The ongoing tragedy of lead in our lives

first_imgHow dangerous is lead? Bruce P. Lanphear, professor of children’s environmental health at Simon Fraser University, cited research that found lead exposure to be a major contributor to a variety of life-threatening diseases. Its role in coronary heart disease, for example, may be right up there with smoking, diabetes, and excess weight, all factors that receive much more attention.“For too long we’ve blamed people for their lifestyle choices and failed to regulate the industries,” said Lanphear. Although the passage in 1970 of the Clean Air Act somewhat mitigated the problem of atmospheric lead, Lanphear estimates that lead exposure still leads to about 400,000 premature deaths each year in the U.S., including 185,000 heart attacks.As part of his presentation, Lanphear announced that Ruth Etzel will receive the inaugural Herbert Needleman Scientist-Advocate Award at the annual meeting of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment (ISCHE) in January. ISCHE works to promote children’s health worldwide by improving the environment, and Etzel is a pediatrician and epidemiologist who, as director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 2015, led the effort to develop a federal strategy to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. According to The New York Times, her “analysis of blood tests in Flint played a key role in showing that residents were being poisoned by the lead.” She was placed on administrative leave in September for reasons that were not disclosed, though The Times noted that hers was “not the only E.P.A. office to have lost leadership or personnel under the Trump administration.”Following the announcement, Amherst College Economics Professor Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, Ph.D. ’02, discussed the social costs of lead exposure, comparing the lives of the “leaded” and “unleaded.” While lead exposure hurts everyone, she said, it has the greatest impact on disadvantaged communities. She stressed that the relationship was causal, not simply correlational, pointing out on a map of Boston how specific communities have greater exposure to industries or traffic, while at the same time losing out on the mitigation afforded to higher-income areas.The results, particularly in these already vulnerable areas, can be catastrophic. Reyes said one microgram of lead per deciliter of blood has the same effect on aggression, MCAS scores, and other social measures as $5,000 of family income, and an increase of 10 mcg/dl blood doubles the likelihood of teen pregnancy. All of these issues, she said, disproportionately affect the communities with the least compensatory resources.“You are losing leaders in these communities and gaining people who will need help and will have trouble contributing and interacting with others,” she said.The final two speakers discussed the myth of safe lead levels. After reviewing citations that referred to safe or “naturally occurring” levels of atmospheric lead, summit organizer and historian Alexander More, M.A. ’07, Ph.D. ’14, said that much of that research is funded by lead and other chemical lobbies.Paul A. Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute and professor at the University of Maine, said more proof can be found in ice core samples taken from glaciers that have captured atmospheric changes over millennia. He projected graphs showing climate and atmospheric changes from the last 110,000 years taken from Greenland and the last 2,000 years from the Colle Gnifetti glacier in Switzerland that detail the severity of current climate change. These samples also implicate human beings in the presence of so-called “naturally occurring” atmospheric lead. As More noted, when human activity is severely curtailed, as it was during the 14th-century Black Death pandemic, lead levels drop precipitously. At all other times, the summit concluded, we have lived in a “leaded” society with consequences we are only beginning to understand. The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has been a recent focal point, but the issue of lead pollution is both global and pervasive. As Thursday evening’s “Lead Summit at Harvard: Revolutionary Discoveries in Lead Pollution and Health Impacts” made clear, man-made sources of atmospheric lead not only reach back through the centuries, but they have increasingly deadly effects on some of our most vulnerable groups.To tackle a problem that goes beyond medicine into social and economic realms, the summit at Boylston Hall took an interdisciplinary approach. Organized by the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard, a group devoted to bringing together scientists and humanists, the event began with a far-reaching retrospective.Following an introduction by Michael McCormick, Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chair of the initiative, Philip Landrigan, M.D. ’67, professor of biology and director of both the Global Public Health Program and the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at the Boston College School of Public Health, looked back at humanity’s 5,000-year history with lead, from the first Mesopotamian figurines in 3500 B.C. through its industrial role as an additive in gasoline and paint.There were early warnings about the wide-ranging effects of lead exposure. Some scientists have even speculated that the Roman Empire declined in part because of the many people who sweetened their wine with a lead-based syrup.“Humans have been using and playing with lead for a long, long time,” said Landrigan, whose studies contributed to the policy decision years ago to remove lead from paint. “As exposure has been increasing, we’ve come to learn, repeatedly to our chagrin, that levels of lead that we thought were safe are in fact not safe.” “As exposure has been increasing, we’ve come to learn, repeatedly to our chagrin, that levels of lead that we thought were safe are in fact not safe.” — Philip Landriganlast_img read more

The endless struggle over racism

first_img When it comes to bias-based hate, there are deep reasons U.S. appears to be slipping, analyst says African-Americans say they are still treated unfairly, Harvard researchers find ‘We are not looking as good as we did a few years ago’ Related Picture a world where political leaders refuse to promote racist stereotypes, where social media companies break down hate-filled echo chambers, where police are trained to counteract implicit bias, and where schools teach children tolerance so all feel safe.That’s the complicated recipe to fight ongoing and rising racism and hatred in the U.S., experts at a Harvard forum said Wednesday. The complex response is needed because the problem is driven by a confluence of factors and amplified by the ways that technology has developed in recent decades.“I had a friend, a European, say to me, ‘Whatever happened to your country?’ and he went off on how bad everything was. And I said, ‘Remember, this is a country that just a few years ago you were cheering because of the election of Barack Obama as president,’” said former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. “And it’s not like everybody suddenly moved out of this country and a whole new group of people moved in. What happened is we are a complicated country, and, while we’ve talked about the problems [with racism] here, we are a country of great tolerance and of acceptance.”Doyle joined other panelists remotely for “The Spread of Hate and Racism: Confronting a Growing Public Health Crisis,” a session of The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Doyle pointed at education — both formal and informal — as key in the fight against racism and hatred. He also cited the power of the ballot box to change leaders who foster division. Some intolerant views stem from ignorance and lack of exposure to people of different backgrounds, he said, while others are reinforced by a national political debate that often supports negative racial and ethnic stereotypes. Statistics say incidents of hate crimes were up in 2017 for the third consecutive year, punctuated by headlining episodes like the murders of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue and the two African-Americans in a Kentucky grocery store, both in October. “Acts of hate and racism, whether online or in person, are painfully visible these days,” said Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter at WGBH, a contributing reporter to PRI’s “The World,” and moderator of the event. Though the national political debate has played a part in fostering an environment permissive to intolerance, panelists said, there are other factors at work as well. Dipayan Ghosh, Pozen Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, pointed to the “commercial regime” that underlies the internet and an array of its services and platforms. That regime, he said, uses technology to create services that are compelling, even addictive, and designed not for the public good but to keep users on the sites and engaged in their services. These companies not only design “precise and sophisticated algorithms” to capture people’s attention, they use data from browsing habits, social content, and past purchases to target them as individuals, curating content in their social media feeds and customizing advertising to them.That model has created a reinforcing environment for views of every kind, Ghosh said, yet companies have not been challenged to change their ways, and their business model has not been subject to regulation that might promote competition and fight the spread of hate.,Young people are among the largest consumers of online content, and they are deeply affected by the broader social context around hatred and racism, said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance and a member of the senior leadership team for the Southern Poverty Law Center.Costello said incidents in schools, as in the nation more broadly, began to rise during the 2016 presidential campaign. Recent FBI statistics show that 25 percent of hate crimes nationally occur in schools, from kindergarten through college. Teachers at about that time reported that marginalized students were more anxious, a situation that subsequent studies have shown continuing. In addition, bullying was “weaponized” by the political debate, Costello said, and teachers were uncertain how to handle that.Costello pointed out that 51 percent of American schoolchildren are from minority groups, and a fearful school environment can affect their ability to learn.“You cannot educate when children don’t feel safe,” Costello said.David Williams, Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Harvard Chan School’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said studies show that even low levels of hate and discrimination have a negative effect on health, increasing the risk of anxiety, depression, and even premature death. Anti-immigrant rhetoric and police practices such as random stops have been shown to cause drops in health care use by people of non-European extraction, even when they are American-born, Williams said.Panelists discussed ways to combat the rise. They pointed to improved police training and to consistent messaging that embraces tolerance in schools, reinforced by programs like a “mix it up at lunch day” that encourages students to sit with classmates they normally would not dine with, as well as training programs like Costello’s Teaching Tolerance, which trains teachers.“It can’t just be a moment in the school year. In fact, schools are incredibly important places. They’re crucibles of building the society we’re all going to live in in 10 years or 20 years,” said Costello, who added that many schools are doing a good job on this front. “They are also one of the last common institutions standing. It’s a time that calls for more investment in making sure that schools are doing their jobs to counter hate and to build that good society.” Doyle said it’s important that conversations on the topic continue, so voters understand the harm that racism causes and the hidden erosions of implicit bias, while being exposed to views of those who look different from them. “In a democracy … that’s how we make sure the policies we want are effectuated,” Doyle said. “So it’s really critical that we have a very, very engaged political body…. And I’ll give President Trump credit for this: We have an engaged electorate like we’ve never seen before.” center_img Racial discrimination still rules, poll says The costs of inequality: Money = quality health care = longer life Federal insurance has helped many, but system’s holes limit gains, Harvard analysts saylast_img read more

Hindu monastics at Harvard

first_imgJust like any student at Harvard, Swami Sarvapriyananda had dreams about what he would do when he grew up.As he sits in a classroom in Rockefeller Hall on Harvard Divinity School’s (HDS) campus wearing his distinctive orange robes, he recalls what he wrote down as his top two choices while at school in his hometown of Bhubaneswar, in the eastern part of India.“No. 1, be a pilot, and No. 2, find God,” he said, smiling at the recognition that this is perhaps where his story begins to depart from others’.Swami Sarvapriyananda, who goes by just “Swami” when there aren’t other swamis around, describes himself as a bookworm, and attributes his early interest in the spiritual life to a childhood without cable television or internet. He could keep himself busy with the books his parents had around instead — books on the Bhagavad Gita or Swami Vivekananda.“As I grew up, being a pilot became No. 2 and find God became No. 1, until only No. 1 remained.”Now a monk of more than 25 years in the Ramakrishna Order, Sarvapriyananda is the current minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of New York and one of three Hindu monastics in residence at HDS this school year. They are the first to participate in a new program made possible by a generous gift from Vibhu and Ajit Nagral out of their interest in strengthening the Hindu presence on campus.Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and professor of comparative theology, explains that this new program will be similar to the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, which began in 2012 and has provided scholarships for monks to come from Asia for a year of study at HDS.,The new program at HDS has two main objectives: to enrich the HDS community, and to enable the participating monastics to return to their communities with expanded horizons. Two months into the semester, these aims are already flourishing — in both formal and informal ways.The three monastics are easy to spot on campus. As Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya of Houston’s Chinmaya Mission quipped, “We dress quite loudly.” Her bright yellow robes indicate that she is, in her words, “a monastic in training.” Her Nike trainers and cardigan sweaters, however, signal that she and the other monastics don’t shy away from the modern world.Sarvapriyananda says he is open to taking questions from the curious.“I’d be delighted to talk about monastic life, Vedanta, or Hinduism — whatever they’re interested in,” he added. “It’s one of the reasons we’re on campus, actually — to be available.”Before coming to Harvard, Sadhak Akshar, an aspiring Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Swaminarayan sadhu from Gujarat, India, who wears an all-white uniform, wondered how people in the U.S. would receive him.“But from the very first day,” he said, “this hasn’t been a question for me. People accept you as you are and respect you.”He has felt more than welcome, in fact, with many people asking whether he has the necessary clothing to survive a New England winter, and some even offering to take him shopping. He appreciates the kindness he has encountered, recognizing that as a resident of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) on the HDS campus, he lives in “a bubble inside a bubble.”,The grounds around the CSWR provide a quiet place for meditation and study and remind Akshar of Sarangpur, India, where he spent three years with guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj and was inspired to begin his monastic journey. Akshar’s eagerness to learn, easy-going demeanor, and generosity with his Gujarati cooking helped him make friends easily, and he’s thrilled to already have forged “strong bonds” with people from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, and other Hindu traditions.This is a priority for Akshar both because of his guru Mahant Swami Maharaj’s teachings on unity and fraternity, and because of a teaching from the Vedas he can quote: “Let noble thoughts come from all the directions.”He interprets this to mean that “whatever is good anywhere, in any religion, we accept it.”In addition to these kinds of informal interactions, Akshar and the others, who have devoted years to studying their own traditions, are enrolled in courses to learn about new methodologies and traditions. While Akshar and Chaitanya are taking classes on Buddhism and Christianity, Sarvapriyananda is enrolled in a number of philosophy courses — both Eastern and Western. All three are taking Clooney’s “Introduction to the Upanishads,” which are “some of the oldest and most famous primary texts of Vedic and Hindu India, ranging from before 700 B.C. to 200 B.C. and later.”Daniel Sanders, a first-year M.T.S. candidate also in the class, said he was “excited by the opportunity to study these texts with those who have made it their life’s focus to absorb, contemplate, and practice the wisdom found there.” He added that their in-class Sanskrit recitations of the text and insights into interpretation have added “a joyful new dimension to my classroom experience.” “I’m sure when I go back to India, I’ll probably be asked to give talks on my Harvard experience.” — Swami Sarvapriyananda In addition to enriching group discussions, the three monastics have given class presentations about how the Upanishads are studied in each of their traditions. Chaitanya’s two-year residential Vedanta course in Mumbai, India, for example, was entirely different from the kind of objective, academic approaches she was exposed to while pursuing degrees in Sanskrit at the University of Texas, Austin, and at Columbia University.Her experience in India was totally immersive: “There was a lot of lifestyle change that was considered necessary to imbibing the teaching of the Upanishads,” she said, like what time you wake up and what kind of food you eat. “It was almost like being able to take what we studied and to relate it to your every moment. I thoroughly appreciated that style of learning and teaching. It was very inspiring.”Despite years of studying the Upanishads, the monastics also feel they have much to learn from their professor and classmates. Parsana said he is enjoying encountering new perspectives. The students from different religious backgrounds, he said, bring questions to the text that he’s never considered. This kind of exchange is exactly why Chaitanya pursued the opportunity to come to HDS.“I thought it was nice to bring in the theologian’s perspective along with the academic perspective and work collaboratively to think about Hinduism,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of that to whatever extent I could.”Chaitanya hopes to be able to bring some of this perspective back to her community, and Sarvapriyananda is also eager to share how things are done at HDS with the acharyas in India who run the monastic training centers.“They want to know what it’s like, what are the teaching methods, how do the students respond to the material,” he explained. “I’m sure when I go back to India, I’ll probably be asked to give talks on my Harvard experience.”For Akshar, who has never had the chance to engage in much interreligious dialogue, the lesson he hopes to take home is the community experience itself.“At Harvard, everyone can have dialogue across the table,” he said. “And this is a nice thing. And now when I go back, I will be more confident in continuing this dialogue, because it is coming from experience.”“On Being a Hindu Monastic: Personal Journeys,” a conversation with Sadhak Akshar, Shweta Chaitanya, and Swami Sarvapriyananda, on will be held 5 p.m. Monday at the CSWR. All are welcome, but please RSVP via the online form.last_img read more

Concrete jungle

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaEach day, more of Georgia gets covered in concrete. This development affects traffic and eats up agricultural land. Now, in North Georgia especially, it’s affecting the water system, says a University of Georgia expert.“It’s the 800-pound gorilla in North Georgia,” said Liz Kramer, who works jointly with the departments of agriculture and applied economics and engineering in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We really have to be thinking of that in issues of water quality and quantity. North Georgia is getting gobbled away by those housing density numbers.”Between 2001 and 2005, approximately 13,410 acres of impervious surfaces were put down in Gwinnett County. The metro Atlanta area averaged 55 acres a day, the equivalent of about 41 football fields. Georgia in total covered 38 million acres.When an area is covered in pavement, sidewalks, rooftops or buildings, rainwater can’t get into the ground. Instead, it rushes across the solid surfaces, picks up pollutants and washes into streams. This can cause an artificial spike in water levels, which quickly returns to the levels before the rain. Streams don’t stay as full as they did before housing growth.“We’re no longer recharging our groundwater, and we’re reducing the amount of available water we can use to dilute the pollutants going into the streams,” Kramer said.And it’s all because less and less water flows through the dirt, cleaning itself as it seeps through the ground and back into aquifers and streams. Urban pollution sourcesTen years ago, streams in metro Atlanta had much more pesticides than those in agricultural areas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This was due to solid surfaces and improper pesticide use.“Farmers understand pesticides and use them properly,” Kramer said. “If someone in an urban area is working on their two-acre lot and using pesticides, they’re going to go to a home-improvement store and pick up the first thing off the shelf. And we’re Americans. If a little is good, a lot is better.”Farmers are often blamed for pollution, particularly North Georgia poultry farmers. But in urban areas, people pollution is a bigger problem. “Tires produce a lot of zinc,” Kramer said. “Parking lots have a lot of heavy metals, a lot of oils, anything that drips out of your car.” Changing landscapeThe population boom in North Georgia has sent many farmers looking for cheaper land or out of the industry altogether. “As we develop, we’re pushing these guys out of the watershed,” Kramer said. By raising chickens, poultry farmers also produce chicken litter, which contains nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other minerals important for crop growth. Farmers sometimes spread it for fertilizer. Near urban areas where less water is absorbed before it hits a stream, farmers have to be careful where they put chicken litter and how much they spread, she said.“If someone’s applying chicken litter, even the same amount as they have in the past, any runoff would be magnified,” Kramer said.Pollution is a problem, she said, but losing farmland and forests is a bigger problem because agricultural land helps maintain air and water quality and ecosystems, she said. The challenge, she said, is to keep agriculture in North Georgia. “(It) provides so much value, and that value is not being accounted for because we just look at houses.”last_img read more

Danish energy giant makes a $580 million move into U.S. wind

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Digital:Danish energy company Ørsted has agreed to purchase US wind and solar company Lincoln Clean Energy for $580mn.Lincoln Clean Energy develops, owns and operates clean power projects which a specific focus on wind and solar. In particular, the company owns a range of onshore wind farms in the US, and currently has a capacity of 513MW within its portfolio. By 2022, total capacity on Lincoln wind farms will reach 1.5GW.Ørsted currently has a 25% global market share in offshore wind and is the leading energy supplier in the UK, with 5,800 employees globally. The firm started a journey to becoming an entirely ‘green’ energy company around 10 years ago.Since then, Ørsted says it has reduced its use of coal by 73% and halved its CO2 emissions. It is currently converting its Danish coal-fired power stations to sustainable biomass, and hopes to be coal free by 2023.Regarding the Lincoln Clean Energy purchase, Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen said: “The global market for onshore wind power is expected to grow significantly in the coming years and the US is a leading onshore wind market. The acquisition of Lincoln Clean Energy will provide a strong growth platform in the US, which is one of Ørsted’s strategic growth markets. It is an investment case with healthy economics based on prudent assumptions about key value drivers and market developments.”More: Ørsted to buy Lincoln Clean Energy for $580mn Danish energy giant makes a $580 million move into U.S. windlast_img read more

Introducing Blue Ridge Indoors

first_imgFor over 23 years, Blue Ridge Outdoors has brought you the best in hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, paddling, and more, from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. We have strived to keep you informed with the latest in conservation, recreation, and environmental policy. We’ve shared the best trails, swimming holes, and lookouts. We’ve introduced you to unique people, businesses, and brands.It’s been our mission to showcase the best from our region outside the walls of your home and office.Now, we’re looking to bring you the best from the indoors. Whether you’re in need of a refreshing summer color palette, the latest cabin design trends, or DIY Instructables, Blue Ridge Indoors has it all.When asked about the inspiration behind our new publication, BRO President Blake DeMaso replied, “I’ve just always had a flair for interior design and Blue Ridge Indoors is a vessel for sharing my gift with the world.”As a team, we are all on the same page (pun intended). We feel there aren’t enough interior design publications out there. We hope to inspire and help you get the most out of your home.Coming soon to a newsstand near you!last_img read more

Compliance: Customer due diligence for all accounts

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) new customer due diligence (CDD) requirements for business accounts are effective May 18, 2018, and CUNA’s compliance staff has received a number of questions. A recent CompBlog post examines CDD procedures and requirements.Bank Secrecy Act regulations do not have specific provisions for CDD requirements for non-business accounts, credit unions generally rely on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s (FFFIEC) examination manual for guidance.The CDD guidance recommends credit unions:Know the true identity of its members;Gain an understanding of a member’s normal and expected transaction activity, based on their occupation or business operations to better determine if something is suspicious, and whether a suspicious activity report (SAR) needs to be filed;last_img read more

The Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik has announced a public tender for the organization of the New Year’s Eve 2018 on Stradun

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik has announced a public tender for the organization of the New Year’s Eve 2018 on Stradun.The Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik will provide the following elements as basic preconditions for the organization of the New Year’s Eve 2018 event in Dubrovnik:space for holding the event – in front of Luža, the City Bell Tower, the Church of St. Vlaha – as a central space for performing the program of the eventFinancial amount of a total of 600.000,00 kuna to support the organizers for the organization of the eventCovered stage measuring 10 x 12 m (not including the cost of setting up and removing the stage)Dressing room and rest of the performers (back stage) and press centerFireworksTraditional New Year’s concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra – Stradun 01.01.2018. at 12.00Applications and documentation must be submitted within 14 days of publication in the Dubrovnik Gazette, ending on July 29, 07 at the address Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Brsalje 5, 20 000 Dubrovnik.Read the full contest herelast_img read more

Sunflower Rural Tourism Award

first_img category – TOURIST PEASANT FAMILY FARMSGOLDEN CHARTER – OPG BARBARIĆ, ILOKGOLDEN CHARTER – PEASANT HOUSEHOLD SVETI JURE, UNEŠIĆSILVER CHARTER – OPG LJUBICA AND TONČI BULIĆ, TUGARESILVER CHARTER – HOLIDAY HOME SOBOL, KOČIČINBRONZE CHARTER – AGRO TOURISM KALPIĆ – OPG KALPIĆ, RADONIĆSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR THE PRESENTATION OF RURAL HERITAGE – EXCURSION SITE “STONE ANTHEM”, KOMAJISPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE RURAL LIFESTYLE – OPG MARIJO BEDEKOVIĆ, JAKUŠEVECSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR CAMP IN RURAL TOURISM – PEASANT TOURISM SLAKOPER, KLAKE category – ENTREPRENEURS IN RURAL TOURISMGOLDEN CHARTER – THE SUNNY VILLAGE OF THE LAMBSILVER CHARTER – HOTEL LUG, LUG SILVER CHARTER – INN STARI FENJERI, POŽEGABRONZE CHARTER – RURAL PROPERTY “TAVERN TRUŠA”, TUGAREBRONZE CHARTER – RANCH MARIN doo, GARČINSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR THE PROMOTION OF BEEKEEPING – PO PROMINKA, KNINSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR TOURIST PROMOTION OF MOUNTAIN AREAS – VILLAS MONTIS AUREA, NOVO ZVEČEVOIII. category – RURAL TOURIST PROJECTSGOLDEN CHARTER – VOĆIN – WONDERFUL SACRED-CULTURAL-TOURIST DESTINATION IN THE RURAL AREASILVER CHARTER – BIODYNAMICS WEEK IN TERME SVETI MARTINBRONZE CHARTER – INTERNATIONAL CERAMICS CENTER “ATELIER JANJA GORA”SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN RURAL TOURISM – GARDEN ROUTE, ETHNO ART TRAVEL – MALO SELO dooSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR THE REVIVAL OF RURAL AREAS ALONG THE RIVER – GRAIN BOAT “ZORA”, BROĐANIBRONZE CHARTER – MUD ACADEMY, BARANJSKA HOUSE, KARANACSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR ANIMATION IN RURAL TOURISM – ADRENALINE ADVENTURE ON BANOVINA, CAPRICCIA CENTER, NEBOJAN category – RURAL-TOURIST EVENTSGOLDEN CHARTER – INTERNATIONAL FAIR “WITH SAUSAGE IN THE EU”, SAINT PETER IN THE FORESTSILVER CHARTER – WINE-PINE MARATHON, ASSOCIATION SURDUK, ZMAJEVACBRONZE CHARTER – CINEMA TASTE – FILM FOOD FESTIVALBRONZE CHARTER – ŠTRUDLAFEST – JAŠKOVO, RESTAURANT ŽGANJERSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR TRADITIONAL EVENT – ECO ETHNO GACKA, OTOČAC, OTOČAC TOWNSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR TRADITIONAL EVENT – FISHERMEN’S EVENINGS, DAVORSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR THE TRADITIONAL EVENT – “NOSTALGIA” – 8TH DAYS OF TRADITION AND ECO-ETHNO FAIR OF KAŠTEL 2017, TZ CITY OF KAŠTELSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR TRADITIONAL EVENT – VINODAR – DARUVAR – THE MOST ENTERTAINING WINE FESTIVAL, TZ DARUVAR-PAPUKSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR A TRADITIONAL EVENT – DAYS OF DALMATIAN PROSCIUTTO AND WINE, VRGORAC, VRGORAC TOURIST BOARDSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR TRADITIONAL EVENT – TUROPOLJSKO JURJEVO, VELIKA GORICA, NOBLE MUNICIPALITY OF TUROPOLJSKAcategory – TRADITIONAL RURAL GASTRONOMYGOLDEN CHARTER – HOUSE OF GRANDFATHER TUNJA, DESCRIBERSSILVER CHARTER – ISLAND CUISINE SUPETAR, TZ GRADA SUPETRA, PZ SUPETARSILVER CHARTER – OPG HRID, OREBIĆBRONZE CHARTER – ORIGINAL OSIJEK KNEDLA, TZA CITY OF OSIJEKSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR LINKING TOURISM AND ECOLOGICAL CHEESE PRODUCTION – ECOLOGICAL CHEESE FROM MIŠINA – OPG MIRKO VALIDŽIĆ, OKLAJSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR THE PRODUCTION OF BLACK SLAVONIAN PIG KULEN – OPG DŽINIĆ SLAVICA, STARI MIKANOVCISPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR INNOVATION OF INTRODUCTION OF PUMPKIN PITS IN BAKERY PRODUCTS – GRBIĆ doo – PUMPKIN OIL, POŽEGA category – WINE TOURISMGOLDEN CHARTER – SVIJETLI DVORI WINERY, KARANACSILVER CHARTER – SLADIĆ WINES – OPG ANTE SLADIĆ, PLASTOVO SILVER CHARTER – BASEMENT “FILIPEC FAMILY”, SAMOBORBRONZE CHARTER – COOPERATIVE VUKOVARSKA VINA, VUKOVARVII. category – CROATIAN ISLAND PRODUCTS AND PRODUCTS WITH GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONSGOLDEN CHARTER – OBRT LIPA, PRVIĆ ŠEPURINEGOLDEN CHARTER – OPG MATIJEVIĆ, TEARSSILVER CHARTER – OPG KUĆA VINA IVAN KATUNAR, VRBNIKSILVER CHARTER – TRADE NATURA DALMATIA, STONBRONZE CHARTER – OPG DARINKA KRNČEVIĆ, LASTOVOBRONZE CHARTER – IPŠA doo, OPRTALJSPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR VARIOUS ISLAND PRODUCTS – OPG KATIJA STANČIĆ, DOL, ISLAND OF HVARVII. category – LIFE WORK AWARDSTJEPAN CUKOR, B.Sc. oec. – AWARD FOR LIFE WORK, FOR UNBREAKABLE ENERGY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND ENCOURAGING OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL TOURISMDr.sc EDUARD KUŠEN, B.Sc. Architect – AWARD FOR LIFE WORK, FOR SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL TOURISM The action of evaluating the best programs and projects in rural tourism in Zagreb’s Hotel Academia ended with the award ceremony “Sunflower of Croatian Rural Tourism”.Today, the best were awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze plaques and special awards in seven categories: Tourist farms, Entrepreneurs in rural tourism, Rural tourism projects, Rural tourism events, Traditional rural gastronomy, Wine tourism and Croatian island products and products with the label geographical origin, and two lifetime achievement awards were given to Stjepan Cukor and dr.sc. Eduard Kušen, who dedicated part of their rich professional career to the development of rural areas. By the summer, 130 applications from 18 counties had been submitted to the competition, and it was not an easy task for the commission that decided on the best this year either.”For twenty years we have visited every corner of Croatia and always come back happy and full of emotions. The most beautiful stories are created in the rural area of ​​Croatia, and together we can do even more. The fact is that 92 percent of Croatia is rural, so this area deserves our special attention, promotion, friendship and cooperation, because tourism is an emotion, a story and a message about identity, and identity is a set of differences. Rural tourism in the Republic of Croatia began to develop operationally and in an organized manner as early as 1996, with the adoption of the Ordinance on the provision of catering services to rural households, which created a framework and legal regulation of this type of tourism.”, Pointed out mr. sc. Dijana Katica, president of the Croatian Association for Tourism and Rural Development of the Club of Members “Village”, who as the initiator and organizer of the project also celebrated her twentieth birthday.”I am extremely pleased that a new Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism was passed last week, which will open the door to tourism for many stakeholders in rural areas. From now on, among other things, they can provide active and adventure tourism services on their farms, farms, forests, hunting grounds and other locations. We have invested a lot of effort in the Ministry of Tourism, we have tried to take into account all the remarks from the public debate in order to make it easier for family farm owners to engage in tourism.m “, said Gari Cappelli, Minister of Tourism and Special Envoy of Prime Minister Plenković, and pointed out that we currently have 160 thousand registered agricultural holdings that will be able to deal with Robinson tourism in the new Act.The sunflower of rural tourism promotes traditional contents, connects the most important projects, producers, events and interesting things, and while preserving the originality, new products of rural tourism are created. “From now on, family farms can provide accommodation services in traditional facilities such as huts, shepherd’s huts, katuns, kazun, huts, tents and the like, which do not necessarily have to be located within a family farm but in a rural environment. This Act opens your hands and allows maximum creativity, and I encourage you to smartly, on the principles of sustainable development, develop new offers and services in this branch of tourism that can be implemented on as much as 92 percent of Croatian territory. “, concluded Minister Cappelli.Winners by categorylast_img read more

India extends world’s biggest virus lockdown to May 3

first_imgSouth Asian nations have so far been relatively unscathed by the epidemic, with around 10,000 cases and 339 deaths in India, according to official figures.But with some of the most crowded cities on the planet, there are fears that numbers could skyrocket and overwhelm shaky healthcare systems.Some experts have also said that India has not conducted enough tests and that the true number of infections is much higher.Several states including Maharashtra — home to Mumbai and which has the highest number of cases — Tamil Nadu and Odisha have already announced lockdown extensions. India’s poor But at the same time, the lockdown in place since March 25, with strict limits on activity, has been devastating for the economy — and for India’s poor.Millions of daily wage laborers suddenly lost their jobs, forcing hundreds of thousands to travel hundreds of kilometers back to their home villages, often on foot.Some died on the way, while others were shunned by locals when they made it back to their villages. One viral clip showed a group of migrants being hosed down with chemicals.Others have been stranded in cities in cramped, unsanitary conditions where the virus could spread quickly.New Delhi alone is providing hundreds of thousands of free meals. India’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the biggest in the world, will be extended until at least May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday.The current three-week-old lockdown of the nation of 1.3 billion people had been scheduled to end at midnight Tuesday.”From the economic angle, we have paid a big price,” Modi said in a nationwide address. “But the lives of the people of India are far more valuable.” Topics : Snarl-ups Farmers have complained of a lack of workers to harvest crops while snarl-ups of thousands of trucks not allowed to move because of the lockdown have hampered food transport.Farms, still the bedrock of the Indian economy, are heading into their most important harvest time of the year, earning money to finance many villages for months.Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das has called the coronavirus an “invisible assassin” that could wreak havoc on Asia’s third-biggest economy.The national restaurants association, which said its members employed seven million people, warned Monday there could be “social unrest” if it did not receive financial relief.The commerce ministry has also reportedly urged the government to consider opening more activities “with reasonable safeguards” even if the lockdown is extended.Even before the pandemic, the Indian economy was stuttering with unemployment the highest for decades.Some analysts have predicted growth could slump to 1.5-2.0 percent this year — way below the level needed to provide jobs for the millions coming into the labor market each month.Modi’s announcement came as debate rages in countries around the world on how to lift restrictions while ensuring that there is no renewed spike in new infections.French President Emmanuel Macron extended a tight lockdown in France by another month, but Italy and Austria are reopening some shops and Spain is restarting construction and factory work.World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned against rushing headlong into lifting restrictions, stressing that only a vaccine can fully halt the spread.last_img read more