Costa Deliziosa cancels Greece sailings until late December | News

first_imgNewerPonfoort to lead Aurora Expeditions A statement explained: “Costa Cruises’ highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of its guests, crew, shoreside employees, and the people and communities its ships visit – and that commitment is reflected in the decision to temporarily pause Costa Deliziosa cruise operations in Greece.”Costa restarted operations in early September as the European cruise sector struggled back from the Covid-19 shutdown. Costa Smeralda, the second Costa ship currently in service, will continue her cruises dedicated to Italy as scheduled, observing the enhanced protocols introduced by the company. – Advertisement – OlderWorld Travel Market Virtual arrives in London for first time- Advertisement –center_img Costa Cruises has announced the temporary suspension of Costa Deliziosa cruises to Greece.Costa, a part of Carnival Corporation, said the decision comes as a result of measures enacted by the Greek government in response to the number of coronavirus cases. – Advertisement – Costa Deliziosa – which is offering one-week cruises calling at Trieste, Katakolon, Athens, Iraklion, Bari – will end her cruise currently underway in Trieste. The ship will then pause operations for seven weeks, cancelling departures until late December. The resumption of Costa Deliziosa operations is scheduled for December 26th, with an Italian itinerary to discover some of the most beautiful destinations of the Adriatic Sea and the eastern Mediterranean including Trieste, Bari, Brindisi and Catania. More destinations will be added in the coming weeks.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ellen Pompeo on Patrick Dempsey’s Return as Derek

first_img– Advertisement – In the final moments of the premiere, Cormac (Richard Flood) left the hospital for the night and found Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) unconscious in the parking lot — apparently on the brisk of death.In her mind, Grey cut to a different thought: reuniting with Derek (Patrick Dempsey) on the beach. Yes, Derek — her husband, Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, who died years ago. He yelled her name and she spun around and saw him before the episode came to an end.Following the shocking return, Pompeo, 51, and Dempsey, 54, revealed how the reunion came about, which began by her asking her former costar to go on a hike.- Advertisement – Warning: This story contains Grey’s Anatomy spoilers!The promos for the Thursday, November 12, season 17 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy were teased as “shocking” and “jaw-dropping.” Well, ABC wasn’t kidding.- Advertisement – “I had known that Krista wanted to do a beach thing, and I was at the beach. Patrick and I weren’t hiking on the beach, but we were hiking in Malibu, which, you can see the beach. And the idea just struck me so I just said to him, would you ever consider coming and being a part of the storytelling this season?” she revealed in an interview with Deadline. “I know that Patrick has his foundation in Maine where he helps cancer patients and cancer survivors, and that’s a huge effort of his, and I know that it’s important to him, also, to give people hope, and give people joy, and we wanted to bring something to this moment.”Pompeo noted that she explained that having the reunion during a time of “so much darkness” would provide a “ray of light” for fans — and he loved the idea.“We had a ball filming it,” she said. Dempsey echoed the sentiment, adding that they wanted to do something for the frontline workers and to make people feel better.- Advertisement – “I think the whole atmosphere has changed, certainly working at the beach, and seeing everybody again was really a very healing process, and really rewarding, and a lot of fun,” the Bridget Jones’s Baby actor said. “And hopefully, that feeling translates, and the fans enjoy it. I know that they’ve been wanting us to get back together, and I think this will satisfy a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people, hopefully.”The Maine native also explained that it felt “very special” and “really comfortable” filming together again. Pompeo added that the spark came back immediately.“It’s like riding a bike. We just have a chemistry and a dynamic that’s always served us well, and I think we have a genuine affection for each other,” she said. “It was very healing to come back, and know that we’re doing something good, putting out a positive story, a healing story, going to make people smile.”Plus, fans can expect to see more of Derek. “It’s more than the one scene,” showrunner Krista Vernoff said. “Patrick and Ellen and I were all there at the beginning of this; I wasn’t there for the pilot, but I was there for the first seven seasons, and that was 17 years ago. That was, like, a lifetime ago; my kids weren’t alive. It was so wild to walk out on that beach, and just be together again as these different people that we are now. But I can’t overstate how joyful and healing an experience this was.”See photos of the reunion below.last_img read more

Egypt’s avian flu cases rise to 11

first_imgApr 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The human toll of avian influenza in Egypt rose to 11 cases today with reports that an 18-year-old girl has died and an 8-year-old boy is hospitalized with the illness.Three of the 11 cases have been fatal, and all have involved children or young adults with a history of contact with sick poultry, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update on the situation. The WHO today increased its global tally of avian flu cases to 192, with 109 deaths.The 18-year-old girl died today, after 8 days of illness and a day of hospitalization, the WHO said. She was from the Minufiyah governorate north of Cairo.An Agence France-Presse report citing Egypt’s official news agency listed the girl’s name as Iman Mohammed Abdel Gawad and gave her age as 16.Also reported today was the case of an 8-year-old boy from the Qalibiya governorate near Cairo. The WHO said he was hospitalized in stable condition but gave no other details.Today the WHO also recognized two other Egyptian cases that were reported earlier by the media, one in a 31-year-old Egyptian who works in Jordan and the other in a 16-month-old girl.The 31-year-old man had helped slaughter poultry while on a recent visit to his home south of Cairo, the WHO said. He returned to Jordan on Mar 29 and was hospitalized the next day; he remains hospitalized in stable condition. Health officials in both Egypt and Jordan have concluded that he almost certainly caught the virus in Egypt, the WHO said.The agency said the 16-month-old girl, whose case was reported yesterday, remains in a hospital in stable condition. She is from the southern governorate of Sohaj.In addition, the WHO today noted the fatal case of avian flu in a 12-year-old Cambodian boy, reported by the media yesterday. The boy, from the southern province of Prey Veng, became ill Mar 29 and was hospitalized in Phnom Penh on Apr 4.A team of Cambodian, WHO, and Pasteur Institute officials visited the boy’s village yesterday and learned that many chickens and some ducks had died there in recent weeks, the WHO reported. “The child reportedly gathered dead chickens for distribution to village families for consumption,” the statement said.The team found 25 close contacts of the boy, none of whom had signs of illness so far, the agency reported.See also:Apr 6 WHO statement on situation in Egypt 6 WHO statement on Cambodian case read more

The renovated Hotel Esplanade is the new pride of the Crikvenica Riviera

first_imgWhile only three and a half years ago the largest hotel company in the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera Jadran dd, which now owns 8 hotels, 2 camps and 2 settlements, was waiting to go bankrupt, today the completely reconstructed Hotel Esplanade received its first guests.This is the largest investment of the Adriatic in the past twenty years, which is a continuation of the investment cycle that began after the bankruptcy of the hotel Slaven, which raised the categorization from two to three stars, camp Selce to three stars and the two largest hotels in the Adriatic group – hotel Omorika and Katarina with two to four stars.The Strategic Business Plan of the Adriatic until 2025 envisages the Esplanade Hotel, located on the main city beach and promenade, as the best hotel of the Jadran Group, and the preparation of this demanding reconstruction and extension project began at the end of 2014. office AR project Dumančić started in October last year. The hotel will initially be categorized with a high four stars, and from the Adriatic they plan to raise it to five stars after the stabilization of the higher category market in the destination.Investment of HRK 42 million The investment in the hotel, which burned down for the most part in 2001 and was partially out of order “heavy”, is a total of 42 million kuna, and consists of 30 rooms and 8 suites with a total of 76 beds in two buildings – the old part built in 1929. was restored to its original condition in which the restaurant is located and the extended part was built in the 70’s, which was completely changed by this project. The reception, SPA center, conference hall and two bars are located in the connecting part, which was rebuilt from the ground up, while the former famous dance terrace got a swimming pool and a large sun deck on four levels.”The Esplanade was a special challenge for us, not only because of the demanding project in business and technical terms but also because of its historical heritage and the great interest of the people of Crikvenica who have a strong emotional connection with the Adriatic, especially with cult hotels such as the Esplanade. There are no standard rooms in the Esplanade, but an individual approach to design, but also to furnishing, decoration and service is required. This is our first design hotel for which we plan to further expand the capacity in today’s administrative building of the Adriatic and the Slavija boarding house, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, which will make the Esplanade an integral hotel. I would like to thank all the contractors, subcontractors, supervising engineers, workers, and especially the employees of the Adriatic for their contribution to this project.”, Said the President of the Management Board of Jadran dd Dino Manestar and added that the Esplanade has 35 employees of Jadran, and it is planned that the hotel will be open most of the year.last_img read more

NP Krka launched a project to valorize the Roman amphitheater in Burnum

first_imgDepartment of History of Culture and Civilization – Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Joško Zaninović, director of the City Museum Drniš and mr. sc. Krešimir Šakić, director of the Public Institution “Krka National Park” signed the Research Agreement for the study, documentation and valorization of the Roman amphitheater in Burnum.Scientific cooperation of these institutions began in 2005 at the archeological site Burnum, where since then, every year, every year, experimental and innovative research is conducted in order to understand the dynamics of settlement in Roman times and its impact on the micro-site Burnum and the wider upstream area. Krka. The project is also supported by the Department of Archeology of the University of Zadar, the Center for Adriatic Archeology and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.“The project of valorization of the Roman amphitheater in Burnum is the result of close cooperation of institutions and many years of scientific research of Italian and Croatian archaeologists which will enable a unique and precise reconstruction of the architectural structure of the amphitheater and its graphic presentation of the latest technological achievements. valorized and affirmed as an archaeological and visitor destination. ” points out Krešimir Šakić, director of the Krka National Park.The new research project consists of a series of topographic measurements and documentation with technologically advanced equipment and innovative methods (laser scanner, drone, etc.). Except for scientific purposes, the results will be used to make a detailed reconstruction of the architectural complex and ancient construction techniques in order to propose a graphic reconstruction of the amphitheater.Technical and scientific measurements obtained by these methods will enable the creation of virtual reconstructions that will be available to visitors via tablets and smartphones as an augmented reality concept, said Sakic, adding that the end result will be videos that allow visitors to experience the construction of an amphitheater, the most significant architectural changes. century and eventually the abandonment and decay of the Roman military amphitheater. ” An analytical approach that combines archaeological sites and technological advances applied in cultural heritage contribute to the visitor’s understanding of archaeological research and develop new forms of tourism. ” Sakic pointed out.The total value of the project is 60.000 euros, which will be financed by the Public Institution “Krka National Park”, while the deadline for completion of the project is twelve months. The project of valorization of the Roman military amphitheater, the results of many years of cooperation and successful partnership are the basis for the development of future protection projects, knowledge of cultural and historical heritage, tourist offer and valorization of the middle and upper reaches of the Krka.last_img read more

Signed 22 contracts for adult education and tourism associations

first_img“This Government is aware of the importance and opportunities that tourism offers and therefore we invest a lot of effort in education, activation and popularization of tourism and hospitality professions. Through this project, we have so far provided more than 63 million kuna, and with it we want to enable and facilitate the access of vulnerable groups to the labor market in tourism. We can develop tourism only through the synergy of the public, private and civil sectors, because tourism is an industry of experiences and emotions. Everyone can be a part of the success of Croatian tourism and that is why it is important that we all continue to work together to create a competitive and socially responsible tourism in Croatia.”Said Minister Cappelli during the contract award ceremony. Projects could be applied for by adult education institutions and associations operating in the tourism and hospitality sector with a mandatory partnership. Partners could be adult education institutions, associations, employers / economic entities (company, craft, cooperative, sole trader, public institution) and the regional or regional office of the Croatian Employment Service. Shared photo The Ministry of Tourism has signed 22 contracts with representatives of adult education institutions and associations operating in the tourism and hospitality sector worth more than 32 million kuna, which are awarded as part of a tender to improve access to vulnerable groups in the labor market. Given that a significant number of quality project proposals were received, the reserve list was activated and the allocation for projects that failed to enter the original financial envelope of the Call, which was realized last year in the amount of HRK 31,5 million, was increased. Therefore, the total value of allocated funds under the Call, which contributes to increasing the employability of vulnerable groups, increased to over HRK 63 million, of which the European Union co-finances 85% and HRK 53,5 million from the European Social Fund, respectively. This call finances projects that contribute to increasing the employability of vulnerable groups: the unemployed, people under the age of 25 and those over the age of 54. center_img The general goal of the Call was to increase the employability of vulnerable groups through education and professional development with the aim of entering the labor market in the tourism and hospitality sector, and the specific goals of the Call are as follows: improving professional and pedagogical skills and knowledge of tourism professionals. mentors, acquiring professional knowledge of vulnerable groups needed to work in the tourism and hospitality sector through the development and implementation of training and / or training programs and organized practical training in the workplace with employers and the acquisition of general competencies and “soft skills” (such as communication skills, basic literacy , proactive attitude and professional behavior, entrepreneurship, hospitality and multiculturalism) of vulnerable groups through the development and implementation of training and / or training programs and organized practical training in the workplace with employers. The second Financing Decision can be found on the website of the Ministry of Tourism here; “So far, we have contracted HRK 2 billion and 300 million from the European Social Fund for the social inclusion of various vulnerable groups. I would especially like to point out successful projects such as the “Wish” program, extended work of kindergartens, providing personal assistants for people with disabilities. With the call for which contracts were signed today, we will respond to the needs of vulnerable groups, which we will further educate and enable them to acquire new professional and practical knowledge. Through this Call, we will make vulnerable groups easier to employ, which is in line with the employment policy of this Government, in which we have invested HRK 4,5 billion in the first two years of our mandate, and an additional HRK XNUMX billion this year alone.”, Said State Secretary at the Ministry of Labor and Pension System Majda Buric.last_img read more

LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin has invested HRK 2.5 million in Aquapark MartiLandia

first_imgThe investment in Aquapark MartiLandia is another proof that LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin continuously invests in the quality of service and products because it is the only way to maintain the position of the highest quality thermal resort in the Republic of Croatia, he said. Igor Nekić, General Manager of LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin and noted that LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin has invested over 3.5 million kuna in the hotel in the last seven months, of which over 2.5 million kuna was invested in Aquapark MartiLandia. “All realized investments are carefully selected for the purpose of increasing the quality of service, which ultimately leads to increased guest satisfaction and better results. The positive trend in the results of LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin shows us that the direction in which the company is developing is right and we will continue to invest in quality in the future, all for the purpose of greater competitiveness in the tourism market.”Nekic pointed out. LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin entered an investment of over 2.5 million kuna and with partners New Dieresin Contract Srl, a leading company in Europe in the design, construction and installation of specialized products for water slides and pools from Italy and the Croatian company HJ Projekt from Mursko Središće rearranged the water the park.  With the new LifeClass investment, Terme Sveti Martin wants to further elevate Terme into a recognizable healthness resort, and with this investment Martilandia Aquapark has become the highest quality aquapark in northern Croatia and in the region within Slovenia, Austria and Hungary within a radius of 150 kilometers. Three new large slides, a standard outdoor, adrenaline kamikaze and funnel, as well as a new children’s water playground with two slides are part of a new water park with a new name MartiLandia in Terme Sveti Martin. center_img The north of Croatia has become richer for a new tourist attraction – an oasis of water fun – Aquapark MartiLandia.  NThe name of the MartiLandia Aquapark was created as an association to the place where the Marti deer, the mascot of the aquapark, lives, because around the area of ​​LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin there are a lot of wild animals, mostly deer, animals that children love.  “On the wings of the ESPA (European Spa Award) award we received last month for the Innovative Spa Concept category, the sales strategy in the future will focus even more strongly on German markets and Eastern European markets (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia). We will also turn to new markets such as Italy, Germany and Serbia. Through the healthness sales strategy, we will promote and emphasize the teachings of Dr. Rudolf Steiner and the anthroposophy implemented in our products and services.. ” pointed out Nuša Korotaj, director of sales and marketinglast_img read more

Mihaela Kadija, director of the Zadar County Tourist Board: The crisis is an opportunity. We want to connect local producers with the tourism sector

first_imgAt the instigation of Zadar County, direct communication between producers and caterers was initiated. First spontaneously, but now organized and targeted, with the preparation of a long-term plan to connect producers with the tourism sector. Photo: Zadar County Tourist Board The key question is: Will we continue in that direction or go back to the old way? Source: Zadar County For decades, we go back to connecting “blue and green” Croatia, but no one can connect them. We have production and secure demand, ie consumption every year through tourism. The key question is: who and how ?. No way for anyone to link production to consumption. It is precisely the role of the public system to, through Ministries, counties, cities and ultimately the tourism community, generate development policy, educate, encourage and ultimately link sectoral – in this case domestic production with demand / consumption in the tourism sector. “The coronavirus was a reason to think about starting from scratch. At our first informal meeting, we achieved a dialogue between producers and caterers. We started from the beginning, from the manufacturer. We wanted to see what they need, or what their needs are, how to better market their products. After that, we talked to the caterers, what they need and what are their advantages to encourage locally. Both sides outlined their problems and stressed that co-operation should be deepened. The caterers asked the producers for more samples and wished for better cooperation. This is where the need for communication was seen, and open communication has led to a positive shift. ” Mihaela Kadija, director of the Zadar County Tourist Board, points out and adds that domestic products can already be found in the offer of Zadar County caterers. One of the key questions this year is: Are we aware of how there must be a change in our tourism? Everyone is saying that a reset of our tourism is needed, but are we ready for a change? As communication and cooperation has been achieved, Kadija emphasizes that they would like to strengthen and popularize this cooperation. “We would like to bring them even closer through our workshops, in order to talk as much as possible about business, because there is a lack of contacts. Our producers also lack the knowledge to sell, and the caterers have more knowledge of how much the story of local groceries can bring them in terms of marketing.We are constantly talking about it “from farm to fork”, that is, that local producers present themselves as well as possible through catering, which, thanks to tourism, is even more versatile than it would otherwise be.. ” Kadija points out. One of the positive things that came out of this extraordinary tourist year is that people and the profession have become closer, there is an awareness of domestic products from our family farms, hotel management has opened and in communication with yesterday’s “competition” began to change tips, experiences to help each other together and push forward. We all turned to ourselves as communities and our own local resources. Whether this “butterfly wing swing” (chaos theory) will turn into a positive hurricane of cooperation between local producers and the tourism sector, retaining residents in rural areas, raising quality, increasing tourist spending, and thus raising the quality of our tourism – remains up to us . Tourism is much more than sun and sea. As we know, connecting local production with the tourism sector is the meaning of tourism. To attract tourists, increase tourist consumption and, most importantly, to reduce it to the local, ie national economy, and not to encourage imports through tourism. By this extraordinary year, we had over 20 million arrivals and over 100 million overnight stays, and most meat and agricultural products came from imports which is counter productive in each scenario. center_img Although it is just the beginning, the initiative and activities aimed at connecting local producers and the tourism sector are to be commended. Also, it is now crucial that everyone supports it, that good foundations are laid, concrete goals and all processes are in place, and that market development is accelerated. When asked how serious the whole story is, Kadija points out that the stamp of origin has already been made by the County, and further development of the project, especially labeling as a marketing tool, and how in cooperation with all participants, both public and private sector to initiate ie continue intensive communication on all next steps. Communication is key, communication is everything, it is the first prerequisite. So this is already a big step forward. “We are working on “labeling”, we are now in the announcement phase, and we have invited all representatives of caterers, winemakers, oil mills… We have indigenous products that we want caterers to present as well as possible, we will push it a little through menus mussels, for tourists to see what our indigenous foods are like, and to tell the story through this project ” says Kadija and adds that at the same time the initiative of the Zadar County, which works on the label of originality and wants to encourage better distribution of agricultural products in both tourism and catering, coincided. It is on this topic that a certain turn has taken place in the relationship between small producers of local products and catering facilities in Zadar County. Namely, during lockdown-and various surplus products appeared on the market, from wine to various agricultural products, which encouraged certain caterers to cooperate and created a demand for them.   Let’s let go of the past and turn to the future. The crisis is an opportunity, as Kadija points out in the title, when if not now? Support this project and up, because two heads are always smarter than one. Well done to everyone in Zadar County, only through cooperation and dialogue between the public and private sectors. it is possible to fulfill the goal – and that is to connect domestic production with tourism. That must be an imperative for all of us. Just go ahead and show the way to others. Cover photo: Zadar County Tourist Board “We are in the phase of writing, ie announcing activities for next year in order to find out where there is a lack of education. We would like to educate caterers about the benefits of local, or what it means to them in terms of marketing. Also, overseas millennials are looking for something that is sustainable, healthy, organic. According to some statistics, Zadar County has the largest area of ​​organic production. Our winemakers, oil producers… we have a lot of them who have been engaged in organic farming since the beginning ” says Kadija and emphasizes that a brochure emphasizing rural tradition and cuisine, as well as places for tasting indigenous products, has just been published. As this cooperation proved to be successful, the Zadar County Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Zadar County, decided to move on with the topic of how to improve the cooperation of local producers with catering facilities in the Zadar County. “We have quality seafood, for example, the fish of Zadar County is the first in Croatia in terms of mariculture or controlled breeding. We can also point out our clean sea, then fishermen and fishing tradition, but also fish farming where we have a basis to brag about it and encourage it. In fact, Zadar County is the first in terms of mariculture, ie controlled fish farming – white, but also blue – especially tuna. There is also Pag with Pag cheese, the most awarded dairy product that is recognized in the world, we must not forget the lamb, but also the whole well-known story of the bora and salt. This story about salt is a continuation of the story about Pag and Nin salt. Novigrad mussels are also a well-known and quality food. All this is again connected with the tradition of lamb and roast, and roast in the hinterland through which all of the above can be flavored. Of course, there is also wine “, in one breath he enumerates Kadija. We have everything, we all know that very well, and the challenge is to connect it all nicely and pack it into one quality tourist product. last_img read more