The view in Georgia: Officials will soon give an update on counting remaining ballots.


first_imgA mere 100,000 votes currently separate the two candidates in Georgia, with President. Trump currently leading with 50.5 percent of the vote, or 2.38 million votes.Most of the remaining ballots are believed to be from metropolitan Atlanta and other Democratic-leaning areas of the state that are believed to favor his challenger, Joseph R. Biden Jr. With attention focused on Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, the state’s top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, was slated to hold a news conference on Wednesday morning to discuss the number of uncounted votes remaining, and how long they will take to process.A total of 1.8 million absentee ballots were requested in Georgia and an estimated 1.25 million returned. It was not immediately clear on Wednesday morning how many of them remained uncounted, but the figure was believed to be in the tens of thousands.- Advertisement – The counting process can be labor-intensive. Ballots must be manually removed from envelopes by election workers, then placed in scanners for tabulation. In some cases, they require human review for verification.There were also problems in several counties that caused delays in the processing on Tuesday. In Fulton County, the state’s most populous and home to Atlanta, officials had initially said they hoped to have ballots fully processed on Election Day.But a water pipe break in a room being used by Fulton County to process those ballots disrupted operations Tuesday morning, delaying the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.- Advertisement – Northwest of Atlanta, in suburban Cobb County, roughly 15,000 absentee ballots had yet to be processed on Wednesday morning, according to the county’s elections and registration director, Janine Eveler. Those should be processed on Wednesday or Thursday, she said. Georgia’s voters were able to submit absentee ballots through drop boxes around the state as late as 7 p.m. Tuesday. After collection, they had to be delivered to elections offices before they could be counted.- Advertisement – Additionally, 882 provisional ballots are expected to be processed on Friday, as are ballots cast by uniformed and overseas citizens, and those with missing or mismatched signatures that must be fixed and verified, or “cured by affidavit,” Ms. Eveler said. – Advertisement –last_img read more


Istanbul Buyuks 2 – 1 Man Utd


first_imgBa was a constant thorn in the side of Axel Tuanzebe and was incensed when the United centre-back only received a yellow for a desperate last-man challenge on the Basaksehir striker as he ran through on goal again.Just as United seemed to have steadied the ship following the early setback, their defensive frailties were exposed for a second time as Deniz Turuc picked Juan Mata’s pocket, broke forward and sent a cross in that Ba brilliantly dummied for Visca to rifle in the hosts’ second. ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 04: during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Istanbul Basaksehir and Manchester United at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu on November 04, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)Image:Former Premier League striker Demba Ba tormented Axel Tuanzebe before the United centre-back was hooked at the break The ease with which Basaksehir contained United’s attack prompted further reinforcements from the bench, with Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood summoned, but they failed to galvanise the visitors.United nearly got out of jail when substitute Mehmet Topal diverted the ball back towards his own goal line, but Epureanu’s stunning clearance ensured it was a night to savour for Baseksehir – and one to forget for Solskjaer.Opta stats – Man Utd toil in TurkeyThis result ended Manchester United’s longest away winning run in all competitions in their history (10 straight wins), and was their first away defeat in 19 matches since losing in January at Liverpool in the Premier League.Including qualifiers, this was only İstanbul Başakşehir’s second win in nine UEFA Champions League matches (D2 L5), also beating Club Brugge in qualifying for the 2017-18 competition.Manchester United have lost four of their last six away matches at Turkish opposition in all competitions (W2), including each of their last three.İstanbul striker Demba Ba (35 years, 163 days) became the second-oldest African player to score a UEFA Champions League goal, behind only Didier Drogba, who was 36 years and 259 days old when he scored his final goal in the competition in November 2014.Among Premier League clubs, İstanbul’s Demba Ba only has more goals in all competitions against West Brom (6) and Tottenham (5) than Man Utd (4); today was his first goal against the Red Devils since April 2013 for Chelsea.İstanbul’s Edin Visca was the first player to both score and assist in a single UEFA Champions League game against Manchester United since Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich in April 2014, and the first to score and assist for a Turkish side in a match in the competition since Didier Drogba for Galatasaray against Juventus in October 2013.With today his 32nd UEFA Champions League appearance, Man Utd’s Anthony Martial has scored in back-to-back games in the competition for the first time; his strike came just 137 seconds after İstanbul had gone 2-0 ahead.What’s next?Manchester United travel to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday at 12.30pm. Istanbul Basaksehir host Genclerbirligi in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday at 1pm. Manchester United’s woes took a turn for the worse as Istanbul Basaksehir punished shambolic defending to inflict a 2-1 first Champions League defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.United travelled to the Turkish capital on the back of impressive victories over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, but found themselves two down inside 40 minutes as strikes from Demba Ba and Edin Visca capitalised on a defensive horror show from the visitors.- Advertisement – Istanbul Basaksehir players celebrate Demba Ba putting them ahead against Manchester UnitedImage:Istanbul Basaksehir players celebrate Demba Ba putting them ahead against Manchester United Team newsDean Henderson made his European debut, Axel Tuanzebe made his second start of the season, and Donny Van De Beek and Anthony Martial returned as Man Utd made six changes from the defeat to Arsenal.Former United full-back Rafael, ex-Premier League players Martin Skrtel and Demba Ba, and on-loan Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli started for the Turkish champions. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Anthony MartialImage:Anthony Martial scored in back-to-back Champions League games for the first time on his 32nd appearance in the competition United looked to be effectively carrying out their gameplan early on, with Bruno Fernandes rifling a volley wide and Luke Shaw whistling a shot past the post inside 10 minutes, but it all unravelled for Solskjaer’s side in farcical circumstances before the quarter-hour mark.- Advertisement – But United were able to grab a lifeline before the half was over, with Martial steering a brilliant header into the far corner to halve the deficit with their first attempt on target on 43 minutes.After a performance in stark contrast to his stunning display at Paris Saint-Germain, Tuanzebe was hooked at the interval, as Scott McTominay came on to add another layer of protection in front of United’s porous defence. Basaksehir captain Visca blazed a shot over and United failed to heed the warning as a simple punt from the back released Ba in behind the visitors’ non-existent backline, and the Senegal striker strode unopposed through on goal before slotting past European debutant Dean Henderson. Anthony Martial’s instinctive header pulled one back before the break but it failed to inspire a second-half comeback, with a stunning stoppage-time goal-line clearance from Alexandru Epureanu denying United a point at the death.Newcomers Basaksehir didn’t have a Champions League point or a goal to their name before kick-off but a resilient performance earned a famous and deserved first win in the tournament for the Turkish champions, as United became the first English club to lose in this season’s competition on the banks of the Bosporus.How Man Utdlast_img read more


Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) earnings Q3 2020


first_imgAs the coronavirus pandemic weighs on its operating earnings and stock price, Berkshire Hathaway ramped up its stock repurchasing program even more in the third quarter, nearly doubling the record buyback from the second quarter.Warren Buffett’s conglomerate bought back $9 billion of its own stock, it was revealed Saturday in its third-quarter earnings report. That’s up big from the $5.1 billion level during the second quarter that turned heads when it was announced and brings Berkshire’s total buybacks to $15.7 billion for 2020.Berkshire repurchased more than $2.5 billion in Class A shares and about $6.7 billion in Class B stock during the quarter. This blew away the UBS estimate for a total quarterly buyback of just $3.2 billion.- Advertisement – In his annual letter released earlier this year, Buffett discussed when he and Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger would decide to repurchase stock.“Our thinking, boiled down: Berkshire will buy back its stock only if a) Charlie and I believe that it is selling for less than it is worth and b) the company, upon completing the repurchase, is left with ample cash,” Buffett wrote. “Over time, we want Berkshire’s share count to go down. If the price-to-value discount (as we estimate it) widens, we will likely become more aggressive in purchasing shares. We will not, however, prop the stock at any level.”Buffett also defended the practice in general at the Berkshire annual meeting in May.“When the conditions are right, it should also be obvious to repurchase shares and there shouldn’t be the slightest taint to it any more than there is to dividends,” he said.Despite a nearly 20% comeback in the third quarter by Berkshire Hathaway’s class A shares, the stock is still widely underperforming the S&P 500 this year. The share have lost 8%, compared to a 10% total return for the S&P 500.Buffett’s buyback spree comes as the Oracle of Omaha has made relatively few big moves this year. In late August, Buffett announced that Berkshire had taken stakes of at least 5% in Japan’s five leading trading companies: Itochu Corp., Marubeni Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui & Co., and Sumitomo Corp. But the company has announced no other major acquisitions this year.Even after the record buybacks this year, Berkshire’s cash pile still stands at $145.7 billion through the end of the third quarter.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world. – Advertisement – Buffett’s repurchase spree comes amid a tough time for its operations as the global economy struggles to recover from the coronavirus, directly impacting the company’s wholly owned businesses which include railroads, utilities and insurance.Berkshire said its operating earnings came in at $5.478 billion, down more than 30% from the year-earlier period. But the company’s net earnings — which account for Berkshire’s big investments in the public market like Apple — skyrocketed more than 82% on a year-over-year basis to $30.137 billion. Apple, Berkshire’s biggest stock holding, rallied more than 26% in the third quarter. Coca-Cola gained 10.5% over that time period. Though Buffett has cautioned investors not to pay attention to those net earnings because the investing gains are unrealized and volatile.Does Buffett think the stock is cheap?- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Warren BuffettGerard Miller | CNBClast_img read more


Alibaba spends five times as much on subsidies to export Singles Day


first_imgBEIJING — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is pressing into overseas markets as competition heats up around the Singles Day shopping festival the company launched 12 years ago in China.Akin to Black Friday or Cyber Monday in the U.S., the shopping event started as a day of mass discounts on Alibaba’s online shopping platforms on Nov. 11. The promotional period has since expanded to at least Nov. 1 to 11, while other Chinese e-commerce companies such as JD.com have piled in.This year, JD reported 32.8% growth in transaction volume to 271.5 billion yuan ($40.4 billion) from 2019. That’s faster than the 26% increase Alibaba disclosed, albeit to a far greater figure of 498.2 billion ($74.1 billion) in gross merchandise volume (GMV). GMV is a metric most commonly used in e-commerce that measures the total dollar value of goods sold over a certain period of time. – Advertisement – People wait in line in front of the AliExpress pop-up store in Paris on September 24, 2020.Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP | Getty Images In addition, Li said the company launched about 100 freight charter flights to Europe during the roughly two-week Singles Day shopping period. That’s about seven flights a day, up from two during off-peak periods.Outside of the shopping festival, investment in logistics has cut delivery time to Spain and France by about 30% to 10 working days for some cross-border products, according to AliExpress. The company is also building out its warehouse system in Europe, through which merchants can pre-stock goods and deliver select products within three days to Spain, France and Poland, and five to seven days in other parts of Europe.Ken Chen, who runs a Shenzhen-based LED light business called Tranyton, said Europe is his primary market and he’s been pre-stocking warehouses there in anticipation of a doubling in sales this Singles Day from last year. Chen said typical monthly business revenue averages $500,000. It’s not clear how much AliExpress contributed to Alibaba’s Singles Day sales this year. The business unit said the sales of goods sold in overseas warehouses in the first minute of Nov. 11 equaled that of the first 60 minutes last year.International retail commerce accounted for 5% of Alibaba’s revenue in the quarter ended Sept. 30, marking growth of 30% from a year ago. Overall revenue for the period rose 30% from a year ago to $22.8 billion.The opportunity and competition in e-commerce is rising as stay-home policies enacted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are accelerating demand for online shopping around the world.Amazon reported a 37% increase in net sales to $96.1 billion in the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30. The company has come under significant scrutiny from European regulators over data use that potentially gives Amazon an unfair advantage over other sellers.AliExpress has been trying to get local sellers to join its platform, beginning with Russia, Spain, Italy and Turkey early last year, according to the company. The platform offers the same livestreaming sales tools that have surged in popularity in China, and launched real-time translation for some languages.Whether these efforts to replicate success in China’s e-commerce market will work in Europe remain to be seen.One overlooked factor for the rapid growth of the online shopping ecosystem in China is the development of digital infrastructure there, noted Felix Poh, partner at McKinsey.Growing competition in ChinaHeavy subsidies are common in China’s cut-throat internet industry, where survival often depends on a start-up’s ability to quickly attract and retain a massive group of users. The strategy is to capture a large base that can then be monetized.Alibaba shares are down more than 10% over the last five trading days, while those of JD have fallen more than 7% after the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) released draft guidelines against internet industry practices that create monopolies.“The draft mentions that the use of subsidies, discounts, and traffic support provided by platforms, despite favouring consumers, may potentially deter fair competition among market participants (i.e., by setting prices below costs),” Morgan Stanley analysts said in a report Wednesday. “This could affect Alibaba’s promotional activities, although to what extent such subsidies will be regarded as a violation of antitrust rules remains uncertain.”Overall, the analysts expect the regulatory scrutiny to have less effect than it would have in previous years due to existing competition. Morgan Stanley estimates Alibaba’s GMV will fall to 59% of the Chinese market this year, down from 76% — or more than three-fourths — six years ago when the company first went public.Indeed, the company’s latest quarterly report showed new monthly active users on mobile rose 7 million from June to September, the smallest increase on record, according to analysis from Chinese tech news site 36kr and confirmed by CNBC.The total of 881 million accounts for well over 90% of the 932 million mobile internet users reported for June by government agency China Internet Network Information Center.In logistics, while there is significant growth overseas by Chinese players, the businesses often lack staff overseas with sufficient experience, and face many other challenges such as capital and regulation, Charles Guowen Wang, director at think tank China Development Institute, said. He noted the opportunity within China still remains quite large.Alibaba remains a giant in China, but its rival Tencent is gaining ground.More people are also using popular messaging tool WeChat for shopping through in-app mini programs, which now has more than 400 million daily active users, the Tencent-owned app disclosed in September. For January to August, GMV of physical products purchased through mini programs more than doubled from a year ago.“I think we’ve also seen the rise of direct to consumer program, which also the WeChat mini program,” Poh said. “In terms of scale and relevance, it’s exponentially increased in the last 18 months.”center_img – Advertisement – For Alibaba, it said the GMV figure is the total value of orders and shipping charges settled through digital payments system Alipay for transactions such as ones on the company’s China retail marketplaces, and international-focused e-commerce platforms Lazada and AliExpress.AliExpress generally connects Chinese sellers with overseas buyers, allowing foreign businesses and consumers to buy directly from factories in China. While removing middlemen can make products much cheaper to buy, sheer distance and an underdeveloped logistics network can mean weeks-long delivery times.To speed up delivery and reduce costs for customers, AliExpress boosted subsidies by five times for logistics operations this Singles Day, compared with last year, Li Dawei, head of AliExpress Supply Chain, told CNBC in a phone interview this week. The business unit works with Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao as well as local delivery companies in other countries.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


Avian flu claims 6th Vietnamese; WHO report recalls 1918 pandemic


first_imgJan 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The death of an 18-year-old woman from a southern province was Vietnam’s sixth avian influenza death since late December, Vietnamese officials were quoted as saying today.The young woman, who died in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday after 13 days in a hospital there, was from Tien Gang, Health Ministry spokesman Tran Duc Long told Agence France-Presse (AFP).The woman had eaten an infected chicken. Her family members, including a sister who slaughtered the bird, haven’t fallen ill, AFP reported.Vietnam’s fifth recent fatal case of avian flu was that of a 35-year-old woman from Tra Vinh province who died Jan 18 in a Ho Chi Minh City hospital, AFP reported yesterday. She had been admitted to the hospital Jan 11.The World Health Organization (WHO) currently lists 37 confirmed H5N1 avian flu deaths since January 2004, with 51 total cases of the disease in Thailand and Vietnam. The case count was last updated Jan 19.Meanwhile, the first suspected human case of H5N1 flu in northern Vietnam was reported yesterday, under potentially troubling circumstances. Some media reports said a middle-aged man who might not have had contact with infected poultry was found to have avian flu, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. Details remained hazy today.The World Health Organization (WHO) responded immediately with a Web posting yesterday that said in part: “The patient is alive but his older brother, a 45 year-old man from Thai Binh province, fell ill in early January and subsequently died of a respiratory illness. Laboratory tests on the deceased man are reportedly negative for influenza A/H5. WHO is seeking confirmation from the Ministry of Health.”Although Vietnam appears to be the epicenter of the latest round of avian flu outbreaks, Thailand has announced two outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry.Thai authorities were on high alert, and both districts with outbreaks were placed under a 21-day surveillance regimen, with no chicken imports or exports, according to an AFP story.In Cambodia, with the countries to the west and east reporting poultry outbreaks, officials warned residents again not to import or eat chicken from Vietnam, Xinhua reported today. Cambodia had already banned importation of poultry from both Vietnam and Thailand on Dec 31, Xinhua noted.Meanwhile in Geneva, the WHO issued a report on the avian flu situation in connection with the agency’s executive board meeting, which continues through Jan 25.The authors of the “influenza pandemic preparedness and response” report assessed the threat in dire terms: “The present situation may resemble that leading to the 1918 pandemic.”The 1918 pandemic is believed to have killed more than 40 million people, preying especially on young adults. The recent H5N1 cases have found many victims among previously healthy children and young adults.The report calls farmers and their families “the most important risk group,” urging governments in affected countries to continue education efforts. In particular, the report describes a dangerous practice among subsistence farmers of killing and eating poultry once birds in a flock fall ill or begin to die. It calls rapid culling of sick birds essential.The report also emphasizes the importance of a wide range of nonmedical interventions, including personal hygiene, quarantine, and travel restrictions, in slowing the spread of pandemic flu among people. Unfortunately, experience with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) may not prove the best preparation for pandemic flu, the report says.”Many of the public health interventions that successfully contained SARS will not be effective against a disease that is far more contagious, has a short incubation period, and can be transmitted before the onset of symptoms,” the report states.The authors say it is not possible to calculate a reliable case-fatality rate for the disease, because mild cases may be occurring but going undetected. The case-fatality rate for confirmed cases so far (51 cases with 37 deaths) is 72.5%.See also:Jan 19 WHO statement on H5N1 case in Hanoilast_img read more


White House aims to transform public health preparedness


first_imgOct 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The White House recently issued a lengthy homeland security directive aimed at bolstering the response of federal, state, and local public health systems to national emergencies such as bioterrorist attacks, influenza pandemics, and natural disasters.The directive, titled “Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD 21),” will “transform our national approach to protecting the health of the American people against all disasters,” the document states.”Ultimately, the Nation must collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health,” the directive asserts.The directive was published on the White House Web site on Oct 18 and is the latest in a series of executive orders issued since Sep. 11, 2001, to protect the nation in the event of terrorist attacks or other “catastrophic health events.”The directive says strategic improvements across government levels can better prepare the nation to “deliver appropriate care to the largest possible number of people, lessen the impact on limited healthcare resources, and support the continuity of society and government.”The directive covers four main topics: biosurveillance, countermeasure stockpiling and distribution, mass-casualty care, and community resilience. Each area contains specific actions and timelines.BiosurveillanceThe directive calls on the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a national epidemiologic surveillance system that builds on existing networks and provides public health agencies with incentives to build new systems where there are gaps.HHS, with the assistance of other federal agencies, has been asked to establish a federal epidemiologic surveillance advisory committee task force within 180 days. The task force will include federal, state, local, and private sector representatives.Countermeasure stockpiling and distributionAmong several measures to improve distribution plans and more closely manage stockpiles, the directive orders HHS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop templates to help communities dispense medical countermeasures within 48 hours of an official order. The initial template should be published within 270 days and include performance standards to measure state and local response, along with a system for annually evaluating local readiness.Within 180 days after the template actions are completed, HHS and DHS will start collecting and using performance data on state and local distribution systems to guide future decisions on public health preparedness grants.HHS, with assistance other federal agencies, will develop within 270 days plans to help states and localities that aren’t able to sufficiently deploy countermeasures in a catastrophic health event.To better manage the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of drugs and medical supplies, HHS will ensure transparency concerning stockpiling priorities and, with input from other federal agencies, will establish a system within 180 days to annually review SNS inventories.Within 180 days, HHS and other federal agencies will develop protocols for sharing countermeasures and medical goods between the SNS and other federal stockpiles and will explore developing reciprocal stockpile-sharing arrangements with other countries and international organizations.Also, within 90 days HHS will establish a process for sharing information about the SNS with government agencies and health officers who need to know and have proper clearance.Mass-casualty careThe directive orders HHS, in coordination with the Defense, Veterans, and Homeland Security departments, to engage the help of state, local, academic, professional, and private groups in reviewing the nation’s disaster medical system and surge capacity. Within 270 days, HHS is to submit a report on gaps in those two areas and give the White House a plan that addresses key deficits.HHS has also been asked to define, within 180 days, how federal facilities can be factored more effectively into medical surge-capacity plans.To address potential legal, regulatory, or other barriers to public health preparedness, HHS, working with other agencies, must within 120 days submit a report on possible regulatory or legislative solutions to the White House.Recognizing that addressing mental health consequences of a disaster—the “worried well”—can contribute to a more effective public health response, the White House asked the HHS and other agencies to put together a federal advisory committee on disaster mental health within 180 days. The directive states that a report from the committee is due within 180 days after the group is formed.Community resilienceHHS, along with the Defense, Commerce, Labor, Education, Veterans, and Homeland Security departments, is ordered to develop a plan to promote community preparedness and present it to the White House in 270 days.DHS and HHS are assigned to develop a risk-awareness briefing for state and county officials within 150 days and, within 180 days, establish a mechanism to regularly update the public health risk briefings.Within 180 days, HHS and DHS will develop and maintain a process for coordinating federal grant programs for public health and medical preparedness.To further bolster preparedness, HHS and other agencies have been asked within the next year to develop core curricula and training exercises on disaster preparedness for federal executive departments and agencies. The materials are to designed to be usable by state and local governments as well as education and the private sector.The directive calls for setting up, within the next year, the “National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health” at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. The center is to lead federal efforts to develop core curricula, training, and research in various aspects of civilian and military medical preparedness.The White House has asked HHS, within 180 days, to commission the Institute of Medicine to lead a forum to engage government officials, academic experts, professional societies, and private stakeholders in developing “a strategy for long-term enhancement of disaster pubic health and medical capacity” and the propagation of related training.Within 120 days, HHS will submit to the White House a plan to use current funding programs to create incentives for private health facilities to enact preparedness measures that don’t increase healthcare costs.The directive also establishes an Office for Emergency Medical Care within HHS to promote and fund emergency medicine research, promote regional emergency medicine partnerships, and promote local preparedness.See also:Oct 18 Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/10/20071018-10.htmllast_img read more


The development of the Tourist Master Plan of Gorski Kotar is underway


first_imgAt the beginning of the year, more precisely in March, in Ravna Gora, an Agreement on cooperation in the creation, development and promotion of the tourist brand of the “Gorski kotar” region was signed.  Source: Mesmerized Just yesterday, a public tender for design consulting services was announced Tourist master plan of Gorski kotar. And the most important thing is finally being branded and planned for the development of one region, in this case Gorski kotar, and not each city separately as before. Branding of regions must be imperative, from Istria, Slavonia, Dalmatia, etc.… Find out more details about the competition in the attachment. Association and connection of nine local self-government units ( cities: Čabar, Delnice, Vrbovsko and municipalities: Brod Moravice, Fužine, Lokve, Mrkopalj, RavnaGora and Skrad ) into a single tourist brand – Gorski kotar, will certainly mean a new dimension in the development, promotion and market positioning of this area as a desirable and attractive tourist destination, unofficially called the Green Heart of Croatia. Competition: CONSULTING SERVICE – TOURIST MASTER PLAN OF GORSKI KOTAR This Agreement covers the activities of drafting strategic documents intended for the development and promotion of tourism in the Gorski Kotar region in the period from 2019 to 2025, based on which the development and marketing activities of local tourist boards and local governments will be consolidated and harmonized. The project consists of three parts: analysis of the current state of destinations covered by the project, setting a strategic framework for tourism development in Gorski Kotar and defining guidelines for tourism development in the field of tourism products and experiences, tourism infrastructure and investments, competitiveness programs and management and marketing systems.last_img read more


FlixBus and Uber have joined forces as part of providing integrated transportation


first_imgThe needs of today’s modern traveler are primarily speed, online ticket purchase and easy arrival to the final destination, or drive from door to door. In the past, this was only possible by car, and it is integrated transport that represents the sustainable travel of the future. ˝FlixBus has long been perceived as a mobile partner, primarily as a partner to the traveler. Through the years of our presence on the market, we have proven that we are not just transport from point A to point B, but a sustainable mode of transport and part of integrated passenger transport. Through buses, trains, planes and public transport, we have reached cooperation with cars, ie Uber, as the last step in the safe transport of passengers to its final address.˝, said Ante Grbeša, director for FlixBus CEE South region. The two passenger transport service providers FlixBus and Uber are starting cooperation in Croatia. As part of the collaboration, FlixBus and Uber will combine their strengths in technology and traditional passenger transport to provide passengers with an easy ride and a door-to-door travel experience. Source / photo: FlixBus The concept of integrated transport allows passengers easy transport from door to door with additional benefits and offers a solution for the last kilometers to their own homes or to the bus station. To make it easier to use this service, Uber has activated a special feature within its mobile app. Virtual stations supported by GPS coordinates will ensure the recognition of the place of pick-up of passengers at the bus stations to which FlixBus arrives. If the passenger finds himself in a situation where other forms of transport are not available or are available in part or the passenger travels with a lot of luggage early in the morning or late in the middle of the night and needs to cross the last kilometers to the final destination, this service will ensure easy arrival. . Integrated transport involving a combination of multiple forms of transport over longer distances is key to sustainable driving. In order for this model to be an alternative to the use of passenger cars, good connectivity and cooperation is important.”We are proud that after France and Germany, the cooperation with FlixBus continued in Croatia, because this agreement represents a unique partnership for us in Europe. It also reaffirms Uber’s role as a key player in the wider transport network and its commitment to the development of multimodal mobility.”, Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s general manager for Southeast Europe. After this form of cooperation was well accepted in France, and then in Germany, the cooperation continues in Croatia, more precisely in Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Šibenik, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Pula, Poreč and Umag. last_img read more


Fully open borders to tourists from 10 countries


first_imgThe 232nd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia was held today, at which the website was presented Enter Croatia on which there is an online form for faster and easier crossing of the state border. / / / EXAMPLE OF ACCOMMODATION RESERVATION CONFIRMATION PROOFING ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA FOR TOURIST PURPOSES By the said Decision, nationals of Member States of the European Union such as Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany, due to the satisfactory epidemiological situation, will not have to prove the reason for their entry (such as business, economic, tourist, etc.) when entering the Republic of Croatia, but will be able to enter under the same conditions as before COVID-19, but still with epidemiological control, and with the obligation to comply with general and special recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Tourists from countries not mentioned above will still need to have confirmation of booking accommodation / charter services / etc. proving entry into the Republic of Croatia for tourist purposes. For this purpose, an official example of the accommodation reservation confirmation has been prepared, which is attached. center_img Upon entry into the Republic of Croatia of citizens of these Member States, their entry will be recorded with the collection of additional data (such as destination, mobile phone number and e-mail address), for the possible need to contact for epidemiological reasons, via the already mentioned website. online obrasa Enter Croatia. Also, the Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović presented Decision amending the Decision on temporary prohibition of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more