Month: November 2020

Glass Slippers records famous success in Turf Sprint | Racing News

first_imgGlass Slippers gave Europe a first ever victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint when striking for North Yorkshire trainer Kevin Ryan at Keeneland.Winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye in 2019 and just touched off from a poor draw in last month’s renewal, the four-year-old filly showed just how much she thrives in the latter part of the campaign with a dramatic success.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Glass Slippers was not the best out of the gates and Tom Eaves was happy to place her towards the rear of the field, but near the rail.Up front, Bombard and Into Mystic shared the early pace with Wildman Jack, Texas Wedge and Leinster joining in as the runners approached the top of the stretch.At that point, Eaves started to make his move on Glass Slippers, who was helped when a gap appeared as the early trail-blazers started to go back.- Advertisement –center_img Glass Slippers responded in game fashion and galloped on strongly all the way to the line, scoring by half a length from Wet Your Whistle with Leinster third.last_img read more

Why Wisconsin is in ‘crisis mode’ amid surging coronavirus cases

first_img“My take is there should be no debate — widespread testing is critical to controlling this virus, but that’s not the White House’s view on this,” Jha said.Jha added that while the nation’s testing capacity has increased, it isn’t fast enough to keep up with the surge of new Covid cases. According to the Covid Tracking Project, the average tests per day have topped 1.4 million, which is up 80% from two months ago. Casey advised communities across the country to follow the advice everyone has been hearing for months. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – According to the Wisconsin Department of Health, there are 293,388 confirmed cases in the state with 43,001 cases in just the past seven days. That is up 9,135 compared to the previous week. Casey warned that given the country’s current trajectory, Americans could see similar scenes playing out in Italy. Cotugno hospital in Naples struggled to find beds to deal with rising coronavirus infections and administered oxygen to patients while they were waiting in their cars.A record number of Americans — 143,000 — tested positive on Wednesday with the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data. It was the ninth straight day of more than 100,000 new cases. A record 65,368 victims were hospitalized, and more than 12,500 people are in intensive care, according to the Covid Tracking Project. On Wednesday, the virus killed more than 2,000 people, the most since May, JHU data showed. New predictions from the CDC show that the U.S. could add 40,000 more Covid-19 deaths by Dec. 5. Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told host Shepard Smith that the key to breaking the cycle of transmission was widespread testing. – Advertisement – “The most important thing is realizing that we all have to take an active part in stemming this pandemic,” Casey said.  “Wear a mask, socially distance, wash your hands — all these things are extremely important right now.” Dr. Paul Casey, emergency department medical director at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, told CNBC that his state was in “crisis mode” as one in three Badger State residents has the coronavirus. “All hospitals across the state are either at or nearing capacity,” Casey told “The News with Shepard Smith.” “Today we had a record number of Covid-19 cases, 7,500, and two weeks ago it was half of that, and this is straining us almost to capacity.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

USDA announces plans to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef

first_imgOct 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Officials from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today unveiled a host of actions that the agency hopes will blunt a recent spike in Escherichia coli outbreaks involving ground beef.The FSIS said in a statement that since January it has issued 15 recalls because of E coli O157:H7 in ground beef, of which eight were linked to illnesses. For comparison, the agency said it only issued eight recalls for strains of E coli in ground beef in 2006, none of which were related to illnesses.Measures announced today range from accelerating safety programs that were already in the works, such as a new follow-up testing program for beef plants that have had positive E coli O157:H7 tests to new initiatives such as verifying that sites are controlling the pathogen during slaughter and processing.”We want the American consumer to know that FSIS has taken a number of aggressive actions to respond to a recent increase in E coli O157:H7 recalls and illnesses associated with this pathogen and we are further expanding these efforts,” said Richard Raymond, FSIS undersecretary for food safety, in today’s statement.The FSIS said that in June it started noticing more positive E coli O157:H7 samples in ground beef. In response, it increased the number of tests for the pathogen by 75% in July, but results didn’t point to any unusual patterns.However, the issue came to a head in September when contaminated ground beef produced by Topps Meat, based in Elizabeth, N.J., sickened several people in mainly northeastern states and led to the recall of 21.5 million pounds of ground beef, one of the largest recalls in US history. Shortly after the recall, Topps announced it was ceasing operations because it could not bear the cost of the recall.E coli O157:H7 produces a toxin that causes diarrhea, often bloody, and abdominal cramps but usually no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days, but it can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), potentially leading to kidney failure or death, in 2% to 7% of patients. According to an Oct 18 update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Topps outbreak has so far been linked to 40 illnesses in eight states.The FSIS said it had already planned to launch new inspection routines that would incorporate a checklist designed to review whether suppliers and processors are taking the right steps to control for E coli contamination. Launch of the new system was scheduled for spring 2008, but it now will launch this November as soon as inspectors complete training on how to use the newly developed list. Checklist results will go into a database that will guide follow-up inspections.Raymond said in the FSIS statement that the Topps recall taught agency officials that they needed to do more to strengthen policies and programs. “We also realized that to make risk-based inspection in processing most effective, we need to strengthen our database that will support that system,” he added.Among the new measures to target E coli contamination, the FSIS said it would:Require beef plants to verify that that they are controlling E coli O157:H7 and provide processors with specific examples of controls that meet its safety criteriaTest more domestic and imported ground beef components, in addition to beef trim, which the FSIS began testing for in MarchIssue more rapid ground beef recalls when E coli contamination is suspectedBegin routine, targeted sampling for E coli O157:H7 at slaughtering and grinding facilities starting in January 2008; larger facilities will be tested more often, and data from inspector checklists will determine frequency at other sitesNotify countries that export beef to the United States about new policies and programs to control E coliConduct outreach and training sessions for small producers in October and NovemberConvene a meeting of experts and stakeholderson on E coli O157:H7 issues later this fallHold a meeting this winter for state and local public health officials on how to improve outbreak investigationsSee also:Oct 23 FSIS press releaseOct 18 CDC update on Topps E coli O157:H7 outbreakOct 23 FSIS comprehensive list of E coli reduction actionslast_img read more

A new panoramic lookout was opened in the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the unique ticket of the Lika destination was presented

first_imgYesterday, the newly built panoramic lookout tower located at Entrance 1 of the National Park was ceremoniously opened in the Public Institution “Plitvice Lakes National Park”. The new lookout will relieve the extremely well-visited existing lookout point and enable a larger number of visitors to enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the world – the view of the Great Waterfall.The director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Tomislav Kovačević, emphasized that the lookout was completely built by the employees of the National Park specializing in the maintenance and construction of paths and bridges within the Park, which he is extremely proud of. “Plitvice Lakes is a well-represented and valorized phenomenon that is admired by the whole world, which is best shown by the continuous increase in the number of visitors, especially visitors from Japan, whose number has increased by more than 40% this year. Also, it is important to note that out of the total number of tourists who visit the Republic of Croatia, 10% of them visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park. I am glad that the National Park and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy are cooperating in planning the renovation of infrastructure, especially hotels and other accommodation facilities, because it is known that guests staying in four or five star hotels stay in Croatia for a month longer than guests staying in lower quality facilities ” the minister pointed out  tourism Cappelli.Unique ticket to Lika destinationOn the occasion of the opening of the lookout, Tomislav Kovačević, director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, presented the joint ticket of Lika destinacije, which is part of a unique project of sustainable tourism development and destination branding in Croatia.Lika destination ticket which, in addition to visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park, allows visitors to visit other protected areas and sights within Lika destination – Paklenica National Park, Northern Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park (Zavratnica Bay and Cerovac Caves), Grabovača Cave Park and Barać Caves , The Croatian Center for Indigenous Fish and Crab Species of Karst Waters and the Nikola Tesla Memorial Center. “The joint ticket project was implemented in accordance with the principles of sustainable development that guide the Plitvice Lakes National Park, continuously strengthening cooperation with the local community and stakeholders outside the National Park. pointed out Tomislav Kovačević, director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park.The joint ticket is on sale from July 1, 2018 at the points of sale of the Plitvice Lakes National Park (Entrance 1, Entrance 2 and Flora), and vouchers for visiting protected nature areas and sights can be used by visitors until October 31, 2018. The ticket is available at a price of 300 kn for adults and 200 kn for children (7-18 years). A voucher package for entrances to all areas can be purchased at the Plitvice Lakes National Park at entrance 1, entrance 2 and the auxiliary entrance Flora.See more about Lika destination tickets herelast_img read more

Emirates in Split looking for new cabin crew members

first_imgEmirates, the world’s largest international airline, is looking for candidates in Croatia to join their international cabin crew.Tako aviokompanija sa sjedištem u Dubaiju organizira „Dan otvorenih vrata za nove članove kabinskog osoblja“ koji će se održati u Splitu u nedjelju, 12. kolovoza u 8 sati ujutro u hotelu Park Split (Hatzeov perivoj 3, Split). Kako ističu iz Emiratesa, nove pozicije, za koje se mogu javiti i žene i muškarci, rezultat su kontinuiranog rasta aviokompanije Emirates, uključujući i nedavno proširenje svjetske mreže destinacija te uvođenje novih zrakoplova u flotuCandidates who want to start their aviation career should come with updated resumes in English and a newer photo. No prior registration is required to come to the “Open Day”, and more information and details about the selection procedure can be found at: are a number of conditions that candidates must meet to apply for these positions, including the age of 21 at the time of joining the company and the mandatory minimum reach of 212 centimeters when standing on tiptoe. Candidates should be prepared for the possibility that they will have to spend the whole day on site. Those shortlisted candidates will be notified of the date and location of additional selection processes.Emirates cabin crew members receive a comprehensive “package” that includes a variety of benefits such as tax-free income, free shared accommodation in high-quality accommodation in Dubai, free transportation to and from work, health and dental insurance, and exclusive shopping discounts and activities in his spare time during his stay in Dubai. The package also includes attractive travel benefits throughout Emirates’ ever-growing global network of destinations located on six continents, to which all employees are entitled, as well as family members and friends.Emirates has been present on the Croatian market for more than a year and offers flights from the “Franjo Tuđman” airport in Zagreb.Emirates currently flies to 161 destinations on six continents and has a modern fleet of 270 aircraft. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft, and offers candidates who will become part of the cabin crew the opportunity to develop their careers through education and a unique cultural environment through cooperation with an international cabin crew team of over 135 nationalities, including more than 200 Croatians. .last_img read more

Dubai and Paris top the ranking of destinations according to the amount of visitor spending

first_imgBangkok, London and Paris are the most visited destinations in the world by the number of international visitors according to the results of the annual analysis of the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, which brings a list of 162 most visited cities in the world.In a world characterized by the rise of nationalism, international travel is becoming increasingly important – it breaks down barriers, broadens horizons and has a positive impact on economic growth. Leading cities owe their position to the ideal combination of business and leisure and strong local cultures.Asian and European metropolises are still the most visitedThe Mastercard Index not only presents a list of the most visited tourist destinations but offers a much deeper analysis and growth forecast for 2018 based on the number of visitors and spending last year. For the first time, the analysis provides an overview of the average duration of stay and the amount of daily consumption of tourists.Positive economic flows also influenced the increase in international travel. Thus, the ranking of the 10 most visited destinations in 2017 shows an increase in the number of visitors in almost all top destinations. The only exception is South Korean Seoul, which has experienced a decline. The forecast for 2018 indicates the continuation of the positive trend in all ten destinations, with Istanbul expecting the largest increase in the number of visitors – by almost 20 percent. With about 20 million international visitors staying overnight, Bangkok remains at the top of the rankings and growth projections for 2018 show that some other city will hardly surpass it. Interestingly, visitors tend to stay in Bangkok for 4,7 nights and spend an average of $ 173 a day. Source. MasterCardDifferent consumption in different destinationsThere are also differences when it comes to the amounts that visitors spend during their stay. Dubai is still at the top of the list of destinations in terms of the amount spent by overnight visitors, who spend an average of as much as 537 US dollars a day. The ranking of the top 10 destinations in terms of total consumption of international visitors in 2017 also included Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which is in second place, and Palma de Mallorca in Spain and the Thai island of Phuket. Of the most visited cities, tourists spend at least $ 108 a day in Istanbul.”International travel is crucial for the economies of many cities, and enriches the lives of locals and tourists themselves. The scale has been raised high and cities must be innovative to provide visitors with an unforgettable and authentic experience. We work closely with cities around the world to ensure the development of technology and positively influence the way they attract tourists, while preserving the original spirit of cities that makes them special. “, said Miguel Gamiño Jr., Executive Vice President for Development of Innovative Urban Solutions at Mastercard.Source. MasterCardlast_img read more

Greece’s new tourism campaign focuses on hospitality

first_img“We really need to understand how much we can offer through our hospitality and how much we are loved for it… Hospitality does not only mean perfect accommodation conditions… It is also the kindness and smile of the locals”, Concluded Dretta. The campaign was unveiled on Wednesday by private Greek marketing travel company Marketing Greece. Ioanna Dretta, the company’s CEO, presented the video to the audience of the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens. And while the sun and sea are still the main features of Greece, the main goal of the campaign is to emphasize the wider tourist offer as Greece supports the uniqueness and travel experience that visitors can experience. Visual campaign / The wide variety of offers, nature, culture, gastronomy and the very way of life of Greece, are presented in a new tourist campaign for foreign markets called “Oh My Greece | Unlock the Feeling. Greek tourism in 2018 recorded a positive increase. Specifically, in the period between January and September 2018, over 26 million tourists visited Greece, while tourism revenues increased by 9,1 percent, reaching 14,2 billion euros. The CEO of Marketing Greece emphasizes that a Greek tourism product can be a blend of nature, culture, gastronomy, habits and lifestyle, but it also provides something more direct: Greek hospitality.center_img Greek hoteliers made as much as 51,6 percent more profit than in the same period in 2017, reports the Greek tourism guide. The two-minute video shows a series of photos focused on the hospitality of locals who attract foreign travelers to the country to experience a real Greek holiday, the one after which they will say “Oh My Greece”. You can find more about the “Oh My Greece” campaign HERE. “We want to enrich the visitor experience with even more details. There is always more Greece to see… Greece that promises original, unique and authentic experiences”, Said Dretta during the presentation of the campaign. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Why do we have large wine imports and such low import-export coverage?

first_imgIt is the ZOI and ZOZP labels that guarantee consumers, among other things, that grapes and wine come from a specific area and that production conditions and physico-chemical and organoleptic parameters of wine defined by the producer’s specifications are controlled annually. On the other hand, we export quality wines that are recognized in the international market and that achieve a good price. There is certainly room for greater consumption of Croatian wine on the domestic market and abroad, especially with stronger promotion and branding through the protection of the geographical origin of wine with the designation of origin (ZOI) or the designation of geographical origin (ZOZP).  One of the problems is that the specifications of our WOGs are very broad and do not offer the right solutions to manufacturers or answers to consumers. “The time has come for our manufacturers to review the content of the specifications of existing protections and start creating new, more specific ones, which will best transpose the characteristics of the climate, tradition and excellence and thus develop the brand of a particular area. Name protection is a powerful marketing tool for producers, bait and consumer guarantee, and provides great opportunities for the development of local eno-gastronomy and tourism”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic.  At the same time, Croatian wines have established themselves on global wine charts, and our winemakers win medals at prestigious world competitions and events. Photo: “With smaller vineyards and a reduction in wine production, high food expenditures in the structure of household consumption in Croatia (28,2 percent) and lower purchasing power of the average Croatian consumer initiate the import of mostly cheaper wine compared to domestic prices. The average import price in 2018 was 1,26 euros, but as much as 75 percent of the amount of imported wine has an average price below 80 euro cents. It is a wine that usually arrives in bulk or in larger packages, without a protected geographical origin, and most often without a variety designation. On the other hand, the average export price of our wine is 2,8 euros, and significant quantities are exported to the EU and third markets at average prices above 10 euros for certain categories of wine.”, Explains Kovačević and adds that Croatian producers must continue to build a brand of quality, primarily through the protection of the originality and geographical origin of their wines.  Dragan Kovačević, Croatian Chamber of Commerce / Photo: Croatian Chamber of Commerce About a million hectoliters of wine are drunk in Croatia annually, of which between 750 and 800 thousand hectoliters come from domestic wineries, while the rest we import (from 250 to 300 thousand hectoliters). Between 50 and 55 hectoliters are exported, usually more expensive wines. Since joining the EU, our production has fallen, and imports have increased, with the area under vineyards also decreasing. Until not so long ago in 2004, we recorded a surplus in foreign trade in wine, and last year we achieved a deficit of 14,3 million euros, with the coverage of imports by exports of only 53 percent. In other words, from the pronounced self-sufficiency in wine production, today it has fallen to a level of about 75 percent.center_img The problems of the entire agricultural and food sector are clear on the Croatian wine market, and despite all the potential for sufficient production and knowledge and tradition, we do not produce enough wine for domestic needs, so we turn to cheap imports. But the question then is what is the problem, why do we have large imports and such low coverage of imports by exports? Four wine regions in Croatia The new Wine Act refers to four regional organizations of winemakers and winegrowers that correspond to four wine-growing, but also marketing regions of Croatia: Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region, Central Hilly Croatia, Croatian Istria and Kvarner and Dalmatia. Winemakers gathered in the National Wine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the professional service of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce are the initiators of this division, and these four regions are the backbone of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce brand strategy “Vina Croatia vina mosaica”. Dragan Kovačević, Croatian Chamber of Commerce: Better branding of domestic wines through ZOI and ZOZP as a remedy against cheap imports Croatia currently has protection for 16 names with a mark of origin, three WOGs refer to the level of the wine-growing region, 12 to the level of wine-growing sub-regions, and only one mark is at the level of position – the world-famous Dingač. “We need to improve the existing wine quality system by redefining existing and defining new protected wine labels that will reflect the specifics of narrower geographical areas. We see the key role of regional organizations in this. It would be pretentious to expect that this will solve all the problems of Croatian winemaking and viticulture, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.”, Concludes Kovacevic.last_img read more

Booking and Expedia in the race to develop “all inclusive” travel reservations

first_imgThe competition between online travel agencies used to revolve around the amount of hotels or apartments that each platform added to its list during the previous quarter, and the situation is similar today. But lately, a new trend has emerged around which the battle is being fought, and that is the so-called “connected journey”. He was joined by Booking Holdings and Expedia, reports Shift. Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, said it is quite clear that companies like Expedition, Airbnb and TripAdvisor have been talking a lot about related travel lately. However, he explained that his company has the advantage of having “more capital and technology“Which can dedicate to the development of such a service from other travel agencies. “We are making very good progress and look forward to further progress in developmentHe said. Namely, it is an application that takes care of absolutely all aspects of travel – from booking a flight, checking in to a hotel, renting a car and other services needed by passengers. Today, many companies have joined the race to create such an “all inclusive” service. Both companies are already arranging large-scale collaborations with other companies in order to incorporate as many different services as possible when traveling. All to minimize, often embarrassing, situations in which a single passenger may find himself. Source / photo: Skift; Pexelscenter_img Expedia has already, in some segments, implemented the plan, so for certain hotels, “loyalty” provides members with options such as ordering a bowl of fruit in a hotel room before they check into the hotel. Mark Ockerstrom, CEO of Expedition, said that “the team has a bunch of plans to further develop the complete travel service from the traditional one.“The company, for example, intends to allow customers to import a flight reservation into an itinerary containing a hotel reservation made through Expedition. If that flight is canceled, Expedia will automatically notify the hotel on behalf of its user. Fogel believes mobile applications will be at the center of connected travel, and artificial intelligence will be able to recognize what to offer the user. For example, a loyal customer will be offered a free or fairly cheap transfer to the airport or a premium seat in a restaurant that is difficult to book.last_img read more