Fanshawe is well aware of the task facing his charge in America, but is adamant she is not there just to make up the numbers.He said: “It’s a very different track to what she’s been racing on – it’s round two bends and much tighter.“She’s a very well balanced filly, so I don’t think that will be a problem, and what will suit her is a truly-run race.- Advertisement – Impressive in the Group Two Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in early June, the Godolphin-owned four-year-old was subsequently narrowly denied Group One glory in both the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.However, she could finish only fifth on her latest appearance in the Sun Chariot.Gosden said: “It was very, very soft ground for Newmarket in the Sun Chariot. They seldom called it heavy and that was the description they were giving on the day.“She found that a little bit too testing. Like most horses, she likes what we call good ground.”Aidan O’Brien’s Peaceful and Cayenne Pepper, from Jessica Harrington’s yard, represent Ireland.Following three successive runner-up finishes, Cayenne Pepper ran out an impressive winner of the Group Two Blandford Stakes at the Curragh in September.“I think it probably was a career-best last time,” said Harrington.“I was convinced she was a mile-and-a-half filly, but in the Irish Oaks and in the race at Cork (Give Thanks Stakes), she was in front until the last half-furlong and got run out of it.“Bringing her back in trip for the Blandford, and winning it like she did, I really was absolutely delighted with her.”Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup action gets under way with the Filly & Mare Sprint, for which Bob Baffert’s Gamine is the likely favourite.The following race is the Turf Sprint, in which Kevin Ryan is set to saddle dual Group One-winning filly Glass Slippers, who was last seen finishing second when bidding for back-to-back wins in the Prix de l’Abbaye.Ryan said: “She’s a top-class filly and the Breeders’ Cup is a very important meeting – it’s nice to have a filly that is good enough to run there.“She comes out of her races very well – she’s very tough and genuine.“She’s one of the best I’ve trained. She’s just been a very progressive filly who has kept on improving and I’m very privileged to have her to train.”Chad Brown’s Complexity and the Brad Cox-trained Knicks Go are among the leading contenders for the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, while George Weaver’s Vekoma and Steven Asmussen’s unbeaten colt Yaupon lock horns in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.Cox’s Monomoy Girl is a hot favourite for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, ahead of Kenny McPeek’s Swiss Skydiver. James Fanshawe is relishing the prospect of sending out his first Breeders’ Cup runner when Audarya contests Saturday’s Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf.The daughter of Wootton Bassett was winning a handicap on the all-weather at Newcastle as recently as early August, but has made huge progress since by claiming a surprise Group One win in the Prix Jean Romanet before finishing a close third in the Prix de l’Opera.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “At this time of year you’re just hoping your filly is in the same form as she has been for her last two races, as you’re going into the winter and some thrive and some start to hibernate.“She seems well and is showing no signs of that. I hope she’ll run a very big race.”British hopes are also carried by John Gosden’s Terebellum.- Advertisement –
Oct 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – In response to the national influenza vaccine shortage, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling on the federal government to find ways to make the production of vaccines more profitable.The organization of healthcare professionals and scientists said in an Oct 21 statement that Congress and the administration should “implement innovative public policy geared toward removing financial disincentives that have caused pharmaceutical companies to leave the vaccine market.”Only two US companies, Aventis Pasteur and Chiron, currently make injectable flu vaccine; one company, MedImmune, makes an intranasal vaccine. Reasons often cited for the decline in flu-vaccine makers include a complex, high-risk production process and unpredictable consumer demand that leaves millions of doses unsold in a typical year.The IDSA said one possible remedy for the decline in vaccine manufacturing would be legislation similar to Project Bioshield, passed last July. The legislation provides funds to encourage the development of medical countermeasures for bioterrroism. Among other measures, it guarantees that the government will buy promising drugs and vaccines for diseases such as smallpox and anthrax.Andrew T. Pavia, MD, chair of the IDSA’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force, said patients with chronic diseases like diabetes may take a drug for many years, making treatments for those diseases much more profitable than treatments for infectious diseases. A person may use a particular vaccine only once or twice in a lifetime or, in the case of flu, once a year. Yet flu causes an estimated 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations yearly, the IDSA said.”It makes sense for the country to reinvest in the infectious diseases market,” Pavia said. “Vaccines and antibiotics will help to save lives and should be cost-effective for society in the long run. Money we put into incentives should be returned by savings from decreased diseases.”John G. Bartlett, MD, chair of the IDSA Task Force on Antimicrobial Availability, called for incentives such as “tax credits, strengthened intellectual property rights, liability protections, or some type of federally guaranteed purchasing program” to make infectious disease products more attractive to industry.
Oct 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Germany today reported an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a commercial farm in Saxony, signifying the country’s first outbreak since December 2007.The outbreak was detected at a farm in Markersdorf, in east central Germany not far from the border with Poland, according to a report today from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The report said one bird tested positive for the H5N1 virus.Elke Reinking, a spokeswoman for the Friedrich Loeffler Institute in Insel Riems, Germany, said the bird that tested positive was a duck, according to a report today from Bloomberg News.According to the OIE report, the H5N1 in the single bird was detected during “routine laboratory investigation.” There were no movements of animals into or out of the affected farm within the last 21 days, the report said.The OIE report said 1,434 of the remaining birds were culled to control the spread of the disease. The farm contained 800 geese, 550 ducks, 60 chickens, and 24 turkeys.Germany’s last H5N1 outbreaks occurred in December 2007, striking poultry at three small farms in Brandenburg state, according to previous reports.In other developments, livestock officials in South Korea recently reported a low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza outbreak at a duck farm in the city of Yesan, in South Chungchong province, south of Seoul, according to an Oct 6 report to the OIE.The disease was detected during routine surveillance that has been conducted since September at all parent stock duck farms, the OIE report said. Authorities have not determined the source of the virus, and they culled 5,000 birds to prevent the disease from spreading.Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Vietnam recently filed an update report with the OIE that details nine H5N1 outbreaks that occurred between late July and mid September. According to the Sep 30 report, most of the outbreaks occurred in southern provinces, and all have now been declared resolved, except for one in Ca Mau province, at the southern tip of the country. All involved unvaccinated ducks and chickens.The nine outbreaks killed 2,275 birds and led to the culling of 5,472 more, according to the report. Authorities said the sources of the outbreaks were probably the introduction of new live animals, illegal movement of animals, and contact with fomites such as humans, vehicles, or feed.Since posting the OIE report, Vietnam has reported another H5N1 outbreak. The disease struck 300 ducks at a household farm in Nghe An province, in the central part of the country, according to an Oct 7 report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Authorities culled the remaining birds on the farm and disinfected the area, the report said.See also:OIE reports on German, South Korean, and Vietnamese outbreaks
The global vaccination rate of infants with three doses of the trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV3) for 2007, the most recent year data were available, was estimated at 82%. For the countries in which the wild poliovirus is endemic, vaccination rates were 83% in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 62% in India, and 61% in Nigeria. However, the authors pointed out that OPV3 coverage in some parts of the countries dipped below 40%. The groups noted some promising development in the affected countries, including the interruption of indigenous WPV1 transmission in India’s Uttar Pradesh state and new management approaches with intensive immunization activities in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Also, India saw its 3-year handle on WPV1 transmission in western Uttar Pradesh state erode when the virus entered the state from neighboring Bihar state in mid 2008. They singled out an especially challenging situation in India, where OPV effectiveness is low, purportedly due to the combination of diarrheal diseases, malnutrition, and crowding. In an editorial note that accompanied the polio trend report, the authors said that two World Health Organization (WHO) advisory bodies acknowledged the eradication obstacles and concluded that to drive the number of cases downward again, public health officials need to win the vaccination outreach and coverage cooperation of all affected countries and enhance routine vaccination and surveillance efforts. Oct 16, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Polio vaccination may continue after wild virus fades” In 2008, vaccine-derived polioviruses were detected in patients with acute flaccid paralysis from eight countries. CDC. Progress toward interruption of wild poliovirus transmissionworldwide, 2008. MMWR 2009 Apr 3;58(12):308-12 [Full text] Much of the increase stemmed from a spike in cases in Nigeria, which rose from 285 cases in 2007 to 801 cases in 2008. The authors noted that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) spread last year from endemic areas in northern Nigeria to polio-free southern states and eight neighboring countries, six of which had been polio-free since the 2003-to-2005 timeframe. The increase was also coupled with suboptimal vaccine coverage for children in Nigeria’s high-risk northern states. Though the incidence of polio has decreased drastically since 1988 when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was established, polio cases increased 26% in 2008to 1,655, up from 1,315 cases in 2007, according to a report in the Apr 3 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2008, vaccination efforts in children were met by increases in WPV1 and wild polio type 3 (WPV3) cases, the CDC authors reported. Even in more secure areas of Pakistan, management and operational problems hampered vaccination efforts. Apr 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) The world lost some ground last year in its 20-year push to eradicate polio, mainly because the disease has spread to new parts of Nigeria and because conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan have made it difficult to get vaccines to children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. Last summer, GPEI members, which include the WHO, the CDC, UNICEF, and Rotary International, declared a “final push” toward eradicating polio and launched a 3-year $100-million fund drive toward easing some of the shortfall in eradication efforts. The WHO has estimated the funding gap to be $490 million beyond what governments and other organizations have promised. See also: Most vaccination efforts in developing countries involve a less expensive vaccine that contains live, attenuated virus that multiplies in the gut, providing passive immunization to other people. However, the vaccine virus sometimes mutates into a virulent type that can cause polio paralysis and spread through shedding to those who aren’t vaccinated. Jun 18, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Coalition declares ‘final push’ to end polio”
Apr 21, 2009WHO confirms two Egyptian H5N1 casesThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Egypt’s two recently reported H5N1 avian influenza cases, involving a 25-year-old pregnant woman and an 18-month-old girl. The woman, from Cairo governorate, got sick on Apr 6, was hospitalized on Apr 11, and remains in critical condition. An investigation found the woman had close contact with sick poultry before she became ill. In the other case, the WHO reported that the 18-month-old girl from Kafr el-Sheikh governorate became sick on Apr 15 and was hospitalized and started on oseltamivir (Tamiflu) 3 days later. She is in stable condition. An investigation revealed she had close contact with sick and dead poultry before she became ill. The two latest case confirmations raise Egypt’s H5N1 total to 66 cases, of which 23 have been fatal. The global H5N1 case count now stands at 420, which includes 257 deaths.[Apr 21 WHO statement]Egypt finds H5N1 in backyard birdsAnimal health officials in Egypt reported a new H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in backyard birds at a village in Menofia governorate, according to a report today from Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The outbreak, which involved 17 mixed poultry, was detected during active surveillance. The vaccination status of the birds was not available.New findings reported on human immune response to H5N1An international team of researchers used serum samples from Vietnamese patients who survived H5N1 avian influenza infection to generate new information about the immune response to the H5N1 virus, according to a report in PLoS Medicine. The researchers used bacterial viruses (phages) to make numerous fragments of the genome of a 2004 strain of H5N1 from Vietnam and then studied which fragments were recognized by antibodies in the samples from the five Vietnamese patients. The antibodies recognized sites (epitopes) in several viral proteins: hemagglutinin, neuraminidase, M2, and PB1-F2. Further, the researchers identified certain sites, called “noncontinuous conformation-dependent epitopes,” that were recognized by two broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies generated from the Vietnamese patients. Several of the epitopes were not recognized by antibodies from people who had been infected with other influenza subtypes (H1N1 and H3N2) but not H5N1. The findings “show that people recovering from H5N1 infection make a diverse range of antibodies against several viral proteins,” and they also identify parts of the H5N1 virus that may be most likely to stimulate an immune response, according to the editors’ summary of the report. The findings can be used to help develop H5N1 vaccines and diagnostic tools, the report says.[PLoS Medicine report]South Carolina launches pandemic flu ethics forums South Carolina’s Pandemic Influenza Ethics Task Force hosted the first of four forums last night in Myrtle Beach to encourage public dialogue on the group’s proposed ethical response plan, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). Additional sessions will be held tomorrow in Greenville, Apr 27 in Charleston, and Apr 29 in Columbia. The state’s pandemic ethics task force includes members of state agencies, healthcare providers, and legal professionals.Indonesian airport installs illness-screening toolsIn an effort to curb the spread of communicable diseases such as avian influenza, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), authorities at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bandung, Indonesia, yesterday installed two thermal scanners and “body cleaners” at international arrival gates, the Jakarta Post reported today. The airport had used the thermal scanners during the 2003 SARS outbreak, but repairs were needed before yesterday’s installation. The airport obtained the body cleaners, which apply a 70% alcohol solution spray, from Indonesia’s health ministry. The airport also has an x-ray machine in its quarantine room.[Apr 21 Jakarta Post story]
The drastic increase in the sojourn tax for owners or users of vessels has recently entered into force by a decree of the Croatian Government, which sets prices five to six times higher than before, depending on the category of vessel and the time period for which the tax is paid.For example, the owner of a yacht 9 to 12 meters long has so far had to pay an annual fee of around 150 euros, and according to the new Decree on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2018, the price will be around 775 euros, and for yachts 12 to 15 meters annual fee jumped from 176 euros to 1.024 euros, he writes Glas Istre. Price classes are divided except by the length of the vessel and by time periods of stay, so for the longest vessels over 20 meters in length, which are also the most luxurious, the fee for a period of one year increases from 227 euros to 1.939 euros, or a maximum of 14.500 kuna.How competitive will Croatia be with the surrounding countries?This news somehow passed under the radar of almost everyone, nor was there an official announcement, and the question that legitimately arises is whether and to what extent Croatia will be a competitor compared to the destinations in the area.Prices are approximate and depend on the exchange rate, but provide a good insight into the new situation. Such a price shock can only be mitigated to some extent by the fact that crews or shipowners mostly do not stay on ships all year round, but for a shorter period. If it’s a month, the annual fee is two to three times more expensive, which might be more acceptable to most. However, it remains questionable how competitive Croatia will be with the surrounding countries.Negative reactions do not only come from nautical circles abroad, but the letter was also sent by the Association of Marinas at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. According to the president of the Association, Sean Lisjak, the price increase was introduced in the height of the tourist season in August and then did not provoke the expected attention and reactions, but it is now extremely critical. “We, as the Association of Marinas, were critical of the intention itself, and now we have sent a letter and asked for an explanation from the Croatian Parliament’s Tourism Committee as to why draconian fees are being introduced, as well as the consequences of such a decision. We also asked for the support of the European Marina Association to provide us with an overview of the level of sojourn taxes for sailors in Europe, and especially in the countries of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. Clients are really appalled, because, depending on the category of the vessel, the fees increase in the range from 56 to as much as 753 percent. We can understand the intention to collect a bit more revenue from the fee, but not in a way that most of it is borne by boaters and we are definitely against it. Therefore, we ask the Parliamentary Committee for Tourism to consider this draconian measure and to find a rational solution that will not disrupt the current trend of growing interest of sailors in our marinas. If something does not change, a dramatic drop in nautical traffic can certainly be expected, every kuna means a lot and it is better to earn that kuna in shops and restaurants in marinas than on the sojourn tax”Points out Lisjak, for Glas Istre.Source: Glas Istre
LOT Polish Airlines, a strategic partner of the Croatian National Tourist Board, confirmed that from January to the end of November 2018, it transported more than 100.000 passengers from Poland to Croatia.Thanks to the excellent cooperation between LOT Polish Airlines and the Croatian National Tourist Board, Poles can travel in comfortable conditions to their favorite Croatian destinations. Namely, in the summer months, this carrier offers flights to Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula, while during the winter it maintains constant connections with Zagreb and Dubrovnik.”We are extremely pleased that the representatives of LOT Polish Airlines have recognized the potential of our country as a year-round destination, and this is confirmed by the fact of active flights during the winter flight schedule. We are only sure that these flights will significantly contribute to the strengthening of traffic in the period before and after the season, ie that Croatian destinations on the Polish market will be even more in demand.”, Said Agnieszka Puszczewicz, Director of the CNTB Representation in Poland.The excellent results of this company are also confirmed by Michał Fijoł, Vice President of LOT Polish Airlines. “In the last three years, LOT has greatly developed its flight offer, and we have opened the most rotations to Croatia. These flights are very popular, which is why we intend to maintain a high level of flight offer next year”, Said Fijoł, adding that they expect to carry more than 110.000 passengers between Croatia and Poland by the end of this year.LOT Polish Airlines annually carries about 7 million passengers, the average number of daily rotations is 350, and they offer more than 105 scheduled flights. Their fleet is one of the most modern and youngest in Europe and has a total of more than 75 aircraft.
The number of border crossings from mainland China increased by 2018 percent in the last quarter of 7, but this growth affected only the destinations of “wider China”, ie Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The rest of the world recorded a lower number of Chinese tourist visits in the last quarter compared to the previous year. “The Chinese are still traveling abroad in increasing numbers, but the lower end of the market has become a little more cautious – choosing closer destinations like Hong Kong and Macao. The upper end of the market, however, is looking for slightly more authentic experiences at new destinations. Visa simplification, an increase in direct air connections and new road and rail links between Hong Kong, Macao and China support this new travel pattern. Further destinations need to increase their efforts to attract Chinese visitors”, Said Wolfgang Georg Arlt, President of COTRI. Most tourists in the world just come from China, especially to destinations like East Asia and Oceania. Some popular destinations for Chinese tourists such as Australia, Germany and Thailand recorded smaller changes in the number of arrivals, while Nepal, South Korea and Cambodia in Asia, Serbia, Croatia and Spain in Europe and Canada in North America recorded much higher numbers. RELATED NEWS: COTRI Analytics provides detailed statistics for the 80 most important destinations of Chinese tourists. “COTRI Analytics Radar” is published every quarter, indicating which countries outside “wider China” record the largest increase or decrease in market segments by age, gender, purpose of visit, form of travel and market share. New quarterly statistics released by the German tourism market research institute COTRI Analytics on February 26 indicate that 56 percent, or 22,5 million of the 40 million overseas trips from mainland China, ended up in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Only 44 percent, or 17,5 million foreign trips, took Chinese tourists to further destinations. In 2017, the ratio was still 50:50, and in previous years even more in favor of further destinations. ANDREJA GAZDEK, PROCONCEPT: CROATIA CAN EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CHINESE TOURISTS IN 2019
This Decision provided an additional 2.000 work permits for foreigners in the tourism sector, and 1.000 for the construction sector. Also, it is possible to automatically activate an additional 2.000 work permits, if the tourism sector will need additional labor, if there is no such profile of workers at the Employment Service. FIRST REACTIONS: “Increasing quotas was a necessary measure to help employers. The only alternative was to put the key in the lock or to suffer the quality of work, which is disastrous in the height of the tourist season. But the voice of reason prevailed and the voice of the businessman was heard. Now that we have put out that fire, we can continue to work on a new Aliens Act that will abolish quotas altogether,”Said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović. At the 162nd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, a decision was made to amend the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2019. More soon… The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) also expressed satisfaction with the increase in quotas for labor imports and pointed out that due to the lack of workers, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts has long pointed to the need to increase quotas in the construction and catering sector. Back in May this year, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce sent an initiative to the Ministry to amend the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for 2019. We believe that this step will ensure a partial solution to the problem, especially in the upcoming tourist season. “
Director of the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić Director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld she said they receive serious scientific bases for their work from the Institute. “We refer to these studies in setting goals, and our Advent, which has been repeatedly proclaimed the best in the world, shows that we are on the right path. We did research that showed that it is not only important as a destination promotion, but also generates seriously increased consumption. We are pleased to have encouraged the organization of other Adventists across the country. This shows that we can create content that attracts guests out of season”, Bienenfeld emphasized, noting that Zagreb tourism is not only interested in numbers and that they want to raise quality. Director of the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić stated that in these six decades they have grown into an unavoidable factor in terms of Croatian tourism. “We are specific for a multidisciplinary professional team that does not study tourism exclusively from an economic point of view, but also focuses on other aspects such as architecture and geography. We place emphasis on sustainability. We are a modern scientific organization, we implement projects that contribute to the global knowledge fund and create social value for the whole country.”, Krešić pointed out and reminded that the Institute, as the Bureau for Tourist and Catering Construction, was founded in 1959 by the Catering Chamber of the People’s Republic of Croatia, the forerunner of today’s Croatian Chamber of Commerce. “Despite the pessimistic announcements, last season was also successful, so today we have a double reason to celebrate. But despite the positive numbers, I don’t think I will be wrong to say that our tourism is at a turning point. The market is slowly starting to ‘weed’ those who don’t invest in quality, and that trend is sure to continue. It is up to us, the key stakeholders, to make a step forward in fostering that quality”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for International Affairs and the EU Ivan Barbarić opening the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Institute of Tourism, where, on behalf of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, he awarded a special recognition to the Institute. State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matušić said that tourism is the flagship of the Croatian economy and that it drives the country’s economic growth. “The Institute of Tourism is a reliable and very important partner in the implementation of tourism policy. We are entering the last quarter of the tourist year, which will again be a record in all numbers. The most important is the growth of revenues, over 20 billion kuna has been fiscalized, 1,6 billion more than last year. We are especially pleased with the increase in the first months of the year “, said Matušić, adding that coastal Croatia is the third tourist region in Europe. “We have the preconditions for further growth through the development of continental tourism. Our goal is sustainable tourism and that is why we need to think about the partnership of all stakeholders and about local communities”, Concluded Matušić. Director of the CNTB head office Kristjan Staničić stressed that the Institute in its 60 years has made a great contribution to the development of Croatian tourism. “We are aware that we need to think strategically about how and what to do next if we want future growth in tourism. That is why we need research and analysis conducted by the Institute of Tourism. It is a solid and well-argued basis on which to build competitiveness. This year has shown that we can fight in the international tourism market, and our goal is to enter the top ten world tourist destinations”, Said Staničić. He emphasized that, with the exception of Zagreb, continental Croatia is not developing side by side with the coastal one. “On the other hand, the coast, especially certain destinations, are threatened by the violation of the sustainability limit. The offer is there, the numbers are there, but we need to balance it all together and distribute it more evenly “, said Barbarić. As part of the program, and organized by the Institute of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, an expert meeting “Contrasts of Croatian Tourism” was held at the Westin Hotel. Yesterday, the Institute of Tourism marked the 60th anniversary of its existence, on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, which was celebrated on September 27. As part of the celebration of the anniversary of the Institute, two panel discussions were held on the development of coastal and continental Croatia, at which it was concluded that balanced regional development is the key to long-term sustainability of tourism.