Avian flu suspected in Jakarta zoo workers

first_imgSep 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three workers from Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 avian influenza, increasing the number of suspected human cases in Indonesia to as many as seven, according to news services.The zoo was closed yesterday after 19 captive birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The ailing zoo workers include a 28-year-old guide and a 39-year-old vendor, the Associated Press (AP) reported in a statement attributed to I Nyoman Kandun, Indonesia’s director general of communicable disease control. A Reuters report today said a third person from the zoo, also a food worker, was hospitalized late last night.The latest cases apparently bring the number of suspected case-patients in Indonesia to seven. But Reuters quoted Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as saying only six people have been hospitalized.On Sep 16, officials confirmed that the death of a 37-year-old woman from Jakarta a few days earlier was due to H5N1 avian flu. As of yesterday, news services were reporting that four children had been hospitalized with suspected cases. They included two girls, aged 3 and 6; a 7-year-old; and a 9-year-old boy who is related to the 37-year-old victim.Initial tests on two children were positive for H5N1, Reuters reported. Blood samples from the patients were being tested in Hong Kong, the story said.Yesterday the government declared that the avian flu situation was an “extraordinary” health incident. That declaration, which expires in 21 days but can be renewed, allows for forced hospitalization of people who have possible avian flu symptoms, the AP said. Forty-four hospitals have been designated to treat avian flu patients. Those patients will receive free medication, Supari told the AP.Government officials sought to maintain calm today, balancing expressions of confidence that they could handle the situation with statements aimed at educating people about the problem and its seriousness.The state of high alert “is to calm people, not to bring more panic,” Reuters quoted Supari as saying.Haryadi Wibisono, a director of disease control at the country’s health ministry, told Agence France-Presse (AFP), “This is a serious problem for Indonesia and the whole world and therefore it should be dealt with seriously.”Ragunan Zoo, the chief zoo in bustling Jakarta, was to be closed for 3 weeks to allow for testing of animals and workers. Of the 500 zoo employees, 143 have been identified as being at high risk for exposure to the virus, the Jakarta Post said today. The city has a population of 12 million, with another 9 million in outlying towns, according to Nature magazine.Besides the 37-year-old woman, other reported cases of avian flu in Indonesia have included a 38-year-old man and his two daughters who died in July, plus a farm worker who tested positive for antibodies to the virus last March, though he had not been sick. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes only the 37-year-old woman and 38-year-old man as laboratory-confirmed cases.Indonesia’s spate of possible cases comes as the WHO is warning that the world would have little time to respond to signs of an emerging flu pandemic, AFP and Reuters reported today.”There’s a very short time period—2 to 4 weeks between the onset of the first case—in which containment is possible,” Hitoshi Oshitani, a WHO communicable disease expert, said today in an address to the WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Noumea, New Caledonia.In comparing pandemic flu to SARS, Oshitani said, “The pandemic virus is much more difficult, maybe impossible, to contain once it starts.”last_img read more

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USDA lab confirms low-path H5N1 strain in Virginia turkeys

first_imgJul 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today confirmed that turkeys at a Virginia farm were exposed to the low-pathogenic North American strain of the H5N1 avian flu virus.Today’s announcement follows a USDA statement 6 days ago that testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, revealed the birds had antibodies to an H5N1 virus, indicating they were possibly exposed to a low-pathogenic strain, but further testing was needed to pinpoint the specific virus.Preslaughter testing had revealed that samples from the birds suggested they had antibodies to an H5 influenza virus, but Virginia’s agriculture department, in a Jul 9 statement announcing the outbreak, said none of the birds had shown any signs of illness or had died unexpectedly.”We can say for certain that this is not highly pathogenic H5N1 circulating in parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa,” said John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinary officer, in a USDA press release. He said the North American H5N1 stain is not a threat to human health and causes minor sickness or no noticeable symptoms in birds.State and industry officials have culled about 54,000 turkeys at the farm, and because the poultry producer participates in the expanded National Poultry Improvement Plan, it will be reimbursed 100% for the costs associated with the cull, Clifford said.In September 2006 the USDA published an interim rule that expanded the voluntary cooperative federal, state, and industry program to provide compensation for low-pathogenic H5 and H7 poultry outbreak eradication, the USDA press release said.Surveillance in the area surrounding the affected Shenandoah Valley farm is continuing, but so far all tests have been negative, Clifford said.The North American H5N1 strain is commonly detected in apparently healthy birds during routine surveillance, according to the USDA.See also:Jul 17 USDA press releaseJul 11 CIDRAP News article “USDA: turkeys may have been exposed to mild H5N1″USDA fact sheet on low-pathogenic H5N1last_img read more

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HOW: Lack of manpower in the hotel industry is a problem facing the entire region

first_img“After the GDPR, we have a regulation on e-privacy… Are you sure you are ready?” Is the name of the workshop that opened the second and final day of the 2nd edition of the HOW Festival, which took place on Wednesday on the island of Sv. Nikola at Valamar Isabella Island Resort. Marija Zrno, a lawyer from the Zagreb company Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko with CMS presented the regulation on e-privacy, which should be adopted at the end of this or the beginning of next year and which will be directly applied in all EU countries. While the GDPR provides for the protection of personal data of individuals, the regulation will bring security of communication in the e-world, ie through mobile phones, websites and social networks. “Unfortunately, the adoption of this regulation is delayed, it was planned to be adopted in May this year, so business systems could be harmonized in parallel. But a regulation that will primarily mean greater protection for legal entities is not as comprehensive as the GDPR and will not have as much time to comply. All this will affect direct marketing, ie mostly newsletters and communication via social networks and websites”, Said Zrno. She explained that our existing law provided that the submission of newsletters required the consent of end users. The new regulation will have the same principle, but a broader definition, which means promotion on websites and social networks. Consent from legal entities will also be sought. She also mentioned cookies, which the regulation will also regulate. Users will decide for themselves on their computer which cookies they want. She concluded that it would be good for companies to inquire now about what the new regulation will bring, for which there is a lot of information on the Internet. If a company is already compliant with the GDPR, this does not automatically mean that it is also compliant with the ePrivacy Regulation.The most attention of the participants of this conference was attracted by the panel discussion on employee engagement and retention led by the moderator Mirjana Pajas, project director in Profil grupa, and her experiences were shared by Jelena Šuleić, general manager of group A hotels from Serbia, Tea Cergna, director of education and development in Poreč’s Valamar Riviera and Gordana Kolenko, director of BHV Consulting. Lack of manpower in the hotel industry is a problem facing the entire region.It was pointed out that Serbia is “fighting” with the problem of labor outflows mostly to Slovenia and Croatia, because it has the lowest average salaries in our area, while Croatian companies are facing the departure of people to Germany and Ireland. With the general conclusion that quotas are expected to increase for the import of foreign labor, not only from nearby countries, but also  from around the world (as Dubai, for example, has solved the problem), the importance of political will to reduce state payroll taxes has been stressed. But it’s a fight with windmills, it was noted on the panel. Cergna stated that Valamar tried to get higher quotas for labor from abroad, but the number of unemployed in Croatia also appears as a problem, which is why the state refuses to do so. They then asked for a list of the unemployed from all the counties they could hire, there were several hundred of them, of whom they eventually managed to hire only 17. Cergna noted that they called just about everyone from that list, but people were mostly not interested. The importance of education and cooperation with schools as a way to find and retain employees was mentioned. Šuleić stated that they achieved the best results with their employees when they were able to have their teeth repaired by contracted dentists, and a five-day stay with families in all their facilities – hotels, swimming pools, water parks and restaurants in the period from August 20 to September 10. . “People need to be dealt with constantly, they want to be taken care of. “, pointed out Šuleić. But she admitted that after three years, as long as it takes them to prepare one middle-level manager, they mostly lose that person because they go to another job. At the same time, the salary in Serbia is always a problem. For example, how much better it is for women there to go to work in the summer in Croatia is shown by the fact that they will earn 300 euros a month at home as maids, while Valamar will give them 700 euros, plus free accommodation and food. Then they return home and, for example, go to work in the mountains in Slovenia in the winter. Cergna, on the other hand, said that the salary is one of the key factors for retaining employees, so this year Valamar offered HRK 5.000 net as the minimum income for everyone. Also, the largest Croatian hotel company has an elaborate system of communication with employees who inform about everything, but also ask what they want in their career, then 18 programs of rewards and incentives, education, mentoring and scholarships. Valamar’s plan is to open its own university in the fall of next year, Tea Cergna announced.”How a hotel bar can be a part of the experience and the importance of education and development of bar staff” is the title of the panel discussion where opinions and experiences were presented by Andrea Klemenčić, F&B consultant at Dubrovnik’s One Suite Hotel, Filip Verbanac, strong alcohol development manager for Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina at Coca-Cola HBC, and, as panel moderator, Vedran Gulin, a consultant from Bar Three. Everyone stressed the importance of staff education, without which at least he will not be successful. Important elements in the bar are the offer and service, with which they will stand out from the competition. In Croatia, they singled out only 30 bars that stand out from the average. The bar is a mirror of the hotel, they pointed out. Its good position in the hotel, and excellent offer and quality, allow it to be open to the local population. Therefore, Klemenčić emphasized that local people come to the bar of that hotel, so it works best in winter. They focused on local products and groceries, and what they all have in common is that it has to be of extra quality. The staff is well educated, the standard of what they have to offer is known exactly (if the coffee is not a cannon it doesn’t go out of the bar) and they are constantly monitored and corrected in their work. Of course, a system of rewards and incentives has been organized in order to motivate and keep them, which depends on the reviews of guests, ratings of superiors and the realized traffic. Verbanac emphasized that his company now has five people for the education of employees in the field, and they are planning their program of education and training of people. Over the next ten years, Coca-Cola will focus on people who want to do business in the F&B sector and are willing to learn.Moderator Berislav Herceg, director of the Zagreb company DivisIT, which develops software solutions, Dragan Bodiroga, director of the Service Center from Dubrovnik, Tamara Čimbur, director and owner of the Zagreb restaurant Baltazar, and Vladimir Marinković spoke about the need to introduce modern procurement in the hotel business. general manager of Belgrade’s Saint Ten Hotel.The emphasis of the workshop was on automated data entry and exchange between customer and supplier, which speeds up the procurement process and brings savings. Manual data entry, which it still has, is a waste of time, and errors are common that make it impossible to control the state of the warehouse. It was noted that data entry automation must be inexpensive and easily applicable in all systems, whether they are small or large hotels, because not all are the same and not all have the same number of suppliers. One of the solutions, as a new standard in business, are personalized vendor web shops that will adapt to both large and small systems.last_img read more

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Virovitica presented the new visual identity and brand of Pejačević Castle and City Park

first_img“The motives of the visual identity are designed with respect for tradition and what is currently happening in Virovitica. I arranged it like a genome around the center of Virovitica, starting from the content to the collective memory. I think this is very important because a brand without emotion is not a good brand. We all have an emotion towards this space, we grew up there, we were educated, we experienced our first love “, said Boris Malešević, presenting the visual identity. Malešević also emphasized that identity is conceived as a system that will unmistakably say with its visual attraction that it is about Virovitica. The brand will be built around the slogan “Virovitica for Generations”, and the promenade next to the Petar Preradović High School will be named “Promenade of Virovitica Generations”. “Currently, the construction works in the park and at the Castle are being completed, and the complete interior design of the exhibition and other spaces has been agreed. Simultaneously with the works, the second component of the project is being worked on – enriching the tourist offer and promoting it. Back in 2017, we agreed on a marketing strategy for the implementation of the Integrated Development Program “5 to 12 for the Castle”, and last year a brand strategy with a new visual identity, “said Ivica Kirin, Mayor of Virovitica. Plan of the City Garden and Pejačević Castle The visual identity was presented by Boris Malešević, a renowned Croatian designer, and brand strategy by Feđa Vukić, a professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb and head of the Design Studio, who said that the new Virovitica brand represents a new space for everyone, a kind of “democratic forum of modern type”. He will serve the people of Virovitica, but also pupils, students, guests and tourists. The already adopted logo of Virovitica remains the same, and this visual identity is only its kind of continuation, ie a trademark and logo of a tourist destination. It will also be promoted at the international fair Viroexpo, where promo materials with a new slogan and logo will be presented to the citizens. The new visual identities of Pejačević Castle and the Virovitica City Park are under the auspices of the Virovitica City branding project with the slogan “Virovitica for Generations”. center_img The city of Virovitica is in the final phase of implementing the largest EU project in the restoration of cultural heritage in Croatia worth 81 million kuna, and it is a project called “5 to 12 for the Castle”. “The castle and park will become the centerpiece of a new urban experience in the city and region. The mission is to create a new urban climate in the city through spatial planning and programs that inform, culturally enrich and strengthen democratic processes and thus create a basis for experiential tourism, “said Vukic and expressed satisfaction with the project of bridges in the park designed by his students. “Creating a visual identity, we commissioned research, ie analysis, from which I drew the main message and slogan of this project. According to the survey, there were two groups of people, one saying it should have been done and that it was a project of this generation, something that would remain for generations, while others were against it. But what they both have in common is the word “generation”, Malesevic explained, adding that the word “generation” is used in a positive context, when we create something that will benefit many, something great and significant and timeless. The new visual identity will put the City Park and Pejačević Castle in the center of recognizability of Virovitica, and will contain motifs of the park, castle, water, trails, bridges and art and experience. www.vpz.hr, Photos: Kristijan Toplaklast_img read more

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Franjo Tuđman Airport named the best airport in Europe

first_imgPhoto: Franjo Tuđman Airport The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) is a program for assessing the quality of airport services and the world’s leading program for the so-called. Benchmarking, the measurement of passenger satisfaction through 37 key performance indicators, is conducted by certified ASQ agents who interview passengers at airports, through a specialized ACI / ASQ questionnaire. “We are extremely proud of the fact that we have been recognized and rewarded by passengers and service users through the ACI / ASQ survey, in a unique survey measuring passenger satisfaction with airport services, and for the second year in a row we were named the best airport in Europe in the group. airports of 2 to 5 million passengers. The award to Franjo Tuđman Airport comes just before the third anniversary of the opening of the new passenger terminal, through which almost 10 million passengers have passed since the opening. “, said Huseyin Bahadir Bedir, President of the Management Board of Zagreb International Airport. center_img According to the survey of passengers on satisfaction with ACI / ASQ (Airports Council International / Airport Service Quality), Franjo Tuđman Airport was once again named the best airport in Europe in the group of airports of 2 to 5 million passengers.last_img read more

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The Museum of Illusions also opened its doors in Split

first_imgThe Museum of Illusions is also equipped with a smart playroom based on the Dilemma games didactic program, approved by the Ministry of Education and Science.  New York, Paris, Shanghai, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and thirteen other no less attractive locations around the world, and now Split is connected by one thing. Excellent quality content – Museum of Illusion. Thus, the people of Split and all their guests will witness the realm of illusions, unusual rooms, vortex tunnels, interesting holograms, and other exhibits that are mostly produced in Croatia, which we are extremely proud of. We are constantly talking about the importance of quality, authentic and different content in our tourist destinations, and the city of Split is richer for just one excellent quality content. Namely, the Museum of Illusions opened its doors yesterday at the address Andrija Kačića Miošića 2. An excellent tourist story and quality entertainment and tourist content Museum of Illusion, is proof of how the business model of private museums can work. On the contrary, it works great, even outside our borders through the franchise model, and so our export tourist product is set. center_img “A sincere smile, helping visitors with all the important information, ie caring for the end user are just some of the reasons why most of our visitors come back several times. This is a fact that we consider to be the greatest indicator of our success, perhaps more than the incredible number of franchises opened worldwide. In the last few years, Split has been the leader of Croatian tourism, a kind of capital of the Croatian coast. The cheerful spirit of its inhabitants makes it a perfect host. The Museum of Illusions will only further complement its already generous cultural and entertainment offer not only to the residents of Split and its surroundings but also to all its guests.”They point out from the Museum of Illusions. Fans of your character and work will enjoy a table of clones where you sit with yourself and five other of your clones. Moire’s patterns will allow you to experience the creation of an infinite number of illusions, while deceptive rings and a deceptive stick will skillfully play with your sense of space. An ambiguous cylinder will teach you that direct views of objects and their reflections in a mirror create different interpretations of their shapes. Behind every illusion lies the science that will be skillfully conveyed to future visitors by museum guides and illusionists on each tour. Photo: Museum of Illusionlast_img read more

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