Valamar Riviera dd from Poreč, the leading tourism company in Croatia, in the first nine months of 2016 generated total operating revenues of HRK 1.487 million, which is an increase of 19 percent compared to the same period last year. In the first nine months of 2016, consolidated operating profit (EBITDA) grew by 18 percent.Strong revenue growth is the result of sales revenue growth of HRK 1.382 million through 4,93 million overnight stays, an increase of 8 percent, and an increase in the average price of over 5 percent, while non-board consumption increased by 27 percent compared to the same period last year. Revenue growth is the result of good results in the pre- and post-season through the successful implementation of major events in Dubrovnik and Porec, excellent business of hotels, resorts and camps of higher categories throughout the period, development of value-added services and destination products and acquisition of Hotels Baska ddSignificant added value for shareholders was realized, which is also reflected in the growth of market capitalization of 43 percent in the first nine months of this year. “The business results achieved in the first nine months of this year confirm the success of Valamar Riviera’s growth and development strategy, which is based on continuous investments in portfolios, employees and destinations with the aim of creating added value for shareholders and other stakeholders. Last year’s acquisition of Baška showed excellent results in improving business on the island of Krk, so we believe that Valamar’s presence on Rab will contribute to the further growth of the company and the development of tourism in this leading Croatian tourist destination. We are currently focused on the preparation of the business year 2017, during which Valamar will invest more than HRK 750 million in raising the quality of the portfolio and in the development of human resources, which are key to the continued growth of the company’s value.”, Pointed out Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera.Photo: FB ValamarIn 2016, Valamar Riviera expects to generate between HRK 1.460 and 1.475 million in operating revenues, ie an increase of 12,8 to 14 percent compared to last year. Revenue growth will be accompanied by strong growth in consolidated operating profit (EBITDA), which will reach between HRK 500 and 515 million annually, which is an increase of HRK 77 to 92 million or up to 22 percent compared to 2015. The announced investment cycle in 2017 represents the company’s largest investment in portfolio development in one year, and a large part relates to projects in Rabac – Family life Bellevue Resort 4 * and Girandella Resort 4 * and continued investment in premium camping.
Chinese surveillance study finds multidrug-resistant E coli in foodA surveillance study by Chinese scientists has found multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli strains in food products carrying the MCR-1 and blaNDM-1 resistance genes, and mobile genetic elements similar to those found in human strains, according to a paper yesterday in Eurosurveillance.Among the 1,166 non-repeated cephalosporin-resistant E coli isolates recovered from 2,137 samples of pork, beef, chicken, and shrimp bought at markets in Shenzen, China, from 2015 through 2017, the scientists identified 390 and 42, respectively, that were resistant to colistin and meropenem, and 5 isolates that were resistant to both antibiotics.Among the 390 colistin-resistant E coli isolates, the rate of resistance to colistin rose from 26% in 2015 to 46% in 2017, while rates of meropenem resistance in the 42 meropenem-resistant isolates increased from 0.3% in 2015 to 17% in 2017.Further screening found that all of the colistin-resistant isolates carried the MCR-1 gene and 36 of the 42 meropenem-resistant isolates carried the blaNDM-1 gene, with six harboring the blaNDM-5 gene; the five isolates that were resistant to both colistin and meropenem were carrying both MCR-1 and blaNDM genes. Notably, the scientists identified plasmids—in particular the ca 46kb IncX3 plasmid—that have been commonly reported in colistin- and carbapenem-resistant clinical isolates but not in isolates from animals and food. Conjugation experiments revealed that the colistin and meropenem resistance phenotypes of the 5 MCR-1 and blaNDM-bearing strains were transferable to other E coli strains of food origin.The authors of the study say the isolation of E coli strains harboring blaNDM-1 and MCR-1 that structurally resemble clinical strains has not previously been reported, and warn that the rising prevalence of these strains could mean an increase in severe, multidrug-resistant foodborne infections.”The increasing prevalence of Enterobacteriaceae strains carrying bla NDM and mcr-1 in food products will lead to increased colonisation of the human gastrointestinal tract with these Enterobacteriaceae strains, a phenomenon that has been associated with the high prevalence of drug-resistant infections in clinical settings,” they write. “Further surveillance of bla NDM-1 and mcr-1 in other food products is warranted.” Mar 28 Eurosurveill study Study in Georgia finds poor long-term outcomes for XDR-TB treatmentA study today in Open Forum Infectious Diseases reports high mortality among patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, with most deaths occurring post-treatment.In the retrospective population-based cohort study, researchers from Emory University and Georgia’s National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases assessed end-of-treatment and long-term outcomes in patients with XDR-TB. They also evaluated risk factors for poor outcomes. Patients were treated by directly observed therapy in accordance with 2011 World Health Organization (WHO) treatment guidelines for drug-resistant TB; the drug regimen did not include the newer agents bedaquiline and delamanid, which are now recommended under current WHO guidelines.From 2011 through 2013, 111 patients initiated treatment for XDR-TB; end-of-treatment outcomes were available for 106. Of those patients, 35 (33%) had a favorable outcome from initial XDR-TB treatment and 71 (67%) had an unfavorable outcome, with 16 (15.1%) dying. After cessation of initial XDR-TB treatment, an additional 20 of 90 (22.2%) patients who were alive at the end of treatment died, increasing the overall mortality rate to 34% (36 of 106). In multivariable analysis, the main factor for post-treatment mortality was unfavorable initial end-of-treatment outcome (adjusted odds ratio, 14.41; 95% confidence interval, 1.78 to 117.3).”The results of our study highlight the need for better surveillance during and after treatment for highly drug resistant TB,” the authors of the study write. “After treatment cessation, public health resources should focus on continual monitoring of patients given a significant risk of mortality and relapse.”Mar 29 Open Forum Infect Dis abstract Darden commits to buying chicken raised without antibiotics Multi-brand restaurant operator Darden Restaurants yesterday announced it will phase out the routine use of medically important antibiotics in its chicken supply chain by 2023.The commitment to buying chicken raised without medically important antibiotics is part of a wider animal welfare policy that the company, whose brands include Olive Garden and The Capital Grille, is adopting. The policy aims to increase mobility, lower injury and mortality rates, and reduce stress and fear among the farm animals in its supply chain.In addition to responsible use of antibiotics, Darden has identified humane housing, avoidance of pain, slaughter practices, and farm animal transportation as priority areas for improvement.Darden operates more than 1,700 restaurants in North America.Mar 28 Darden Restaurants press release
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“Seluruh prosesnya sangat membosankan. Ini memperlambat perjalanan saya,” ujar seorang penumpang yang tidak mau disebutkan namanya, dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman channelnewsasia.com (12/11/2018).Dalam uji coba ini memakan waktu sepuluh menit dengan rata-rata empat orang melalui pemindai di Stasiun Little India. Kepada penumpang yang dipilih petugas, mereka akan diberi isyarat untuk meletakkan barang di pemindai dan melalui detektor logam. Bahkan, pada hari pertama tidak ada antrean saat petugas melakukan pemindaian pada penumpang.Beberapa penumpang yang kecewa mengatakan, pemilihan uji coba tersebut sangat acak dan lebih memilih pada penumpang yang membawa tas atau barang lainnya. Seorang penumpang justru prihatin dengan hal pemeriksaan keamanan tersebut.“Untuk penumpang di pagi hari ini akan sedikit sulit jika petugas menyaring semua orang,” ujar seorang penumpang perempuan.Meski begitu beberapa penumpang lain menerima adanya pemeriksaan tersebut seperti salah satunya Subramaniam Balasubramaniam.“Kami merasa lebih aman dengan pemeriksaan acak ini. Ini tugas kami, karena orang-orang yang tinggal di negara ini mendukung (langkah-langkah seperti ini),” ujar Subramaniam.Wakil direktur divisi kemanan transportasi umum LTA Joseph Goh meyakinkan penumpang, mereka tidak akan terjebak dalam antrean panjang selama uji coba. Sebab petugas memilih penumpang secara acak dan memeriksanya satu persatu sehingga bisa dipastikan tidak ada kemacetan.“Ini mirip dengan bagaimana pemeriksaan tas saat ini sedang dilakukan. Karena pemeriksaan ini acak, itu tidak akan menyebabkan keterlambatan bagi sebagian besar komuter. Kami tahu dari insiden di tempat lain bahwa sistem transportasi umum sangat rentan, mungkin karena banyaknya orang yang lewat. Oleh karena itu kami belajar dari ini dan berencana untuk menerapkan peningkatan pemeriksaan keamanan di stasiun MRT,” kata Goh.Uji coba penyaringan keamanan LTA, yang akan berjalan selama enam bulan, akan dilakukan di berbagai stasiun MRT di seluruh Singapura. LTA menegaskan bahwa penumpang yang melakukan perjalanan melalui stasiun MRT Little India, Bedok, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Panjang dan Yishun dapat dipilih untuk menjalani penyaringan, tetapi lokasi dan waktu pemeriksaan dapat berubah di hari-hari berikutnya.Sebagai tanggapan terhadap bagaimana petugas secara acak memilih komuter untuk disaring, Goh mengatakan bahwa mereka telah menjalani pelatihan untuk mencari komuter yang membawa barang-barang besar.“Para petugas dilatih untuk melakukan penilaian mereka sendiri untuk memilih penumpang untuk diperiksa … tidak ada rumus baku siapa yang kami pilih,” kata Goh.Baca juga: Loncati Pintu Pembatas Platform di Jalur MRT Singapura, Pria 30 Tahun Diamankan PolisiDia menambahkan bahwa LTA akan menggunakan data yang dikumpulkan dari persidangan, seperti waktu yang diambil untuk seorang individu untuk disaring, untuk meningkatkan keefektifan dan efisiensi proses.“Kami mencari pemahaman dan dukungan komuter saat kami berupaya menjaga sistem transportasi publik kami aman,” tambahnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedFase Uji Coba, Komuter SMRT Akan Lewati Skrining Keamanan di Beberapa Stasiun22/11/2018In “Darat”Stasiun di Jepang Akan Uji Coba Alat Deteksi Benda Berbahaya24/01/2019In “Darat”Jelang Operasional Penuh, MRT Jakarta Perkenalkan ‘Kartu Jelajah’ untuk Transaksi06/02/2019In “Darat” Ilustrasi skrining keamanan. Sumber: Channel News Asia Alat pemindai tas dan pendeteksi logam mulai terpasang di beberapa stasiun MRT Singapura dan diuji coba pada Senin (12/11/2018) kemarin. Percobaan ini pertama dilakukan di stasiun MRT Little India sekitar pukul 10.00 pagi waktu setempat. Beberapa penumpang yang terpilih kemudian meletakkan tas atau barang bawaan mereka ke alat pemindai dan melewati pendeteksi logam.Baca juga: Antisipasi Serangan Teroris, Stasiun MRT Singapura Akan Dilengkapi Pemindai X-RayAdanya pemeriksaan keamanan seperti di bandara ini ternyata membuat beberapa penumpang mengungkapkan ketidakpuasan mereka. Bahkan ada yang mengatakan ini bila dilakukan di bandara tidak apa dan bahkan pemindai keamanan tersebut tidak dapat diterima.
Broadcast software company Netia has promoted Francis Freihuber to vice-president of its management board. Freihuber has been with Netia for the past five years, serving as the company’s operations director.“Francis has a very strong IT-based engineering background and a wealth of experience working in the broadcast industry, both complemented by an intuitive understanding of our customers and their needs,” said Philippe Fort, CEO, Netia. “Francis has been key to Netia’s continued success, and we’re very pleased to name him to this new management role.”
Karolina StallwoodSwedish pay and free TV broadcaster TV4 has named Channel 4 executive Karolina Stallwood as channel head for its TV4 Film, TV4 Gold and TV4 Comedy services. Stallwood is channel head of UK broadcaster Channel 4’s E4 and More4 channels, having joined from Comedy Central, where she was programme director, in 2012. She has also worked as scheduling and planning director at Channel 5.At TV4 she will be charged with optimising the three channels for new distribution platforms.Stallwood, who will take up her new role on May 1, will report to channel director Peter Lindstrom.Stallwood said she saw many “common points” between Channel 4 and TV4 Group and that she believed the Swedish market is forward-looking, with TV4 leading the way in content, design and strategic thinking.
UK cable operator Virgin Media has struck a partnership with Telegraph Media Group (TMG) to promote its sports TV offering across The Telegraph’s football coverage.Today sees the launch of the partnership, with Virgin Media becoming exclusive partner for Telegraph Total Football, The Telegraph’s dedicated supplement to the best coverage of the football season. The supplement will appear as a separate section in The Daily Telegraph each Monday for the duration of the season providing news, comment and analysis of the weekend’s football.Virgin Media customers will be able to to attend ‘Total Football Live’ events hosted by The Telegraph’s sports writers. The first event will feature a panel with chief football correspondent Henry Winter, chief sports writer Paul Hayward and former Premier League player and manager Tim Sherwood. The event will be held on February 3 and the panel will be discussing the previous night’s closure of the transfer window.The partnership, brokered by the Virgin Media team at Manning Gottlieb OMD, will continue throughout 2015 and will complement Virgin Media’s advertising activity across TV, print, out of home and online.Richard Larcombe, Director of Brand and Marketing at Virgin Media, said: “Virgin Media is without doubt the best place to watch all the football and The Telegraph has some of the most insightful and well-connected sports writers in the game. Together, this is a perfect partnership and we will have a number of exciting innovations to unveil throughout the year. If the football is on TV, it’s on Virgin Media.”
Thomson’s ViBE EM4000Canal+ Group has tapped Thomson Video Networks to supply encoders for the transition of the entire Canalsat line-up of channels to an all-HD offering in H.264.Thomson is supplying its ViBE EM4000 HD/SD encoder to power the migration of the platform to HD, along with its NetProcessor multiplexer/video processor, Amethyst III high-density redundancy switch, and MediaFlex network management system.The ViBE EM4000 has recently been upgraded with an all-new, broadcast-grade SD-to-HD conversion capability, according to Thomson. The company said that, by combining HD MPEG-4 compression with the ability to upscale an SD video source to HD in a single platform, the EM4000 has enabled Canal+ to move Canalsat quickly to an all-HD operation.For the migration project, known as Tout HD, Canal+ has modified its headend architecture to build an all-HD MPEG-4 satellite platform for Canalsat, with the new all-HD offering going live on July 1.“The migration of Canalsat to an all-HD offering is a significant milestone for our company. It was critical that we deploy encoding technology that could provide powerful upscaling capabilities, high density, and features for DVB subtitles and Dolby E transcoding. The ViBE EM4000 is the perfect fit for our requirements,” said Frederic Vincent, EVP, technology and information systems, Canal+ Group.“And as a long-time Thomson Video Networks customer, we knew we could count on them to provide outstanding support and product development to meet our needs.”Eric Louvet, vice president, worldwide sales and field services, Thomson Video Networks, said, “With its global footprint and industry leadership in premium content, themed networks and pay-TV offerings, Canal+ Group is the perfect customer – and the Canalsat migration is the perfect project – with which to demonstrate the efficiencies and cost savings of our ViBE EM4000’s new upscaling function. Media enterprises like Canal+ understand that the ability to broadcast in HD is not only a key differentiator, but it’s critical to meeting viewer demand for premium picture quality. With its seamless ability to upscale SD sources and encode HD MPEG-4, in addition to its industry-leading channel density and streamlined management of DVB subtitles, the ViBE EM4000 is the ideal solution for these requirements.”
Netflix has localised its service in Israel, introducing local language versioning and billing in local currency, as will as offering Israeli TV shows.Netflix Israel will now be available at ILS29.90 (€7.18) a month. The service is also available via Partner TV, the TV service recently launched by mobile operator Partner Communications.According to Netflix, over 75% of its content in Israel is dubbed or subtitled in Hebrew. Israeli shows on the service include Fauda, Bnei Aruba (Hostages) and Srugim (Devout).Partner Communications has signed a deal with the subscription video-on-demand outfit to make its service available via Partner TV set-tops with a dedicated button on the service’s remote control.Partner plans to run a consumer promotion later this year and will allow its customers to sign up for Netflix via their Partner TV bill.In addition to Partner’s boxes, Netflix is available in Israel via Blu-ray palyers, PCs, game consoles, home theatre systems, smart TVs, Apple TV, and iOS and Android phones and tablets.“We are delighted to offer a more local Netflix experience in Hebrew where members can enjoy a variety of TV shows and movies – everything from globally popular Netflix original series to anime, kids content to stand-up comedies,” said Jonathan Friedland, chief communication officer at Netflix.“Israel knows great entertainment and now it’s even easier to watch the world’s favourite shows on Netflix anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device and at the same time as the rest of the world, with all episodes available to watch at once.”
buncranaCO DONEGALMAN RELEASED OVER DONEGAL MURDER OF ANDREW ALLENraad ShareTweet Derry man Andrew Allen was shot dead by RAAD in Co Donegal in February 2012A man in his 50s, who was being questioned over the murder of Derry man Andrew Allen five years ago, has been released without charge.He was arrested in Donegal on Saturday night and taken to Letterkenny Garda station for questioning.The father of two was shot dead at his home in Buncrana, County Donegal, in February 2012. Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) later claimed responsibility for his murder.Mr Allen’s family have always denied claims he was a drug dealer.MAN RELEASED OVER DONEGAL MURDER OF ANDREW ALLEN was last modified: April 11th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: