Necropsy Performed on Euthanized Moriches Bay Whale

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marine biologists performed a necropsy Monday on a humpback whale in the hopes of learning why the mammal had become stranded on a Moriches Bay sandbar last week before it was euthanized, officials said.Experts determined that the whale was female, 29.5-feet long and weighed approximately 15 tons, but results of tests performed on its remains will not be available for weeks, officials said. The tests were conducted after scientists used a crane to lift the whale onto a barge, which shipped the carcass to Cupsogue Beach County Park on Sunday—the same day that community members held a vigil for the whale, which some people believe should have been saved, not euthanized.“We hope to learn more about what caused this whale to strand,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement.The case was the third whale incident on Long Island this year. Two dead whales washed up this spring, and at least a half dozen did so last year. Officials noted that it’s not unusual to see whales off the coasts of LI, but spotting whales in the bay are rare.Local residents had named the whale Morey—after Moriches Bay— after it got stuck on a sandbar Nov. 20. They bemoaned the fact that law enforcement threatened them with arrest if they approached the humpback, which is a federally protected species. The nonprofit Riverhead Foundation for Marine Conservation and Preservation said it had tried to free the whale the same day that it was stranded but failed.Observers say the incident should be a wake-up call.“Outraged local citizens have created a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures so far calling on New York’s federal, state and local elected officials to properly train volunteers to rescue beached whales when they become stranded in locally patrolled waters,” the Citizens Campaign for the Environment said in a statement.When NOAA experts arrived Wednesday, agency officials and a team of veterinarians determined that the mammal was in such poor health that it could not be saved and needed to be put down. Plans to free the whale were subsequently scrapped because experts believed that the weakened whale would just become stranded again, officials said last week.Humpback whales can grow up to 60-feet long, weigh 25-to-40 tons, and live 50 years, according to NOAA. They are threatened by getting entangled in fishing gear, struck by ships, harassed by whale-watching boats, detrimental changes to their habitat, and illegal hunting. These whales were removed from the endangered species list this year.The Riverhead Foundation urges anyone who finds marine wildlife stranded on the beach to call its hotline: 631-369-9829.last_img read more

Multiple departments respond to second fire in Afton

first_imgStay with 12 News as this story develops. The Chenango County Bureau of Fire, Afton Fire Department, Harpursville Fire Department, Masonville Volunteer Fire Department, Sidney Fire Department, Bainbridge Fire Department, and Coventry Volunteer Fire Company all responded, according to dispatch. As of 7 a.m. crews were still on scene. AFTON (WBNG) — Multiple departments responded to 168 Algerine Street in Afton Friday morning for a fire. Chenango County dispatchers say the call came in just before 5:30 a.m. This comes less than 12 hours after agencies responded to another fire in Afton. It is unknown if there are any injuries.last_img read more

‘Music In Our Schools’ highlights importance of youth music programs

first_img“We want to encourage school-music programs in our area,” says Beth Shanfelt, a band teacher at the school. “Sometimes, that’s one of the first things that get cut in school budgets.” JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — It’s Music In Our Schools Week and bands will be playing their instruments at the Oakdale Mall in front of JCPenney. Organizers say one of the reasons they perform at the mall is to show people that children are learning music and love it. Local school bands will be at the mall for two weeks. On Tuesday, MacArthur Elementary School of the Binghamton District played. To hear what students from the program think about, tune into 12 News in its 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.last_img read more

Delaware County urges community to stay home as mandatory quarantine numbers climb

first_imgCounty officials noted that the number of individuals in mandatory quarantine has increased significantly. They say there are 82 individuals in mandatory quarantine and one individual in precautionary quarantine to date.  For more coronavirus coverage, click here. Additionally, county officials say there have been eight positive cases that have been transferred outside of the county to where they reside. They also say that of the 54 confirmed cases still in the county, four are receiving care in a hospital, 21 are quarantined, four individuals have died and 25 have fully recovered.  DELAWARE COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Delaware County gave an update on coronavirus numbers on Saturday.center_img Delaware County says they have administered 505 total tests, and 435 of those tests have been negative.  In a press release, Delaware County reported the addition of one more positive case since Friday, bringing the total to 62.last_img read more

Section IV postpones indoor track and field season

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — After Section IV postponed the indoor track and field season, Johnson City High School is hoping to have some type of season in place. Section IV’s statement listed the Department of Health’s limitations on large gatherings, and a lack of available indoor facilities as reasons for the postponement. “These are kids that haven’t had a sport to do since, you know the end of February beginning of March, and it’s rough on them,” he said. “We’re kind of hoping that some things will go in our favor.” “If we can break our meets down like we have in the past, where we have just five, or six or seven schools per meet, you know and just have a limited number of entries per event then that decreases the number of people in the building,” said Putman. “The initial hope was that we’d start November 30 like we normally would, have our month of preseason preparation for competition, and then once the first of the year rolled around we’d be able to compete and do our normal thing, which would have been ideal for us,” said Putman. Putman said the biggest hurdle is finding places to compete. Putman said there haven’t been discussions among schools or coaches yet, but he anticipates there is a way to make a season work. Johnson City track and field coach Eric Putman said he was planning on the indoor season beginning along with the rest of winter sports in early January. Despite the postponement, Section IV will allow individual school districts to participate on their own. “Hopefully we can come up with some sort of a schedule if possible, maybe where we do a dual meet scenario with another school, we do a limited number of events,” he said. “We do a lot of our competitions at colleges and with schools in the SUNYAC and possibly the ECAC conference canceling their sports, they’ve closed their facilities down,” he said. “Without hearing back from those schools, we’re kind of up in the air as to where we can do our competition.” Now, it’s up to each school district to map out a schedule on their own, if they choose to participate. Putman said he isn’t sure when a plan will be put in place, but the main goal is bringing competition back to athletes. last_img read more

TikTok Ban: US Judge Unsure if He Has Grounds to Issue New Injunction

first_imgOn September 27, Nichols issued a preliminary injunction against the government’s order. Beetlestone’s order also blocks the app store download ban.Talks have been ongoing to finalise a preliminary deal for Walmart and Oracle to take stakes in a new company to oversee US operations. US President Donald Trump has said the deal had his “blessing.”© Thomson Reuters 2020Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. A US judge said on Wednesday he was uncertain if he had a legal basis to bar the US Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on video-sharing app TikTok after a Pennsylvania judge had already blocked the government’s plan on Friday.Beijing-based ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, argues that the previous ruling could still be overturned on appeal.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – US District Judge Carl Nichols for the District of Columbia ordered both parties to file legal papers by Friday to address whether TikTok still faces “irreparable harm” from the US order that Apple and Alphabet’s Google app stores remove the app for download by new users.The Trump administration contends TikTok poses national security concerns as the personal data of US users could be obtained by China’s government. TikTok denies the allegations.Nichols said he was unsure if TikTok could demonstrate “irreparable harm” to win a new injunction.- Advertisement – On Friday, US District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone stopped the Commerce Department from barring TikTok’s data hosting within the United States and other technical transactions that she said would effectively ban the use of the app in the country.The restrictions were set to take effect November 12. A Justice Department lawyer told Nichols the government had not decided whether to appeal Beetlestone’s order.Beetlestone, whose ruling came in a lawsuit filed by three TikTok users, noted the app has over 100 million US TikTok users.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Live match preview – Serbia vs Scotland 12.11.2020

first_imgpreview image preview image Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish is expecting a tough match in Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off against Serbia Scotland manager Steve Clarke during a Scotland training session at the Oriam, on September 03, 2020, in Edinburgh, Scotland Interestingly, if Scotland make it to Euro 2020, they will once again be placed into a group with England, who they also faced at the same stage in their last Euros when England were tournament hosts.Victory on Thursday would complete the turnaround under Steve Clarke, with Scotland reeling from a 3-0 loss to lowly Kazakhstan in their opening European Qualifier when he was appointed in May 2019. Although he could not quite secure an automatic spot, Scotland had already secured a play-off place thanks to a solid Nations League campaign.Download the Sky Sports Scottish Football Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox | SpreakerScotland and Serbia last met during qualification for the 2014 World Cup and the Tartan Army were winless in both fixtures. They drew 0-0 at home before losing 2-0 away and Serbia could become just the second side to keep a clean sheet in each of their first three games against Scotland after Japan.Team news Highlights of the Euro 2020 qualifying play-off match between Scotland and Israel Scotland manager Steve Clarke looks on during the UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off semi-finals match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on October 08, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors 3:20 Scotland head coach Steve Clarke says it’s a blow to lose Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley for Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia, but believes they have sufficient cover Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd says he is confident Scotland will beat Serbia in Belgrade on Thursday to qualify for next year’s European Championships – Advertisement – 0:34 Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr says the weight of the country is on counterpart Steve Clarke’s shoulders but he will not be distracted for Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off in Serbia Since losing four consecutive games between June and October 2019, Scotland have enjoyed an eight-match unbeaten run (W6 D2) – they last went longer without defeat in all competitions in September 1976, under Willie Ormond (a run of nine).Serbia have won just one of their last six matches in all competitions (D2 L3), beating Norway 2-1 in October, courtesy of a brace from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the previous round of European Championship qualifying.Victory would see Scotland qualify for the European Championship finals for just a third time (previously in 1992 & 1996), whilst Serbia are aiming to reach the finals of the competition for the first time as an independent nation. Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes says they need to go into their Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia with confidence and need to ‘get the job done’ on Thursday night Sky Sports announced last week that both Scotland and Northern Ireland’s play-off games will be free-to-air for UK customers on what is sure to be a dramatic night of football.Serbia vs Scotland will be shown live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm and free-to-air on Sky Pick; kick-off at 7.45pm.You can also follow all the latest in our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, including build-up, match commentary and the latest analysis. Plus, watch in-game goals and free match highlights shortly after full-time.Clarke: Qualification always the dream Andy Robertson, Liam Cooper and John McGinn celebrate Scotland's dramatic penalty shootout victory 0:50 Scotland manager Steve Clarke told Sky Sports News:“It’s always been the dream. Even in the years we failed to qualify, that dream is always there. When you start every campaign, you think ‘right, this is going to be the one’.“The team at various times has been close to qualification, but has never managed to get it over the line and this squad is close again and this time, we hope we can get it over the line. 3:23 2:42 preview image “I had a good football career, I managed to win a good few trophies at the end of it, I played a lot of good matches at the highest level in both Scotland and England, but ultimately, you’re always left with that little bit of disappointment that as a player, I didn’t manage to play in a major tournament and for these lads, it’s the same.“It’s not to think about there being another chance in two years time because maybe there won’t be.”McCoist: Scotland’s biggest game in 20 years Sky Sports pundit Ally McCoist told Sky Sports News:“Without doubt, it’s the biggest game in over 20 years. And I’m pleased punters can watch it and get behind the team. I’m so pleased for everybody. Fingers crossed we can get a result.“I’d have bitten your hand off for an opportunity like this. There was a period where it looked like we wouldn’t get this chance and now we’ve got it. It’s great news.“We’re second favourites but I’ve been Scottish for long enough to know that being the underdog suits us.“The team is looking a lot better with some solidarity about them. Lyndon Dykes has given us a focal point. I’m the eternal Scottish optimist. I’m very hopeful although I do appreciate it’s a very big task ahead.”Boyd: Scotland can gatecrash Euro 2020 – Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm If Scotland win…If Scotland beat Serbia, they will be Path C winners and go into Euro 2020 Group D with England, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd told Sky Sports News:“It’s a massive opportunity for Scotland and I’m sure the boys will give their all. We’ve not been at a major tournament since 1998, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to get there. I wish them all the best, and I’m confident.“A lot of people have criticised the way Clarke has set his team up but we’ve found a way to get victories. We’re not free-flowing, and we’re not going to open teams up with eight or nine chances a game. What we can do is create one or two good ones and hope that we take them. We look solid defensively and we’re going to need that from the front if we’re going to stop Serbia.“It will be a difficult game, but I do fancy us to gate-crash Euro 2020 and get through the back door.” 1:19 – Advertisement – Scotland will be aiming to keep four consecutive clean sheets across all competitions for the first time since March 2014, under Gordon Strachan.Scotland’s John McGinn has been directly involved in seven goals in his last four appearances in European Championship qualifiers (6 goals, 1 assist).Only Harry Kane (12), Cristiano Ronaldo and Eran Zahavi (11 each) have scored more goals in qualifying for EURO 2020 than Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (10), who netted in six consecutive matches before facing Norway. 4:27 0:50 Scotland have not featured at a major international tournament for over 20 years, last competing at the 1998 World Cup in France. Their last European Championships was in 1996, where the Netherlands progressed from Group A based on goals scored. Kick off 7:45pm Team news, stats and analysis ahead of Serbia vs Scotland in the European Qualifying play-off final on Thursday; kick-off 7.45pm.Scotland dramatically booked their place in the European Qualifying play-off final last month, winning 5-3 on penalties – their first ever shootout – against familiar foes Israel after a goalless draw. It set up a trip to Belgrade to face Serbia, who were 2-1 winners against Norway in their semi-final.- Advertisement – Scotland manager Steve Clarke says it would be a dream to qualify for the European Championships and he looks back on his career with disappointment because he never played for his country at a major tournament Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley will both miss out for Scotland after they sustained hamstring problems. Hanley – who has 30 caps for his country – had been called up to the squad for the first time in more than two years, while Fraser was looking to add to his 14 international appearances.Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has also returned to the Scotland fold and with Fraser absent, could be given his chance to earn his first cap since September 2018. However, Clarke has hinted that Griffiths would be used from the bench.The Scotland manager said: “Leigh being Leigh, we all know his qualities in and around the 18-yard box. But he hasn’t started many games for Celtic recently and it might be a big ask for him to start in a game of this magnitude.”Serbia have been boosted by the news that Lazio’s players have been given permission to go on international duty. It means key man Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be available to face Clarke’s side after some uncertainty over regional Covid-19 travelling restrictions in Italy for players in Serie A.How to follow Ally McCoist thinks the underdog factor can work in Scotland’s favour ahead of Thursday’s clash away to Serbia – a game he’s calling the biggest in 20 years. Opta statslast_img read more

Twitter Fleets Now Rolling Out Globally, Audio Spaces Coming to Select Users Soon, ‘Working Hard on’ Android Voice Tweets

first_imgTwitter’s Audio Spaces will first be rolled out to select usersPhoto Credit: Twitter“Voice tweets allow people to share their thoughts, but we imagined a live audio space to communicate with one other person or small groups,” Patterson said. “A space that feels very safe and intimate. We’ve used the metaphor of a well-hosted dinner party. You don’t need to know everyone at the party to have a good time, but everyone should feel comfortable to sit at the table.”“Safety is critical and we need to get that right in order for people to leverage live audio spaces, so we’re going to launch this first experiment to a very small group of people, who are disproportionately impacted by harm on the platform — women and people from marginalised communities — and the team is interested and the company is interested in hearing first from this group of people on their feedback on audio spaces,” she added.- Advertisement – The feature will not just be a voice chatroom though — according to Patterson, users will be able to add tweets, and view transcriptions in these spaces, so that it can be used in a number of ways.Audio Spaces will roll out to select groups first for testing and feedback before a wider rollout. Patterson also said that Voice DMs are being tested by the company, and added that voice tweets and all media will soon get transcriptions to improve accessibility on Twitter.The team also said that the voice tweets feature is coming to Android but did not share further details, except to say that they’re working hard to make that happen.These new features come as a part of Twitter’s attempts to make the platform more accessible to new users, although a more cynical view would be that the company is playing catch-up to others. The stories feature has been a feature of almost all platforms by now — even LinkedIn! — and voice chatrooms have also been growing in number since the launch of Clubhouse.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Fleets launched in India in June and while Twitter says it sees more people engaging with the platform, at least anecdotally, we’ve seen the usage of the feature go down in the interim. While the feature is ephemeral, and displays in a separate feed on top of the timeline that Twitter refers to as the Fleetline, there’s nothing stopping others from taking screenshots of your fleets, and users don’t even get notified. You also can’t control who can see your fleets — these are features that Harris said the company is considering, but in the more immediate roadmap, Twitter will be adding stickers, more creator tools, and live broadcasting, he said.Aside from Fleets, Twitter also showed a glimpse of an upcoming feature it calls Audio Spaces, which is a voice chatroom. Maya Patterson, a Product Designer at Twitter, explained that the new feature is meant to create a safe space for intimate conversations in public.spaces demo screenshot 1200 twitter audio spaces– Advertisement – Twitter is rolling out Fleets globally, after initially testing the feature in India, Brazil, Italy, and South Korea. Twitter did not share any numbers for usage of the feature, but Joshua Harris, Twitter’s Director of Design, said in a virtual press conference that Fleets have been useful in making people more comfortable on the platform. “We’ve seen Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings.” Aside from the Fleets rollout, Twitter also talked about Audio Spaces, an upcoming feature that it will be testing with a limited set of users, which will allow them to hold discussions in a public, yet intimate setting where they can control who is able to participate.“A lot of people don’t tweet. With retweets and replies, it feels like a burden to tweet. People lurk, draft tweets, and then do not send them,” Harris said. “Fleets create a lower pressure way to join the conversation. It’ll make people more comfortable to join the conversation, because it’s just for a day, and it won’t be around forever. We’ve also seen more people joining conversations on Twitter, and we’ve seen that people new to Twitter are more comfortable.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Record traffic results at Franjo Tuđman Airport

first_imgDuring the summer flight schedule, Franjo Tuđman Airport recorded record results in passenger traffic, so last month, June, it ended with a 16 percent increase in the number of passengers.For the first time in history, Zagreb Airport received its millionth passenger in May, and the cumulative growth in the number of passengers in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 is 9 percent.On the eve of the peak of the summer season, 8 new routes were established, including three routes of the two new airlines Monarch and Emirates, and the existing airlines increased their capacity or number of frequencies. The national carrier Croatia Airlines has opened four new destinations from Zagreb: Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo and Bucharest, the last three of which are destinations with which Zagreb has never been directly connected. “All this directly affected the significant increase in passenger traffic, as well as the increase in the number of employees. Since the relocation of the entire business to the new passenger terminal, a total of 111 new employees have been employed.”Point out Franjo Tuđman Airport.New lines to Düsseldorf, Lisbon and Bareclone The growth trend is also expected in the winter flight schedule, and Franjo Tuđman Airport points out that at the beginning of the winter season, more precisely from 31.10.2017. Eurowings has announced the introduction of a new direct route to Düsseldorf three times a week, while the national carrier Croatia Airlines is extending its seasonal routes to Lisbon and Barcelona for the first time in history out of season and plans to operate throughout the first half of the winter season. The Polish company LOT, as well as the Norwegian Norwegian, will also keep part of the newly introduced seasonal frequencies through the winter flight schedule.last_img read more

MINT: The Law on Catering Activity has been developed and will not require radical interventions in accommodation facilities such as demolition of walls

first_imgA lot of dust has been raised about the announcement of a new categorization in family accommodation, which is great, because only through argumentative, open and constructive discussion can we grow as individuals and as a society, ie a market. However, due to poor communication and little concrete information, discussions are conducted in different directions, depending on speculation and various interpretations, which is bad, because with quality communication we can and must direct the discussion in the right direction – and that is quality and strategic development of our tourism.Currently, the following new Laws are announced by the Ministry of Tourism; The Law on Hospitality, the Law on Tourist Boards, the Law on Sojourn Tax and the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Membership Fees and the Ordinance on Classification and Categorization of Facilities, and a public debate on eConference will be opened soon. Before the final draft of all changes, I tried to find out from the Ministry of Tourism in which direction to think about the current development of our tourism and get specific information about the harmonization of standards of accommodation in private and family accommodation and the microcredit program of private renters.As they point out from MINT, new The Law on Catering Activity as well as the Ordinance on Classification and Categorization of Facilities is primarily developed and in no way will in any part impose radical interventions in accommodation facilities such as the demolition of walls and the like. It is this counter-argument that is often highlighted through various conversations within the profession. So no tearing down the walls!”The conditions that will be prescribed by the new Rulebook will not be more restrictive in relation to the Rulebook from 2007, ie 2016. Moreover, the new Ordinance for all categories of all types of apartments reduced the required square footage compared to the 1995 Ordinance. So far, it has been possible for two different apartments of the same categorization to offer different quality of service due to the different regulations by which they are categorized. Therefore, family accommodation in Croatia is still not a homogeneous category – there are differences in quality that guests do not expect. In other words, on the one hand we have renters who are in an unequal position with each other, and on the other hand guests are deprived of the right to equal service in facilities of the same category. All this is a consequence of regulation from 11 years ago – those landlords who obtained a decision to provide services until September 1, 2007 under the Law on Hospitality were not obliged to harmonize conditions in facilities in accordance with the current Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities. For comparison, hoteliers have to prove every four years that they deserve a certain number of stars for their quality and offer. ”Point out the Ministry of Tourism.It was from the above that it was decided to harmonize the standards of all renters on the market with the ultimate goal of harmonizing all renters categorized by September 1.9.2007, XNUMX. with the current ordinance, Minister Cappelli points out and adds that this will lead to the improvement of the quality of catering services and standards, ensuring the equal position of renters and caterers in the market and greater consumer protection. “Indirectly, this will result in the extension of the tourist season and an increase in the competitiveness and income of private renters. The intention is by no means to reduce the number of beds or demolish buildings, but to rebuild existing ones in accordance with market requirements. Quite a number of complaints arrived at the address of the ministry precisely at the expense of the uneven offer. Dissatisfied guests rightly complain and ask for explanations as to how it is possible that three stars in one facility does not mean the same quality in another facility with the same number of stars.  With this harmonization the rules become the same for all renters. In the field, we have a situation where some facilities operate according to the standards of 20 or more years ago, which certainly needs to change in terms of competitiveness and market uniformity. It should be noted that the harmonization required is not in conflict with the already established standards on the market, no new rules are imposed as the required standards have been in force since 2007. The basic standards of the 21st century are prescribed, such as that the rooms to be rented have a bathroom, that bed linen is provided for each bed, or that the facilities for rent also have heating in winter. ” pointed out Minister Cappelli.Important information is that the harmonization of family accommodation with the provisions of the Act will not be required for renters who received a solution after 2007, but only for those who previously registered their accommodation under the old 1995 Ordinance. Even those renters who have old solutions from 1995, and do not want to invest and harmonize quality with regulations, will not be left without registration of accommodation. Everyone will have the right to stay in the market and they will not be ordered to close, they will simply get as many stars as they really deserve according to the regulations.On the other hand, for buildings located in the old city centers or protected as cultural monuments or urban units, the Minister will make mitigating decisions with the Ordinance, as these are buildings that are unable to harmonize due to space constraints or protection.According to the available data of the Croatian National Tourist Board from the eVisitor system, the number of facilities in the household, as well as the number of accommodation units, beds, but also taxpayers, is constantly growing. For example, the number of facilities in 2017 increased by 12% compared to the year before, while in the first two months of this year alone, 700 more were registered, which makes a total of 93.194 facilities.Favorable HBOR loans for hosts in family accommodationIn the second half of the year, HBOR’s long-announced favorable loans for hosts in family accommodation will start, where interest rates will not exceed 3 percent, probably 2.3 to 2.5 percent, with a grace period of one year and a period of 10 years and a maximum amount of 50.000 Euros, announced in early February by Minister Cappelli at the Family Accommodation Forum in Zagreb. The goal of more favorable loans through HBOR is to support family accommodation to develop better and better through the harmonization of standards, increasing the quality and additional offer of facilities in the household.Rural House Kod Slapa, Bogatic / Booking.comFavorable HBOR loans will be intended to improve the offer to all other existing private renters for the purpose of renovation, construction and equipping of indoor or outdoor pools, wellness, construction and equipping of the necessary infrastructure for cycling, sports and recreation, theme parks, and development and the promotion of other additional facilities that contribute to greater occupancy and extension of the season. “The credit line will be available to natural persons – renters who have a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household relating to accommodation in a room, apartment, holiday home, campsite or camping rest area. The purpose of the loan is to obtain a new decision on the provision of catering services in the household and / or the realization of an additional offer of facilities in the household. It includes the implementation of activities related to the renovation, adaptation, reconstruction and equipping of household facilities, whether rooms, apartments or holiday homes, subject to obtaining a new decision on the provision of catering services in the household in accordance with the applicable Ordinance on classification and categorization of catering household facilities. ” emphasize from the Ministry of Tourism and add that with a favorable offer of microcredit will achieve faster implementation of the planned harmonization of standards of accommodation facilities of private renters and raise the quality and additional offer of private accommodation, which will contribute to higher occupancy, longer season, increased revenue .eConsulting – a place and opportunity for constructive criticism and suggestionsSoon, more precisely during April or early May, the final draft of the new Law on Hospitality and the Ordinance on Classification and Categorization of Facilities, will be published on eConference, and I hereby invite all associations, entrepreneurs and tourism workers in tourism to get involved and participate in the final draft of all Laws.Unfortunately, so far the profession has not been involved enough through eConference and there have been too few comments and suggestions. One is social networks, and eConsulting is a tool where the voice of the profession must be heard and where we can and must, give our argumentative and constructive proposals, positive and negative criticism and ultimately participate in the final drafting of all new regulations and laws.Once the Laws are passed, it’s too late to be smart and whine, it’s all up to us. We must care about strategic and quality development. Get involved, the responsibility is on all of us.Related news:VIDEO: HGK RELEASES VIDEOS OF EDUCATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW LAW ON PROVISION OF SERVICES IN TOURISM</p>
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