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Canada reports its 11th BSE case

first_imgDec 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials today reported the country’s 11th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, but said it will not affect Canada’s BSE risk status as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The disease was found in a 13-year-old beef cow from Alberta, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced. “The animal’s carcass is under CFIA control, and no part of it entered the human food or animal feed systems,” the agency said in a news release. The latest BSE case is Canada’s third this year. The disease was found in a 6-year-old bull from an Alberta farm in February and in a 5-year-old dairy cow from British Columbia in May. In recognition of Canada’s BSE surveillance and control measures, the OIE classified the country as a “controlled risk” country for BSE in May of this year. “This case will not affect Canada’s risk status,” the CFIA said. Sep 18 CIDRAP News story “US to end BSE-related ban on older Canadian cattle” “The CFIA expects to detect a small number of [BSE] cases over the next 10 years as Canada progresses towards its goal of eliminating the disease from the national cattle herd,” the CFIA stated. The United States has had three BSE cases so far: one in Washington state in 2003, one in Texas in 2005, and one in Alabama in 2006. The Washington case was in a Canadian-born cow. Canada’s latest BSE precaution was to ban the use of cattle-derived “specified risk materials,” such as the brain and spinal cord, from animal feeds, pet foods, and fertilizers. The ban took effect Jul 12. US officials have been considering a similar step for more than 2 years. Both countries banned specified risk materials from human food previously. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) banned the importation of Canadian cattle and beef when Canada’s first BSE case surfaced in May 2003. The ban on meat from young (less than 30 months) cattle was lifted soon afterward, but the ban on live cattle continued until July 2005, when young cattle were again admitted. The USDA lifted the ban on older live cattle on Nov 19. The cow’s age means it was born before Canada and the United States banned the use of ruminant animal protein in cattle feed in 1997. Cattle are believed to contract BSE by eating feed containing material from infected animals. People who eat meat from BSE-infected cattle may run a risk of contracting the human equivalent of the brain-wasting disease—variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. See also: The latest case was detected by the national BSE surveillance program, which has discovered all of Canada’s cases so far, the agency said. Targeting cattle deemed to have an increased risk of BSE, the program has tested about 190,000 since 2003, when the first case was found. Canadian officials are working to find the infected cow’s herd mates at the time of birth and to determine how it might have been infected, the CFIA said. Jul 13 CIDRAP News story “Canada widens BSE-related feed ban; US still pondering” Revised USDA rule allowing importation of older Canadian cattle effective Nov 19, 2007last_img read more

Leak from proposed ag lab could cost billions

first_img Estimated losses from disruption of the livestock industry vary by site and are highest for Kansas, at just over $1 billion. “It is the size of the livestock industry in the affected state that serves as the main discriminator among the candidate sites in terms of economic losses,” the report states. Such a leak would be extremely unlikely, but, if it occurred, the estimated economic damage could range from $2.8 billion to $4.2 billion, depending on where the proposed lab is located, says the DHS report. The report also looks at the possible consequences of a leak of Rift Valley fever virus and Nipah virus from the various sites. The economic impact would be smallest at the site of the US Department of Agriculture’s existing Plum Island Animal Disease Center, located on a small island off Long Island in New York. Estimates are higher for potential sites located closer to livestock industry operations, including sites in Kansas and Texas. The report says diseases likely to be studied at the lab include African swine fever, classical swine fever, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, FMD, Japanese encephalitis, and Rift Valley fever—all requiring BSL-3 containment—and Hendra and Nipah viruses, which require BSL-4. Besides Plum Island, proposed sites for the facility are Manhattan, Kan.; San Antonio, Tex.; Flora (Madison County), Miss.; Athens, Ga.; and Butner (Granville County), N.C. Construction could start in early 2010 and would take about 4 years, according to DHS. However, a decision to build has not yet been made. Jul 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A leak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus at any of six proposed sites for a large federal laboratory to study foreign animal diseases could cost billions of dollars, according to a recent report by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The document says DHS examined the potential for accidental or intentional release of a pathogen from the lab and the potential that the pathogen would spread from each site. “The evaluation considered the accident scenarios with and without measures to prevent and contain a release,” it says. “The results indicate that for all sites the risk was none to low for all accident scenarios except an over-pressure fire, where an explosion would occur due to the buildup of a large amount of gas or flammable chemical in an enclosed area. The risk was moderate for all sites.” Risk for foreign bans on US meatFMD is a highly contagious livestock disease that devastated the British cattle industry in 2001. DHS estimates the economic hit from an FMD virus leak at the proposed sites as follows: Plum Island, $2.8 billion; Georgia, $3.35 billion; Mississippi, $3.4 billion; North Carolina, $3.5 billion; Texas, $4.1 billion; and Kansas, $4.2 billion. For each site except Plum Island, the estimated loss from foreign bans on US meat amounts to $3.1 billion; for Plum Island the corresponding estimate is $2.7 billion. In-depth environmental impact statementDHS released a lengthy environmental impact statement on the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) on Jun 20. The new lab would replace the Plum Island lab and would host research on the most dangerous foreign animal and zoonotic diseases, those requiring biosafety level (BSL) 3 and 4 containment. See also: The Plum Island lab is the only US facility that can handle the FMD virus, but it is too small for current research needs and has an outdated structure that is unsuitable for BSL-4 research, according to DHS. Currently the nation has no lab capable of doing BSL-4 studies on livestock. DHS is taking comments on the report for 60 days and plans to hold a public meeting near each of the proposed sites later this summer, according to the news release. A final environmental impact statement is expected in late fall, and a decision on whether and where to build the NBAF is expected a month or more after the final report is issued. DHS general description of the NBAFhttp://www.dhs.gov/files/labs/editorial_0762.shtm For all sites except Plum Island, the overall “risk rank” related to such a fire was classified as moderate “because of the potential easy spread of a disease through livestock or wildlife,” the report states. The risk for Plum Island was “low or none due to the low likelihood of any disease getting off of the island.” “The proposed NBAF would enable us to meet the challenges posed by the intentional or unintentional introduction of a foreign animal or zoonotic disease that could threaten the US livestock industry, food supply, and public health,” said Jay Cohen, DHS under secretary for science and technology, in a news release about the report. Final decision months awayA Jun 21 Washington Post report, however, said the selection of Plum Island as the site is considered unlikely because the government “spent considerable time and money scouting new locations and because of financial concerns about operating from a location accessible only by ferry or helicopter.”last_img read more

New Rulebook on the content and manner of keeping records on workers

first_imgThe Ministry of Labor and Pension System has simplified the manner of keeping records of working hours, and the new rulebook prescribes the content and manner of keeping records of workers, unless otherwise regulated by another regulation.The new rulebook enters into force on September 1.9.2017, XNUMX. The most important changes are that the records are filled in on a weekly basis, instead of on a daily basis, as has been the case so far, the obligation to record daily and weekly rest is abolished and the number of required data that employers must keep is reduced.See and study the new Ordinance on the content and manner of keeping records of workers herelast_img read more

During the tourist season, Croatia Airlines will connect Croatia with 24 countries

first_imgIt is clear to everyone that transport accessibility is one of the first factors if we talk about the development of tourism, and especially the connection with airlines. Be sure to pay attention to the flight overview, ie. direct air connections of Croatia which is regularly updated with new agreed airlines. Croatia Airlines certainly plays an important role in the whole story. Thus, during this year’s tourist season, it will fly in regular traffic to 30 international and 8 Croatian destinations in 24 countries, which means that the national airline continues to actively contribute to the development of the tourist potential of the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb will be directly connected to 24 European destinations in 22 countries. This year, Croatia Airlines aircraft are expected to have about 5 percent more passengers compared to 2018, in which a record 2,168.863 passengers were transported (2 percent more than in 2017). Increased rush on regular routes begins on the eve of the Easter holidays, which traditionally represent the beginning of the tourist season in Croatia, after which many seasonal lines from the most important emitting markets are gradually introduced, Croatia Airlines points out, adding that at the peak tourist season flights per day. Although Croatia is mostly a car destination, in the last few years there has been a targeted investment in increasing airlines, especially in the pre- and post-season, so that Croatia is more and more connected to emitting markets every year. The novelty is an additional flight on Tuesdays from Zagreb to Dublin, so that passengers on this line will have three flights a week this year – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. last_img read more

In the first half of the year, almost 11 percent more passengers were recorded at airports

first_imgIn addition to the number of passengers, the number of aircraft operations grew by 12 percent in June and by 7,5 percent in the first half of the year. Gross monthly income per employee is around HRK 14.300, not counting the Croatian Air Navigation Services, where the average gross salary per employee is extremely high and climbs over HRK 49.000. “Passenger growth rates at our airports in the first six months of 2019 are extremely good, and ZL Dubrovnik would especially point out with a growth rate of over 17 percent, primarily due to the arrival of the largest European company Ryan Air and the world’s largest company American Airlines. We see that such an increase in traffic has entailed investment in infrastructure”, Said the president of the Air Transport Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and director of Brac airport Tonci Pejovic, adding that the trend of shorter stays of tourists in one destination is in favor of airports and carriers because it implies faster change of passengers. By the way, air transport entities in Croatia include nine international airports, two companies and flight controls. In 2018, they generated HRK 4.3 billion in revenue and HRK 451 million in profit. They directly employ about 4.100 employees, and it is estimated that about 9.000 people earn their total income from air transport-related activities. In June, the highest growth of as much as 43 percent (120.397 passengers) was recorded by Zadar Airport, followed by ZL Rijeka with a growth of 37,5 percent (30.786 passengers), and the number of passengers in ZL Pula (14 passengers) and ZL increased by 135.715 percent. Dubrovnik (413.200 passengers). Split Airport carried 8,2 percent more passengers than in June 2018 (510.768 passengers), while Zagreb Airport recorded a slight increase of 0,8 percent (333.838 passengers). A drop of 8 and 5 percent, respectively, was recorded by Brač Airport and ZL Osijek. While there are heated debates about this season’s tourist figures, Croatian airports continue to have high growth rates and investments in infrastructure in the first half of the year.center_img This is also shown by the unofficial statistics of the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, according to which in June this year, 11 percent more passengers were transported at airports across the country than in the same period last year (1.557.530 passengers), and a similar growth of 10,7 percent .4.287.075 passengers) have been recorded by domestic airports since the beginning of this year. Pejović predicts the continuation of positive trends, both in Croatia and in Europe. “What worries us is how the situation regarding Brexit will unfold, because England has been a signatory to the Open Sky agreement so far. When and if that changes, a lot of things will need to be negotiated to know what the flight regimes are, and that has not yet been done. Another thing that could negatively affect air traffic is the crisis in the Persian Gulf, due to which the prices of oil and kerosene could rise.”, Explained Pejović. Source: Croatian Chamber of Commerce Similar trends prevail in the first half of the year. ZL Zadar and ZL Rijeka are in the lead with a growth of 39 and 19,6 percent, respectively, followed by ZL Dubrovnik (17,4 percent) and ZL Pula (16,3 percent). The number of passengers in ZL Split and ZL Zagreb also increased by 8,1 and 3,9 percent, while a decrease of 13,6 percent and 12,1 percent, respectively, was recorded by Airport Brač and ZL Osijek.last_img read more

On average, seven guests book non-hotel accommodation every second

first_imgOn average, seven guests book a holiday home, apartment or other unique accommodation facility every second, according to Booking.com data. BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES BOOKINGSUITE APP STORE. GAME CHANGER IN THE TOURISM SECTOR Group Opportunity Center: PN New Connectivity Tools: Reduce your workload with our new connectivity features that make it easier for you to manage your business through your software provider, from key collection to deposit in the event of a loss.Tools for presenting professionally managed facilities: Highlight the professional attributes of your property from the start with our new features, including a host rating, based on reviews for your other facilities, and an average rating from other sites, based on guest reviews from other verified sites. These ratings provide guests with security when booking accommodation in your professionally run facility and increase your visibility. We will also highlight your unique content such as the ability to contact 0-24, keyless login and more. Quality rating: Attract travelers and meet the expectations of guests with a new quality rating, which has not yet been seen in the industry for short-term rental accommodation. This rating is similar to the traditional way of rating a hotel, and is based on the location, size and facilities of your facility.Advisory Board: Know that we listen to your opinion. Our Advisory Board, a group of experts such as facility managers and connectivity service providers, is dedicated to advising Booking.com on its way to becoming a true partner within the short-term rental industry, to tailor our products and services to the specific needs of our partners. Launching new tools Based on partner feedback, Booking.com also announced the launch of new tools and upgrades to existing products specifically designed to facilitate day-to-day facility management and enable professional short-term rental partners to accommodate even more guests.  These are the following services:  And as according to Booking.com, non-hotel accommodation facilities are achieving higher growth than traditional options, they have decided to expand the offer of products and new tools just for professional managers of short-term rental facilities.center_img RELATED NEWS: You can explore all the products and tools HERE “Holiday homes, apartments and other unique accommodation facilities are still growing faster than traditional options, so we are excited to see what comes next in our development as there are many opportunities for joint growth.”Said Olivier Grémillon, Vice President of Global Segments at Booking.com. New tools use new technology solutions to help professional facility managers successfully promote their offer on Booking.com, simplify day-to-day processes, and maintain their revenue inflows.  BOOKING.COM FORECASTS TRENDS IN THE WORLD OF TRAVEL FOR 2020 last_img read more

Sport gives us a lot more than we invest in it

first_imgMinister of Finance Zdravko Marić stated that about 2 percent of the state budget goes to sports. “We will all agree that this is not enough and that it can never be enough for all that sport as a country has given us. We should strive to increase financial resources, but I would always keep this position, if we were at the bottom in terms of money, and at the very top in terms of sports results. We have managed to increase our allocations for sports almost twice in the last few years, and we are currently working on directing the funds from games of chance to sports as much as possible, because it is the Olympic year and we must support all our athletes. Allocations for sports infrastructure are significantly increasing because the first steps towards success are being made here, so we currently have about 520 such infrastructure projects.”, Said Marić, noting that we must bring sport closer to all citizens.  “Sport is one of the world’s largest businesses. The global sports industry is worth about $ 500 billion, and is estimated to grow to over $ 2022 billion by 600. It is a huge financial cake in which Croatia has a disproportionately small share, compared to sports results. “, said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović at the conference All Faces of Sport – the complex role of sport in the economy, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. They talked about sports as a tool for branding and promoting Croatia Vladimir Miholjevic, director of the CRO race, Miho Glavic, President of the Croatian Ski Association, Jerko Trogrlić, director of White and Kristjan Staničić, director of the CNTB.  Zlatko Mateša, the president of the Croatian Olympic Committee emphasized that this is the first time that we think about sport as an economic category. “It is an industry, like it or not, that weighs 280 billion euros in Europe alone. During the football World Cup in Russia, about 12 billion in tax revenues were realized, and otherwise in that period consumption is around 8 billion. Thus, the footballers contributed to spending with HRK 4 billion, or HRK 600 billion, which flowed directly into the budget. A fifth of our tourism is related to sports activities, about XNUMX million euros a year, which is what we want to show today”, Said Mateša, adding that sport also contributes to building a positive perception of the state. EURO 2020: MORE THAN HALF OF FANS PLAN TO TRAVEL TO WATCH THE TEAMS OF THEIR TEAM Mirjana Čagalj concluded the conference by saying that sport generates over 2 percent of GDP at the European level and that Croatia is below that average. “Our goal must be growth, and investments in sports and sports infrastructure will be crucial along the way. Everything we invest in sports will pay off many times over, through better health of citizens, their better productivity at work and higher salaries. All this will have a beneficial effect on the health care and pension system, but also on the labor market”, Said Cagalj.  Photo: Booking.comcenter_img He also emphasized that sport still brings us much more than we invest in it, and that the promotion of the country that we got through it is invaluable. “Thanks to last year’s World Cup for our country today they know in every corner of the world. We currently invest only 0,11 percent of GDP in sports, making us the last in the European Union. Therefore, with this conference we want to raise awareness of the importance of investing in sports infrastructure and professionals”, Said Burilović. RELATED NEWS: Deputy Mayor of Zagreb Olivera Majić countered Opara, saying that with an investment of 2 billion kuna a year, Zagreb is still the most sporty city in Croatia. “It is important to see how to strategically integrate sport into all complementary activities. It is high time that the promotion of sport is integrated into economic flows. The most significant economic effects sport generates in relation to tourism, trade and construction. It directly creates a business activity that has a high job growth factor, a significant element of an experiential economy and is successful in attracting talent. It strengthens local economies and provides excellent opportunities for marketing promotion ” State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina he spoke of the fusion of tourism and sport. “We try to address precisely segmented markets through our top athletes and we are very successful in that. About 7 to 8 percent of the total CNTB budget goes to sports and this is a big step forward from the current practice”, Glavina pointed out.  Split mayor Andro Krstulović Opara said that Split proudly holds the title of “the most sporty city in the world”. “Our Olympians, a total of 73 of them, won 96 medals. But I have to mention some scary numbers. In terms of allocations for sports, in 2016 Split allocated 69 million kuna, in 2017 about 72 million, in 2018 almost 98 million, and this year we will have about 93 million kuna. That’s 9 percent of our budget. For comparison, Zagreb invests about 7 percent of its budget in sports, but we are talking about a billion kuna. But despite that, our sport works, thanks to wizards from the profession who work miracles with little money”, Said Opara, adding that special attention and investments are directed towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in sports activities. last_img read more

The European Bank has secured 100m euros to support Croatian and Montenegrin tourism

first_imgThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) supports the development of the tourism sector in Croatia and Montenegro in the amount of EUR 100 million through the Erste & Steiermärkische Bank (ECB) credit line. The funds are intended for sustainable investments in private catering and hotel companies and accompanying tourism activities. Erste Bank is the first financial institution to be granted a loan under the EBRD’s Inclusive Tourism Framework for the Eastern Mediterranean. The program represents a comprehensive approach to the financing of the tourism sector with a focus on a broader, faster and more systematic approach to the financing of tourism and related sectors. The program and approved credit line have the following goals. This important transaction was signed by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti. “We are pleased to be able to provide much-needed capital for sustainable growth and further development of the tourism sector in Croatia and Montenegro. Tourism is an important driver of growth in both countries and we expect that through this investment new opportunities will open up for local companies and create new jobs. This new Program will allow the EBRD to reach more clients, including smaller ones”, He said during his stay in Zagreb. Suma Chakrabarti and Christoph Schoefboeck “We are very pleased to have become the first partner bank within this EBRD program and we are pleased to continue and further deepen the long-standing successful cooperation between our two institutions. Support to tourism is one of our basic strategic determinants and we believe that through this credit line we will enable our clients to realize many successful projects in this segment, which will contribute to their further strengthening and positioning in the domestic and international markets.and “, Christoph Schoefboeck, President of the Management Board of Erste Bank, emphasized on this occasion. The first is to increase employment opportunities for young people and women through internships and, through cooperation with local universities and vocational schools through the establishment of new or improved vocational programs, to promote vocational internships and equal employment opportunities policies. Also, the goal is to strengthen the connection with local suppliers through the cooperation of all important stakeholders, which is crucial for better development of local value chains and deeper integration of local farmers. Photo: Erste Bank; European Bank for Reconstruction and Developmentlast_img read more

Food allergy efforts welcome, necessary

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re April 2 article, “Shen sophomore advocates for food allergy awareness”: Three cheers for Katie Manuel’s efforts to promote food allergy awareness.Sharing a personal experience: I ate a couple of homemade sugar cookies at a family gathering, not being aware that they had been made with a nut oil base.As a result, I experienced a severe respiratory reaction. There was no way to tell ahead that a nut oil base had been used, as no smell or taste of it was present.I wish Miss Manuel the best in her future endeavors, and I think she has the potential to become one of our country’s leading food allergy awareness advocates.David CooperGloversville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Norris pledges to overhaul planning

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