first_img The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host two of Ireland's Six Nations matches next year The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host two of Ireland's Six Nations matches next year

first_img“Unfortunately the chief scout had the deal in place but we missed that one.“He’s a great talent but unfortunately he hasn’t joined the right club.” 0:43 – Advertisement – Jude Bellingham has been called up to the England squad for the first time following the withdrawal of James Ward-Prowse and Trent Alexander-Arnold through injury.The 17-year-old midfielder was originally included in the U21 squad, but will now link up with the senior team ahead of the games against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.- Advertisement – New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu in the stands at Goodison ParkImage:Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu in the stands at Goodison Park Marcus RashfordImage:Southgate is hopeful he will have Marcus Rashford in his squad Bellingham has impressed since making a summer switch from Birmingham City to Dortmund, featuring in 10 matches, scoring once.It caps an incredible rise for Bellingham, who only finished his first full campaign of senior football last season.During his debut season with Birmingham, Bellingham became a lynchpin of his boyhood club’s midfield and featured 44 times, scoring four goals.- Advertisement – “He was spotted very early on, not by me, but by the Arsenal recruitment office.“The chief scout was absolutely bowled over by him (Bellingham) and the great prospect that he is.“The sporting director Edu, coming from Brazil had no European and U.K. experience and I think it got lost in the transition. Jude Bellingham England face Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Thursday before travelling to Belgium on Sunday and welcoming Iceland on Wednesday to complete UEFA Nations League Group A2.Sky Sports News reported on Monday England may have to forfeit their final Nations League group game against Iceland, with UEFA expected to sanction Denmark’s fixture with the Icelanders on Sunday.Currently, the UK Government will not allow any of Iceland’s players into the country to play the game if they have been in Denmark – where a new strain of coronavirus has been linked to the country’s mink farms.Elsewhere, England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has added Everton duo Ben Godfrey and Tom Davies to his squad, but will be without Norwich defender Max Aarons for the matches against Andorra on Friday and Albania on Tuesday.‘Arsenal were close to signing Bellingham’Former England captain Tony Adams says Arsenal were close to signing Jude Bellingham from Birmingham but the transfer slipped through the net.“I think it got lost this one, in the transition of the chief scout at Arsenal going out,” said Adams. Tony Adams says the signing of Jude Bellingham was one that slipped through the net at Arsenal. Despite being without Ward-Prowse and Alexander-Arnold, England manager Gareth Southgate is hopeful he will be able to call upon Marcus Rashford.The striker is scheduled to report for duty on Thursday to allow for further assessment on an injury sustained in Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Everton last Saturday.The majority of the squad arrived at St. George’s Park on Monday with Ben Chilwell, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling due to report on Tuesday. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgListen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) – Advertisement – Tyra Banks Recreates Jennifer Lopez’s Most Iconic Look on ‘DWTS’Left: Tyra Banks on “Dancing With the Stars.” Right: Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammy Awards. Kelsey McNeal/ABC; Charbonneau/BEI/ShutterstockSeeing double! Tyra Banks channeled Jennifer Lopez during the most recent Dancing With the Stars episode.On Monday, November 9, the 46-year-old host opened the hit ABC show in a jungle print dress reminiscent of the iconic look that J.Lo. wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards. “What’s up America?” Banks said before strutting down the stage to Lopez’s song “Jenny from the Block.”- Advertisement – With this added stress, sometimes mistakes are inevitable. For instance, during the episode on October 26, she just barely avoided a wardrobe malfunction. “I had on sneakers for the first half of the show,” she said. “I had on these black disgusting sneakers that I hike in because my feet were hurting. The dress goes all the way to the floor. You can’t see my feet. So why the hell do I need to put on high heels?”However, when there was a costume change she nearly forgot to swap her kicks. “Then we forgot to put my fancy shoes on for the second [half of the show]. I had to run [and] put the fancy shoes on. It was a hot mess. And then I walk out and it’s just, you have no idea. … it’s crazy!”- Advertisement – The model’s look slightly varied, with a silky, opaque material and puff long sleeves. And while she still sported a plunging neckline clipped together with a sparkly belt at the bottom, it was a bit more modest than Lopez’s original, which reached below the belly button.In an Instagram Story later Monday night, Banks revealed that the look was created using chiffon scarves from Versace.The supermodel spoke with Us about her fashion choices for the dancing competition, admitting that it takes a lot of work to keep up. “You should see the fittings that I have where it’s in my garage and they’re showing me stuff,” she explained. “Somebody told me one of the journalists said that my outfits are like my co-star. I’m like, ‘Ooh! So we got to really step it up.’ So there’s pressure.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgManchester United head coach Casey Stoney– Advertisement – 0:29 Manchester United’s development as a club took a step up when they defeated Arsenal last weekend – their first league win over one of the established ‘big three’ since their reformation.The season started by holding champions Chelsea to a draw at home and they go into the derby against Manchester City with the prospect of going eight points clear of their city rivals.“We haven’t achieved anything yet,” Turner told Sky Sports News.“After the Arsenal game it felt like something had happened but, as Tobin said in the changing room, it means nothing if we don’t win on Saturday.“We were like ‘way to bring the mood down, Tobin’, but that’s the mentality you have to have. The league isn’t going to be decided on one game.”Mentality, hard work, development and a little star power has got Manchester United to the summit 817 days after their first professional match. It will be interesting to see what will be needed to keep them there. Katie Zelem, who won back-to-back titles with Liverpool before joining Juventus for a season where she also won Serie A, rejoined the club that trained her in her youth. She is now club captain.She told Sky Sports News: “Before I stepped foot through the door, when they’d appointed Casey as manager I knew they were going for it. I had a presentation with Casey and I played with her at Liverpool; Casey’s a winner. For me I knew I was joining a club that wanted to be the best. I knew the ambition was to reach the Champions League and that’s hopefully where we’re heading.”“It’s great what the club has done, I love the philosophy of bringing back youth to United. We’ve not just improved as a team but if you look at everyone individually they’ve really improved as players themselves.”Sprinkle of stardust 817 days ago Manchester United Women were preparing for their first professional game. On Saturday, they will take on Manchester City already top of the WSL with the chance to go eight points of their rivals.Sky Sports News has spoken to key figures at the club to find out just how the club has developed so rapidly in the 27 months since their first match.Stoney’s vision – Advertisement – Manchester United's Katie Zelem is one of seven players to earn their first senior England call-upImage:Katie Zelem has gone on to earn an England call-up this season Part of Stoney’s philosophy was to dip into the talent pool the club itself had developed.Despite the senior team disbanding in 2005, the club’s centre of excellence continued to produce professional standard players that had to go elsewhere to break into the game.Millie Turner, Ella Toone and Kirsty Hanson were among a group of players who rejoined the club they represented as a teenager and have gone on to become a huge part of the team’s success. Megan Rapinoe and Katie Zelem Casey Stoney, Man Utd Women's manager “I was going to get to build this club from the bottom up, to bring in the players I wanted. I was going to be able to build a philosophy I believe in, create an environment I think will work and the club has allowed me to get on with it.“To be honest, they knew I knew women’s football better than they did and they supported me through it. It’s a unique opportunity, you never get that in football. Every player is here because I chose them, every staff member is here because I chose them, the philosophy we have is because it’s the one I want to play. You don’t ever get that and for me it’s just a fantastic opportunity.”Back to the future Despite their quick rise to be WSL leaders, Manchester United boss Casey Stoney says developing the team is a slow process but believes they are in a ‘good place’center_img Casey Stoney was named Manchester United head coach on June 8 2018 and their first fixture was just two months later.Twenty-one players were signed in that period by the first-time manager, who was encouraged to apply for the job by Phil Neville after assisting in the England setup.By the end of the season, United had won promotion to the WSL at the first attempt, topping the Women’s Championship and winning 18 of their 20 league games.“The fact it was Manchester United in terms of the tradition, the history, the scale of the club and that it was a blank canvass,” Stoney recalls when thinking back to why she took the job. 0:44 Ballon D’Or winner Megan Rapinoe suggested it was ‘disgraceful’ Manchester United did not set up their current women’s team until 2018 – but current skipper Katie Zelem feels the criticism is misplaced Casey Stoney says the comments made by Greg Clarke that led to his resignation as FA chairman show ‘how much work we’ve still got to do’ regarding diversity in English football – Advertisement – 0:29 Building on Stoney’s philosophy, developing young players and recruiting experienced WSL campaigners meant Manchester United finished fourth in WSL last season. However, expectations have increased after a busy summer of signings.England midfielder Lucy Staniforth and Spain full-back Ona Batlle were among the senior players to join but it was the additions of two-time World Cup winners – Tobin Heath and Christen Press – on one-year deals that excited the fans.“If you look at our team from the first year to now we’ve got so much more experience,” Zelem told Sky Sports News. “We’ve recruited winners.”“It’s not just what they’ve achieved on the pitch but they’re also really good people for the group,” added centre-back Amy Turner, whose form has been singled out by Casey Stoney as one of the unheralded reasons for the club’s success.“They’ve brought that extra bit of confidence and that belief we maybe didn’t have before. You can see the intensity they perform at and when you’re behind that it really eggs you on to match that.”Just keep winning Turner has been part of a back-four that's only conceded five goals this season.Image:Amy Turner has been part of a back four that has only conceded five goals this season World Cup winner Christen Press is one of five United States internationals to have joined English clubsImage:World Cup winner Christen Press signed on loan for Man Utd in the summer – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img To achieve prepandemic vaccines, researchers would have to ascertain the right dose and dose interval, determine how long priming lasts, and solve the puzzle of measuring primed immunity. Further, regulatory authorities would have to determine the trial design that could deliver those answers, the public discussion that would be necessary for prepandemic vaccines to be accepted, and the safety data that would need to be gathered once the vaccines went into use (see Bibliography: Goodman 2007). A number of the studies that have shown adjuvants may be able to stretch the vaccine supply also demonstrated a secondary benefit: The formulas protected not only against the H5N1 flu strain on which they were based, but against other H5N1 strains as well, a phenomenon called cross-reactive protection (see Bibliography: Nicholson 2001, Stephenson 2005, Govorkova 2006, Hehme 2007, Hoffenbach 2007). Most recently, the GlaxoSmithKline-backed team that described an acceptable immune response after two adjuvanted 3.8-microgram (mcg) doses found that three fourths of their subjects were protected not only against the clade 1 Vietnam virus on which the vaccine was based, but against a drifted clade 2 virus from Indonesia as well (see Bibliography: Leroux-Roels 2007). “I think priming should be done, but I am not sure how it should be done,” said Dr. John Wood, principal scientist in the division of virology at the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Biological Standards and Control. “What we don’t know is how low you can go to actually prime people. It may be that you can go much lower than where we can detect antibody. That is a regulatory headache, because you have to demonstrate that you are doing something, but there is a potential there” (see Bibliography: Wood 2007: author interview). At the moment, however, the science is thin. Much of the support for priming has come from animal studies (see Bibliography: Lipatov 2005, Govorkova 2006, Kreijtz 2007) or via computer modeling (see Bibliography: Longini 2005, Ferguson 2006, Germann 2006). A few small studies in humans have shown promising results. In one, serum from 15 volunteers who received three doses over 16 months of an adjuvanted vaccine based on a 1997 H5N3 isolate showed significant antibody response against H5N1 strains isolated years later (see Bibliography: Stephenson 2005). In another, 37 participants who had been given a baculovirus-grown, clade 3 H5 vaccine in 1998 were boosted with a single dose of the unadjuvanted 90-mcg Sanofi vaccine in 2005, and showed much higher antibody responses than participants who had not been primed but received one or two doses of the 90-mcg vaccine (see Bibliography: Treanor 2007: Immune responses). And researchers at a conference earlier this year reported that some of the participants in the phase 3 trial of the 90-mcg Sanofi vaccine were boosted with a third dose 6 months after their second dose and showed a significant rise in antibody levels that lasted for 6 months (see Bibliography: Zangwill 2007). A tough ethical problemBut the next logical step—that if vaccines can be formulated without waiting for a pandemic, they could be administered before a pandemic began—is a much tougher one to take, and policy makers are approaching it with great caution. The scientific, logistical, and especially ethical questions raised by prepandemic vaccination are grave. “Extraordinary threats call for consideration of innovative strategies that, in less-threatening circumstances, might be dismissed,” Bruce Gellin and Ben Schwartz of the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Program Office wrote 2 years ago. “Although it has been assumed that pandemic vaccine cannot be stockpiled or that vaccination cannot occur before the start of a pandemic, might these approaches actually be possible? . . . Would receipt of a vaccine prepared before the pandemic be effective in providing some protection or in priming recipients so a single subsequent dose of vaccine would be protective?” (see Bibliography: Schwartz 2005). The danger demonstrated by both those campaigns, of causing adverse events while protecting against a disease that might never arise, has been noted in World Health Organization (WHO) policies as well. “Possible high-risk shortcuts in response to a potential emergency would be difficult to justify prior to the actual occurrence of the emergency,” the agency said after the June 2006 meeting of its Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety. “Effectiveness of pandemic vaccines will not be known before the pandemic and possibly only after it is over” (see Bibliography: WHO 2006: Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 6-7 June 2006). The prime-boost strategyThe most likely and biologically plausible use of prepandemic vaccination would be as the first half of a “prime-boost” series. People would still be given the two doses of vaccine necessary to provoke immunity in a naïve individual. But the doses would be based on different vaccine strains—the first an early best guess, the second tuned to the pandemic strain—and could be given not weeks but months or years apart if the science supported it. Yet the potential benefits of prepandemic vaccination are so alluring that governments have begun gingerly to lay groundwork for its consideration, despite the obvious difficulties of putting the idea into practice. The findings are not completely understood, though researchers agree that they make biological sense. Adjuvants stimulate the immune system in some manner that is broader than and different from the body’s reaction to the antigen packaged with them. The discovery that adjuvanted flu vaccines may invoke cross-reactivity has generated tremendous excitement—because that could allow production of at least partially protective vaccines well in advance of a pandemic’s beginning. Part 1: Flu research: a legacy of neglectPart 2: Vaccine production capacity falls far shortPart 3: H5N1 poses major immunologic challengesPart 4: The promise and problems of adjuvantsPart 5: What role for prepandemic vaccination?Part 6: Looking to novel vaccine technologiesPart 7: Time for a vaccine ‘Manhattan Project’?Bibliography Hurdles are manySo many steps separate those early results from an agreed-upon policy that would allow for prepandemic vaccines—in an annual flu shot or stockpiled until the WHO declares a pandemic imminent—that it is unrealistic to expect them to be created any time soon. The scientific questions alone are significant and novel. Any vaccination that took place before a pandemic was detected would offer uncertain amounts of both benefit and risk. The vaccine might be cross-protective against a future pandemic—but the lag time to the pandemic’s emergence might be so long that the vaccination would seem pointless. As well, the vaccine might cause a greater-than-expected rate of adverse events, causing both direct harm to recipients and indirect damage to government credibility—results that would be particularly difficult to tolerate if vaccination proved unnecessary because the pandemic did not arrive. Those risks are not theoretical: They have been demonstrated in the United States twice in recent history, in the abortive 2002 smallpox vaccination campaign and the 1976 swine-flu campaign (see Bibliography: Kotalik 2005), which has haunted US flu decision-making ever since. Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts promising advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing large amounts of an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame. Part 4 examined the possibility of using adjuvants to stretch the supply of pandemic vaccines and the regulatory barriers to that strategy. Recognizing those hurdles, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said in August that while it welcomes the development of prepandemic vaccines, it would not support administering them until a WHO declaration of pandemic phase 5 or 6, meaning significant human-to-human transmission is occurring or a pandemic is under way (see Bibliography: ECDC 2007: “Pre-pandemic” vaccines might offer protection but uncertainties remain). The pandemic vaccine puzzle Oct 31, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Experiments with vaccine adjuvants have raised some hope of removing one of the great stumbling blocks to pandemic influenza preparedness: the impossibility of making a vaccine that protects against a pandemic virus before that virus actually emerges. last_img read more

first_imgJun 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – David Nabarro, influenza coordinator for the United Nations (UN), said during a press conference yesterday that the world is better prepared to respond to an influenza pandemic, but he added that continuing outbreaks in some countries are a reminder that a major threat remains.”The situation is really improving. It doesn’t mean that we can say the situation is completely under control—we have the situation in countries where it is still quite entrenched—but it does mean that in the rest of the world there is a great deal of vigilance and action under way,” said Nabarro in a UN press release. He shared his global pandemic assessment with reporters at the UN’s New York City headquarters yesterday.Praise as well as concernHe praised South Korea and the United Kingdom for how quickly they brought recent H5N1 outbreaks under control, and credited Australia and the United States with conducting pandemic exercises aimed at testing the resiliency of their financial sectors.Nabarro pointed out that the financial sector exercises show that it’s not necessarily expensive to prepare for a pandemic and that such strategies could help countries prepare for other types of threats.Nabarro also said many governments have aggressively invested in improving poultry biosecurity and have focused efforts on the link between animal and human diseases.Other notable achievements include the work that the World Tourism Organization has done to spearhead preparedness in travel and tourism industries and updates that the World Health Organization has made to its international health regulations and pandemic preparedness guidance, Nabarro said.However, he said that the UN was very concerned that the virus is still entrenched in nations such as Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Egypt, and Indonesia, and, to some extent, Nigeria.”We remain very concerned about Indonesia, where the disease seems to be concentrated among poultry, particularly in Western Java, and we’re also seeing the largest numbers of human cases,” Nabarro said in the press release.National governments have pledged $2.7 billion to the UN over the past 3 or 4 years, he said, adding that countries have not earmarked their donations toward particular sectors, which helps the agency allocate the money toward animal and human health initiatives, as needed.Planning for global conferencePreparations are under way for a global conference on the H5N1 virus and pandemic preparedness, Nabarro told reporters. The meeting will be held in October in Egypt. Representatives from UN agencies, the World Bank, and the Egyptian government will meet in July in Cairo to flesh out plans for the meeting.A likely outcome of the meeting will be a review of each country’s response to and preparation for avian influenza events and a better understanding of the private sector’s role as a partner in planning, he said.FAO: Stay vigilant in CambodiaIn other developments, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Cambodia’s agriculture ministry warned today that Cambodia must be vigilant about preventing and identifying H5N1 outbreaks, given that the country borders Vietnam and Thailand, which continue to experience outbreaks.Etienne Careme, the FAO’s emergency program coordinator, said in a statement today that, although Cambodia hasn’t had an outbreak since April 2007, serious risks remain and that the FAO, the United States, and Germany will continue efforts to boost the government’s laboratory capacity, improve farm and market biosecurity, and maintain disease surveillance.The agriculture ministry and the FAO have hosted public awareness meetings since April that have drawn 4,000 people from 25 villages, the FAO statement said.See also:Jun 17 UN press releaseJun 17 UN press conference statementJun 18 FAO statementlast_img read more

first_imgRepresentatives of Istrian wineries and Vinistra associations held a meeting with the Istrian County Prefect, which was also attended by the Mayor of Pula and the Head of the Administrative Department for the Italian National Community and other ethnic groups.The meeting discussed the past period of winemaking in Istria, during which much was done for its development, increasing the quality of wine and strengthening competitiveness in the domestic and international markets. As those present stated, Istria has made extremely big strides in terms of investing in vineyards and new agricultural techniques, and creating a brand of Istrian wine, which has enabled significant success of our wines.Continuing the excellent results of Istrian winemakers and cooperation with the Istrian County, the participants agreed that the time has come to develop a Strategy for the development of winemaking and viticulture in Istria until 2030, in order to keep the region a leader in wine production in the wider environment. world trends in the field of winemaking and made an additional step forward in terms of our market positioning and expansion of the export market and increase competitiveness. As it was pointed out during the conversation, it is necessary to work on a new development path of Istrian winemaking, precisely by consensus and unity of winemakers and the public sector. “The County of Istria and the cities and municipalities strongly support the need to draft a quality document that will provide guidelines for the development of Istrian winemaking, and we will, together with the excellent cooperation with our winemakers so far, jointly assist in securing funds for the Strategy”, Said the prefect Flego, emphasizing that the main goal of the project is to maintain the status of a region leader in wine production, strengthening the brand and label Istrian Quality (IQ) and the development of Istria as an ecoregion.It was therefore concluded at the meeting that within the Vinistra Association, which brings together almost all Istrian winemakers, talks will be held on the main goals to be achieved in winemaking, and then the development of the Strategy will define all steps and activities to be implemented in the future. long-term. “We need to brand Istria as a wine region – emphasize the advantages of different Istrian terroirs, emphasize indigenous varieties as the main Istrian trump cards in branding the region and encourage additional promotional activities for the label IQ – Istrian quality for wine.”Points out the President of Vinistra, Nikola Benvenuti.The Association of Winemakers and Winegrowers of Istria was founded in 1994 with the aim of providing professional assistance to members, better connecting producers, representing their interests, nurturing and maintaining traditional customs related to winemaking, better presentation and promotion of wine and creating the image of Istrian wines as quality and natural products. . Today, the association has about a hundred members from the Istrian County, among whom some winemakers have been awarded many times, but also winemakers who have just started wine production.last_img read more

first_imgThat Croatian destinations are becoming increasingly popular among French travel enthusiasts is confirmed by the tourist traffic realized so far this year.Namely, French tourists have so far made about 450.000 arrivals and 1,7 million overnight stays, which compared to the same period last year represents a growth of 6 percent in arrivals and overnight stays, according to the CNTB.Croatia’s excellent position in this market is confirmed by a large number of media publications in the most relevant French media. This is proved by the cover and a large report of 48 pages about Croatia, which was published in a prestigious magazine specializing in travel “GEO“. It is a monthly that in the August issue brings a large report on the Croatian islands of Vis, Hvar, Cres, Brač, Korčula, Mljet, Zlarin and Dugi otok. Croatian islands are described as places that offer the authenticity of destinations with preserved nature, which is a very popular trend among French travel lovers. The circulation of this magazine is more than 250.000 copies, and it is estimated that it is followed by about five million readers.  “Numerous interesting and attractive articles have been published in the French media in recent weeks, focusing on almost all Croatian regions. We are especially pleased with the turn of the French media and the attention they pay to parts of Croatia that have not been in focus so far, such as Istria. Thus, recently in the central information daily Rovinj was recommended as an ideal holiday destination”, she stated Director of the CNTB Representation in Paris Danijela Mihalić Đurica. Croatia Island Trophy in October on Brač, Hvar and VisFrom October 14 to 17, a large humanitarian sports event Croatia Island Trophy will be held on the islands in the Split-Dalmatia County, ie on Brač, Hvar and Vis, with the participation of 150 people from French public life. This RAID ADVENTURE sports event is intended exclusively for women and it is a wish that it be held regularly in Croatia in the coming years. The concept includes female competitors participating in sports activities such as running, rowing, hiking and cycling. The ambassador of the event is the former First Lady of France, Valerie Trierweiler, who is also an active participant in Raid Adventure, an organization that forwards part of the funds raised to the international association KEEP A BREAST whose main purpose is breast cancer prevention globally.last_img read more

first_img‘There is no survival without growth, and growth without development. At a time when the period of hyper-demand in tourism in Croatia is definitely behind us, we continue to monitor changes, think and make timely moves,”Concluded Žgomba. This sets an extremely high scale for 2019, which should be successfully skipped despite a series of turbulences in foreign markets, but this marathon will not be able to run objectively if business conditions are not regulated, said Boris Žgomba, CEO of Uniline, after announcing business results in 2018 Uniline points out that the business result in 2018 is a reflection timely recognition and adaptation to change te diversification of tourism products i markets outside Europe, especially in Asia and North and South America, ie the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries, and larger investments in the Indian market are planned.  “These regulations provide a more even starting position compared to competitors of the Mediterranean tourist country, where such burdens are usually twice lower or in the case of a special procedure of taxation of travel agencies do not even exist, as well as investing in higher salaries for employees, leading to competitiveness. which will be increasingly important in the coming periods and the constant technological improvement of the quality of business at all levels.” Boris Žgomba, Uniline: Timely moves should be made in today’s tourism “We appeal to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, ie the competent ministries, primarily finance and tourism, to finally resolve several key issues for tourism and in our business area for more than 1000 travel agencies in Croatia – from lowering VAT to a competitive level with Mediterranean countries to regulation special procedure for taxation of travel agencies in accordance with European practice “, stressed Žgomba, pointing out the two main problems plaguing travel agencies. What is required is the same starting position on Mediterranean countries and fair market competition, because with competition from the Mediterranean, tax and other burdens are much lower, which puts our tourism in an unequal position. Last year for Uniline, it was more than successful. Thus, in 2018, a historically record business result of Uniline was achieved. The increase in the number of arrivals in 2018 compared to 2017 is recorded from all markets by about 20%, for example from China over 25%, Singapore about 20% and Korea by about 20%. As a regional leader among tour operators and travel agencies, Uniline annually serves more than 390 thousand guests in Croatia and the region thanks to its business headquarters in Pula, office in Zagreb, sister companies in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and offices and representative offices in South Korea, China, Japan and Thailand. He is the exclusive holder of the Europcar franchise for Croatia and manages the vehicle fleet, which in 2019 increased to 1500 vehicles. Unilline’s total revenues in 2018 amounted to HRK 416 million, which is an increase of 2017% compared to 11, as well as an increase in profit before tax by 16%, while the number of employees grew by 10%. last_img read more

first_imgThe representative of GSTC Pappas presented the methodology for measuring sustainability, emphasizing that the active cooperation of all involved actors in Dubrovnik tourism is extremely important for this phase. Over the next seven days, a number of workshops, focus groups and individual interviews are planned, and Pappas invited all interested to give their comments, ideas, suggestions and ask questions, discuss problems and opportunities. Based on these consultations and policy analysis, the GSTC will evaluate the current performance of the destination by applying the prescribed criteria and indicators. The introductory speech was given by Mayor Franković, who stressed the importance of sustainable tourism in the context of the city project Respect the City, which the city administration has been implementing since 2017. As a key element of city management and Dubrovnik tourism, he pointed out the cooperation with the Dubrovnik Port Authority by regulating the simultaneous number of cruisers, managing the number of one-day excursions to the old town using online vouchers for buses and informing stationary guests using smart city tools. In addition to presenting the existing measures, he announced future moves that will be introduced gradually, with the aim of making Dubrovnik an even better place to live and consequently for tourists. Yesterday, Lazareti hosted an initial meeting between GSTC Council member and Mediterranean Director Ioannis Pappas and the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković, his associates and a wide range of stakeholders in Dubrovnik tourism: city councilors, directors of utility companies, representatives of travel agencies, police, associations and organizations. related to tourism and others. Upon completion of the analysis, the Dubrovnik public will be presented with an evaluation of activities so far, and the city administration will receive concrete practical guidelines for improving results in the most important areas of destination sustainability: destination management, local economy benefits, life and cultural well-being. The project is sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a partner of the City of Dubrovnik and a signatory to the Agreement on Cooperation in the Preservation and Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Dubrovnik. The City of Dubrovnik is one of the 30 world destinations for which GSTC will conduct a Destination Assessment and the only destination whose measurement is sponsored by CLIA.center_img The City of Dubrovnik has started the active second phase of the destination sustainability measurement project, which is being implemented for the city administration by the Global Council for Sustainable Tourism (GSTC). The Destination Assessment Report for Dubrovnik is carried out by this body based on the criteria for sustainable tourism and destination management established by the United Nations, and is estimated to be completed in January 2020. on a key document that will define the current level of sustainability and which will define further steps in destination management with a view to achieving sustainable tourism. Source / photo: City of Dubrovnik; Pixabaylast_img read more