first_imgApproaching every one of those clients gives you support traffic for your website, especially for the new content you upload. At the point when you post another blog or update your website page, it can require a long time to get visitors with Google. That hints that not many clients will realize the new content is there on your website until whenever they’re looking for your product or services.Posting about it on social media gives tells your audience as well as potential visitors to know when your new website content is here and how to navigate to your website.What’s more, in light of the fact that those posts will fundamentally appear in the feeds of your followers and individuals loyal on your product, that traffic is regularly very focused on. It won’t simply increase your traffic numbers — it will tell you what sort of visitors you need to draw in.- Advertisement – In times like today, not having a social media presence can be harmful for your brand awareness. From building your brand loyalty to getting more sales, social media can do a lot for building your brand’s presence on the web. This blog highlights some of the main reasons why social media tools are important for your marketing campaigns.A research found out that 90% of all marketers say social media marketing has increased their business exposure. And 66% of marketers that spend at least 6 hours on social per week have seen more leads and hence more sales. No matter what you sell and who you sell it to, using social media as a marketing tool can help you grow your brand and generate more leads. But it’s also not limited to that! In times like these, not having an active social media presence is like wanting your business to stay behind in the market. If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s that having a social media is anything but not good for your business if you know what to post, how to post, as well as when to post. Here are some of the most compelling reasons why social media tools are extremely necessary and important for your campaign and brand:Social media brings in targeted trafficA recent study found that 68% of American who are adults have Facebook. Among 18 to 24-year-olds, 78% use Instagram and 45% are on Twitter. Indeed, even among Americans 65 and more years older, 37% are social media users. So, along these lines, whatever your business industry, section or audience, a generous bit of your audience and leads are on social media.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Madhurima Nag is the Head of Social Media at Gadget Flow. She side-hustles as a digital marketing lecturer/speaker and loves to voice her opinion on marketing, crowdfunding and gadgets (of course!) in general. center_img The traffic advantages of social media advertising can be very beneficial.Power of social media tools in marketing campaignsPower of social media tools in marketing campaignsIt helps your website SEO.Search engine crawlers realize which pages are reliably procuring traffic and which are simply skimming out there, overlooked and disregarded. In spite of the fact that your awesome content creating technique is the most significant factor in your SEO search rankings, directing people from social media to your optimized content will make them climb the search list a lot quicker.- Advertisement – A ton of times, this can be as basic as re-sharing evergreen content. Obviously, also sharing your new content when it goes live. You can upload about your website content updates in addition to redirecting your social audience on your website. With Facebook’s schedule tool or different scheduling apps for Twitter, Instagram, etc. you can set the posts of a whole month at the same time and you’re finished.It helps you to understand your audience.Part of what makes your social media like Twitter and Instagram compelling marketing tools is the connection you have with your audiences. By noticing their tweets as well as posts, you’ll gain bits of knowledge into their every day lives and buyer practices, and hence can answer questions like –What items they are purchasing and why?What leisure activities do they love?What sorts of posts do they love to share?What sites do they visit? Etc.These bits of knowledge have obvious marketing benefits. At the point when you understand your audience, you can compose better content and all the more convincing posts, which beings in more traffic. However, the advantages can once in a while go a long ways past marketing, helping you recognize client problem areas, improve sales transformation and even refine your product strategy.Social media marketing toolsSocial media marketing toolsIt helps to connect with your audienceConsumers see Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as social media, not promoting sites. They would prefer not to be pitched to — they want legitimate connection. You help your audience by responding to their enquiries, engaging and advising them with related content and also shaping bonds over shared interests.If you do follow social media marketing best practices, you’ll get a huge load of exposure. That exposure then gets new leads. After some time, those leads then become followers, followers become consumers and consumers become committed brand supporters, proceeding with the cycle. And after some time, you’ll become more than a brand — you’ll turn into a part of a community.But for that to happen, you need to remain active on your social media, fast client response time isn’t an option any longer. In an event that there’s an issue with your product or services, your clients expect that you should comprehend it immediately. But just a few businesses are meeting those desires.A study found that clients want reactions from social media business under four hours, yet the normal reaction time is 10 hours. This isn’t only a minor thing for your clients — it directly influences your profits because a Twitter study demonstrated that clients are happy to pay nearly $20 more for future tickets if aircrafts react to their tweets inside 6 minutes.Also, this isn’t it either. Study after study has demonstrated that buyers reward organizations that react to consumer complaints effectively. A strong and engaging social media presence will assist you with keeping consumers happy, and keep your brand image positive.Social media ads focus on targeting and re-targeting.Since social media platforms offer profoundly targeted promotions, which can be tweaked around your clients’ needs it’s essential to use it to your benefit. Facebook promotions, for instance, can target clients by factors like age, area, instruction level, industry and even client conduct — for example the pages a client has liked. Using an ads management tool will further broaden the insights into your advertisement campaigns. Interfacing your ads to a CRM will permit you to see precisely which advertisements are transforming leads into consumers.You can likewise introduce a Facebook pixel on your site to follow how your promotions influence client conduct, and re-target your advertisements in that manner. After some time, Facebook will realize which clients are bound to click your ad or purchase an item, showing your ads to the individuals who has a strong possibility to change over into a leads and hence increasing sales.It builds brand loyalty.A university report found that brands with good social media presence have more faithful consumers. It’s simple: when you’re drawing in people on social media, you’re building bonds and understanding. You’re setting aside the effort to give your followers valuable data, help and amusement, without asking for anything back.That shows clients you respect them, as a source of income, but also as individuals. Clients will start to think of you to be a person that thinks about them, and has qualities, character and vision. Also, in a cutthroat market, that can have a huge effect.Finding powerful client and subsequently getting more sales.Social media advertising lets you look out for clients searching for data related with your item — even if they aren’t aware with your organization. A study found that 70% of business-to-consumer advertisers have obtained clients through Facebook. Also, 84% of CEOs as well as VPs state they use social media to help create buying choices.Of course, when you remain in front of your client base, they’re bound to buy from you when they need the items you sell, yet social media advertising does more than increase brand presence. You can impact client buying choices at various points along the business funnel, from enhancing the reach of white papers and websites focusing top of the funnel, to responding to client questions and tackling pain points, to boosting buyers with coupon codes. We even believe it’s vital for real estate agents to jump on social media — and remain active!Conclusion.No promoting tool or procedure plays a greater part in affecting your brand view than social media. Hence, keeping your social media up to date with your company details and updates, new products and services available and what’s coming for consumers in the near future is important. Routinely engaging with followers, writers, idea and taste-creators can build your profile, improve your public picture and give your brand the sales it ought to have plus much more.So here were the 7 reasons why social media marketing tools are extremely necessary as well as important for your campaign. These tools can enhance your brand by a great deal. We hope this helped you!If you have know any other reasons why they are important, do let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

first_img2. Growing up, my family’s political connections didn’t extend to the local school board — I was the first senator I ever knew.3. One of my favorite jobs was working at a public pool in Wilmington, Delaware.4. I was elected to the Senate at age 29, but turned the constitutionally required age of 30 before being sworn in.- Advertisement – 5. I love baseball and football, and was one of the leading scorers on our undefeated football team during my senior year.6. If I had a different career — and the talent — I’d have been an architect.7. I love Corvettes and still own a 1967 Corvette that my dad financed for me as a wedding gift.- Advertisement – President-elect of the United States Joe Biden, the inaugural recipient of the Joyful Heart Foundation’s Finnegan Award in 2016 for his commitment to ending domestic violence, shared 25 interesting things about himself with Us Weekly.1. I had a debilitating stutter as a kid that I overcame by reading and reciting Irish poems.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – 8. One of my biggest accomplishments in the Senate was writing and passing the Violence Against Women Act.9. Some of my closest friends from the Senate have been Republicans — folks like Bob Dole and John McCain.Joe Biden John McCainJohannes Simon/Getty Images10. As the chairman or lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, I’ve overseen more Supreme Court nominations than any other living person.11. My biggest vice is chocolate chip ice cream, no mint.12. My wife, Jill [64], is a Philly girl and a die-hard Flyers fan.13. Jill and I have a German shepherd, Champ.14. I wear small rosary beads around my wrist, the ones my son Beau wore the day he passed.15. I’ve had a rule since the Senate: I will interrupt any meeting, even with the president, if my children or grandchildren call.16. I’ve been focused on foreign policy my whole career, and have flown more than 1.1 million miles on Air Force 2 since becoming VP.17. I not only serve with the president, but we are close personal friends — as are our families. His children and my grandchildren are best friends.18. I always have Ray-Ban aviators, which I’ve been wearing since I was a lifeguard in the ’60s, on me.Joe BidenKAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Image19. I like working out and try to do it regularly.20. My younger sister, Valerie, has managed all of my campaigns.21. My father said we must stand up to the worst sin: abuse of power. This has been the guiding principle of my career.22. I love meeting children when I’m on the road. It brightens my day!23. My favorite drink is orange Gatorade.24. My favorite meal is pasta.25. My biggest accomplishment is my family. Jill has taught community college full-time while serving as second lady. My daughter Ashley [34] has a master’s of social work and heads the largest criminal-justice nonprofit in Delaware. My son Hunter [46] is a lawyer and runs World Food Program USA. And my son Beau was attorney general of Delaware and a decorated war veteran.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

first_imgKick off 7:45pm The FA said in a statement: “We are pleased to confirm that following discussions with the relevant authorities next Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League fixture against Iceland will go ahead at Wembley Stadium.”The Department for Transport said in a statement: “The government has also announced a limited exemption for a small number of Danish and Icelandic national football players to travel from the UK to Copenhagen and back, without the need to self-isolate, to take part in upcoming international football fixtures. England will be allowed to play the UEFA Nations League match against Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday.The national stadium will host England’s final Group A2 game after the UK Government gave the Iceland squad “elite athlete exemption” to fulfil the fixture.- Advertisement – Entry from Denmark is currently banned for non-British residents after a new strain of coronavirus – thought to have originated in mink farms – was found in the country.The FA had lobbied the Government for “elite athlete exemption” on Iceland’s behalf, which will allow them to enter the UK under strict rules.Albania was another option put forward by UEFA, but the FA has confirmed the national stadium in London can now host the match.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – “This temporary and extremely limited exemption will allow the relevant players and essential staff support to be exempt from the new requirements and will help reduce any disruption for England’s upcoming Nations League fixtures.”- Advertisement – Wednesday 18th November 7:00pmlast_img read more

first_img“It hurts to announce that at this moment, we have mutually decided to separate,” the former reality stars wrote in their joint February statement. “Never did we imagine this scenario, but we’ve come to a point where we both need to work on ourselves. We are best friends that love and care for each other so deeply. We’ve appreciated everyone’s love and support so far throughout our journey and we just ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate through this.”Chris Randone Jokes About Divorce From Krystal Nielson After Her Pregnancy AnnouncementChris Randone and Krystal Nielson Broadimage/ShutterstockNielson filed for divorce in August, and she became Instagram official with her boyfriend, Miles Bowles, the following month. The Montana native announced in a Wednesday, November 11, YouTube video that she is pregnant with their first child.- Advertisement – Poking fun. Chris Randone responded to his ex-wife Krystal Nielson’s pregnancy news on Thursday, November 12.When fellow Bachelorette alum Dylan Barbour tweeted, “Y’all getting a house is insanely difficult lol,” Randone, 32, replied, “Try a divorce.”- Advertisement – “Awwww!! Omg we are BURSTING with joy to finally share this wonderful news!!,” the Bachelor alum went on to caption her Instagram baby bump debut alongside Bowles and her dogs. “I can’t believe it. I’m going be a MOMMY!!! Thank you all for being a part of my journey. Miles, Wayne, Chucky and I cannot WAIT to share this new chapter with you!!”Before she and Randone split, the former couple exclusively talked to Us Weekly about their future family plans. “She let it be known that she’s off birth control, and I didn’t know that,” the Dominant Sales Training founder said in August 2019.Nielson chimed in at the time: “We’re going to spend the rest of the year just detoxing, putting good stuff in our body. We want to start trying for a family at the beginning of the year. So we’re just using the rest of the year to get situated get our new home [and] take our honeymoon.”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Barbour, 26, responded with muscle emojis, while another Twitter user added, “Omg this is the best response ever. Try getting a divorce and your ex-wife gets knocked up by her new boyfriend.”Randone replied to the tweet with a GIF of an athlete sitting on the sidelines of a game, shaking their head and shrugging while watching.The Florida native met and fell in love with Nielson, 33, on season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise. The exes got engaged on the ABC show and tied the knot in June 2019. They were married for eight months before calling it quits.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“Some US and Western elites are indeed behind the times in their way of thinking — they think of China as an ‘expansionist empire’ and see all China’s expanded cooperation with whichever country or region as part of its ‘expansion strategy.’ In fact, they have really misread China, the times as well as the world,” it added. China’s Premier Li Keqiang (center) looks on as Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan (right) signs the massive trade agreement, as seen on a TV monitor, during the ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit that was held online on Nov. 15, 2020.Nhac Nguyen | AFP | Getty Images Ideas such as so-called “decoupling” with China are nonsense, and the RCEP illustrates that nations who pursue such are likely to end up on the outside of the world’s economic gravity. The signing of the world’s largest trade deal proves that China is not the “expansionist empire” that the U.S. and some Western countries have made it out to be, said Chinese state-backed tabloid Global Times.Instead, the mega pact — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP — showed that China can work with other countries “in an effective and mutually beneficial way,” the tabloid said on Sunday.“This is the fundamental way for China’s development. China has been seeking a win-win and all-win mode from the very beginning and, like rolling snowballs, has accumulated a large number of common interests around the world,” said the Global Times in an opinion piece posted on its website.- Advertisement – Similarly, CGTN — the international arm of state-controlled broadcaster CCTV — said China defied the portrayal of “Western media” by showing that Beijing’s approach to the region is not “aggression,” but “well contemplated diplomacy.”Chinese state media often act as a mouthpiece for the Chinese government.“In addition, what the West should understand is that China is integral and core to the regional and global economy, and that this trade pact is an affirmation of that,” CGTN said in an opinion piece published Sunday on its website.“Ideas such as so-called ‘decoupling’ with China are nonsense, and the RCEP illustrates that nations who pursue such are likely to end up on the outside of the world’s economic gravity,” it added, making a reference to the U.S. and Chinese economies splitting due to their trade and tech conflict. RCEP, which covers nearly one-third of the global economy and the world’s population, was signed by China and 14 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday. The other 14 participating economies are the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.- Advertisement – CGTN highlighted other trade agreements that Beijing has negotiated since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. Under Trump, the U.S. slapped punitive tariffs on several of its major trading partners, including China, Canada and the European Union.In contrast to the U.S., China clinched new agreements with Cambodia as well as the Eurasian Economic Union comprising Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, said the broadcaster. China also upgraded existing trade deals with New Zealand and Singapore, it said in defense of Beijing.Those deals would “diminish American attempts to decouple China from the global economy,” it said.“China has in effect responded to the American challenge, not through confrontation as the media sensationalize it to be, but through deepening its integration with others and staking out its trade future,” said CGTN.“The RCEP includes multiple U.S. allies; their agreement to the deal is an affirmation that China will remain an intrinsic economic partner for them and that the region will ultimately work and cooperate together,” the state-owned broadcaster said. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img The contracts will launch the Atopic Dermatitis and Vaccinia Network (ADVN), consisting of two groups of medical institutions and one private research firm, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The Animal Studies Consortium will establish animal models of atopic dermatitis and study their immune responses to vaccinia and other skin viruses. Institutions and principal investigators in the Animal Studies Consortium include “Previous studies suggest that both innate and adaptive immunity are impaired in patients with atopic dermatitis, but the specific defects that increase the likelihood of eczema vaccinatum have yet to be explained,” said Daniel Rotrosen, MD, director of the NIAID’s Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation, in the news release. The research is expected to generate information that will “greatly influence the design of a safer smallpox vaccine.” May 20, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – An arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $40 million worth of contracts for research to reduce the risk of eczema vaccinatum (EV), a rare but severe complication of smallpox vaccination. EV, which can be fatal, occurs almost exclusively in people who have a history of atopic dermatitis, the chronic skin condition also called eczema. EV can occur when eczema patients are exposed to vaccinia virus by receiving a smallpox shot or coming in contact with someone who has recently had the shot. Children’s Hospital Boston; Raif Geha, MD, and Hans Oettgen, MD, PhD CDC fact sheet on adverse reactions to smallpox vaccinehttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/vaccination/reactions-vacc-clinic.asp May 19 NIAID news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2004/Pages/advn.aspx The Statistical and Data Coordinating Center will support the clinical and animal studies by analyzing research data, coordinating trials and regulatory activities, and developing a registry of atopic dermatitis patients, the NIAID reported. The center will be operated by Rho Federal Systems Inc. in Chapel Hill, N.C., with Susan Lieff, PhD, as the principal investigator. Current estimates are that about 3% to 5% of the general population have eczema, according to Bocek. Historically, 10 to 39 cases of EV occurred per million people receiving their first smallpox shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NIAID statement said eczema vaccinatum can be fatal in 1% to 6% of cases, and the death rate may range up to 30% in children under 2 years old. Current safety summary of US military smallpox vaccination programhttp://www.smallpox.mil/event/SPSafetySum.asp Bocek said the research contracts were awarded through a competitive process in which groups of institutions submitted proposals, which were evaluated by NIAID committees. University of Bonn, Germany; Thomas Bieber, MD, PhD Harvard Skin Disease Research Center, Boston; Thomas Kupper, MD, and Robert Fuhlbridge, MD The primary aim of the research program is to provide information that will help in the design of a safer smallpox vaccine, the NIAID said in a news release yesterday. National Jewish Medical and Research Center; Donald Leung, MD, PhD, and Erwin Gelfand, MD The clinical studies group will investigate why people with eczema are susceptible to EV by studying their immune responses after natural exposure to less harmful skin viruses such as herpes simplex, the NIAID said. The institutions and principal investigators in the Clinical Studies Consortium are Children’s Hospital Boston; Lynda Schneider, MD See also: Oregon Health and Science University, Portland; Jon Hanifin, MD The NIAID said the research network will consist of a Clinical Studies Consortium, an Animal Studies Consortium, and data coordinating center. The contracts cover a 5-year period, according to Petr Bocek, a medical officer in the NIAID Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation. Bocek told CIDRAP News the funding includes about $20 million for the clinical studies group, about $11 million for animal studies, and about $10 million for data coordination. In the US military smallpox vaccination program, no cases of EV have occurred among the more than 623,000 people vaccinated since December 2002, according to the latest Department of Defense safety report. The CDC reported no EV cases among the 39,213 civilian healthcare workers who received smallpox shots in 2003. Bocek noted that the criteria for excluding people from smallpox vaccination are much stricter today than in the past. Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, Baltimore; Lisa Beck, MD University of Illinois at Chicago; Lawrence Chan, MD La Jolla (Calif.) Institute for Allergy and Immunology; Toshiaki Kawakami, MD, PhD National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver; Donald Leung, MD, PhD University of California at San Diego; Richard Gallo, MD, PhDlast_img read more

first_imgDec 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Authorities from Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Egypt reported that the H5N1 avian influenza virus has struck poultry again, according to new reports.Kao Phal, an agriculture ministry official in Cambodia, said the virus was detected in poultry in a village in Kandal province, where a 19-year-old man got sick after handling a dead chicken, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. The outbreak is Cambodia’s first since April 2007, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The man’s illness was reported last week.The ministry said three ducks and one chicken tested positive for the H5N1 virus and that veterinarians have culled about 320 birds to stop the spread of the disease.Ly Sovann, an avian flu expert with Cambodia’s health ministry, told the AP that the man is recovering but remains hospitalized.Meanwhile, livestock officials in Bangladesh reported yesterday that the H5N1 virus struck two commercial poultry farms, one in Rajshahi district, in the northwestern part of the country near the border with India, and one about 30 miles northeast of Dhaka, the capital, according to a report from the OIE. The country’s last outbreak occurred in late September, striking a different poultry farm in Rajshahi.Veterinary workers culled 3,781 birds at the two farms to contain the outbreak.Elsewhere, animal health authorities in Egypt reported on Nov 27 that they had detected the virus in chickens in Minya governorate in central Egypt, according to a report that appeared today on the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) Web site. SAIDR is a Johns Hopkins University project designed to help Egypt coordinate avian flu efforts with its international partners.The outbreak involved 15 backyard birds in a village in Minya’s Beni Mazar district, according to the SAIDR report. The birds had been vaccinated in August.Though the H5N1 virus is endemic in Egypt, the country’s last reported outbreak occurred in mid-June among backyard birds in Luxor governorate, according to the OIE. The country’s most recent human case, in a 16-year-old girl whose death was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Dec 16, was in Asyut governorate, about 50 miles south of Minya.According to an incident report on the SAIDR Web site detailing the veterinary investigation that followed the girl’s death, several birds near her home had been sick or died before she got sick. Neighbors had discarded the dead birds in a nearby drainage ditch. The girl’s family said they had recently bought and eaten two ducks. After one of the ducks died, the family quickly slaughtered the second one.In other developments, animal health officials in India today said they sealed part of its border with Bangladesh to help control the spread of the H5N1 virus, according to a Reuters report. Anisur Rahman, animal resource minister of West Bengal state, told Reuters the border closure affects the crossing between Malda district, where authorities have culled about 10,000 birds following recent outbreaks, and Bangladesh.He said the virus could have been spread by chickens and ducks smuggled from Bangladesh, Reuters reported.India is also battling outbreaks in Assam state.Meanwhile, an official from Indonesia’s agriculture ministry told the Jakarta Post yesterday that the government plans intensive measures against avian flu for the next 3 years hopes to stamp it out by 2014, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday.Tjeppy D. Soedjana, the ministry’s director general for animal husbandry, told the Post, “If all goes well, the nation will be free of the highly pathogenic bird flu virus by 2014.”According to Xinhua, he said the ministry has stopped the spread of the virus in only two of its 33 provinces: Gorontalo, in North Sulawesi, and North Maluku..Agriculture ministry records show that 294 regencies in 31 provinces have had avian flu outbreaks so far this year, which is up from 158 regencies and 25 provinces hit by outbreaks last year, according to the Xinhua report.In other avian flu news, officials in Germany on Dec 12 reported an outbreak of a low-pathogenic H5N3 virus at a commercial turkey farm in Cloppenburg, in the northwestern part of the country, according to an OIE report. The virus sickened 45 birds, and 8,400 others were culled to control the outbreak.Authorities did not identify the source of the virus. In October an H5N3 virus was detected at a zoo and another site in Leipzig in eastern Germany, according to OIE reports.See also:Dec 17 OIE report on Bangladesh outbreakDec 12 OIE report on Germany’s low-path outbreaklast_img read more

first_imgAug 19, 2009New York state requires health workers to get flu immunizationsThe New York State Department of Health has adopted an emergency rule requiring healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients to be vaccinated against seasonal and novel H1N1 influenza, the New York Times reported yesterday. The rule affects hospitals, home health agencies, and hospices but not nursing homes. The state’s largest healthcare union protested the rule, saying the policy could become punitive for workers who shun vaccination for religious or cultural reasons.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/health/policy/19swine.htmlAug 18 New York Times storyH1N1 vaccine orders in northern hemisphere top 1 billion dosesA World Health Organization (WHO) official said yesterday that northern hemisphere countries have ordered more than 1 billion doses of H1N1 vaccines, Agence France-Presse reported. The WHO’s Melinda Henry said a few countries, such as Greece, Canada, and Israel, have ordered enough doses to cover their whole populations, while others, including the United States, have ordered less.http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gdBOZC-UGXAiFXfH-TLW4JcEV_zAAug 18 AFP storyAustralian government expects first H1N1 vaccine doses next weekThe Australian government expects to receive its first 2 million doses of H1N1 vaccine by the end of next week, the Adelaide Advertiser reported today. Pregnant women, health workers, and chronically ill people will be first in line for the vaccine. It is expected that immunizations could begin Sep 7, pending approval from national health authorities. They are awaiting safety data from the vaccine manufacturer, CSL, which is also making vaccine for the US government.NIAID to launch trials of H1N1 vaccine in childrenFollowing approval from a safety monitoring panel, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said it would launch two trials of novel H1N1 vaccines in children. Plans for the trials were announced in July. The safety committee reviewed data from two adult trials that started Aug 7 and found no problems that would preclude the tests in children. One trial will test two different doses of an H1N1 vaccine, and the other will involve giving an H1N1 vaccine with seasonal flu vaccine.http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/Pages/H1N1pedvax.aspxAug 18 NIAID announcementBritish agency says Tamiflu plus warfarin may increase stroke riskBritain’s Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is concerned that oseltamivir (Tamiflu) may interact with the anticoagulant warfarin to increase the risk of uncontrolled bleeding and stroke, according to a report by the Daily Mail newspaper. The agency has advised health professionals to be alert for such cases. The story said the MHRA has received reports of 12 suspected adverse reactions to oseltamivir that involved interactions with warfarin.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1207513/Tamiflu-puts-600-000-greater-risk-stroke.htmlAug 19 Daily Mail reportAustralian survives near-fatal H1N1 case with help of IV zanamivirA 20-year-old Australian who has asthma survived a nearly fatal case of H1N1 flu after he was treated with an experimental intravenous form of zanamivir (Relenza), the Adelaide Advertiser reported today. The man’s lungs had filled with mucus and his stomach had shut down, ruling out treatment with oral oseltamivir, the report said. So his doctors decided to try IV zanamivir, which had to be flown in from the United States. The drug is normally taken with an inhaler.last_img read more

first_imgThe proposed decisions on the adoption of the annual and three-year Concession Plan only plan the possibility of granting concessions on the beaches of Saccorgiana, Ferial Alliance, Ambrela, Punta Verudela, Splendid Zlatne stijene, Valkane and Stoja beach – without the possibility of closing the beaches or charging them. CITIZENS AND THEIR CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREE BEACHES – I Love Pula Initiative As they point out from the city of Pula, with the plans for annual and medium-term granting of concessions of the City of Pula, which are currently at a public consultation, the beaches remain open to all citizens and visitors to Pula. “This is ensured by the spatial plans of the City of Pula, which prohibit the fencing of beaches, so, as they have been so far, Pula’s beaches will be available to all visitors in the future. ” point out from the city of Pula in a statement and add that in the event that for an individual location is expressed interest in granting a concession, in accordance with the law, the City of Pula will again seek the opinion of the interested public. So last week, organized by the I Love Pula Citizens’ Initiative, over 300 people gathered for a public debate on whether the people of Pula want concessions on public city beaches at all. Initiative I love Pula: No concessions on Pula pages At the City Council session at the end of November, the Decision on the adoption of a medium-term (three-year) concession plan for the period 2019-2021, as well as the Decision on the adoption of the Concession Grant Plan for 2019 were to be adopted. However, as it is necessary to conduct a public consultation with the interested public before making such decisions, the I Love Pula Initiative was launched, which already held a small protest performance at the Forum during the session with beach towels and warned city leaders to skip this crucial step. before making such decisions at a City Council session. The City of Pula then withdrew the Decisions from the agenda, and launched an online consultation with the public on the plan to give Pula’s city beaches in concession for economic use, from 11 December 2018 to 11 January this year. All information, drafts of the proposed Decisions and explanations are available in the attachment. The consultation will take place in the period from 11 December 2018 to 11 January 2019, and the e-mail address to which comments from the interested public can be sent is: godisnji.plan@pula.hr or trogodisnji.plan@pula.hr. Cover photo: City of Pula You can watch the whole discussion at the public forum HEREcenter_img The tribune on behalf of the City of Pula was attended by Deputy Mayor Robert Cvek, who pointed out that the plans for annual and medium-term concessions of the City of Pula, which are currently in public consultation, the beaches remain open to all citizens and visitors to Pula.The spatial plans of the City of Pula prohibit any fencing of beaches. They have been open and free to use so far, and will continue to be so in the future”, Pointed out Cvek. Photo: Initiative I love Pula Draft proposal of the Decision on the adoption of the concession plan for 2019 “Then all citizens of Pula will have the opportunity to comment on each specific proposal and conditions of concession, when all the key parameters of potential concession location, such as coverage, activities, deadlines and more. Only after the citizens express their views for each individual location, the City Council of the City of Pula will decide by special decisions whether any of the mentioned beaches will really be given in concession and under what conditions.”The statement said. In accordance with the Law on the Right to Access Information, the City of Pula today started conducting a Consultation with the interested public with the aim of informing the general public and obtaining opinions, remarks and proposals on the Draft Proposal of the Decision on Concession Plan for 2019. As of 11 January 2019, a public consultation with the interested public on the Draft Proposal of the Decision on Adoption of the Concession Grant Plan for 2019 and the Draft Proposal of the Decision on Adoption of the Medium-Term (Three-Year) Concession Grant Plan for the Period 2019-2021 in the City of Pula . Side dish: Draft proposal of the Decision on the adoption of the concession plan for 2019 As they point out from the Initiative, the goal of the public tribune was the desire to inform as many citizens as possible about the planned concessions and to explain the way to send comments and objections to the city’s decisions on a kind. “For the first time in the history of Pula, it is planned to give such a large number of city beaches in concession, which represents a kind of privatization of the public good. In addition, the above decisions do not show the exact area planned for concession, land plots are not presented on the copy of the cadastral plan, it is not stated which part of the area refers to the sea and which to the land, and there is no reasonable explanation beaches generally plan to give in concession. It makes a big difference whether it is only concession approvals for parts of beaches or the sea, which in no way restricts or excludes the general use of these parts of beaches, or concessions for maritime property which excludes part or all of the area from general use and gives for special use or economic use ” said Dušica Radojčić from the I Love Pula Initiative for Glas Istre. last_img read more

first_imgIn the same period last year, a turnover of 21.545.079 vehicles was recorded, and tolls were collected in the amount of HRK 1.182.974.451,63 without VAT. Vehicle traffic increased by 3,81% while the amount of toll collected increased by3,08% compared to the same weekend last year. If we compare traffic and tolls on all highways from the beginning of the year to 15.9. turnover increased by 4,85% while tolls collected increased by 4,64% compared to the same period last year. The unit price of toll in the off-season period is reduced by 10% for vehicles IA, I. and II. groups (motorcycles, personal vehicles, personal vehicles with trailers and campers) or returns to the old price. From 15 September (from midnight from Saturday to Sunday) for motorcycles and personal vehicles begins the application of off-season toll prices on motorways managed by Hrvatske autoceste doo (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ).center_img OFF-SEASONAL TOLL PRICES APPLY FROM SUNDAY During the summer tourist season in the period from 15.6. – 15.09.2019. On all motorways under the jurisdiction of Hrvatske autoceste doo and Autoceste Rijeka – Zagreb dd, a turnover of 22.365.127 vehicles was recorded and a toll was collected in the amount of HRK 1.219.424.373,60 without VAT.last_img read more

first_imgCruise ships Thus, according to the data from the official website of the Port of Dubrovnik Authority, 58 ships will enter Dubrovnik in the mentioned period, which should bring about 70.000 passengers, or a tolerable 460 passengers on average per day. But let’s go in order. Image by Ivan Bagic from Pixabay Flights will not return to normal until March next year, when all seven destinations will re-establish continuity in rotations towards Dubrovnik. According to available information, out of a total of about 50 hotels, about 10 of them should be open in Dubrovnik during the winter, possibly slightly less, while the capacities in private accommodation will be mostly closed. The exception is about 10 days between Christmas and the Feast of the Three Kings, when better occupancy is expected, so in that period can be expected to put on the market a larger number of capacities in private accommodation. Dubrovnik is one of the Croatian destinations that has all the realistic prerequisites for extending the tourist season.  If there are no events in the destination, at least according to the state of the CALENDAR OF EVENTS at the end of November, then it is completely logical that there is no interest in the destination, which consequently leads to a lack of winter airlines. Also, why the CALENDAR OF EVENTS if it is not harmonized between the competent institutions? Although it is difficult to get accurate data, it is estimated that out of a total of more than 600 catering facilities, by the end of the DUBROVNIK WINTER FESTIVAL (November 30.11.2019, 06.01.2020 – January 50, XNUMX), a smaller number will be open. Thus, only about XNUMX restaurants should be open. It is also to be expected that after the end of the FESTIVAL, most of them will close their doors, mostly by the beginning of March next year. Just for comparison, Venice, with which Dubrovnik is often compared, will be directly connected to a total of 60 world destinations in the same period. The question arises, how should a casual traveler cope in such a confusing situation? Respecting the effort and effort that the City of Dubrovnik is investing in order to make positive changes, objectively there is still a lot of room for better winter business. The key lies in the agreement of the public and private sectors, their joint agreement on the strategic goal that Dubrovnik must have a year-round tourism business. Continuously. The action plan that would follow should define tasks, activities, mutual obligations with the corresponding schedule of activities… Honest approach to this issue, creating an experience in the destination and better air connectivity would, among other things, certainly create the preconditions for such, better winter business. Regarding the number of destinations with which Dubrovnik will be connected by direct flights during the winter period 2019/2020, it is a total of seven. Here we are talking about an identical number of destinations compared to last year, not a single new one, with the difference that Madrid was “dropped” from the list, but now Athens is appearing in Greece. However, what is worrying are the interruptions in rotations in the period when they should be the least, and that is the period of January and February. Namely, there were not so many long breaks last winter in the same period. Thus, Vueling from Barcelona interrupts its rotations towards Dubrovnik in the period 06.01.2020-15.02.2020, which makes a total of 41 days, then again British Airways in the period from 14.01.2020 – 11.02.2020, which makes a total of 29 days, Vueling from Athens in the period 05.01.2020 – 24.02.2020, ie a total of 50 days, while Vueling from Rome interrupts its rotations towards Dubrovnik in the period from 08.01.2020 – 15.02.2020, which makes a total of 38 days. Nominally, Dubrovnik will be connected to seven world destinations during the winter period 2019/2020, while in reality during November and December 2019 there will be occasional interruptions in rotations from several destinations, while during January and February next year the interruptions will be more significant. , so that in that period Dubrovnik will remain continuously connected by direct airlines with only 3 world destinations, namely Frankfurt, Istanbul and Warsaw. For cruises in the period November 2019 – March 2020, the ships will enter Dubrovnik with reduced intensity and no higher numbers are expected, which is expected for the mentioned period. Approaching the end of November, the question arises as to what and how much has been done in order to be as ready as possible for the Dubrovnik tourist winter. How many, in fact, new direct winter airlines have been established, how many hotels and restaurants will be open during the winter, how many and what kind of events, how many ships will dock for cruises during that period…? Photo: Pixabay.com Istanbul and Frankfurt are significant regional hubs (HUB network of lines), through which Dubrovnik is accessible to guests from remote parts of the world during the winter. However, compared to direct air connectivity, connectivity via such hubs implies, among other things, higher travel costs, which ultimately increases the cost of the overall arrangement per passenger. Photo: Pixabay.com According to all of the above, an average Dubrovnik tourist winter awaits us, without a dramatically larger increase in the volume of work compared to previous years. The greatest intensity of work should traditionally take place between Christmas and the Feast of the Three Kings, followed by a decline in the fact that the DUBROVNIK WINTER FESTIVAL will close its doors. Hotels Restaurants Given the already mentioned situation around direct winter lines and calendar of events, it remains to be seen how many winter physical indicators will be in question, and whether the planned number of beds will be sufficient to accommodate all guests who intend to visit Dubrovnik in winter. AUTHOR: Tonći Skvrce Direct winter flights Unfortunately, when it comes to winter direct air connectivity, another post-season was missed without concrete initiatives aimed at increasing the number of direct winter air routes, which objectively leaves no preconditions for a significant increase in physical and financial indicators. Following this, the City of Dubrovnik has designed a very clear CALENDAR OF EVENTS, which can be found on their website. However, although it is already the end of November, the CALENDAR OF EVENTS for the period 01.11. 2019 – 31.03. 2020 is still half empty, with the proviso that in the period from 05.01.2019 – 31.03.2019 there is not a single planned event. To make the confusion bigger, the CALENDAR OF EVENTS on the pages of the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik does not correspond to the one on the pages of the City of Dubrovnik, which is further confusing. It remains to be seen whether individual tour operators, as announced, will have a reason to “raise” charters to Dubrovnik, what volume will be discussed, and what can Dubrovnik expect from these operations at all? Calendar of winter events Until such an agreement is reached, we are left with missed opportunities for the realization of jobs of lower intensity during the winter, but jobs of continuity. Instead of better ones, half-results thus become generally accepted. What else to say but – a shame. It is to be hoped that the situation from previous years will not be repeated, when visitors to the historic core had problems finding open catering facilities during January and February. Conclusion Comparing the number of rotations, it is clear that November and December 2019 will have a slightly higher number of rotations compared to the same period in 2018, which is great. Namely, during the same period last year, Vueling from Barcelona had major interruptions in rotations, a total of 45 days in a “piece”, British Airlines from London a total of 35 days, and Vueling from Rome a total of 45 days. According to official data from the Dubrovnik Airport website, there will also be interruptions in rotations this November and December, but less. Thus, only British Airlines will have a longer break lasting a total of 32 days in a row (November 07.11 – December 08.12.2019, 10), while Vueling from Barcelona will have a break in rotations to Dubrovnik of XNUMX days in mid-November this year. As for the winter of 2019/2020, it is clear from all the above that the preconditions for better physical and financial results will only be partially met. As for open restaurants, it is expected that most of them will close as the year progresses, regardless of the stimulating decision of the City of Dubrovnik regarding the exemption from paying rent for public areas of caterers who are mainly engaged in serving food (restaurants, taverns, pizzerias) in the historic core, if they carry out their activities from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020. A prerequisite for any meaningful business during the winter period, in parallel with the establishment of a network of winter direct lines, should be quality programs, national and international cultural and other projects, which would be the reason for the arrival of guests at the destination. Cover photo: Jaxson Bryden from Pexels.comlast_img read more