Month: November 2020

  • Donald Trump wins Iowa

    first_img – Advertisement – Donald Trump has won Iowa, a state that he won in 2016 but in recent weeks had looked like it might possibly flip to Joe Biden. On Oct. 14, Trump told supporters in the state, “I may never have to come back here again if I don’t get Iowa.”Iowa has six electoral votes.- Advertisement –last_img

  • The Masters: Watch Amen Corner coverage via Sky Sports’ live video stream | Golf News

    first_img Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland Watch the world’s top golfers tackle Augusta National’s Amen Corner at The Masters via Sky Sports’ live stream. Featured Groups available on Sky Sports The Masters, with extra coverage via the red button. By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 13/11/20 11:34pm – Advertisement – The Masters latest headlines Latest news and interviews from the 84th Masters at Augusta National. Tiger Woods returns as defending champion at The Masters Tiger Woods returns as defending champion at The MastersTiger Woods returns as defending champion at The Masters Tiger Woods returns as defending champion at The Masters The 12th, where Jordan Spieth saw his hopes a second consecutive green jacket vanish after a quadruple bogey in 2016, is a demanding 155-yard par three over Rae’s Creek and one of the most iconic holes in the sport. Streaming from Amen Corner is available from approximately 12.30pm UK time on Saturday via the red button on Sky Sports Golf, the new Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel or by clicking the video at the top of the page!Watch the Masters throughout the week live on Sky Sports The Masters. Click here to upgrade to Sky Sports for just £10 a month. Watch a live stream of Amen Corner here Watch a live stream of Amen Corner here Augusta National’s Amen Corner is one of the most sacred places in golf and you can see all the world’s best players tackle the famous stretch, for free, via the new Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.The Masters is the final men’s major of a condensed 2020 schedule, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports The Masters and a host of extra feeds and coverage available via the red button.Amen Corner will provide a compelling challenge for all of the 92-man field, with the three-hole stretch instantly recognisable to golf fans and part of plenty of iconic moments in Masters history. The Masters – Live November 12, 2020, 6:00pmLive on – Advertisement – The 510-yard par five 13th is a sweeping dogleg, and an accurate tee shot offers a chance to reach the raised green in two, with Bryson DeChambeau among those looking to take advantage of his distance on that hole. Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. The stretch begins with a 505-yard par four at the 11th, with the green guarded by a pond to the left and a bunker positioned strategically to the right centre. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • The Masters: Shots of the day from third round at Augusta National | Golf News

    first_imgDustin Johnson holds a four-shot lead after 54 holes at The Masters and is favourite to claim a second major title; Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed and Shane Lowry all feature in the top shots from day three at Augusta National By Ali StaffordLast Updated: 14/11/20 11:53pm 3:54 – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Take a look at the best shots from the third day of The 84th Masters at Augusta National A bunker hole-out from Rory McIlroy lifted the world No 5 inside the top 10 and Shane Lowry also chipped in from off the putting surface, while Abraham Ancer and Justin Thomas produced impressive approaches into the par-four 11th. – Advertisement – Take a look at the best shots from the third day of The 84th Masters at Augusta National Hole-outs, ridiculous iron play and some monster putts all feature in the top shots from an entertaining third day at The Masters.Dustin Johnson pulled clear of the field with a brilliant bogey-free 65 in the third round at Augusta National, with a stunning approach setting up a tap-in eagle at the second and a 40-foot birdie putt at the fourth helping him quickly move ahead.Johnson flicked a wedge to kick-in range at the seventh and showed off more short-game magic to open up a four-shot advantage, while Sungjae Im, who is one of his closest challengers, chipped in from off the 11th green on his way to a third-round 68. – Advertisement – The Masters – Live November 15, 2020, 3:00pmLive on Rickie Fowler holed out from an unusual spot at the seventh and Bernhard Langer continued to roll back the years by draining a 63-footer at the 16th, with Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood among the others to feature in the day’s best efforts! Dustin Johnson equalled the 54-hole record at Augusta National by getting to 16 under Dustin Johnson equalled the 54-hole record at Augusta National by getting to 16 underDustin Johnson equalled the 54-hole record at Augusta National by getting to 16 under Dustin Johnson equalled the 54-hole record at Augusta National by getting to 16 under Click on the video above to see the top shots from the third round of The Masters! Watch the final round of The Masters live on Sunday on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins with ‘Live from The Masters’ from 2pm, ahead of full coverage from 3pm on Sky Sports The Masters, with bonus feeds available via the red button. Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. last_img read more

  • Avian flu spreads in Romania; FAO to air role of wild birds

    first_imgMay 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Eleven new outbreaks of avian influenza in birds were reported in Romania today, as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) prepared for a major conference on the role of wild birds in spreading the virus worldwide.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today that the discovery of 11 more outbreaks means 56 outbreaks have been found in Romania since the virus reemerged there 12 days ago. The report did not list the locations of any of the latest outbreaks.Avian flu first turned up in Romania in backyard poultry flocks starting last October. The recent outbreaks have involved some large commercial farms and some poultry in Bucharest, the capital, triggering quarantine orders for some neighborhoods this week.Today’s AFP report quoted Marius Dobrescu of the Bucharest mayor’s office as saying, “Overnight Wednesday 200 people in the fourth district of Bucharest were placed under quarantine, taking the number of isolated inhabitants in the Romanian capital to 400.”On May 22 city officials had imposed a quarantine on more than 13,000 people in the southern fourth district of the city, but the city reopened most of that area the next day.According to AFP, Romania’s health ministry today announced a lifting of the quarantine nationwide. But Dobrescu said the quarantines in Bucharest would not be lifted unless the city received written instructions.Earlier this week, a Romanian intelligence service report blamed turkeys imported from Hungary for spreading the virus. But top Romanian officials have disavowed the report and sharply criticized the intelligence service for it.Meanwhile, China this week reported two outbreaks of avian flu among migratory birds in its northwestern reaches. The agriculture ministry said yesterday that 399 bar-headed geese and ruddy shelducks had died of the virus in Tibet’s Naqu district and in the Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in neighboring Qinghai province, according to an AFP report published yesterday.The ministry said the separate outbreaks were linked by a migration route. The same route also linked two other recent outbreaks in the region, in which 123 birds had died, the story said. Officials said the area is thinly populated and has no poultry farms.Conference to focus on wild birdsThe role of wild birds in spreading H5N1 will be the focus of a major conference scheduled for May 30 and 31 in Rome by the FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).About 300 scientists from more than 100 countries will attend the meeting to deal with the controversy over the role of wild birds versus domestic birds, the FAO said in a statement today.The problem at the heart of the controversy, said FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech, is that no one knows whether wild birds can serve as long-term reservoirs of highly pathogenic avian flu viruses such as H5N1.”Where they are not reservoirs but only victims of contamination from poultry, then prevention has to remain at the domestic bird level,” Domenech said. “But where they are, we have to find out which birds are involved and where they migrate to in order to prevent other wild birds and poultry being infected.”Jan Slingenbergh, senior animal health officer at FAO, said he expects there will be no clear conclusion as to whether wild or domestic birds spread avian flu to new areas. “The answer is it’s a mix,” he said.In most European countries where the virus has appeared, it has been in wild birds, he said. In East Asia, the virus was probably spread by a combination of wild and domestic birds, while in Africa it appears that poultry trade has been mainly responsible, he added.How the virus might reach USIn related news, US wildlife officials are predicting that when H5N1 avian flu comes to the United States, it will most likely arrive aboard wild swans flying across the Bering Strait or exotic birds brought in by smugglers, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published today.H. Dale Hall, director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, said swans are a good bet because they were the first birds found with the virus in many European countries. But he also said there’s a good chance the virus could ride in on smuggled birds or other wildlife.State and federal agencies in Alaska recently began testing wild birds for the H5N1 virus. The first 1,300 tissue samples from migratory birds in Alaska are due to arrive at a US Geological Survey laboratory in Madison, Wis., for testing later this week, the AP reported. They come from a subsistence hunt by native Alaskans.The story said testing duties will be shared by the Madison lab, which will check the hemagglutinin (H) type, and the US Department of Agriculture lab in Ames, Iowa, which will determine the neuraminidase (N) type.See also:May 25 FAO statement about upcoming conference read more

  • Federal grants support new anthrax countermeasures

    first_img Sep 27 Emergent BioSolutions press release Oct 3, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Two pharmaceutical companies recently announced they received federal biodefense grants totaling $21.5 million to support the development of products that could be used to counter an anthrax attack. After major biotechnology companies showed little interest in the program, last December Congress passed a bill designed to strengthen the program. The bill established the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority within HHS, which can pay contractors when they achieve development milestones, instead of requiring them to deliver finished products before they can receive payment. See also: Sep 25 Elusys Therapeutics press release In a related development, Emergent BioSolutions, based in Rockville, Md., announced on Sep 27 that it had received a $9.5 million contract from the federal government to develop its anthrax therapeutic, anthrax immune globulin (AIG). As an intravenous therapy for patients who present with anthrax disease symptoms, AIG, if successfully developed, could be prescribed by itself or along with an antibiotic, the company said in its statement. Elizabeth Posillico, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Elusys, said in the statement that inhalation of anthrax spores quickly leads to death in nonvaccinated patients unless they receive immediate antibiotic treatment. She added that Anthrim represents a “just-in-time” anthrax treatment that, “in relevant models has demonstrated complete protection against anthrax spore challenge with a single prophylactic dose, and has shown significant protection when administered up to 2 days after a lethal spore challenge, with or without an antibiotic.” Elusys Therapeutics, based in Pine Brook, N.J, said in a Sep 25 statement that it had been awarded a $12 million contract to continue developing AnthrimTM, the company’s late-stage anthrax treatment.center_img The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the drug fast-track approval status and has designated it as an orphan drug, according to the Elusys statement. On Sep 26, the US Department of Health and Human Services awarded Emergent BioSolutions a $400 million contract to deliver another 18.75 million doses of its Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA) to the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical supplies for civilian use. The product is developed from plasma collected from healthy donors who have been vaccinated with BioThrax, Emergent BioSolutions’ anthrax vaccine, which is the only such product approved by the FDA for preventing anthrax infection. Anthrim is a high-affinity monoclonal antibody that targets the protective antigen component of anthrax infection, blocking the organism’s ability to form deadly toxins, Elusys said in its statement. The company is developing the drug for prophylaxis and postexposure treatment of inhalational anthrax. Federal support for the anthrax countermeasures and vaccine comes from Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion program that Congress established in 2004 to spur the development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons by guaranteeing that the government would buy promising products. The company said the grant would be used to support nonclinical efficacy studies and to launch a phase 1/2 clinical study to evaluate pharmokinetics and safety. The new funds supplements a $3.9 million grant the company received in August 2006 to develop AIG. Sep 26 CIDRAP News story “HHS orders 18 million doses of anthrax vaccine”last_img read more

  • A total of 92 applications were received for the competition for the election and appointment of the director of the CNTB representative offices

    first_imgThe members of the Tourist Board were presented with the status of applications for the competition for the selection and appointment of the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in seven markets, ie in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia and China.The tender was announced on April 11, 2018 and was open until April 26, 2018, and within the specified deadline, a total of 92 applications. The greatest interest was expressed for the Austrian market (19 applications) and for the Slovenian market (14 applications) and the Slovak market (14 applications).A detailed processing of all received candidatures and verification of compliance with the formal requirements of the competition is underway. Upon completion of the processing, a special commission in charge of conducting the selection procedure will meet, which is appointed in the following composition: the President of the Commission is appointed Barbara Mesić, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, and the members of the Commission are the Director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, representatives of the Tourist Board of the CNTB Boris Žgomba, Tomislav Fain i Marcel Medak and professor Dragan Magas who is a member as an external collaborator.The following directors of the representative office were appointed to new mandates in September last year:Nera Miličić for Germany (head of the Munich branch office)Viviana Vukelic for Italy (also covers the Spanish market)Agnieszka Anna Puszczewicz for PolandRomeo Draghicchio for Germany (re-election)Danijela Mihalic Djurica for France (re-election)Ivan Novak for Benelux (re-election)Ina Rodin for the USA (also covers the Canadian market) – (re-election)Rajko Ruzicka for Russia (covers Ukraine and other markets in the region) – (re-election)last_img read more

  • Villa Vulin was named the leading luxury boutique hotel in Croatia and Europe

    first_imgBritish LUX Life magazine as part of the Global Luxury Hotel & Spa award for 2018, he chose five-star hotel in Pula, Villa Vulin as the leading luxury hotel in Croatia.The Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards is designed to recognize companies, brands and individuals with a growing luxury hospitality industry – those who go above and beyond. “It is confirmed that only persistent work and uncompromising direction can achieve top results. He thanks his team for their commitment, because without teamwork we would not be what we are. In the class of our hotel, currently no posthat world award that we did not win. This is our gift to our beloved city of Pula”Proudly points out the owner and director of the hotel Vaso Vulin. By the way, the mentioned recognition is just another in a series for the Pula hotel Villa Vulin, because only last year it received a total of 10 recognitions and valuable awards. Among the most important is certainly the one from the International Hotel Awards 2017-2018 in London, where Villa Vulin was named the best small hotel in Europe, and the best small five-star hotel by Croatian standards, and the icing on the cake was at the Oscars in the hotel industry in St. Moritz.These are the biggest trophies so far, ie the recognition that a small hotel in the world has, points out Vaso Vulin and adds that he is very satisfied that all the work and effort after so many years has borne fruit. “It will be a beautiful legacy for my family, but also a great honor for our city, the whole of Istria and Croatia. At the same time, it is a great obligation to continue to maintain the quality of our service at a high level. ” says Vulin.But as we all know how often it is harder to maintain the same level of service and defend the title of best in a particular category, I was interested in what the “formula for success” is and how to maintain the same level of service. As Vaso Vulin points out, the magic formula for this success and keeping the service at a high level are personal limits, perseverance, striving for perfection, culture and the goal that every hotelier sets for himself. “One of the most important points I had was positioning and creating a brand, first of all in Croatia, and then in Europe and the world. And that requires hard work for at least three years, with a good knowledge of management. Of course, there is always the question of investment, not only material but also other aspects recognized by guests from around the world, but it must always be based on simple and “perfect” things. Whoever sets himself the priority of profit and earnings, will not go beyond his own threshold, such a philosophy is a utopia, these are just some of the elements that make magic, of course with the city itself which is beautiful, beaches, kindness, region, state .. “Vulin points out and adds that the key is the synergy of all tourist participants because everyone has to work together to achieve the result, because one man is not able to do everything alone.It is interesting how Vulin metaphorically described and set the whole story, like digging a mine. ” If we were to compare business to a mine, and that is certainly a mine, then I chose platinum, and I had to behave that way. Tracking all world trends, but not plagiarism but a focus on authenticity and uniqueness. “Says Vulin.By the way, Villa Vulin is the first facility with a high level of 5-star service in Pula, and the logical question is whether Pula is ready for accommodation at that high level as well as the content and offer for such demanding guests. According to Vulin, Pula certainly has a lot of potential, but above all it lacks such important synergies of all participants. ” Pula certainly has potential and a story that can attract guests of high purchasing power, but the results would be much better if the tourist boards, HGK, agencies and everyone else act united and enlarged because we all have the same goal, which is quality strategic tourism development. ” concludes Vulin.last_img read more

  • Croatian Museum of Tourism admitted to NEMO

    first_imgThe Croatian Museum of Tourism, located in a one hundred and seventy year old villa in the center of Opatija’s Angiolina Park, tells the story of tourism in Croatia, but also how tourism affects us all – how our cities change, how we change traveling and welcoming travelers. Kao kruna desetogodišnjeg rada, Hrvatskom muzeju turizma stigla je i početkom godine potvrda primitka u ICOM – Međunarodni odbor za muzeje pri UNESCO-u, koji okuplja više od 35.000 članova i muzejskih profesionalaca iz cijeloga svijeta. “Potvrda dobrog rada i raznovrsnog programa koji godinama oduševljava brojne posjetitelje Hrvatskog muzeja turizma, stigla je i pristupom u iznimno važne svjetske strukovne organizacije, a djelatnicima HMT-a dala novi vjetar u leđa i motivaciju za stvaranje još kvalitetnijeg sadržaja u muzeju” ističu iz  Hrvatskog muzeja turizma. The Croatian Museum of Tourism was admitted to NEMO – the prestigious Network of European Museum Organizations.center_img The Croatian Museum of Tourism from Opatija thus found itself in the company of 136 ICOM member countries and museum experts who improve the work of all museums and museum activities, and in the circle of only 34 Croatian museums! Find out more about the Croatian Museum of Tourism HERElast_img read more

  • Agreement on cooperation in creating, developing and promoting the tourist brand of the “Gorski kotar” region signed

    first_imgGreen heart of Croatia The Kvarner Tourist Board, as the director Irena Peršić Živadinov pointed out, has been working on the branding of Gorski kotar for many years, and in the past 5 years a pilot project “Management of the destination Gorski kotar” has been made. A bicycle transversal was made, which enabled the presentation of Gorski Kotar on the international market as a destination for active holidays, which increased the number of arrivals of both foreign and domestic guests. “Recently, in Ravna Gora, a county project of the Center for Large Beasts worth about 8 million kuna was launched. The realization of the project will enable the creation of “green” jobs and contribute to better and sustainable tourist valorization and promotion of our Gorski kotar, because this area must turn its natural potentials into competitive advantages. This area must turn its natural potentials into competitive advantages. The green heart of Croatia must become a brand and we will do it”, Said the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Prefect Zlatko Komadina. This Agreement covers the activities of drafting strategic documents intended for the development and promotion of tourism in the Gorski Kotar region in the period from 2019 to 2025, based on which the development and marketing activities of local tourist boards and local governments will be consolidated and harmonized. An agreement on cooperation in the creation, development and promotion of the tourist brand of the “Gorski kotar” region was signed today in Ravna Gora.  Joining and connecting nine local self-government units for Gorski kotar means a new dimension in the development, promotion and market positioning of this area as a desirable and attractive tourist destination. “Croatia is very well recognized in the world as a summer vacation destination, but the task of all of us is to show the world that our country offers much more than that. With this goal in mind, we support every form of destination cooperation, including this one within which the Croatian National Tourist Board will be the coordinator in the process of defining strategic documents intended for the development and promotion of tourism in Gorski Kotar.” said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that this project fits into the strategic goal of developing the continental tourist offer. The agreement was signed by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gari Cappelli on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Director Kristjan Staničić on behalf of the Croatian Tourist Board, Director Irena Peršić Živadinov on behalf of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Tourist Board and representatives of municipalities and cities Brod Moravice, Čabar, Delnice, Fužine. Lokve, Mrkopalj, Ravna Gora, Skrad and Vrbovsko.  During the signing of the agreement, Minister Cappelli emphasized the importance of this agreement for the development of the entire Gorski Kotar: “As well as through our legislative changes, our desire is to encourage the association of destinations that, through joint action, have the opportunity to brand themselves much better, position themselves on the market and develop projects that will encourage overall economic development. With this agreement, which represents the beginning of a new tourist story, I believe that the entire Gorski Kotar can use its potential and become not only a recognizable tourist destination but also an example of successful social development and economic transformation. Cappelli pointed out. “Since 2011, the Kvarner Tourist Board has been working on combining the tourist offer and joint promotion through the project of Coordination of Tourist Boards from the Gorski Kotar area. Therefore, we see this Agreement on Cooperation in Creating, Developing and Promoting the Tourist Brand of the Gorski Kotar Region as a kind of upgrade of the existing Strategy which will continue to work together on the branding of Gorski Kotar for a longer period of time. ” Peršić Živadinov pointed out and added that in the last 8 years the number of overnight stays has increased from 33.000 to over 100 and added that the goal is to increase accommodation capacity.last_img read more