Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding’s Wife Liv Pregnant With 1st Child

first_imgThat same month, her husband told Metro: “Home is wherever my wife is. Growing up within a mixed heritage family I never felt at home anywhere that was labelled as my ‘home.’ In the U.K. I wasn’t British enough, in Asia I wasn’t Asian enough.’The A Simple Favor star went on to tell the outlet that he previously worked as a hairstylist from age 16 to 21 — and this skill came in handy while quarantining with Lo amid the coronavirus pandemic.“I did cut my wife’s hair,” Golding explained at the time. “It was a drastic haircut just because she was being driven wild. But as soon as nail bars and hairdressers opened again she got herself a proper haircut. I am rusty to say the least.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The yoga instructor, 35, shared the same photos on her own account, writing, “Such immense joy this little one has brought us already. Now we get to share it with you. We love you.”When one of the fitness guru’s Instagram followers noted that her “bewbs [sic] have been looking” bigger than usual, she replied, “Right! Couldn’t hide them anymore.”Crazy Rich Asians Henry Golding Wife Liv Lo Is Pregnant With Their 1st Child InstagramLiv and Henry Golding Courtesy of Henry Golding/InstagramThe actor and Lo met at a New Year’s Eve party in 2011 and tied the knot five years later.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While the Last Christmas star has lived in Malaysia and London, he recently moved to Los Angeles.“It’s been a difficult year, but we are grateful for the time it’s given us,” Lo wrote via Instagram in September. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be able to spend every day together and in the midst of it move to LA. Celebrating the little wins in life like settling into our dream home.”Crazy Rich Asians Henry Golding Wife Liv Lo Is Pregnant With Their 1st Child InstagramLiv and Henry Golding Courtesy of Henry Golding/Instagram- Advertisement – Baby on the way! Henry Golding’s wife, Liv Lo, is pregnant with their first child.“2021 is already looking brighter,” the Crazy Rich Asians star, 33, captioned a Thursday, November 5, Instagram slideshow with his wife’s baby bump on display in a blue dress.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pregnant Scheana Shay Reveals Which ‘VPR’ Costars Congratulated Her

first_imgWeeks before confirming the news of her “rainbow baby,” Shay opened up about where she stands with Kent and Schroeder after years of ups and downs in their friendships.“I unfollowed [Lala]. I never see a friendship with her again. And I am completely fine with that,” the SURver said on the “#NoFilter with Zack Peter” podcast in October. “Because honestly, for the last three years, I felt myself forcing a friendship with her because every time she hurts me, she feels bad, she begs for my forgiveness — but, it’s usually when there’s a camera in her face — and I forgive her! And then she does it again. And I forgive her. And then she does it again.”Shay also claimed that the Give Them Lala Beauty CEO wasn’t there for her while she was working through the trauma of her miscarriage. Though Schroeder did show her support, Shay isn’t interested in continuing a friendship with the Next Level Basic author.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Bravo personality and boyfriend Brock Davies surprised their family and close friends with a gender reveal, where they celebrated with Kristen Doute, pregnant Brittany Cartwright, Max Boyens and more. As she detailed her friends’ shocked reactions, Shay failed to mention Stassi Schroeder or Lala Kent.“Brittany was actually the first person out of the cast who got to find out because the second she texted me and was like, ‘OK, I know so and so just announced they’re pregnant but I have a secret and I need to tell you. I’m pregnant!’” Shay recalled. “And I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh!’ … It was just exciting to know that I’m a week and a half apart [in my pregnancy] from someone who I’m super close with.”The “Good as Gold” singer confirmed via Instagram in October that she and Davies, 30, were expecting four months after suffering a “devastating” miscarriage. Shay is the fourth Vanderpump Rules star to announce a pregnancy this year. Us Weekly revealed in June that Schroeder, 32, is expecting her first child with husband Beau Clark. Three months later, Kent, 30, and Cartwright, 31, each announced their own pregnancies.- Advertisement – “I unfollowed [Stassi] first. She returned the favor,” the “One More Time” singer said in October, detailing her falling out with the former Vanderpump Rules star. “I was like, ‘You know what Stassi, we’ve been surface level for years. I’m fine continuing that way. I wish you nothing but the best.’ And I just went and unfollowed her because you know what, I don’t follow people that I’m not friends with.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Dropping hints? Scheana Shay revealed which of her Vanderpump Rules costars shared their well-wishes after she announced her pregnancy — and may have implied that some never reached out.“Quite a few of them [did],” the California native, 35, said during the Friday, November 6, episode of her “Scheananigans with Scheana Shay” podcast. “Jax [Taylor] and Katie [Maloney] both commented on my Instagram Story, ‘Congrats.’ Tom [Sandoval] and Ariana [Madix], obviously, they already knew. James [Kennedy] and Raquel [Leviss]. … [Tom] Schwartz sent me a really sweet text in the morning too.”Pregnant Scheana Shay Reveals Which VPR Costars Congratulated HerScheana Shay Charles Sykes/Bravo- Advertisement –last_img read more

The Masters: What’s different for 2020 major at Augusta National? | Golf News

first_imgThe only previous occasion the tournament hasn’t taken place since its inception was in 2017, when storms forced the course to be closed and the event to be cancelled.No player has ever won the Par 3 contest and the Masters in the same calendar year, with Matt Wallace remaining defending champion after his play-off victory over Sandy Lyle in 2019. The countdown continues for the final men’s major of the year, with full coverage of The Masters live from November 12-15 on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel The Masters has a new place in the schedule for 2020, with this year’s contest at Augusta National set to be like no other.The tournament traditionally marks the start of the men’s major schedule but had to be postponed in its usual April spot due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the event pushed back to be played in November for the first time.This year’s event is the third and final major of a condensed 2020 schedule and the first of two editions of the Masters over the next five months, with the tournament having a different look and feel to what you may have been used to in previous editions. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Here’s a look at six ways the 2020 Masters will be different…No patronsA decision was made back in August that no patrons or guests will be able to attend this year’s contest due to coronavirus, the first time in history the event has been played behind closed doors. The play is to return to a one-tee start for the final two rounds, although that is subject to change if there are any delays during the early part of the week.No 10-shot rulePlayers who were previously within 10 strokes of the lead after 36 holes would qualify for the weekend, regardless of their leaderboard position, but that ruling has been scrapped for 2020. – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports The Masters for £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Tiger Woods rolled in his winning putt around 7.30pm UK time in 2019 Tiger Woods rolled in his winning putt around 7.30pm UK time in 2019

choppy 6 months ahead despite covid vaccine

first_img“While it’s very good news about the vaccine, and the effectiveness of the vaccine looks to be much higher than people anticipated, it’s still going to be quite difficult to distribute it widely and there’s still an open question of how many people will voluntarily get vaccinated,” Rosengren told CNBC’s Joumanna Bercetche.“So while it’s certainly good news, and my own forecast for the second half of the year (2021) would assume that it would be widely enough distributed at that point, that we should have very robust growth, given the fiscal and monetary policy we have right now; I think the next six months are going to continue to be pretty choppy,” he added.The Federal Reserve estimated in September that the United States economy would contract between 3 to 4% this year, followed by a rebound between 3.6 and 4.7% in 2021.- Advertisement – A United States Postal Service (USPS) worker works in the rain in Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, April 13, 2020.Andrew Kelly | Reuters LONDON — The next six months will remain turbulent as the global economy keeps grappling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, told CNBC.Pfizer and BioNTech said on Monday that their Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing the infectious disease. Their announcement surprised the health and investment communities given the higher-than-expected efficacy rate and fostered optimism that the pandemic could be overcome sooner rather than later. However, Rosengren believes it will take time to distribute the vaccine.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – However, the economic performance will be linked to how much monetary and fiscal stimulus is deployed and there are question marks as to how much economic help U.S. lawmakers will come up with and when it could be agreed.“In the United States, it’s less clear what the fiscal policy is going to be,” Rosengren said.One of the difficulties is the latest U.S. presidential election: ballots are still being counted and despite the projected win for Joe Biden, President Trump has not yet recognized the result. Any new stimulus would have to be approved by the U.S. Congress.“I would hope that we would still get a fiscal package, it’s probably not going to come as soon as we were hoping and that does mean that we’re not going to get as robust a growth over the next couple of quarters as we were hoping,” Rosengren said.He also warned that without fiscal help and without a quick distribution of vaccine, there could be more corporate closures and unemployment.“How much fiscal policy we need, in part depends on how quickly we get the vaccine widely distributed,” he said.last_img read more

Top Goldman dealmaker Gregg Lemkau is leaving the bank at year-end

first_imgGoldman Sachs is losing one of its top dealmakers.Gregg Lemkau, a nearly-three decade veteran of the bank and co-head of its powerhouse investment banking division, is leaving Goldman at the end of the year, according to an internal memo sent Monday from CEO David Solomon.Lemkau, known as one of the top mergers bankers on Wall Street, has advised on hundreds of transactions since joining the bank in 1992.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Gregg Lemkau, co-head of the Investment Banking Division (IBD) and a member of the Management Committee, will retire from the firm at the end of the year.As co-head of IBD, Gregg has helped lead our efforts to continue to solidify and grow our pre-eminent investment banking franchise around the world.  During his more than 28-year tenure at the firm, he has advised on hundreds of transactions, and has spent significant time advising our clients across all sectors globally while working in our offices in the US and in Europe.  The firm has benefitted greatly from Gregg’s deep and expansive understanding of industries and markets, as well as his distinctive client service mindset.Gregg has also been instrumental in supporting our commitment to driving sustainable inclusive economic growth, helping conceive of and implement our board diversity initiative.  He has partnered closely with our clients to improve their diversity representation pre-IPO, and through this critical work has underscored our firm’s conviction in the importance of having diverse voices represented at the table, both in business and society more broadly.In addition, Gregg has been a steward of the firm’s culture of teamwork and excellence throughout his nearly three decades at Goldman Sachs, and has been a key developer of talent and a mentor to so many of our current and future leaders.  He has also sponsored a number of important programs to support our people, such as events organized by the Goldman Sachs Veterans Network and our Veterans Integration Program.Gregg has served with excellence since he joined us as an analyst in 1992 in Mergers & Acquisitions.  Prior to assuming his current role as co-head of IBD, Gregg was co-head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions.  He has also served as global co-head of the Technology, Media and Telecom Group, global co-head of the Healthcare Group and chief operating officer for the Investment Banking Division.  Gregg is a member of the IBD Executive Committee, and previously served as chairman of the Firmwide Commitments Committee from 2011 to 2015 and as a member of the Partnership Committee.  He was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002.Please join me in thanking Gregg for his many contributions to the firm, our clients and our people, and in wishing him and his family the very best in the years ahead.David M. Solomon – Advertisement – Gregg Lemkau, co-head of investment banking for Goldman Sachs & Co.Christopher Goodney | Bloomberg | Getty Images This story is developing. Please check back for updates. “Please join me in thanking Gregg for his many contributions to the firm, our clients and our people, and in wishing him and his family the very best in the years ahead,” Solomon said in the memo.Here’s the full memo from Solomon:Gregg Lemkau to Retire From Goldman Sachs- Advertisement –last_img read more

CDC cites declines in major foodborne infections

first_img CDC. Preliminary FoodNet data on the incidence of infection with pathogens transmitted commonly through food—10 sites, United States, 2004. MMWR 2005 Apr 15;54(14):352-6 [Full text] But Hedberg added that the now-fulfilled “Healthy People 2010” goal for E coli cases “is not an endpoint. One case per 100,000 translates to 2,500 to 3,000 cases per year. Thus, there is still plenty of room to argue for the need to use irradiation of our ground beef supply.” Apr 15, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government yesterday announced reductions in the rates of several common foodborne bacterial infections in 2004, especially the potentially life-threatening Escherichia coli O157:H7. Cryptosporidium† USDA attributes that improvement to regulatory changes launched in 2002, when the agency ordered beef plants to reassess their food safety systems and take specific steps to prevent E coli contamination. Most plants have made major changes in their operations since then, and many have increased their testing for E coli, the USDA said in a news release yesterday. 0.9 2.7 Apr 14 USDA statement While the overall rate of E coli cases dropped, the rate varied considerably from state to state. Most states had a rate below 1 case per 100,000, but Minnesota and Oregon had rates of 2.2 and 1.7 per 100,000, respectively. Maryland had the lowest rate at 0.4 case per 100,000. 2003 6,017 6,464 Incidence 613 120 Listeria† 443 Transcript of Apr 14 CDC news briefing 14.7 110 Salmonella* 5,665 Not all of the foodborne infections have declined. By the CDC’s trend-spotting statistical test, Shigella cases haven’t changed significantly, and Vibrio cases have increased 47%. And while the incidence of Listeria cases dropped from the baseline period through 2004, the 2004 rate was about the same as in 2002, the report says. The CDC data come from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, or FoodNet, which now covers about 15% of the US population—about 44 million people. The network includes all or parts of 10 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee). It collects data on all laboratory-confirmed cases of common foodborne illnesses. Total cases See also: 2,231 5.1 Incidence Total cases Yersinia† FoodNet counted a total of 15,806 illness cases caused by nine pathogens in 2004, compared with 15,600 cases in 2003 (when the network covered about 3 million fewer people). The case numbers and incidence rates for the most common illnesses in 2004 and 2003 were as follows: E coli O157:H7* 480 10.9 Aside from the decline in E coli cases, Hedberg voiced some wariness about the trends reported by the CDC. “With respect to the other ‘trends,’ I don’t think we really know enough, either whether they are stable trends . . . or to what they may be attributed,” he commented. “It remains very curious to me that Salmonella has been the target of the USDA’s pathogen-reduction plans, and yet we’ve not reduced Salmonella to any great extent.” He said one possibility is that measures for keeping Salmonella out of meat are working, but more people are getting sick from Salmonella in other foods. 3.3center_img In addition, only one of the five most common Salmonella strains—S Typhimurium—dropped significantly. “To achieve the national health objective of reducing the number of cases to 6.8 per 100,000 persons, greater efforts are needed to understand the complex epidemiology of Salmonella and to identify effective pathogen-reduction strategies,” the CDC says. This was illustrated by last year’s multistate outbreak of salmonellosis linked with Roma tomatoes, in which the source of the contamination remains a mystery. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns added in the same release, “The continued reduction in illnesses from E coli O157 is a tremendous success story and we are committed to continuing this positive trend in the future.” 1.1 Because the areas and populations included in FoodNet have increased since the network was launched in 1996, the CDC used a statistical model to estimate the long-term changes in rates of foodborne infections. This year the agency compared 2004 rates with overall rates for the 1996-98 baseline period. Shigella* 3.9 401 *Incidence is in cases per 100,000 population.†Incidence is in cases per 1 million population. 12.9 124 4.0 2004 Vibrio† 2.8 3,021 5,215 138 12.6 Campylobacter* 173 The reduction in E coli cases parallels a decline in E coli contamination in ground beef samples tested by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The proportion of contaminated samples was 43% lower in 2004 than in 2003, according to the USDA. 7.3 13.2 Foodborne disease expert Craig Hedberg, PhD, said he views the E coli data as “probably real and relevant.” Commenting by e-mail, he told CIDRAP News, “I think the overall rates showing declines in the incidence of O157 for 2003 and 2004 are consistent with the USDA sampling data (and consistent with industry data as well).” Hedberg is an associate professor in environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. In a news briefing yesterday, Dr. Robert Brackett, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said the FDA intends to propose a plan later this year for reducing Vibrio infections, after consulting with the seafood industry. He added that those cases can be prevented by cooking seafood thoroughly. E coli and several other foodborne infections showed sizable declines in comparison with a baseline period of 1996 through 1998, the CDC reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. E coli cases were down 42%, Campylobacter cases 31%, Cryptosporidium cases 40%, Yersinia cases 45%, and Salmonella cases 8%. The rate of E coli cases dropped to just below 1 per 100,000 people, thereby fulfilling one of the government’s “Healthy People 2010” goals for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies announced. On the down side, only one of the five most common strains of Salmonella actually declined in 2004, and Salmonella contamination of produce has puzzled investigators, the CDC said. Also, Vibrio infections, usually associated with raw shellfish, increased, while some other foodborne infections have changed little in recent years. 161 3.0 Federal officials attributed much of the good news to regulatory efforts of the past few years. “Our efforts are working and we’re making progress in reducing foodborne illness,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release. Apr 14 Department of Health and Human Services news release He said the variability in rates across the country could reflect the more rural nature of states like Minnesota and Oregon, with a potential for environmental transmission of E coli. Pathogen 14.5last_img read more

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Agencies build partnerships to dispense emergency medications

first_imgEditor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Public Health Practices online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.Apr 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – When dispensing a large number of medications during an emergency, one site might not be enough. Many US communities are seeking alternate methods of dispensing. One such method, which involves distributing medication through some agencies to reduce the influx at public sites, is called the “Push Partner Program.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the need for communities to provide prophylaxis to 100% of their population within 48 hours. Some planners feel general public point-of-dispensing (POD) sites could not meet such high demand in a short time. The Push Partner Program, which is being used in several states, is one way to ease the burden on public POD sites.This dispensing strategy involves “pushing” medications to partner agencies, such as community-based organizations and private businesses. These agencies then dispense the medication to the people in their organizations such as employees, employee family members, and even clients, if applicable. Unlike the general PODs, partner agencies are not open to dispense to the general public during an emergency.The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is conducting a survey on the partnership between local health departments and their push partner agencies, said Katie Dunkle, a NACCHO program manager. She said she believes the alternate dispensing option is becoming increasingly popular.”It is pretty overwhelming to hand out medications to the entire public within such a short period of time. A lot of health departments have started looking to community organizations and businesses to partner with to better accomplish this task in the event of an emergency,” Dunkle said.The Oklahoma and Oregon departments of health have had Push Partner Programs for more than 2 years, which may reduce demand at the regular PODs during an emergency.Mark Schultz, LPN, MSM, is the western district coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. “Our largest push partner is Oklahoma University. They are able to dispense medication to up to 60,000 people during an emergency,” he said.Addressing the needThe CDC can deploy a large shipment from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of drugs to the public PODs in 12 to 24 hours, which leaves no more than 36 hours for local health departments to dispense medications to the entire population.Schultz and his colleagues realized they did not have the capacity for those crowds.”We just don’t have enough staff even with our volunteers,” he explained.They launched the Push Partner Program in rural Oklahoma in 2007 and have identified partners capable of providing medications to more than 60,000 people in their region. They continue to seek new partners.How the Push Partner Program worksCriteria for partner agencies depend on local needs. Schultz said agencies with medical staff are ideal but not required. He added that there is no set number of partners.”In Oklahoma City,” he said, “a company that has 50 people isn’t going to help me out; but such a company in rural Oklahoma will help a lot, because sometimes our health departments are only two people strong. Fifty less people coming into the dispensing site really helps them out.”The criteria also vary among departments. The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Program in the Portland metropolitan region started a Push Partner Program 3 years ago. Planners divided their target audience into sections and began with community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations.Cristin Corcoran, the program coordinator, said her department looks not only at the quantity of people but the type of people who would be served. “So if we are to look at a residential home, for example, it doesn’t make sense to pull those people out of the residential facility and require them to navigate a public POD site,” she said.Private industries play an important role as well.It doesn’t take long for an organization to become a partner, according to Schultz. “All they need to do is sign the memorandum of understanding, provide 24/7 emergency contact information, and receive a couple hours of free training, ” he said, adding that partners are also encouraged to participate in local health department exercises to test their plans.Mutually beneficial partnershipsCorcoran and her colleagues continue to seek more organizations. “The hardest part is getting our foot in the door; we need to let them know about the program and how it can benefit them,” she said. “Once we are able to do this, they typically show great interest in the program.”The Oklahoma Federal Executive Board started to partner with the state department of health a couple years ago. It serves all federal agencies in Oklahoma.LeAnn Jenkins, the board’s executive director, said she found it appealing that the federal agencies could take care of themselves during an emergency. “In addition, people from both federal agencies and state agencies could also work together to get through an emergency, which is truly a partnership,” Jenkins added.Adrienne Donner, MBA, the Portland CRI senior program coordinator, told CIDRAP that having an organization dispense the needed medication during an emergency improves staff efficiency. “For a business, maintaining productive staff directly impacts their bottom line, and a push partner relationship can avoid staff having to leave work to find a POD,” Donner said.Both health departments and partners are benefiting from the Push Partner Program. Schultz from Oklahoma said that public health departments would have fewer people at regular dispensing sites, which could allow them to accelerate the dispensing process.Another benefit of the program is that it can prepare agencies to assist with other local public health efforts, Schultz said. “Partners could come and support us once they have finished their obligations during an emergency, which is truly a win-win situation,” he said.Building fruitful collaborationsIn addition to alleviating the burden on POD sites during an emergency, this program can bring a health department closer to a common goal of strengthening collaborations with community members, the private sector, and other organizations.The program helps forge a meaningful and trusting connection before an actual emergency, Jenkins said. “Last year, there was a health issue up to the northeast Oklahoma. I sent the information I got from the state health departments out to my agency leaders,” she said. Later, agency leaders underscored how helpful it was for them to receive the message.Push Partner Programs could also help to reach people with special needs. “For example, we are working with our state department of aging to reach the senior citizens isolated within their homes, which can be a very vulnerable population,” said Schultz.But he also explained that being a partner does not mean the agency receives priority to get the medications first. That depends on the amount contained in the first shipment.”It’s not a very good idea to push all the meds out to the push partners if that leaves little left for our public POD sites. The public POD sites will always be the primary and fundamental method to dispense medications to the public,” Schultz said.See also:View tools and reviewers’ comments from Oregon’s “Push Partner Registry” practicelast_img read more

Feds engage media on pandemic vaccine communication

first_imgSep 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In advance of the expected pandemic H1N1 vaccination campaign this fall, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday invited the media to join federal officials in a tabletop exercise to prepare for some possible communications challenges.About 40 members of the national press took part in the Washington, DC, event, which included some online flu blogs and news services, as well as state and local public health officials. Representatives from several federal agencies participated.Discussions during the three exercise modules were off the record so that federal officials could freely discuss their responses to potential communications problems.Forrest Sawyer, a former news anchor with ABC and NBC, moderated the discussion. He said the exercise was designed to “pressure test” the response to communications issues that may arise as the vaccine campaign launches and moves forward.Yesterday’s event was HHS’s seventh such pandemic communications tabletop exercise with the media. Past events featured fictional scenarios that revolved around H5N1 influenza. The last one, which was the first to include online media, was held in March 2008.Before yesterday’s exercise began, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said now that many schools are back in session, parents are starting to ask when the novel H1N1 vaccine will be available.”Leveling with the public about the need to get the shot is very important,” she said, adding that one communications challenge will be explaining baseline rates of health events such as neurological conditions and miscarriage so that the public will have accurate information to assess vaccine safety concerns.Sebelius said the tabletop exercises have been very useful in the past and, for example, prompted efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to further train its quarantine staff.Many of the scenario discussions circled back to safety perceptions after the rollout of the immunization campaign. Other themes touched on the complexity of some of the pandemic flu health messages and how difficult it can be to portray risks.After the exercise, several federal officials said the exercise was helpful. Jesse Goodman, the Food and Drug Administration’s acting chief scientist and deputy commissioner for scientific and medical programs, said, “This reinforces that we can never communicate too much,” The challenge is to clearly communicate complex issues, he said.Bill Hall, news director for HHS, said, “The public wants a simple message, but nothing about flu is simple.”He said it was helpful for federal officials to see that safety topics kept cropping up during the exercise and that the risk perception discussions were productive. “If we can educate the public more on the nature of the risks, that may help us with behavior change.”Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the tabletop exercise was helpful because it gave voice to the fears and risks that are staples of “real world public health.” The media have to communicate the science part of the flu in that environment. “When you filet out and look at all of the uncertainties, you have a common appreciation for the difficulties we are facing,” he said.Bruce Gellin, MD, director of the National Vaccine Program at HHS, said the exercise was meaningful, not just for issues specific to the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, but for immunization issues in general.As a frequent voice of the CDC at press conferences, congressional hearings, and public webcasts, Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said she appreciated having the chance to spend a day mainly listening. “The more we understand your needs, the better we can respond to them,” she told the media.See also:Mar 19, 2008, CIDRAP News story “HHS includes online services in pandemic communication drill”last_img read more

Buckets and other events of our tourism

first_imgMaslow’s hierarchy of needs / Wikipedia I like to explore and go on trips minimally prepared because I enjoy the spontaneity of experiences, observations, observations, connections, surprises. This was my first encounter with the island of Rab, and the “bucket / forest” is the first impression related to that island. And it is important to emphasize that this is not about criticizing an island, nor about the need to judge from the ego, nor about snobbery that everything should be deluxe or about the pettiness that nothing is worth it, it’s just about the sad fact that people are in the ferry port it is normal to offer guests buckets or woods instead of a decent toilet. It’s about the locals commenting on it; “It’s been like that for years, we can’t do anything about it!”Without labeling ParadiseWho loves surprises, gets them! But it is important to know that the researcher in me has learned not to evaluate “at first” because he is aware that this leads to labeling and prejudice, so I just memorized this incident in a folder of my mind without giving it any name. And joyfully continued her mission; experience the greenest Kvarner island in all its magic. And in the end the mission was successful! Because when you find yourself in such a harmony of nature and the creation of the sea, the only thing that can arouse in you is – absolute delight! And his own presence in that majesty of nature that abundantly bestowed on Our Lady. In beautiful forests and beautiful beaches, everything is perfect in its simplicity, as it should be. Just go and experience!But…… That famous but… as soon as you move away from that heavenly creation you enter into discord on several levels; aesthetic, signaling, service, utility, content. Created mainly by the human factor.”We’re still asleep” were the comments of the hosts, locals and some catering staff I spoke to. “Nothing is happening to you here”, “this island offers nothing, it is falling behind” is their understanding of tourism on Rab. Although statistics indicate positively growing trends.And indeed, no matter what the end of April is, what the weather is ideal, and the nature beautiful and awakened, no matter what guests arrive after all, the island is really asleep! Containers empty, backyards untidy, driveways overgrown without any horticultural aesthetics, all public toilets closed, you don’t have much choice to rent a bike. The family we were instructed to rent bikes to and from which we came did not show proactivity to prepare our bikes “because they have to see if they are tuned in”, so they reluctantly and remotely concluded only briefly; “Call us later.” The locals mostly complained that they were stagnant, and when asked about some taverns for which I received recommendations, they did not know how to refer us (they had never heard of them!) Even though they are in the same place. We were not offered any content, let alone experiences. They were not put in front of our noses, we were not instructed in anything, we were not “flooded” with anything. “We’re still asleep,” “It’s not the season yet,” is a mantra we’ve heard many times. On the island, which makes up about 14% of the Kvarner overnight stays, one sleeps at the end of April. And the (mild) noise on the street, the filled terraces of cafes and restaurants, the full square on the Asparagus Days clearly show that he should have already woken up from his winter sleep. Because the guests are there. Present. They do something, they ask, they want, they need.Photo: Private albumYes, they should! And a real demonstration of a state full of life. Not just in season. And not just in popular destinations. They need a “full life” in both April and November. And it’s a homework assignment we haven’t done. And that’s why we keep falling for the seasonality test.We need our guests and a little better signaling. Especially the one related to beautiful sandy beaches. If you are an adventurer, hiking for miles and exploring the beaches is part of your need and experience, but it should be just a base, to which the facilities can be upgraded, of course in accordance with natural laws.We need our guests and ambassadors of their island, people who will talk about the island best, who will call around to organize something for you, who will occupy you in ordinary and unusual ways. Both in April and in November.They also need ambassadors of authenticity, locals and organizers who defend the uniqueness of the island in all ways. And in such a way that, for example, the Asparagus Days event organized in the place avoids the syndrome of most gastronomic events that asparagus is a light motif, and the focus is actually on the sale of čevap and skewers.And most importantly, our guests and citizens need the synergy of all stakeholders of the island in action in our tourism. Not theoretical, in words, in welcome speeches and in some studies. Rather practical, action, as a modus operandi, to be achieved as my colleague Pinezić says that “the whole destination should be one hotel”, that our islands function as a hotel mechanism. To cooperate sectoral, local, county, however necessary! That everyone knows their role and that they perform it conscientiously and responsibly. Because then we will certainly not ask ourselves why in the 21st century Stinica cannot offer its guests a toilet. Which should be neither gilded, nor luxurious, nor innovative!Author: Marinela Dropulic Ruzic, Meraklis* The views expressed in the columns are the personal views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of the portal,Author: Marinela Dropulic Ruzic, Meraklis* The views expressed in the columns are the personal views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of the portal “If you want, I can give you our bucket,” the young waitress told me when I asked for a toilet in Stinica, the secret port for the island of Rab.- “Kantu? What do you mean? ”I ask in disbelief, thinking I didn’t hear well.- “Well, bucket, that’s how we do it. We have a toilet, but we don’t use it because it costs us too much to empty the septic tank, ”explained this young lady with a smile.”Are you saying you don’t have a toilet for your guests?” I keep asking, still amazed?- “Yes, we don’t have guests and no one has a toilet for you, unfortunately you have to wait for the ferry” – she finished shrugging.- “And what about the public that stands there”, I persistently continue, pointing to the white toilet containers a few meters away from the building where we sat down for a drink.- “They haven’t worked for a long time, they are locked, I tell you you need to go to the forest!”, This dear young creature smiled at me as if it were the most normal thing in the 21st century.- “Let’s go again”, “you mean that nowhere in the district, there is no toilet now or during the season?” so how did you get a work permit? ”I persistently continue this interesting conversation.”I’m telling you we have a toilet, but it’s not worth using because it’s too expensive to flush,” the sympathetic waitress repeated on the way back to the bar, leaving me in shock, disbelief and amazement as her older colleague in the background assured the guest he didn’t need a glass of beer – that they ran out of glass, and that he can drink from a bottle?Oh yeah! That’s it! That moment of total presence and awareness that I am in Stinica, the ferry port for the island of Rab and that in the 21st century in the country where I live and which is recognized as a tourist destination, instead of a toilet you will be offered a bucket or a forest ?! The moment in which, as a tourist in my own country, I experience the bizarreness of tourism that we write about, discuss and that we want to improve. Emotions lined up in layers; first shock, then anger, then sadness. The grief of someone who loves, lives, appreciates and does tourism. Sadness over the illusion we live in. We brag about the glitter, slogans, campaigns, investments, and we are not able in the pre-season for a minimum of 150 people (approx. 75 cars x a minimum of 2 people) who were waiting for the ferry at that time to provide the most basic; public or catering toilet! The ferry runs to Rab 14 times in the same day, so calculate the number of people. And it’s best not to even think about the chaos in the peak season.At that moment of the 21st century, in a country full of life in which we are not able to guarantee our guests and citizens the conditions for basic physiological needs, all conferences, panels, discussions, strategies (….) Really become meaningless and missed. Let’s just remember Maslow’s pyramids of need which confirms this exactly;only when basic physiological needs are met can we talk about other needs and motivations. Dear reader, I will honestly say that I am a little ashamed to write about this topic!last_img read more

Plitvice Valleys breathed life into the historic tower for the second time through a storytelling concept

first_imgThe area of ​​the south of Karlovac County, which in recent years has been branded with its uniqueness – beautiful and special valleys, but also Plitvice, to which they are the closest destinations, has completely revived its history for one day for an extended weekend. At an authentic location, in Drežnik town near Rakovica near the famous tower above the canyon of the river Korana, Serežani gathered as an elite military unit, the river Korana which presented why Korana was the lifeblood and life of Plitvice valleys, Japod as a historical inhabitant of Europe and the region. the whole of Croatia, but also the valley, and Eugen Kvaternik, who for Rakovica is the most famous person connected with Croatian history and the Rakovica revolt. Throughout the day, the legends with numerous visitors presented the rich history of this area in the vicinity of the beautiful tower Stari Grad Drežnik, and the children enjoyed creative and educational workshops. Visitors of all generations shot from a medieval slingshot, jumped in a sack, painted faces, searched for treasure and simply enjoyed the whole day. “We are happy with the positive mood that reigned at the event, which is a confirmation for us to be persistent and to work as much as possible through the Legends to promote our small destination. We thank everyone who worked on the organization, we enjoyed it, we gained a new experience and we already have ideas of what and how next year. Meanwhile, the season is ahead of us, the tower of the old town of Drežnik is open every day in the afternoon, visit us.She pointed out Mira Špoljarić, director of the Rakovica Tourist Board.The culinary abilities and skills of preparing an autochthonous dish were evaluated at a large gastronomic duel. Two teams, the Otočac Folklore Society and the Izvor Cultural and Artistic Society from Rakovica, clashed knives and cooks in a very uncertain culinary battle judged by Plitvice Lakes National Park chefs Dario Špehar and Igor Jularić and Croatian cooking legend Stevo Karapandža. Many guests from Zagreb and Karlovac gave excellent marks to the event itself, which was visited by guests from all over Croatia and abroad, says Spoljaric, adding that this event told tourists and all visitors the story of historical figures in a location where many years gathered people of this area and also lived, cooked, had fun and kept their tradition. The event was visited by horses of the Rakovica Equestrian Club, which were available to visitors for riding and socializing throughout the afternoon, and a cycling tour of the Legend of Plitvice Valleys was held, during which participants enjoyed exploring this area for six hours. towers. It all ended with a big surprise or whipped cream on the cake after dark – by lighting the tower Stari Grad Drežnik in the color of the mantle Serežana.Storytelling in the true sense, and an event that has great potential and certainly worthy of attention as an excellent quality content just an hour and a half drive from Zagreb.last_img read more