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first_imgSep 17, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have required school boards to take formal action and provide detailed information to students and parents before serving any irradiated food in schools.In a brief veto message published on the governor’s office Web site, Schwarzenegger said the bill would impose needless costs on school districts.”While we always want to keep parents informed of a variety of issues, imposing the additional administrative duties proscribed [sic] in this bill would increase the cost on school districts by an estimated $5.3 million annually,” the governor stated. “Since information concerning irradiated food is already available from a variety of sources, these funds would be better spent in the classroom.”The bill, introduced by Assembly Member Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, was prompted by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) move to offer irradiated ground beef to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The bill was officially sponsored by Public Citizen, a group that opposes food irradiation.The measure would have required school boards to take formal action before allowing the serving of irradiated food. In its final form, the bill also would have required schools to inform students and parents of the purpose of irradiation and its effects on the nutritional value of food, provide them with “objective” and “balanced” scientific information on irradiation, and require that irradiated food items be labeled as such.Armando Viramontes, a spokesman for Hancock, told CIDRAP News, “The idea was to require informed choices. . . . We felt that parents needed full information when they make choices about what their kids eat.” He said many schools now provide menu information on their Web sites, and schools could use the same means to inform students and parents about food irradiation.The bill passed the California Senate Aug 24 on a 21-16 vote and passed the Assembly the next day by 42-35, according to information on the California Legislature Web site.Viramontes said an override of the governor’s veto is highly unlikely, since no legislation has drawn the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto in California since 1980.Rather than try for an override now, Hancock will probably join with supporters of another nutrition-related bill that drew a Schwarzenegger veto this year in efforts to change his mind, Viramontes said. “We want to see the governor rethink these bills next year,” he said.As originally introduced last February, the Hancock bill would have barred the California Department of Education from receiving any irradiated ground beef from the USDA for distribution to schools. The original bill also would have required schools serving irradiated food to give parents information about alleged “potential adverse health consequences of irradiated foods” and to provide other menu choices. But those measures were dropped from the final bill.Irradiation of raw meat and poultry to destroy pathogenic bacteria was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997, and the USDA followed suit in 1999. Other foods for which irradiation is approved include fruits and vegetables, seeds, herbs and seasonings, eggs, and wheat. The process has been endorsed by numerous health and medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

first_imgJun 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Hundreds of domestic geese have died and thousands have been culled in an outbreak of H5N1 influenza in northwestern China, a Chinese official told the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today.Some 460 domestic geese died in Tacheng city of Xinjiang autonomous region, wrote Jia Youling, the director general of the agriculture ministry’s veterinary bureau in Beijing, who filed the report. He reported that a total of 1,042 geese fell ill and 13,457 were destroyed.The report marks the first known cases of H5N1 in poultry in China since July 2004, but it comes on the heels of an outbreak said to have killed more than 1,000 migratory birds of five different species. Those deaths occurred in another province, Qinghai, south and east of Tacheng.The migratory bird outbreak prompted widespread poultry vaccination and other security measures. Last week Chinese authorities were expressing confidence that there had been no cases among domestic poultry. Diagnostic tests positive for H5N1 came back from the domestic geese yesterday, the Chinese report said.Jia’s report said the source of infection in the new outbreak was under investigation, but under “mode of spread,” it said, “Migratory birds take the virus to geese.” The report also stated, “The index farm is a backyard farm.”Dead geese were found on an individual farm in Tacheng City, according to a report out of Hong Kong cited today by Agence France-Presse (AFP).”Mainland authorities also carried out vaccination immediately at all poultry farms in the nearby areas and the situation had now been brought under control,” said a statement that AFP attributed to Hong Kong authorities.Domestic geese have been a concern in the battle against H5N1 because of their ability to carry the virus without showing symptoms. Likewise, migratory waterfowl have generally been considered carriers of the virus.See also: Chinese report to OIE read more

first_imgOct 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A Salmonella outbreak associated with pot pies from ConAgra Foods has increased to 272 cases in 35 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday.At least 65 people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, but none have died, the CDC said in what it labeled its last update on the episode. The latest case count is close to double the 139 cases reported by the CDC in its first notice about the outbreak on Oct 9.Yesterday the CDC said at least 272 isolates collected from patients were identified as Salmonella serotype I4,[5],12:i:- and had matching genetic fingerprints. A CDC case-control study has linked salmonellosis cases with eating Banquet brand pot pies, and the outbreak strain has also been found in three pot pies bought by patients, the agency said.ConAgra first issued a consumer advisory about the outbreak on Oct 9 and followed up with a recall of all varieties of its pot pies on Oct 11, though cases had been linked only to chicken and turkey pies.The recall includes Banquet pot pies and those sold under the following labels: Albertson’s, Food Lion, Great Value, Hill Country Fare, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer, and Western Family. The 7-ounce pies bear the establishment number “P-9” or “Est. 1059” on the side of the package. The CDC said consumers should check their freezers and return or discard the products.Of the states affected by the outbreak, Washington has had the most cases with 27, according to the CDC. Wisconsin has had 24 cases, while California, Missouri, and Pennsylvania have had 18 each.See also: Oct 29 CDC update 12 CIDRAP News story “ConAgra recalls pot pies as Salmonella cases rise”last_img read more

first_imgJul 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today announced plans to launch several clinical trials of pandemic H1N1 vaccines in a race to gather safety and immunogenicity data in time for a possible fall resurgence of the novel virus. In some of the trials, volunteers will receive H1N1 and seasonal flu shots at the same time.In a news release, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said the trials will be conducted at its eight Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units at academic medical centers around the country. The vaccines for the trials are being made by CSL Biotherapies and Sanofi Pasteur.Federal health officials hope to make the first H1N1 vaccine doses available as early as possible in the fall, possibly October, leaving little time to test them. They are also concerned about the prospect of trying to vaccinate millions of people against H1N1 and seasonal flu at the same time or in a short time frame, though the seasonal vaccine is expected to be available sooner.”The trials are being conducted in a compressed time frame in a race against the possible autumn resurgence of 2009 H1N1 flu infections that may occur at the same time as seasonal influenza virus strains begin to circulate widely in the Northern Hemisphere,” the NIAID said.It said results from the trials are expected to be available “weeks after the trials begin.”The agency said one set of trials will assess the immune response to one or two 15-microgram (mcg) doses and one or two 30-mcg doses in healthy adults (aged 18 to 64) and elderly people (65 and older). The doses will be given 21 days apart. If early results indicate the vaccines are safe, similar trials in healthy children will be launched.Another set of trials will look at the safety and immune response in healthy adults and elderly people given the seasonal flu vaccine along with a 15-mcg dose of H1N1 vaccine. The latter vaccine will be given to different sets of volunteers before, after, or at the same time as the seasonal vaccine.A panel of outside experts will closely review the safety data from the trials “to spot any safety concerns in real time,” the NIAID said. The trial results will be used to develop recommendations for different age and risk groupsThe NIAID said it collaborated closely with the FDA and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency to launch the trials quickly while maintaining high standards.The institutions conducting the trials areBaylor College of Medicine, HoustonChildren’s Hospital Medical Center, CincinnatiEmory University, AtlantaGroup Health Cooperative, SeattleSaint Louis University, St. LouisUniversity of Iowa, Iowa CityUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine, BaltimoreVanderbilt University, NashvilleThe NIAID announcement came as the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee prepared to meet tomorrow to discuss H1N1 vaccine issues. A briefing document the FDA prepared for the meeting says that decisions about vaccine formulation and use may have to be based on limited or even no clinical trial data.Because surveillance data may indicate a need to start an H1N1 vaccination campaign before much testing is done, the document states, “We recognize that the regulatory approach needs to be flexible and that policy decisions regarding vaccine formulation and use may have to be based on results from incomplete or smaller clinical studies or even in the absence of clinical data with novel influenza A (H1N1) vaccine.”The document was prepared for the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC).See also: Jul 22 NIAID news release briefing document for VRBPAC meetinglast_img read more

first_imgSep 9, 2009Harvard survey finds business preparedness gapsOnly one third of businesses responding to a national survey said they could sustain operations if half their employees were absent for 2 weeks because of pandemic H1N1 flu, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reported today. Though 74% offer sick leave, only 35% of businesses allow paid leave for taking care of sick family members. The report’s lead author advised businesses to start making continuity and disease-prevention plans now. 9 Harvard School of Public Health press releaseAlabama reports rising school absence ratesAlabama’s school absence rates have doubled over the past few weeks, though officials aren’t able to determine how much of the rise is related to novel flu, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Dr Don Williamson, the state’s health officer, said emergency departments are reporting that 20% of patients have flu-like illnesses. He attributes the rise in pandemic flu cases to schools resuming and said the virus has been detected at most of Alabama’s colleges.WHO urges Southeast Asian countries to prepareA World Health Organization (WHO) official speaking to health ministers from 11 Southeast Asian nations today urged the region to prepare for another wave of pandemic flu cases as the northern hemisphere moves closer to its winter season, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The WHO told the group meeting in Kathmandu that although the virus has yet to take a big toll in Asia, hospitals should prepare for a surge of severe cases.Egypt orders 5 million vaccine dosesEgypt’s health ministry said in a Saudi News Agency report that the country has ordered 5 million doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine and expects to receive the first delivery in October, Dow Jones news reported yesterday. The story did not say what company was under contract to produce vaccine for Egypt. According to a Sep 5 update from the WHO’s eastern Mediterranean office, Egypt has confirmed 727 novel H1N1 cases, including 1 death.last_img read more

first_imgThe hotel group Arena Hospitality has signed an agreement with Zagrebačka banka on a loan of EUR 64 million and an accompanying mortgage agreement, which will refinance all existing loans with that bank, as well as three loans from the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR). Thursday from that group, writes Poslovni dnevnik.Arena Hospitality Group previously announced that in the first nine months of this year they generated HRK 643 million in total revenues or almost 52 percent more than in the same period last year, while EBITDA amounted to HRK 240,8 million or 43,2 percent more than in the same period last year. . “Refinancing of loans will be on equal and more favorable terms, and the transaction is the result of successful operations of Arena Hospitality Group, orderly fulfillment of obligations to the lender and it is a continuation of many years of excellent cooperation with the lender”, They point out in the announcement from the Arena.They attributed such results to a record tourist year in Croatia and the growth of business in Germany and Hungary, where they have hotels they manage, with the group’s total revenue in Croatia in the first nine months of this year rising 10,3 percent to 467,8 million kuna, while operations in Germany and Hungary showed an increase in revenue of 29,1 percent, to HRK 167,8 million.ARENA’S PUBLIC OFFER OF SHARES IS THE FIRST PUBLIC OFFER OF THE CROATIAN HOTEL COMPANY AND THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF FUNDS OF A CROATIAN COMPANY AFTER 2007.Arena Hospitality Group dd (former Pula Arenaturist) has successfully completed the first IPO in tourism, ie completed the process of public offering of its shares.The majority owner of the Arena is PPHE Hotel Group Limited, and the Arena Hospitality Group was formed in 2008 by merging through several transactions and management contracts of the Pula hotel company Arenaturist with Park Plaza in Europe or PPHE Hotel Group, after which Arenaturist shares were transferred from regular in the official market of the Zagreb Stock Exchange with the aim of greater transparency and strengthening the company’s profile among investors, and in March this year the General Assembly approved the change of the company’s name to Arena Hospitality Group.Shortly afterwards, at the end of April this year, arranged by Zagrebačka banka and Interkapital, they published a prospectus of the issue with a public offering of up to two million new shares, and in their announcements they pointed out that they expected 80 to 100 million euros. In mid-May, at the presentation of the public offer, they announced that they plan to add money from the loan, which would be a total of 200 to 250 million euros, as well as that they plan to invest about 100 million euros in Croatia or in improving facilities, services. online sales channels, human resources and more at Arenaturist.Source: Business diaryRelated news:ARENATURIST CHANGES NAME TO ARENA HOSPITALITY GROUPARENATURIST POSITIONED AS A LEADER IN THE APPLICATION OF NEW AND MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES IN TOURISMARENATURIST OPENS GOLF COURSE ON VERUDELA&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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first_imgThe award ceremony “Marco Polo – famous travel writer” for the best journalistic tourist stories, which is presented for the seventh time, was held in the packed Great Hall of the Journalists’ House organized by FIJET Croatia (International Federation of Tourist Journalists) and the Association of Tourist Journalists HND.The first award “Marco Polo – travel writer of the year” was equally shared by Ivo Pervan for the photographic travelogue “Divota Biokova through the eye of the camera” and Miro Brankovic for the HRT TV series “In search of Marco Polo”, while among foreign journalists awarded the Spanish Maria del Mar Aguilo for the report “Moscow – Symphony of Colors”, published in the online magazine for tourism and gastronomy Coloralia.Receiving recognition for a photographic travelogue about the beauties and peculiarities of Biokovo, Pervan pointed out that the award belongs not only to him, but to a large number of people who work in photography in Croatia. “I have been all over the world and I can say that we live in one of the most beautiful countries, but also that it is nowhere harder to do photography than in Croatia. But, well, we won’t spread it further. ” He said Pervan called on journalists to write critically about the people who run Croatian tourism, because that is the only way it can progress, recalling the XNUMXs when the preconditions were created for today’s high numbers achieved by this segment of the economy.Davor Rostuhar won the second prize for outstanding contribution to the affirmation of travelogues and tourist journalism, and Tomislav Šikić, Slobodan Bukvić and Andrea Pisac Freškura won the third prize, while Paul Bradbury received the award for the best report on Zagreb on Advent 2016. Anita Žuvela Hitrec received a special award from FIJET for the exceptional use of media communication technologies in the promotion of Croatian tourism, and special awards were given to HRT’s show “Lijepom našom” and its editor Branko Uvodić, “Tourist Patrol” section of Večernji list, Dagmar Meneghello for his contribution to the affirmation of Croatian cultural tourism, as well as Eduard Kišić from HRT on the occasion of his retirement, the mentioned president of FIJET Tijani Haddad and posthumously Frane Erceg.Our award is intended to encourage local journalists to travel, stories about Croatian regions, people, customs and traditions, which will be an incentive for tourism professionals for new content, tourist offer or motive for tourists, or media promotion of new tourist products and content point out from FIJET “At the same time, we want to encourage journalists to focus more on getting to know their country, especially small undiscovered interesting destinations, affirming their own values. Croatia is a small country with many peculiarities, and among the few in the world that has so much diversity in such a small area. this award, named after the world’s first travel writer Marco Polo, in addition to popularizing the specific form of journalism, contribute to new generations of tourist journalists with their journalistic contributions give their authorial contribution to the basic idea of ​​establishing the award – affirmation of what we can offer to the world.”Pointed out Tina Eterović Čubrilo, president of FIJET HR and vice president of FIJET and added that in this way they want to affirm this specific form of journalism, develop tourism through interesting stories, myths, legends about certain tourist destinations that will attract tourists. I would like to congratulate the portal on all nominated and awarded fellow journalists.Source: HND HND President Saša Leković warned that the role of journalists is still crucial, regardless of technological progress, praising FIJET, which rewards reportage as a form of journalism that has almost disappeared in Croatia, while Karin Mimica, president of the HND Tourist Journalists’ Association, thanked colleagues who with their texts allow us to experience those places we have never been.Awarded MARKO POLO – famous travel writercenter_img At the suggestion of FIJET, the award to foreign journalists, selected on the basis of published reports on Russia, is givenMARIA DEL MAR AGUILO BRERASpanish journalist zFor a report published in the digital magazine for tourism and gastronomy CLORALIA”MOSCOW SYMPHONY OF COLORS”The first MARKO POLO award for domestic travelogues is shared equallyIvo PERVAN and Miro BRANKOVIĆIVO PERVANFOR THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHIC TRAVEL BOOKRepeatedly exhibited and publishedMIRO BRANKOVIĆFOR A TRAVEL TV SERIES IN SEARCH OF MARK POLII. REWARDDAVOR ROSTUHARfor outstanding contribution to the affirmation of travelogues and tourism journalism awardedIII. REWARDshare equallyTomislav ŠIKIĆ, Slobodan BUKVIĆ, ANDREA WRITER FREŠKURAfor his contribution to the affirmation of travelogues and tourist journalismSPECIAL RECOGNITION OF FIJETAANITA ŽUVELA HITRECFor exceptional use of media communication technologies in the promotion of Croatian tourismAward for the best report about ZagrebPAUL BRADBURYfor the best report on Zagreb’s Advent 2016SPECIAL AWARDSThe HRT show BEAUTIFUL OUROne of the most watched television shows that promotes the tradition and heritage of CroatiaTOURIST PATROL OF VECERNJI LISTFor his long-term contribution to the popularization and affirmation of tourist journalism, and the promotion of Croatian tourismBranko UVODIĆ, Long-time editor of the show Lijepa naša to promote the tradition and heritage of CroatiaDAGMAR MENGHELLOFor his contribution to the affirmation of Croatian cultural tourismSPECIAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONSEDUARD KIŠIĆ, HRTOn the occasion of retirement for an exceptional contribution to the media promotion of FIJETTIJANI HADDADExtraordinary contribution to the development and promotion of activities and media projects Fijet CroatiaPOST-DEATHFRANI ERCEGUFOR A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE AFFIRMATION OF TOURIST JOURNALISM AND FIJET ACTIVITIESlast_img read more

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Požega presented a new visual identity and slogan, ie complete branding and a new creative strategy for the promotion of Požega as a tourist destination.This is the first project of such scope in Slavonia with regard to the scope of complete branding through strategically oriented creative solutions within the creative strategy and a set of principles in design and writing applicable to all future tourist materials of the city, but also the application of strategy to logos and slogans of all city events.One of the first examples of the application of creative strategy could be seen in the logo, slogan and posters of this year’s celebration of St. Gregory – City Day. Although the visual identity and slogan of Požega have been defined, throughout 2018 we will systematically apply the strategy to the logos and slogans of all major city events, says Silivja Podoljak, director of Požega Tourist Board and adds to ensure universality and applicability to the project on all occasions and with all associates. , the first Manual of basic graphic standards of visual identity of Požega as a tourist destination was created.”I must say that I am, indeed, very proud of the whole project that we have presented these days. We know that on the continent, and especially in Slavonia, it is extremely difficult to do branding in tourist boards while we could work financially on some less budget projects. However, with the help of the City of Požega and excellent experts from the Candypepper Studio, we still managed to lay a clear foundation for all tourist entities in our destination. My theory is that tourist boards are there precisely because they set up tourist infrastructure and certain frameworks for all other entities in the destination. We did that with this project and as far as I can see, the whole concept was extremely well accepted. My ideas are often ahead of my time, but I am deeply convinced that this time is right because it includes not only the roof logo and slogan, but also all the city events that we will cover over the next year. ” Podoljak points out and adds that the job is still waiting for them because all of the above needs to be harmonized, adjusted and incorporated into all promotions, tourist entities and our stories.POŽEGA HILLS & VALLEYSPožega is presented in the logo and in the slogan through three simple elements. Its hills, its valleys and the typographic mark “&”, which is the most common component of European languages, and connects all the contents that Požega offers, all its diverse and unique faces. All moods, emotions and experiences. All our values ​​and customs.The branding solution contains the basics of communication strategy and media appearances and design proposals for a range of materials, from printed ads and billboards to book covers and brochures, sets of office supplies and numerous promotional items, and the creative solution is the work of local creative duo from Candypepper studio from Pleternica.Today, Požega offers a modern tourist offer with a focus on three main categories of services:active vacation unique in the regiongastronomic offer to the taste of the new generationa vibrant and rich contemporary cultureThe idea that connects them all: Hills & Valleys, a new slogan.New branding communicates:unique views of Požegarichness & diversity of history, people, customsall three key aspects of Požega as a tourist destinationThe city of Požega invests a lot in cycling and walking routes, and cycling is one of the priorities in the development of tourism with constantly new investments in infrastructure and promotion. What makes an active vacation in Požega special is the unique combination of the Slavonian plain and the mountains that surround the city, with the proximity of the Papučki massif and the Nature Park, Podoljak points out and adds ” With esteemed wines grown in almost ideal geographical conditions, the city has been gripped by a real gastro-revolution in the last decade. In Požega, the concept of the Museum in a Pot was created, which spread throughout Slavonia, and its goal is to preserve and once again offer visitors forgotten Slavonian delicacies. Požega’s “gastro revolution” would not be the same without its beers. And as something sweet for the end, we must not forget that Požega is still a city of chocolate, where there will be no shortage of new creations for lovers of this delicious dessert. Požega is a small town that offers the facilities of a larger city. A traditional place that is increasingly modernized. The present that has retained the best of the past: a broad Slavonian soul, hospitality and the art of living according to man. Slowly, relaxed, Slavonian nski Podoljak concludes.last_img read more

first_imgMore about the new study attached. Source: / Photo: In the academic year 2019/2020 The University of Split is starting to conduct an undergraduate university study of Hospitality and Gastronomy in Makarska, which is thus becoming a university city. After completing this study, students, given the share of theory in the overall program, can continue their studies at the graduate study of Hospitality and Gastronomy, which will meanwhile be initiated by the University of Split or another related study of this or another university. Upon completion of graduate studies, students have a great opportunity to try in the future in various managerial positions in the hospitality industry, hotel industry and the public sector, which is closely related to these activities. “It is very important for us to have good staff in tourism, that young people do not emigrate to us, but that they can have their bread and income here immediately. Thirty students will be enrolled this year and we can’t wait for them to graduate and find a job in the profession. ” pointed out Hloverka Novak-Srzić, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Makarska. Photo: Hotel Makarska “Makarska is becoming a student city this year, which it deserves considering the place it has in the Split-Dalmatia County as the pearl of tourism of the entire country. This year, 30 students will enroll, and the next 60. Today’s trends in tourism are known, not only in our country, but also in the world, and the fact that there is a lack of quality people who would provide services to tourists and raise the destination a step higher. Without people in catering and tourism there is nothing. This study will educate people in gastronomy and hospitality and will mean a lot for the city as a destination, as well as for all those who live from tourism. Its importance is invaluable. ” points out Deputy Mayor Dražen Nemčić. Side dish: University of Split / Study Hotel and gastronomy The study will be conducted as a full-time study, will last six semesters, and practical classes will be conducted in successful hotel and catering companies. The holder of the study is the University of Split, and it is performed in Makarska, reports Vecernji listlast_img read more