Month: November 2020

Plymouth 4 – 2 Swindon

first_imgA minute later skipper Joe Edwards exchanged passes with striker Ryan Hardie before sweeping Plymouth into a 2-0 lead.Hallam Hope hauled Swindon back into the game with a close-range strike from Dion Donohue’s cut-back after 10 minutes.Swindon – whose manager Richie Wellens was not present – restored parity after 23 minutes as skipper Anthony Grant’s powerful downward header ended up in the roof of the net off Pauntche Camara’s outstretched leg.- Advertisement – It only took Plymouth two minutes to regain the lead as Hardie won the ball from Jon Grounds in the visitors’ half before drawing keeper Matej Kovar and teeing up Jephcott to sweep home.Town were reduced to 10 men when Jonny Smith received his second caution in first-half stoppage time.Camara’s thumping rising strike from the edge of the box then smashed off the upright after 54 minutes.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – But substitute Conor Grant scored the goal of the game, sending a 25-yard free-kick over the outstretched Kovar and into the top corner in the 89th minute to settle matters. Wales Under-21 striker Luke Jephcott scored twice as Plymouth beat 10-man Swindon 4-2 to make it five home League One wins from six since winning promotion.Jephcott headed Argyle ahead after six minutes after superb work down the left by playmaker Danny Mayor was followed by Byron Moore’s near-post cross.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Richie Wellens named new Salford City boss after leaving Swindon Town | Football News

first_imgThis is a breaking news story that is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.Sky Sports brings you live updates as they happen. Get breaking sports news, analysis, exclusive interviews, replays and highlights.Sky Sports is your trusted source for breaking sports news headlines and live updates. Watch live coverage of your favourite sports: Football, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, NFL, Darts, Netball and get the latest transfers news, results, scores and more.- Advertisement – Visit or the Sky Sports App for all the breaking sports news headlines. You can receive push notifications from the Sky Sports app for the latest news from your favourite sports and you can also follow @SkySportsNews on Twitter to get the latest updates. Richie Wellens has been appointed the new manager at League Two side Salford City.More to follow.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Best Mac accessories for your new Apple M1 Silicon Macs » Gadget Flow

first_imgOn Tuesday, Apple unveiled its much-anticipated M1 proprietary chip and the new MacBooks and Mac Mini that use it. But what accessories should you get for your new Mac? We’ve got some great ideas for you in today’s Daily Digest. Keep reading to see the gadgets that can make your new Mac even better.Excited about the new Apple M1 Silicon Macs? So are we. And if you’re looking to upgrade to the next generation of Macs with Apple’s new M1 chip revealed at Apple’s Tuesday event, you’ll want to look into some of the best Mac accessories for M1 Silicon Macs.Related: Apple Silicon Macs—should you buy the new Macs with the M1 chip?- Advertisement – SanDisk Extreme Pro Fast SSDThe SanDisk Extreme Pro Fast SSD is on our list of the best accessories for M1 Silicon Macs because it delivers lightning-fast transfer speeds. SanDisk’s NVMe technology dramatically increases file transfer speeds up to 1,050 MB/s. DriveSlide Laptop Attachment SanDisk Extreme Pro Fast SSD SINEX Multifunctional Laptop Stand CaseThe SINEX Multifunctional Laptop Stand Case is another excellent item on our list of best accessories for M1 Silicon Macs. It has a 3-in-1 design that works as a case, ergonomic stand, and wrist rest. You’ve never worked more comfortably on your MacBook. – Advertisement – Henge Docks Vertical MacBook Pro DockHenge Docks Vertical MacBook Pro Dock with a monitor Another great item on this list of the best accessories for M1 Silicon Macs is the HYPER HyperDrive Duo MacBook USB-C Hub. It attaches to your laptop with a magnet, and the two USB-C ports give you both 100-watt power delivery and 60-watt data transfer. DriveSlide Laptop Attachment HYPER HyperDrive Duo MacBook USB-C Hub Twelve South Curve SE MacBook StandThe Twelve South Curve SE MacBook Stand adds instant style to your workspace. That’s because it elevates your MacBook to a comfortable height and has a beautiful one-piece design.Twelve South Curve SE MacBook StandTwelve South Curve SE MacBook stand on a workspaceTrooss Smart USB-C Charging HubThe Trooss Smart USB-C Charging Hub lets you wirelessly charge your compatible smartphone or Apple Watch right on your MacBook. It also provides seven ports, including an HDMI port that supports 4K at 30 Hz. Henge Docks Vertical MacBook Pro Dock Trooss Smart USB-C Charging HubTrooss Smart USB-C Charging Hub on a laptop ElevationLab ElevationHub MacBook Power Adaptor The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox?Subscribe ➜ MonitorMate ProBASE Gen2 Multifunctional StandThe MonitorMate ProBASE Gen2 Multifunctional Stand is a USB 3.1 stand and boasts Superspeed+ data transmission. It also provides several ports, including a Micro SD slot, USB-C port, and a 4K HDMI port.MonitorMate ProBASE Gen2 Multifunctional StandMonitorMate ProBASE Gen2 multifunctional stand on a home workspaceHYPER HyperDrive Duo MacBook USB-C Hub- Advertisement – Mac MiniApple Magic Mouse 2The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is a great addition to any Mac Mini. It’s lighter than previous versions and has fewer moving parts. Plus, its rechargeable design means you won’t have to buy batteries for this mouse.Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Mac MiniThe Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Mac Mini is a stand made just for your Mac Mini. It lifts your Mac and gives you six additional ports with just one USB-C connection. You’ll also love the built-in air vents.USB-C Mini by NondaThe USB-C Mini by Nonda is perfect for anyone who needs a super-small USB-C adapter. It has a low profile, measuring just 1.1 inches long. The opposite end plugs into standard USB-A cables like chargers and storage drives.USB-C Mini by NondaUSB-C Mini by Nonda on a laptopBenQ PD322OU 32-Inch Full-HD DisplayThe BenQ PD322OU 32-Inch Full-HD Display is a great monitor for Mac Minis. It works in the P3 wide color gamut that Apple uses, and it has a MacBook color mode designed for professionals using Apple’s computers. SINEX Multifunctional Laptop Stand Case SINEX Multifunctional Laptop Stand Casecenter_img Henge Docks Vertical MacBook Pro DockThe Henge Docks Vertical MacBook Pro Dock clears up space on your desk since it keeps your MacBook lifted while it charges. Best of all, you can keep your peripherals plugged into this docking station while it powers your laptop. DriveSlide Laptop AttachmentDriveSlide laptop attachment on a MacBook SINEX Multifunctional Laptop Stand CaseSINEX Multifunctional Laptop Stand Case in use HYPER HyperDrive Duo MacBook USB-C HubHYPER HyperDrive Duo MacBook USB-C hub with a MacBook Trooss Smart USB-C Charging Hub Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. Trooss Smart USB-C Charging Hub ElevationLab ElevationHub MacBook Power AdaptorElevationLab ElevationHub MacBook power adaptor close up SanDisk Extreme Pro Fast SSD SanDisk Extreme Pro Fast SSDSanDisk Extreme Pro Fast SSD in a bag HYPER HyperDrive Duo MacBook USB-C Hub The devices that use the new chips include the new Mac Mini, Macbook Air, and MacBook Pro. And thankfully, there are already a bunch of great accessories out there that can make your new Mac experience even better than you’d expect. For your Mac Mini, you could go for a Mac Mini hub and stand that lifts your Mac Mini and gives you six additional ports. And if you’re set on a new MacBook, why not treat yourself to a laptop sleeve that also keeps it charged? No matter which new Mac you choose, you’re sure to find a great accessory for it below.MacBooksSilviano Smart Laptop SleeveFirst up on our list of accessories for M1 Silicon Macs is the Silviano Smart Laptop Sleeve. This sleeve features full-grain eco-leather that’s handpainted with Italian waxes. But what’s more, it charges up to three devices at once.ElevationLab ElevationHub MacBook Power AdaptorThe ElevationLab ElevationHub MacBook Power Adaptor keeps your MacBook’s cords from tangling. It has rubber straps and a VELCRO strap that wraps around the charger, keeping it nice and organized. Henge Docks Vertical MacBook Pro Dock – Advertisement – ElevationLab ElevationHub MacBook Power Adaptor DriveSlide Laptop AttachmentThe DriveSlide Laptop Attachment holds hard drives and hubs securely onto the lid of your laptop. This lightweight, durable office aid consists of a lock and a key. The lock adheres to your laptop while the key fastens onto your hard drives and hubs. Satechi Aluminum iMac KeyboardsThe final product on our list of great accessories for M1 Silicon Macs is the Satechi Aluminum iMac Keyboards. Because of course, you’ll need a keyboard for your iMac Mini. There are both wired and wireless versions. All models feature an extended layout with full numeric keyboards.Satechi Aluminum iMac KeyboardsSatechi Aluminum iMac Keyboards next to an iMacIt’s an exciting time to buy a new Mac. Whether you have your eyes set on a new MacBook or want a Mac Mini, you’ll want to be set with the right accessories. What MacBook and Mac Mini accessories do you need to work your best? Let us know in the comments.Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? Follow us on Google News, Feedly, and Flipboard. If you’re using Flipboard, you should definitely check out our Curated Stories. We publish three new stories every day, so make sure to follow us to stay updated!last_img read more

HHS hears community leaders’ ideas on pandemic readiness

first_img HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, in his address at the meeting, said the goal was to share ideas on how local leaders can promote the importance of personal preparedness, according to a transcript released by HHS. Despite uncertainty about when a pandemic will strike, Leavitt said, leaders can be sure of two things: “Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after a pandemic will seem inadequate.” Marshall told CIDRAP News that the forum yielded ideas that will help HHS tailor the tool kits for each sector. “We received a lot of thoughtful input yesterday,” she said. Jun 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A hundred leaders from the business, healthcare, faith, and civic communities met with US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials yesterday to discuss how to motivate individuals and families to prepare for an influenza pandemic. “We need to reach out to everyone with words that inform, but not inflame. We need to encourage everyone to prepare, but not panic,” Leavitt said. At a press conference that followed the forum, Stephanie Marshall, director of pandemic communications for HHS, said the agency would launch two more personal-preparedness promotion efforts in the months ahead. Later this summer officials will release tool kits, tailored to four different sector (business, healthcare, faith, and civic), that leaders can use to teach people more about pandemic flu and what they can do to prepare. In the fall, HHS will target 5 to 10 diverse communities for more intensive communication campaigns about personal preparedness, Marshall said. “We certainly would like to include the appropriate representatives from the leadership forum and blog summit in these localized efforts,” she added. The Pandemic Influenza Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, was linked with an online effort by HHS to engage community leaders in talking about pandemic preparedness. On May 22 the agency launched a pandemic leadership blog, which continues through Jun 27, to stimulate discussions and public feedback. During the leadership forum, HHS employees “live blogged” the event, adding several detailed blog postings describing the presentations and breakout sessions. John Agwunobi, assistant secretary for health at HHS, said at the press conference that pandemic preparedness experts who share their expertise on the Internet and leaders representing other groups, such as churches, stand ready to help the government promote personal preparedness.center_img According to an HHS news release yesterday, HHS officials at the meeting urged participants to communicate to their communities that it is critical for everyone to prepare for possible pandemic flu. Participants were urged to encourage people to(1) store extra food and other daily supplies to make it easier to stay home for a prolonged period of time, (2) learn and practice proper hand washing, (3) use safe cough and sneeze techniques to limit the spread of illnesses, and (4) stay home and avoid others during illness. “They [pandemic planning leaders] need to be leveraged by the government and leaders, or at least listened to,” he said. “I recognize that the federal government still has a lot to learn about the best way to engage individuals.” See also: The HHS leadership forum helps validate the efforts of the many people who have already heeded pandemic warnings and started preparing their communities, their families, and themselves, he said. Personal preparedness “is a message that needs to surround everyone. They need to hear it from their pastors, from their employers, from their physicians, and from everyone in a position of responsibility,” Leavitt said. “And they need to keep hearing it. In fact, they need to hear it even more after the news media loses interest.” Greg Dworkin, MD, who took part in the leadership summit and is one of 13 experts who have led the blog discussions, told reporters he lauds the HHS for offering such an open live and online forum. The sometimes heated blog postings over the past weeks show there are many interested people who want good information from a federal source on individual and family preparedness, said Dworkin, founding editor of the FluWiki Web site and chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. May 22 CIDRAP News story “HHS launches blog on pandemic preparedness”last_img read more

Guest Columnist: During the H1N1 pandemic, please allow sick workers to stay home

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s here; the novel H1N1 influenza is rapidly morphing into its second wave assault. We’re all making our last-minute plans for response and preparedness an immediate reality. One of the most important actions we can take right now to reduce H1N1 transmission in the workplace is to keep infected employees out! One of the real national leaders in elevating the importance of this action is Lisa Koonin, Senior Advisor of the Influenza Coordination Unit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I feel very fortunate today to have Lisa provide a guest column on this important topic in place of usual Osterholm Briefing. It is a must-read. During the next 8 to 12 months, every organization will be confronting the issue of sick workers. Lisa addresses it with great clarity; it’s a compelling blueprint for action.—Michael T. Osterholm, Editor-in-Chief(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – As fall and the 2009-2010 flu season begin, outbreaks of the new 2009 H1N1 flu have already started in some states and will likely increase across the United States during the coming months. Based on symptoms alone, it will not be possible to quickly determine if ill workers have pandemic flu, seasonal flu, or other respiratory conditions. What’s more, predicting the severity of outbreaks (ie, number of hospitalizations and deaths) caused by 2009 H1N1 or the severity of illness caused by seasonal flu is also difficult.Given these uncertainties, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging businesses and employers to consider developing a flexible flu response plan now. Having such a plan in place can protect the health of employees while ensuring business continuity as 2009 H1N1 and seasonal viruses circulate. These plans can also help limit the impact of a flu outbreak on the community at large.What you can expect to seeAs we know, one of the best ways to reduce the spread of flu is to keep sick people away from healthy people. The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu (like seasonal flu) include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Still others may have respiratory symptoms without a fever and be infectious. Therefore, it will not be possible to exclude from the workplace everyone who is ill.Especially during a pandemic, employers should not expect that employees who are ill with flu-like symptoms be able to get a confirmatory lab test. Healthcare providers are likely to use their clinical judgment to diagnose and treat mild cases of respiratory illness and reserve testing for people who have more severe illness.The CDC recommends that all employees with flu-like symptoms stay home, or, if they become ill at work, go home as soon as possible and not come back to work until at least 24 hours after their fever has gone away, without the need for fever-reducing medicine. If local conditions become more severe, sick workers may be asked to stay home longer.The problem with ‘presenteeism’When sick employees show up for work, they’re not only less productive, they can expose co-workers, thus increasing absenteeism and reducing the company’s overall productivity. The term “presenteeism” has been used to describe when employees show up for work sick but can’t fully do their job. This phenomenon can have a significant and costly impact on an organization, not only in terms of the risk of increased spread of disease to other employees, but also in terms of diminished productivity for the ill person.The problem is that many sick employees might not be able to afford to stay away from work. Nearly half (48%) of all private-sector workers in the United States—some 57 million people—do not have paid sick-leave benefits. Only 44% of full-time workers who earn less than $15 an hour have paid sick leave; that percentage plunges to 23% among part-time workers, according to US Department of Labor statistics.Employees and financial worriesThe issue of sick leave was highlighted during the spring outbreak of 2009 H1N1 flu. Public health officials warned workers to stay home from work if they were sick or had flu-like symptoms, but the media reported that many went to work anyway because they simply could not afford to stay home.A June 2009 survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that 68% of respondents said that they could stay home for about 7 to 10 days* if they had 2009 H1N1 flu and health officials recommended that they stay at home; about 17% said they could stay home for part of that time. However, 44% of respondents said that they or someone in their household would lose pay or income and have money problems if they missed 7 to 10 days of work due to illness, and a quarter said they feared they could lose their jobs or businesses altogether.These concerns were no doubt magnified by the current economic turbulence that has forced many businesses, especially small enterprises, to close or severely downsize. But the fact remains that sick employees dragging themselves to work can have a negative impact on the business and the workplace by causing more workers to get sick.What your organization can doAs the pandemic and seasonal flus converge, the CDC recommends that employers:Adopt flexible leave policies that allow sick workers to stay home and away from the workplace until at least 24 hours after their fever has gone away, without the use of fever-reducing medicationsReview human resource policies now to explore how to create more flexible leaveDiscuss these policies with managers, supervisors, and employees so everyone is up-to-date on sick-leave policy, leave donation, and employee assistance servicesEnsure that leave policies are flexible and do not punish employees for staying home if they are sickNot require a sick employee to have a doctor’s note to prove they are sick or to state when they are ready to return to work; healthcare providers will likely be very busy in the coming months, so they might not have time to provide this documentationLeave policies that are flexible and consistent with public health recommendations can help employers:Reduce the number of workers who become sick due to exposure at the workplaceGive healthy workers more confidence to come to workAllow sick workers the time to stay home and recover from their illness, without penaltyLeave policies should also allow workers to stay home if they need to care for other family members who are sick or have been otherwise affected by flu. Some communities, for example, may have to close child care centers or dismiss students from school to reduce the spread of the virus when there is high absenteeism at a school or if a more severe pandemic develops.Employers can identify workers now who may have to stay home to care for children if schools or child care centers close. To ensure business continuity, consider such options as letting these employees work from home, allowing them to work staggered shifts, or cross-training other workers to carry out their responsibilities. Bottom line for organizationsThe effects of 2009 H1N1 flu and seasonal flu will vary across the country. Businesses and employers should base their flu strategies on information from local and state public health authorities. Regardless of size or function, all businesses should plan now to allow and encourage sick workers to stay home without fear of losing their jobs. The CDC recommends this strategy for all levels of flu severity in the coming months.*At the time that the Harvard School of Public Health poll was conducted, the CDC’s guidance recommended that ill workers stay home for at least 7 days or 24 hours after fever had resolved, whichever was longer. The guidance was updated last month to advise sick workers to stay home and away from the workplace until at least 24 hours after their fever has gone away, without the use of fever-reducing medications.—Lisa M. Koonin MN, MPH, is Senior Advisor of the Influenza Coordination Unit for the US  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. E-mail: [email protected] (link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Pandemic flu experts share preparedness perspectives with businesses

first_imgSep 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – With so much uncertainty over how broad and severe the next wave of H1N1 influenza could be, now is the time to focus on the two top goals of saving and sustaining lives, Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told business groups today.Like the federal government, businesses sometimes face a difficult balance between taking measures that save lives and choosing ones that preserve families, communities, and the economy, said Gerberding, who is now a clinical professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She made the comments at the opening session of a pandemic planning conference hosted by the CIDRAP Business Source, part of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. It was attended by about 300 people.Complicated messages about the pandemic H1N1 vaccine and disease severity create a difficult platform for practical planning, she told the audience.Unfortunately, viruses and pandemics are unpredictable, Gerberding said. “When I oversaw the nation’s strategic national stockpile, one of the most needed items that we didn’t stock was a crystal ball.”Age pattern of cases unexplainedSo far it’s not clear why the pandemic virus is hitting young people the hardest and largely sparing seniors, she said. Theories include some level of preexisting immunity in people older than 52 and the initial introduction of the virus into schools in the spring, when children were returning from spring break. Gerberding added that during the 1918 pandemic, children were primarily affected first, but the virus hit older groups harder after the virus penetrated into the community.”It’s very premature to relax,” she said, noting that the case-fatality rate calculations for the pandemic virus are unreliable.She suggested that business pandemic planners focus on what experts do know about pandemic H1N1 flu. For example, she said that although the strain causes mainly mild illnesses in many patients, it has the capacity in some patients to cause severe pneumonia with hemorrhagic damage to the lungs. “This is not what we see with regular seasonal flu pneumonia, typically,” she said.The public is getting mixed messages about the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, which could be sowing confusion, she said. Though the nation has the technical capability to deliver the vaccine, it’s not clear how beneficial it will be and how readily people will accept it.Gerberding said businesses can help public health officials by getting clear, consistent messages out to the workforce about the H1N1 vaccine.More tools are needed to respond to the pandemic, she said. For example, clinicians desperately need more antiviral treatment options. She predicted that new data will be published in the months ahead that will show benefits of nonpharmaceutical measures to reduce the spread of the flu.She likened the pandemic flu developments to the evils that spilled out of Pandora’s box in Greek mythology, but observed that not all of the box’s contents were bad. “Pandora didn’t just have evil, she had hope,” Gerberding said. “Even if there are challenges, there’s still a reason to hope—to take action to empower our organizations to solve these problems.”Flu’s unpredictabilityThe fundamental unpredictability of influenza was the theme of Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, who followed Gerberding at the conference lectern today. He stressed that no one can predict the course of the current pandemic, and businesses must be prepared to make quick decisions as it evolves.”I can’t find any two pandemics in history that are alike,” said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, sponsor of the conference. “We can surely learn from the past, we can anticipate from the past, but we can’t predict from the past.”He noted that pandemic planning in recent years has been shaped largely by the threat from the H5N1 avian influenza virus. “Now will we have people asking us, ‘Did you scare the hell out of me needlessly?'” he said, but added, ” Id rather be prepared for something that doesn’t happen than be unprepared for something that does.”Describing the complex and confusing nature of the H1N1 pandemic, Osterholm pointed out two news reports that appeared the same day, one reporting that people in poor countries are more likely to die of the infection than those in wealthier countries, another saying that the death rate in H1N1 cases is about the same as that for seasonal flu.”For about 99% of people this [H1N1] is a pretty mild situation,” he said. “But for the other 1% this is not a good illness. . . . People really die.”With the pandemic’s second wave now rising in the Northern Hemisphere, one big question is whether there will be a third wave, Osterholm said. Some previous pandemics occurred in three waves, and the third was the most severe in some cases.He summed up the situation by quoting a point made by a group of experts convened by the World Health Organization last May: “The only thing that’s certain about influenza viruses is that nothing is certain.”With most of the current H1N1 cases breaking out in school children and college students, the “zillion dollar question” is when the virus will start spreading more widely among adults, he said.Global vaccine supply poorHe advised his listeners not to overestimate the impact of H1N1 vaccines on the pandemic. The United States’ top 15 trading partners have a combined population of 3.2 billion, but they have ordered only 443 million doses of H1N1 vaccine, enough to cover about 14% of the population. Countries like Canada and Germany have ordered enough to protect most of their people, but in India and China the doses on order will cover less than 0.5% of the population, he said.Osterholm also warned that the pandemic could pose a severe challenge to critical care resources. “We tapped that intensive care capacity to the max in the spring,” he said. “If we see a 20% to 30% increase in intensive care activity [this fall and winter], we are going to see a big increase in deaths.”In this complex and confusing situation, “balancing our messages and our responses is going to be difficult,” he said. He urged business people to pay attention to flu developments not only at home but also abroad.While deaths are important, “this pandemic may be even more about absenteeism—about how long you can operate without people who are sick themselves or are caring for sick people,” he said.Osterholm urged his audience to adopt a “battlefield mentality.””We’re going to have to make quick decisions. If we lose our lieutenants, how do we replace them with sergeants?” he said.Quoting Churchill, he added, “Plans are useless, but planning is invaluable.”last_img read more

Aquapark Istralandia second in Europe

first_imgANSA (Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata), the Italian national news agency, published the news that Aquapark Istralandia deservedly won 2nd place in the ranking of the best aquaparks in Europe, while Siam aquapark from Adeje, Tenerife, Spain took first place.“An award that obliges, but also confirms efforts and continuous investment in staff education, kindness and professionalism of staff, perfect horticultural landscaping, entertainment and variety of animation programs, cleanliness, tidiness, impeccable pool water quality, rich catering offer, adrenaline attractions. ” points out Silvio Kraljević, head of the Istralandia aquapark.After winning the Istralandia aquapark in Gothenburg (Sweden) and Barcelona (Spain) in the last two years, the 5th place in Europe is another in a series of great international awards, especially coming from Italy, the homeland of aquaparks (110 aquaparks in Italy out of a total). 300 in Europe).last_img read more

Ivan Herak, Ivana Krznar and Alen Host appointed to the Governing Board of the Institute of Tourism

first_imgMinister of Science and Education in the Government of the Republic of Croatia Blaženka Divjak, by the decision of July 25, appointed Ivan Herak from Poreč, a member of the Management Board of the Institute of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia. Along with Herak, Ivana Krznar from the Ministry of Science and Education and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alen Host, Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Rijeka, were appointed to the Council, as the President of the Council, writes the portal istarski.hrThe Governing Board of the Institute of Tourism, in accordance with the Statute of the Institute, is the most important body of the Institute that manages the work of the Institute, leads the development and strategic policy of the Institute, adopts its budget, dismisses and appoints the director of the Institute.The Institute for Tourism of the Republic of Croatia is the only public scientific institute in the Republic of Croatia specialized in research and consulting in tourism, and is responsible for drafting key development documents of Croatian tourism, such as the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy for 2014-2020. The Institute employs about twenty scientists specialized in the field of tourism, and the Institute is financed from the state budget and from revenues from its own activities, in a ratio of approximately 70 to 30 percent.last_img read more

Draft Law on Wine: Four wine regions are established

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a draft law on wine in cooperation with producers from the wine and viticulture sector. After the e-consultation, the Ministry considered all the comments received, and some of the comments were accepted and included in the Draft Law. In detail report the public hearing was announced today.Let us remind you that with the new Wine Act we are adopting the legal framework for the production of grapes and wine, the sale of wine in market-transparent conditions, we are strengthening the role of wine associations and improving wine marketing. The new law envisions less administration and more control on the ground. These are its most important features:· Establishes 4 new regions – wine and marketing· Provides for the establishment and financing of regional winemakers’ organizations and a national committee· Adopts the abolition of record marks and the establishment of marketing marks· Provides enhanced control over the production and trade of grapes and wine· Decentralizes the procedures of organoleptic evaluation of wine by wine regions · Involves small producers in a control system without financial burdens The draft law on wine enables the association of winemakers and winegrowers at the regional level, due to their more active role in promotional activities and marketing labeling of Croatian wines, as well as wine evaluation. It also overlooks the way of financing marketing activities and the development of wine production specifications within the activities of regional organizations. A distinctive framework is clearly defined for the production of grapes for own needs in a very limited coverage on areas up to 0,1 ha from those of grape, must and wine producers in production, entrepreneurial and market-oriented coverage. Procedures have been regulated for more efficient administrative control of all data that grape and wine producers are obliged to submit. At the same time, the control on the ground will be strengthened, which will be carried out by field wine supervisors in order to check the compliance of the submitted data with the actual situation, thus strengthening the traceability system of grape and wine production.Four new regions are being established (both wine and marketing): Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region; Croatian Istria and Kvarner; Dalmatia and Central Hilly Croatia.Wine controls are being decentralized before being placed on the market as close as possible to wine regions (control of physico-chemical and organolpetic properties), we regulate the production and trade of grapes and domestic wines – to control quality and combat the gray market (unregistered wines, unfair competition). Therefore, according to the winemakers’ proposal, this law will no longer perform organoleptic control of wine only in Zagreb, but, for example, wine from Pelješac will be evaluated by licensed sensors from that area, while wines from Kutjevo will be evaluated by sensors from that area. license). The Croatian Center for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (through the Institute of Viticulture, Enology and Oil Production) will provide the necessary infrastructure for wine evaluation and guarantee the anonymity of samples. Namely, EU rules require that impartiality and objectivity in the implementation of regulations must be ensured in order to protect consumers and preserve the credibility of the entire wine production system. Wine control systems must be based on the same principles as food safety control systems. Therefore, the Institute of Viticulture and Enology retains the role of the holder of sensory evaluation of wine, and we include regional wine organizations that will nominate evaluators, and only the evaluation of wine will be carried out by a commission with majority regional evaluators. This ensures an increase in the level of quality of evaluation as well as the quality of the wines themselves, because the evaluation process is carried out by evaluators who know best the characteristics of the wine of a particular region.The Ministry of Agriculture will send the draft law on wine to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, after which it will be sent to the Croatian Parliament for the first reading.last_img read more