– Advertisement – Chavez’s family first shared their story in a digital ad from pro-immigrant group United We Dream Action (UWDA) PAC last month. Her little brother, 18-year old U.S. citizen Teddy, was set to cast a vote in an election for the very first time. Chavez told BuzzFeed News that the family was so excited, they prominently displayed his voter registration document like a photograph.“My parents were so proud about him registering to vote,” she continued in the report. “Once he got his voter registration card, my dad laminated it, he put in a little frame, and when he went to go vote a couple of days ago, he actually came back with four ‘future voter’ stickers for my family.”- Advertisement – The family has depended on Teddy to be their voice amid so much uncertainty. Like he said in the UWDA PAC video last month, both of their parents lost their jobs amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, leaving Chavez as the sole person in the family bringing in an income. “I became the sole provider of my family overnight,” she told BuzzFeed News—and all while also trying to finish school, too.But despite these hurdles, Chavez has been determined to fight for her family through her work with UWDA PAC and voting out impeached president Donald Trump. “[W]e have a president that has been so brutally racist, has been very demeaning toward immigrants, that has been on the track to dismantle DACA,” she continued. Even though the Supreme Court this past summer ruled the Trump administration unlawfully ended the program, he’s defied the ruling simply because he didn’t like it. So instead of fully reinstating DACA like he’s under order to (something that would open the program to thousands of new applicants), his administration under unlawfully appointed acting Department of Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf is further decimating what currently stands. Just this week, a number of states filed legal action challenging his changes. – Advertisement – BuzzFeed News reports Chavez is “still optimistic” the work paid off, saying she’s “hopeful that the community won.” Should former Vice President Joe Biden emerge victorious—and it’s looking hopeful for us, folks—there are steps he can immediately take to protect the Chavez family, including fully reinstating the DACA program and removing the threat of deportation from her parents and all families everywhere.In the meantime, they join the millions all across the country who put their heart and soul into this race and now hope for the best in a vote counting process that could take several days.“Being with my family tonight, it’s my healing,” Chavez told BuzzFeed News during election night. “It’s my coping mechanism, being able to be with loved ones during times of hardship. Whatever outcome happens, we’re still going to be here together, and we’re gonna keep on fighting. My family won’t stop until we’re all protected.”- Advertisement –
(This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel told CNBC on Tuesday that equity investors should be able to look past the current intensification of the United States’ coronavirus outbreak, with daily cases frequently setting new record highs and hospitalizations also rising. Health experts warn it’s about to get worse, too.“The next three months are critical, but remember … stocks are the longest-lived assets, and they look years and years into the future,” Siegel said on “Closing Bell.” “Three tough months, four tough months, once you have a brighter future, which I think 2021 is, boy that is really powerful.” Jeremy SiegelDavid Orrell | CNBC – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Jun 17, 2004 (CIDRAP News) Arizona has had 10 of the 14 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection reported in the nation so far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. As of Jun 15, one case each had been reported in California, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming, the CDC said in the Jun 18 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The dates of illness onset ranged from May 8 to Jun 1; the case outcomes were not reported. Apr 8, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Six West Nile cases in 2003 linked to donated blood” Widespread screening of donated blood for WNV began in June 2003. At least 818 units of blood were removed from the blood supply last year because of contamination with the virus, but six cases of WNV infection were linked to blood transfusions, the CDC reported in April. So far this year, 18 states have reported dead crows and other birds with WNV infection, and eight states have reported finding WNV-positive mosquitoes, the CDC said. Birds are the natural hosts of the virus, and mosquitoes spread it to humans. CDC West Nile home pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm See also: CDC West Nile virus case count for 2004 The agency said 12 blood donors with evidence of WNV infection have been reported, including 11 in Arizona and one in New Mexico. One of these donors later experienced neurologic disease from the virus, and two others had West Nile fever, according to the report.
Citing an analysis of the US surveillance program released in April, Johanns said, “Experts believe that in an adult cattle population of 42 million we might find four to seven animals with BSE.” With BSE that rare and with the SRM ban in place, the risk of BSE-contaminated beef getting into the food supply is “virtually nonexistent.” “To put it simply, we’ve accomplished our enhanced surveillance goals, and it’s time to move forward with a level of surveillance that corresponds to the very low level of BSE in this country,” he added. In a news release, he stated that the reduced testing program “will maintain our ability to detect BSE, [and] provide assurance that our interlocking safeguards are successfully preventing BSE.” In response to questions, Johanns said the USDA told the nation’s trading partners about the testing cutback in advance. He also said it would have been “enormously disingenuous, if not downright dishonest” if the USDA had waited until the foreign markets reopened and then reduced the testing program. “Both the Alabama and the Texas cows had a slightly different prion” with a higher molecular weight than in previous cases, he said. He added that researchers are working to find out what that means. Starting as early as late August, testing will be reduced to about 40,000 cattle a year, or about 110 a week, Johanns announced. The reduced testing programsimilar to what was done before the expansionwill cost about $8 million a year, versus about $52 million a year currently, he said. “From the regulatory standpoint we’re considering those to be two cases of BSE. But we feel very comfortable that our existing program provides the appropriate level of protection,” regardless of the type of prion involved, DeHaven said. About 759,000 cattle, or more than 1,000 cattle per day, have been tested since the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanded BSE surveillance in June 2004, Johanns said at a news conference. Two cases were found during that time, in addition to the first US case discovered in 2003. The plan to reduce testing comes as Japan prepares to resume importing US beef, long banned because of BSE worries, and as the USDA tries to reopen South Korea and China to American beef. Japan has been inspecting US beef processing plants this month and, if the results are satisfactory, is expected to resume imports of beef from cattle younger than 20 months. Jul 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) The US government’s expanded testing program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) will be cut back soon, having shown that the nation has “no significant BSE problem,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said today. But he also said the USDA will consider any findings about Canada’s latest BSE case before making any changes in the import rules. The latest case was in a 4-year-old cow, born years after a ban on putting recycled cattle protein into cattle feed took effect in 1997. The testing program was expanded in response to the first BSE case in 2003, with the aim of determining the disease’s prevalence. The government originally proposed to test about 275,000 cattle over 12 to 18 months, but the program now has lasted more than 25 months. Johanns stressed that the testing program is not a food safety program but rather a way to assess the prevalence of BSE. The key to protecting food safety is removing the specified risk materials (SRM)cattle parts such as the brain and spinal cord, which are likely to carry the BSE agent if an animal is infected, he said. Removal of SRM from carcasses of cattle older than 30 months has been required since early 2004. Jun 8, 2004, CIDRAP News story “No BSE found in first week of expanded testing” Also at the news conference, Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the USDA is considering relaxing restrictions on imports of live Canadian cattle. Canada recently identified its sixth BSE case. DeHaven also commented on recent reports that the two latest US BSE cases involved a different “strain” of prion protein from that seen in the first case and in European cases. Johanns said that testing 40,000 cattle a year is 10 times as many as recommended in the science-based guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The USDA will continue to test cattle from high-risk populations and from a variety of places around the country, he said. Because of BSE concerns, the only live Canadian cattle allowed into the United States are those destined for slaughter before reaching the age of 30 months. In response to a question, DeHaven said the USDA is considering allowing older cattle to be imported, because the Canadian system for preventing BSE “mirrors what we have in the US.” See also: Jul 20 USDA news release To the suggestion that the current level of testing should continue indefinitely, Johanns said, “There simply is no scientific justification for doing so. . . . The reality is this: there is no significant BSE problem in the United States. And after all this surveillance I am able to say there never was. We’ve proved that with our enhanced surveillance.”
Apr 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official today shared wrap-up perspectives on HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt’s recent trip to Southeast Asia, which included discussions on virus-sharing and restrictions on the US Navy laboratory in Indonesia, updates on avian influenza collaborations, and talks on import safety.The tour included stops in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore. In Indonesia, Leavitt met with government officials to address virus-sharing issues and Indonesia’s recent move to restrict the work of US Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2) in Jakarta.Bill Steiger, special assistant for international affairs at HHS, told CIDRAP News that highlights of the trip also included an update on the United States’ joint venture with a regional emerging-disease center in Singapore and meetings in Vietnam to gauge how US support is assisting the country’s progress on its own human H5N1 influenza vaccine.Lab ‘severely’ affectedSteiger, who accompanied Leavitt on the tour, said the NAMRU-2 lab has functioned in Indonesia for several years. Like other Department of Defense labs in foreign nations, NAMRU-2 originally focused on investigating diseases affecting US troops stationed abroad but has grown into a larger mission, he said.”Over time, the labs have evolved into collaborative public health assets, often in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and host governments,” he said.The NAMRU-2 lab is situated near other government buildings in Jakarta and has been integrated into the country’s health system, Steiger added. The lab has connections to several private and public hospitals in Indonesia and has played a key role in tracking pathogens in the country.However, Indonesia’s health minister recently prohibited all tissue samples—not just those containing H5N1 influenza viruses—from being sent to NAMRU-2, he said.”This latest directive quite severely affects the lab’s work,” Steiger said. HHS officials hoped that the order was not linked to the international virus-sharing impasse, but he said Indonesia’s government appears to be connecting the two issues. Some of the research at the lab, which employs both US military personnel and Indonesian citizens, is continuing, he said.Leavitt has asked Steiger and Ambassador John Lange, the State Department’s special representative for avian and pandemic influenza, to spend the next 2 months working on a solution to the virus-sharing issue. Since early 2007, Indonesia has shared very few H5N1 virus samples with the WHO, asserting that the samples are used by drug companies to make vaccines that developing countries can’t afford.Steiger said negotiations will probably resume electronically at first, and then move toward person-to-person talks in advance of the WHO’s World Health Assembly in May. He said a small contingent of the WHO’s virus-sharing working group met in early April and that the larger group’s next formal meeting is in November.”Hopefully, we can wrap up our understanding with Indonesia before that,” Steiger said.Stops in Singapore and VietnamIn Singapore, Leavitt visited the health ministry and spent time at the Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention (REDI) Center, a joint venture of the United States and Singapore that opened in 2004 to serve as an early-warning and research center for infectious diseases in Asia.Steiger said the REDI Center shares a building with other research institutes, which fosters collaboration. For example, he said a trilateral project between Singapore, Indonesia, and the United States is focusing on the H5N1 outbreaks in Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta that has been a hot spot for human cases.”This is very much a regional effort that leverages Singapore’s technical expertise with avian influenza,” he said.In Vietnam, Leavitt had similar talks with health and agriculture officials, Steiger said. One of the topics was US support of Vietnam’s human H5N1 vaccine programs. These include a project at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi that is currently in phase 1 clinical trials and a smaller vaccine research project based in Nha Trang in southern Vietnam.Leavitt also traveled to chicken farms in Ben Tre province, where he met with villagers, farmers, and veterinary officials, Steiger said. HHS officials learned how the local officials plan on handling human cases and how they have contained poultry outbreaks, he said.In other activity, Leavitt and his staff discussed food-related topics during import safety talks with officials in Singapore and Vietnam, Steiger said. While in Vietnam, Leavitt negotiated an agreement whereby Vietnam will work on the safety of exports to the United States. Steiger said that though the agreement isn’t as aggressive as a recent memorandum of understanding with China, it is intended to address concerns about seafood contamination.See also: Apr 17 CIDRAP News story “HHS secretary blogs on impasse with Indonesia”Apr 14 HHS press releaseNov 26, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Virus-sharing pact eludes WHO group, but work will continue”Nov 30, 2005 US State Department press release on renewed support for REDI Center
The moment Marin Strmota, State Secretary for Demography at the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, resigned publicly and very emotionally in front of the media, the “stage lights” lit up the question of all issues of survival of the Croatian people and Croatia as a state. .The attention did not last long because in the next act, the government’s extraordinary commissioner for Agrokor, Ante Ramljak, resigned irrevocably. Two similar, (un) expected acts from different motives and from different positions of acquired material gains in a short period of performing the duties entrusted to them.We will leave this second case aside for now, it is part of the long agony of the collapse of the wrong economic model of sovereign Croatia. The first case deserves attention from the aspect of growing tourist traffic in Croatia.DEFINITION OF THE STATEAccording to international law, a state as a legal entity must have at least the following characteristics: 1. Defined territory, 2. Authority, 3. Permanent population 4. Ability to create relations with other states. Permanent population, according to this order, represents the “third element of statehood”. Of course, the permanent population could be in the first place, but “The Third Element” sounds convincingly like the title of Luc Besson’s hit film “The Fifth Element”. We are talking about a permanent population without which a state cannot be formed, but also a municipality, a city, a county. The “third element” should be the first item of all policies at all levels of a country. And here we come to the demographics and the famous tragedian from the beginning of this story, Dr. Strmota.DEMOGRAPHYDemography is by definition the science of population. This science deals with the research and study of the laws of population movement, determines the interrelationships of population movements with other phenomena in the economy and society in general. One of such trends that accompanies demography is depopulation. Depopulation is a phenomenon of population decline in a region, country, caused by emigration and small population growth, a small number of births in relation to the loss of population, or death. When these ratios of population loss and growth, ie immigration, are disturbed in favor of a constant increase in population loss rates, then we come to a pronounced depopulation, ie a new concept – extinction. Dr. In his last public address from the position of State Secretary, Strmota stated exactly that – “Croatia is dying out”.The modern tourist-researcher wants to completely merge with the local culture of life. He strongly counts on the hosts and a good household through which he gets acquainted with the “lifestyle” of the local community – Nedo PinezićTHE EXTINCTION OF THE STATE AND TOURISMNow you are already wondering, dear readers, what does all this have to do with tourism? So far, we have been able to understand that the continuation of the extinction trend will cause a negative ratio of the working-age population to the incapable of working, so social solidarity funds will also be endangered. First of all, the health and pension fund. It’s already happening. In addition, the population will age rapidly and more and more older people will be without the care of their residents. What is already happening in some areas is the complete disappearance of the “third element”. For some time because of this, some municipalities will be left without a working-age population first, and then without a population at all. The leadership of such municipalities will soon be engaged exclusively in the communal activity of managing cemeteries and posthumous care of their inhabitants. Such places will become unattractive for occasional residents, weekenders, but also for modern tourists. Surveys on guest satisfaction with one of the world’s largest online platforms booking.com have shown that the “third element” is one of the basic elements of the destination experience. Not only natural and cultural attractions combined with accommodation and organized stay are important anymore. The modern tourist-researcher wants to completely merge with the local culture of life. At the same time, he strongly counts on the hosts and a good household through which he gets acquainted with the “lifestyle” of the local community.RESEARCH RESULTSIn 2016, apartments, holiday homes and villas were at the top of the list of facilities with a perfect 10 points. These facilities occupied as much as 70% of the total accommodation, which was rated with this high rating of guest satisfaction. In the same survey, guests stated (70% of them) that they spend their holidays best when they feel at home, and as many as 59% of respondents said that they like to feel a personal connection with the host. The success of its business is based on this principle and the planetarily popular Airbnb. Already in the introduction from their website you can read: “Discover entire homes and private rooms ideal for any trip. 5-star hosts. Freshly ironed bed linen and a recommendation for the best brunch in town are just part of the hospitality that our local hosts will provide you…”CROATIAN HOSTS AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLDIndeed, whatever you think about it, the fact is that Croatian hosts have been ranked among the best in the world for several years: In 2015, we had 3 of the ten best households in the world in the booking.com campaign. In the same year, we had 9.310 households with an average rating of 8,9 in the same campaign, and in 2016 as many as 12.219 households with an average rating of 8,9 out of a maximum of 10. In 2017, we won awards for the best holiday home in Europe in 4 of 8 categories. Now, the “tourist industrialists” think that all this is unimportant, because the most important thing for them is to take the most attractive positions in nature for the construction of accommodation facilities. It can be a natural bay, a plateau above a large waterfall on Plitvice Lakes or Srđ with a view of Dubrovnik or some other location. It is important that this is a unique place that will at least briefly attract travelers from any part of the world. There should be no contact with locals, people with programmed time will come to these facilities. The necessary hotel service will be performed by “contactless” staff from any country, culture, language area. The service will be standardized, rich in facilities, and guests will be organized sightseeing, playing golf, swimming in the pool overlooking the city walls. Part of such tourism already functions on tours passing through Croatia. Guests come to the hotel in the evening, have dinner, sleep over, have breakfast early and go sightseeing. It is a model that was first introduced by mega companies for cruises, and they were also replicated at resorts.THEY KILLED MY TASTESays a friend of mine and a famous young hotelier from Krk. The reason? He was skiing in Austria, he stayed in the hotel where he usually stays and which was marked 5s stars (superior). Surprise this year! The hotel bears a 4-star quality label, the staff does not speak German or English but Russian, Ukrainian, Moldovan… Apart from communication problems, the overall atmosphere is no longer the same as guests used to communicate with local staff. It was simply part of the destination experience. Due to the lack of such an experience, the hotel received bad reviews, and consequently its category was lowered. Guests who have experienced this change will not return to the hotel or recommend it to their friends. In the new definition of luxury, there is no place for this approach to service. This has been warned about for several years at the ITB in Berlin.CAN CROATIAN TOURISM PRESERVE QUALITY?I remember the XNUMXs when guests on arrival and departure to the hotel where I worked would greet every employee. There was no end to the joy of meeting again, and tears often fell at the parting. Even the guests who came for the first time cordially said goodbye to their hosts, the hotel employees. They were mostly local, educated people, always ready to talk and at the service of the guest with every question he asked: Where to eat well? Where can you buy good homemade brandy? Which beach do you recommend? In the hotel you could get superbly prepared food day and night, the waiters had the manners of a butler, and the bartender was a real psychologist, sometimes a personal confessor of the guest. The hotels were more modest, unable to compare to today’s five-star beauties, but the spirit of the household was incomparably better. People who worked in these hotels had a permanent job, days off in exchange for overtime hours, sold their agricultural products to the hotel, the hotel’s “home-made reception” filled their rooms and apartments. Salaries were as below average as they are today, but with additional income, days off and constant education during the winter months, people were satisfied. If the employee is satisfied, happy, then the guest will also feel the warm atmosphere. Today, unfortunately, we have great buildings, but less and less happy and satisfied permanent residents who work in tourism. This shortcoming is most felt in the accommodation facilities of the highest category with the highest prices.If you think I’m emotional and sentimental, I have to disappoint you. I confirmed my theses with one of the world’s greatest marketing experts, Peter Fisk. I have been consulting his book “Marketing Genius” for ten years, I keep it like a Bible on the nightstand. I will not write who Peter Fisk is and what he did and where he worked, you can “google” it. Among other things, he writes in his book (10 years ago): “Employees want more than just a job that brings them a salary. They used to agree to do farm work in a sterile environment in which their role did not change over time and as long as they were paid they did not care about the organization in a broader sense or about its customers and shareholders. They now expect a role that brings a greater sense of fulfillment, a better ambience and other benefits besides payment, expect to learn and thrive, eagerly care for their customers; they want to make an impact on their organization and be proud of it”.An impressive example of the treatment of employees of the world-famous chain “Starbucks coffee”: “Every employee who works more than twenty hours a week, and this is the most common case, gets a shareholder stake in the business, so employees feel even more part of Starbucks ’mission and a participant in its success. Indeed, as he grew, Starbucks made millionaires out of many of its employees”This is why I was moved by a tear in the eye of Secretary of State Strmota. He knows, I understand, the problem of the disappearance of the “third element”. Those who can do something about it should, like us in tourism, “put themselves in the shoes of the person to whom our moves refer.”Published by: Nedo Pinezić
Science with a little effort and a good idea can also be a very attractive tourist content: at the same time educational, but also fun.Krapina-Zagorje County has been richer for another park since April. This time it is not a green area, but a pioneering project of an enthusiast in science. Luka Veverec, the originator of the project, opened the first Science Park in Croatia in his family yard in Oroslavlje.Six years ago, this enthusiast started designing and performing educational and entertaining exhibits. So far, he has had about 30 presentations in Croatia and Slovenia, where he had the opportunity to present to the public what exactly it is about. Also, in his travels throughout the region, Veverec has established cooperation with 28 cities, domestic and abroad in which the exhibits are placed.With the performance of the First Science Park itself, Veverec started two years ago. In his yard, on an area of 5.000 square meters, he placed 25 exhibits in the field of mathematics, physics and psychology. In the next phase, which according to the best projections of the initiators should be in a maximum of a year and a half, the Park would become richer for so many more exhibits. Space, notes Veverec, has never been a problem because it has more than 12.000+ square meters of usable area. The planned range of topics in the near future should also cover the fields of astronomy and chemistry.It should be noted that this project arose primarily from Squirrel’s passion for the natural sciences.”I have always been attracted to projects like this and at one point it became clear to me that I had the necessary resources to realize the idea. I had the necessary knowledge, but also a capable team composed of designers, architects and mechanics. We all deeply believe in this idea and want to keep working on our storySaid this creative builder.The idea was gradually built on three initial exhibits with which Veverec and his team toured most of Croatia and Slovenia. Also, they exhibited at numerous festivals and events, and wherever they went in passers-by aroused interest. Each of the exhibits is interactive – it must be listened to, measured or touched in order to fulfill its basic function: to explain a certain scientific principle. Thanks to their spontaneity and ease of answering complicated questions through the game, the exhibits quickly gathered a large number of fans – both in the younger and older population.”On paper, science seems pretty hard. So in our Park we decided to spice up the story a bit and show how science and learning can really be fun”, Added Veverec.The proximity of the capital, which is only half an hour away and Varaždin, about 45 minutes away, the proximity of spas and a rich offer of quality hospitality, simply fit this innovative story in the context of local and wider, in the context of continental tourism. Due to its excellent transport links, the park is in a great location, and it is emphasized by its unique idea.The park communicates with the public through its network pages i social networks, and this is supported by the media attention that the exhibits caused wherever they appeared. The media, Veverec pointed out, are very happy to respond to their presentations. Also, numerous recommendations, of which we can single out that of the Office of the President or various scientific and educational institutions, have opened the door to the market, but also to funds.”The first phase of implementation was financed with 40.000 kuna from the Ministry of Tourism after passing the Tender from the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” and 100.000 kuna from Zagrebačka banka where we competed among 274 projects among the best in the Tender “My Zaba start”, the rest is credit indebtedness. In this, the second phase, we intend to turn to funds”, Explained Veverec.Reactions to the Park are great. Since April, the Science Park has been visited by many domestic tourists, but also foreigners – Slovenes, Cubans and Japanese, while the increasing media exposure has resulted in increasing public interest.Finally, we must admit that this is an exceptional and praiseworthy example of how science can be packaged into a very attractive tourist content.
Those who consider normal 31.1.2019. increase income tax household accommodation services for 2019, do not respect the basic rules of market economy culture. It is completely unacceptable to change the terms of business in the calendar and financial year in which the business takes place. Any bidding for amounts, a subjective assessment of “how much the tax should amount to”, further distances us from the culture of a market economy and brings us closer to a system of contract economy with the general state as the sole regulator of market relations. It is a dangerous path if you take it. It is a path of discrimination, elimination of market laws and leads us deep into the past which we thought would not be repeated. Instead of such a pattern, it would be good to use the positive aspects of the new way of deciding on the amount of taxes and the way of using taxes for a new step in the democratization of society. I have to react to the auctions with the amount of income tax that will be defined by the representative bodies of local self-government units. We need a dialogue, a calm and rational approach that will determine a fair tax burden for 2020. And the elections will come… This procedure is not easy, it takes time with a professional and open approach. Finally, it will now be shown which local authorities go that route and which the other. Author: Nedo PInezić, www.nedopinezic.com