first_imgThe Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, met today, at the Banski dvori, with representatives of employers in the Croatian hotel industry. In addition to the Prime Minister, the meeting was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Martina Dalić, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of State Property.The meeting discussed the development potentials and competitiveness of Croatian tourism, improving the quality of the tourist offer and products, and the planned investments in tourism in 2017, which should amount to 800 million euros. They also touched on key issues regarding the application of the Law on Tourist Land and Real Estate Tax.Prime Minister Plenković expressed full support for the tourism sector, explaining that he appreciated the contribution of tourism to the overall Croatian economy, with a share of 18% in GDP. He added that tourism has a multiplier effect on other economic activities, from construction to agriculture and is one of the generators of growth and development. ,,The government sees hoteliers as partners with whom it will work together on further branding and strengthening Croatia as a five-star destination. The new large investments we are making in tourism mean, among other things, the creation of new jobs”, Said Prime Minister Plenković.Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli assessed today’s meeting as good and high quality, saying that all current problems that afflict hoteliers have been considered. He emphasized the importance of tourism with its 18 percent impact on the GDP of the Republic of Croatia. In that context, he emphasized the importance of hoteliers as organized investors, who are investing around 800 million euros this year with the public sector, reminding that the renovation or construction of about 50 hotels is planned. He said there was also talk of local taxes and real estate tax problems, as well as the problem of tourist land. “We got extra input  which are very important to us for the preparation of the law in the third quarter”, Said the Minister, taking as an example the law on tourist land. “We looked at how to solve the issue of tourist land and the tax package, which is applied from 1.1.2018. years”, He added. Finally, the Minister emphasized the Prime Minister’s full support for tourism and the opportunities it provides to Croatia at the international level.Photo: Vlada.hrRonald Korotaj thanked on behalf of employers in the hotel industry for the opportunity to present the problems that afflict them and suggest possible solutions: “I would like to say that we are extremely grateful as the Association of Employers in the Croatian Hotel Industry and other associations operating in the hotel industry, at this meeting where we had the opportunity to say on behalf of the largest employers in tourism in Croatia what bothers us most at the moment. We are especially pleased with the fact that we all see this as the first step in a new partnership view of tourism, and further development of both tourism and the Croatian economy, in conjunction with the public, the Government of the Republic of Croatia, as well as us employers. ”Korotaj said that in several key problems, from taxes, tourist land, concessions and others, lies a distinct potential for improving what is already being worked on. “At the moment, the macroeconomic circumstances are favorable, that there is a strong demand for Croatia on the market and that tourist companies are stable. There are no obstacles to jointly finding models for the continuation of the development cycle, in order for Croatia to position itself in a new place on the list of desirable destinations in the Mediterranean and Europe and raise the quality of its offer, ie perception. ” concluded KorotajIn 2017, the amount of private and public sector investments in tourism amounts to EUR 800 million. The value of investments in the hotel industry in 2017 is 511 million euros. This year, the need for labor in the hotel industry is almost 59 thousand people, of which 25 thousand seasonal workers and about 34 thousand full-time employees.last_img read more

first_imgDec 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that oseltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant pandemic H1N1 cases in hospital settings suggest that treatment doses may need to be increased in immunocompromised patients who have flu symptoms.The agency made this statement after a teleconference with experts about two recent clusters of resistant cases. It also concluded that the events don’t signal a public health threat.The WHO, in a statement, said emergence of drug-resistant flu in severely immunosuppressed or immunocompromised patients is expected and has been well documented in seasonal flu.In late October a Welsh hospital detected an outbreak of oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 in eight patients who had severe hematologic disorders. Edwina Hart, health minister for the Welsh Assembly Government, said today in a statement that three of the patients appear to have been infected in the hospital.Three are still hospitalized, one in critical care. All are responding to treatment with a different antiviral, she said.Hart said so far there is no evidence that the resistant strain spread outside the hospital and that it does not appear to be any more severe than nonresistant strains.In the United States between mid October and early November, four cases occurred in severely immunocompromised patients who were hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. Three of the patients died, but officials aren’t sure what role the pandemic H1N1 virus played in their deaths.The hospital said in a statement today that extensive testing and screening by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the state and the university, have shown no other cases of oseltamivir-resistant pandemic flu so far. Daniel Sexton, MD, an infectious disease specialist and director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, said more work is under way to better understand the nature of the four cases.The WHO said investigations at the two hospitals are reassuring and that the resistant virus has not been detected in any staff caring for the patients, which suggests that it doesn’t spread easily to otherwise healthy people, particularly when good infection controls are in place. It said surveillance found no spread to other hospital wards or the wider community.Experts participating in the WHO’s conference call emphasized that severely immunocompromised patients are especially vulnerable to infection, difficult to treat, and more likely to develop resistance, the agency said. They urged physicians to be extremely vigilant with these patients, because their underlying conditions or treatment may mask early flu symptoms and oseltamivir resistance can develop rapidly.Though clinical judgment is still key, doctors who treat immunocompromised patients for flu symptoms may need to increase the oseltamivir dose and continue it without interruption during the course of acute illness, the WHO said.Once physicians detect oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 in a ward treating these vulnerable patients, they should consider switching to zanamivir as the drug of choice for treatment and prophylaxis.Experiences with oseltamivir-resistant seasonal H1N1 show how quickly the strains can spread and become established, and neuraminidase inhibitors have improved clinical outcomes in patients with severe pandemic flu, the WHO stated. “This experience underscores the need to protect the effectiveness of these drugs by minimizing the occurrence and impact of drug resistance.”Over the past 2 weeks the number of documented oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 cases has risen from 57 to 96, in line with recent increases in global pandemic activity and a resulting increase in use of the drug, the WHO reported. About a third of the cases occurred in patients who had hematologic malignancy, were undergoing chemotherapy, or were undergoing post transplant treatment.”The clusters in the two hospital wards should be viewed in the context of these overall trends,” the WHO said, adding that though all oseltamivir-resistant cases warrant investigation, there’s no evidence that they are a public health threat.See also:Dec 2 WHO pandemic briefing notelast_img read more

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Filipino Juvic Pagunsan (65), Katsunori Kuwabara (67) and Norio Shinozaki (68) were the clubhouse leaders at 7-under 133.South Korea’s S.K. Ho also moved to 7 under for the tournament with four holes left to play in the second round. Azuma Yano, who won the ANA Open last week, was at 6-under through 17 holes. IBARAKI, Osaka Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight leader Kaname Yokoo stayed in the top spot and was two shots in front with two holes remaining before the second round of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open was suspended because of bad weather Friday.Yokoo, who took a two-stroke lead Thursday with an opening 62, picked up a shot to reach 9-under and was one of 52 players left on the West Course of the Ibaraki Country Club when darkness halted play following a 95-minute delay caused by a morning thunderstorm.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

first_imgSome of the renovations include expanding the areas where passengers check in for their flights, expanding the baggage claim area, and a new roof for the building. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander told the Kenai City Council at their meeting last week that he will be introducing a resolution for the additional funding after the beginning of the new year. The rental car agencies located in the terminal will also each get a new office. Construction is scheduled to wrap up December 1, 2019. Ostrander told the council that the funds will be eligible for reimbursement from the federal government: “The positive of that is the majority of the costs will be paid for by the FAA, but it is unfortunate that there appears to be a significant amount of asbestos not found during the design process but have now found during construction.” The Terminal Improvement Project is estimated to cost nearly $12 million for construction.center_img The City of Kenai will spend nearly $1.5 million, while the rest of the money comes from a Federal Aviation Administration grant. According to Ostrander the city included a $500,000 contingency when budgeting for the project: “Because of asbestos that was not found during the design process, it appears we are going to have to do a significant amount of abatement that wasn’t originally anticipated and it’s going to burn through a majority of that contingency.”  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Renovations of the Kenai Municipal Airport are well underway, however the cost of the project just increased after some unexpected asbestos was found.last_img read more

first_img-With PTI Inputs- New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara last cricket outing was the Ranji Trophy final between Saurashtra and Bengal at Rajkot. The final day was being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely locked down international sports, with cricket being affected in a major way. Cheteshwar Pujara was expected to have a county stint but with coronavirus postponing the entire County season to May 28 with fears of a cancellation looming, Pujara might not have any cricket to practice until the tour of Australia which could begin in November. In the interim, Cheteshwar Pujara is enjoying the “forced” break and most of his time goes into entertaining his two-year-old daughter. The closest he has got to a “hit in the nets” is by playing with a plastic bat.Recently, Pujara was one of the elite Indian sportspersons who attended the video call held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss ways to fight the coronavirus. India is in the middle of a 21-day lockdown which was imposed on March 24 to fight the pandemic. Speaking to PTI from his hometown of Rajkot, Pujara said every individual must behave like a soldier and defeat the coronavirus by following the norms.”The Prime Minister wanted us to pass on the fighting spirit of a sportsperson to the general public. Sportspersons do inspire to fight. Most of us are following the government guidelines on lockdown but there are still some who are taking the virus casually. They don’t realise that they could too be affected. Every single person is a soldier at the moment. If you stay indoors, you are fighting the battle for your own country. There has to be a collective effort else we can’t win this,” Pujara said.No Serious StuffPujara is glad that he is not too focused on his cricket and that he gets time to spend with his daughter. However, a gym at home means he is not compromising on his fitness. “That is also for entertaining my daughter. No serious stuff. All of that can wait at the moment. I usually take everything in a positive way. Sometimes you need to take a break as a sportsperosn and there can’t be a better time. We just won the Ranji and it is the right time to take three to four weeks off. Luckily I have a gym at home. Being a small town guy, I can’t go out to the gym and train there (because he will be mobbed). With gym at home, I can still do my strength sessions, cycling and running. I also do yoga which helps a lot,” Pujara said.Cheteshwar Pujara smashed 521 runs at an average of 74 in the previous series against Australia. (Image credit: Getty Images)Considering the current circumstances, Pujara might have to wait till the Australia tour starting November to play his first competitive game since the Ranji Trophy final. But he is prepared for any eventuality. The Saurashtra right-hander might relish the chance to do well in Australia again, having played a key part in helping India win a series Down Under for the first time in history in their previous visit in 2018/19. In that series, Pujara scored 521 runs at 74.42, including three hundreds in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. His long hours in the middle and pacers’ stellar performances, especially Jasprit Bumrah made all the difference.Also Read | Saurashtra Create History By Winning Maiden Ranji Trophy Title After Draw In Final Vs Bengal”A person’s life is much more important than a sporting event. All the sporting events (including Olympics) have been postponed. One has to be prepared as we are going through rare times. We just need to make sure the virus is contained and things get back to normal. After that we can talk about the game. I would still say it was a collective effort. Yes, I did perform exceptionally well. I am happy about that, no doubt, but when we go back again you have to start from the scratch. It (past performance) will help me for sure but one has to prepare again. You can’t take your past glories to the current series,” Pujara said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more