Month: November 2020


Prince William Supports First Responders After Secret COVID-19 Battle


first_imgWilliam’s father, Prince Charles, made his battle with coronavirus public in late March. One week later, a Clarence House spokesperson told Us that the Prince of Wales, 71, was “out of self-isolation” after consulting with a doctor.“I was lucky, in my case, and got away with it quite lightly. I’ve had it and can still understand what other people are going through,” Charles told Sky News in June. “I feel particularly for those, for instance, who’ve lost their loved ones but were unable to be with them at the time. That’s, to me, the most ghastly thing. But in order to prevent this from happening to so many more people, this is why I’m determined to find a way out of this.”Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDC, WHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! A source recently told Us that although he kept it to himself, William’s brush with COVID-19 was far from easy. “William insisted on keeping this low-key,” the insider revealed. “Only a handful of family members, senior royal staff and close friends knew about it at the time.”The insider continued, “He followed all the necessary self-isolation regulations, refused to let it get him down and even managed to work whilst recovering at home in a sectioned-off area. There were rough moments, of course, and William learned firsthand how awful this virus is and how seriously it needs to be taken.”- Advertisement – “[They] have had to adapt to new ways of working whilst continuing to save lives and help those in need, day-in-day-out,” he explained during the ceremony. “This is what makes the achievements that we are celebrating tonight all the more extraordinary.”William continued, “It is more important than ever that those on the frontline know where they can turn to for support. The work of the Fire Fighters Charity, and all of the organizations who support our blue light services, is central to ensuring the long-term health and wellbeing of our emergency responders.”Multiple reports stated on November 1 that William quietly battled coronavirus in April. According to The Sun, the prince struggled to breathe and was subsequently treated by palace doctors. He additionally followed the U.K. government’s guidelines by quarantining inside his Norfolk, England, home.- Advertisement – Showing his gratitude! Prince William knows the challenges of the novel coronavirus first-hand following his secret battle with the illness — and he’s now honoring first responders who have worked to save the lives of those suffering from it.On Wednesday, November 4, the Duke of Cambridge, 38, introduced the virtual edition of the annual Fire Fighter’s Charity Spirit of Fire Awards and presented the Special Recognition Award for Excellence in the Field of Mental Health. While presenting the honor, he noted how the COVID-19 crisis has “presented a unique challenge for all emergency responders” over the last several months.Prince William Honors First Responders After Secret COVID-19 Battle in AprilPrince William Shutterstock- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


Lewis Hamilton on Mercedes’ drive for success after record seventh title success


first_img– Advertisement – Lewis Hamilton wins the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix as Mercedes clinch the Constructors’ Championship for a record seventh year in a row “And they just continued to do that year on year on year and raise that target that it’s so far out of reach, but if we work towards getting there maybe we’ll get there. That’s what we’ve done every year.”With chassis being carried over to 2021 before big rule change in 2022 that will slow cars down, Hamilton believes the W11, which has taken all 13 pole positions and 11 race wins so far this season, could stand as not only Mercedes’ best-ever car but the greatest in F1’s history.“The whole car collectively, for sure, is the best car that we’ve built,” he said.“I think probably it will be the best car that we’ll ever have, I think, probably in the sport.” F1’s world champion hails the Mercedes team’s search for constant improvement after their winning of a record seventh successive constructors’ world title this year Last Updated: 05/11/20 7:32pm “What we have done is no coincidence. Valtteri (Bottas) and I are just a part of this incredible chain of people who are collectively working and all rowing in the same direction,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 after his win wrapped by“People will probably want to understand how we do it and I think it’s just continuing to set ridiculously high goals every year.“When it comes to the car, I remember we sat down in 2013 [when Hamilton joined] and I would always sit and speak to the guys on aero and talk about where our target is. There would be a dot and I’d say ‘well move that even higher’. And they were like, ‘yeah you’re right, let’s move it higher’. Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes’ all-conquering 2020 car is the “best” they ever produced and the result of setting “ridiculously high goals” ahead of every season in search for improvement.Mercedes became the first time to win seven constructors’ championships in succession at last week’s Emilia-Romagna GP and their one-two result also confirmed only Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas can become 2020’s driver champion, assuring the team of a record-extending seventh world title double in a row too.Hamilton, who could clinch the drivers’ crown in Turkey next week, spoke glowingly about the “remarkable” team and motivation behind Mercedes’ success – and described being a part of it as a “completely unbelievable honour”.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – 0:57 Lewis Hamilton wins the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix as Mercedes clinch the Constructors’ Championship for a record seventh year in a row Party time for Mercedes, seven-time F1 constructors' champions Party time for Mercedes, seven-time F1 constructors' champions


Turkish GP: Lewis Hamilton bids for historic title live on Sky Sports F1


first_imgStory So Far2.30pm Formula 1 welcomes back another “awesome” track this weekend with the return of the Turkish GP – where championship history could be made and seasons could be defined as 2020 enters its final sprint.- Advertisement – The Turkish Grand Prix8.30am10.10am Date and showOn AirSession start Notebook1pm The Englishman is 85 points clear of his only remaining title rival Valtteri Bottas with a maximum of 104 points left to play for and so will become the sport’s second seven-time champion if he finishes Sunday’s race ahead of his Mercedes team-mate.Bottas, meanwhile, must outscore Hamilton by at least eight points to take the title fight on to the following round in Bahrain – so a race victory and fastest lap bonus point would be enough. Practice Two11.45am12pm Go on board with 2010 polesitter Mark Webber for a lap of the fast and very challenging Istanbul Park ahead of the Turkish GP’s return in November The unique triple left-hander at Turn 8 is a particular highlight of a track which, like the other F1 2020 returnees of the Nurburgring and Imola, is old-school in its design with plenty of fierce changes of direction.Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok gave an in-depth guide ahead of the Turkish GP, while Ricciardo admitted: “I can’t wait for Turkey. It’s an awesome circuit and a lot of fun to drive.“It’s going to be pretty cool in a modern Formula 1 car with some fast corners and long periods of time on the throttle. I think it will provide good racing as overtaking should be more straightforward [than Imola]. I think it’s a pretty complete circuit, so I’m certainly looking forward to that.“I think full beans around there is going to be awesome. Turn 8 is a great corner, but so is Turn 1, the downhill, unsighted left. It’s really cool!”The TV timesWith a three-hour time difference between the UK and Turkey, it’s the earliest start times of the reshaped season this weekend for live coverage on Sky Sports F1. How to watch F1 with Sky SportsWhether watching on the big or small screen, Sky Sports F1 has you covered.In addition to the coverage of every track session from each weekend on our TV channel, subscribers can also watch live coverage and in-race clips on the Sky Sports App.The App features Race Control – giving you access to on-board driver feeds, a mix feed, driver tracker and live timings. Race Control is also available via the Red Button on Sky Q and HD boxes.Sky Q is also the home of advanced features, including an interactive track map, plus the latest video clips of action, features and interviews. Sky F1’s David Croft says he expects Lewis Hamilton to sign a new contract with Mercedes, despite question marks remaining over his future in the sport There are plenty of other fierce battles to keep an eye out for through the weekend – the closest of which for third in the constructors’ standings with Renault, McLaren and Racing Point split by just a single point.It’s also been tough to call who will finish fourth behind Hamilton, Bottas and Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship all season, with Daniel Ricciardo currently ahead on 95 points but other midfield rivals – namely Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez – well in contention.The trackThere may have only been seven F1 races at the Istanbul Park circuit – which made its debut in 2005 before a lack of funding prevented Grands Prix post-2011 – but it quickly became, and still is now, a driver’s favourite.


Trump forgets to ban TikTok because the election is over


first_img– Advertisement – But Hunter Biden wasn’t alone this year, as this Verge headline reminds us:TikTok says the Trump administration has forgotten about trying to ban it, would like to know what’s upThis all started in August, when crybaby Donald Trump attempted to ban the social media network, apparently because 1) it has Chinese corporate parents, and 2) K-pop fans used the network to organize signups to Trump’s Tulsa rally—the one he and then-campaign manager Brad Parscale claimed would be attended by 1 million people. Barely 6,000 showed up in the end. – Advertisement – Now, there are plenty of real reasons to challenge the operation of Chinese companies on U.S. soil. China severely restricts or outright blocks U.S. social networks like Facebook and Twitter, as well as Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, WhatsApp, and … well, pretty much everyone else. There is an asymmetry to access to our market versus access to China’s. So there could be a case made for restrictions to TikTok as a retaliatory tactic. But. Yeah, that’s not what Trump was about. He was pissed the network was used to organize against him. And given that it was populated by young users, it didn’t have the conservative presence that has been cultivated on Twitter or Facebook. And finally, Trump decided that the best way to respond to COVID-19 criticisms was to simply blame China. So attacking TikTok worked great as another way to amplify his anger at China for … something. For exposing his own uncaring incompetence? In any case, after Trump announced his ban, TikTok filed suit and has won a series of legal stays of execution in the courts. Yet Trump persisted, finally getting the company to agree to sell certain assets to Trump-backing Oracle Corp. Why? National security. Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok […] TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories.  This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage […]The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.- Advertisement –center_img Wow. Sounds terrible! Our nation’s own security is at risk! But that was then, when there was an election to try and win. Today? The Chinese government blocked that Oracle deal, and how did the Trump administration respond? Crickets. They just … forgot. “For a year, TikTok has actively engaged with CFIUS in good faith to address its national security concerns, even as we disagree with its assessment,” TikTok says in a statement to The Verge. “In the nearly two months since the President gave his preliminary approval to our proposal to satisfy those concerns, we have offered detailed solutions to finalize that agreement – but have received no substantive feedback on our extensive data privacy and security framework.”So all that crap about national security? Never mind. Trump has lost interest. It’s almost as if … it was never about national security? Weird, that. – Advertisement –last_img read more


Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray says they must improve to beat England at Twickenham | Rugby Union News


first_imgMurray began on the bench against Wayne Pivac’s side as Jamison Park-Gibson took the number nine jersey to make his first Test start.The Munster man was eventually brought on to win his 84th cap in the unfamiliar role of fly-half after injuries forced off captain Johnny Sexton and debutant Billy Burns.With head coach Farrell seeking to give opportunities to peripheral members of his squad, Murray offered a diplomatic response to losing his starting spot.“You’ve got to be realistic. Jamison’s been playing really well and he deserved the chance,” said Murray. Jacob Stockdale in action for Ireland Jacob Stockdale in action for Ireland


Istria Relax Days is a new great story from Istria


first_imgOn Sunday, October 1, Istria Relax Days started in the area of ​​NW Istria – a new great tourist story whose goal is to position Istria as a wellness destination.New interesting program on offer in wellness centers throughout NW Istria – Istria Relax Days they represent the motive for coming to this area even in the autumn days, when the body needs relaxation and the body needs to be nourished from within. This program is part of a new event Discover Wellness cluster of northwestern Istria.Istria Relax Days is an autumn sequel to the spring story whose main theme was detoxification – Istria Detoy Days, and all program users will have the opportunity to use a discount on accommodation in hotels Istraturista Umag dd, Aminess hotels & campsites in Novigrad, Lux Casina Hotel Mulina in Buje and in Villa Bada in Lovrečica. Istria Relax Days programs are available from October 1 to November 5, 2017 in 6 wellness centers of northwestern Istria. “After a warm and hard summer, your skin is eager for regeneration, and the body cries out for relaxation. Restore the skin’s lost glow and stimulate the regeneration of the mind and body with gentle rituals. If you want to treat your palate along the way, try the imaginative dishes of švoja (fish leaf) that are offered in the autumn in local restaurants and taverns.and “, say the organizers of the event.The rules of body care need to be adapted to each season, and this is an ideal way to experience Istria in autumn, when it abounds in beautiful colors, the weather is beautiful, the indigenous food is great. “Fill warm autumn days with relaxing massages and tempting treatments in wellness centers at promotional prices. ” conclude the organizers.Learn more about Istria Relax days and send info to your guests you have in the database, share this event on your channels, because this is exactly the motive for coming for the pre- and post-season. Sometimes you don’t need to invent “hot” water, but just use your potential and pack it all nicely into a quality and meaningful authentic story. Excellent rounded story and an additional motive for coming out of season, and everything is of course complemented by gastronomy and additional facilities for both cultural and active holidays.last_img read more


The eVisitor system is the third best tourism innovation in the world


first_imgThe Croatian national tourism information system eVisitor won third place and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) award for innovation in research and technology. The winner of this subcategory was declared SEGITTUR from Spain for the project “Smart Tourism System (SIT)”, while the second place went to the organization EarthCheck from Australia for the project “Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS)”.The award was received by the director of the CNTB’s Main Office, Kristjan Staničić, who emphasized that the eVisitor system is the only Croatian project nominated among all finalists. “In Croatia, we were very happy to receive the news of the eVisitor system’s candidacy for the UNWTO award, and this award and third place make us especially proud. The eVisitor system is a very important project for the entire Croatian tourism and we are therefore extremely glad that its quality is recognized in the world. In addition to significantly reducing the administrative work in the process of registering and deregistering tourists, the system serves as an excellent tool for further development of tourist offers and marketing and promotional activities of all users, from renters in family accommodation to travel companies and institutions. This recognition gives us additional motivation for further upgrading of the system, but also the creation of new innovative projects to make the Croatian tourist system even more successful, ” said Director Staničić, adding that the finalists were selected from 128 submitted innovative projects from 55 countries, which further indicates this great success of the Croatian Tourist Board project, which was fully developed in Croatia by Croatian experts.. “This is another recognition for Croatian tourism and proof that today Croatia is recognized as one of the leaders in the world tourism industry.”Said Stanicic.By the way, the eVisitor system is recognized outside Croatia as an excellent innovative product, and as we unofficially find out, there is great interest from several countries that would buy the entire eVisitor system or “know how” and implement it in their countries.The eVisitor system in Croatia has been in full application since 2016 and has met all expectations as a unique and central place for registration and deregistration of tourists, ie for the calculation and control of the collection of sojourn tax. The eVisitor system is an innovative platform that is free for users, maximally simplified and accessible from any location that has Internet access, which greatly facilitates all the processes offered by the system. It is certainly worth emphasizing the segment of monitoring tourist traffic, so today, thanks to the system, it is possible to monitor tourist flows in almost real time by various parameters, which provides a very detailed insight into the various structures of tourist traffic.last_img read more


Sunny Hvar and the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia signed a new amendment to the Collective Agreement


first_imgIn recent years, Sunny Hvar records the best results and the longest season in the history of the company, launches a new investment cycle and creates new jobs in one of the most developed tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, while the 2018 season, although still lasting, is the most successful ever, reports from Sunny Hvar and point out that behind excellent business results are their employees.”Sunčani Hvar bases its success on highly motivated and productive human resources, so the achieved business results each year are accompanied by significant investments in improving the compensation packages of all team members, in accordance with the human resources development strategy.” emphasize from Sunny Hvar.And that this is not only in the context of PR and just an empty story, says the fact that in 2018 Sunčani Hvar surprised its employees at the beginning of the season when, in addition to increasing the minimum basic salary, provided additional salary growth for 18 jobs to 12%. “Taking into account the long-term human resources management strategy which is on the one hand focused on the development of talented individuals who turn business experience into a successful career, and on the other hand to encourage satisfaction and motivation of all employees who recognize the company as a place for safe seasonal work. for the second time in a year, it increased salaries, thus exceeding employee expectations. ” they pointed out from Sunny Hvar.As of September 1, 2018, in cooperation with the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services, the Company’s Management Board announced the entry into force of a new Tariff Annex that includes another tariff increase for 20 jobs and guarantees additional salary growth for employees up to 8%. .In October 2018, an additional increase in the minimum basic salary will be applied, and taking into account the salary increases from the beginning of the season, Sunčani Hvar has provided all its team members with a total salary increase of 3% to 20%. Additionally, in July and August, all employees received cash prizes in the amount of HRK 500 net per month due to the achieved business results, and the same is expected for all employees this year and in September!The package that employees receive in Sunčani Hvar is not only reduced to salary but also takes into account the aspect of overall satisfaction through investments in accommodation facilities and food for employees, additional free facilities in accommodation facilities, regular working hours, providing a day off, training and education, and additional benefits of 50% discount in the company’s restaurants and bars.“Permanent Seasonal” ProgramThis year, Sunčani Hvar is also launching a “permanent season” program, a measure of active employment policy implemented by the company in cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service, and offering employees who enter the program financial stability throughout the year will be presented to employees in the coming period. Given that the response of seasonal employees is exceptional, Sunčani Hvar will use the maximum legal number of contracts for “permanent seasonal workers” and sign over 140 of them, they point out from Sunčani Hvar and add “Statistics showing that more than 60% of the total number of seasonal employees are seasonal returnees, and the fact that more than 50% of new candidates apply for jobs on the recommendation of seasonal returnees are real indicators of successful human resource management strategies and satisfaction of all team members. “The only solution to the problem of labor shortage is to improve working conditions and increase wages, there is no other quality and sustainable alternative.last_img read more


The project of Integral Quality Management in Lika destination is starting


first_imgThe event was attended by about 80 representatives of protected nature areas, private renters, owners of restaurants, hotels, camps, tourist boards, agricultural producers and other stakeholders in the tourist sector of Lika destination.  By the way, the branding of Lika Destination started in 2015 through the INTEGRA LIKA 2020 project, which was launched by LAG LIKA, and today it is operationally implemented by the Lika Destination Cluster. The implementation of this project will improve the uniformity of service quality and supply.  In order to make a significant step forward in measuring the quality of sustainable destination development, Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Lika Destination Cluster have signed an agreement with Feel IQM on the implementation of the IQM Destination Lika project. Through this project, which will include about a hundred stakeholders from Lika destination, a measurable system of service quality levels, the National Park offer, as well as the destination itself will be established, whereby the current level of quality in the destination will be raised through individual education of stakeholders Lika destination will be more recognizable in the tourist market.  The entire IQM project as a pilot project started on Lošinj, a destination that in 2015 received the UNWTO award for innovation and creativity, third place in the world.  THE “LIKA QUALITY” SIGN PROUDLY WEARS 98 PRODUCTS RELATED NEWS: In the Plitvice Lakes National Park, on January 17, 2019, the Agreement on the implementation of the Integrated Quality Management project in the Lika destination was signed.  NEW GREAT STORY FROM LIKA AND A REAL EXAMPLE OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT! GASTRONOMICAL OFFER OF GASTRO LIKA PRESENTED LAG LIKA AS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT AND BRANDING OF LIKA AS AN INDIGENOUS TOURIST DESTINATION last_img read more


Airbnb and 23andMe are teaming up to popularize genealogical travel


first_imgWhether it’s another neighborhood within the city you’re from or a trip to a distant land, connecting with your roots can be an enriching experience, and with the help of Airbnb and 23andMe, you can now plan a trip as unique as your DNA. The rise in popularity of genealogical travel is also prevalent on Airbnb. Since 2014, the number of passengers using Airbnb to track their roots has increased by 500 percent. This type of travel is most often chosen by users between the ages of 60 and 90. The most popular destinations for genealogical travel are places known for their immigration history such as the US, Canada, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, France, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and Brazil. Learning about origins is a key reason why people opt for genetic testing like the ones offered by 23andMe. As many as 53 percent of users said they opted for the test because they want to learn more about their ancestors and the origins of their family. The rise of genealogical travel “At Airbnb, we believe that authentic travel experiences help connect with local culture and create a sense of belonging wherever you are in the world. And is there a better way to do that than traveling to the destination you come from? We are proud to announce that we have partnered with 23andMe to make it easier for travelers to plan trips that are as unique as their DNA.Said Joe Gebbia, director and co-founder of Airbnb. “Collaborating with Airbnb provides our clients with an exciting opportunity to connect with their ancestors through deeply personal cultural and tourist experiences”, Said Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe. With the rise of home genetic testing and analytics, such as that offered by the 23andMe platform, it has never been easier to learn about one’s origins, which in turn has contributed to the growing trend of so-called “genealogical travel”. People around the world travel to connect with their ancestors, which is why Airbnb and 23andMe team up to make it easier to organize this type of travel. Both companies will integrate genealogical travel into their services. When a user receives a report of their origin on the 23andMe platform, they will have the opportunity to search through Airbnb for private accommodations and experiences in their ancestral countries. For example, if the user of the 23andMe service is originally from southern Italy, he can look for private accommodation in Apulia and explore his ancestors in more detail from there. Or someone with Mexican roots can find experience in Ciudad de México to learn ancient techniques of using natural colors that are part of his heritage. Also, special genealogy planning pages are now in Airbnb’s range of services. It is this curiosity about the origin that has contributed to the rise in popularity of genealogical journeys around the world. According to a study from April 2019, commissioned by Airbnb, as many as 89 percent of Indians traveled to at least one country where they have roots, just like 69 percent of French and more than half of Americans.last_img read more