Month: November 2020

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first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media prior to the game of the Miami Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game one of the 2020 NBA Finals as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on September 30, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.Garrett Ellwood | National Basketball Association | Getty Images Robert Covington #33 of the Houston Rockets drives around Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings during the first half at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 9, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.Ashley Landis | Pool | Getty Images Sports experts said another shortened season allows the NBA to monitor how 10 fewer games could help its product, especially in a new age of consumption habits and content overload.“I would argue, with a leap of faith, that we’ll never see 82 again,” said Tony Ponturo, CEO of Ponturo Management Group, a marketing consulting firm. “It’s going to be better across the board of quality basketball and healthier athletes,” added Ponturo, who served as vice-president of Anheuser-Busch global media sports and entertainment marketing. “You take the [revenue] hit and figure out how to make it up in other ways.”Something in between?- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Making up the revenue Quality of play aside, NBA owners care about revenue and subtracting 10 gameday cash streams, which the league identified as 40% of income, will need a replacement. In a report from network partner ESPN, the league claims it could lose $4 billion with no fans or ticket revenue next season.But with fewer games, owners would save on operational costs and justify an increasing ticket prices, which could create demand via scarcity as fewer popular teams would visit cities per year with a shorter season. And if play-in games are included, those extra contests would be revenue-generating, too.Team presidents are also anticipating jersey patches to increase in value with international opportunities, and there’s chatter the NBA will loosen its grip on sponsorship restrictions to help teams recover from Covid-19 losses. Columbia University sports management professor Len Elmore did caution the added revenue avenues are “speculation as to whether they [teams] can make it up through those various channels,” he said.But Elmore, who also played 10 seasons in the NBA, agreed the league should explore 72 games to “see what it does for the quality of play,” he said. “That [improved quality] will lead to other revenue opportunities.”Added Ponturo: “You have to pay attention to the quality of your sport as well as the revenue generation. If players are going to be healthier, and you’re not going to have stars sitting out, games can be spread out, they’re not playing back-to-backs – it’s going to be better quality. I think this, in an odd way, could be a blessing in disguise.”In a time where MLB and the NFL are adding games, perhaps the NBA is better suited to use addition by subtraction with its regular-season.“I would imagine everything is on the table for innovation and improvement,” Elmore added. “That’s the one thing a crisis like this ought to yield – a thinking of how to prepare for instances like this, change, and how to improve. I’m pretty sure the decision-makers at the NBA are utilizing this opportunity to do just that.”center_img During the bubble at Disney’s campus in Orlando, Byron Spruell, the NBA president of operations, hinted the league would be open to changes to its schedule, especially as officials realized it resulted in better play quality.Spruell suggested the NBA would continue exploring its play-in games and incorporating Major League Baseball-like series schedules. The thinking is less travel for players will keep them healthier and result in higher quality and more competitive games.“Having this experience around being on a campus, with health and safety first – there are a lot of learnings that make you think about,” he told CNBC in an August interview.“Is there something in-between given where the pandemic might be next season, given the experience we’re seeing from our teams and players in this campus forma,” Spruell said. “Is there something in-between that we’ll be able to accomplish, too?”The answer is yes.For years the NBA has struggled with teams resting players, so cutting travel and using MLB-style schedules could help combat the issue. A 72-game model could also help teams with practice time to allow new rosters to become better acquainted with coaching systems.The networks will be fineMedia rights make up a large portion of NBA revenue, but network partners shouldn’t be impacted with a 72-game model.ESPN and Turner will continue to receive their share of star-loaded games. On the local front, one NBA executive pointed out that regional broadcast partners usually aren’t guaranteed 82 games due to certain NBA games’ national exclusivity. And ratings could see a bump as the NBA could start in early December for preseason games and make its Christmas Day debut, an idea that has been floated by league executives for years. Turner would benefit as NBA games would avoid direct competition with the National Football League on Thursday nights if the NBA starts in December.Said Ponturo: “Unless you’re a die-hard fan of an in-market team, most other fans, the causal NBA fans, they’re probably not even focusing on the NBA until Christmas. They have college football; they have NFL.” It’s still early, but the National Basketball Association could have a Christmas gift in disguise with its shortened 72-game schedule for the 2020-21 season.The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association agreed to a Dec. 22 return weeks after completing its Covid-19 bubble postseason. And with the short turnaround, the two sides eliminated 10 games from its regular 82-game schedule as the league wants to get back on track for the 2021-22 season.By returning in December, the NBA projects to add an extra $500 million in revenue as it will safeguard its Christmas Day games, which are huge for its media partners in ESPN and Turner Sports.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThere are maximum of 104 points left to play for.After Turkey, there are only 78 left up for grabs. That means if Hamilton finishes the next race 78 or more points ahead of Bottas he is world champion for the seventh time (Hamilton would win any end-of-season tie on countback of race wins).Bottas must reduce his deficit to Hamilton to 77 points in Turkey to stay in mathematical contention into the final three rounds. 1:19 Lewis Hamilton explains why simply winning races in F1 for him isn’t enough ‘unless you do something with the platform that it provides you’

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Mar 6 to include a clarification about the frequency of mutations in influenza viruses. Mar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza virus samples it sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in the United States in February showed no signs of dangerous mutations, according to a Reuters report.On Feb 22, Nancy Cox, PhD, chief of the influenza division at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Indonesia’s health ministry shipped 15 clinical samples to the CDC lab, which is a WHO collaborating facility. She said the samples were from two patients whose infections were confirmed by the WHO on Feb 5 and 12.Lily Sulistyowati, spokeswoman for Indonesia’s health ministry, said the CDC has run tests on the samples, according to a report today from Reuters. “The result is it is still H5N1. It hasn’t mutated, meaning it is endemic among fowl and can be transferred from fowl to human,” Sulistyowati told Reuters.The story provided no further details on the test results. Since flu viruses evolve and mutate constantly, Sulistyowati apparently meant that the viral isolates showed no mutations that would enable them to spread more easily from person to person. Most human H5N1 cases have resulted from contact with poultry; person-to-person transmission of the virus has been rare.Indonesia has shared few H5N1 samples since announcing in December 2006 that it was withholding samples to protest what it perceived as an unfair virus sharing-system that allows pharmaceutical companies to use samples from developing countries to make vaccines that those countries can’t afford.Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, had said the country sent the recent samples to the WHO only for risk assessment and that the organization had to notify Indonesia if it wanted to make a seed virus from the samples, according to previous media reports. She also said Indonesia must retain the rights to its viruses in the event that a pharmaceutical company wanted to make a vaccine from the virus in the samples.It’s unclear if the recently shared samples signal that Indonesia has unilaterally ended its boycott of the international virus-sharing system. A WHO group that met to resolve the virus-sharing issue in November failed to draft an agreement between developing nations and the developed countries that are home to the world’s’ largest vaccine producers.Indonesia has been the nation hit hardest by the H5N1 virus. According to the WHO’s most recent count, the virus has infected 129 Indonesians, of whom 105 died.See also:Feb 22 CIDRAP News story “CDC expecting H5N1 samples from Indonesia”last_img read more

first_img One caveat the authors add is that all their ferrets had a detectable, though low, level of antibodies to the seasonal flu strains before they were infected. Therefore, they can’t entirely exclude the possibility that limited preexisting immunity to the seasonal strains helps explain the novel H1N1 virus’s dominance. At the same time, the authors note that in ferrets infected only with the seasonal strains, those strains multiplied and spread effectively. When scientists infected ferrets with the pandemic virus and one of two seasonal flu strains, the pandemic virus multiplied faster than the seasonal strain, caused more severe disease, and spread more easily to other ferrets. The team found no signs that the strains reassorted (mixed) to create new hybrids. Reassortment not favoredSome scientists have speculated that reassortment of the pandemic virus with a seasonal strain could give rise to a more dangerous virus. The researchers examined material from the nasal cavities of the directly co-infected ferrets and the contact ferrets but found no evidence of reassortment. One other finding of the study was that the animals co-infected with novel H1N1 and seasonal H3N2 appeared sicker than those infected with novel H1N1 and seasonal H1N1, as they had diarrhea and weight loss. In view of this, the authors say, it is important to determine whether any of the fatal human cases have involved co-infections. Among the ferrets infected with just one virus strain, the novel H1N1 multiplied more abundantly, caused more severe illness, invaded the lungs more often, and spread to the uninfected ferrets more efficiently than the seasonal strains did, the team reports. “Our studies show that the pandemic Ca/04 virus has a clear biological advantage in replication, transmission, tropism, and pathogenesis when compared to both seasonal H1and H3 representative strains,” Perez and colleagues write. Ferrets that were inoculated with pandemic H1N1 and a seasonal virus mounted an antibody response against both viruses, but the response to the novel virus was more pronounced. Also, the directly co-infected ferrets shed the pandemic virus in greater quantities than the seasonal virus, and the pandemic strain spread to uninfected ferrets sooner than the seasonal strain did. The team also found that only the pandemic virus appeared to spread from the directly co-infected ferrets to the other animals. In testing the latter group on the first and last days of viral shedding, the researchers found evidence of the pandemic strain only. And when nasal samples from the secondarily infected animals were used to infect still another group of ferrets, the new group likewise had only the novel virus. The findings are consistent with what has happened recently in the southern hemisphere, where the pandemic strain has dominated the flu season in most places, Webby said. And as noted by the study authors, most people, like the ferrets, have some antibodies against seasonal flu strains, he added. “These findings suggest that while 2009 H1N1 virus probably will predominate in the coming flu season, there may not be biological pressure for the new virus to re-combine with other circulating viruses, the researchers say,” the NIAID stated in a press release. Findings parallel real-world experienceDr. Richard Webby, an influenza expert at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, said the preexisting antibodies are unlikely to fully account for the results. Webby was not involved in the study, but he noted he is one of the moderators for PLoS Currents: Influenza and therefore is “a little bit biased.” If that doesn’t happen, it will complicate the making of flu vaccines, as they might have to target four flu strains, he added. Although findings in ferret studies must be interpreted cautiously, they add, “it is reasonable to speculate that this prototypical pandemic strain . . . has all the makings of a virus fully adapted to humans. At present, reassortment may not be particularly favored.” “I doubt that those preexisting antibodies would be responsible for all of the effect seen, so I believe that the pandemic strain does have a competitive advantage,” he told CIDRAP News. Webby is director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds at St. Jude.center_img See also: Webby said the finding of no reassortment is encouraging, mainly because it suggests a reduced risk of the pandemic virus becoming resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Groups of ferrets were infected with just one of the viruses or with the novel H1N1 and either of the seasonal strains. Uninfected ferrets were housed with or near the infected ferrets to test for virus transmission by direct contact or by respiratory droplets. “The most worrying aspect of potential pandemic and seasonal reassortment is the possibility that the pandemic strain could pick up the neuraminidase from the seasonal H1N1,” he said. “The N from the seasonal H1N1 carries the marker for oseltamivir resistance.” The report was published by PLoS Currents: Influenza, a Web site for rapid communication of flu findings; reports are screened by experts but not fully peer reviewed. The study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Another positive implication of the study, in Webby’s view, is that the novel strain may replace one of the existing strains, instead of just adding to them. “When at least two of the last pandemics came in they did kick out the old one, so perhaps this may happen with this virus. It’s a bit more fit and more able to spread, and it may potentially kick out one or both of the other strains circulating.” Novel H1N1 outpaces seasonal fluIn the study, an international team led by Daniel Perez of the University of Maryland used a California isolate of the novel H1N1 virus, a 2007 strain of seasonal H1N1, and a 2007 strain of seasonal H3N2. Perez D, Sorrell E, Angel M, et al. Fitness of pandemic H1N1 and seasonal influenza A viruses during co-infection: evidence of competitive advantage of pandemic H1N1 influenza versus seasonal influenza. PLoS Currents: Influenza 2009 [Full text] Webby commented that co-infections may have occurred in humans, but if they occurred in some of the severe cases, testing probably would have detected them. However, the finding doesn’t mean that reassortment can’t occur, Webby said. The conditions used in the experiment are “one scenario where reassortment could occur, but there are many others. The natural test will occur over the next couple of flu seasons.” Sep 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – When a novel H1N1 influenza virus meets up with a seasonal flu virus inside an animal, the novel virus is likely to outdo the seasonal strain—and unlikely to mix with it, according to a report published yesterday. Sep 1 NIAID press release read more

first_imgAt the ARTUR conference on Industry and Tourism, held in Zagreb on November 14.11.2017, 2017, the ARTUR awards for XNUMX were presented.Two awards were given in the categories of conceptual projects in architecture and tourism and realized projects in architecture and tourism, as well as two special awards in the same categories. This year, the jury placed priority emphasis on the synergistic relationship between architecture, tourism and local everyday life, said the Society of Architects Zagreb (DAZ) and added that the awards in this year’s ARTUR 2017 cycle wanted to promote projects that primarily bring a different and innovative approach; both the treatment of the tourist offer and its architectural articulation. “Our choice should be a stimulus to sites and facilities that are not an integral part of the conventional and commercial offer, and which therefore require greater courage and greater skill of both the designer and the investor.” pointed out from the DAZ.The ARTUR 2017 award in the category of Preliminary Projects in Architecture and Tourism went to Camp Punta Nova on Cape Rastovac in the municipality of Povljana, otherwise the first “green field” project of the camp in Croatia based on the application of the so-called. green technologies as well as declared as a strategic state project. “The Camp Punta Nova project brings back to the game the theme of the camp, which in recent times was perceived only as a spent relic of mass tourism in the 70s and 80s of the 20th century. The project clearly recognizes the need for “up-date” of such a typology in accordance with today’s needs of tourism – active vacation, mobility; as well as today’s environmental standards – attention and care for the natural environment, reduction of fossil fuel pollution, wastewater recycling…”Stands out as an argument to the award given by the jury, which was composed of Jasenka Kranjčević, Dafna Berc and Alan Kostrenčić.last_img read more

first_imgThe first digital Zagreb tourist tour was launched in the Zagreb Technology Park, which presents the city’s offer and sights to tourists as a journey through time, with the help of modern augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies.During the tour, visitors will witness the intertwining of the city’s past and present with the help of a tablet that becomes their “Time Machine” and allows tourists to peek into the past through a “digital window” and see otherwise invisible urban legends and historical events.Gemification is the future recognized by the world’s largest companies, including the Zagreb Time Travel team. As part of this application, tourists will collect points by solving historical questions and interesting puzzles while learning about the city through the game. Guides through the city in the first tour are famous women from the history of Zagreb (Manda, Mrs. Šenoa, godmother Barica, witch Barica Cindek, writer Marija Jurić Zagorka, literary character Dora Krupićeva, Black Queen, etc.). Also, they will be able to find out many interesting facts about the city and take attractive photos with historical figures and unique Zagreb backgrounds that they can share on their social networks and thus become promoters of our city. The press conference was led by the most famous godmother from Dolac – Barica and the most famous Zagreb writer – Marija Jurić Zagorka. For this occasion, they ‘came to life’, as befits the presentation of an application that revives the history of the city. “This project aims to show how creativity can be achieved in Croatia with creativity, dedicated work and effort, and that one should believe in one’s dreams and success will not be lacking.”Said the founder of Zagreb Time Travel, Kata Barišić, a successful long-term entrepreneur and owner of the PokloniMe web shop.The project won an award in 2016 as part of Startup Factory Zagreb, and was recognized and co-financed by the Zagreb Tourist Board. Also, he won the first prize in the category “Entrepreneurship” within the competition # MojZabaStart2017, as well as the public award, which made us especially happy. “After Zagreb we plan to design routes for other Croatian and world cities”Concludes Kata Barišić.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The Zagreb Time Travel application is available on a tablet, and the mobile application will offer discounts and recommendations for museums, hostels, restaurants and the like. The first tour is available in Croatian and English and can be booked at at a price of 30Euros for up to 3 people.Thus, Zagreb is richer for another great tourist story.last_img read more

first_imgThe Supervisory Board of Plava Laguna dd has made a decision on the investment cycle for next year, the Company announced on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.Thus, in 2019, Plava Laguna will invest HRK 298,2 million. Among the biggest investments, the construction of the new administrative building of the Company in Poreč and the thorough arrangement of the camps Savudrija (Pineta) stand out.More intensive investment continues in the expansion and arrangement of existing capacities for accommodation of workers in Poreč and Umag in order to raise the quality of workers’ stay, and the program of arranging beaches which the Company manages on the basis of a concession.Plava Laguna invested HRK 487 million this yearThe biggest investment of the Blue Lagoon in Poreč in 2018 was the opening of a new hotel, Park Resort in Poreč. It is one of the largest investments of the Blue Lagoon in recent history, where the old Laguna Park was almost completely demolished and a new Park Resort was built. These are hotels, apartments and villas, worth more than 35 million euros, intended for families with childrenIn addition to the Park Resort, the investment cycle also included the construction of Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag and a thorough reconstruction, along with the construction of new, additional facilities in the Stella Maris Umag camp. Also, part of the investment relates to the reconstruction and arrangement of accommodation facilities for workers. 150 new double rooms are being built for them and about 60 mobile homes are being purchased: 90 rooms in Universal and 60 rooms in Kator in Umag, as well as 50 mobile homes in Stella Maris and 10 in Bijela uvala.Thus, in Umag, not far from the Sol Umag hotel, old bungalows were demolished and 11 new buildings with 54 accommodation units under the common name Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag sprang up in their place.Renovation of the Stella Maris camp includes new accommodation capacities, but also new facilities, such as 150 mobile homes and a large pool complex, and the pool area will cover a total of 829 square meters. In 630 accommodation units, guests will have at their disposal superior plots and mobile homes. Camp Stella Maris will also receive a new reception with a catering facility, and guests will have at their disposal a grill zone, a sports and recreational zone with a beach volleyball court and mini golf.The Blue Lagoon welcomed the new one in 2018 brand strategy and visual identity which announced a turnaround in business, after the final merger of the company Istraturist Umag dd, which is owned by Plava Laguna since December 2014.In accordance with the new umbrella brand, a completely new web tourist portal was recently published, which combines the offer of three destinations: Poreč, Umag and Rijeka, with numerous surprises for visitors to www.plavalaguna.comRELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON OPENED RESORT PARK IN POREČlast_img read more

first_imgPrecisely with the aim of developing tourism, the Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board will announce Public call for bids for advertising and promotion of tourist entities and products from the area of ​​Bjelovar-Bilogora County with the aim of encouraging domestic and foreign tourists to spend their holidays on the continent.  The development of family farms focused on tourism in Bjelovar-Bilogora County started from a modest 2 family farms in 2010 to today’s 50. In the past decade, thanks to family farms, the number of tourist arrivals increased by 171%. and the number of overnight stays by 354%, while most are only domestic guests. “The crisis also brings an opportunity, and that is the effective connection of family farms with the subjects of continental, primarily rural tourism.”Concluded Bajs. At the press conference, symbolically held at the agritourism “On a small hill”, the prefect Damir Bajs emphasized the importance of family farms for the tourist development of Bjelovar-Bilogora County.  Photo: SalajLand “Our family farms provide a unique experience of relaxing in beautiful nature, getting to know the heritage and enjoying local gastronomic products. We have a weekend ahead of us with a favorable weather forecast and I invite all Croatian citizens, now that the epidemiological measures have subsided, to visit some of the family farms in Bjelovar-Bilogora County and support our hardworking people who live from the fruits of their labor. ”, Said Bajs. COUNTY BAJS CALLS ON GOVERNMENT FOR NEGLECTING CONTINENTAL TOURISM The mentioned Public Invitation will also refer to the packages of travel agencies which, in addition to accommodation, must also contain the entire experience of the destination, and which includes: wellness offer, eno-gastronomic offer, active vacation, cultural offer and other facilities. “Since the Government has abolished the promotion of continental tourism, and the Croatian National Tourist Board intends to promote exclusively sea tourism, the Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board will itself provide promotion to tourist entities in the county., said the prefect of Bjelovar-Bilogora County Damir Bajs. Photo: Bjelovar-Bilogora County The ban on holding events has severely affected the tourism of the continental part of Croatia, including Bjelovar-Bilogora County, said Bajs, adding that continental tourism shows great potential for further development of Croatian tourism and the overall tourist offer throughout the year, but its share is only 3% of tourism revenue. “In the conditions imposed by the current crisis, limited movement and social distance, continental tourism will gain in importance and increase revenues through weekend trips and longer stays, primarily of domestic tourists. In addition to natural and cultural sights, the key factor in the success of continental tourism are family farms, which in addition to their primary activity of food production, are also engaged in catering.”Said Bajs. The press conference discussed the Government’s measures to help entities affected by the coronavirus epidemic in the tourism sector, and on that occasion, Prefect Bajs called out the Government for neglecting continental tourism.  But let’s go in order. Yesterday, a press conference was held at which the prefect of Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Damir Bajs, spoke about measures to help continental tourism and called on the Government for neglecting continental tourism.  · In the case of continental tourism, this is a completely different approach to development, but so far this is not noticeable through the activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, said Bajs and added: “I expect the Government to extend measures to preserve jobs according to the ‘3 plus 3’ model, especially for family farms, in order to ensure liquidity and survival of tourism entities on the continent. VAT for all branches of tourism needs to be reduced to a single rate of 10 percent, especially for agency arrangements, which are extremely important for continental tourism. All entities in the tourism sector, especially family farms, should have access to interest-free lending for working capital and investment. These are necessary measures if we want the sustainable development of tourism on the continent in order to attract domestic and foreign guests “, emphasized the prefect Damir Bajs. In Bjelovar-Bilogora County, more than 50 family farms provide tourist services, and in total there are more than 500 of them engaged in the production of honey, jams and marmalades, fruits and vegetables, cheeses, brandies, fruit liqueurs and other products that strengthen tourism. offer. Continental tourism is mainly based on a large number of one-day tourist arrivals at events, and the biggest drivers of tourism in Bjelovar-Bilogora County are events such as the Christmas story of the Salaj family, Terezijana, Vinodar, Bjelovar Fair, which together generated over half a million domestic arrivals. and foreign guests. “From assistance measures to an emphasis on communication, Croatian tourism is viewed exclusively through maritime tourism, while neglecting almost all aspects of continental tourism, especially rural tourism, which is carried out by family farms. Such an attitude is evident in promotional materials, such as CNTB videos, in which Croatia is presented exclusively through destinations and scenes of the coast and coast, while the continental part of Croatia is given a minor space. There is a consensus that MINT and CNTB should be much more actively involved in the development and promotion of continental tourism, bearing in mind the foundation of the success of the tourist story, which are family farms that create synergies with cultural and historical heritage and natural beauty.”Byce points out. Cover photo: Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Boardlast_img read more

first_imgThe above decision The working hours of catering establishments from the category of “bars”, such as night clubs, night bars, disco bars, coffee bars, etc., which are allowed to work for a maximum of 24 hours, are still limited. Today, the National Civil Protection Headquarters extended the decision on the working hours of nightclubs, bars and cafes. Namely, Considering the development of the epidemiological situation and the analysis of the spread of COVID-19, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia passed a Decision on the necessary measure of limiting the working hours of catering facilities. But as it expired, today it is extended. center_img The deadline for the application of this measure is extended until September 22, 2020.last_img read more

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