first_imgKenny has named a 26-man squad this month’s international fixtures which see them face England in a friendly clash at Wembley next Thursday night before taking on Wales and Bulgaria in the UEFA Nations League.Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman returns to the squad after the Everton right-back was ruled out of the October international break with a hamstring injury.Tottenham forward Troy Parrott, who is on loan at Championship club Millwall, does not feature as he continues to recover from an ankle injury, while Southampton’s Shane Long and Preston striker Sean Maguire are also not named.- Advertisement – Midfielder Jack Byrne, part of the Shamrock Rovers squad crowned League of Ireland champions last week, is also included after he tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty for their triple-header against Slovakia, Wales and Finland last month.Former Ireland U21 captain Josh Cullen is also overlooked, having made three appearances for Anderlecht since his move from West Ham last month.Ireland are yet to win under Kenny’s tenure and have scored just one goal in his first five fixtures in charge.- Advertisement – Republic of Ireland squad in full:Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion).Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers).Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Adam Idah (Norwich City), James Collins (Luton Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers). Luton Town striker James Collins has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time under manager Stephen Kenny.Collins, who scored on his full international debut in a 3-1 win against Bulgaria last year, is named among the attacking options following the international retirement of Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Read More

first_imgSep 21, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – State Public Health Veterinarian Mira Leslie, DVM, MPH, hopes to greatly expand Washington’s disease surveillance network Oct 1 when she speaks at a statewide veterinary meeting.She will explain how a $75,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lets veterinarians test domestic animals for plague and tularemia at a university diagnostic lab. It’s one prong of a statewide biosurveillance project that will include screening of wild mammals as well as pets.The grant has several goals: gathering baseline data for understanding zoonotic diseases that could be used as biological weapons, identifying emerging infections, improving communication between vets and public health workers, and paying for diagnostic testing, Leslie told CIDRAP News.Leslie expects to receive samples from healthy and sick outdoor pets from vets in each of 10 regions in the state, allowing health officials to map the distribution of exposure to endemic diseases such as plague and tularemia. In addition to providing routine samples, veterinarians as well as wildlife biologists and other experts can submit the bodies of domestic pets and wild animals with suspicious signs for full necropsy.The Washington project is one example of a growing national and international movement to link the monitoring of human and animal diseases.”That discussion about national animal disease surveillance is just beginning,” Leslie said. “Some (US states) had programs before bioterrorism and some are implementing things now with bioterrorism funds.”The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has encouraged countries to develop and maintain wildlife disease surveillance programs in conjunction with farm animal disease programs, said Thomas DeLiberto, DVM, PhD, with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services branch in Colorado. And a World Health Organization (WHO) regional director said on Sep 14 that WHO must pay closer attention to animal health because zoonotic diseases will keep emerging.It’s important to assess animal populations, said Tracee Treadwell, DVM, MPH, chief of the epidemiology, surveillance, and response branch of the bioterrorism response program in the National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC in Atlanta.More than half of the diseases considered most likely to be used as bioweapons are zoonotic, and they may be seen in the animal population first, she added.Surveillance efforts are improving, she said. For example, the CDC’s Public Health Information Network includes detection and monitoring for bioterror threats. She is pushing for equity for the growing number of veterinary diagnostic labs joining the Laboratory Response Network, which CDC describes as state and local public health, federal, military, and international labs that can respond to biological and chemical terrorism.”It’s very, very important that public health take on a broader definition and be inclusive not only of humans but of animals,” Treadwell said. “Ultimately, it affects everyone.”While the trend is broad, efforts vary. The CDC is funding a program at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Ind., that uses an electronic database of animal health information assembled by veterinarians at clinics in PETsMART stores nationwide. Because the database covers many states, it could help identify patterns in the event of an outbreak such as monkeypox, Treadwell said.Another example is plague monitoring, which has been part of the mission at APHIS since its creation in the late 1800s, DeLiberto said.Concern about bioterrorism, animal outbreaks, and zoonotic diseases has escalated in recent years, he added. Sep 11, 2001, spurred the unease, as have outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, chronic wasting disease, mad cow disease, and exotic Newcastle disease.In roughly the past year, APHIS has hired 23 wildlife biologists specializing in diseases to assist in surveillance efforts. In addition to developing a national plan for plague and tularemia, DiLiberto said, his agency is tracking feral swine, a potential host for many diseases.”If we had an outbreak of avian influenza jumping into pigs, we’d already have this surveillance system in place and could adapt it,” he said.Training those who report diseases is also important, said Nora Wineland, DVM, MS, co-leader for the National Center for Animal Health Surveillance and Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, part of APHIS veterinary services.”The eyes and ears are the producers, the veterinarians, and our action at the federal level is to help with educating them on knowing what to look for and what to report,” Wineland said. Her office encourages states to bring their reportable disease lists in line with OIE’s.Public health efforts have gotten a boost from bioterrorism-related grants, sources said.”The terrorism dollars have done a great service to public health in terms of providing staffing and getting us to see things a little bit differently,” said the CDC’s Treadwell.Agencies need more funding for animal disease diagnostic labs and to strengthen the link between human health and animal health at the federal level, she added.Boosting animal disease surveillance was not high on Lee Myers’ priority list on Sep 17. Myers, DVM, the Georgia state veterinarian, was trying to figure out how to recover the surviving chickens from five poultry houses flooded by Hurricane Ivan’s storms.”You address an incident the same from our purposes whether it’s bioterror or not,” she said. “The different component is law enforcement, and it’s still not clear how we’ll work with them. What authorities do they have? How do we train them to prevent spreading disease?””In an ideal world, we would like to know the prevalence of a lot of [animal diseases], but it’s expensive,” Myers said. “A lot of focus has been on bioterrorism, but most states are charged with emergency management in any emergency . . . whether hurricane, biological agent, truck wreck, regardless.”Myers cited a variety of challenges to collaboration between the veterinary and public health realms: improving computer technology, speaking a common language, and understanding jurisdictions.Gail Hansen, DVM, MPH, president of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, said veterinary–public health collaborations require a shift in thinking. “Public health traditionally has not worked with vets in private practice very much, except with rabies,” she said.Teamwork could mean faster identification of zoonotic disease outbreaks, because animal tests have outpaced their human counterparts, and also because a sick animal may be euthanized for testing, Hansen said.But identifying the best solutions will remain a local task, she added. “Every state needs to make decisions about how to shore up their public health.”last_img read more

Read More

first_imgOct 4, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Two vaccine companies have received contracts estimated at about $200 million to produce a modified smallpox vaccine for the US government. Roughly 10% to 15% of the US population can’t take Dryvax, including those with weakened immune systems, skin conditions such as eczema, and senior citizens, according to news services. Acambis, based in Cambridge, UK, and Cambridge, Mass., and Denmark’s Bavarian Nordic both won contracts on Sep 30 to continue research on a smallpox vaccine made with a modified version of the currently used live vaccinia (Dryvax) vaccine, news services reported. Bavarian Nordic’s new contract is valued at about $100 million. That contract is for Imvamune vaccine, which Bavarian Nordic is developing with GlaxoSmithKline. The recent contracts allow for each company to produce about 500,000 doses of the vaccines and conduct human safety tests, a National Institutes of Health spokesman told the Associated Press. The US government could order 2.5 million additional doses from each supplier. See also:center_img Feb 25, 2003, CIDRAP News story on earlier awards to Acambis and Bavarian Nordic for MVAhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/smallpox/news/safevax.html The modified vaccine, called modified vaccinia Ankara, or MVA, won’t replicate within cells as the current live virus does, so it shouldn’t pose as much risk as the current vaccine, according published reports. Mar 10, 2004 CIDRAP News story on effectiveness of MVA in animal studieshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/smallpox/news/mar1004mva.html Both companies already had funding to pursue work on the vaccine (see story link below). Acambis’s new contract is estimated in a Wall Street Journal story to be worth up to $131 million. The company is working on MVA with a unit of Baxter International.last_img read more

Read More

first_imgJun 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling the US government’s stockpile of antiviral drugs “totally inadequate” in the face of a potential influenza pandemic.The IDSA says the current stockpile of antivirals for flu is enough for only 2.3 million courses of treatment. IDSA President Walter Stamm, in a Jun 15 letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt, called that amount “totally inadequate and unlikely to provide any meaningful benefit to our population.””When the next pandemic hits, antivirals will be our only defense for at least the first six to nine months it takes to make a new vaccine,” Stamm stated in an IDSA news release. “But right now, if Asia’s bird flu or another strain turns into a pandemic, we’ll be caught nearly empty-handed.”The IDSA, an organization of about 8,000 physicians and others dealing with infectious diseases, asserts that HHS should have an antiviral stockpile sufficient to treat at least 52 million to 84 million flu patients and to use preventively in at least another 15 million to 40 million essential healthcare workers and emergency responders.The IDSA statement says government officials are cool to the idea of stockpiling antiviral drugs because they are not convinced the drugs could reduce the death toll in a pandemic.But the IDSA asserts that research on existing flu strains has shown that antiviral drugs, if used within the first 48 hours of symptoms, can cut the number of hospitalizations in half, reduce complications such as pneumonia, and shorten the illness. They also can prevent flu in the first place, the group says.The society estimates that an adequate stockpile could cost up to $1 billion. Kathleen Neuzil, MD, a member of IDSA’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force, said in the news release, “But we are spending far more than that preparing for smallpox and anthrax attacks. Those are serious threats, but they are unlikely—compared to the serious and very likely threat of a flu pandemic.”Stamm’s letter said the government should begin expanding its stockpile now, because it will take several years to build an adequate amount.Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the HHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Washington, DC, provided information confirming that the HHS has enough oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat 2.3 million people. He cited an October 2004 HHS news release stating that by December (2004) the agency expected to have that amount in hand. Oseltamivir is considered the most effective antiviral for H5N1 influenza, the avian flu strain that has infected more than 100 people in Asia.By e-mail, Wolfson told CIDRAP News, “There are plans to purchase additional antiviral medication for the stockpile, but I have not been given any specific quantities at this point.”A recent report in the British magazine Nature said that Britain has ordered enough oseltamivir for about 25% of its population and Canada has stockpiled enough to cover about 5% of Canadians. The current US stockpile would cover less than 1% of the population.The World Health Organization has been urging countries to stockpile the drug in advance, the Nature report said. It takes about a year to make a batch of the drug, and the manufacturer, Roche, has no spare production capacity, the magazine reported. The cost of one treatment course is between $10 and $30.In related news, health experts held a news conference yesterday in Washington, DC, to warn that the world is poorly prepared for a flu pandemic. The event marked the publication by the journal Foreign Affairs of four articles on the threat of pandemics, primarily focusing on the risk of a flu pandemic.Though they didn’t try to predict when a pandemic might erupt, the experts said governments around the world should increase research and preparedness efforts immediately, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, “This [threat] is not going to go away. Get rid of the ‘if.’ This is going to occur.”Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said policy makers should figure out how to maintain food supplies if a pandemic cripples transportation and food processing, according to a Canadian Press report on the news conference. He said a pandemic erupting very soon would put the world in difficult straits: “We’re pretty much screwed right now if it happens tonight.” Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site.See also:Nature report on antiviralshttp://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v435/n7041/full/435407a.htmlJun 10 CIDRAP News report “Foreign Affairs focuses on pandemic threat”last_img read more

Read More

first_imgJul 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials released their influenza vaccine advisory Friday for the upcoming flu season, and though they did not extend the vaccine recommendations beyond current age groups, they strongly recommended vaccination of all healthcare workers and urged providers to schedule later immunization clinics.The recommendations, published in an early-release article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).In effort to boost the rates of immunized healthcare workers, a group that has lagged behind desired levels, the CDC recommended that healthcare administrators consider vaccination coverage levels as a measure of patient safety quality programs. The CDC also recommends that administrators obtain signed declinations from workers who opt out of seasonal influenza vaccination for reasons other than medical contraindications.In response to past distribution problems that have hampered vaccination clinics in the earlier part of the fall, the CDC urged providers to schedule vaccination clinics throughout the season.”Vaccine administered in December or later, even if influenza activity has already begun, is likely to be beneficial in the majority of influenza seasons,” the CDC report said.The CDC reiterated that children aged 6 months to 8 years who have not been vaccinated previously receive two doses, on the basis of research showing that two doses are required in this age-group to optimize protection. Children in this age-group who have only one dose in their first year of vaccination should receive two doses the following year,Also, the CDC emphasized that all people, including school-age children, who want to reduce their risk of contracting seasonal flu be vaccinated.The report does not contain updated recommendations about the use of the live, attenuated influenza vaccine (the FluMist intranasal vaccine) for children under age 5, as many healthcare practitioners had hoped. Though a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel in May recommended the vaccine for use in younger children, except those with wheezing history, production problems at MedImmune’s Liverpool, England, plant have delayed final FDA approval of FluMist for children younger than 5.On May 24, the FDA sent MedImmune a warning letter after inspectors found that bulk monovalent lots contained amounts of bacteria and mold that exceeded the manufacturer’s limits, according to an FDA background report.Healthcare experts have hoped that the availability of a needle-free vaccine might boost seasonal flu vaccination rates in young children.Curtis Allen, a CDC spokesperson, told CIDRAP News it’s possible that ACIP could vote on the recommendation before October when the vaccination season starts. However, he said steps are required before the next ACIP vote: MedImmune would need to resolve the production problem before the FDA could issue its licensing recommendation to extend FluMist use in the younger age-group.CDC. Prevention and control of influenza: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2007. MMWR 2007 Jun 29 (early release) [Full text]See also:May 17 CIDRAP News article “FDA advisory panel recommends FluMist approval for young children”last_img read more

Read More

first_imgThe graphic design of the emblem of the Tourist Board of Central Istria deals with the geographical position of the municipalities that represent central Istria. The characteristic shape of the triangle of the Istrian peninsula has been used as a frame of reference to emphasize what is at its center. The color segments represent the different influences to which central Istria is exposed due to its geographical position, and the emphasis (and visually the most emphasized point of the sign) is exactly where these influences meet – in central Istria. This is achieved with a coloristic emphasis on the central form, the very heart of Istria.On the coloristic side, a color palette based on the climate it represents is used. Red-brown color of the red Istrian land, green color of lush plant vegetation and blue as an indication of a unique position by the sea.The solution is stylistically in line with the logos of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Istrian Tourist Board, while the selected primary typography and treatment of the lines are marked by an irregular edge like brush strokes and thus leave an impression of naturalness and spontaneity.Side dish: TZ Središnja Istra 2018 BrochureOver 260.000 overnight stays were realized in central Istria Until December 26, 2017 in the area of ​​TZSI, which includes the area of ​​nine local governments (City of Pazin and the municipalities of Lupoglav, Cerovlje, Gračišće, Karojba, Pićan, Sveti Lovreč, Sveti Petar u Šumi and Tinjan), ie one fifth of the Istrian County and is the only tourist board of the area in Istria, there were slightly more than 34.000 tourists and 266.000 overnight stays, which is an increase of 22% compared to the previous year.Currently, 3.786 beds have been registered in the TZSI area, which is 16% more than last year. As for the number of accommodation units, there are currently a total of 832, of which holiday homes account for more than 50%, apartments 37%, rooms 10%, while the rest are rural households, hotels and campsites and campsites in the household. The index of increase in arrivals and overnight stays is many times higher than the index of increase in accommodation capacities. Of the tourists who stayed in central Istria during this period, more than half of the overnight stays were from the German-speaking area; 54% Germany and 8% Austria. The third in number were the Dutch with 7%, followed by guests from Belgium 6%, Great Britain with 5%, domestic 4% and from Poland and Italy with 2%. The Tourist Board of Central Istria (TZSI) enters 2018 with a new brand – Central Istria. Original Istria.Namely, after the CNTB’s public call for support to tourist boards in underdeveloped tourist areas in 2017, it applied for the project “Branding of Central Istria” and approved support in the amount of HRK 20.000,00 for the same CNTB, the implementation of the mentioned project, which ended in late December.The project of branding, ie designing the visual identity, slogan and image brochure was entrusted to the BBDO agency from Zagreb. The logo was stylistically in line with the CNTB and TZIŽ logos, and the concept and graphic preparation for the multilingual image brochure, which will be printed in early 2018, was made.In the new 2018, TZSI plans to actively promote the destination through all available channels, primarily through social networks, but also by appearing at fairs in the most important emitting markets, ie German-speaking countries.“Points out Sanja Kantaruti, director of TZSI.last_img read more

Read More

first_imgThe world’s largest tourist portal for travel planning and accommodation booking, TripAdvisor, has published a list of top rising destinations, with Rovinj in eighth place.As a recommendation for what to see in Rovinj, TripAdvisor singled out Stari Grad, Zlatni rt Forest Park and the Church of St. Euphemia. Any such free advertisement is more than welcome, especially when it comes to the largest tourist portal.By the way, in 2017, Rovinj broke its own record in the number of overnight stays, so in 2017 there were 637.976 arrivals and 3.850.112 overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals and overnight stays of 11%, which took second place in Croatia in terms of number of realized overnight stays.Photo: MaistraMost overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (share 32%), Austria (share 15%), Italy (share 10%), the Netherlands (share 7%) and Slovenia (share 5%). The largest turnover was realized in camps (share in overnight stays 47%), followed by turnover realized in hotels (share in overnight stays 27%), then in household facilities (share in overnight stays 20%), non-commercial accommodation (share in overnight stays 3%) and other accommodation facilities (share in overnight stays 3%).last_img read more

Read More

first_imgProject “New attire of Brijuni” of the Public Institution Brijuni National Park, within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020.” is co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund to the tender of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds “Promoting sustainable use of natural heritage in national parks and nature parks”, which brings investment in improving tourist infrastructure and sustainable use of natural heritage in Brijuni National Park.The total value of the project with VAT amounts to HRK 41.759.488,84 (HRK 33.662.108,06 + VAT), of which HRK 27.285.453,83 in grants was awarded from the European Regional Development Fund (85% of the total eligible costs). . The remaining amount of eligible costs is co-financed by the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency in the amount of HRK 3.201.953,39, while the funds in the amount of HRK 1.613.126,70 are co-financing of the project of the Public Institution Brijuni National Park.”Although the cultural and historical heritage is not at the center of this project, it is necessary to restore it in order to present and interpret the natural heritage that abounds in Brijuni National Park. Individual parts of the architecture will be adapted, which will serve as spaces for setting up exhibitions and as accommodation for participants in educational activities / excursions. In this way, the implementation of this project will contribute to the protection and preservation of both natural and cultural-historical heritage”Point out the Brijuni National Park and add that the implementation of the project also plans to prepare a Visitor Management Study which will be the basis for improving the visiting system with the aim of better presentation of the contents and riches of the National Park.The project envisages the following activities: Establishment of an Info Point, procurement of a boat, procurement of two excursion trains, reconstruction of Veliki Brijun, modernization of the Natural History Exhibition, renovation of the summer cinema, renovation of facilities in the port of Mali Brijun, development of educational programs and project promotion. The grant agreement was signed on October 5, 2017, while the project implementation period is from July 12, 2016 to April 30, 2020.Project “New attire of Brijuni” Description of activitiesEstablishment of Info point and new equipment Info point (in the form of an info kiosk) with an interactive shop window that presents 24 hours of excursions, recreation, accommodation and catering offers of the Brijuni National Park will be located on the island of Veliki Brijun on Friendship Square. The purpose of the Info Point is to inform visitors more promptly and promptly about all the island’s facilities and tour opportunities, which have not existed in the archipelago so far. In this way, the excursion-business agency of the National Park in Fažana will be relieved as the only place for informing visitors at the moment, which will certainly contribute to a better access to visitors.  Ship procurement It is planned to design and build a new electric boat with a capacity of 150 passengers. Procurement of two excursion trains It is planned to purchase two modern homologated tourist trains (with a capacity of 80 passengers each) with one locomotive and four open trailers, which will enable people with disabilities to see the island of Veliki Brijun for the first time. As part of the procurement of trains, the training of two employees for train management is also planned.Reconstructions on Veliki Brijun In order to create new content for visitors, the following neglected infrastructure on the island of Veliki Brijun will be arranged:• Arrangement of the educational-thematic trail Promenade under the hill Straža – includes the procurement and equipping of the educational trail through the former quarry illustrated with wooden interpretation boards and educational exhibits (6 pcs), and orientation signs (2 pcs) to present the forest ecosystem, flora and fauna. an integral part of the forest• Presentation of the hydrogeological peculiarities of the Brijuni National Park – the development of a project of the hydrogeological peculiarities of Brijuni is planned, in which the geological structure of the Brijuni Islands will be processed. The project will also include a description of water phenomena on the island, a description of wells and wells, a description and presentation of the geological and lithofacial statist column of rocks at the location of the well “Living Water” and a compressor station.Within this activity, the renovation of the “Living Water” facility is also planned. Also, as part of this activity, it is planned to set up decorative screens to highlight important messages about the protection and preservation of nature, which will try to educate visitors about the importance of protection and preservation of the protected natural heritage of NP Brijuni. A construction adaptation of the Compressor Station building is also planned, with the arrangement of mechanical installations for the purpose of presenting the reciprocating compressor and pumping station from the 60s, as well as the operation of the pumping station for water from artesian wells on the island. The facility will be used for presentation purposes, thus providing additional educational and tourist content that will be available to visitors for an independent visit or with a guide.Modernization of the Natural History Exhibition Works on the exhibition will include the adaptation of dioramas, design and installation of new lighting. The new Interactive Application (so-called CITES) will, as part of the exhibition, show visitors the impact of trade in endangered species on the most common and endangered species, their numbers, predictions of the future of the species and the most common reasons for hunting and trade. With this exhibition, he wants to increase the awareness of visitors about the stated dangers and problems faced by animals from the wild.Renovation of the summer cinema It includes the modernization of cinemas from the 50s, which includes the purchase and installation of projection equipment, the purchase and installation of modular stages, auditoriums, the purchase of short and feature films, documentaries and animated films on nature protection, protected areas, habitats and the environment. It is also planned to install a panel fence on which photographs of protected species and habitats will be exhibited, as well as the purchase of film material / license for the display of archive material of Film News related to Brijuni.It is planned to show specific titles of a predominantly documentary nature in the cinema, which will lead visitors to think about the protection of the environment and nature. Thematic evenings will be organized with short and feature films, documentaries and animated films on the protection and preservation of nature, protected areas, environment, species, habitats, etc. The aim is to encourage the audience to think about human actions towards nature and the environment, education on the importance conservation and protection of nature and environmental biodiversity. The cinema would also show archival footage of Brijuni views and landscapes from the time of Josip Broz Tito in the form of a comparison of their previous and current appearance.Renovation of facilities in the port of Mali Brijun The arrangement of Mali Brijun for visits and education envisages the activity of rehabilitation of 7 ground-floor buildings in the bay of Sv. Mikula on Mali Brijun. Construction renovation and raising the level of thermal properties of buildings is needed. The works will include the repair of the roof and roof covering, replacement of carpentry, interior design, waterproofing and thermal insulation, mechanical and electrical installations, and equipping the buildings with furniture. It is planned to convert the facilities into an information point of the Brijuni National Park, a kitchen and a restaurant with public toilets, a common apartment for janitors and firefighters, and a dormitory. Accommodation on Mali Brijun is intended for kindergartens, schools, universities, NGOs, artists, scientists and all those who want to conduct educational programs and / or research on Mali Brijun.The facilities are planned to employ 13 people. This activity contributes to a significant expansion of the offer of NP Brijuni, given that Mali Brijun is currently closed to visitors due to its unattractiveness, lack of content but also the potential danger to visitors given the current state of existing facilities.Development of new educational programs of NP Brijuni and education of employees It is planned to design educational programs for visitors: Brijuni National Park, World of Plants, Magical World of Insects, Birds, Sea Coast, Underwater World.There will also be an educational program of touring the pedestrian educational trail “Brijuni Stone Stories”, which was arranged and opened as part of the cross-border project STONE-BRIDGE on Mali Brijun. As part of the educational trail and the mentioned quarry, visitors can also visit the safe, paved part of the tunnel, which is about 150 meters long. The educational trail will introduce visitors to various phenomena and indicate the significant geotourism potential of the site itself.The activity of educating the employees of NP Brijuni will be focused on improving communication, negotiation, presentation and sales skills. The training will include department heads and the training of employees who are in direct contact with guests.Promotion and visibility of the project The project “New attire of Brijuni” attaches importance to various promotional and marketing activities, so the activities of strategic planning, implementation of promotional activities, creation and production of advertising funds related to the project and NP Brijuni, preparation of the Visitor Management Study, interpretation services of Brijuni heritage for presentation and promotions.The activity of strategic planning includes the development of a branding strategy with a plan of communication activities, market research and analysis, and the development, implementation and supervision of operational plans of marketing activities.Regarding the implementation of promotional activities, during the implementation of the project, advertising activities are planned to be carried out through a minimum of three media, including TV. Sales will be improved through the organization of a prize game. Direct marketing will be done through mailing and public relations activities will be carried out three months before the end of the project.Conferences will be organized at the opening of the project and community management activities will be carried out for three months. During community management, they will communicate with the community and build a brand through social networks.Within the activities of the Brijuni Heritage Interpretation Services, for the purpose of presentation and promotion, an extensive book on approximately 150 attractions, values ​​and attractions of the Brijuni National Park (in Croatian and English) is planned. The book will serve all park employees, especially guides and those who want to further expand their knowledge. Also included is the production of an abbreviated manual on about 50 of the most important features of the Brijuni National Park, which the guides present to each visitor. The manuals will be printed in 50 copies in Croatian and 50 copies in English. The activity also includes the production of audio guides, recordings of voice guidance in combination with music, for tours of Veliki Brijun by tourist train for one hour. It is planned to produce 3 copies of the audio file in Croatian, English, Italian, German, Russian and French.Creating new visitor signage includes translation of texts, illustrations, creation and installation of signage for new visitor content.last_img read more

Read More

first_imgAlmost 18 million passengers were embarked and disembarked in Croatian seaports in the third quarter of 2018. Compared to the same period in 2017, this is an increase of 3,8%.The number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships in the third quarter of 2018 amounted to 17,3 million passengers, which is 3,7% more than in the same period in 2017. The number of passengers increased in ports with significant passenger traffic such as Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Cres and Preko. 1,0% more passenger vehicles were loaded and unloaded on ships, while buses remained at the same level compared to the same quarter of 2017.Of the total number of passengers in seaports, 3,4% or 607 thousand were disembarked from cruise ships and, among others, visited the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Šibenik. Compared to the same period in 2017, these passengers increased by 8,9%.Source: CBS In September 2018, Croatian airports recorded 1 thousand passengers or 435% more than in the same month last year.The largest passenger traffic was achieved by Split Airport with 453 thousand passengers (an increase of 8,1% compared to September 2017), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 383 thousand passengers (an increase of 10,5% compared to September 2017) and the airport port of Zagreb with 343 thousand passengers (an increase of 4,4% compared to September 2017).The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 294 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 16,4% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in September 2018 was 15, which is an increase of 466% compared to September 2017.Source: CBSIncrease in the number of passengers in maritime transport last_img read more

Read More