive platform like Facebook. But with thousands and millions of users posting content simultaneously, it is not an easy task to filter out something that is not harmful or objectionable at first glance. The growth of hate speech and violent posts on social media is also making it difficult for human reviewers to put a stop on all inappropriate content. Thus, Facebook wants to use its AI and machine learning skills to speed up the filtering process.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Vietnam to expand restrictions to fight avian flu

first_imgApril 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam will get rid of small live-poultry markets, cull ducks, and convert to factory-style farming in 15 cities and provinces to beat back the H5N1 avian influenza virus, under plans announced yesterday.An existing ban on poultry raising in Ho Chi Minh City will be extended to Hanoi, Hue and Danang, Quang Ninh, and the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho, among other places, according to a report published yesterday by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Free-range waterfowl breeding will be banned, the Agriculture Ministry announced.Poultry vaccinations will begin in August, and the program will expand to high-risk areas in early October, AFP reported. The estimated $6.3 million for each year of the 2-year program will be paid by the Vietnamese government.Compliance with the existing rules for containing avian flu has been spotty, according to a Bloomberg News story.A government report issued April 18 said poultry checks remain inconsistent at international borders, many farmers don’t know how to prevent flu among birds, dead poultry are not properly disposed of, and sick poultry continue to be consumed, according to the Bloomberg story. In Ho Chi Minh City, where poultry raising has been banned, chickens still roam freely, the story said.”The awareness of people and administration at all levels of the danger of the disease is not yet complete,” the report said. “The implementation of our laws on animal health is not yet serious, especially on reporting about the epidemic, trading, transportation, and the slaughter of poultry.”As Vietnam pushes for internal changes, Asian nations are emphasizing collaborations among countries. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended a 2-day conference in Bangkok today by pledging greater cooperation in fighting avian flu. Specifically, the conference emphasized developing vaccines, improving data-sharing, and defining public health responses, AFP reported.Asian countries should push harder to stockpile antiviral medication and develop vaccines, experts said.”Each individual country should develop their own bird flu vaccine, and we should not be preoccupied and worried about the infringement of intellectual property,” said Senator Kraisak Choonhavan, chairman of Thailand’s senate foreign relations committee, as the conference wrapped up today.A World Health Organization (WHO) official emphasized speedy sharing of information.”Collaboration in research can lead to a better understanding of the problem, and this is important because this is an evolving or changing infectious agent,” the WHO’s Southeast Asia regional director, Samlee Plianbanghcang, told AFP. “The avian influenza virus can modify and change itself, so we need to be constantly updating, exchanging information between countries.”last_img read more

FDA to ban enrofloxacin use in poultry

first_img Abbott Laboratories, maker of sarafloxacin, another fluoroquinolone used in poultry, accepted the FDA proposal and withdrew the product. But Bayer appealed the plan, which triggered hearings in 2003 before an administrative law judge, who upheld the FDA proposal. Bayer then appealed the decision to the commissioner of the FDA. Jul 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to ban the use of the antibiotic enrofloxacin (Baytril) in poultry because of the risk that it promotes drug-resistant bacteria that can be harmful to humans. The FDA said that when poultry are treated with enrofloxacin, some Campylobacter microbes survive and remain in carcasses that reach retail stores. If the bacteria are not killed by proper cooking, they can cause illness in humans. The illness can be severe in the very young, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions, the agency said. The ban will take effect Sep 12, but Bayer Corp., manufacturer of the drug, has 60 days to appeal the decision to a federal appeals court, FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford said in an announcement yesterday. The decision does not affect other approved uses of the drug. “We applaud Commissioner Crawford and the FDA for acting decisively to protect the public’s health,” David Wallinga, MD, MPA, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, said in the release. See also: “Fluoroquinolones used in humans are ineffective if used to treat Campylobacter infections that are resistant to them,” the FDA said. “This failure can significantly prolong the duration of the infections and may increase the risk of complications. The proportion of Campylobacter infections that are resistant to fluoroquinolones has increased significantly since the use of enrofloxacin in poultry was approved in the U.S.” The organization Keep Antibiotics Working, a coalition of groups concerned about drug-resistant microbes, said in a news release, “This action is the first time the FDA has ever withdrawn an agricultural antibiotic from the market because of concerns about antibiotic resistance affecting human health.” An Associated Press (AP) report quoted Bayer spokesman Bob Walker as saying the company was surprised and disappointed by the decision. He said company officials would review it before deciding how to respond. Enrofloxacin is in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics. The FDA first announced its intention to ban the use of fluoroquinolones in poultry in October 2000 because of evidence that they spawn resistance in Campylobacter, a bacterium that chickens and turkeys commonly carry without becoming ill. Jul 28 FDA announcementhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108467.htmlast_img read more

‘Gene chip’ test could speed H5N1 diagnosis

first_imgNov 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists say they have developed an inexpensive “gene chip” test that can quickly identify a variety of influenza A viruses, including H5N1, and is less apt to be confused by viral mutations than other tests are.A research team from the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the test and will report their results in the Dec 15 issue of Analytical Chemistry. The test involves a microarray of genetic material—short sequences of known RNA deposited on a microscope slide.The team says the test has a key advantage over other available tests in that it is based on a single gene segment that mutates less often than the gene segments used in other tests, meaning it may not have to be updated as frequently as viruses evolve.Researchers examined the test’s ability to identify 24 H5N1 viral isolates and distinguish them from seven non-H5N1 isolates. They found that the “MChip” provided complete information about virus type and subtype for 21 of the 24 H5N1 isolates and gave no false-positives, according to a news release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which funded the research.The samples were collected between 2003 and 2006 from people and animals in places as widely separated as Vietnam, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. Six of the human isolates were taken from an Indonesian family in which human-to-human transmission was suspected.Analysis of 47 samples consisting of influenza A viruses (subtypes H5N1, H3N2, and H1N1) and negative controls revealed the test’s clinical sensitivity was 97% and its clinical specificity was 100%, according to the journal article.Nancy J. Cox, PhD, director of the CDC’s influenza division and a coauthor of the report, said in the press release that the new technology, when commercially available, could revolutionize the way laboratories test for influenza.”The MChip could enable more scientists and physicians, possibly even those working in remote places, to more quickly test for H5N1 and to accurately identify the specific strain and its features,” Cox said. “This would greatly increase our ability to learn more about the viruses causing illnesses and take the best steps to respond.”Kathy L. Rowlen, PhD, a University of Colorado professor who led the research team, said in the news release that the MChip is an improvement over its predecessor, the FluChip. The latter uses three influenza genes—hemagglutinin (HA), neuraminidase (NA), and matrix (M)—whereas the MChip uses only the M gene.Rowlen said HA and NA are difficult to use in flu diagnostic tests because they mutate constantly. “The M segment is much less of a moving target than the HA and NA gene. We believe that a test based on this relatively unchanging gene segment will be more robust,” she said.The MChip displays results as a pattern of fluorescent spots that are automatically interpreted by artificial neural network software designed to eliminate human error. Rowlen said the software component will make the test easier to use in the field.Rowlen told CIDRAP News that a private company is negotiating with the University of Colorado to manufacture the test for commercial use. She projected that the deal will be completed within the next few months, but she wasn’t sure when the test would be submitted for approval to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “It depends on how much time and energy the company can pour into it.”If approved by the FDA, the MChip system could be in great demand in a flu pandemic. Rowlen said foreign supply-chain disruptions in the event of a pandemic would probably not seriously affect MChip production. She said most of the raw materials used to make the test, such as glass slides and reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction reagents, are supplied by US companies. The cost of the raw materials is about $10.Dawson E, Moore CL, Dankbar DM, et al. Identification of A/H5N1 influenza viruses using a single gene diagnostic microarray. Anal Chem 2006 Dec 15, in pressSee also:Nov 13 NIAID press release on MChiphttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/Pages/mchip.aspxDawson ED, Moore CL, Smagala JA, et al. MChip: a tool for influenza surveillance. Anal Chem 2006 Nov 15;78(22):7610-5 [Abstract]Aug 29 CIDRAP News story on FluChip test: “New test may enable more labs to subtype flu viruses”last_img read more

Indonesia reports 2 H5N1 deaths

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Feb 13 to include a clarification about the number of avian flu cases in Indonesia that have been confirmed by the World Health Organization.Feb 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry yesterday announced two H5N1 avian influenza deaths, involving a woman and a boy from West Java, according to news services.The woman, 22, died yesterday morning at Slamet Hospital in Garut, and a 9-year-old boy died in the same hospital later that afternoon, the Jakarta Post reported today. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms their cases and two other cases reported by Indonesian officials last week, the country’s official avian flu toll will be 85 cases with 65 deaths.The woman apparently had contact with dead chickens a week before she died, hospital spokesman Yogi Suprayogi told the Associated Press (AP) yesterday. He said hundreds of chickens had mysteriously died in the woman’s village, Karangpawitan, about 125 miles southeast of Jakarta, in recent days, and four other people from the woman’s village had become ill.Few details were available about the boy. The Post reported he was referred to Slamet Hospital 2 days ago. His family brought him home from the hospital yesterday morning, but hospital officials persuaded the family to bring him back, the story said.I Nyoman Kandun, Indonesia’s health minister, told the Post that the two deaths serve as a reminder to keep people and poultry apart. “Other provincial administrations should follow the Jakarta administration in its effort to keep poultry away from people,” he said. Mass culling of birds and backyard poultry was set to begin Feb 1 throughout Jakarta and surrounding areas, but the city has been hit by massive flooding in recent days.West Java Health Agency Director Yudi Prayudha said 27 people from West Java had been infected with avian flu since last 2005, and 23 of them died.Meanwhile, South Korea reported another avian flu outbreak in poultry 2 days ago, bringing the total since November 2006 to six. The outbreak occurred at a chicken farm in Ansong city in Kyonggi province, about 50 miles southeast of Seoul, and agriculture officials have confirmed that it is the H5N1 strain, Bloomberg News reported.In response to the outbreak, agriculture officials ordered the culling of 240,000 birds, including 133,000 chickens, Bloomberg reported. The Korea Times reported today that though the new outbreak is about 30 to 40 miles from two of the recent outbreak sites, authorities think it unlikely that the virus spread from one of the latter sites, the Times reported. Instead, officials suspect it was spread by migratory birds living near the Ansong River.In Pakistan, government officials confirmed that H5N1 avian flu had been detected in a chicken flock and peacocks at a home in Islamabad, the capital, the AP reported yesterday. It was the third such finding in a week, the AP said. Pakistan had poultry outbreaks in 2006, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), but no human cases have been reported.See also:Nov 22, 2006, FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by countryhttp://www.fao.org/docs/eims/upload/217700/aidenews_nov06_no44.pdflast_img read more

LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin presented three new standards

first_imgGenerator of continental tourism in Međimurje County and its surroundings, LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin are now proud of the fact that they can add Meetings, Congress and Bike Hotel standards to the already adopted standards.In addition to continuously presenting the adopted novelties from health tourism to visitors, three more standards can now be added to the list: Bike, Congress and Meetings Hotel.Thus, Hotel Spa Golfer 4 * is the first hotel in continental Croatia to adopt a standard Bike Hotel. This guarantees visitors a high level of service quality, and provides a rich cycling infrastructure with as many as 700 kilometers of landscaped bike paths. In addition to the Bike Hotel, Terme has adopted two additional standards: Meetings Hotel and Congress Hotel.Photo: LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin”The special standards we received give us and the guests some good information. For us, it is a confirmation that everything we have done so far in terms of creating quality for congress guests, as well as for our cyclists, has grown into a quality product and service that is eventually recognized and awarded special standards. It is a recognizable seal of quality for the guests because they know that they are safe in our hands and that they will receive a high level of service. We are very honored to be the first in Croatia to receive a special standard for a Bike hotel because it is an item on which we build our story of activity and healthy living. pointed out the director of hotel operations Jelena BerečićThis completes the entire offer – gastronomy, wellness, health, congress, bathing and sports tourism are located in a single point – LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin.last_img read more

SURVEY / Key obstacles to the development of agritourism in the Split-Dalmatia County

first_imgRELATED NEWS:COMPLETE STUDY OF ACCEPTANCE CAPACITIES OF TOURISM IN SPLIT-DALMATIA COUNTY PUBLISHED In order to know the real situation on the ground and with the aim of argumentative discussion, ie involving as many “brains” and sharing knowledge, because two heads are always smarter than one, I invite you to fill out surveys on key obstacles to agritourism in Split-Dalmatia counties.Namely, Ana Marinelić, a final year student of Management in Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Faculty of Economics in Split, is conducting a survey on the attitudes of key agritourism stakeholders on key obstacles to agrotourism development in the Split-Dalmatia County and prays that more Family farms as well as tourism experts are involved and give their opinion.The aim of the thesis is to bring a quality conclusion and possible solutions to possible problems of agritourism in the Split-Dalmatia County.Spatially the largest county in the Republic of Croatia, 14.045 km², rich in preserved nature, beautiful islands and coast, cultural attractions, from Diocletian’s Palace in Split to the old town of Hvar, Split-Dalmatia County is realizing its potential as one of the leading tourist areas. But is it really so? – Ana Marinelić asks.The high seasonal concentration of tourist demand and the pronounced coefficient of tourist saturation in coastal and island destinations, and the associated seasonal congestion of the existing communal and transport infrastructure indicate the need to diversify the tourist offer and “redirect” to rural SDŽ and agritourism. “The fact that 12.468 family farms are registered in the Split-Dalmatia County, while about 52 of them are engaged in tourism as a supplementary activity is the best indicator of the state of agritourism in the county, which really has great potential not only for tourism and the Croatian economy, but also for local population and revival. traditions ”, Marinelić points out, and invites everyone to take some time and answer the questions honestly.The survey is anonymous and all data remains strictly confidential and will be used exclusively in batch processing, and will later be used as part of a new project. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER portal HrTurizam.hr, the whole paper and publish.Survey 1 refers to owners / employees of agritourism, while the second survey is intended for owners / employees of family farms – family farms. If you want to help student Ana Marinelić with advice on the development of agrotourism in SDŽ, feel free to contact her via Linkedina, any advice will surely come in handy in making a dissertation.SURVEY 1 – For agritourism owners / employees  Key obstacles to the development of agritourism in the Split-Dalmatia CountySURVEY 2 Key obstacles to the development of agritourism in the Split-Dalmatia County – attitudes of agricultural holdings – for family farm ownersDo you think that education and knowledge is the most powerful weapon we can use for positive change? Do you agree with the statement that two heads are smarter than one? Do you encourage constructive and argumentative thinking, creativity and lifelong learning? Do you agree that knowledge must be available to everyone? Do you invest and encourage young people to show their knowledge and affirm themselves in their field of education and future work?If these values ​​are compatible with your business and personal philosophy, support the popularization of science in tourism and the Knowledge is Power project, which aims to popularize science and educate tourism professionals and encourage constructive and argumentative discussion because only then can we develop as individuals and as a society.More about the project KNOWLEDGE IS POWER which starts in early September find out HERElast_img read more

How the passion for fashion inspires fashion-conscious travelers from Croatia

first_imgTravel and fashion are a perfect combination and almost half of passengers from Croatia agree that it is extremely important to present themselves in the best edition (48%) on the trip. Whether the emphasis is on functionality or fashion, holiday clothing is an important part of every trip, from planning and packaging to the trip itself, according to research data booking.com conducted by the company among 21.500 global travelers from 29 countries, including respondents from Croatia, Research reveals how fashion affects travel and self-esteem, as well as fashion choices, not only during travel but also after returning home.Vacation is a time during which we leave worries at home, move away from all difficulties and leave ourselves to a completely new environment. Therefore, it is not surprising that one in four (27%) passengers from Croatia feel more confident when traveling than at home. Travel clothes play a very important role, with one in three travelers from Croatia considering their holiday clothes a secret for self-confidence during the trip (29%).The survey data also reveal that the main reason for self-confidence for travelers from Croatia is staying with people they feel comfortable with, such as friends and family (72%). On the other hand, poor clothing choices can destroy travelers ’self-confidence, with one of the main reasons travelers feel a lack of self-confidence while traveling being the fact that they have chosen clothes that are more functional and less in line with fashion trends.In addition to self-confidence, choosing clothes for the trip can affect the everyday mood on the trip itself. When asked how the choice of dressing style affects us, the three main emotions that travelers from Croatia mentioned were comfort (64%), relaxation (64%) and freedom (57%). Moreover, the data indicate that the influence of fashion style lasts much longer than the trip itself, with almost half of travelers from Croatia (47%) being inspired to change their own style after returning home.Every trip is often preceded by a very stressful preparation that includes research, planning and packaging. Almost half of passengers from Croatia agree that it is extremely important that they look great on a trip (48%). The same goes for the best clothing combination for photos with the aim of posting on social networks (28%). In fact, one in 10 (9%) travelers from Croatia is so focused on their appearance while traveling that they would rather spend money on a new piece of clothing than on an activity.When planning what to wear on a trip, travelers from Croatia mostly find inspiration in friends (71%), family members (62%), on TV programs (40%) and in fashion and style influencers (28%), asking for advice on it which should by no means be left out of such an important suitcase with travel clothes.But there are also some aspects of travel that can spur a real stylistic revolution: A little healthy competition can serve as an incentive to dress better because one in five passengers from Croatia (18%) has a desire to dress better than a passenger, which can affect what they pack.Popular fashion designer and Booking.com ambassador, Christian Cowan, he points out if it is not at all strange that we want to wear everything we see on vacation even when we are at home. ” While at home, we get used to a certain way of dressing, but on the trip, our horizons expand and we are open to new possibilities when it comes to fashion style, materials and colors. Locals are the best source of inspiration. Discovering local fashion styles and taking on a new look after returning home makes us feel like a new person, whether it’s just a new hairstyle, a clothing combination with slightly bolder colors or a scarf with some striking local motif.”Travel outside your own comfort zoneWhen it comes to style, travelers are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone while on a trip, to try on new and different clothing combinations that reveal hidden personality elements. One in five (16%) passengers from Croatia says that their travel clothes are brighter and more colorful than everyday clothes, and more than a quarter of passengers from Croatia (26%) opt for slightly bolder travel combinations. A smaller proportion of passengers from Croatia (16%) say they are more booked or withdrawn on a trip. Travel also reveals styles that are worn only on the trip, but not at home:”Traveling is an ideal time to experiment with new fashion styles because the environment often allows you to be bold and adventurous when it comes to lettering, textures and accessories. Take the perfect opportunity and try on some clothing combination that you would never wear at home, whether it is due to a different culture or climatic conditions. When it comes to fashion style I have only one piece of advice: be bold or don’t even try!”Concluded Christian Cowan.last_img read more

In 2019, 13 million overnight stays were realized in non-commercial accommodation facilities

first_imgZadar County realized the most overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation In 2019, the number of arrivals in non-commercial accommodation decreased, but the number of tourist nights increased, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). * Non-commercial accommodation facilities / These are tourist traffic realized in houses and holiday apartments that are not rented commercially to guests or catering activities are used in them and they are used seasonally or occasionally and night owners, members of their families, other relatives and friends , which the owner is obliged to report and deregister to the tourist board of the municipality or city. They are followed by the County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar with 124 thousand arrivals and 3,6 million overnight stays of tourists and the County of Istria with 95 thousand arrivals and 2,0 million overnight stays of tourists. Thus, in 2019, 515 thousand tourist arrivals and 13,1 million tourist nights were realized in non-commercial accommodation facilities in the Republic of Croatia. Compared to 2018, that is 0,6% fewer arrivals and 4,4% more tourist nights. In the structure of total overnight stays of foreign tourists staying in non-commercial accommodation facilities, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Slovenia (47%). They are followed by tourists from Bosnia and Herzegovina (12%), Germany (9%), Serbia (7%), Austria (4%) and Italy (3%). Tourists from other countries realized 18% of tourist nights. Source: CBS / Photo: CBS In 2019, the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation facilities was realized in Zadar County, 145 thousand arrivals and 4,5 million tourist overnight stays. In the structure of total realized tourist arrivals, 27% of arrivals were realized by domestic tourists, and 73% by foreign ones. In the structure of total overnight stays, 47% of overnight stays were realized by domestic tourists and 53% by foreign tourists. Traditionally, most nights are spent by foreign tourists from Slovenia On average, 25,5 overnight stays per tourist were realized. Domestic tourists spent an average of 44,5 nights, while foreign tourists spent 18,4 nights.last_img read more