Where the Election Fight Is Playing Out in the Courts

first_imgNevada: Any candidate or campaign can request a recount within three days of the final statewide canvass of results, regardless of the margin. There are no automatic state recounts. ObserversStatus: Pending in state court and resolved in federal courtOn Thursday morning, a Pennsylvania state court handed Mr. Trump a minor victory. A judge ruled that election observers from the Trump campaign, who were allowed to stand 10 feet from the vote counting at the Philadelphia convention center, could move closer, to six feet.By the end of the day, however, lawyers for the Trump campaign had filed an emergency petition in federal court claiming that election officials in the city were not abiding by the state court’s decision and asking that the count in Philadelphia be delayed.At a hastily scheduled hearing Thursday night, however, Mr. Trump’s campaign admitted that “a nonzero number” of Republican observers had in fact turned up.“Then what’s the problem?” Judge Paul S. Diamond asked.The Trump campaign ultimately agreed to drop its request to halt the vote count after Judge Diamond, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, allowed for a total of 120 observers at the convention center — 60 for the Democrats and 60 for the Republicans. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the question of the observers.Cured/Provisional BallotsStatus: Pending in state and federal courtsRepublicans have brought suits in federal and state courts alleging that Ms. Boockvar provided improper guidance to counties by allowing them to contact voters whose mail ballots had been rejected because of errors so that those voters could fix, or “cure,” their ballots or cast provisional ballots.Both cases focus on votes in Montgomery County, where officials say only 98 ballots might be affected..A judge in the federal case, who is also a George W. Bush appointee, expressed skepticism during a hearing on Wednesday about the validity of the Republicans’ challenge. A decision is pending. With Joseph R. Biden Jr. edging closer to victory in the presidential race, President Trump and the Republican Party have been intensifying efforts to halt the counting of ballots and to challenge the ballots of Democratic voters in lawsuits across the country.Nearly a dozen suits were already making their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, four key states where Mr. Biden leads or has won the vote count.- Advertisement – Mail-in Voter IDStatus: Pending in state courtThe Trump campaign has also sued Ms. Boockvar for her decision to extend by three days, to Nov. 12, the deadline by which mail-in voters must submit materials confirming their identity if they are first-time voters in certain districts. It is unclear how many votes that case would potentially affect. NevadaObservers/Signature Matching in Clark CountyStatus: Pending appeal at state levelMr. Trump’s campaign filed suit before Election Day seeking to stop the processing of mail-in ballots in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas. The campaign alleged that county officials were failing to give Republican observers adequate access to monitor mail-in ballot processing and that the county’s signature matching system violated election equal protection laws because it was not being used elsewhere in the state.A judge denied the Trump campaign’s request earlier this week, citing a lack of evidence. An appellate court rejected Republicans’ request that it order an immediate stop to counting but agreed to hear arguments into next week.On Thursday, Republicans indicated that they would drop their case in return for an agreement from the county to expand their observers’ access to ballot counters, but Democrats refused to agree to a dismissal, so the case is still pending. Republicans have since filed a similar suit in federal court. Ineligible ballotsStatus: Resolved in federal courtIn an effective extension of the state lawsuit, two Republican House candidates in Nevada filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that there were “lax procedures for authenticating ballots” in Clark County and that more than 3,000 ballots had been cast by inelligible voters, including some cast “on behalf of deceased voters.”The case was assigned to Judge Andrew P. Gordon, an appointee of President Barack Obama’s, who dismissed it on Friday. The two Republican candidates who brought the case, however, can still appeal the decision. MichiganThe Trump campaign filed suit on Wednesday asking a state judge to halt vote counting, alleging that its observers had been blocked from meaningful access to counting rooms. The campaign also asked for access to surveillance footage of the state’s ballot drop boxes.A judge rejected that suit on Thursday, noting that the counting had finished. Mr. Biden won the state and maintains a lead of nearly 150,000 votes. But it is not clear whether the Trump campaign will appeal.RecountsGeorgia: Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state, announced on Friday that the state would conduct a recount in the presidential race, saying the results would fall within the margin of a recount. “We are literally looking at a margin of less than a large high school,” Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting implementation manager, said.Wisconsin: Mr. Trump would be entitled to a recount in Wisconsin as long as the margin between him and Mr. Biden remained less than 1 percent of the vote. The state’s preliminary results show Mr. Trump trailing by about six-tenths of 1 percent.A recount request cannot be made until all 72 of the state’s counties submit their results to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which are due by Nov. 17. The Trump campaign would have to pay for a statewide recount unless the margin shrinks to less than one-quarter of 1 percent. Pennsylvania: State law requires an automatic recount if the result is half a percent or less. If the margin is larger than that, Mr. Trump could still request a statewide recount, but he would have to pay for it.Arizona: State law requires a recount if the margin is one-tenth of one percent or less — otherwise one cannot be requested. Status: At the U.S. Supreme CourtIn September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that election officials could accept ballots postmarked by Election Day but arriving up to three days later. Republicans subsequently sued, and the case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.But in late October, the Supreme Court declined to intercede, saying it was too close to Election Day to make such a ruling, but it left open the possibility of a decision at a later date.- Advertisement –center_img Here are the cases currently underway or facing a potential appeal. All of them have been initiated by Mr. Trump, his party or his allies.PennsylvaniaThe Postmark Battle- Advertisement – Arizona“SharpieGate”Status: Pending in state courtIt was one of the stranger claims of the election. Hours after polls closed in Arizona, a story ricocheted around online saying that dozens, maybe even hundreds, of ballots across the state had not been counted because voters had filled them out with felt-tipped Sharpies and not with ballpoint pens.Even though cybersecurity officials from the Department of Homeland Security urged people to ignore the tale, crowds turned up outside of a polling station in Maricopa County, yelling about “SharpieGate.”On Wednesday, Laurie Aguilera, a Maricopa County voter, filed a lawsuit with help from a conservative legal group in Indiana, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, claiming that her ballot — and those of untold others — had not been read properly by vote scanning machines because she had used a Sharpie and “the ink was bleeding through.” Ms. Aguilera has asked a judge to let all voters who filled their ballots out with Sharpies to “cure” them.On Thursday, the Maricopa County Elections Department released a statement saying that Sharpies were in fact “recommended by the manufacturer” of the vote tabulations machines the county uses. Later that day, the state attorney general’s office issued a letter noting that the use of Sharpies in Maricopa County “did not result in disenfranchisement.”Georgia53 Late-Arriving BallotsStatus: Tossed by county courtThe Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Georgia on Wednesday, claiming that a witness had observed 53 late-arriving ballots in Chatham County not being properly stored, potentially allowing for them to mix with timely ballots, and asked that ballot counting in the county be stopped.But Judge James Bass, on the Chatham County Superior Court, tossed the lawsuit on Thursday, saying that there was no evidence that those 53 ballots had been received after the 7 p.m. deadline and that there was no evidence county officials had failed to comply with the law.There was no word from the Trump campaign or its Republican allies on Friday whether an appeal was pending. But none of them appear — at least not yet — to provide Mr. Trump what he would need to prevail: the rejection of enough Democratic ballots in enough states to reverse any Biden victory.If Mr. Trump and the Republicans cannot find those rejections through the courts, they could — and will — try to do so through recounts, but the bar is high there too. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 8:07 p.m. ET On Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed a motion to intervene in the case, and on Friday the Pennsylvania Republican Party sought to join the effort.But this fight may prove fruitless, as Mr. Biden’s lead in the state is based on ballots cast by Election Day and is expected to grow. Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, said on Thursday that there were not large numbers of late-arriving ballots. As of Friday night, there had been no further action on this case. – Advertisement –last_img read more

El Presente edges Badger Beers thriller at Wincanton for Kim Bailey | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – He was slow over the second last, though, and the chasing pack made inroads between the final two fences with El Presente and Potterman the chief challengers.It was a close tussle between the two, but El Presente won in a photo by a short head with Kitty’s Light staying on for third.My Way did at least hold on for fourth with Some Chaos fifth.- Advertisement – El Presente just denied Potterman in a thrilling finish to the Badger Beers Silver Trophy at Wincanton on Saturday.When Sizing At Midnight fell three form home it looked as though the Paul Nicholls-trained gamble My Way would land the prize as he was left five lengths clear under Bryan Carver.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sheff Wed 0 – 0 Millwall

first_imgWallace went close shortly after the restart, floating a free-kick over the defensive wall with the ball going a fraction wide.Windass got a shot on target but it was straight at Bialkowski who made a comfortable save.Hutchinson failed to make the most of a great opportunity, heading over after meeting a Wallace corner.Bialkowski then came to his side’s rescue, making a good save down to his left to keep out Adam Reach’s firm drive.The keeper made another stop from Reach after the midfielder found himself in space on the left-hand side of the area.Wednesday manager Garry Monk made a change just before the hour, sending on Izzy Brown in place of Joey Pelupessy.Both sides made a substitution in the 68th minute with Callum Paterson replacing Kachunga for the home team and the opposition replacing Wallace with Connor Mahoney.Mahoney set up a great chance for Smith, delivering an inch-perfect cross which the striker headed wide from the edge of the six-yard box.Wednesday striker Jack Marriott joined the action as a replacement for Van Aken and then a double substitution for the visitors saw Bodvarsson and Tom Bradshaw come on in place of Smith and Bennett.Marriott had a chance to win it in stoppage time after meeting Brown’s free-kick but Bialkowski got down to his right to make the save. The Wednesday line-up showed one enforced change, with Joost van Aken taking over from the suspended Kadeem Harris.Millwall boss Gary Rowett made three changes with Matt Smith, Ryan Leonard and Mason Bennett replacing Shane Ferguson, Ben Thompson and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson – the latter two included among the substitutes. – Advertisement –  Sheffield Wednesday climbed off the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table for the first time this season following a goalless draw with Millwall.The point was enough to see them overtake Derby after their points deduction for a breach of EFL rules was halved to six points on appeal earlier this week.- Advertisement – Elias Kachunga had a good early chance for the hosts, finding space to make a driving run towards the centre of the area before firing wide of the target.- Advertisement – Millwall’s first effort came from Scott Malone, who headed narrowly wide following Mason Bennett’s ball in.Ryan Leonard then dragged his shot wide after a Jed Wallace cross caused problems for the home defence.Millwall skipper Shaun Hutchinson presented the hosts with an opening when his stray pass was intercepted by Josh Windass. He advanced into the area and fired in a shot which was beaten away by Bartosz Bialkowski at his near post.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Chelsea 4 – 1 Sheff Utd

first_imgAnd Chelsea completed the turnaround as Ben Chilwell bundled home Ziyech’s deep cross at the far post (34), though both Ramsdale and Max Lowe should have done more to keep the defender out.Man-of-the-match Ziyech assisted Chelsea’s third as Thiago Silva nodded in ahead of Ramsdale from a free-kick (77), before Timo Werner got in on the act, smashing home as the ball broke into his path (80).The result takes Chelsea third in the Premier League, just a point behind leaders Liverpool, while Sheffield United remain bottom having taken just one point from a possible 33 since beating Chelsea 3-0 on July 11.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Chelsea continued their improvement with a fourth straight win as they fought back from a goal down to beat struggling Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea conceded for the first time in five games through David McGoldrick’s clever flick from a Sander Berge strike (9), but Tammy Abraham levelled as his weak effort into the ground beat Aaron Ramsdale (23).- Advertisement –center_img Full report to followWhat’s next?Chelsea return to action after the international break with a trip to Newcastle United on Saturday November 21 at 12.30pm, while Sheffield United host West Ham on Sunday November 22, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 2pm.last_img read more

The Papa John’s Trophy: All you need to know, including format, who’s taking part and where I can watch it | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Portsmouth fans during the Checkatrade Trophy Final between Sunderland AFC and Portsmouth FC at Wembley Stadium on March 31, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)Image:A crowd of 85,021 watched Portsmouth beat Sunderland in the 2018-19 EFL Trophy final at Wembley The final, as always, will be held at Wembley Stadium on March 14, 2021. 1:19 Key datesEFL Trophy Matchday Three – Nov 10/11Round of 32 – Dec 8/9Round of 16 – Jan 12/13Quarter-finals – Feb 2/3Semi-Finals – Feb 16/17EFL Trophy Final – March 14 The group phase starts off with 48 clubs from League One and League Two, as well as 16 teams invited from both the Premier League and Championship with ‘Category One’ academies.Why has not every top-flight club entered an academy team though?Four Premier League clubs with ‘Category One’ academies did not take part this season – Burnley and Crystal Palace, both in their first full season of ‘Category One’ status, and Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, who both played in the previous year’s competition, but decided not to participate in this one.A fifth Premier League club’s academy, Sheffield United, does not have ‘Category One’ status, meaning the Norwich City academy was asked to take their place this season.OK, so what about the format? Correct, the EFL Trophy was sponsored by Leasing.com last season after the car leasing company had initially agreed a three-year deal to sponsor the competition last August.However, the competition was rebranded as the ‘Papa John’s Trophy’ in October after the EFL agreed a new lucrative three-year sponsorship deal with the takeaway pizza company.“The exclusive partnership, which will run until at least the end of the 2022/23 season, sees the competition become known as the ‘Papa John’s Trophy’ with immediate effect,” said the EFL when announcing the agreement on its official website last month.- Advertisement – Manchester United greats Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were in attendance as their former side’s U21s thrashed the club they co-own 6-0 in the EFL Trophy – Advertisement – “In addition to the title sponsorship, Papa John’s will also be the Official Pizza of the EFL.”Meanwhile, EFL chief commercial officer, Ben Wright, said of the new partnership: “The EFL is delighted to welcome Papa John’s as title sponsor of the EFL Trophy and a new addition to the League’s portfolio of partners.“As we continue to navigate through the challenging times that the coronavirus pandemic presents, it is testament to the growing appeal of the EFL that we are able to attract new partners and invest the sponsorship fee into the competition through payments to clubs, which is important during this difficult period.”Right, so who’s taking part then? However, last season’s final – featuring holders Portsmouth and Salford City – has yet to take place, with the Wembley showpiece postponed following the coronavirus outbreak in March.Where can I see all the action?You can see highlights from this week’s group games – and the rest of the competition – on Sky Sports News, the Sky Sports app and the website on Wednesday morning. Highlights from AFC Wimbledon’s EFL Trophy win over Charlton and Fleetwood’s victory at Carlisle earlier this season Manchester United U21s eased past Salford City in their EFL Trophy clash Arnau Pugimal (right) netted the second goal for Manchester United U21sImage:Manchester United U21s eased past Salford City 6-0 in their EFL Trophy group stage clash in Sept preview image If you are a fan of a particular Premier League club, then you will almost certainly recognise a number of the youngsters on display.For example, the likes of Caoimhin Kelleher, Sepp van den Berg and Ben Woodburn have all featured for Liverpool in this season’s competition, while exciting forward Liam Delap has lined up for Manchester City.When is the final? The EFL Trophy, now known as the Papa John’s Trophy, returns to action with more group-stage matches on Tuesday night. Unsure about the exact format of the competition? Well, not to worry as we explain it all to you here…So, what is the Papa John’s Trophy?It is the English Football League [EFL] Trophy featuring clubs from League One and League Two, as well ‘Academy teams’ – with Category One status – from both the Premier League and Championship.Hang on, was it not known as the Leasing.com Trophy last season?- Advertisement – 1:44 It is a midweek knockout cup competition featuring a group stage consisting of 16 regional groups of four teams that runs between September and November.The groups are made up of one invited ‘Category One’ side, with the rest consisting of EFL Clubs from either League One or League Two, with fixtures done on a regionalised basis until the quarter-finals.Everyone plays each other once, either home or away, although academy sides play all their group matches away from home. And if the game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout is then held, with the winning team earning an additional point.The top two from each group will then progress to the knockout stage of the competition, which gets underway in December and is also drawn on a regionalised basis.And which players are eligible to compete?EFL clubs must have at least four ‘qualifying’ outfield players in their line-ups, with such a player meeting these requirements:Any player who started the previous or following first-team fixtureAny player who is in the top 10 players at the club who have made the most starting appearances in league and domestic cup competitions that seasonAny player with 40 or more first-team appearances in their careerAny player on loan from a Premier League club or any EFL ‘Category One’ academy clubA club can play any eligible goalkeeper in the competitionAre there any academy players I may recognise?last_img read more

FAO, WHO give food safety tips for bird flu era

first_imgDec 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Although thorough cooking ensures that chicken and other poultry are safe to eat, birds from flocks infected with H5N1 avian influenza should be kept out of the food supply, international health and agriculture authorities said this week.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) warned against eating raw poultry parts or raw eggs from areas with avian flu outbreaks in poultry, as well as eating infected birds or using them for animal feed.The agencies said they wanted to clarify food safety issues raised by the avian flu crisis. The statement released this week is an abridged version of a bulletin issued in November through the International Food Safety Authorities Network.”In areas where there is no bird flu outbreak in poultry, there is no risk that consumers will be exposed to the virus via the handling or consumption of poultry and poultry products,” the statement said.Cooking to achieve a temperature of 70˚C throughout all parts of a bird, so that no part remains raw or red, will kill any H5N1 virus present, the agencies said. This will prevent infection from an infected bird that is mistakenly allowed into the food chain.”To date, there is no epidemiological evidence that people have become infected after eating contaminated poultry meat that has been properly cooked,” the statement said.Many of the people who have contracted avian flu were infected when slaughtering or handling diseased or dead birds before cooking, authorities said. Slaughtering poses the greatest risk of infection.Most strains of avian flu viruses are found mainly in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts of infected birds, not in the meat, the agencies said. But highly pathogenic viruses like H5N1 make their way into almost all parts of the bird, including the meat.Infected poultry excrete the virus in their secretions and feces, and people may be exposed by inhaling dust or touching contaminated surfaces. The virus can survive in feces for at least 35 days at low temperatures (4˚C) and for 6 days at higher temperatures (37˚C). It can survive on surfaces for several weeks, and it is not killed by refrigeration or freezing.It’s not always possible to distinguish infected and uninfected birds in outbreak areas, since ducks may harbor the virus without looking sick, officials said. This increases the importance of using preventive measures.Although public education campaigns about avian flu have reached rural people in affected countries, some continue to eat infected birds, the agencies said. They warned, “The practice of slaughtering and eating of infected birds, whether diseased or already dead, must be stopped. These birds should also not be used for animal feed.”The risk of getting infected by handling a bird produced through an industrialized slaughtering and processing chain is considered very low, even in countries with current outbreaks, authorities said.They also said eating vaccinated poultry poses no particular risk for consumers, provided the vaccination program follows proper standards and includes appropriate monitoring.Eggs from infected birds can be contaminated on both the inside and the shell, according to the agencies. Although sick birds normally stop laying eggs, eggs laid in the early phase of the disease could be contaminated. Proper cooking kills the virus, as does pasteurization used by industry for liquid egg products.Eggs from areas with outbreaks in poultry should not be consumed raw or partially cooked (with runny yolk), FAO/WHO say. But so far there is no epidemiologic evidence that people have been infected with avian flu by eating eggs or egg products.See also:FAO/WHO news releasehttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/1000172/index.htmlFull-length bulletinhttp://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/No_07_AI_Nov05_en.pdflast_img read more

WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing

first_imgMay 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – As expected, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved a resolution on the sharing of influenza viruses and access to pandemic vaccines just before adjourning its annual meeting of member countries today.The resolution calls on the WHO to establish “an international stockpile of vaccines for H5N1 or other influenza viruses of pandemic potential, and to formulate mechanisms and guidelines aimed at ensuring fair and equitable distribution of pandemic-influenza vaccines at affordable prices in the event of a pandemic,” the WHO said in a news release.The resolution also calls for creation of an interdisciplinary working group to draw up new “terms of reference” (TORs) for the sharing of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers and reference laboratories, the agency said.”The new TORs will take into account the origin of influenza viruses going into the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network and will make their use more transparent,” the WHO said. “Once finalized, these TORs will be submitted to a special Intergovernmental Meeting of WHO Member States and regional economic organizations.”The resolution is a response to Indonesia’s recent withholding of H5N1 influenza virus samples to protest the high cost of commercial vaccines derived from such samples. Breaking with a long tradition of free international sharing of flu virus specimens, Indonesia stopped sending samples to the WHO last December. Last week the country said it had resumed supplying viruses, but the WHO has said it has received only three samples so far.Countries are expected to continue sharing viruses while the new WHO rules are hammered out, news reports have said. But Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s head of communicable disease control, said today that the new agreement is voluntary, according to the Associated Press (AP).”If countries wish to make exceptions, they will make exceptions,” Heymann told the AP. “We will have an opportunity to see over the next few weeks, as we begin to request the viruses, if there are any conditions on [using] the viruses as they are sent in.”Indonesia and other developing countries had proposed that the WHO supply H5N1 virus samples to vaccine manufacturers only with the consent of the source country. But the adopted resolution, which emerged from a WHO committee yesterday, says that vaccine makers should have full access to viruses from the WHO during a public health emergency, the AP reported yesterday.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, in closing remarks, reminded the delegates of their responsibilities under the revised International Health Regulations (IHR), according to the WHO release. The revised regulations, which take effect in June, are designed to stop the international spread of infectious diseases.”When collective security is at stake, public opinion can carry great weight,” Chan said. “After very considerable discussion, you have adopted a resolution on the sharing of influenza viruses and access to pandemic vaccines and other benefits. I want to underscore the importance of this decision. My responsibilities in implementing the IHR depend on this sharing.”In a statement today, US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said he was pleased that the WHO resolution makes clear that member states must continue to share flu viruses with the agency’s flu surveillance network.”Withholding influenza viruses from the Global Influenza Surveillance Network greatly threatens global public health and is inconsistent with the spirit of the legal obligations we have all agreed to undertake through our adherence to the International Health Regulations,” Leavitt said.As the 10-day WHO meeting ended, Heymann warned that current global vaccine production capacity remains far from adequate to protect the world’s population in the event of a pandemic.According to a Reuters report, Heymann said vaccine makers can produce enough vaccine for only 1.5 billion of the world’s 6.2 billion people. It will be “a five-year maximum before we believe we will have enough vaccine to begin to talk about equitable sharing,” he said.In a report last October, the WHO estimated world flu vaccine production capacity at 350 million doses of trivalent (three-strain) vaccine, which could possibly be pushed to 500 million trivalent doses in an emergency. That would be the equivalent of 1.5 billion doses of single-strain vaccine.In other action, the World Health Assembly of WHO members approved a record budget of $4.2 billion for 2008-09, up from $3.3 billion for 2006-07, the agency said. “The new budget highlights the continued trend of increased investment in global public health,” the statement said.The members also approved resolutions dealing with the prevention and treatment of malaria and tuberculosis and the eradication of polio, among other actions.See also:May 23 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2007/wha02/en/index.htmlMay 23 United Nations news releaseOct 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO seeks urgent push for pandemic flu vaccines”last_img read more

Today, the decision on the new director of the CNTB Main Office

first_imgAt the end of May, more precisely on May 30, the competition for the director of the Main Office of the CNTB ended, which lasted 60 days.Eight applications were received for the competition, seven applications were received on time, while one application was received outside the deadline. In the following period, a Commission for the evaluation of candidacies was formed by the Tourist Board of the Croatian Tourist Board, consisting of: Boris Žgomba as President of the Commission, also a member of the CNTB Tourist Board and President of Uniline, Barbara Mesić, member of the Commission and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism. Željko Kukurin, member of the Commission, also a member of the Tourist Board of the CNTB and President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera dd, Marcel Medak, member of the Commission, also a member of the Tourist Board of the CNTB and director of Daruvar Spa, and prof.dr.sc. Dragan Magaš from the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management in Opatija.By the end of June, the Candidate Evaluation Committee gave each of the seven candidates the opportunity to present the CNTB’s work program for the next four years, and a decision should be made today, ie a proposal to the Tourist Council, which should then make a final decision.By the way, unofficially, the following seven candidates applied for the competition: Dejan Bosak from Ugo group, Davorko Obuljen – former President of the Management Board of Hotel Maestrali and former Deputy Prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Joško Stella – Director of the Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board, Kristijan Staničić – Former President of the Management Board of the Liburnia Riviera Hotels and candidate for mayor of Rijeka in the last local elections, Katarina Miličević from the Institute of Tourism, Tonči Glavina – co-owner of a tour operator for children and youth tourism and the first specialized hostel for young people Eklata and director of the Business Incubator Klis doo, while the last candidate comes from the hotel industry.More expertise and professionalism, and less politicsI sincerely hope that finally in Croatia, and thus in this competition, the main guiding thread will be expertise and professionalism, and not who is closer to the fire and who is pulling harder from the political side. It is important to respect the expertise and competence as well as the vision of the development of each candidate, and then let the shortlist, ie the finalists, where the little things decide, choose politics according to the political key.As I communicate on a daily basis with all profiles of tourism experts from all over Croatia, I can freely determine how the vast majority are dissatisfied and how they want change. To the question of how and when it will be better, I give a clear and only possible answer: That the profession, both at the destination and in the whole of Croatia, unites and asks politics to respect the profession, professionalism and business processes of the 21st century. I know your answer, but it’s up to the people. A change of the whole paradigm is needed, and this is possible only if the profession unites and seeks changes, not from political connotations but exclusively from market bases, ie needs.Synergy, expertise and professionalism – must be key criteria, we can no longer afford to be different because the competition does not sleep, in fact, while we talk for ten years about changes and new regulations, tourist land… competition has already made a hundred changes.It’s all up to the people, it’s all up to you. The synergy of all tourism workers is crucial for the strategic development of tourist destinations.last_img read more

The study of the bearing capacities of the Split-Dalmatia County has begun

first_imgBased on a public tender announced in June this year, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board signed a contract and ordered scientific expert material from the Institute for Tourism, which will answer questions about what is enough in the county’s tourism and infrastructure, where they are in the red and how much space there is. for growth.The aim of the study is to define the total load accommodation capacity for each of the six clusters in the county, according to the Institute for Tourism, which will calculate the carrying capacity of the Split Riviera and especially the city of Split, Makarska Riviera, Dalmatian Zagora and the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.Based on the analysis of current accommodation capacities, possibilities of reception and arrangement of beaches, traffic and communal infrastructure and natural and cultural resources, it will be found out how many nights and arrivals of tourists can be in the county during the year, especially in the “peak” season in July and August. , without endangering the sustainable development and quality of life of the local community. “It is also necessary to determine the maximum number of accommodation capacities in certain parts of the county with regard to its spatial specifics. We expect the Study to say for each of the tourist clusters of our county what are the tourist figures that this area can withstand, without compromising the balance in the supply of electricity, water and energy and not spatially endangering the area with excessive construction and significantly disrupting quality of life. local population.These are logical questions after years of great growth in popularity and tourist arrivals in our county. All this will be the basis for the work of destination management that will manage the development of tourism in the county. ” points out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist BoardThe study of the carrying capacity of tourism in the Split-Dalmatia County, prepared by scientists from the Institute of Tourism in Zagreb, should be completed by the spring of 2018. This is the only such example, at least known to me in Croatia, that one tourist destination started by making a study. The preparation of the study should have been the basis for development, not first to build accommodation capacities, and then to do the study. But again, better than ever, there are still things that can be corrected and directed to the right path of sustainable and strategic development.All the problems that are present in the tourism sector are the result of the elements and not strategic development. This is great news for our tourism, especially the Split-Dalmatia County, and I sincerely hope that other tourist destinations will follow this positive example because the strategic development of a tourist destination is the only right path for long-term tourism development.Record tourist results in Split-Dalmatia County According to its results and excellent tourist traffic in August, the Split-Dalmatia County remained at the very top of the country’s tourist regions. Thus, in August alone, based on eVisitor data, 892.328 guests visited the Split-Dalmatia County, realizing 5.969.680 tourist nights, which is six percent more in arrivals and seven percent more in nights than last year, the SDŽ Tourist Board points out.The main part of the tourist year and the first eight months of Central Dalmatia ends with an impressive number of 2.791.556 arrivals, which is 13 percent more than last year and 15,7 million overnight stays. The tourist star of the season is the city of Split, which is still at the top of the list of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, where there were 2.031.003 overnight stays in the first eight months. Makarska had 1.284.076 overnight stays, which is 13 percent more than last year, which placed the two cities among Croatia’s Top 20 tourist destinations. “All the announcements say that the excellent visit will continue during October, so Central Dalmatia is becoming a prime example of the extension of the tourist season in all parts of the county.Stella points out.Split Airport also recorded excellent results, with 2.123.209 passengers so far, which is 24 percent more than last year and thus became the first airport in terms of traffic in Croatia. Most overnight stays in the first eight months were made by guests from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Scandinavia.last_img read more

4th Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) this year in Zagreb

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Register your participation via online translation hereRelated news:DANIJELA ČAVLOVIĆ, HGK: WHILE WE ARE CONGRATULATED IN EUROPE, SOME PEOPLE IN CROATIA ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE GROWTH OF PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONFAMILY MICRO ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TOURISM – A ISSUE OF SURVIVALBE A HOST IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATION, NOT REAL ESTATE AGENTS 4. Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) will be held on February 2, 3.2.2018. in the Congress Center of the Zagreb Fair organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.It is the largest annual gathering of family tourism aimed at education, presentation of innovations in legislation and networking of participants with exhibitors of products and services relevant to family accommodation, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.During the two-day gathering, presentations on results, trends and innovations in legislation, expert panels, educational workshops on sales, marketing and quality improvement will be organized, as well as an exhibition space where participants will have the opportunity to network with exhibitors of products and services relevant to family accommodation. . As part of the Forum, an award ceremony will be held for the best micro and small entrepreneurs of family tourism in the action “Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia 2017.”last_img read more