RACINE, Wis. — They were feverish and desperate, confined to their cars in a slow single-file line as they waited for coronavirus tests. A few rolled down the windows to let the 72-degree breeze from Lake Michigan inside and leaned back on the headrests, eyes closed. One family of five, with three children in the back seat of a minivan, had already driven around for hours, trying to find a testing site that was not full. – Advertisement – “This virus doesn’t care if we voted for Donald Trump, doesn’t care if we voted for Joe Biden,” Mr. DeWine said. “It’s coming after all of us.”In his own state, some of the most invisible work in diagnosing and fighting the virus continued in a quiet laboratory around lunchtime. At the Cleveland Clinic, a giant fridge glowed with rows and rows of coronavirus samples. Technicians in surgical masks and blue plastic gloves shook test tubes and squinted at graphs on computer screens, trying to determine whether yet another patient had tested positive for the virus.This is the reality across America, where laboratories — once overlooked in the back rooms of hospitals — have become front and center in the country’s pandemic response as they race to keep up with testing demand. Nearly every hour, samples from a nearby coronavirus testing site were shuttled over in a cooler and dropped off at the Cleveland Clinic lab. A machine processing samples whirred around the clock. It never seemed to get tired, unlike the people who work in the lab, who have been logging intense hours for months. “I work, I go home, I come back,” one lab supervisor said. Another worker described an ever-mounting sense of pressure and responsibility. “This is not fun and games,” she said. “There are people’s lives at stake.” Children are feeling the effects of the rising caseload, too, with increasing infections forcing schools to close, or to postpone reopening if they had not yet opened. But that was before the pandemic shattered rituals and traditions of life and death.In October, Ms. Foley, the remaining survivor of 17 children, contracted the coronavirus. An avid baker and seamstress, she died on the last day of the month. Antibody: A protein produced by the immune system that can recognize and attach precisely to specific kinds of viruses, bacteria, or other invaders.Antibody test/serology test: A test that detects antibodies specific to the coronavirus. Antibodies begin to appear in the blood about a week after the coronavirus has infected the body. Because antibodies take so long to develop, an antibody test can’t reliably diagnose an ongoing infection. But it can identify people who have been exposed to the coronavirus in the past.Antigen test: This test detects bits of coronavirus proteins called antigens. Antigen tests are fast, taking as little as five minutes, but are less accurate than tests that detect genetic material from the virus.Coronavirus: Any virus that belongs to the Orthocoronavirinae family of viruses. The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is known as SARS-CoV-2. Covid-19: The disease caused by the new coronavirus. The name is short for coronavirus disease 2019.Isolation and quarantine: Isolation is the separation of people who know they are sick with a contagious disease from those who are not sick. Quarantine refers to restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a virus.Nasopharyngeal swab: A long, flexible stick, tipped with a soft swab, that is inserted deep into the nose to get samples from the space where the nasal cavity meets the throat. Samples for coronavirus tests can also be collected with swabs that do not go as deep into the nose — sometimes called nasal swabs — or oral or throat swabs.Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR): Scientists use PCR to make millions of copies of genetic material in a sample. Tests that use PCR enable researchers to detect the coronavirus even when it is scarce.Viral load: The amount of virus in a person’s body. In people infected by the coronavirus, the viral load may peak before they start to show symptoms, if symptoms appear at all. He said he was thinking about how to dedicate another of the hospital’s six floors to coronavirus patients. The coronavirus test positivity rate in Ward County, home to Minot, a city of roughly 47,000, had reached 25 percent by Thursday, said Lisa Clute, public health director for First District Health Unit. The virus has spread through the community and recently reached two long-term care facilities, where dozens of staff and residents are now infected.On Thursday, many on Dr. Sather’s staff were working overtime to handle the huge demand. He said he was worried about an overworked staff, as well as about all they were seeing every day.“They are witnessing people suffocate to death on a regular basis,” Dr. Sather said. “And it’s a heavy psychological toll.”Quiet FarewellAmanda Harper had always imagined her grandmother’s funeral as a full celebration of a life that took her from Canada to Connecticut. The viewing and service for Juliette Marie Foley, 98, would have been at a church, followed by family time where loved ones would have pored over old photos and swapped stories. – Advertisement – Julie Bosman reported from Racine, Sarah Mervosh from Cleveland, and Audra D. S. Burch from Hollywood, Fla. Mitch Smith contributed reporting from Chicago, Lucy Tompkins from Bismarck, N.D., and Kate Taylor from Boston. Steven Moity contributed research. In southwestern Virginia on Thursday, hundreds of students in the Henry County Public Schools district were at work in their classes. They had returned in mid-October after weeks online. But 22 staff members and students had tested positive for the virus since in-person classes resumed, and hundreds more had been quarantined.So, on Thursday, with holidays approaching and the prospect of more cases tied to family gatherings, the superintendent, Sandy Strayer, went before the school board to recommend that the district revert to virtual learning until January.The board unanimously adopted her recommendation. Come Monday, the district’s schools will close again. A Heavy TollIn Minot, N.D., patients on Thursday crammed an emergency room at Trinity Health, waiting to be admitted. The entire floor dedicated to coronavirus patients, which could hold 35 people, had no more available beds. Half of the patients in the intensive care unit were sick with the virus. Dr. Jeffrey Sather, the chief of staff, called other large hospitals around the state to see if he could send some patients there — a routine request in normal times. But every hospital was also full. He would have to handle the influx alone. Dr. David Williams, the chief clinical officer of UnityPoint Health, put it more bluntly.“Fellow Iowans, my job is to tell you it’s time we have to start listening,” Dr. Williams said. That message was echoed hours later by Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, after announcing that a record 4,961 people in his state received coronavirus diagnoses in a single 24-hour period and that 541 people were seriously ill in intensive care, the most of the pandemic. The coronavirus is surging out of control across the country, and more than 111,000 cases were reported on Thursday, more new cases than on any other day of the pandemic. In 43 states, new infections are climbing steadily higher. To many Americans, the pandemic’s march feels inexorable. “We knew it was just a matter of time,” said Matt Christensen, sitting in the passenger seat of the minivan alongside his wife. And in Missouri, officials interrupted the day with a jarring announcement: A person who tested positive for the coronavirus last week disregarded orders to isolate and worked as an election judge in suburban St. Louis on Tuesday. The person, whom St. Charles County officials did not identify, has since died. Morning PleasOn Thursday morning, governors began what is now a familiar routine, pleading in front of news cameras for Americans to do their part to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In Iowa, where cases have increased 118 percent over the past two weeks, Gov. Kim Reynolds urged residents to take action at what she described as a critical period in the state’s fight.- Advertisement – In a single day across America, the coronavirus churned through homes, workplaces, hospitals, schools and laboratories. From dawn to nightfall on Thursday, the worst day of the pandemic in terms of new cases, snapshots offered glimpses of the virus’s persistent spread and devastating fallout: In Cleveland, lab workers began another grinding day of processing coronavirus tests. In Minot, N.D., a hospital scrambled to find space for the crush of coronavirus patients who came through the doors. In Unionville, Conn., grieving relatives finalized plans for the funeral of a family’s 98-year-old matriarch, who died from the virus.- Advertisement – “For the next three weeks at least, I am asking Iowans to make every effort to help us stop the spread of Covid-19,” said Ms. Reynolds, who echoed warnings from hospital leaders that capacity could be stretched if cases continue to surge. The Coronavirus Outbreak ›Words to Know About TestingConfused by the terms about coronavirus testing? Let us help: On Thursday afternoon, a day before Ms. Foley’s small graveside service in Connecticut, there were still many details for Ms. Harper and the rest of the family to consider.Would the Zoom link work for the friends and relatives who could not attend, including Ms. Foley’s beloved grandson in Australia? For the few attending in person, how could Ms. Harper ensure it was both intimate and safe, especially with an uptick of virus cases in Connecticut? Should she bring a large photo of her grandmother, or would that encourage people to assemble too close? “This pandemic has robbed us of the way we say goodbye,” said Ms. Harper, 37, a university marketing director in Boston. “My grandmother had this beautiful full life and it ended matter-of-factly in this catastrophic pandemic.”By nightfall, the nation hurtled past the 100,000-case mark once again.
But the reprieve was short-lived as Bukayo Saka inadvertently stabbed Matt Targett’s cross into his own net (25).Watkins – a boyhood Arsenal fan – then took centre stage with two well-taken finishes (72, 75) to complete a fine away victory and a statement of intent from Dean Smith’s men.The result moves Villa up to sixth in the table while Arsenal slip to 11th. The hosts were struggling to keep things tight at the back and Villa soon took the lead as Jack Grealish and Barkley combined to free Targett, whose low cross was turned into his own net at the back post by Saka.Arsenal rarely threatened Emiliano Martinez on his return to the Emirates in the opening half with just one shot on target despite 64 per cent possession. Willian skied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross from the edge of the box prior to Saka’s own goal before Thomas Partey did the same from Mohamed Elneny’s cut-back. Subs: El Ghazi (n/a).Man of the match: Ross Barkley. Image:Trezeguet celebrates his part in Aston Villa taking the lead over Arsenal Image:Bukaya Saka inadvertently slides in to score an own goal on Sunday Ollie Watkins scored twice as an abject Arsenal were soundly beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa at the Emirates.The visitors might have been ahead after just 47 seconds when John McGinn’s strike was disallowed for offside upon VAR review with Ross Barkley deemed to have been in Bernd Leno’s eyeline.- Advertisement – Image:Watkins heads in the first of his two goals over a dreadful Arsenal Team newsArsenal boss Mikel Arteta reverted back to the team that beat Manchester United as Aston Villa travelled to the Emirates Stadium. The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes returned after being rested for the 4-1 Europa League win over Molde on Thursday.Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez lined up against his former side for the first time following his summer move to the West Midlands. Dean Smith made just one alteration from the 4-3 loss at home to Southampton as Trezeguet replaced Bertrand Traore. Villa show their strength – Opta statsAston Villa have won each of their first three away league games in a season for the first time in their history.This was Arsenal’s worst home league defeat since December 2019 versus Manchester City (also 0-3).Only Chelsea (five) have won more away league games than Aston Villa (four) at the Emirates Stadium.Aston Villa are the third side in Premier League history to win each of their first three away games in a season without conceding a goal, after Chelsea in 2005-06 and Manchester City in 2015-16.What’s next?Arsenal travel to face Leeds live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday, November 22; kick-off is at 4.30pm.Meanwhile, Aston Villa host Brighton on Saturday, November 21 at 3pm. – Advertisement – Arsenal: Leno (6), Holding (5), Gabriel (6), Tierney (5), Bellerin (5), Partey (4), Elneny (5), Saka (5), Willian (4), Lacazette (4), Aubameyang (5). Subs: Ceballos (6), Pepe (6), Nketiah (5).Aston Villa: Martinez (8), Cash (7), Konsa (8), Mings (8), Targett (7), McGinn (8), Douglas Luiz (8), Trezeguet (8), Barkley (9), Grealish (9), Watkins (8). – Advertisement – The goal was eventually ruled out, however, after a VAR check that lasted three minutes and 44 seconds deemed Ross Barkley had been standing offside and blocked Bernd Leno’s view of the strike. Image:John McGinn was denied a first-minute opener for Aston Villa “They’ve bullied and bossed Arsenal,” Lee Hendrie said on Sky Sports commentary, and the evidence was clear.This was the Premier League’s stingiest defence prior to the weekend, but the excellent Grealish lost Holding before forcing Leno into a fingertip save.Villa found breathing space when Watkins headed home Barkley’s brilliant volleyed delivery from close range. It ought to have got worse for Arsenal when Dani Ceballos was then in the right place on the line to hook Grealish’s shot off the line from Barkley’s cross.But it proved only a short respite as Watkins doubled his tally for the evening, finishing coolly past Leno after more fine work from Grealish. Victorious at United, but it’s now back-to-back home defeats – and back to the drawing board for Arsenal. Player ratings- Advertisement – Image:Mikel Arteta cuts a dejected figure on the touchline in the second half Back to the drawing board for ArsenalVictory at Old Trafford last weekend was another step in the right direction under Mikel Arteta, and the Spaniard would have expected his side to build on that morale-boosting result against favoured foes.The Gunners had won their previous three home league games against Villa by an aggregate score of 12-2 – but they nearly made a nightmare start.Inside 47 seconds, Villa thought they had opened the scoring inside the opening minute of the contest when John McGinn brilliantly lashed home from inside the box. But Arteta’s men ought to have restored parity when Alexandre Lacazette rose unattended to meet Kieran Tierney’s cross only to direct his header off target from close range. Arsenal had only won one of their six games under Arteta when trailing at the break – going on to lose each of the previous four – so a rousing team-talk was needed.Whatever was said, there was no rousing response.Rob Holding hooked Gabriel’s set-up wide before substitute Nicolas Pepe collected Eddie Nketiah’s pass before bending a fierce effort beyond the post, but Villa continued to dictate.
– Advertisement – Keep scrolling to see more darling decor, from Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s son Beckett’s colorful set-up to Christina Anstead’s son Hudson’s “boho” room. “Once we found out it was a little girl, I just wanted [the room] to be a little princess-y, but I also wanted people to walk in and think it looked so soft and pretty and girly, not crazy over-the-top or cheesy,” the former reality star exclusively told Us Weekly at the time. “It’s girly, but not just for a baby. Even when my mom comes, there’s a daybed and she’s slept in there when my sister was in the other guest bedroom. It’s such a sweet room that any girl would want to sleep in there.”The Dancing With the Stars alum went on to say that the room filled her with “positive energy,” adding that it made the infant “more calm” as well.“I just wanted it warm, sweet and girly without being too crazy,” Krupa gushed.- Advertisement – As for Dewan, the Flirty Dancing host called her and Steve Kazee’s son Callum’s nursery “a dream come true” in March 2020. “We wanted a calm, chic, neutral and whimsical room to bring baby home to and @potterybarnkids delivered in every way,” the actress wrote via Instagram at the time.The then-pregnant star, who welcomed her baby boy later that same month, cradled her baby bump in a pink dress while showing off the room. The room included a white crib, matching dresser and couch, as well as framed animal art, a gold map and patterned wallpaper.- Advertisement – Welcome home! Joanna Krupa, Jenna Dewan and more celebrity parents have given inside looks at their baby’s nurseries over the years.The Real Housewives of Miami alum designed the nursery of her dreams in December 2019 one month after her and Douglas Nunes’ daughter Asha-Leigh’s arrival.- Advertisement –
Hamilton was showered with praise from across the paddock.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who is the man tipped by many to eventually succeed Hamilton as the sport’s leading driver, said: “It was pretty obvious of course that he was going to win it, but it’s incredible. Very strong driver, of course also today, and he’s I guess now the greatest driver in Formula 1 in terms of stats.“A great result for the whole team as well, they have been so dominant. They definitely deserve it.”
Image:Neither Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook are reportedly keen to remain in Houston Image:Harden is reportedly keen to link up with Kevin Durant (left) and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn Harden, 31, is an eight-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA performer who has led the NBA in scoring each of the past three seasons. In 2019-20, he averaged 34.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 68 games.He has reached the NBA Finals once (playing alongside Durant with the 2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder) and the Western Conference finals three other times but has yet to win a championship.Durant, 32, is set to return in 2020-21 after missing all of last season due to a torn Achilles tendon. He has two championship rings from his time with the Golden State Warriors, winning NBA Finals MVP twice.Irving, 28, joined the Nets last season after previous stints in Cleveland and Boston. He was a key part of the Cavaliers’ 2015-16 championship team alongside LeBron James.Want to watch even more of the NBA and WNBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here. The Rockets have already lost head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey during the offseason.- Advertisement – He is reportedly in contact with Nets forward Kevin Durant and guard Kyrie Irving in hopes of forming a Big Three in Brooklyn.However, there has been no “meaningful dialogue” between the Nets and the Rockets about a Harden deal. Former MVP James Harden has declined the Houston Rockets’ offer of a contract that would pay him an NBA-record $50m per season, and is instead is looking to engineer a trade that would send him to the Brooklyn Nets, according to US reports.ESPN reported on Monday that Harden turned down an extension for two years and $103m beyond the existing three years and $133m on his contract.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – D’Antoni parted ways with the Rockets in September after the team lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.Morey resigned as the Rockets’ GM on October 15, two weeks before the club hired Stephen Silas as its new head coach. The New York Times reported that Harden had wanted the team to hire either Tyronn Lue or John Lucas as D’Antoni’s replacement.Harden was joined by Russell Westbrook in Houston last summer, but after the pairs’ failure to make a dent on in the postseason, there appears to be a mutual disinterest in running things back for another season, with Westbrook reportedly also keen to depart the Rockets. – Advertisement –
An immunohistochemistry test, the “internationally recognized gold standard” for detecting BSE, on the animal was negative, said Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), during a news briefing. The test was done by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. Transcript of Jun 30 USDA news briefinghttp://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0273.04.html All inconclusive results will trigger confirmatory testing by the NVSL, Clifford said. In addition, the state lab will repeat the screening test when it is inconclusive the first time, but the USDA will do a confirmatory test even if a second screening test is negative, he said. Because the confirmatory test was negative in the first case, the USDA will not release any information about the animal or where it came from, Clifford said. He said details will be provided only if BSE is confirmed. Clifford said the USDA will continue to announce inconclusive BSE test results as they are reported. When he was questioned about the rationale for that, he said, “We’re going to have carcasses held while samples go to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, and we recognize that information may be leaked, and that’s why the decision was made to be very transparent and open with this information.” The animal involved was the first of two for which rapid screening tests for BSE were inconclusive. The first inconclusive finding was announced Jun 25 and the second yesterday afternoon. Confirmatory testing in the second case is expected to take 4 to 7 days, Clifford said. Both cattle were kept out of the human and animal food supplies, he said. See also: To expand its BSE surveillance program, the USDA commissioned several state veterinary labs to conduct rapid screening tests of cattle starting Jun 1. The agency said 8,585 cattle had been tested as of yesterday. The goal is to test more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months. Clifford declined to predict how many screening tests will yield inconclusive results. A reporter cited another official’s prediction that 1 in 10,000 tests could be inconclusive, but Clifford said that number was based on testing in Japan. “The Japanese are testing a different class of animals than we’re testing, and we could see different results than what they’re seeing, so we didn’t want to put that number out there,” he said. Jun 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) Follow-up testing has ruled out bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an animal for which an earlier screening test was inconclusive, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this afternoon. He also declined to predict how many screening tests would turn out to be false-positives. The USDA testing focuses on “high-risk” cattle, including those with signs of central nervous system disease, those that die of unknown causes, and those that can’t walk. The agency also plans to test 20,000 apparently healthy cattle selected at random.
IRIN says its reports do not necessarily reflect the views of the UN or its agencies. See also: Aug 2, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A disease suspected to be plague has infected 1,042 people and killed 58 in a northeastern district of the Congo so far this year, according to a United Nations agency. Another WHO official, Dr. Tarcis Elongo, said high humidity during the Congo’s rainy season forces people to store their food indoors, which attracts rats and fleas that carry plague. The cases were reported Jul 29 by the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The agency said the figures came from Congolese and World Health Organization (WHO) officials who visited the Ituri district from July 18 to 26. CIDRAP overview of plaguehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/plague/biofacts/index.html Ituri is the Congolese area hardest hit by plague because of “incessant population displacements caused by the continued fighting between rebel groups,” said Dr. Vital Mondonge Makuma, an epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health, as quoted in the report. The officials who visited Ituri said 90% of the cases were suspected to be bubonic plague, 7% pulmonary plague, and 3% a variant that affects the blood, according to the IRIN report. According to the story, Dr. Jean-Marie Yameogo, a WHO official in Kinshasa, said a lack of laboratory facilities in Ituri has made it impossible to confirm the diagnosis of plague in the suspected cases. But he said Ituri has been a “hot spot” for the plague since 1928.
Photo: Pelegrini Restaurant The second Coca-Cola HBC Adria HoReCa Conference was held in Kaptol Boutique Cinema & Bar, which brought together about 200 Croatian caterers and Coca-Cola partners in Croatia. With the aim of providing insight into current world and regional trends in the hospitality industry and additional education, but also the inspiration of domestic caterers, the HoReCa Conference provided a rich program and excellent lecturers this year as well.Extremely attractive was the presentation of Nikos Bakoulis, co-owner of the globally popular Athenian bar The Clumsies, which last year was ranked 6th on the prestigious list of 50 best bars in the world, and with equal attention were the presentations of Rudolf Stefan from Sibenik Pellegrini. Duje Kaliterne who arranged numerous domestic catering facilities.The Clumsies is an all-day popular Athenian bar opened in late 2014, which due to its unique offer and creative approach has experienced lightning success and is considered one of the best in the world. It changes its offer completely at least once a year, with an emphasis on originality and local ingredients. Nikos Bakoulis, co-founder of the most popular Athens bar, told Croatian caterers that it is extremely important for success to follow global trends and continuously educate themselves, but also to constantly research and build their own recognizable story.”If you want to be successful, you have to keep up with global trends and continuously learn, but you also have to research and build your unique identity. It is also extremely important to appreciate your local background and local environment. In the background of the growth of the Athenian bar scene arefresh local ingredients, such as mastic or Greek fennel, that allow us to create unique and intense flavors. In Greece, similarly to Croatia, there are a large number of fresh local ingredients such as herbs, fruits and vegetables and we use them to the maximum. Only 3% of the ingredients come from abroad, from imports. Although we have positioned ourselves among the best in our business in just a few years, there is a lot of work behind our success. Our motto is ‘There is no elevator that leads to success, it is necessary to go up the stairs’. The job of a bartender for me is an art job. We need to constantly look for inspiration in everything that surrounds us, be it architecture, culture, art or restaurants, drinks… At The Clumsies we believe that the interaction between guest and bartender is just as important as creating a unique cocktail or gastronomic experience. We need to know how to promote new things and encourage the guest to try new flavors and aromas in order to push the boundaries together and enjoy new discoveriesSaid Bakoulis.Rudolf Stefan, Pelegrini: It is extremely important to affirm local foods. Our country and all our regions abound in them and offer opportunities for countless combinations with a little creativitySimilar messages were sent to colleagues by Rudolf Štefan, the owner and head chef of Pelegrini, who this year received his first Michelin star after numerous domestic awards. “The Michelin star was not an end in itself for us. It is just a welcome recognition and another confirmation of the correctness of our concept, but we have to deserve it every day with our guests. It leads to constant learning and investing in yourself as well as a passion for this job. I invested a lot in myself, educated myself, watched the best chefs and from their rich experience tried to learn how to make as few mistakes as possible and how to find your own culinary identity as soon as possible and run a successful restaurant. I continue to learn every day as I strive for my staff to have ongoing education because without it there is no progress. Like my colleagues at The Clumises, I think it is extremely important to affirm local foods. Our country and all our regions abound in them and offer opportunities for countless combinations with a little creativity. Thanks to this, our gastronomy can develop its own identity that can attract even more world attention and thus further enrich the tourist offer and bring us more guests out of season, throughout the year.”, Said Rudolf Stefan. Duje Kaliterna who designed the interiors of many more successful hotels, restaurants, clubs and cafes such as Hotel St. Joseph’s, Resort Port 9 on Korcula, Hotel Korcula De La Ville, Gil’s restaurant in Dubrovnik, The Room club and Plaza bar in Zagreb, Nautica bar and Pink Champagne on Hvar, Hotel Bellevue in Orebic and Night club Central, spoke about trends in arranging catering and tourist facilities. “My approach is such that I try to come up with a special story for different spaces. Whether it’s a homage to some time period and personalities or just some play with materials, colors and textures I’m always looking for something that will give it uniqueness and authenticity. It is important that the space has originalantouchi its own soul and that it cannot be compared to any other space. Today we all seek first and foremost an experience and want to enjoy all our senses. Interior design is just as important as the concept of food in a restaurant because for the guest every detail shapes the final story. It is not necessary that behind every good project there is a big budget. Sometimes even with small changes, with a little detail or color, the overall impression can change”, Said Duje Kaliterna.In addition to presentations by excellent guest speakers, Coca-Cola representatives presented current trends in the Adria region, as well as new initiatives in the hospitality channel in the local market. “The hospitality channel is very important to us and that is why we are continuously working on its development. In addition to continuously developing and enriching the offer of our products, we are also building a partnership with customers in this channel that is broader than the sale itself. Believing that the success of our partners is as important as our own success, we help them with such events in the development of their business. Catering is a very dynamic sector that must follow changes in trends and constantly adapt to new expectations and wishes of consumers,that is, guests who are becoming increasingly demanding. This is especially important for our country, where tourism is one of the main economic branches. The great response and feedback from our partners confirms that we have hit the selection of guests and the program of the HoReCa Conference this year as well, which motivates us best to continue with such activities in the future.”, Said Ruža Tomić Fontana, General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC for Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb has decided to refresh its internationally awarded mobile application Zagreb Be There this Advent as well. Her new route is called ADVENTurous Women of Zagreb takes visitors to Zagreb to locations where they can learn more about famous Zagreb women, which is in line with this year’s central theme of Advent, and these are the stories and fairy tales of Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić. In addition to this famous writer, visitors will be able to meet seven other inspiring women on the route – Marija Jurić Zagorka, sisters Baković, first woman in trousers, Slava Šenoa, Sidonija Erdődy Rubido, Cat Dujšin-Ribar and Ljerka Šram.The Zagreb Be There app is something like a local one insider which every visitor can carry in his pocket and thus use a smartphone to discover those less “tourist” places in the city. On summer and Advent days, in addition to regular routes, the app also includes temporary ones. Although intended primarily for tourists, it is gladly used by the people of Zagreb. This Advent will tell the story of the famous writer Ivana Brlić Mažuranić in the route ADVENTurous Women of Zagreb take tourists to Maksimir, otherwise one of the new Advent locations with numerous fairytale programs for children and adults. Tkalčićeva Street, or “Advent Stara Tkalča” is the second new Advent location where the users of the application will be taken by Marija Jurić Zagorka, the first Croatian journalist. Visitors will learn more about the famous anti-fascism fighters, the Baković sisters, in the passage that bears their name, and there they will meet an old set for a Christmas movie, which may encourage them to watch one of the Christmas movies on China Europe. A woman who dared to wear pants in Zagreb for the first time will take visitors to Zrinjevac. If they go the whole route ADVENTurous Women of Zagreb Tourists will also visit Massarykova Street where Slava Šenoa was born, then the Croatian Music Institute related to the first Croatian opera diva Sidonia Erdődy Rubido, then Demetrova 3 where there is a memorial collection of the successful painter Cate Dujšin-Ribar, and finally Dežmanov prolaz related to the famous actress Ljerka Šram and her real love drama with Milivoj Dežman.Along the route ADVENTurous Women of Zagreb there is also a traditional route Advent Zagreb in which are the key locations of events on Advent and other already known routes Hidden Spots, Classic Zagreb, Street Art, New Zagreb, Craft Zagreb i Great Croats.The application is free and available on Android and iPhone devices, and can also be downloaded from the microsite betherezagreb.com. The application, designed by the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency in cooperation with the Zagreb Tourist Board, won international recognition at the Tourism & Strategy Festival in Paris in 2015 for the best digital tourism promotion in Europe.
We are going to Montenegro now. The investor has initiated arbitration in Washington, and a decision is expected soon. Croatian taxpayers (and that is you and me) could get an invoice of up to 500 million euros. There are only three golf courses in Croatia, one of which was opened in 2009, the second in 2004, and the third, located on the Brijuni Islands, dates back to Tito’s time. Maybe such a small number of golf courses is good news – like I said, this is not an article about golf. The Marina and Hotel Chedi were completed and opened last year, and the Marina Village residences were also opened. As for golf, nine holes will be opened in 2021, and all 18 will be ready in 2022. “Uz postojeći interes investitora i već delegirane lokacije mislim da smo stvorili preduvjete da u slijedeće dvije do tri godine možemo dobiti nekoliko golf projekata”, said Pende, emphasizing that Istria is in the lead in all this. This is not an article in which we would discuss whether golf tourism is good or not, it is a completely different question. Not at all. The terrain extends at different altitude levels. The topography is quite steep, so the terrain features will be very dynamic, with stepped surfaces, small and deep sand pits, and small spaces around the holes that will fit into the steep topography. A few days ago, I upset a lot of people with an article titled “How Dubrovnik is becoming an extension of luxury tourism in Montenegro“. I apologize to those I have offended, but I am only stating the facts. As part of the 2,5 billion euro investment in Luštica Bay, Portonovi and Porto Montenegro (to name just a few), Luštica Bay will get an 18-hole course by Gary Player in addition to its luxury tourism offering. Since the airports of Tivat and Dubrovnik are increasingly offering year-round flights, the opportunities for the development of high-paying tourism are really interesting. And with a visit to Dubrovnik as a wonderful addition, the future really looks bright. In a recent interview (which you can read here), the Player reported on the progress of the project: The story is not at all simple, and I do not know the project well enough to be able to go into details why the golf project on Srđ was not realized. The fact that he did not have local support is best reflected in the results of the referendum on the project held in 2013, when 10.051 votes “against” greatly exceeded 1846 votes “for”. Based on conversations with people who know more about the project, the whole thing seems to have failed due to a mix of corruption, nature conservationists, objections from those defending Dubrovnik in 1991, and (I guess) some local accommodation owners who didn’t like the opportunity to so many high-quality villas for rent could compete with them. A u međuvremenu, u Crnoj Gori… Congratulations! ZAGREB, Croatia, May 19, 2006 Jack Nicklaus’s organization does not invest in unsuccessful projects. Every smart investor should keep track of where he builds golf courses. Today we will deal with perhaps the best example of incompetence in tourism strategies that I have encountered during my time spent in Croatia. The tourism sector, whose absence and least progress is a perfect example of why foreigners invest less in Croatia each year than the amount emigrants send home in the form of remittances. The tourism sector in which the neighbors are leaders in the development of luxury tourism. And what do you think? That sector is golf. Pitao sam ih koliko terena Hrvatska ima i koliko ih se gradi. Čini se da nitko nije siguran u odgovor. Ministarstvo je priopćilo da u Hrvatskoj postoje tri terena, od kojih je jedno zapravo vježbalište, a Hrvatska turistička zajednica pohvalila se s četiri terena, od kojih je jedno bilo zgodno smješteno u samo središte Zagreba (vidjeti gore), no u stvarnosti… Territorially smaller Slovenia, Croatia’s western neighbor, has 13 golf courses, although golf is not its focus of interest, at least as far as I know. If you are interested in golf in Slovenia, here is a guide from the Total Slovenian News portal. A u međuvremenu, odmah s druge strane granice… Montenegro is not perfect, not even close, but the more you analyze it, the more impressive it seems to you. Critics like to talk about the allegedly high level of corruption in Montenegro compared to Croatia, but let’s not forget why Porto Montenegro (and other projects) are not happening in Croatia. Compared to Croatia’s six-year innovative strategy, which focuses on golf, and the only result is lawsuits in the amount of 500 million euros, I think that Montenegro is not doing badly. Analysis of one of the reasons why there is a lack of foreign investment in tourism in Croatia. Today we will address one of the main government tourism strategies – the golf development strategy. Oh God! Jack Nicklaus starts a golf course project in Croatia “MRolf je dodatni sadržaj koji imaju sve nama konkurentske turističke zemlje. Hrvatska je vrlo pogodna za razvoj golf turizma zbog blizine emitivnih tržišta te mogućnosti cjelogodišnjeg igranja u priobalju i to moramo iskoristiti”, Pende said. The most famous golfer in the world was welcomed by Prime Minister Ivo Sanader (who just last week began serving a prison sentence), and a project to build a golf resort in Istria worth 200 million euros was presented. Wondering how it is progressing? What happened to the Croatian golf course of Jack Nicklaus, which was also supported by Prime Minister Sanader? And you can also look at the plans, they look very nice. However, if the strategy is that Croatia will not develop as a golf destination (so far this strategy is being implemented very successfully), then stop placing golf at the center of the tourism strategy. And if the plan is to develop golf as a tourism development strategy, then what has the ministry and its team been doing for the past six years, and even longer? This is an article on the tourism sector that is a key part of Croatia’s tourism strategy (according to official documents), but not only has no progress been made for a decade, but Croatian taxpayers may be forced to pay 500m euros to an Israeli investor in meanwhile gave up his dream of golf in Dubrovnik. There is no doubt that a number of challenges need to be overcome in order for this golf course to really open up on time (for example, as far as I know, discussions on the water supply issue are ongoing), but almost all the preparatory work and excavations have been completed. It is quite clear that the Player is looking forward to the project – here he talks about whether Luštica Bay is a typical project for him: “The tourism development strategy until 2020 envisages the construction of 30 new high-quality golf courses, approximately in the following locations: 14 in the northern Adriatic, 8 in the southern Adriatic and 8 in the interior.” …već je godinama napušteno (gore možete pogledati snimku iz zraka). Being part of the family of golf destinations is an imperative of Croatian tourism, because without it Croatia will remain a highly seasonal tourist destination, is the main conclusion of the discussion on the development of golf offer at the first conference on Croatian golf tourism held in Porec. I can understand why some are angry when I compare the incompetence of our “kings of random tourism” with other countries. For example, lessons about Macedonia on promoting the wine industry. Lessons from Rwanda on how football can be used to promote tourism. And lessons from Montenegro on how to become a luxury tourism destination and how to turn Dubrovnik into an extension of the Montenegrin offer of luxury tourism. However, I will not give up trying. As a foreigner who has lived here for 17 years and runs information portals in Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia, I may have a different perspective, and I really only want good for Croatia, and that is why we need to find out what we do wrong and what others do well. And then learn from them and become better. Whenever I criticize something about Croatia (and I always do it in a constructive way) and whenever I praise my neighbors, critics fill me inbox swearing and advice that I should leave Croatia. Apart from being quite fun, it also points to one of the main problems that prevents Croatia from making progress, at least in my opinion. I call this an avoidance policy. Instead of accepting that the stranger may be right and trying to learn something and get better, the common response is insults and attacks – trying to avoid problems. And that’s why nothing changes. This is not an article about golf. Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Romania. But not a country with an established tourism strategy for the construction of 30 terrains – Croatia. Of course, the biggest golf story in Croatia at the moment is the unsuccessful project on Srđ above Dubrovnik by Israeli investor Aaron Frenkel. Assistant Minister of Tourism Robert Pende stated that Croatia, along with all other selective forms that it will develop, will not significantly increase the occupancy of tourist capacities without steps in the field of golf. He assessed that a lot has been done on the harmonization of infrastructure as a precondition for the realization of more serious golf projects, especially on state land. I would like to say something about Luštica Bay and Montenegro, but I think it is useful to mention the project on the other side of the border, in Republika Srpska, about 15 minutes from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. I haven’t heard anything about the Dubrovnik Heights project for a long time, but there is no doubt that there were plans to build the terrain on the other side of the border, using the Dubrovnik brand and access to the airport in Dubrovnik and the city as main assets. Although there has been no mention of golf in Bosnia lately, an interesting passage has appeared in the latest issue of the newsletter of Gary Player, the famous golfer behind the 18-hole course in Montenegro: Obviously, the strategy doesn’t really work unless the ministry pulls 30 golf courses and a white rabbit out of a hat. However, this astonishing failure did not discourage our brave ministry – in fact. In June last year, the ministry reported: Really impressive, except for one thing. Almost five and a half years after the implementation of that plan began, I have not heard of any golf course being built. We will produce our own sand by crushing the excavated rocks to the appropriate size, while the terrain will be irrigated with treated wastewater from a nearby town. Jackov projekt bio je ponuđen na YouTubeu i desetljeće poslije. A papirologija je gotovo spremna… A u međuvremenu u Hrvatskoj… The gym will open this summer and the first nine holes next. More information on the progress of the Lustica Bay golf course can be found here. So, six years have passed since the launch of the strategic plan of the Ministry of Tourism on the development of Croatia as a regional tiger in the field of golf tourism. Results so far: not even close to the beginning of the first phase of construction, a potential account in the amount of EUR 500 million, and further loss of reputation among potential foreign investors. Croatia’s tendency to pretend to be a golf destination, and at the same time do everything it can to prevent it, is much older than the 2013 strategy. When I ran my real estate agency in 2004, the construction of 22 plots was planned in Istria alone. And one of them also had a famous advocate. Let’s start from a solid point – Tourism development strategies of the Croatian Ministry of Tourism for the period from 2013 to 2020. As you can see above, golf has a central place in this strategy. I contacted the Ministry of Tourism last year and asked for details. Here is what they answered me: This is an article about incompetence. (We thank the Luštic Bay golf project for all the photos and visualizations) * The views and recommendations expressed in the author’s columns, advice and comments are exclusively the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of the HrTurizam.hr portal We would like to launch another project in Montenegro or one of the neighboring countries, but at the moment we are focused on Luštica Bay. Our team is working on feasibility studies for projects in Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Romania, so this is a very active part of the world for us at the moment. Like I said before, this is not an article on whether golf is a good thing for this area. This article deals with the strategy of Croatian tourism gurus and a comparison with what is happening on the other side of the border, in Luštica Bay in Montenegro. I contacted the Ministry of Tourism for clarification, but did not receive a response.