Monthly Archives: November 2020

NEWS SCAN: Indonesia’s suspicious health minister, business pandemic planning, cowpox from rats

first_imgMar 25, 2009Indonesian health minister skeptical about immunizations, foreign research supportIndonesia’s health minister Siti Fadilah Supari yesterday claimed that foreign pharmaceutical companies might be testing their products on the country’s citizens and said she’d push for ending childhood vaccinations for pneumonia, chicken pox, seasonal influenza, rubella, and typhoid if she doesn’t receive scientific proof that they are “beneficial,” according to an Associated Press (AP) report. She added that she still supports immunizations against measles, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis. In a related development, Supari told Indonesia’s research community to conduct their own virus and DNA research without assistance from foreign funding sources that she said might use the findings to develop a biological weapon to use against Indonesia, according to a report yesterday on the Futuregov.net Web site, a Singapore-based news source.[Mar 24 Futuregov.net story]Business trade group urges pandemic contingency planningAn international trade group for the insurance and financial industries today issued a report urging its members to consider the future impact of an influenza pandemic, which could, for example, prompt a range of issues, from liability issues related to event cancellations to civil unrest. The report, from the London-based Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), also urged companies to draw up their own pandemic plans, which should include gauging the impact of reduced service levels, ensuring staff safety, and providing cross-training and telecommuting opportunities.[Mar 2009 CII Thinkpiece report]Cowpox virus transmitted to humans from pet ratsTwo separate studies appearing today in the early online version of Emerging Infectious Diseases report two separate clusters in Germany and France of people contracting cowpox from pet rats. In the German case, five people from two separate households near Munich became infected after handling pet rats from the same litter. In France, four people living in separate households who bought rats from the same pet store all tested positive for cowpox, a close relative of smallpox. All nine patients recovered. The studies’ authors cite only one previous study linking cowpox in humans to a pet rat. They mention the rising popularity of keeping rodents as pets and emphasize caution to pet owners.[EID report from Germany][EID report from France]last_img read more

Nedo Pinezić: I am a typical Aboriginal in Croatia, a member of Homo Bodulus, a nation that is dying out

first_imgI AM HOMO BODULUS My name is Nedo Pinezić, I come from the island of Krk and I am a typical Aboriginal in Croatia, so a member of Homo Bodulus, a nation that is dying out.Why did I start this way? Because I want to see the Islanders Act, not the Islands Act. Why am I saying this? Because each island for itself, especially in Croatia, is a small world for itself and all the people on our islands are different as the conditions on each island are different and we cannot, unfortunately, put all the islands in the same basket.Only in Kvarner Rab differs absolutely from Krk and historically and naturally and culturally and certainly, Cres from Lošinj and so on. What we have to take care of is to save life on the islands, but the life of us islanders. Or, I will mention a person I don’t really appreciate too much – Donald Trump, we should use his motto “Who’s first?” and put “Bodul’s first” in the foreground.Who’s first? Are they the first foreign investors, are they the first domestic investors to build large apartment houses on the islands or should I be the first with my family to live proven for over 600 years on that island and whose ancestors have preserved life and culture on that island and living conditions for all who come to the island.GUESTS ARE LOOKING FOR A MEETING WITH A LOCAL HOST The point of all this is to preserve the Croatian man on the Croatian island. Why is this important? Because of tourism, gentlemen.Tourism has changed, you may not be up to date enough, but the data I will now put on the table very clearly show that according to one of the most relevant platforms in the world – Booking.com, which daily accommodates one and a half million guests in the world whose annual income is equal to Croatian income tourism, says that 2/3 of the guests who travel are actually looking for contact with local people, looking for an experience of local culture, looking for local food, and what is interesting from the aspect of health tourism, as I like to call it or healthy tourism because it is a much nicer word, and that is that 2/3 of the people who travel really care about their health on that trip and want active rest, good food and a spiritual element, which means communication with the hosts.I am sorry that I have to sink from this place these strategies of which we have 250 and under whose burden many shelves in closets in many Ministries have given way so far because every strategy in Croatia when written, the moment the ink dries is already obsolete because the world changing, gentlemen. We live in an era of a revolution called the digital revolution of the 21st century, and in Croatia we are still thinking about another revolution, we are somewhere between an internal combustion engine and the so-called click or internet revolution, so we have a deviation of 20-30 years for current world events.OUR DEVELOPMENT IS EQUAL TO TONS OF CONCRETE BUILT INTO A BAY We also mystify health tourism or healthy tourism and make a big story out of it that is not relevant at all. Why? All our tourism is health, all our tourism is wellness tourism. Sea, sun, swimming – what is it? It is health tourism. Why do people come to the sea, to the sun and to swim than because of the sun and health. Is there another reason? Not. They want the sea, they want to swim, they want the tone of their skin, they fill up with vitamin D and feel good and it shows on the faces of these people.And that’s how tourism started, only it actually started by going to the mountains in summer and to the sea in winter. Do not be disappointed if this happens again soon, because of climate change and we have to take this aspect into account. That is why I said that strategies are outdated, and that we base our development on other people’s capital, on other people and on foreign investments, and we constantly talk about it because our development is equal to tons of concrete that was built into a bay. It is our development, and our development is not how many domicile people we have kept in an area. And then we talk about the Laws, about interdepartmental cooperation, so it happens that we write the Law on Islands, and at the same time the Ministry of Tourism released a proposal for the Law on Hospitality in which they delete the boarding house service. And the boarding house service was just in the past system so that locals would not have to open a business, craft or build a hotel, to sell their 3 potatoes, 4 tomatoes and two sardines for dinner to their dear guests.We had a boarding house in the household in the 70s, we had one bathroom in two rooms, my mother cooked dinners and we never had better and better guests. These were Austrian industrialists who would come to the kitchen after bathing, dip their finger in the paddle, lick it and say “Mmmmm what a nice dinner.” Because then we could, what we can’t today, serve products that are branded on the island in our boarding house.Today, due to HASAP and the confusion of pears and apples where high standards for the food industry are applied in the micro segment of catering, where nowhere in the EU such a thing exists, I was in France and Italy, I saw that such a thing does not exist but only in Croatia. We kicked out homemade food from small boarding houses. You can’t buy something packaged without sanitary conditions, which are such that you go to the nearest market there, where there is a declaration and you can give it to your guest, and you can’t give that potato and tomato from the garden because it is very questionable.ARE WE ASHAMED OF OURSELVES?We have degraded ourselves, we ask ourselves where has Croatian pride gone? Do we believe in ourselves? Do we trust our people? There is one region in Europe called the Alpine region where Austria, Switzerland, Bavaria, countries close to us in the north, which we take as a model because they base their development on local indigenous products and link their agricultural products to tourism and hospitality.Apartments and “Bed and breakfast”, but with the hosts, with the people who welcome you, with the locals, with the indigenous Aborigines from the Alps, with people who live their local lifestyle and who offer their local lifestyle as a model. You said that life on the islands is wellness in itself, I agree, Mediterranean lifestyle, Mediterranean cuisine is certainly a form of living a life that is healthy. In the Alps they said – yes, we love the mountains, we live our lifestyle, come to us and enjoy that lifestyle together with us. And that’s how they are branded and that’s how they are sold. And on the other hand, they made a model of Wellness and Wellbeing for small family subjects, from apartments, small family hotels, bed and breakfast and boarding houses in the household because you as the host guide your guest through your life. You go to the mountains – he goes with you, you go to the sea with nets – he goes with you, you go for the sheep – he goes with you, you go to the vineyard – he goes with you.You serve him your food on the table and have your little decorated wellness items. Nature, air, environment, healthy food and indigenous lifestyle is what the modern tourist wants more and more today, and you also heard data from Booking.com from the beginning of this presentation. What is the difference between Croatia and these would say hillbilly people who have such an embarrassingly high standard per capita. The difference is that their administration was able to turn an ordinary mountain shepherd, a lumberjack, a peasant into a square, a top caterer and tourist worker.In Croatia, we are ashamed of our man, we ban his boarding house, we are looking for investors from around the world who will invest millions of euros here and who will do something much better than we are able to in our own country, on our own island. Don’t I on the island of Krk have the right to build a future for me and my children in a way that suits me. Do I have to expose myself too much to loans, go into big investments and experience a crash that I would have to sell that property to some foreigner again and eventually leave my island?Is it a strategy for the development of Croatian tourism, is it a strategy for the development of the island or should this strategy focus on the man as he is. It had two bedrooms, one bathroom, two rows of vineyards, a boat and a longline or a flock of 10 sheep.Are we ashamed of ourselves and where has Croatian pride disappeared? That’s my question to you.Published by: Nedo Pinezić / Source: Otoci.euRelated news: GET INVOLVED. OPEN CONSULTATION ON DRAFT ISLANDS BILLlast_img read more

The second edition of the project of tourist guides “Meet your country” is starting

first_imgA great tourist story and a very important segment in the mosaic of our tourism that we have absolutely neglected. In conclusion, this is an extremely important topic, getting to know your city and turning citizens into ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Why other cities, ie tourist boards, have not joined the whole initiative so far, even though it is their “obligation” precisely because of their primary activity and the importance of the topic, and it costs nothing but good will, is a question that all tourism entrepreneurs must ask themselves. of every city. Do we want tourism development or not? Obviously some don’t want to and don’t care. So don’t be surprised afterwards if things stand still. It’s up to the people. The city is the people, so the local people are tourism and the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The locals give rhythm and pulse to the destination, and guests want to get to know us and our culture of living, customs, our stories… because that is the very essence of tourism. As part of the second edition of the project “Meet your country”, the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides will organize free guided tours in all cities where tourist guides operate on the occasion of the International Recognition Day of Croatia, on January 13, 2019 (Sunday) starting at 12:00. guide – members of ZDTVH. In particular, it is about the organization of free guided tours by local tourist guides in each city, and all guided tours with tourist guides will start at the same time. The guides are intended for the local population to get to know their city and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism, but of course all visitors and tourists. Namely, protected localities are the only places where the activity of tourist guides and the presentation of our country can be performed by guides who are educated exclusively in the Republic of Croatia. “Considering that last year we received very good reactions from a large number of citizens, as well as almost all media, we decided to repeat the whole project and mark the Day of International Recognition of Croatia in the same way. We would like to point out the importance of tourist workers for the international reputation of Croatia as well as the importance of national identity and cultural heritage.”Points out Kristina Nuić Prka, president of the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides, and adds that they also want to point out in the same way the importance of the Ordinance on protected localities that is being drafted. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more