Philips 5000i Series extra-large air purifier removes up to 99.97% of allergens

first_img– Advertisement – If you’re sensitive to what’s in your air, the Philips 5000i Series extra-large air purifier is here to help. This large room air purifier effectively removes up to 99.97% of allergens. What’s more, the 5000i Series purifier actually removes particles as small as 0.3 microns. Furthermore, the dual HEPA filters clean your air of allergens, gases, bacteria, viruses, and particles. And it does all this while the sensors monitor the quality of the air you breathe. So this gadget knows when there are more allergens present—and when it’s cleaned the air of them all. The most impressive part is that it works in rooms up to 454 square feet in size. No matter where you are, you can control the Philips 5000i Series air purifier through the connected app. The purifier connects over Wi-Fi so you can monitor both indoor and outdoor air quality.last_img read more

Audarya strikes for Fanshawe in Filly & Mare Turf | Racing News

first_imgNewmarket trainer James Fanshawe struck with his first runner in the Breeders’ Cup when Audarya came with a late run to claim the Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland.The four-year-old had stepped up to the mark at the top level with victory in the Prix Jean Romanet and third place in the Prix de l’Opera on her opening two attempts, and did so again with a determined effort.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – They looked like fighting out the finish once Cayenne Pepper had weakened by the home turn – but Boudot and Audarya had other ideas.She hit the front in the final furlong and battled on gamely to score by a neck from Rushing Fall, with Harvey’s Lil Goil half a length away in third place.center_img She was ridden for the first time by Pierre-Charles Boudot, who Fanshawe called in as a late substitute for Ioritz Mendizabal after he tested positive for Covid-19.There was drama at the start when Starship Jubilee unseated her rider Florent Geroux after stumbling coming out of the stalls.Shane Foley rushed up the Jessica Harrington-trained Cayenne Pepper from her wide draw to lead by the first turn, with the main American hopefuls Mean Mary and Rushing Fall close by.- Advertisement –last_img read more

RHOC’s Emily Simpson Shows Off Weight Loss: Before, After Pics

first_imgFeeling good! Emily Simpson revealed her amazing weight loss transformation after committing to a healthier lifestyle last year.The Real Housewives of Orange County star, 44, showed off her slimmer figure in a before and after photo on social media on Tuesday, November 10.- Advertisement – “I never wanted to show these photos publicly because I’m ashamed of where I let myself get, but here I am showing my transformation because I want to be transparent with you all,” Simpson, who had hip replacement surgery in October 2019, wrote via Instagram. “I worked my butt off to get here and I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and continue to go!”In the first photo, the reality star is wearing leggings and a tank top, showing off her pre-weight-loss body. She then posted a snap of herself now, in a black leotard that displayed a leaner physique.Emily Simpson Shows Off Incredible Weight Loss Before After PicsCourtesy Emily Simpson/Instagram (2)“I lost myself and my confidence through gaining 30 lbs. in one year in front of millions of people on a Reality TV Show,” she revealed. “Here I am a year and a half later feeling sexy, confident in my own skin, and like the EMILY I am meant to be!”- Advertisement – Last month, the Ohio native reflected on her health journey ahead of launching her new lifestyle website focused on recipes, fitness tips and training.“FINALLY feeling like myself again,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s taken a year and a half of ups and downs but finally at 44 years old I’ve never felt more fit, healthy and in shape! And I’m implant free!”Simpson has shared her fitness goals and accomplishments with her fans over the past few years, revealing in June 2019 that she had enrolled in a 12-week fitness program and was down 10 pounds.- Advertisement – The Bravo personality pointed to her “severe” arthritis and becoming “really depressed” as catalysts for her lack of working out in the past.“It was painful to move, so I basically stopped moving at all. Not a great idea. I gained 20-25 pounds over the past year and added more unnecessary weight to my hip … which made it even harder to move and get around,” she explained at the time, noting that she joined forces with trainer Paulina Taylor Hefferan to get into shape.A year later, she said that starting her fitness journey was “the best decision” she’s ever made.“Not only have I lost significant body fat and several inches, but I’ve gained a newfound acceptance of my body,” Simpson wrote via Instagram in June. “I don’t weigh myself very often because the number on the scale doesn’t define me as a person nor is it wholly indicative of progress. I measure my progress and health by other methods of measurement such as endurance, strength.”She added: “I’ve changed physically but most importantly I’ve changed mentally. I’ve learned that weight loss doesn’t have to be all in or nothing, you just have to do 1 thing better than the day before. The key to long term results is consistency and having someone in your corner cheering you on!”Simpson pointed out that she’s had gains and losses but as of August, she’s lost 16 pounds and her body fat percentage is 10 percent lower than the year prior.“There’s no right way to start,” she wrote via social media. “There’s no magic plan or magic pill. You just have to dig deep and make yourself a priority.”Listen to Getting Real with the Housewives, your one-stop destination for Housewives news and exclusive interviews – Advertisement –last_img read more

Carine Roitfeld’s Twinning Outfits With Sylvie From ‘Emily in Paris’

first_imgLily Collins couldn’t help but praise the pics, commenting, “Wait, I love this and you!!! 🤣🤣🤣💖💖”Other A-listers chimed in as well. “YESSSSSS!!!!!!” commented Lisa Rinna, while The Kooples artistic direction, Tom Van Dorpe, noted, “Clearly inspired!” Agreed!After months of teasing a season 2, the streaming service announced on Wednesday, November 11, that it was renewing the series.- Advertisement – Who Wore It Better? Carine Roitfeld or Sylvie from 'Emily in Paris'Left: Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie on “Emily in Paris.” Right: Carine Roitfeld. Carole Bethuel/Netflix; Joanne Davidson/ShutterstockToo funny! Carine Roitfeld pointed out some stylish similarities between her and Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu’s character Sylvie while watching Emily in Paris — and it’s so accurate.On Thursday, November 12, the 66-year-old fashion editor took to Instagram to share a series of side-by-side pics of she and Sylvie wearing a variety of ensembles that look a lot alike.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Who wore it best? 👀” Roitfeld wrote in the accompanying caption. “I had a bit of déjà vu while watching Sylvie in @emilyinparis and loved it.”Though none of the looks are identical, there definitely seems to be some inspiration pulled from the real-life fashion icon for the fictional one. Some of the most closely resembled looks include a black-and-white skirt-and-blouse ensemble, an off-the-shoulder black ballgown and halterneck number.Roitfeld concluded her post, writing, “Congrats @lilyjcollins and the team on returning for a second season!”- Advertisement – “Deux is better than un,” Collins wrote in an Instagram post after the news broke. “I’m freaking out and beyond thrilled (much to Sylvie’s dismay) to announce @EmilyinParis will be returning for Season 2! Thank you guys for the love and support and I hope you’re as excited as we are!!”As excited as many are to see the show return, the first season faced backlash for it’s depiction of French people and the main character’s extravagant lifestyle.“As disheartening as it sometimes is to read these things, it’s also a gift,” Collins told Vogue Arabia in her November 2020 cover story. “You’re being allowed to improve.”Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)last_img read more

‘The virus is not going to stop and call a time out’

first_imgTrump’s petulance, and his underlings catering to that petulance, are creating the conditions for a very rocky transition that could affect how quickly vaccines are distributed. That matters, as Fauci explained: “The virus is not going to stop and call a time out while things change. The virus is just going to keep going. The process is just going to keep going.”But Team Trump is digging in. General Service Administration (GSA) Head Emily Murphy is refusing to start the formal transition process, and other top Trump officials are using that as the excuse they wanted to block cooperation, even at the cost of human life.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Once GSA determines that there is—if there is—a transition to do, we will ensure it’s cooperative and professional,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Good Morning America. “But right now the American people should be reassured that we’re moving ahead in collaboration with all of our states and local authorities to make sure the vaccine distribution works well.”No, jackass! The American people should be reassured that you’re moving ahead with a professional transition to make sure there’s a smooth handoff of the vaccine distribution process in just over two months!Following their leader, the top officials in the federal government really do not care if they cause people to die by holding up the vaccination process in the pandemic they allowed to rage out of control. This should be prosecuted as a crime—as two kinds of crime, actually: the crime against democracy by refusing to honor the results of the election, and the crime against human life by weakening the coronavirus response.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Officials urge high-risk groups to get flu shots soon

first_img The CDC recently estimated that Chiron would produce 18 million to 26 million doses for the US market this year. Today Gerberding said Chiron is on track to supply vaccine, but she declined to estimate how much. “We have no reason to be concerned about that, but we’re making no firm statements until we know more,” she said. Schaffner suggested that some healthcare workers don’t understand they are in a priority group for immunization. “We need to do a better job of letting them know that the reason healthcare workers should be vaccinated is so that if they get influenza, they don’t transmit it to patients,” he said. “What they fail to realize is that after they get infected and before they get sick, for 24 or even 48 hours, they can be transmitting the flu virus to their patients.” “Just do it,” echoed William Schaffner, MD, of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, speaking at a news teleconference in Washington, DC. She said the government would provide vaccine for evacuees through the Vaccines for Children program, which provides free flu vaccine for vulnerable children such as Medicaid recipients and those in uninsured families. “By definition the evacuees are being declared uninsured at the moment and therefore eligible for Vaccines for Children vaccine,” she explained. “That [date] gives us a good, solid month to vaccinate those who need it most,” CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, said at the news conference. “We can avoid some of the problems we had last year because of the uncertainty about when the supply would be available for whom and where.” The CDC’s priority groups for vaccination include 6- to 23-month-old children, people older than 64, nursing home residents, children and adults with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, healthcare workers, and household contacts and caregivers of infants younger than 6 months. Sep 1 CIDRAP News article “CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24” Officials specifically recommended early flu shots for hurricane evacuees living in crowded shelters. “We know those are places where respiratory diseases can easily spread,” said Gerberding. In making their appeal, officials expressed confidence about this year’s flu vaccine supply. Last year the supply shrank dramatically when Chiron Corp. had to cancel delivery of 48 million doses because of contamination at its factory in Liverpool, England. “There are going to be more opportunities than ever to get vaccinated, so go out and get your flu shot,” said Mark B. McClellan, head of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in appealing particularly to Medicare recipients. See also: Gerberding said the CDC expects 60 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 8 million doses from GlaxoSmithKline, and 3 million doses from MedImmune, which makes the intranasal vaccine FluMist. “That’s a minimum of 71 million doses. Anywhere between 71 million and 90 million doses is what we’re planning for right now.” In response to a question, Gerberding said the policy of reserving flu shots for high-risk groups until Oct 24 is strictly voluntary. “We don’t regulate the distribution of vaccine, and ultimately it’s the physician’s decision about when to vaccinate,” she said. Hoven said employers should make flu immunization free and as convenient as possible for health workers. The latter typically take care of their patients before they take care of themselves, and this can result in repeatedly postponing flu vaccination, she said. “Pneumococcal disease is second only to influenza as a leading cause of death due to vaccine-preventable diseases,” Whitney said. “Severe pneumococcal infection is a common complication of influenza.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that flu shots be reserved for high-risk groups—including people living in shelters because of Hurricane Katrina—until Oct. 24. Medicare covers pneumococcal vaccine, and people can receive that shot and a flu shot at the same time, Whitney said. Adults advised to get a pneumococcal shot include those older than 64, those living in nursing homes or in crowded conditions, those with weak immunity, and those who have diabetes or heart or lung disease, she said. Only 64% of elderly people report having had the shot, she said. Officials were especially emphatic in urging flu immunization for healthcare workers, fewer than 40% of whom typically get vaccinated. Schaffner cited “the stunning fact that children 6 to 23 months old, if they get influenza, have the same high rate of hospitalization as adults 65 years and older.” “The vaccine supply this year is expected to be very good, with over 90 million doses coming online in the weeks ahead,” said Schaffner, who is chairman of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. Officials also urged vaccination against pneumococcal disease for young children and high-risk adults. Pneumococcal bacteria cause a variety of infections, including ear and sinus infections, pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections, said Cynthia G. Whitney, MD, MPH, of the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. McClellan reminded listeners that Medicare this year more than doubled the reimbursement rate for flu shots, from an average of $8 to more than $18. In addition, the government is now requiring nursing homes to vaccinate residents unless they refuse or have medical contraindications, he noted. Sep 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – National health officials made a major pitch today for healthcare workers and people most at risk for influenza and its complications to get flu shots within the next few weeks. “It’s at best embarrassing and at worst tragic that less than 50% of healthcare workers get vaccinated annually,” commented Gerberding. Officials also commented that antiviral drug treatment may be a way to prevent flu for people who can’t receive a flu shot, such as those who are allergic to eggs. Henry Bernstein, DO, of the American Academy of Pediatrics decried the “dismal” flu immunization rate of 38% for 2- to 17-year-old children with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes. The rate for 6- to 23-month-old children last year was better at 48%, but it still needs improvement, he said. “Every single doctor and nurse in America needs to make getting vaccinated a priority,” said Ardis D. Hoven, MD, a board member of the American Medical Association. She added that one study showed the vaccine was 88% effective in preventing flu in healthcare workers. Bernstein urged parents to schedule flu shots for children in high-risk groups “immediately,” and also called on their household contacts to be immunized.last_img read more

US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power

first_imgNov 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan released by the Bush administration today proposes giving the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) the power to require companies to recall unsafe foods, among a number of other steps.The food protection plan was released along with an overall Import Safety Plan, both prompted by a series of tainted imports in recent months, including chemically contaminated pet food, toys with lead paint, and seafood containing traces of unauthorized drugs.The FDA can force a prescription drug off the market by withdrawing its approval, but it currently cannot compel a company to recall a hazardous food, a fact that consumer groups have often decried. The agency has maintained that companies in the vast majority of cases recall such products voluntarily. But today officials acknowledged that the mandatory recall authority would sometimes be useful.”The mandatory recall authority that we’re requesting here would be used in situations where manufacturers don’t want to make a voluntary recall,” said Dr. David Acheson, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food safety, at an afternoon teleconference. “We’ve had situations where it hasn’t worked, where there have been delays or refusal. This allows us to plug that hole.””A key feature of both our Import Safety Plan and our Food Protection Plan is a recommendation that the FDA be granted new authority to recall the unsafe food products,” President Bush said in a statement today. “With this authority, the FDA will be in a better position to act quickly if any problem occurs.”Providing the FDA with food recall authority will require congressional action, according to an Associated Press report today.The new Food Safety Plan deals with both imported and domestic food products and embodies a comprehensive approach involving “prevention, intervention, and response,” administration officials said.”The idea is to take a comprehensive approach to food safety to look at the total life cycle of the food, from the time it’s in the ground until it’s in the consumer’s mouth,” said Tevi Troy, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the news conference.”The idea is to build safety into products every step of the way,” Troy said.In an FDA news release, FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, said, “Although our agency clearly needs to maintain and enhance its response capacity, the primary goal is to prevent contaminated food from ever reaching the consumer.”The overall Import Safety Plan was prepared by a cabinet-level task force set up in July. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, in a letter that accompanied the 86-page plan, said it is based on feedback from stakeholders after the working group’s initial findings were released on Sep 10. A public meeting was held in Washington, DC, Oct 1 to solicit comments.”The public and private sectors have a shared interest in import safety, and substantive improvement will require the careful collaboration of the entire importing community,” Leavitt wrote in the letter.The final plan includes 14 broad recommendations and 50 action steps. Some are short-term goals, while others address long-term implementation.In addition to the proposal for FDA recall authority, some of the short-term measures include:Providing for safety and security certification for foreign producers, based on the product’s risk level and intended use, similar to how the US Department of Agriculture certifies countries that export meat, poultry, and egg products. Certification would be mandatory for high-risk products.Amending federal laws to allow authorities to seize the assets of companies that violate food safety actsRaising civil penalties for companies that violate the Consumer Product Safety ActDenying entry to foreign firms that don’t allow the FDA to verify if they are complying with US safety standardsDeveloping uniform interdepartmental procedures for clearing shipments into the United StatesImplementing rapid response systems for import safety incidentsStrengthening the protection of intellectual property rights to discourage trade in counterfeit products that may be harmful to consumersAmong the longer-term measures, the action plan includes the following:Developing and promoting good importer practicesInstituting incentives for foreign producers to voluntarily certify their productsCreating a single-window interface for governmental and private exchange of import dataExpanding laboratory capacity and developing methods to more quickly identify contaminantsExpediting recalls through advanced use of technology, such as integrated circuit or radiofrequency tracking systemsLeavitt, in his letter that accompanied the plan, recommended the working group meet again in 30 days to review progress on the short-term goals spelled out in the document.Editor’s note: CIDRAP News will cover the FDA Food Safety Plan in more detail in a later story.See also: Nov 6 FDA news release about the food safety plan’s Food Protection Plan 6 White House fact sheet about the Import Safety Plan Plan for Import Safety (full text) by President Bush 12 CIDRAP News story “US import safety panel calls for risk-based monitoring”last_img read more

Salmonella -tainted city water also had parasites

first_img EPA information on Cryptosporidium and other drinking-water contaminants Cryptosporidium is a protozoan parasite that is resistant to disinfectants like chlorine and has been linked with waterborne disease outbreaks, the agency said. The infection can be severe in children, the elderly, and immunocompromised people, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. As of Apr 8, the number of reported Salmonella infections had risen to 389, with 107 confirmed cases, according to the city’s statement. Sixteen patients were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Post-treatment samples to detect Salmonella have already come back negative, city officials said. Alamosa will lift the boil order on local water as soon as tests are negative for parasites, according to the statement from the city. Results are not expected until the weekend at the soonest. In late March state water officials found Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium in Alamosa’s water system after dozens of local residents became ill with Salmonella infections. Authorities still aren’t sure what the source of the Salmonella was or how it entered the city’s water. Apr 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Samples taken from the Alamosa, Colo., water system before it was treated for Salmonella contamination also showed that the water was tainted with two parasites, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. See also: Giardia, one of the most common causes of waterborne illnesses, produces gastrointestinal symptoms that can lead to weight loss and dehydration, according to the CDC. Giardia and Cryptosporidium in the city’s water have not been linked to any reported illnesses, according to the AP report. The results of the tests, conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were announced Apr 9 in a statement from city officials. The city said state water control officials took new water samples to confirm that the parasites, both of which can cause diarrheal illnesses, were eliminated from the water when authorities flushed and disinfected the system. Judy Egbert, Alamosa city clerk, said the high concentration of chlorine that began circulating though 50 miles of the city’s pipes starting on Mar 25 should have been enough to kill Giardia and Cryptosporidium, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. The city’s water comes from deep wells and is not normally treated, according to previous reports. Mar 28 CIDRAP News story: “Salmonella type in Colorado water listed; source still sought” CDC information on giardiasislast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu case in Egypt, H5N1 inhibitor, H7N7 in Germany, unvaccinated kids, London’s pan-flu plan

first_imgApr 15, 2009Egyptian woman sick with H5N1 infectionA 33-year-old Egyptian woman from the northern province of Kafr el-Sheikh is sick with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Reuters reported today. Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine said the woman had fallen ill on Apr 7 after coming into contact with dead birds, said the report, which cited the Egyptian news agency MENA. The woman’s illness is Egypt’s fourth H5N1 case this month, and she is the first adult infected after a string of cases in children in recent weeks. As of last week, Egypt had had 12 H5N1 cases with no deaths so far this year, as compared with 4 deaths out of 8 cases last year, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. The WHO recently sent a team of experts to Egypt to assess whether the virus is changing in some way.[Apr 15 Reuters report]Researchers identify new H5N1 inhibitor candidateAgainst a backdrop of concern about influenza resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), researchers from Canada and Hong Kong yesterday at a press conference in Hong Kong described a new compound that inhibits the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to a report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The researchers’ findings appear in today’s issue of the Journal of Medical Chemistry. Using computational molecular docking, the researchers screened 230,000 compounds and found 20 potential H5N1 inhibitors. One of the compounds, referred to as “compound 1,” showed an ability to inhibit neuraminidase at levels similar to oseltamivir. The compound was also effective in a variety of cell-line assays and with both H1N1 and H5N1 viruses, according to the journal article abstract.[Apr 15 Xinhua story][Apr 15 J Med Chem abstract]Tests reveal H7N7 at German turkey farmAnimal health officials in Germany yesterday said a low-pathogenic H7 avian flu outbreak at a commercial turkey farm near Kleve in early April involved an H7N7 virus, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak killed 454 birds, and authorities culled the remaining 16,246 turkeys to control it. Investigators haven’t determined the source of the virus.[Apr 14 OIE report]Despite free access, most Ontario children not vaccinated against fluMost Ontario children for whom influenza vaccination is recommended are not getting vaccinated, even though flu immunization is free to all in the province, according to a report from the Toronto-based Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). In a telephone survey during the 2006-07 flu season, the researchers found that only 30.8% of children with high-risk medical conditions had received flu vaccine and that only 10% of 6- to 23-month-old children had received the recommended two doses of vaccine. The survey targeted the caregivers of 4,854 children between 6 months and 11 years old. “This study shows that just making flu shots freely and easily available to the entire population may not be enough for reaching certain high risk groups,” said Dr. Jeff Kwong, one of the authors, in an ICES news release.[Apr 14 ICES news release]London’s revised pandemic flu plan envisions up to 94,000 deathsThe latest edition of the city of London’s pandemic influenza surveillance plan, released recently, says health agencies should prepare for disease attack rates ranging anywhere from 25% to 50% and for case-fatality rates ranging from 0.4% to 2.5%. At the high end of those scales, London could have up to 94,000 deaths, the report says. Titled “The London Regional Resilience Flu Pandemic Response Plan,” the report is the fourth version of a document that was first published in May 2006. The 126-page plan is intended to provide the agencies that compose the London Resilience Partnership with a strategic framework to support their preparedness and response efforts.[London’s pandemic flu plan]Larry Brilliant heads Skoll Foundation project to battle global threatsDr. Larry Brilliant, the founder of Google Inc.’s philanthropic arm, has been named president of a new organization being set up by the Skoll Foundation to combat urgent global threats such as climate change, water scarcity, pandemic disease, and nuclear proliferation, the foundation announced yesterday. The aim of the organization, called the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund, is to identify and support “innovative, high-impact initiatives” to confront these major threats, said Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, in a news release. Brilliant played a key role in the World Health Organization’s campaign to eradicate smallpox in Asia, and he was the founding executive director of The new organization will have an initial budget of $100 million, the foundation said.[Apr 14 Skoll Foundation news release]last_img read more

Dina Begić, Karlovac County Tourist Board: Zagreb and Zagreb County are extremely important markets for us

first_imgOn Thursday, September 9, Karlovac County will present itself to the people of Zagreb for the second time on Ban Jelačić Square from 9 am to 19 pm with a rich program entitled “With the neighbors at the clock”. The event is intended to be the largest showcase of diverse and rich cultural-historical, traditional, eno and gastronomic, tourist and economic offer of Karlovac County, which will be presented through tastings and sales and a full day program on and around the stage – ethno village, show cooking, workshops … The Tourist Board of Karlovac County reminds that all facilities for visitors are free, and the goal of this unique gathering is to show the old traditional crafts and customs of Karlovac County.Or simply – an open invitation to all citizens of Zagreb to visit Karlovac County. By the way, when comparing the continental tourism of Austria, Bavaria or Switzerland, it is important to emphasize that it strongly relies on domestic guests, while in our country this segment, which should be the main base, is very neglected. Both because of the lower standard, and because there is no habit. But these are just challenges that tourism professionals need to address, certainly not insurmountable obstacles.At the class, the people of Karlovac will show their neighbors from Zagreb their old traditional crafts and customs such as basket weaving, sewing Easter eggs, sneezing feathers and felting wool, and especially interesting will be the presentation of making jalba – headgear worn by married women in villages along the Kupa Ozalj and Karlovac, which is made of elastic material of hollow structure with a special knitting technique. Gourmets will surely be delighted by the arrival of about 30 Family Farms that will offer their cheeses, honey, buckwheat, corn flour, barley porridge, homemade juices and jams, fruits and mushrooms, medicinal preparations and bakery products, as well as wooden and ceramic kitchen equipment and pottery. At the Trad Food Spot, one of the best chefs in Karlovac County, Ivana Kuzmanić, will prepare traditional dishes from her region, and the youngest will be able to enjoy gastronomic workshops appropriate to their age. The presentation of the Karlovac freshwater aquarium and the inevitable Guinness strudel, as well as numerous other desserts such as the delicious Katarina Zrinska cake, will certainly arouse interest. At the all-day gathering of good neighbors on the central square of Zagreb, those present will be entertained by KUDs and tamburitza ensembles from Karlovac County and majorettes.We were interested in how much Karlovac tourism benefits from being in the vicinity of one of the most important destinations of continental tourism – Zagreb. The answer is logical – a lot. “Zagreb and Zagreb County are extremely important markets for us for several reasons. Traditionally, many Zagreb residents come to swim in our rivers in the summer season, and many of us also have holiday homes, most often along the Mrežnica River. Furthermore, in our work so far and contacts with hoteliers in the Zagreb area, we have come to the realization that they generally have little information about the tourist offer near Zagreb, and guests often ask them about the possibilities for excursion destinations. Given that this is a potential market of almost a million inhabitants, we are all working together (here, except for the tourist boards in our area, I mean both the private and public sectors) to develop tourism products that will be interesting to all ages and different interests. group. Despite the incentives provided by the Croatian National Tourist Board for DMK agencies, so far we have not found a tour operator who would be more seriously interested in including our offer in their arrangements. With the opening of Aquatika, something started a little, but we are still a transit destination with a short stay in the county, says the head of the Tourist Office, Dina Begić, adding that Karlovac County (except the city of Zagreb) has been the leading continental county in terms of the number of overnight stays and arrivals for many years.Karlovac County recorded an increase of 28 percent of overnight stays”Last year, 2016, we ended up with 474 overnight stays, and this year we have already crossed 000 overnight stays. With an increase of 350.000 percent compared to the same period in 28, it is realistic to expect that this year we will have an even better overall result at the end of the year. Our guests most often visit our rivers in the bathing season, then come for rafting and canoeing, and more and more for cycling trails which we try to connect all that is most attractive to tourists. They also come to our camps a lot, and in recent years they have been especially interested in Robinson camps, mostly located along Mrežnica.”, Reminds Dina Begić, adding that they try to develop their tourism products in accordance with the guidelines set in the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia, which are, above all, various forms of active holidays combined with traditional gastronomic offer, and work on branding local gastronomy in collaboration with caterers.The director of the Karlovac Tourist Board believes that continental tourism is possible throughout the year. “Our hotels and restaurants are open all year round and the offer is mostly such that it is possible, not perhaps in all segments of the tourist offer (those that are also dependent on weather conditions, such as cycling and rafting) but in a good part it is possible. There will be even better results when a tour operator is interested in this area of ​​ours, here I mean the whole of continental Croatia, which offers much more than the coastal part of Croatia where the first motive is the arrival of the sun and the sea.”, Concludes Dina Begić.In any case, it is certainly wise and desirable to use Zagreb as one of the primary markets, both because of its proximity as a weekend destination, and because of the size and financial power of the market. The more the better. Perhaps it would be interesting to open an info tourist office of the Karlovac County Tourist Board in Zagreb, which would be constantly present and tell various stories from Karlovac County. What is certain is that continental tourism can and must last throughout the year, and the proximity of Zagreb is certainly a big plus and potential for Karlovac County.Related news: UNIQUE TOURIST GUIDE THROUGH KARLOVAC COUNTY PRESENTEDlast_img read more