Biden announces COVID-19 advisory board as Pfizer announces promising early vaccine data

first_imgThe board also includes Dr. Luciana Borio, who was until 2019 director for medical and biodefense preparedness on Trump’s National Security Council; Dr. Rick Bright, the former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority who became a whistleblower over the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, of the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Atul Gawande, of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy director Dr. Michael Osterholm; University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine professor Dr. Eric Goosby, who was global AIDS coordinator under President Barack Obama; Dr. Celine Gounder, of New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation executive vice president Dr. Julie Morita; the Global Health Council’s Dr. Loyce Pace; and Dr. Robert Rodriguez, another UCSF School of Medicine professor.Biden is, as promised, taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously and putting together a group of scientists to advise him. Unfortunately, Team Trump can be expected to stay in Biden’s way as he tries to prepare a robust public health response to the pandemic while Trump himself has a sustained temper tantrum over losing. Mike Pence tried to take a victory lap, claiming credit for the vaccine news—but “We were never part of the Warp Speed,” Pfizer’s head of vaccine research had already said on the record. “We have never taken any money from the U.S. government, or from anyone.”The advisory board Biden announced is co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, and Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate dean for health equity research at the Yale School of Medicine. Nunez-Smith is an especially significant choice, since she studies discrimination in the healthcare system, an important topic in a pandemic that has hit Black and Latino communities so hard.”Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement. “The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img At one time or another, Biden’s COVID-19 team will have to administer vaccine distribution. The Pfizer news suggests it may be sooner rather than later and that Biden may be inheriting a process Donald Trump has already messed up. “I congratulate the brilliant women and men who helped produce this breakthrough and to give us such cause for hope,” Biden said in a statement responding to the Pfizer news. But he also warned that “the end of the battle against COVID-19 is many months away,” because even if the timeline stays in place, “it will be many more months before there is widespread vaccination in this country.” For that reason, Biden again emphasized the importance of continuing to wear masks and practice social distancing.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tayshia Adams Didn’t Talk to Her Ex-Husband Before ‘The Bachelorette’

first_img“Just let a girl live,” she teased while speaking with Us Weekly exclusively on Monday, November 9.Adams and the roofing contractor were together for six years before they tied the knot in February 2016. After less than two years of marriage, Bourelle filed for divorce in October 2017. The former phlebotomist later had her maiden name restored after finalizing her divorce in November 2017. Earlier this year, the reality TV star opened up about trying to salvage her marriage before finally calling it quits.“When things were getting really bad, we were like, OK, we need to go see a counselor,” Adams recalled during an October episode of the “Click Bait” podcast. “Actually, that was my doing, because I knew I needed to do absolutely everything in order to know that was the end of the road. … At that point, you kind of walk through some things and you try as hard as you can, but you can’t force someone to love you.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Despite her reservations about pursuing another engagement, the Bachelor in Paradise alum was able to use her past experience to help guide her to her perfect match.“Having been married before, I feel like … I’m not just going to do anything just to do something. I’m not going to do it because I feel like I need to or do this and that. I’m going to do it because it’s the right thing to do, and I’m excited and happy,” she told Us. “If it were to happen, it’d be with the right sentiment.”The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Not looking back! Tayshia Adams‘ divorce from ex-husband Josh Bourelle might play a big role in her dramatic turn on The Bachelorette, but she’s still on “cloud nine.”The 30-year-old California native dished about her journey on season 16 of the ABC dating series following Clare Crawley‘s engagement to Dale Moss during the Thursday, November 5, episode. As she prepared to make her highly-anticipated debut at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, Adams revealed that she didn’t hear from Bachelor Nation exes Colton Underwood and John Paul Jones — or from Bourelle.Tayshia Adams Reveals If Her Ex-Husband Reached Out After Emotional TrailerTayshia Adams on ‘The Bachelorette’. ABC- Advertisement – Though her first marriage didn’t work out, Adams hasn’t closed herself off to the possibility of finding The One — again. While meeting her lucky suitors, the former Bachelor contestant admitted it wasn’t difficult to be honest about her divorce.Tayshia Adams Reveals If Her Ex-Husband Reached Out After Emotional TrailerTayshia Adams’ ex-husband, Josh Bourelle. Courtesy D&J Roofing Inc./Instagram“It’s not hard at all [to talk about] because it’s definitely something that I’ve experienced in the past and it led me to today,” she told Us. “But I don’t want it to define me because it doesn’t define me. It’s just something that I grew from and I learned from.”In a dramatic new Bachelorette teaser, Adams told the men vying for her heart that she was ready to “really dive in deep and find my life partner” after getting “married and divorced at a really young age.” Speaking directly to the camera, Adams later admitted through tears that “the fear of divorce” would always haunt her.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Case for human spread of avian flu in Indonesia grows

first_imgMay 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – All seven confirmed cases of H5N1 avian influenza in the family cluster in Indonesia involved “close and prolonged exposure” to another infected person, suggesting person-to-person transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.However, the WHO statement stopped short of a definite conclusion that the virus spread from person to person. In addition, the agency said it has found no evidence of genetic reassortment or mutation in two H5N1 viruses collected from cases in the cluster and no evidence of continuing or efficient human-to-human transmission.”All confirmed cases in the cluster can be directly linked to close and prolonged exposure to a patient during a phase of severe illness,” the WHO said. “Although human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out, the search for a possible alternative source of exposure is continuing.”The WHO also confirmed today that the 32-year-old man in the family cluster who died yesterday is officially Indonesia’s 42nd case and 33rd fatality. He was the father of the 10-year-old boy who died May 13 and the brother of the initial case-patient. “The father was closely involved in caring for his son, and this contact is considered a possible source of infection,” the agency said.Although the WHO stressed that investigation of the outbreak is ongoing, preliminary findings indicate that three of the infected family members had spent the night of April 29 in a small room with the 38-year-old woman who is considered the index case. She had developed symptoms April 27 and was coughing frequently on April 29, according to the WHO.She died May 4 and was not tested for H5N1 because samples were not obtained before her burial, but her signs and symptoms pointed to avian flu infection.Those who shared the room with her that night in Kubu Sembelang village were her two sons, both of whom died of avian flu, and her 25-year-old brother, the only surviving member of the cluster. Other infected relatives, according to the WHO, lived in adjacent homes.As yet, the investigation by officials from the WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Indonesian Ministry of Health has found no evidence of avian flu spreading in the community, the WHO said. Investigators are focusing their search on any additional cases among family members, other close contacts, or area residents, as well as on an alternative source such as infected animals or feces.Human-to-human transmission of H5N1 probably occurred at least once before, when the mother and an aunt of an infected girl in Thailand fell ill after caring for her in 2004. But no instances of sustained transmission have been documented.The WHO also reported today that complete genetic sequencing of two H5N1 isolates from the North Sumatra cluster has been completed by WHO reference laboratories in Hong Kong and the United States. The sequencing of all eight gene segments revealed no evidence of genetic reassortment with human or pig influenza virus.It also showed no evidence of significant mutation. Specifically, the WHO noted, viruses tested showed no mutations associated with resistance to the neuraminidase inhibitors, including oseltamivir.In addition, viruses in this outbreak are genetically similar to those isolated from poultry in the province during a previous outbreak, the WHO said.This latest confirmed H5N1 case brings the worldwide total in humans to 218, including 124 deaths. Indonesia’s numbers since 2003 are second only to Vietnam, which has reported no new cases since November 2005, according to WHO data. In 2006, Indonesia’s WHO-confirmed cases total 25, including 22 deaths, well exceeding other countries.See also:WHO’s May 23 Indonesia updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_23/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Avian influenza patterns resemble 1918 pandemic, WHO study shows

first_imgJul 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday published its first epidemiologic analysis of all laboratory-confirmed cases of H5N1 avian influenza reported to the agency between Dec 1, 2003, and Apr 30, 2006.Though the quality, reliability, and format of the surveillance data varied by country, the WHO notes in its report that the conclusions are still useful for tracking disease patterns and planning future studies.Over the time period studied, 205 cases were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction on respiratory tract specimens and/or microneutralization assay on serum specimens. Two asymptomatic Vietnamese patients whose cases were confirmed retrospectively from contact-screening samples were not included in the analysis, leaving a total of 203 cases, and the age of one patient was not known, leaving 202 cases available for age analyses.The number of new countries reporting human cases of H5N1 has increased greatly in recent months as outbreaks among avian populations have spread, the study showed. From late 2003 through mid-2005, four countries reported human cases of H5N1 infection. In the much shorter period from October 2005 through the end of April 2006, five new countries reported cases in humans.About half the cases occurred in people under age 20 (102 of 202), and 90% in people younger than age 40 (180 of 202). The high proportion of cases occurring in younger people may reflect the young population of the countries where the cases occurred, for example in Egypt and Indonesia. The WHO noted that the incomplete nature of the data makes it difficult to make reliable links between age and exposure and that more studies are needed to assess whether younger people or other groups are at increased risk of contracting the disease.The overall fatality rate was 56% (113 of 202), with the incidence of death highest in those aged 10 to 39 years. The WHO emphasized that the fatality-rate patterns are notable for two reasons. They differ from the pattern of seasonal influenza, in which mortality is highest in elderly people. Also the case-fatality patterns resemble those observed during previous influenza pandemics—particularly the one that occurred in 1918.The case-fatality rate was highest in 2004 (73%). It decreased to 43% in 2005, then has risen to 63% so far in 2006.The researchers also examined the time intervals between symptom onset and hospitalization as well as between symptom onset and death and compared the intervals for different time periods. The median duration of illness onset to hospitalization for the entire surveillance period was 4 days and the median interval to death 9 days. There was no significant difference in the length of these intervals between 2004, 2005, and the first 4 months of 2006Human cases have occurred year-round, but the peaks have coincided with winter and spring in the northern hemisphere. “If this pattern continues, an upsurge in cases could be anticipated starting in late 2006 or early 2007,” the researches state.The report highlights the gap in essential data needed to understand and refine treatment of patients with the disease. “Collecting more detailed information on antiviral treatments and outcomes, and particularly linking this information to sequential virological sampling, could inform future management decisions,” the authors concluded.WHO. Epidemiology of WHO-confirmed human cases of avian A(H5N1) infection. WER 2006 Jun 30;81(26):249–260 [Full text]last_img read more

Pakistan suspects first human H5N1 cases

first_imgDec 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Reports of suspected human H5N1avian influenza cases among brothers in Pakistan are raising fresh fears in the global health community of human-to-human transmission of the virus, amid uncertainty about how a father-son pair in China contracted their H5N1 infections.Media outlets in Pakistan have been reporting on a possible family cluster in the northwestern part of the country over the past few days, but the sources of the information were often murky, and the details of the cases were confusing and often contradictory. And even though today’s news reports flesh out more details about the suspected cases, they still contain contradictory statements.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the Pakistani cases, they would represent the country’s first reported appearance of the H5N1 virus in humans in Pakistan.Confusion, concern in PakistanToday an anonymous source in Pakistan’s health ministry told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that authorities are testing samples from two poultry farm workers who died in a hospital isolation ward from suspected H5N1 infections. The ministry official said the brothers are from Mansehra district and were admitted to a hospital in Peshawar, in northern Pakistan, KUNA reported.”We have received their blood samples, and they have been sent to laboratory for clinical analysis,” the ministry official told KUNA, adding that results are expected tomorrow.The Mansehra district where the men are from has experiencedH5N1 in poultry, and thousands of birds have been culled in the area, the KUNA report said.Khushnood Akhtar, secretary of Pakistan’s health ministry, said the cases occurred in November but said that four brothers are involved, Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) reported today. One of the men, who worked on a poultry farm, may have contracted the H5N1 virus after he helped cull sick birds, Akhtar told DPA.The man survived but may have infected three of his brothers, none of whom had been at the farm or in contact with sick birds, Akhtar said in the DPA report. The DPA report appears to contradict the KUNA story, which said the two men in its report were farm workers.Akhtar told DPA that two of the brothers died of pneumonia-like symptoms but were buried before health officials could obtain blood samples, which appears to contradict what the anonymous health ministry official told KUNA.A third brother who lives in the United States and was visiting Mansehra also tested positive for the H5N1 virus, but survived and returned to his US home, Akhtar told DPA.”We have requested the WHO to send a team to the area so we can find out exactly what happened there,” he said in the DPA report.Developments in ChinaMeanwhile in China, the military in Nanjing, located in Jiangsu province in the eastern part of the country, banned poultry sales this week after the H5N1 virus killed a 24-year-old man from the area and sickened his 52-year-old father, the Associated Press reported today. Chinese officials have said they aren’t sure how the two men became infected or if there is any connection between their illnesses.China has not reported any recent H5N1 outbreaks in poultry.The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control(ECDC) said in an influenza news assessment yesterday that despite the familial link between the two men, it is too soon to say if their cases represent an instance of human-to-human H5N1 transmission.”Even if limited human-to-human transmission is proven in this or other cases, that is not new,” the ECDC report said. “ECDC would not change its EU [European Union] risk assessment in the absence of enlarging clusters and chains of transmission of H5N1, which are not being seen at present.”Cases serve as stark reminderMichael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, said there is obviously a major uptick inH5N1 activity in birds and humans, and that increased reports of the virus aren’t surprising, given the cooler seasonal conditions that have been associated with increased influenza activity.Today the WHO confirmed Myanmar’s first human H5N1 case, and Indonesia’s health minister announced another death from the disease. (See today’s CIDRAP News article for more details.)Osterholm said he doesn’t see a reason to panic over reports of family clusters and suspected human-to-human transmission. “Part of the problem with trying to understand the potential of H5N1 to cause the next pandemic is that we still don’t know what it will take to make it happen, “he told CIDRAP News.The H5N1 virus continues to have opportunities to find the right combination for sustained human-to-human transmission, Osterholm said, “but maybe this is all it will ever do.””Surely, this should remind us that this virus is continuing an uncontrolled and incredibly exuberant genetic mutation pathway,” he said.The emergence of human H5N1 cases in Pakistan wouldn’t be surprising, Osterholm said, “I’ve never believed that these countries could isolate themselves.”last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Indonesia, Thai vaccine grant, flu vaccine for tourists, Hib deaths, call for action on TB

first_imgApr 2, 2009Indonesian toddler dies of H5N1 infectionA 2-year-old boy from Indonesia’s Riau province died last week of an H5N1 infection, the Jakarta Post reported today. An official from Arifin Ahmad hospital in the provincial capital, where the boy was treated, told the Post that the boy reportedly had contact with dead birds before he got sick. Health officials were identifying family members and others who had contact with the boy and would monitor them for 21 days, the report said. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the case, it will raise Indonesia’s H5N1 case count to 146, with 120 deaths.[Apr 2 Jakarta Post story]Thailand gets WHO grant to help produce flu vaccinesThailand yesterday received approval for a $2 million grant from the WHO to produce a seasonal influenza vaccine and develop the capacity to make its own pandemic vaccine, The Nation, a Thai newspaper, reported today. Thailand is one of six countries that are receiving WHO support to produce influenza vaccines. Last year the country used a $2 million WHO grant to make a vaccine prototype that is in the safety-testing phase of a clinical trial.[Apr 2 The Nation story]’Tis season for flu vaccine if traveling to southern hemisphereTo prevent influenza in those traveling Down Under or elsewhere south of the equator, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that they receive flu vaccine before traveling to the southern hemisphere during its flu season, which is April through September. The CDC, in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), also recommends vaccination for those traveling to the tropics at any time of year and for people touring between April and September with a group that includes anyone from the southern hemisphere. The make-up of the flu vaccine often differs between northern and southern hemispheres, but this year it is the same.[Apr 3 MMWR report]Hib vaccine shortage leads to deaths in Pennsylvania, New JerseyTwo unvaccinated children in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey have died from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and at least four other southeastern Pennsylvania youth have become infected after a Hib vaccine shortage, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported yesterday. A third Pennsylvania death is also likely linked to the disease, the story said. Some of the cases were in families who declined the vaccine for religious reasons, but officials said outbreaks of the disease in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have probably been due to vaccine shortages that developed after Merck in December 2007 withdrew 1.2 million doses of its vaccine because of possible contamination. Before vaccines were licensed for children in 1987, Hib infected 20,000 US children under 5 each year, killing 1,000. Hib, a bacterium, is not related to influenza, which is transmitted by a virus, but is so named because it was once thought to cause the flu.[Apr 1 Philadelphia Inquirer story]Hard-hit countries call for action against drug-resistant TBHealth ministers from 27 countries with the greatest burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) yesterday joined with WHO officials and others to issue a call for action against the global TB epidemic, according to a WHO statement today. At a meeting in Beijing, the officials issued a statement that all countries should work to provide universal access to diagnosis and treatment for multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant TB by 2015 and to remove financial barriers to TB care, among several other goals. WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said preventing and managing drug-resistant TB is a global health imperative and cannot be achieved by national governments individually. Participants in the meeting also vowed to help find the estimated $15 billion needed for the TB battle over the next 6 years.[Apr 2 WHO statement]last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Cases top 5,000; first cases in Cuba, Thailand, Finland; pregnancy risk; restocking stockpile; infected hospital workers

first_imgMay 12, 2009Global novel H1N1 flu cases surpass 5,000The global count of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) case confirmations has increased to 5,251 from 30 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total includes 2,059 cases with 56 deaths in Mexico and 2,600 cases and 3 deaths reported in the United States as of yesterday. Canada has had 330 cases and 1 death, and Costa Rica has reported 8 cases and 1 death.[WHO update 26]US H1N1 cases top 3,000The number of confirmed H1N1 cases in the United States rose to 3,009 and 3 deaths in 45 states today, an increase of 409 since yesterday’s update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The number of states reporting cases rose by one, as Montana reported its first case. Yesterday CDC official Anne Schuchat, MD, said at a press briefing that many states don’t report flu cases over the weekend, so the agency expected a big increase in the H1N1 count today.[Current CDC numbers]Cuba confirms first H1N1 case, accuses Mexico of hiding outbreakCuba’s health ministry yesterday announced the nation’s first novel H1N1 case, in a Mexican medical student who was studying at a clinic in Cuba and had recently returned from a visit to his home country, the Associated Press (AP) reported. A few hours later, Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president, posted a column on the government’s Web site accusing Mexico of hiding the flu outbreak until after US President Obama’s visit in April.[May 11 AP story]Thailand, Finland report first novel flu casesTwo more countries—Thailand and Finland—confirmed their first novel H1N1 cases today, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported. Thailand reported two cases in people who had traveled to Mexico, and Finland also confirmed two, though few details were available. The four cases are not included in today’s WHO total.[May 12 AAP story]CDC warns about flu risk in pregnant womenAt a news briefing today, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC warned that pregnant women are at increased risk for flu complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, and premature labor, especially with the novel H1N1 strain. She said the CDC is investigating 20 cases of the disease in pregnant women, a few of whom have had severe complications, and one fatality, a previously reported Texas woman. Schuchat urged prompt antiviral treatment for pregnant women.[May 12 CDC briefing transcript]Roche donation restocks WHO Tamiflu stockpileRoche, the maker of Tamiflu (oseltamivir), announced today that it is donating 5.65 million treatment courses to the WHO to replenish a 2-million-course regional outbreak stockpile and a 3-million-course rapid-response stockpile. The donation also establishes a pediatric stockpile of 650,000 courses. Production capacity will reach 110 million courses over the next 5 months and will amount to 36 million courses per month by the end of the year if needed.[May 12 Roche press release]Novel H1N1 infections reported in Toronto hospital workersFour workers at two Toronto hospitals, one of whom had contact with patients, have tested positive for the novel H1N1 flu, the Toronto Star reported today. Two of the employees were reportedly exposed to the virus in the community, and one of them passed it on to two coworkers. A hospital spokeswoman said so far no novel H1N1 infections have been reported in any patients that had contact with the sick staff members.[May 12 Toronto Star story]last_img read more

One million kuna for the development of the tourist infrastructure of Međimurje

first_imgToday, the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli visited the County of Međimurje, where in Čakovec he met with the County Prefect Matija Posavac with whom he discussed the development of tourism on the continent and development projects in the county. Also, a ceremonial signing of the grant agreement from the Tourism Development Fund for two interpretation centers was held.At the moment, tourist projects worth around HRK 8 million are being prepared in Međimurje County, and accommodation capacities have increased by 30 percent. Great attention will be paid to the development of special forms of tourism such as cultural and religious tourism through the valorization of cultural heritage, then health and sports tourism, cycling and enogastronomy, said Posavec and stressed that tourism has great potential to stimulate the economy, but also other industries such as agriculture and therefore special attention will be paid to connecting tourism and gastronomic products through rural tourism, but also other forms of tourism.On that occasion, Minister Cappelli expressed great satisfaction with the approach, planned activities and the development of tourism in Međimurje County. “As a tourist destination, Međimurje provides an exceptional contribution to the overall development of continental tourism in Croatia, a segment whose development we will intensively encourage in the coming period through numerous grants from the Ministry of Tourism. Rich in natural beauty, various offers of active and sports tourism and eno-gastronomy, Međimurje is on the European map of attractive tourist destinations, which is confirmed by excellent tourist results. This is the result of continuous investment of the public sector and the tourist community, increase of accommodation capacities and introduction of new tourist contents, but also confirmation of dedicated and creative work of all tourist workers whose work contributes to the development of Međimurje tourism. Congratulations to all on the excellent results and I am happy to point out the County of Međimurje as an excellent example of how to develop tourism on the basis of sustainable development and destination management, where the most important are man, culture and tradition”Minister Cappelli pointed out.During his stay, Minister Cappelli visited the multimedia display of the Mura Ecomuseum Visitor Center. On that occasion, a ceremonial signing of a grant agreement from the Tourism Development Fund for the project “Scaffolding Wooden House – Interpretation Center” co-financed by the Ministry of Tourism in the amount of HRK 231.800,00 and the project “Interpretation Center Dravski zlatari” in the amount of HRK 700.000,00. . The signing ceremony of the contract with the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli was attended by the Mayor of Sveti Martin na Muri Dražen Crnčec and the Mayor of Donji Vidovec Josip Matulin.”For the development of year-round tourism, it is extremely important to offer visitors quality and diverse services and offers, which also increases the overall impression and attractiveness of the destination. That is why the Ministry of Tourism, through a grant program from the Tourism Development Fund, supports and encourages projects aimed at developing public tourism infrastructure such as arranging or building visitor centers, cycling, riding or walking routes and new beaches, thus creating new attractions. basis, ie additional motives for arriving at the destination. I believe that these interactive interpretation centers will be a new tourist attraction and an additional motive for the arrival of many guests in Međimurje County. ” Minister Cappelli pointed out during the signing ceremony.The project “Skelarska drvena kuća” was conceived as an interpretation center for the area of ​​Sv. Martin na Muri and the whole of Međimurje, which will be located within the tourist destination Ekomuzej Mura. The Mura Ecomuseum covers the area along the Mura River along the Croatian and Slovenian borders and offers an exceptional mosaic of biodiversity and landscape and cultural diversity, traditional knowledge preserved by the natives and ethnologically colored traditional events./ / / THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM CO-FINANCES BEACHES, VISITOR CENTERS AND INTERPRETATION CENTERS WITH 20 MILLION HRK”Dravski zlatari Interpretation Center” is located in the center of Donji Vidovec – the last place in Europe where the art of washing gold still lives. The center will provide a year-round interpretation of “gold laundering” while until now it was possible only 1-2 months a year, depending on weather conditions. With the help of the latest technologies and multimedia, guests will be shown in an interactive way the historical and cultural heritage and the art of washing gold of Međimurje goldsmiths.According to data from the eVisitor system, Međimurje County was visited by 68 guests from the beginning of the year to mid-December, who spent 162 nights, which is an increase of 18 percent in arrivals and 17 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. The largest number of guests who visited Međimurje County were from Slovenia, Germany and Austria, while the most visited destinations were Sveti Martin na Muri, Čakovec and Prelog.last_img read more

Sveti Ivan Zelina gets an aquapark worth six million euros

first_imgThe City of Sveti Ivan Zelina has been handed over the main project, ie the complete project documentation for the Zelina Aquapark, which the City will now send to public law bodies and request their consent for the issuance of a building permit.The aquapark project will be realized in the area of ​​the former Zelina pools, which in the second half of the last century were one of the most beautiful tourist centers in continental Croatia and a favorite picnic spot for thousands of Zagreb residents and others who came to swim in Sveti Ivan Zelina.The last fifteen years are no longer in operation, and in 2013 the City of Sveti Ivan Zelina began preparing the space and documentation to revitalize this area again. The project documentation consists of 14 parts of the main project and 4 studies, and was prepared by the company PulSaR arhitektura doo from Zagreb. “Obtaining a building permit is the final step before starting work. It is the most concrete indicator of our seriousness and determination to realize the Aquapark Zelina project, which the citizens are looking forward to.”Said Mayor Hrvoje Košćec during the handover of documentation.The conceptual solution for Aquapark Zelina was made by the company ActionPark WaterScapes from Spain in 2016, which is designed so that the project is realized in stages. In the first phase, water surfaces intended for swimming, bathing and relaxation will be built, as well as slides that can be used by adults and children.The first phase will also include a large “castle” with seven slides, and later a tall mega slide with other facilities will be added. There are locker rooms, toilets and other mandatory facilities for managing the aquapark, but most of the space will be used for catering and entertainment facilities that can operate throughout the year – club space in the basement, restaurant on the ground floor with terrace, large hall on the first floor which will serve for a larger number of guests and various ceremonies, exercise halls, wellness, spa or beauty facilities and the like.The estimated value of the project is 6 million euros, and the Aquapark Zelina project is also included in the list of capital projects of the Investment and Competitiveness Agency.last_img read more

Valamar Lanterna Premium Camping Resort won the award – Camping2Be

first_imgIn addition to the recognition of leading European car clubs, Valamar’s Lanterna Premium Camping Resort also received the award of the first portal dedicated to reviews of camp service users – Camping2Be – based on the best ratings in the competition of 4.000 European campsites.This recognition is awarded only to campsites of the highest quality standard, and only those campsites with an average rating between 7 and 10, which are awarded by guests who have booked their accommodation in the camp via the portal www.camping2be.com, enter the company of the best. The ratings refer to ten different categories, ie the reception, the price-quality ratio, comfort and cleanliness, the quality of the accommodation, the general impression and other facilities in the camp are evaluated.In their reviews, Valamar’s guests praise the location and arrangement of the camp, tidiness and cleanliness, spacious plots, surroundings and atmosphere, proximity to the sea and employees. “We are proud of another recognition we received, which is even more valuable to us because it comes from our guests. We are extremely glad that the guests recognize the efforts of all our employees who from year to year do their best to provide our guests with a true dream vacation and unforgettable memories. Lanterna Premium Camping Resort is proud of its top quality accommodation and services, and this season introduces a number of novelties and facilities (new sports zone V Sport Park, Maro Premium Village, new glamping tents and beaches for Glamping Village guests, etc.) which, I believe, delight our guests” said the director of the camping resort Bruno Radoš.The portal www.camping2be.com gathers more than 4000 camps in Europe, of which as many as 49 are from Croatia (Istria, Kvarner and the surroundings of Zadar), and most of them are located in France. This year’s selection of the best included seven Croatian camps.last_img read more