Glaxo to give 50 million doses of H5N1 vaccine to WHO

first_imgJun 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) promised today to give 50 million doses of its H5N1 “prepandemic” influenza vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO) for distribution to poor countries.The vaccine will be delivered over 3 years and be enough to vaccinate 25 million people at two doses each, the United Kingdom–based drug company said in a news release.The announcement marks the first tangible step toward the creation of a world stockpile of H5N1 vaccines, a goal endorsed by WHO member countries at the World Health Assembly in May.Following GSK’s announcement today, US-based Baxter International and the French vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur both announced their intention to donate H5N1 vaccines to the WHO stockpile, but neither company specified how many doses it would contribute.The idea of a global stockpile emerged after complaints by Indonesia and other developing countries about lack of access to commercial H5N1 vaccines. Indonesia, the country hit hardest by H5N1, withheld samples of the virus from the WHO from last December until May on grounds that drug companies use the samples to make vaccines priced out of Indonesia’s reach.The WHO welcomed GSK’s announcement today. “This is another significant step towards creating a global resource to help the world and especially to help develping countries in case of a major outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in a news release.The WHO said it needs to do “detailed operational planning for the stockpile, including how and under which conditions it will be deployed, as well as regulatory aspects of the vaccine.”After an international meeting of vaccine producers and government officials in late April, the WHO said it appeared that a global H5N1 vaccine stockpile might be feasible. Later, at the WHO’s annual meeting in May, members passed a resolution calling for the creation of a stockpile of vaccines for H5N1 and other viruses of pandemic potential. The resolution also called on the agency to set up mechanisms for the “fair and equitable distribution” of pandemic flu vaccines at “affordable prices.”Dr. John Oxford, a virologist at London’s Queen Mary School of Medicine, called GSK’s announcement “excellent news,” according to the Associated Press. “It’s just what we need to reassure countries like Indonesia that they will get something in return from the viruses they provide, which will form the basis of these vaccines,” he said.GSK’s vaccine includes a proprietary adjuvant (immune-stimulating chemical) and in clinical trials has induced a strong immune response at low doses, according to previous company announcements. Last July the company said 80% of volunteers showed a good immune response after receiving two 3.8-microgram doses. A typical dose of seasonal flu vaccine contains 15 micrograms of antigen for each of three flu strains.In March GSK said its vaccine might protect people against more than one strain of H5N1. The vaccine is based on a 2004 strain from Vietnam, but in a clinical trial it elicited an immune response (neutralizing antibodies) to an H5N1 strain from Indonesia. However, the company has not yet published a detailed report of its clinical trial results.The WHO noted that three other vaccine producers—Baxter, Sanofi Pasteur, and Omnivest of Hungary—also have expressed a willingness to provide some doses of H5N1 vaccine to the global stockpile.Baxter’s announcement today said the company intends to provide a “multiyear donation” of its candidate pandemic flu vaccine to the WHO. Sanofi Pasteur, meanwhile, said it was ready to give a “significant number of doses” of H5N1 vaccine, some of which could be supplied immediately in bulk form.GSK promised that, in addition to its donation, it would provide some of its H5N1 vaccine to the WHO at “preferential” prices for use by countries eligible for assistance from GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), a public-private program that provides vaccines for children in poor countries.The company noted that a precisely matched vaccine won’t become available until 4 to 6 months after a pandemic strain emerges. Experts hope that if the next pandemic strain is an H5N1 variant, existing H5N1 vaccines will provide some protection, though supplies are likely to be very short.See also:Jun 13 WHO statementMay 23 CIDRAP News story “WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing”Apr 26 CIDRAP News story “WHO: Global H5N1 vaccine stockpile may be feasible”Mar 6 CIDRAP News story “Glaxo H5N1 vaccine may work against multiple strains”last_img read more

Dengue fever expanding its foothold in Texas

first_img Since many dengue infections are asymptomatic or do not prompt the person to seek medical care, health investigators also conducted serologic surveys in Brownsville and Matamoros, the report says. No deaths were reported, but 16 of the 25 Cameron County cases and 34 of the 104 Matamoros cases met the WHO criteria for DHF. (More thorough lab testing of the US cases may have accounted for the higher proportion of DHF found there, the report notes.) Eleven of the 50 DHF cases were classified as WHO grade III, or dengue shock syndrome, with “early or mild evidence of hypotension or shock,” and the rest were listed as grade II. A dengue outbreak in the Brownsville, Tex., area in 2005 involved 25 hospital cases, 16 of which were classified as DHF, the CDC reports in the Aug 10 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Health officials on both sides of the border subsequently increased their surveillance for dengue cases, the report says. In December, officials reviewed the medical records of 129 patients who had been hospitalized with evidence of dengue fever, including 25 patients in Cameron County, Tex., and 104 treated in Matamoros, Mexico. Aug 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Dengue fever is gaining a firmer foothold in southern Texas, putting residents at risk for the most dangerous form of the disease, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. About 2 months after the Brownsville woman’s case, in late August of 2005, Mexican health officials in Tamaulipas state, across the border from Brownsville, told their Texas counterparts that a dengue fever outbreak in the state had grown to 1,251 cases. Those included 223 cases (17.8%) classified as DHF. In the previous 5 years, 541 dengue cases, including just 20 DHF cases, had been reported in the state. The CDC says the woman’s illness marked the first DHF case in a Texas resident native to the Texas-Mexico border area. A locally acquired DHF case in the area was reported in 2004, but the patient was originally from Southeast Asia and probably had acquired her first dengue infection there, the report says. The 2005 outbreak in the Brownsville area was heralded by a DHF case in a Brownsville woman who fell ill in late June. When she was hospitalized there, doctors missed the dengue diagnosis, even though her clinical characteristics met World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for DHF. Eventually the diagnosis was made through serum testing by the Texas Border Infectious Disease Surveillance project.center_img In Matamoros, 101 of 131 people tested had IgG antibodies to dengue, signaling a weighted prevalence of 76.6%. In Brownsville the investigators found IgG antibodies in 47 of 141 people tested, for a weighted prevalence of 38.2%. The report adds, “The finding that 38% of surveyed Brownsville residents have IgG antibodies to dengue indicates that a substantial proportion of the city population has been infected with the dengue virus and might be more susceptible to DHF if they receive a second infection” with a different serotype. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in most tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The virus occurs in four serotypes, and infection with any one of these induces immunity only to that serotype, according to the CDC. A second infection with a different serotype increases a person’s risk for DHF, which involves bleeding and the possibility of life-threatening shock. “Entomologic, serologic and virologic conditions are now such that locally acquired DHF can occur in south Texas,” the CDC asserts. Two mosquito species that spread the virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopticus, are well established there. Clinicians and the public in southern Texas should be aware of the risk of dengue and DHF, the CDC advises. “Early recognition and diagnosis of DHF and careful fluid management can reduce the case-fatality rate in cases with shock to less than 1%,” the report states. CDC. Dengue hemorrhagic fever—U.S.-Mexico border, 2005. MMWR 2007 Aug 10;56(31):785-9 [Full text]last_img read more

CDC advises against closing schools during H1N1 outbreaks

first_img May 5 CIDRAP News storyhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/may0509schools-br.html Regularly cleaning surfaces in schools with regular cleansers (bleach is not advised) Aug 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recommended today that schools should not close down during novel H1N1 influenza outbreaks, though they emphasized that the advice is a guideline and that decisions should be made based on local conditions. However, the officials said, some schools will be justified in closing if they have a high rate of infection or large numbers of students with the underlying conditions that make the virus more dangerous. “We hope no schools will have to close, but realistically, some schools will close this fall,” Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. See also: The advice affects the approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff who work in the more than 130,000 public and private K-12 schools in the United States. Separate advisories for colleges and universities, and for pre-kindergarten and early-childhood programs, are expected to be issued in the next few weeks. Conducting active screening for fever and other symptoms as students and staff enter school each morning More than 700 schools closed when H1N1 flu first struck in April and May. About 50 were in New York City, where the local outbreak was at least 800,000 cases. As New York City health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden oversaw those closings. But today, speaking as new director of the CDC, he said that additional information about the behavior of the novel virus has made school closings a choice rather than a necessity. Along with the advice on closings, which were published today on the CDC’s H1N1 flu Web page, the guidelines include new advice on when to allow ill students and staff to return to school: when 24 hours have passed with no fever, whether or not the person is taking antiviral drugs. Previously, federal guidance required flu patients to stay home for 7 days. The guidelines, composed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and released at a press briefing by the Department of Health and Human Services, build on revised guidance that the CDC issued in May. Early in the pandemic’s spring wave, schools were told to close for up to 2 weeks, but the CDC changed its advice shortly afterward to say that schools should focus on keeping sick students and staff out of school. CDC Guidance for State and local Public Health Officials and School Administrators for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Yearhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/schools/schoolguidance.htm Asking students and staff with underlying conditions to stay home when flu is circulating locally Emphasizing hand-washing and covering coughs with tissues or shirt-sleeves Because closings may yet happen, school should prepare by getting temporary home-schooling plans ready, Duncan warned. Making sure that students and staff with high-risk conditions see healthcare professionals as soon as possible after they show symptoms The guidelines also advise: Technical Report for State and Local Public Health Officials and School Administrators on CDC Guidance for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Yearhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/schools/technicalreport.htm Asking students and staff with ill family members to stay home for 5 days after the first household member falls ill “We know from the spring that where there was H1N1 there were very large explosive outbreaks in schools,” Frieden said in the briefing. “[But] we know more now about how it behaves; we know more about how to control it. It is now clear that closure of schools is rarely if ever indicated.” The new advice is being issued because “once you close a school, as we saw last spring, that creates a very significant ripple effect” on parents and businesses, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said during the briefing. Sending ill students and staff home, and holding them in rooms separate from the main student body until they can leave Schools can reasonably consider closing if they have large numbers of students who are medically frail or pregnant, or are in an area where the local outbreak is especially intense, or if the virus begins to cause more severe illness, he said. Otherwise, schools will need to rely on parents to keep children at home if they are feverish. But he cautioned that some of the spring closings in New York City were driven by children showing up to school with fever because their parents did not or could not keep them at home. If the fall flu wave involves more severe disease than what was seen in the spring, the guidelines also call for (among other steps):last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine news, Microsoft’s online tool

first_img Microsoft offers online flu self-assessmentMicrosoft launched a new Web site today, H1N1 Swine Flu Response Center, to help patients assess flu-like symptoms and decide their next step. The self-assessment is licensed from experts at Emory University. Dr. Arthur Kellermann, professor of emergency medicine at Emory, said in a Microsoft release that the tool “can encourage those who are severely ill or at risk for serious illness to contact their doctor, and reassure everyone else that it is safe and prudent to recover at home.”http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/oct09/10-07h1n1responsecenterpr.mspxOct 7 Microsoft news release EU approves Baxter’s cell-based vaccineThe European Commission today approved Baxter International’s pandemic H1N1 vaccine, Celvapan, for use in the European Union, the company announced. It is the first cell culture-based H1N1 vaccine as well as the first non-adjuvanted product to win European approval. The EU authorization calls for using two doses of the vaccine in adults and children; the company is awaiting trial results to determine if one dose will be sufficient in adults.http://www.baxter.com/press_room/press_releases/2009/10_07_09-celvapan.htmlOct 7 Baxter news release Oct 7, 2009 Study: Seasonal vaccine may help fight H1N1Contrary to most other evidence, a study from Mexico suggests that seasonal flu vaccine may offer some protection against the novel H1N1 virus. Researchers compared the vaccination status of 60 H1N1 case-patients and 180 control patients at a specialty hospital. The H1N1 patients were less likely to have had a seasonal flu shot. But the authors say the study is limited by its small size, retrospective design, and the high prevalence of vaccination and chronic conditions in the control group.http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/339/oct06_2/b3928Oct 6 British Medical Journal study Novartis ships seasonal, H1N1 vaccines to USVaccine manufacturer Novartis said yesterday it has completed shipments of its seasonal flu vaccine, Fluvirin, to the United States after delivering 27 million doses. The Swiss company originally had said it planned to supply about 30 million doses to the US market. Yesterday the firm also said it started shipping swine flu vaccine on Sept. 27, 2 weeks after the formulation received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.http://www.novartis.com/newsroom/media-releases/en/2009/1345850.shtmlOct 6 Novartis press releaselast_img read more

Istra Outdoor Experience is an example of how tourism is strategically developed. The magic word is synergy

first_imgIstra Outdoor Experience is an informal association of companies in the municipality of Barban that offer active holidays and bring together over 10 partners. A miracle, but it also exists in Lijepa naša and in our tourism. The thing is very simple. Together, small entrepreneurs have done great miracles and contributed to the development of a quality offer for active tourism in the interior of Istria.They offer various activities such as horseback riding, adrenaline park, kayaking, cycling, cycling, quads, and as this year’s novelty attraction and novelty will offer a gyrocopter (a combination of airplane and helicopter) and much more. “Everyone is in tourism they are in favor of unification, but we in our small Municipality of Barban have succeeded in that – and now everyone is wondering and asking how we are succeeding in that. The answer is simple. First of all because we want to extend the season. We want it to last from mid-March until mid-November because we know that Istria has these opportunities. Istria can offer guests a lot all 12 months of the year. demand is growing higher and higher from year to year, and so every year we grow about 30 percent. Every year, more and more partners join us, which makes us happy, because the more of us, the better our offer, and it is the tourists who are looking for quality content. ” points out Mladen Draguzet, the initiator of the “cluster” Istra Outdoor experience, and otherwise the owner of the travel agency Istra Adventure.This is unfortunately one of the few positive examples of synergy, such as seeing an endemic Velebit degenia or Mediterranean bear, where entrepreneurs come together rather than look at themselves as a competition, which is so logical, normal and desperately needed in tourism. Together they are stronger so everyone can grow and develop well. Unfortunately, everyone in Croatia looks at themselves, they are happy with the failure of the competition, and they do not understand how they all make a tourist destination, and if one grows, the other will grow, and vice versa. Synergy and joint appearance on the market is the only right solution, because the destinations are all, not one individual.The most important thing is the final experience of touristsNo one can develop a tourist destination on their own, no matter how big and financially strong it is. The tourist destination consists of everyone, whether directly or indirectly engaged in tourism, from citizens and the culture of living, landscaping, offering content to mowed and green grass. The quality of service of the entire destination is extremely important, from the hosts, citizens, hairdressers to employees at the gas station, which must be at the level, and the imperative is above expectations to delight guests.The motive for the arrival is quality, diverse and primarily authentic content of the tourist destination. If we offer only the sun and the sea, ie we live from the rent of accommodation and the beach, which is no longer enough or productive today, the guest is bored and not satisfied with the holiday, and the overall impression will be bad and will not return. Also, because we chronically lack content in destinations, we have low tourist consumption. Ultimately, we all know that it is harder and more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest back three times, if not more. That is why the overall impression is important, the impression that everyone influences, and the goal is for the guest to be satisfied, recommend us and come back again in 7 to 14 days of staying in our tourist destination.”Through all the years of our cooperation, we have concluded that together we are” stronger “and we have managed to raise tourism in the Barban region to a higher level and influence the extension of the tourist season, because in the pre-season and post-season it is not enough to offer only” sun and sea “. but in combination with all our activities, these seasons are ideal for such activities because Istria has an ideal climate because the winters are not too cold, so we can work practically all year round, which is a rarity in other parts. I must admit that such a performance brought us a number of positive results. One of them is that we are more interesting to agencies because they see that they can get a complete service in one place and that they are all partners who work perfectly as if it were one and that then they have no problems coordinating programs, activities and timing. ” Draguzet points out and emphasizes that they set a fair and correct agreement at the start, and their cooperation is quality.Invitation to cooperate with agencies and hosts in family accommodation But this great story does not end there, in fact, it grows and develops, and Istra Outdoor Experience organizes a fair in Glavana Park to present to everyone its offer and great content for an active vacation. They invite all tourist workers, travel agencies, and especially the hosts in family accommodation to cooperate in mutual interest.I keep emphasizing that hotels and hosts in family accommodation must sell the destination, not their accommodation. Also, everyone must care about the overall experience, and this is where the quality of the destination and the content it offers come to the fore. The motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. Thus, guests will have quality content, and thus will be satisfied with the destination. And in the end, everyone benefits here, especially the hosts, because the guests, if they are satisfied with their vacation in the destination, will thus return to your accommodation facility. But not because of you, but because of the destination (I have to repeat this several times). Also, guests who return each year are the cheapest because you have no cost of commission or marketing.The fair will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Glavani Park (address: Barban, Glavani 10) at 10 am. Come and experience for yourself all the charms of active tourism, so that you can recommend quality content to your guests. Win-win for everyone. See more information hereWe offer guests unforgettable moments in a tourist destination, we provide them with a unique and authentic experience that will forever remain in their memory. This is an example of how a tourist destination develops. Even if the people responsible for our tourism would see it and hear it, I mean the Ministry of Tourism, the CNTB and the tourist board, then we could talk about year-round tourism. Precisely such stories should be declared strategic projects, not investments in hotel construction, because if we build only hotels, and we do not have content or developed destinations, then we have what we have today: a chronic problem of seasonality, low added value, low tourist consumption and most importantly low dispersion. spending on the local economy as much of tourism spending spills over to imports.Synergy, not dispersion. All, not one. These are the real ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Well done to Istra Outdoor Experience, who showed that the only right direction is strategic and sustainable development.last_img read more

Open Tender for increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in the service sector (tourism, trade)

first_imgThe tender for increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources in the service sector (tourism, trade) is open until September 21 this year, and private micro, small, medium and large private companies registered to perform activities in the service sector can apply. (tourism, trade) in accordance with the National Classification of Activities.Project proposals may include only measures related to eligible activities, provided that the activities excluded from the scope of this Call do not benefit from the support granted under this Call, which will be demonstrated during the project implementation. Applicants must act individually. Partner organizations and partnerships of any kind are not acceptable.The total available amount of grants for award under this Call is HRK 76.000.000,00, and the lowest total value of grants is HRK 220.000,00, while the maximum allowed is HRK 13.000.000,00.The purpose of the call is to support the reduction of energy consumption in companies registered for tourism and / or trade, through the implementation of energy efficiency measures (measures) and / or activities (measures) for the use of renewable energy sources that bring energy consumption to the cost of the enterprise. of at least 20% in relation to the reference delivered energy, ie in relation to the consumption of delivered energy before the implementation of measures.You can find all the details about the Competition on the official website European Structural and Investment Fundslast_img read more

The Vižula Archaeological Park project was presented in Medulin

first_imgThe Info Day of the Vižula Archaeological Park project was held in Medulin, where the entire project of arranging the Vižula Archaeological Park was presented.The Vižula Archaeological Park project refers to an integrated investment in the arrangement of the Vižula Peninsula as an archaeological park for visitors, and in the development of tourist facilities, infrastructure and management and promotion systems based on cultural heritage. With this project, the Municipality of Medulin wants to position itself on the map of tourist destinations, not only as a destination of family tourism but also as a destination of cultural and archaeological tourism.The main goal of the Vižula Archaeological Park project is to contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development of the Municipality of Medulin as a recognizable destination of cultural and historical tourism through thematically related investments based on the restoration and valorization of cultural heritage – an archaeological site from antiquity.The Mayor of Medulin, Goran Buić, presented the entire project and pointed out that the implementation of this extremely valuable project will preserve and revitalize the Archaeological Park Vižula and through thematically related investments based on restoration and valorization of cultural heritage – archaeological site, contribute to sustainable socio-economic development Medulin as a recognizable destination of cultural and historical tourism. “In addition to the extension of the tourist season, by creating a brand of cultural and historical destination and revitalization of the site, the residents of the Municipality of Medulin will thus get space for spending free time, educating children and recreation and walking. The project contributes to the extension of the tourist season, promotion and valorization of cultural heritage and has multiple benefits for the local community, locals and children. All project activities end on September 1, 2019, and locals and guests will enter the park as before completely free of charge, and only events, concerts, rental of AR glasses and accompanying events will be charged.”Said Chief Buic.Photo: City of MedulinVižula is an archeological site near Medulin, inhabited from the Neolithic to the early Middle Ages. century. God. In 1969, a part of the Neolithic settlement (shrub huts, covered with earth and mud) was excavated and explored (B. Baćić). Fragments of pottery and pieces of pottery (decorated with impressions of the edge of a shell or rows of stabs) date the settlement to a younger stage of the older Neolithic.The project was reported by the Municipality of Medulin on March 07.03.2016, 19.645.579,23. Call for project proposals “Preparation and implementation of Integrated Development Programs based on the restoration of cultural heritage”. The total value of the project is HRK 16.040.624,19, of which co-financing in the amount of HRK 01 was approved from the European Regional Development Fund. The project officially starts on September 2017, 24, and the implementation activities of the project will last for 01.09.2019 months until September XNUMX, XNUMX. years.last_img read more

A new tourist package focused on eco-tourism was tested in the Kornati National Park

first_imgSix international eco-tourism experts from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Italy and Spain spent the past week getting to know the Kornati National Park and its surroundings in a completely new context.Instead of the classic tourism we are used to, they got to know the nature, culture and tradition of this protected area. Talks with representatives of the local community, introduction to beekeeping and olive growing, sage processing and a gastronomic workshop with chef Vjeko Bašić from the Bob tavern are just some of the activities that are part of the new tourist package “Escape from Civilization”, which experts came to try as tourists. to rate.The experts spent the first day of their trip exploring Šibenik, and the next two days they discovered the beauties of Murter, including the Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum, the Murter Homeland Collection, the Colentum Archaeological Site and the Church of St. Roka. Part of the Murter part of the tour was diving, but also the gastro-workshop of chef Vjeko Bašić, who can boast of a Michelin recommendation and his colleague, Ante Božikov, owner of the Kornati restaurant “Opat”.After setting out to sea in a wooden boat – leuta, for three days the experts got acquainted with the tradition of beekeeping, olive growing and the construction of dry stone walls. Their host, Slobodan Skračić, told them the original Kornati story, about the Kornati as they once were, but also the values ​​that today represent exceptional beauty and cause peace and contentment.Upon their return to Murter, they met the creative artist Ned Juran, and together with her made beautiful souvenirs from the flooded material and a reminder of a wonderful journey through space and time. “Tourism as an opportunity, not a threat to the preservation of nature and heritage is the idea behind this project. This is certainly possible, but it requires a completely different approach to both the organization of the offer and the guest and that is what we seem to have managed to achieve here. The local community together with Park and WWF created this offer through the DestiMED project, experts have tested it, and we hope that this product after the final evaluation will get the green light to promote and enter the market. These are small groups of tourists with minimal impact on the environment, and a direct economic contribution to the local population because all income remains in the local community. We see this offer as a strong counterbalance to mass tourism that tramples both nature and local heritage.“, Comments Mosor Prvan, DestiMED project manager from WWF Adria.”The recommendations we received from our testers who tested the prepared eco-package in the fall of 2017 helped us to make the eco-tour even better together with colleagues from WWF Adria, Šibenik Plus Travel Agency and experts from Greenspot Travel, and to encourage other stakeholders to get involved. According to the first reactions of the testers, participants in the “refreshed” tour, we are convinced that this attractive package will soon be ready for the market. We believe that this will be an incentive for other tourism workers to embark on similar eco-tours, and we from the Park Administration will always have support,“Points out Martina Markov from JU NP Kornati.”The potential of this program is told by the smiles of the guests, who became a Kurnat family, who shared thousands of photos on social networks, who still left a part of themselves on the Kurnats after coming home. Isn’t that the point of it all ?? This is a program of sustainable, Mediterranean eco-tourism, without the masks of civilization and rich in authentic experiences. This is a unique opportunity to meet real people and live a different, healthier, smarter life. This program is intended for “new” tourists, travelers who are increasingly looking for an original experience during the trip. The potential is huge.”Concluded Tina Vickov, owner of the Šibenik Plus Tourist Agency, holder of the“ Golden Bowl ”award for excellence before the tourist agencies of the Šibenik-Knin County.The development and testing of eco-tours is part of the DestiMED project implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria, and financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG MED program. In addition to the Kornati National Park, the project is also being implemented in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park. More about the project at https://destimed.interreg-med.eu/ .last_img read more

The biggest Christmas party in the Blue Lagoon

first_imgBlue Laguna employees with a salary for November will also be paid a Christmas bonus in the amount of HRK 2.500,00 and an additional reward in the amount of HRK 500,00, which amounts to a total of HRK 3.000,00.Seasonal workers will be paid a proportionate share of both Christmas bonuses and bonuses, depending on the continuous duration of the employment relationship. In addition, the workers will be paid a gift in kind in the amount of HRK 600,00We are convinced that the workers of the Blue Lagoon will be happy with this year’s Christmas treatment from the employer, points out the Trade Unions of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia (SIKD) and add that they are personally satisfied with the agreement reached with the employer whose negotiating team proved to be very correct in the negotiations. “We hope that we will be satisfied with the negotiations, ie the agreement on material rights in 2019, which we expect should be completed next week. ” stand out from SIKD.In 2019, Plava Laguna will embark on a new investment cycle of HRK 298,2 million. One of the investments will be a more intensive investment in the expansion and arrangement of the existing capacities for the accommodation of workers in Poreč and Umag in order to raise the quality of the workers’ stay.RELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON INVESTS HRK 298 MILLION NEXT YEARlast_img read more

Project of the information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik “Geonculeus Si” presented

first_img“We thank the Juraj Dalmatinac Society for recognizing us as a partner who is ready and able to create such an application that we believe will be useful to both citizens and other interested parties. The goal was to design a system that would solve real problems while improving existing processes. We also wanted to create a solid foundation for future expansions given the great potential for example in tourism. Span is happy to participate in such and similar projects because they are good examples of digital transformation in cities, ”Said Nikola Dujmović, President of the Management Board of Span. The aim of the project is to join each building of the old town of Šibenik with an appropriate information card with basic information and conservation guidelines in order to revive the historic city center and preserve cultural heritage. The Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage “Juraj Dalmatinac”, the IT company Microsoft Croatia and Spain signed yesterday in Zagreb, an agreement on cooperation in the project of the information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik “Geonculeus Si”. The technologies, knowledge and readiness we possess make us one of the leaders in digital transformation in Croatia, said Tatjana Skoko, Director of Microsoft Croatia, and added: “Šibenik is the first city in Croatia, and probably in the region, where such a project has been implemented. I believe that its value will be recognized by other cities and they will embark on similar projects of their own. We are especially glad that we have registered the Juraj Dalmatinac Company in this project through the Microsoft Philantropies program, which means that the company is in the process of approving the donation of the Azure solution by Microsoft. In this way, as a company, we want to encourage the Juraj Dalmatinac Company – but also all other non-profit organizations operating in Croatia – to use the best technology, while reducing the operating costs of projects, through which savings can realize additional activities within their projects, ”Concludes Skoko. Photo: Association of Citizens Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac RELATED NEWS: ŠIBENIK FIRST IN CROATIA GETS A BUILDING RECORDING SYSTEM Juraj Dalmatinac, the Sibenik Citizens’ Association for the Preservation of Sibenik Heritage, has been working intensively on the project for the last two years, and the first and most difficult step was carefully recording all buildings in the city center, and now the whole story continues – digitization. center_img The information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik is based on the Microsoft Azure cloud solution, which is in the process of approving a donation through the Microsoft Philantropies program, and the development, adaptation and implementation is carried out by Span. When the work on programming and creating the portal is completely completed, the Geonucleus.Si project will achieve numerous benefits. The need for the Geonucleus.Si project arose from long-standing city problems: too slow and inadequate renovations, and the consequent reduction of monumental properties of buildings, points out Nikola Grubić, president of the Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac, and adds: “Šibenik’s historic center is one of the most valuable and best preserved on the Adriatic. With the Geonucleus.Si project, we want to enable the historic core to live and for people to stay in it, and with the help of this project it will be easier to renovate their buildings under conservation conditions. I emphasize that the initiative for the information system comes from the local community, from our association that operates at the local level and wants to contribute to the protection of its cultural heritage. This is our contribution to the revitalization of the city center, which will enable citizens to get basic conservation information and guidelines before going to the conservation office, a kind of ‘identity card’ of the old core buildings. We coordinate all guidelines with the competent conservation department. ” About 330 facilities have been processed within the project so far. Ultimately, the system will be publicly available in the form of an internet portal, through which information will be offered transparently, quickly and accurately that will facilitate the maintenance of facilities or investment in the old city center. Having in mind the problems and defined goals of the project, the Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac decided to implement a solution based on Microsoft’s cloud computing system Azure, which will be adapted to the needs of the project and fully implemented by Span. Microsoft Azure was chosen as the ideal platform for project execution because of its productivity, adaptability, intelligent applications, and the trust placed in it by the business community. Each of the more than 2.000 buildings located in the protected city center of Šibenik will soon have its own public access. ‘ID card’with all important data, photographs, and guidelines for restoration. It is a unique project, not only in Croatia, but also in the world. last_img read more