Premier League to drop pay-per-view matches, confirms chief executive Richard Masters | Football News

first_imgChief executive Richard Masters has confirmed the Premier League will be “changing direction” away from pay-per-view matches.The decision to broadcast several games for a price of £14.95 has been criticised by MPs and fans’ groups and the Premier League will change its approach.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Speaking at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, Masters told MPs: “We took a decision to move to pay-per-view and now we are reviewing that decision.“We have listened to feedback, we will be changing direction and moving away from it and taking another step that will see us through lockdown, the Christmas period and into January. I can’t announce what it is.”More to follow…- Advertisement –last_img read more

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New coronavirus case from Trump White House election party

first_imgWhite House Political Director Brian Jack, from left, Deputy Staff Secretery Catherine Keller, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, aide John McEntee and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.Patrick Semansky | AP Former Donald Trump campaign adviser, Healy E. Baumgardner, center, talks to a member of the media in the hallway of the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018.Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Baumgardner told NBC News she tested positive on Wednesday. Two sources familiar with Jack confirmed his diagnosis.Three other people who attended the party were diagnosed with Covid-19 after the event: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, and David Bossie, who briefly directed President Donald Trump‘s ongoing effort to challenge results of the election against President-elect Joe Biden.A White House spokesman declined to comment to CNBC.center_img Before the most recent cases of coronavirus linked to the White House, a least 28 Trump administration and campaign officials had tested positive for Covid-19 in late September and early October.They include Trump himself, first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, White House adviser Hope Hicks, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, campaign manager Bill Stepien, and aide Stephen Miller.At least 14 of those infected this fall attended the Sept. 26 event at the White House Rose Garden for Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.Trump and top officials in his administration have been harshly criticized for their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which currently is seeing more than 120,000 new cases per day in the United States. There have been more than 10.3 million coronavirus deaths reported in the United States this year, with more than 240,000 deaths attributed to the virus.Trump earlier this year predicted the virus would suddenly disappear one day, “like a miracle.”Since last winter, he has downplayed the severity of the virus, called for re-openings of businesses and schools even as the virus continues spreading, and floated absurd suggestions for fighting the virus, including putting light inside a person’s body or injecting them with disinfectant.– Additional reporting by Kevin BreuningerThis is breaking news. Check back for updates. Two more people who attended an Election Night party at the White House have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, bringing the current tally of Covid-19 cases from the event to at least five, NBC News reported Wednesday.The newly reported cases from the party were of Brian Jack, the White House political affairs director, and of Healy Baumgardner, a former White House aide who now works in private equity.Baumgardner attended the Nov. 3 event in the East Room at the White House as a guest of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Shazam reveals most searched-for songs of all time

first_imgShazam has recently launched a Discovery Top 50 playlist, which shows the songs being searched for around the world. The UK chart is currently led by I Can’t Remember Love, a smoky piano ballad that features in the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

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Report: Mass bird vaccination may hinder H5N1 detection in humans

first_imgJune 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Avian flu vaccination programs in poultry that are widely but imperfectly instituted, like those in China and Indonesia, may impede detection of human cases, according to a report from the European Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control in Stockholm.The report, in yesterday’s online Eurosurveillance Weekly, also says that the avian flu situation in Africa is especially bleak and likely has placed large numbers of people at risk for H5N1 infection.”Surveillance for H5N1 cases in humans,” the authors write, “is becoming harder where poultry immunization is widely but imperfectly implemented, because the marker of local poultry deaths for human case detection is being lost.”Declines in the number of sporadic human cases in countries with poultry vaccination programs should therefore be interpreted cautiously.”The World Health Organization (WHO) has underscored the risk to human health of poorly implemented programs for avian flu vaccination and the use of poor-quality vaccines, said Roy Wadia, WHO spokesperson in Beijing, according to a Bloomberg news story today.”If you don’t see poultry dying when they are infected, then from a public health point of view, you can’t be extra vigilant and warn people that they could be at risk,” Wadia said.He noted that vaccination may “mask infection” in birds, a reference to the fact that vaccinated birds can carry and shed virus without being visibly ill. “Thus, poultry vaccination shouldn’t be taken as a sign that human surveillance can be in some way eased,” he said.Regarding China, the Eurosurveillance report says information about the avian flu situation is difficult to obtain, in part because of widespread poultry vaccination. Also, the report says that poultry immunization “is a challenging task, with billions of birds being needed to be immunized annually.”China has reported 19 human cases of avian flu since late 2005, 12 of which were fatal, according to the WHO. Of those, according to Bloomberg news, 18 were not preceded by poultry outbreaks.”Indonesia,” the report says, “is failing to control outbreaks, due to a poorly implemented veterinary control strategy, including poorly implemented vaccination.”The situation in China and Indonesia is contrasted in the report with that in Vietnam and Thailand. Both those countries seem to have controlled their avian flu outbreaks—Vietnam through vaccination and other measures, such as banning the sale of live birds, and Thailand via mass culls and other non-vaccination steps.In Africa, the reports says, surveillance “is especially weak, and there is evidence of widespread infection in domestic poultry in parts of north, west, and central Africa.”Prospects of control are bleak here because of weaknesses in veterinary services, and a number of competing animal and human health problems.”It is probable that large numbers of people in African countries are at risk of H5N1 infection. If that virus had pandemic potential, then a pandemic arising from Africa must be a possibility.”Influenza team. World avian influenza update: H5N1 could become endemic in Africa. Euro Surveill 2006 Jun 22;11(6):E060622.3 [Full text]last_img read more

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South Korea, Japan find more H5N1 in birds

first_imgMay 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in South Korea said H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks have been reported in six of the country’s nine provinces, while authorities in Japan announced today that wild swans at a two more sites have tested positive for the virus.South Korean officials said the three provinces that have not reported outbreaks are Gangweon in the northeast, North Chungcheong in the central part of the country, and Jeju, an island off the southern coast, according to a May 3 report from Agence France-Presse (AFP).The agriculture ministry said 23 outbreaks have been reported across the affected provinces and that the country had culled more than 5 million chickens and ducks in April, AFP reported.The H5N1 virus returned in South Korea in early April after about a year with no reported outbreaks. The virus first hit an egg producer in Gimje in North Jeolla province and quickly spread to several more farms, mostly in the southwest, before striking sites in southern and eastern areas.In related events, North Korea announced today that it vaccinated poultry to prevent the spread of the virus from South Korea, according to an Associated Press (AP) report that cited North Korea’s Central News Agency.Ri Kyong Gun, a North Korean quarantine official, told the news agency that poultry in provinces bordering South Korea received emergency vaccinations and that 1,600 observation posts had been established on the east and west coasts to monitor the movement of migratory birds, the AP reported.Elsewhere, environmental officials in Japan said today that two more dead swans from two different sites have tested positive for the H5N1 virus, according to a Japanese media report picked up by Xinhua, China’s state news agency.One of the infected swans was found on Apr 24 on the Notsuke peninsula in eastern Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture, Xinhua reported. The other, which was positive for H5N1 in preliminary tests, was found near Lake Saroma, also in Hokkaido prefecture, the report said.Prefecture officials said they inspected five chicken farms within a 30-kilometer radius around the Lake Saroma site.In late April, animal health officials conducting heightened surveillance spurred by South Korea’s H5N1 outbreaks found three dead wild swans and one sick one on the shores of Lake Towada in Akita prefecture, according to previous reports. Samples from all four of the birds were positive for the virus.In other developments, veterinary officials in Denmark on Apr 29 reported a low-pathogenic avian influenza outbreak at a farm in the southern part of the country, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak site is a poultry farm in Stenstrup that housed 2,050 birds, mostly mallards but also including a few hundred other ducks and geese, according to the OIE report. All of the birds were culled. Preliminary testing revealed an H7 virus.The outbreak was identified through routine surveillance in poultry. Denmark’s Veterinary and Food Administration established a restricted zone around the farm and disinfected the site, the OIE report said.Denmark’s last avian influenza outbreak occurred in July 2006 and involved a low-pathogenic H5N3 subtype.See also:OIE reports on South Korea’s 2008 H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

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For the first time in one day, over 10.000 people visited the Krk National Park, we found out what it looked like on the field

first_imgThe public institution Krka National Park recently decided limit the number of visitors to 10.000 at a time at the most visited and most attractive locations of this park to protect the natural, historical and cultural treasures visited annually by over a million foreign and domestic tourists.They prepared well for this change, so the employees of the Krka National Park, who were in direct contact with visitors at the beginning of the summer, received instructions on how to proceed in a situation when there will no longer be free tickets for Skradinski buk. Even then, they began to offer visitors other opportunities to visit upstream sites, which visitors gladly embraced and used daily, regularly, during July, long before August 7, when the number of 10 visitors was exceeded for the first time and when the protocol was activated. “That August 7 limit was reached around 13 p.m. Upon arrival, the Park staff informed the visitors that there would be a moment when ticket sales would be suspended and offered them other options, which some visitors embraced and went on a tour of the middle course by bus Park, and in return visited Skradinski buk. On the other hand, part of the visitors remained in line, aware that in other places in Europe there is a queue until the places are vacated. That happened about 20 minutes later, when the first boat and bus left the Park, about 80 new seats became available. Visitors regularly enter and leave the Krka National Park, so there are no longer waits. There are slightly larger crowds during July and August due to the large number of tourists in Croatia in general”, Explained Katia Župan, Head of the Public Relations Department of the Krka National Park.Last year, there were more than a million of them, and as many as 95% of guests visited Skradinski buk, which is the main attraction of the park. Counters have been set up at the entrances to Skradinski buk, and guests who cannot enter the park due to restrictions can choose, wait or visit the middle or upper course of the Krka. At the beginning of June 2017, the public institution Krka National Park presented and introduced a new model of visitor management, thanks to which it will better manage the number of visitors in the future, and at the same time work systematically to preserve all the beauties, natural, historical and cultural riches. He added that the new model aims to extend the season and encourage visits to the Krka National Park in the months outside the main summer season, providing guests with a superior experience of the Krka National Park in all seasons, without unnecessary crowds and waiting, as well as encourage visiting less known parts. park. The new model at Skradinski buk limits the number of visitors to a maximum of 10 visits at a time, which aims to sustainably manage, conserve resources and increase the quality of the experience when visiting this extremely valuable site, explains Katia Župan.How was this measure received by visitors and did they understand your intentions in restricting entry?We informed the public about this information on time and offered all the necessary information to the users of social networks who are very numerous and active participants in the event organized by the Public Institution NP Krka. The limit on the number of visitors has also been communicated through various platforms for the transmission of content and information, and we are more than glad that visitors have recognized this. They accepted with understanding the need for nature protection and increased safety of visitors. All our visitors were informed at the entrances to the Park in Lozovac and Skradin via a display how many tickets are available at that time to visit Skradinski Buk. But what is important to emphasize is that all interested visitors with the new model have the opportunity to easily and quickly secure their ticket in advance and thus be sure that Skradinski buk will be able to visit exactly at the desired time, without unnecessary crowds and waiting. That is why JU NP Krka recommends visitors to plan their visit in advance and buy tickets online through our website or portal Parkovi Hrvatske, secure their place in the Park at a time when it suits them best and thus avoid the embarrassing situation of coming to the reception when no longer there will be a free place on Skradinski buk.How is it all organized now that visitors do not have to “idle” and do not waste time waiting for entry?Those visitors who cannot enter Skradinski buk at a certain moment are offered alternative directions, ie programs for visiting sites on the middle and upper course of the Krka, as well as sightseeing in the town of Skradin. Visitors started using the tour programs, which are included in the daily ticket, even before it happened that there were no more tickets available for Skradinski buk, which was first recorded on August 7, 2017.Are you satisfied with your visit to the Krka National Park? What are they most interested in? Who are your most numerous visitors?We are more than satisfied. In 2015 and 2016, we recorded over a million visitors, and by the beginning of August this year, the Park was visited by 764.492 visitors, almost 150.000 more than in the same period last year. So, this is a significant increase, but we are especially pleased with the interest of visitors to upstream sites where the number of visitors is growing faster than at the most visited site, Skradinski buk. Visitors’ interest was also expressed for the localities of Visovac, Roški slap and the Krka monastery, as well as for boat trips. Statistical data show that most visitors to the Krka National Park come from Germany, Poland, Croatia and France. The largest number of visitors is between the ages of 30-49, ie young adults and middle-aged people. This age group also corresponds to the family category of visitors, which is the most numerous among the visitors to the Krka National Park. According to the number of visitors, July and August are the peak of the season. But Krka is unusually beautiful in other seasons when it is really well visited and when visitors enjoy its charms without the summer crowds. In fact, there is no day in the year when there are no visitors on the Krka and that makes us especially happy.last_img read more

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The third session of the Istrian County Tourism Commission was held

first_imgThe director of ZZJZIŽ, Dr. Stojanović, provided information on the epidemiological situation in the Istrian County, stating that there is no circulation of the virus, and that for 23 days in Istria there have been no positive findings on COVID-19. However, according to new information yesterday and today, two cases of coronavirus infection have appeared in Istria. Both cases are related to the flight Frankfurt and Zagreb, and 19 samples of swabs are currently being examined in the County of Istria due to the suspicion of coronavirus. The question of readiness of hospital capacities in case of possible infection in guests was also raised, to which Dr. Stojanović said that OB Pula is ready, and currently there is not a single patient with coronavirus at the Department of Infectious Diseases. Chief of Staff Kozlevac, on the other hand, commented on the entry of foreign citizens into the Republic of Croatia. According to him, citizens from the EU and third countries such as BiH and Serbia are currently allowed to enter, on 5 grounds: 1.) in case of owning real estate in Croatia, 2.) in case of owning a registered company or economic activity owned by a foreign citizen or member of the management board, 3.) at the invitation of a business entity from the Republic of Croatia for a business interview, 4.) in case of attending the last farewell or 5). for a visit to a sick person. Also, Kozlevac emphasized that when entering the Republic of Croatia, there are no longer any health measures, such as self-isolation, and that tourist arrival is currently not possible. MEP Valter Flego added that the European Commission would come up with a more concrete proposal to open the borders today. Former MEP Ivan Jakovčić commented on a large survey conducted among Germans and Austrians, which showed that 75% of them want to go on vacation, and of which as many as 65% want to come to Croatia.  The third session of the Commission for Tourism was held through a conference call, and in addition to the permanent members, it was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Central County of Istria Dino Kozlevac and the Director of the Institute of Public Health of Istria Dr. Aleksandar Stojanovic. Stojanović also referred to two documents that arrived at the Institute for review last week, and these are proposals for epidemiological actions in nautical tourism ports – marinas, ie travel agencies. Both documents have been agreed with epidemiologists and are ready for submission to the competent ministries and the Central Committee of the Republic of Croatia. During this week, a leaflet will be reviewed related to the adaptation of tourist animation to the rules of the Headquarters, as well as a proposal for a protocol for the opening of water parks.  The session also discussed the possibilities for the arrival of air guests, especially in the case of flights of low-cost airlines, which is handled by the Croatian Tourist County, while the Istria County Tourist Board is in charge of communication with Easy JET, said Denis Ivosevic. Furthermore, they talked about the measures taken on the beaches, and it was said that the control will be performed primarily by the State Inspectorate, and then by the municipal wardens and the beach concessionaires themselves, with patrols by the police and the CV Headquarters.last_img read more

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Turkey as the best example of how to communicate and tell a story

first_imgSafe Tourism Certification Program The secret to success is – hire professionals – agencies and copywriters. The human imagination is a miracle. While many destinations struggle to communicate without either playing with the coronafree narrative or not mentioning the covid crisis at all, Turkey has shown in the best way how to communicate at the moment and how to turn a negative situation into a “positive” one. The same rule will apply next year, if no cure or vaccine for covid is found by spring19. Perhaps the best message is that we need to accept that we will have to live with the coronavirus in our lives for a while until a cure or vaccine is found. We simply have to accept that, and communicate accordingly. There is also a clearly indicated Turkish program of safe certification in tourism, from accommodation facilities, restaurants, to travel agencies and transfers. Of course, the video also indirectly highlights the main trump cards, which are top accommodation, destination, culture and facilities. Through this entertaining and different video, they explained and proved to be a safe destination in the simplest way, while through an entertaining narrative they “bridged” the psychological barrier of fear, which of course directly negatively affects tourism. Also, as we all know, we all care the most about our children, and it is through this video where the boy is the main narrator of this story, and they have overcome that challenge. Turkey is ready for you to enjoy all its colors with your loved ones. #ReTurkey #SafeTourismTurkey #ReadyAndSafeTurkey A great example of how narrative and communication can always be directed differently, even in a distinctly negative story. An example of how to be different and what modern communication looks like and the promotion of a tourist destination. The story and narrative allows our message to be heard in an extremely large noise in communication, this is how we are unique and this is how you create a competitive advantage. Always, let alone today when it is a literal fight for every guest. Without much talk, see how Turkey invites guests to visit them. Turkey has once again set an excellent example of how to communicate and tell a story from the current negative and extraordinary situation in tourism. Learn more about security protocols and certification HERE Safe Tourism Program Turkey The companies that have the mentioned certificate have another confirmation towards the tourists that they really take care of all the protocols to make the guests safe. The perception of security and seriousness, as well as communication, is today the most important currency in tourism. With this move, Turkey taught a lesson to everyone in tourism. An excellent example that will certainly enter the books as a positive example of crisis communication and promotion of a tourist destination.last_img read more

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