November 20

Croatia Airlines welcomes the millionth passenger this year tomorrow

first_imgCroatia Airlines on Friday, July 15, 2016, will record the millionth passenger this year.CA reports that this year’s jubilee passenger will land tomorrow at 13.40 pm at Zagreb Airport when a plane is scheduled to land on a regular flight from Dubrovnik to Zagreb, and the millionth passenger will be greeted and rewarded by Croatia Airlines representatives.This year’s millionth passenger is expected to be the earliest in the company’s history, three days before the millionth passenger recorded so far (July 18, 2012) and even 12 days before last year.last_img

November 20

Istria is once again the head of the stars of our tourism

first_imgThis year, Istria is the head of the stars of our tourism, which in the first eight months achieved 3.190.000 arrivals, which is 200.000 arrivals more than last year, and as many as 1.060.000 more overnight stays than last year, ie a total of 20.880.000 overnight stays.Istrian County Prefect Valter Flego, in the presence of the director of the Istria County Tourist Board Denis Ivošević and the head of tourism Nada Prodan Mraković, presented today at the Rivalmare Boutique Hotel in Novigrad, the results of the tourist season. “Istria is the most tourist region in Croatia, which is confirmed by this year’s results, the best in the tourist history of Istria. After the end of August, we can freely say that Istria is the absolute champion of Croatian tourism with over 3 million arrivals and over 20 million overnight stays.”Pointed out the Istrian parish Valter Flego and added that one third of the total income from tourism in Croatia, was realized in Istria.According to the prefect Flego, the top results of Istrian tourism do not happen by chance, but are the result of a job well done and the synergy of the private and public sector, increased investment, and quality and strategic marketing. “Thanks to all this, Istria is today a clearly recognized brand focused on creating an experience tourism that is realized throughout the year”, Points out the Istrian prefect.Namely, tourism in Istria is aimed at stronger connections with agriculture, as well as the promotion of enogastronomy, cycling tourism, health and nautical tourism. In this way, the offer that is no longer related only to the coast is enriched and expanded. Also, the positive trend of investments of large hotel houses in Istria, which will amount to more than 200 million euros next year, continues. These investments will contribute to increasing the attractiveness of Istria and its competitiveness, and enable new employment.According to Flego, the County of Istria has developed and adopted a Master Plan for Tourism 2015-2025, which will create an even more competitive tourism management system. “The results we have achieved, with the distribution of funds so far and the resources we have at our disposal, show that Istria is a strong and successful tourist destination, to the pride of all of us.. But we can be even stronger, and this is only possible by resolving open burning issues in the country such as the issue of ownership of tourist land and the payment of sojourn tax. In this way, further investments will be encouraged, new jobs will be created and even higher revenues will be enabled in the tourism of Istria, from which the entire country will benefit.”.In accordance with the excellent tourist results as well as the announcements for the post-season, it is expected that by the end of the year Istria will have 3,8 million arrivals and approach the magic number of 25 million overnight stays. “The post-season, and especially the ninth month, which we consider an extended eighth month, according to all announcements by travel organizers, hoteliers and tour operators, will be extremely good until September 20.. We also expect a continuation in this positive trend. In the first five days of September, Istria already has 50.000 more overnight stays compared to the same period last year, which tells us that Istria has 10.000 more guests on a daily basis every day than it was last year.”Denis Ivošević, director of the Istria County Tourist Board, points out and adds that 3,3 million overnight stays are expected in July.last_img read more

November 20

Do you miss employees to work in a hotel, restaurant or cafe? Find them at the tourism business fair

first_imgTourism and catering is a category of activities with an increasingly pronounced problem of labor shortage. While the need for additional staff on the coast is rising sharply due to increasingly successful tourist seasons, caterers on the continent are often left without staff until then.Without a sufficient number of employees, especially those who are educated and motivated, the business of every business entity suffers. With the aim of faster, simpler and timely employment of such employees, MojPosao portal organizes a virtual Tourism Job Fair. ” The time component specific to this industry as well as the staff shortage require fast communication in order to provide quality employment, so the FAIR has emerged as an ideal solution for gathering stakeholders in one place at the ideal time to prepare for the season. Many years of experience in organizing such events has resulted in an excellent platform easy to use for both employers and employees. During the seven days of the fair, it is possible to apply for several positions at once with direct communication via chat, video interviews and webcasts.. ”Point out from the MojPosao.net portalThe fair will be held from 22nd to 28th February on the web address mojposaouturizmu.net. The online form of the fair enables significantly greater access for job seekers, even outside the borders of Croatia. In order to make the realization of employment also simple and fast, a chat and video interview with the desired candidates is provided, as well as additional tools for a comprehensive presentation of the company as a desirable employer.In order to attract those candidates in time who will ensure uninterrupted business in the coming year, we invite you to join Tourism Job Fair, along with other employers in the field of tourism and hospitality.last_img read more

November 20

In Croatia, the sea is of exceptional quality

first_imgYou can see more detailed information about the quality of the sea hereThe quality of the sea in Croatia has been continuously implemented since 1989 with the aim of protecting the health of bathers, preserving the high quality of the sea, sustainable beach management, promoting the Adriatic and the quality of the tourist offer. The testing is carried out in accordance with the Bathing Sea Quality Regulation and the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on bathing water quality management, and the program is carried out by authorized laboratories. According to the latest available data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) for 2015, which are based on the results of more than 21.000 test points in Europe, the Republic of Croatia is behind Cyprus, Malta and Greece in terms of sea quality.,You can see more detailed information about the quality of the sea hereThe quality of the sea in Croatia has been continuously implemented since 1989 with the aim of protecting the health of bathers, preserving the high quality of the sea, sustainable beach management, promoting the Adriatic and the quality of the tourist offer. The testing is carried out in accordance with the Bathing Sea Quality Regulation and the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on bathing water quality management, and the program is carried out by authorized laboratories. According to the latest available data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) for 2015, which are based on the results of more than 21.000 test points in Europe, the Republic of Croatia is behind Cyprus, Malta and Greece in terms of sea quality. The implementation of the Sea Bathing Quality Monitoring Program on the beaches of the Croatian Adriatic has begun.Sea quality tests will run from May 22nd. 2017 to October 8, 2017, and is conducted by the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries from Split. During this period, sea quality will be monitored at a total of 948 points. At each test point planned under the Monitoring Program, tests will be performed ten times during the season, ie every fortnight.Currently, the real phase of testing is on a sample of 781 beaches, which lasted from 22.05.2017. to 26.05.2017. According to the research of the quality of the bathing sea, the sea is of exceptional quality in Croatia, and so on a sample of 781 beaches, 774 of them, ie 99,36% of excellent quality, 0,38% good (3 beaches), 0,26% beaches) of satisfactory quality, and no beach failed the test, ie that it is of unsatisfactory quality.last_img read more

November 19

Researchers see significant reduction in fatal car crashes after increase in alcohol taxes

first_imgShare on Twitter LinkedIn Share on Facebook Increasing state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of deaths a year from car crashes, say University of Florida Health researchers, who found alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes decreased after taxes on beer, wine and spirits went up in Illinois.A team of UF Health researchers discovered that fatal alcohol-related car crashes in Illinois declined 26 percent after a 2009 increase in alcohol tax. The decrease was even more marked for young people, at 37 percent.The reduction was similar for crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers and extremely drunken drivers, at 22 and 25 percent, respectively. The study was released online in theAmerican Journal of Public Health in March and will be published in a forthcoming issue. Sharecenter_img Email Pinterest “Similar alcohol tax increases implemented across the country could prevent thousands of deaths from car crashes each year,” said Alexander C. Wagenaar, Ph.D., a professor in the department of health outcomes and policy at the UF College of Medicine. “If policymakers are looking to address dangerous drivers on our roads and reduce the number of fatalities, they should reverse the trend of allowing inflation to erode alcohol taxes.”Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes account for almost 10,000 deaths and half a million injuries every year in the United States. Alcohol is more affordable than ever, a factor researchers say has contributed to Americans’ widespread drinking and driving.Drinking more than 10 drinks per day would have cost the average person about half of his or her disposable income in 1950 compared with only 3 percent in 2011. Alcoholic beverages have become so inexpensive because alcohol tax rates have declined substantially, after taking inflation into account.In August 2009, Illinois raised its excise tax on beer by 4.6 cents per gallon, on wine by 66 cents per gallon and on distilled spirits by $4.05 per gallon. Assuming the entirety of the taxation cost is passed on to the consumer, that would result in a .4 cent increase per glass of beer, a .5 cent increase per glass of wine and a 4.8 cent increase per single serving of spirits.The research team, which also included Melvin D. Livingston, Ph.D., an assistant research scientist, and Stephanie S. Staras, Ph.D., an assistant professor, both of the UF department of health outcomes and policy, used detailed records of fatal crashes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from January 2001 to December 2011. They looked at the 104 months before the tax was enacted and the 28 months after it was enacted to see whether the effects of the tax change differed according to a driver’s age, gender, race and blood alcohol concentration at the time of a fatal motor vehicle crash.The research team defined an impaired driver as having a blood alcohol level of less than .15 percent and an extremely drunken driver as having a blood alcohol level of more than .15 percent, which translates to roughly six drinks within an hour for an average adult.To control for multiple other factors that can affect motor vehicle crash rates, such as traffic safety programs, weather and economic conditions, the researchers compared the number of alcohol-related fatal crashes in Illinois with those unrelated to alcohol during the same time period as well as alcohol-related fatal crashes in Wisconsin, which did not change its alcohol taxes. Results confirmed that the decrease in crashes was due to the tax change, not other factors.The larger-than-expected size of the effects of this modest tax increase may be because the tax change occurred at the same time as the Great Recession — a time when unemployment was high and personal incomes lower, according to the study.“While our study confirms what dozens of earlier studies have found — that an increase in alcohol taxes reduces drinking and reduces alcohol-related health problems, what is unique is that we identified that alcohol taxes do in fact impact the whole range of drinking drivers, including extremely drunk drivers,” Wagenaar said. “This goes against the conventional wisdom of many economists, who assert that heavy drinkers are less responsive to tax changes, and has powerful implications for how we can keep our communities safer.”last_img read more

November 19

Improving work conditions increases parents’ time with their children

first_imgLinkedIn Email Share on Twitter Pinterest Sharecenter_img Share on Facebook A workplace intervention designed to reduce work-family conflict gave employed parents more time with their children without reducing their work time.“These findings may encourage changes in the structure of jobs and culture of work organizations to support families,” said Kelly Davis, research assistant professor of human development and family studies.The research is part of the Work, Family and Health Network’s evaluation of the effects of a workplace intervention designed to reduce work-family conflict by increasing both employees’ control over their schedule and supervisor behaviors that support employees’ personal and family lives. “The results show that we can change the way we work to improve family life,” said Davis. “Our study shows that the workplace intervention had an effect on families by increasing parents’ time with their children.”The Support-Transform-Achieve-Results (STAR) workplace intervention included training supervisors to be more supportive of their employees’ personal and family lives, changing the structure of work so that employees have more control of their work time, and changing the culture in the workplace so that colleagues are more supportive of each other.The researchers evaluated whether parents who participated in the STAR intervention reported significantly more daily time with their children compared with parents randomly assigned to a control group. They found that parents in the STAR group exhibited a statistically significant increase in parent-child shared time — an additional 39 minutes per day on average — between the pre-test and the 12-month follow-up post-test. By contrast, parents in the control group averaged 24 fewer minutes per day with their child at the 12-month follow-up.“Our study tested ideas from the work-home resource model, which holds that work demands can deplete parents’ resources, including their time and energy, with negative effects on their family functioning,” Davis said. “By contrast, increasing work resources can increase the resources parents use in their family lives.”Work resources include supervisor support for personal and family life and flexible work schedules; parental resources include time available for children.STAR affected mothers’ and fathers’ time with their children differently.“Among the study’s findings was that mothers’ time with children increased more than fathers’,” Davis said.Interestingly, mothers in this sample did not work significantly fewer hours per week — on average 46.24 and 46.59 hours per week for mothers and fathers, respectively — and work hours did not significantly change from pre-test to post-test for either mothers or fathers. Thus, mothers may have been more inclined to take advantage of the opportunities and supports afforded by the Support-Transform-Achieve-Results intervention to spend time with their children.The researchers argue that a healthy and satisfied employee can benefit the workplace by improving the business bottom line through more effective and efficient work. The findings are published today (Apr. 13) in Pediatrics.last_img read more

November 19

Gender and attractiveness stereotypes continue to exist in virtual worlds

first_imgStereotypes related to gender and appearance that burden women in the real world could follow them into virtual ones, according to researchers.In a study of how people interacted with avatars in an online game, women received less help from fellow players than men when they operated an unattractive avatar and when they used a male avatar, said T. Franklin Waddell, a doctoral candidate in mass communications, Penn State.“It doesn’t matter if you have an ugly avatar or not, if you’re a man, you’ll still receive about the same amount of help,” said Waddell, who worked with James Ivory, associate professor of communication, Virginia Tech. “However, if you are a woman and operate an unattractive avatar, you will receive significantly less help.” Share Waddell said the findings, which were released in the recent issue of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, are similar to those in previous research on how appearance stereotypes affect men and women in the real world. There, women are more likely to suffer negative consequences based on their appearance than men are, he said.“Overall, many of the same gender and sexual stereotypes seem to permeate the online worlds,” Waddell said. “The study supports the idea that our responses to stereotypes and norms follow us from real life into virtual environments.”In another finding, players were less likely to help a woman who controlled a male avatar than a man who controlled a female avatar.“Although woman are typically less penalized for engaging in cross-sex behavior than men in offline settings, we found an opposite pattern in the online setting, such that men were allowed to control either a male or female avatar without penalty, whereas women were penalized for controlling an opposite-sex avatar,” Waddell said. “In other words, when the stereotype would typically benefit women, the pattern was flipped in the virtual world, allowing men to engage in ‘gender bending’ with their avatar, whereas women were not encouraged to. So it truly is a lose-lose for women in online settings, according to our study.”The findings suggest that businesses may want to offer fewer, not more, options if workers use avatars to interact with colleagues or customers, according to the researchers.“Businesses often want to provide employees and customers with as many technological options as possible,” said Waddell. “However, if business people are going to use avatars to interact with each other or with customers, they may want to use avatars that are gender neutral, for example, or they risk bringing all of those stereotypes from the real world into their online environments.”The researchers used six different avatars to study reactions to help requests among 2,300 players of the online game, World of Warcraft. The avatars represented male and female creatures across three different levels of attractiveness. Prior to this study, participants had evaluated the levels of attractiveness as high, medium and low.During an online session, a researcher would approach a player with a request for directions in the game. To test the magnitude of the favor, the researcher either asked the player to provide directions to a site in the game — a small favor — or asked the player to actually guide the researcher to the site — a large favor. The researchers used other cues to signal the sex of the operator.“For example, if I approach a player, I might say, ‘Can you help a guy out?’ to signal that I was a male operating the avatar,” said Waddell. “If I wanted to signal that I was a female operator, I would say, ‘Can you help a girl out?’” Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more

November 19

Study finds association between teen sleep patterns and alcohol or marijuana use

first_imgShare “Our findings suggest that sleep issues are independently associated with alcohol and marijuana use for teens, not just a marker for other risk factors, such as depression,” said Wendy Troxel, the study’s lead author and a behavioral scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “Better understanding of the association between sleep and substance use is important for parents, schools and others involved in alcohol and drug prevention efforts for this age group.”The teenagers in the study were originally recruited from 16 middle schools across three school districts in Southern California. There was a total of 2,539 teens who self-reported their total sleep time and bedtime via a single assessment Web survey, as well as alcohol or marijuana use, when the teens were in high school. The surveys were completed between May 2013 and April 2014.The research team cautions that although the findings show an association between sleep and the use of alcohol and marijuana, it is not possible to determine cause from effect without additional research. The RAND team is currently collecting long-term research data to study whether sleep problems predict or lead to the onset of alcohol and/or marijuana use in teens.Regarding sleep more generally among adolescents, RAND researchers suggest that both individual-level prevention strategies as well as policy-level strategies are needed to improve adolescent sleep. For example, policy-level strategies include recent efforts to delay high school start times, an approach that has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other professional organizations. Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Adolescents who sleep less or stay up later are significantly more likely to have used alcohol and marijuana over the past month when compared to their peers who report better sleep patterns, according to a new RAND Corporation study.Studying adolescents in Southern California, researchers found that the association between sleep and alcohol/marijuana use was consistent even after controlling for other known risk factors, such as depression.The findings, published online by the journal Sleep Health, were generally consistent across racial and ethnic groups. Emaillast_img read more

November 19

Low birth weight, preterm birth can predict schizophrenia risk — if specific genetic subtype is present

first_imgShare Low birth weight and preterm birth appear to increase the risk of schizophrenia among individuals with a genetic condition called the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows.The research, published in Genetics in Medicine, is “…part of ongoing efforts among schizophrenia researchers to predict and prevent illness at the earliest stages possible,” says senior author Dr. Anne Bassett, Clinician-Scientist in CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute and Canada Research Chair in Schizophrenia Genetics and Genomic Disorders.“Low birth weight and preterm birth have been proposed as risk factors in schizophrenia in general, but past studies have not shown a large effect on risk,” says Dr. Bassett, who is also the Director of the Clinical Genetics Research Program at CAMH. “We’ve focused our lens on these risks in a small population with a specific genetic subtype of schizophrenia, where the connection between birth factors and risk of developing schizophrenia is noticeably stronger.” Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook Email The risk of schizophrenia is known to be high in individuals with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, as about one in four develops schizophrenia. This study found the risk was even higher – nearly one in two – among those who were born with a low birth weight or prematurely, based on standard measures.The syndrome is caused by a small deletion on chromosome 22. It can lead to heart or palate abnormalities, developmental delays and other physical health problems, and in one in four cases, a schizophrenia diagnosis in late adolescence or early adulthood.The research, led by medical student and first author Lily Van, included 123 adults with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. After completing genetic tests to confirm this deletion, the researchers did a comprehensive review of participants’ medical records to capture details on birth weight and prematurity and through development. Psychiatrists on the study team also assessed all participants for the presence of major psychiatric illnesses, including schizophrenia.In total, 51 patients were diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The risk of developing schizophrenia, based on birth factors, was compared against those who did not have schizophrenia. In addition, researchers ruled out other factors, besides the genetic deletion in the baby, that could lead to prematurity or low birth weight, such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, smoking and substance use.“The results needs to be replicated, but do have important clinical implications,” says Dr. Bassett.For instance, there are now prenatal tests that can signal the possibility of a 22q11.2 deletion as early as the first trimester of pregnancy. While such screening requires further confirmation through additional testing, it raises the idea of intervening, in cases where the deletion exists, during pregnancy or immediately after birth.“The big-picture question is whether there is a way to support the developing fetal brain to improve outcomes, and lower the risk of schizophrenia,” says Dr. Bassett.last_img read more

November 19

Player’s performance in video games can steer attitudes about brands

first_imgEmail A company’s brand may crash and burn if video game players perform poorly when they use branded products as part of the game, according to a team of researchers.In a study, the performance of players in a racecar video game influenced their attitude about the actual brand of the car they used in the game, said Frank Dardis, associate professor of advertising and public relations, Penn State.“The easier the game, or the better the people did, the more they remembered the brand they used in the game and the more their attitudes changed in a positive direction toward the brand,” Dardis said. “But, the people who had the more difficult game or had a bad experience — by crashing too much, for example — remembered the brand less and had a negative attitude change toward the brand.” Share Share on Facebook Pinterestcenter_img The researchers, who released their findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Promotion Management, asked players to use a car that featured a VW logo during a video game. Then they measured the number of both the laps completed and the times they crashed to determine player performance. Unknown to the participants, the researchers also adjusted the car’s handling features to increase the level of difficulty.In a survey after the game, players who completed more laps and wrecked less tended to better recall the brand of car and have a more favorable attitude toward the company. Players that had a negative experience during the game had a significantly lower recall and opinion of the brand.In another wrinkle, while the players’ experience with the VW-branded car tended to influence their attitude about the company, the players mostly ignored other brands that advertised on the virtual billboards that appeared during the game.“The recall of the traditional in-game ads that appeared on the virtual billboards of the race track during the game was very low,” said Dardis. “What this may show is that in an integrated ad, the attention gets focused on the branded product in the game and not on other, more peripheral ads.”Advertising and branded advertising in video games is a recent, but growing form of marketing that is expected to increase to more than $1 billion in 2015, according to Dardis. The research suggests that businesses cannot be guaranteed positive results just by advertising in a game, he added.“On the face of it, it might sound like a great idea for, in this case, a car company to say ‘there’s a great new game out, let’s make sure people can drive one of our cars,’” said Dardis. “However, depending on a lot of player choices and things that can happen during the game, the car might not perform well and that could affect their attitudes toward the real-world brand.”A total of 85 participants took part in the study, of those, 59 were female and 26 were male. Only four of the participants had played the game before the session. The players were then randomly assigned to either an easy version or a difficult version of the game. Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more