In an appeal filed May 16, DoD is arguing that the lower court judge overrode the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) scientific judgment on the vaccine and that the injunction is endangering “countless” service personnel for the sake of the six people who sued to stop the vaccination program. “The district court compounded that error by substituting its own judgment of AVA’s efficacy for the contrary scientific conclusions of the Food and Drug Administration,” the brief states. Jim Turner, a Pentagon spokesman, said the plaintiffs in the case are due to file a response to the DoD appeal by Jun 30. Last January, the FDA issued an emergency authorization for DoD to resume giving anthrax shots, but only on a voluntary basis. After getting Sullivan’s approval of the emergency authorization, DoD announced earlier this month that the voluntary program would go forward. But officials said they would continue to seek authority to restore the mandatory program. “The sweeping injunction . . . sets aside the military’s judgment as to the optimal means for protecting against the threat of anthrax without any gain in safety,” the brief states. “The interests of thousands of members of the armed forces are not aligned with those of the six plaintiffs. The court’s ruling jeopardizes the safety of the countless persons who have never been made part of this action.” May 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking a federal appeals court’s permission to revive its mandatory anthrax vaccination program, which was stopped by a lower court’s ruling in October 2004. A May 23 report by GovExec.com said John Michels, attorney for the plaintiffs, declined to comment on the DoD appeal before the response is filed. More than 1.3 million people have received the anthrax vaccine, called Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), in the DoD program since 1998. But the vaccine has been dogged by concerns about alleged side effects. Hundreds of service members have refused the shots, and some have been punished or forced out of the military. It says the FDA has repeatedly confirmed that the vaccine is effective for all forms of anthrax exposure. DoD asserts that Sullivan’s ruling relied on the finding of a 1985 FDA advisory committee that the vaccine’s “efficacy against inhalation anthrax is not well documented.” But the FDA has explained that that conclusion was based on a “misunderstanding” of the data, the brief says. DoD appealed Sullivan’s ruling to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In its brief, the department argues that Sullivan’s ruling “intrudes” into the military’s efforts to protect troops from possible anthrax attacks. DoD also argues that it is “wholly unnecessary” to stop the entire vaccination program for the sake of the six service members and civilian contractor employees who sued the department over objections to the shots. Moreover, even if the FDA’s actions affirming the vaccine were “ineffective,” the vaccine’s original license granted in 1970 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would still be in effect, DoD contends. That license was not limited to particular routes of anthrax exposure. “Formal FDA confirmation of the license was not required to ratify the terms of a license already in existence,” the brief states. The NIH was responsible for licensing vaccines and drugs until 1972. US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, DC, ruled late in 2003 that the FDA had never specifically approved use of the vaccine for preventing inhalational anthrax. The FDA then affirmed that the vaccine could be used for that purpose, but in October 2004, Sullivan ruled that the agency had ignored its own rules in making that affirmation without inviting public comments.
About 20% of people infected with West Nile get sick, and about 1 in 150 suffers the severe form, West Nile meningitis or encephalitis. Roughly 17,000 Americans have had the disease since it made its North American debut in 1999. Last year the United States had 2,539 cases with 100 deaths, according to the CDC. Nine of the 25 cases were the severe, neuroinvasive form of West Nile, the CDC said. Another 15 cases were listed as West Nile fever, and one case was unspecified. CDC. West Nile virus activityUnited States, 2005. MMWR 2005 Jul 15;54(27):678-9 [Full text] See also: Jul 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The annual invasion of West Nile virus has sickened 25 people in 11 states and caused one death so far this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. West Nile virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds, which are believed to be the main reservoir for the virus. The CDC says that infected crows and other birds have been found in 16 states so far this season. Other states that have reported cases to the CDC are California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. This year’s first case was reported in Kansas in May. Colorado leads the list with 7 cases, followed by South Dakota with 5 and Arizona with 3, according to an article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The single death occurred in Missouri. CDC’s West Nile virus sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
Jan 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The sister of a Turkish teenage boy who died of avian influenza Jan 1 has succumbed to the same disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.Turkish officials reported the two cases yesterday, marking the first human cases of avian flu outside East Asia.The WHO statement said Turkey “has confirmed its first two cases of human infection with avian influenza caused by the H5 virus subtype.”The two victims were 14-year-old Mohammed Ali Kocyigit and his 15-year-old sister Fatma, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. They lived in the town of Dobubayazit in Agri province, which borders on Iran and Armenia, the WHO said.Nine other patients from Dogubayazit have been hospitalized with suspected avian flu in Van province, where the two victims were treated, the WHO said. Most are children between the ages of 6 and 15; two of them are siblings of the two patients who died.One of the surviving Kocyigit children was in critical condition today, according to AFP and Reuters reports.The WHO statement did not say that the virus was confirmed to be H5N1, but it implied there was little doubt. “The cases in Turkey bring the number of affected countries to six, from which 144 cases [of H5N1 avian flu] have now been reported,” the agency said. The statement said patient samples have been sent to the United Kingdom for further analysis.Yesterday Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site, said he was told that tests had detected the H5N1 virus. Also, a WHO spokeswoman quoted in today’s AFP report said H5N1 was the likely pathogen.At Turkey’s request, a team of experts from the WHO and European agencies was heading to Turkey today to help investigate the cases, the WHO said.Echoing previous reports, the agency said it appears that the children fell ill after contact with chickens. “Although no poultry outbreak has been officially reported in the district, a confirmed outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in chickens and ducks was reported on 27 December in the adjacent province of Igdir,” the WHO said.Turkish authorities have said the Dogubayazit area has been quarantined, with no people or animals allowed to move in or out, the WHO reported. Culling of poultry was reported to be under way.Turkey’s first outbreak of H5N1 in poultry was reported in October in the northwestern part of the country. The WHO said migratory birds are believed to have introduced the virus in Turkey.See also:Jan 5 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_05/en/index.html
Finally, the conditions are being created for the recovery of Hvar’s Helios Faros from bankruptcy, and thus a new development cycle. This increase in share capital will create the preconditions for Helios Faros to come out of bankruptcy, and through the partnership between Valamar and PBZ CO pension funds, a new development phase of Helios Faros’ development will begin. Helios Faros dd has been the holder of the Starigrad tourist offer for several decades, and has been in bankruptcy since February 2016. It has the capacity of category 2 * -3 *, which includes 1,465 beds in the tourist facilities of the hotel Arkada 2 * and Lavender 3 *, apartments 2 * and camp Jurjevac. Following the subscription of the share capital increase, Valamar will own 23,61% of Helios Faros shares, and PBZ Croatia osiguranje 70,83%. The share capital of Helios Faros will increase from today’s HRK 5,36 million to HRK 96,56 million. Namely, in accordance with the decision to increase the share capital in accordance with the approved Bankruptcy Plan for investment and recapitalization, Valamar Riviera paid yesterday in Starigios Helios Faros in bankruptcy a contribution of HRK 22,8 million to subscribe for 2.280.000 shares. At the same time, PBZ Croatia osiguranje, a pension fund management company, will subscribe for 6.840.000 shares for HRK 68,4 million.
The President of the Management Board of Aminess Hotels and Camps from Novigrad, Zrinka Bokulić, was the moderator of the panel, which is still a burning topic in Croatia – how to attract and retain labor, especially professionals, and whether employers are able to say “thank you” to employees. The shortage of manpower in the future will be even more pronounced, and it was discussed by colleagues dealing with human resources, Gordana Frgačić from Pevec, Gordana Kolenko from BHV Consulting and Marija Lekić from the Belgrade hotelier Mona Hospitality. The goal of the HOW Festival is to bring together representatives of tourism and hotel management from the entire region, present international trends in hotel operations and examples of good practice, facilitate the implementation of new products and services and ensure entertainment and networking of participants. The main debate was about lowering prices when demand fell. Morin said that they do not lower prices and do not give discounts, because they reduce the value of their products. Sahin also agreed with him, talking about his resort in Antalya. However, there are situations when they have no other choice, so Morin mentioned the example of their hotel in Glasgow which worked well until other hotels opened. A large number of new rooms were “killed” by the market, so they had to lower prices by as much as 50 percent, which was a “slap in the face”, said Morin. Two important topics were the focus of the first day and the panel as part of the HOW Festival Kolenko presented the research that her company did with seasonal workers – receptionists in a large Croatian hotel that have been working in it for two and a half to three and a half years. It turned out that the most important thing for employees is advancement, to enable them a permanent career and development (which they cannot have if they are seasonal) and that their opinion is valued. Only after that was a good salary on the priority list. The first was revenue management and the risk of lower prices, and the second was the importance of investing in human resources, that is, do we know how to say “thank you” to employees. Simple, and so important and neglected. Mirella Premeru from Valamar Riviera, Regis Morin from Point A Hotels by Queensway Group and Cahit Sahin from the Turkish Montgomery Maxx Royal Golf Club discovered how they manage revenues in their companies and what technologies they use. She pointed out to the Prime Minister that the role of the revenue manager in Valamar is quite traditional by definition and is actually a kind of compass for marketing and sales and the development of their strategy. Morin emphasized that they have more hotels in the United Kingdom, and the manager has the role of a revenue generator for them. In the conversation, they mentioned the trend from the last two to three years, according to which guests book more and more later, there are more and more last minute reservations, especially in Britain, where Brexit has changed everything. They have to adapt to that, they pointed out. Investing in people is many times more profitable and just as important as investing in hardware. Frgačić presented all the changes that have taken place in Pevec in the last three years – from bankruptcy to changes in the entire Management and top management, and, at the same time, different policies towards employees, which ultimately resulted in a huge reduction in employee turnover. The future and role of revenue managers, as the panelists pointed out, hope to be more market-focused than mathematical analysis. She added to the example that this will happen in Croatia maybe only in five to ten years. Other panelists added that there is no need to be afraid of new technologies in revenue management. On the island of Poreč, Sv. Nikola opened yesterday the conference Hotel Operations Weekend – the first festival in Europe on the topic of hotel operations. This year, the festival gathered more than 570 participants and over 50 speakers in 20 panel discussions and presentations at which the participants were introduced to the latest world trends in hotel operations. Education is important to them because they are opening new shopping malls and they need a loyal workforce. Therefore, the entire Management Board visits the shopping centers, talks quite openly with the workers in all the centers who are in direct contact with customers, asks them what they need and what problems they have, and in the end it is solved. They give people security, they thank them for their efforts, which together brought positive results. They concluded that any recruitment competition is actually a promotion of the company, and that today’s human resources departments are most concerned with how to attract and retain workers. During the panel, Turkey was constantly mentioned as a competitor, and all participants together concluded that in the long run, lowering prices is not good. Lekić explained that they are adapting to the workers because they are opening new hotels and the need for employees is constantly growing. They have managed to reduce the turnover of workers in various ways, primarily by treating those who have worked for them for a long time differently and those who are very young. They noticed that young people today say very directly what they want and their basic motive for employment is security, that the salary is regular, that they have a hot meal and that they know exactly when they will have a vacation. They watch how they are treated starting from the interview, and in order to work with guests in hotels, they have to stay in it themselves, in rooms and restaurants so that they can know what service they offer. Today, Friday, the conference will address social media topics and their importance in sales and marketing, then the quality of wi-fi in hotels, new trends in hotel households, and will be about communication with guests and creative concepts in the food and beverage departments.
Due to a series of measures introduced in Croatia and abroad to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Plitvice Lakes National Park has adopted new rules. This decision does not apply to electric ships operating according to the timetable with the necessary and recommended protection measures taken, among other things, this applies to disinfection, which is now carried out several times a day. A tour of Plitvice Lakes is still possible on foot through the Lower Lakes canyon towards P3, by boat to P1 and back on foot to Entrance 1. The reverse order is valid for visitors entering at the Flora auxiliary entrance. The provisions of the new regime within the national park will take until the coronavirus-related condition normalizes. The Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Ministry of Health recommend not holding activities that bring together more people, especially in closed and cramped spaces, so the Plitvice Lakes National Park has decided that panoramic trains will not run until further notice.
Slovenia, the Netherlands, Germany The warning against travel to Croatia is in force from Monday at midnight. Returnees from holidays from Croatia must show a current negative test for coronavirus or undergo testing within 48 hours. Side dish: List of Croatian laboratories for testing on COVID-19 The warning has been active since Monday, and this measure has logically forced many Austrian tourists to interrupt or postpone their vacation in Croatia and return to Austria. As we know that Austria is one of our main emitting markets, this is certainly a big blow for our tourism, especially for the extension of the tourist season, ie the post-season. The decision of Slovenia, ie the Netherlands, is expected on Thursday, and the positive news is that we are still on the green list in Germany. Laboratories where the COVID-19 test in Croatia can be performed can be found in the attachment. Source: RTL.de However, Austria rejected Croatia’s request that the epidemiological situation in Croatia be viewed through the regions, and not for the entire territory of Croatia, reports the Austrian news agency APA. The situation is as it is, we have to adapt again and turn to new markets, and the focus should certainly be on domestic guests. As we know, Austria has put Croatia on the red list, and to enter Austria you need a NEGATIVE PCR test or be tested in Austria within 48 hours at your own expense.