Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

first_imgCheers and Jeers for Wednesday, November 4, 2020Note: November 4th is National Stress Awareness Day.  To inform motorists around you who might not know this, drive up behind them, honk your horn several times and shout, “Hey, asshole! If you weren’t so stupid you’d know it’s National Stress Awareness Day!”  They’ll appreciate the reminder and will probably respond with a friendly wave.  Thanks. Together we can make a difference. —Mgt.- Advertisement – –By the Numbers:Bideninauguration.jpg77 days!!! (We hope.)Days ’til inauguration day: 77- Advertisement – Number of times the Trump campaign ended up stranding his cultists on the tarmac at airports in Georgia, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina after his super-spreader events: 4Number of Trump’s promised second-round $1,200 relief checks, $200 Medicare “gift cards,” or covid vaccine doses the American people received by election day: 0Original and current number of chambers in the International Space Station, which has been inhabited for 20 years as of last Monday: 3 / 16–Mid-week Rapture Index: 180 (including 4 apostasies and 1 Covid-19 vaccine “mark of the beast.”) Soul Protection Factor 24 lotion is recommended if you’ll be walking amongst the heathen today.–Puppy Pic of the Day: Cue the theme from Mission: Impossible…–JEERS to our profoundly broken country. This election should’ve ended last night in a landslide for the candidate of truth, fact, and decency, even with a tidal wave of mail-in votes pending. I really don’t know what to say. In all likelihood Biden will still be our next president. But, holy cow, the chunk of our fellow countrymen who choose hate and ignorance over the alternative is not what I signed up for when I popped out onto this planet 56 years ago. How’s that Mars colony comin’?CHEERS to inevitable conclusions. Soon-to-be-ex-President (we hope) Donald Trump called “Obamagate” the greatest scandal in history, a witch hunt smear campaign hoax that tried to sabotage his soon-to-be-ex-presidency (we hope) “worse than anyone else in the history of the country.” It was to be one of his big “October surprises” that would destroy Joe Biden. Well, the investigation is over and, sure enough, it was the worst scandal ever and Barack Obama reported to Leavenworth Prison this morning to be fingerprinted and ha ha ha of course not:Top prosecutors in the so-called Durham probe into the origins of the Russiagate investigation have reportedly found “no evidence” to support the foundational theory that spawned the investigation—namely, that Obamagate occurred and that Barack Obama himself needed to be punished for it.Obamagatetansuit.jpegGuilty as hell. According to a New York Magazine story relying on anonymous sources “familiar with the probe,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham has come up empty-handed and is growing increasingly frustrated with Attorney General Bill Barr overdevelopments in the investigation—or, rather, the lack thereof.The lesson is clear: a good fake scandal is hard to find.CHEERS to #1. Here’s another little election milestone from the archives: it was 96 years ago today, back in 1924, when Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first elected woman governor in U.S. history.  She ran in Wyoming in the wake of her husband, Gov. William Ross’s death from appendicitis, but was careful to avoid any public display of ambition for the job as that wouldn’t be ladylike.  Her modest agenda soon mushroomed, oddly enough, into one of great ambition: [R]equiring cities, counties, and school districts to have budgets; stronger state laws regulating banks; exploration of better ways to sell Wyoming’s heavy crude oil; earmarking some state mineral royalties for school districts; obtaining more funds for the university; improving safety for coal miners; protecting women in industrial jobs; and supporting a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would cut back on child labor.NellieTaloeRossWYgovernor.jpg These ideas all came from solid, Progressive thinking. But Nellie was the first governor to back them in Wyoming.She lost her reelection, but kept plenty busy turning out the women’s vote for FDR and spending 20 years as the first woman director of the U.S. Mint.  Died at 101, her life spanning presidents Grant through Carter.  Currently four of our ten sitting female governors are Republican.  But Ross was first. And as with so many firsts in politics and civil rights, the letter next to her name was a big ol’ D.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–JEERS to a supreme nuisance. Until the administration of 46th president Joseph R. Biden (we hiope) is able to enhance and re-balance the makeup of the Supreme Court, we’re going to have to deal with days like today, when six of the nine are going to insist that Americans who happen to be L, G,B, T, or Q are second-class citizens. And we’re going to have to sit here and take it for now…The Supreme Court is set to hear a case concerning the rights of gay and lesbian Americans on Wednesday morning in a dispute that advocates are warning could pierce holes in the nation’s anti-discrimination laws. […]Interior of US Supreme Court in Washington DC.Because of Covid, today’s SCOTUS event will likely be held virtually again. But it’ll still be just as infuriating.Religious rights activists are pushing for the court to use the case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, to overturn a 30-year-old precedent that has for decades mediated the balance between freedom of conscience and the rights of minority groups. Doing so could effectively reverse the court’s trend in recent years of advancing protections for LGBT people, civil rights advocates warn. The case could also weaken laws protecting other groups, including Jews, Muslims and Mormons.The case concerns a Roman Catholic adoption agency in Philadelphia that claims that it can’t match foster children with same-sex households without violating its religious beliefs.The court will look a little different today, thanks to last week’s partisan Senate vote confirming the latest member and restoring it to its full nine-member complement. So now it’ll be Roberts, Thomas, Kagan, Souter, Alito, Kavanaugh, Sotomayor, Gorsuch, and some crazy lady shouting Bible verses while drowning a kitten in bucket.CHEERS to a very bad day for the GOP.  Eighty-four years ago today, on November 4th, 1936, the media was blaring the news that FDR had been re-elected in a landslide over Alf Landon by—get this—523 electoral votes to 8:Rooseveltlandslide1936washingtonpost.jpg Percent increase in Covid-19 deaths (238,000 now) over the last two weeks: 15%Number of states that don’t have some kind of mask mandate in place: 2 (ND, SD)Rank of Belgium among top Covid-19 hot spots in Europe: #1- Advertisement – – Advertisement – On this date twenty-eight years later, the papers trumpeted Lyndon Johnson’s victory over Barry Goldwater 486-52.  Twenty-eight years after that Bill Clinton dispatched George H.W. Bush by a less-substantial but still impressive 370-168 margin. And 16 years after that, Barack Obama disposed of John McCain 365-173. Grand total: 1,754 to 303.  Takeaway message: revenge is a dish best served lopsided.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 4, 2010JEERS to the new bully on the block.  38 percent of the 50 percent of Mainers who turned out to vote Tuesday—representing about, oh, twenty percent of all Mainers who live here—was all it took to get a teabagger installed in the governor’s mansion here.  Oh, and we also lost control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 1974.  So off we go into a new era of austerity and nuclear plants and creationism taught as science and, golly, who knows what else.  As of January first we’re changing our state motto: Welcome to Maine—The Alabama of the Northeast.  Yeehaw!  [11/4/20 Update: Our legislature is controlled by Democrats again and our governor is a super-competent and popular Democratic woman, and all is well in the state of Maine.]–And just one more…CHEERS to a fond farewell. I don’t know what he plans to do between now and January, but one thing I hope comes to pass in 77 days: he’s gonna be gone, gone, glug glug glug gone…And the band can play one final rendition of Nearer My Future Jail Cell to Thee.Have a happy humpday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J TestimonialTrump Assures Daily Kos He’ll Fire Bill in Portland Maine After The Election—Wonkette–last_img read more

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PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Release Date, Price in India, Games, and More

first_imgMicrosoft is offering the premium version of its Xbox Series X at the same price as the PS5, but is pricing the digital version more aggressively at EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 26,200). The Xbox Series X is priced at Rs. 49,990 and the Series S is priced at Rs. 34,990  in India.“Sony, with its entry model, is allowing itself a price above that of Microsoft. As market leader it can allow itself to do that,” gaming analyst Laurent Michaud told AFP.“It would have been interesting for Microsoft to push its pricing strategy to come in a little lower on the top range” model, Michaud said.Design: From futurist to contemporary On design, the firms have taken radically different approaches.Sony’s PS5 stands tall and sleek, with a V-shaped white exterior on black with subtle blue lighting for a futurist style which some consider would not look out of place on a Star Wars set.The controller retains the white-on-black look in a radical departure from previous incarnations. Xbox sticks with sober black and a discreet logo on a black tower and a controller that remains aesthetically faithful to previous generations.Specs: Xbox feels the powerFor the Xbox design team, their product is “the fastest most powerful ever” console. The company’s website urges fans to come on in, fire up and “power your dreams”. The kit, which affords potential 8K video capabilities, boasts a 12-teraflop graphics processor, compared with 10.3 for the PS5 and superior data crunching power overall.  In terms of memory the two consoles are roughly even.For Michaud however, the battle over processing power misses the point.“The more you widen the player base, the less power is a criterion. Kids couldn’t care less about power when they are playing Fortnite. What counts is the gaming experience,” he said.Sony all out on catalogue big hittersIn terms of exclusive titles Sony has pulled out a top-drawer selection to coincide with its launch, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Fans will have to wait a while for Final Fantasy XVI, the last in the celebrated series, but it will be exclusive to the PS5.Microsoft had hoped that Halo Infinite would help drive sales at the Xbox Series X launch, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed publication of the game until 2021.But the software giant has broken open its piggy bank to boost the Xbox catalogue, splurging $7.5 billion (Rs. 55,223 crores) on Bethesda Softworks, publisher of the popular games The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.Where the thorny old issue of compatibility is concerned, Xbox Series X buyers will be able to play games written for all previous consoles.PS5 buyers should be able to play games written for PS4, but not earlier machines.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. – Advertisement – Pre-orders are pointing to a record launch. Sony expects to sell 7.6 million PS5 consoles by the end of March, besting the performance of the PS4.Price: Premium and Digital editionsTechnological advances and faster networks mean that Microsoft and Sony can offer consoles to players with different budgets. Sony offers a premium version of the PS5 with internal memory and 4K resolution via an Ultra HD Blu-ray player for EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 42,900) and a digital version which plays online games goes for EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 34,900). The PlayStation 5 comes for Rs. 49,990 in India while the PS5 Digital Edition will be available for Rs. 39,990.- Advertisement – Here is a comparison of the two consoles:Date: Microsoft launches firstThe first to unveil its new console, Microsoft will also be the first to hit the shelves with the Xbox Series X going on sale November 10.Sony is staggering the release of the PS5. On November 12 it will become available in Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North America and South Korea. After November 19 consumers in the rest of the world will be able to buy it.- Advertisement – Sony and Microsoft are in a game consoles rematch with both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launching next week with well-studied playbooks of dates, technical specs and games aimed at luring buyers.Microsoft is hoping the Xbox Series X will help it close the gap with Sony, which has sold twice as many PlayStation 4 consoles as did Microsoft its Xbox One since both went on sale in 2013.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Drake’s Son Adonis Does Yoga With Mom Sophie Brussaux: Video

first_img“I love and miss my beautiful family and friends and I can’t wait for the joyful day when we are all able to reunite,” Drake captioned an Instagram slideshow amid the coronavirus pandemic.Drake and Sophie Brussaux Son Adonis Yoga With Mom Sophie BrussauxDrake, Sophie Brussaux and Adonis. Courtesy of Drake/InstagramThe “God’s Plan” rapper continued to document Adonis’ life via social media, from his first day of school in September to his birthday bash the following month.- Advertisement – Brussaux gave birth to the little one in October 2017. Drake, 34, confirmed his paternity eight months later in “March 14,” rapping, “Yesterday morning was crazy / I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a maybe / That s–t is in stone, sealed and signed / She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine.”Sophie Brussaux Son Adonis Yoga With Mom Sophie BrussauxAdonis and Sophie Brussaux. Courtesy of Sophie Brussaux/InstagramIn December 2019, the Grammy winner explained his decision to wait to confirm the news. “To be honest with you, I did a DNA test for my son and it came back to us and it said the DNA test got ruined in transit and they couldn’t be 100 percent sure that that was my son or not,” the Degrassi alum said during a “Rap Radar” podcast episode at the time. “I was in a really weird pending situation where I didn’t want to go tell the world that that was my son and it wasn’t. At the time, I was working with Adidas and we were toying with the idea of a name being a play off of my son’s name.”While the Canadian star went on to post pictures of his son’s art and Father’s Day gifts, he didn’t share a photo of Adonis’ face until March.- Advertisement – Watch and learn! Drake’s 3-year-old son, Adonis, did yoga with his mom, Sophie Brussaux, in a Sunday, November 8, Instagram video.“Yoga Sundays with my baby yogi,” the artist, 31, captioned the footage. In the social media upload, the France native flowed through cobra and downward dog poses while her son copied her from his own yoga mat.- Advertisement – “Young Stunna,” Drake captioned party pics. As for Brussaux, she wrote, “Three years ago, I was finally meeting you for the first time, after a long 24-hour labor. I’m so proud of the little man you’re becoming, I love you more than life. The world is YOURS! We did that @champagnepapi.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Perdue too chicken to debate Ossoff again in Georgia runoff

first_img– Advertisement – Ossoff is in. “Looks like Sen. David Perdue is too much of a coward to debate me again,” he tweeted Sunday. “Perdue can’t defend his lies about COVID-19, self-dealing stock trades, his bigotry, or his votes to take away Georgians’ health care. Senator, come on out and try to defend your record. I’m ready to go.”Perdue’s campaign is trying to pretend that he’s above it all, and has it so much in hand that he doesn’t need to bother with something so trivial as making his case before Georgia’s voters again. “The runoff in Georgia is an extension of the November 3rd general election, where 52 percent of Georgians voted against Jon Ossoff and his radical agenda. Perdue had a commanding first place win, outpacing Ossoff by over 85,000 votes—in nearly every other state, Perdue would have been re-elected already,” campaign manager Ben Fry told CNN. What he neglects to mention is that 52% of Georgians also voted against Perdue. That’s why he’s in a runoff now.- Advertisement – By the way, on the invitation to the other candidates, “Warnock’s campaign has tentatively agreed, while Loeffler’s campaign has yet to respond.”last_img read more

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Study questions value of respirator-fit testing

first_imgNov 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A Canadian study raises questions about the value of formal “fit testing” for the respirators worn by healthcare workers to protect them from airborne pathogens, suggesting that it does little good for workers who don’t routinely wear the devices.In the study, 44% of a sample of healthcare workers (HCWs) who lacked experience with respirator-fit testing managed to don the respirators properly, so that they formed a tight seal around the face, before they received any specific instructions.After all the HCWs were trained in how to wear the equipment, testing showed that 74% of them had a good fit. But when the workers were asked to strap on respirators again 3 months later, only about 47% of them achieved a good fit—not significantly more than did so before they were trained.”The utility of fit testing among infrequent users of N95 respirators is questionable,” says the report, written by a team from the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan, with M.C. Lee, MD, as first author. It was published online recently by Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and is scheduled for the December print edition.In October 2006 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued interim guidance saying that the use of N-95 respirators—designed to stop 95% of small airborne particles—is “prudent” for medical workers providing any direct care for patients ill with confirmed or suspected pandemic influenza and is recommended in caring for those with pneumonia. HHS also said respirator use is prudent for support workers in direct contact with patients. Respirator manufacturers recommend fit testing for the devices.However, Lee and colleagues write that respirator-fit testing is time-consuming and costly, and its long-term effectiveness in a healthcare setting has never been examined. They sought to determine whether an acceptable respirator seal could be achieved without training or fit testing, whether training and fit testing could ensure a good seal during later use, and whether HCWs who use respirators regularly can achieve a good seal more consistently.Success without trainingThe researchers recruited 58 HCWs who had no experience with fit testing. They were first asked to put on a 3M 8210 N-95 respirator without any instruction, after which they underwent a fit test. Of the 43 HCWs who completed the study, 19 (44.2%) passed the fit test. Counting those who later dropped out of the study, 28 of 58 (48%) passed the test.Next, all the volunteers received formal training in donning and adjusting the 8210 respirators, and then underwent another fit test. At that point another 13 workers passed the test, for a total of 32 of 43 (74.4%). Those who couldn’t get an effective seal with the 8210 model were successfully fitted with other 3M respirators—ten with the 8110 model and one with the 9210. After achieving a proper fit, the volunteers were advised to remember which model they used and to choose the same one in the future.The researchers invited the participants back 3 and 14 months after the initial testing and training and repeated the donning and testing steps. At 3 months, 20 of the 43 HCWs (46.5%) passed the test; this increased to 28 of 43 (65.1%) at 14 months. Neither rate was significantly better than the first pretraining rate. Further, neither passing the test the first time nor occasionally using a respirator afterward correlated with passing at 3 or 14 months.If a volunteer chose the wrong respirator at 3 or 14 months, this was recorded as a failed attempt, and he or she was reminded which model had worked for him or her previously. Many of the volunteers could not recall which respirator to use, and many did not seem to recognize that fit is specific to respirator type, the report says.Only a minority of the workers remembered and performed all five prescribed steps in donning a respirator, and fewer than 5% passed all the fit-test challenges, the article says. When the investigators assessed execution of the five steps individually in relation to the overall pass rate, they found evidence that two steps—”correct strapping” and “adjusting bridge of the nose correctly”—were important for achieving a good seal.To assess whether frequent respirator use led to a more consistent fit, the researchers recruited 11 nurses working in a tuberculosis unit, all of whom had been tested before and used respirators daily. The nurses were tested three times at 2-week intervals, with no instruction the first two times. The third time, they were reminded of the standard fit-checking steps.Four of the 11 nurses failed the first two tests; it was determined that all four were using the wrong model of respirator, despite previous fit testing. Two of them had lost significant weight since their earlier fit test. All four subsequently achieved a good fit with other respirator models.The investigators also found that HCWs’ confidence in their ability to pass a fit test did not correlate with actual test results. “HCWs cannot tell with any accuracy whether they have achieved an adequate facial seal after donning their respirator,” they write.Finding the right modelNoting that 48% of the untrained volunteers achieved a good fit with the 8210 respirator the first time, and that this increased to 74% after training, the authors write, “Our data suggest that fit testing may be most useful for the initial screening of people whose facial features preclude the use of the most common types of respirators (which, in our region, was the model 3M 8210 respirator).”They also say their findings “challenge the current strategy for fit testing, which, in our region, is mandated every two years for all HCWs with direct patient care responsibility. Our findings question the need for fit testing of HCWs who utilize respirators on a frequent (ie, daily) basis, because their success rates were very high.”But for workers who seldom use respirators, different strategies may be needed, such as different teaching techniques or reminder sessions two or three times a year, because pass rates of 50% to 75% are “suboptimal,” the article says.The authors say the limitations of their study include its small sample size and the use of qualitative rather than quantitative fit testing. Qualitative fit testing depends on the ability of the wearer to taste or smell a noxious agent and therefore is not foolproof, they note.An infection control expert’s viewEddie Hedrick, MT, emerging infections coordinator for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said the study seems to support doubts the infection control community has long had about the worth of fit testing.”I think the study was designed pretty well,” Hedrick said. “The biggest problem, as they say, is the small sample size. It’s hard to translate that and say it’s a definitive study. It creates more questions about the science behind the effectiveness of fit testing.”In the United States, hospitals are generally required to conduct annual respirator-fit testing for all employees who have exposure to airborne pathogens, which usually means anyone who has contact with patients, he said. Although a fit test itself takes only a few minutes, it probably takes a worker an hour or more to go get the test done and return to his or her work area, he added.Hedrick chaired a panel of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) back in 1990 when the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began moving toward requiring more sophisticated respiratory protection for HCWs. Until that time, workers had relied mostly on simple surgical masks, he said.The effectiveness of fit testing has been questioned for years, Hedrick said. “If I fit-test someone and they go to the floor and don’t use this [respirator] for a long time, and they suddenly get a TB patient and they put it on, if they don’t put it on properly or check it, or if their face is contorted because they’re laughing or smiling, then air goes around it. So the effectiveness has been questioned from day 1. One would think it might be worse sometimes than a surgical mask.”He said fit testing can mislead health workers about their safety. “A lot people when they put them on, they say, ‘Well, I fit-tested it last year, so I’m OK.’ So it’s a false sense of security, and I think this study showed that.”That’s why APIC emphasizes “fit checking,” Hedrick explained. “We’ve always said, make sure when you put it on that it’s molded to your face properly. That’s better than waiting till January and then testing it.”He said it’s important to make a good scientific case for fit testing, just as it is for other healthcare practices.”We like to justify the efficacy of whatever we’re asking people to do,” he said. “If you do that, it’s an easy sell. Just saying, ‘If you don’t do it, OSHA is going to get you,’ isn’t going to help.”Lee MC, Takaya S, Long R, et al. Respirator-fit testing: Does it ensure the protection of healthcare workers against respirable particles carrying pathogens? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008 Dec;29(12) (early online publication) [Abstract]See also: Nov 16, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Clinicians raise questions about respirator use in pandemic”Oct 18, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients”HHS’s “Interim Guidance on Planning for the Use of Surgical Masks and Respirators in Health Care Settings during an Influenza Pandemic”http://www.pandemicflu.gov/professional/hospital/maskguidancehc.htmllast_img read more

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Tourist guides are asking for a reaction from the Ministry of Tourism due to non-implementation of the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism

first_imgThe Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) sent a letter to the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia with the aim of MINT reacting to the non-implementation of the Law on Providing Services in Tourism, ie problems with tourist guides illegally leading groups of tourists to our protected areas.After numerous colleagues who met with our colleagues from Slovenia and other EU countries who regularly illegally visit our cities – protected sites, I had a personal meeting in the middle of Trogir with a colleague from Slovenia who told me that she applied to the contact point and has approval to run in Croatia, points out spec.univ. Kristina Nuić Prka, LLB, President of the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides, adds ” It follows from the above that guides who have received approval on the basis of temporary and occasional activities are not informed that they can not perform the activities of a local tourist guide in protected areas without a special exam?It is interesting that in the commentary of our publication of the provisions of the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism, the secretary of the Club of Professional Guides of Slovenia addressed me, threatening lawsuits against Croatia with the Court of Justice of the European Union. It should also be noted that I addressed all foreign embassies in the Republic of Croatia and national guides’ associations and (except Italy) received a reply from all stating that unfortunately they could not send a list of their protected sites because it depends on local levels of government. Therefore, we ask for the reaction of the Ministry of Tourism, given the non-implementation of the law. ”Concludes Nuić Prka and adds that she also officially addressed MINT and expects a reaction, as well as the adoption of a list of protected sites.By the way, the list of protected sites in Croatia should have been adopted by the Ministry of Tourism, in accordance with the new one Law on the provision of services in tourism which came into force in early 2018, but to date no decision has been made on protected sites.We single out from the Law on the provision of services in tourism.the provision of tourist guide services to citizens of another Contracting State to the Treaty on the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation on a temporary or occasional basis is regulated in such a way that it can provide tourist guide services in the Republic of Croatia, except in or in protected areas; this equates the position of the above tourist guides with Croatian tourist guides who have passed only the general part of the professional exam:Authorization is given to the Minister of Tourism to prescribe, with the prior opinion of the Minister responsible for culture and nature protection, a rulebook for a list of protected sites (localities) which would be narrower than the current list of tourist sites (localities) by counties, and which would not include public areas, city squares, forests, parks and the like;Tourist guides are interpreters of cultural heritage, we must care how our story is told.However, all this is a negative implication in accordance with the amendments to the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism, which has just allowed foreign tourist guides to tell the story they want about our history without any control or education, ie they believe it is accurate and sufficient. our localities. Although the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism states that tourist guides can only guide protected areas with a specially passed exam, which is certainly positive and protects our cultural heritage, chaos and anarchy still reign on the ground.To make the absurd even bigger, as the Ordinance on protected localities should have been adopted 60 days after the entry into force of the Law, and to date it has not been adopted, so the current old list of protected localities from 2008.godine. While we think, set up working groups and make slow decisions and thus stagnate, tour guides do what they want without control. Another absurd situation in our tourism.Accurate and quality interpretation is key. We need to care about the story being told about our history, heritage, identity, way of life and culture.last_img read more

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The Museum of Illusion conquers America, and soon the whole world, through a franchise model

first_imgLast year, after Zagreb and Zadar, the Museum of Illusion expanded to Ljubljana and Vienna through a franchise model. Thus “modestly” began the story of the expansion of the Museum of Illusion through a franchise model outside the borders of our beautiful country.After the last conversation with Rok Zivkovic from the Museum of Illusion, which took place a little over a year ago, pointed out that there are already concrete interests from other European countries, and he dreamed that the long-term goal would be to offer this attractive and successful model worldwide. Brave, ingenious and phenomenal, I was dizzy, a real entrepreneur who believes in his product and vision, and most importantly has a proven and attractive successful business model, which he developed in Croatia and confirmed through the expansion to Slovenia and Austria.”We saw that there was room for expansion, and we chose the franchise model as the most acceptable to us. Through the franchise in cooperation with the partner, we offer him help through all phases, from the first contact, the book of standards, employee education, all the way to the opening and later through the entire development process. It’s been a process for a year. Also, the Museum has additional income through souvenirs and didactic toys for which we are also distributors.. “Said Zivkovic a year ago.Today, after only a year, the Museum of Illusion through its franchise model has opened its first Museum in New York, and will soon open in Kansas City as well! In what words to describe this phenomenal news. Undescribable!On the news that the Museum of Illusions has opened in New York, I immediately go to the official website of the Museum of Illusions, where an even bigger positive shock follows. The one when you fall off the chair!In the meantime, in the space of a year, the Museum of Illusion, in addition to Zagreb, Zadar, Ljubljana and Vienna, has spread all over the world! Today, the Museum of Illusions is present in Muscat / Oman, Belgrade / Serbia, Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia, Dubai / UAE, Athens / Greece and in Berlin / Germany.But there is no end to the enthusiasm because soon the Museum of Illusions will literally conquer the whole world! Thus, the opening of this successful Croatian story was announced soon in Kansas City in America, Hamburg and Stuttgart in Germany, Toronto in Canada, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Doha in Qatar, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Tbilisi in Georgia.This is news for all headlines in all media! The news of a brave vision and success on the global scene, through the franchise model that started in Croatia. Something similar was achieved through the franchise model by Andrija Čolak with his Surf’n’Fries, which is expanding all over the world from month to month.”If you can dream it, you can do it. ” said Walt Disney, and Živković and Čolak are real proof that one should dream awake and that everything is possible, of course with a lot of effort, sacrifice and self-belief. A floor-length hat and my deep bow. Wake up to dream.See more about the conditions of the Museum of Illusion franchise in the attachment:WANT TO START YOUR OWN MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS? CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY! RELATED NEWS:INTERVIEW / ROKO ŽIVKOVIĆ, MUSEUM OF ILLUSION: MUSEUM OF ILLUSION EXPANDS TO LJUBLJANA AND VIENNA THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODELINTERVIEW / ANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYSlast_img read more

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TOMAS Dubrovnik 2018: Guests in Dubrovnik spend 170 euros a day

first_imgCruise passengers spend an average of 59 euros a day Dubrovnik achieved record results in 2018 – an increase of 8 percent of arrivals was recorded than in the previous year, ie one million and 272 thousand arrivals. There were 5 percent more overnight stays, ie 4 million and 140 thousand, compared to the previous year. Dubrovnik Airport operated a total of nineteen scheduled flights a week between seven international airports. The session emphasized the direct connection between Dubrovnik and the United States of America after a full 28 years. Romana Vlašić pointed out the improvement of the offer in the winter period, but also that in 2019 they expect more open hotel capacities in the Dubrovnik area in that period. TOMAS DUBROVNIK 2018: Dubrovnik guests of private accommodation spend 114 euros, and cruise passengers 59 euros per day Jela Tepšić, Deputy Mayor, reminded that in 2017, citizens’ dissatisfaction was expressed and foreign media reported on Dubrovnik in a negative context. However, he believes that the “Respect the City” project is slowly advancing towards sustainable tourism. New rules of conduct have been set in the city center, which will highlight information for visitors within the Wall that, among other things, they are not allowed to consume food and drink and behave inappropriately near cultural monuments. As part of the fourth session of the Assembly of the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik at the Hilton Imperial Hotel, along with the report for the tourist year 2018, the results of the research “TOMAS Dubrovnik 2018” were presented, reports DuList. Photo: Dubrovnik Tourist Board Guests are generally extremely satisfied, especially with the accommodation, service and quality of food, but there are elements that should change such as the offer of entertainment, sports and shopping opportunities and the crowds and traffic in the city. “In 2019, we expect significantly better occupancy and the pre-season and sub-season. In the first month of this year, we have a 30 percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays of XNUMX percent. We expect to better accommodate stationary guests, but also those from cruise shipsSaid Romana Vlašić, director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. The obtained research results will be used for directing and improving promotional activities, strengthening the quality of the offer in certain segments, and designing and placing new marketing activities, point out the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.  City of Dubrovnik / Dubravko Lenert They learn the most about Dubrovnik via the Internet, but newspaper articles also stand out as a source of information. “The average age of stationary guests is 42 years, but hotel guests are still a little older. 66 percent of them are university educated. In 5-star hotels, 77 percent of guests have an income of more than 4 thousand euros”Said Marušić and added:”Stationary guests spend 170 euros a day, more than other destinations in Croatia. Consumption differs in categories, so that, for example, guests in private accommodation spend 114 euros per day. Cruise passengers spend an average of 59 euros a day” Zrinka Marušić from the Institute of Tourism presented the first TOMAS research in the area of ​​Dubrovnik. The survey was conducted on a sample of 1.578 respondents, i.e. hotel guests, private accommodation and cruisers. For the first time, Marušić points out, it was researched which guests come to Dubrovnik. The motivation for the arrival of tourists is no longer only because of passive rest and relaxation, but also because of the culture and getting to know the natural beauties and gastronomy, which is why guests who stay in five-star hotels most often come. Although they stay relatively short (25 percent of them from 1 to 3 nights and 70 percent from 4 to 7 nights), stationed guests are quite active during the visit. The largest percentage of surveyed tourists come to Dubrovnik for the first time, as many as 86 percent, and most often come with a partner, while the United States residents travel the most with their families. Most guests arrived from the UK, followed by tourists from the United States. German tourists accounted for 22 percent of arrivals, but the number of overnight stays decreased. In 2018, 10 percent fewer Croatian citizens visited Dubrovnik. In a month, the entire TOMAS Dubrovnik 2018 survey will be published, which we will also publish on the HrTurizam.hr portal.last_img read more

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