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November 2020

Wisconsin election results 2020: Joe Biden apparent winner

first_img– Advertisement – Joe Biden is the apparent winner in Wisconsin, according to an NBC News projection, flipping a state that President Donald Trump had won in 2016.Wisconsin has 10 Electoral College votes. As of Wednesday afternoon, NBC showed Biden leading Trump by approximately 21,000 votes. Approximately 3.2 million individual votes were cast for Biden and Trump. Trump won the swing state by less than a percentage point in 2016, ending Wisconsin’s seven-election streak of backing Democratic candidates.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The Trump campaign said earlier in the day Wednesday that it plans to request a formal recount in the state, claiming that there were “irregularities” during the vote. The definition of an Apparent Winner is that NBC News has projected that a candidate has won the race, but the results are close enough that the outcome may depend on a potential recount and/or confirmation that the results that have been reported are accurate.This is breaking news. Check back for updates. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wis., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.Carolyn Kaster | APlast_img read more

We’ll Get There – The New York Times

first_imgI do not expect this to happen. The realistic takeaway from all this math? Right now, it is going to be much easier for Mr. Biden to win than Mr. Trump. I suspect that tonight you just want to know what every American wants to know: Who is going to win this thing?With Wisconsin and Michigan moving into Joe Biden’s column this afternoon, the road to 270 electoral votes is getting narrower for President Trump.As of 8:45 p.m. Eastern time, Mr. Biden had 253 electoral voters, while President Trump had 214. Seventy-one remained on the map. Three of those are in Alaska, which are likely to go to Mr. Trump. For the sake of the scenarios we’re about to lay out, let’s just assume Alaska falls in his column.That leaves five states up for grabs: Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.For Mr. Trump, there is no getting around a simple mathematical fact: To win, he must nab Pennsylvania. But that state alone isn’t enough. To reach 270, Mr. Trump must pick up Georgia and two additional states.So a Trump win looks something like this: Pa. + Ga. + two of Ariz., Nev. & N.C.For Mr. Biden, the math is much easier. He needs 17 more electoral votes. So, if he wins Pennsylvania, the race is over. He can also reach 270 by winning two of the other four states.A Biden win looks like one of these scenarios: Just Pa. OR two of Ariz, Nev., N.C. & Ga.Now, there’s one other possibility. Frankly, I hesitate to even mention it because it’s very unlikely but also very likely to make you reach for another glass of wine.Let’s call it the OMG scenario. If Mr. Trump wins Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and North Carolina and Mr. Biden takes Georgia … we have a tie.Yes, a tie. 269 to 269. Our founders in all their infinite wisdom created a system that wound up with an even number of total electoral votes. Yay! – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Remember when I told you to exhale? I think that was yesterday, though time has folded into an electoral map.Well, are you still breathing? Good.It’s been a rough day. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve panic-refreshed our screens and we’ve eaten a whole lot of gummy worms. (Wait, is that just me?) … SeriouslyI mean, uh, the election?Thanks for reading. On Politics is your guide to the political news cycle, delivering clarity from the chaos.On Politics is also available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.Is there anything you think we’re missing? Anything you want to see more of? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at [email protected] But, just for a minute, let’s look at the situation in a slightly different way: Democracy is messy, but so far it seems to be working.At least 159.8 million Americans cast ballots, according to a projection by NBC News, which would amount to the highest turnout rate since 1900. Votes are being counted. Carefully. And we may know who our next president is within days, if not earlier.Like I said, take a breath.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – We want to hear from our readers. Have a question? We’ll try to answer it. Have a comment? We’re all ears. Email us at [email protected] have a lot to offerDo you want to know Senate results? House results? Presidential vote counting?We are here for all your election needs, with maps, analysis and a steady stream of breaking news updates. And that’s not all! We’re tracking misinformation. Visually documenting how Americans are processing the uncertainty. There’s even a flow chart of all the ways either candidate can win the White House. Come join the (sleepless!) party at nytimes.com.And remember: Your subscription supports all the work we do. If you haven’t already, I sure hope you will think about subscribing today. Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host.Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday.last_img read more

Scotland book England showdown at Euro 2020

first_imgIt’s been 22 years in the making but Scotland have finally done it – and a showdown with England awaits at next summer’s European Championship.- Advertisement –last_img

The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year

first_img– Advertisement – She said there’s a term used in academic circles to describe what happens when students like hers bring new knowledge home for the holiday: the Thanksgiving massacre.“You come home armed with this information about how the world works,” Dr. Julier said, “and then you come back to your professors and say, ‘Well, that didn’t go well.’”Indigenous studies is growing increasingly popular in academia, particularly among scholars whose work sits, as Dr. Julier’s does, at the intersection of food, race, class and gender.- Advertisement – Mr. Taylor-Johnson said his family’s Thanksgiving traditionally features dishes like turkey, wild rice, fry bread and green bean casserole, his personal favorite. In recent years, he has encouraged family members to use the holiday to acknowledge the plight of their ancestors.“Last year, we called it Takesgiving,” he said.Cross-generational education also occurs in non-Native American households. Alice Julier, director of the Center for Regional Agriculture, Food and Transformation at Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, has incorporated Native American history in her teaching for nearly 30 years.- Advertisement – Hiʻilei Julia Hobart, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, said current events allow students to see more clearly the shared legacies of African-Americans, many of whose enslaved ancestors were forced to work land stolen from Native Americans, whose agricultural know-how was also co-opted. Christian Taylor-Johnson, 28, is a descendant of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota, and attended Leech Lake Tribal College. He said the education he received wasn’t available to older relatives, who were forced to assimilate and prohibited from speaking their native language.“I actually speak more Ojibwe than either of my parents,” Mr. Taylor-Johnson said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

New York group offers plan for rationing ventilators in pandemic

first_imgApr 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A hypothetical but not unlikely scenario: Amid an influenza pandemic, a small hospital has three patients who need mechanical ventilation. One has terminal cancer, another has severe chronic lung disease, and a third has a severe case of flu. With only one ventilator available, which patient will get it?When the next flu pandemic comes, it’s a good bet that ventilators will run short and clinicians will face wrenching decisions like these. Expecting that such choices will be excruciating for already stressed healthcare workers, a group of experts assembled by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering guidelines for rationing scarce ventilators.Last month the group released a 52-page draft plan that provides detailed guidance for determining who will receive ventilator treatment in the face of a pandemic-related shortage. The plan calls for allocating ventilators in acute care hospitals solely on the basis of patients’ medical need and chance of survival, without regard for age, occupation, ability to pay, or other factors.”This isn’t perfect,” Tia Powell, MD, co-chair of the task force that wrote the guidelines, said in an interview. “People will certainly feel this proposal can be made better, but it’s important to have some plan in place, and not simply defer to the overworked frontline provider in a crisis, to make a decision that you didn’t grapple with when you had a good night’s sleep and a meal.”The task force, called the New York State Workgroup on Ventilator Allocation in an Influenza Pandemic, has invited public comments on the proposed guidelines and plans to revise them in coming months.Once the guidelines are finished, the expectation is that New York hospitals could use them as an acceptable standard of care if ventilators ran short in a pandemic, said Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD, the other co-chair of the task force and director of the NYSDOH Center for Community Health. Given that status, the guidelines might offer hospitals some protection against legal liability for ventilator allocation, he said.Severe shortages possibleHospitals in New York State have about 6,100 ventilators, 85% of which are in use at any given time, according to the draft guidelines. In a moderate pandemic, the authors estimate, more than 7,000 flu patients will need ventilators, more than 2,171 of them at the same time. Given the 85% usage rate, the state shortfall would be 1,256 ventilators.In a severe pandemic (with the same 35% attack rate as a moderate pandemic but involving more severe disease), 58,000 patients may need ventilation, including 17,844 during the peak weeks, the document says. The state would need an estimated 16,929 more ventilators.The state is stockpiling ventilators and other medical supplies for a pandemic. “But even so, in looking at the pandemic scenarios, the need would exceed any conceivable stockpile that we could maintain,” Birkhead said. And even if there were enough ventilators, there wouldn’t be enough trained staff to operate them, the report says.The concern about ventilators goes back at least to 2005, when hospital officials at a pandemic planning conference in New York City talked about possible shortages of ventilators and other resources, according to Birkhead. “The question came back to us, ‘Are you going to do some thinking about what the altered standards of care [in a pandemic] would be?'” he said.The issue was handed over to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, a bioethics commission appointed by the governor, said Powell. The 29-member work group that was set up to write the guidelines consists partly of task force member and partly of nonmembers, including some experts from outside New York.The plan is based on a set of ethical principles, including (1) healthcare workers’ fundamental duty to care for patients, (2) the duty to steward scarce resources wisely, (3) the duty to plan in advance how to allocate ventilators, (4) statewide application of the allocation guidelines, so that the same rules apply in different hospitals and communities, and (5) transparency in proposing and refining the guidelines.The proposal depicts rationing as a last resort. Hospitals would need to limit the need for ventilators by canceling or postponing elective medical procedures and would be expected to acquire as many ventilators as possible from their own suppliers or networks and the state and federal stockpiles.”We’d reach this point [of rationing ventilators] only after many steps, and hospitals wouldn’t do it on their own or in isolation, but as part of a whole statewide response,” said Birkhead.When rationing becomes necessary, the rules will apply to all patients in acute care hospitals, not just flu patients, without regard for age, occupation, or role in the community. The measuring stick will be patients’ survival chances.Relying on clinical criteria”When a ventilator becomes available and many potential patients are waiting, clinicians may choose the patient with pulmonary failure who has the best chance of survival with ventilatory support, based on objective clinical criteria,” the proposal states.The clinical criteria are adapted from a protocol developed for the Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic (OHPIP) and released in April 2006. The protocol relies on a critical care triage tool called the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score, based on measurements of blood platelets, bilirubin, hypotension, creatinine, and other variables.The proposal includes a set of “exclusion criteria”—conditions that signal a high risk of mortality and thus exclude the patient from getting a ventilator. Among them are cardiac arrest, matastatic cancer with a poor prognosis, severe burns over more than 40% of the body, and end-stage failure of major organs.Unlike some other proposals for allocating ventilators, the New York group decided not to list either specific diseases, such as AIDS, or age as exclusion criteria. “We tried to focus more on functionality—we just want to know how sick you are and what your probability of survival is,” said Powell.Patients who do get a ventilator will be reassessed after 48 hours and again after 120 hours to see if they still need and can benefit from the treatment, the proposal says. Patients who don’t receive ventilation or are taken off a ventilator would receive palliative care.In an effort to protect primary treating physicians from the heavy burden of deciding whether their own patients will get or keep a ventilator, the guidelines assign the rationing decisions to the supervising clinician in charge of intensive care patients. This approach follows recommendations on emergency mass critical care published by a group of experts in 2005.The aim is to put decisions in the hands of physicians who have the most experience in critical care while allowing the primary physicians “to care for their individual patients without facing a conflict of interest,” in the words of the proposal.Birkhead said it’s impossible to know whether those charged with the tough decisions will follow the guidelines when the crisis comes.”To have any protocol that says you’re going to take people off a ventilator is difficult to contemplate,” he said. “So the question whether healthcare workers will accept this is hard to answer ahead of time. But I think people will rise to a crisis.”No preference for healthcare workersSome issues were more controversial than others as the guidelines were hammered out. One was “whether there would be priority access for healthcare workers and other first responders,” said Powell. “The group has proposed that there not be prioritized access for healthcare workers. Once you’re a critically ill patient, it doesn’t matter what you do for a living.”The panel found several reasons not to prioritize healthcare workers. For one, “health care workers sick enough to require ventilators are unlikely to regain health and return to service during the pandemic,” the proposal says.Powell adds that the group of people who would risk exposure and do crucial work in a pandemic is large and hard to define, ranging from doctors and nurses to workers who clean the intensive care unit and emergency medical technicians, who in rural areas are often part-time volunteers.”If you use up all those people you might run out of ventilators before you got to anyone else in the community, including children,” she said. “That’s unappealing,” particularly in light of some evidence that children and adolescents may be particularly at risk for death from avian flu.Powell said another controversial issue was how to deal with patients in chronic care facilities, including those who are chronic ventilator users. “We proposed that people in chronic care facilities be offered a different standard,” she said. “To be in a chronic care facility, by definition, you’re stable, you’re not acutely ill. . . . We thought it was important to offer a haven for some of our most vulnerable chronically ill patients.”If the same clinical criteria were applied to people in chronic and acute care facilities, the proposal says, “the result might be the sudden and fatal extubation of stable, long-term ventilator-dependent patients in chronic care facilities.” This might allow more people to survive, but it would “make victims of the disabled.”How to handle patients on kidney dialysis also generated some debate, according to Birkhead and Powell. The panel decided to include renal failure as an exclusion criterion, on the ground that “renal failure will increase the probability of mortality in those who also now require a ventilator,” said Powell. “In addition, the need for dialysis creates an additional demand for nursing support, which is also a scarce resource.”But some panel members disagreed, pointing out “that the bridge therapy of dialysis puts end stage renal failure into a different and more hopeful category than liver or lung failure,” she added.A question on which the committee disagreed was what sort of process should be used to review the allocation decisions. A review process is needed to ensure consistency and justice in application of the criteria, but the participants “disagreed about whether a real-time or retrospective form of review would better serve the goal of providing a just and workable triage system,” the report says.The Ontario pandemic plan calls for a system in which triage decisions can be appealed, but that approach might cause unworkable delays and trigger “explosive debate during a time of scarce manpower and other resources,” the New York document states. An alternative, it says, is to conduct a daily retrospective review of all triage decisions, which would help ensure correct and consistent use of the guidelines but would not allow intervention in individual decisions.An effective liability shield?Acknowledging that ventilator rationing would be likely to trigger lawsuits, the proposal says that guidelines issued by the NYSDOH “would provide strong evidence for an acceptable standard of care during the dire circumstances of a pandemic.” However, it adds, there is no guarantee that a court would accept this view. Only legislation would provide certain protection.The state health department has authority to issue regulations concerning standards of care during a pandemic, but turning the guidelines into regulations would create complications. For one, state law bars the health department from regulating physician practice, the document says. Another is the likelihood of causing unforeseen harmful consequences, given that the guidelines will not have been tested in practice.”If you put something in a regulation or law, you really have to specify all the details, and in doing that you really lose some of your flexibility,” said Powell. “You wouldn’t be able to change a regulation as rapidly as you could something that would come out in the context of recommendations.”Comments invitedThe NYSDOH has publicized the proposal via many avenues, starting by posting it on the department’s Web site. The plan has been sent to state emergency preparedness coordinators, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, certain medical societies, advocacy groups for people with disabilities, hospital associations, the National Kidney Foundation, and state and county health officials in New York. The department also ran a satellite video conference with hospitals around the state and briefed hospital officials in New York City.”We’re very explicitly putting this out for public comment. We want to be sure people have ample opportunity for input,” Birkhead said. The panel is asking for comments by the end of May.Powell said a number of other states are considering the problem of ventilator allocation, but she was not aware of any other state that has published recommendations.So far the response to the proposal has been positive, but some have asked for various clarifications, according to Powell. “Many facilities observe, quite correctly, that the document doesn’t take you all the way to the level of detail of how you would operationalize it in your particular facility,” she said. “So there’s more work to be done.”Happily the feedback overall is positive. We’re getting a lot of comments, so we’re trying to incorporate those and make it better.”See also:NYSDOH proposal for allocation of ventilators in a pandemic (52 pages)Frequently asked questions on the proposalAccess to the Ontario Health Plan for a Pandemiclast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine trials, NBA plans, EU vaccine sharing, ER docs concerned

first_imgNIAID launches vaccine trials in HIV-infected groupsThe National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recently announced the launch of H1N1 vaccine trials in HIV-infected pregnant women and HIV-infected children and young adults. The trials are important because HIV infection and pregnancy increase the risk of a poor immune response to vaccines and because these groups have an increased risk of severe H1N1 illness, the NIAID said. Plans call for enrolling 130 pregnant women and 140 people aged 4 to 24 years in the two studies.http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/Pages/H1N1HIVTrials.aspxOct 9 NIAID announcementNBA prepares defense against pandemic fluThe National Basketball Association (NBA) has deployed several measures to respond to the pandemic flu threat, including hiring an infectious disease expert advisor, the read more

Published loan terms for private renters

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) signed last week Agreement on business cooperation in the implementation of financing of private renters which will be approved through commercial banks.  The shortest repayment period is 13 months and the longest 10 years, including a grace period of 12 months. After the completion of the investment in the Facility, the User is obliged to submit to the commercial bank immediately, and no later than within 90 working days from the expiration of the term of the Loan, new decision on categorization of the Object or a certificate from a certified engineer on the derived condition in accordance with the items from the cost estimate (investments in swimming pools) or other appropriate documentation from which it is evident that the funds will be used for the purpose in accordance with the Loan Agreement. The presented loans are contracted in HRK 20.000 to 375.000 with an interest rate of 3,7 percent per year, ie in euros from 2.600 to 50.000 euros with an agreed interest rate of 3 percent per year. The financing is based on HBOR’s loan funds, while the Ministry of Tourism provides funds to subsidize part of the agreed regular interest rate of 1 percent per year and ultimately interest rates of 2,7 percent for loans in HRK, ie 2 percent for loans in euros.  SO, WITH THE MINT SUBSIDY, THE LOANS WILL BE WITH AN INTEREST RATE OF 2,70% FOR LOANS IN KUNA AND 2,00% INTEREST ON LOANS IN EUROS, AND ALL WITH A 10-YEAR REPAYMENT WITH A DEADLINE OF ONE YEAR. The unique credit line of the Ministry of Tourism and HBOR, which was initially joined by Hrvatska poštanska banka and Podravska banka, is intended for natural persons registered as private renters who, at the time of loan approval, have a decision from the competent office approving the provision of household catering services; accommodation in a room, apartment, studio apartment or holiday home maximum ten people, or twenty beds and which provide accommodation in a camp with a total of a maximum of ten accommodation units, or for thirty guests at a time. Find out more on the page HPB, while Podravska banka has not yet published any details about it. The Ministry shall subsidize the interest rate provided that the End User submits to the Commercial Bank a solemnized blank promissory note to ensure orderly settlement of obligations undertaken on the basis of the right to a subsidy from the budget, in which the Ministry is designated as the creditor and which will be the prescribed first higher amount. for the subsidy highlighted in the repayment plan for the individual Loan “In parallel with the signing of the Agreement with the Ministry of Tourism, we also signed Agreements with the first two banks: Hrvatska poštanska banka and Podravska banka, to which potential loan users can apply for approval of these loans. Given the high stage of negotiations we are in, I expect that we will soon sign agreements with several additional banks and thus enable even greater availability of these funds. ” said Tamara Perko, President of the Management Board of HBOR.last_img read more

Sonja Jelušić Marić, TZ Bakar: Heritage as a foundation, the involvement of the local community and the creation of excursion programs are our recipe for tourist success

first_imgThe story of the program “Tuna Fest” “With it, we also want to contribute to preserving the story of tuna fishing and returning tuners to where they belong. In addition to the satisfaction of our guests, we are most pleased that the local community has shown interest in participating in our programs, which thus gained in authenticity, and we got partners who are adequately paid and who, as we hear from caterers and shipping companies, a significant number of tourists in Bakar encourages the expansion and improvement of service quality. ” pointed out Tatjana Maria Plašč. The first of May, apart from the sun, brought Bakar a significantly different atmosphere than in previous years. By the way, the quiet and sleepy town was “revived” by more than 200 guests from Austria who arrived in Bakar organized by the Tourist Board of Bakar and Crikvenica agency Via Mea and its Austrian partner Papageno to enjoy a specially organized program for them. Fest ”. The May Day group is only one of ten Austrian and German excursion groups within which Bakar will meet about 2000 excursionists in the pre-season and post-season.  In addition to the figures that speak of Bakar’s step out of tourist isolation, the program “Tuna Fest” which revived the famous story of the former tuna fishery in Bakar Bay shows the development strategy of the Tourist Board of Bakar, about which the director of Bakar Tourist Board agencies that would bring excursion tourism to Bakar, their efforts to promote Bakar’s heritage as the main trump card of the tourist offer, have borne fruit.”Proactive Crikvenica agency Via Mea, which has achieved long-term successful cooperation with German and Austrian agencies, recognized our efforts and suggested designing and organizing a program that would bring their 55+ guests closer to the historical heritage of tuna fishing in the Bakar Bay. Just as we believed 6 years ago in the development of private accommodation in Bakar, which has grown from over 0 accommodation capacities to over 500 beds, so we only approached this challenge ” Jelušić Marić points out and adds that over 50 people are involved in the organization of this program, employees of the Tourist Board, the City, the copper association, caterers, fishermen, producers of authentic souvenirs and family farms, and klapas and folklore ensemble. Tatjana Maria Plašč, director and founder of the Via Mea agency, explains how Bakar found itself as part of their itineraries in Kvarner, where guests usually stay for four nights: “Going through the years with groups alongside Bakar, it has always been a pleasure to represent Bakar because there is no need to invent stories about him, he is full of them, so it is actually difficult to choose which one to tell first. Working in the hospitality industry, I encouraged the idea of ​​Kvarner breakfast and white coffee with baškoti, which, like Bakar, is insufficiently known. Considering that our guests love Kvarner and already know it well, when we decided to suggest something new, Bakar imposed itself as a logical and very dear choice to me, especially since already in the first contact the Tourist Board of Bakar showed the will and desire to ”Your city. It is not easy to bring guests to Croatia, we invest a lot of effort in presentations, fairs, catalogs and contacts to encourage guests to choose our destinations, and when that happens we have a great responsibility to provide value for money and create value. confidence.” andacquires Plašč and emphasizes that they are therefore extremely pleased to have found a partner who shares such a professional approach and with whom the hitherto neglected Bakar has been revived as a tourist destination through excursion tourism. A few thousand guests during the pre- and post-season in a Kvarner destination is not big news, but in Bakar it certainly is. “Through the entertainment and gastronomic program we wanted to present the story of the Bakar Bay, once known for the largest tuna catch on the Adriatic, and we are especially glad that with the help of Maritime School professor, our great enthusiast and connoisseur of Bakar history Bora Štrbac and photographer Miljenko Šegulja, we realized the exhibition which through photographs and models vividly evokes the glorious past of tuna fishing. Heritage as a foundation, respect and involvement of the local community and the creation of excursion programs that reflect the spirit of Bakar and its places, are our recipe for tourist success despite all the aggravating circumstances. We thank the Via Mea agency all the more for the trust because we are not a destination with a long tourist tradition, but in many ways we are actually at the beginning and we have yet to prove ourselves. The satisfaction of guests and our partners is a great incentive for us to continue, and our desire is to contribute to the creation of a tourist market in which associations, entrepreneurs and individuals from our city will finally get the opportunity to compete with their offer and services”Emphasized Sonja Jelušić Marić.  Thanks to its excellent geographical position, rich history and diversity of environment, Bakar is finally on the right track to become an unavoidable Kvarner destination with concrete tourist programs and products and to finally start its successful tourism story based on heritage valorization and proactive synergy of all local community stakeholders. the city far behind.  All participants in the program, from associations to caterers, unanimously express satisfaction with the arrival of tourists, but also the opportunity to make money, which is extremely important because the whole circle is closed, ie generated tourist spending that remains in the local economy. It is simply always necessary to take care that everyone ultimately makes a profit, because that is the meaning of every business. Of course, in the beginning you need to “lose” and give a lot more energy and time to close the whole circle and make the whole program come to life on the market.  The “Tuna Fest” program is full of content and experiences for guests who come to Bakar by boat from Kraljevica, so the first encounter with Bakar is the most impressive, from the sea. Guests in Kraljevica are welcomed by members of two copper associations “Bakarska gospoda i kapetani” and “Težakinje i težki z Praputnjaka” which evoke the stratification of Bakar society in the past, and sailing by boat passes more pleasantly with the tasting of the famous Bakarska vodica and baškota. After agreeing to the port of Bakar, the proud guards of the city of Bakar, members of the Bakar Guard in their picturesque, historical uniforms greet guests, and Bakar expresses their first welcome with a klapa song. After a tour of the old town, the Frankopan castle and the church of St. Andrije ap. with the catacombs, the program continues at the Fishermen’s Wharf, where guests are greeted by producers of authentic products from the area of ​​the City of Bakar such as honey, lavender and numerous souvenirs. While fisherman Mate Lucić demonstrates tuna fishing techniques on his boat, which are slowly returning to Bakar Bay, caterers prepare tuna in front of guests, creating gastronomic delicacies, while klapas and folklore groups are in charge of the musical atmosphere. The fascinating story of tuna fishing is most faithfully evoked by historical photographs exhibited in the intimate interior of the church of St. Margaret and an extremely faithful depiction of tuna fishing in the form of a model that is part of the material of the Museum of the City of Bakar.  Matej Šimko, Quality Manager of the Austrian agency Papageno Touristik, also gave an assessment of the organization and program: “Since the collaboration has just begun, we didn’t know what everything imagined would look like in practice. We are very pleased with the partner agency Via Mea and everything that was prepared by the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar, it is exactly what we wanted, rich content and authentic experience in which our guests can one day feel this climate through all that defines it, history, gastronomy , music, tastes and smells… “Concludes Šimko.  Since last year, the Via Mea agency has been bringing German and Austrian guests (over 500 so far) to one-day “ordinary” excursion visits for which the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar has also designed a variety of content to enrich their rich cultural heritage for at least one day. Copper. With this cooperation, the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar and the Via Mea agency from Crikvenica successfully included Bakar on the tourist map of Europe by promoting it at fairs in these markets, so Bakar’s staff appeared in the catalog of the Via Mea agency for the first time.  A positive example of cooperation between the Bakar Tourist Board and the Via Mea agency. You can, no matter how “small” you are and “have” nothing to offer. It’s up to the people.   Photo: TZ Bakar Every start is difficult, but the most important thing is to start, and Bakar, despite everything, bravely pushes forward. Yes, it’s up to the people. Despite the stigma of the industrial past, lack of tourist infrastructure and small funds for promotion, the Tourist Board of Bakar “bypasses” obstacles and with the partner agency Via Mea from Crikvenica, develops excursion tourism by creating programs based on the rich heritage of Bakarlast_img read more

The tastes of the border area are richer for two more restaurants

first_imgBlaženka Dikanović runs the Fishermen’s House, which this year marks 25 years of work ” Since we have been working, we have been preparing traditional dishes characteristic of this area. The fishponds used to be there, so it was logical for fish to be our first offer. Of course we prepare shepherd’s pie, grilled dishes, goulash, beans, but fish is what is most in demand. It is foreigners who come to the restaurant who are looking for this home-made food, baked and fried fish, catfish, carp and perch, home-made kulin, ham and bacon and pancakes with walnuts and honey. We are glad that our recipes have been recognized and that we have become part of the project “Tastes of the Borderland” said Ms. Dikanović and reminded that in addition to the gastronomic offer, the Fisherman’s House has had an overnight stay with 16 beds since last year. The project has been implemented since 2017 and as of today, a total of 15 catering facilities are included. And it was the last two members of the project who received their labels and thus officially entered the branded gastro club “Tastes of the Border Region” of Brod-Posavina County. It is about the famous Fisherman’s House and restaurant Stupnički dvori, which come from the municipality of Brodski Stupnik. “It is the third year of the project and it covers ten Croatian counties and 132 catering facilities, from Metković to Vukovar. By the end of next year, we plan to cover the whole of Croatia. These are facilities where you can eat local, traditional food, made from local traditional ingredients, because that is what the brand carries. To date, members and holders of standards have shown great satisfaction with the implementation of the project and it is the result of teamwork of tourist boards, local and county ” said today Borislav Šimenc, project manager of Tastes of Croatian Tradition. Ena Kokanović is an expert associate on the project and is working on the second cycle of promotion of the entire project, ie restaurants included in the project “Tastes of the Border Region”. “With my blog, I visited all the restaurants and had a very “hard” job and tried all these dishes and rated them. I really like the way people think when presenting the flavors of our border region, because Slavonia is much more than kulina and ham, which can be seen very well in our restaurants. They combine traditional ingredients in a contemporary way and this is something that can match any modern restaurant. Quality fish, game, meat, vegetables that we have in our environment offer the opportunity to think outside the box”- said Ena Kokanović, blogger. Sunčica Nožinić from the restaurant Stupnički dvori emphasized today that their involvement in the project will mean a lot to them, considering that it is a small family restaurant. “This is a confirmation of our efforts and the work of the engaged employees. In order to get the certificate on the menu, we offered a wonderful wine soup, roasted duck, or duck breast on a bed of celery and points that everyone should actually come and taste.”center_img Source / Photo: Brod-Posavina County Tourist Board “Tastes of the Border Region” is a project of the Brod-Posavina County Tourist Board aimed at developing the offer of local and regional culinary recognizability, branding and networking of the offer, promotion and propaganda of participants of the Tastes standard, and systematic development of tourist offer and new tourist products in gastronomy. . “The gastronomic offer is an increasing motive for the arrival of tourists in the destination, but also a significant motive for assessing the quality and reasons for coming to a particular destination. In the last two years, we have been working a lot on branding and investing in the best possible recognition, visibility and offer of our eno-gastronomic offer. We have included 13 restaurants in the project, plus two more today. Our goal is to connect gastro, agriculture and tourism, to increase the number of guests who will enjoy culinary specialties. ” said Ružica Vidaković, director of the Brod-Posavina County Tourist Board. last_img read more

Applications for the Vacation Week project have started. Get involved

first_imgWant to be part of a project? Get involved, applications start from 17.02. All tourist economic entities can join the action: hotel houses, private renters, restaurants, nature parks and national parks, museums, galleries, adrenaline tourism, activities, etc.. Applications for the project have started A week of rest worth, whose primary goal is to extend the tourist season. Read all the conditions of participation in the project HERE Photo: A week of vacation worth it Cover photo: Plitvice Lakes, Pixabay.com / Illustration: HrTurizam.hrcenter_img Find out more about the whole project HERE The week of rest is worth the action of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, which in the week of April 10 to 19, 4 allows all citizens of Croatia to visit and get to know other parts of our country by offering 50% at prices for all tourist products, from accommodation, transport, sights to catering services and various experiences. During March, a large national campaign will be launched to invite local guests to go on a trip and take advantage of the benefits that Holiday Week is worth. To participate in the “Vacation Week Worthy” campaign, you must first register. Registration will be possible from February 17, 2 and when registering, you need to enter your contact information as well as basic information about the business entity you are applying to participate. Also, you must create your tourist offer in a certain category, from accommodation, food and drink, active vacation, rural tourism onwards…last_img read more