Jan 10, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Tests in Turkey have confirmed another human case of avian flu, bringing the country’s reported total to 15, while Chinese authorities reported China’s eighth case, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The WHO has officially recognized only four cases so far in Turkey, following their confirmation by outside reference laboratories, but the agency said yesterday the quality of testing at Turkey’s national flu center in Ankara is high.The latest case is in a 37-year-old woman with a history of exposure to sick chickens, the WHO said. She lives in the central province of Sivas, the seventh province to report cases, the statement said.In China, the latest case-patient is a 6-year-old boy from the southern province of Hunan, the WHO said. He became ill Dec 24 and is hospitalized in stable condition.Initial investigation suggested that the boy became infected through exposure to sick or dying poultry in his family’s flock, though no poultry outbreaks have been officially reported in the area, the WHO said.Chinese officials also have reported the deaths of two previously reported case-patients, according to the WHO. They are a 10-year-old girl from the Guangxi region and a 35-year-old man from Jiangxi province. The cases were reported Dec 7 and 16, respectively.China now has had eight confirmed cases, five of which were fatal, the WHO said. The latest case is the second in Hunan province; the other patient, reported in November, lived about 300 kilometers from the new patient.All 15 of Turkey’s cases have been confirmed by the government within just the past week. Two teenagers from eastern Turkey died last week.Despite Turkey’s rapidly rising case count, a WHO official in Turkey said the virus does not seem to be spreading from person to person, according to an Associated Press (AP) account.”It seems to be clear that we are dealing with a situation similar to what we have seen in Asia, which means in practice a number of small sites, family clusters of disease involving many children and always with documented or reported contact with infected birds, typically backyard poultry,” said Guenael Rodier, part of a WHO team in Turkey.The 37-year-old woman is only the second adult among the Turkish cases so far, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The rest are children and teenagers from several provinces who are being treated in Ankara, the northern city of Samsun, and the eastern city of Van, the story said..Turkey’s agriculture ministry said 306,000 birds have been culled in 15 of the country’s 81 provinces, according to AFP.In Japan today, the government said 77 healthy poultry workers have shown evidence of past infection with H5N2 avian flu, marking the first time that virus has been known to infect humans, according to an AFP report.The workers in Ibaraki and Saitama prefectures, north of Tokyo, carried antibodies believed to result from an H5N2 infection, officials said. Japan has had several poultry outbreaks of H5N2, a milder strain than H5N1, in recent months.An official said none of the workers have the virus now, so there is no risk they will spread it to others, according to the story. When the workers became infected was unknown.The AFP report said five people in western Japan were infected with H5N1 avian flu in 2004, but none suffered more than a sore throat.See also:WHO update on Turkeyhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_10a/en/index.htmlWHO update on Chinahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_10/en/index.html
Jan 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Governments and organizations at a conference in Beijing have pledged $1.9 billion for a global fund to fight avian influenza, well above the $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion that organizers had hoped for, according to news services.The 2-day conference yielded pledges for almost $1 billion in grants, mainly for poor countries in Southeast Asia, and about $900 million in loans, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”It was a conference of commitment and pledging that really showed solidarity,” said David Nabarro, the United Nations coordinator for avian and pandemic influenza, as quoted by AFP.The United States led the list of donors with a $334 million pledge, saying the money would be mainly in the form of grants and technical assistance, according to a Reuters report.The European Union promised about $260 million, including $138 million directly from member states and the rest from the European Commission, AFP reported. Japan signed on for $159 million, and smaller sums were promised by Russia, Australia, and China.China, which hosted the conference along with the World Bank and the European Commission, pledged $10 million, according to Reuters.”We’ve got a fantastic set of pledges from poor countries as well as rich countries,” AFP quoted Nabarro as saying. “Even countries that cannot put money into the funding are saying we are going to commit our people and our governments to get the results.”Jim Adams, vice president of the World Bank, said more than half of the $1.9 billion represents new commitments not included in previous aid programs, according to Reuters.Adams said that between $100 million and $200 million of the pledged funds would go into a trust fund to be managed by the World Bank. Some of the remaining money will be managed bilaterally between donors and recipients, he said.In a speech prepared for the conference today, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said, “Money is not the answer to every question. But without it, little can be done.”Lee said the critical needs include reducing people’s exposure to the avian flu virus, strengthening early warning systems, enhancing “rapid containment operations,” building capacity to cope with a pandemic, and coordinating research and development.The AFP report said most of the pledged funds will be used to build public awareness, strengthen outbreak detection and response, slaughter and vaccinate poultry, and compensate farmers for poultry losses.In a video address today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the conferees, “The amount asked for is small compared to the cost of a pandemic we are not ready for,” according to the Reuters report.The World Bank has estimated that a year-long pandemic could cost the global economy up to $800 billion, the story said.In another speech at the conference today, a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official warned that the avian flu virus could become entrenched in the Black Sea, Caucasus and Near East regions and be spread further by migratory birds coming from Africa in the spring, according to the FAO.”FAO is concerned that with trade, the movement of people and animals and migratory birds, new countries could become infected,” said FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik, as quoted in an agency statement.”In Turkey, the virus has already reached the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, and there is a real risk of further spread,” he added. “If it were to become rooted in the African countryside, the consequences for a continent already devastated by hunger and poverty could be truly catastrophic.”Harcharik said fighting avian flu in animals is the best way to reduce the risk of a human flu pandemic. The FAO said several hundred million dollars is needed for this purpose, but the agency had received only about $28 million so far.See also:Speech by Lee Jong-wook of WHOhttp://www.who.int/dg/lee/speeches/2006/flumeeting_beijing/en/index.htmlFAO report of Harcharik speechhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000215/index.html
Of those tested 28 days after vaccination, all 14 low-dose recipients and 27 of the 28 high-dose recipients developed West Nile antibodies. The mean antibody titers were rated as high at 1,218 and 1,280, respectively. In addition, most of the volunteers had specific T-cell responses. The vaccinated volunteers and controls reported a similar frequency of adverse events. See also: The double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, described in the April 25 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involved 80 volunteers. Thirty people in the study received a single high dose of the vaccine (5.0 log10 plaque-forming units [pfu]), 15 received a low dose (3.0 log10 pfu), 5 “active controls” received a vaccine against yellow fever—a relative of West Nile—and 30 received a placebo. The vaccine, ChimeriVax-West Nile, is manufactured by Acambis, and the research team was composed mainly of Acambis researchers. The vaccine is based on a live, attenuated yellow fever virus vaccine. Genes from the yellow fever vaccine that induce immunity in humans (the premembrane and envelope genes) are replaced with similar genes from the West Nile virus. May 11, 2005, CIDRAP News story “West Nile vaccine looks good in early human trial” Monath TP, Liu J, Kanesa-Thasan N, et al. A live, attenuated recombinant West Nile virus vaccine. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2006 Apr 25;103(17):6694-9 [Full text] These findings, first reported a year ago at the National Foundation for Infectious Disease’s annual conference, show that the vaccine “could be useful in preventing illness and limiting outbreaks of West Nile virus infection,” according to the authors of the study. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Nile virus, a flavivirus, infected at least 2,949 people in 2005, causing 116 deaths. Although 80% of those infected will have no symptoms, about 20% of infected patients will develop a fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and, occasionally, a rash on the trunk. And 1 in 150 patients, according to the CDC, develops severe neuroinvasive disease, such as encephalitis, meningitis, or poliomyelitis. ChimeriVax-West Nile is now involved in a phase 2 trial in the United States comprising more than 200 healthy young adults, according to Acambis. After that, the vaccine will be tested in healthy elderly volunteers. May 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The first published report of a phase 1 clinical trial of a West Nile virus vaccine shows promise, with 41 of 42 inoculated volunteers (98%) developing antibodies to the virus.
May 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Indonesia reported today that a 45-year-old man from Central Java province died of H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s second fatal case in less than 2 weeks.Joko Suyono of the Indonesian health ministry’s avian flu center said the man was hospitalized May 17 and died 2 days ago, Reuters reported today.Investigators, saying dead poultry were found near the man’s home, believe he slaughtered and ate a sick chicken, the Reuters report said.If his case is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), he will be listed as Indonesia’s 98th case-patient and its 78th fatality. The latest previous case reported in Indonesia was in a 5-year-old girl who died May 17. The country leads the world in human H5N1 cases and deaths.On May 16 the WHO announced it would accept H5N1 test results from Indonesia’s newly accredited national laboratory. Before that, the agency had refused to confirm any cases reported by Indonesia since late January, because the country had stopped sending viruses to WHO collaborating labs in December.Meanwhile, the WHO today confirmed China’s latest H5N1 case, in a 19-year-old soldier who, according to media reports yesterday, was apparently being treated in a military hospital. China now has had 25 cases, 15 of them fatal.The patient’s H5N1 results were confirmed by China’s national laboratory on May 23, a WHO statement said.Before the soldier got sick, he was serving in Fujian province, the WHO said. He experienced fever and pneumonia-like symptoms on May 9 and was hospitalized May 14.”There is no initial indication to suggest he had contact with sick birds prior to becoming unwell,” the WHO reported, adding that the patient’s close contacts are under medical supervision and remain well.See also:May 30 WHO statement
May 27, 2009Egypt reports H5N1 in two more childrenEgypt’s health ministry, in a statement to the country’s news agency, yesterday reported two more H5N1 avian influenza infections, both in 4-year-old children, Reuters reported. The boy and girl live in different parts of Sharkiya governorate and reportedly got sick after having contact with infected birds. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the cases, they will bring Egypt’s case count to 76, of which 27 were fatal.[May 26 Reuters story]New H5N1 outbreaks strike five Egyptian governoratesAnimal health officials in Egypt have detected six more H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks since May 12, according to reports from Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). Two of the outbreaks—one in Sharkiya governorate and one in Sohag governorate—were confirmed in conjunction with nearby human cases. The virus also hit two poultry farms in Qalyoubia governorate, backyard birds in Port Said governorate, and household birds in Giza governorate. Half of the latest outbreaks occurred in vaccinated birds.Mongolia reports H5N1 in wild swansPublic health officials in Mongolia on May 25 announced that H5N1 was detected in wild swans that were found dead in Ogii Nuur lake in the west central part of the country, according to a report in Chinese from Xinhua that was translated and posted on ProMed-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. The governor of Arkhangai province, where the lake is located, ordered the outbreak areas closed.[May 27 ProMed post]Afghanistan says political conflict will stall polio eradicationAfghanistan voiced new concerns over political instability in bordering regions of Pakistan that could derail polio eradication efforts in both of the countries, according to a May 25 government statement that appeared on ReliefWeb, an information portal hosted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Afghanistan said the two countries have synchronized their eradication efforts since 2000, but predicted that growing instability in Pakistan’s North West Frontier province and tribal areas will impair immunization activities in the region. The Afghani government said it worries that refugees entering the country from Pakistan will bring the virus with them.FDA rules aim to block E coli in bottled waterThe US Food and Drug Administration recently issued final rules that require companies to take additional measures to prevent Escherichia coli contamination in bottled water. The rules, published May 21, take effect Dec 1 and require bottled water manufacturers to test source water and finished products for total coliform and to determine if any of the organisms are E coli. The new regulation stipulates that E coli is an adulterant in bottled water.WHO: funding shortfalls threaten yellow fever vaccine stockpileThe WHO yesterday warned that the global stockpile of yellow fever vaccine will be depleted in 2010 and that there is no funding stream to replenish it. Only 5 of Africa’s 12 most vulnerable countries have been targeted by the vaccine efforts, and the WHO said that without renewed resources for the vaccine, countries that haven’t been reached by immunization campaigns would be unfairly burdened by the disease. The group pointed out that campaigns in Togo, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon have put a stop to outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus that leads to 206,000 illnesses and 52,000 deaths each year. A WHO official said the global economic downturn has hampered funding efforts.
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce invites all interested companies to apply for sponsorship of the Croatian Tourism Day, which will be held on October 25 and 26 on Mali Lošinj, at the Bellevue Hotel, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.This is the central and largest annual meeting of Croatian tourism workers, which regularly deals with current topics and trends in tourism. The traditional award ceremony in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce’s Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia campaign is also held, in which the best tourism entities are awarded in the categories: hotels, camps, hostels, restaurants, DMK travel agencies, marinas, charter companies and spas.For the first time, the opportunity for sponsorship and the opportunity for your company to present products and services to key representatives of the tourism sector in the country in one place. For more information about the event and the sponsorship packages, contact Lana Petrović, Tel .: 01 456 1617, E-mail: email@example.com.Related news:BORIS ŽGOMBA, UNILINE: SLAVONIA HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME AN ATTRACTIVE ALL-YEAR DESTINATION CAPPELLI: I WISH THE CROATIAN TOURISM DAYS TO BE HELD IN ONE OF THE SLAVONIAN DESTINATIONS
Spalatum DMC doo as the organizer of the Christmas Fair in Split 2017/18. invites all interested individuals and legal entities to submit an offer for the exhibition, presentation and sale of their products and services at the Christmas in Split 2017/18, according to the general and special conditions. in the period from December 01, 2017 to January 16, 2018 on the Riva, and from December 01, 2017 to January 07, 2018 in Đardin, King Tomislav Street, Prokurative and Ruđera Boškovića Street.This year, the entire program is longer, more precisely 45 days, due to the European Handball Championship, the program is richer, but the locations of the entire event have changed, and the exhibition prices are 15 percent more expensive than in previous years.As pointed out in the public invitation, and folding, sales and presentation include the following indigenous products and services, and presentations: Christmas products, books and multimedia, souvenir design and gifts, gastronomic offer, presentations of tourist boards, counties, cities, municipalities, chambers of crafts . See the entire concert program hereInterested bidders are required to download the documentation for submission of bids based on this invitation at the web addresses Spalatum DMC doo www.spalatum-dmc.hr or the Tourist Board of the City of Split www.visitsplit.com concluding the day November 15th 2017. years.GENERAL AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION IN THE CHRISTMAS FAIR ON THE WATERFRONT 2017-2018RIVA CHRISTMAS FAIR 2017-2018
With the current VAT rates, only minor positive effects on fiscal revenues are possible, while in the long run we can expect a smaller number of sectoral investments, a reduction in the number of new employees, lower gross value added and lower quality accommodation units., is the conclusion of the analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of organized accommodation and catering in Croatia, point out the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.The analysis, prepared by HD Consulting in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, includes an assessment of the direct economic and fiscal effects of different VAT rates on a cumulative five-year period, comparing rates in Croatia with competing Mediterranean countries and the rest of the European Union. “In addition to tax relief, it is necessary to continue addressing the issue of labor and relevant legislation. We therefore welcome the call for further dialogue on the problems of the sector to continue the sustainable development of tourism”Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance Josip Zaher.The study was presented at yesterday’s meeting of the Association of Hoteliers at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Caterers at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Martina Dalic, Minister of Finance Zdravko Maric, Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli and Assistant Minister of Finance Zdravko Zrinusic. On behalf of the Association of Hoteliers at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Association and member of the Management Board of the Blue Lagoon Ronald Korotaj and member of the Management Board of Maistra Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera Željko Kukurin and owner of the Sunce concern Jako Andabak were present. Djakovic Stan Ivan Bogovic. ”Competing countries are in a far more favorable position for further growth and development as the rates of organized accommodation and catering in Croatia are the highest in the Mediterranean and among the highest in the European Union. ” said Zaher, announcing the continuation of talks between representatives of hoteliers and caterers with representatives of the Government and ministries on key issues for the tourism sector.
Everyone who means something on the Croatian wine scene came to Poreč to enjoy top quality wines for three days and socialize with more than 130 exhibitors.”Winemakers have done a lot on quality, but most of all we lack recognition in the world. We are waiting for the Law on Wine, which should provide guidelines, and a strategy that will lead us to the right path should be built into that Law. Trends are changing, new markets are opening, we have a long way to go and great perseverance. “, said Nikola Benvenuti, President of Vinistra, the association of winemakers and winegrowers of Istria at an interesting conference Our experiences: 25 years of Vinistra in the Croatian wine story, which took place after the opening of the largest regional wine exhibition.”Croatian winemakers have shown in the past that the quality of products has grown in all regions and that it is possible to make a living from wine production. When we look at where we are today – we have an umbrella association, we have an international presence, we have created a national program to support the winemaking sector from which we financed brand strategy, we hired marketing expert Toniy Hodges, we have umbrella stamps, we have a website, we have ready-made solutions”, Concluded Božica Marković, director of the Sector for Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.The ideal combination – Istrian wines and Zagorje on a plateThe rich accompanying part was followed by the presentation of the book by Đuro Horvat Wine marketing in theory and practice and tasting Pairing Istrian delicacies with Istrian wines chosen by famous sommelier Emil Perdec and Krešimir Mikinac. Laguna wines were presented with a vertical tasting of five excellent Malvasia vintages from 2011 to 2017, and on the first day of Vinistra Plava Laguna Gourmet show brought a surprise from the center of Hrvatsko Zagorje.Zagorje cottage cheese with pumpkin oil and confited duck breast, cream of corn soup with walnut oil, pork fillet sous vide with mushrooms, green vegetable scenery and rye flour crackers, and cheesecake with strawberry gel and pumpkin oil and white mousse chocolate, the menu was presented by the award-winning restaurant of the Zagorje hotel Villa Magdalena and chef Mislav Božić. The guests, including nine Swiss journalists and bloggers, were delighted by the seemingly incompatible – Zagorje cuisine and Istrian wines. The wine part of the story was taken care of by famous winemakers Ravallico with excellent sparkling wine Brigi, Marijan Arman with young Malvasia Gcru, champion of this year’s Vinistra and Muscat White, vintage 2017, and Tomaz with aged Teran Barbarossa from 2015.That wine is one of the strongest assets of Istria was once again confirmed by the great atmosphere and attendance on the first day of the jubilee Vinistra.It used to be black, and then came the shadesThanks to the synergy and partnership of the public and private sector, today wine is an Istrian brand, and Istria has world wines, it was pointed out at the round Wine and Istria – yesterday, today, tomorrowIt used to be just black i bilo, and then the nuances came… Thus, on the eve of the jubilee 25th Vinistra in the Parentium Plava Laguna Hotel, an interesting round table began with the participation of Istrian Prefect Valter Flego, Member of the European Parliament Ivan Jakovčić, Member of Parliament Boris Miletić, former sommelier club president Veljko Ostojić , the Mayor of Poreč Loris Peršurić and three renowned Istrian winemakers Gianfranco Kozlović, Ivica Matošević and Nikola Benvenuti.Ivan Jakovčić said that the name Vinistra was created quite by accident, back in 1993, and its author is Duško Gortan. “Only a few months after the name was created, the first Vinistra was modestly opened, which grew from a small wine exhibition into the most important wine event in the region. Today, Istria has world wines that deserve their place in the world’s top restaurants”, Concluded Jakovčić.Matosevic and Kozlovic said that in the XNUMXs, when they started, they did not know how the story of wine would develop. They worked in silence, with great respect for their Italian and Slovenian neighbors, renowned wine countries. “Today, after 25 years, we have great wines, and this is confirmed by the arrival of the legendary Steven Spurrier at this year’s Vinistra, who was delighted with our Malvasia and the different styles of our winemakers.”, Matosevic pointed out.Veljko Ostojić recalled the early XNUMXs when Vladimir Borošić, the former owner of Zagreb’s Bornstein Wine Shop, brutally told him that Istrian wines were the bottom of Croatian wines. “Today we are at the top of Croatia, but also of the region. 25 years ago we all embraced one very important task. It wasn’t just doing the project. Wine is an integral part of our life, Istrian lifestyle, part of our DNA and it had to be shaped into a product. A sommelier club was launched, through education and thanks to such a professional approach we are at the top today”, Concluded Ostojic.Boris Miletić rhetorically wondered if it might be harder today when Istria is at the top, than 25 years ago when there was a lot of room for the development of viticulture and winemaking. “Additional work needs to be done on brand development. There’s that saying – we’re too small to be average! Wine is not only part of our identity, but also pride. We need to invest more in education, direct more money to the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism and the Agricultural School. We are known for the Istrian community and as we stick together I am convinced of the future and success”, Said Miletic.”Istria has done a lot and we can no longer stop. We have to push further and that was the reason to make the Strategy for the development of Istrian winemaking until 2030, which is in the final phase. The strategy will help us maintain our leading position in Croatia and the region. We must also take into account that in Istria there is a change of generations and not everyone will always continue the family tradition. Some wineries will also be sold, in which case it is very important that whoever buys them plays by our rules”, Said Nikola Benvenuti, President of Vinistra.The mayor of Poreč agreed with that, pointing out that everyone in Istria and Poreč must book for Vinistra in the second week of May, and this can be seen in the excellent announcements for this weekend when 20 percent more tourists are expected. Valter Flego concluded that the sun and the sea are no longer enough, and guests who come to Istria in a high third or fourth place cite the eno-gastronomic offer as the motive for their arrival.After a round table on the terrace of the Parentium Plava Laguna hotel at the B2B meeting of Istrian winemakers with distributors, tourist workers, owners of wine shops and restaurants and sommelier, Istrian wines were tasted, which best showed where Istria is 25 years later.And the whole story about Vinista as a positive argument that association and synergy through clusters / associations is the only real path to strategic and sustainable development, read in the attachment.NIKOLA BENVENUTI, VINISTRA: ISTRIAN WINERS HAVE LONG RECOGNIZED THE STRENGTH OF THE BRAND, THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY AND ASSOCIATION FOR POSITIONING ON THE WINE MAP OF THE WORLD
Lauda recently celebrated its first anniversary in which it sold more than 5,3 million tickets, with a capacity utilization of 94%. For the 2019/20 season, more than 6 million passengers are expected to be transported on more than 100 routes. By the way, Ryanair bought the airline Lauda from the founder Niki Lauda, a Formula 1 legend, at the beginning of the year, and has 100% ownership of it. Namely, these are the new Volote lines for Bordeaux, jet2.com for Birmingham, easyJet for Amsterdam and Geneva and TUI UK for Doncester. “Our routes succeed because we have the right offer for price-sensitive customers. In particular, with our new summer flight schedule, we will certainly increase traffic with a new route from Stuttgart”Said Andreas Gruber, CEO of LaudaMotion. Starting with this year’s summer flying season in 2019, Austria’s leading low-cost airline LaudaMotion is offering a new direct route from Stuttgart to Pula. Flights begin on April 02, 2019, three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, until October 26, 2019.”After the historically record season of 2018, when 718.187 passengers passed through Pula Airport, we expect a solid growth of 10% this year as well, which we justify by the repeated interest of all existing companies, and some new lines are included in the flight plan.” stand out from Pula Airport. Photo: Pula Airport RELATED NEWS: