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Editor’s note: This story was revised Aug 13, 2004, to include additional information from the World Health Organization.Aug 12, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Three people in Vietnam died recently of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.If the report is accurate, the three are the first human victims of avian flu since March. In Asia’s widespread outbreaks earlier this year, the H5N1 virus infected 34 people and killed 23, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.The latest victims, two of whom were small children, all tested positive for the H5N1 virus, according to Trinh Quan Huan, head of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health’s Department for Preventative Medicine and HIV/AIDS, as reported by the AP. The three people died between Jul 30 and Aug 1, Trinh said.However, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the strain of virus in the three victims had not been fully identified. Initial tests have identified the virus as the H5 subtype, but further testing is needed to determine if it is H5N1, the WHO said in a statement dated Aug 12. The agency also said H5N1 is the only strain of the H5 subtype known to jump directly from poultry to humans and cause illness.Trinh said a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old died in Ha Tay province about 30 miles west of Hanoi, while the other victim died in Hau Giang province in the Mekong Delta, about 110 miles south of Ho Chi Minh City, the AP reported. The story gave no other details about the third victim and did not say how the patients were infected.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday that Vietnamese health officials were investigating whether avian flu or SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) caused the recent deaths of four people who had respiratory infections. Those four died between Jul 29 and Aug 2, but all of them lived in Hau Giang province, according to the story.The AFP report said a clinical sample from one of the four patients was being tested, but no samples were available from the other three deceased patients.According to the AP report, Hans Troedsson, head of the WHO office in Hanoi, said he would ask the Vietnamese government for permission to send samples from the latest case-patients to a foreign laboratory for testing.Avian flu killed 15 people in Vietnam and 8 in Thailand earlier this year, according to WHO figures. But reports attributed to the Vietnamese government have generally listed 16 deaths in Vietnam. Before the recent deaths, the last avian flu–related death in Vietnam was that of a 12-year-old boy in March, according to government sources.All the human cases earlier this year were attributed to exposure to poultry, not to contact with other infected people. Disease experts are concerned that if the H5N1 virus infects a person already carrying a human flu virus, the two viruses could combine and produce a variant that could spread easily from person to person, potentially starting a pandemic.Since late June, avian flu has resurfaced in Thailand, Indonesia, and China as well as Vietnam. Vietnam has had outbreaks in 12 provinces since Mar 30, when the government declared the country was free of the disease, according to AFP.In related developments, South African officials were testing ostriches nationwide in the wake of the recent discovery of H5N2 avian flu on two ostrich farms in the Eastern Cape province, according to another AFP report today.Culling of 6,000 ostriches on the two affected farms was under way, and up to 30,000 ostriches might be slaughtered in the surrounding area, the report said. The H5N2 virus has been described as harmless to humans.The outbreak prompted the South African government to halt all poultry exports last week. The European Union and Switzerland have banned imports of ostrich meat from South Africa, the AFP report said.See also:Aug 12 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_08_12/en/
Jul 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Spain today became the latest country to join the list of nations responding to outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza, as officials reported finding the virus in a wild bird.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Spanish officials said highly pathogenic H5N1 strain had been confirmed in a sample taken from a great crested grebe that was found dead Jun 30 in the Salburua wetlands in Alava province. The diagnosis was established by the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Algete.To control the outbreak, a 3-kilometer protection zone around the site has been established, and surveillance will be conducted within 10 km. Authorities have banned movement of poultry and hunting of wild birds within the zone and are monitoring natural areas for any further bird deaths.Spain is the 14th European Union member to report H5N1 avian flu in birds, on the basis of information from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.An outbreak of avian influenza is a particular concern in Spain because, according to a Bloomberg News report today on the outbreak, Spain is Europe’s biggest tourist destination.In other avian flu developments this week:Canadian authorities reported that final virological tests on samples from a dead gosling were negative.The OIE announced that avian influenza had recurred among ostriches in South Africa.Thailand said it hoped to be free of avian influenza in 3 years.Canada ends testing of Prince Edward Island birdsThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Jul 5 that further testing related to a suspected H5 avian flu outbreak in Prince Edward Island had revealed no evidence of the virus.Authorities had announced Jun 16 that preliminary tests had indicated an H5 virus in a gosling, one of four birds that had died in a backyard flock. The positive test led authorities to destroy the rest of the flock and raised concern about the threat of H5N1 spreading to North America. But officials reported on Jun 20 that further tests at Canada’s avian flu reference laboratory in Winnipeg, Man., were negative.In the latest announcement, the CFIA said attempts to culture the virus from samples from the gosling had failed. The agency said testing was finished, and a quarantine on the affected site was lifted.South African ostriches have H5N2 virusAn H5N2 strain of avian flu has been confirmed on an ostrich farm in South Africa, according to a report that officials filed with the OIE. The virus was identified Jul 1 in eight ostriches on the farm in Riversdale, Western Cape province.In his notice to the OIE, South Africa’s senior manager of animal health, Bothe Modisane, said surveillance indicated that the outbreak was probably limited to the farm where the disease was detected. He reported that the farm was quarantined and that all 58 ostriches there were destroyed on Jul 1. Culling of all other poultry on the farm was completed on Jul 3. The source of the infection was not known.In 2004, a similar outbreak of H5N2 in ostriches stopped all poultry exports from South Africa. That outbreak killed 2,000 ostriches on two farms, and officials planned to destroy 6,000 remaining ostriches on the farms.Highly pathogenic strains of H5N2 virus have caused a number of past outbreaks in birds, though none in humans. H5N2 viruses were blamed for outbreaks in Pennsylvania (1983-85), Mexico (1994-95), Italy (1997), Texas (2004), and South Africa (2004), according to the World Health Organization. In addition, Japan had H5N2 outbreaks in poultry in 2005.Thai official offers optimistic projectionThailand’s agriculture minister said yesterday the country hopes to be completely free of avian influenza virus in 3 years. The Thai official, Sudarat Keyuraphan, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the country has gone 239 days without an outbreak.”If we are able to control the virus for the rest of this year, we will have fewer worries next year, and I am confident that Thailand will be free from the bird flu virus within three years,” Keyuraphan told AFP. She said the 239-day outbreak-free stretch is notable, given that surrounding countries continue to report the disease.According to the AFP report, Thailand has recruited 900,000 volunteers to help with prevention efforts, including regularly spraying disinfectant around poultry farms.In May 2005, Thai officials declared the country free of the H5N1 virus, but more poultry outbreaks were reported the following July, and new human cases emerged in the fall.See also:Jul 7 OIE report on avian influenza in Spainhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpJun 21 CIDRAP News article “Further tests show no avian flu in Canadian flock”Jul 3 OIE report on avian influenza in South Africahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpAug 6, 2004, CIDRAP News article “Avian flu hits ostriches in South Africa”May 5, 2005, CIDRAP News article on Thailand’s avian flu battlehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/may0505avflu.html
The Sea Star Festival was nominated for the best European festival, and it is also a record eighth nomination for Exit festivals.This year’s Sea Star Festival, with its second edition, along with improved production, delighted both fans of top entertainment and the performers themselves, who enjoyed Umag during May.And the fact that the Croatian member of the EXIT festival family won the nomination for the “festival Oscars” this year speaks for itself. European Festival Awards (EFA) are considered one of the most prestigious awards in the festival industry, and Sea Star has once again been nominated in the category of best festival for up to 40.000 visitors a day.The current holder of the title for the best major European festival, EXIT, previously won the grand prix award for 2013, while Exit’s Sea Dance Festival, which takes place in Montenegro, won the award for the best festival for up to 40.000 visitors in 2014, and this year alone Exit festivals have a total of eight nominations at the upcoming European Festival Awards.This year’s nomination for Sea Star has already repeated the success from last year, when the festival, after its premiere, was nominated in the same category, but also in the category of the best new festival. In addition to Sea Star, two other festivals organized by the EXIT team, Budva’s Sea Dance, Romania’s Revolution, and Georgia’s Echowaves, which is supported by the EXIT team, are competing for the “Best Festival of up to 40.000 visitors a day” award.Echowaves was also nominated for the best new festival, which means that in competition with the Bosnian Festival 84, which, after the first edition of the festival, won three nominations, in the categories for best new festival, best festival up to 10.000 visitors a day, as well as best indoor festival. EXIT, as the winner of the grand prix award, according to the propositions of the competition this year must pause and give a chance to other festivals to win the title, and will participate in EFA in at least two special categories, “Take a Stand” for social activism and “Brand Activation Award” , for the best corporate activation at the festival.Sea Star is fighting for the title with other European festivals such as Sea Dance, Revolution, Echowaves, Balaton, Electric Castle, Melt and others, and with the votes of an expert jury made up of prominent individuals in the music industry, audience voices around the world will decide final placement of this year’s candidates. Voting for the European Festival Awards began on Thursday and will run until November 30, and the winners will be announced at the award ceremony in Groningen, the Netherlands on January 16, 2019.In addition to two consecutive nominations at the European Festival Awards, Sea Star is last year’s winner of the Capra D’Oro Award given by the Istria County Tourist Board for its contribution to the promotion of Istria, as well as the Ambassador Award for Best New Festival in 2017.RELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON LONG AGO UNDERSTANDS THAT THE MOTIVE OF ARRIVAL IS NOT ACCOMMODATION, BUT THE CONTENT IN THE DESTINATIONSEA STAR FESTIVAL GENERATES MORE THAN 60 MILLION HRK TOURIST CONSUMPTION
“We have no plan, and the City should have it. For an organized size such as a city or county or state, and in the age in which we live, a development plan must exist. If it does not exist, then it is irresponsible behavior towards the city, citizens and the state. The development program must be made for a minimum of eight and a maximum of 10 years, because every incoming city council should have an inherited plan.”, Said Miličić and added that he believes that citizens should have insight into it, as well as the right to express their views on it. He also stressed that Split must develop elite tourism, and not, as he put it, “Zimmer frei” tourism. As part of the seminar, a panel was held on the topic “On the edge: Does Split exist after tourism” with the participation of Jakša Miličić, former mayor of Split, during whose mandate the city experienced great demographic expansion and realized several major projects important for the city Babić, art historian, former rector of the University of Split and the initiator of numerous public and cultural initiatives. The GradOdrasta initiative was created after a group of architects and urban planners, at the invitation of the Zagreb Architecture Salon, made a detailed analysis of the state of space in Split for presentation at the 53rd Zagreb Architecture Salon in 2018. The analysis resulted in a map called Disaster map, which is a set of data on communal, spatial and urban facts about the city of Split, and which was presented at the seminar City on the brink of disaster 2018. A three-day seminar for architects, urban planners and activists “City on the brink of disaster 19” was held in Split this weekend, organized to network active citizens and professionals and exchange knowledge and experiences related to the healthy development of the city, Slobodna Dalmacija reports. The interlocutors discussed contemporary social developments and the long-term consequences that unplanned and devastating aspects of tourism will have on the city. With the experience of another season that brought chaos in traffic, social and economic form, the panel raised the question of whether there is an option in which Split will survive everything that has happened to it in recent years. Referring to the degradation of urban space and the environment of the city in which we live, work and create, the initiative through various activities seeks to make citizens aware of the right (and necessity) to be involved in spatial planning processes, equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge to respond in a timely manner. “Split pushes the boundaries of what is conceivable, real, legal and surreal in its spatial development on an almost daily basis. Our starting point is to problematize the complete dependence of Split on the growth of tourism, as well as a kind of decadence in which the city falls, completely leaving the quality of life to the urban element, “she said. on behalf of the organizer Antonija Kuzmanić. Source / photo: Free Dalmatia; A city on the brink of disaster 19
From now on, the palette of original Krk souvenirs will be richer for: Gla gla, an educational wooden puzzle with the Glagolitic alphabet (Ana Banić Göttlicher and Ivana Peko, 4N4 Design doo), wall decoration with a portrait of St. Jakov (Miriam Volarić), wall decoration with a portrait of St. Kvirina (Miriam Volarić), the contour of the island of Krk with the three-letter text “I ♥ Krk” made of biodegradable plastic – 3D print (Nela and Zlatko Šakić, Crafts for services 3Design Šanell), the facade of the church of St. Jakov with the three-letter word “Krk” made of biodegradable plastic – 3D print (Nela and Zlatko Sakic, Crafts for services 3Design Chanel), three-letter puzzle made of biodegradable plastic – 3D print (Nela and Zlatko Sakic, Crafts for services 3Design Chanel), Bag with treasure, more precisely wooden jewelry inspired by saintly legends (Smiljka Franić and Kristina Ladika), glass wall decoration with Glagolitic motif (Tomislava Juroš and Antonija Juroš Vidmar, Atelier TIAS), glass pendant with Glagolitic motif Atelier TIAS), Plate of Lost Time, ceramic decorative tray (Zvjezdana Depikolzvane, Craft for production and trade Piccola Stella) and Lovrine suze, ceramic decorative plate (Zvjezdana Depikolzvane, Craft for production and trade Piccola Stella). The ninth competition, which focused on the cultural and tourist values of the city and the island of Krk, with an emphasis on accepting the creative challenges initiated by the lives of saints related to our region, their specific iconography and related symbolism, arrived in total 18 suggestions, in 11 of them has successfully met the tender criteria. Namely, the souvenir, as a kind of present of the city and the island of Krk, is a reflection of the continuity of its artistic, cultural, cultural-historical or cultural heritage, and in various ways presents its tangible, intangible or natural heritage. In mid-January, the Tourist Board of the City of Krk announced the ninth competition for applications for souvenirs that received a certificate of originality after the selection, so the island of Krk now has 11 new authentic souvenirs. “Considering all the souvenirs selected so far, which are distinguished from the rest of the offer by originality, authenticity, thoughtful concept and perhaps most of all the quality of workmanship, the people of Krk and their guests have at their disposal a whole range of works of art, various decorative and / or useful objects. and interesting publications ” stand out from the Krka Tourist Board. The new Krk souvenirs will be awarded a recognizable stamp with a prominent bilingual password A gift from Krk, and will be included in the digital bilingual catalog which in one place, with a photo and contact information of the manufacturer / author, combines the entire certified souvenir offer. Take a look at the digital catalog of souvenirs Dar s Krka HERE
Interestingly, the data show that this year those who like to travel mostly avoid last-minute vacations. Compared to the previous year, this type of vacation lost an average of 89,93% of searches. City or city break trips also suffer from a drop in interest due to the pandemic, and record a search loss of 77,85%. Austrians also love to relax. With a growth of 30,68% since the summer of 2019, wellness holidays are the number 2 most popular types of holidays in Austria. Third place went to travel to cultural and other attractions, with a growth of 14,5%. Demand for hotels fell, while demand for holiday homes rose by more than half. Focus on active vacation and wellness “The data from the research show that the Austrians showed the greatest demand for domestic travel, which put Austria as the destination in first place in terms of demand. The great news is that Croatia took second place in terms of demand, which is an excellent result in these circumstances, while Germany took third place. It is also important to note that no other country outside the DACH region has recorded a positive increase in holiday demand as Croatia. “, he pointed out Branimir Tončinić, adding that the demand for hotels in the Austrian market has fallen this year, and the demand for accommodation in holiday homes has increased. The volume of hotel searches decreased among Austrians (-18,07%), while accommodation such as holiday homes, apartments and houseboats increased by 13-26%. Holiday homes are the absolute winners, both in this research and on the Croatian market this year. It’s about the results of an online booking platform survey Travelcircus on changes in the travel habits of tourists due to the coronary virus pandemic from the DACH region, ie Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The interest and demand of Germans, Austrians and Swiss for travel to Croatia in 2020 is at least 50 percent higher than the year before, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Austria Branimir Tončinić. According to the results of this research, in 2020, interest in travel to Croatia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland increased, while some countries competing with Croatia also performed worse. Namely, in the entire DACH region, interest in Spain and Italy fell by 10 percent, and only in Austria did the demand for Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway fall by more than 30 percent compared to 2019. Guests from Austria this year were more looking for an active holiday. According to the survey, in June and July 2019, Austrians searched an average of 13.835 times for a combination of an “amusement park” and a tourist destination; and in the summer of 2020, there were 23.040 searches of the same search. This corresponds to a growth of 66,53%, and compared to 2017, an impressive 185,68% growth can be seen. The data clearly speaks of a trend that has been growing for years, and now, at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, it has further jumped out and accelerated development for quality facilities, not just the sun and the sea. See the entire research in the attachment: Travelcircus / SO VERÄNDERT CORONA UNSER REISEVERHALTEN
It’s easier to believe a lie than to understand a complicated truth, but the sales tax agreement between Schenectady County and the city of Schenectady guarantees Glenville $1,791,594.42 (2016 Apportioned) plus another $850,182.67 (2016 Tax Abatement) or about 41 percent of Glenville’s total tax levy.This means that property taxes in the Glenville would be 41 percent higher without Schenectady County’s intervention and willingness to partner with local governments to keep property taxes down.Mr. Koetzle’s comparison of Schenectady County to only Saratoga is like comparing apples to avocados.The facts show us that of the 57 counties outside of New York City, the average percentage that is shared is 26.02 percent.The median shared is 27.5 percent. Schenectady is above both the median and average, sharing 33.73 percent with others.A 2015 report by the state comptroller indicates 31 shared less than Schenectady — while 11 shared no sales tax revenue at all.Saratoga County, with four times the land, greater property values and higher household incomes but with far less mandated costs, fares better than most upstate counties and is unique in terms of service demands. Schenectady County looks more like the other upstate counties with cities.In his article, Mr. Koetzle said his costs are “unsustainable,” meaning he can’t balance his budget without increasing taxes.He blames the tax cap for his woes claiming he needs new sources of revenue since he can’t raise property taxes beyond the cap without subjecting himself and his board to the wrath of angry taxpayers.If only the same were true of his ever-increasing salary — four raises in four years, with another raise proposed in his budget this year!The tax cap was enacted to put local governments on a diet, not to send supervisors scurrying around trying to usurp additional sources of tax revenue so they can keep spending while appearing to stay under the cap.One should ask residents of Scotia why they now unfairly pay more in town taxes for town services than town residents outside the village.The new reality in governing today is doing more with less. Schenectady County has taken the lead and is saving taxpayers money by sharing services and enacting cost-saving reforms that benefit all of our taxpayers — including those in Glenville.From paving roads in Princetown to purchasing prescription drugs in Canada, new solar energy projects and a consolidated economic development generator, these successes have been instrumental in keeping your county taxes in check – averaging well below the cap with a 0 percent increase in 2017 and a 1 percent decrease for 2018.This is exactly what the governor and Legislature envisioned.Mr. Koetzle urges voters to find out how candidates stand on his “bailout plan.”The question to ask should be why would any responsible candidate support a “bailout plan” that reduces town taxes by raising county taxes.We would all like our costs paid for by higher levels of government, but that’s not realistic.The Koetzle Plan doesn’t make sense because at the end of the day, it all comes out of the same pocket – yours! Categories: Editorial, OpinionGlenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle’s appeal for a sales tax bailout from Schenectady County is more of the same outdated tax-and-spend politics that has burdened his town’s taxpayers for years. If you believe good government is good politics, then the time for gimmicks, finger-pointing and politics-as-usual has passed.When governments work together — we all win with lower taxes and better services.Schenectady County has been and will continue to be a willing partner to our local municipalities.Wimpy says in those old Popeye cartoons, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”As a taxpayer myself, I’ll take the tax cut today versus the “bailout plan” that may cut my taxes next Tuesday any day of the week.Anthony Jasenski is chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature. He represents District 4, which includes Duanesburg, Princetown and Rotterdam.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On Nov. 7, residents of Saratoga Springs will vote on a proposed new charter, replacing the century-old mayor-commissioner system with an unelected city manager to run the city.Since 2001, a number of attempts to change the commission form of government have been rejected decisively by the voters. By now, most of the arguments pro and con have become familiar and even hackneyed.The commission form of government has its flaws, to be sure. It can be creaky and cumbersome.The members of the charter review committee are well-intentioned and thoughtful. But they are looking at the proposed new charter through rose-colored glasses. A city manager will not solve all the city’s problems, and it will bring new and unnecessary risks to city government as well.Several excellent ideas from the committee — a much-needed salary increase for the mayor, an annual external audit—could easily be implemented by the current council without requiring a city manager.Eleven members of the charter review committee have voted to propose a change in the charter. But now, the decision is in the hands of the city’s nearly 18,000 voters, as it should be.Think carefully about what we are as a city and what we want to become. Maybe instead of the promised utopia, a charter change will make us a lot more like other, less desirable, places to live.Kenneth KlotzSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
The ones that she’s able to save depend on the number of foster homes she has, and right now CDHA is in desperate need of kind, compassionate and able people to fill the void.Are you a kind, compassionate, tolerant dog lover who could help them?So many of us have so much to be grateful for, and this is one way to give back for all that we have been blessed with.If you can help, you can go to CDHA.com or contact Jennifer Politis at 518-664-3450 or 518-369-4482.Martha WinstenGansevoortMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere are so many little dogs on death row at this moment. The head of the Capital District Humane Association (CDHA), Jennifer Politis receives pictures of these desperate little dogs, who just have a day or so left unless Jennifer is able to let the shelter holding them know that she will be able to rescue them from certain death.