WHO confirms avian flu case in Indonesia

first_imgSep 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed a new human case of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, but said there is no evidence that the virus is easily spreading from person to person there.The agency said the Indonesian government confirmed a case in an 8-year-old boy who is being treated in a hospital. A WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong did the confirmatory testing.But despite a growing number of patients being treated for suspicious respiratory illnesses in a Jakarta hospital, the agency said, “Current investigations in Indonesia have produced no evidence that the H5N1 virus is spreading easily from person to person.” Consequently the WHO has not raised its level of pandemic alert, though it promised to keep watching the situation closely.The newly confirmed case means the WHO now recognizes three cases in Indonesia, including a 38-year-old man who died in July and a 37-year-old woman who died Sep 10. The government counts the 38-year-old man’s two young daughters, who also died in July, as cases, but the WHO has said their test results did not meet the criteria for H5N1.The new case increases the WHO’s avian flu tally since late 2003 to 115 cases with 59 deaths, of which 91 cases and 41 deaths occurred in Vietnam.The WHO statement did not say where the 8-year-old boy lives or how he might have been exposed to avian flu. The previous cases have all been in the Jakarta area.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that 13 people were being treated for possible symptoms of avian flu today at Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital, four more than yesterday. A doctor there said the three newest patients had visited Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo Sep 18, just before officials closed it because 19 birds there had tested positive for the H5N1 virus.Today’s WHO statement suggested that the rash of suspected cases of avian flu in Indonesia mainly reflects increased vigilance. Because of growing public and governmental concern, “several patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of possible exposure to the avian virus are being evaluated as part of ongoing surveillance efforts,” the agency said.The WHO also said today that tests on samples from the 37-year-old Indonesian woman who died of avian flu earlier this month showed that the virus had not mutated, according to news services.Georg Petersen, the WHO representative in Jakarta, said the virus that killed the woman appeared to be the same as viruses circulating in poultry in Indonesia, according to a report yesterday in the New York Times. The finding, which he called reassuring, was based on a genetic analysis of the virus by Malik Peiris at Hong Kong University.According to the story, Peiris said his analysis, not yet complete, suggests that the virus had not exchanged genes with human flu viruses, an event that could enable it to spread more readily from person to person.See also:Sep 22 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/disease/influenza/2005_09_22a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Egypt reports 27th case of avian flu

first_imgEditor’s note: Because of a technical problem, this story was not published until Mar 27.Mar 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A diagnosis of H5N1 avian influenza in a 3-year-old Egyptian girl yesterday marked Egypt’s 27th case overall and the ninth this year, according to news services.The girl, who tested positive yesterday, is from the southern city of Aswan, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. Egypt’s two previous case-patients, a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were also from Aswan.Health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine said the 3-year-old girl was admitted to an Aswan hospital with a fever and cold symptoms, the AP reported. She was in stable condition and being treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu). A report by Xinhua, the Chinese news service, said the girl was hospitalized Mar 22.Shahine said the girl caught the virus from birds her family raises, according to the AP.The World Health Organization has not yet recognized the girl’s case on its Web site. Of 26 confirmed cases in Egypt, 13 have been fatal. By the WHO’s count, Egypt has the third most cases, after Vietnam, with 93 (42 fatal), and Indonesia with 81 (63 fatal). Several recent cases reported in Indonesia have not yet been recognized by the WHO.In other developments, officials in Bangladesh reported H5N1 had spread to three poultry farms widely separated from those near the capital, Dhaka, where outbreaks were reported last week, according to an Agence France-Press (AFP) report published yesterday.A government spokesman named Abdul Motalib said outbreaks were found on three farms in the northern district of Jamalpur, prompting the destruction of 9,000 birds, AFP reported. He also said there were reports of chicken deaths in two other districts.A Reuters report today said outbreaks have struck a total of nine farms in the Dhaka area and Jamalpur district, leading to the culling of 50,000 birds.A number of workers at the farms have been tested and found free of the virus, Health Secretary Ehsan Ul Fattah told Reuters.last_img read more

Surprising diversity found in H5N1 in Asian chickens

first_imgApr 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 influenza viruses found in chickens seized at Vietnam’s border with China in 2008 show a surprising level of genetic diversity, suggesting that the viruses are evolving rapidly and raising questions about disease surveillance and the effectiveness of prepandemic H5N1 vaccines, according to a team of Vietnamese and US scientists.The findings suggest that the subgroup of viruses identified in the study has been circulating in the region either undetected or unreported for a “considerable amount of time,” the report says. The viruses are in clade 7, a group that has not been found in an outbreak since one in China’s Shanxi province in 2006.Also, given the degree of difference between these clade 7 viruses and those used to make human H5N1 vaccines, “it is unclear whether or not humoral antibodies elicited by current vaccine candidates will have cross-neutralization activity against the new viruses,” says the report, published recently in Virology.The study was conducted by scientists from Vietnam’s National Center for Veterinary Diagnostics in Hanoi and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the CDC’s Ruben O. Donis as the senior author.Vietnam bans the importation of poultry from H5N1-infected countries. The viruses analyzed in the study came from imported illegal chickens seized at border control stations in Vietnam’s Lang Son province, on the Chinese border. Authorities confiscated 495 chickens at the border stations in the first 5 months of 2008 and tested them for avian flu. Fifteen birds were found infected with H5N1 virus, and two others had an H9N2 virus.The authors extracted RNA from the 15 H5N1 isolates, amplified it, and analyzed the sequence of the hemagglutinin (HA) genes. They found that all 15 HA genes fit within a subgroup of previously identified clade 7 viruses. They determined that 13 of the 15 HA genes fell into two further subgroups, which they labeled A and B.The isolates within groups A and B were very closely related, but the groups differed considerably from each other, with an average divergence of 4.05% in HA nucleotide sequences and 5.69% in amino acid sequences, the report says. The authors also determined that the isolates differed by an average of 3.67% and 5.81% from the most closely related previous clade 7 isolate, which came from a chicken in China’s Shanxi province in 2006.In comparing the viruses with representatives of other H5N1 clades, the investigators found they were most closely related a clade 4 virus (a 2006 isolate from Guiyang province of China) and most distantly related to a clade 1 virus, a 2004 isolate from Vietnam. The respective differences in amino acid sequences were 8.20% and 9.07%.The genetic distance between the HAs of these clade 7 viruses and the isolates used to make prepandemic vaccines raises doubt as to whether antibodies generated by the vaccines would react with the clade 7 viruses, the authors write. They say the viruses used in the vaccines represent clade 1 (from Vietnam, 2004), clade 2.1.3 (Indonesia, 2005), clade 2.2 (Qinghai province, China, 2005), and clade 2.3.4 (Anhui province, China, 2005).The authors used ferret serum samples to test whether antibodies generated against five of the clade 7 viruses would cross-react with viruses from other clades and vice versa. Using hemagglutination inhibition assays, they found that samples (antisera) with antibodies against clades 1 and 2.3.4 did not cross-react with a clade 7 virus, and antisera against that same clade 7 virus did not react with clade 1 and clade 2.3.4 viruses. Also, antisera to the clade 7 virus showed limited cross-reactivity with each of four other clade 7 isolates, suggesting “some, albeit minimal” antigenic similarity among the viruses.The authors write that the identification of two distinct subgroups (groups A and B) of clade 7 viruses “may suggest that these viruses originated from two distinct regions or host populations isolated from each other.”They say the isolates they analyzed were remarkably diverse, given that other studies of H5N1 viruses in a single clade have shown a nucleotide divergence of no more than 1.5%. They also observe, “The high degree of genetic divergence from previously identified clade 7 viruses also indicates that this subgroup of viruses has likely been circulating undetected or unreported for a considerable amount of time as poultry outbreaks caused by clade 7 H5N1 viruses were last reported in Shanxi province, China in 2006.”The findings point up the need for border controls and strong virologic surveillance to detect and prevent the spread of “exotic” H5N1 viruses from country to country, the authors conclude.Dr. Les Sims of Australia’s Asia-Pacific Veterinary Information Services called the study “an important piece of work” that offers another sign of gaps in avian flu surveillance systems in Asia.”Unexplained gaps in the evolution of H5N1 virus HA genes suggest that surveillance systems have not been able to detect all cases of infection,” Sims, who is a consultant to the United National Food and Agriculture Organization, told CIDRAP News by e-mail.Other signs of holes in surveillance efforts include the detection of H5N1 virus in humans before finding it in nearby poultry, finding the virus in intermittent testing in poultry markets, and infected dead poultry washing up on Hong Kong’s beaches, Sims said.Clade 7 viruses have been found in various places in China, including Shanxi, Yunnan, and Hebei provinces, he reported, adding, “One of the recent human cases in Jiangsu was apparently due to a clade 7 virus, based on newspaper reports.””The antigenic variation is not surprising given that clade 7 viruses have been shown to be antigenic variants previously,” Sims said. But the findings from the ferret sera should be tested further with challenge trials in poultry vaccinated with existing vaccines, he added.The difference between a 2006 clade 7 virus found in China—cited in the study as the closest previously identified relative of the viruses the authors analyzed—and existing vaccine antigens “led to the incorporation of a new antigen into some Chinese poultry vaccines,” he said. “These vaccines containing a clade 7 antigen have been used extensively in China.” He added that there have been no reports of vaccine failures in Vietnam resulting from antigenic variants.Sims said the antigenic changes in the clade 7 virus might potentially have been spurred by poultry vaccination efforts. “We need to balance measures to reduce the amount of circulating virus, which vaccination of poultry can do, against the potential ‘harm’ that might occur if antigenic variants emerge,” he stated. “We should expect antigenic variants to emerge and ensure that appropriate measures are in place to detect these at an early stage.”Nguyen T, Davis CT, Stembridge W, et al. Characterization of a highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus sublineage in poultry seized at ports of entry into Vietnam. Virology 2009 (early online publication) [Abstract]last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Monsoon and flu, atypical cases, school nurse shortage, IOM meeting on protective equipment

first_imgAug 11, 2009Flu picks up in Asia with monsoon seasonNovel H1N1 influenza is spreading in India, Thailand, and Vietnam with the onset of Asia’s monsoon season, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, according to Reuters. The regular flu season has started in those countries, and both H1N1 and seasonal flu are being detected, said WHO spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi. But the spread of pandemic H1N1 appears to have peaked in parts of the southern hemisphere, including Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-41686620090811Aug 11 Reuters article Disease expert notes fever-free flu casesIn his clinical observation of novel flu cases in the United States and South America, Richard P. Wenzel, MD, former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, has noted that some patients are afebrile, even some with serious infections, and lack of fever might underestimate case totals, the New York Times reported yesterday. He said diarrhea seen in a portion of patients suggests a need for stool testing to assess transmission and the role of better hand hygiene.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/health/11docs.htmlAug 10 New York Times article School nurse shortage could slow ID of sick kidsSchool nurses are expected to be at the frontlines of detecting and fighting novel flu when schools resume this fall, but the ratio of nurses to students in many states falls well below the levels suggested by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA Today reported yesterday. The CDC recommends a workload of 1 nurse per 750 students, but the newspaper’s analysis of census data puts the national average at 1 per 971 students.http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-10-school-nurses_N.htmAug 10 USA Today story IOM holds meeting on protective equipment for novel fluThe Institutes of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Board on Health Sciences Policy is convening a meeting today through Aug 13 on pandemic influenza and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Today’s agenda includes a call to the committee, with panel discussions starting tomorrow. Topics include the science and clinical experience with novel H1N1, infection control guidelines, risk assessment in health workers, and data on the effectiveness of PPE.http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/activities/workforce/respproth1n1/2009-…IOM meeting home pagelast_img read more

Cappelli announced an increase in the quota for hiring foreign workers in tourism

first_imgFor the next tourist season, Croatian tourism will lack at least about 15 thousand skilled workers, and some projections indicate the number of 20.000 workers. In the Tourism and Hospitality sector, with 4.660 permits, it is replaced by 7.660 permits for employment of foreigners, and with the increase of the annual quota of permits for seasonal work, which currently amounts to 2.040 permits, of which 1.000 permits for seasonal work in tourism and catering, we reach a total of 8660 permits. for the tourism sector. INVESTMENTS IN THE TOURISM SECTOR IN 2019 IN THE VALUE OF BILLION EUROS AND 50 MILLION EUROS   On the one hand, we should certainly look positively at investments, but on the other hand, the question arises whether we need new investments when there are not enough workers for the existing need in the labor market. Increasing work permits is certainly not a long-term solution, because tourism without domestic labor is not tourism and that encourages imports is certainly not a quality solution. According to the submitted data, in 2019, around one billion and 50 million euros will be invested in Croatian tourism, while investments according to the same survey in 2018 amounted to 940 million euros. The companies will invest around 626 million euros in their tourism projects, while the public sector, ie counties and cities and municipalities from their area will invest 425 million euros. The announced investments in the private sector include investments in hotels, camps, nautical and other types of accommodation facilities, facilities and attractions. Thus, the Ministry of Tourism has prepared a survey of investments in the tourism sector for next year. The survey covered all counties and tourism companies that submitted data on announced investments for next year.  On the other hand, new investments are announced in 2019, primarily in the hotel sector. Cappelli announced an increase in the quota for hiring foreign workers in tourismcenter_img NUMBER OF LICENSES IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INCREASED FROM 4660 LICENSES TO 8660 LICENSES. The largest hotel companies have also announced large investments in expanding their capacities. Thus, Plava Laguna is investing HRK 2019 million in 300, Valamar Riviera is investing in projects worth a total of HRK 616,5 million in 2019. The Supervisory Board of Imperial dd from the island of Rab approved total investments in the amount of HRK 139,99 million for 2019, while in the Split-Dalmatia County next year as much as EUR 197 million will be invested in tourism, and as many as eight new ones will be opened in Split. hotels with 1,5 thousand new top beds in hotels. The question is who will work? The situation with the lack of workers in the strongest Croatian industry is all the more absurd since this year the students chose mostly vocational occupations when enrolling in the first grade, but the available number of places was not in line with the interest of students. So this year more than 3.800 students wanted to study to be a chef, and only 1.200 were enrolled. 705 students will be educated for the profession of waiter, but the interest was much higher compared to the available quotas, a total of 2160 students. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli announced that due to the increase in the need for tourism workers, the quota of foreign workers in tourism will increase to 15 thousand. “It will certainly increase by a few thousand. According to the needs we have, I think it should come somewhere at 15.000, of which some 30 to 40 percent are seasonal workers, the rest will probably be permanentSaid Cappelli. In August, at its 110th session, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Proposal of Decision on Amendments to the Decision on Determining the Annual Quota of Permits for Employment of Websites for the Calendar Year 2018. 35.500 permits. The situation is becoming more and more absurd, and there are no real changes and some long-term vision of development and quality solutions yet. It’s as if tourism happened to us yesterday, so now we don’t know what and how.last_img read more

In February, there was a double-digit increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays

first_imgDomestic tourists realized 94 thousand arrivals and 193 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of arrivals by 14,7% and an increase of overnight stays by 10,0% compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists realized more than 170 thousand arrivals and 357 thousand overnight stays, which is 24,3% more arrivals and 15,1% more overnight stays compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists realized the most overnight stays in the City of Zagreb, 83 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 11,7% overnight stays compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists, except in the City of Zagreb, realized the most overnight stays in Dubrovnik, Rovinj – Rovigno, Podgora , Split and Opatija, which is 55,7% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists. In February 2019, domestic tourists spent the most nights in the City of Zagreb, 33 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 20,1% overnight stays compared to February 2018. This is followed by overnight stays of domestic tourists in Opatija, Split, Dubrovnik, Rovinj – Rovigno and Rijeka, which is 39,3% of the total overnight stays of domestic tourists. Tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the most overnight stays The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in February 2019 was realized by the City of Zagreb, 60 thousand arrivals, which is 22,6% of the total arrivals and 116 thousand overnight stays, which is 21,1% of the total tourist overnight stays. Compared to February 2018, there were 12,4% more tourist arrivals and 14,0% more tourist nights in the City of Zagreb. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (10,1%), Germany (8,0%), Italy (6,0%), the Republic of Korea (5,9%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (5,7%), USA (4,3%) and Serbia (4,2%). In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, more than 26 thousand rooms and suites were available to tourists (which is 50,9% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 51 thousand permanent beds (which is 43,2% of the total number of available permanent beds). The average occupancy of rooms was 33,4%, and permanent beds 28,6%. The City of Zagreb also has the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in February In February 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 370 thousand overnight stays, which is 67,4% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to February 2018, the number of tourist arrivals in hotels increased by 19,8% and the number of overnight stays by 12,9%. In February 2019, more than 264 thousand tourist arrivals and 550 thousand tourist nights were realized in commercial accommodation facilities. Compared to February 2018, there were 20,7% more arrivals and 13,3% more overnight stays, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Most rooms and permanent beds available in the group Hotels and similar accommodation In February 2019, tourists from Slovenia realized the most arrivals and overnight stays of foreign tourists, 31 thousand arrivals and 72 thousand overnight stays (18,3% of the total number of foreign tourist arrivals and 20,2% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists). Compared to February 2018, tourists from Slovenia increased their arrivals by 22,0% and the number of overnight stays by 18,1%. In February 2019, tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the highest number of overnight stays, 106 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,2% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group 25-34, 97 thousand nights spent, which is 17,7% of the total number of nights. Slovenian tourists with by far the most arrivals and overnight stays Most nights spent in hotels The city of Zagreb is a favorite tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists In February 2019, 52 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 118 thousand permanent beds were available to tourists.last_img read more

Too low pay, poor working conditions and inability to progress are the most common reasons for dismissal

first_imgAlso, ours the intention to change the work environment is quite firm, which is confirmed by the fact that two thirds of persons (62%) would not give up their decision to leave the company even if the employer offered them a new, significantly higher salary than they had. 24% of people who would ‘extend their fidelity’ and withdraw their dismissal decision if their employer promised them a raise do not agree. We have no negative experiences due to the dismissal The image of the employer also has an important influence on our decision, because we want to work in a company that has proven care for employees, then various financial conditions (such as bonuses, recourses and Christmas bonuses), flexible working hours, challenging work tasks, better location and the like. In the latest research, My job has found out what our most common reasons for dismissal are and where the point of ‘shooting’ lies after which there is no going back. When it comes to reasons for dismissal, they are at the top of the list too little pay, which is why half of the respondents search for job advertisements, then impossibility of professional advancement, poor working conditions te negative attitude with a direct superior.  When asked what kind of offer a potential new employer could make us think about quitting our current job, most respondents answered – better pay.  For Croats, dismissal is by no means a foreign concept. Research has confirmed that it is as many as 80% of people in their careers so far have resigned at least once, and the search for new business challenges usually turns to after 4 years of experience with the same employer. Among other motives, we are encouraged to change the work environment by numerous overtime hours, disagreement with the company’s management, a better offer from another employer, but also boredom, illegal business operations of the employer and insufficient independence in performing work tasks. Too little pay, poor working conditions and inability to progress Interestingly, at the time of resignation only a third of respondents had already agreed on a new job (34%), an equal number of people were in the process of looking for work (32%), and 17% of people did not even think about where to work. On the other hand, approximately 7% of respondents made the decision impulsively and immediately, without questioning her, resigned. There are few of us who have never, at least for a moment or two, after a hard day at work and an argument with the boss dreamed of resigning and leaving the office with applause and shouts of approval from former colleagues who many times wanted to do the same, but did not were brave enough. But how often do we decide on this important step? Also, before making a final decision we like to listen to other people’s opinions, and we most often consult with family members (49%), partner (44%) and friends (28%), while every fifth person makes this important decision independently. As expected or not, men resign more often than women without first consulting a trusted person. A new employer can attract us with a better salary and its image We do not make a decision hastily One in four respondents points out that a month has passed from the moment of the decision to leave until the dismissal, for a fifth of respondents that period has been extended to half a year, and for every tenth person to a year.  In 50% of cases, employers ask us to take notice, and during this time most people do not have negative experiences, except for occasional reproachful looks and scathing comments from colleagues or superiors, so it is not surprising that we usually break up with the employer in good relations (in 66% of cases). Aware of the importance and possible consequences of dismissal, such as a rule, we do not make a decision hastily, but think about it for a while.  Source: MojPosao.net Cover photo: Pexels.comlast_img read more

Croatia is richer for two more restaurants with the prestigious Michelin label

first_imgAs of today, Croatia is richer for two restaurants with the prestigious MICHELIN star.  MICHELIN marks Bib Gourmand, in addition to last year’s restaurants Batelina (Banjole), Konoba Vinko (Konjevrate), Agava (Zagreb) and TAČ (Zagreb), this year receive Tavern Škoj (Solta) i Zlatne Gorica (Varaždin Breg). This label is awarded to restaurants that offer quality menus at affordable prices.  “We are extremely proud that as of today Croatia has a total of seven restaurants with the prestigious MICHELIN star and that Novalja and Korčula have joined Croatian destinations that can boast of an authentic and extremely high quality gastronomic offer. MICHELIN is a world synonym for excellence in gastronomy, and Croatia is a country of top gastronomic offer, which nowadays is becoming an increasingly important motive for the arrival and return of guests to the destination. I am sure of the excellent promotional effects of all MICHELIN labels, which can also serve as an incentive for further development and nurturing of our indigenous flavors.” said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, sending sincere congratulations to all the awarded and distinguished restaurants, especially the owners and employees of the restaurants Boškinac and LD Terrace, whose efforts and creativity were recognized by MICHELIN inspectors. It is the result of a secret tour of Croatian restaurants by professional inspectors MICHELIN, the globally most important and most recognized guide for restaurants whose pages published list for Croatia. Namely, restaurants Boškinac (Novalja) and LD Terrace (Korcula) was awarded one MICHELIN star, while the restaurants Pilgrims (Šibenik), 360 º (Dubrovnik), Monte (Rovinj), Christmas (Zagreb) i Draga di Lovrana (Lovran) kept their stars. In addition, on the list Bib Gourmandtwo more restaurants have been included, which Croatia today can boast of a total of 70 restaurants with MICHELIN labels. center_img “The new MICHELINA awards confirm that the Croatian gastro scene is developing from year to year, and at the same time they are a great reward for all those who continuously work on improving the quality of preparation, presentation and the creation of the entire gastronomic experience. Croatia is continuously building the image of a recognizable gastro destination based on the exceptional diversity of regional gastronomic identities. According to research by the Food Travel Monitor, as many as 93 percent of tourists participated in some ‘special experience related to food and drink’ during a tourist trip, which indicates that gastronomy today is content that almost all tourists are interested in. That is why in the next strategic period we will pay special attention to eno-gastronomy, connecting producers and caterers and stronger branding and additional positioning of Croatia as a new gastronomic icon of Europe., said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. “This year’s selection reflects the positive trends on the Croatian gastronomic scene throughout the country. With a total of 70 restaurants in the guide, Croatian cuisine is developing and improving, especially by concentrating the energy of chefs in choosing the best meat and vegetables from the local area and the freshest fish from small-scale fishing. ”Said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guides. See the list of Croatian restaurants with a MICHELIN star at official MICHELIN websitelast_img read more

UGP: Occasional carriers again deceived

first_img“In every contact with the ministries, we emphasized our fear that ćEU funds will be spent on remediation of dubiousness in othersžpublic companies. It was recently announced that Croatia Airlines očekuje from države pomoć of HRK 700 million for a company with less than 1000 employees. How many millions and billions will The government slammed into HŽ and HAC no žwe don’t even want to think. At the same time, to solve the problem of leasing for all activities, not just for occasional transport and to save tens of thousandswhat ugrožjobs, an amount of HRK 200 million is needed. Već we have been trying to solve this problem with the Government for two months, a month has passed since the protests in St. Mark’s Square, and there are no changes or indications of a solution. The government is full of wordswhether self-praise for your work and successes, but we are sincere and deeply razočarani with this attitude towards the cityđanima and entrepreneurs. Once again we ask ourselves: Where is the Government and what is it doing?” It was established at the meeting that this extremely unfavorable situation in which occasional carriers found themselves through no fault of their own, can only be resolved in tripartite, and the Ministry of Tourism undertook to coordinate the activities of ministries needed to solve the problem. All present agreed that the burden of interest on leasing facilities can not only be borne by end users and leasing companies, but that the state should provide a guarantee fund through EU funds to help tourism and transport to help cover losses and preserve jobs. It is about 10 billion euros, which the Prime Minister recently bombastically announced as a great success of Croatian diplomacy. “It is indisputable čthe fact that we were invited to the first meeting at the Ministry of Tourism the day before the announced protest on St. Mark’s Square, after the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Finance did not attend the meetings invited by HANFA and UGP. It is also indisputable whethernjenica that we each goćand the invitation to the meeting they received after the announcements in the media in which we called them out for notčinjenje. We now consider that all these calls were “with a fig udžepu “te su služor just calming the situation me downđin carriers to buy time until the parliamentary elections without a real intention to solve the problem. I’m calling overžnot ministers and prime ministers to showžu that we are wrong and make a keyčnot a step needed to save the occasional passenger transport business and 20.000 jobs. If the problem is not solved, be ćwe will be forced to organize new protests.” Marko Slišković from the PPP Initiative emphasized. More than two weeks have passed since the last meeting of the Occasional Passenger Transport Initiative, the Voice of Entrepreneurs, HANFA, all leading leasing companies, relevant ministries and business associations, at which all parties agreed on a joint solution to the problem of insufficient moratorium for carriers and other ways of calculating interest during the moratorium.  “They ruleC pre-election bothwhat100.000 new jobs in idућe čfour years and on these phrases they try to attractC biračko body, while at the same time unable or not želeuwhethernor anything to save 20.000 jobs in the occasional passenger transport business. ” said Dražen Oreščanin, executive director of UGP and added: Apparently, the intention of the Government and the ministries was to circumvent the agreement with occasional carriers and to transfer the money that the EU intended to support tourism and transport exclusively to losers in the public sector, point out the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association.center_img  “From the Government of Fr.čwe expect her to be brave, and after almost three months, as long as our negotiations last, she withdrawsif keyčnot moves, not to put the accumulated problems under the carpet before the elections. ” he added Hrvoje Bujas, president of UGP. Unfortunately, we are witnessing that June 15 is long behind us, and there is no feedback, in fact, there is still no answer to the inquiries sent to the ministries about the date of the meeting. All parties present at the meeting prepared the required documentation and submitted it to the ministries within the agreed deadline. Instead of an urgent reaction from the competent ministries, as agreed, several days without contacts followed, and on June 10, after a reminder from the UGP, a response from the Ministry of Tourism arrived stating “We kindly ask you for a little more patience, considering that we have scheduled meetings of certain institutions involved in your issues for Monday, June 15, and we will let you know the new date of the meeting on Monday after the meetings. In any case, we definitely plan to hold the meeting next week.“They point out from UGP. Occasional carriers have been completely pushed to the wall, now they no longer see a ray of light at the end of the tunnel and it is only a matter of days before any of these companies declare bankruptcy.last_img read more