Lenovo K12 Note With Snapdragon 662 SoC, 5,000mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

first_imgThe dual-SIM (Nano) Lenovo K12 Note runs Android 10. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) IPS TFT display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 87 percent screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by octa-core Snapdragon 662 SoC and Adreno 610GPU.For photos and videos, the Lenovo K12 Note comes with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with a f/1.7 lens, a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with a f/2.4 macro lens, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor with a f/2.4 lens. On the front, the phone has an 8-megapixel sensor that has an f/2.2 lens for selfies and video calls.The Lenovo K12 Note comes with 128GB of onboard storage that is expandable up to 512GB via a mciroSD card. Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. Lenovo has equipped the phone with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 20W fast charging. It measures 165.21×75.73×9.18mm and weighs 200 grams.- Advertisement – Lenovo K12 Note has been launched in Saudi Arabia as a budget-friendly smartphone. It comes with a notch for the selfie camera in the display, and a triple rear camera setup. The phone is offered in two colour options, and only a single RAM and storage configuration. The Lenovo K12 Note is powered by an octa-core processor and has relatively thick bezels all around. All the buttons are placed on the right side of the phone and there is a fingerprint scanner on the back.Lenovo K12 Note priceThe Lenovo K12 Note is priced at SAR 599 (roughly Rs. 11,900) for the lone 4GB + 128GB variant. The phone is offered in two colour options: Forest Green and Sapphire Blue. It is currently on sale in Saudi Arabia through Axiom Telecom website.Lenovo K12 Note specifications- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

England vs Republic of Ireland: James McCarthy out due to ‘family reasons’ | Football News

first_img West Brom forward Callum Robinson had already been forced to withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus, while Brighton striker Aaron Connolly will miss the Republic’s three games during the international break after picking up an unspecified injury in training. Kick off 7:45pm – Advertisement – This is a breaking football news story that is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.Sky Sports brings you live updates as they happen. Get breaking sports news, analysis, exclusive interviews, replays and highlights.- Advertisement –center_img Sky Sports is your trusted source for breaking sports news headlines and live updates. Watch live coverage of your favourite sports: Football, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, NFL, Darts, Netball and get the latest transfers news, results, scores and more.Visit skysports.com or the Sky Sports App for all the breaking sports news headlines. You can receive push notifications from the Sky Sports app for the latest news from your favourite sports and you can also follow @SkySportsNews on Twitter to get the latest updates. Wednesday 18th November 7:30pm James McCarthy will miss Republic of Ireland’s friendly international with England due to ‘family reasons’.The Crystal Palace midfielder – who turns 30 on Thursday – was named in Stephen Kenny’s squad for Thursday night’s game at Wembley but will not now take part.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Heron in Hong Kong had avian flu

first_imgNov 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A dead gray heron found in Hong Kong had H5N1 avian influenza, according to news reports.A railway worker in the restricted area of Lok Ma Chau found the heron and turned it over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for testing Nov 1, according to Xinhua, the Chinese government news agency, and Agence France-Presse (AFP).”The gray heron tested positive,” a government spokesman told Reuters news service today.As a precaution, the seven people who had contact with the dead bird were tracked down and found to be in good health, but they will continue to be monitored. Poultry farms within roughly a mile of where the dead heron was found have been inspected, but no unusual deaths or illnesses were found, according to a United Press International report.H5N1 avian flu was first recognized in humans in Hong Kong in 1997, when 18 people were infected and six died. Experts worry about a resurgence of avian flu in Hong Kong, which is a preferred stop for migratory birds, Reuters reported.In other developments, a laboratory and surveillance network linking China, Mongolia, North Korea, and South Korea in the fight against avian flu was announced yesterday. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is funding the project with a $400,000 grant, an AFP report said.The hope is that labs will share research and offer guidance regionally, said Sarah Kahn, a senior FAO official. “We’ve seen China has done a lot of good work in bird flu research,” she told AFP. “We hope it can provide some related staff training for other countries in East Asia.”last_img read more

Treatment comes first in HHS antiviral guidance

first_img Risk of resistanceHHS also says that several comments focused on risks and uncertainties related to antiviral use, including the possibility of resistant viruses and adverse events. In addition, in response to a suggestion that families should be able to stockpile antivirals, HHS says that any recommendations on home stockpiling will depend on the results of pending studies. In the revised guidance, school dormitories may be considered a “closed setting for post-exposure prophylaxis during an outbreak,” if the students have not been dismissed HHS is buying antiviral drugs for the Strategic National Stockpile, and states are stockpiling the drugs with a 25% federal subsidy. The overall goal for public stockpiles is 81 million treatment courses, including 75 million courses for treatment and 6 million for containment and for delaying the spread of pandemic flu into the United States. Prophylaxis of high-risk healthcare and emergency services personnel for the duration of community pandemic outbreaks Roche and GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of oseltamivir and zanamivir, respectively, are developing home kits designed for stockpiling, HHS says. “Approval of these ‘medkits’ by the Food and Drug Administration will depend on studies showing that the kits can be appropriately maintained, the instructions understood, and the drug used appropriately at the correct time,” the agency says. “Any HHS guidance on home stockpiling will depend on the results of these studies and FDA approval of these products.” Containing or suppressing initial pandemic outbreaks overseas and in the United States with treatment and postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) among individuals identified as exposed to pandemic flu and for geographically targeted prophylaxis in areas where exposure may occur Reducing introduction of infection into the United States early in an influenza pandemic as part of a risk-based policy at US borders Like the draft version, the revised guidance says that antivirals for preventive treatment of healthcare workers and others will have to come mostly from supplies bought by private organizations and businesses for their employees. About 73 million courses are currently in federal and state stockpiles, according to HHS’s response to comments on the guidance. It also says “many federal agencies” are “acquiring additional stockpiles to support prophylaxis as recommended in the guidance,” but it does not list the amounts of these supplies. Dec 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A revised federal guidance document on the use of antiviral drugs in an influenza pandemic reaffirms that public supplies of the drugs should be reserved mainly for treating the sick and that preventive treatment for high-risk workers should rely on private supplies. HHS also released a separate document summarizing the 28 comments it received on the draft version and presenting responses to them. At the same time, HHS released a revision of its guidance on employer stockpiling of antivirals, with no major changes. Despite the risks related to antiviral stockpiling, the working group that wrote the recommendations considers them appropriate and the pandemic threat great enough to justify the investment in the context of other preparedness measures, the document says. Providing antiviral prophylaxis to the families of healthcare and emergency workers is not recommended, because they have no greater risk of pandemic flu than the general population The problems of cost and limited shelf-life may be reduced through programs recently announced by the antiviral manufacturers, whereby organizations can reserve an up-to-date supply of the drugs by paying a small annual per-regimen fee, the revised guidance says. At the time of a pandemic, organizations could pay for the drugs and receive them within 48 hours. The agency added two significant pieces to the guidance in response to comments. One addresses implementation difficulties, mainly concerning barriers to the stockpiling of antivirals for health and emergency workers; the other deals with risks and uncertainties, such as antiviral resistance and treatment effectiveness. Its recommendations are just that—not standards of care or requirements HHS says the 28 comments it received on the draft guidance came from public health workers, healthcare providers, healthcare organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, business associations, public health organizations, and labor groups, among others. See also: “Antiviral resistance does represent a threat to the potential effectiveness of treatment and prophylaxis,” HHS acknowledges in its responses to the comments. The emergence of oseltamivir resistance in some influenza A/H1N1 viruses last winter illustrated this. But there is no evidence that use of oseltamivir induced this resistance, and H1N1 and other seasonal flu viruses remain susceptible to zanamivir, the agency adds. Editor’s note: This story was revised Dec 17 to include an item that was mistakenly left out of the list of five main recommendations on antiviral use in a pandemic. In addition, the guidance says that a recent declaration by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt provides that state and local governments will be immune to liability related to the use of oseltamivir and zanamivir only to the extent the drugs are obtained by voluntary means, not confiscation. The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act gives the HHS secretary the authority to do that, the document states. Some other comments addressed several of the same difficulties mentioned by those who commented on the general guidance: the cost of antivirals, limited shelf-life of the drugs, and the possibility of government confiscation. In its response, HHS makes generally the same points as in its response to comments on the general guidance. The PREP Act provides immunity from tort liability for both public and private groups that make, distribute, and administer antivirals in accordance with the HHS secretary’s declaration, the guidance says. In addition, the guidance document says that mathematical modeling studies suggest that “antiviral treatment and prophylaxis would remain beneficial overall unless some of the pandemic viruses introduced into the U.S. at the beginning of a pandemic are both resistant and fully transmissible.” Lowering barriers to implementationSeveral commentators said private organizations are unlikely to buy antivirals for their employees because of the cost, and several suggested that the federal government should buy the additional supplies needed to implement the guidance, according to HHS. Others said more information and materials were needed to support implementation. Treating people with pandemic flu who present for care early during their illness and would benefit from such treatment As for the possibility of government seizure of private antiviral supplies, the revised guidance says this would be very unlikely. Health officials who participated in a working group convened by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) “recognized the benefits of enhanced preparedness and coordination between public and private sectors and emphasized that this authority would be very unlikely to be used,” HHS says. The thrust of the general guidance is that, in a pandemic, antivirals should primarily be used to treat the sick, but they should also be used to prevent illness in high-risk healthcare and emergency workers and to both prevent and treat illness in the context of initial outbreaks both in the Untied States and overseas. The guidance pertains mainly to the two licensed neuraminidase inhibitors, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Leavitt made the declaration on Oct 10 on grounds that governmental seizure of antivirals “would undermine national preparedness efforts and should be discouraged,” it adds. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its draft guidance on the topic in June. A revision released yesterday includes no major changes but does have some new material added in response to comments, particularly on implementation problems and risks and uncertainties. No members of the interagency working group that wrote the guidance had ties to the antiviral drug manufacturers, and the latter were not included or consulted in developing the guidance The guidance also states that the antivirals may be less effective if “the usual dose and duration of therapy are not optimal for a pandemic virus.” In the responses to comments, HHS says that side effects of oseltamivir and zanamivir are uncommon. However, the guidance says that widespread use of the drugs may lead to the identification of new side effects. It notes that neurobehavioral problems have been seen in a few people treated with oseltamivir The revised guidance says that barriers to antiviral stockpiling for healthcare workers include not only the cost, but also drug shelf-life, the potential for seizure of private stockpiles by state health departments, and liability concerns. These problems were identified in the stakeholder meetings conducted in developing the guidance. Prophylaxis of healthcare and emergency services workers who are not at high exposure risk, people with compromised immune systems who are less likely to be protected by pandemic vaccination, and people living in group settings such as nursing homes and prisons if outbreaks occur in their facilities The five main recommendations are unchanged in the revised guidance. It calls for using antivirals for the following purposes: Revised guidance for employersThe revised guidance on employer stockpiling of antivirals, like the draft released in June, recommends that businesses providing frontline healthcare and emergency services plan to provide preventive antivirals for employees who will be exposed to sick people in a pandemic. It also says that critical infrastructure employers should “strongly consider” providing antiviral prophylaxis for essential workers. In its responses to the comments, HHS also states that: In a separate document, HHS says it received comments on the draft employer guidance from 31 stakeholders, ranging from academics and labor unions to critical infrastructure companies and public health groups. Several of the comments focused on whether antiviral stockpiling would be considered a “standard of care.” In its response, HHS says its recommendations are only guidance and do not establish a requirement, but rather represent a prudent approach. The revised version also reiterates that employers will have to acquire their own antiviral stockpiles for preventive use, since there are no plans for major expansion of public stockpiles. Despite the various measures designed to facilitate implementation of the guidance, some organizations will probably not have “the capacity or willingness to comply,” the document states. “In such settings, it is important to emphasize that antiviral drugs are only one component of a comprehensive program to protect workers and maintain essential services.” HHS report “Considerations for Antiviral Drug Stockpiling by Employers in Preparation for an Influenza Pandemic”http://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/business/antiviral_employer.pdf Jun 3 CIDRAP News story “HHS offers pandemic guidance on masks, antivirals”last_img read more

The World Cup in Downhill on Lošinj is an ideal opportunity to promote the entire Kvarner region as a bike friendly destination

first_imgAt the annual congress of the World Cycling Organization (UCI) held in Lausanne, Switzerland on November 30 and December 1, 2017, the island of Lošinj presented itself as the host of the first World Cup race in Downhill.Namely, from 21 to 22 April 2018, 1,8 km long trails and lookouts of the island of vitality, three hundred participants will compete in the extreme downhill cycling race World Cup 2018. – Downhill Lošinj therefore Lošinj, as well as the Kvarner region, in this congress they recognized the opportunity to present themselves to the target audience as bike destinations. World cup- Downhill Lošinj is considered a unique race considering that the competitors will pedal through the urban area which will be the first case in the World Cup.The World Cup in Downhill on Lošinj next year is one of the largest sporting events in Croatia in 2018 and an ideal opportunity for the tourist promotion of Lošinj and the Kvarner region as a bike friendly destination for visitors and spectators around the world. It is also an opportunity to use the many trails, forest roads and obstacles interesting to cyclists in the best way – through health and sports, ie the development of cycling tourism on the island of Lošinj. Also, this is about activating dead property, ie space, which will be given new value in this way. The most important thing in the whole story is that approximately 60 million cyclists travel the world, and they are 30% more consumers than other guests. Smart enough.And what the race looks like, see in a short video when testing the track.Peter Van den Abele Sports Director and General Manager for Offroad and Simon Burney General Coordinator of the World Cycling Organization (UCI) for Cross Country Mountain Bike are extremely pleased with the presentation of the island of Lošinj and preparatory work that is invested in the attractiveness of the trail. on the coast, and competitors pass through an urban area. This is exactly why the Lošinj downhill track is special and the only one in the World Cup. This world event will be supported by Red Bull Media House live broadcast and 19 television companies that will buy the broadcasting rights. Thanks to them, the race will be shown in 99 countries, and it is expected to be watched live by more than two million spectators. It is very important how the race is held in the pre-season, in the month of April, when Lošinj is otherwise without tourists.However, a broader context should definitely be added to this story and we should see how to make the most of the race, both through the participants and through the large media reach of the event, and not just once. Everything that is unique, lasts that long, and this is exactly the opportunity to promote the entire Kvarner region as a bike friendly destination.As in sales, the goal of everything is to bring customers to the salon, because that is 80% of sales. Why? Because potential customers are already interested in your product or service, they are in your controlled conditions, from the color of the walls, music, a beautiful and great salon, and they are there to sell them an additional story through direct sales to one another. . shopping. So in tourism, figuratively, in three months we have customers in our salon, ie on the Adriatic. They are enchanted, they love it, they enjoy it and we just have to sell them a good enough story and motive to come out of season.In the case of Lošinj, in fact the whole of Kvarner, through the Downhill race we should set a good strategy on how to communicate well and who to contact in order to extend the season, with the same or similar motive for coming. The whole of Kvarner has an excellent base for both active tourism and cycling with hundreds of kilometers of marked trails.Photo: Kvarner.hrWhen you look at the map above like this, only then do we see how much potential there is in the whole story, as well as another proof of how it is necessary to brand the regions, and not each tourist destination separately. How many tourist stories are just inside this map, all connected by bike. Of course, apart from the main motive through cycling tourism, the story only spreads through other various tourist products, from accommodation, gastronomy, culture, etc.… rounded tourist product. Of course, without the synergy of all tourism participants, there will be nothing from the whole story, but it is only a matter of the human factor and whether or not we want to develop tourism strategically and sustainably.Related news: PROMOTIONAL FILM FOR PROMOTION OF FREE CLIMBING IN ISTRIA PRESENTED<br />
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Hainan Airlines will soon introduce flights from China to Croatia?

first_imgHainan Airlines could soon connect China and Croatia with a direct flight.According to the SeeBiz.eu portal, the Croatian delegation in Hainan held talks with the provincial government on a direct flight Hainan Airlines for Croatia. The talks on the Croatian side were attended by the President of the CSEBA Presidency Mario Rendulić and the Croatian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Nebojša Koharović.”We have updated the talks on the direct flight of Hainan Airlines from China to Croatia, most likely to Zagreb. The introduction of a direct flight would certainly greatly increase the number of Chinese tourists in Croatia. It is quite certain that the increased interest of the provincial as well as the central government can be attributed to the good news about the work on the Peljesac Bridge, which was given to the Chinese CRBC. ” said the President of the Presidency of CSEBA Mario Rendulić, for SeeBiz.eu. Ambassador Koharović and CSEBA proposed to the Chinese side a joint organization of tourism workshops. They also proposed the establishment of a special office for the exchange of goods and greater promotion of Croatia on this tropical island, for which, just like Croatia, the most important sector of the economy is tourism.By the way, Hainan Airlines has been flying from Beijing to Belgrade, via Prague, since September last year. On the other hand, the new Franjo Tuđman Airport has significantly increased its capacity, and can now have 5 million passengers a year.IN A FEW YEARS, CHINA WILL PROVIDE 100 MILLION TOURISTSA conference was held in Venice earlier this year “EU-China Tourist Year”, which marks the beginning of the joint cooperation between China and the countries of the European Union in the field of tourism through 2018, the Ministry of Tourism reports.The opening of the joint tourist year, which will provide new opportunities for investment and growth in tourism and the presentation of mutual cultures and values, was accompanied by the first EU-China Summit on Tourism, which brought together top officials of the European Commission and EU officials. China. The main goal of the “EU-China Tourism Year” is to jointly attract more Chinese tourists to Europe by promoting trans-European products and helping European operators to penetrate the Chinese market.Also, in the last few years, we have witnessed the entry of capital from Chinese investors, both in Europe and in Croatia, and it is precisely Peljesac Bridge will be built by one of the Chinese companies. Also, recently Uniline and Atlas opened offices in China, and also the Croatian Chamber of Commerce opened an office in China, more precisely in Shanghai. China is home to 20 percent of the world’s population, 2,6 times more people than the EU as a whole, and their standard and economy are constantly growing. Therein lies the huge potential for the placement of quality products and services that Croatia undoubtedly has, and also when we talk about tourism. That is why the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will work on strengthening the image and brand of Croatia and Croatian products within the new office, the Chamber points out.If we want to take a step forward, it is certainly that the direct airline is the only way, and this is exactly what CSEBA has been working on intensively for a couple of years in cooperation with MINT and CNTB. By the way, last year, a record tourist year, we recorded as much as a 53% increase in arrivals from the Chinese market, which is the largest growth of all markets.What is very important for our tourism is how Chinese tourists “discovered” Europe, so last year over 6 million Chinese tourists visited European destinations, making Europe the second most important market for Chinese tourists. Interestingly, as many as 46 percent of tourists come from eastern China, from the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Also, tourist spending by Chinese tourists during travel increased by 36 percent last year, CSEBA points out.The most popular months when Chinese tourists come to Croatia are late spring (May and June) and early autumn (September and October), which shows that unlike European visitors where the peak is in the summer months, Chinese tourists do not like to enjoy the “sun and sea” . Chinese tourists want an active vacation, lots of sightseeing, authentic experiences, natural and historical environment, and they are especially focused on UNESCO protected sites.Source: SeeBiz.eu / CSEBA / HrTurizam.hrRelated news:EU-CHINA TOURIST YEAR CONFERENCE HELDCROATIAN-CHINESE ECONOMIC FORUM: CHINA WILL PROVIDE 100 MILLION TOURISTS IN A FEW YEARSGREAT NEWS FOR CROATIAN TOURISM! UNILINE OPENS OFFICE IN CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA.last_img read more

KEYQ +: Culture and tourism as quality keys for cross-border development of Italy and Croatia

first_imgAs part of the project “KEYQ +: Culture and Tourism as Quality Keys for Cross-Border Development of Italy and Croatia”, cross-border cooperation program Italy – Croatia, a three-day meeting will be held in Veli Lošinj at Vitality Hotel Punta from 6 to 8 June 2018.The KeyQ + project was approved in the first call for funding of the Italy-Croatia Cooperation Program (a type of Standard + call), which includes the capitalization of cooperation projects funded in the period 2007-2013. years. KeyQ + is the capitalization of the Key Q project financed through the Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program (IPA ADRIATIC) within which the Educational Gastronomic Center of Istria was established where for the purpose of valorization of agricultural and food products of Istria, workshops on continuing education and training of tourism and hospitality workers .The Tourist Board of the Town of Mali Lošinj is one of the 9 Croatian – Italian partners in the project, while the main partner is AZRRI doo Pazin – the Agency for Rural Development of Istria. Other Croatian partners are the City of Pula and Tržnica doo Pula. The duration of the project is 18 months and its total budget is 871.925 euros. The goal of the KeyQ + project is to increase the tourist offer of the cross-border area by developing a unique tourist product based on common cultural and culinary heritage that connects Croatian and Italian border regions and research and discovery of tastes, smells and customs of rural areas surrounding the northern Adriatic.The main results of the project will be a gastronomic guide and tourist itinerary, didactic programs and workshops for exchanging experiences for employees of the tourism and hospitality sector in the cross-border area, as well as creating seven KeyQ + places that will be reference points for professionals, tourists and citizens interested in culture and gastronomy. “Future KeyQ + points will be connected to the network of the gastronomic culture center of the area, and will include the Educational Gastronomic Center of Istria on Gortanov Brijeg near Pazin, the building of the Pula Market from the Austro-Hungarian period, the Apoxyomenos Museum in Mali Lošinj, the historic architectural building turned east ”, the medieval didactic kitchen in the city of Cividale del Friuli, the Wine National Exhibition in Pramaggiore, and Casa Artusi – the Museum of Gastronomy in Forlimpopoli. The results of the project will be promoted through 7 KeyQ + Festivals organized in the pre- and post-season that will bring together all relevant stakeholders in the culture and tourism sector. stand out from the Lošinj Tourist Board.All Croatian-Italian partners participated in the second three-day working meeting held in Veli Lošinj. During the meeting, a cross-section of the project was made, all work packages and further steps were discussed. On the last day, the partners will have the opportunity to visit the Fragrant Island Garden, the Museum of Apoxyomenos as a future KEYQ + point and taste Apoxyomenos’ ancient cuisine.The value of the entire project is about 872 thousand euros, and the amount will be evenly distributed among the partners.last_img read more

A draft proposal for a package of tourism laws was presented at the Ministry of Tourism

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism presented a draft proposal for a package of tourism laws: Law on Tourist Boards and Promotion of Croatian Tourism,  The Law on Tourist Tax and the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards, which are from September 19, 2018. at a public hearing. Proposals and comments from the public will be collected through the e-Counseling portal until October 18, 2018.These are draft laws aimed at increasing the overall efficiency of the system of tourist boards, especially at the regional and local level, ensuring all the preconditions for the systematic implementation of destination management  and securing a sufficient source of funding.  CAPPELLI: By decentralizing the system, more funds will be received and managed by the local levels”This whole reform package of tourism laws has common goals: to decentralize the system, depoliticize it, professionalize it and contribute to balanced development. The existing legislative framework once corresponded well to the needs, but now this is no longer the case and has become a limiting factor for the overall development of tourism in the Republic of Croatia and strengthening the competitiveness of our country in terms of tourism. We are bringing the system exactly where it needs to be, in the 21st century. Our tourism should be the impetus for the development of the entire economy of the country, all other activities, as well as generate new jobs. I especially emphasize the decentralization of the system where larger funds will be received and managed by local levels, while the role of the National Tourism Organization will be focused on the foreign tourism policy of the Republic of Croatia in terms of promotional activities.” stressed the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gary Cappelli.STANIČIĆ: CNTB becomes a national marketing institution Calling on all interested citizens and stakeholders in the tourism sector to join the discussion and point out possible further improvements and changes with their constructive proposals, all in order to maintain the competitive position of Croatian tourism and organize the system of tourist boards, said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.The proposed legal framework contains changes aimed at developing and strengthening destination management at the local and regional level, redefining the tasks of all levels of the tourist board system, and the CNTB seeks to position itself as a national marketing institution with key tasks aimed at strengthening brand recognition in the international market. Also, in order to ensure quality implementation of tasks according to the new model, a different distribution of revenues of the tourist board system is envisaged, with emphasis on strengthening the financial resources of regional tourist boards, as well as encouraging the association of tourist boards in joint projects and tasks.”Photo: MINTLess TZ, focus on DMC / New revenue distribution in the tourist board systemRegarding the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, we remind you that the existing system has 310 tourist boards of various levels, tasks and powers that are pyramid-shaped. The most comprehensive changes to the reform of the existing system relate to  establishing a system of tourist boards according to the principle of destination management with an emphasis on depoliticization, rationalization and encouraging consensual association. The new system leaves the pyramid structure due to the changing tasks of the tourist boards themselves and ultimately so that all the set goals can be met.  CNTB, which represents the National Tourist Organization, leaves the care of tourist boards in terms of supervision and coordination and focuses on promoting our country outside the borders of the Republic of Croatia in eminent markets in order to better position the country in the world tourism market.  The tasks of regional and local tourist organizations are now more precisely defined and the scale has been raised when we talk about what is expected of them, Stanisic points out and adds that in order for the system to fulfill new tasks that are much more demanding, it was necessary to redefine the distribution of sojourn tax and membership fees. .Thus, according to the new model, regional tourist boards will receive 15% of revenues from the tourist tax and membership fees, which is five percent more than before. According to the new distribution, the Croatian Tourist Board NTO will receive 20 percent, which is five percent less than before, and local tourist boards in the percentage remain at the same level as before – or 65 percent of total revenues.The goal of the new Law on Tourist Tax is decentralizationRegarding the proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax the main goals of the system reform are decentralization, strengthening the development potential of tourism and supporting underdeveloped areas.  The reason for the changes is the large disparity in the tourism development of the maritime and continental counties to the Adriatic counties, which generate higher revenues from the sojourn tax, while for the continental counties the membership fee is the basic income. Decentralization is manifested in the fact that the decision on the amount of sojourn tax will no longer be made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia at the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism, but by the County Assembly, ie the City Assembly of Zagreb, for each city / municipality.  “Of course, for this, the necessary framework will be set within which the amount of the sojourn tax will have to move. In this way, the counties are given the authority to decide on the amount of the sojourn tax in accordance with the tourism development of individual cities and municipalities, and the development strategy, and thus influence the amount of income for their area. ” stand out from the Ministry of Tourism.The new draft law also establishes a new distribution of funds from the tourist taxThe novelty is the Fund for United Tourist Boards, which was mentioned earlier, and the new distribution, which gives regional tourist boards five percent more. Regarding the distribution of tourist tax in nautical, so far the distribution of funds has been based on the model that 40% of funds were paid to the tourist community in which nautical traffic is realized, 10% to national parks and nature parks in which nautical traffic is realized, and the remaining 50 % CNTB.The new key implies new proportions, 65 percent to the tourist board, 15 percent to the national parks and nature parks in whose area nautical traffic is realized, and the remaining 20% ​​to the Croatian Tourist Board. In addition, during the drafting of this law, special care was taken of all assisted areas which, after classification by classes, in the new proposal are classified in the first to fourth groups for which the tourist tax can be determined in the amount reduced by up to 30%. development.The law on membership fees in tourist boards no longer has to be paid by all entrepreneurs Regarding the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards, According to the Minister of Tourism, the guiding thread in drafting this Act was certainly to reduce the administrative burden on entrepreneurs, craftsmen and all private renters and a fairer model of coverage of taxpayers as well as the distribution of funds paid from membership fees.With the new proposal, banks are obliged to pay membership fees in the part for income in the balance sheet from the group “income from fees and commissions” – given that their income in this business segment increases significantly during the heart of the tourist year. With a new proposal the number of membership fee rates is reduced from the current 28 to 5 and part of the membership fee is deleted: activities such as sea and coastal transport of goods, operation of sports facilities, computer programming, information services, translation and interpreter services, artistic creation, hairdressing salons and beauty salons.  In relation with  administrative relief, it is crucial to point out that the membership fee for private renters and family farms will be paid with the new model in a lump sum, ie per bed – thus the Ministry of Tourism points out that they simplify the membership fee model for these two groups of entities. more just. In the draft, special care was taken about assisted areas where the membership fee is 20% less than prescribed.Get involved in a constructive discussion because it is about your future. Now is your chance to give your suggestions, criticisms, advice and loud reflections.Attachment:1.Proposal of the Law on Tourist Boards and Promotion of Croatian Tourism2. Proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax3. Proposal of the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boardslast_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism provided HRK 400.000 for the promotion of professional occupations in tourism

first_imgGrants are awarded to projects that promote a new tourism product to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the destination in which the school is located, based on connecting public, civil, private sector and science (development), positive effects on environmental protection, introduction of new technologies and inclusion of strategically defined special forms of tourism (nautical, health, cultural, business, golf, cycling, rural and mountain, eno and gastro, youth, social, etc.)… The Ministry of Tourism has been implementing the program for encouraging vocational occupations since 2009, and so far a total of almost HRK 4 million in grants has been allocated for various secondary vocational school projects.  You can see more information about the selected projects HERE The goal of the Program is to improve the quality of hospitality and tourism staff and secondary vocational education in general in the tourism sector through the promotion, strengthening of competencies and raising the quality of human resources and raising the quality of staff in the hospitality industry.  The Ministry of Tourism has announced the results of the tender for the award of grants in 2019. Based on the program “Occupation Promotion” – PROMOTION AND STRENGTHENING OF COMPETENCIES OF PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS FOR TOURISM in 2019, a total of HRK 427.711,40 was approved for 13 approved projects.last_img read more

Slight recovery in labor demand

first_imgInterestingly, advertisements published in July required less of all levels of education compared to the year before, except for low-skilled and skilled workers for whom demand increased year-on-year. Source: Institute of Economics, Zagreb However, due to a slightly stronger decline over the past two months, the average value of the index in the first seven months of this year is lower by 0,5 percent compared to the same period last year. Lower demand for work in the first seven months of 2019 compared to 2018 may reflect slightly weaker indicators in tourism this year, since among the published online ads still occupy the largest share of occupations belonging to the tourism sector, according to the analysis of the Economic Institute Zagreb. After the weakening of labor demand in May and June, the OVI index in July points to a recovery given the index’s growth of 1,9 percent compared to July 2018. The most sought-after occupations in the past month were salesman, waiter, chefAs in July last year, the most sought-after occupations in the past month were salesman, waiter, chef, driver and warehouseman, which accounted for over 35 percent of the total ads posted. In July, the demand for work in central Croatia also fell slightly (accounting for 60 percent of all published advertisements), while the demand for work in other regions increased compared to July 2018. The largest positive contribution to the growth in the number of advertisements on an annual basis was made by advertisements for the professions of salesmen and waiters, while the most negative contribution was made by advertisements for the profession of computer scientist. In just under 2 percent of ads, it is indicated that the employment of foreigners is desirable, mostly for the professions of programmers and computer scientists. last_img read more