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Month: November 2020

McDonald’s to launch its fried chicken sandwich in the U.S. next year

first_imgThe fast-food giant began testing the sandwich in Houston and Knoxville, Tennessee nearly a year ago. The sandwich features a fried chicken filet served on a buttery potato roll, topped with butter and pickles. A deluxe version also includes tomatoes, lettuce and mayo.McDonald’s franchisees asked for a Southern-style chicken sandwich as Chick-fil-A’s threat to their business grows. And the success of Popeyes‘ take on the sandwich has led to double-digit same-store sales growth every quarter since its release, showing that there’s an opportunity for new competition. But the coronavirus pandemic delayed the release of McDonald’s new sandwich as the chain rethought its menu offerings and waited for customers to return to its restaurants.The sandwich is also part of McDonald’s broader menu strategy to add more chicken items, because the category is growing faster than beef. – Advertisement – Chick-fil-A and Popeyes will soon face another competitor in the battle for the best chicken sandwich.McDonald’s told investors on Monday that it will release its Crispy Chicken Sandwich early next year in the United States.Shares of McDonald’s rose less than 1% in morning trading after the company’s third-quarter earnings and revenue topped analyst estimates. The company also released an investor update, predicting systemwide sales growth in the mid-single digits in 2021 and 2022 and sharing more about its strategy for boosting sales.- Advertisement – McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Deluxe Crispy Chicken SandwichSource: McDonald’scenter_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Idaho probes series of suspected CJD cases

first_img Both CJD and vCJD are in the group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), which can occur in cattle, sheep, buffalo, antelope, and goats, as well as humans. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare news release The cases were suspected initially on the basis of signs and symptoms. In the first suspected case, there was no autopsy to confirm CJD, Machala said today. Three more probable CJD deaths were found within 3 weeks after that one. The usual incidence of CJD is about one case per million people annually. Idaho, with its 1.3 million people, typically has zero to three deaths a year, said Tom Machala, RN, MPH, division director of Communicable Disease and Prevention in Idaho’s South Central District Health Department in Twin Falls. National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center home pagehttp://www.cjdsurveillance.com/ “It’s a devastating disease,” Machala said. “People are looking for ways to avoid it. That’s the trouble: They haven’t even figured out what causes it. What triggers it? Is it environmental factors? Is it genetic?” Four other possible CJD cases have occurred: two in eastern Idaho, one in northern Idaho, and one near Boise, Machala said. The investigation under way in Idaho, though, won’t answer some of the questions people may struggle with the most. Machala said health professionals have become more aware of signs and symptoms of CJD and are in a better position to draw on resources like the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center at Case Western Reserve University, which works with the CDC and can conduct autopsies appropriate for diagnosis of CJD. Of those five cases, only two triggered full-blown autopsies, which confirmed CJD. See also: An epidemiologist in Idaho is working with a physician from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Machala said. Their research includes a retrospective review of medical records and open-ended questionnaires for families based on World Health Organization (WHO) documents. A preliminary report of their findings should be done in December. Oct 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The deaths of nine people in Idaho this year are being investigated as possible cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare, fatal brain-wasting illness. “That’s what prompted us to start an investigation,” he said. A review of death records revealed another probable case, for a total of five cases from January through June, he added. All of these were in two counties in south-central Idaho. The lengthy family interviews have included questions about eating habits, occupational exposures, surgeries, travel, and the like, but no smoking gun has emerged. Idaho Department of Health CJD information The unusual number of possible cases has prompted widespread interest and concern. CJD, a disease involving infectious proteins called prions, progresses rapidly and is usually fatal within a year of onset. It differs from the human equivalent of mad cow disease, which is known as variant CJD (vCJD). CJD does not spread among people through ordinary contact, but it may be spread through contaminated surgical instruments or implants of infected tissue. Not all of the cases will turn out to be CJD, and not all of the probable cases can be confirmed, Machala said. Autopsies must be done before embalming, which didn’t happen in all the cases. Some pathologists were unwilling to conduct autopsies because they feared exposure to the disease agent, according to an Oct 17 Associated Press (AP) report. “One thing is very clear in Idaho—the number seems to be higher than the number reported in previous years,” Dr. Ermias Belay, a CJD expert at the CDC, told the AP. “So far, the investigations have not found any evidence of any exposure that might be common among the cases.”last_img read more

Duck hunters may face risk of avian flu infections

first_imgJul 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who studied Iowa duck hunters and wildlife workers have reported the first laboratory evidence of transmission of an avian influenza virus from wild birds to humans, though not the deadly H5N1 strain.The researchers report that blood tests of a duck hunter and two wildlife workers revealed evidence of past infection with a lesser known-strain of avian flu virus, influenza A/H11N9. The three men had handled many wild birds in their hunting and work activities.”Although the sample size of our study was relatively small, our results suggest that handling wild waterfowl, especially ducks, is a risk factor for direct transmission of avian influenza virus to humans,” says their report in the August issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.Most human cases of H5N1 avian flu infection reported over the past 3 years have been associated with exposure to sick domestic birds, although several cases of human-to-human transmission have been recorded, most recently in a family case cluster in Indonesia in May. Wild waterfowl often carry influenza viruses, usually without looking sick.The researchers conducted what they believe to be the first documented search for avian flu viruses in waterfowl hunters. The team included scientists from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in St. Louis, with James S. Gill of the University of Iowa as first author.The study group consisted of 39 men who hunted ducks at a southeastern Iowa wildlife refuge in October 2004 and 68 employees of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), many of whom were duck hunters or had captured and banded wild ducks and geese in their work. Overall, they had handled wild birds an average of about 20 years.Flu viruses were widespread among ducks at the time of the study, with 60% of a sample of mallards testing positive, the report says.The researchers took blood samples from all the volunteers and used microneutralization assay to test the serum for avian influenza A subtypes H1 through H12. In addition, hemagglutination inhibition was used to test the hunter serum samples for subtype H11.The microneutralization assay showed that one 39-year-old hunter and two male DNR workers, aged 52 and 53, had antibodies to an H11N9 virus. None of the three men had received flu shots in the preceding 3 years.The hunter tested negative for all the other virus subtypes in the study, but serum from the two DNR workers reacted to an H2N2 avian flu virus, the report says. The latter finding, the authors say, probably means that the two men were naturally infected with the human H2N2 virus, which was derived from birds and circulated from 1957 to 1967.All three men had more than 25 years of duck-hunting experience, and one of the DNR workers had participated for several years in duck-banding projects. They did not wear gloves, masks, or eye protection when handling birds. The researchers did not try to find out if the men had experienced any illness related to their contact with wild birds.”In our study, a less common hemagglutinin subtype (H11) has apparently caused serologically detectable infections in high-exposure groups, whereas the more common hemagglutninin subtypes H4 and H6 in wild ducks have not,” the authors write. Possible reasons, they say, are that H11 viruses may be more able to infect humans or may induce a relatively strong immune response, or that the available serologic tests are more sensitive to H11 than to other strains.The researchers say their findings are consistent with a 1991 study in which 40 volunteers were inoculated with the avian virus subtypes H4N8, H6N1, and H10N7. Eleven of the volunteers experienced a mild illness, but they produced no detectable antibodies, probably because the viruses did not multiply enough to generate much of an immune response, according to the abstract of the study.The authors of the Iowa study write that their findings, in combination with the 1991 study, suggest that people may contract flu viruses from wild birds more often than serologic testing suggests.”The relative lack of antibody response in our study population, who had substantial exposures to waterfowl with influenza A infections, and in inoculated volunteers from Beare and Webster [the 1991 study] suggests that avian influenza infections in humans exposed to wild waterfowl may occur more commonly than we are able to detect with current methods,” they write.Gill JS, Webby R, Gilchrist MJR, et al. Avian influenza among waterfowl hunters and wildlife professionals. Emerg Infect Dis 2006;12(8) [Full text]See also:Beare AS, Webster RG. Replication of avian influenza viruses in humans. Arch Virol 1991;119(1-2):37-42 [PubMed abstract]last_img read more

Congress of sports tourism in Zadar

first_imgIn the premises of the Sports Center Višnjik in Zadar, the 3rd Congress of Sports Tourism will be held from 15 to 17 November 2018.In addition to the Congress and a series of educational lectures, panels are organized on the topics of doping, youth sports, sustainable development of sports tourism, and an accompanying exhibition of Croatian sports. It will be presented as an innovation – a vision for the development of Croatian golf tourism, based on the Action Plan for the development of Croatia’s golf offer.”By involving reputable sports and scientific names in the program, our goal is to animate and encourage tourism professionals to exchange experiences and information, adopt new knowledge from top experts in practice, renew contacts and knowledge that will help those gathered to achieve better business results in the destinations from which they come, through a combination of tourism and sports. The goal is to encourage young people, athletes and students to develop their potential in sports subsequently, both in business and through sports tourism.”Said Sunčana Matić from the LUX promotion agency.The Zadar County Sports Association has recognized the value of involving athletes and sports experts in the development of sports tourism in the futureThe impressive potential of the Zadar County Sports Association – the umbrella body of the sports system in the Zadar County, was described by Secretary General Željko Birkić. He notes that 612 legal entities with a registered membership of approximately 10000 active athletes are registered in the field of sports in the Zadar County, ie with occasional athletes participating in approximately 15000 participants in 57 Olympic and non-Olympic sports and sports.“The goal of the Zadar County Sports Association is to contribute to the development and promotion of sports in the Zadar County, encourage top sports creativity and create conditions for achieving top sports achievements, development of sports activities for children and youth, and sports and recreational activities of citizens and people with disabilities , promoting the educational functions of sport, understanding tolerance and responsibility through playing sports, spreading Olympic ideals and strengthening the Olympic movement. Therefore, support for the realization of the Congress of Sports Tourism is at the same time a wise investment in the positive future of sports and tourism, through the same in the development of the economy and quality promotion of Zadar County, Dalmatia and the whole of Croatia. concluded Birkić.last_img read more

UberBike public bike system coming soon to Europe

first_imgUber is embarking on new challenges through UberBike, a public bike system.It is a collaboration with the start-up company Jump Bikes, a system of electric public bicycles (electric assistance, so users still have to pedal, but with much less effort), which has been present in America since 2010 and has achieved great success. spreads throughout Europe. After a successful collaboration in San Francisco, Uber bought Jump Bikes in April 2018, and although the exact amount of the investment has not been officially confirmed, there is unofficial talk of a $ 200 million transaction.”When you sit on Jump bikes and go, you feel like you’re Superman”Said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in Berlin at the Noah tech conference and added” This is a step forward when we talk about mobility within the city and so we can help solve the traffic problem that every city faces. Khosrowshahi concluded.Currently, Jump Bikes in America is offering a 30-minute ride for $ 2, and the new price in collaboration with Uber is still unknown. Jump bikes in Europe are currently present in Poland and the Czech Republic, and the next destinations like UberBike should be Germany, Berlin by the end of the summer.In Europe, the public bicycle system has been available for ten years and there are strong players in this market, such as Ofo, Mobike, LimeBike, NextBike and others. The arrival of Uber and the public bicycle market will further intensify market competition.Uber is currently present in more than 600 cities worldwide. It has been present in Croatia since 2015, and today it can be used in Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Novalja, Split, Šibenik and Dubrovnik. Currently, more than 120.000 users are active in Croatia, and this season alone, more than 115.000 foreign tourists have used Uber in the coastal cities.last_img read more

CNTB Procurement: Organization of hotel accommodation of the Croatian National Tourist Board abroad

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) has announced a tender for the collection of offers for the organization of hotel accommodation of the Croatian National Tourist Board abroad in 2019.It is an offer for accommodation during tourist fairs in 25 cities in Europe and the world.One of the criteria that must be met by all offered hotels is that the hotel must be within a radius of 1.000m as the crow flies from the recommended hotels, preferably in the city center 5 to 7 minutes walk to public transport with the fact that the trip can last one transfer, that the hotel service must include a quality breakfast that includes a minimum of two types of cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, spreads, pastries and fruit, and that the hotel must have three or four stars.The deadline for submission of bids is December 10.12.2018, 65.000, and the estimated value of the service is XNUMX Euros. Read all procurement details in the attachment.Attachment: Organization of hotel accommodation of the Croatian National Tourist Board abroadlast_img read more

UNWTO publishes new report on health tourism

first_imgThe report highlights the factors that shape health tourism, such as technological development, personal health, data protection and urbanization. It also researches the market, demand and supply of health tourism and provides examples of marketing management. Finally, the study proposes a series of recommendations ranging from improved data collection and more accurate measurement to more accessible and sustainable health tourism that requires further partnerships. As defined in the report, health tourism includes those types of tourism that contribute as primary motivation to physical, mental and / or spiritual health through medical and wellness activities. Health, wellness and medical tourism have grown exponentially in recent years to become increasingly relevant in many destinations. Health tourism is a growing, global, complex and rapidly changing segment that needs to be better understood by destinations that want to seize opportunities and respond to challenges. You can find a short summary of the report in the attachment, while you can buy the entire report for a fee HERE. Side dish: Exploring Health Tourism Executive Summary The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), along with the European Travel Commission (ETC), has released a new report on health tourism. Part of their joint research program, the first attempt is to establish a coherent conceptualization of health tourism and define motivations for travelers seeking health services.last_img read more

The Bahamas presented an interesting campaign with the help of musician Lenny Kravitz

first_imgYou can find out more about the campaign HERE. The campaign highlights the strong appeal of the Bahamas as a destination that inspires adventure and exudes rock’n’roll. “The music not only represents the independence of the Bahamas, but also appeals to those who travel here for fishing, shark diving and other adventures. “, explained Mia Weech-Lange, senior director of global communications at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. “My first memories of the Bahamas are magical. When I smelled the Bahamas air, I would feel like I was on another planet. People are attracted to the Bahamas primarily because of its natural beauty, beautiful sea, but also the hosts. The Bahamas are very unique people. They are very hospitable, warm and funny “, described vividly by Lenny Kravitz and added that you come to the Bahamas to slow down the pace and time and enjoy the moment. The campaign was created by Tambourine, a communications company specializing in destinations and hotel e-commerce, and is advertised through posters and television around the world, as well as through social networks and Internet search engines. In an attempt to attract foreign tourists and present the Bahamas as an attractive tourist destination, a new, multi-channel creative campaign has been launched with Bahamas-American rock legend Lenny Kravitz. A great example of a simple but successful marketing campaign that, with the help of music and an authentic location, evokes positive emotions for adventure or freezing time and relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas. The Bahamas records a steady increase in international arrivals from October 2017 until the end of 2018. International arrivals increased by 13 percent in October 2018 compared to the same period last year, and international air traffic increased by almost 16 percent.center_img The campaign reveals the authentic spirit of the Bahamas as a destination for adventure and exploration of natural beauty. Visual campaign / flyawaybahamas.com The television commercial and accompanying marketing campaign, accompanied by the lyrics of Kravitz’s hit song Fly Away, record his deep personal connection to the Bahamas, as well as the pure adrenaline rush of exploring the 100.000-square-mile archipelago by boat and plane. “We are thrilled with this campaign and honored to be working with Lenny Kravitz. Our archipelago and his song are a perfect combination and create an opportunity for us to reach a new wider audience, especially users of digital content, through an authentic story. “, said Bahamian Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar. Photo: Bahamas / bahamas.comlast_img read more

German hotels lost lawsuit to Booking.com

first_imgSource / photo: Fieldfisher; Booking.com The Booking.com accommodation booking platform, as well as similar websites, used a clause in its general terms and conditions according to which hotels are not allowed to offer rooms at lower prices on their own websites. This encouraged customers to make reservations within the platform. However, due to a ban by the Federal Anti-Cartel Office, those clauses have not been used since February 2016. However, the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf considers that this practice is not restrictive of market competition. Hotels could thus attract customers with better offers on their own websites, in which case the accommodation booking platform would not be entitled to a commission. The Senate did not accept the appeal to the Federal Supreme Court on this case. However, the Federal Anti-Cartel Office still has the option of filing a lawsuit for not accepting the appeal. This also means that the Federal Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the legal admissibility of such price clauses. The Booking.com portal, according to the decision of the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf, has the right to prohibit the contracting partners from offering hotel rooms on their websites at cheaper prices than those offered on Booking. The decision was made on June 4, 2019, when the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf reversed the original decision of the Federal Anti-Cartel Office (FcarO) made on December 22, 2015. Booking.com can now ban the offer of cheaper prices outside their platform. This does not restrict competition, but ensures a fair and balanced exchange of services, according to the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf. The Federal Office for the Suppression of Cartels has expressed disappointment with the court’s ruling and is deciding on possible remedies that depend on the reasons for the decision. Otto Lindner, president of the German Hoteliers Association, said he did not understand the decision because it would put hotels at the mercy of accommodation booking platforms. Booking.com has not yet officially commented on this decision.last_img read more

The film “Croatia Your Next Filming Destination” in competition for the tourist Oscar

first_imgShooting in Croatia This festival awards films in 18 categories, and the best is selected by an international jury composed of representatives of various sectors – the tourism industry, urban marketing, artists, representatives of professional associations and others. Last year, two films produced by Baludiči film won awards, second place for the film Dubrovnik Riviera and third place for the film VISIT LIKA. A new film from the production Baluduči film entered the competition for one of the awards at the jubilee 20th festival The Golden City Gate in Berlin. For the purposes of promoting Croatia and in support of foreign film productions, HAVC has created a website Filming in Croatia, as well as a brochure Little Black Book with contacts of various Croatian partners regarding support for film production.last_img read more