Democratic megadonors set sights on Georgia Senate fight after helping Biden

first_imgNow that President-elect Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump, Democratic megadonors are shifting gears toward the Senate fight in Georgia.The race between  Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock has been deemed a runoff by NBC News. The other Senate race, involving Democrat Jon Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has yet to be called by NBC News, although Georgia’s secretary of state has said that it would be going to a runoff.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The wealthy donors’ involvement in Georgia also comes after several spent millions on a string of Senate races that, in some cases, ended up going toward Republicans. Georgia will hold a hand recount of the presidential race as Biden holds a lead of more than 14,000 votes with more than 99% of the state’s votes counted.The winners of the Georgia contests could decide who controls the Senate. As of now, the GOP will hold at least 50 seats in the Senate in January, according to NBC projections. If Democrats end up winning both Georgia races, they will have the majority due to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote.Media moguls Jeff Katzenberg and Byron Allen are two of the co-hosts for a virtual fundraiser Ossoff-Warnock fundraiser on Nov. 17, according to a person briefed on the matter. Tickets for the event start at $54 and go up to $15,600, according to an invitation, which does not say the names of those hosting the virtual gathering. The funds will go toward the Georgia Senate Victory Fund, another joint fundraising committee between Warnock and Ossoff.Those who declined to be named in this story did so in order to speak freely.Reid Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn and a partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, has started encouraging those in his extensive network to give to the battle in Georgia, according to another person familiar with the matter.Hoffman did not return a request for comment.Haim Saban, a film and television producer who brought the “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” to the United States, is leaving the door open to helping raise campaign cash in Georgia.“I will always stand ready to help Democrats get elected,” Saban told CNBC. He also expressed a sense of frustration with Democratic losses both in the House and in key Senate races. Democrats were expecting to make many more gains from contests in Maine, Iowa, Montana and North Carolina. They ended up losing those races.Saban did not blame the outside groups that he contributed to for the losses, such as the House Majority PAC and Senate Majority PAC. Instead, he blamed progressives and their messaging that he says impacted moderate candidates.“Fault lies with those on the far-left fringe of the party pushing an agenda that allowed Trump and Republicans to gleefully paint Democrats as socialists,” Saban said. “These actions have potential to hamstring the Biden-Harris administration before it gets off the ground and those responsible should be held accountable.”Progressive leaders, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have defended the way those on the left handled the 2020 election and argue that issues such as “Medicare for All” helped those in swing districts.“All of the Democrats in swing districts who are Medicare for All co-sponsors won their re-elections, and all-but-one of the Democrats in swing districts who are Green New Deal co-sponsors won their re-elections,” progressive groups such as the Justice Democrats said in a co-authored post election memo.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said in an op-ed published Wednesday that “corporate Democrats” are attacking policies he has championed.“Now, with the blame game erupting, corporate Democrats are attacking so-called far-left policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal for election defeats in the House and the Senate. They are dead wrong,” he said.One megadonor who might not help Democrats in the Peach State is billionaire Mike Bloomberg. When CNBC asked one of his top political lieutenants whether he will give big during the Senate runoffs, the advisor said Bloomberg had already given $5 million to Georgia Democratic activist Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight organization. Records show that donation came late last year.Bloomberg has a net worth of just under $55 billion, according to Forbes. The fund is a joint fundraising committee between Ossoff, Warnock and the DSCC, where donors can write big checks.Representatives for Warnock and Ossoff did not return requests for comment.A number of big money Democratic donors have been freed up to help in these races in the wake of them assisting Biden’s successful run for president. Many of the party donors now getting involved were listed helping raise over $100,000 to help Biden.- Advertisement – In recent days, Democratic leaders, including those within the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, have reached out to some of the top donors and bundlers in the party to help with the election.The Georgia campaign is expected to cost over $100 million. For Republicans, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will be leading the way in outside spending.“The DSCC will play a pivotal role in Democrats’ GOTV programs in Georgia and we need your help to maximize our efforts,” the DSCC recently told donors and financiers in an email, which also points contributors to the Ossoff-Warnock Victory Fund.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Liverpool vs Leicester live on Sky Sports | Football News

first_imgIn a statement, the league confirmed ‘all fixtures from Saturday 21 November, and throughout the Christmas and New Year period, will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.’‘There is a full schedule of Premier League games over the festive period and clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans. These plans have been made with the cooperation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.’Liverpool vs Leicester – which has been rescheduled for a 7.15pm kick-off on Sunday night – is one of three extra matches to be shown on Sky Sports next weekend.- Advertisement – Everton vs Leeds and West Brom vs Sheffield United on Saturday November 28 will be followed a day later by Southampton vs Man Utd, Chelsea vs Tottenham and Arsenal vs Wolves live on Sky Sports.The weekend will then be rounded off by Leicester vs Fulham and West Ham vs Aston Villa on Monday November 30.November’s Premier League rearranged scheduleSaturday November 21Newcastle United vs Chelsea – Kick-off 12.30pmAston Villa vs Brighton – Kick-off 3pmTottenham v Man City – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsManchester United vs West Brom – Kick-off 8pmSunday November 22Fulham vs Everton – Kick-off 12pmSheffield United vs West Ham – Kick-off 2pm, Live on Sky SportsLeeds United vs Arsenal – Kick-off 4.30pm, Live on Sky SportsLiverpool vs Leicester City – Kick-off 7.15pm, Live on Sky SportsMonday November 23Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWolves vs Southampton – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsFriday November 27Crystal Palace vs Newcastle – Kick-off 8pmSaturday November 28Brighton vs Liverpool – Kick-off 12.30pmMan City vs Burnley – Kick-off 3pmEverton vs Leeds – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWest Brom vs Sheffield United – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsSunday November 29Southampton vs Man Utd – Kick-off 2pm, Live on Sky SportsChelsea vs Tottenham – Kick-off 4.30pm, Live on Sky SportsArsenal vs Wolves – Kick-off 7.15pm, Live on Sky SportsMonday November 30Leicester City v Fulham – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWest Ham vs Aston Villa – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsConfirmed Premier League fixtures on Sky SportsSat Nov 21: Tottenham vs Man City – Kick-Off 5.30pmSun Nov 22: Sheffield United vs West Ham – Kick-Off 2pmSun Nov 22: Leeds vs Arsenal – Kick-Off 4.30pmSun Nov 22: Liverpool vs Leicester City – Kick-off 7.15pmMon Nov 23: Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Kick-off 5.30pmMon Nov 23: Wolves vs Southampton – Kick-off 8pmSat Nov 28: Everton vs Leeds – Kick-Off 5.30pmSat Nov 28: West Brom vs Sheffield United – Kick-Off 8pmSun Nov 29: Southampton vs Man Utd – Kick-Off 2pmSun Nov 29: Chelsea vs Tottenham – Kick-Off 4.30pmSun Nov 29: Arsenal vs Wolves – Kick-Off 7.15pmMon Nov 30: Leicester vs Fulham – Kick-Off 5.30pmMon Nov 30: West Ham vs Aston Villa – Kick-Off 8pmMore fixtures to follow in due course – Advertisement – Liverpool vs Leicester will be shown live on Sky Sports next week when the Premier League champions take on the current league leaders in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash. The match has been confirmed as being broadcast live on Sky Sports following the Premier League’s decision to discontinue the pay-per-view model which was introduced in October.- Advertisement – Burnley vs Crystal Palace and Wolves vs Southampton will also be broadcast live on Monday November 23.Sky Sports had already confirmed it would broadcast Tottenham vs Man City next weekend on Saturday November 21 followed by a Super Sunday double-header of Sheffield United vs West Ham and Leeds vs Arsenal.On the final weekend of November, seven matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports with a triple-header on Sunday, November 29 that features Man Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

first_img8. My most used emoji is the heart.9. I was a hand model in a Barbie commercial that only aired in China.10. Dog adoption is definitely the cause closest to my heart, [which is why] I teamed up with Subaru to spread awareness and to really encourage people to #MakeADogsDay.11. My first concert was Britney Spears at Madison Square Garden.12. I like to be anywhere with a warm beach.13. Yoga is my go-to workout.14. I love to play the piano.15. Growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer, mainly because my parents were lawyers.16. The best advice I ever received was: Let go and have things come as they are.17. My first trip to Paris was the most memorable trip I’ve been on.18. I’ve heard people think I look like Tiffani Thiessen.19. I love going to the park with my dog, Levon, or going on hikes with him.20. My must-have beauty item is an eyebrow pencil. If I don’t do anything else in the morning, I’ll use [just that].21. I used to have posters of Dave Matthews Band and American Beauty up on my walls.22. If I were competing on a reality show, it would be The Bachelorette. I’d love to create some friendly drama on the show.23. My favorite holiday is New Year’s.24. During quarantine, I’ve learned how to rely on people around me more [and] that it’s very important to ask for help when you need it. It’s really brought me closer to my friends.25. If I weren’t an actress, I’d probably be doing something with kids. I’d love to teach kids acting. I think that would be really fun.For more on Daddario’s partnership with Subaru’s pet adoption initiative, visit subaru.com/makeadogsday.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – Acting isn’t the only thing Alexandra Daddario loves. The actress, who is best remembered for her roles in the Percy Jackson film series and in 2017’s Baywatch, exclusively opened up to Us Weekly with 25 things you might not know about her — including her love for dogs, reality TV and food. Read on to learn more about the 34-year-old star.1. I love sushi.- Advertisement – 5. My favorite show as a kid was Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, the one with Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain.6. My guilty pleasure is eating an entire pint of ice cream and [watching] reality TV.7. When I was 15, I worked in an ice cream shop.- Advertisement – 2. My first car was a 2009 Nissan Sentra that I drove until it stopped going above 40 mph.3. My favorite role to date was Annabeth in [2010’s] Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief because that was really my big break.4. I have “Reaper” by Sia on repeat right now.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Study: Most flu cases in small children missed

first_img The researchers collected nasal and throat specimens from each child for testing by viral culture and reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. The study involved prospective testing of children who were hospitalized or received outpatient treatment for acute respiratory tract infection or fever in three urban counties. The New Vaccine Surveillance Network, set up in 1999 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted the study, with Katherine M. Poehling, MD, of Vanderbilt University as first author. The investigators calculated that the average rate of hospitalization for confirmed influenza among children under age 5 in the three counties was 0.9 per 1,000 children from 2000 to 2004 (95% confidence interval, 0.8 to 1.1 per 1,000). The hospitalization rates varied by age-group within that age range: 4.5 per 1,000 for children aged 0 to 5 months, 0.9 per 1,000 for ages 6 to 23 months, and 0.3 per 1,000 for those aged 24 to 59 months. Healthcare providers identified flu in only 28% of young children who were hospitalized because of the illness and in only 17% of those who were treated in a clinic or hospital emergency department, according to a report in the Jul 6 New England Journal of Medicine. In his editorial, Glezen, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, comments that children shed larger amounts of influenza virus for longer periods than adults do. “Treatment of these younger patients even three to four days after the onset of infection may at least reduce the spread of infection to contacts,” he writes. He adds that when flu is recognized in a child, clinicians can offer preventive treatment to the child’s family members. In the outpatient wing of the study, 1,742 children were enrolled, of whom 274 (16%) had lab-confirmed flu. Healthcare providers recognized flu in only 17% of these 274 children, according to the report. “This lack of recognition represents a missed opportunity to reduce both the risk of complications and the spread of the virus to contacts,” writes W. Paul Glezen, MD, in an editorial accompanying the report. “We found a much higher burden of influenza infection in the outpatient setting than in the inpatient setting, a large variation in burden according to the year and site, and a lack of clinical recognition of influenza during most visits,” the authors write. The report comes in the wake of a new federal recommendation that all 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds should be vaccinated against flu every year. The same recommendation was made 2 years ago for children between 6 and 23 months old. The study also indicated that outpatient visits related to flu were between 10 and 250 times as common as flu-related hospitalizations, suggesting that increased flu immunization could reduce medical visits and costs. Poehling KA, Edwards KM, Weinberg GA, et al. The underrecognized burden of influenza in young children. N Engl J Med 2006 Jul 6;355(1):31-40 [Abstract] Using their data, the authors estimated that 56 of every 1,000 children in the three counties were taken to a clinic or emergency department because of flu in 2002-03. In the 2003-04 season, the estimated number of visits jumped to 122 per 1,000. The rate of outpatient visits was highest in children 6 to 23 months old and lowest in those 0 to 5 months old. The failure to recognize flu means children are not getting antiviral drugs that could ease their symptoms, especially if given in the first 2 days of illness. About 35% of the sick children in the study saw a healthcare provider within the first 2 days of symptom onset. The hospital component of the study ran from October 2000 through September 2004 in Rochester, N.Y., and Nashville, and from October 2003 through September 2004 in Cincinnati. The outpatient part of the study was done in selected clinics and emergency departments during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 flu seasons in Nashville and Rochester and in 2003-04 in Cincinnati. They found that about 35% of the children with flu were taken to a medical provider within 2 days after they became ill, “when antiviral medications may have shortened the duration and severity of illness,” the report says. Increased use of rapid tests for influenza could not only increase the use of antivirals, but also improve infection control and boost the use of flu vaccine, the article states. Noting that flu-related outpatient visits vastly outnumbered hospitalizations, the authors write, “Although the rationale for enhanced vaccination against influenza in children has been based primarily on hospitalization rates, reducing the number of outpatient visits attributable to the prevention of influenza by vaccination would have an even greater effect on costs.” Jul 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Physicians miss the diagnosis of influenza in children under age 5 most of the time, according to researchers who tested thousands of sick children for flu in three US counties over several years. Among 2,797 hospitalized children enrolled in the study, the authors found 160 (6%) laboratory-confirmed cases of flu. Only 28% of these had a flu diagnosis at the time of discharge (the surveillance test results were not available to clinicians before discharge). Only 52 of the 160 children diagnosed by the authors received a flu test as part of their clinical care, and 38 of these 52 tested positive, according to the report. Eighty percent (148) of the children with lab-confirmed flu were younger than 2 years. Glezen WP. Influenza control. (Editorial) N Engl J Med 2006 Jul 6;355(1):79-81 [Introduction]last_img read more

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Great partnership: Emirates and flydubai join forces and announce a comprehensive partnership agreement

first_imgEmirates i flydubai danas su predstavili veliko partnerstvo kojim će ove dvije zrakoplovne tvrtke iz Dubaija udružiti snage kako bi ponudile putnicima još bolje opcije putovanja. Obje aviokompanije će i dalje imati zasebnu upravljačku strukturu, ali će međusobno nadopunjavati mrežu destinacija kako bi povećale svoje poslovanje i ubrzale rast.The innovative partnership goes beyond the so-called code-sharing and includes cooperation on the integration of destination networks of the two airlines and harmonization of flight schedules. The new model will provide flydubai passengers with a simple and easy connection to Emirates destinations around the world, covering as many as six continents, and Emirates passengers will have at their disposal a strong regional network of destinations offered by flydubai.Cilj ovog partnerstva je optimizacija mreža letenja i rasporeda obiju zrakoplovnih tvrtki koji će korisnicima ponuditi veći izbor ruta, odnosno spojiti određene gradove. Osim toga, ovaj će sporazum koristiti objema zrakoplovnim tvrtkama kroz povećanje prometa u međusobno komplementarnim mrežama. Do 2022. godine, očekuje se da će zajednička mreža Emiratesa i flydubaija sadržavati 240 destinacija, prema kojima će se letjeti kombiniranom flotom od 380 zrakoplova. „This is an exciting and significant development for the Emirates, flydubai and aviation in Dubai. Both airlines have grown independently and successfully over the years, and the new partnership will create immense value that complementary models from both airlines can bring to passengers, each airline separately and Dubai.“HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO of flydubai, said the partnership will be launched over the coming months, with the first improved code-sharing arrangement starting in the last quarter of 2017. More information will be available and released soon.Emirates today has a wide-hull fleet of 259 aircraft and flies to 157 destinations, while flydubai has a fleet of 58 New-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft flying to 95 destinations, and the current combined network includes 216 unique destinations.last_img read more

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Our daily bread – harvesting and threshing in the past

first_imgFans of folk customs and traditions in Županja are expecting another folklore event this weekend. “Our daily bread – harvest and threshing in the past” since 2003 is celebrated every first Saturday in July as a celebration of the end of the school year and the harvest in the fields of Slavonia. The 16th harvest and summer ceremony is organized by the Tourist Board of Županja and in partnership with the Agricultural Cooperative Napredak, the Croatian Cultural Center “Bunjevačko kolo”, producers of cured meat products and brandy and in cooperation with travel agencies, schools, colleges and other associations. integral to the implementation of the event. In the form of financial and other forms of support, about 30 public and private entities, ie businessmen from all over Croatia, are participating in the implementation.The Tourist Board of the City of Županja states that due to the characteristics of this exceptional product, it is intended not only for organized tourist groups, schools and colleges, weekend visitors or excursionists, but also gourmets and, as we said at the beginning, lovers of folk culture. who, in addition to the ethnological component of the event, can enjoy a rich gastronomic and entertainment offer, but also actively participate in the program. In addition, “Our everyday bread” is the winner of two prestigious awards in the field of tourism, namely in the category of cultural and tourist attractions in Croatia, the event in 2009 received the award of the magazine Way to Croatia – SIMPLY THE BEST. She received the Golden Charter and the award “SUNFLOW OF RURAL TOURISM OF CROATIA 2014″ in recent years for winning 1st place in the category of rural tourism events.In this program, in 2018, almost 200 participants are participating, including members of the performance and guests from BiH and Serbia, as well as members of cultural and artistic associations, tamburitza ensembles, exhibitors and members of horse breeding associations with carriages.”Through this long story that has been going on continuously for the last 16 years, this year we will have many guests from other countries who have not participated so far, and these are primarily visitors from Austria and Romania who will present their traditional wealth to the audience.”, Said the director of the Tourist Board of the city of Zupanja, Mirko Bacic.What does this authentic experience offer in general?For centuries, the harvest has been a symbol of prosperity for Slavonians, along with socializing, singing and a rich menu, according to the Županja Tourist Board. However, despite the fact that the old customs were simplified and eaten at the same time, with this event the people of Županja tried to revive the beauty of the old customs.The program begins with a traditional Slavonian meal on a straw table, and continues with a demonstration of hand-mowing wheat, tying sheaves, handling sheaves and threshing on old machines such as dres and levator. The show stretches throughout the day and takes place in different parts of the field, while this breath of the old world is due to members of cultural and artistic associations from the county and members of horse breeding associations that gather in the form of joint work, the so-called. “Mobe”. In addition to the interactive feature part of the program, the event includes a harvest fair offering local local products – carp zucchini, gold embroidery, slinger and foreign, then a presentation of old crafts, workshops of indigenous products, but also awards and recognitions for the most successful producers in agriculture and livestock. numerous performances by cultural and artistic associations.”This year, a higher number of visitors is expected compared to the previous ones, although none of them has surpassed the first year of the event so far, when “Our Everyday Bread” was visited by somewhere between 1.000 and 1.200 guests. We anticipate a minimum of 700 guests who will magnify the harvest festivities and we hope that everyone, in the end, will be satisfied”, Said Bacic.The goal of such events is the development and improvement of rural tourism, inclusion in the tourist offer of continental tourism, the creation of a desirable tourist destination, as well as the creation of a new tourist product based on original resources available to the city of Zupanja. “Our everyday bread” wants to preserve the traditional values ​​of Eastern Slavonia together with old crafts and customs because they are also a key factor in the diverse offer of continental Croatia. The event seeks to create partnerships with businessmen and entrepreneurs, provide additional funding to family farms and small businesses, encourage the development of international cooperation with neighbors and the Croatian Heritage Foundation, increase overall tourism and encourage locals to participate in rural tourism. Also, two commendable initiatives should be highlighted: the first seeks to create a unique tourist product called “From the Golden Grain to the Culinary” by connecting heritage and gastronomic offer, and the second wants to build a Harvest Apartment. Žetveni stan or guvno is designed as a place for all cultural, entertainment and tourist events in Vukovar-Srijem County, and would be located not far from the city on an area of ​​2 hectares with attractions such as a tourist cooperative house and tasting rooms.”Županja and its surroundings are primarily an agricultural area and here tourism will never be the carrier of economic development, but what we must strive for is to create a story that there is added value here that can be a generous source of income. We have great potential in the development of rural tourism, for example, the offer of private accommodation in 5 years has jumped from 2 to 12 units. There is always room for progress, desire exists, we must shake that inertia and persevere”, Concluded Bačić.The Tourist Board wants to make Županja a recognizable destination for active holidays, pure nature, local food and events that preserve cultural heritage and tradition, and through its work always strives to be a source and motivation for new ideas and discovering hidden potentials.last_img read more

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The Coordination of Croatian Caterers submitted to the Government requests for tax relief for the catering business

first_imgThe first set of requirements refers to the reduction of the VAT on food preparation from 25 to 13 percent, the abolition of the Consumption Tax and the other tax relief for the business of caterers. Source: COORDINATION OF CROATIAN CATERERS Also, in the end, the Coordination of Croatian Caterers invites their colleagues from all over Croatia to clearly point out the tax burden, the net price of services and recommendations for leaving the type / tip within all catering facilities. Photo: Pixabay.com “Due to the high tax burden, the Croatian catering industry is struggling to survive. We are looking for urgent measures that will prevent the further exodus of Croatian labor to Western countries and the collapse of a large number of caterers, and stop the immeasurable damage to Croatian tourism. Croatia has the absolute highest VAT rate on food preparation and serving in the Mediterranean and one of the highest rates in the European Union. Such a situation has become unsustainable for us. ” stated Vedran Jakominić, President of the Association of Caterers of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. Today, the Coordination of Croatian Caterers submitted to the Government two sets of requests in which it demands tax relief for the hospitality business. This is done in such a way that the prices of services in the price list / menu are highlighted in the net amount, and the gross amount is displayed in a smaller font just below the net amount.Also, if possible, highlight the net price on the invoice with the increased font Other, to indicate at the bottom of the price list / menu and invoice the recommendation to leave the tip / tip in the amount of 10% of the total invoice if the guest wants to express satisfaction with the service. “Our demands are based on the development principles of the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020 and open space for effective raising of employees’ salaries, improvement of working conditions, procurement of food and products from domestic farms, breweries and winemakers and generation of domestic consumption. Without the adoption of our demands, the exodus of Croatian labor to countries with lower taxes and better business conditions will continue”, Said the president of the Dubrovnik Association of Caterers Ante Vlašić. In the second set of demands, caterers ask the Government to adjust labor law and the Labor Law to the needs of the labor market, among other things by introducing value coupons for occasional jobs in tourism and catering, following the existing value coupons for seasonal work in agriculture. Once again, the caterers emphasized that their goal is primarily to increase the salaries of workers, for which, with the current level of taxes and business conditions in Croatia, there is simply no room. “We operate on the edge of profitability. Balance sheets are negative. There is no space for investments, raising the quality of living staff. We cannot provide the guest – neither domestic nor foreign, with the experience he deserves. Because of that, we can’t even get quality home-made food, certainly not as much as we would like. Because of other people’s unjust decisions, business is our nightmare. According to Fina, just over 120 entrepreneurs had 882.884 employees last year, a turnover of around HRK 680 billion, and a profit of HRK 22 billion (or 3%). It is clear that money is not with us1. It is also an indisputable fact that if someone’s catering facility was worth 2 million kuna, now it is not worth even a third of that due to the excessive tax burden and lack of manpower. ” stand out from the Coordination of Croatian Caterers, which consists of the Independent Association of Caterers, the Association of Caterers of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Association of Caterers Dubrovnik and the Association of Hospitality and Tourism of Međimurje. last_img read more

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Business Excellence in Tourism awards were presented in Mali Lošinj

first_imgRecognitions and awards were presented to numerous winners by the Mayor of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić, and the Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Dalibor Cvitković.          Winners of awards and recognitions for Business Excellence in Tourism 2019. By the way, World Tourism Day is marked at the instigation of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which this year dedicated itself to the theme “Tourism and Jobs, a better future for all”, which aims to draw attention to creating better employment conditions and provide everyone with education and development skills for a better life. In the action “Man – the key to success in tourism”, aimed at raising quality and hospitality in the destination, this year were awarded Željka Huskić (agency worker), Sarah Buljat (employee in a hotel building), Nikola Marinac (tourist guide), Zdenka Alić cook), Milorad Tabar (waiter), Barbara Bušić Ribarić (private renter), Dominik Bačinić (maritime worker), Marko Matošević (seller), Elvis Bešlagić (landscaping and maintenance worker), Anton Furman (road worker) ), Gordana Satalić (museum worker), Marijan Badurina (police officer), Branko Vojniković (firefighter) and Bernard Nikolić (other service worker). On the eve of the World Tourism Day, September 26, 2019, the City of Mali Lošinj and the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj in the Museum of Apoxyomenos traditionally awarded prizes and recognitions to employees who contributed to the development of tourism in the destination. For exceptional contribution to the development of tourism, a special award was given to Bolt Gaberšek, long-time president of the Mountaineering Association Osoršćica and a member of the HGSS who often participated in numerous rescue operations. He is responsible for arranging and marking all hiking trails on the island of Lošinj. This year, too, special awards were given, so for innovations in the tourist offer, the award was given to Ivan Volarić for “Lošinj air in a bottle”. Guided by the idea that the air of Lošinj enriched with drops of salt, minerals and essential oils that are ‘trapped’ in the bottle, Ivan successfully trades in foreign markets. Meritorious for the promotion of the destination this year are: Water Polo Club Lošinj with its International Water Polo Tournament “Good Dolphin”, then the Wind Orchestra “Josip Kašman” with the Festival of Wind Orchestras and Nautical Concert. The “Josip Antun Kraljić” theater is also active, and this year, in addition to smaller islands and places, it also performed at the Nerezinac Camp and the “Leo Brenner” Astronomical Society. The Association of Lošinj Majorettes and the Lošinj klapa Čikat are indispensable and are happy to join all events in the destination and beyond.center_img From year to year, the awarded employees prove that effort and perseverance pay off, because each individual participates in creating impressions about Lošinj. Without quality cooperation of the population with the private and public sector, ie without the efforts of these tourism workers, our tourism would not exist. I thank and congratulate everyone, said the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Dalibor Cvitković. As part of the ‘Lošinjski cvijet’ campaign, awards were given to locals who contributed to the beautiful appearance of the street and the entire town. Mate Živković, Vesna Juranić Koharović, Gordana Mustač, Kata Gagić, Pia Zorović, Danica Mužić, Zelina Nikolić, Antonio Stuparić, Ružica Gaberšek , Luciana Benvin, Danica Bernabić, Vlasta Mavrinac, Vivien Vlakančić, Kučić Marija and Fratrić Darko. Also, for the twelfth year in a row, the Tourist Board has been selecting original Lošinj souvenirs, so 9 products from 4 manufacturers have received certificates: Trgovački obrt Gulam, Mirta doo, Čarobnjak store and Brigita Kušmić’s handicrafts. Recognition and gratitude for the enthusiasm, initiative and great contribution in the realization of the Interpretation Navigation Center of the Maritime Heritage of the Island of Lošinj – Lošinj Camp Nerezinac, was given to Ferdinando Zorović. Also, motivated by the will and desire to revitalize and develop the place Ustrine, the Association of Tuners Ustrine based on numerous work actions and projects deserved praise and recognition. A special award was given to an excellent student for her success in competitions in the discipline of Travel Agency Business – Ivana Mlacović. Source / photo: Mali Lošinj Tourist Board; Pixabaylast_img read more

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The Civil Protection Headquarters of the County of Istria has made a decision on the care of persons suffering from COVID-19

first_imgYesterday, the coordination of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the County of Istria, the mayor of Istria, was held, regarding the issue of caring for people suffering from COVID-19 during the 2020 tourist season. 3.) There is dissatisfaction with the work of inspection services regarding the control of the implementation of measures, which are in themselves quite liberal. The state will be asked to provide the best possible inspections, especially in those facilities that do not follow the recommendations. 1.) All cities and municipalities, together with their civil protection headquarters, will locate, ie determine possible capacities, which will serve for quarantine and self-isolation of possible suspicious tourists, while all patients will go to the hospital. This applies especially to those facilities that cannot plan their capacities, while all large tourist houses have planned 10% of their capacity for possible cases of infection. The Mayor of Pula, Boris Miletić, on the other hand, believes that excellence in dealing with the corona crisis, along with the expertise of the Civil Protection Headquarters, is also evident in the Istrian community, which was confirmed by yesterday’s session. “Together, we want to preserve the health of our people, but we want to enable citizens and the economy, including tourism, to function. However, on the other hand, we see that the release of measures has increased the risk of infection, which was confirmed yesterday with two new infected. Therefore, it is necessary to emphasize the importance of respecting all epidemiological measures, in terms of keeping distance, personal hygiene, as well as adherence to measures at public gathering places. We want to get the most out of this season, but above all to preserve people’s health”, Said the mayor of Pula, adding that he expects the entry into force of the state protocol on the treatment of tourists. The main topic was the measures to be taken to take care of possible cases of tourists positive for COVID-19 during the tourist season. Currently one of the main topics that needs to be defined as soon as possible and more clearly. From Tuesday, they will have fully ready and equipped facilities in Istria 2.) The city headquarters together with the tourist houses will check the condition of the health organization in the tourist houses, ie they will check whether the health system has been established or something still needs to be done together with the Istrian health centers. The IDZ proposed that an effective health care system for tourists be established as soon as possible so that they do not make an uncontrolled break into the public health care system. center_img Mayor Kozlevac also referred to the latter, saying the following: “We have been waiting for three weeks for a protocol from the National Civil Protection Headquarters and the state on how to treat possible sick tourists, of which there are already over 40 in Istria today. We simply cannot wait any longer and from Tuesday we will have fully ready and equipped facilities. Given the situation and the excellent functioning of the civil protection system in the Istrian County, our goal is to achieve the achieved results and to take everything necessary in the coming period to keep the situation favorable, to the satisfaction of our citizens and tourists , who are coming to Istria in increasing numbers “, said Kozlevac. / / / WHO WILL COVER THE COST OF ACCOMMODATION OF GUESTS IN CASE OF SELF-INSULATION? “We felt the need to analyze the situation together with the responsible persons at the level of cities, municipalities and local headquarters in order to be, as before, ready to react promptly in the event of an infection among our guests. “, pointed out the Istrian prefect Fabrizio Radin. While waiting for the decision of the National Civil Protection Headquarters and the MINT, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Istrian County could no longer wait and made the decision on the protocol that some of the guests have symptoms or coronavirus. Thus, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Istrian County made the following conclusions which were adopted at the coordination: 4.) Depending on the assessment, SCZ next week will adopt certain measures that will be mandatory in terms of respecting physical distance, the need to wear a mask, personal hygiene and space hygiene.last_img read more

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