Honeysuckle to return in Hatton’s Grace Hurdle | Racing News

first_img“Fairyhouse seems to have a lot of nice mares’ races there and they provide such good ground for their bigger days, so it’s great to be able to run them there. By coincidence as much as anything, she’s done a lot of racing there.”Honeysuckle and Benie Des Dieux fought out a memorable finish to the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and that race, along with the Champion Hurdle, will be on the radar again this season, if all goes to plan.De Bromhead said: “If she’s in the same form as she was last year, we would start in the Hatton’s Grace and probably aim for the Irish Champion Hurdle and then reassess everything after that.- Advertisement – Henry de Bromhead is preparing to take the wraps off stable star Honeysuckle, who will bid to defend her Baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle crown at Fairyhouse later this month.The six-year-old is unbeaten in eight starts for De Bromhead so far – counting this race, the Irish Champion Hurdle and the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on her tally last term.- Advertisement – “I imagine if everything has gone well, she will get an entry for the Champion Hurdle and the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and we’ll see nearer the time what we decide to do.”Honeysuckle was a point-to-point winner before joining De Bromhead and when asked if the mare could possibly embark on a chasing career in the future, he added: “I would say so.“She’s achieving so much over hurdles, but in fairness to her, some days she loose schools over a fence so she’s keeping her eye in with it and, touch wood, she seems very good with it. We’ll see, but that could happen.”The Hatton’s Grace is one of three Grade Ones at Fairyhouse’s Winter Festival, along with the Drinmore Novices’ Chase and the Royal Bond Novices’ Hurdle, all of which are backed by Bar One Racing.De Bromhead has two possibles for the later event, with Sunday’s Navan Grade Three runner-up Annexation in the mix along with Irascible, won made a winning debut for the yard at Clonmel last month.The trainer said: “Annexation ran really well (at Navan), he’s a lovely horse – he wears his heart on his sleeve. He was probably a bit keen there. They didn’t go much of a gallop, then Rachael (Blackmore) thought she was struggling, but then she thought she got there too soon.“He has loads of class, he’s won on quick ground, soft ground, he jumps, he won over a seven furlongs on the Flat – he’s just a lovely horse to have.“He’s entered and we also have Irascible, who won his maiden hurdle first time out for us the other day. They’re both entered and we’ll see nearer the time what we do.”The Winter Festival kicks off on November 28, and De Bromhead could be represented in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Hurdle, a race that was initially due to be run as a Grade One at Fairyhouse’s Easter meeting before the Covid-19 shutdown.De Bromhead won the equivalent event with Honeysuckle in 2019 and Minella Melody, who returned with second place in a Galway Grade Three last month, is in line to challenge.He added: “It’s a little disappointing it’s not a Grade One. The mares of that generation, I’m not sure they got a crack at any Grade One throughout the year. The mares’ novice in Cheltenham is a Grade Two, so it’s a little bit disappointing, but I’m sure there’s a very good reason.“It’s fantastic they’ve salvaged it as a Grade Two though.“Minella Melody will have a go at that. She had a good year last year, (but) she was a bit disappointing in Cheltenham (18th in Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle). She’s quite a stuffy mare, so we said we would give her a run at Galway the other day and hopefully that will have her spot on for the race.” Those three Grade One triumphs took Honeysuckle’s top-level career victories to four and the daughter of Sulamani will be seeking a sixth Fairyhouse win when she contests the November 29 highlight.De Bromhead said: “She’s brilliant and we’re very lucky to have her. It was a great performance that day (last year). She seems in good form so hopefully she can have another good go at it this time.“The first day (she ran) she was good, but she’s just progressed and progressed. She’s not a mare that would take a huge amount of work, so you wouldn’t be working her a lot at home.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump advisor hopes court challenges to Biden election win done soon

first_img– Advertisement – A top legal advisor to President Donald Trump‘s campaign said Wednesday that she hopes a number of court challenges to ballots cast in the presidential election are resolved “within the next two weeks.”Jenna Ellis, Trump campaign legal advisor, during a Fox Business News interview, said it will “be up to the courts to make sure to hear these cases expeditiously.”“It’s incredibly important that the states don’t certify false results,” Ellis said, referring to two legal challenges the Republican campaign is bringing in Pennsylvania and Michigan, led by Democratic governors.- Advertisement – Even if the Trump campaign can prove fraud, or show that ballots were improperly cast in some cases, it is far from clear that the campaign will be able to invalidate enough of the tens of thousands of ballots necessary to erase Biden’s margin of victory in any state. – Advertisement – The longest contested presidential election in modern times was in 2000, when it took 35 days before Democratic Vice President Al Gore conceded to George W. Bush, the Republican nominee. But that delay was the result of a dispute over ballots in just one state, Florida, five fewer than the number of states in which the Trump campaign is disputing results.Biden is projected as the winner in four of the states in dispute, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada, and is leading in ballot counting in the two other states, Arizona and Georgia.On Wednesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the state will conduct a by-hand recount of the votes in each county there. Biden leads Trump by more than 14,000 votes in Georgia.Biden currently is projected to receive at least 279 Electoral College votes — nine more than the minimum needed to secure a White House victory. He could get 27 more such votes if he wins in Arizona and Georgia.Ellis on Tuesday mocked much of the media’s reference to Biden as “president-elect” by editing her Twitter handle to read “President-Elect Jenna Ellis.”It is long-standing practice for media outlets, including NBC News, to project the winner of a presidential election, and other elections, days or weeks before the final vote popular vote tallies are completed in individual states, and well before a vote in the Electoral College officially determines the winner of the presidency.Trump has not only refused to concede to Biden as he contests the election, but also has falsely claimed to have won the election.The Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Michigan was filed Wednesday. The campaign said the lawsuit cites “multiple witness accounts of irregularities, incompetence, and unlawful vote counting” in the state.On Tuesday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania scheduled for Nov. 19 an evidentiary hearing on a Trump campaign lawsuit that challenges the process for evaluating the legitimacy of mail-in ballots in the state.Asked when she expected the legal process to be done, and whether there will be proof of systemic and significant fraud, she said, “That depends on when we’re granted meaningful access” to ballots.“So hopefully sooner rather than later,” Ellis said.“I know every American wants this done expeditiously,” she said. “But hopefully within the next two weeks. But we’ll see.”Biden campaign legal advisor Bob Bauer on Tuesday told reporters that the Trump campaign’s array of election lawsuits is “noise, not really law.”“Theatrics not really lawsuits,” Bauer said.He pointed out that since Election Day last week, judges have dismissed seven court cases lodged by the Trump campaign in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.And he said the Trump campaign cannot win the election based on recounts in any state.“Since 2000, in 31 statewide recounts, the average change in votes was 430, and the median change was 267,” Bauer said. “End of story. These margins cannot be overcome in recounts. So the recounts are yet another piece of the political theatrics.”Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, on Tuesday said in a statement, “Let me be clear — the November elections in Michigan ran as smoothly as ever.”“Irregularities occur in every election, but there are multiple layers of protection to ensure that these irregularities are caught and rectified,” Nessel said.“Most of these are simple human error, not crimes — in several examples throughout the state we have found election workers making inadvertent errors that would have given more votes to the candidate of the opposite party.” Detroit election workers work on counting absentee ballots for the 2020 general election at TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.Jeff Kowalsky | AFP | Getty Images In those states, Trump’s campaign is asking judges to bar state officials from certifying election results pending challenges to ballots there.The Trump campaign, which has court challenges pending and plans to seek recounts in six battleground states, is relying on those efforts to overturn what is now a projected victory for President-elect Joe Biden, the former Democratic vice president.But those efforts have been criticized by Biden’s campaign and others for failing to offer substantive evidence of fraud.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Study says H5N1 has varied effects in small land birds

first_imgOct 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A study on the effects of the H5N1 avian influenza virus on small land birds suggests it is often lethal in sparrows but has lesser effects on starlings and pigeons and does not readily spread to other birds of the same species.However, the researchers say their findings also suggest that sparrows and starlings could potentially spread the virus to poultry and mammals.The results of the study, conducted at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, were published early online by Emerging Infectious Diseases.Scientists have fleshed out some H5N1 patterns in waterfowl species, which have been shown to shed the virus for prolonged periods and are thought to play some role—along with the poultry business—in the geographic spread among the world’s poultry populations. However, less is known about small terrestrial birds, which also intermingle with waterfowl and poultry.To gauge how the H5N1 virus behaves in small birds, the researchers inoculated sparrows, starlings, and pigeons with four different strains that were isolated from birds. Two of the strains had previously been shown to infect waterfowl in Thailand, and two were recently isolated during wild-bird surveillance in Hong Kong.The sparrows and starlings used in the study were captured in the wild, while 6-week old Carneux pigeons were bought from supply houses. At the start of the study, the authors obtained cloacal swabs from the birds to rule out existing influenza A infections.After the birds were inoculated with the H5N1 strains, researchers placed them in cages with uninfected birds of the same species for 14 days to gauge virus transmission. The ratio of infected to uninfected birds was 1:1 for sparrows and starlings and 2:3 for pigeons.The birds were monitored each day for death and illness, and oropharyngeal and cloacal swabs were collected on days 2, 4, 6, 8, and 11 for sparrows and starlings and on days 3, 5, and 7 for pigeons. At the end of the 14-day period, the investigators collected serum samples from the inoculated and contact birds for hemagglutanin-inhibition testing.Death rates were highest for the sparrows: 66% to 100% of them died, depending on the H5N1 strain they received. High viral loads were detected in dead sparrows’ brain and lung tissues. However, none of the starlings or pigeons died.Regular testing after inoculation showed that all of the sparrows and starlings were infected, but infection in pigeons depended on the strain of the virus. One of the Hong Kong strains infected both sparrows and starlings, as well as all of the inoculated pigeons, though the authors found the viruses replicated relatively poorly in the pigeons.Virus titers showed sparrows and starlings shed similar amounts of the virus, but titers from cloacal swabs of sparrows were higher than those from the starlings.The researchers found no evidence of spread of the virus among the sparrows and pigeons. Only one starling showed evidence of transmission, involving one of the Hong Kong strains.The authors concluded that that the birds varied in their susceptibility to the H5N1 viruses but that transmission to the contact birds was infrequent.Compared to earlier reports on the susceptibility of sparrows, starlings, and pigeons to a 1997 Hong Kong H5N1 virus, the current study suggests that the bird species are more susceptible to the more recent H5N1 isolates used in the study.”Although drawing conclusions on the basis of a single 1997 isolate is inappropriate, these data are consistent with studies that have demonstrated increased virulence or host range for recent influenza [H5N1] viruses in mammalian species,” the authors write.A key question is whether smaller wild birds can be intermediate hosts or long-term reservoirs for the H5N1 virus, the researchers point out. The results in sparrows suggest that they could potentially infect poultry and mammals, but, given the high death rate, wouldn’t likely serve as a reservoir for prolonged viral shedding. Starlings, because they survived and shed the virus longer, could act as an intermediate host, but transmission evidence in the study was limited, the report says. The authors suggest that the role of pigeons in spreading the virus may be minor because they shed only small amounts of the virus and didn’t transmit the disease to other pigeons.The researchers conclude that terrestrial wild bird species vary considerably in their susceptibility to H5N1 virus strains, and some species, such as sparrows, could suffer substantial losses during H5N1 outbreaks. Also, they write that mutations in circulating H5N1 viruses could enhance the role of sparrows and starlings as intermediate hosts.Boon ACM, Sandbulte MR, Seiler P, et al. Role of terrestrial wild birds in ecology of influenza A virus (H5N1). Emerg Infect Dis 2007 Nov 13(11) [Full text]last_img read more

Experts look for clues in 1918 pandemic virus family tree

first_imgJun 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – To outside observers, the novel H1N1 virus spreading quickly to every corner of the globe must seem like it came out of nowhere, but the organism is a fourth generation of the 1918 pandemic virus and comes from an H1N1 family tree that is colorful and complex, according to two historical reviews that appear today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).Understanding the history of swine influenza viruses, particularly their contribution to the 1918 pandemic virus, underscores the need to better comprehend zoonotic viruses as well as the dynamics of human pandemic viruses that can arise from them, the authors report in an early online NEJM edition.The world is still in a “pandemic era” that began in 1918, wrote three experts from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), senior investigator David Morens, MD, medical epidemiologist Jeffery Taubenberger, MD, PhD, and NIAID director Anthony Fauci, MD.The 1918 virus has used a “bag of evolutionary tricks” to survive in humans and pigs and to launch other novel viruses, they wrote. “The 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus represents yet another genetic product in the still-growing family tree of this remarkable 1918 virus.”The novel H1N1 virus’ complex evolutionary history involved genetic mixing within human viruses and between avian- and swine-adapted viruses, gene segment evolution in multiple species, and evolution from the selection pressure of herd immunity in populations at different times, the group wrote, adding. “The fact that this novel H1N1 influenza A virus has become a pandemic virus expands the previous definition of the term,”Though any new virus is unpredictable, Fauci and his colleagues wrote that in this pandemic era, severity appears to be decreasing over time, with an evolutionary pattern that appears to favor transmissibility over pathogenicity.Two researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, in a review article on the emergence of H1N1 viruses, wrote that viral adaptation to a new host species is complex, but the 1918 influenza A H1N1 virus was unusual because it emerged from a bird source in pigs and humans at the same time. In contrast, researchers have said the new H1N1 virus probably emerged from swine to humans. The authors are Shanta Zimmer, MD, from the medical school, and Donald Burke, MD, from the graduate school of public health.Previous research suggests that antibody specificity against the 1918 human influenza virus diverged quickly from swine influenza viruses, and genetic differences in hemagglutinin (HA) continue to show the same type of rapid divergence between human and swine viruses, they wrote.Researchers still don’t know why H1N1 retreated in 1957 for the next 20 years, though likely factors include high levels of existing homologous immunity plus the sudden appearance of heterologous immunity from a new H2N2 strain, Zimmer and Burke wrote.Cross-species transfers of swine influenza H1N1 cropped up a few times over the next two decades, and human H1N1 didn’t surface again until 1977, presumably because of a laboratory accident in the former Soviet Union. This event marked a first in interpandemic history: the cocirculation of two influenza A viruses.The authors wrote that it’s difficult to predict how well the pandemic strain will compete against the seasonal H1N1 virus. Both viruses share three gene segments with their remote 1918 descendant: nucleocapsid, nonstructural, and HA. They pointed out that studies of B-cell memory response in 1918 pandemic survivors showed that the neutralizing body against HA was specific and long-lasting.Cell-mediated immunity may also affect competition between the two viruses, the authors wrote. Though it’s not clear if cytotoxic T lymphocytes clinically protect humans, they have been shown to reduce viral shedding, even in the absence of antibodies against HA and neuraminidase.”Cytotoxic T lymphocytes that are generated by seasonal influenza viruses against conserved epitopes might provide heterotypic immune responses that could dampen transmission, even in the absence of measurable antibody protection,” Zimmer and Burke wrote.Morens DM, Taubenberger JK, Fauci AS. The persistent legacy of the 1918 influenza virus. N Engl J Med 2009 Jul 16;361(3):225-29 [Full text]Zimmer SM, Burke DS. Historical perspective—emergence of influenza A (H1N1) viruses. N Engl J Med 2009 Jul 16;361(3):279-85 [Full text]last_img read more

Hotel Maestral still on sale, CERP announced a new public call

first_imgThe Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP) has announced a new public call for expressions of interest for the purchase of shares in the company Hoteli Maestral from Dubrovnik. A total of 355.520 shares are on sale, with a total nominal value of HRK 71.104.000, which is 68,94 percent of the share capital. By the way, at the end of last year, in the process of public collection of bids for the purchase of 355.520 shares of HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovnik, a binding offer was received submitted by the company J&T IB CAPITAL MARKETS, Prague, Czech Republic. The company J&T IB CAPITAL MARKETS, Prague, Czech Republic offered a price of HRK 114.271.238,40 for the purchase of shares of HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovnik, which are the subject of the sale, which is the amount of the determined starting price. However, obviously the offer was not accepted and a new Public Invitation was published.Hotels Maestral in its portfolio consists of five hotels in Dubrovnik, total capacity 472 rooms, with 931 beds (hotel Uvala **** (51), hotel Splendid *** (59), hotel Komodor *** (63), hotel Vis *** (142), hotel Adriatic ** (107) and the Adriatica Rooms ** pavilion (50)). All of the Company’s hotels and rooms at Adriatica Rooms are located next to each other in the western part of Dubrovnik, in the Lapad Bay, only 3,5 km from the historic center and approximately 25 km from Dubrovnik Airport.Deadline for submitting a letter of intent to express interest: April 09, 2018 until 15,00:XNUMX p.m.Side dish: Public call for expressions of interest for the purchase of shares in the company Hoteli Maestrallast_img read more

Fortress of St. Nikola in Šibenik opens on June 15

first_img “Our ultimate goal is a completely revitalized, landscaped and restored Fortress of St. Nicholas that will be open to visitors during the season. This requires enormous effort, hard work and continuous efforts in securing financial resources. But, once we finish this life project of ours, we will leave to future generations a restored, originally preserved and dignified UNESCO monument by which the city of Šibenik and Šibenik-Knin County will be recognizable all over the world.” he pointed out Goran Pauk, County Prefect of Šibenik-Knin County. It is the Fortress of St. Nikola in Šibenik will welcome the first visitors at the grand opening on June 15, after it was closed to the public for almost two years.  During this period, construction works were carried out on the cleaning of the building, the necessary rehabilitation and safety of visitors. The ship’s pier at the main entrance has been rehabilitated and safe and organized access to the site has been provided. This created the necessary preconditions for the opening of the fortress, but the real work of its restoration is yet to come.  The two-hour visit will include an attractive boat ride through the Šibenik Channel and a tour of the fortress accompanied by trained staff and the use of a multimedia guide. The daily maximum capacity of visits is limited due to the limited number of places on board, safety conditions and protection of monuments, but also the quality of the experience of all visitors.  The ticket price includes: organized boat transport from the Šibenik waterfront to the fortress through the significant landscape “Kanal-Luka in Šibenik” and contact zone, escort on board and at the fortress, use of multimedia guides with headphones and return to Šibenik according to the established schedule of regular departures from the Šibenik waterfront , every day from Monday to Sunday, as well as visitor insurance. Tickets will be available at the point of sale on the Šibenik waterfront and online at www.kanal-svetog-ante.com. Opening of the Fortress of St. Nicholas in the Channel of St. Ante is the result of a series of projects funded by the European Union, Šibenik-Knin County and the Ministry of Culture within the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The first significant step was made in 2013, when, through the project of Tourist Valorization of the Channel of St. Ante, landscaped promenade and access road to the fortress. In May last year, the second phase of the project worth 26 million kuna was contracted, during which a visitor center and accompanying infrastructure will be built. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Conservation Department in Šibenik, a great deal of work was done, which resulted in the registration of the fortress of St. Nicholas on the UNESCO World Heritage List. After that, an additional 2,6 million kuna was provided for the preparation of project documentation for the complete renovation of the facility, and the Ministry of State Property allocated the County the space of the former barracks in Minerska Bay for 50 years. This season, it will be possible to visit the fortress only by an official ship departing from Šibenik. All ships for the Fortress of St. Nikola leaves and returns to the Šibenik waterfront, near the intersection of the Croatian Navy Coast and the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Coast. “We are happy that the fortress, which has a special meaning for all of us, will open its doors. I thank our fellow citizens who recognized the complexity of the project and showed great patience all this time. I can already announce with pleasure that during the first working day we will provide free tickets for all visitors and in the period from 17 to 25 June we will provide free tickets for half the capacity of the ship for residents of Šibenik – Knin County to get acquainted with the offer, but also experienced the fortress in a whole new way. I would also like to thank from the bottom of my heart the Ministry of Culture, the Conservation Department in Šibenik, the employees of Šibenik-Knin County and everyone who helped us open the doors of the proud sea guard of Šibenik.” pointed out Anita Babačić Ajduk, director of the Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County, which manages the fortress.  The city of Šibenik, one of the few cities in the world with two cultural monuments on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage – the Cathedral of St. Jakov and the fortress of Sv. Nicholas.last_img read more

Helios Faros comes out of bankruptcy: Valamar and PBZ Croatia osiguranje are investing HRK 650 million in reconstruction

first_imgHelios Faros dd has been the holder of the Starigrad tourist offer for several decades, and has been in bankruptcy since February 2016. It has the capacity of category 2 * -3 *, which includes 1,465 beds in the tourist facilities of the hotel Arkada 2 * and Lavender 3 *, apartments 2 * and camp Jurjevac. Helios Faros came out of bankruptcy, the Zagreb Stock Exchange, and the conclusion of the bankruptcy Valamar Riviera acquires full membership rights as a holder of 2.280.000 shares over the company HELIOS FAROS from Hvar. Through the partnership of PBZ CO and Valamar, which will manage the hotel and tourist facilities and facilities of HELIOSFAROS, a new phase of tourism development will begin in the Old Town on the island of Hvar. As previously announced, PBZ Croatia osiguranje dd and Valamar Riviera dd have proposed a five-year investment plan in tourist property in the amount of HRK 650 million. Through the complete renovation and construction of two high-category resorts with a capacity of about 700 accommodation units, the portfolio of Helios Farosa dd will be repositioned according to the premium offer, which will give the destination Stari Grad its attractiveness and recognizability. According to this plan, Helios Faros would employ about 500 staff after the renovation of the Arkada and Lavender hotelscenter_img Following the subscription of the share capital increase, Valamar now owns 23,61% of Helios Faros shares, and PBZ Croatia osiguranje 70,83%, while the share capital of Helios Faros has increased from today’s HRK 5,36 million to HRK 96,56 million.  All bankruptcy creditors have been settled in the procedure, so the preconditions for concluding bankruptcy proceedings against HELIOS FAROS have been met, reads the decision of the Commercial Court in Split.last_img read more

Zagreb Advent Run gathered more than 3000 participants

first_img “Zagreb Advent Run was created on the idea of ​​Advent gifts and socializing with loved ones during the holidays. Together with our partners from the company Run Croatia, we made something completely different – a cheerful pre-holiday gathering that has a noble note. ” said Mario Petrovic, CEO of Millennium Promotion and race organizer. Organized by Millennium Promotion and Run Croatia, runners ran through the center of Zagreb on two routes – 5 and 10 kilometers, and 5 kilometers were joined by walkers. As in previous years, the Zagreb Advent Run, in line with the holiday spirit of giving, also had a humanitarian note. This year’s goal was to raise awareness of the importance of year-round responsible behavior in the sun, and part of the proceeds from the race registration fees this year will be donated to the association Healthy under the Sun.  The fastest male runner was Sylvia Thomas, and he ran 5 kilometers in 15:14. In the women’s competition, the winner was Tea Faber, who ran the same route in 18:10. The fastest time at 10 kilometers – 32:57 was Blaž Car Pavlić. Among the runners, the fastest was Mirjana Šimek Bilić with a time of 38:24. Vjekoslav Klarić was the fastest Nordic walker who crossed the route in 30:25, while Marija Žinić had the best time – 35:02 in the women’s competition. Zagreb Advent Run is the only sporting event within the Advent event in Zagreb, as well as an extension of the event that creates great added value.  On Sunday morning, the holiday-decorated center of Zagreb became even more colorful for over 3000 red caps, or more precisely 3150 runners from as many as 34 countries, who were attracted by the Zagreb Advent Run for the fourth time. Melanoma, one of the most aggressive tumors, affects more than two people in Croatia every day. Therefore, it is imperative to encourage citizens to act conscientiously and preventively when it comes to skin health because, despite modern advances in treatment, prevention and early detection of the disease is still crucial for positive prognosis of treatment and thus the lives of patients. Thus, the city of Zagreb has positioned itself as a destination with one of the largest Advent races in this part of Europe, and it is interesting that the race is the only sporting event within the Zagreb Advent.  Considering the number of participants and the visibility of the race, the Zagreb Advent Run is well on its way to becoming one of the most massive races in Europe. Thus, ZAR contributes to the visibility and promotion of the entire Zagreb Advent.  “Zagreb Advent Run is a great motive for many tourists to come to Zagreb and create some beautiful, new memories. Over 3150 runners from as many as 34 countries have registered, and we are especially pleased to register from overseas countries. “, said Berislav Sokač, founder of Run Croatia and organizer of the race. ZDR is another proof of how running can be and is certainly one of the motives for coming, as well as a great tool on how to extend the tourist season. The goal of the donation is for the association to cover the costs of organizing free preventive examinations in areas where there is a deficit of dermatologists. Also, all runners could apply for free preventive moles examinations, where prevention was directly affected. Photo: PRlast_img read more

One of Europe’s largest regional airlines, Flybe, has declared bankruptcy

first_imgThe last flights of the Exeter-based airline ended at British airports late last night, after hours of speculation that the company would cease operations. Flybe had been in financial trouble for some time, and fewer passengers due to the outbreak of coronavirus was crucial. Photo: Fb Flybe So Flybe announced today that their planes were grounded, and told its passengers not to come to the airports unless they had arranged a flight with another airline in the meantime.The airline was bought a year ago by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic, which has invested at least £ 100 million, but Flybe needed more.center_img During the day, railway companies in the UK offered free travel to staff as well as Flybe customers for the next seven days. By the way, Flybe was founded in 1979 and was the largest regional airline, which until yesterday employed about 2000 people. Although he was primarily a regional airline, his planes also flew to some European destinations, including Croatia.last_img read more

The aviation industry is facing difficult times and a long recovery. The time of low-cost flights will be behind us

first_imgPhoto: Emirates Surely the time of cheap ticket prices is behind us. The price of flights will increase significantly in the long run, ie it will be in some realistic framework of sustainability. Emirates is the first airline to introduce rapid passenger tests on COVID-19 It is currently not possible to bring hand luggage on flights, except for computers, handbags, briefcases or baby care items. All other items must be handed over at check-in, and Emirates grants passengers an increase in the amount of checked baggage allowed in addition to the amount they might otherwise bring on board. After each flight, all Emirates aircraft undergo a thorough cleaning and disinfection process in Dubai. Emirates thus became the first airline to introduce rapid passenger testing on COVID-19 just before travel. A rapid blood test was performed by DHA representatives at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, and the results were available within 10 minutes. Kako će koronavirus utjecati na zračni promet i aviokompanije? – jedno je od pitanja koje se logično postavlja i raspravlja globalno među strukom. According to forecasts, the real recovery of the tourism sector will begin only when the vaccine is found, and will last 2-3 years. Then the psychological / safety barrier between people will be removed, so that they can travel freely. According to current estimates, both scientists, epidemiologists, and the World Health Organization (WHO) should not expect the vaccine for another 12 months, if not longer. Of course, that does not mean that people will not travel, but certainly not in great intensity and as before. Everyone agrees that this situation will significantly affect our future way of life, business and thus the way we travel, ie the entire tourism sector. One thing is for sure, the world will be measured before and after the coronavirus. There is also the factor, ecology and sustainability, where until a year or two ago, airlines were under great pressure, and even in the Scandinavian countries, a protest and movement against air travel was launched. In the post-coronavirus era, it is ecology and sustainability that will be further expressed and sought after. Also, it will take a long time to start traveling freely as before, as well as the same intensity. We will certainly not travel all over the world and travel by plane for 5 or more hours, but will travel more regionally, locally and not too far from our home, especially in Europe. Also, the recovery will be much longer because for a while people will certainly not fly airplanes, at least en masse through the prism of tourism. The perception and feeling of fear of traveling (especially long journeys) and of being pushed like a sardine on a plane, certainly does not go aside for airlines. As well as the financial condition of the population and the long recovery and stabilization of the economy. Also, the option of having every other seat on the plane empty, respecting spacing measures, is neither sustainable nor cost-effective for airlines. The whole market pressure for cheap flights, even before the impact of the coronavirus, has led many companies to financial problems or bankruptcy, (Thomas Cook, Monarch Airlines…) because the sustainability of this business model is based solely on constant high passenger traffic with extremely high occupancy each flight. What all the changes will be is difficult to predict at the moment, but it is certain that the aviation industry will have major and long-term negative consequences. The current coronavirus pandemic is affecting all industries, and especially the tourism sector that is most directly affected. Sure and how you will have to think carefully about how to organize airports, from the check-in process, airport movements, bag collection lanes as well as boarding the plane itself. It was a question of when that bubble would burst, and now the impact of the coronavirus has only accelerated the whole process and brought many airlines to the wall overnight. States will also save financial assistance from national airlines, but certainly not low-budget ones. One of the probable scenarios is that passengers will have to be tested for coronavirus at borders, including airports, ie additional preventive measures will be introduced. Keeping in mind the social distance, Emirates has placed protective barriers at each check-in counter as additional safety measures for passengers and employees during any interaction. All employees at the airport are required to use gloves, masks and hand sanitizers. Passengers must also wear their own masks when at the airport and on the plane and follow social distancing guidelines. This state of emergency has already bankrupted some low-cost airlines, from Germanwings to Flybe, and will only unfortunately be followed by the bankruptcy of the same. Simply, so far, there has been too much pressure on the lowest possible ticket prices for low-cost flights, and airlines have been operating with a profit margin of 3-5%. “The testing process went smoothly and we want to take this opportunity to zwe thank DHA for their initiatives and innovative solutions. This would not have been possible without the support of Dubai Airport and other government bodies. We are working to increase the number of tests in the future and their introduction on other flights, which will allow us to conduct tests on COVID-19 on the spot and instant confirmation for Emirates passengers traveling to countries that require them. The health and safety of airport staff and passengers remains paramountSaid Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer. In coordination with the national health organization Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the airline Emirates introduced additional preventive measures, so on yesterday’s flight to Tunisia, passengers were tested for COVID-19 before leaving Dubai. For health and safety reasons, Emirates has adapted the range of services intended for passengers so that magazines and other printed reading materials are not available to them, while food and drink are still served, but in customized packaging and in a special way to reduce contact with staff. One of the possible scenarios shows us Emirates. Sve u svemu, turistički sektor očekuje više nego izazovno vrijeme, a pogotovo avionsku industriju koja će ova kriza puno dublje pogoditi. Trenutno je teško bilo što planirati i predviđati kako će točno neke stvari funkcionirati. Ljudi će i dalje putovati, a turizam će se oporaviti – to je sigurno. No isto tako sigurno je i to kako će doći do velikih promjena u turističkom sektoru. For the end, I would point out good advice Kjell A. Nordströmoma, who points out that companies now have to experiment, as scientists often do. They test and see how things work. So the business sector needs to start experimenting, not planning.last_img read more