Democracy took a heavy blow on Tuesday, but paths forward remain

first_imgMissouriAmendment 3PassedLegislative redistrictingEffectively repeals a voter-approved 2018 ballot measure that made legislative redistricting treat both parties more fairly New JerseyQuestion 3PassedLegislative redistrictingPostpones 2021 legislative redistricting until the 2023 election cycle if census data release is delayed to after Feb. 15, 2021 VirginiaRedistricting Commission AmendmentPassedRedistricting reformCreates a bipartisan commission to draw congressional and legislative districts ● Florida: Republicans held their majorities in both legislative chambers to maintain full control over state government.● Georgia: Republicans held their majorities in both legislative chambers to maintain full control over state government.● Iowa: Republicans held their majorities in both legislative chambers to maintain full control over state government. Iowa has a nonpartisan redistricting agency that is threatened by the GOP’s single-party control.● Kansas: Republicans held their supermajorities in both legislative chambers to maintain the power to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s vetoes.● Michigan: Republicans held their majorities in both chambers to maintain full control over the legislature. Democrats gained a 4-3 majority on the state Supreme Court. Michigan additionally has a Democratic governor with veto power and currently has an independent redistricting commission.● Minnesota: Republicans are leading in key uncalled races for control of the state Senate, which would block Democrats from gaining full control of state government after they held the state House.● Missouri: Republican Gov. Mike Parson won re-election to maintain the GOP’s control over congressional redistricting. Voters passed the GOP’s constitutional amendment that guts the reform voters passed in 2018 to make the bipartisan legislative redistricting commission process fairer.● Nebraska: Republicans failed to turn their unicameral legislative majority into a two-thirds supermajority needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster, but the GOP retains the ability to end the filibuster rule with a simple majority.● New Hampshire: GOP Gov. Chris Sununu won re-election and Republicans flipped both legislative chambers to gain full control over redistricting.● New Jersey: Voters passed Democrats’ constitutional amendment that could delay legislative redistricting from taking effect before the 2021 elections to not until the 2023 elections.● New York: Key races that will decide whether Democrats gained a two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate and thus control over redistricting are still uncalled.● North Carolina: Republicans held both chambers of the legislature. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper won re-election but can only veto judicial redistricting—not congressional or legislative. Republicans gained one state Supreme Court seat and lead in two other uncalled court races as of Friday. Democrats are assured of at least a 4-3 court majority even if they lose all three seats.● Ohio: Democrats flipped only one of the two seats needed to gain control over the state Supreme Court, which will see a 4-3 GOP majority.● Oregon: Democrats failed to obtain the two-thirds supermajorities needed to prevent Republicans from potentially boycotting the legislature to deny the quorum needed to pass a congressional map, but Democrats flipped the secretary of state’s office to ensure that such a boycott would leave Democrats in charge of legislative redistricting.● Pennsylvania: Republicans are on track to hold both legislative chambers, though key races remain uncalled. Pennsylvania has a Democratic governor and state Supreme Court majority.● Texas: Republicans held the state House to maintain full control of state government and held all four seats up in 2020 to maintain a 9-0 state Supreme Court majority.● Vermont: Democrats and the left-wing Progressive Party held their combined two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate but lost it in the state House, where independents now hold the key to overriding re-elected GOP Gov. Phil Scott’s vetoes.● Virginia: Voters passed a constitutional amendment to adopt a bipartisan redistricting commission that was put on the ballot by the Democratic legislature with the backing of Republicans and almost all state Senate Democrats but only a handful of state House Democrats.● Wisconsin: Republicans held both legislative chambers but failed to gain the two-thirds supermajorities needed to override Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ vetoes.Voter Suppression and Voting Rights ExpansionsElections for state legislatures, governors, state supreme courts, and secretaries of state can all shape voting laws and procedures in various ways.● Michigan: Democrats newly gained 4-3 majority on the state Supreme Court could strike down voting restrictions backed by the GOP legislature.● Minnesota: Republicans are leading in key uncalled races for control of the state Senate, which would block Democrats from gaining full control of state government after Democrats held the state House. A Republican Senate would likely stop Democrats from passing automatic voter registration, adding Minnesota’s 10 Electoral College votes to the National Popular Vote Compact, restoring voting rights to people on parole or probation, and other voting reforms.● Missouri: GOP Gov. Mike Parson’s re-election means Parson will flip the state Supreme Court to a majority of GOP appointees by 2024 under Missouri’s ostensibly merit-based nominating system, and the court could uphold new voting restrictions passed by GOP lawmakers.● Montana: Greg Gianforte flipped the governor’s office to give Republicans full control of state government for the first time in 16 years, paving the way for likely a new voter ID law and other new voting restrictions. Republicans holding the attorney general’s office will block Democratic candidate Raph Graybill from trying to unilaterally implement automatic voter registration.● New Hampshire: Republicans gained complete control over all branches of state government after flipping both legislative chambers and the state Executive Council, letting re-elected GOP Gov. Chris Sununu appoint a majority on the state Supreme Court and allowing GOP lawmakers to enact new voting restrictions.● North Carolina: Republicans held both legislative chambers, blocking Democrats from gaining full control over state government, meaning Democrats can’t pass legislation to adopt automatic voter registration, allow Election Day voter registration, restore voting rights to people no longer incarcerated, add North Carolina’s 15 Electoral College votes to the National Popular Vote Compact, soften or repeal the GOP’s voter ID law, and pass other voting reforms.● Ohio:  Democrats flipped only one of the two seats needed to gain control over the state Supreme Court, which will see a 4-3 GOP majority and deny Democrats the power to strike down GOP voting restrictions.● Oregon: Democrat Shemia Fagan flipped the secretary of state’s office, but Democrats failed to gain the two-thirds legislative supermajorities that would prevent GOP quorum-busting tactics and guarantee that they could pass new voting and procedural reforms. Democrats could put constitutional amendments on the 2022 ballot to restore same-day voter registration and require only simple majorities for a quorum, but only if the GOP minority lets the legislature conduct any business in the first place.● Pennsylvania: Republicans held their legislative majorities, denying Democrats full control over state government and the power to pass automatic voter registration, adopt same-day voter registration, expand in-person early voting, add Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral College Votes to the National Popular Vote Compact, and enact other voting reforms.● Texas: Republicans held all four seats up in 2020 to maintain a 9-0 state Supreme Court majority, making it harder for Democrats to win a majority in future elections that could strike down GOP voting restrictions later this decade.● Washington: GOP Secretary of State Kim Wyman won re-election.Ballot MeasuresBelow you can find a table summarizing all 24 ballot measures we tracked that affected voting rights, redistricting, electoral institutions, or constitutional reform. ​If the current 6-3 majority of far-right hardliners remains on the Supreme Court, the court presents an existential danger to the Voting Rights Act’s remaining protections and threatens to turbocharge GOP gerrymandering across the country. But if Democrats pull off upsets to flip the Senate in January, Joe Biden and a Democratic Congress could pass legislation to curb the court’s radicalism, ban congressional gerrymandering nationally, and adopt a reinvigorated Voting Rights Act.In the meantime, many lawsuits that were ongoing before Election Day have since become mooted by the results. Many additional ones have been newly filed in the days since, including several largely frivolous ones by Donald Trump in a desperate last-ditch effort to deny the writing on the wall as Joe Biden leads decisively in the Electoral College. Due to the fast-shifting nature of these lawsuits and the doubtfulness of Trump’s odds of reversing his apparent loss anytime soon, we will be skipping these cases in this edition of the Voting Rights Roundup and will cover any litigation that remains relevant in future editions.Below, we’ll provide short recaps of the outcomes of key elections for various types of offices. Daily Kos Elections is also tracking the results of key elections by office type here, where you can find an up-to-date accounting of what remains uncalled.Redistricting- Advertisement – NevadaQuestion 4PassedRight to voteGuarantees the right to vote via certain methods MissouriAmendment 1PassedTerm limitsSets a two-term limit for statewide executive offices below the governorship JurisdictionNameOutcomeSubjectDescription ArkansasIssue 3FailedBallot initiative processTightens geographic distribution restrictions for ballot initiative signature requirements in order to make liberal-supported initiatives harder FloridaAmendment 1PassedCitizenship voting requirementReplaces guarantee that “every citizen” may vote with requirement that “only a citizen” may vote CaliforniaProposition 18FailedVoting ageLets 17-year-olds vote in primaries if they turn 18 by the general election ColoradoProposition 113PassedElectoral CollegeReferendum on whether to implement or repeal law joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact for the Electoral College—”Yes” vote keeps the law in place CaliforniaProposition 17PassedFelony disenfranchisementEliminates disenfranchisement of voters on parole for a felony conviction AlabamaAmendment 1PassedCitizenship voting requirementReplaces guarantee that “every citizen” may vote with requirement that “only a citizen” may vote ColoradoAmendment 76PassedCitizenship voting requirementReplaces guarantee that “every citizen” may vote with requirement that “only a citizen” may vote Oakland, CAMeasure QQUncalledVoting ageLowers the voting age to 16 in school board election FloridaAmendment 4FailedBallot initiative processRequires ballot initiatives to win (at least 60%) voter support in two consecutive general elections instead of one MassachusettsQuestion 2FailedElectoral system reformAdopts instant-runoff voting (aka ranked-choice) in congressional, state, and countywide elections OregonMeasure 107PassedCampaign financeAllows the legislature to set campaign donation limits and disclosure requirements in state and local elections AlaskaMeasure 2UncalledElectoral system reformAdopts a top-four primary with instant-runoff general election; adds campaign finance disclosure requirements St. Louis, MOProposition DPassedElectoral system reformAdopts approval voting primary where the top-two finishers advance to the general election for local elections San Francisco, CAProposition GUncalledVoting ageLowers the voting age to 16 in local elections ArkansasIssue 2PassedTerm limitsLoosens lifetime term limits for legislators Control over redistricting largely hinges on winning power in state houses. Some states currently have independent redistricting commissions, state courts opposed to gerrymandering, or governors with veto pens that could constrain gerrymandering, but all three of these are threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court.● Arizona: Republicans are leading in enough races to hold both legislative chambers and maintain full control of state government, though key races remain uncalled as of Friday. Arizona currently has an independent redistricting commission.● Connecticut: Democrats gained a two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate but failed to gain one in the state House, meaning they can’t gain single-party control over redistricting.- Advertisement – ​Campaign Action- Advertisement – North DakotaMeasure 2FailedBallot initiative processRequires a ballot initiative to win voter support in two consecutive general elections instead of one if the legislature doesn’t approve it Puerto RicoStatehood ReferendumUncalledStatehoodExpresses yes/no position on whether Puerto Rico should seek statehood FloridaAmendment 3FailedElectoral system reformAdopts a top-two primary (aka two-round system) in state-level races IowaConstitutional ConventionFailedConstitutional conventionDecides whether to call a state constitutional convention MississippiMeasure 2PassedElectoral system reformRepeals Jim Crow-era “electoral college” law in statewide elections and replaces it with provision for a separate runoff election if no candidate wins a majority – Advertisement –last_img read more

Why gaming addiction is on the rise among professional footballers | Football News

first_img“Yes the numbers will go up, because people start to see this is impacting them more than they thought it was, compared to the likes of drinking and taking drugs [where] you can physically see it.“With the gaming, if people are in tune with an individual, when usually [that person] is nice, calm, good to be around, then all of a sudden they start to see a change in this individual’s behaviour, then yes there might be something going on in the background.” Sports psychotherapist Steve Pope has revealed the number of footballers seeking treatment for gaming addiction has significantly increased since the first lockdown in March.Pope, who has worked with a number of Premier League clubs to treat players for addiction issues, confirmed he is speaking to three times the number of footballers compared to March.- Advertisement – “It’s a massive problem,” Pope told Sky Sports News. “It’s affecting all levels of football, it’s not just the Premier League players. It affects players right down to grassroots.“It disturbs sleep cycles, eating cycles, [some are] not drinking properly because they’re on the game, not having the right amount of refreshments, not preparing, blue light. People aren’t performing.“Over the last year suddenly players have been exposed to the fact that football, even though they’ve made it, is no longer a guarantee to remain making it because [some] clubs are perilously near to the edge financially, there are no fans there, contracts are being weighed up and players are being released from all the league levels down to sixth-tier clubs.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “That’s their profession, and so they go back to their comfort blanket.”PFA’s Jeff Whitley explained the signs of gaming addiction may not be as obvious as other vices, but an understanding the problem exists will allow others to come forward.Whitley said: “We don’t want anybody, whether they’re a member or not, we don’t want people to suffer in silence. We want people to feel, ‘Actually I’m not the only person going through this problem’ – and there is a solution.- Advertisement –last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu outbreaks, China’s H5N1 vaccine, WHO confirms H5N1 case, key pandemic flu protein ID’d, more biolab details

first_img Indonesia reports H5N1 outbreak on BaliAn animal health official on Indonesia’s Bali island reported an H5N1 outbreak in chickens in Badung district, which led to the recent culling of 133 birds, the Jakarta Globe reported today. A man who experienced flu-like symptoms after he was exposed to sick birds was treated with oseltamivir and appears to be improving, the report said. Feb 11, 2009 Avian flu hits more poultry in Vietnam, BangladeshVietnamese officials confirmed new outbreaks in Quang Tri, in the central part of the country, and Bac Ninh, in the north, raising the number of provinces reporting outbreaks to seven, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. Meanwhile, livestock officials in Bangladesh reported that the virus struck a commercial poultry farm in Dhaka division, which killed 661 birds and led to the culling of 839 more, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).[Feb 11 Xinhua story][Feb 10 OIE report]China stockpiles its own H5N1 vaccineChina’s food and drug administration said today that the country has stockpiled an H5N1 vaccine for humans, Xinhua reported today. Sinovac, based in Beijing, spent 2 years conducting clinical trials of the vaccine and received approval in April 2008 to begin production. The vaccine, called Panflu, is approved for use in those ages 18 to 60.[Feb 11 Xinhua story][Apr 3, 2008, CIDRAP News story]WHO confirms Vietnam’s recent H5N1 caseThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Vietnam’s latest human H5N1 case, a 23-year-old woman from Quang Ninh province who got sick on Jan 28 and was hospitalized on Jan 31, where she remains in serious condition. An investigation found that she had contact with sick and dead poultry before she became ill. Her infection raises Vietnam’s H5N1 case count to 108, of which 52 were fatal.[Feb 11 WHO statement]Study reveals key avian flu protein needed to create pandemic strainA research group, including investigators from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, used human 1918–avian H1N1 reassortant influenza viruses to explore the genetic factors that influence airborne transmission. Using ferrets as a model, they found that the 1918 PB2 protein was needed for airborne transmission of a virus expressing the 1918 hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, an adaptation that is critical for an avian flu strain to develop into a pandemic strain. Their findings appear in an early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).[Feb 11 PNAS abstract]Army biolab officials say older samples skewed inventory reportsMore details emerged yesterday about select agent inventory problems that stopped some research work at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Md., the Baltimore Sun reported. Officials discovered 20 vials of a select agent in a freezer box listed as containing only 16 vials. Army officials attribute the inventory problems to older research samples that were stored before the institute computerized its records in 2005, and they said a full inventory could take 3 months.last_img read more

CDC notes change in ethnic pattern of H1N1 impact

first_imgOct 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has seen a change in the ethnic distribution of fatal pandemic H1N1 influenza cases, a CDC official reported at a meeting of its vaccine advisory committee today.In an update on epidemiologic patterns in the pandemic H1N1 outbreak, Lyn Finelli, PhD, head of surveillance for the CDC’s Influenza Division, told the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that the high-risk groups haven’t changed since the spring wave.However, the impact of the virus on racial groups has changed some since the first wave, she told the group, whose meeting was streamed over the Web. Hispanic people had a higher proportion of deaths in the spring, probably because they had connections to people traveling to and from Mexico, where the outbreak is thought to have started. While the number of deaths in Hispanic people has fallen, since September the rate has risen among African Americans, Finelli said. She said the CDC tracks trends through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.Finelli said CDC data show only two deaths in the Native American population, though some members of the committee said some people who work with tribes have received anecdotal reports of higher death rates in Native Americans, and they voiced concern that state surveillance systems may be undercounting deaths and severe illnesses among the tribes.Finelli noted that not all tribes report flu data to states and that not all states collect data on tribes the same way. The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists recently had a conference call to discuss how to improve flu monitoring in native populations, she said.Also at the meeting, Nancy Cox, MD, director of the CDC Influenza Division, told the committee that the CDC has analyzed 1,280 pandemic H1N1 isolates, 407 of them from other countries. So far it has conducted complete genetic sequencing of 76 isolates, most of them from severe or fatal cases.She said though the virus continues to evolve and CDC scientists are detecting minor variations, there is no evidence of reassortment or mutation, which is reassuring, because it points to a close match between the circulating strains and the virus in the vaccine.The World Health Organization has received reports of 38 oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 cases, only four of which had no history of exposure to the drug, Cox said. “Exposure to the drug is a primary factor to the resistance marker,” she said, adding that researchers still don’t know why oseltamivir use can sometimes lead to resistant pandemic H1N1 strains but doesn’t seem to be a factor in the development of resistant seasonal H1N1 flu viruses.A variant of the seasonal H3N2 strain that was circulating in South America this past spring, an A/Perth/16/2009-like virus, has been included in the 2010 Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine, Cox said. Laos and southern China have reported circulation of the H3N2 strain. However, she said the CDC has detected only H3N2 A/Brisbane/10/2007, a component of this season’s Northern Hemisphere vaccine, in the few seasonal flu strains that it has isolated so far this fall.Cox said it’s difficult to predict how the US flu season will play out on the basis of the Southern Hemisphere’s experience this year. The United States had a spring wave of pandemic H1N1, whereas the Southern Hemisphere’s H1N1 epidemic hit during the normal flu season. She pointed out that a map of current virus activity in the United States shows a patchwork of hot spots with plenty of places that haven’t been hit hard.Officials can’t predict if the season will peak early, but if it does, “that leaves plenty of time for seasonal strains to circulate if the viruses are successful and the population is susceptible,” Cox said.last_img read more

Šibenik is the first in Croatia to get a building registration system

first_imgEach of the more than 2.000 buildings located in the protected city center of Šibenik will soon have its own public access. ‘ID card’with all important data, photographs, and guidelines for restoration. It is a unique project, not only in Croatia, but also in the world. A project that preserves our heritage and what we are – and that is the greatest value of every nation, including ourselves.And this is exactly one of the goals of the project of the Šibenik Association of Citizens, Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac, entitled: “Information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik”.The project has been intensively worked on for the last two years, and the first and the most difficult step was the careful recording of all buildings in the city center. In cooperation with the Society of Architects Šibenik, ie the youth section of the Society of Architects Šibenik (SOBA), the registration of the first 300 buildings was initiated in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of the Conservation Department at the Ministry of Culture. After six months of work, the Juraj Dalmatinac Society and DAŠ collected all the necessary data for the first 300 buildings. “About ten members of the Society of Architects Šibenik participated in the project, and in addition to the records of the current condition of the buildings, information on guidelines for potential renovation was collected. The content of the building identification card, which can also be called a ‘building identity card’, contains general information: cadastral parcel number, area, address and house number. Then there are data on protection with markings of cultural property and protection system, and a description of the building with a prominent time of construction, purpose, number of storeys, data on the roof… “Points out Nikola Grubić, president of the Association” Juraj Dalmatinac.In addition, on the website that will be available for public use, with a simple click of the mouse for each of the buildings, those interested will be able to find valid provisions from the GUP of the City of Sibenik, photos of all street facades, cadastral situation and, most importantly, guidelines for renewal. This will ensure that potential restorers of buildings in the core should not violate conservation guidelines by using unsuitable renovation materials (roofs, facades, windows, doors, etc.), or by otherwise damaging protected buildings.This project is the first of its kind in Croatia and beyond. Its applicability is extremely important and becomes very interesting to other cities in the country and abroad. That this is the case is confirmed by the expressed interest of some of our cities on the Adriatic coast and one from neighboring Slovenia and Italy, Grubić points out and adds that currently the focus is only on Šibenik because the project remains to process several hundred more buildings. “We launched this project solely to protect our core, and to help our citizens have as few problems as possible during reconstruction.”Concludes Grubić.I constantly emphasize that the very essence of tourism is authenticity, and that I have to start respecting our culture, heritage, identities… because that is exactly our greatest tourist value. The stone heart of Šibenik is what makes the city of Šibenik, ie a tourist destination, unique, and this is an excellent example of sustainable development and preservation of our tradition and heritage. If we look at the bigger picture, it is unfortunate that under the prism of development we are constantly copying others, and we have exactly what others want – a unique and authentic story. Take a look around and ask yourself how hotels are built on our coast, I mean the design of the same? Do they fit into our unique space and ambience? Do we have any guidelines on how many floors and widths they can have, what material…This is not about banning investments or hotels, private capital looks exclusively at its own interest and dances within the framework we set for it. This is about sustainable and strategic development. We are irreversibly destroying our destinations with wild construction in the past, and now at the same pace without any framework and care, we allow the construction of hotels and apartments without any rules of the game, ie to follow the guidelines to better fit into the space.A copy is a copy, and the original will always have its value as well as the motive for coming.And that is why this example, both as a project and as a Society for Heritage Preservation, is one of the most important projects in Šibenik. Because if we turn into copies, the question arises why people would travel. Do not forget that the very motive of tourism, ie travel, is to get to know new ways and cultures of living. It is up to us, and the biggest responsibility is not on the Ministry of Tourism or the CNTB, but on the cities and the local population, which are most responsible for the development of cities and tourist destinations.Let us be proud and preserve our identity, history, heritage, culture… because these are our greatest values. Let us respect ourselves, so that others may respect us. We must not cut the branch on which we sit and that is why strategic development and sustainable tourism is the only right path of development.It’s all up to us.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Conference on the future of health tourism in Croatia

first_imgThe organizers of the conference are the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb and the CNTB, in partnership with MINT, HGK and the Ministry of Health. You can find more about the conference and the list of participants HERE. At the beginning of next month, on February 5, 2019, a conference dedicated to health tourism in Croatia entitled “Health Spot Croatia – Croatia, a place for health” will be held in Zagreb. The conference will certainly open new questions about health tourism that can be a motivator for further development, which may ultimately result in Croatia and Zagreb becoming a sought-after destination for this type of tourism. Due to the favorable climate, ecological preservation, cultural and natural wealth and qualified tourist and health staff, health tourism can be a strong potential of Croatia and provide it with an excellent opportunity to position itself as a year-round tourist destination.center_img The conference will be attended by about 200 participants and experts from Croatia and the world in the field of medicine, wellness and tourism who will discuss the state of health tourism in Croatia and forms of further development. Also, ways of creating new products, services and experiences will be presented, as well as connecting providers of tourist and health services. The popularity of health tourism in the world is growing rapidly and it is becoming one of the main motivators of travel, but it also represents a great potential for long-term sustainable development.last_img read more

Martina Nimac Kalcina, Croatian Chamber of Commerce: The possibility of increasing the number of accommodation capacities has reached almost the maximum, the focus must be on quality

first_imgOn the other hand, in the past couple of years we have had the time and space to differentiate the tourist product, as well as to raise the quality, which must be the main focus. But despite the constant announcements, warnings and signals from the market, obviously our tourism sector has welcomed a cold shower with weaker bookings at this stage of the year. While it is not the time to panic, one should definitely listen to signals from the market and react in a timely manner. According to the Ministry of Tourism, there are currently more than 103 registered private and family accommodation facilities in Croatia, which puts the category of family accommodation and private renters in the largest share in Croatian tourism. The process of market self-regulation has already begun, and only this year it will show itself on the ground, where those who raised quality and supply will profit, while others will begin to loudly protest and blame everyone else, least of all themselves. Again, it’s all in the focus of the emotions, experiences and stories we tell. An experience that we promise to fulfill and a promise for an unforgettable, whatever that means for a certain target group, vacation and experiences. And the whole story has to revolve around an authentic and local experience, because that’s exactly what the main ingredient of tourism is. UNIQUE CREDIT LINE FOR PRIVATE RENTERS PRESENTED “The reason for the popularity of family accommodation is the greater opportunity for domestic, local and indigenous experience, which is something that today’s tourist is looking for. They want a local story and experience. Accommodation is no longer a priority, but a story they want to take with them as a main memory and share with friends”Notes Nimac Kalcina.  “The possibility of increasing the number of accommodation capacities has reached almost the maximum, especially due to limited infrastructure and a limited number of flights during the season. It is not possible to increase the number of tourists in double digits compared to last year, which would also be accompanied by such an increase in accommodation capacity. said Martina Nimac Kalcina, acting head of the HGK Family Accommodation Association, on the occasion of the new edition of the largest national gathering of private landlords, the Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which will be held on March 29 and 30 at the Gripe Sports Center in Split.  The resurgence of tourism’s biggest competitors, such as Tunisia, Turkey and Greece, and the faltering economies of key emitting markets, Italy and Germany, has raised concerns among some private renters awaiting Easter bookings as the first big test this season. Also, we must understand that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. That is why everyone, and especially the hosts in family accommodation, must start selling the destination, not the bed. If we interest the guest in the destination, only then comes the phase of finding accommodation, and if the host by promoting the destination on its channels hit the motives of arrival, it is logical that the guest will choose or at least first look at that accommodation as his first option. Find out more details about FOS in Split and the program HEREcenter_img RELATED NEWS: Nimac Kalcina emphasizes that this is why this edition of the Family Accommodation Forum is dedicated to ways to raise that quality, from luxurious private accommodation and interior design to investing in professional photography and serving a top-quality breakfast. Part of the forum will be dedicated to both ecological facilities and sustainable tourism. Various possibilities of enriching the offer for guests through connecting with adventure tourism will also be presented.  Whether we have succeeded will be shown by this and future tourist seasons, but one thing is for sure, the time of great growth of arrivals is behind us. This year, private and family accommodation facilities in Croatia will be on a special test. BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES BOOKINGSUITE APP STORE. GAME CHANGER IN THE TOURISM SECTOR SPLIT-DALMATIA COUNTY LAUNCHES A TENDER AIMING TO RAISE THE QUALITY OF THE TOURIST OFFER What would be a bad move is certainly a massive price drop. Nimac Kalcina also warns about this, pointing out that resorting to falling prices destroys the image of the entire destination, while there is also no room for price increases due to the recovery of competitive tourist markets. “Therefore, continuous investment in the quality of accommodation is our most important weapon in the fight against falling tourist demand. ” emphasizes Nimac Kalcina. Not quantity, but quality. last_img read more

Dinara will become a Nature Park next year?

first_imgAlso for the protection of a large number of plant and animal species, which have been researched and recorded. He added that the City has rejected many investors for the installation of wind farms on the Dinara, precisely for these reasons and the need to declare a Nature Park, which will ultimately be a greater benefit to the public than wind farms. The Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy, Tomislav Ćorić, pointed out that last year the first meeting was held with representatives of counties and local governments, who initiated the proclamation of the Dinara Nature Park and that the Ministry did some of its work, and the rest depends on these two counties. a unit of local self-government, on the territory of which the Dinara Nature Park would be located. It was explained that the nature park is a national category, that it is financed from the state budget, ie a public institution, that it is possible to use the forest, water, hunting in accordance with regulations and the like. The Mayor of Knin supported this project and stressed the need and importance of declaring the Dinara Nature Park, primarily due to the protection of the sources of the rivers Cetina and Krka, and the Krka canyon should have the greatest protection, because our great strength is in water especially in the future. Therefore, the Minister opened the discussion and invited all representatives of local self-government units to declare the acceptability of the initiative. In the discussion, the vast majority of representatives of local self-government units welcomed the idea and pointed out the reasons for acceptability, as well as some of their reasons for unacceptability. Photo: Visit Knin Namely, Last month, in the City Hall in Knin, a meeting was held regarding the activities and the procedure for declaring the Dinara Nature Park. The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy at the initiative of the City of Knin, the Municipality of Kijevo and other neighboring municipalities. Photo: City of Knincenter_img Source: City of Knin / Photo: Visit Knin In Croatia, I currently have 11 Nature Parks and 8 National Parks. Therefore, according to the old legal basis, the Nature Park would extend from northern Knin, from Crvena Zemlja, to Trilj, through the territories of these municipalities and cities, continuously, and according to the attached map, it would extend to the Šibenik-Knin and Split-Split Dalmatian County. Possible obstacles to declaring the Park, such as wind farms / wind farms, have been identified. In Knin, another step forward has been made towards the proclamation of the Dinara Nature Park. At the end, the Minister presented the schedule of activities, from the preparation of the expert basis for the Dinara Nature Park, the geodetic basis, the necessary statements for the Croatian Parliament, publicization of proposals and e-consultation on the draft proposal would, if all local governments agree, the law could be passed next year at this time.last_img read more

How to reduce efforts on natural resources, while increasing revenues to the local community? The answer is sustainable tourism

first_imgSustainable tourism development has become an imperative today. Both globally and as a new tourist paradigm of tourism development in Croatia.  Attendance at the event is free. Lekić also adds that through tourism as an intercultural communication they managed to connect and network everything through circular creativity. “We were able to involve over 10 participants in the creative industry in the interpretation. From architecture, fine arts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, writing, games and more, the goal is to design a cultural tourism product based on Glagolitic heritage. The story is very interesting and indicative because it gives a totally different approach to tourism, while respecting the local heritage, involving the local community, and makes a quality and authentic tourist content as part of creative cultural tourism. Lekić pointed out and concluded that they have developed a creative product that can be sustainable, which will benefit the local population and be crucial for the economic development of the entire region. Sustainable tourism is defined by the UNWTO as tourism that fully takes into account current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, taking care of the needs of visitors, sectors, the environment and the destination. Therefore, sustainable tourism should make optimal use of environmental resources that are a key element of tourism development, retaining essential ecological processes and helping to protect natural heritage and biodiversity. Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of the destination, preserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to intercultural understanding and tolerance, and ensure that economic activities are sustainable and long-term. “I will talk about the interpretation of Glagolitic heritage on the example of the town of Plomin. It is a new form of tourism, genealogical tourism, which appeals not only to foreign tourists, but also to our diaspora. Interpretation in a sustainable way, with the local community interpreting the symbols and the whole story around the Glagolitic alphabet in a different way – through the economy of experienceAnnounced Lekić.  When, if not now? The time for change has never before been so pronounced in the tourism sector as it is today at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, and so have our new tourism paradigms. That’s why the rethink narrative has been hit hard as part of the webinar, as it is planned to write our new long-term tourism strategy this year – which must have sustainable tourism at its core as an imperative.  “Protected areas are a very interesting tourist resource. I will emphasize the lecture on how WWF got involved in tourism and how we decided to approach the whole issue and lay a sustainable foundation for tourism. Mass tourism is certainly a threat to these areas, but tourism and the protection of natural areas can work together, and we will show this with concrete examples that we have done in Croatia. Through our work we have been contacted by various companies and locals who want to engage in tourism in these protected areas, but so that tourism and nature protection can go hand in hand. Thus, through communication and synergy, we have developed a platform for sustainable and responsible tourism as a know-how with which we participate in the development of tourism in protected areas.”Points out Prvan.  Use of cultural tangible and intangible heritage in tourism is the topic of the lecture dr.sc. Romane Lekić, Assistant Dean for Tourism Studies at the Edward Bernays College of Communication Management in Zagreb, who will look at a concrete example of how to make the Glagolitic alphabet a sustainable tourism brand. The biggest problem with the application of these systems for measuring and monitoring sustainable tourism development is that despite the technology, desire and will of other institutions, there is still no continuous data for measuring and monitoring sustainable tourism development, Klarin said. continuous data collection is lacking, and sometimes data is not available or complete. “The basic goal of the concept of sustainable tourism development is to improve the quality of life and preserve the socio-cultural identity of the local community and ensure the full experience and satisfaction of tourists with the development of quality tourism products and services, all while preserving resources that will enable long-term generation.”Emphasizes Klarin and adds that the topic of sustainable development is extremely relevant in today’s context, and that through his lecture he will try to explain the whole issue of developing the concept of sustainable tourism or sustainable development of tourism, from its beginnings to current trends, challenges and solutions.  It is clear to everyone how mass tourism is not sustainable, how destinations are cracking at the seams in the summer months, how we must protect our most valuable resource – space, how we must connect blue and green Croatia through tourism, keep people in rural areas and islands, how we have a problem of high seasonality our tourism and how there is no future without sustainable development.  Mosor Prvan, WWF Adria: Sustainable and responsible tourism must support the development of the local community The theme of the two-day event is Rethinking Tourism which will be discussed on both days in the morning as well as webinars / discussions will be organized on the b2match platform, followed by B2B online meetings for companies in tourism and all those who do business with such companies. It is also crucial how to help the local community to generate income, while at the same time contributing to nature protection and through all this that tourist products have economic value, Prvan emphasizes and concludes: “It is important that the tourism product is economically viable and sustainable. So what we do is the development of sustainable tourism products is that it simultaneously contributes to the protection of nature and the interest of the local community, that it is a product that is financially self-sustainable and that it does not culturally undermine any local tradition that exists in the area.” “I practically get to the point where we stay on the basic indicators of tourism success, and that is most often just that tourist traffic on arrivals and overnight stays. Unfortunately, some more concrete and complex indicators such as tourist density, intensity or functionality are not used at all. What is presented to the public remains practically how many overnight stays we have made, not taking into account some more complex problems, which tourism certainly brings – primarily the negative effects of tourism that we will talk about and that we must strategically take into account the further development of our tourism.”Concludes Clarin.  It is through the project of a virtual walk through VR glasses that we made in Zadar, as well as many other examples in Croatia, we proved that in Croatia we not only keep up with all new modern technologies in tourism, but that we can be leaders in innovation, concludes Mudri Six. “Since the creation of the concept and the introduction of the development of the methodology and the system for measuring and monitoring the sustainable development of tourism, without which the whole concept cannot even be realized. We will also present specific existing methodologies and systems for measuring and monitoring the sustainability of tourism. I will certainly touch on the issue related to the implementation of the concept or the possibility of limiting the application of different systems, ie why these systems are not currently in a functionClarin points out.  Sign up here and select the webinars you want to attend and mark your availability for B2B meetings. Event registrations are closing 06. October 2020. at 13:00. To learn more, click here Also, in the lecture Klarin will show concrete examples of good practice which nevertheless showed that there are various possibilities from concrete measurements and monitoring of sustainable tourism development and accordingly reducing the negative effects of tourism, which is imperative today.  Sustainable tourism is the main topic online international B2B webinar and B2B meeting organized by HGK Zadar County Chamber – Rethinking Tourism B2B event, and which will take place October 07 and 08 pthe basis of the online platform.  “In the lecture, I will talk about the whole process of how to present our cultural heritage with the help of technology. About how we came up with the idea, how we realized it, what the technological challenges are, how to generate and organize content through technology. The product is adaptable to a wide range of audiences, as the audio guide has been translated into seven languages, which eases the language barrier, ie eliminates it.“Points out Mudri Šestan and adds that the use of virtual glasses can be seen 360 degrees, and the animation shows us the construction of a building that existed in the past or shows an event that happened in the past. “Instead of foreign guests, but also the people of Zadar themselves, schoolchildren and many others imagine what the Roman Forum looked like in the past or what the IV. The crusade to Zadar in 1202, with the help of technology, will experience the story of Zadar’s history in an interesting way. ” explains the Wise Shestan. The Magic Croatia agency has a lot to say on the mentioned topic from their own experience. Namely, last year they made a new modern tourist product and digitized the cultural heritage of Zadar. So now the guests of Zadar through a virtual walk through VR glasses can go back in time and experience what is otherwise impossible to see – how Zadar looked in the past. center_img Rethinking Tourism B2B event, there will be an online international B2B webinar and B2B meetings organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce of the Zadar County Chamber. It will happen to be held on October 7 and 8, and will include webinars and B2B meetings 1: 1. The event is intended for all companies from the tourism sector, as well as those who do business with the tourism sector. Interpretation of cultural heritage is an extremely important segment of the tourist offer highlights Romana Lekić and in the lecture he will talk about how to use a sustainable model for communication and interpretation of traditional heritage in cultural tourism through the creative use of new technologies in the function of creating experiences and interpretation of heritage in a tourist destination. VR, AR and all other modern technologies offer us only new tools and media for interpretations of our historical and cultural heritage. And this is best seen in the example of a virtual walk in Zadar, where tourists, thanks to technology, are shown what Zadar looked like before, and what it looks like today.  The solution to these problems and many others is certainly in sustainable tourism, which, especially during the pandemic, has once again proved to be an imperative in future tourism development.  Tomislav Klarin, UNIZD: The basic goal of the concept of sustainable tourism development is to improve the quality of life and preserve the socio-cultural identity of the local community “Today, travelers are motivated by the desire to get to know a culture different from their own in a place that cannot be replaced by any other tourist destination. ” emphasizes Lekić. Sustainable and responsible tourism must support the development of the local community because if we enable people living in these areas to stay in their areas and live well from tourism, but from tourism that can and must be in line with nature protection, adds Prvan and gives excellent a concrete example through fishing tourism.  Veronika Mudri Sestan owner of the travel agency Magic Croatia from Zadar, will hold lectures on Digitization of cultural heritage.   He will talk about previous experiences and concrete examples of the development of sustainable tourism Mosor Prvan from WWF Adria- at the lecture: Development of tourism in natural protected areas. Veronika Mudri Šestan, Magic Croatia: In Croatia we are not only keeping pace with all new modern technologies in tourism, but we are also leaders in innovation Romana Lekić, Edward Bernays: Interpretation of cultural heritage is an extremely important segment of the tourist offer This is a project Glagolitic and creative industry – Glagolitic epigraphic monuments of Istria and the Croatian coast, which is being implemented in Plomin and Otočac. The project provides an answer to the question: How to concretely design a project of Glagolitic interpretation in an interactive and sustainable way, in which it will not be just an artifact. WWF is an organization that primarily deals with nature protection, and that is why their great focus is on how to improve protected areas through tourism, whose main purpose is nature protection.      “Fishing tourism is something quite new in Croatia, and in that segment the point is to have professional fishermen who will take tourists fishing and make a demonstration of how fishing is traditionally done in that area. Because when a fisherman normally goes fishing, he throws about 3 kilometers of net, and when he takes tourists, he throws 300 meters of net. In this way, he has a secured income, earns more money than when fishing, and at the same time fishing effort is reduced. And that’s the million-dollar question we tried to answer and one of the examples we’re going to talk about in the lectureSaid Prvan.  All lecturers agree: Sustainable tourism is imperative Rethinking Tourism B2B event Tourism can be an opportunity to protect nature, but also to create a sustainable local economy which increases the quality of life and business of the local population, point out WWF Adria, which through excellent projects on Lastovo and Kornati managed to create two success stories – where revenues remain with the local community, tourists contribute to nature protection, and the negative impact of tourism on nature is far within the limits of sustainability. On topic Sustainable tourism – indicators of sustainable tourism he will speak doc.dr.sc. Tomislav Klarin from the University of Zadar, Department of Tourism and Communication Sciences. Quality and preserved environment is the basis for tourism activities, so tourism from the very beginning of the development of the concept of sustainable development has adopted its principles and goals as appropriate measures to reduce the negative effects of tourism on the environment, he said. Tomislav Klarin in his doctoral thesis on “Creating a model of sustainable tourism development in urban destinations in the Republic of Croatia, and adds that in this context a concept of sustainable tourism development has been developed that ensures ecological, socio-cultural and economic balance of tourism development.  Lectures by domestic and foreign tourism experts will focus primarily on sustainable tourism. last_img read more