Month: November 2020

Daily Kos presidential results live coverage #3

first_imgThe Daily Kos Elections guide to every key presidential swing state in 2020.The Daily Kos Elections Nov. 3, 2020 poll closing times map. Stick with us as we continue following the presidential results live, and check in with Daily Kos Elections as they follow the downballot races.Resources:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Donald Trump, Joe Biden, elecciones EE. UU. (GDA via AP Images)last_img

Jobs report shows labor market stronger than expected, as economy faces new surge in Covid cases

first_img– Advertisement – “One could argue it’s better to come from a stronger base into that,” said Briggs. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rose back above 0.80% and was at 0.82%. While stocks sold off, bond yields held at higher levels. The bond market has had a volatile week, with the 10-year yield rising to 0.94% Tuesday evening but falling back when it appeared there would be no Democratic sweep.A Democratic Congress and White House was expected to have boosted fiscal spending, increase inflation and result in a lot more U.S. debt, which would push interest rates higher. Yields, which move opposite prices, rose Friday as the jobs report suggest the economy may be on a more solid footing than some anticipate.- Advertisement – Stock futures temporarily erased some losses and bond yields rose as the report showed about 100,000 more jobs than economists expected and a much better unemployment rate. The report did include the loss of 268,000 government jobs, with 147,000 of those Census workers and many others in education.“The rebound continues to have strong momentum, more than people were thinking,” said John Briggs, head of strategy at NatWest Markets. “Private payrolls blowout, the participation rate went up 0.3… People are coming back into the economy, and [the unemployment rate] still went down a full percentage point.” Economists had expected an unemployment rate of 7.7%.Economists have been concerned the job market and economy will be impacted in coming months by the increasing spread of the coronavirus, now with a record 121,888 daily cases in the U.S. The Fed Thursday said in its statement that the course of the virus could impact the path of the economy.- Advertisement – The labor market was stronger than expected in October, showing good momentum ahead of the latest wave of coronavirus cases.The economy added 638,000 nonfarm payrolls and the unemployment rate fell by a full percentage point to 6.9%. The government compiled the data for the report in the middle of October.- Advertisement – Economists’ expectations for October employment were wide-ranging with some closer to 200,000 and others at 800,000. But they mostly agree the momentum looks set to slow, and the typical hiring that goes on in November and December for holiday shopping, travel and other activities will be much smaller this year.Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial, said the employment report, when coupled with stronger-than-expected third quarter GDP and stronger-than-expected corporate earnings, suggests the economy is growing on a solid trajectory.“If the Covid-19 surge jeopardizes the economic recovery, even at the margin, the employment landscape will slow down – but not stall the recovery,” she noted.Grant Thornton Chief Economist Diane Swonk said she is concerned about the potential for slowing momentum in hiring. She said the October report shows the quality of jobs has deteriorated. At the same time, the outlook for more fiscal help from Washington for the unemployed is uncertain, and many may be taking part-time jobs to get by.Leisure and hospitality hiring rose by 271,000, with 192,000 of those jobs at bars and restaurants.“Much of the recall for workers was hospitality and leisure. Many had to accept jobs even if they were part-time,” said Swonk. She said 376,000 workers joined the ranks of those working part-time for economic reasons in October, pushing the total to 5.3 million.“People unemployed for more than 27 weeks increased by more than 1 million,” she said. “We’re still 10.1 million jobs in the hole.”In the report, the number of people on temporary layoff fell by 1.4 million to 3.2 million, off from a high of 18.1 million in April but still 2.4 million higher than February.The labor force participation rate increased by 0.3 percentage points to 61.7 in October. still 1.7 points below February’s level.last_img read more

Leicester City Women: Morgan family are team’s driving force as siblings kick off new era | Football News

first_imgIt’s not just on the pitch that Leicester City Women are trying to grow.The side are now integrated into the club’s official website, featuring interviews and a variety of other content to drive new interest and build support for the team.“We want to grow women’s football further in Leicester and the East Midlands,” Jade asserted. “We want to further establish ourselves as a top women’s football team.”Leicester City Women were sixth in the Championship table when last season ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic, in what was only their second season at that level. Leicester City will be full-time and professional Image:Leicester City Women are now full-time and professional “We’ve been training and working hard for such a long time in our careers,” Holly, 27, told Sky Sports. “To be able to come together with the men’s side, to be as one, it’s fantastic for us.“The facilities, the guidance, the support – it helps us get better, it allows us to develop and progress higher up.”“It’s great that we finally got here,” Jade, who has been general manager since 2015, said. “We’re growing the game in Leicester.- Advertisement – At the start of the season, Charlton Women boss Riteesh Mishra said he expected the 2020/21 Women’s Championship to be the ‘most competitive’ in its history Holly MorganImage:Holly Morgan shares the same position and shirt number with Wes Morgan King Power recently acquired the previously independent Leicester City Women, who have now become full-time and fully integrated into the club’s brand, a seismic moment for the team who set up in 2004 and currently compete in the second-tier Women’s Championship. – Advertisement – Leicester captain Wes Morgan lifts the Premier League trophyImage:Leicester City’s Wes Morgan lifts the Premier League trophy in 2016 – Advertisement – “The girls have now gone full-time in the Championship, it’s an indescribable feeling and I’m really pleased that we got to this point.”“To be able to be a professional outfit, under Leicester City’s brand and name, it’s something you can only dream of,” Jonathan, who moved into women’s coaching after playing in non-league, added.“For me, I’m very, very proud of that. I’ve had a big part to play in getting us to this level.”The August acquisition brought many new faces, with 12 players from the previous team kept and made to sign professional contracts, while the Foxes made 11 new signings.“This season has been a bit of transition,” Holly admits. “We’ve got quite a few new players in, it’s the first year we have been a full-time team, in a full-time set-up, so that transition will take time.“But we have strong foundations and overall we are just excited to be in this environment.” 1:24 The surname Morgan has become synonymous with Leicester City.Wes, the towering centre-back, has made a whopping 302 appearances for the Foxes to date and famously helped them land the Premier League title in 2016 – at odds of 5,000-1 – but there are three more Morgans making a name for themselves.- Advertisement – It is part of the club’s long-term strategy to develop women’s football in the city, something Leicester City Women’s trio of siblings – Jonathan, Jade and Holly – have been doing for years.Like Wes, Holly is a defender and Leicester City Women’s captain, who also dons the No 5 shirt, while Jonathan and Jade are the team manager and general manager respectively. Their father Rohan occupies a chairman role. However, they find themselves fourth after their opening seven matches, just one point behind leaders Durham, in what has been a solid start for the sibling trio. But what’s it like working together?“It’s interesting, I can tell you that much!” Jonathan said with a big smile. “It’s one of those things we have to manage very well. I’m never going to keep everyone happy, am I?”“We deal with it, but I can’t lie, of course we have arguments!” Holly laughed.“I’m fortunate I get to spend most days with my brother and sister. Just not on the days they annoy me. It’s always two against one!”“We have our moments, we argue, but we are very honest with each other and we all want the best for the club moving forward,” Jade added.The next step for the three Morgans is guiding the team to the top-level Women’s Super League.Only time will tell if they can achieve that, but if their male counterparts taught us anything in 2016, it’s that anything is possible, especially for this club. preview imagelast_img read more

Botulism confirmed in three cases linked to Florida clinic

first_img The department said it is working with the Food and Drug Administration to determine whether “pharmaceuticals” found at Advanced Integrated Medical Center contributed to the illness cases. The statement noted that the typical botulinum toxin doses contained in approved drugs, when used appropriately for their intended purpose, have not been linked with severe illnesses like those in the four patients. The FDH statement indicated that the four patients, who were on mechanical ventilators last week, remained seriously ill today. “The severity of illness noted in the affected individuals continues to significantly challenge their ability to fully participate in a detailed investigation of possible causes of their illness,” the statement said. The FDH statement said, “It is not possible to determine from the tests conducted by the CDC if the botulism toxin detected in these patients was derived from a commercial preparation or some other source. The source of the botulism toxin type A in these individuals remains under investigation.” Dec 7, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Florida officials said today that botulism has been confirmed in three of four suspected cases linked with a Florida clinic that reportedly gave injections with anti-wrinkle preparations containing botulinum toxin, but whether the cases stemmed from such injections remained unknown. Four people linked with Advanced Integrated Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were hospitalized last week with suspected botulism. Two patients, Bach McComb and Alma “AJ” Hall, worked at the center and were hospitalized in New Jersey while visiting there, according to newspaper accounts. The other two patients, Eric S. Kaplan and his wife, Bonnie, told a treating physician they had gone to the center for anti-wrinkle injections, according to reports. A Dec 4 report in Fort Lauderdale’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel said authorities were investigating the possibility that the illness cases were related to the use of “an unapproved Botox-like wrinkle injection.” “Tests conducted at the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have detected botulism toxin type A in the blood from three individuals,” the Florida Department of Health (FDH) said in a news release. “Only the toxin, not Clostridium botulinum bacteria, has been identified in these patients. Pretreatment specimens were unavailable for testing for one individual.” Botulinum toxin is produced by C botulinum and causes muscle paralysis. In drugs such as Botox, tiny amounts of the toxin are used to smooth facial wrinkles and treat certain muscle disorders. Most botulism cases result from contaminated food or wound contamination.last_img read more

States support HHS plan for flu preparedness summits

first_imgDec 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – State and local health officials from around the nation today voiced qualified support for a federal government plan to hold a “summit” meeting on pandemic influenza preparedness in every state over the next few months.Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt described the plan for a “50-state summit” as part of his quest to achieve an unprecedented level of public health preparedness for the pandemic threat posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus.”We owe an obligation to the people we serve to make this the best-prepared generation in the history of man, because that’s our opportunity,” Leavitt said at a Washington, DC, meeting that was broadcast over the World Wide Web.State and local health officials generally expressed support for the summit meetings and related preparedness efforts, though they had some reservations about costs and about what will happen if the pandemic doesn’t materialize. They spoke of “fatigue” from having to prepare for a succession of public health threats in recent years and said the smallpox vaccination program in 2003 damaged their credibility.Responding to Leavitt’s question whether the meetings are a good idea, Mary Mincer Hansen, Iowa’s public health director, said, “Absolutely yes. The fact that you’re coming to every state is critically important.”Leavitt said he first proposed a “50-state pandemic summit” shortly after President George W. Bush unveiled his $7.1 billion pandemic preparedness strategy on Nov 1. He said governors responded enthusiastically, and plans call for holding at least one meeting in each state over the next 4 months. The first two are scheduled this month in Minnesota and Arizona.The meetings are part of Leavitt’s strategy to drive pandemic planning “deep” into state and local governments, business, and other sectors of society. He has been speaking of the need for strong state and local efforts since HHS released its revised pandemic plan on Nov 2.Heads of state now understand the significance of the pandemic threat, but local politicians, business leaders, and school officials generally don’t, Leavitt said. “We’re looking to create a rallying event to help you engage, inform, and motivate people who are critical to your capacity to implement a local strategy,” he explained.HHS officials envision the meetings as lasting about 4 to 6 hours and involving a simple tabletop exercise that could be customized to fit local conditions, Leavitt said.A number of state and local officials commented after Leavitt asked for their opinions on the summit plan and suggestions for improving it.Donald E. Williamson, health officer for Alabama, said, “A lot of us in the public health community went through the smallpox episode, and it seriously undermined our credibility. . . . All of us have got to communicate why this is important, and why even if it isn’t the pandemic that ends the world, it’s still important. If we get people around the table be and the planning begun and then nothing happens, the accumulated effort will dissipate and we’ll end up looking like we did after smallpox. We worked a lot and then nobody got vaccinated.”Jim Spears, homeland security adviser for West Virginia, suggested, “Before coming to the states, it might be good to have a train-the-trainer program in place. Maybe have dedicated consultants on a regional basis, with two or three states they’re responsible for, so they’d come back repeatedly.The deputy state health officer for Maine said his state has been planning its own statewide meeting on pandemic flu for Dec 14. “We invite anyone who can to come,” he said.Some state officials voiced concern about the HHS plan for states to share part of the cost for their own stockpiles of antiviral drugs, principally oseltamivir (Tamiflu).HHS has a goal of obtaining 81 million courses of antiviral treatment, of which 6 million are to be reserved for emergency use to stop a budding pandemic. Leavitt explained that under the plan, HHS will pay for 50 million courses to be allocated to the states. The remaining 25 million treatment courses would also be available to the states, but the federal government would pay only 25% of the cost, with the states bearing the rest.Even if Congress “didn’t appropriate a dime” for pandemic preparedness, “It would still be our constitutional and moral responsibility to do everything that is possible for us to be prepared,” Leavitt said. He added that the federal plan to pay for 50 million doses fulfills the government’s obligation to ensure that everyone has access to antivirals.Joan Miles, a state health official from Montana, agreed that states must accept some share of the costs. “We need investment by our state politicians and local politicians as well,” she said. “If this helps boost public health investment in our states, that’ll be wonderfully beneficial as well.”Oregon Public Health Director Susan M. Allan told Leavitt, “I have a concern about a narrow focus on a single disease as a cause of pulling our state together.”She said Oregon is trying to prepare for other disease threats and that of a West Coast earthquake, which “could make pandemic flu seem mild by comparison.” Unless the pandemic planning can be made more broadly applicable to other threats, it could hinder other preparedness efforts, Allen said.”We did an anthrax plan, we did a smallpox plan, we did a SARS plan, and we’re doing another narrow plan,” she said. “There’s a worn-down-ness” among health planners.Leavitt replied, “I’ve worried about this. There’s a better than 50% chance, or probably a significant chance, that the H5N1 virus will not be the spark that sets off a global pandemic.”However, he said, two things convince him that pandemic preparations are essential. One is that history shows that “ultimately this is going to happen.” Second, a pandemic differs fundamentally from other disasters in that it happens everywhere at the same time.”I think this will be the most significant exercise in public preparedness in the last 50 years,” he added. “Everything we do for a pandemic does in fact help us prepare for any other emergency.”Leavitt said repeatedly that states should follow up on their summit meetings by regularly assessing the progress of preparations.Kenneth Robinson, MD, Tennessee commissioner of health, suggested that follow-up assessments might not reflect favorably on governors and legislators if they can’t set the time fame for such evaluations.Leavitt responded, “We should not be afraid to have our weaknesses revealed. If we’re not prepared, the public should know. . . . I do believe there is an urgency an d a need for some kind of assessment to say, ‘This is where we started and this is where we are.'”Leavitt’s description of the summit plans came after a series of briefings on the pandemic threat and response plans by other federal officials, including Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, Julie Gerberding of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.See also: HHS news release read more

Report says avian flu entered Nigeria 3 times

first_imgJul 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Nigeria was the first African nation to report H5N1 avian influenza, and now scientists have found evidence that the virus was introduced into the country at least three separate times, possibly by migratory birds.Researchers compared the genetic makeup of H5N1 virus samples from three poultry farms: one in the north and two near Lagos in the southwest. The say their analysis of the samples, reported in the Jul 6 issue of Nature, shows three distinct genetic lineages.”We . . . find that three H5N1 lineages were independently introduced through routes that coincide with the flight paths of migratory birds, although independent trade imports cannot be excluded,” says the report by M. F. Ducatez of Luxembourg and eight colleagues from Luxembourg, Nigeria, and the Netherlands.The amino acid sequence at the cleavage site of the hemagglutinin protein of the two Lagos H5N1 strains matched that of strains found in Europe, Russia, and central Asia, the reports says.Further, analysis of the complete hemagglutinin gene of the two Lagos strains showed they most closely resembled strains from Astrakhan in Russia and from Egypt. The sample from northern Nigeria most closely matched a strain from Kurgan in Russia.Also, the virus from one of the Lagos area farms was more closely related to the northern Nigeria sample than to the virus from the other Lagos area farm, less than 50 kilometers away, the scientists report. The data ruled out a Southeast Asian origin for any of the viruses.”Our results indicate . . . that the viruses in the southwest [the Lagos area] were not introduced from the north, but that instead they all arrived independently, perhaps at inland waters and key bird areas or through unprotected trade,” the report says.Highly pathogenic H5N1 was first reported in Nigeria at a large commercial poultry farm in February. The authors note that the country is at particular risk because chickens are imported from all over the world without rigorous biosafety standards. Poultry farming is second only to oil production in Nigeria. They also believe the country is at increased risk because it has many bird sanctuaries along two flight paths that connect with southern Russia and Europe and with western Asia.The potential role of wild birds in spreading avian flu has been controversial. At a conference organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in May, scientists agreed that wild birds have spread the virus to new areas in some cases, but said poultry trade has been the main transmission vehicle.The Nature authors say that the H5N1 virus has reached 14 of 31 Nigerian states. “It is difficult to see how the virus might still be contained without depopulation measures, combined with surveillance and large-scale vaccination,” they write.Authorities have expressed deep concern about the impact of avian influenza on Nigeria because many rural families depend on backyard poultry flocks for food and income. Also, efforts to contain avian influenza in Nigeria and other African nations must compete with other major public health concerns such as hunger, HIV, and malaria (see Feb 8 CIDRAP News article).Ducatez MF, Olinger CM, Owoade AA, et al. Avian flu: multiple introductions of H5N1 in Nigeria. Nature 2006 Jul 6;442(37) [Abstract]See also:Jun 1 FAO statement about results of conference on role of wild birds in spreading H5N1 8, 2006, CIDRAP News article “Nigeria’s has Africa’s first H5N1 bird flu outbreak”last_img read more

Flu vaccination still a challenge for hospitals

first_imgApr 9, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Healthcare institutions still face significant hurdles in getting their staff members vaccinated against seasonal influenza, and fear of flu infection and caring for sick family will keep many staff home during an influenza pandemic, according to research released this week,Four teams of researchers reported at the 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, held in Orlando, Fla., that large proportions of hospital staff believe that flu vaccine causes influenza or triggers other side effects. Others believe that previous bouts of flu have made them immune to contracting the flu again.On average, only 40% of healthcare workers receive flu shots each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.At Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare of Atlanta, intensive campaigns have raised flu vaccination coverage from 43% to 67% of the staff, but pockets of resistance remain, according to a report by Sarah E. Smithson and colleagues. An anonymous online survey of the academic medical center’s 9,700 employees, which garnered responses from 1,994 workers or 21% of the staff, found that 50% of those who did not take the flu shot believe vaccination is a “personal decision,” 31% did not take it for fear of side effects, and 20% had confidence in their own “natural immunity.”Concern about vaccine side effects was also common at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, where the 40% of staff were vaccinated in 2007—more than three times the number who accepted the shot in 2003, according to Rajitha Ambuti, MD, and colleagues. “Declination forms” filled out by staff who refused the shot revealed that 53% feared adverse effects, 10% believed the vaccine does not work, and 9.6% believed they were at no risk for flu.At the University of California–Irvine, where staff who decline vaccination are required to report electronically, researchers reviewed 1,160 refusals and also polled a convenience sample of 300 healthcare workers waiting to be vaccinated. The report by Kathleen A. Quan, RN, and others revealed a complex mix of attitudes toward the flu shot. A high proportion of those who agreed to be vaccinated—47%—believed it would cause flu symptoms, whereas only 29% of those who refused the vaccine shared that belief. And though 84% of those waiting for the shot had taken it in earlier years, only 61% said they intended to take it the following year, and 2% said they would be relieved if the vaccine supply ran out before they reached the end of the line.Finally, at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, 50% of the staff responded to an anonymous 10-question survey on seasonal and pandemic flu that was distributed to all hospital employees on all shifts, and 49.6% of those responding  revealed that they do not receive flu vaccine.Staff in that hospital also said they would have difficulty coming to work in a flu pandemic, said the report by William K. Green, MD. Only 13.7% of employees expected to report as usual. Among those who said they would not come to work, 13.9% said they were afraid of becoming sick, 30% said they could not come to work if someone else in their household were sick, and 48.1% said they would not be able to report if schools and daycare centers were closed as a protective measure.Despite educational efforts by the hospital, 15.7% of the staff said they did not know what pandemic influenza was.last_img read more

Demand, flu patterns lead states to reduce testing

first_img The CDC has already provided test kits to 78 countries and has received requests from 131 more, Besser said yesterday. With limited resources, some states are placing a priority on testing hospitalized patients, which may create a false impression that the virus is becoming more lethal, Richard Besser, MD, the CDC’s acting director, said at a media briefing yesterday. As the disease becomes more widespread, tallies of individual cases won’t be as meaningful, but health authorities will want to know what regions of the country are affected and to what extent, Besser said. For reporting on the swine flu outbreak, the CDC will likely use the surveillance and reporting model it uses for seasonal flu. However, he added that scaled-back testing is also in line with how public health officials handle testing for seasonal influenza. Given that the swine flu outbreak seems to resemble seasonal flu, expect the CDC to revise some of its recommendations and change some of its reporting practices, he said. The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) said in a May 5 press release that one jurisdiction had a backlog of 3,500 specimens, with 1,000 coming in daily, but was able to test only 200 a day. However, public health laboratories have anticipated a surge and have developed response plans and formed networks to assist each other, the APHL said. During the swine flu outbreak, the APHL and CDC have held daily conference calls with public health laboratories to provide updates and technical assistance, the APHL said. “Because we are only looking for severe cases of the illness right now, it may tend to create the impression that the disease is becoming more virulent,” she said, adding that the change may also generate smaller numbers of reported cases. Minnesota is among states that have announced a cutback in influenza testing. In a May 4 press release, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said it was asking healthcare providers to submit lab specimens only when a patient has been hospitalized for flu-like like symptoms. It will also continue to accept specimens from the state’s 29 sentinel influenza surveillance sites and for ill healthcare workers. In August 2008 the APHL and the CDC conducted a pandemic influenza exercise to identify gaps in their response plans. “Much work remains to be done on this project, but the future payout means that public health laboratories should be even better prepared for the next ‘when,’ no matter what it might be,” the APHL said.center_img Ruth Lynfield, MD, Minnesota’s state epidemiologist, said in the press release that because of the surveillance change, information about new cases should be interpreted carefully. See also: Labs cope with testing backlogThe CDC is receiving 300 to 400 specimens a day and is able to turn results around in about 24 hours, Besser told reporters today at a media conference. May 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As state public health laboratories tackle their novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) testing backlogs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday it expects to see rising case numbers across the nation along with cutbacks in the number of samples tested by states. Besser has noted that states must go through a validation step, sending five test runs to the CDC, before they can start doing their own case confirmations. At today’s press conference he said 10 states are now able to perform their own testing. Many public health labs still communicate results via fax, the APHL said, adding that it and the CDC are working with states to develop standardized electronic reporting. States take on case confirmationsThe CDC developed a novel H1N1 diagnostic kit—designed to help states confirm their own cases—in just 10 days and has deployed it to more than 60 state and local public health laboratories, the APHL said. May 5 APHL press releaselast_img read more

3T Conference: Tourism and IT industry in Croatia need to cooperate more

first_imgTourism and IT as two growing and most successful sectors in Croatia should cooperate more, complement and use innovative solutions and products of startups, which will be more important in the future due to trends in the use of technology in travel and vacation, said the conference 3T – Tourism, Travel and Tech, held in Zagreb, organized by the media house Bug.The 3T – Tourism, Travel & Tech conference was held for the second year in a row, bringing together more than 220 domestic and foreign participants from tourism and IT and the IT sector, with the aim of uniting and strengthening cooperation.”With the conference, we are trying to connect the two most successful sectors in Croatia, tourism, which accounts for 20 percent of GDP, and IT, which is also growing and is increasingly contributing to economic growth, especially exports. Technology is the key to optimization and success in the tourism business, and the 3T conference provides answers on how to make the best use of modern technology and make business in tourism more efficient and better”, Said the opening director of the conference, Oleg Maštruko, adding that in the second edition, the conference is about 30 percent larger than last year, which means that the conference has found fertile ground.One of the starting points of this year’s 3T conference is the announcement in the Financial Times that Croatia ranks seventh in the world in terms of attractiveness for investment in tourism, which we consider good news, but also an incentive for stronger cooperation between IT and tourism, because no investment in tourism it cannot happen without investing in IT and communication platforms.Martin Reents, 3T ConferenceMartin Reents, an expert and entrepreneur from Germany, spoke at the conference about various ways of doing business and the possibilities that technology offers to tourism, but also what tourism expects from technology. modern tourists are increasingly mobile in communication and travel, using a number of applications to easily navigate destinations, find content that interests them, book accommodation and transportation, buy tickets and more.”In the world today, we have more than two thousand applications only for the hotel and accommodation industry, which invests and uses IT solutions for business. It is also interesting to see how the hotel offer changed from the 19th to the 21st century, from being only for accommodation and food, to the fact that today hotels are specially designed with a lot of content, and even technological capabilities that provide guests with certain experiences. , experiences and emotions, and what they, along with quality, are most looking for”, Reents pointed out.He added that hotels and other segments in tourism that invest in technology can achieve higher prices and revenues than those that do not, and that today there are almost no hotel operations that do not use some of the many applications to improve the performance of each individual department, which also contributes to competitiveness. “In tourism, and hotel industry, as well as in many other sectors, more and more for business and achieving the best possible results in marketing, promotion, sales, reservation systems, prices, revenues and others use technologies such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, magnified and virtual reality, machine learning or ‘machine learning’, voice and corneal recognition, robots, digital keys and moreSaid Reents.He told Croatia, which he had visited several times before, to use the best of both sectors, predicting success after the coastal development in the development of urban tourism, especially in Zagreb, while asking if he saw a trend in tourism like ‘without internet’ in the future. ‘or without the internet, replied that it is difficult to expect more on a mass scale, but that it is possible that destinations or facilities will at some point offer that too, but more as a break from everyday life, and for a short break, .The 3T conference also talked about seasonality in tourism, emphasizing that technology can help in this big problem of Croatian tourism, especially in attracting tourists outside the summer through social networks and various online marketing tools, and presented the first electric car expedition across the desert. at the beginning of this year, Croatian travel writers and entrepreneurs Oleg Maštruko and Saša Cvetojević ‘did it’.last_img read more

Competition for high schools: “Sustainable tourism – an opportunity for the development of the Sava River Basin”

first_imgAs part of the organization of the 7th Youth Parliament from the Sava River Basin, which will be held 1-2. June 2018 in Bohinj (Slovenia), the International Sava River Basin Commission (Organizer) is announcing a competition for high school students for a project entitled “Sustainable Tourism – an opportunity for the development of the Sava River Basin.”Students from all high schools in the Sava River Basin countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia) can participate in the competition, and each school can participate with one or more teams of students, led by a mentor (professor). One student can be a member of only one team, while one mentor can lead several teams. Each team can participate in the competition with one application.Given the exceptional tourism potential of the Sava River Basin, this tender aims to stimulate discussion and learn the ideas of young people from the Sava River Basin on the development of sustainable tourism in the local environment, where possible through cross-border cooperation, and raise awareness of the differences between mass and sustainable tourism. The task is to develop a project that will analyze the current state of sustainable tourism at the local level and devise how this situation can be improved.The competition is open from March 1 to April 3, 30, while the theme of the competition is: Sustainable tourism as an opportunity for the development of the Sava River Basinlast_img read more