Month: November 2020

  • Harley-Davidson Serial 1 electric bike is designed similar to the brand’s first motorcycle » Gadget Flow

    first_img– Advertisement – Could your next eBike be a Harley-Davidson? It sure can be when you have the Harley-Davidson Serial 1 electric bike, the iconic brand’s first foray into eBikes. The name Serial 1 harkens back to the company’s oldest known motorcycle built in 1903. So the bike’s white tires, leather handgrips and saddle, and shiny black frame all harken back to that first Harley-Davidson design. And the result is nothing short of gorgeous. For now, we know that the Serial 1 has a mid-drive motor, a belt drive system, and an integrated battery. Frame-integrated headlights and taillights also make this bike worthy of the brand. Moreover, the eBike is from Harley-Davidson’s eBike division, a separate company called Serial 1 Cycle. Best of all, a Harley-Davidson eBike makes electric transportation cooler than ever.last_img read more

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  • Kylie Jenner Receives Backlash Amid the 2020 Presidential Election

    first_imgKhloé even went on to defend her big sis while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I haven’t heard a lot about it, but I did hear that people were upset that we all went out of town [but] I don’t really know the extent of it, but this year is a frustrating year. I get it,” the Revenge Body star, 36, said. “I think there’s so many frustrations going on for everybody, but also, it’s her 40th. This is something she really wanted to do for us … it was such a nice thing.”Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) “There is an election CURRENTLY unfolding and you choose to post a thirst trap for Kendall’s bday,” commented another. “On brand babe.”The Kardashian-Jenner clan has been receiving quite a bit of criticism lately. After Kim Kardashian took a large group of friends and family to a private island for her 40th birthday, fans called her tone deaf for taking such a lavish trip amid the strains of the pandemic. But a source exclusively told Us Weekly she’s brushing it off.“Her birthday party was so much fun, and she had an absolute blast. She’s in a better mood with all her friends surrounding her,” an insider revealed. “Even though she’s getting backlash for taking her friends away, she doesn’t care. She thinks it’s because people are jealous. She wanted to celebrate turning 40, and she’s happy with where she’s at in life and knows who she is and is more confident than ever.”- Advertisement – But fans were not all that excited about the news. In fact, they were angry at the beauty mogul for posting in the midst of the 2020 presidential election.“Girl this ain’t the time to be promoting your brand,” one user wrote. “We’ve got bigger things to think about rn sweaty,” another commented.“Kylie, there is an election going on,” one follower wrote. “I think this could’ve waited?”- Advertisement – Fans Are Not Happy With Kylie Jenner, This Is WhyKylie Jenner. Courtesy of Kylie Jenner/InstagramNot happy. Kylie Jenner got some backlash from fans for promoting a makeup restock in honor of her sister Kendall’s birthday on election day.On Tuesday, November 3, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 23, shared a sexy snap of her and her big sis to announce the Kendall Collection restock. “Happy birthday sister 🖤,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. “The Kendall Collection restocks tomorrow at 9am pst for the LAST TIME including signed PR kits!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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  • Saudi Arabia’s leaders congratulate Biden, saying they want to deepen relations with the U.S.

    first_imgThe cables, reported late Sunday by the Saudi press agency, congratulated Mr. Biden on his victory, spoke of strong relations between the two countries and the Saudis’ desire to deepen them. It remained unclear how that rhetoric would translate into policy, but the Saudi leadership considers the United States its most important ally and clearly wants warm ties with its new president.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – BEIRUT, Lebanon — The king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia have each sent cables congratulating President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his electoral victory, an initial effort by Saudi leaders, who have benefited from a strong relationship with President Trump, to build ties with the new American administration.Throughout his term, Mr. Trump maintained close bonds with the Saudi monarch, King Salman, and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often protecting the kingdom from outrage in other parts of Washington over its role in the war in Yemen and the killing and dismemberment of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in 2018.- Advertisement – Mr. Trump defended the Saudis as necessary friends in the Middle East and great buyers of American weapons, and Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and the president’s son-in-law, kept in close contact with Prince Mohammed, sometimes over the messaging platform WhatsApp.Mr. Biden adopted a tougher line toward Saudi Arabia during the campaign, saying he would limit weapons sales and hold the kingdom accountable for human rights violations. During a debate last year, he said he believed that Prince Mohammed had ordered Mr. Khashoggi’s killing and would treat the Saudis “like the pariah that they are.”last_img read more

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  • WHO sets meeting on flu pandemic containment

    first_imgMar 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Public health experts will meet in Geneva next week to continue developing the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) draft plan for quick action to head off a potential influenza pandemic.The WHO announced the meeting as a Hong Kong official reported another possible human case of H5N1 avian flu in China, involving a 32-year-old man who died yesterday.The WHO released a draft rapid-response plan at a Tokyo meeting in January. More than 30 experts in epidemiology, virology, public health, laboratory issues, and other disciplines will meet Mar 6 through 8 in Geneva to continue work on the plan, the WHO announced today.Officials said the meeting would focus on three areas: operations (logistics), surveillance and epidemiology, and public health measures, such as quarantines, antiviral treatment, and social distancing, the agency said.WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said the purpose of the meeting is “to decide who—the WHO, its members nations and its partners—would do what in the event of a pandemic,” according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today.Many experts are skeptical that stopping an emerging pandemic is possible, and the WHO has acknowledged that it will be very difficult at best.”Even if the pandemic cannot be stopped, public health interventions might buy time to allow countries to further strengthen their response systems, as well as accelerating the production of pandemic vaccine,” the agency said today.The WHO draft plan released in January called for completion of the strategy in time to allow training of rapid-response teams to begin in May.In Hong Kong today, a health department official said a 32-year-old man died of suspected avian flu yesterday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, according to an AFP report today.The man had fallen ill with a fever and pneumonia on Feb 22, a spokesman for Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection was quoted as saying. He said China’s health ministry and the Guangdong provincial health department had told Hong Kong that the man had a suspected case of avian flu.If confirmed, the case would be China’s 15th human case of avian flu and 9th death.The report came a day after Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu warned that China could face more human cases and poultry outbreaks of avian flu this spring.Elsewhere, Azerbaijan today reported its first outbreak of H5N1 flu in farm poultry, according to an AFP report. The virus was first reported in wild birds in Azerbaijan 3 weeks ago.Agriculture Minister Ismet Abbassov said about 500,000 birds had already been killed in an effort to contain the poultry outbreak, AFP reported.Also today, the Netherlands-based environmental organization Wetlands International accused five countries of refusing to cooperate with its efforts to study H5N1 flu in wild birds, according to another AFP report.The organization said Sudan, Turkey, Tunisia, Iran, and Nigeria have refused to admit research teams, the story said. The group blamed the countries’ reluctance on fear of the possible effects on poultry exports and tourism if infected birds were found.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has commissioned Wetlands International and the French agricultural research center Cirad to study H5N1 among wild birds in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, according to AFP.”It becomes harder to predict new outbreaks and to take the right precautions if we don’t know the situation in these important countries,” Wetlands International was quoted as saying.See also:Mar 3 WHO announcementhttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2006/np04/en/index.htmlJan 27 CIDRAP News story “WHO issues rapid-response plan for flu pandemic”last_img read more

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  • Trial results for Glaxo’s H5N1 vaccine released

    first_imgAug 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The full results of a trial of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) H5N1 influenza vaccine were released recently, showing that the vaccine in combination with an adjuvant produced an acceptable immune response at a low dose and may provide cross-protection against nonmatching H5N1 strains.Writing in the Aug 18 issue of The Lancet, Isabel Leroux-Roels and colleagues reported that the lowest dose of adjuvanted vaccine, 3.8 micrograms (mcg), induced immune responses after two doses that met or exceeded all US and European criteria for vaccine licensing. Further, more than 75% of volunteers who received this low dose of adjuvanted vaccine, based on a clade 1 H5N1 virus, were shown to have neutralizing antibodies against a clade 2 strain. Equal doses of the vaccine with no adjuvant yielded significantly weaker responses.The new report fleshes out preliminary results that GSK released in July 2006 and March 2007. The British company’s 2006 report raised hopes that adjuvants could substantially boost the supply of prepandemic H5N1 vaccines by reducing the amount of antigen (active ingredient) needed in each dose. Several vaccine trials have shown that the hemagglutinin, or H, component of the H5N1 virus triggers a weak immune response in humans, so vaccines must contain relatively large amounts of it.Seasonal flu shots typically contain 15 mcg of antigen for each of three flu strains, about four times as much as the lowest dose in the GSK vaccine trial. The first H5N1 vaccine licensed in the United States, made by Sanofi Pasteur, required two 90-mcg doses to induce a good immune response in about half of volunteers. With an adjuvant, the vaccine was shown to induce a good immune response in about two thirds of volunteers who received two 30-mcg doses.The Lancet report describes, apparently for the first time, GSK’s proprietary adjuvant. It is described as an oil-in-water–based emulsion, with the oil portion containing DL-alpha-tocopherol, or vitamin E, and squalene, an oil found in some fish oils, and the water portion containing a small amount of polysorbate 80, a nonionic detergent.The vaccine used in the study was a split-virus formulation derived from a clade 1 H5N1 strain isolated from a Vietnamese patient in 2004. The trial was conducted in Ghent, Belgium, and involved 400 healthy men and women between the ages of 18 and 60. The volunteers were randomly assigned to receive one of eight vaccine formulations—3.8, 7.5, 15, or 30 mcg, with or without adjuvant. Each person received two doses, 21 days apart.The researchers assessed humoral immunity by measuring hemagglutination-inhibition (HI) antibody titers and also testing for the presence of antibodies that could actually neutralize the H5N1 virus in the lab.All eight vaccine formulations were well-tolerated, and no serious adverse events were reported. Pain at the injection site was the most common symptom in all groups but was more common in those who received the adjuvanted vaccine. General symptoms such as fatigue and headache also tended to be more common in the adjuvant group.The adjuvanted preparations induced significantly stronger immune responses than the nonadjuvanted preparations at all doses, the report says. The 3.8-mcg dose with the adjuvant yielded HI antibody titers of 1:40 or higher in 84% (95% confidence interval [CI], 70.9% to 92.8%) of volunteers and fourfold increases in neutralization titers in 86% (95% CI, 72.8% to 94.1%). Without adjuvant, 3.8 mcg of vaccine induced similar results in only 16% and 37% of vaccinees. Even at the highest dose, 30 mcg, vaccine without adjuvant triggered similar HI titers and increases in neutralization titers in only 43% and 65% of vaccinees, respectively, the report says.After the second dose, a significant dose-response effect was seen in those who received vaccine without the adjuvant but not in the adjuvant group.After two doses, the adjuvanted vaccine at all dose levels met the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and the US Food and Drug Administration criteria for seroconversion and seroprotection, the report says. The unadjuvanted formulaton met the CHMP criteria only at the 30-mcg dose level.To test the vaccine’s ability to induce cross-protection against different H5N1 strains, the investigators assessed the generation of antibodies to an H5N1 virus derived from one isolated from an Indonesian patient in 2005 (a clade 2 virus). They found that after two doses, between 20% and 32% of vaccinees in the adjuvant groups generated protective HI titers, versus none of those in the nonadjuvanted groups. The neutralization assay showed a much stronger response, with 67% to 77% of those in the adjuvant groups showing a protective response, compared with less than 9% in the other groups. Mean titers of neutralizing antibodies were five to six times higher in the adjuvant groups than in the nonadjuvant groups.The researchers write that the cross-clade neutralizing antibody responses imply that the vaccine could be used before the emergence of a pandemic caused by an H5N1 strain. “However, further analyses are warranted to confirm whether it could also confer high degrees of cross-protection against other pandemic drift strains,” they add.In an editorial in The Lancet, two flu experts who were not involved in the GSK vaccine trial hailed the findings as important progress.The study “is the first to show significant antigen dose-sparing, high levels of immunogenicity in association with a novel adjuvant, and the induction of cross-clade immunity against A/H5N1 viruses,” wrote Suryaprakash Sambhara of the Influenza Division at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gregory A. Poland of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.The findings suggest that the number of prepandemic vaccine doses could be stretched 20- to 25-fold, as compared with the 90-mcg dose required for the FDA-approved H5N1 vaccine, according to Sambhara and Poland. “This vaccine appears to be an important step forward in our ability to protect against the pandemic threat posed by highly pathogenic influenza A/H5N1 viruses,” they add.John Treanor, MD, a flu vaccine researcher and professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology at the University of Rochester, said the key message of the results is that the adjuvant made a major difference in the immune responses.”What has been demonstrated is that with the adjuvant you can use very low doses of hemagglutinin, which are as good as or better than what you see with higher doses of antigen without adjuvant,” Treanor told CIDRAP News. The enhanced antibody response creates the possibility of cross-protection against nonmatching strains, he added.He also said the report is helpful in that it describes the formulation of the GSK adjuvant, “so people know what they’re talking about.”This study and several others “have, I think, demonstrated very convincingly that oil-and-water emulsions which contain squalene are a very good adjuvant for pandemic flu vaccines,” he added.Treanor said oil-and-water adjuvants were used as long ago as the 1950s. “I think the advance is that the formulation with squalene gives them a better toxicity profile,” he commented, adding that the lack of serious side effects is an important finding.But he stopped short of calling the GSK vaccine the most promising H5N1 vaccine tested so far. That’s hard to judge, he said, “because none of these studies really compare vaccines of different types with each other,” he said.Also, he said, “There’s a general problem in the field in that the assays are not very well standardized between labs, which complicates making comparisons between studies.”As for the idea that vaccines like GSK’s could be used before a pandemic emerges, Treanor commented, “I think the balance of professional opinion is that we should hold off on vaccinating till there’s a pandemic emerging. Not everyone agrees, but most think the best bet is to keep them in a stockpile.” One reason for that, he said, is the swine flu episode of 1976, in which millions of Americans were vaccinated to prepare for a flu pandemic that never materialized.Leroux-Roels I, Borkowski A, Vanwolleghem T, et al. Antigen sparing and cross-reactive immunity with an adjuvanted rH5N1 prototype pandemic influenza vaccine: a randomized controlled trial. Lancet 2007 Aug 18;370:580-9 [Abstract]See also: Mar 6 CIDRAP News story “Glaxo H5N1 vaccine may work against multiple strains”Jul 26, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Glaxo says its H5N1 vaccine works at low dose”last_img read more

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  • Crikvenica Tourist Board has published a public call for co-financing of events in 2019

    first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica has published a public call for applications for projects for financial support within the funds of the Plan and work program of the Tourist Board of Crikvenica for 2019.Projects organized by associations, clubs, legal and natural persons registered in the City of Crikvenica, or projects held in the City of Crikvenica will be co-financed. The right to participate in this Public Invitation have legal and natural persons who have settled all obligations to the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica. The public call refers to projects that start and end in 2019 or to a part of long-term projects whose activities take place in that period.Priority in obtaining financial support have projects that:- promote tourism of the City of Crikvenica in the Republic of Croatia and abroad,- have a maintenance date in the pre-season (1.1.2019 – 1.6.2019), or post-season (1.10.2019.31.12.2019.) And thus extend the tourist season,- are implemented in partnership with other associations / institutions, etc.- include funding from several sources,- envisage media representation and monitoring of implementation,- have an international character.Projects are submitted exclusively on the prescribed form, with a description of activities and proof of the legal status of the project holder (copy of the decision of registration of the association, club, copy of the decision of the commercial court or copy of the craft). The deadline for applications is September 30, 2018.Attachment: Public call for applications for projects for financial support within the funds of the Plan and work program of the Tourist Board of Crikvenica for 2019.last_img read more

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  • So simple, functional and ingenious – Free paper ashtrays for the beach set up in Vlašići

    first_imgCigarette butts are a major problem on beaches, both primarily environmentally and visually. Precisely as a solution to this problem, the Vlašići Association from the island of Pag set up free paper ashtrays on the beaches and solved this big problem in the simplest way.Namely, as part of the project “Please do not throw cigarette butts, our fish and birds do not smoke”, and under the auspices of the Zadar County Board for Physical Planning, Environmental Protection and Utilities and the Tourist Board of Pag, Association Volim Vlašići set up three info boards with paper ashtrays on the main beach in Vlašići and 3 porters in catering facilities near the beach.Ashtrays can be disposable or reusable, made of paper (cardboard), biodegradable and have assembly instructions on them. They are used in such a way that sand is placed inside and ashtrays are driven into the sand so that they can stand unhindered. After using the ashtray, it is taken out of the sand and the sand that is inside comes out through the holes in the ashtray. The ashtrays are thrown into a nearby trash can. We hope that smokers on the beach will use ashtrays and thus contribute to the protection of the environment of the bay Vlašići, which is located in the ecological network Natura 2000.The goals of the project are to reduce the pollution of the beach from cigarette butts, to encourage more responsible behavior of the individual; locals, tourists and visitors, nature conservation and biodiversity of Vlašići bay through education, information and sensitization of the public, care for the protection of natural beauty, plant and animal and endemic species in the protected area with emphasis on Vlašići bay and Natura 2000 ecological network.”Cigarette butts occupy a high place in the world and from year to year they represent a growing environmental problem on the world’s beaches, including the beach in the bay Vlašići. Although the beach is cleaned in the summer months, there are no special baskets or ashtrays for discarded cigarette butts, nor is a special tool used to pick them up. The number of daily visitors and bathers exceeds 300, of which half are certainly smokers. Most of these cigarette butts unfortunately end up in the sand or in the sea under the influence of low tide and tide. The decomposition of the cigarette butt takes up to 6 months, and the cigarette filter, which is made of a spongy material, absorbs moisture and increases its volume, so it can be more difficult to decompose. It is estimated that its decomposition takes up to 10 years. Small children playing in the sand, fish, birds and other organisms living in Vlašići Bay are directly affected by the pollution of the beach from cigarette butts. If we do not take some measures soon, there could be more environmental pollution. In 2014, Vlašići Bay was declared a Natura 2000 protected marine area under the designation HR3000044 due to its biological and landscape diversity. Despite the good preservation of the habitat, its main threats are excessive urbanization and concreting of the coast, overfishing of its biological resources and pollution. It is for this reason that we launched this pilot project and placed three boards on the beach with racks containing free paper ashtrays for smokers and racks in several nearby restaurants. said Ana Žunić, president of the association Volim Vlašići, and added that the plan for next year is to arrange a beach for dogs and install showers on coins on the beach in Vlašići.Yes, it’s all tourism. Ingenious, logical, functional and I can only say a hat to the floor. Unfortunately, this should be normal, not big positive news. Tourism is not just accommodation and the sun and the sea, in fact, tourism connects various industries vertically and horizontally, and in the whole tourist story we have to think about the whole destination, so that our destination is clean and without garbage.Too often even today we can see how our main resources, which are beaches, are in poor condition, without enough garbage containers, without showers, benches, poorly maintained so often in the morning we can see a lot of garbage on the beaches etc. itd That must be the basis, and only then can we develop tourism.Copy, in fact, let you care about the arrangement of our destinations and the overall impression. Strategic and sustainable tourism must be an imperative for us.last_img read more

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  • Baba Manda and the circular economy

    first_imgIn the next few sequels, I will try to explain why I advocate a model of tourism development based on family micro-entrepreneurship and the circular economy.What do the “babe Mande” household, the circular economy and tourism have in common? I looked for the answer at one of the best economics colleges in London.LINEAR ECONOMYEver since the first industrial revolution, our civilization has lived in a linear economy. “Disposable” motivates us to take, use and discard any product we need. This leads to mass production of products made from natural raw materials. Increasing extraction of raw materials and more and more discarded waste today threatens the sustainability of the entire ecosystem. We are currently consuming all resources 50% faster than their renewable capabilities. In 2030 we will “spend” the values ​​of two planets of the earth, in 2050 three planets of the earth. At the same time, the middle class of people on earth will double. This will “double” the demand for the goods that each of us enjoys today. The amount of unused and discarded goods has reached alarmingly high levels. It is important to produce as much as possible regardless of the usability of the good.The figures for Europe at the moment look like this:WASTE OF GOODS AND VALUESWe have 31% of discarded unused food, 46% of unused and discarded fruit and vegetables, the original value of steel loses 30% after the first recycling, five packages even 60-70%. As many as 92% of cars are not in everyday use. 60% of offices are not used during business hours. At best, only 40% of discarded goods are recycled or reused. It is interesting to note that Europe is losing 95% of its materials and energy, which means that only 5% of Europe’s energy and material needs come from the reuse or recycling of goods.EUROPE LEADERS IN IRRATIONALITYEurope produces the most waste in the world. In Germany, for example, in 2012, as many as 1/3 of discarded e-items were still functional with an increase in device replacement after only 5 years of use. As many as 60% of discarded TVs with a “narrow screen” were functional, and the only reason for throwing away the device was the desire for a bigger screen and better picture quality. As much as 5-10% of fruits and vegetables are thrown in the trash just because of their appearance. As much as 31% of food ends up in the trash. 11% is thrown away by the consumers themselves, 20% is thrown away before the sale itself. But because of that, food cultivation is based on artificial fertilizers, growth promoters, of which as much as 95% of these products are not recommended for the human body. So far, it has been proven that these substances cause 5% of consumer mortality and as many as 50% of Europeans suffer from obesity (overweight) due to unnatural foods and food additives. It is also lost on the construction of new buildings – 10-15% of the material…BABA MANDINA ECONOMYYou may already be guessing where all this is leading. But before the answer of experts, let’s remember the generation of our grandparents and their attitude towards food, energy, things… You must have experienced in early childhood or your parents told you that “nothing was thrown away”. The clothes of the older brother were worn by the younger, then even younger, and then by a cousin to eventually be cut up and used for some other purpose. Glass bottles were washed, stored and reused. Groceries were bought and less than can be consumed and everything that was possible was produced in one’s own garden… Remember and add for yourself what all the careful old people did because of poverty and habits. Today, those times seem difficult, unacceptable to us, and that is true. However, the principles of “Babe Mande’s economy” are experiencing a “renaissance” in the form of a new, circular economy.And where is the tourism here? Wait until we get to building new buildings and making better use of existing ones… About that in the next section.Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.comRELATED NEWS:last_img read more

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  • The summer toll collection tariff is starting

    first_imgTwo years ago, the Summer Toll Tariff was introduced, which brought a 10 percent increase in prices on motorways under the jurisdiction of the state-owned companies Hrvatske autoceste (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka – Zagreb (ARZ). So this year too, the Summer Tariff will start to apply from June 15 and will last until September 15, and brings a 10% more expensive toll.  Charged 160 million more last year On the motorways under the jurisdiction of the state-owned companies Hrvatske autoceste (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka – Zagreb (ARZ), a total of HRK 2,87 billion was collected from VAT in the past year, excluding VAT, 6% or 160 million more than in 2017.center_img The A6 motorway generated HRK 879,7 million in revenue last year, 4,7 percent more. Dalmatina and A1 are in third place, with revenues of HRK 710,2 million, an increase of 5,3 percent. According to HAC data, the growth of toll revenue was accompanied by an increase in traffic, so last year there were 58,56 million vehicles on their highways, five percent more than in 2017. And the most significant revenue in 2018 was realized on the A3 motorway – 946,9 million kuna without VAT. Last year, a total of 17,8 million vehicles passed through this highway, almost a million more than in 2017. last_img read more

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  • Aleksandra Kuratko Pani: It is time to redefine important issues affecting rural tourism

    first_img“The national promotional campaign focused on the domestic market should popularize visits to the countryside, promote staying in nature, consumption of local, healthy products, introduction to cultural and natural heritage, and generally undiscovered areas of Croatia, of which there are many. Without the official promotion of Croatian destinations, all measures will be in vain because we in the countryside primarily need a Croatian guest. Hopefully the time has finally come for one such campaign. ” 3. Promotional measures  Photo: Let’s go to the village of FB Rural, rural, continental tourism – whatever you call it, has been neglected for too long and out of the focus of all tourism institutions. There are plenty of problems and challenges, but it is time to finally start developing it strategically and purposefully. When, if not now? 2. Normative measures  In financial terms, we are in favor of a long-term reduction of VAT on all catering and tourist services to 10%, and the abolition of VAT on the sale of own agricultural products and processed products that are produced and placed in our own tourist offer on the farm of origin, such as case in Austria. In order to recover in the next year, we are committed to covering the cost of salaries and contributions for workers in the amount of 50%, and reducing the HOK and HGK membership fees and tourist tax by 50%”Emphasizes Kuratko Pani. However, the most important are the promotional activities that would open continental tourism and position it to domestic guests. Right now is the opportunity for continental and rural tourism, because the focus and demand will be for such content, accommodation, going to nature, active vacation and weekend travel. The time has come to redefine important issues affecting tourism in general in the long term, with a special focus on rural tourism, he points out. Aleksandra Kuratko Pani, head of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association and adds that this is a special form of tourism that deals with about 1.000 farms in Croatia. “Unfortunately, it is not defined in any legal act, so the first step we should take is to define it in the Law on the Provision of Tourist Services. Furthermore, given that a new national tourism strategy is being drafted, continental and coastal tourism need to be treated separately in terms of objectives and activities as these are two very different tourist areas. Through the Ministry of Agriculture, it is necessary to facilitate the placement of own domestic products for tourism needs on these farms because the existing legal framework is too complicated and unadapted and causes non-competitiveness of domestic products in relation to imported” Long-term reduction of VAT on all catering and tourist services to 10% Abolition of VAT on the sale of own agricultural products and processed products that are produced and placed in our own tourist offer on the holding of originCovering the cost of workers’ salaries and contributions of 50%Abolition of the obligation to pay HOK and HGK membership fees 50% reduction in residence tax  The Croatian Rural Tourism Association has sent measures aimed at enabling and facilitating the operation of rural tourism facilities in the conditions of the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which already has an unenviable situation. Measures for the development of rural tourism / Croatian Rural Tourism Association Defining rural tourism and its determinants in a special law on rural tourism drafted by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning with accompanying bylaws, in cooperation with professional associations Development of a special rulebook on the provision of catering and tourism services on agricultural holdings Separation of continental and coastal tourism in the new tourism development strategy of the Republic of Croatia (goals, activities, etc.)Designation of specialized employees in charge of rural tourism in the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture and / or establishment of a joint office for rural tourism in order to provide professional assistance and development of rural tourism  The measures are based on the duration of one year from the date of the decision to open the facility, and given that most measures require legislative changes from the Croatian Rural Tourism Association propose their immediate adoption in order to start a business and preserve jobs. Implementation of a national promotional campaign by the Croatian Tourist Board in order to popularize the arrival of domestic guests in the countryside, promotion of staying in nature, consumption of local products, introduction to cultural and natural heritage, and general discovery of undiscovered areas of Croatia.  1. Financial measures last_img read more

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