Cappelli: Destinations in Croatia can no longer be viewed as one place, tourism transcends administrative boundaries

first_imgThe three-day program of this event brings a handful of educational workshops and presentations, and in addition to the traditional meeting with representatives of the Croatian Government and the Croatian Tourist Forum, this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism will be crowned with awards and recognitions for the best actions of the Croatian Tourist Board and Croatian Chamber of Commerce.  RELATED NEWS: “From the very beginning of its mandate, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has been focused on encouraging the development of the Croatian continent, in which the tourism and hospitality sector plays a major role. That is why we decided to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia this year. In addition to this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, numerous and diverse events are held in the host counties in order to present Slavonia in the way it deserves, and that is as a destination rich in content, beauty, culture and an indispensable part of Croatian tourist offer.. ” Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli pointed out at the opening of the Croatian Tourism Day. At the end of the day in the evening in Vinkovci, the first part of the awards of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the categories for destinations of the year, attractions of the year, awards to the business sector (Tourist flower – quality for Croatia) and people in tourism. “This year’s Days of Croatian Tourism are special because they are not held in one place but in five counties of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem. Destinations in Croatia can no longer be viewed as one place, tourism transcends administrative boundaries and that is why these Days of Croatian Tourism are special, because they represent what we build the future of tourism, and it is the joint presentation and development of destinations which, although special in their own way, one whole, a complete tourist story ” Cappelli concluded. Photo by Mint “In recent years, we have focused all our attention on our beautiful coast, while neglecting the continental part of the country. I am glad that this has been changing lately, so we are paying more and more attention to the interior of the country, which has a lot of tourist potential. We Slavonians know very well the potential of our homeland, but we must make sure that others find out about it. That is why it is important that we smartly build the brand of Slavonia and the interior of the country in general. In addition to gastronomy and local culture, we must offer guests other facilities. First of all, we need to specialize, focus on targeted niches, such as cycling or agritourism, which attract tourists throughout the year, not just a few months of the season” said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović. Yesterday, a traditional meeting of tourist workers and all stakeholders in the tourist system of the Republic of Croatia was opened in Vukovar – Croatian Tourism Days (DHT) which are organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce since October 2 to 5, 2019 in Slavonia. center_img DAYS OF CROATIAN TOURISM BEGIN IN SLAVONIA. AND IT ALL STARTED WITH ONE CRAZY IDEA “I am extremely glad that the Days of Croatian Tourism are being held for the first time in history in the continental part of our country, in Slavonia, our still somewhat undiscovered tourist pearl. I am sure that this traditional tourist gathering, which gathers over 1000 participants, will be an additional wind in the back of the promotion and further positioning of Slavonia, both in the domestic market and in foreign markets that increasingly recognize this region as a desirable and indigenous tourist destination., he said HTZ Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that he is sure that all Slavonians will prove to be excellent hosts.” Also, Cappelli pays special attention to the synergy and association of tourist boards, which is significant because the need for synergy and destination branding is increasingly emphasized in the everyday narrative, which we have been waiting for for years. After the island of Hvar, Slavonia should finally be presented and branded as one tourist brand, and not five as before. Cover photo: Eltz Castle, Vukovar City Museum The main part of the program begins today, October 03, when three presentations were organized for the participants, which include a visit to Slavonski Brod, Bukovlje, where the first boat farm is located – Eco-ethno Farm Savus, where a lecture will be held. The Farm to Table movement. Then, a visit to Požega and Kutjevo where workshops and tastings will be held Wine story – Graševina and a visit to the Papuk Nature Park and the Jankovac Forest Park, where a tour and lecture will be held Papuk, a mysterious jewel of Slavonia. The second part of the awards will be presented on Friday, October 04 in Osijek for the 10 best in tourism, in the following categories: Tourist destination of the year, Sustainable tourism award, Beach of the year, Tourist event of the year, DMK Travel agency of the year, Restaurant of the year, Marina of the Year, Camp of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Anton Štifanić Award in the category of company / institution / association and individual, Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism of the Republic of Croatia. last_img read more

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SAP beneficiaries relieved, grateful for cash assistance

first_imgPunong Barangay Melvin Minerva said the cash assistance is a big help to the beneficiaries, especially if they know how to use the money properly during these tough times, considering the challenges of the “new normal” not only in finding a job but also in keeping oneself and family safe against the virus. She will also buy things needed in the house. Her husband who works in a construction is currently jobless. He emphasized the value of social distancing as one of the ways to prevent the virus from infecting his constituents. They all thanked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the lead agency in the implementation of the SAP intended to help low-income families cope with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. ILOILO City – Women beneficiaries from Barangay Sto. Niño Norte, Arevalo district felt relieved and grateful for the government’s P6,000 financial assistance during these difficult times due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Seventy-eight-year-old Erlinda Bacayil couldn’t help but be misty-eyed. She will use the money to buy her prescription medicines. She was not able to buy them because she prioritized her familly’s food. Bacayil lives with her son whose work as a day laborer was affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).center_img Four-month pregnant Renelyn Ababao was grateful that she was included in the list of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) beneficiaries. She said she can now have her pre-natal and laboratory tests. “Wala na kami kwarta,” said Bacayil, adding that she was ashamed to borrow money again. Basic necessities, particularly rice and viand, are the things she will buy first with the money. Relief and gratefulness were evident on the face of Ervie Robles while holding her SAP cash aid. She said her family relied on food packs and assistance provided by their village council since the ECQ started. A total of 142 beneficiaries from the first batch of identified SAP recipients from the barangay received their cash aid during the distribution on April 29 at the Arevalo Gym. (PIA-Iloilo/PN)last_img read more

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Price for temporary repairs to levees hits $123M and is still climbing

first_imgOMAHA — The cost to make temporary repairs to levees impacted by spring flooding along the Missouri River continues to rise.John Leighow, chief of readiness and contingency operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Northwestern District, says recent dry weather has allowed their teams access to more levees for assessment.“Additional damages are being identified as the water continues to drop and our field engineers are attempting to accurately assess the scope of damages to approximately 150 miles of damaged levees,” Leighow says.He adds, the amount of money that’s been spent to temporarily fix damaged levees is growing.“Currently, the cost of these efforts is around $123 million and it’s climbing,” Leighow says. “That’s $3 million more than what we had last week. As of now, we are not anticipating any budget constraints regarding recovery efforts.”Even though funding is currently available, Leighow says there may soon be more competing claims for the money.“We are now approaching the peak of hurricane season right around the end of August into Labor Day — early September timeline,” Leighow says. “The peak of hurricane season will compete for the same resources that we need for our recovery efforts.”Releases from Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota remain at 70,000 cubic feet per second — nearly double the average release for this time of year.Missouri River Basin Water Management Division Chief John Remus says adjustments in releases are now tied to precipitation with mountain snowpack mostly gone.“The snowpack is all melted,” Remus says. “We haven’t necessarily seen all of it in the reservoir yet, but the main driver (of conditions) from here on out would be precipitation.”To date, nine of the 51 damaged levees in the Omaha District have been temporarily repaired. Corps officials say it could be next spring before every breach in the system is plugged.last_img read more

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No scientific basis for gay-specific mental disorders, WHO panel concludes

first_imgLook up the code F66.0 in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the world’s most widely used diagnostic reference, and you’ll find sexual maturation disorder. That seemingly official psychological condition occurs when uncertainty about sexual orientation makes a person depressed or anxious, according to the ICD. Rooted in Freudian theory, which views homosexuality as merely an “immature” state of sexual development, a gay teenager could be labeled mentally ill under this category simply because he is grappling with conflicting or confusing sexual desires, notes Susan Cochran, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Today, it’s not clear that any such linear trajectory of sexual development exists, Cochran says. After reviewing decades of psychological and epidemiological studies on sexual orientation and mental health, she and others on a panel appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) have recommended that F66.0 and four other homosexuality-related psychological disorders be stricken from the ICD.   “It is not justifiable from a clinical, public health or research perspective for a diagnostic classification to be based on sexual orientation,” the group wrote in a report released last month. All such classifications need to be eliminated from the ICD not only because they lack scientific basis or clinical utility, but also as a “human rights issue,” says Cochran, who led the working group.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The recommendations must undergo several reviews now, including a vote by ministers of health from more than 170 of the WHO countries. There is likely to be “tremendous pushback” from countries in which homosexuality is considered an illness or a crime, says epidemiologist Chris Beyrer of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. The anti-homosexuality laws recently passed in Russia, Uganda, and Nigeria and others now being debated in other countries makes this “precisely the right time for the WHO to stand up, take an evidence-based approach and say [homosexuality] is not a pathology,” he says.Every medical incident reported in the roughly 170 countries that belong to WHO gets an ICD code used for insurance billing, medical records, and epidemiological research. The WHO panel’s recommendation to eliminate all sexual orientation–related disorders in the ICD echoes changes that occurred in the United States decades ago, says psychiatrist Jack Drescher of New York Medical College in Valhalla, who was also on the WHO panel. In the 1970s, there was a “big fight” within the American Psychiatric Association (APA) over whether homosexuality should be considered a mental illness, Drescher says.Although APA removed the diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973, they replaced it with a new disorder called sexual orientation disturbance as a political compromise, he says. This was later changed to ego-dystonic homosexuality. The disorder referred to the anxiety or depression one might feel about being homosexual or the desire to change one’s sexual orientation. For example, if a woman found after 10 years of marriage to a man that she was attracted to women, she could be considered mentally ill.The condition, still listed in the ICD, was “created out of air,” Drescher says. By 1987, most clinicians who supported the diagnosis had left APA, enabling the organization to eliminate sexual orientation–related disorders altogether from the DSM, he says. Drescher, Cochran, and other scientists hope that a similar moment is coming for the ICD, which deleted homosexuality as a disorder in 1990. “It was surprising” to discover how few studies have been published on the five remaining diagnostic categories over the past 20 years, Cochran says. In addition, the diagnoses “have not generated a body of research, are not routinely reported to WHO by any Member State and are not used in WHO’s calculations of the global burden of disease,” according to the report.Based on this evidence, the working group recommends that physicians treat anxiety or depression in gay and bisexual people as they would in anyone else. As it now stands, the diagnoses can be misused to justify “conversion” treatments considered unethical by mental health professionals and can obscure “very normal” reactions to harassment and prejudice that gays encounter on a regular basis, Cochran says. For his own part, Drescher doesn’t have much hope the panel’s recommendations will prompt changes in countries where gays are being persecuted. Drescher helped prepare a letter explaining the scientific understanding of homosexuality to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni before the president signed an antigay bill into law. Yet Museveni simply put together his own group of scientists “who reviewed our material and came to exactly the opposite conclusion,” Drescher says. “I don’t think [science] really matters in these witch hunts.”After Cochran’s group drafted its recommendations, WHO appointed a second panel of reviewers, including mental health researchers and physicians from countries where homosexuality is highly stigmatized or criminalized, such as Saudi Arabia and Russia. Of this group, “none of the peer reviewers tried to make a case that these categories should be retained,” says Geoffrey Reed, senior WHO project officer for the revision of the section of ICD dealing with mental and behavioral disorders.One presenter to the working group from Iran did claim that the sexual orientation–related diagnoses protect gays from prison or execution by providing a medical explanation for their actions, Drescher says. After consulting with organizations that track such issues worldwide, however, the group could not find a single instance in which a gay person had used such a defense.Now that the recommendations are out, WHO will perform extensive field tests in Mexico, Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa, and other countries to determine if the new criteria help clinicians make more accurate diagnoses, using case examples as well as real-life health settings, Reed says. The fact that the recommendations are grounded in data “doesn’t automatically mean people will be persuaded,” he acknowledges, but “our job is to assemble the best evidence that we can.”*Correction, 7 July, 11:11 a.m.: This article has been corrected to reflect that in 1973, APA replaced homosexuality with a new disorder called sexual orientation disturbance, which was later changed to ego-dystonic homosexuality.last_img read more

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