Georgia’s secretary of state says there will be a recount in his state.

first_img– Advertisement – Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that 4,169 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be counted in four counties: Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Floyd. The largest tranche to be counted is in Gwinnett County, which contains Atlanta suburban communities and has gone from Republican-leaning to Democratic leaning in recent years.The state must also deal with an unknown number of ballots from military and overseas voters. Their ballots will be counted if they were postmarked by Tuesday and arrive in the mail before the end of business Friday. – Advertisement – ATLANTA — Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday that the presidential race in his state was so close that a recount is inevitable.As of late Friday morning, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., led President Trump in the state by a mere 1,579 votes.- Advertisement –center_img “With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said in a Friday morning news conference at the State Capitol.He added, “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of Georgia votes could be completed by the end of the weekend. There are also an unknown number of provisional ballots that must be “cured,” either by county elections officials or, in some cases, by voters who show up to county offices and provide documentation or otherwise settle questions about their voter status.- Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA offers guidance to make fresh-cut produce safer

first_img Processes such as slicing, peeling, coring, and trimming increase the risk of bacterial contamination of produce by breaking the skin, the FDA noted. Examples of fresh-cut products include shredded lettuce and cabbage, peeled baby carrots, broccoli and cauliflower florets, cut celery stalks, and sliced melons. The story said the guidelines were developed with the help of the produce industry. Hank Giclas, an official with the Western Growers Association, told the newspaper, “It’s a document we’ve been asking for for some time, so I’m happy to see them get it out on the street.” Oct 18, 2004, CIDRAP News story “FDA lists plans for making produce safer” Many companies that market fresh-cut produce report they already are using many of the practices recommended in the guidelines, according to a report published today in the Monterey County Herald, in California’s Salinas Valley, a major produce-growing area. Dec 1, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Produce linked to more disease cases than poultry” The FDA said the document recommends that produce processors encourage their partners throughout the supply chain to use safe practices, including requiring workers to report illnesses and training supervisors to recognize signs of infectious disease and not allow sick employees to work until they have been treated. See also: Mar 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week proposed voluntary guidelines to help food processors reduce the risk of pathogenic contamination of fresh-cut produce such as bagged salads and sliced pineapple. In releasing the draft guidelines, Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach said in a news release, “Fresh-cut produce is the fastest growing sector of the fresh produce industry. This document should help to improve safety by providing clearer guidance on how to reduce health hazards that are potentially introduced during the production process.” Mar 1 FDA news release Remarking that he had seen produce operations in facilities that were “one step up from a barn,” Schwartz said Dole would like to see the FDA turn the guidelines into requirements. Last December the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said that contaminated fruits and vegetables had caused more illness cases in recent years than any other food group. The guidance document, titled “Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables,” offers recommendations in five areas: personnel health and hygiene, personnel training, building and equipment, sanitation operations, and production and processing controls (such as packaging, storage, and transport). Eric Schwartz, president of Dole Fresh Vegetables, told the newspaper his company is already following 90% of the guidelines. “I think most of your big players are doing something very similar now,” he was quoted as saying. The FDA is taking comments on the proposed guidelines for 60 days. (See news release link below for details on how to comment.) Fresh produce has been blamed for a growing share of foodborne disease outbreaks in recent years, and in October 2004 the FDA announced an action plan for reducing disease risks linked to produce. The Monterey County Herald report said the FDA wrote a “scathing letter” last November urging fresh-cut produce companies to do more to protect consumers from foodborne pathogens. In releasing its produce-safety action plan in October 2004, the FDA cited an estimate that at least 12% of illness cases in outbreaks in the 1990s were tied to fresh produce. The action plan focused mainly on providing more information to produce growers, processors, transporters, retailers, and consumers, rather than on regulations. Between 1990 and 2003, produce and produce dishes were linked to 554 outbreaks totaling more than 28,000 illness cases, according to the CSPI analysis. Poultry was second, with 476 outbreaks totaling more than 14,000 cases.last_img read more

Tomatoes confirmed as source of Salmonella outbreak

first_img Acheson said the next step is a trace-back investigation to determine where and when the restaurants purchased the tomatoes and to try to identify the involved production facilities and farms. “It may be a couple weeks before we have a common denominator,” he said. See also: Nov 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials said today they have zeroed in on restaurant tomatoes as the cause of a recent nationwide Salmonella outbreak. Acheson said he’s not sure if produce contamination is increasing or if more outbreak reports are due to better recognition of illness or higher consumption of fresh produce. Braden said another factor may be the increased centralization of the fresh produce industry over the past several decades. Larger food-processing operations, he said, may face a greater risk of cross-contamination than smaller, less centralized operations. CIDRAP overview of salmonellosis At a press conference, Christopher Braden, MD, chief of outbreak response and surveillance in the foodborne disease branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said 183 Americans from 21 states were sickened in the outbreak. Two Canadians also fell ill. Twenty two (12%) patients were hospitalized, which Braden said was typical for a Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium outbreak. The Salmonella outbreak is the second major produce-contamination event in recent months. In late August and September, fresh spinach contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 sickened 204 people in 26 states. Three deaths were linked to the outbreak.center_img A case-control study, which involved interviews with sick and well people about their recent food histories, helped the CDC narrow the cause to restaurant tomatoes, Braden said, adding that the contaminated products were not linked to a specific chain or type of restaurant or a specific growing region. The organism typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Several disease outbreaks involving contaminated tomatoes have occurred in the past 7 or 8 years, Acheson said. The FDA met with Florida and Virginia tomato producers in 2004 and 2005 to discuss food safety problems. He said the next such industry forum, cosponsored by the University of Florida and the Florida Tomato Exchange, will be held in Orlando at the end of November. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now consider the outbreak over, and they don’t believe the public is at risk. David Acheson, MD, chief medical officer for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said all of the tomatoes associated with the outbreak have been destroyed, thrown out, or eaten by now. “So there’s no need for a warning for consumers,” he said. The CDC detected the outbreak 2 weeks ago through PulseNet, an electronic network for sharing molecular fingerprinting (pulsed-field gel electrophoresis) data. At the same time, states were noticing clusters of patients who had the same strain and genetic fingerprint. The CDC said cases in the outbreak have been reported since Sep 1. Most of the states affected are in the eastern half of the nation.last_img read more

Foodborne disease rates changed little in 2007

first_img Hedberg said Salmonella was the main target of the “hazard analysis/critical control point” (HACCP) program launched by the USDA for the meat and poultry industry in the 1990s, and yet the overall rates of Salmonella infections have changed little. “That doesn’t mean that the pathogen reduction programs have failed, but it probably means the epidemiology of this disease is much more complex than would be implied by our focus on the primary food animals as the source of exposure,” he added. “If you compare where we are with the various diseases in relation to the national objectives, the one we clearly have the biggest problem with is Salmonella,” he said. “We haven’t really started to close the gap at all with Salmonella. That probably reflects the range of animal reservoirs that exist for Salmonella and the multiple transmission pathways that occur.” The one exception to the static picture was the parasite Cryptosporidium, for which the estimated incidence of infections was up 44% compared with the 2004-06 period, the CDC said. Officials said the reason may be that a new treatment for the infection is spurring more testing for it. Although some foodborne infections have declined significantly since surveillance began in 1996, the declines all occurred before 2004, the CDC said in a news release. “The results show that prevention efforts have been partly successful, but there has been little further progress in the most recent years,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said in the release. CDC. Preliminary FoodNet data on the incidence of infection with pathogens transmitted commonly through food—10 states, 2007. MMWR 2008 Apr 11;57(14):366-70 [Full text] Specifically, E coli triggered 21 ground beef recalls last year, 10 of which were linked to illnesses, according to the MMWR report. The recalls prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch some new initiatives last fall and to hold a public meeting in Washington this week to review the situation. Regional variabilityIn other comments on the CDC report, Hedberg observed that the case rates for some of the foodborne pathogens vary widely by state or region, a fact that he said warrants more attention. For example, the incidence of Campylobacter ranged from fewer than 8 cases per 100,000 in Georgia, Tennessee, and Maryland to more than 28 cases per 100,000 in California. Apr 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The rates of the most common foodborne illnesses in the United States have remained about the same since 2004, pointing to a need for increased efforts to ensure food safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. In 2007, rates of infection with Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, Shigella, E coli O157, and Yersinia did not decline significantly compared with the previous 3 years, according to data from the CDC’s 10-state FoodNet surveillance system, the agency said. The USDA launched an initiative to improve control of Salmonella in 2006 and added more efforts this year, the report notes. In the USDA’s Salmonella testing program, the proportion of broiler chickens that had Salmonella dropped from 16.3% in 2005 to 11.4% in 2006 and 8.5% in 2007, it says. The increase in Cryptosporidium cases may reflect increased diagnostic testing triggered by the licensing of a new treatment, nitazoxanide, the CDC reported. Said Tauxe, “There wasn’t a compelling reason to get a test done in the past. Now it’s something they [physicians] can treat.” See also: In addition to contaminated food from animal sources, other routes of Salmonella infection that deserve attention include contaminated produce, contaminated drinking water, and infected restaurant workers, Hedberg said.center_img Salmonella led the list, with 6,790 confirmed cases (38% of the total), or 14.92 cases per 100,000 population. Case totals and rates per 100,000 population for the other pathogens were: Campylobacter, 5,818, 12.79; Shigella, 2,848, 6.26; Cryptosporidium, 1,216, 2.67; E coli O157:H7, 545, 1.20; Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC) non-O157:H7, 260, 0.57; Yersinia, 163, 0.36; Listeria, 122, 0.27; Vibrio, 108, 0.24; and Cyclospora, 13, 0.03. In addition, FoodNet identified 82 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure associated with E coli infections, in children (younger than 18 years), for a rate of 0.78 cases per 100,000 children. Fifty-eight of the 82 cases were in children under age 5, for a population rate of 2.01 per 100,000. “You see this pattern where the highest rates are in the western part of the country and the lowest rates are in the southeastern US,” he said. “It’s not clear why that would be, particularly since we so strongly associate Campylobacter with chicken, and the southeastern US is a big chicken-producing and chicken-consuming area. I don’t know what the implications of that are, but when we start looking at the idea of developing new [disease-prevention] strategies, part of those strategies really need to focus on what the regional patterns of disease and risk are.” Apr 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “CDC says some foodborne illnesses rose in 2006” Battling SalmonellaThe federal government has set specific targets for reducing rates of four foodborne infections by 2010. Of those, the Salmonella level is furthest from the target, with a 2007 incidence of 14.92 cases per 100,000, more than twice the target of 6.8 per 100,000, the CDC says. Salmonella live in the intestines of most food animals and can infect humans by various routes, including food from animal sources, raw produce contaminated with animal waste, and contaminated water, the MMWR report notes. In 2007, salmonellosis outbreaks were linked to contaminated peanut butter, frozen pot pies, and a puffed vegetable snack. The FoodNet system compiles data on laboratory-confirmed foodborne illness cases from Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Tennessee, plus parts of California, Colorado, and New York. The system’s coverage area includes 45 million people, or about 15% of the US population. “E coli O157 actually reached a low point in 2003 and 2004 and then increased again in 2005 and 2006,” Tauxe said at the news conference. “Now it’s 1.2 per 100,000, and that’s a bit lower than 2006, but if you compare that to the 3 previous years, the difference is not a significant one.” He noted that 2006 was marked by E coli outbreaks linked to fresh spinach and shredded lettuce, and 2007 saw an increased in ground beef recalls related to E coli. Total cases increasedA total of 17,883 foodborne infections were reported in 2007, up slightly from the 17,252 reported in 2006, according to the full FoodNet report published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2006 FoodNet report in MMWR “That indicates that further measures are needed to keep prevention on a downward track,” Tauxe said at a news teleconference today. “The incidence of Salmonella actually has changed very little since those early years.” Craig Hedberg, a foodborne disease epidemiologist and associate professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said Salmonella seems to be the toughest foodborne pathogen to address.last_img read more

Businesses share lessons from spring H1N1 outbreak

first_imgSep 24, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – On the final day of a business preparedness summit in Minneapolis, a panel of experts emphasized having clear, open communication with employees as well as having flexible plans—lessons they learned from being on the frontlines in Mexico and the Southern Hemisphere during the spring novel H1N1 outbreak.Other critical lessons shared by the panelists were the need to build strong relationships between corporations and national and local governments and recognizing the importance of promoting prevention measures both in and outside of the workplace.The 2-day summit, “Keeping the World Working during the H1N1 Pandemic,” was sponsored by the CIDRAP Business Source, part of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.Building strong relationships”The single most important thing that we learned is that government trumps everything,” said Fred Palensky, PhD, chief technology officer with the 3M Company in St. Paul.Despite the fact that 3M had planning policies in place for crises, such as a flu outbreak, that could disrupt their businesses, these didn’t matter once the government mandated policies to shut down schools and prohibit people from going to work.Given how events unfolded, Palensky said, the key is flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. “We were surprised at every single minute of every single day,” he said.One critical lesson Palensky learned from his company’s experience is the importance for businesses to develop a strong relationship with national and local governments, particularly when there is a lot of conflicting information about what is occurring. It is important, he said, to try to have access to the highest levels of government to get a consensus of what is going on.Developing a strong relationship with government also helps to leverage a company’s position in a country during such a crisis. Palensky said that the experience of 3M during the spring H1N1 outbreak diverged from other countries because, as a supplier of N-95 respirators, the company was deemed to be a critical supplier and had access to government. This preferred position also allowed its management team to assemble and factories to stay open.”The reason we were able to do that is that we had relationships to government so that we could identify ourselves and offer ourselves as a critical supplier,” he said, “and that very quickly changed the tenor of our relationship with the government.”Other critical relationships to form are with people who have expertise in pandemic preparedness. Palensky said that, along with having a corporate medical director with pandemic planning expertise, the company also works with local medical experts.This is particularly important in situations, like the spring outbreak, that involve a lot of conflicting information.Maintaining good communicationThis often-conflicting information in the spring highlighted the need for developing and maintaining good communication with employees. “Everyone had a different story, and there was no reliable data,” said B. Rodrigo Cabanilla, MD, corporate medical director of occupational medicine with the Monsanto Company, St. Louis. As a result, his company is now trying to implement a way to obtain and disseminate information to its employees as quickly as possible.Dr. Irene Lai, MB, BS, deputy medical director of International SOS in Sydney, Australia, also spoke of the need to provide good information to people, particularly when government actions create a situation in which people may be affected by different, and sometimes contradictory policies.Citing varying responses to the spring outbreak among different states in Australia, she said that one major lesson was the need to inform people of the ramifications of traveling between states that have different response policies.One important aspect of developing good communication with employees is to identify high-risk patients, according to Cabanilla. Highlighting that 99.5% of employees who get sick will only be mildly affected and return to work, he stressed the importance of “attending to and identifying as soon as possible high-risk people and provide interventions.”Palensky agreed about both good communication and identifying high-risk patients.After discovering this spring that 3M’s communication needed improvement, Palensky said the company is enhancing communication with workers, both onsite and offsite, through phone, e-mail, and company postings, as well as in person. “We have significantly increased our communication to employees when they are not at work,” he said.In identifying high-risk patients, he also emphasized the need to provide protective measures, like hand sanitizers and respirators, to employees at work and at home.Taking care of familiesLai also highlighted the importance of taking care of employees’ families. She said that, particularly with the expatriate population, employees are concerned about protection of their families. Therefore, early on International SOS communication efforts and decisions included how employee behavior is modified by families.For CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, who moderated the session, focusing on protecting workers at home as well as at work demands that the old model of occupational safety be tweaked to more accurately reflect the 24/7 communication model needed to protect workers. “This is one area we can work on,” he said.last_img read more

Croatian wines are becoming more and more recognizable in Europe

first_imgThe recognizability of Croatian wines in Europe is getting stronger and better every day, and the right opportunity for additional promotion and branding of our wines has been recognized in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and actively in the last year through the brand Vina Croatia participate in various fairs to take advantage of the fact a tourist hit back a couple of years.”I am sure that this presentation of Croatian wines is a good way to create the image of Croatia as a wine country. Our wines are recognized by top wine experts right here in the ‘City of Wine’, so this is a clear confirmation that Croatia must continue to brand products such as top Croatian wines and further implementation of the strategy of the brand Vina Croatia – vina mosaica. Our winemakers have shown once again that they are ready for the most demanding markets through the potential of their premium wines where wines of indigenous and international varieties are valued. ” said Igor Barbarić, Secretary of the Wine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, at the presentation of Croatian wines gathered under the brand Vina Croatia – mosaic wines as part of the Croatian Weekend in Bordeaux, adding that further work is needed to create an image of Croatia as a country of such top products.The program in the City of Wine (La Cite du Vin), a theme park and museum dedicated to wines in Bordeaux, began on Friday with a welcome dinner and a welcome speech by the Croatian Ambassador to France, Filip Vučak, and ended on Sunday with a guided wine tasting (Masterclass) Barbara Bačić. During the weekend, our wines could be tasted, Darko Preiner, assistant professor at the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, presented Croatian winemaking and viticulture, and Mladen Boban from the Faculty of Medicine in Split gave a presentation on Wine and Health. Numerous other promotions of our winemaking and wine were held, along with indigenous food and music.The Wine Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has accepted a partnership with the City of Wine and will present itself in the first three years with more than three thousand bottles of the most important Croatian wines. From this year, numerous wines can be found in the City of Wine, representing Croatia through the following wineries: ATC Coronica, Krauthaker, Badel 1862, Kozlović, PZ Janjina, Vinarija Radovan, Dingač Skaramuča, PZ Vrbnik, Vina Carić, Osilovac – Feravino, Terra madre, PP Orahovica, PZ Maslina i Vino, Veralda, Stina vino, Vina Matošević, Vina Kalazić, Vinarija Iuris, Zlatan Otok, Vinarija Raak, Benvenuti and Kuća vina Ivan Katunar – Katunar estate winery.”The affirmation of the Croatian wine scene and Croatian winemakers is being done in destinations like this. France is a leader on the wine scene and participating alongside the biggest names and portrays us in the right light. Organized and thoughtful promotion of Croatian winemakers is necessary and I think that even bigger activities are yet to come”, Said Vlado Krauthaker, owner of Krauthaker Viticulture and Cellaring, adding that Croatia is a tourist hit and that it is time for our winemakers to become an export brand. “Given that Croatia is still poorly recognized as a wine country, it is necessary to use every opportunity to promote it. The richness of indigenous varieties and the great diversity of climatic conditions gives us an advantage over many, much larger wine-growing countries, however, on the other hand, it represents a great challenge for the promotion of its winemakers and wines, ” said Preiner, noting that the presentation of Croatia as a wine country in the center of the wine world, Bordeaux, will certainly give positive results.By the way, in 2016, Croatia exported only 9,500 liters of wine worth 56 thousand euros to this demanding and traditional wine market, mostly bottled wines with an average export price of 5,12 euros and sparkling wines only 365 liters, but at an average price from 25 euros. In the same period, we imported wines worth 4,6 million euros and 700 liters from France, mostly sparkling wines and bottled wines. “Certainly we as a country need to be present in a place like this, where some of the best and most famous wines are in the whole world and where all the countries that have serious wine production, consumption and culture are. The significance for Croatia is huge, from the promotion and recognition of Croatian wines and viticulture, to concrete business agreements for Croatian wineries. The potentials in Croatian winemaking are huge and by working together for better and stronger recognition, we will certainly be more competitive in the future and export more and more to world markets.”, Concluded Barbarić &lt;br /&gt;<br />
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You are a valuable source of information because you create an image of how customers and partners experience MailPlus products and services.Ilija Brajković, Kontra Agency Company:IRTA , ISTRIA INSPIRITMorena Milevoj is a long-term coordinator of marketing and PR of one of the world’s best tourist stories in tourism – Istra Inspirit.Istra Inspirit is a multi-award winning experience tourism project that enriches the cultural and tourist offer of the peninsula by reviving historical events in authentic locations, through staged Istrian legends and myths. Istra Inspirit, as an example of good practice in creative and innovative forms of tourism, emphasizes the valorization of unused existing resources of cultural and historical heritage in the destination and finding innovative ways to involve various stakeholders in tourism to create tourist packages and new tourism products.Dragana Lucija Ratkovic Aydemir, MUSEUMS Company: MUZE Light, torch, lamp – this is a symbol of Dragana Lucija, the founder and director of Muse, which does not need to be further explained. But bringing light or directing it towards those darker and lesser-known parts of life and heritage is not always easy, knowledge, skill, enthusiasm and courage are required in this work. Dragana Lucija managed to unite all these qualities and insist on them when she started Muses in 2005.She did not reach them by chance or easily: after graduating from the legendary Zagreb “culture” (Educational Center for Culture and Art), she enrolled in the study of comparative literature and art history at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. He was employed at the then Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of the Ministry of Culture in Zagreb, and then in Poreč, where until 2004 he worked on the protection of cultural heritage. In 1997, she was awarded a UNESCO scholarship for professional development in the field of conservation and restoration of cultural property in Poland.In 2003, after the successful installation of a permanent exhibition of sacral heritage in the Rovinj Franciscan Monastery, the City of Rovinj hired her for the project “House of Batana / Casa della batana”, which she successfully led until 2013. This project was a turning point in her work and served as a case study on professional development organized by the Marcel Hicter Foundation from Brussels. In this European education program, in 2005 he obtained the European Diploma in Culture and Cultural Tourism Management and founded the first specialized boutique company for project and cultural project management in Croatia.In 2009, she was elected President of the Association of Mediterranean Maritime Museums (AMMM) based in Barcelona (four-year term), and since 2010 UNDP Croatia has hired her as an expert advisor for eco-museums in the Coast project. Since 2012, he has been managing the project of interpretation and presentation of nature for 30 investments in the network of national parks, nature parks and protected areas of the Republic of Croatia in the field of interpretation and presentation of heritage.She is a member of various professional associations such as Interpret Europe, AMMM, ICOM, ORACLE and EMH.Vice Christmas, GoAds Digital Agency Company: GoAdsGoAds is an independent digital agency founded in 2014, with its headquarters in the Technology Park in Vinkovci.Thanks to the narrow field of specialization and the top results we achieve, and the “data-driven” approach to everything we do, in a short time we are recognized as one of the leading Google AdWords agencies in the Adriatics region.Since its inception, we have run over 200 Google AdWords campaigns for leaders domestic and foreign clients, educated numerous participants in our open and in-house seminars, organized the first regional Google AdWords and Google Analytics Meetup, and shared knowledge at professional conferences and lectures.As a certified Google partners agency, we provide our clients with the following services: planning, implementation and optimization Google Ads i YouTube campaign, analysis of website and campaign performance through Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and Google Analytics seminars and consulting. We also cooperate with domestic and foreign marketing agencies, PR agencies and web studios that hire us as needed to lead campaigns, education or Marinela Dropulić Ružić, RECC Blog: Tomislav Perko A travel lecture by a Croatian traveler, travel writer, blogger, lecturer Tomislav Petko, which will give us answers as to why people travel and what the motives of travel are.”Until 2008, I was a broker. Suit, tie, and those jokes.Then came the financial crisis, with which went my career, money, and the easy life I was used to. And then I decided on an unusual move – I set out to travel. Out of any logic, with no family support, almost no money in his pocket. And I started writing about it. A couple of years later, I’m embarking on a thousand-day trip around the world.After a trip around the world, I return home, publish the book “1000 Days of Spring” and officially become a writer. I was also in New Zealand, Bali, and I recently published my second book – “1000 Days of Summer”. I searched for the meaning of life on some of my travels – I visited over 40 countries, traveled over 50.000 kilometers, all with a budget of about 50 kuna a day. I still haven’t found the meaning, but I’m enjoying the search. ” Tomislav PerkoMartina Rumin, Mail Plus Adriacenter_img Company: Quanarius dooThe first man of family tourism in Croatia, long-time president of the Family Accommodation Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, bearer of the family tradition in tourism as a member of the third generation, ambassador of Croatian tourism and much more – all this is Nedeljko Pinezic. Family accommodation is much more than renting accommodation, and find out all the challenges, potentials and future first hand from the first pillar of defending family accommodation. Tomislav Perko Company: KontraIlija Brajković has been active on the Internet scene for years, and for the last eight years he has been actively dedicated to digital marketing. A geek at heart, but life took him into something he enjoys even more. Today, he is a partner in the digital agency Kontra, where he manages relationships with clients and fans. He worked as a community manager for the most famous Croatian startup ShoutEm where he managed a community composed of users from all over the world. After that, he worked with large clients such as Microsoft Croatia, the Zagreb Tourist Board, Suzuki and Renault. He is a regular lecturer at many conferences and seminars in the country and abroad, always among the best rated lecturers. Company: RECCTen years of experience in science in the field of tourism and management and development of human resources puts in the function of the development of the individual, organization, profession and society.Analytical, objectivity, methodological rigor and systematized and argumentative collection of facts are the elements on which the research and analysis are based, which represent a quality diagnostic tool for organizations. She has worked on 11 foreign and domestic scientific and professional projects in tourism, published 15 scientific papers, and as the author of 3 books and author of the manual “What if young people want to work in tourism?”.She is a columnist for the portal, and before her scientific career she gained work experience in hotel companies and catering in Croatia and the USA, as well as in an employment agency. Its mission is to put scientifically proven knowledge and facts in the function of personal and professional development of both the individual and the collective.Nedo Pinezic, Quanarius How he was just wrong.The development of new technologies and new trends are faster and faster than ever before in history, and accordingly have a direct impact on business. Especially in tourism, which has always been and will always be the first to accept them and which is most affected by all new changes. Lifelong learning is no longer a matter of an individual’s desire, but a business’s need to be competitive and survive in the tourism market.With this goal in mind, we present a series of trainings, which brought together people with practical knowledge, extensive experience, and ultimately that focuses on content, not form.Side dish: OFFER HRTURIZAM.HR EDUCATION Speakers:Morena Milevoj, IRTAlast_img read more

Soon no visas and double taxation with the US?

first_imgMinister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić met with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Washington.The meeting opened two important topics. The first is the conclusion of a double taxation agreement and the abolition of visas for Croatian citizens who want to visit the United States.”For Croatian citizens, two specific issues in relation to the United States are extremely important: the abolition of visas and double taxation. On both the Croatian and American sides, there is the will and energy to finally find a solution and for Croatia to receive the same status as other members of the European Union. “, Said Pejčinović Burić, reports HRT.This would certainly be a big step forward, which would support another better economic cooperation between Croatia and the United States, especially for the development of investment, tourism and trade between Croatia and the United States.Also, recently, in cooperation with Dubrovnik Airport and American Airlines, a direct flight between Dubrovnik and the USA was announced, which will connect Dubrovnik with the American city of Philadelphia three times a week. Thus, after 28 long years, the Republic of Croatia will again be directly connected to the United States via Dubrovnik Airport.Read more about this topic in the attachment.Related news:  FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USAlast_img read more

Panel discussion: Sustainable tourism and digital transformation – challenges and opportunities

first_imgOn October 10, the Department of Tourism and Economy of the Faculty of Economics in Split organized an expert meeting and panel discussion on the topic “Digital transformation in the function of sustainable tourism development. For the last two years, the members of the department have been working on international EU-funded projects based on digital technologies and data, and this year’s theme of the World Tourism Day “Tourism and Digital Transformation” was the occasion for presenting the results.  projects. The focus was on the current BluTour System project, led by Ca’Foscari University, with a budget of € 1.037.050,00. The aim of the project is to develop innovative solutions for decision support systems (Decision Support System, acronym DSS) in tourism, improve the skills and capacity of stakeholders to develop cross-border tourism networks, business ecosystem and use open innovation systems through the so-called. quadruple Helix model. The first part of the conference presents very interesting experiences of actors from the private and public sectors from different spheres of tourism on the application of digital technologies in their fields of work. Lidija Petrić, Ph.D. Ante Mandić from the Faculty of Economics in Split presented innovative solutions to support decision-making in tourism developed within international EU projects in which the Faculty participated – Tourmedassets, ShapeTourism and BluTour System. In essence, it is a system of data and indicators for the Mediterranean NUTS 2 regions, which includes statistical indicators, the results of stakeholder surveys and the so-called. Big Data data. They enable an overview of the positions of individual regions by a number of elements and their mutual comparison, they are open access and can be used by all interested stakeholders as a basis for making development decisions. Mrs. Vera Jergović Bolanča from the Šibenik Fortress of Culture presented the experiences of applying augmented reality in tourism. She particularly referred to the significant role that technological solutions have played in putting Šibenik fortresses on the tourist map and in the public focus, as well as the results of the work, ie the number of visits to the fortresses themselves.Mr. Marko Bartulić from the public company Split parking doo presented the SMART parking application and the results of its application. Traffic at rest is a burning problem of the city of Split, and the application is one of the ways to solve it, and analyzes of data collected through the system showed that, contrary to the public image, parking lots are very rarely completely filled. The application was primarily developed for the needs of the local population, and Mr. Bartulić also commented on its use by tourists. It is interesting that some tourism workers in the panel and in the audience said that they did not know that they would be happy to recommend it to guests, which tells us that we need to further improve communication. Mr. Josip Rikić from BlueSun Hotels & Resorts presented the technological solutions they use to improve hotel processes. The first solution is a mobile application for efficient management of all hotel areas and hotel staff. The application saves up to 20% of working hours, increases the billing of the mini bar by 90%, reduces inventory costs by 15% and increases reported breakdowns by 300%, which results in lower unexpected costs. Another example is Smart Scales that allow real-time monitoring of food consumption and production. The main benefits of the application are 5-10% lower food consumption, 85% reduction in kitchen administration, 25% increase in complaints to suppliers and significantly higher control standards, and the scale collects various useful data that can be given in the form of reports (eg return of finished food throws, the frequency of food exports and the quality of raw products). Mr. Mladen Tomić, director and owner of Hotel Split Podstrana, commented on green technologies in the hotel industry, giving examples of the same that he applied in his facility, which is one of the first certified hotel facilities of energy class A in Croatia. In addition, he commented on what technology brings for tourism and hospitality in the future, emphasizing that it will reduce the routine tasks of employees, and thus open additional space for the crucial host role of staff to increasingly demanding guests. In his last presentation, Mr. Martin Bućan, from the Split-Dalmatia County, presented projects for the application of advanced analytics and e-mobility in tourism. The first refers to the results of the Interdmodal project in which the County was a partner in which the so-called Heat Maps, insights based on the analysis of mobile network data that allows understanding the way of movement / behavior of the target socio-demographic population, ie the segment according to the desired points of interest. The key applications are in the field of tourism trends by monitoring the number of foreign tourists at defined points of interest, their segmentation by nationality, monitoring trends on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, comparison with selected desired points of interest which is a very useful input for tourism marketing activities. Another application is in the area of ​​traffic monitoring at desired points of interest (whole city or selected hotspots), which is the basis for traffic optimization models. Sustainable tourism and digital transformation – challenges and opportunitiesThe meeting ended with a dynamic panel discussion on “Sustainable Tourism and Digital Transformation – Challenges and Opportunities” in which the exhibitors were joined by Assoc. Maja Čukušić from the Department of Business Informatics, and the discussion was moderated by Assoc. Smiljana Pivčević. It was pointed out in the discussion that digital transformation is a much broader concept than the application of technology in business and includes strategically committed to digital technology as a basis for business development, products / services and / or revenues. It is precisely the strategic framework that is often lacking in practice while occasional, sporadic activities dominate, which certainly needs to change. The panelists agreed that funding is not a problem for good projects because there is money from various sources, and the precondition is quality and well-developed ideas. In this context, they especially emphasized the importance of well-educated staff who should have a broad education, developed team spirit / work, creativity and hospitality.The view is that technology in tourism will not displace man but will change his tasks and roles, reducing routine ones, and a message has been sent to young people that lifelong learning is imperative.It was also pointed out that in a tourist destination, the key cooperation of all stakeholders who form a kind of destination “puzzle”. When asked whether in the future the digital transformation will be more a lever of mass / unsustainability or just the sustainability of tourism, the conclusion was crystallized that it inevitably carries potential for both, and all the actors of the destination “puzzle” (public bodies, service providers, local population) to act in the direction of sustainability through their activities. The Faculty of Economics in Split is the oldest and leading institution for research and higher education in tourism in the Dalmatian region and offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies in tourism. He has been conducting education and exams for tourist guides for 42 years, and for 21 years for branch managers. Members of the Department of Tourism and Economy work on research, application and professional projects, of which currently 3 are funded from EU sources. In their work, they nurture and develop cooperation with all sections of the tourism sector through organized internships, student scholarships, socially useful student projects, guest appearances and visits to tourism entities, professional projects and expertise, professional gatherings and education.last_img read more