first_imgAcademic Staff-Renewable Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: Department(s): Contact: Institutional Statement on Diversity: 225143-AS PROFESSOR (CHS)(D01NN) or ASSOC PROFESSOR (CHS)(D02NN) or ASSTPROFESSOR (CHS)(D03NN) or CLINICAL PROFESSOR(D51NN) or CLINICALASSOC PROF(D52NN) or CLINICAL ASST PROF(D53NN) Anticipated Begin Date: Principal Duties: Completion of anesthesiology residency program, and certified oreligible for certification by the American Board of Anesthesiology.Completion of subspecialty fellowship training in cardiacanesthesia. Ongoing/Renewable Wisconsin medical license, board certified or board eligible inAnesthesiology Instructions to Applicants: Applications Open: Jul 20 2020 Central Daylight TimeApplications Close: Job Number: Full or Part Time: 80% – 100% SEPTEMBER 01, 2020 Fern [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) Additional Information:center_img License or Certificate: MD or DO, Anesthesiology, cardiac anesthesiology Salary: Work Type: Degree and Area of Specialization: Position Summary: Apply at Search for Job ID: 225143-AS.Please apply online by clicking “”. You will be asked to upload aresume and cover letter.Applications must be received by August 21, 2020 to receive fullconsideration. However, positions will remain open and applicationsmay be considered until the positions are filled. Duties for appointment to CHS track: Major teachingresponsibilities for residents and medical students in theoperating room, and didactic sessions. Primary emphasis of teachingwill be in general and cardiacthoracic anesthesia procedures andtechniques, or in area of subspecialty training. Provision ofclinical anesthetic care to cardiothoracic surgical patients (i.e.working in the operating room, plus evening and weekend call) in ananesthesia team model or personally performed anesthesia.Opportunity for participation or to lead clinical research forinterested and qualified candidates. The successful applicant willparticipate in administrative and committee work to support theclinical and scholarly missions of UW Health and the School ofMedicine and Public Health.Duties for appointment to the Clinician Teacher (CT) track:Provision of clinical anesthetic care to surgical patients (i.e.working in the operating room, plus evening and weekend call ) inan anesthesia team model. Provision of clinical anesthetic carewill be primarily, but not exclusively, for cardiothoracic andgenerall surgical patients. Teaching of residents and medicalstudents in the operating room, and occasional didacticsessions.An essential part of these duties will be working in a collegialrelationship with other faculty members. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and TotalCompensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensationstructures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles oncurrent job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties andresponsibilities will remain the same. For more information pleasevisit: will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment . This position will be a dual appointment with UW Madison and UWMedical Foundation.Candidates for Associate Professor (CHS) or Professor (CHS) mustmeet criteria for appointment at rank per UW School of Medicine andPublic Health guidelines for appointment and promotion on the CHStrack.Candidates for Clinical Associate Professor or Clinical Professormust meet criteria for appointment at rank per UW School ofMedicine and Public Health guidelines for appointment to ClinicianTeacher Track. Job no: 225143-ASWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeDepartment: SMPH/ANESTHESIOLOGY/ANESTHESIOLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services,Instructional Appointment Type, Duration: This is a position for a cardiac anesthesiologist primarily toprovide clinical anesthesia care with teaching opportunities toresidents and medical students.The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profoundcommitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as avaluable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, westrongly encourage applications from candidates who foster andpromote the values of diversity and inclusion. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence throughdiversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability,you can find information about how to make a request at thefollowing website: Employment Class: A530900-MEDICAL SCHOOL/ANESTHESIOLOGY/ANESTHESIO Official Title: NegotiableANNUAL (12 months)last_img read more

Watch Phil Lesh Play “Scarlet Begonias” With Fishman, McConnell, Russo, & More At Lockn’ [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgThis past summer, fans at LOCKN’ were treated to a vast array of Dead-ly performances, from Keller Williams‘ Grateful Grass and Grateful Gospel, to two sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and two Phil & Friends sets featuring dream team lineups. For the first of the two Phil Lesh sets, the Grateful Dead bassist recruited Phish members Jon Fishman and Page McConnell, former Furthur bandmate and Almost Dead bandleader Joe Russo, and The Infamous Stringdusters.This morning, LOCKN’ has released pro-shot video of Phil and this stacked lineup of Friends performing the Dead’s “Scarlet Begonias” for the world to enjoy. Check it out below!You can listen to the full set below, courtesy of taper quinfolk:last_img read more

Rural Stress

first_imgRural Americans, especially those working in agriculture, need more support to help with stressors, and for the treatment of mental illness, addiction and the prevention of suicide, according to Anna M. Scheyett, dean of the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work.Scheyett, who has more than 25 years of experience researching severe mental illness and the services designed to promote recovery, will join other experts from across the country Dec. 10 and 11 in the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Airport for a conference titled “Rural Stress: Promising Practices and Future Directions.” All news media are welcome to attend.Here, Scheyett shares some of her perspective on mental health among farmers, and why it’s so important that new strategies are developed to help this unique population.Why are farmers at a higher risk for mental illness and suicide? “This can be a hard life. So much of what farmers do is out of their control, and this can lead to very high levels of stress. No matter how hard you work, you cannot change the weather, you cannot change the economy. That can lead to an intense feeling of helplessness, particularly after a natural disaster like Hurricane Michael here in Georgia or wildfires in California.”“Because of geographic isolation in some rural areas, farmers may have only a few close friends and family members, so relationship problems can be incredibly stressful.“This is a complex problem, and there is no one thing that will fix it.”So how do we begin to solve such a complex issue?“It will take a multi-pronged approach. There is a whole continuum of things that we can do, but I think it’s all got to start within that farming community. We have to understand the needs of this community so we can connect them with the tools they need.“An intervention is only as good as it is acceptable, and ideally the details of what’s needed to help farmers will come from farm communities themselves. I’m a firm believer that if you get a community together and have them talking genuinely, they know best what they need, and we can work together to help them get it.”What role does the Rural Stress conference play in this process?“We’re bringing in experts from all over the country who have been working on this problem in new and interesting ways so that we can learn from each other, but this conference is really geared towards action. We want to develop clear next steps.“These people play such a crucial role in our society. They feed us, for heaven’s sake, and they are owed this kind of attention and support.”For more information about the Rural Stress Conference, see For more information about Anna M. Scheyett, see read more

Survey of On-Road Incidents Between Motorists and Cyclists

first_imgAt one point or another, nearly all of us have been either the car stuck behind the cyclist on a winding country road or the cyclist furiously pumping uphill and leading a convoy of moderately annoyed drivers. It’s an uncomfortable situation, for both the driver and the cyclist, but sometimes these encounters escalate beyond moderate annoyance to physical assault. After we posted this video of an Asheville-area driver punching a cyclist in the face, we were floored by the deluge of comments our readers had, both in support of the cyclist and in defense of the motorist.“What the video didn’t show, was the old man waiting for 10 minutes to get around the DB on the bicycle, wondering why he didnt pull that piece of shit off the road and let the 45 cars that were behind him, on a windy, blind curved, no passing lane, HIGHWAY road, go by. All while acting like he belongs there, and whining behind the “it’s my road too” BS when he gets the taste slapped out of his dumbass mouth.”“What a POS. Hope they track him down and charge him with assault.”“Why should cyclists be allowed on the road. They hold up traffic and their not registered, plated or insured.”“I almost never ride my bike on busy roadways because of all the cars. But I have that right, I pay taxes also.”The debate got us wondering—what is going on here? Is the world just so tied up in anger and hate that it’s playing out on our roads and neighborhoods? Are cyclists really paying taxes for road infrastructure? Are motorists adhering to bicycle safety laws, or being properly and consistently reprimanded when they don’t? As more and more people look to the bicycle as a means of commuting and recreation, it seems likely that motorist-cyclist altercations are destined to increase in frequency and intensity. So how can we #sharetheroad safely and fairly moving into the future?You can help! Fill out this anonymous survey and share your on-road experiences with us!last_img read more

L.I.’s Substance Abuse Community Braces for Sandy’s Next Wave

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Superstorm Sandy has plunged many recovering drug abusers into a personal darkness eclipsing even that of the power blackouts left in its wake.“Reality hit me and I realized I don’t have any real friends, I’ve been f***** stranded on the street,” Jennifer, a recently re-arrested drug abuser whose name was changed to protect her identity, writes in an online plea for help. “Gimme a reason to keep on living.”Hers is just one of countless similar stories of compounded despair that emerged, then snowballed, after the historic Oct. 29 hurricane.Far from the camera glare cast on heroic nurses who evacuated newborn babies from the Sandy-crippled NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan at the height of its wrath, local drug rehab facilities faced similarly Herculean tasks in fighting a surge of relapses among patients. Three months later, treatment providers who were already unable to meet the demand of LI’s drug epidemic warn of a coming wave of additional substance abuse cases, sparked by the widespread trauma still reverberating throughout the region and among those in addiction’s grasp. The new onslaught strikes as many of the region’s addiction treatment services are still on life support due to the damage they sustained and others remain shuttered—such as the Long Beach Medical Center, one of LI’s main detox centers, which is closed through March.“Like any other crisis, if things were not good before the crisis, the crisis will make things worse,” says Jamie Bogenshutz, executive director of Massapequa-based YES Community Counseling Center and president of the Nassau Alliance of Addiction Services, a rehab umbrella group. “The crazier life becomes for people, it becomes more obvious there are not enough resources.”Studies show illicit drug use spikes in the aftermath of natural disasters. Adults who were displaced from their homes for more than two weeks after Hurricane Katrina—the one storm more damaging than Sandy—had increased drug use, more mental health issues and unmet treatment needs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.In New York, 40,000 were displaced after Sandy. Providing them and others with Psychological First Aid are 17 LI mental health agencies among 35 statewide deploying 1,000 door-to-door crisis counselors as a part of “Project Hope.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $8.2 million to the New York State Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which allocated $1.8 million to Nassau and nearly $1 million to Suffolk in November for the program, which runs nine months.“The enormity of the personal challenges and material loss experienced has overwhelmed the usual coping capacities of most people,” said Dr. James Dolan, director of the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services, in a statement.That includes previously sober superstorm survivors self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to deal with catastrophic losses of their homes, vehicles and belongings, as well as pre-Sandy substance abusers who’ve upped their doses to cope.AFTER SANDYWith trains, gas, power and phone service largely unavailable in the days, weeks and even months after Sandy, an untold number of Long Islanders with heroin or prescription-drug dependencies were unable to meet their dealers and went into withdrawal—in some cases, revealing hidden addictions to their unwitting families.“You had a whole bunch of young people literally hiding in their basements going through withdrawal, and their parents thought it was the flu,” says Jeffrey Reynolds, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence [LICADD]. He recalls a client telling him, “A few days in the house with no lights, no power, no heat, and the demons are bound to come knocking—and, boy, did they.”Many of those who were getting help found themselves displaced from blacked-out inpatient substance-abuse facilities or cut off from outpatient service providers, who were often dealing with their own stormy troubles at home. The severity of the fallout for this particularly unstable and vulnerable population varied.“Some of those people were disengaged from treatment; they have been almost impossible to get back,” says David Cohen, director of Outpatient Addiction Services at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Riverhead and president of the Quality Consortium of Suffolk County, another rehab umbrella group. He’s most concerned with chemically dependent patients he describes as “pseudo homeless”—those one step from the streets.For others in treatment, the disruption was relatively minimal, such as those at the Phoenix House Hauppauge Center Men’s Program—though residents were moved to the Phoenix House Brentwood Campus for one day until the power was restored at the Hauppauge facility.Stories of doctors making house calls—or in some cases, shelter visits for displaced patients—were also commonplace in the immediate aftermath as providers desperately sought not to have their clients’ recovery undone by the storm’s disruption, considering the difficulty of getting many into rehab to begin with.“If they couldn’t make it to us, we were going to get it to them,” Christina Noonan, program director of the Huntington outreach facility for Daytop Village, Inc., says of her staff’s doctor delivering Suboxone to clients despite blocked and flooded roads. “He somehow found a way.”Not everyone in recovery was as lucky. A Daytop facility in Far Rockaway was forced to release 150 court-mandated patients onto the streets west of the Nassau-Queens line after the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services stalled patients’ transfer to upstate Daytop facilities, the New York Daily News reported.Some from the Rockaways joined those from LI’s ravaged South Shores, packing mental health wards as a spike in substance abusers became suicidal—along with people without prior mental health diagnoses.“We were full, full to capacity for the first two months,” says one LI psychiatric nurse who asked that neither she nor her employer be identified in order for her to speak freely. “There was an increase in suicidal patients because they could not get their medication or because the pharmacies were closed or a lot of addicts who had no place to go.”THE COMING STORMLocal substance-abuse professionals and anti-drug advocates worry that having the additional Sandy-inspired substance abusers referred to the already overburdened inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities limited by government austerity measures is a prescription for failure.Bogenshutz of YES says Project Hope, while beneficial, will ultimately “unearth the next layer of issues” that will require additional resources.“We just don’t know how far-reaching the demand for services is going to go,” concurs Joe Smith of Long Beach Reach, which has joined Project Hope and has been treating patients spilled over from the still-shuttered Long Beach Medical Center. “The resources are limited already…it’s really eaten into the safety network.”Before the storm, Nassau cut funds to youth groups involved in anti-drug counseling last year, and Nassau University Medical Center replaced some of its detox beds with outpatient care. Post-Sandy, LBMC’s repair costs are estimated between $32 million and $56 million—although hospital officials are reportedly prioritizing their rehab’s reopening.LBMC representatives did not respond to requests for comment, but Patricia Hacken, director of alcohol and substance abuse services at the hospital, told the Press last summer that LBMC had applied to double its detox beds from eight to 16 because of a “significant increase” in requests for inpatient care.“It is a significant loss, and I don’t necessarily see anybody picking up the slack,” says LICADD’s Reynolds, who fears the treatment gap will force some into “do-it-yourself detox,” which “isn’t a winning formula for most people.”Smith, whose offices were not damaged in the flooding but finally got power and heat back the day after Thanksgiving, expects the surge of additional people seeking treatment to last into next year.“We know from past experience that in the aftermath of disasters the surge in demand for treatment begins…three to six months after,” he says. “That surge in demand lasts for quite some time.”Others interviewed for this story were optimistic that some of the recently approved Sandy aid funds will eventually be allocated to help fill the gap in post-Sandy substance-abuse services.“Not surprisingly was that folks most impacted by the storm were somewhat isolated,” says John Cappola, president of the New York State Association of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Providers. “It took a while before we had a sense of how people were doing out there…I’m hoping that we learned a lot from this.”New York State residents experiencing emotional distress as a result of Hurricane Sandy can access free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7 by calling LifeNet at 800-543-3638.last_img read more

Northport VA Officials: Vet Did Not Seek Treatment Prior to Suicide

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center officials appearing before a Congressional oversight committee Tuesday rejected claims that a 78-year-old U.S. Navy veteran was denied service before he committed suicide last month at the facility.The determination was based upon a review of surveillance footage, emergency room records, and phone logs, officials told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Surveillance footage recorded the vet, Peter Kaisen, on the hospital’s grounds for 12 minutes on Sunday, Aug. 21, from the moment his vehicle entered the campus, Northport VAMC officials said. At no point did surveillance footage place the Islip man at the hospital’s Emergency Department, they claimed.“Allegations that he was turned away from our Emergency Department are false,” said Dr. Joan E. McInerney, NY/NJ network director for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.There was also no indication that Kaisen attempted to sign in at the facility’s welcome desk, either, officials said. The only gap in surveillance was during the moments Kaisen was in an adjacent parking lot near a wooded area, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Phillip C. Moschitta, Northport VAMC’s director, told seven committee members in attendance that there was “definitive” evidence to support the VA’s accounting of events. He said he’s awaiting a final report from the FBI, the lead agency that investigated Kaisen’s death.The hospital’s account is in stark contrast to allegations made by two whistleblowers last month. The anonymous hospital workers told The New York Times that Kaisen was denied service that Sunday. The same report claimed Kaisen was frustrated that he was unable to see a mental health physician.About 100 observers packed the Northport VAMC’s auditorium for the committee’s much-anticipated field hearing. Kaisen’s widow, Joan Kaisen, was also in attendance. Like a handful of people who insisted they be permitted to address the panel, Joan was rebuffed when committee members addressed her husband’s death.While the hearing focused largely on Kaisen’s much-publicized suicide, Northport VAMC officials also discussed the closure of five operating rooms this spring due to a faulty HVAC system, alleged financial malfeasance associated with billing procedures, as well as the deaths of two other people linked to the hospital.“Through the years, up until very recently, I continued to hear constituents in my district who have nothing but the best to say about the quality of care that they have received here at Northport VA,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Selden), who along with Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), is one of two Long Islanders on the committee. “It is over the course of the last few months that we started to receive an increase in feedback from individuals that resulted in some pretty serious allegations, which is why we’re here to get answers.”RELATED: Long Island Vet’s Life of Devotion, Love & Sacrifice Ends With Tragic QuestionsBut Kaisen’s suicide took precedent.Committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) peppered VA officials with questions about emergency room sign-in procedures. At one point he produced a paper log that patients are required to fill out at the emergency wing’s welcome desk. Both Moschitta and McInerney said they were unaware of the specific sign-in procedures inside the Emergency Department.“You still use paper like this here?” Miller inquired.“Yes, there are some paper documents,” Moschitta responded.“What happens if this gets thrown away?” Miller added, crumpling the paper in his hands to mimic its being discarded.“You would still have the patient in front of you,” McInerney said.“Unless they went to the parking lot,” Miller interjected, referring to Kaisen’s death.Besides surveillance footage, there was also forensic evidence collected by investigators indicating how long Kaisen was in a specific area, Moschitta said.“There are no breaks in the video,” he said, adding that video showed Kaisen passing the hospital’s checkpoint all the way until he parked his vehicle. The parking lot, however, is not equipped with surveillance cameras, he testified.“So, it was physically impossible to go from the incident to the ED (Emergency Department),” he said of the 12 minutes Kaisen purportedly spent on the campus.Moschitta, who declined to go into the specifics of Kaisen’s case, took offense to claims that his employees would intentionally spur a veteran.“Our staff would never do something like that—that’s not our history,” he said. “It’s just very insulting to think that.” He believed the evidence will “set the record straight” that Kaisen was not turned away.“Northport has a long history of providing excellent clinical and mental health at our main facility and our five community clinics,” McInerney added.When questions turned to the operating room’s HVAC system’s problems that began in February, Moschitta apologized for failing to inform Long Island’s Congressional delegation, who read about the rust particles spewing from the vents in a Times article in May.The hospital closed all five operating rooms in March for safety reasons and performed a temporary fix. Of the 154 procedures that were postponed due to the closures, 22 patients have yet to undergo operations, choosing instead to wait for the operating rooms to reopen, officials testified. All five operating rooms reopened in June.“At no time, even when we had a discharge, was air quality below standard,” insisted Moschitta, who hired an outside company to analyze the air particles.Moschitta told the House committee that a contract to permanently solve the HVAC issue will be finalized in the near future.In addition, Moschitta vehemently denied claims that the Northport VAMC was profiting from an outreach program designed to bring former patients back into the fold.“These encounters are not billable,” Moschitta testified, “so there’s no money generated…Clearly there was no fraud here.” The director said he welcomed an outside audit.Such “falsehoods” do a disservice to veterans who “feel they’re coming to a place they can’t feel safe in,” Moschitta said. “That is why I’m very happy you’re here…We’ve got to clear the air. I don’t want any employee at this medical center, or any volunteer, or any patient to think anything less than we’re the best that there is for them.“We always try to improve,” he added, “that’s our goal.”Northport VAMC officials also addressed claims about the deaths of two other people associated with the facility. One was a veteran who worked on-site and whose death reportedly went unnoticed for three days. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office ruled out suicide and foul play. In the other incident, a patient who had been discharged died off campus, Moschitta said.Afterward, Joan Kaisen said she was “very happy” with the proceedings, specifically with the amount of time devoted to her husband’s death.“I think they’ve got a wide spectrum that they have to handle, but I feel good because he was one of the pinnacle points of this investigation,” she told reporters. “So that gives good solace to me and my family.”Yet Kaisen’s family and friends remain skeptical that the vet would have made the trek from his Islip home to Northport VAMC only to end his life.Tom Farley, his friend of 40 years, noted that Kaisen hadn’t been treated for mental illness and might have been unaware of the services the hospital offered.“I’m very disappointed about the way they’re trying to say he was never here,” Farley said. “It was 12 minutes…[Moschitta] won’t actually answer how long that 12 minutes he was actually on film…In 12 minutes you can come in, try to get into the emergency room and leave. Twelve minutes is a long time.”last_img read more

With a new investment, Valamar Riviera has shown how a destination with a story and added value is developing

first_imgThus, as part of the newly opened Istra Premium Camping Resort 5 * in Funtana, the islet of Školjić was arranged, aptly named “Histri Island”. It is an archeological site from the Bronze Age that was neglected until recently, and as of this year it offers various entertainment programs. A themed playground for children has been built in the center of the island, where numerous animation programs are held every day from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 15 pm. Toddlers, as well as all other visitors to the camp can participate in various activities and workshops, including making a birdhouse, hunting equipment and time capsules, quizzes, water games and other thematic activities. When arranging the islets, the specificity of the location was taken into account, and the materials, construction technique, layout and other elements of the arrangement are in accordance with the time period of the site.  Cottages in the ground they are also located in Lanterna Premium Camping Resort 4 * where, in addition to entertainment for the youngest, families can rent the Kontići Dwarf Plots, which also have houses in the ground for a complete fairytale experience.  Who develops tourist destinations? Also, this is a great example of how the tourist infrastructure can and must be different, to have some added value and story, and there is no better combination if the whole story is tied to an authentic location, as this one is tied through telling Istrian legends.  Then the development strategy of the city is followed by all other economic entities, including hotel companies, which follow this vision of the development of the city and through synergy together develop the destination. Also, if the city knows where and in which direction it is going, so it attracts future investments, and the whole story just builds on and grows. Unfortunately, Valamar is leading the development story, instead of continuing, which of course is not a problem at Valamar, in fact, every destination can be grateful to have such partners and investors. The problem is in the destinations. Also, no matter how big and strong a tourist company is with resources, it still cannot develop a destination on its own. New attractions of ideas are the work of designer and professor of fine arts Nedjeljko Mikc Cak, all inspired by elements from the rich Istrian history and interesting legends from the peninsula, while the contents were realized with the help of expert advisers of the Archaeological Museum of Istria and harmonized with the expert opinion .  Ultimately, tourist destinations, ie the cities themselves, and not the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB, develop tourism at the local level. The system or the State is certainly important, because they create certain frameworks for business and development, but the local self-government decides in which direction it will develop. So does tourism. You know those two “foreign” words in our dictionary – strategy and vision. Well, we need that, of course not on paper to collect dust somewhere in the drawer, but for everyone to know in which direction the city / destination is developing and where it wants to be in x years. So the question arises: Who develops tourist destinations? Valamar Riviera invests large funds in the promotion and development of tourist destinations, both through various entertainment content and organization of events, and through infrastructure. But the problem is that big travel companies are practically hauling the whole destination on their own, and it should be the other way around. Namely, Valamar Riviera has arranged four new entertainment and art attractions, which has further enriched the offer of entertainment content in Poreč and Rabac. But the real story is that artistic attractions are associated with the interpretation of Istrian legends. center_img They could have made a classic children’s playground, with no story and no added value, but they didn’t. On the contrary, they told a great new tourist story and showed how to match the story in tourist destinations. Well done to Valamar, but it would be much more efficient to have the right support in the development of tourist destinations. Synergy and win-win for everyone. Ultimately, the destination is not the hotel, but everyone in the destination. Our biggest problem in tourism is that our destinations are not developing strategically and sustainably, and it is with the primary infrastructure such as water, sewage, electricity, parking, garbage, beaches, etc.… we have the most problems. Which is insane, because we have to ask ourselves where the earnings from tourism have been invested all these decades, if not in infrastructure and development, so that cities can receive all these great guests and follow the growth we have been bragging about for years. Well done to Valamar, who understands that the motive for coming is not a hotel but a destination, and that it is necessary to offer more than just the sun and the sea. And this is where quality, authentic and diverse content in a tourist destination comes into force. Most people look at things like this as a cost, but they are very wrong. No, it is an investment that will pay off for Valamar and returns from year to year. In Rabac, as part of the Valamar Collection Girandella Resort 4/5 *, a creative space has been designed for animation programs in the form of a stranded pirate ship. Pirate House located on the beach in Rabac, with its appearance and content it attracts not only the youngest but also the slightly older ones. Inside the boat there is a children’s corner with animators from Valamar, so parents can leave their children to play and look after and carefree time for themselves.  On the island of Sveti Nikola, where the Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort 4/5 * is located, a fairytale village for elves was built, called “Istrian Fantasy Forest”. The magical installation consists of tree houses and those buried in the ground, reminiscent of houses inhabited by popular hobbits, and has become a favorite place for children on the island.  Valamar, like other hotel companies, does this because they have to, in order to deliver quality and added value, and in order to have that value for money. However, it would be natural and logical for the development to be led by the city / destination, and for everyone else to follow the development policy of the city. And having an investor like this is just a huge plus. Photo: Valamar Rivieralast_img read more

Japan’s homeless ‘net cafe refugees’ seek shelter amid virus woe

first_img‘Unsafe housing conditions’ On the surface, Japan appears a wealthy and prosperous society and visitors to Tokyo and other major cities are often struck by the relative lack of homeless people seen in other world capitals.The Japanese economy bounced back from a recession in the 1990s, creating millions of new jobs, but critics said many of them were temporary and created a new class of urban poverty.The manga cafes were initially a haven for late-working — or late-drinking — business people from far-flung suburbs who missed the last train home, but eventually became a shelter for Japan’s working poor.Coronavirus has driven these people into a corner, said Tsuyoshi Inaba, who has long been involved in helping homeless people.Inaba estimates there are already 2,000 homeless in Tokyo — double the official figure — as public surveys conducted during the day often miss people sleeping rough at night after a day’s work.Combined with 4,000 net cafe refugees, “some 6,000 people are in unstable, unsafe housing situations” in Tokyo alone, Inaba told AFP.The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which ordered establishments such as net cafes closed amid a spike of coronavirus cases in the capital, is trying to find a solution for the hundreds abruptly made homeless.But activists say not enough accommodation is being provided and that the conditions are too onerous — such as requiring applicants to prove they have been in Tokyo for six months or longer.Many kicked out of net cafes have no option but to sleep on the street if they can’t find a proper shelter, Inaba said, adding: “This could cause social confusion and suicides are feared to increase.”If official aid remains inadequate, Inaba foresees a “big problem” that could even contribute to a further spreading of coronavirus.”Some people could move to provincial cities despite the possibility that they may have the virus,” he warned. Thousands of homeless “net cafe refugees” in Japan risk being turfed out onto the streets as the coronavirus pandemic forces the sudden closure of their uniquely Japanese 24/7 comic book havens.The ubiquitous all-night internet and “manga” comic cafes offer couches, computers, comics, soft drinks and shower facilities for an overnight stay typically priced around 2,000 yen ($18).An estimated 4,000 people down on their luck make their home in such cafes in Tokyo alone, and activists worry that shutting them down could lead to suicides and a spike in rough sleepers. ‘Discreet and quiet’ The temporary shelters at the judo hall in Yokohama, operated by the local Kanagawa authorities, have been designed by a team led by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban to offer privacy and prevent infections.Residents sleep on camp-style cots or cardboard beds partitioned off by a frame of sturdy paper tubes with cloth hanging from the top of the cubicle to the floor.Ban is famed for other emergency shelters and buildings, including the Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch in New Zealand after the 2011 earthquake.The aim is to provide a safe place to those driven out by the coronavirus crisis, said Yuji Miyakoshi, an official at the municipal government.The free shelter has hosted nearly 40 people since opening on April 11 and one resident said it had been proved invaluable after his “capsule hotel” accommodation closed two days ago.”I went to work, slept at the hotel and went back to work. I moved to this place but nothing has changed so much,” said the man in his 30s who works in construction.Miyakoshi said the people in the shelter were “quite discreet and quiet… My feeling is that many of them are obviously not good at asserting themselves.” Some local authorities are now opening shelters to accommodate “net cafe refugees” and keep them from sleeping out in the open.One 58-year-old occasional construction-site worker told AFP his main aim was “avoiding getting wet”, as he found a roof over his head at a shelter converted from a martial arts center in Yokohama near Tokyo.”I thought of sleeping on a bench at a train station… or subway stairs going underground,” said the grey-haired man, who declined to give his name.His net cafe informed him at the weekend it would be closing due to state of emergency measures in Japan to stem the spread of the coronavirus.center_img “I used to go to work from net cafes… now I sometimes have a job, sometimes not, due to the coronavirus,” he said, adding that it was nearly impossible to find a permanent job at his age.Renting an apartment in Japan requires a very expensive deposit and presents tricky administrative hurdles, leaving net cafes a convenient option for many of the country’s hidden poor.”I have nowhere to go to, few acquaintances,” said the man. Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes Europa League time, TV channel, live stream, odds and team news

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Oct 2019 9:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes Europa League time, TV channel, live stream, odds and team news Advertisementcenter_img Unai Emery is targeting more Europa League success for himself (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have had a superb start to the Europa League and they will be looking to continue their winning run at home to Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday night.It is two wins from two for Unai Emery’s team so far, scoring seven goals and conceding none against Eintracht Frankfurt and Standard Liege.It has not been so rosy for the Portuguese side who have lost both their games against the same opponents the Gunners have faced, without scoring a goal in either match.Arsenal are looking to bounce back from a thoroughly disappointing result in the Premier League on Monday night when they lose 1-0 at Sheffield United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen is Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes?The match is on Thursday 24 October with kick-off at 8pm at the Emirates.What TV channel is Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes on and is there a live stream?BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage following Partizan Belgrade vs Manchester United.Subscribers can stream the action on BT Sport Player.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes oddsArsenal 1.28 (2/7)Draw 6.6 (11/2)Guimaraes 13 (12/1)Odds courtesy of Betfair ExchangeTeam newsPierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz are both being rested for this one and Reiss Nelson remains out of action with ligament damage.Alexandre Lacazette may return to the strating XI after recovering from an ankle problem, while Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding are all available.MORE: Rob Holding describes ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare for centre-halves’MORE: Ray Parlour urges Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to play Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah Advertisementlast_img read more

The Gold Coast beachside suburbs where buying property won’t break the bank

first_imgThis Tugun house is listed with an asking price of at least $699,000. This Surfers Paradise unit is on the market for $399,000. MORE NEWS: NRL star’s apartment goes viral CHEAPEST BEACHSIDE SUBURBS FOR UNITS (median) Surfers Paradise is one of the Coast’s cheapest suburbs to buy apartments.LOOKING for a beachside property but worried it will blow the budget?Latest CoreLogic data shows there are apartments and houses in some Gold Coast seaside locations that won’t break the bank.Tugun was the cheapest suburb along the coastline for houses, with a median price of $632,000, followed by Miami ($731,000) and Currumbin ($786,844).For units, South Stradbroke Island offered the best bargain with a median price of $160,000.Surfers Paradise and Palm Beach came in second and third with median prices of $365,000 and $418,000 respectively.LJ Hooker Palm Beach agent Madonna Delaney said many properties at Tugun were older traditional homes on large blocks, which were keeping prices low.“Much of the suburb is unsuitable for high rises due to the hills and the nearby airport so prices are not artificially high due to demand from high rise developers,” she said. 1. South Stradbroke – $160,0002. Surfers Paradise – $365,0003. Palm Beach – $418,0004. Mermaid Beach – $425,0005. Miami – $455,000 The median house price in Tugun is $632,000.However, she said the “secret was getting out” with open homes and auctions drawing house hunters in droves.“In recent months, much of the demand has come from Sydney and Melbourne buyers that believe the suburb has unbelievable value compared to the southern cities,” she said.She said prices creeping up in neighbouring suburbs as well as infrastructure planned for the area, including the light rail extension to the airport, would bump prices up.MORE NEWS: Why this house is one of the cheapest on Amalfi Drivecenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 CHEAPEST BEACHSIDE SUBURBS FOR HOUSES (median) REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said houses a little bit further back from the beach were generally cheaper.“The vast majority of Tugun housing would be on the western side of the Gold Coast Highway, which is why that price comes down,” he said.“Palm Beach is similar.”He said units on South Stradbroke Island were much cheaper because they were in Couran Cove, a small resort area only accessible by boat.“Potentially that’s a bit of an anomaly in the market,” he said.He said units at Surfers Paradise were relatively cheap because they dominated that market.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 1. Tugun – $632,0002. Miami – $731,0003. Currumbin – $786,8444. Palm Beach – $796,2505. Coolangatta – $800,000 The median price for a unit in Surfers Paradise is $365,000.Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach duo Katrina Keegan and Penelope Nicholls sold apartments in Surfers Paradise. Mrs Keegan said they were good value for money considering their location.“It’s great value, especially when you look at how long Surfers Paradise is,” she said.“You’re really only going to find yourself a couple of blocks back from the beach.”She said the market was strong but believed prices would continue to increase.Mermaid Beach, Main Beach and Surfers Paradise were the most expensive beachside suburbs for houses, with median prices of $1.385 million, $1.37 million and $1.12 million respectively.Main Beach ($720,000), Coolangatta ($575,000) and Bilinga ($553,750) were the most expensive for units.last_img read more