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H5N1 hits poultry in Thailand

first_imgNov 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The agriculture ministry in Thailand today confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in backyard birds in Sukhothai province, the country’s first outbreak since January, according to news agencies. See also: Agriculture Minister Somsak Prisanananthakul said lab tests yesterday revealed an H5N1 infection in one chicken after 7 of 17 birds at a family home died last week, the Associated Press reported today. Sukothai province is in northwestern Thailand. Somsak told reporters at a press conference today that animal health officials culled 270 other birds in the area to control the virus, according to a report from Agence Presse-France today. He added that officials have received no reports of suspicious human illnesses related to the poultry outbreak and that authorities were investigating the source of the outbreak.center_img Apr 25 OIE report Thailand’s last outbreaks were reported in January, according to an April report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Those two outbreaks struck poultry in Nakhon Sawan and Phichit provinces, both in central Thailand. Officials culled 53,688 birds at the outbreak sites and another 5,120 birds from surrounding areas.last_img read more

More Salmonella cases linked to dry pet food

first_img CDC. Update: Recall of dry dog and cat food products associated with human Salmonella Schwarzengrund infections—United States, 2008. MMWR 2008 Nov 7;57(44):1200-2 [Full text] Consumers and health departments should be aware that all dry pet food, pet treats, and pet supplements could be contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella, the CDC said. People should wash their hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds after handling these products, and especially before handling human food. Children under age 5 should not be allowed to touch or eat dry pet food. The continued emergence of cases linked to pet food from a Mars Petcare US facility in Everson, Pa., led the company to issue a nationwide recall in September and to announce on Oct 1 that the plant would be closed permanently, the report says. Canned pet food is unlikely to be tainted, as the manufacturing process should eliminate any bacterial contamination, the agency said. Nov 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella infections associated with dry pet food from a plant in Pennsylvania have continued to crop up in recent months, prompting closure of the plant and concern that contaminated products may still be in use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. In May of this year, the CDC reported that 70 cases of infection with the outbreak strain had been identified in 19 states in 2006 and 2007, marking the first known human salmonellosis outbreak linked to dry pet food. Six of the eight patients’ households had pets (pet ownership status for the other two was not known), but none of the pets had been sick, the CDC reported. Three households used brands of pet food made at the Everson plant, but it could not be determined whether any of the food had actually come from that plant. Dog and cat foods made at the Everson plant were sold under many different brand names, including Pedigree, Country Acres, Members Mark, Ol’ Roy, Paws & Claws, Pet Pride, PMI Nutrition, Red Flannel, Retriever, and Wegman’s, according to Mars Petcare’s Sep 12 recall notice. The notice includes a large chart of the products included in the recall. In 2006 and 2007 the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and several state health departments found a series of S Schwarzengrund infections involving matching DNA fingerprints. In August 2007, after the FDA found the same strain in two Mars Petcare product samples, the company announced a recall of some products made at the Everson facility. The plant was closed for cleaning and renovation from July until mid-November of 2007. The CDC warned that the outbreak may not be over, since dry pet food has a shelf life of 1 year and contaminated products may still be in people’s homes. The agency also noted that Salmonella contamination has triggered at least 13 recalls involving pet products made in various facilities since 2006, though no human cases have been associated with products other than those from the Mars Petcare factory.center_img In August of this year, the FDA found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in “multiple brands” of products at the Everson plant. This prompted the company to announce on Sep 12 a recall of all dry dog and cat food products made at the plant from Feb 18 through Jul 29, amounting to more than 23,000 tons, according to the CDC. On Oct 1 the firm said the plant would be closed permanently. Many of the brands are national brands that are made at multiple factories, the company said. For brands other than Pedigree, products made at the Everson facility are identified by the number 17 as the first two digits of the production lot code, found on the back of the bag, just after the “best before” date. For Pedigree products, consumers should look for the letters “PAE” as the sixth, seventh, and eighth characters in the production code, found after the “best before” date, the company said. See also: May 16 CIDRAP News story “CDC warns of Salmonella risk from dry pet food” “The original source of contamination and mechanisms for continued contamination in the Everson plant over a 3-year period are unknown,” the article states. The FDA is working with the company on a continuing investigation. Eight more cases of infection with the outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Schwarzengrund, a fairly rare type, have been identified this year, raising the total to 79 cases since 2006, the CDC said today in the Nov 7 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Despite the recall and the plant cleanup, more cases involving the outbreak strain have been found since April of this year, with the latest one identified Sep 18, the CDC said. The eight cases included three in Pennsylvania, two in Georgia, two in New York, and one in Texas. Six of the patients were 2 years old or younger. One patient was hospitalized, but there were no deaths. Aug 28, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in dog food”last_img read more

Volotea introduces a line from Split to Nice

first_imgThe Spanish low-cost airline Volotea is introducing another new route to Croatia in its summer flight schedule for 2018.The new line will be on the route Split – Nice, and the traffic will start on April 22, 2018, once a week every Sunday and will remain in traffic until October 7, 2018. Airbus A319 aircraft will fly on this route.Thus, with this new Volotee line, Split will be the second city in Croatia to be connected to a large tourist center on the Cote d’Azur in the south of France. Also, Volotea is opening the Nantes-Pula line this year.EASYJET INTRODUCES SEVEN NEW ROUTES TOWARDS CROATIAeasyJet, the leading European airline, continues to expand into the Croatian market with the opening of seven new routes from Croatia.New routes include four new routes from Pula to Basel, Liverpool, London Southend and Milan Malpensa. In this way, EasyJet expands the choice of Croatian passengers in connection with European primary destinations, as well as European tourists with Croatia. This year, the airline transported a record number of passengers to and from Croatia, or more than 910.000 passengers, which is an increase of 35% compared to the previous year. easyJet now connects Croatia with six European countries and over 23 destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Geneva and Paris-Orly, and currently serves 46 routes from four Croatian airports, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split and Zadar.last_img read more

Record tourist year in Kvarner concluded: 70.000 guests stayed for Christmas and New Year

first_imgAccording to the Kvarner Tourist Board, 70.000 overnight stays took place in Kvarner last holiday, while the total number of overnight stays in December was 124.000.These figures rounded off a record tourist year in Kvarner, in which there were 8 percent more arrivals and 9 percent more overnight stays than in 2016. The achieved figures are all the more significant if we keep in mind that the largest percentage increase was achieved during the pre-season, on which numerous promotional activities were focused, point out the Kvarner Tourist Board.Therefore, the priority tourist products that the Kvarner Tourist Board will focus on next year are products that attract guests outside the main tourist season, ie active holidays, sports products and soft adventure, health tourism, cultural, holiday and nautical and business tourism. “The Tourist Board will continue to implement the brand strategy of Kvarner in accordance with the provisions of the Strategic Plan for Tourism Development of Kvarner with the Strategic and Operational Marketing Plan 2016-2020, and the development of new tourism products with the introduction of new marketing brands and their market positioning. One of the extremely important planned activities of destination management is the development of added value of the offer in the period before and after the season. Prolonging the tourist season and improving the quality of tourist products require the constant creation of new products and the development of new tourist experiences whose goals are greater guest satisfaction and better financial results of the tourist economy. pointed out the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Dr. sc. Irena Peršić Živadinov added that 5% more arrivals are expected next year.Photo: TZ RIjekaIn 2018, growth of 5% is expected in Kvarner According to the program, Kvarner tourism expects 2,6 million arrivals and 14,5 million overnight stays next year, which is 5% more than in 2016. The largest primary markets in Kvarner remain Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, clearly with domestic guests. Priority tourist products that the Kvarner Tourist Board will primarily focus on next year are products that attract guests outside the main tourist season, ie active holidays, sports products and soft adventure, health tourism, cultural, holiday and nautical and business tourism.In the field of cultural tourism, the emphasis is on activities within the EU projects in which the Kvarner Tourist Board is a partner, namely Mala Barka 2, Putovi Frankopana, Claustra +, Art Vision +, as well as joint activities with the ECOC 2020.Side dish: KVARNER TOURISM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN WITH STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL MARKETING PLAN 2016 – 2020Related news:IMPORTANT NOTICES FROM CNTB and MINT PUBLIC INVITATIONS OF THE CROATIAN TOURIST BOARD ANNOUNCEDA NEW LAW ON THE PROVISION OF TOURISM SERVICES HAS BEEN ADOPTEDCNTB ANNOUNCES NEW EDITION “MARKET PROFILES” FOR 2017FROM THE NEW YEAR CHANGE OF THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX,Photo: TZ RIjekaIn 2018, growth of 5% is expected in Kvarner According to the program, Kvarner tourism expects 2,6 million arrivals and 14,5 million overnight stays next year, which is 5% more than in 2016. The largest primary markets in Kvarner remain Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, clearly with domestic guests. Priority tourist products that the Kvarner Tourist Board will primarily focus on next year are products that attract guests outside the main tourist season, ie active holidays, sports products and soft adventure, health tourism, cultural, holiday and nautical and business tourism.In the field of cultural tourism, the emphasis is on activities within the EU projects in which the Kvarner Tourist Board is a partner, namely Mala Barka 2, Putovi Frankopana, Claustra +, Art Vision +, as well as joint activities with the ECOC 2020.last_img read more

General Regulation on Personal Data Protection (GDPR) in relation to hosts in family accommodation

first_imgThe Decree in question has been talked about a lot lately and a large number of lectures have been held. It primarily refers to companies and crafts, which are bound by numerous rules, criteria according to which they are exclusively allowed to collect, store and dispose of data not only of clients but also of employees. However, with a multitude of rules that apply to legal entities couplesIt was also given the right to natural persons (clients, guests…) to refuse to show their documents and personal data. The Agency for Personal Data Protection (AZOP) emphasizes the obligation to point out and explain to the guest why his data is taken and that it will be used exclusively for this purpose. His consent is obligatory, which “as they say” can be verbal.DOCUMENTS MUST NOT BE PHOTOGRAPHED OR SCANNED.  If we intend to use the same information for some other purposes, such as sending notices, offers, newsletters or ordinary greeting cards, special consent should be obtained for each item individually. However, the question arises what to do in a situation if a guest refuses to show personal information during check-in, what is his absolute right? How will the host, respecting his European law, fulfill his legal obligation to register the guest? The possibility that the host has in that situation is either not to receive such a guest in his facility or not to report him and work illegally.Extremely embarrassing situation anyway. With honest guests (in good faith) I’m sure there won’t be a problem. However, such situations, pushed by the laws, open numerous possibilities for the so-called “GUEST MANIPULATORS”, of which there have been so far. Such guests for the reason that they were not aware of the obligation to provide their personal data could ask for: price reduction, cancellation free of charge (when there are strict policies), they could leave bad comments and ratings, and in worse situations compensation.The General Data Protection Regulation GDPR starts to apply from 25.05.2018.For these reasons, I advise all hosts to indicate on all advertisers-portals among the rules of the HOUSE RULES or elsewhere the obligation of the guest to provide the host with personal data during check-in due to the legal obligation to register the stay. In addition, when checking in, the guest must emphasize all this and get his consent. Also, do not send any offers to the guest in the future, unless you have received special consent.The best way to insure yourself against possible “guest manipulators” is to compile forms, in which you will fill in all the information necessary for legal registration in front of the guest, having an insight into his document. A short statement should be written on the form for which purposes this information will be used, by whom and that the guest is familiar with all of the above and that his signature on the form gives his consent.Published by: Martina Nimac, Vice President of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of CommerceRelated news:Personal Data Protection Agency (AZOP): GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)HGK: EDUCATION ON PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION (GDPR REGULATION) IN THE TOURIST SECTORVIDEO: HGK RELEASES VIDEOS OF EDUCATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW LAW ON PROVISION OF SERVICES IN TOURISMlast_img read more

In the preparation of applications for the project of restoration and valorization of the historic core of Split worth almost 24 million kuna

first_imgOver HRK 7 million will be invested in the renovation and equipping of the Old Town Hall, more than HRK 2 million in the renovation and equipping of the Split City Museum, and over HRK 5 million in the southeast tower with its premises in Lukačićeva 5 and part of the eastern wall of the Palace. HRK 3 million are earmarked for the production of modern presentation exhibits. The Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds has published a Call for Proposals in the procedure of direct award of grants to the City of Split for the project “Palace of Life – City of Changes; Integrated program for the development of the visitor infrastructure of the old town with Diocletian’s Palace “. The project is based on the restoration, valorization, presentation and improvement of the management of the UNESCO site of the historic center of Split with Diocletian’s Palace, including individually protected immovable cultural property, the Old Town Hall, and buildings located within the protected historical ensemble – Split Museum and Southeast Tower Diocletian’s Palace with the associated depots of the City Museum in the building at Lukačićeva 5 and the exit to the southern part of the eastern wall of the palace. The purpose of the project is to use an integrated approach to put these locations in the function of sustainable development of the local community and to present Split as a city of layered and living cultural heritage. The project holder is the City of Split, the partners are the Tourist Board of the City of Split and the Museum of the City of Split, and the total estimated value is HRK 23,8 million, of which HRK 18,2 million of available grants from the European Union. The investments envisaged by the project include conservation-restoration and construction works and equipping of the mentioned facilities, as well as the establishment of modern exhibitions that will present the layered history and development of Split. The project will also, in accordance with the requirements of the call and indicators of the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion, contribute to increasing the number of domestic and foreign visitors to newly renovated cultural heritage sites and consequently contribute to the development of Split as a year-round cultural and tourist city. Source / photo: City of Split; Pixabay The Development Agency Split – RaST doo is preparing the application, and preparatory activities, such as public procurement for the execution of works and equipping the Old Town Hall, are already underway.last_img read more

Brac gets a unique hiking trail – Via Brattia

first_imgAs much as 135 kilometers will be Via Brattia, a hiking trail around the island of Brac that will connect almost the entire island. An excellent new tourist product will certainly be a new trump card of Brač tourism. It is interesting and more than commendable that we finally have synergy on the island of Brač, since Via Brattia is a project of all tourist boards of the island of Brač and the Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County. The island of Brac must be one tourist product – one brand. Maybe this is the beginning of the story about branding the island of Brac as a tourist brand “With the support of all local self-government units of the island of Brač and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, this “okobračka” trail is a joint project of all tourist boards of our island and the municipalities of Pučišća and Nerežišća. The production of the map is nearing completion, and the marking work has been taken over by the Brač Mountaineering Association Profunda. Upon completion of the marking and printing of the map, Brač will finally get a long-dreamed, beautiful hiking-tourist trail. Movement, learning and content are new tourist trends that enrich travelers with an invaluable experience, and the sun and the sea are just a bonus in this story“Pointed out Ive Cvitanić, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Supetar, where Via Brattije begins and ends. Also, Bol is a symbol and currently the strongest brand on the island of Brač, and as in the case of Dubrovnik, it is Bol that should use its media and financial power to push the narrative and dispense tourists throughout the island. Certainly, every guest who comes to the island of Brač will one day see and experience Bol. And so it must be the other way around. That is why it is necessary to define one tourist brand, one digital platform on which the tourist products of the entire island of Brač are common. This a priori does not mean that we have to “shut down” all 7 tourist boards, it is a matter of market nature at the expense of the local economy, but synergy, joint projects, harmonization, etc.… outward must be like one tourist brand. Perhaps the time has come to finally realize that we need to turn to development grounded through the DMK concept in line with all 21st century trends. In the European, even global market, we are all fighting for the same tourist, and those who are proactive, creative, innovative and most importantly, those who will be guided by market development will grow and develop. The trail will pass through the centers of Supetar, Mirac, Sutivan, Bobovišća na moru, Ložišća, Milna, Murvica, Bol, Sumartin, Povalje, Pučišća, Postira, Škrip, along with the parish churches, it will reach some of the most beautiful bays in Brač (Farska, Rasotica, Lovrečina , Smrka,…), and the trail is expected to be active from spring 2020. The hiking-tourist trail will connect the 12 most attractive historical locations and most of the picturesque places of this largest central Dalmatian island, and Via Brattia will be a challenge for recreationists and mountaineers who will collect stamps, but also for real adventurers looking for a new experience. It is mild to say that it is insane that one island of Brac, I repeat the island, has seven tourist boards that do not yet cooperate with each other, (at least not so far) each develops a “tourist destination” nor do we have a common tourist product, and I repeat once again we are talking about the island of Brac.last_img read more