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Sunflower of rural tourism: The action of evaluating the best has started

first_imgU okviru ovogodišnjeg projekta ocjenjivanja i promocije najboljih poduzetnika i programa u ruralnom turizmu, očekuje se više od 150 prijava iz čitave Hrvatske”Suncokretom ruralnog turizma promoviraju se tradicijski sadržaji, povezuju se najznačajniji projekti, proizvođači, događaji i zanimljivosti, te se uz očuvanje izvornosti stvaraju novi proizvodi ruralnog turizma“, ističe mr. sc. Dijana Katica, predsjednica Hrvatske udruge za turizam i ruralni razvoj „Kluba članova Selo“, inicijatora i organizatora pete nacionalne nagrade koja u fokus stavlja ruralni prostor Hrvatske i jedina se u zemlji njime sustavno bavi.U projekt su uključeni poduzetnici, obrtnici, OPG-i, zadruge, udruge iz cijele Hrvatske kao i jedinice područne i lokalne samouprave te turističke zajednice. Dok nominacije još uvijek pristižu, komisija je već krenula u prvi krug obilaska. „Akcija obilaska traje nekoliko mjeseci. Moraju se posjetiti i po jasno razrađenim kriterijima ocijeniti svi nominirani, a najboljima će se na svečanosti proglašenja krajem godine uručiti Zlatne, Srebrne, Brončane plakete i Posebna priznanja u šest kategorija: Turistička seljačka gospodarstva, Poduzetnici u ruralnom turizmu, Ruralno-turistički projekti, Ruralno-turističke manifestacije, Tradicijska ruralna gastronomija i Vinski turizam“, kaže Stjepan Cukor, predsjednik ocjenjivačke komisije.U protekle četiri godine u projektu je sudjelovalo oko 400 proizvođača, turističkih projekata i poduzetnika s ruralnih područja, a nagrade je dobilo njih 130.last_img read more

US heads into Independence Day besieged by virus, Europe reopens

first_imgTouching almost every country on Earth since it emerged in China late last year, the coronavirus has infected at least 10.9 million and killed 522,000 globally, shattering previously buoyant economies and bringing public life to a standstill.But while Europe and much of Asia have largely managed to bring the virus under control — so much so that England was preparing to reopen pubs, restaurants and cinemas — in the US it has claimed nearly 130,000 lives amid a sharp resurgence of cases which top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said “puts the entire country at risk.”The world’s largest economy broke its record for new cases for the third day in a row Friday, with more than 57,000 infections in 24 hours. It’s expected to record its three millionth infection next week, with cases rising the south and west particularly.US President Donald Trump — at Mount Rushmore for a fireworks celebration with thousands of attendees in close quarters and masks not required — has so far dismissed the deluge of new cases. In a tweet late Thursday he said the rise was because “our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country,” calling that “great news.”He added: “Even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN.”But his predecessor Barack Obama called for Americans to be “safe and smart.””It’s going to take all of us to beat this virus. So wear a mask. Wash your hands. And listen to the experts, not the folks trying to divide us,” he tweeted Friday.The World Health Organization called on countries hit by serious outbreaks to “wake up” to the realities.”People need to wake up. The data is not lying,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told journalists in Geneva. “It is never too late in an epidemic to take control.”US blacklisted by Britain, Europe At least 14 states are seeing their weekly averages hit record highs heading into the holiday weekend, the Washington Post reported.In Florida, where new cases are hovering at around 10,000 daily, Miami’s usually-crowded South Pointe Beach was closed Friday save for patrolling police and a wandering cat. Beaches in Los Angeles will also be closed over the weekend, and Major League Baseball officially cancelled its 2020 All-Star Game on Friday, the first time since World War II that the mid-season showcase — which had been set for July 14 — has been scrapped. The US closures stand in stark contrast to Britain and Europe, once the epicenter of the virus but now restarting businesses and lifting travel restrictions, trying salvage the summer tourist season.Pubs in England reopen on Saturday for the first time since late March — as restaurants, cinemas, galleries, museums and hotels also  prepare to welcome back customers.  Travelers arriving into England from more than 50 nations — but not the US or mainland China — will from July 10 no longer be required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.The decision follows the European Union, which earlier this week left the US, Brazil and Russia off its final list of nations safe enough to allow their residents to enter its borders.The European Union meanwhile authorized the use of the anti-viral drug remdesivir for COVID-19 — the first treatment approved to deal with the disease — although the United States has bought most of the global stock. Europe is also beginning a reckoning on its virus response. French prosecutors said they were launching an inquiry into former prime minister Edouard Philippe’s handling of the virus crisis, following his resignation Friday.But despite optimism the economic fallout is still unfolding: Air France said Friday it planned to eliminate 7,580 jobs at the airline and its regional unit Hop! by the end of 2022 because of the coronavirus crisis.Latin American cases soar Cases have been skyrocketing across Latin America.The region now has the second most cases in the world with 2.73 million, ahead of Europe on 2.71 million but behind North America.Brazil, the region’s largest economy, has 1.5 million confirmed cases and 63,000 deaths, second only to the United States.Nevertheless, popular tourist city Rio de Janeiro authorized bars, restaurants and cafes to reopen at 50 percent capacity, while President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday watered down a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places.Cases also continue to surge in the Middle East, where worst-hit Saudi Arabia passed 200,000 infections. Countries across Africa meanwhile forged ahead with plans to reopen, despite steadily rising cases.In Asia, however, swift lockdowns have largely made progress — including in Beijing, which said Friday it was lifting most travel restrictions after successfully containing a new outbreak. China also vowed to gradually phase out the slaughter and sale of live poultry at food markets.The virus is believed to have emerged at a market that sold live animals in the central city of Wuhan late last year.Topics : Another record number of coronavirus cases overshadowed the start of America’s Independence Day weekend Friday as the surge in infections prompted Britain to blacklist travelers from the US, intensifying its isolation.With beaches closed from coast to coast and officials urging Americans to stay home, the somber mood heading into what is usually a weekend of barbecues and sunshine underscored the struggle to extinguish COVID-19 at the epicenter of the global pandemic.”It is an unbelievable trajectory,” said Faisal Masud, director of critical care at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, which officials say is dangerously close to being overwhelmed.last_img read more

Governor Wolf and First Lady Join Planned Parenthood for Panel Discussion on Women’s Health Care Rights and Access

first_img Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights Blue Bell, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf were in Blue Bell today to participate in a panel discussion and community forum on the importance of Planned Parenthood. The event was held at Montgomery County Community College’s main campus.The panel was moderated by Montgomery County Commissioner and physician Valerie Arkoosh. Other participants included Planned Parenthood medical providers, staff, and patients. The audience posed questions for the panel, seeking answers on everything from access to health care for immigrant women and proposed legislation in D.C. that could severely affect funding for Planned Parenthood.“As the U.S. Senate continues to consider changes to the American health care system, we need to reject flawed amendments and support bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans, including preserving funding for Planned Parenthood,” Governor Wolf said.Governor and First Lady Wolf were Planned Parenthood volunteers in York and continue to support women’s health care rights and access. In Pennsylvania, nearly 50 percent of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are in medically under-served areas. Last year, Planned Parenthood served about 90,000 patients in Pennsylvania and provided nearly 170,000 screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, over 9,000 cervical cancer screenings and 11,000 breast wellness exams.“It’s particularly important that we fight to oppose any legislation that limits access to health care for all,” Wolf said. “I am committed to doing all that I can to make sure Pennsylvania is a place that celebrates individual choice, liberty, and personal freedoms.” Governor Wolf and First Lady Join Planned Parenthood for Panel Discussion on Women’s Health Care Rights and Access September 19, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Television royalty has decided to sell the family home in Bardon where her career began.

first_imgTelevision personality, Annette Allison, is selling the family home in Brisbane where her career began.Easy access to the television towers of Mount Coot-tha was one reason why 35 Eastment Street, Bardon was built. 35 Eastment Street, Bardon has hosted its fair share of celebity barbeques.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoIt’s the family home where television personality Annette Allison OAM began her career while still in her senior school year.“My parents built the house in about 1962,” Ms Allison said.“It was the beginning of my television career so it was close to the city for my father to go to work and it was close for me to drive up the mountain,” she said.“It’s a very much loved family home and there’s been a lot of reluctance about putting it on the market,” Ms Allison said.Ms Allison worked as a presenter at both Channel 7 and 9 in Brisbane, before moving to Victoria to host Good Morning Melbourne from 1979 and 1989.The four-bedroom two-level brick home has also hosted it’s fair share of 1980s celebrity soirees.“It was the scene of a lot of television parties,” she said.“All the Channel 9 and Channel 7 news readers — anyone I worked with in those days. It was also a time when Joy Chambers and Reg Grundy were in their courting days,” Ms Allison said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Ethiopia’s iconic Black-Maned Lions Face Extinction

first_imgEthiopia’s black-maned lions once symbolically represented a former emperor Haile Selassie, and were immortalized in a song by reggae legend Bob Marley. But presently they are struggling for survival. A booming human population, widespread habitat destruction and growing livestock numbers mean the animal that once graced Ethiopia’s flag is on the wane. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports.last_img

Burkina Faso economy takes a hit following failed coup

first_imgMediators Propositions in Burkina Faso Coup Related Burkina Faso turns a new page after coup Protests along the streets of Burkina Faso While the short-lived military coup in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou may be over, the turmoil is hurting the national economy. Businesses in the West African country are now struggling under the soaring prices of commodities and a downward spiral in trade. World leaders condemn Burkina Faso couplast_img

Parents ‘want child gene tests’

first_img Share Share Share HealthLifestyle Parents ‘want child gene tests’ by: – April 18, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img 17 Views   no discussions Genetic tests look for increased risk of diseaseParents believe the benefits of testing their children for the genetic risk of some diseases outweigh the negative consequences, according to US scientists.In the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, parents who were offered a genetic test supported their children also being tested.The authors say doctors and politicians need to be more aware of the issue.Genewatch UK said children should never be tested for adult conditions.Genetic testing used to be confined to specialist clinics, but direct-to-consumer testing is now possible.People send a sample to a company in the post and are told if they have any genes which carry an increased risk of illness.Genetic testIn this study, 219 parents were tested for 15 genetic variants linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and colon, skin and lung cancer.They were then asked a series of questions to compare benefits such as reassurance, knowledge and prevention, with risks such as invasion of privacy and psychological discomfort.The report found that “parents offered the genetic susceptibility test for common preventable conditions tended to consider that the potential benefits of this test for their own child could outweigh its risks”.Professor Kenneth Tercyak, from the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said: “These tests usually don’t offer a clean bill of health and can be hard to interpret even in the best scenario.”Helen Wallace, from genetic science lobby group Genewatch UK, said: “Online gene tests frequently give misleading results because most common conditions such as cancer, obesity or diabetes are not predicable from a person’s genes, except in special circumstances.“Children should not be tested for risk of adult-onset conditions, full stop. They should be allowed to decide for themselves, with medical advice, when they are grown up.”Dr Vivienne Nathanson, director of BMA Professional Activities, said: “We would have concerns about genetic testing being widely available over the internet or off the shelf because parents could find out results without a health professional to help intepret them. They may also find out about genetic abnormalities for which there are no cures, or be caused needless worry.“It is important that parents who find out that their children have a genetic disposition to a particular illness, have counselling in advance so they understand the consequences of the test for their child, other children and themselves.”Prof Tercyak said: “The findings of our study should remind clinicians and policy-makers to consider children when regulating genetic tests.”BBC News Tweetlast_img read more

RvP saddened by Solskjaer interview after Arsenal beat Man Utd

first_img United were completely outplayed by an Arsenal side who started the clash 13th in the table. It was an opportunity missed for Solskjaer’s men meanwhile, who failed to close the gap on the top four, and van Persie suggested the blame should lay at the manager’s door. Loading… Read Also:Manchester United to Solskjaer: Your job is safe “They need a gameplan and a bit of fear for the coach,” he added. “You know if you don’t make those runs or make that pass, you will be punished and you won’t play the next game.” When asked if United players lacked fear, he replied: “Probably. By the looks of things, I think so.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Robin van Persie angered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interview after Arsenal beat Man Utd https://t.co/iuv0riTbVw pic.twitter.com/C8cHlisarK— Manchester United News (@mufcnews2019) January 1, 2020center_img Robin van Persie was angered at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s post-match interview after Man Utd were beaten convincingly by Arsenal. Mikel Arteta earned his first win as Gunners boss as Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners over United at the Emirates on New Year’s Day. Robin van Persie on BT Sport First-half Goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis put the hosts into a commanding lead from which United were unable to recover. Van Persie appeared as pundit for the clash between his two former clubs, alongside ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand , and was critical of Solskjaer’s demeanour after the defeat. “When I listen to Ole, he sounds like a really nice guy,” van Persie said on BT Sport. “I would like to see him a bit more mean at times, just be angry. “I see him smiling now after a game like that. This is not the moment to smile.”Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Lifelast_img read more

Tips offered to keep foodborne illness out of the classroom

first_imgWashington D.C. — It’s the start of the new school year, which means new teachers, a bunch of homework assignments and the never-ending dilemma of what to include to make a healthy and safe school lunch.“As a mother, I understand the stress that comes with the start of a new school year, but preparing a safe lunch doesn’t have to be a challenge,” said Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA. “Simple steps like washing your hands and keeping food at the correct temperature can stop the spread of bacteria and keep your children safe from foodborne illness.”Handwashing is the first and easiest step to avoid foodborne illnesses. A recent study by USDA found that 97 percent of the times participants should have washed their hands they did not do so correctly or at all. This poor hand hygiene caused participants to cross-contaminate other spice containers, refrigerator handles, even ready-to-eat foods and other areas of their kitchen with a harmless tracer bacteria.Because bacteria can live on surfaces for up to 32 hours, it’s easy to contaminate sandwich bread and lunch meat when preparing your child’s lunch. But this can be avoided by following a few basic food safety tips.Back to School Food Safety TipsMake sure lunch bags and coolers are clean before packing. Pack moist towelettes so children can clean hands before and after eating.Use an insulated lunch bag or cooler and at least two cold sources, such as freezer packs, for lunches that contain perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese or yogurt. This will help keep food safely cold at 40°F or below until lunch time.If packing a hot lunch, like soup, chili or stew, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Tell children to keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food at 140°F or above.For safety, instruct children to discard all leftover food and used food packaging.Food Safety BasicsKeep these basic food safety steps in mind when packing lunches, making dinner and preparing food all year round.Clean: Wash hands with soap and warm water, and surfaces with soap and hot water before and after handling food. Rinse raw produce in water before eating, cutting or cooking.Separate: Avoid spreading bacteria from one food product to another. Use two separate cutting boards — one for raw meat and poultry, and one for produce or ready to eat foods.Cook: The only way to make sure meat and poultry is safe to eat is to ensure it reaches the safe minimum internal temperature needed to destroy harmful bacteria. If sending soups, stews or chili to school, be sure to heat the food to 165°F, as measured by a food thermometer, before pouring it into an insulated container.Chill: At room temperature, bacteria in food can double every 20 minutes. To avoid this, make sure to chill all perishable foods within two hours (one hour in temperatures above 90°F). Discard any perishable foods that were left at room temperature longer than that.Consumers can learn more about key food safety practices at Foodsafety.gov, by following @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter, and by liking Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov. Consumers with questions about food safety can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.last_img read more

Bach calls for Olympic Movement to look into “proliferation of sports events”…

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has called on the Olympic Movement to “look more closely into the proliferation of sports events” in an open letter on the coronavirus pandemic. Loading… “History tells us that significant crises or systemic shocks, like the coronavirus pandemic, have profound and far-reaching impacts on society at large. “Therefore, we have to imagine in what kind of post-coronavirus world sport, the Olympic values and the Olympic Games will find themselves in.” With all sport suspended, many IFs have turned to hosting virtual events during the pandemic. Bach acknowledged this and suggest it may have an impact on the relationship between the Olympic Movement and e-sports. “We shall also have to consider what social distancing may mean for our relations with e-sports,” he said. “Some IFs have already been very creative by organising remote competitions. “We should further strengthen these moves and encourage our joint working group to address this new challenge and opportunity.” The pandemic has already caused the postponement of Tokyo 2020, with the Olympics now set to take place from July 23 to August 8 2021, followed by the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5. Bach thanked the parties involved in the postponement of Tokyo 2020, including NOCs, IFs and the IOC Athletes’ Commission, before discussing the “unprecedented challenge” of organising a rescheduled Games, claiming that “solidarity, creativity, determination and flexibility” will be needed. He confirmed that the IOC would continue to be responsible for its share of the costs for the postponed Games, although a final figure has not yet been decided on. Bach finished the letter by proposing a “wide-ranging consultation among all of us under the guidance of the IOC Executive Board and the IOC Session”. “Let us take this opportunity in a way of unity and creativity to emerge from this crisis even stronger than before,” he said. read also:IOC, Olympics organisers parley on Executive Project Review “The post-coronavirus world will need sport, and we are ready to contribute to shaping it with our Olympic values.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 With sport severely impacted by the pandemic, Bach wrote an open letter to the Olympic Movement to initiate a debate on the challenges and opportunities the situation presents. In the letter, the 66-year-old seemed to suggest the need to streamline the sporting calendar, both within the IOC and in the wider sporting world. “What is clear, however, is that probably none of us will be able to sustain every single initiative or event that we were planning before this crisis hit,” he said. “We will all need to take a close look at the scope of some of our activities and make the necessary adjustments to the new realities. “In this context, the IOC administration is reviewing the IOC’s budget and priorities. “This review will shortly be presented to the IOC Executive Board for discussion and approval.” Bach reiterated this point further down in the letter. “For the Olympic Movement as a whole, we may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events, as we already discussed at previous Olympic Summits,” he said. “The financial pressure on all the stakeholders, including National Olympic Committees (NOC), International Federations (IF) and Organising Committees, may require more consolidation in this respect.” Throughout the letter, Bach also emphasised the need to imagine the post-pandemic world, and how the Olympic Movement will fit in it. “As challenging and difficult as the circumstances may appear right now, if we draw the right lessons from the current situation, we can shape our future to even strengthen the relevance of our Olympic Movement in the world,” he said. “Therefore we should drive further the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, in particular with regard to sustainability, in order to address this crisis. “To accomplish this, as a responsible organisation we should dare to look into the future of the world after this crisis. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An Inspiration7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtMysterious Astrological Discoveries That Left Scientists Baffledlast_img read more