Clare Crawley, Dale Moss Talk About Having Babies ‘All the Time’

first_imgThe California native and the former football player hit it off quickly after meeting on season 16 of The Bachelorette, which began airing in October. During the Thursday, November 6, episode, Moss got down on one knee and left the reality series early with his soon-to-be wife. Despite facing criticism from those who’ve said they moved too fast, the new couple are ready for whatever comes their way.Clare Crawley Gushes Over Her Hopes for a Future With Dale MossDale Moss and Clare Crawley ABC/Craig Sjodin“As long as we’re together, for me that’s all that matters,” the model said on Friday, adding that he’s looking forward to having “so many babies” with Crawley. “We’re building a life. We’re building a foundation.”From the moment they laid eyes on each other, Crawley and Moss knew they’d found something special. The duo are head over heels in love, but they aren’t afraid to recognize the tough realities that their biracial children might face in the future.- Advertisement – “Our babies are going to be mixed and they’re going to face those kinds of things and they’re going to have those questions,” the hairdresser added. “Hopefully we will have so much progression by the time our little babies are grown up, but it’s like, he just makes it so comfortable that we can talk about this and that it’s not an uncomfortable elephant in the room. … It’s not a negative thing. We’re proud of who we are, what we are.”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants “This has come up naturally in our conversation,” Moss explained. “I think the biggest thing is, we know that we can come to each other for anything. There’s no judgment, there’s no worry, and that’s what’s so important about having a relationship and building this. And we both lean on each other for advice and perspective in some of these situations. … There’s things that have come up where Clare has come directly and asked me, ‘What’s the best way that I should approach this? Or what is respectful?’”The South Dakota native grew up in a biracial family and has had to come to terms with being the target of prejudice. “My mom’s side disowned her because she married a Black man. I grew up in an all-white community where I couldn’t stay at my friend’s houses when I was a kid. We had to really fight for respect and to make our place in the community in which I grew up,” Moss said. “This is something that I’ve been around since the time that I was a little kid. We know that we’ll deal with some of these things, but there hasn’t been a worry or anything like that. We just get through everything together just like we would in any setting.”As a white woman, Crawley acknowledged that there are things that her fiancé experiences that she’ll never be able to understand herself. However, she’s “thankful and so happy” for the opportunity to learn from Moss and his perspective.- Advertisement – Throwing out the timeline! Clare Crawley and Dale Moss progressed their relationship at lightning speed while on The Bachelorette — and they’re already thinking about their next step.“What I love about Dale is that nothing scares him,” Crawley, 39, gushed during a joint interview with her fiancé, 32, on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast on Friday, November 6. “I talk about babies all the time and he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want.’ I’ll remind him of things all the time, you know, ‘I’m not getting any younger!’ I’ll say things like that, and he’s like, ‘You think I don’t know this? Yeah, let’s do this.’”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Paytm on India’s digital payments sector

first_imgI believe that Paytm is so far ahead in the innovation that can be built on top of the payments layer that I feel super comfortable about where we are.- Advertisement – A big part of India’s fast-growing online payments infrastructure is the United Payments Interface (UPI), created by the country’s top payments processor, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). UPI processed more than 2 billion transactions in October and is supported by most of India’s lenders. Its open architecture allows interoperability between payments apps using the platform, which facilitates peer-to-peer money transfer. UPI is currently dominated by PhonePe and Google Pay, leaving Paytm a distant third, according to reports.UPI is just one part of Paytm’s business. Deora said the start-up has more than 50% market share in the merchant payments segment and provides services in other areas, such as banking and wealth management. Reuters reported that the company also aims to have more than one million apps on its “mini app store” by the first quarter of 2021.“I believe that Paytm is so far ahead in the innovation that can be built on top of the payments layer that I feel super comfortable about where we are,” Deora said.WhatsApp for its part would likely have an advantage in the payments market in India despite being a relative newcomer. More than 400 million people in the country already use the messaging service, which gives it a sizeable userbase right off the bat. Facebook’s investment ties with Jio Platforms, owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, offer another advantage. “They have a shot,” Deora said about WhatsApp’s prospects in India. “If they are innovative and they build great solutions, that some consumers will come to them. I think that sort of goes without saying. But I’ll tell you it’s super hard to do so.”He explained that convincing sellers to allow a company like Paytm or WhatsApp to handle their money requires trust and does not occur overnight. Paytm, PhonePe, Google Pay (Gpay) and Bhim UPI QR Codes (Standee) are Kept outside for Cashless payments at a medical store in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on 16 May 2020.Nasir Kachroo | NurPhoto | Getty Images – Advertisement – The service faces competition from the likes of Google Pay, Walmart’s PhonePe and most recently Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service, which announced a feature allowing its users to send money through the app.center_img Madhur DeoraPresident, Paytm SINGAPORE — Indian tech start-up Paytm is “super comfortable” with its position in an increasingly competitive payments sector in the country, a top executive at the company said Monday.Paytm is an ubiquitous name in India’s digital payments sector. Millions of Indians use the service to pay for things including utility bills, groceries, recharging mobile connections or buying movie tickets. Paytm is also a fully licensed digital bank.- Advertisement – “It’s no doubt that India is the last big tech market in the world and it’s an open market,” Madhur Deora, president of Paytm, said on CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.” The interview was part of CNBC’s annual East Tech West conference, which is being held this year both remotely and on the ground in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, China.“Payments is — over the last six or seven years, especially mobile payments — has come to the forefront of consumer offerings and innovation in consumer tech,” Deora said, adding that “people have come to realize that if you solve the payments problem then there are many things that you can do with respect to commerce, with respect to financial services.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ebola outbreak ebbs, Marburg lingers

first_img In the Republic of the Congo, 12 Ebola cases and 9 deaths were reported in Cuvette Ouest Region between Apr 25 and Jun 16, the WHO said yesterday. Investigators identified 11 possible contacts of the last person to die of Ebola, who died May 26, the WHO said. All of those contacts have been monitored for 21 days, the maximum incubation period for Ebola. The ministry of health reported a total of 422 cases, of which 356 were fatal, in Uige province as of yesterday, the WHO said. The agency didn’t give a total for Angola as a whole. The previous update on Jun 7 said the nation had had 423 cases with 357 deaths. Of those, 412 cases, 346 of them fatal, occurred in Uige province. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html Jun 17 WHO news release on Marburghttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17/en/ Meanwhile, Angola’s struggle with the largest recorded Marburg outbreak continues, the WHO reported today. Tracking of potential Marburg cases and contacts continues, and the task is difficult. Twenty-one contacts are being monitored in Uige city, but another 111 contacts are being followed in other parts of the province, the WHO noted. In addition, a team of healthcare workers was preparing to travel by helicopter to investigate reports of possible Marburg cases in especially remote areas. Jun 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Efforts to contain an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever appear to be succeeding in the Republic of the Congo, but the longer-running Marburg fever outbreak in Angola is still claiming victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The health ministry and the WHO regional office are working on ongoing infection control and education about Ebola in the affected districts. This has been one of the smallest recorded outbreaks of Ebola since tracking began in the mid-1970s, according to the CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevers. See also: “None of these people has been infected,” the WHO reported. Jun 16 WHO news release on Ebolahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_16/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Indonesia reports another avian flu case

first_imgOct 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian authorities said yesterday a hospitalized 21-year-old man had tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.Indonesia’s Antara news agency said the man lives in Lampung but did not name him. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Jakarta indicated avian flu, the report said. A Reuters report described the man as being in stable condition.The Antara report said a 23-year-old man who died last week also tested positive by PCR in a Jakarta laboratory. His case was reported by the news media on Oct 5. Samples from both men were sent to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) reference laboratory in Hong Kong for confirmatory testing.The disease-control chief at the health ministry said both of the young men had direct contact with dead poultry, Reuters reported.The number of avian flu cases in Indonesia has been hard to determine. Counting the 21-year-old, the Indonesian government has reported 10 cases this year, including seven deaths, according to CIDRAP’s analysis of news reports. But the WHO has officially confirmed only four of those, including three fatal ones.Cases listed by the government have included a 5-year-old girl whose test results conflicted and a poultry worker who never showed symptoms but had antibodies to the virus. (CIDRAP’s unofficial case count includes the poultry worker but not the girl.)Yesterday, however, the government appeared to be trimming its official case numbers to match the WHO’s. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said the government was lowering its count of fatal cases from six to three. The report quoted Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as saying, “We have had four definite cases. Of the four, three had died.”She said those three did not include the 23-year-old who died last week. She added, “However we are positive the person died of bird flu even though the WHO has not recorded it.”A Jakarta Post report today quoted the Health Ministry as saying that a total of 89 people in the country have been hospitalized for avian flu. Of those, 73 cases were still under investigation, 11 people had probable cases, and 6 people tested positive. The story didn’t explain why the numbers didn’t add up to 89.last_img read more

Lettuce, ground beef recalls spur new E coli concerns

first_imgOct 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A Salinas Valley produce company recalled its green leaf lettuce yesterday because of possible Escherichia coli contamination, only 2 days after an Iowa meat producer recalled about 5,200 pounds of its ground beef for the same reason.Both recalls involve the same O157:H5 E coli strain that has sickened 199 people and killed 3 in a national outbreak linked to spinach, but the source of the contamination is not the same.Water contamination prompts lettuce recallThe voluntary lettuce recall, by the Nunes Company, Inc., of Salinas, Calif., applies to green leaf lettuce that carries the code 6SL0024, sold Oct 3 to Oct 6 under the Foxy brand, according to a company press release. The products were distributed in Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to retail stores and other distributors that may have sold the product to restaurants.No illnesses have been reported, according the company.Nunes said 97% of the affected cartons had been located and either destroyed or set aside for destruction. The company said it was still working to locate 250 remaining cartons.”This is a precautionary measure based upon the recent events in the produce industry, our concern for our customers and a concern about the product,” Nunes Vice President Tom Nunes, Jr, told Reuters yesterday.Nunes said it recalled the green leaf lettuce when it was discovered that water used to irrigate the product may have been contaminated with E coli. Further investigation showed that the source of the contamination may have been temporary use of a secondary water source, which initially tested positive for E coli. The company said tests were being done on samples of recalled products.The green leaf lettuce that is the focus of the recall is from one farm, according to the Reuters report.US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesperson Julie Zawisza told Reuters that the FDA expects the firm to identify the source of contamination and take steps to correct the problem so it doesn’t occur again.The lettuce recall and the spinach E coli outbreak occurred less than 2 months after the FDA launched the Lettuce Safety Initiative,  a broad investigation into farms and processors of lettuce and other leafy greens in California’s Salinas Valley.Nineteen US outbreaks of E coli O157:H7 from lettuce and spinach have occurred since 1995, and eight have been traced to Salinas Valley. These eight outbreaks have affected 217 people in eight states, including two elderly patients from northern California who died in 2003.More cases and deaths from contaminated spinachMeanwhile, the number of sickened people in the nationwide outbreak of O157:H7 linked to fresh spinach grew to 199 late last week, representing an increase of seven since Oct 4, according to FDA’s latest press release.One hundred and two people (51%) were hospitalized, and one more case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious kidney condition, has been reported, bringing that total to 31. The outbreak has affected people in 26 states and one Canadian.Three deaths have now been linked to the outbreak strain; newly added to the count are a 2-year-old Idaho boy and an elderly Nebraska woman. Health officials are awaiting results on a fourth possible outbreak-related death, that of an elderly woman from Maryland.Thirteen product samples have now been confirmed to contain the outbreak strain, two more than previously reported. The FDA has said that all spinach connected to the current outbreak has been traced to Natural Selection Foods, a company that packages more than 30 brands of fresh spinach and that supplies spinach to other produce companies.Federal investigators searched two production facilities last week, one of which was a Natural Selection Foods plant, for possible food safety or environmental violations. The FDA said federal and state authorities are still doing inspections, collecting samples, and studying animal management and water use in the production and growing areas that have been traced to the E coli outbreak.The FDA said it will hold a public meeting to address the issue of contaminated leafy greens later this year after the current investigation is complete.E coli suspected in ground beefIn other E coli news, an Iowa company on Oct 6 voluntarily recalled 5,226 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E coli O157:H5, according to a press release from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).Microbiological testing alerted authorities to possible contamination, the USDA said, adding that it had not received any reports of illness related to consumption of the product.The packages, produced by Jim’s Market and Locker, Inc., of Harlan, Ia., bear the number “Est. 2424” inside the USDA inspection mark. The ground beef was produced on Aug 31 and Sep 1 and distributed to one retail outlet in Iowa and distributors in Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin.The Iowa ground beef recall is the largest to occur since early August, when a Tennessee company recalled 4,300 pounds because of possible E coli O157:H5 contamination, according to an Oct 7 Associated Press report.Other cases stump health officialsInvestigators are still trying to determine the source in several E coli cases in Wisconsin and Canada.In Wisconsin, seven E coli cases were reported to the Manitowoc County Health Department between Aug 30 and Sep 11, according to a weekend report in the Manitowoc Herald Times. One was in the 77-year-old woman whose death was the first to be linked to contaminated fresh spinach from California. Another was linked to animal exposure at a private farm. No information was given for one case.Four cases have been linked to events at the Manitowoc County Expo grounds. In two of these, direct contact with animals occurred. In the other two, however, no animal contact was reported. Samples were collected from 50 sites in the dairy and show barns as part of the investigation; two samples collected from bleachers in the show barn were positive for E coli.The source of the contamination still has not been determined, but Amy Wergin, a county public health nurse, told the Herald Times that manure contaminated with E coli could have been transferred to the bleachers from foot traffic or clothing.Wergin said the bleachers were cleaned with disinfectant and the health department would implement other preventive measures, including posting signs that warn Expo attendees not to eat while in the barns.In Canada, Ontario health officials have ruled out contaminated spinach as the cause of E coli outbreaks in two cities, according to an Oct 6 Bloomberg News report. Between Sep 21 and Sep 26, 20 residents of Hamilton, about 43 miles southwest of Toronto, were diagnosed with E coli infections. Over the same time period, cases were also found in Sudbury, about 240 miles north of Toronto.Officials suspect a link between the illnesses and believe it may be food, but they have not yet determined the source, said CanWest News Service in a report 2 days ago.See also:Oct 6 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2006/ucm108761.htmOct 6 USDA press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_029_2006_Release/index.asplast_img read more

OSHA updates guidance on avian flu

first_imgNov 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor yesterday released revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance to help employers protect their workers from job-related exposure to H5N1 avian influenza.In a press release yesterday, OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke encouraged employees and employers who are most likely to be exposed to avian flu to take appropriate precautions. “This guidance offers them practical tips, such as hand washing and the use of proper protective equipment, for preventing illness,” he said.The OSHA guidance, last updated in 2004, gives separate recommendations for several specific employee groups that may be most likely to encounter animals or people infected with the H5N1 virus. The groups include poultry workers, animal handlers, laboratory personnel, healthcare workers, food handlers, travelers, and Americans living abroad. The main thrust is on proper hygiene techniques, such as use of gloves and handwashing, along with respiratory protection.For many of these groups, OSHA’s guidance incorporates interim recommendations from other agencies and groups. For example, the poultry worker guidance includes from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The OSHA recommendations also incorporate CDC recommendations for lab workers, healthcare personnel, and airline workers who have contact with passengers.The longest set of recommendations is the one for poultry workers. It instructs employees on signs of possible avian flu in poultry, reviews basic infection control measures, and gives a protocol for proper protective equipment use. It includes the CDC recommendation that all unvaccinated employees receive seasonal influenza vaccine and that all workers who have direct contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces receive a prophylactic dose of antiviral medication on each day of exposure and for 1 week following their last exposure.In the food-handler recommendations, the OSHA guidance says that the two groups most at risk are restaurant cooks and those grocery store employees who handle raw chicken.Also included in the OSHA recommendations are several appendices that provide detailed information on the history of the H5N1 virus, the biology of flu viruses, the symptoms of H5N1 infection in humans, import restrictions on birds from certain countries, pandemics, and additional resources.See also:Updated OSHA guidance on protecting employees from avian fluhttp://www.osha.gov/dsg/guidance/avian-flu.htmlNov 14 US Department of Labor press release on OSHA guidancehttp://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=13018last_img read more

Turkey, Laos report more H5N1 in poultry

first_imgMar 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in Turkey have confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in the western part of the country near the border with Greece, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The virus struck 22 backyard chickens at a village near Ipsala in Edirne province, according to the OIE report. The remaining 16 birds were destroyed. Turkish officials listed fomites, which could involve contamination spread by humans, vehicles, or animal feed, as the source of the outbreak.Turkey’s last H5N1 outbreaks occurred over several weeks in January and February at six sites, all of which involved backyard poultry. The OIE report on the outbreaks said the source of the virus was contact with wild species.All of the previous outbreaks occurred near villages along the Black Sea, an area that officials from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have said is vulnerable to H5N1 outbreaks, because surrounding countries are a winter home to migratory birds from Siberia and often have poor separation between wild and domestic birds. However, the OIE report map detailing the most recent outbreak location shows that the Ipsala area is close to the Mediterranean Sea.Elsewhere, government officials in Laos reported a fresh H5N1 outbreak in chickens in Luang Namtha, in the northwestern part of the country near the border with China and Myanmar, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported today.Yong Chanthalangsy, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman, told VNA that 800 birds were destroyed in a 2-mile radius around the affected village and that the outbreak is the sixth to strike the area in the past month.In mid February, Laos reported that the H5N1 virus had reemerged in poultry after about a year’s hiatus, according to previous reports.In other developments, authorities in India today began culling thousands of chickens in West Bengal’s Malda district after about 1,000 birds died over the past few days at a state-run poultry farm, Reuters reported today.Officials are testing samples from the birds to see if they died from H5N1 infection, according to the Reuters report. In early March animal health officials confirmed that the virus was responsible for killing poultry in neighboring Murshidabad district.Since mid January West Bengal authorities have been working to stamp out the outbreaks that began in the village of Margram. The virus spread quickly, striking poultry in 13 of the state’s 19 districts and prompting the culling of almost 4 million birds. In late February, the outbreaks in West Bengal appeared to be over and FAO praised the country for its control efforts. However, the group warned that the H5N1 virus could return if the county didn’t maintain its control and surveillance efforts.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Turkish outbreaklast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: More spray vaccine, seasonal flu shots in Quebec, Russian H1N1 reporting, non-drug measures

first_imgSep 23, 2009US orders 29 million more doses of H1N1 spray vaccineThe US government has ordered another 29 million doses of nasal-spray pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine from MedImmune, the company announced this week. The government had previously ordered about 13 million doses. The government has now ordered a total of about 251 million doses of H1N1 vaccine from five firms. MedImmune said it has already made enough vaccine to fill its orders, and the Food and Drug Administration has released 3.4 million doses, which are expected to reach providers in early October.http://pressroom.medimmune.com/press-releases/2009/09/21/medimmune-receives-u-s-government-order-for-additional-29-million-doses-of-nasal-spray-vaccine-for-2009-h1n1-influenza/Sep 21 MedImmune news releaseQuebec may delay or cancel seasonal flu shotsQuebec may delay or shelve its seasonal flu vaccination campaign and concentrate on vaccinating people against pandemic H1N1 instead, CBC News reported today. For now, seasonal flu shots are “on hold,” said Karine White, a spokeswoman for the provincial health ministry. She said officials are considering delaying seasonal flu shots until after the pandemic vaccine is delivered, narrowing the effort to focus on those at highest risk, such as seniors, or even canceling the drive altogether.http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/09/23/h1n1-flu-shots.htmlSep 23 CBC News storyScientist: Russia underreporting pandemic flu casesOne of Russia’s leading virologists claims that the country is underestimating its number of pandemic H1N1 cases, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Dr Dmitry Lvov made the claims in a state TV interview on Sep 21 and said Russia had also confirmed its first novel flu death. The country’s health ministry has disputed both of Lvov’s claims.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125366412674432421.htmlSep 23 Wall Street Journal articleReview suggests non-drug measures can curb fluA meta-analysis of nonpharmaceutical interventions such as hand washing, masks, gloves, and gowns shows they can curb the spread of flu and should be pursued more vigorously, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported yesterday. The review included 58 papers, which varied in quality. N-95 respirators were generally superior to surgical masks, but the N-95s caused skin irritation. The authors said more studies are needed to gauge the efficacy of individual interventions.http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/339/sep21_1/b3675Sep 22 BMJ reportMeta-analysis supports link between flu and heart attackA meta-analysis of 39 studies supports the idea that influenza (including flu-like illness) increases the risk of myocardial infarction, according to a report by British researchers in Lancet Infectious Diseases. Many observational studies showed consistent links between flu and acute myocardial infarction. One small randomized trial showed that flu vaccination reduced the risk of cardiac death in people with cardiovascular disease, but another randomized trial was inconclusive.http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(09)70233-6/abstractLancet Infectious Diseases article summarylast_img read more

Competitiveness of the tourism industry: HRK 25 million allocated for tourism projects in 2017

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism today announced the results of the 2017 grant program called “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” through which will with total HRK 24 million 896 thousand to co-finance a total of 606 projects aimed at raising the competitiveness of the tourism industry in all counties of the Republic of Croatia.The funds are intended to increase the quality and additional offer of catering facilities, development of new products in the destination, sustainable development, internationalization of business, use of new technologies, etc. Beneficiaries are small businesses (companies outside the public sector, crafts and cooperatives), family farms which provide catering and / or tourist services and natural persons – private renters. “OThis year’s program is a continuation of all previous activities of the Ministry of Tourism aimed at encouraging the tourism sector with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of Croatian tourism. In addition to projects on the continent, this year special attention is paid to the development of tourism on the islands, sustainable development and the use of new digital technologies to connect agriculture and tourism, or destinations with a local offer of domestic products. By financing tourism projects throughout Croatia, we want to strengthen the offer, achieve a more balanced tourism development of our country and contribute to the extension of the tourist season, “said Minister Cappelli, adding that over 1000 swimming pools have been built in Croatia in the last five years. “Also, due to the great interest of citizens and a large number of quality and well-prepared projects, we decided to raise the amount of grants by almost HRK 3 million, so from the original HRK 21,9 million the final allocated amount is HRK 24 million and 896 thousand” said Minister Cappelli.  The program consists of four measures, each with a different purpose of co-financing. Through measure A hotels, camps and other accommodation facilities, rural households and household facilities are supported by raising the quality provided they reach a higher category, development and improvement of additional facilities, thematic definition of hotels, investment in green entrepreneurship, construction of a new camp or rest area, or renovation expansion and arranging existing, developing and improving additional camp facilities, increasing and improving living conditions for people with disabilities, raising the quality of existing farms with the condition of reaching a higher category for one sun, arranging picnic areas, tasting rooms, wineries, and building swimming pools in household facilities. Through this measure, 485 projects were approved, with a total amount of HRK 21,4 million, with HRK 9,3 million related to the construction of 237 swimming pools in households.Through measure B special forms of tourism are being developed, such as rural and mountain tourism, cycling tourism, sports-recreational, adventure, adventure, diving, etc. special forms of tourism through investments in the necessary infrastructure, equipment and contents of terrain and space, playgrounds, caves, lookouts, training grounds , rest areas, etc. This measure also supports amusement and theme parks, small and floating hotels, renovation and arrangement of excursion wooden boats of traditional construction, and the creation of a package of new tourist products for markets of special interest. Through this measure, HRK 2,8 million was approved for 102 projects.Measure C refers to the availability and safety of tourists through co-financing of publicly available defibrillators (medical rescue and resuscitation devices) in catering facilities, with mandatory education, with priority given to catering facilities on islands and other parts of Croatia that do not have health facilities nearby. In addition, from this year, measure C will subsidize the transport of water to companies and crafts engaged in the hotel industry on islands without water supply. Measure D refers to recognizability, so it will finance the placement of island products through tourism, connecting agriculture and tourism using new digital technologies, as well as international gatherings important for entrepreneurship in tourism. Through measure C, HRK 300 thousand was allocated for 10 projects, and through measure D HRK 320 thousand for 9 projects.The results of the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” were published on the official website of the Ministry of Tourism http://www.mint.hr/default.aspx?id=370last_img read more

Valamar Riviera gives up investment due to tax policy!

first_imgValamar Riviera announced today through the Zagreb Stock Exchange that it is postponing the investment in Valamar Pinia Family Suites in Poreč planned for 2018.As they point out in their statement, the main reason for the postponement of the investment in Valamar Pinia Family Suites is due to the uncertain fiscal policy for investments in tourism and the challenge in preparing the necessary technical documentation. The final decision on investments for 2018 will be made by the Company at the end of November 2017, Valamar Riviera concludes.In June this year, Valamar completed the company’s largest annual investment cycle worth just over 900 million. Of the total investment last year, two summer resorts Family Life Bellevue Resort 4 * and Valamar Girandella Resort 4 * / 5 * were opened in Rabac, the largest investment in Croatian tourism this year, worth 562 million kuna.Valamar has previously announced that by 2020 it plans to invest up to HRK 2 billion in repositioning the portfolio according to high-quality offers and services and continue to achieve double-digit growth in operating profit annually, and for the new investment cycle in 2018 they plan to invest HRK 704 million. kuna.As previously announced this year, in 2018 Valamar planned to open the first Kinderhotel in its portfolio, Valamar Girandella Maro Resort 5 *, and complete the repositioning of Rabac as a leading holiday destination for guests with higher purchasing power. Also, in addition to the aforementioned Valamar Pinia Family Suites hotel in Poreč, the investment plan for 2018 included the continuation of the strategy of intensive investment in the premium camping segment, in Valamar’s camps in Istria and Krk. In Dubrovnik, the focus is on investments in additional facilities of the Valamar Argosy Hotel, and a number of other investment projects in tourist facilities, facilities for guests and accommodation for seasonal employees are also planned.After the cancellation of the investment in Poreč, the question is to what extent this decision will apply to the above-mentioned investments by 2020. Croatia has the worst conditions for investing in tourism in the entire Mediterranean and one of the largest tax burdens in Europe. Now the State is on the move.Related news:BANKRUPTCY PLAN ACCEPTED! VALAMAR AND PBZ CROATIA INSURANCE ENTER IN STARI HVARVALAMAR BUYS COMPLEX IN RABAC BY DIRECT SETTLEMENT FROM THE STATEPBZ CROATIA OSIGURANJE AND VALAMAR RIVIERA BUY HELIOS FAROS DD IN BANKRUPTCYlast_img read more