Month: November 2020

The president for the next four years gets a surprisingly strong jobs market

first_imgNear the top of the president’s agenda, whether it’s Joe Biden or Donald Trump, will be to continue mending the fractured jobs market.“We definitely are seeing signs of recovery in demand in every pocket of the labor market,” said Karen Fichuk, CEO of Randstad North America, a global human relations and staffing service. “The next president will have a changing labor market. We still have nearly half the people that have been unemployed that we have to put back to work. That’s the job.” Election workers count ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC), in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6, 2020.Jim Urquhart | Reuters When he took office in 2017, Trump inherited a labor market that was still producing 176,000 jobs a month but looked to be running out of steam as economists were predicting much slower gains ahead.- Advertisement – Whomever occupies the Oval Office in 2021 will face a challenging economy, but an employment picture that at least seems to have some unexpected momentum.The 638,000 nonfarm payrolls gain in October underscored both the resilience of the economic system as well as how far the business community has to go yet from the damage done during the first two months of the coronavirus pandemic.March and April saw the loss of 22 million jobs, 12.1 million of which have been recovered. That means companies are still hiring, but lots of workers – 11.1 million – are still looking for jobs and themselves face a challenging landscape ahead.- Advertisement – Instead, payroll growth continued apace, with monthly payroll increases averaging 173,000 a month through the end of 2019. A few months later, though, the world hit the Covid-19 buzzsaw that saw much of the U.S. economy go into forced hibernation.New skills, new jobsThe services sector generally and hospitality businesses specifically took a particularly hard hit from which they are still recovering.Though there’s still plenty of slack in the market, Fichuk said her firm is seeing high demand from firms looking to fill positions.“There has been a shift in demand and some segments will never come back,” she said. “Workers have been displaced. We had some tough headwinds even before the pandemic.”However, teaching workers new skills as their old jobs are phased out has become a priority during the Trump years and will remain so into the next four years, Fichuk added.Randstad has seen a 35% increase in demand for information technology managers, 16% in software testers and 5% for software developers from September to October. Warehouse demand also has increased for a field that is seen as a good transition for displaced restaurant and bar workers.Demand also has jumped 50% year over year for assemblers and there have been “stark” increases for call center and customer service positions.Holiday hiresThe continued efforts to fill positions is being seen across a number of sectors and is intensifying as the holiday season approaches.“It’s always a busy time for us. This year is no difference. In fact, our numbers for seasonal positions have increased year over year, which is a great sign,” said Amy Glaser, senior vice president at job placement firm Adecco. “One of other trends is with the uptick in ecommerce and curbside pickup, we’re expecting the return season to last through January. Usually for seasonal workers it ends sometime in the middle of December. We’re definitely seeing an extension of that.”Another encouraging sign Glaser noted is the ability of companies to adapt to the virus.That’s important, with new cases running above 100,000 a day and worries growing that the U.S. could follow Europe into shutting down parts of its economy to stem the resurgence.“Employers have learned a lot of lessons since the initial onslaught. They’ve really come up with better contingency plans,” Glaser said. “They are acknowledging the fact that employees are going to need to be quarantined or stay at home. They’re actually building a buffer to help cover any absences that occur.”A proactive approach from business at least can help alleviate one headache that the president for the next four years will have to face. The economy improved at a record pace in the third quarter, but the future pace will depend on a variety of factors.One slightly positive sign: The level of permanent job losses actually edged lower in October by 72,000, though it still remains well above the February pre-pandemic total.“If you see that the permanent job losses start to decline, that really signals that the labor market has been gaining some traction,” said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors. “So far, most states have broadly resisted the urge to do too much on the restrictions compared to Europe. If that dynamic changes, absolutely it is a risk to the labor market.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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CIA director hanging by a thread as Trump eyes releasing US intelligence on Russian interference

first_img– Advertisement – Trump has already moved to consolidate power in the intelligence community, installing loyalists this week at key intelligence posts at the Defense Department and National Security Agency. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who oversees the 17-agency intelligence apparatus, is already a tried and true Trumpist. So the only major barriers to Trump’s near-total takeover of the intelligence community are Haspel and FBI Director Chris Wray, who reportedly have both been on Trump’s post-election chopping block.Just imagine what Trump would have done if he had won. Trump also remains miffed at the CIA over the agency’s failure to neutralize the whistleblower complaint regarding the July 2019 call with Ukraine that ultimately led to his impeachment. But releasing the intelligence on Russia appears to be the main motivation behind Trump’s fixation on axing Haspel, who has shared her concern with congressional members.The Times writes that GOP lawmakers “came subtly to Ms. Haspel’s defense” Tuesday when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invited her to a meeting at his office—a signal of support for her, however weak. Of course, McConnell isn’t willing to do something more overt because he’s too busy kowtowing to Dear Leader so Republicans can get Trump’s help in the upcoming Georgia runoffs, which will decide the fate of the Senate majority.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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PDC Winter Series: Gerwyn Price defeats Damon Heta to claim Day Three glory | Darts News

first_imgFresh from leading Wales to World Cup success, Gerwyn Price secured his eighth PDC title of the season with victory over emerging Australian Damon Heta at the Ricoh Arena. By Josh GortonLast Updated: 12/11/20 9:51pm Live Grand Slam of Darts November 16, 2020, 1:00pmLive on Gerwyn Price continued his impressive form to capture his eighth title of the campaign
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Foldable S2 folding 3D printer has a simple one-step setup » Gadget Flow

first_imgBring your creativity with you anywhere using the Foldable S2 folding 3D printer. Boasting a simple one-step setup, this printer is easy to fold up and take with you on the go. When you’re ready to start inventing with the Foldable S2, simply unfold it. You don’t have to worry about constructing modules or plugging in cords. In fact, this folding 3D printer just needs you to install four screws when you get it, and you’ll be ready to go! With an extruder and nozzle in one design, it makes for a more compact machine that eliminates unnecessary space between the two. One awesome feature of the S2 is that it works with multiple materials—such as ABS, TPU, PLA, and HIPS—so you can print both hard and soft projects. With a Z-axis adaptive pulley module structure, this device automatically adjusts for precision every time. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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WHO confirms 25th avian flu death in Indonesia

first_imgMay 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that a 30-year-old man who died in late April was Indonesia’s 25th avian influenza fatality.Indonesian officials reported a week ago that local tests had been positive for the H5N1 virus and that samples had been sent to Hong Kong for confirmatory testing. The WHO told government officials yesterday that the tests were positive, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. Today the WHO posted a statement noting the case.The man, who lived in Tangerang, outside Jakarta, presumably contracted the H5N1 strain from his neighbor’s infected chickens and died April 26, according to earlier news reports. His is the 115th human death worldwide from avian flu and the 207th case, according to the WHO.WHO data reveal that in 2006 Indonesia has reported the most cases and deaths from avian flu. This year Indonesia has had 16 cases with 14 deaths. Egypt has reported 13 cases and 5 deaths, Turkey 12 and 4, and China 10 and 7.Since the H5N1 virus began spreading widely in 2003, only Vietnam has had more cases and deaths than Indonesia.Shigeru Omi, MD, PhD, Western Pacific director for the WHO, recently singled out Indonesia and China for inadequate responses to avian flu. According to a May 6 AFP report, Omi said, “When it comes to the political commitment or engagement at the district level, some countries, like Indonesia, certainly, are [doing] less than what the central government wanted to have, and this is also the case in China.”Omi, making his remarks at a Vietnam meeting with agriculture and health ministers representing 21 Asian and Pacific nations, said China has worked hard at the national and regional levels, but has “room for improvement” at the provincial district level and below.AFP last month quoted Bernard Vallat, DVM, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as calling Indonesia a “time-bomb for the region” because of its failure to eradicate H5N1 from numerous locales.Omi urged all nations to report avian flu cases and take other steps much more quickly to avert or slow a pandemic. He said countries often fail to report cases fast enough. “Half of the human cases have been reported to WHO within 2 weeks,” Omi said. “The remaining half failed.”In other news, China reported the second avian flu outbreak in a week among wild geese in its northern province of Qinghai. Seventeen bar-headed geese were found dead Apr 23 in a remote area of the province’s Yushu county, and China’s agriculture minister recently confirmed that the cause was avian flu, according to a May 5 AFP report.The report said the virus has killed a total of 123 birds recently in the area, which is uninhabited and has no domestic birds.In Myanmar, British and Australian avian flu experts plan to spend 2 months increasing public awareness and combating the spread of the disease, according to another AFP report. Their visit to the central Myanmar farmlands comes after the region experienced more than 100 outbreaks in March.See also: WHO report on the Indonesian casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_08/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Review finds little evidence of airborne spread of flu

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Mar 14 to correct a misquote, introduced in editing, that was attributed to Michael T. Osterholm and to include qualifying details that were omitted from the earlier version.Mar 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A rigorous review of research into influenza transmission concludes that the virus is primarily transmitted at close quarters, a finding that downplays the likelihood of airborne transmission, particularly in healthcare settings, and could have implications for pandemic planning.In the April 1 issue of Lancet Infectious Diseases, published online ahead of print, Gabrielle Brankston and colleagues of Toronto’s University Health Network describe their evaluation of 32 experimental and observational studies that they sifted out of 2,012 citations addressing flu transmission in the English-language literature.They come to two conclusions. First, that despite more than 70 years’ research, much of what is believed to be known about flu transmission is based on poorly structured studies or faulty interpretations of results.And second, that the preponderance of the robust evidence supports flu being acquired only within a short distance of an infected person—making it much more likely that the virus is transmitted by large respiratory droplets that fall out of the air within several feet, rather than by fine aerosols that can travel long distances and hang in the air for extended periods of time.The authors found evidence that flu “may be transmitted by the airborne route under certain experimental conditions,” the report says. Overall, however, the evidence suggests that airborne transmission, “as traditionally defined, is unlikely to be of significance in most clinical settings.””Our final conclusion was that we cannot say flu is transmitted over long distances, and the only way flu can transmit over long distances would be through the airborne route,” Dr. Michael Gardam, an epidemiologist and the study’s senior author, said in an interview. “It really seems to transmit via close contact, which is traditionally understood to be droplet or direct or indirect contact. We cannot rule out airborne transmission, but we see no evidence of airborne transmission—and so we think it is unlikely to be a major player in the overall epidemiology.”The team’s finding is the latest entry, though likely not the last, in a vigorous ongoing debate over flu transmission. The issue is vital for pandemic planning because assessment of transmission risk drives decisions about prevention—in particular, whether to offer health care workers surgical masks, which catch droplets, or respirators, which block airborne particles and may intercept flu viruses.The masks-versus-respirators issue is one of the most sensitive in pandemic planning. N-95 respirators are hard to wear correctly, especially for long periods of time, and respirator manufacturers have conceded that global demand in a pandemic would outstrip their production capacity. Acknowledging those difficulties, the US, Canadian, and British pandemic flu plans all initially recommended surgical masks for health care workers in almost all situations.But in Canada—where the airborne disease SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) shut down the city of Toronto for several weeks in 2003—the Ontario Nurses Association has threatened work stoppages if its members do not receive N-95 respirators during a pandemic. And in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its guidance on respirator use last October under pressure from the healthcare industry, and now says using a respirator is “prudent” for any healthcare worker in contact with a known or potentially infected patient.In September, an article in Emerging Infectious Diseases charged that health care workers would be inadequately protected by masks and should receive respirators. In December, a research report in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine suggested that masks protect nearly as well against aerosols as respirators do—a finding that was quickly challenged by others, including experts working for mask and respirator manufacturers (see link to previous story below). And in February, the Institute of Medicine held a daylong workshop on pandemic protection for healthcare workers, though it will not report its recommendations until September.Dr. Eric Toner, senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Biosecurity and author of several articles on flu protection during a pandemic, applauded the Toronto group’s review of flu-transmission research for making explicit how little solid evidence exists.”A lot of our assumptions turn out to be based on urban legends, or extrapolations made from incomplete information,” he said. “”It lays out that so much of what we thought we know, we really don’t know.”But because the review makes clear how much remains to be proved, Toner said, flu protection measures should remain conservative, especially for healthcare workers.”My thinking is, people who are going to have close contact with pandemic-flu patients should wear the greatest degree of protection available, which is in most circumstances an N-95 (respirator),” he said. “And since there is a limited supply of N-95s, they ought to be saved for those people at highest risk of exposure. In the absence of clear answers, we ought to err on the side of caution.”Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, expressed skepticism about the authors’ conclusion that airborne transmission is unlikely to be a significant factor in spreading flu. He said that view doesn’t fit well with the seasonal flu’s typical pattern of erupting nearly simultaneously in widely separated places.”From my 30 years of experience I’ve always been impressed with how seasonal flu functions on a community basis in a way that suggests it could be an aerosol-transmitted disease,” he said. “We can see outbreaks in areas that are separated by hundreds of miles; that’s much more consistent with an aerosol-transmitted pathogen—though that doesn’t prove aerosol transmission. Pandemics have marched around the world in weeks to months in eras before we had jet planes. That smacks much more of an agent that’s transmitted by the aerosol route.”Gardam, the senior author, said the team hopes the paper will stimulate two initiatives: greater attention to antiviral prophylaxis for pandemic flu, and fresh attempts to conduct robust flu research.”The question of respiratory-protection policy has gone far beyond science at this point,” he said. “But I hope people will be willing to say that we have to do really well-done studies so that the results can inform future decisions.”Brankston G, Gitterman L, Hirji Z, et al. Transmission of influenza A in human beings. Lancet Infect Dis 2007 Apr 1 (early online publication Feb 19)See also:Feb 28, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Questions raised about study on masks as aerosol barrier”Oct 18, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients”last_img read more

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Minnesota officials link polio infection to oral vaccine

first_imgApr 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Minnesota health officials said today that they are investigating the death last month of a Minnesotan who was infected with a polio virus strain found in the oral polio vaccine (OPV).The patient likely acquired the vaccine-derived polio virus infection from someone who had received the live-virus OPV, which was discontinued in the United States in 2000, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said in a press release today. The injected polio vaccine contains only inactivated virus.The patient’s symptoms included paralytic polio, but officials said they don’t know to what degree the infection contributed to his or her death. The MDH said the patient had a weakened immune system and multiple health problems, but that state law prohibits it from providing further disclosing information about the patient.Aaron DeVries, MD, MPH, a medical epidemiologist with the MDH, told CIDRAP News that though the investigation is ongoing, sequencing data on the patient’s virus samples suggest that he or she may have acquired the virus up to 10 years ago when the OPV vaccine was still administered on a standard schedule. He said officials don’t have detailed information about the patient’s vaccination status.Ruth Lynfield, MD, Minnesota’s state epidemiologist, said state officials are working with local and national authorities to investigate the case and that no additional cases of polio have been reported so far in connection with the patient.”It’s important to note that while there is no risk to the general public, many people still have vivid memories of a time when polio was a major public health concern before the first vaccines were introduced in the 1950s,” she said. “This is a very rare occurrence and does not signal a resurgence of polio.”In rare instances, a person who has been vaccinated with OPV and is shedding the virus in his or her stool can transmit the virus to a person who has never received the polio vaccine or who has certain immune deficiencies. Only 45 cases of vaccine-derived polio disease in patients with immunodeficiencies have been reported in the world since 1961, the MDH said.In 2005, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that a 22-year-old US woman contracted vaccine-derived paralytic polio while traveling in Central and South America and was flown to an Arizona hospital for treatment.The CDC recently reported that in 2008, vaccine-derived polioviruses were detected in patients from eight countries who had acute flaccid paralysis.The MDH said the recent case is only the second polio infection caused by a vaccine strain in the United States since 2000 when the live-virus vaccine was discontinued. The other similar case also occurred in Minnesota; in 2005 a vaccine-derived polio infection was detected in an unimmunized child from a community that had low immunization levels. The child did not experience neurologic symptoms.DeVries said there doesn’t appear to be a relationship between Minnesota’s two cases and that each infection involved a different type of vaccine-derived polio virus.Lynfield said Minnesota’s detection of both of the nation’s cases since 2000 might be related to a high level of cooperation between clinicians, a strong clinical laboratory network in the state, and a Public Health Laboratory that looks for rare pathogens such as the polio virus.Investigators from the MDH are working with hospital staff to assess if any healthcare workers are at risk for the disease, ensuring that their immunizations are up to date, and monitoring their health status.Only unvaccinated people and those with impaired immune systems who had direct, ungloved contact with the patient’s secretions are at risk for polio infection, DeVries said in the press release. “If you don’t hear from a public health or healthcare official, you’re not at risk,” he added.The case serves as a reminder for people to check if their vaccination status is current, he said. “Make sure you’re protected and your children are protected.” Those who have had their polio vaccines and are healthy have full immunity to the disease. The series of three polio shots is usually administered during infancy.Over the past 20 years, world health officials have made great strides toward their goal of eradicating wild polio virus infections. However, the CDC recently reported that the efforts lost some ground in 2008 because of polio’s spread to new parts of Nigeria and because political conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan have hampered the delivery of polio vaccine to children.The lynchpin of global polio eradication efforts has been the less expensive and easier-to-administer oral vaccine that contains live, attenuated virus that multiplies in the gut, offering passive immunization to other people. However, the vaccine virus sometimes mutates into a virulent type that can cause polio paralysis and spread through shedding to those who aren’t vaccinated.In 2006 and 2007 an outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Nigeria struck 69 children who had acute flaccid paralysis, according to the CDC.The last naturally occurring paralytic polio infection occurred in the United States in 1979, the MDH said.See also:Feb 3, 2006, MMWR report on imported vaccine-derived polio caseApr 2 CIDRAP News story “Polio eradication efforts lost ground in 2008″Oct 16, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Polio vaccination may continue after wild virus fades”Jun 18, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Coalition declares ‘final push’ to end polio”last_img read more

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Survey on the capacity and business of nautical tourism ports in 2017

first_imgAccording to the research of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on the Capacity and Operations of Nautical Tourism Ports in 2017, 140 nautical tourism ports on the Croatian coast were included, namely 70 marinas (of which 13 dry marinas) and 70 other nautical tourism ports. The total area of ​​their waters is 3 m711 with 951 berths.Number of vessels at permanent berth at the same level as in 2016 In the ports of nautical tourism on 31 December 2017, there were 13 thousand vessels on a permanent berth, which is 0,1% more than on 31 December 2016. 86,7% of vessels used berths at sea, and 13,3% exclusively on land. %. According to the type of vessel with a permanent berth in the sea, most sailing yachts were 51,0%. This is followed by motor yachts (45,6%) and other vessels (3,4%).Most vessels on a permanent berth were under the flag of Croatia, 42,5%. This is followed by vessels flying the flag of Austria (16,5%), Germany (16,0%), Slovenia (5,0%), Italy (4,7%) and the United Kingdom (2,6%).Source: CBSIncrease in the number of vessels in transit by 1,9% compared to 2016There were 2017 thousand vessels in transit in 202, which is 1,9% more than in 2016. According to the type of vessels in transit for which a berth at sea was used, the highest number of yachts was sailing, 65,7%. This is followed by motor yachts (29,7%) and other vessels (4,6%).In 2017, most vessels in transit were from Croatia (46,0%), Italy (15,0%), Germany (12,6%), Austria (7,3%) and Slovenia (3,8%), which makes up 84,7% of the total number of vessels in transit.Nautical tourism port revenue increased by 11,2% compared to 2016 The total revenue of nautical tourism ports in 2017 amounted to HRK 855 million. Of that, HRK 598 million was generated from the rental of berths, which is 70,0% of the total revenue. Compared to 2016, the total income is higher by 11,2%, and the income from renting berths by 10,9%.Source: CBSSource: CBSRelated news:ILIRIJA INVESTS HRK 35 MILLION IN RAISING THE QUALITY OF ITS ACCOMMODATION CAPACITIES AND NEW FACILITIESCROATIA STILL A FAVORITE NAUTICAL DESTINATION IN EUROPElast_img read more

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Forestland or how a festival transforms a tourist destination

first_imgAnother Forestland festival ended in the heart of Međimurje, and the next edition of this exceptional pearl of continental tourism was announced only in 2019, and one of the largest festivals on the continent celebrated its sixth birthday. The organizers say: we brought over 60 DJs, we played over 48 hours of good music, we were visited by over 7.000 visitors.The period from June to September is the beginning of the tourist season, but also of famous domestic festivals. Everywhere along the coast, partygoers, escapists and other people who want to escape from the monotony of everyday life gather. Until a few years ago, the summer period was a dead zone for the interior of the continents and one can still sometimes hear the story of those times, not so long ago from now, when cities, including our main one, literally gaped empty. The entire party and festival, we can rightly call it, subculture appeared almost out of nowhere, from hidden coves and exclusive foreign festivals, very quickly outgrew the bandages and became the standard.We are currently still in the stage of recovering the lawn on Poljud and trying to live with debauchery on Pag, and while we are bombarded from all over with promotional messages of the festival throughout the region, one completely innovative festival story turned 6 this year. Now that the impressions have subsided, the organizers say: we brought over 60 DJs, we played over 48 hours of good music, we were visited by over 7.000 visitors. There is no “natural” beach in this story, although the air still smells of pine, the sea is green, and vines are grown instead of olives.Forestland, which has been held in Brezje in Međimurje since 2013, celebrated its sixth birthday from 13 to 15 July this year. Friday the 13th was a happy day for the Forestland organizers. For the first time in its six years, the festival has grown into a multi-day event with the full support of the local community, regional government, international partners and musicians. Quite a success for an event created from youthful dreams to breathe a breath of life into the sleepy Međimurje region during the endless summer. Forestland carved its story modestly, with only a few hundred visitors eager to connect nature, art and people in a unique way. The festival is, they pointed out on their official pages, over time became synonymous with inspiration, dreams, unity and the realization of the impossible. This summer story also has its own Christmas edition, namely Winterstory of Forestland which is announced for December 22nd.The infrastructure of the festival does not lag behind related events in the world. In addition to staying in nature, sleeping under the stars and simply love and togetherness, the festival offered the partygoers three stages: Main stage, Forestroom and Beach stage. Who said that in the middle of the forest it can’t be like the sea, the thought is the guiding principle of the Beach stage concept, so with the daily program, visitors could relax in the pools with cocktails.The HEP-sponsored Forestroom is designed on the boilerroom principle for the most die-hard fans whose endurance has been put to the test during a 12-hour rave. Famous faces from the party scene played on all three stages: Mark Sixma, Zonderling, Petar Dundov, Torres, PEZNT, YAKKA, Paul Spakres, Deova, Steve Allen, Eloquentia, DJ Yaksa and DJ Yin and Flash Finger straight from faraway China, but and many others. There was, of course, something else for everyone, and everything was properly recorded on social networks (because if it’s not on them, then it didn’t even happen), Bonbon took care of it, preparing his own chill zones for visitors.KRESO BISHOP, Forestland: The formula for success is to surround yourself with capable peoplePhoto: Krešo Biškup, ForestlandTwo years ago, the Forestland Festival was voted as one of the 47 Ambassadors of Electronic Music, and in the same year it won the Best Croatian EDM Festival Award for 2016.The secret of the success of this festival was revealed to us by the organizer of Forestland, Krešo Biškup “Work, effort and good will, as well as a good team. It is important to surround yourself with capable people, click with them, plan and hope for the best. It just matched us. In addition, Međimurje is a very high quality and positive area. I think there is room here for progress and for similar festivals, and specifically the key to our success is storytelling and philosophy. On the one hand, there is a lot of will in the local community and a lot of effort from us organizers. The whole set of circumstances needed for the project to come to life happened to us”Međimurje and the north of Croatia are no longer incidental locations on the way to the Adriatic, but slowly but surely, using the available natural and other potentials, are becoming increasingly attractive destinations just for planning a summer vacation. Although it is sometimes left out of the tourist map of Croatia, Međimurje has twice been declared a European destination of excellence. Hundreds of thousands of visitors a year visit Špancirfest, Porcijunkulovo kolo and Renaissance festival. These are examples of good practice, successful thanks to the efforts of individuals and despite many difficulties, from which each of us can learn something or at least give them more media attention for all the efforts invested in the painstaking development of continental tourism.”Continental tourism has recently increased in Međimurje. We have several excellent hotels, and the spa of St. Martin work great and therefore this type of tourism coincides with our initiative. It would probably be much easier for us if we chose the pre- or post-season, it is currently at its peak and our goal is for as many people as possible to visit Međimurje, and then the rest of Croatia.”, Concluded the Bishop.In the heart of Međimurje, not on the sea, and far from all sponsors as everywhere on the continent, to make one such festival that attracts over 7.000 visitors from all over Europe, is more than a fantastic success. Hat to the floor.last_img read more

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