Nikon’s Latest Software Will Let You Use Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera as a Webcam

first_imgTo use it, download and install the Nikon Webcam Utility. It can be downloaded for Windows and macOS.Then, connect your compatible Nikon camera to the computer using the USB cable. If you’re using an external mic, plug that into the computer’s mic port. After this, you can open any of the compatible video conferencing software (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger and Skype work).To use the software, you’ll need a compatible Nikon camera, a USB cable (provided with your Nikon camera), Nikon Webcam Utility, compatible video conferencing software, and a fully charged camera battery or AC power adapter. Supported digital cameras include Z 7II, Z 7, Z 6II, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D5, D850, D810, D780, D750, D500, D7500, D7200, D5600, D5500, D5300 and D3500.To enhance the experience, Nikon recommends that you use a tripod or a clamp as a mount. A constant light source such as small LED light panels and an external microphone can also be used.- Advertisement – Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –center_img Nikon has released the full version of its software that will let you use your compatible DSLR or mirrorless camera as a high-end webcam. The company’s Webcam Utility Software is available for free on Windows 10 and macOS. It allows you to connect your Nikon camera to a computer via USB and use it as a webcam. Nikon’s Webcam Utility Software was launched in Beta a few months ago and was only supporting Windows devices, but has now expanded.The Webcam Utility Software can be used via USB. Nikon says it is ideal for those seeking a high quality video stream with a simple setup and no additional hardware. Besides video calls, it can also be used for livestreaming.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump’s dead-enders organize capitol-steps rallies around the nation populated with extremists

first_imgThreats notwithstanding, however, there were only a handful of incidents of minor violence at the protests, including some involving Proud Boys. There was no shortage of incendiary rhetoric and threatening behavior, however.Even though Facebook deleted the “Stop the Steal” pages and events that were created on its platforms by Thursday, the groups nonetheless were successful in spreading the word that the protests were to occur in front of state capitol buildings around the country on Saturday. The shared theme at all of them was that the national media were lying, that Trump was the real winner of the election, and that Democrats, the “deep state,” and “fake news” were all conspiring to make the public think Biden had been elected—in other words, an alternate reality comprised entirely of groundless conspiracy theories.PHOENIX, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 07: Supporters of President Donald Trump listen to the national anthem at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in front of the State Capitol on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. News outlets project that Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States after a victory in Pennsylvania with Kamala Harris to be the first woman and person of color to be elected Vice President. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)Trump supporters in Phoenix.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We just want them to know we won’t let them get away with anything. We want to make sure all the legal ballots are counted, and fairly,” said Travis Fillmore, 34, a military veteran from nearby Tempe, who was toting a rifle at the protest.“Arrest the poll workers!” the crowd chanted—while fenced away from the building’s entrance in a “free speech zone” created for them by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies.Most of the gatherings featured dozens of Trump supporters at best. They also featured some of the extremist elements—including conspiracy-fueled QAnon cultists, thuggish Proud Boys, and armed militiamen—who have become seamlessly identified with the Trump campaign this year.- Advertisement – Probably the largest of them was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital—fittingly, since that state’s vote count provided Biden with his margin of victory on Saturday—where Proud Boys linked arms with unrepentant white nationalists to protest Trump’s loss. Christopher Mathias of HuffPost was there, and described it as a “heavily armed pity party”:Once assembled there, Rep. Dan Mueser (R-Pa.), a Trump fan widely believed to be eyeing a run for governor, took hold of a megaphone and spoke to the crowd about how the results of the election were illegitimate.He was surrounded by fascists. To his left, a man waved a flag for the anti-Semitic white nationalist movement known as America First. To his right, a man clad in black held a sign that read “Standing Back And Standing By For Our President” — a reference to when Trump, asked at a debate to condemn the Proud Boys, instead told them to “stand back and stand by.”Far-right extremists have been a fixture of Trump rallies over the last four years, but it’s still hard to overstate how many were in Harrisburg on Saturday. The place was crawling with them.This, too, was a common theme at the “Stop the Steal” rallies: As we saw with the various “Trump trains” and their overt thuggery in Texas, as well as at other “Trump caravans” throughout the campaign, the events provided an environment in which ostensibly mainstream Republicans commingled and joined arms openly with some of the most extreme elements of the radical right.  SALEM, OR - NOVEMBER 07: A Proud Boy displays a bandana with the phrase Stand Back, Stand By, a reference to President Trumps statements about the group during a "Stop the Steal" rally on November 7, 2020 in Salem, Oregon. Angry supporters of President Trump took to the streets across the country following reporting that President-elect Joe Biden had won the election. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)A Proud Boy in Salem, Oregon.In Salem, Oregon, some of the “Save the Steal” demonstrators dressed in Proud Boys uniforms and masks as well as fighting garb were seen on video assaulting photographers and journalists while Oregon State Police stood by and did not intervene. Among the speakers at their event was Jo Rae Perkins, the QAnon cultist who was the failed Oregon Republican nominee against incumbent Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley. “This is an appeal to heaven,” Perkins said. “We need to pray for Trump, for his family and for his Cabinet.”Another Republican nominee—Michael Cross, who ran for Oregon attorney general and has lost by a similar 57-40 margin in his race as Perkins in hers—also spoke to the crowd, dressed in a leather biker jacket and spouting more conspiracism. “We don’t like what’s happening in our country and we don’t like what’s happening in our state, and we don’t like vote by mail,” Cross said.“I personally checked my own ballot status, and my ballot hasn’t even been counted yet, and Oregon is considered a blue state,” said an unidentified Trump supporter to KPTV. “Do you know how much that fears for me?”“And the amount of support Trump has everywhere you go is just overwhelming, and we didn’t see that with Biden, so it just doesn’t add up,” Carol Stewart said.In Colorado, protesters decided to move their demonstration 70 miles south from Denver down Interstate 25 to Colorado Springs because the capital city does not permit open carry, and the latter city does. Once there, news crews had no difficulty finding Trump supporters insisting that the election results were wrong.“This election’s being stolen,” one MAGA-hatted protester claimed. “It’s being hijacked, and that’s quite frustrating.”In Carson City, Nevada, there were more Proud Boys to be found causing trouble, many of them packing firearms as they chanted “Stop the Steal!” and “USA! USA!”A local reporter got an earful from a man in a camouflage hat with a yellow Gadsden-banner bandana over his face:“Why am I here,” he asked seemingly annoyed. “That’s a stupid question … I’m here because the fucking Pinkos are stealing the election … that’s what I’m doing here … it’s the Deep State in all those states where ballots for Biden showed up in a truck in the dark of the night in Philadelphia and Vegas … the whole thing is rigged, and we’re here to defend our president, that’s why I’m here.”In Boise, the camo-clad extremists again rubbed elbows with state GOP officials. “We are going to get Trump reelected,” Republican state representative Aaron von Ehlinger of Lewiston told the crowd. “It’s going to take some legal battles, but we will get it done.”Machele Hamilton, the Idaho GOP’s vice chair, echoed him, assuring attendees that “the Idaho Republican Party is 100% behind President Trump.”“We are supporting America and our Constitution,” said Diego Rodriguez, a Trump backer, told the Idaho Statesman. “All we want is a fair election.”In Lansing, Michigan—already the scene of multiple far-right protests featuring weapons and militiamen which later turned out to have been organizing grounds for would-be domestic terrorists, even before the election—an estimated 500 Trump supporters, largely mask-free, assembled on the Capitol steps and adjoining lawn to claim that the vote count in Michigan, and elsewhere, had been rigged in Biden’s favor. They offered no evidence, just baseless assertions.Decked out in stars and stripes, Genevieve Peters, 57, of Detroit told the Free Press that she doesn’t believe Trump lost the election. “We’re here to show our president we’re with him,” she said. “There’s 100% no chance he didn’t win.”Trump supporters sang a rendition of the Queen song “We Are the Champions,” the Lansing State Journal reported. They also chanted “four more years,” “lock her up,” and “stop the steal,” while sending Trump a message: “We love you!” and “We won’t stop!”A supporter of US President Donald Trump keeps a hand on his gun during a "Stop the Steal rally" in front of the residence of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in St Paul, Minnesota, on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)Trump supporters with long rifles outside the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota.In Little Rock, Arkansas, heavily armed militiamen formed a crowd of about 50 demonstrators who chanted “Blue Lives Matter” and got into a shouting exchange with counter-demonstrators. However, the protest did not last long. There was a similarly short-lived protest in Des Moines, Iowa, and one in front of the governor’s mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota.The protest in Bismarck, North Dakota, attracted several hundred protesters who found no opposition. Among them were Jonathan Hallet, a western North Dakota pastor and his wife, Tyrene, who drove nearly  two hours to attend the “Stand with Trump” rally. “Democrats stole the election,” said Hallett. “Trump was cheated.”A man named Marty Beard carried a sign that read, “Give Me Trump or Give me Death.”“That’s what this means to me,” he said.There were pro-Trump rallies held in non-capital cities this weekend, including one in Vancouver, Washington. Trump fan Adam Schetler (“Donald Trump has my values and I’m ready for Donald Trump for four more years”) told KPTV that he still thinks Trump could win the presidency.“We are looking for a recount because it’s obvious there has been some fraudulent ballots come in and it’s really hard to believe a man that’s been in public office for somewhat of 50 years—who’s done nothing—now all of a sudden has overwhelming votes, the most in history ever—it’s too far-fetched,” said a Trump fan named James Hurst. At the voting-tabulation center in Phoenix, Arizona, where crowds of Trump supporters had attempted to interfere in ballot-counting procedures in the days after the election, fueled by a nonsense conspiracy theory that Republican ballots were being discarded due to the use of Sharpies, protesters lingered through Saturday evening.“This election has not been called!” shouted Jake Angeli, a regular at Trump rallies, who stood outside a tabulation center in Phoenix. “Don’t believe that lie! They got their hands caught in the cookie jar and we’re going to the Supreme Court!”“Trump always looks like he’s going to lose. And then he wins, “ Angeli said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump Is Not Doing Well With His Election Lawsuits. Here’s a Rundown.

first_imgClaim: The Trump campaign is seeking to block the certification of the Pennsylvania election, alleging fraud in mail-in balloting, insufficient access for poll observers and varying procedures for curing ballots among different counties.The plaintiffs said “Democratic heavy” counties allowed voters to cure their absentee ballots while “Republican heavy” counties did not. They also said ballots were processed in Allegheny County and Philadelphia while poll observers were too far away to see what was happening. Context: On Election Day, Republican lawyers acknowledged in court that the party’s observers were present at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia when votes were being counted. “I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Judge Paul S. Diamond of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania asked. He granted a modest accommodation, ordering the city election commission to allow poll observers to move closer to the counting. Claim: Four voters sought to block all votes from Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Allegheny Counties from being included in the state total, claiming that the state violated the right to equal protection by allowing differing absentee balloting practices among counties.Before the election, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, advised county election officials that “curing” absentee ballots (the term for fixing mistakes like a missing signature) was permitted but not required. As a result, local practices differed to a degree. This suit claims that it was unconstitutional to allow some but not all Philadelphia voters to cure their ballots. The suit also cites Delaware County for allegedly giving in-person ballots to voters who were recorded as having received mail-in ballots without requiring them to sign the registration book at the polls. In Allegheny County, according to the suit, voters were required to vote provisionally when records showed they had requested an absentee ballot but not cast it.Context: The election system in the United States is highly decentralized and gives considerable authority to state and county officials over how to run elections. As a result, it is common for states to allow some variation in local election practices and to allow voters to cast provisional ballots in a variety of circumstances.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Status: On Thursday night, the law firm representing the Trump campaign, Porter Wright, asked to withdraw. Previously, the plaintiffs asked Judge Matthew Brann of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to consolidate this case with the next one below.Donald J. Trump for President v. BoockvarFiled: Nov. 9- Advertisement – Pirkle v. WolfFiled: Nov. 10- Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA sets BSE-related rules but delays action on feed

first_img Requiring that equipment for handling and storing feed be dedicated to just one kind of feed (for either ruminants or nonruminants) The FDA had announced plans in January to ban high-risk cattle tissues, or “specified risk materials” (SRMs), from food, food supplements, and cosmetics. But the agency never officially imposed the ban. Officials said today it would take effect Jul 14, when it will be published in the Federal Register. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates meat, poultry, and eggs, banned SRMs from those foods in January, following the discovery of a BSE case in Washington state in December. The FDA regulates all other foods, as well as supplements and cosmetics. Banning the use of all mammalian and poultry protein in ruminant feed SRMs, as defined by USDA and FDA, include the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column, and dorsal root ganglia of cattle aged 30 months or older, plus the tonsils and small intestine of all cattle. In BSE-infected cattle, these are the tissues most likely to contain infectious prion protein. Cattle contract BSE, or mad cow disease, by eating feed containing protein from other infected cattle. To prevent the spread of BSE, the FDA in 1997 banned the practice of putting cattle-derived protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals. However, cattle tissues are still used in feed for pigs, chickens, and pets. FDA officials today said the percentage of food supplements and cosmetics that contain SRMs is very small, but they couldn’t give a specific number. Sundlof said there is concern that banning poultry litter from cattle feed would cause disposal problems. The litter would have to be disposed of on land, which might mean it would end up on cattle pastures, he said. Jul 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it is banning cattle parts that could contain the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agent from food supplements and cosmetics, but it is not yet ready to ban those parts from all feed for animals, including pets. The aim of the new proposed rule is to prevent cross-contamination, whereby SRMs in cattle parts used in feed for pigs, chickens, or pets could end up in cattle feed if both kinds of feed are made with the same equipment or in the same plant. Cross-contamination also can occur if cattle are given feed intended for other animals. However, “either approach would require a significant change in current feed manufacturing practices,” the notice states. “Therefore, the FDA believes that additional information is needed to determine the best course of action.” In addition to SRMs, certain other cattle materials will be banned from foods, supplements, and cosmetics, the FDA said. These include material from downer cattle and cattle not inspected and approved for human consumption, plus mechanically separated beef. “FDA has reached a preliminary conclusion that it should propose to remove SRM’s from all animal feed and is currently working on a proposal to accomplish this goal,” the agency said in a news release. The agency is issuing an “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” on the topic. Banning the feeding of mammalian blood to calves Banning the use of nonambulatory (“downer”) cattle and cattle that die on farms in any animal feed The FDA said today it has reached a “preliminary” decision to ban SRMs from all animal feed, but it wants to gather public comments before going ahead. In a telephone briefing, officials said the agency would take comments for 60 to 120 days. “The IRT approach is to prevent potentially infective tissues from ever entering animal feed channels,” the FDA’s notice of proposed rulemaking says. “Although FDA believes the measures previously announced would serve to reduce the already small risk of BSE spread through animal feed, the broader measures recommended by the IRT, if implemented, could make some of the previously announced measures unnecessary.” See also: Jan 26, 2004, news release on BSE-related rules planned by FDA at that timehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040126.html In its announcement in January, the FDA had described plans to ban the feeding of mammalian blood to calves, halt the use of poultry litter and restaurant leftovers in cattle feed, and require “dedicated equipment” in feed handling and storage. But the agency never followed through on those restrictions at the time. Today the FDA said that banning SRMs from all animal feed could render unnecessary some of the other possible steps for reducing feed-related risks. Such a ban was a key recommendation from an international team of experts that reviewed the USDA’s actions on BSE early this year, FDA officials said. The FDA’s notice of proposed rulemaking also calls for public comments on other possible actions to block pathways by which material from BSE-infected cattle could get into cattle feed. These actions include: Prohibiting the use of poultry litter (which includes bedding, spilled feed, and waste) and restaurant leftovers in cattle feed In response to questions, Sundlof said he couldn’t specify the amount of SRMs that are currently used in animal feed, but he said that dealing with them would be “a complicated issue” if they were banned. “It would most likely require that the rendering industry at least partially restructure to include a sector that is for disposal only,” he said. The international review team (IRT) released its report about a week after the FDA’s January announcement. The team said the single most important measure for reducing feed-related BSE risks was to eliminate SRMs from all animal feed, Steve Sundlof of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine said today.last_img read more

FDA proposes rules to reduce Salmonella in eggs

first_img The cost of implementing the proposed rules is estimated at $82 million per year, or from 19 cents to $1 per hen, depending on the size of the farm, according to Louis J. Carson, deputy director of CFSAN’s food safety and security staff, who also spoke at the news conference. He said the rules are expected to pay about $490 million in annual benefits, mainly from reduced hospitalization costs and fewer cases of chronic arthritis and other long-term effects of salmonellosis. Cleaning and disinfection of poultry houses where an environmental sample or egg has tested positive for SE Producer testing of environmental samples from poultry houses for SE and follow-up steps when a sample tests positive The FDA also said it is aware of illness outbreaks linked with undercooked eggs served in restaurants and is seeking comments on whether to propose new requirements to prevent those cases. Designation of a person responsible for SE prevention at each farm Cianci said the proposal focuses on large poultry farms because they account for most egg production and because smaller farms have not been implicated as sources of Salmonella in any recent egg-related outbreaks. But he added, “We’re soliciting comment on whether or not it [the proposed rule] should be required for the smaller farms.” Transovarian SE contamination of eggs has been recognized as a problem since the 1980s, Carson reported. “It’s taken us a while to try and identify this and to recognize that the contamination is inside the egg and what we might be able to do to reduce the contamination,” he said. Refrigerated storage of eggs on the farm The proposed regulations are published in the Federal Register today, marking the beginning of a 90-day comment period. Carson said he couldn’t predict when the rules will take effect, but said, “We would think that certainly by the end of ’05 or the beginning of ’06 we’d have a final rule out.” Sep 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a set of regulations to reduce Salmonella enteritidis (SE) contamination of eggs on poultry farms, with a goal of reducing human SE infections by about 28%. SE contamination of eggs “occurs as a result of infection of the hen’s reproductive tract, and so the Salmonella are transferred to the inside of the egg,” Robert Brackett, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), told reporters in a Sep 20 teleconference. “The proposed measures are designed to reduce the likelihood that this transovarian contamination would occur.” In announcing the proposal this week, the FDA said it estimates that about 118,000 people get sick each year from eating SE-contaminated eggs that have not been fully cooked. The incidence has been fairly steady in recent years, officials said. The regulations apply to poultry farms that have at least 3,000 layer hens and don’t already pasteurize their eggs or use a comparable safety step, the FDA said. Such large farms account for more than 99% of eggs produced in the United States. The regulations cover: The development of the proposed regulations began in 1999, according to Carson. CFSAN spokesman Sebastian Cianci told CIDRAP News the FDA implemented two rules aimed at SE in 2001. One requires restaurants, retail stores, foodservice operations, and institutions to refrigerate eggs at 45ºF or lower; the other requires that egg cartons bear a label stating that eggs should be refrigerated until used and cooked until yolks are firm. Carson said the poultry industry has recognized since the early 1980s that on-farm measures to prevent SE contamination are important. “Many producers today participate in quality assurance programs, and those quality assurance programs may have one or more of these measures already in there,” he added. Procurement of chicks and pullets A biosecurity program to prevent the spread of SE from the environment into poultry houses or between poultry houses In developing the new regulations, the FDA consulted the US Poultry and Egg Association, state veterinarians, and consumer groups, Carson said. “The implementation of this rule would reduce the number of SE-related illnesses by 33,500 and is a major step in realizing our pubic health goal of a 50% reduction in all salmonellosis and a 50% reduction in SE outbreaks by 2010,” FDA Acting Commissioner Lester M. Crawford said in a news release. See also: Full text of proposed regulations (278 pages)http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/1996p-0418-npr0002.pdflast_img read more

India, South Korea, China report H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgApr 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in India recently confirmed that the H5N1 avian influenza virus has struck poultry in a second state, Tripura, as animal health authorities in South Korea announced a new outbreak at a duck farm near where the virus was confirmed a few days ago after a year’s hiatus.Asim Roy Burman, a senior state veterinary official in India, said several hundred birds in Tripura died over the past few days and tests revealed they had the H5N1 virus, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. He said health officials are preparing to slaughter birds and have banned poultry imports from Bangladesh, which has reported extensive outbreaks over the past several months. Nearly all of Tripura state, located in the far northeastern section of India, borders eastern Bangladesh.West Bengal state, in eastern India on Bangladesh’s western border, has battled two waves of H5N1 outbreaks in poultry since January. Yesterday, veterinary officials began culling chickens in the state’s Nadia district, where 400 birds have recently died from H5N1 infections, The Hindu, one of India’s national newspapers, reported today. Nadia is the fourth district in West Bengal state to report H5N1 outbreaks over the past 5 weeks, according to The Hindu.West Bengal’s Animal Resources Development Department announced on Apr 5 that samples from the Nadia birds were positive for H5N1, according to The Hindu.”We are a little surprised that the deaths occurred in places beyond a 10-km radius of those areas to have been affected by avian flu on the earlier occasion,” Omkar Singh Meena, district magistrate, told The Hindu. He said authorities would plan on culling 21,000 birds over the next 3 days.In South Korea, health officials confirmed that the H5N1 virus has hit a duck farm in the southwestern part of the country in North Jeolla province, only about 17 miles from the site of a recent poultry outbreak that marked the disease’s first return to the country in about a year, according to another AP report today.Lim Kyung-hwan, a quarantine official with the provincial government, told the AP that authorities have culled 6,500 ducks at the farm, located in Jeongeup, and have banned poultry movement within 10 km of the site.On Apr 4 agriculture officials confirmed an H5N1 outbreak at a large egg producer in Gimje, also in North Jeolla province, about 162 miles south of Seoul, according to previous reports. The outbreak was South Korea’s first since March 2007.In other developments, agriculture officials in China today confirmed an H5N1 outbreak at a poultry farm in Tibet, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The samples were taken from 268 chickens that died on a farm in Zhuba village, the report said.Tibet officials reported the outbreak to China’s agriculture ministry on Apr 4, according to media reports. Ministry officials said the outbreak had been contained but gave no other details, Agence France-Presse reported today.The outbreak is Tibet’s third this year, according to previous reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). One occurred at a broiler-hen and duck farm in Gongga in late January, and the other struck birds at a village in Lhasa in early February.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Chinese H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

CDC: H1N1 spreads about as readily as seasonal flu

first_img Early in Mexico’s H1N1 epidemic, some studies suggested that each person sick with the new virus was spreading it to many others, Jernigan said. Transcript of May 20 CDC news briefinghttp://www.cdc.gov/media/transcripts/2009/t090520.htm However, “The more we look at it here in the United States, what we’re seeing is the attack rates really coming in at about what we would see with seasonal influenza,” Jernigan said. At a news briefing, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, deputy director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said it appears that the new virus has about the same attack rate as seasonal flu. The attack rate is the proportion of people who come down with the illness after being exposed to someone who has it. See also: May 20, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A federal influenza expert said today that the novel H1N1 flu virus seems to spread at about the same rate as seasonal flu viruses do, even though much of the population is believed to have little or no immunity to the virus. From the studies so far, the transmission both within households and within communities seems to be about the same as with seasonal flu, he said. In other comments, Jernigan said the production of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine is nearly complete. He added that the CDC still hopes to have candidate H1N1 viruses ready to send to manufacturers at the end of this month for use in the possible production of H1N1 vaccines. He said older people most likely were exposed to H1N1 viruses—distant cousins of the new virus—before 1957, “and there’s a possibility that having exposure to that virus many years ago may allow you to have some reaction to the new H1N1 that’s now circulating.” Jernigan said it’s not yet known just how much protection older people may have. He added that the CDC will be reporting in more detail on the topic in an upcoming issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. May 6 CIDRAP News story “Fewer senior swine flu cases may hint at protection” Jernigan also commented on the possibility that older people have some protection against the new virus because of exposure to H1N1 viruses decades ago. In a report earlier this week, a World Health Organization advisory group said older adults were shown to have neutralizing antibodies to the new virus. Jernigan said this statement in the report was probably based in part on CDC serology studies. “From a policy standpoint, we expect this to be spreading the same as we would see with seasonal influenza, but again, remember that a larger portion of the population may have absolutely no immunity or any protection for this one, which is different than what would happen through normal seasonal influenza,” Jernigan added.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

Hotel Esplanade recognized the quality of Croatian fashion design and created a collection of new uniforms for hotel reception staff

first_imgRoom Buy and use Croatian products, from agriculture to furniture, because the quality and design do not lag behind foreign furniture, in fact, they offer a better ratio of quality and price. But most importantly, by buying Croatian products you encourage the development of the local economy, and thus the retention of the local population in Croatia. The greatest power of tourism is precisely that it is not one industry, but connects various industries vertically and horizontally, and it is imperative for the tourism sector to maximally encourage and use local resources. Precisely for the reason that tourism spending is dispersed to as many local industries and participants as possible so that everyone can make a living from tourism, not just one because it is not self-sustaining.Unfortunately, our tourism closes figuratively in one “resort”, we encourage imports and foreign products, and yet we do not appreciate our quality, production, products and people. Which is insane and counterproductive, and ultimately not economically viable. Start from yourself and encourage the local economy, because maybe your son or daughter will have to move outside Croatia tomorrow because there will not be enough work and business activities in your city.It’s interesting how that circle turns and how everything is connected, right? You buy domestic and Croatian products. It’s all up to the people, start from yourself and don’t forget it’s all up to you.Related news:FASHION IN THE FUNCTION OF TOURISM PROMOTION: BUTTERFLY BOWS INSPIRED BY CROATIAN CITIESLUXURY TOURISM IS NOT GOLDEN FAUCETS BUT QUALITY DESIGN Hotel Esplanade recognized the quality of the Croatian fashion brand DeLight and achieved a successful collaboration by creating a unique collection of new uniforms for hotel reception staffThis summer, the cult Zagreb hotel Esplanade and the fashion brand DeLight joined forces and designed a new summer Jimi Hendrix for hotel reception staff. The warm and cordial welcome has recently been complemented by new dresses that exude glamor and elegance from the fashion brand DeLight and add that the collection is designed especially for hotel staff, and is made of top quality natural materials and is entirely a Croatian product.Special attention was paid to the cut of the model, which is elegant and unobtrusive, and yet glamorous to evoke all the history and tradition of the Esplanade Hotel and bring a dose of elegance to the magnificent hotel lobby. “Hotel Esplanade is synonymous with style, glamor and elegance, and has always paid special attention to impeccable service, but also design and the smallest details to provide guests with a unique experience of staying. With this project, the hotel once again supported enthusiastic young artists who often see this Zagreb beauty as an ideal backdrop for fashion shoots or simply as a muse for new creations inspired by the glamorous years of the last century. I believe that this project is just the beginning of another beautiful collaboration with local designers. ” pointed out the general manager of the hotel, Ivica Max Krizmanić.The combination of the game of different materials and warm colors and the combination of quality and comfort send a message of elegance and a warm welcome, points out Ivan Friščić, creative director of Delight “The young and talented team of Delighte found inspiration for the dresses in the luxurious history of the hotel and the unique top interior design that inspires with special charm and art deco details.. ”Concluded Friščić.CROATIAN DESIGN AS A TOURIST PRODUCT?Recognizable red and white squares, sea organ in Zadar, Revolve sofa room¸ Hotel Lone in Rovinj, Oblo children’s didactic toy and Boya crayons… Do you know what they all have in common? Croatian design recognized worldwide. But do we respect and use enough home design? Do local designers manage to break into the tourism sector at all? Ultimately, are we promoting design as a Croatian tourism product?What is the position of design in Croatia and how much as a country do we use the potential of Croatian design in the promotion of our country? This is an issue that we can talk about a lot in other countries, but in Croatia the situation is somewhat different. “Actually, the situation with design in tourism is similaror as in any other sector: the potentials of design are nowhere sufficiently exploitedpuppy. When it comes to wordsč o public institutions in tourism, whether at the local or national level, mothere will be talk of an individualpositive examples, I would say at the incident level. Design often at allwill not be present, in many casesteas are concocted and amateur rustshenja, and in sluteas when even recognizing the need for design, the designer then did not struand strategistspartner than just the last cornerwhetherć selected through public procurement according to the criterion of the lowestoffers, not according to competencies. It’s big a pity that Croatia does not have the national design strategy that many countries have. A design development policy would ensure the implementation of the design. The promotion of Croatia as a country of good design is actually happeningđa one-way by the design community. All good projects that connect tourism and design are excludedthe initiatives of designers and design associations are alivewomen.” points out Ira Payer, creative director of the Croatian Design Superstore in Zagreb.It is the essence of tourism, which is not one industry, but connects various industries vertically and horizontally. It is certainly commendable that the Esplandae hotel used the ulusge of Croatian fashion design, because we certainly have something to boast about when it comes to design, both fashion and design items for everyday use, from furniture to hotel construction design.last_img read more

Agreements signed with 11 nature parks on cooperation in the project of improving the management of NATURA 2000 sites

first_imgThe Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy held a working meeting with the directors of all 11 nature parks and on that occasion signed an Agreement on Cooperation in the Implementation of the Project ‘Development of the Natura 2000 Ecological Network Management Framework’.By joining the EU, the Republic of Croatia declared its Natura 2000 network for more than 260 species and 70 habitats, and it covers about 37% of the land territory and 15% of the coastal sea, which places Croatia at the very top of Europe. The aim of investing in the European ecological network Natura 2000 is to promote nature protection and biodiversity policy and therefore the participation and strengthening of the capacity of public institutions for the management of the ecological network is crucial.The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy provided HRK 186.497.150 for the project ‘Development of the framework for the management of the Natura 2000 ecological network’, of which 85% was provided from the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion of the EU. The project will develop management plans for Natura 2000 sites. These are strategic documents that determine the purpose and condition of the site and determine the management objectives and activities needed to achieve the objectives.The partner in the project is the Croatian Environment and Nature Agency, while the collaborators are 8 national parks, 11 nature parks, 23 county and local public institutions for protected natural areas and Croatian Waters. The agreements were signed with the Minister by the directors of the nature parks Biokovo, Kopački rit, Lastovo, Lonjsko polje, Medvednica, Papuk, Telašćica, Učka, Velebit, Vrana Lake and Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje. In July 2017, agreements were signed with the directors of all 8 national parks, and signing with the directors of county and local public institutions is also expected.Related news:PARKS OF CROATIAlast_img read more