US Agriculture Secretary Vilsac to attend town meeting, Organic Farming conference in Burlington Saturday

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders will host US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at a dairy town meeting at the Burlington Hilton at 10 am on Saturday, February 13, 2010. Sanders also will host Vilsack as the keynote speaker at the Northeast Organic Farming Association annual conference at the University of Vermont’s Ira Allen Chapel in Burlington at 11:45 a.m.  Sen. Patrick Leahy will host the secretary as he speaks to the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery Annual Meeting in St. Albans at 1:15 p.m.  Vilsack, Leahy, Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch also will meet with Vermont anti-hunger leaders.What: Town Meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Tom VilsackWho: Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Patrick Leahy, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Congressman Peter Welch, and Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger AlbeeWhen: 9:30 a.m. coffee, 10 a.m. meeting, media availability immediately following the meeting from approximately 11:10 to 11:25 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2010Where: Hilton Hotel, Lake Champlain Room, 60 Battery Street, Burlington What: Secretary Vilsack Addresses Northeast Organic Farming Association Annual Winter ConferenceWho: Senator Bernie Sanders, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, and Vermont organic farmersWhen: 11:45 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2010Where: Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont, 26 University Place, Burlington Source: Sanders’ office. BURLINGTON, February 12, 2010 –last_img read more

Central Istria is or should be the “new big thing” of Istrian tourism

first_imgCover photo: Central Istria Tourist Board In the first half of August, 14,30% more arrivals were realized compared to the same period last year The share of overnight stays by country from January to mid-August was: Germany 60%, Croatia 10%, Austria 5%, Belgium 4% and the Netherlands and Poland 3% each. Interestingly, the average length of stay of foreign guests was eight days, but which clearly shows the profile of guests coming to luxury holiday homes. These are hotel guests, but who want privacy in addition to luxury. Precisely luxury holiday homes will not only be in the short-term trend, but will remain the main or premium accommodation product in the long run. Even more sought after by hotels with 4 **** More about the attached article. In the period from 01. to 16.08.2020. 6.945 arrivals were realized, ie 14,30% more than last year and 50.357 overnight stays, which is 92,78% of last year’s number of overnight stays. Foreign guests realized 96% of overnight stays, and domestic 4%. The interior of Istria is a marvel of story, emotion and experience, and the foundations are more than excellent. But now it is necessary to put development in a planned, sustainable and strategic framework and accelerate development, in order to arrange and protect the tourist mosaic wisely. Central Istria is the “new big thing” of Istrian tourism. “Our accommodation capacities are mostly holiday homes, which are dislocated and offer guests privacy and isolation, which were additionally sought after this year. Precisely central Istria with a combination of outdoor activities without large crowds, eno gastronomic offer, natural and cultural – historical attractions offers quality facilities without the need for contacts, if the guest does not want it”Points out the director of TZSI Sanja Kantaruti. / / / FINALLY STORIES AND A DIFFERENT NARRATIVE IN THE PROMOTION OF A TOURIST DESTINATION – DARE TO EXPLORE At least it should be, but it is necessary to accelerate strategic and sustainable development, and save the area from devastation. If anyone has experience in tourism, it is certainly Istria, as well as the negative consequences of the same. It is logical and natural for central Istria to be a new oasis of year-round tourism. / / / LUXURY HOLIDAY HOMES ARE NOT JUST A CURRENT TREND, BUT THEY WILL BECOME THE FIRST CHOICE. MARRIOTT CONFIRMS THIS AS WELL As has been said since the beginning of the Covid crisis, a special focus this year will be on the interior as well as the luxuries of the holiday home, which have been excellently filled this year as well. Although it is difficult to predict what the post-season will be like at the moment, due to the “closing” of Italy, Austria, and maybe soon Slovenia, they are still hoping for a good post-season in central Istria. Central Istria is the “new big thing” of Istrian tourism. In 2020, there are 11% more accommodation units in the TZSI area than in 2019 (1.139) and 10% more beds (5.281) and facilities (913) than in 2019.center_img While on the one hand we have developed sea destinations and tourist infrastructure, as well as strong hoteliers, on the other hand central Istria is exactly the product that Istria lacks, in order to complete the whole story. The central, ie the interior of Istria is exactly the biggest secret and the next big step that Istria must complete and embrace. But a totally different tourism product from sea tourism, which complements itself perfectly. Also, everything is close in Istria, and from any destination on the coast you are in half an hour in a tourist story and ambience. There are certainly various dangers and negative trends if the entire development is not conducted strategically and planned. As is the great interest of investors for a new wild “apartmentization” by creating artificial Istrian villages without soul and people. And all under the prism of real estate, not tourism business. A city or a village is not made up of buildings, but of people. And tourism without people makes no sense. Who will sell an authentic experience if not the locals. Ultimately, for whom is tourism developed, if not to raise the quality of the local population? Also, one of the positive things that is happening in Istria, and thanks to more and more luxury holiday homes is the opening of a new market for family farms. Thus, local Istrian family farms organized and began to offer guests in holiday homes deliveries of their products to the doorstep. A new market has opened up, which I also wrote about in the above article. The main problem of central Istria is that it is again not united as one tourist product, the North-Western cluster is missing, which creates additional problems in positioning, branding and development. It is NW Istria that has developed and positioned itself best, at least in my opinion, and let’s say we have an absurd situation where Motovun belongs to central Istria, and Grožnjan to NW Istria. Tourists really do not know or are interested in various municipal, city, county and other imaginary borders, but they see first Croatia as a destination, and only then Istria. That is why it is necessary to brand the regions, and then descend to logical and natural wholes, as well as niche rounded tourist products. And that is why central Istria should be one brand, because it is one story. I emphasize, it is about the interior of Istria or one area. That is why it is not surprising that the area of ​​the Tourist Board of Central Istria (TZSI) in the period from 01.01. to 16.08.2020. realized 20.757 arrivals, ie 72,44% in relation to the same period last year and 153.215 overnight stays or 71,89% in relation to 2019. Of the above, 90,38% of overnight stays were realized by foreign and 9,62% by domestic guests . Another major problem is slow strategic development due to lack of financial and human resources. There is a lack of human capacity as well as a financial budget, to arrange the whole story wisely. Especially from the County of Istria and the Tourist Board of the County of Istria, a much greater focus and financial injection is needed, ie its strategic development. It cannot be said that they do not finance development, but they are crumbs – too little and not enough, for a real step forward. The potentials, but also the signal from the market are there, everything is already nicely arranged, you just need to network it nicely, package and present it and give direction and vision of development. Development cannot be left to small municipalities and cities and tourist communities, which do not have enough human and financial resources to make a bigger step forward. “The post-season is growing from year to year, and the number of domestic guests is growing, which makes me very happy. Our facilities are open in the off-season, the season continues and we hope that growth will continue in the off-season. ” Kantaruti concludes. But it is important to accelerate development, but to be strategic and sustainable. This is precisely the role of the public system as a DMC / DMO agency to smartly lead and push these processes forward. Because the private sector recognized this very well, the whole story holds water very well on the market and the interior of Istria began to breathe with full tourist “lungs”. The focus is on quality, not quantity. Villa Covri / photo by Rajan Milosevic / Corridor 2 7 The question is: Will the interior of Istria develop slowly and “spontaneously” or will development accelerate, but through smart, planned and sustainable management of the new Istrian tourist paradigm. This is a real challenge and a key issue. The quality development of the interior of Istria is in the interest of large hoteliers as well as the whole of Istria, because it is this content that prolongs the season, attracts quality guests, increases tourist spending, and gives value for money. In my opinion, there are two key problems. last_img read more

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Outbreak breakout: COVID-19 patient flees isolation ward in Jakarta

first_imgA COVID-19 patient who was receiving treatment in the isolation ward of Persahabatan General Hospital (RSUP) in East Jakarta has reportedly escaped the facility with the help of family members.According to Erlina Burhan, the hospital’s spokesperson for matters related to COVID-19, the patient was able to slip away while medical workers were busy.”[The patient] left through the front door, where her family members were already waiting to help her flee,” Erlina told a press conference at the hospital on Friday afternoon.  Read also: Coronavirus pandemic ‘could be over by June’ if countries act, says Chinese adviserThe facility is currently treating five COVID-19 patients and eleven others who are under observation for showing symptoms, tempo.co reported.Separately, Jakarta administration official Suharti said the patient decided to leave the hospital because she did not trust the test result diagnosing her as positive for COVID-19. She also demanded proof of her infection, she added.”The patient claimed that she had shown no symptoms of COVID-19. So, she decided to run because she was afraid of eventually being transferred to a facility [for positive patients],” Suharti said, adding that all COVID-19 patients at the hospital were kept in the same room. She added that the patient also had financial concerns.”[The patient’s] family is poor and they have children to feed.”Suharti spoke during a recent meeting with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on the capital’s measures to combat COVID-19. The meeting was recorded and can be watched on the Jakarta administration’s official YouTube channel. Indonesia has so far recorded 69 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Four patients have died during isolation.However, the figures are believed to be far below the country’s actual number of infections, with many fearing that cases have gone undetected because of the government’s inadequate handling of the health crisis.Concerns also remain as to whether tests run by the Health Ministry’s laboratory are accurate.At least five people suspected of having the virus have died since late February before authorities eventually announced the first two confirmed cases last week. Some of the suspected patients died while waiting for their test results, although all of their tests eventually came back negative.In one case, a health official reportedly confirmed the possibility of flawed results from lab tests. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery provides fitness update on Aaron Ramsey after Arsenal star suffers injury against Napoli

first_imgAaron Ramsey sustained a hamstring injury against Napoli (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits he doesn’t know if Aaron Ramsey has already played his last game for Arsenal.The 28-year-old, who will join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, limped off in the 31st minute after sustaining a hamstring strain during Arsenal’s Europa League win over Napoli on Thursday.Alexandre Lacazette’s stunning free-kick secured a 1-0 win away from home to book a last four showdown with Valencia, one of Emery’s former clubs.Arsenal will, however, almost certainly be without the Wales international, scorer of two FA Cup final winning goals, although Emery admitted it was too early to judge the severity of the injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked if Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal, he responded: ‘I don’t know.‘It is a muscular injury. Normally it will be some weeks out for him. But we have other players and we can find a performance and rotate players.’On the prospect of facing Valencia, who knocked out fellow Spanish side Villarreal, Emery added: ‘I am proud of the players. We started very well.📊 Unai Emery’s first 50 games as head coach of Arsenal…Won – 32Drawn – 7Lost – 11Goals scored – 97Goals conceded – 53🎼 #ElMaestro pic.twitter.com/Uiu2mEFJm6— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 18, 2019 Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Apr 2019 10:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link53Shares Unai Emery provides fitness update on Aaron Ramsey after Arsenal star suffers injury against Napoli ‘The first half was good because after we scored we continued not to give them opportunities.‘We defended well second half. In the two matches we can be happy to win against Napoli.‘They are a very good team with goods players. It will be a difficult match for us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Idled Sioux Center ethanol plant back at 50% production

first_imgWASHINGTON — A northwest Iowa ethanol plant that was idled in mid-September has resumed production, due to action in California.Kelly Nieuwenhuis, a farmer from Primghar, is president of farmer-owned Siouxland Energy in Sioux Center.“The State of California is using a significant amount of ethanol to meet its requirements under the low-carbon fuel standard and CARB lowered our plant’s carbon score by roughly 10%, giving us a new market opportunity,” Nieuwenhuis said yesterday. “As a result, now we’re back on line and operating at 50% capacity.”CARB stands for the California Air Resources Board which regulates emissions to reduce pollution that causes smog and other air quality problems. Nieuwenhuis testified at a congressional hearing yesterday about the Sioux Center plant’s temporary shutdown — and its recent re-start.“This small boost came directly from California, not the EPA,” Nieuwenhuis said. “The regulatory attempts by the EPA give us little confidence that we will see the relief that we need.”This past spring, the ethanol industry urged California officials to approve sales of higher ethanol blends, to reduce carbon emissions. Distillation at the Sioux Center ethanol plant started this past Saturday and fermentation started on Monday.(Mark Buss, KSOU, Sioux Center contributed to this story/photo courtesy of Congressman Loebsack’s office)last_img read more