Chris Harrison Grills Clare Crawley, Dale Moss

first_imgThe Bachelor alum echoed that in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly before her season premiered. Although she spoke to Blake Moynes after he reached out to check in on her before the show began, he was the only one, she told Us.“There was never a moment where I was going to reach out or I wanted to reach out [to the contestants] because I knew that this was going to happen eventually where I was going to get the chance to meet these guys,” the California native said last month. “I didn’t want to kind of prejudge anybody and shoot myself in the foot by having these conversations and putting that at risk. ‘Cause it’s like, you only really know when you meet them in person and it can actually be around their pheromones to see them in person to know, do we have that connection?”Chris Harrison Grills Clare Crawley Dale Moss About Whether They Spoke Before BacheloretteClare Crawley and Dale Moss. ABCShe continued: “So if I was to start something up with a guy beforehand, it would just be doing myself a disservice … I’d be putting it all on the line for that? I mean, that makes no sense to me.”- Advertisement – The promo also hints at Tayshia Adams, the new Bachelorette, meeting the men for the first time — and some of them admitting to her that they had developed real feelings for Crawley. The phlebotomist, 29, also shares that she “never” wants to feel like a “second choice” again and is worried some of the suitors see her that way.At the end of the clip, the host reveals to Adams that “unfortunately, everything is about to change.”The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants “There’s skepticism out there,” he says in the preview to Crawley, 39, and Moss, 32, before asking, “Did you lie to all of Bachelor Nation?”Chris Harrison Grills Clare Crawley Dale Moss About Whether They Spoke Before BacheloretteChris Harrison. ABCHarrison also asked Crawley whether she spoke to Moss before the show during Thursday’s episode.“Can I ask you a very honest question? Don’t f–k with me. Did you guys talk at all before the show?” he asked the hairstylist. Without hesitation, she answered. “Not one bit, not one word. I swear on my dad’s grave, not one single word, not one single contact, 100 percent. And that’s why I’m so into this. I’ve just spent years knowing what I don’t want, and it’s given me so much clarity coming into this — especially in quarantine — to focus in on what I do want. I feel like Dale is my match.”- Advertisement – Telling the truth? Clare Crawley has repeatedly denied talking to Dale Moss before season 16 of The Bachelorette began. However, does Chris Harrison believe her?After the couple got engaged during the Thursday, November 5, episode, a promo revealed that the host, 49, sits down with them on a new episode airing Tuesday, November 10.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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World Cup of Darts 2020: Former winners England, Netherlands still standing in Salzburg | Darts News

first_imgRob Cross 4-2 Mindaugas Barauskas L16:Canada 2-0 New ZealandJeff Smith 4-1 Haupai Puha The World Cup of Darts draws to a close in Salzburg on Sunday, with four-time winners England and Netherlands battling it out for glory alongside former finalists Wales, Belgium and Australia.- Advertisement – Gerwyn Price is aiming to spearhead Wales to a first World Cup title Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert defeat Spain in both singles matches to reach the quarter-finals. Van Gerwen is the only player in the tournament to have experienced World Cup success and the world No 1 will be hoping experience pays dividends as he battles for a fourth individual triumph alongside debutant Danny Noppert.The three-time world champion has endured an uncharacteristically barren period over recent months, although he’s throwing with confidence in Salzburg; having relinquished the solitary leg in his outings up to press.Following their emphatic 5-1 success against Brazil in round one, MVG swept aside Spain’s Toni Alcinas in a matter of minutes with a 102 average, before a fortuitous Noppert survived six match darts against Jesus Noguera. Belgium’s route to the Quarter-Finals Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton could be set to create history for two-time finalists Wales, with Belgium and Australia also aiming to make amends for their previous near misses.- Advertisement – Rob Cross said he put too much pressure on himself after Michael Smith won the first rubber and feels he needs to wake up quicker. England have navigated their way through to the quarter-finals with relative ease, despite Michael Smith and Rob Cross failing to really ignite at the Salzburgarena.They overcame the spirited Filpino pairing of Lourence Ilagan and Noel Malicdem in their opener, before relinquishing just two legs during their second round showdown against Lithuania. Saturday’s Second Round results 0:50 Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell won 4-1, 4-2 respectively against New Zealand to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup. England (1) 2-0 Lithuania Kim Huybrechts felt they would’ve lost had they played better competition but Dimitri Van den Bergh still saw the funny side. ‘The Hurricane’ blew away Janis Mustafejevs in a matter of minutes, only for Dimitri Van den Bergh to survive a major scare against Madars Razma – rallying from 3-1 down and converting a nerveless 103 kill in the last leg, to avoid the prospect of a doubles decider.England vs Austria 2:30 Rob Cross said he put too much pressure on himself after Michael Smith won the first rubber and feels he needs to wake up quicker. Netherlands vs Germany Michael Smith whitewashed Darius Labanauskas – who had darts at double in three of the four legs – before Rob Cross produced a late surge in his victory over Mindaugas Barauskas.However, the top seeds may have to improve against hosts Austria, who are bidding to progress to the semi-finals of this event for the first time. England’s route to the Quarter-Finals Canada’s route to the Quarter-Finals L16:Germany 2-0 GreeceGabriel Clemens 4-1 John Michael AfternoonCanada 2-0 New Zealand Austria’s route to the Quarter-Finals Wales (2) 2-1 Scotland Wales vs Australia Matt Campbell 4-2 Cody Harris L16:Netherlands 2-0 SpainMichael van Gerwen 4-0 Toni Alcinas 2:55 Kim Huybrechts felt they would’ve lost had they played better competition but Dimitri Van den Bergh still saw the funny side. Canada are aiming to enter uncharted territory as they target a semi-final spot for the first time in World Cup history, and they’ll take on fifth seeds Belgium – finalists back in 2012.Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts were positively euphoric after recovering from 3-1 down to prevail against Czech Republic in their opener, but Huybrechts was less than impressed with their insipid second-round display against Latvia. R1:Canada 5-2 Northern Ireland R1:Germany 5-0 Finland Gerwyn Price is aiming to spearhead Wales to a first World Cup title
Gerwyn Price is aiming to spearhead Wales to a first World Cup title

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Georgia Is a New Political Battleground

first_imgHillary Clinton carried Cobb and Gwinnett Counties even as she lost the state in 2016. This year, Mr. Biden won them again. And he added to her margin in the state, significantly increasing the number of voters who voted Democratic in the counties that are home to Georgia’s most important second-tier cities — Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah and Athens.In recent months, the pandemic has slowed the Georgia economy, with unemployment rising to 6.4 percent in September from 5.7 percent in August. Covid-19 cases are increasing too; over the past week, there have been an average of 2,242 new cases per day, an increase of 42 percent from the average two weeks earlier.A new generation of Democratic candidates has left behind the fiscal and social conservatism of its forefathers to embrace a rising demographic coalition of Black voters, college-educated suburban women and a more politically engaged younger generation.- Advertisement – Until the 1970s, Georgia was virtually a one-party state, with conservative Democrats dominant. But as conservative voters moved en masse to the Republican Party, Democrats were left concentrated in places like the city of Atlanta, adjacent and urbane Decatur, and smaller cities with significant African-American populations.In the last few years, however, distaste for Trumpism has spread and demographic change has exploded, giving Democrats surprising new strength in the populous, vote-rich northern suburbs of Atlanta — places like Cobb and Gwinnett Counties that were once bastions of Republican power.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Even if Mr. Biden’s victory was ultimately delivered by Northern industrial states like Pennsylvania, his slim margin in Georgia most likely points to the future of the Democratic Party, a future which come into clearer view in the Senate runoffs.Republicans will try to stop any Democratic momentum, hoping to show that Mr. Biden’s strong performance here is more about Mr. Trump’s divisive candidacy than the G.O.P.’s loosening grip on the dynamic South. For Democrats, winning both seats would leave the parties at a 50-50 split in the Senate, with the vice president, Kamala Harris, casting the tiebreaking vote.last_img read more

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Trump says coronavirus vaccine won’t be delivered to New York right away

first_img“He doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from,” Trump added. “These are coming from the greatest companies anywhere in the world, greatest labs in the world, but he doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration, so we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization to do so and that pains me to say that.”In response, a senior advisor to Cuomo said on Twitter that the governor “is fighting to ensure the communities hit hardest by COVID get the vaccine.”Trump “has failed with his pandemic response, lied to Americans about how bad it was when he knew otherwise & was fired by voters for his incompetence,” Rich Azzopardi said. – Advertisement – Trump said Friday that it was an “unfortunate mistake” when Pfizer claimed earlier this week that it wasn’t part of Operation Warp Speed. While Pfizer did strike a deal with the U.S. government for vaccine doses in July, the company had been working on a vaccine for the coronavirus long before.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. – Advertisement – President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. government would not deliver a coronavirus vaccine to New York if and when one is available.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “will have to let us know when he’s ready for it because otherwise, we can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately,” Trump said during a press conference from the White House Rose garden. – Advertisement – Trump’s comments were his first in-person remarks since NBC News and other news outlets projected over the weekend that Joe Biden won the presidential election.Over the past week, the U.S. coronavirus outbreak has worsened, with the nation reporting more than 150,000 new infections Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of daily new cases stands at 131,445, 32% higher than a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data.On Monday, Pfizer said that the Covid-19 vaccine it developed with German drugmaker BioNTech was 90% effective in a late-stage trial. Pfizer said its analysis evaluated 94 confirmed Covid-19 infections among the trial’s 43,538 participants. It said the case split between vaccinated individuals and those who received a placebo indicated a vaccine efficacy rate of above 90% at seven days after the second of the company’s two-dose vaccine.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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New UKAD campaign aims to persuade athletes to report doping concerns | Athletics News

first_img“When competitive sport stopped in March due to the COVID-19 crisis, we saw a small decline in intelligence reports. But we know, and the Leeds Beckett research shows us that there are longer-term issues around people in sport not knowing how to report, and what to report, so that’s why we’re launching this campaign.” UKAD director of operations Pat Myhill said: “There’s an understanding that it takes a team to be successful in sport, and it’s the same in keeping sport clean.“We’re here to protect the values of sport which everyone holds dear, but we can’t do it on our own.“People coming to us with their concerns about doping is absolutely vital for clean sport, and our message in this campaign is clear- if you feel like something’s not right, report it.- Advertisement – ‘Protect Your Sport’ initiative comes as UKAD predicts 30 per cent drop in the number of reports from athletes by the end of the year. UKAD director of operations Pat Myhill said: “We’re here to protect the values of sport which everyone holds dear, but we can’t do it on our own” By PA SportLast Updated: 15/11/20 1:51pm UK Anti-Doping is launching a new campaign to encourage athletes to report their suspicions of doping.The ‘Protect Your Sport’ initiative comes as UKAD predicts a 30 per cent drop in the number of reports from athletes by the end of the year, with 638 reports having been received up to the end of September.On average there are 1,200 reports a year and UKAD said 35 per cent of bans issued in 2019 came as a result of information shared with it.- Advertisement – UKAD said 35 per cent of bans issued in 2019 came as a result of information shared with it UKAD said 35 per cent of bans issued in 2019 came as a result of information shared with it
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Trump’s lack of trade policy took the U.S. out of the world discussion. What’s Biden do now?

first_imgNow it’s up to Joe Biden’s team to figure out how to sort all of that back out again, and nobody is quite sure how much sorting it is going to take, or whether the long-lasting damage will become, in the end, a permanent shift of power. Over the weekend the “world’s largest trade deal,” the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, was inked between 15 Asian nations, including China, Japan, and South Korea. For the most part, it is limited to slashing the region’s tariffs; the United States’ own priorities of intellectual property protection, minimal worker or environmental protections and the like aren’t taken on. Experts, however, see it as another sign that the world is moving on from a time when the United States was the singular world-dominant trade and diplomatic force.If the United States isn’t going to involve itself in trade deals, it’s not that trade deals won’t be happening. They just won’t include us.What happens next, then, is a bit of a mystery. Biden is a union supporter and is expected to center labor concerns in any forthcoming trade pacts. Climate considerations will also play a big role, as they should for team It’d Be Nice To Keep Being Alive In General. It’s likely Biden’s team will attempt to rejoin world partnerships, possibly after a rather lengthy apology tour for you-know-what.- Advertisement – What’s less clear is whether the United States still has the clout to pull off agreements quite as much to our liking as we did even a decade ago. We remain an economic power; when it comes to raw diplomacy, however, we ran up quite the deficit in the Trump years. After going from Clinton to Bush to Obama to Trump to Biden, cough, it feels like the rest of the world is losing a bit of patience in trying to decipher just what the hell is going on over here. Everyone else in the administration was left to their own devices, which meant a department-by-department hodgepodge of lobbyist-friendly looting, arch-conservative destroy-the-governmentism, and one guy who carried a whip around the office to threaten the people doing the actual work. That was the unsaid agenda of all involved: When at all possible, be an enormous asshole. There was no particular rationale behind it, but all of conservatism seems to require being an asshole as general device and strategy. It’s why Steve Bannon made it into the Oval Office, and why Steve Bannon is now fending off an indictment for fraud.When it came to trade policy, all of these sub-ideologies came together with some base-friendly racism, and behold: The Donald Trump trade policy consisted of not having a trade policy. Nations that pissed him off for some reason would be slapped with tariffs. The Obama-era Trans-Pacific Partnership was axed. That was it. Secretary of state so-and-so and his replacement traveled the world, their jobs made easy by the knowledge that literally anything they did or said would be undone by Trump a few days later for the purposes of his own momentary pleasure, and that was it. There were no new deals, only tariffs and retaliatory tariffs. And then, the pandemic.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Review finds parallels between 1957 and 2009 pandemics

first_imgAug 5, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Though infectious disease experts say it is impossible to predict how severe the next wave of the novel H1N1 pandemic will be, experts from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) observe that it so far resembles the 1957-58 influenza pandemic in several ways. They report that the earlier pandemic caused minimal disruptions, in part because public health officials didn’t close schools, cancel public events, or impose travel restrictions.The group, from UPMC’s Center for Biosecurity, published a review of US events during the 1957-58 pandemic in an early online edition of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. Their findings come a day after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in an editorial board meeting with USA Today that the novel H1N1 pandemic would likely mirror the 1957 pandemic rather than the more severe 1918 episode.One of the authors of the UPMC report is Dr. D.A. Henderson, who was instrumental in setting up a flu surveillance system at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the early stages of the 1957 pandemic, according to a UPMC press release. The group’s report is based on his experiences, surveillance reports, and contemporary news reports.”There is need for an understanding in national policy circles of the options for dealing with a pandemic, and time is short if states and local communities are going to be prepared,” Henderson said in the press release.The authors wrote that though no one can predict how a pandemic will unfold, “we would be ill-served if we did not consider past experience.” The 1957 pandemic resembles the 2009 pandemic in that both viruses circulated in the summer months in the United States while the virus hit the southern hemisphere during its normal influenza season. Current disease patterns are also similar to the 1957 pandemic: illnesses are generally mild and the virus predominantly strikes younger people. The 2009 pandemic strain also appears to cause a similar case fatality rate to the 1957 strain, they add.Appearing first at military camps on the East and West Coasts in June 1957, the disease spread quickly. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) had a special meeting in August to discuss the threat and response strategies. Epidemiologists weren’t sure if the outbreaks would intensify in September or during the normal flu season.ASTHO recognized that a vaccine could help prevent illnesses and deaths but probably wouldn’t be available for at least 2 or 3 months. The group emphasized the role of home care for reducing the burden on hospitals and stated that closing schools and curbing public gatherings would have little impact on preventing the spread of the disease.Community outbreaks intensified when schools resumed in September, but flu activity started leveling off by the end of November. Schools had 20% to 30% absenteeism rates, but the pandemic had little impact on work absenteeism except in schools and healthcare institutions. The authors estimated that up to 25% of the US population was infected with the virus.Hospital admissions increased, but facilities had the surge capacity to handle the extra load, the authors reported.Flu vaccine trials began in July, with efficacy findings ranging from 53% to 60%. From six domestic vaccine producers, 4 million doses were released in August, 9 million in September, and 17 million in October. They produced enough to vaccinate about 17% of the US population. The authors wrote that the vaccine apparently had little effect on the pandemic because of limited availability and efficacy.One unusual feature of the 1957 pandemic was a 3-month wave of excess flu and pneumonia deaths that began in January 1958, they reported. Surveillance was showing no widespread community outbreaks at the time, and there were no spikes in school closures or work absences. A CDC official at the time speculated that the deaths could have resulted from smaller sporadic outbreaks that didn’t attract much public attention.The 1957-58 pandemic had little or effect on the US and Canadian economies, they found.Henderson DA, Courtney B, Inglesby TV, et al. Public health and medical responses to the 1957-58 influenza pandemic. Biosecur Bioterr 2009 Aug, early online publication;7(3):[Full text]See also:Aug 5 UPMC press releaseAug 4 USA Today storylast_img read more

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The “Blue Bag” project from the island of Krk as an excellent example of preserving the purity of the sea

first_imgAn international conference “Marine Waste – Challenges and Solutions” was held in Split, warning of the growing pollution of the sea with all types of waste, especially plastics. The conference brought together numerous domestic and foreign experts, representatives of state institutions, activists and other stakeholders who discussed the problem of waste in the Adriatic Sea and shared their experiences in solving this issue.The conference ended the national campaign against marine litter, conducted in June and July by the office of MEP Škrlec, encouraged by the fact that Croatia has not yet developed an model for monitoring and disposing of marine litter. Since the sea is an extremely important resource of the Croatian economy, the aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of citizens and tourists about this problem and point out the need to establish an efficient and sustainable model of waste management in the Adriatic Sea.Ponikve eco island of Krk presented a concrete solution through the project “Blue Bag”At the conference in Split, many participants spoke about their experiences and programs that they want to take preventive action and thus help solve the problem of marine litter and the pollution it causes. In this context, Krk’s Ponikve presented their project “Blue Bag”, which was discussed by Dejan Kosić, technical director of the company.”Blue Bag” is one of the numerous environmental projects that Ponikve has been implementing on Krk for several years. It is an ecological-tourist program designed for boaters, tourists and all nature lovers who want to encourage voluntary cleaning of the coast from alluvium. The first blue bags on the Croatian coast appeared on the island of Krk, which once again showed that the people of Krk are leaders in many innovative actions that promote environmental awareness, environmental protection and sustainable development. “The goal of the “Blue Bag” campaign is for each boater to collect at least one bag of debris during the season. In this way, tourists, as well as the local population, provide themselves and others with clean beaches where they spend their summer days, and they also show their ecological awareness and care for the environment. Many “green” projects and energy efficient solutions arouse great interest of the people of Krk, but also of our guests. “DISCOVER ECO LIFESTYLE ON THE ISLAD OF KRK” – is an invitation that makes it clear to tourists what island they come to spend their vacation, and all of the above is part of the overall strategy to achieve that the island of Krk becomes truly “unique in the Mediterranean””- Kosic emphasized.Goal of a project “Blue bag” is that each boater collects one bag of debris during one season. If this goal were achieved, strong actions and huge funds to keep the coast clean would no longer be needed. This year’s environmental action “Blue Bag” is being held for the fourth year in a row and is currently underway, so Ponikava invites everyone to join this praiseworthy action. Get involved in the “Blue Bag” project because the Blue Bag is not an obligation but a challenge, as they point out from Ponikve.As the situation is more than alarming, the devastating fact that as many as 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans and seas every year speaks volumes! Marine litter is one of the fastest growing threats with major environmental and economic consequences. Particularly alarming is the fact that 94 percent of this waste ends up on the seabed and is not visible and cannot be rehabilitated. Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans and seas, which poses the greatest danger to marine life, the environment and human health, and after decay it becomes part of the food chain of various marine organisms. The Mediterranean, in which as much as 80 percent of the total waste is microplastics that reach the food chain, has not been spared from this devastating fact.Since as much as 80 percent of waste comes to the sea from beaches and the coast (and the remaining 20 percent from maritime ships and fishing boats), it is extremely important to implement preventive programs and actions, such as the “Blue Bag” on Krk, aimed at preventing sea pollution. especially plastic as the most hazardous waste.By 2030, Krk will become an energy independent islandKrk is a unique example of comprehensive care for nature and a Croatian leader in waste separation and recycling, and by 2030 it plans to become the first energy-independent island in this part of the world.Today, Krk is also the Croatian leader when it comes to renewable energy, as well as in the separation and disposal of waste. The entire island separates as much as 50 percent of its waste, and in December last year the percentage of separated waste rose to as much as 60 percent, which means that out of a ton of waste, six kilograms of waste is recycled and reused. The fact that only about 15 percent of municipal waste is separated and recycled on average in Croatia, while Zagreb separates only one percent, is one of the worst capitals in Europe. “Krk has already entered 2020 in terms of the amount of separated waste, because 50 percent of separated waste is the goal of the European Union for that year. Our goal is to separate 2020 percent of waste by 80, and to achieve full energy independence of the island by 2030, which will make Krk the first energy independent island in this part of the world.”, Points out Vjeran Piršić, from the ecological association Eko Kvarner, for the portal croenergo.eu.The island of Krk is a great example and case study of how you can and must take care of tomorrow, and not just watch in the short term. Also, it is constantly wrongly pointed out that this is impossible because society does not have a habit, but a habit needs to be created, and this can only be done through synergy, education and concrete actions. They are aware of the problems on Krk and have laid their hands on the future of the island, and by 2030, if not sooner, it will become the first energy-independent island in the Mediterranean.The island of Krk rightly bears the title of Green Island as an energy independent island, and that it is not just on paper, is evidenced by all the achievements so far. Yes, it is possible, it is up to the people.Adriatic – Large blue containerIf you think this is not our problem, you are very much mistaken. The most beautiful sea in the world, as we often boast, also has its “islands” of garbage. In collaboration with the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sun and the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, a three-minute video was recorded showing how many problems people have on the islands and beaches of the Adriatic every winter and spring. Our beautiful sea, we have only one, and one is the planet Earth. “Marine litter is a huge problem, both economically and health, ecologically, aesthetically and touristically. Unfortunately, plastic never disappears, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, it enters all the pores of the environment. Eventually if we continue like this, it will happen to us that we will eat plastic from the sea that we throw away”- said Mosor Prvan, biologist of the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce.Scientists estimate that 1455 tons of plastic are already floating in the Mediterranean, with an average density of one piece per 4 square meters, making the Mediterranean one of the most endangered marine areas. “Beach cleaning is necessary, but not a solution in itself. Shredded pieces of plastic are almost impossible to remove. It is a pity that due to a few seconds of one-time use of plastic, we are permanently polluting the sea that we love so much and the animals that live in it. The islands are the most beautiful part of our coast, and tons of plastic float on them every year. It is time to understand that the problem needs to be addressed by the cause, that is, that we urgently need to change habits and get rid of disposable plastic. For example, nylon bags, straws, bottles and plastic cutlery are very easy to replace with environmentally friendly alternatives. ”  said Mihaela Bogeljić, from Greenpeace Croatia. Greenpeace invites citizens to sign petition against single-use plastics and to read the report “The Mediterranean is covered in plastic”Which shows that on a global scale 60-80% of marine waste is plastic.Unfortunately, we already eat plastic without even realizing it. It is fascinating how the problems are obvious and exact, and the awareness and discussions are reduced to conspiracy theories or we will easily. We are witnessing climate change on our own skin, fortunately to a small extent for now. But the question is where the border is because when it is crossed, unfortunately there is no going back. Planet Earth, as many times before in its long history, has been reset, it has survived, and so it will be after humans. But is it really today in the 21st century, after all the possible evidence, that this is a matter of debate at all. The question is not whether there will be global warming and climate change, but how to reduce the damage we have already done so far.Croatia is known for its clear sea and beautiful nature, whether it will stay that way in the future depends only on us – the people.Solutions exist, but again it all depends on us.last_img read more

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WWF: Eco-tourism experts evaluate new tourist package in NP Kornati

first_imgEight international eco-tourism experts spent the past five days touring the Kornati National Park in a whole new context – instead of the classic tourism we are used to, they got to know the nature, culture and tradition of this protected area.Talks with representatives of the local community, introduction to beekeeping and olive growing, picking sage and its processing are just some of the activities that are part of the new tourist package “Sailing Adventure on the Kornati”, which experts in the role of tourists came to try and evaluate. Issi Torres, a Spanish eco-tourism consultant who has been working for several national parks in Panama for years, aligning their offer with the wishes of the local community, liked the part of the package that includes socializing with Kurnatari – property owners. “It was nice to see how the small Skračić family is involved in the process of sage production, and in addition to trying to pick sage, we also spent a nice evening with homemade food prepared for us, ” Issa comments, adding that there is room for improvement in the package. “We need clear information from the outset of what will be required of us in order to be prepared in advance of what is expected of us.”, concludes Torres.Her companion Martine Bakker, a professor of tourism development from the Netherlands who works as a global tourism expert, also points out the olive harvest with her beautiful experience. “So far I have not encountered any activities like picking olives or sage and this is definitely something that makes this offer special. Talking to people who make a living from it helps us understand the tradition of this beautiful place, but there are certainly places to improve the offer itself.“, Concludes Bakker, explaining that the whole package lacks a tour guide who would be with the skipper with them all the time.Experts visiting Murter / Photo: Jelena CuricThe experts spent the first day of their trip in Murter exploring the island by bicycle. Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum, Murter Native Collection, Colentum Archaeological Site and the Church of St. Roca were their destinations. On that day, the DestiMED project was presented to them, within which this tourist package was developed, implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria, and financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).After setting out to sea, for three days the experts got acquainted with the tradition of beekeeping and olive growing. Those braver who did not mind the south tried diving, and all agreed that they enjoyed the sea, fish and the beautiful ambience of the bays Vrulje and Kravljačica. “The recommendations we will receive based on the feedback will help us to make the new offer of our park even better and to encourage other stakeholders to get involved but also to launch their own initiatives. We will have a new test in the spring, after which this package, which JU NP Kornati realizes with the help of the travel agency Tureta Tours, should be ready for the market”, Points out Martina Markov from JU NP Kornati. The second group of experts will arrive on the Kornati in the spring, and they will be greeted by a “refreshed” tour “Adventure of sailing on the Kornati”. How it will look will largely depend on comments sent later this week by experts leaving the park area today.The test in the Kornati National Park, after the one held in September in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, is the second and last pilot test to be held in Croatia this autumn. In the Mediterranean area, a total of seven pilot tests are taking place this fall in protected areas in six Mediterranean countries covered by the DestiMED project.last_img read more

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