Croatia awarded in China as the most desirable new tourist destination

first_imgAccording to the decision of the readers of the Chinese edition of Travel + Leisure magazine, Croatia was awarded in the category of the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018.Award ceremony China Travel Awards – World Best Awards was held in Shanghai, in the presence of diplomatic representatives, representatives of tourist boards, hotels, tour operators and airlines, each in their own category awarded by this famous magazine read by more than a million people in China.She has received the award, which has been awarded for 12 years Pearl Fabrio Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the People’s Republic of China. The competition for the most desirable new destination was organized during the second half of last year, and readers chose a new destination that they intend to visit as soon as possible. In addition to Croatia, which was selected in the category of European destinations, the awards were also won by Argentina, Tahiti and Myanmar, while the best “old” destinations were Australia, Japan and Thailand.The director of the CNTB Head Office, Kristjan Staničić, also commented on the award, emphasizing that this is the first award of this type that Croatia has received on the Chinese market.  “We are extremely pleased with the award, especially in the year that has been declared the EU-China tourist year. The award also confirms the excellent potential of Croatia as a tourist destination in the large and extremely important Chinese market. This is a confirmation of our assessments and decisions to strengthen Croatia’s presence in China through the implementation of additional promotional activities, but also through the opening of the CNTB office in Shanghai. We are encouraged by the results from last year, during which we achieved high double-digit increases in tourist traffic from the Chinese market, 57 percent in arrivals and 48 percent in overnight stays. “, he said director Staničić, adding that Croatia is ready for a larger arrival of Chinese tourists who are not exclusively motivated by coming to Croatia because of the sun and the sea, but especially appreciate our natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage.Chinese Travel + Leisure is part of the American Travel + Leisure magazine owned by Time Inc. groups. According to the magazine’s director Diggle Tian as many as 70 percent of Chinese tourists who will travel abroad this year still do not know exactly which destination to choose for their trip.last_img read more

Dr Carmen Chan – Assisted dying’s inequity problem

first_imgNewsRoom 11 September 2020Family First Comment: “If you had asked me as a medical student some years ago, I would have told you that I supported the proposed End of Life Choice Act. We put down our animals when they are suffering. Who’s to say that we can’t have the right to control how we end our own lives when we live with a terminal illness? But now as a practising clinician, I have many doubts about the proposed law on euthanasia. The conversation is much more complex and nuanced than what you’ll commonly read in the media – which is why I feel the need to speak out…“..Euthanasia is an equity problem. It broadens the gap in health outcomes for those already having trouble getting fair access to care – for example, Māori and Pacific populations, rural communities, those impoverished and anyone already marginalised by the healthcare system. For me, it’s obvious who would be more likely to opt to end their lives early through euthanasia because they cannot access the medical care and support that they need. We need to think very carefully about what this legislation might end up doing… Rather than endorsing euthanasia, I want to call upon our government to strengthen palliative care, social services and support systems.Emergency medicine resident medical officer Carmen Chan shares her concerns about euthanasia as an equity problem and explains how it broadens the gap in health outcomes for those already having trouble getting fair access to careI’m awake at 5am and writing this before my shift starts. As a doctor, euthanasia weighs on my mind. Death’s not an easy topic to broach but we need to start talking about it – now. In a few weeks, along with voting in a government, we’ll be making some hefty decisions around how we approach the end of life as a society.If you had asked me as a medical student some years ago, I would have told you that I supported the proposed End of Life Choice Act. We put down our animals when they are suffering. Who’s to say that we can’t have the right to control how we end our own lives when we live with a terminal illness? But now as a practising clinician, I have many doubts about the proposed law on euthanasia. The conversation is much more complex and nuanced than what you’ll commonly read in the media – which is why I feel the need to speak out.I have witnessed many deaths. I have watched my own grandmother die in ICU, and my uncle die from end stage lung cancer. I have seen people dying on the wards, and I have seen the results of botched attempts at suicide in the emergency department.Being called to certify the death of someone who has been long suffering through an illness, knowing that they have finally passed away and are no longer suffering is sometimes a relief. Watching someone die can be really hard. By the time someone is at their deathbed – agonal breathing and unconscious, the most difficult thing in the world is being the loved one sitting at the bedside watching it all happen. But think carefully. Who are we most benefiting with this legislation? We need our minds and our hearts open: euthanasia is an irreversible procedure.I’ve seen this happen: Reginald* is diagnosed with end-stage lung cancer in Auckland. He is rapidly linked with an oncologist, referred to palliative care doctors and they help him to arrange his plans. They offer counselling, arrange family meetings, help him sort out his affairs, and arrange for him to have a hospital-in-the-home bed and oxygen kit. When he reaches his final days, there’s a clear Advanced Care Plan organised with Reginald for when to withdraw active treatment. Medicine is used only to ease his discomfort and pain.A palliative care team or his GP visit him regularly at hospice or at home to make sure that his needs are met. If during that process where his breathing makes home too hard to manage, he can choose to be admitted to hospice to be cared for by nurses for respite so that his family can rest. His needs and comfort are the priority until the day he dies. This is palliative care.Dr Carmen Chan is a full time resident medical officer currently working in the country’s emergency frontline services.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Zambian singer Chama Fumba arrested over song that ‘mocks’ President Lungu

first_imgMusician Chama Fumba, alias Pilato, has been arrested for conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. Mr Fumba arrived at Lusaka Central Police station around 11:15 hours yesterday in the company of his lawyers, Marshal Mucende and Kabesha Mulilo ahead of interrogations.The song in question is a remix of the legendary Nashil Pischen Kazembe’s Aphiri Anabwela, but featuring Pilato’s lyrics which call President Lungu “a drunk,” among several other ‘insults’.He was questioned for close to an hour before a warn and caution statement was recorded from him and an arrest effected. Lusaka Province police chief Charity Katanga said Mr Fumba was charged with conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. “Yes, I can confirm that Fumba ,31, has been arrested and detained by police following summons issued to him, for now he would be detained in custody until he meets the bond conditions,” Ms Katanga said.Mr Fumba was detained in connection with the production of a song entitled, ALungu Anabwela, alleged to have defamed President Edgar Lungu and vexed some sections of the public.Fumba faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison or a fine if found guilty. read more

Why Nigeria couldn’t excel at Women’s World Cup – Uchendu

first_img “Football is all about understanding and team cohesion,” Uchendu told Kick442. “I think if the Super Falcons should play more Grade A friendly games with tough teams (countries) before major competitions like the World Cup, it will help the players have more understanding of each other and it will bring cohesion in the team. “Most importantly, the team will get better exposed to playing tough teams almost what they should expect in these major competitions.” Nigeria are without a substantive coach and yet to regroup since crashing for the third time in a row from the 2020 African Olympic qualifiers in October last year. Read Also:Super Falcons striker signs for Minsk They will face Togo or Niger in the second round of the African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers in June as they aim to claim the continental crown for the fourth time in a row later this year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chinaza Uchendu believes Nigeria’s below-par performance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup is due to a lack of team cohesion. Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWorld’s Most Delicious Foods7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Absurd Ideas That Made Their Inventors Millions In the build-up to the showpiece event last year, Nigeria played 14 warm-up games between January to June, including the Chinese Invitational, Cyprus Women’s Cup, Wafu Women’s Cup and Canada. After claiming a ninth African title in 2018, the Super Falcons progressed to the knockout stage for the second time in history on their eighth appearance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Despite reaching the Round of 16 last year, the West African giants bowed out of the competition after a 3-0 thrashing against Germany. And the Sporting Braga midfielder feels the team’s inability to impress could also be hugely blamed on the lack of regular grade-A warm-up games before major tournaments.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Casey’s Cuts Ribbon in Milan

first_imgThe convenience store chain has over 2,000 locations in 17 states, and officially cut the ribbon on their new Milan store Friday morning.  In addition to fuel, candy and tobacco products, Casey’s General Store is known for their fresh-made pizza and subs.last_img

Gov. Zulum approves recruitment of 84 doctors, 365 nurses, others

first_imgRelatedPosts Buhari mourns Emir of Biu Insurgency: WAEC conducts exams in Chibok schools after six years Fuel, electricity cost hike: We won’t condone any protest — Borno Police Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has approved the recruitment of 84 doctors, 45 pharmacists and 365 nurses as part of measures to enhance healthcare delivery in the state.Zulum made this known in Maiduguri on Monday after a meeting with officials of the state’s Ministry of Health, heads of healthcare agencies, unions and other stakeholders. He said: “In order to provide affordable and quality healthcare delivery to residents of  Borno, government has approved the appointment of 365 nurses and midwives.”About 50 of them were recruited on contract basis and the rest are fresh graduates of College of Nursing and Midwifery.“In relation to this, we have directed the recruitment of 84 doctors, 45 pharmacists and other 100 supporting staff.”Zulum said his administration would commence payment of stipends to students of Nursing and Midwifery, who would enter contract with the government to be employed after graduation.The governor said his administration would be employing 135 nurses and midwives annually. Zulum said the mandate given to the state college of nursing and midwifery was to admit 200 students annually.He assured that his administration was committed to adequately equipping the school with needed facilities to deliver.He said: “Another milestone achievement we want to make is to ensure construction of doctors, nurses and midwives’ quarters.“We shall increase the capacity of the general hospital and other hospitals in the state with a view to providing the needed healthcare delivery in the state.”The governor urged all stakeholders in the health sector to monitor the efficacy of all the administration’s programmes being implemented for maximum result. Tags: Babagana ZulumBorno Statehealthcare agenciesMaidugurilast_img read more

Koeman: It’s a two-team title race

first_img The Dutchman has led Saints to second place in the Barclays Premier League after replacing Mauricio Pochettino over the summer, with a number of his recruits already starting to make names for themselves in the division. Graziano Pelle was brought in from Koeman’s former club Feyernoord and, as well as scoring on his Italy debut, he has notched six league goals and picked up the player of the month award for September. Dusan Tadic has arguably had an even better start, with the Serbia winger up for the October award having starred in the 8-0 demolition of Sunderland. Leicester are the visitors to the south coast on Saturday before a tough run of fixtures that will see Koeman’s side face Man City, Arsenal and Manchester United in the space of eight days. Reigning champions City are currently third in the table with runaway leaders Chelsea looking almost unstoppable, but Koeman believes his Southampton charges could deal blows to either side’s title hopes, even if Saints cannot last the pace to challenge for the crown. “I think it is a two-team race because I still believe that City and Chelsea are stronger over the whole season,” he said. “In one game I think we can beat them but over the whole season normally they are much stronger than us. “We know our situation and we know our ambitions but we live game by game, and it is not important and not necessary to look more forward because, in my opinion, that is not the best way to be successful. “Of course we would like to continue in the good direction the club has been going in the last three or four years. The next step is playing in Europe, we know that. “It is a dream for the club and a dream for the fans. We have to do it but I have confidence that we can reach that.” Ronald Koeman believes his Southampton side has the beating of Chelsea and Manchester City – but only over 90 minutes and not the course of a season. Press Association The Foxes travel to St Mary’s having lost four of their last five matches and without a win since their famous 5-3 victory over Man United. But, with a stern test to come in the run-in to Christmas, Koeman believes Nigel Pearson’s men will still prove a threat. “We know our schedule for the month of December and the end of November and we will have a tough week at the start of December, but we look forward to that,” he said. “It gives us the possibilities to play well and see what we can do against the big ones, but the first one we have to play is this weekend against Leicester and maybe that is more difficult than playing Man City.” Other than long-term injury absentee Jay Rodriguez, Koeman has a fully-fit squad at his disposal for the weekend and the former Barcelona midfielder believes current form, which has seen Southampton win 10 of their last 11 fixtures in all competitions, is key as no player wants to miss out on such a run. “The team and the players are still in good shape, we don’t have injuries. The team is fit and full of confidence,” said Koeman. “We had a good pre-season, that is important, and we have time between the weekends to do training sessions because we don’t play European football. “We are winning, that is the most important motivation to be in a good shape in a physical way because it is easier to keep going.” last_img read more

Pulis reveals clear the air talks

first_img Press Association Cole was poised to join Albion on transfer-deadline day having agreed terms and passed a medical, with the Hammers in turn ready to seal a move for another strker in Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham. But as that deal fell through at the last minute, so West Ham pulled the plug on Cole linking up with Pulis at The Hawthorns. Less than two weeks later, Cole is now likely to figure for West Ham in Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash at Albion “That’s the way it spins at times,” said Pulis, who then confirmed the exact nature of what transpired between the two clubs over Cole. “There was never a deal to be done unless West Ham agreed to it, which was right through to the last minutes of the negotiations. “West Ham had said right from the start – they were very up front and very honest – they had to bring someone in before they would let Carlton go, and we understood that. “Both clubs thought it was going to be done at one stage, but it wasn’t, which is no fault of West Ham’s whatsoever. “David Sullivan even called our chairman (Peace) and spoke to him, and that shows you how disappointed both parties were. “But there was never any secret as to what the situation was. If they (West Ham) had brought someone in Carlton would have been available. “If they didn’t he was going back, which was made clear, so that was fine.” Assessing Cole’s merits, Pulis added: “I’ve always thought he’s a good player who gives you different options. “On his day he’s a handful, whilst his goalscoring record – when he plays – is decent. For us, he would have been different to what we have.” Pulis, meanwhile, has confirmed he will be “going flat out” for a win that will give Albion a place in the sixth round for the first time since 2008. Pulis said: “In the context of the season the priority is obviously to stay in the Premier League, but we also want to do well in the Cup. “Sam (Allardyce) will also know how important this game is for West Ham, who are bringing up 5,000 supporters. That’s how important it is to that football club. “We’ve sold over 15,000 and we need to sell another 3,000 to 4,000 because the last thing we want is to play at The Hawthorns where we’ve the away support making more noise than the home support. “Fingers crossed we can get close to a full house and make it a real Cup atmosphere.” With Darren Fletcher cup tied, Chris Brunt is again handed the captain’s armband after losing the honour to the midfielder following his deadline-day arrival from Manchester United. Striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt with a groin strain, whilst midfielder Callum McManaman may only figure on the bench after being withdrawn before the hour mark of Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Swansea with a knock. Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill may play after recently recovering from a finger injury, whilst midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is available again following his recent exploits with Democratic Republic of Congo in the African Nations Cup. West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has revealed clear-the-air talks were held between West Ham chairman David Sullivan and Baggies counterpart Jeremy Peace following the recent collapse of a deal for Carlton Cole. last_img read more

Two NY Cats Become Country’s First Pets to Test Positive for Coronavirus

first_imgTwo domestic cats in New York have apparently become the first pets in the country to test positive for the novel coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Wednesday.The USDA adds that very few animals around the world have become infected. Most of those that have tested positive were in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.According to the agency’s statement, both cats had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery. They live in separate parts of the state.Officials explain that a vet tested the first cat after it began showing mild respiratory signs. No individuals in that household were confirmed to have the virus.However, the report adds that the virus may have been transmitted to the cat by mildly ill or asymptomatic household members or by contact with an infected person outside its home.As for the second cat, the USDA says samples were also taken after it showed signs of respiratory illness. The owner of that cat had already tested positive for COVID-19 beforehand. Another cat in the same household has shown no signs of illness to date.At this time, state animal health and public health officials do not recommend routine testing of animals.“Public health officials are still learning about SARS-CoV-2, but there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States,” wrote the USDA. “Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals, including pets, could be affected.”For now, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:-Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.-Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.-Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.-Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.In addition, USDA asks individuals who are or may be infected to restrict their contact with pets and other animals:-When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.-Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.-If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts a ‘pillar’ as baseball tries to rebuild African Americans’ interest

first_img Houston Astros management, hotel guests get into heated argument after World Series Game 1, police say World Series Game 3: Dodgers at Astros, lineups, starting pitchers, TV info Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Dave Roberts has no regrets, but did Astros seize momentum going into Game 3? “This is an opportunity to have another pillar, another example, to say, ‘You can be a future Dave Roberts if you put in the work.’ ” The Dodgers’ and Astros’ 25-man World Series rosters reflect the trend. The Dodgers have no African American players, the Astros two, outfielders George Springer, who is biracial, and Cameron Maybin. Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson did not make the World Series roster; outfielder Andrew Toles was injured early in the season.“Where are the role models for young African American athletes?” said Terry Cannon, executive director of the Baseball Reliquary, a Pasadena-based historical and cultural organization, and the Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College. “All of the role models are in basketball and football. There are very few Dave Roberts to look up to if you’re an African American kid living in Los Angeles.”Cannon said that if Jackie Robinson, who died in 1972, were alive today and saw the shrinking numbers of African Americans in baseball, he’d be disappointed. Worse, Cannon said, if Robinson, who was a multi-sport star at Pasadena’ Muir High and at UCLA, were deciding on his athletic future today, he quite likely would choose football or basketball over baseball. Just like huge numbers of black athletes who have spurned MLB for the NFL and NBA.To illustrate what baseball loses as talented African American athletes switch to other sports: From 1955 to 1995, more than 40 percent of the two major leagues’ Most Valuable Player awards were won by African Americans, including 15 Hall of Famers. From 2008 to 2016, one of 18 MVP awards went to an African American (the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutcheon in 2013).Unlike 30 years ago, when Dodgers General Manager Al Campanis’ remarks on “Nightline” drew attention to racist attitudes in baseball, explanations for low African American presence in baseball now focus less on discrimination than on economic and cultural factors that discourage inner city kids. Space for ball fields is scarce in inner cities. It costs more to sign a young athlete up for baseball than for other sports. Colleges offer fewer scholarships for baseball. (Roberts himself began his UCLA baseball career as a non-scholarship walk-on.) Players drafted receive lower signing bonuses, and often spend years in the minor leagues before earning big-league money.Comedian Chris Rock, a baseball fan, has said the game doesn’t appeal to young black players because it’s too “old-fashioned and stuck in the past” and discourages celebrations.Some of that is outside Major League Baseball’s control. But MLB is trying to turn the tide with youth programs such as Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and Compton-based Urban Youth Academy, and management diversity programs.“It’s not a problem we can solve overnight,” said Renée Tirado, MLB’s vice president of talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion. “We didn’t get here overnight.”Roberts serves on the advisory board of MLB’s Diversity Pipeline Program. And Tirado said Roberts also can serve baseball’s diversity cause by winning the World Series.“This is an opportunity,” Tirado said, “to have another pillar, another example, to say, ‘You can be a future Dave Roberts if you put in the work.’ ”Cannon agreed. Up to a point.“His success would be wonderful,” he said. “But the fact is it’s just one person.” World Series guest analyst: Dodgers vs. Astros, Game 3 center_img Roberts’ restraint on the tricky topic does not diminish the significance of his role in the Dodgers’ run to the World Series, which continues Friday in Houston with the Dodgers and Astros tied at a game apiece. As Dave Roberts consistently played his cards right in guiding the Dodgers to the National League pennant, there was one card he declined to play. The race card.Roberts, whose father was African American and mother is Japanese, has avoided controversy about racial issues during his two seasons as Dodgers manager, celebrating his place in the team’s history of ethnic barrier-breaking but offering only measured public comments on racial issues like Boston fans’ taunting of a black player last spring and professional athletes’ “take a knee” protests this summer and fall.Asked this week about his racial distinctions, Roberts said it’s “very meaningful” for him to “represent a lot of people,” but said he’s trying not to think about what a World Series victory would mean in racial terms until after it’s won.Related Articles — Renée Tirado, Major League Baseball’s vice president of talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion If the Dodgers go on to win the best-of-seven-game series, Roberts will be the second African American manager to win a World Series (after Cito Gaston of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993) and the first Asian American manager to win baseball’s championship. Maybe most surprising, Roberts is currently the only African American manager in Major League Baseball (since Dusty Baker was fired by the Washington Nationals on Oct. 20).This makes Roberts a rightful heir to the Dodgers’ long line of culturally important stars: Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line in 1947 and touched off the then-Brooklyn Dodgers’ most successful decade; Sandy Koufax, a source of pride to Jewish fans as the most spectacular pitcher of the 1960s; Fernando Valenzuela, the franchise’s long-sought Mexican fan draw and an inspiration for its 1981 title; and Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park, respectively the major leagues’ first established Japanese import and first South Korea-born player.It also makes the 45-year-old former outfielder a potential hero at a time when baseball is trying to reverse a decline in participation by African Americans over the past two decades, during which the percentage of African American players on MLB rosters has shrunk from about 17 percent in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s to less than 8 percent this season, and the number of black executives in baseball front offices remain tiny. Dodgers will see plenty of curveballs from Astros’ Lance McCullers in Game 3 last_img read more