Making Sense of the California Voter

first_img– Advertisement – But Mr. McCuan said that in the absence of clear partisan priorities, voters are left to gauge for themselves which initiatives reflect their values.[Here’s what’s at stake in the key propositions and Congressional races.]And in the privacy of the (proverbial) voting booth, what he referred to as a kind of “Jekyll and Hyde” California voter often emerges.- Advertisement – (Both are still too close to call, but Proposition 19 was ahead while Proposition 15 was trailing as of early Thursday.)Of course there isn’t one single explanation and no two voters are alike.- Advertisement – [Read more about Proposition 15.]That may explain support for Proposition 19, which would give Californians who are 55 or older a property tax break when buying a new home, and opposition to Proposition 15, which would raise property taxes for some commercial property owners.Then in some cases there’s just a lot of money.Proposition 22, the measure that gig companies like Uber and Lyft spent more than $200 million to get passed, bombarding voters with push alerts, mailers and ads assuring voters that drivers preferred to remain independent contractors rather than employees, “set a new threshold,” Mr. McCuan said. The California voter has “historically wanted good roads, good schools.”At the same time, Mr. McCuan said, “there’s this notion of, ‘Don’t tax me, tax the person behind the tree.’”In other words, California voters may, by and large, want well-funded schools and infrastructure and adequate housing for all. They simply aren’t willing to tax themselves to pay for those things.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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When the White House Was Full of Claws, Scales, Stripes and Tails

first_imgResidents of the White House have had fur and feathers, claws and hooves, scales, stripes and prehensile tails. Some were found on the property, many came with the new tenants and others were delivered by foreign leaders. But for most of modern U.S. history, the president has had a pet.President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to resume that tradition in January with his two German shepherds, Champ and Major, after President Trump’s term ends as the first in decades without any pets living full-time at the residence.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – President Herbert Hoover had several dogs during his tenure at the White House, from 1929 to 1933, but few appeared to attract as much attention as Billy, a wild opossum the family adopted after it strayed onto the property, according to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.The family kept the opossum in a pen built for the Coolidge family’s raccoon, Rebecca. In 1929, Billy became the subject of news coverage after Mr. Hoover lent him out to a nearby high school that was upset after their live mascot, also an opossum, had disappeared, according to the Library of Congress. Similarly, before Mr. Hoover moved into the White House, President Benjamin Harrison had two opossums during his tenure, from 1889 to 1893, which he named Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection after the Republican platform at the time.Macaroni the pony. Although the list of White House pets is lengthy, according to the Presidential Pet Museum, an organization founded to preserve information and artifacts related to presidential pets, the history is also littered with unverified tales and missing details. Still, records clearly show many strange pets.A one-legged rooster and Bill the hyena. Pets at the White House have reflected the occupants’ personalities, he said, and the animals sometimes played a prominent role in an administration’s image. “It helps humanize the president a little bit more,” Mr. Costello said. “It’s something that’s relatable to most people. Most people have a pet or have had a pet at some point in their life.”- Advertisement – More often than not, presidential pets have been dogs and cats. But many less traditional pets have also lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, their quantity and variety depending on each administration, said Matthew Costello, a senior historian for the White House Historical Association.“If you’re talking about which White House was quite literally a zoo, it was probably Theodore Roosevelt’s White House,” Mr. Costello said. “Between the six children that he brought with him to the White House and the assortment of pets — the Roosevelts, they just loved animals.” President Calvin Coolidge and Grace Coolidge, the first lady while he was in office, from 1923 to 1929, kept a menagerie at the White House, including several dogs, cats, birds, a goose and a donkey. But it was the raccoon, Rebecca, that was among the family’s most famous and beloved pets.In November 1926, the family received the raccoon from Mississippi to be served for Thanksgiving dinner. But finding the raccoon to be friendly, the family changed her fate, the museum said. Over the years, Mr. Coolidge grew close to Rebecca and sometimes walked her around the White House grounds on a leash. Mr. Coolidge even gave Rebecca an embroidered collar with the title “White House Raccoon,” according to the White House Historical Association.Although Rebecca had taken a place in the spotlight, even attracting attention at the annual Easter Egg Roll in 1927, she sometimes caused problems. In 1927, she fled the Coolidge residence in South Dakota, running away from “her attendants in the dead of night” and climbing a tall tree, “which she declines to descend in spite of all entreaties,” The Times reported. She was eventually donated to the Rock Creek Zoo. Theodore Roosevelt, who traveled abroad, hiked at home and led conservation efforts as president from 1901 to 1909, kept a lengthy list of animals at the White House. In his family’s care were horses, dogs, a Hyacinth macaw parrot, kangaroo rats, five guinea pigs and a one-legged rooster, according to the Presidential Pet Museum. There was also a short-tempered badger named Josiah and a green garter snake named Emily Spinach.Republican supporters in West Virginia also gave Mr. Roosevelt a bear, which his children named Jonathan Edwards after an ancestor of the first lady, Edith Roosevelt. The president also received exotic animals as gifts from foreign leaders. In 1904, King Menelik of Abyssinia gave Mr. Roosevelt a lion cub named Joe and a hyena named Bill that “laughs nearly all the time,” The New York Times reported that year. In an effort to keep costs low and to conserve on human resources during World War I, a flock of sheep were brought to the White House to keep the grass neat, according to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. The flock arrived at the White House in 1918 from Maryland and grazed on the property for at least two years. At some point, the flock was sheared and two pounds of wool was given to each state, where it was auctioned off and ended up raising about $52,000 for the Red Cross.Rebecca the raccoon. During the Kennedy administration, when the scions of wealthy families lived in the White House, some of the most common pets were horses and ponies. “Jacqueline Kennedy had grown up riding horses,” Mr. Costello said. “She had been interested in equestrianism her entire life.”One of the more well-known horses belonging to the family was Sardar, a gift from the president of Pakistan in 1962, according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The president’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, had a pony, Macaroni, who was photographed often, and she and her brother had parakeets named Bluebell and Maybelle. Macaroni and Tex, a pony given to Caroline by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1961, would stay at a nearby Kennedy property but was often on the White House grounds, Mr. Costello said. A third pony, Leprechaun, was given to the family by Irish leaders. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Australian men’s cricket team to do ‘barefoot circles’ as anti-racism statement | Cricket News

first_img Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding criticises England for choosing not to take a knee in the Pakistan and Australia series Australian cricket has grappled with how to support the anti-racism movement since the country’s one-day team was publicly criticised by former West Indies bowler Michael Holding for not taking a knee during the limited-overs series in England in September.Cummins said Australia’s players would also try to “do a lot of work” learning the country’s history.“You could probably put our hands up and say we haven’t done enough in the past and we want to get better, so this is one small thing we’re going to introduce this summer,” he said. Players form a barefoot circle before the Women's Big Bash League match between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers on November 11
Players form a barefoot circle before the Women's Big Bash League match between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers on November 11

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Tomatoes called likely source in Salmonella outbreak

first_img FDA’s March 19 announcement of food security guidelines, with links to guidelines documentshttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/Food_Defense_&_Emergency_Response/Keep_Americas_Food_Safe/index.asp The IFT will gather information about temperature and chemical treatments and other technological tools for reducing the risk of food contamination by terrorist or criminals, the FDA said. Based in Chicago, the IFT is an international organization of about 28,000 food science and technology specialists. Institute of Food Technologists sitehttp://www.ift.org/ The effort will complement the FDA’s existing food security guidelines and proposed regulations, officials said. Last March the FDA published security guidelines for food processors, transporters, importers, and retailers. The guidelines focused on security measures related to management, staff, visitors, facilities, and operations. See also:center_img “This contract with a nationally recognized group of experts will help FDA make the nation’s food supply even more secure,” said FDA Commissioner Mark B. McClellan, PhD, in an FDA news release. The review will focus on preventive controls and on research needs related to preventing contamination, the FDA said. The review is expected to be finished by June 2004. Discussions involved in the review will be confidential, and some of the information gathered could be classified to protect national security, the agency said. Jul 22, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has contracted with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) to conduct a thorough inventory of steps food processors can take to prevent intentional food contamination.last_img read more

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HHS advisors urge full speed on H1N1 vaccine production

first_img Board member Patrick J. Scannon, MD, PhD, said, “There was a considerable sense of urgency that came out of the June meeting because of the possibility that a new wave of H1N1 could come back to us by September. I think that’s what’s driving this line of questions.” He was referring to a June meeting of the board’s Pandemic Influenza Working Group, whose report from that meeting was discussed at today’s conference. “They’ve already actually made a super virus seed that’s actually producing 2 logs titer higher than you’d normally see,” he said. “That means there’s going to be more bulk product available than we can actually fill.” Dr. Robin Robinson, director of HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), told the NBSB that HHS should have some data on the immunogenicity of single-dose H1N1 vaccination in September. If filling and finishing—the final production steps—start on Sep 15, the first doses will become available about Oct 15, he said. In other comments, Robinson said: To make vaccine available in mid-September, filling and finishing would have to start Aug 15, Robinson said. “Certainly the department, including FDA, is seriously considering how this can be done,” he said. Pavia said his sense was that the risk in moving ahead “is relatively small compared with the upside of committing at least a portion of the 60 million doses to fill and finish.” Jul 17, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An expert panel that advises the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today supported the idea of moving quickly on pandemic H1N1 vaccine production with a goal of having “tens of millions of doses” available in September instead of October. At this point no one knows if 15 micrograms (mcg) of vaccine antigen, the standard amount used for each flu subtype in seasonal vaccines, will be enough to generate a protective immune response with H1N1 vaccines. Last week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said it was expected that the first H1N1 doses would be ready for distribution in mid-October. HHS has yet not made a formal decision to go ahead with a vaccination campaign, but Sebelius said the step was likely. Board member John Grabenstein, RPh, PhD, counseled against picking a specific number of doses to produce by September, since the number of people targeted for early vaccination is not yet known. “Our role is to decide whether we want some product by mid-September,” he said. After further discussion, the group agreed to recommend that HHS “set a goal of having several tens of millions of doses available by Sep 15.” The vaccine would not contain an adjuvant. He said HHS will look for other vendors to help package the extra product, adding, “We may be able to have more live attenuated vaccine than anticipated earlier, so that’s good news.”center_img The story is the opposite with the live attenuated H1N1 vaccine being made by MedImmune, Robinson reported. Instead of low yields, the company is getting surprisingly high yields. Board member Andrew T. Pavia, MD, suggested that the vaccine could be bottled at a concentration of 15 mcg of antigen per 0.5 milliliter (mL) of solution. If trial data later showed a need for a greater dose, it could be doubled by administering 1 mL instead of 0.5 mL, he said. HHS has ordered 119 million doses of two different adjuvants, MF59 and ASO3, he reported. Discussing vaccine issues during a public teleconference today, the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) favored the idea of asking vaccine makers to start the final production steps for their H1N1 vaccines on Aug 15—before the first data from safety and immunogenicity trials will be available. HHS wants to increase the proportion of zanamivir (Relenza) in the national stockpile relative to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), in light of a few recent instances of H1N1 resistance to the latter. The current split is 80% oseltamivir and 20% zanamivir; the agency would like to move to 50-50, but that will take time. Robinson said that about 60 million to 80 million doses could be made available starting in September if the decision were made to go ahead with final production steps Aug 15. He said Aug 15 is a “reasonable date” when vaccine makers could start those steps, as they are currently still producing their seasonal flu vaccines. Commenting on reports of low yields of vaccines, which are grown in eggs, Robinson said yields are actually right in line with what HHS had expected from experience with H5N1 vaccines: about 1.4 doses per egg. However, he said the H1N1 vaccine virus apparently contains less hemagglutinin (the antigen) than seasonal strains and is a little harder to purify. In briefing the board early in today’s session, Robinson said HHS has contracted for 193 million doses of vaccine so far, assuming 15 mcg per dose. After 2.5 weeks of production, manufacturers have made 18 million doses worth of bulk vaccine, he said. “The FDA is considering if the vaccine could be at the standard dose based on the many years” of using 15 mcg, said Robinson. HHS is considering issuing an emergency use authorization for peramivir, an antiviral drug that is in phase 3 clinical trials but not yet licensed. “It’s under consideration whether we should have some of that drug available for individuals in desperate need,” he said.last_img read more

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Positive growth in tourist traffic was maintained in February

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of February, 443.000 arrivals (+ 12%) and 1,2 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. %). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 11 arrivals (+ 267.000%) and 15 overnight stays (+ 755.000%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 15% and in overnight stays by 7%.During the first two months, most overnight stays were realized in Zagreb (245.000), Istria (233.000) and in Kvarner (165.000). They are followed by Split-Dalmatia County with 132.000 overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 98.000 overnight stays, Zadar County with 54.000 overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 30.000 overnight stays and Lika-Senj County with 18.000 overnight stays. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 95.000 arrivals (+ 10%) and 224.000 overnight stays (+ 15%), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Krapina-Zagorje (55.000 overnight stays), Međimurje (27.000 overnight stays), Varaždin 24.000 overnight stays) and Osijek-Baranja County (22.000 overnight stays).”I am extremely glad that the positive results of tourist traffic continue at the beginning of 2018, in which we record a double-digit increase in the number of overnight stays. I believe that this will be a good incentive for everyone in tourism to continue and prepare as well as possible for the rest of the year. With the planned activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board aimed at increasing the quality of the offer, transport connections, strengthening the visibility and visibility in many world markets, I am sure that Croatian tourism will make a positive step this year as well.”, said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.In this period, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of BiH (114.000 overnight stays), Slovenia (98.000 overnight stays), Austria (64.000 overnight stays), Italy (59.000 overnight stays) and Germany (58.000 overnight stays), and by accommodation segment most overnight stays were realized in hotels (711.000 overnight stays) and in household facilities (247.000 overnight stays).The director of the CNTB’s Main Office, Kristjan Staničić, emphasized that the intensive presentation of the Croatian tourist offer at fairs around the world is underway. “This week we are expecting a big ITB fair in Berlin, where we are presenting the new visual concept of the stand, which the CNTB will use until 2022. In mid-March, we will perform at the MITT fair in Moscow and MAP in Paris. We are satisfied with the sale of “first minute” programs for Croatia, which indicate that, depending on the market and type of program, as well as the total sales volumes of individual tour operators, demand for Croatia is on average 5 to 10 percent higher compared to the same period last year although in some cases travel organizers also record significantly higher growth rates”, said director Staničić.In February, an increase of 5% in arrivals and overnight staysIn February, there were 225.000 arrivals and 584.000 overnight stays in Croatia, which compared to February 2017 represents an increase of 5% in arrivals and overnight stays. In February, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (127.000 overnight stays), Zagreb (102.000 overnight stays) and in Kvarner (84.000 overnight stays), while on the continent in February there were 44.000 arrivals and 100.000 overnight stays, of which most overnight stays were in Krapina-Zagorje. Međimurje and Osijek-Baranja counties.last_img read more

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Analysis of tourist traffic in the first eight months

first_imgAccording to the data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in Croatia in the period from January to the end of August 16,5 million arrivals (+5 percent) and 90,1 million overnight stays (+2 percent). In August, 8 percent more tourist arrivals were realized The first half of 2019, as well as the previous two peak months, July and August, are in line with our expectations and plans this year, said the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, adding: “Since the beginning of the year, we have achieved five percent more tourist arrivals and two percent more overnight stays, but apart from tourist traffic, what can make us especially happy are the positive trends related to financial results. Namely, according to the Tax Administration, since the beginning of the year, in the segment of accommodation services and food and beverage preparation and service, the total value of HRK 20,6 billion has been fiscalized, which is an increase of eight percent, or as much as HRK 1,6 billion. ” he said Cappelli, adding that these results are a great announcement for the overall results of tourism revenues in 2019.    At the national level, in August most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (6,5 million), Slovenia (3,3 million), Italy (2,9 million), Poland (2,1 million), Austria (2,1 million) and the Czech Republic (1,7 million).  The top destinations in the first eight months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin. In August, 191.000 arrivals (+8 percent) and 421.000 overnight stays (+6 percent) were realized on the continent, of which the most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (197.000), Krapina-Zagorje (48.000), Zagreb (36.000), Međimurje (32.000) and Varaždin County (32.000). During the first eight months of 2019, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (24,3 million), in the Split-Dalmatia County 16,9 million overnight stays were realized, while in Kvarner 16,2 million overnight stays were realized.  Germany, Slovenia and Austria are the main emitting markets Announcements for the post-season positive In the first eight months of 2019, five percent more tourists in Croatia The overall announcements suggest that the post-season will make an adequate contribution to the successful conclusion of this year’s tourist year and that the indicators at the level of the year will be positive, the CNTB concludes.center_img In August, there were 5 million arrivals and 33,1 million overnight stays in Croatia, which is an increase of 2018 percent in arrivals and 8 percent in overnight stays compared to August 3. In August, the highest number of overnight stays was in Istria (8,7 million) , while 6,3 million overnight stays were realized in Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County. They are followed by Zadar County with 5,2 million overnight stays and Šibenik-Knin County with 2,5 million overnight stays. 2,3 million overnight stays were realized in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, while 1,2 million overnight stays were realized in Lika-Senj County and 289.000 overnight stays in Zagreb.  At the national level, during the first eight months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (17 million), Slovenia (9,5 million), Austria (6,3 million), Poland (5,4 million), Italy (4,9 million), Czech Republic (4,7 million) and the United Kingdom (3,5 million), and looking at the accommodation segment, most overnight stays were realized in household facilities (34,5 million) and hotels (19,4 million) and campsites (16,2 million). million).  Of that, foreign tourists realized 14,7 million arrivals (+5 percent) and 79,1 million overnight stays (+1 percent), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 10 percent and in overnight stays by 7 percent.   Rovinj, Poreč and Medulin are the leading destinations during July and August, according to the total turnover measured by overnight stays. Poreč, Dubrovnik and Umag recorded the most hotel nights. Split is the leading destination for family accommodation, ahead of Crikvenica and Dubrovnik. When it comes to camping, Rovinj is the leader, ahead of Funtana and Tara. They are followed by Zadar County with 12,9 million overnight stays and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 7,2 million overnight stays. 6,2 million overnight stays were realized in Šibenik-Knin County, while 3 million overnight stays were realized in Lika-Senj County and 1,7 million overnight stays in Zagreb. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 840.000 arrivals (+8 percent) and 1,7 million overnight stays (+8 percent), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (511.000), Krapina-Zagorje (258.000), Zagreb (157.000), Osijek-Baranja (145.000) and Međimurje County (144.000).  “After a successful peak of the tourist year, we are entering the post-season for which we launched campaigns in 14 European markets in mid-August. In September and October, we expect a repeat of last year’s figures or, depending on the market, further growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays primarily from the long-haul markets of the US, China and Korea, but also from Russia and France. Also, very intensive preparations for the next tourist year are underway”, said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, adding that the strength of Croatian tourism is confirmed by the latest report of the World Economic Forum, according to which Croatia ranks 27th among countries in terms of tourism competitiveness, which is an improvement of five places compared to 2017.  As was the case with the pre-season, distant markets will have an increased impact on the post-season result, while for closer markets the attractiveness of the offer of post-season content in destinations, special price offers, but also weather conditions will play a big role. Expectations for the post-season, according to the network of CNTB offices abroad, are mostly at the level of repeating last year’s figures or, depending on the market, in the direction of further growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays. The markets from which the growth of tourist traffic is expected during the post-season are primarily the long-haul markets of the USA, China and Korea, as well as the markets of Russia and France. Attachment: Analysis of tourist traffic in July and August and the period January-August 2019last_img read more

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CNTB: All decisions of the Tourist Board from which financial obligations arise are put out of force

first_imgAll decisions of the Tourist Board from which financial obligations arise are put out of force In addition to the above, at today’s online session, the Tourist Board passed a decision proposing to the CNTB Assembly to repeal the Annual Work Program for 2020, except in the part related to the activities implemented so far. “This measure was adopted in order to preserve jobs and art for functioning “Cold drive” given the loss of source revenues (tourist membership fees and charges) due to the reduction of economic activities of members of tourist boards and the current cessation of tourist movements around the world. The same percentage of salary reductions as for employees in the Zagreb office will be applied to directors / heads of representative offices abroad”Conclude the CNTB. Accordingly, it is certain that the CNTB will not be able to fully implement the Annual Work Program for 2020, which is why in order to enable efficient and rapid action in order to overcome financial difficulties and the normal functioning of the CNTB in special circumstances, it was decided to all the decisions of the Tourist Council from which the financial obligations arise are placed, they point out from the Tourist Council. The 65th session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board was held today via video call, at which the members of the council discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tourism and the repeal of the Annual Work Program and Financial Plan for this year. Also, the councilors adopted a measure to reduce the salaries of CNTB employees by up to 30 percent of the base for the period until full liquidity is established or until the end of the current year, while the monthly fee for members of the Tourist Council will be temporarily abolished. center_img Adjustments to the council’s previous decisions were discussed in order to overcome the current situation as efficiently as possible and to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on the further operations of the Croatian National Tourist Board as much as possible.  Reduction of salaries of CNTB employees by up to 30 percent These are decisions related to the implementation of public calls, as follows: affiliate advertising, strategic projects, Sports Croatia, DMK 2020, TOP events as well as a call for expressions of interest for the implementation of special promotional projects and advertising activities in emitting markets in 2020.  It was also determined at the session that the coronavirus epidemic will have an impact on economic activity in the Republic of Croatia, and thus on the financing of the entire system of tourist boards. last_img read more

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The media chase continues. Let’s get involved, we have to be narrators, not others

first_imgKORONA – ALARM IN CROATIA: HIGH INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF INFECTED Communicate all the measures that have been taken, the protocols that we have, how you have prepared as an accommodation facility, the relevant data. RTL.de further states in its article: MUP UZG COVID  Croatia is considered to be one of the countries that responded to this Pandemic quickly and effectively and which was considered to be “KORONAVIRUS-FREE”.  However, for three weeks now, a high number of infections has been recorded on a daily basis in Croatia. Due to the large number of infections, Slovenia is removing neighboring Croatia from the list of safe Korona virus countries. But for tourists, who are currently in Croatia, nothing will change for now. However, entering Slovenia if you come from Croatia will be a bit more complicated. The reason for this: Croatia is now classified in Slovenia as a country on the “yellow list”. The countries on the “yellow list” are controlled by the Slovenian authorities in much more detail. This can result in longer waits at border crossings.  HUT LAUNCHED THE CORONA REGION TRACKER WEBSITE WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY HOLIDAY IN CROATIA?  SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF NEWLY INFECTED WITH COVID IN CROATIA19 1.112 people are counted as currently infected and 3.394 as cured. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Robert-Koch Institute on their websites provide information on which countries and which regions are currently considered insecure areas. The article about Slovenia is also interesting, and a careful play on words gives a different impression. According to John Hopkins University, there are currently 4.634 confirmed infections and 128 deaths caused by COVID-19 (as of July 24, 2020, 8:34 a.m.).  Croatia.hr / Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Q&A QUARANTINE FOR RETURNEES FROM CROATIA? KORONAVIRUS.HR in English In crisis communication, every word and moment is important, and every negative article immediately slows down reservations and that is why we must react immediately and proactively, we must create and control the narrative. Original article RTL.de / Corona-Alarm in Croatia: Starker Anstieg der Infektionszahlen  While a hybrid struggle is being waged in the media space, any article like this in the current situation reduces reservations. Large foci of infection are mainly located in the Croatian capital in Zagreb and in the east in Slavonia. Since February 25, when the first case of Corona virus was confirmed, a total of 4.634 positive people have been tested.  HUT: Corona Region Tracker But while the media chase is going on, in the latest report he published two days ago German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Croatia is a safe destination and there are no restrictions for travel and return to Germany.  Share CRTs through your channels, because that’s how information spreads quickly and efficiently. And we have a responsibility to constantly emphasize relevant information, that Croatia is a safe destination, both directly to our guests and through our channels and social media. What the state should have done was done by HUT – epidemiologically mapping and looking at each Croatian county individually. On the map, Croatia is divided into four regions: North Coast (Istria and Kvarner); South coast (Dalmatia); Central Croatia (Zagreb and surroundings) and Eastern Croatia. CROATIA: DAILY HIGH NUMBER OF NEW DISEASES The Croatian Tourism Association launched a website yesterday www.croatiacovid19.info with the aim of timely and accurate informing the public about the number of COVID-19 cases in Croatian regions.  German tourists returning from Croatia do not currently have to expect to be quarantined. This will only be necessary if someone returns from one of the EU countries, whose number in the last seven days is more than 50 new cases per 100.000 inhabitants. Croatia is currently well below these values.  BE INFORMED IN DETAIL BEFORE TRAVELING! The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has set off epidemiologically map and look at each Croatian county individually, which is great news for us because if it were the opposite due to the epidemiological situation, the whole of Croatia would already be on the red list. The same proposal has been made for weeks by the tourism profession that Croatia also publicly communicate and selectively present counties, because currently Adriatic Croatia is on the green epidemiological list, which is crucial to communicate. Every message and word is currently carefully weighed, and if we do not control the narrative, while others deal with us – we have fires on all sides and we do not control the situation. Let’s get involved, we need to be narrators, not let others create an image of us, especially not the wrong one. HIGH INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF INFECTED IN CROATIA GERMAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS CONFIRMS HOW CROATIA IS A SAFE DESTINATION The media chase and fight for literally every guest continues. This is only part of the title, in this case again from the German media RTL.de, who recently published last year’s, ie old recordings from Zrće, imputing how in Novalja during the covida19 allegedly scandalous partying. All this information and rules can be changed on a daily basis. As long as the Corona Pandemic still requires protection measures, therefore the most important rule is: always be informed and asked in detail. Official and binding information is provided by both the federal government and the country to which you are traveling. Whoever adheres to this has the best opportunities to enjoy a relaxing and smooth vacation – and most importantly to stay healthy. We are a thorn in the side of many and want to put Croatia on the red list, and this is evident from various articles from Italy, Austria, Germany, etc.… Accurate and relevant data are the strongest weapon of fake news and attempts to tailor a different perception. MINT / COVID-19 INFO Side dish: Viber community Total Croatia Travel INFO with all epidemiological information in Croatia for foreign touristslast_img read more

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Make sure you can afford your children

first_imgI’m writing in reaction to a portion of the Dec. 3  article, “Minimum wage, maximum stress.” I have to admit that I was more than a little riled when I read the segment telling the story of 28-year-old Christopher Gordon. Nine children? Really? Interesting, how so many of us have to decide how big of a family that we can realistically support.It seems that Mr. Gordon gave no thought to this as he partook in creating these nine children. I wonder how many of his children are in need of public assistance because neither he nor his partner took into consideration the consequences of their actions. I certainly can understand and be compassionate of the circumstances that affect the other individuals interviewed for the article. I think The Gazette did a disservice to the other interviewees by adding Mr. Gordon to the mix. Jill MiglinBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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