first_img– Advertisement – The governor of Quintana Roo state, Carlos Joaquín González, condemned what he called “violent acts” by the police and the “intimidation and repression” the protesters suffered. He said he had personally given clear orders that there should be “no aggression and no weapons”. last_img


first_imgElsewhere, Fleetwood beat Sunderland 2-1 to stay top of north group A, Salford were also 2-1 winners at Rochdale to stay top of north group B, while Shrewsbury kept up their 100 per cent record in north group C with a 4-3 win at Crewe.Norwich U21s lost 1-0 at Cheltenham, meaning they sit second in south group F; Plymouth beat Newport 3-1 in the same group.Mansfield beat Scunthorpe 2-1 in north group E, Oldham were 3-1 winners at Bradford in north group F, and Accrington won 1-0 at Barrow in north group G.- Advertisement – Liam Miller of Liverpool after scoring his side's opening goal during the EFL Trophy group match between Port Vale and Liverpool U21Image:Liam Miller scored twice but Liverpool U21s were beaten 4-2 at Port Vale Liverpool’s U21s were beaten 4-2 at Port Vale as they stayed bottom of north group D. Liam Millar scored twice for the Reds, but Mark Cullen, Aled Hurst, Harry McKirdy and Devante Rodney earned the hosts victory. Wolves U21s moved second in north group F with a 2-1 win at Doncaster Rovers thanks to a Fabio Silva double and Leicester U21s are top of north group H following the 3-1 win at Grimsby after goals from Callum Wright, Sidnei Tavares and Admiral Muskwe.West Ham U21s kept up their 100 per cent record in south group A as Kai Corbett’s early goal saw them past Portsmouth, and Fulham’s U21s lost a penalty shoot-out at Burton Albion after a 1-1 draw. Fabio Silva of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-2 during the EFL Trophy match between Doncaster Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 Image:Fabio Silva scored twice for Wolves U21s at Doncaster Arsenal U21s beat Gillingham on penalties on Tuesday in the Papa John’s Trophy to move four points clear at the top of south group B.Arsenal won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Priestfield, as Catalin Cirjan’s opener was cancelled out by Gillingham’s Trae Coyle.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Hull City won 2-0 at Harrogate in north group H, Colchester thrashed Southend 6-1 in south group A, and Crawley beat Ipswich 2-0 in south group B.There were 1-0 wins for Oxford at Walsall and Swindon at Forest Green, Charlton beat Leyton Orient 3-1, and Cambridge beat Peterborough on penalties after a 1-1 draw.last_img read more


first_imgMcGuinness said that online auctions have been a double-edged sword. While sales can continue, it’s not ideal for potential buyers when sizing up a purchase.“If you’re buying livestock, you have to be able to see the livestock before you purchase them. It’s not a piece of clothing,” McGuinness said. “You buy animals based on how they walk and the carcass shape, the flesh that’s on the animal, that’s what you’re buying an animal for, for meat. You have to be able to see the confirmation of an animal. Cameras do not show you that.”Some marts have been able to allow farmers to view an animal by appointment before bidding remotely. – Advertisement – DUBLIN — In July, Eimear McGuinness set up an online auction system in the livestock market she manages in Donegal town in northwest Ireland. Markets (known as marts in Ireland) around the country where cattle, sheep and other livestock are bought and sold were largely curtailed as coronavirus restrictions limited the number of people that could gather around auction rings to place bids.Since then, the coronavirus crisis has deepened and Ireland re-entered lockdown last month. This has seen the traditional mart industry rely solely on online auctioning for sales to continue. – Advertisement – McGuinness said poor broadband access in rural and remote areas “was a major flaw straight away” that made it difficult for buyers to partake in bids.In another case, an IT glitch in late October caused the online system for dozens of marts to collapse, leading to significant disruption.Livestock marts are a key avenue for farmers to buy and sell animals, mostly for meat. More than 160,000 people are employed in Ireland’s agri-food sector with exports worth 14.5 billion euros ($17.1 billion) in 2019.Online biddingOther companies have raced in with their own solutions to address the challenges.Mark McGann and his co-founders at Galway start-up HerdEye, which develops artificial intelligence for livestock health monitoring, re-purposed their tech in March for a new venture called MartEye, providing cameras and software for online auctions. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img “It’s an app for the farmers where they can bid. They watch the video of the cattle coming in and they can hear the auctioneer and they can bid. On the auctioneer’s side there’s a dashboard we had to build for them to operate the sale,” McGann said.While the system was built as a temporary measure, McGann said it has become much a bigger focus for the company now, having seen 170 million euros ($201 million) worth of sales made through its system. It has now expanded into the U.K.The Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA), a group that represents the interests of all sectors of farming nationwide, said that online bidding has only worked as a “supplementary system.”“There are huge concerns about marts operating exclusively under this system, and in particular at this time of year when throughput is at peak numbers,” an IFA spokesperson said.“The platforms being used to run sales have been working well, but what happened recently when one of the online systems went down shows the risk of operating using this system alone.”Opening the martsMcGuinness, who is also chairperson of Mart Managers of Ireland, said marts, farmers and the agriculture industry had been hit hard this year. Spring and fall were typically the busiest times of the year for sales and both periods have been struck by lockdowns.During the summer months, when restrictions eased partially, McGuinness said marts developed procedures to safely allow farmers back around the rings with physical distancing, mask wearing and logging details for contact tracing. “None of us liked it but we did it and we actually settled into a routine through the summer and we just got on with it. While we found it strange, we had to employ loads of extra staff to do this,” she said.Mart managers and the IFA are arguing their case to Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to allow a limited number of buyers back on site with strict protocols.A spokesperson for the department said that it will “continue to monitor the situation” as the weeks progress.“There is no facility to permit buyers to congregate and attend in the sales ring while the country remains at Level 5,” they added, referring to the highest level of coronavirus measures.The current restrictions are due to be eased on Dec. 1, depending on case numbers, and mart managers like McGuinness will be hoping for some reprieve. “We know what works and what doesn’t work.” Kilcullen livestock Mart in Co Kildare which has reopened with reduced numbers and increased sanitation procedures as Ireland moves into the second phase of easing its Covid-19 lockdown measures.Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Imageslast_img read more


first_img– Advertisement – Tyrone Mings says he’s been impressed by Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham following his call-up to the senior England squad. Still six months from his first-team bow, his name first entered the public eye when was featured in FourFourTwo‘s ’50 most exciting teenagers in English football’ in February 2019, but inside St Andrew’s, there had long been excitement about his huge potential. Clotet, still conscious Bellingham had barely finished his GCSEs, was nonetheless keen to see how this undoubted talent would hold up against players bigger, older, and wilier than the 16-year-old – especially given the club’s off-field issues and transfer funds at a premium.That would have to mean exposure to the professional game, and within weeks of signing a two-year scholarship in July 2019, he was on the plane to Portugal as part of Birmingham’s pre-season training camp.“As soon as he started to train with us in the first team, and when he properly joined us for pre-season last season, he was very quick to mix with the professionals and train at their level and he physically adapted very, very quick,” Clotet said.“He was able to perform with the talent he had alongside the physical demands as a professional. You could see straight away he was going to be a big player.“I never hesitated on giving him a debut, or pushing his career forward, because I thought he was ready. When he made his debut in the League Cup against Portsmouth, it was a chance to test him against a League One side in a competitive game, and he was up to the level. – Advertisement – Jude Bellingham’s first manager Pep Clotet explains to Sky Sports News the teen’s incredible 15-month journey from his Birmingham debut to first England call-up.Bellingham could become England’s third-youngest player if he features across the international break, having been called up to replace James Ward-Prowse ahead of their games with the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.- Advertisement – WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Jude Bellingham of England during the UEFA Euro Under 21 Qualifier match between England U21 and Turkey U21 at Molineux on October 13, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus) “From the first time I saw him for the U18s, straight away you could see he had an incredible talent on him,” Clotet told Sky Sports News. “You could see he was a huge complete player already, and obviously his level and talent was above the level he was playing.“I wanted to test his skill, and his level, higher up the ranks, so when he started to train with the U23s you could see he was performing in the same way as when he was in the younger age groups.”Temperament beyond his yearsWeeks after Bellingham became the latest England-born prospect to sign for one of Europe’s biggest teams, Borussia Dortmund, earlier this year, head coach Lucien Favre would say: “With someone like Jude Bellingham, I don’t look at the date of birth.”Barely 12 months earlier, only one question mark remained over the teenager’s talent – how would he handle the mental and physical pressures of the senior game?Succeeding in U23s football was one thing, but England’s Professional Development Leagues have long been tainted by accusations of being uncompetitive and a pale imitation of ‘men’s football’. Jude Bellingham joined Borussia Dortmund for £25m in July “He was one of the most important players in our team on that day and he performed very, very well.”Bellingham was introduced to the St Andrew’s crowd only weeks later as a first-half substitute in their Championship game with Stoke – and ended a matchwinner after netting Birmingham’s second in a 2-1 win.“You could never think he would come through that quickly,” said Clotet. “But I always had in my mind he would become one of the first-teamers, and help us not only to perform on the pitch but also become a very strong player for linking a very divided club at that moment.“I’m happy that this vision happened, you need a little bit of luck as well, but it all went like that and it helped to have one of the best seasons for Birmingham because it’s not easy in the circumstances that team had to bed in a player of such a huge talent that is able to achieve now what he is achieving.“That was my vision, and what I saw could happen, I saw it in him.”Where would he fit in best?England have largely deployed a 3-4-3 formation since the start of this season, often with two defensively minded midfielders in the middle of the park.Bellingham played a large part of his one senior season at Birmingham, before moving onto join Borussia Dortmund last summer, as part of a two – but Clotet feels a 4-3-3 would best suit his undoubted talent, which has seen him since become the German club’s youngest ever goalscorer – and perhaps this week, one of England’s most youthful debutants.Clotet said: “In my opinion, his best position is in a 4-3-3 as an offensive midfielder. He feels very comfortable offensively, in a position he’s able to attack the box, but you must ensure as a manager he has the freedom.“He has a very good skill in hiding his movement so can get out of situations and find his way into a shot or cross.“When a player drives the ball forward, he is normally very focused on the ball but Jude gets out of space. He’s able to see what’s around him, without the need to be constantly watching what’s happening on the ball because his skill is massive.” His debut would come barely 15 months after he made his first senior appearance, against League One side Portsmouth, in a Carabao Cup game wearing the shirt of his boyhood club Birmingham City, and in the process becoming the youngest player in the club’s history.His route to the first team had been impressively fast, but no great surprise to his then-manager Pep Clotet, who was first taken aback by the quality of the midfielder while watching him feature for the club’s academy a year earlier.Bellingham was immediately moved up to the club’s U23 side where, in what was no huge surprise, he scored on his debut and continued to excel, before soon beginning to attract attention from further afield.- Advertisement – 0:25 Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett explains why England manager Gareth Southgate has called up Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham to the senior squad for the first time. Jude Bellingham needs to carry on playing as he his, according to England team-mate Bukayo Saka. Jude Bellingham in action for England's U21s 3:53 0:43last_img read more


first_imgThe show follows the royal family through decades of Elizabeth’s reign — from the early years of her marriage to Philip to the introduction of Princess Diana.Even as The Crown filmed flashbacks of drama within the monarchy, TV-worthy moments played out in the present day, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s step back from their roles as senior royals in March 2020.“It’s not gonna go that far. No, I asked. [Creator] Peter [Morgan] said he’s not going that far,” actor Jared Harris exclusively told Us Weekly in February 2020 of whether the show would cover the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s resignations. “It was never gonna go this far though.”- Advertisement – Netflix initially announced in January 2020 that The Crown would end with season 5. However, the streaming platform picked up the series for an additional season in July 2020. Season 6 will not bring the show further into the present though.“As we started to discuss the story lines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said in a statement.- Advertisement – Despite the fact that the cast has earned critical acclaim for their performances, the royal family is split on watching the series. For instance, Colman recalled asking Prince William whether he was a fan.“He asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, ‘Actually, I know what you’re doing,’” the Oscar winner explained during a November 2019 episode of The Graham Norton Show. “I was so excited and asked, ‘Have you watched it?’ His answer was a firm, ‘No.’ But he was very charming and very lovely.”Scroll down to see the cast of The Crown through the years! Following in royal footsteps! A multitude of actors have juggled portrayals of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Margaret and other members of the British royal family during The Crown’s run.The Netflix series premiered in November 2016 with Claire Foy taking on the role of the queen. The actress went on to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her two seasons of work on the drama. Olivia Colman then took over for seasons 3 and 4, garnering a Golden Globe of her own for the performance. Imelda Staunton will next embody the part for seasons 5 and 6.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_img Of the other 308 cattle, the investigation showed that 32 had died on the original farm, 273 were dead or had been slaughtered in Canada, and three could not be traced, the CFIA said. The cow was born in March 1998, a few months after Canada banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals in 1997, the CFIA said in reporting the results of its investigation. Cattle can contract the disease by eating protein from infected animals. Feb 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The investigation of Canada’s third case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, suggests that the cow ate feed contaminated with banned materials, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The BSE case was confirmed on Jan 11, just 9 days after confirmation of Canada’s second case. Contaminated feed is suspected as the cause of the second case as well, but that cow was born in 1996, before the feed ban was imposed. “This investigation identified that certain feed materials, likely manufactured a short time after the implementation of Canada’s feed ban, may have been contaminated,” the agency said. The investigation revealed no more cases of BSE in cattle linked with the infected cow. Investigators determined that there were 349 cattle in the infected cow’s birth cohort—cattle born on the same Alberta farm within 12 months before or after the cow. Forty-one of these turned out to be still alive; they were killed, tested, and found to be free of BSE. The carcasses were incinerated. Given the low number of BSE cases in Canada and the time it took for the disease to show up after the feed ban, the CFIA said, “There is a strong basis to believe that the feed ban, as designed and delivered, is doing its job.” But the agency said meat from those cattle probably posed very little risk. Among other reasons, most beef cattle in Canada are slaughtered at an age between 18 and 22 months, making them unlikely to have infective levels of disease, officials said. BSE has very rarely been found in cattle less than 30 months old.center_img “Although these four feed sources should not have contained ruminant meat and bone meal (MBM), the possibility that one or more of them may have been contaminated cannot be ruled out,” the CFIA said. “The feed manufacturers were handling ruminant MBM for the manufacture of non-ruminant feeds during the time-frame of interest.” Investigators found that the infected animal, a Charolais beef cow, was exposed to four commercial feeds in its early years. Officials couldn’t determine exactly when the feeds were made, but it was probably shortly after the feed ban took effect. In July 2004 the CFIA proposed to ban the use of SRMs in all animal feed and pet food as a further BSE safeguard. Last week the agency said the deadline for commenting on that proposal is Feb 24. The aim of the proposal is to prevent cross-contamination, which can happen if SRMs in pig or poultry feed end up in cattle feed made in the same mill or if cattle are given feed intended for nonruminants. The statement acknowledged that some cattle from the birth cohort probably were slaughtered before Canada banned specified-risk materials (SRMs) from human food. SRMs are tissues such as the brain, spinal cord, eyes, and tonsils, which are likely to contain infectivity if a cow has the disease. The agency said the finding “is consistent with the experience of all countries with BSE which have implemented feed bans.” Because of the complexity of the required changes in feed mills, some cattle feed produced shortly after the feed ban might have been contaminated with banned materials, officials said. The US Food and Drug Administration has talked about a similar ban on SRMs in all animal feeds but has not formally proposed one.last_img read more


first_img “If we are serious about a pandemic, we should assume it is going to be imminent and we should be prepared as if it is imminent—not 10, 15 years down the road, but imminent,” said David Fedson, MD, a retired vaccine industry executive who has published analyses of pandemic vaccine planning (see Bibliography: Fedson 2007: Author interview). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the primary conduit of federal flu research funds to scientists, believes it does have a robust research agenda. Dr. Carole Heilman, director of the division of microbiology and infectious diseases, points to the flu-research recommendations issued by a blue-ribbon NIAID panel this year as evidence that the agency is guiding extramural researchers to critical questions about flu (see Bibliography: Heilman 2007, NIAID 2007). But with funding limited until recently, much of the research being conducted came into being because of private-sector interests rather than an overarching plan, said longtime flu researcher Dr. Arnold Monto of the University of Michigan (see Bibliography: Monto 2007). “An effort on the scale of the Apollo space project is required,” the IDSA said. By challenging the WHO, Indonesia deprived the international community of a key source of information on emerging flu viruses. It also emboldened other developing countries to join its protest, leading to a week-long negotiation at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), a WHA resolution promising reconsideration of the virus-sharing system, and WHO commitments to invest in vaccine manufacturing in the developing world. The concessions did not completely repair relations, however: The question of control over viruses remains open and will be discussed again at a WHO meeting in Geneva that opens Nov 5 (see Bibliography: McKenna 2007: System for global; McKenna 2007: Virus ownership). The pandemic vaccine puzzle But implicit in the invocation of that all-out effort is a hunger for the power, funding, freedom from bureaucracy, and single-minded focus that its leaders enjoyed. The Manhattan Project was founded at emergency speed: The lag time between Albert Einstein’s famous letter advising President Franklin Roosevelt that nuclear fission might permit the creation of “extremely powerful bombs” and the first meeting of a newly formed federal Advisory Committee on Uranium was a mere 10 days. The project’s chief, Brigadier General Leslie Groves, was handpicked for his reputation for ruthless efficiency. Even after the United States entered World War II in December 1941, the project boasted the ability to cherry-pick any staff and claim any funding it needed; eventually it employed 130,000 people and received $2 billion in 1940s dollars (about $23 billion today). Editor’s note: This is the last in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts promising advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing large amounts of an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time. Part 6 explored the potential of novel vaccine technologies such as using whole flu viruses or growing vaccines in cell cultures instead of in eggs. A chorus of calls to actionCalls have come from across the political spectrum for a more aggressive, better-funded, tightly organized research effort. Former Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist (R-Tenn.) called in August 2005 for a “Manhattan Project for the 21st century” (see Bibliography: Frist 2005). In the same month, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, recommended the creation of “an international project to develop the ability to produce a vaccine for the entire global population within several months of the start of a pandemic [that would be] a top priority of the Group of Seven industrialized nations plus Russia (the G-8)” (see Bibliography: Osterholm 2005). Most notably for parallels to pandemic policy, the Manhattan Project simultaneously pursued multiple research paths into nuclear fission and weapons development, dropping entire avenues of inquiry and increasing other labs’ funding and staff as results emerged. And from the time of Einstein’s letter in 1939 to the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, less than 6 years elapsed (see Bibliography: Schwartz 1998; Gosling 1999). And, they say, it is urgent that such an effort be established soon, because there is no way of predicting accurately when a pandemic might arrive. If it arrives soon rather than later, the lack of vaccine in most of the world will create a divide between haves and have-nots that could corrupt international relations long after the pandemic ends. “I feel as a scientist that we could make progress more rapidly if we sat down in advance and came up with a big-picture strategy and then funded it,” said Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minn. “We have neither a process for rapidly developing new vaccines nor a track record” (see Bibliography: Poland 2007). Redefining the problemThose calling for a Manhattan Project–like effort say that what is needed is much broader than what NIAID or all of NIH could deliver. It requires active coordination among all the federal health agencies along with cooperation from congressional funders, plus parallel efforts in other countries. “Pandemic vaccine development has been viewed primarily as a vaccine problem that should be addressed with better science,” Fedson said, “but fundamentally it is a global public health problem that requires better management” (see Bibliography: Fedson and Dunnill 2007: From scarcity to abundance). The Manhattan Project and the nuclear bombs that resulted from it are a sensitive subject to raise in a health crisis that demands international cooperation—particularly a health crisis centered in Asia, where the bombs were used. It is possible that failing to achieve a pandemic vaccine when it is needed—or even failing to confront in advance the possibility that supplies will fall short—could fracture international pandemic preparations just when cooperation will be essential. Nov 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Although money for pandemic influenza vaccine research has begun to flow and results have picked up speed, there is widespread frustration that it all took so long. The long standoff with the Indonesian government over sharing of H5N1 isolates has provided a foretaste of the disruption such resentment could cause. The health ministry of Indonesia—the country that has experienced the most human cases and deaths from H5N1 flu—stopped sending isolates to World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating laboratories in late 2006. Those laboratories both analyze the isolates to track the evolution of seasonal and novel flu strains and use them to develop pandemic vaccine candidates; Indonesia’s decision to stop contributing was apparently triggered by the realization that it could never afford to purchase vaccines made from isolates it provided. Part 1: Flu research: a legacy of neglectPart 2: Vaccine production capacity falls far shortPart 3: H5N1 poses major immunologic challengesPart 4: The promise and problems of adjuvantsPart 5: What role for prepandemic vaccination?Part 6: Looking to novel vaccine technologies Part 7: Time for a vaccine ‘Manhattan Project’?Bibliography Further, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group Trust for America’s Health recommended in October 2006 that governments create a “multinational pandemic vaccine research and development master program” (see Bibliography: Trust for America’s Health 2006), and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) echoed that call in January 2007, recommending an appropriation of $2.8 billion in such a project’s first year (see Bibliography: IDSA 2007). “At this point, when a pandemic happens, vaccines are going to provide some benefit to a very limited number of people,” Osterholm said. “But they are also going to create a major diversion of activity and energy when the decisions have to be made about who gets what limited vaccine exists. I worry that their negative impact will outweigh their positive impact: They will cause a crisis of leadership around the world” (see Bibliography: Osterholm 2007). last_img read more


first_imgThe new promotional sport CNTB is great, it uses our famous athletes as ambassadors of Croatian tourism, uses the latest trends in drone shooting, sends emotional messages, shows our diversity. Great video in line with the latest trends.This is how the message would have sounded 10 years ago, but through the prism of today, my personal position is that the video is “average”, mosaic, ie nothing special, and we have seen hundreds, thousands of such videos in the past 10 years. It is certainly not in line with the expectations and demand of today’s market, and the great competition and noise in communication.First of all, it is certainly commendable how the CNTB finally included our athletes as ambassadors of Croatian tourism. It is a pity that it took so long for our athletes to finally get involved in the promotion of Croatia, even though they have been doing it with their sporting successes since day one and they have certainly indebted us. One only needs to remember 1998 and the success of our footballers who branded our famous dice all over the world. Not just footballers but all other athletes all these years. These cubes are synonymous with Croatia even today, while on the other hand we have somehow forgotten them, wandering and looking for something “new”, and we already have cubes that are unique and by which we are recognized. Having such a strong brand is a rarity, and the power of the same is reflected enough when we mention the slogans: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” as well as “I Love NY”. Why change it when we are recognized by it, unique and everyone knows about us, we just need to refine it and add new added value.But let’s get back to the topic.Enthusiastic about the new video primarily comes from the fact that we finally used our athletes as ambassadors of Croatian tourism and it is certainly positive. But is that enough? Is that consistent enough with the times we live in? Are our expectations too low?We must not forget that this is about branding Croatia, and I can’t help but get the impression that we did a bad job again. We have to be argumentative and positively critical. The work of the CNTB is always monitored under special eyes and we tend to publicly criticize or praise their work, but this is not criticism for the sake of criticism, because again, this is an extremely important segment – branding Croatia and the image we send to the world.Personally, I think that this video should have been just one of the “10” videos as an extension of the main video and communication. As well as to make a special platform, ie a communication strategy with our sports ambassadors, and not just one promotional video. However, as stated, the video will be shortened and more short videos will be made, in accordance with the target market. But that is certainly not enough, because one video certainly does not make a difference and must be part of the whole communication story and strategy. The video is classic and mosaic, without any idea and absolutely nothing special. There are no emotions and experiences as a motive for coming nor any story that will set us apart from others. Today, the noise in communication is terribly big, and in order to stand out, we have to be unique, have a special story and be different from others. Especially when we are “small” and when we do not have large budgets for promotion like some other tourist destinations. There is a lack of emotion and some stories, that “drive” and the need to share it on social networks, especially from the perspective of foreign tourists who are the target group of the video.Watch the promotional video once again and through the prism of today’s time and business of the 21st century? Is that enough?There is a lot of criticism on social networks, and most often there is only one woman in the video (Zrinka Cvitešić), how some other famous athletes should have been included, such as Kostelići, Mirko Filipović, Goran Ivanišević, etc.… how bad English is, how there is a lack of shots from other regions, how classic it is, how many shots are taken by a drone, etc.…I certainly agree with the above arguments, these are all very important details. Details that make a difference. I have a feeling that everything was done by force and in a short time. And the fact that only two or three months have passed unofficially for the realization of the entire video, from the idea to the premiere, speaks for itself.Three months is certainly too little, frivolous and unprofessional, especially because it is about branding Croatia. Such projects are prepared for months, if not years, paying attention to every second of the video, word, shot, etc.… A great example is the Great campaign from the UK. A campaign that brands the whole of the UK through various segments such as education, tourism, culture and the economy. However, in Croatia, unfortunately, we do not yet have an office or a body in charge of branding Croatia, as well as synergy and awareness of branding the state at that level, both horizontally and vertically.Someone would have to get fired for the music in the promotional video Personally, I think that the background music is too slow and that the music has to be more dynamic, but I am not a music expert, but that is my personal impression. But one fact bothered me a lot and because of that gaffe someone should get fired, at least he would get fired in the private sector. So, 700.000 kuna was spent on making the video, while the music cost $ 49 and is available on this link to buy.It is not news that music is bought through such sites and is often used by marketing agencies, nor is the price questionable, but the tragedy is that music was used to promote our country that someone has used before and that we can now buy and use for another occasion. Imagine that the same music is used for an advertisement for detergent or toothpaste – the point is clear. To make matters worse, the same background music is already in use in Croatia, for the needs of a promotional video for a political parties. If you are already buying music from such portals, then you are buying a license that no one can use it anymore and it is inadmissible that the music has already been used by someone, who knows for what purposes. We are talking about branding Croatia! That is unacceptable!They could now analyze the whole video in detail and they should, ie they should in the CNTB, but I leave that to some others, experts in every field, which we certainly have in Croatia. Indeed, professionals who have achieved worldwide success and recognition, from marketing agencies, experts in digital marketing, design, photography, branding, etc.…It is certainly positive that this step was made and our athletes were finally involved in the promotion of Croatia, but the general impression is that in accordance with today’s trends and market needs, the video is mosaic, classic and the performance should have been much much better. Lots more emotions and experiences because we have something to brag about and be proud of. It is precisely our greatest value that is our diversity and authenticity. We must not be satisfied with the average, nowadays you have to be faster, different and more innovative or Blue Cow as Seth Godin would say. The competition is not sleeping, on the contrary, it is fighting hard to be better than us, and we are just giving it even more space.Tourism is made up of emotions, experiences and stories, and we are still unfortunately average.last_img read more


first_imgThe Adris Group’s annual report has gained the status of anticipation over the years, as do the commercials that will be broadcast as part of the Super Bowl, all thanks to the Adris Group’s openness to innovation and ingenious creatives from Bruketa & Žinić & Gray who manage to surprise and delight with creative solutions.This year, the Adris Group’s Annual Report for 2017 was eagerly awaited by shareholders, investors and the business community, as well as the general public and the creative industry, who recognize and appreciate the creativity and production innovation of each new edition.Only companies that continuously adapt to the circumstances can develop, grow and be resilient to challenges – this is the message that the Adris Group, one of the most successful companies in the region, wanted to convey on the occasion of the publication of the new annual report. And it is a clear and strong message, argued by the excellent business results in the past business year, which, despite the extremely unfavorable environment and numerous challenges, was successful for the Adris Group. Thus, the growth of all business indicators was achieved, and after the completion of the transformation of the system, strategic moves at the Group level continued.Their publication with business results is literally resistant to challenges, it is not possible to tear, crumple, wet or burn, which is faithfully shown in the pictures below. No matter what test they undergone, the book remains intact, illustrating how the Adris Group’s results are stable and solid, and the company is up to the task.Adris, instead of mediocrity, chooses excellence! – pointed out the President of the Management Board of the Adris Group, mr. sc. Ante Vlahović two weeks ago at the session of the General Assembly of Adris Group, presenting business results from last year. The thoughtful creative concept of this year’s report, which literally and symbolically shows how Adris’ business success is resistant to all challenges and how faithfully follows its philosophy of excellence, follows the slogan Tested for challenges Adris group, which was designed and realized by the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency.And the main symbolism of the challenges they face in Adris was clearly pointed out by Vlahušić himself, who pointed out that although we live in times unfavorable to entrepreneurship, in which only ideological topics seem to be important and, in this connection, irrational disputes and loss of social energy , Adris is extremely focused on its business. “We are constantly investing, strengthening our competitiveness, thus creating new jobs, value to our employees, shareholders and the community. The results we achieve are a confirmation of the successful transformation of our company, persistent implementation of the growth and development strategy and long-term sustainability of our business. In addition to organic growth, we will insist on acquisitions that add value to our business, especially in the tourism part of the Group. We have serious work ahead of us in integrating new knowledge and new technologies and strengthening the company with the necessary organizational changes. ”In order for the book to be truly almost indestructible, following the slogan Tested for Challenges, special materials, resistant to fire, water and mechanical damage, were used in the production. In order to prove this, we have designed a number of characteristic challenges in the companies that make up the Adris Group. For example, in the kitchen of the Lone Hotel, the book was flambéed without any consequences and then flooded with red wine. After a challenge at the Croatia osiguranje technical inspection station, the book was found in the sea near the Cromaris farm. A difficult challenge was also posed by the cheerful children in the Amarin hotel as well as the liquid nitrogen from the laboratory doc.dr.sc. Dinko Mitrečić.”We subjected the book to flambéing in the kitchen of the Lone Hotel, Cromaris fishermen immersed it in the sea and thus glided it through the farm, we froze it with liquid nitrogen at -195.79 degrees Celsius, with the help of Adris Foundation scholarship holders doc.dr.sc. Dinko Mitrečić, the children crowded him in the game at the Amarin Hotel and tried to tear him apart, even a 2-ton SUV passed over her at the Croatia osiguranje technical inspection station. The book remained undamaged.“Points out the creative director of the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency, Zrinka Horvat Goodman.Croatian design is recognized worldwide, but in Croatia we too often see in practice as if we are ashamed of the success of Croatian products, including our designers. The question is Do we respect and use enough domestic design? Do local designers manage to break into the tourism sector at all? Ultimately, are we promoting design as a Croatian tourism product?We have everything again, but we have too little respect for ours. Let us respect ourselves, so that others may respect us. Finally, this is another proof of how design and tourism can and must go together.In 2017, the Adris Group generated total revenue in the amount of HRK 5,54 billion. Operating revenue amounted to HRK 4,99 billion, while revenue from the sale of goods and services amounted to HRK 4,37 billion. The key event that, as he pointed out, will contribute to the further growth and development of Adris is the decision to purchase and sign a contract on the purchase and sale of shares and a strategic partnership with HUP Zagreb.The Adris Group has also announced a new investment cycle, so that by 2021 an additional two billion kuna will be invested in the tourist part of the Group, which will put 95 percent of hotel capacities at the highest level of supply.The project team that realized the whole story Adris group / Predrag Grubić (Director of Corporate Communications), Kristina Miljavac (Corporate Communications Specialist), M.Sc. sc. Hrvoje Patajac (Controlling Director) Bruketa & Žinić & Gray / Davor Bruketa and Zrinka Horvat Goodman (Creative Directors), Maša Ivanov (Project Director), Andrea Knapić (Artistic Director), Zrinka Požar (Project Manager), Vesna Đurašin (Production Manager), Radovan Radičević Head of DTP Department), Ante Kantor (Executive Project Manager) Cerovski Print Boutique (Print) Domagoj Kunić (Photographer) RELATED NEWS:ADRIS WILL INVEST TWO BILLION HRK IN THE TOURIST PART OF THE GROUP BY 2021last_img read more


first_imgThe process of organoleptic evaluation of wine is decentralized by wine-growing regions – evaluation at the regional level, regional organizations propose evaluators from their own area, so, for example, wine from Pelješac will not be evaluated by licensed sensors from Kutjevo. The Croatian Center for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (through the Institute of Viticulture, Enology and Oil Production) will provide the necessary infrastructure for wine evaluation and guarantee the anonymity of samples. Increased control over the production and trade of grapes and wine has been ensured – it works protection of producers and consumers, clear competencies in control, rights and obligations of users are established, which along with the planned strengthening of human resources in the field of control provides a necessary precondition for better control of production and trade of grapes and wine in order to combat the gray market. At today’s session, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Draft Proposal of the Law on Wine, which was prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with producers from the wine and viticulture sector. With the new law on wine, we adopt the legal framework for the production of grapes and wine, the sale of wine in market-transparent conditions, we strengthen the role of wine associations and we improve the marketing of wine.  “The new law on wine envisages decentralization of wine evaluation, greater control on the ground and contributes to an administrative burden of 33% compared to existing regulations.We have also provided our winemakers with non-refundable financial assistance for the establishment of new vineyards, investments in wineries and wine promotion, and prepared a new National Program for Assistance to the Wine Sector from 2019-2023. with HRK 83 million in support per year”Said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolusic.The draft proposal of the Wine Act regulates the legal framework and implementation of five EU Regulations in the field of production, trade and protection of labels in the field of wine, as well as the competent authorities for implementing this law, geographical areas of grape growing, grape varieties, oenological procedures and practices , vineyard register, pre – marketing quality system, system of protected wine labels, production of fruit wines and supervision and control of production and trade.In addition, the new law introduces new elements into the wine and viticulture system: All fees for controls on the placing on the market of wine are abolished, and thus HRK 12 million is returned to the wine sector for marketing activities.  Record stamps are abolished, which were mandatory before the wine was placed on the market, and the marketing labeling of wine is established through four new wine-growing regions: Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region; Croatian Istria and Kvarner; Dalmatia and Central hilly Croatia.center_img It is envisaged to recognize four regional winemakers’ organizations – linked to the new regions with the aim of giving producers the right to manage promotional and marketing activities related to Croatian wines and their labeling. last_img read more