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Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Crosses Rs. 11 Lakh Mark in India

first_img– Advertisement – Bitcoin has crossed the Rs. 11 lakh mark in India. The instability in the US, along with other factors, has promoted a resurgence of interest and the value of Bitcoin has been rising towards 2017 levels when it peaked at approximately Rs. 12.5 lakh for one Bitcoin. The 2018 Reserve Bank of India ban on trading of cryptocurrencies put a temporary halt on its growth, but now that the Supreme Court has overturned the ban, global players are looking to enter the Indian market to make the most of the nascent but growing market. While Bitcoin is at its peak, Ethereum is currently selling for Rs. 33,090 per unit, whereas Litecoin will cost you Rs. 4,829.Even though cryptocurrencies have been under the scrutiny ever since inception, Bitcoin has seen tremendous growth in a short period. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is selling for Rs. 11,94,257 on BuyUcoin, Rs. 11,00,000 on LocalBitcoins, and Rs. 11,78,415 on UNOCOIN (live prices here). While Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to see widespread distribution, the birth of the industry gave rise to other altcoins like Etherium, Litecoin, Ripple, Monero, and more.- Advertisement – Etherium is the second most successful digital currency, with its price in India at Rs. 33,090 on BuyUcoin. Bitcoin Cash is up for grabs for Rs. 19,610, Monero is currently priced at Rs. 9,459, Litecoin is priced at Rs. 4,829, and Ripple is priced at just Rs. 20.With awareness for cryptocurrency trading on the rise, PayPal announced that it would support cryptocurrencies for the first time, allowing any PayPal account holder to store, buy, and sell popular virtual currencies starting later this year. PayPal is going to support bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin.Furthermore, London-based cryptocurrency platform Cashaa recently announced that it has partnered with a multi-state cooperative credit society in India to begin operations in the country. Its India operations called UNICAS will launch on December 10 this year. These credit societies aren’t under the purview of RBI, and therefore the regulatory framework isn’t clear – becoming the main source of uncertainty.- Advertisement –last_img read more

What Is the Best Air Purifier You Can Buy in India? Everything You Need to Know

first_imgAnd of course, the problem isn’t just about the air outside the house — the air inside is no better. Not only are the pollutants from outside coming in, but because pollutants inside the house from cleaning sprays and perfumes, candles and cooking gas, and even dander from your pets or chemicals like varnish on your wooden furniture, are all entering the air you breathe. – Advertisement – There isn’t a definitive answer — we simply don’t test enough air purifiers to be able to say “this is the one”, and from what we can tell, most people who are making similar recommendations are also actually looking at the same pool of products. Apart from the basic functions (which boil down to a fan and a filter) most air purifiers come with various extra features and you’ll have to decide what is actually useful for you.All the purifiers in the list are ones that I’ve personally tested, using an Air Quality Monitor (this one, if you’re curious) to independently verify their effectiveness, and so that we’re not reliant on the inbuilt air quality measurements. This has the additional advantage of allowing us to test the effective range of the air purifier — with the AQM, you can check the readings at various parts of a room to see how far away the air is actually getting cleaned. PM10 particles, which are connected to construction sites, burning crops, and pollen, had peaked around Diwali last year, and from late December continued to decline slowly until March, after which the levels dropped sharply and remained low until September, from when there’s been a sharp rise. NOx particles, which are largely linked to vehicular pollution, dropped to almost zero in March, but from August, this has also been rising, as people have started to get back to work and more cars are on the roads again. PM2.5 particles, which cause smog, have been rising steadily across September and October, after a six-month period where the air was clear.Dhariyash Rathod, CEO of Smart Air India, a company that makes DIY air purifier kits that are much more affordable than a typical air purifier, also warned that the winter is not going to continue to see clear skies. “Despite the COVID crisis and people working from home, Delhi has witnessed very poor air quality in the past few weeks. Factors such as crop stubble burning, industrial pollution, and low temperatures are some of the reasons for deteriorating air quality in Delhi,” he said.breezo aqi breezoBreezo’s dashboard showing the PM2.5 levels for the last yearPhoto Credit: BreezoThe drop in power consumption and subsequent shutdowns of power plants led to some of the biggest gains in air quality, and as life returns to normal (and so does demand) this is turning around again, bringing the smog back to the city, Blue Sky’s Puri said. Add to that stubble burning picking up again in September, and the problem is only getting worse.“What we’ve seen across these readings suggests that crop burning and the power plants are the main causes for pollution in Delhi and the other areas in the region,” Puri said. “This means that the air quality is going to get worse again, unless major changes are made.” And although there are some measures coming in place such as smog towers, the volume of pollution is so great that unless you’re standing right next to a tower you’re not likely to see a real benefit, she pointed out.Abhilasha Purwar, CEO of Blue Sky, wrote about this in a blog post and said, “As the world reopens again, it will fall upon us to reimagine its structure. Reimagine the priorities for the budget, policy, technology, and implementation. Re-demand clean air, lower emissions, aggressive climate action.”Simplifying the jargonSo it’s clear that you need to buy an air purifier. But buying an air purifier is complicated, as there are a huge number models to choose from, with a number of different features, and it’s hard to quickly and easily make sense of the jargon. Some even argue that this is intentional — if there’s enough confusion in the customer’s mind, they might be more likely to stick to known brands, and expensive models, when something much simpler could do the job. More likely though, is the fact that brands all keep looking for some differentiation to stand out in the market, and in doing so, end up creating this confusing mess without even having to try.However Rathod of Smart Air has some tips that customers can keep in mind.“There are thousands of air purifier models to choose from, so how can you find the best air purifier that’s right for you? First, ignore the marketing hype. First thing which one should look in an air purifier is to ignore the claims about proprietary technology that aren’t backed up by the test data. Find third-party test data like AHAM to verify a purifier’s effectiveness,” he said.“Go straight to the numbers — instead of marketing hype, focus on the numbers. The most important numbers for an air purifier are the room size it covers (in sqft or m2) and its CADR rating. Room size means how big a room the purifier can cover (when running on its highest setting). CADR tells you how much clean air is coming out of the purifier. If you’re looking for a quieter air purifier, choose one with a higher room size/CADR number and then run it on low,” he continued.As Rathod pointed out, the core of a purifier is really just two parts; the filter and the fan. The design will determine what’s most effective in sucking in air and clearing out the room, and while a HEPA filter is a standard to be followed, additional filters like a charcoal filter help trap gases like CO2 and so you’ll want to check about the different filters in a purifier before you purchase it.CADR — Clean Air Delivery Rate is an important number to look at, as Rathod pointed out. But some companies don’t use this figure. Dyson, the British company which is best known for its vacuum cleaners, entered the air purifier market a few years ago, and it argues that this figure isn’t too useful for real world conditions. “CADR test is done in a small 12 square meter room, with the air purifier kept in the middle of the room, with a ceiling fan to spread the air around the room,” the company said in a mailed response, “The challenge however is that this isn’t exactly representative of the real-world environment.”So Dyson instead uses something it calls a POLAR test. As part of this test, the company explained, the air purifier in question is placed in one corner of the room, pretty much how you would probably keep it in your living room or bedroom. The pollutants are then added into the room from the other corner, which is perhaps the toughest test of strength for an air purifier. There are nine air quality sensors places in all corners of the room including one sensor in the centre, to understand the exact air quality in the different parts of the room at all times.“Customers in India like to compare specs a lot,” a Xiaomi representative told Gadgets 360 earlier, “but this is one product where I don’t think that’s actually a great idea. I think you should focus on how transparent the brand is being, like when it gives you indicators about clean air, so you actually know what the purifier is doing. Look at things like the cost of the filter, and how easy that is going to be to replace. Look for smart features, by which I don’t just mean convenience, but smart like automatically adjusting the filter based on the air quality, and sending you an alert to change the filter.”Speaking to Gadgets 360 earlier, Girish Bapat, Director, West and South Asia for the Swedish company Blueair, stressed on the importance of a HEPA filter. “A HEPA filter will remove most of the PM 2.5, allergens and mites, from the air. It an also filter out smaller particles, like cigarette smoke,” he added. “You should check the particle size that is being filtered, it should be 0.3 to 0.1 which catches even viruses that make people fall sick. But that doesn’t remove bad odours and pollutants in gases. For that, activated carbon is best. Sulphur gases and carbon fumes from the outside, cooking releases gases, so a carbon filter is very important too.”“Finally, know that more expensive doesn’t mean better. It seems logical, the phrase ‘you pay for what you get’ exists for a reason, right? And who wouldn’t want to pay more to protect their health? Unfortunately, the purifier world doesn’t work like that. Turns out air purifiers are surprisingly simple – they’re just fans and filters that can even be DIY-ed at home,” said Smart Air’s Rathod.What other features are important?So far, we’ve got an understanding of some of the causes of pollution, and why we need a purifier at all. CADR (or other measures that similarly give you and idea about the rate at which clean air comes from the purifier) are the main starting point to look for. A genuine HEPA filter is another important factor to look at. Further filters like a pre filter will help extend the life of the HEPA filter, and a charcoal filter will help with gases. So far this is simple enough.How about purifiers that have additional features like displays showing the air quality, or ultraviolet light to kill viruses (specially for people who are worrying about COVID?) and other features like Internet connectivity and smartphone apps?Let’s talk UV first. Dyson points out that UV light uses radiation to destroy bacteria, viruses and mould. However, it does not remove dust, allergens or particles in the air. This means that for the normal pollution related issues, you don’t need to buy a purifier that has this feature — but if you don’t mind spending the extra money, it could have benefits. However, it’s worth noting that for covid specifically, the likelihood of the virus simply hanging in the air in your home is pretty low. Companies like IQAir are doing this for hospitals, but at home it might not really make a big air IQAir’s air purification systems are being sold in hospitals for air quality control“When buying an air purifier, the consumer must check if the purification system is capable of removing small particles (0.0003 size microns), viruses and bacteria. It should provide quick cleaning for all sizes of rooms and have a real-time air quality assurance feature that can help you analyse the pollutant levels in the air,” said Dipanjan Chakraborty, Business Lead, Domestic Appliances, Philips Indian Subcontinent.Some purifiers, such as the ones from Dyson’s line, include humidifiers for dry conditions, and heaters for the winter. Having tried these, it’s safe to say that they’re extremely effective in those roles — but from a purification perspective, this doesn’t make a difference. If you don’t want to clutter your house with multiple devices to deal with dry air or cold weather along with pollution, this could be very handy, but these purifiers are also a lot more expensive than something basic like a Mi Air Purifier, so you’re going to have to balance the cost against your needs.Other features, like a digital display showing the air quality, sound nice in theory, but in practice don’t really affect your usage. The best way to use an air purifier is the same way you use a water purifier — you keep it running at all times while at home. You wouldn’t filter only some of the water in your home, and in much the same way, you won’t be constantly checking the air quality and adjusting the purifier. Almost every purifier on the market has an auto mode which checks the particulate matter levels, and automatically adjusts the fan speed to compensate.Smart apps that let you control the purifier whole away from home also sound nice, but in practice, you’re not likely to use this feature often — these are fun gimmicks, and if you don’t mind spending the extra money, by all means go for them, but they’re not essential.Can you build a DIY purifier?Actually — yes. We’ve mentioned this before, that the core of a purifier is a filter and a fan, and Smart Air started out by selling kits to put together your own purifier. Today, the brand sells its own air purifiers as well, priced at Rs. 8,499. We haven’t tested this one yet, but it claims a CADR of 315cbm per hour, and it has a fantastic design.However, the company still sells standalone HEPA filters too, for Rs. 3,550 — or if you like, you can buy some on Amazon, where they are even cheaper. Just make sure that you’re buying a genuine HEPA filter, and strap it onto a fan to get started. Visit the Smart Air website to learn more about DIY air purifiers.SmartAir kit The DIY Air Purifiers Smart Air got started withPhoto Credit: Smart AirWhich air purifier should I buy?If you’ve made it this far, you should have an idea about how to choose an air purifier yourself. Look for a brand that’s well known, so that it’ll be easier to get servicing done when needed. Look for key information like the use of a genuine HEPA filter, the air delivery rate, and other features that matter to you. For a bigger room, you’ll need a higher CADR, and for a small room, you don’t need to spend so much money. But if you’re not interested in wading through all the details and just want someone to help you figure out which air purifier to buy, here are some of my favourites, which I’ve personally tested.One of the cheapest air purifiers in our list is the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3. It’s priced at approximately Rs. 10,000 on Amazon, but I’ve seen the price drop by a few hundred rupees during festive sales. Unlike the original Mi Air Purifier, which came with a “HEPA-like” filter, this one comes with a true HEPA filter and there’s a touch display for the controls that also shows the AQI level, and a CADR of 380cbm per hour.It’s affordable and effective, and has a simple appealing design, which makes it a popular choice among many people. But if you’re looking for a different brand, then at around the same price, the Philips AC1217 is another good option. Having used this one in Delhi, it’s tested in some of the worst conditions. It’s typically selling for just over Rs. 10,000, but frequently discounted as it is an older model. It’s effective and fairly quiet too, with a CADR of 260cbm per hour. For bigger rooms though (around 300 to 400 sq ft) the Philips AC2887 is a better idea — it has a higher 333cbm per hour CADR, making it a good value for money buy.For just a little more, we’re still big fans of Blueair, and specifically the Blueair Blue 211 priced at just over Rs. 20,000. This purifier is small and stocky and looks great with a colourful cloth filter on top apart from the other filters. It doesn’t have too many bells and whistles — you just turn it on and let it do its thing. But it’s very effective despite its small size, with a CADR of 590cbm per hour. When tested in a large open room, this was the most effective purifier as seen with the AQM — it doesn’t have Wi-Fi or a display or an app, but if you just want to switch it on and forget about it, this is a good pick.Our last two picks are three Dyson air purifiers — the Dyson Pure Cool Link Air (review), priced at Rs. 29,900, the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Air Purifier (review) priced at Rs. 55,900, and the Dyson Pure Humdify + Cool Air Purifier and Humdifier, also priced at Rs. 55,900.Although Dyson doesn’t agree with CADR as a measure, in our own testing we found these to be highly effective — the second most effective purifier we’ve tried, after the BlueAir. Aside from the air purification, these are premium products that are popular for their design, and they double up to fill secondary functions — whether cooling the room (which is fun but not that meaningful in most Indian cities), acting as a humidifier (which isn’t as effective as a standalone humidifier that you can get for less than Rs. 5,000, but does the job well enough that you don’t need to keep two devices in the room) or a room heater (which it does much more safely than a typical radiator or blower).These purifiers come with all the bells and whistles, and the experience of owning one is definitely one that speaks to the premium positioning of these products. But if your main concern is air quality, then the cost of the newer devices especially might be a bridge too far for many people.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Air Purifiers in this ArticlePrice Blueair Blue 211Rs. 23,995 Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3Rs. 9,999 What causes air pollution, and is it likely to get worse?Tejasvini Puri, at Blue Sky analytics (a Delhi-based company that analyses air quality) talked to Gadgets 360 about some of the data that the company has gathered this year, and explained that although pollution did significantly drop during the lockdown, this was not just because of fewer vehicles on the roads (as people had to stay home for social distancing) but also because of a decrease in the electricity requirements, as industrial units also had to go offline at the start of lockdown.- Advertisement – Philips AC1217Rs. 9,575 Dyson Pure Cool LinkRs. 29,900 So, it’s clear that we need air purifiers, but what’s the right one to pick? In this guide, we’re going to explain how air purifiers work and what you need to know about them, so that you can make a more informed choice — but if you’re looking for some suggestions instead, then just jump to the last section, called “Which air purifier should I buy?” to see our recommendations.- Advertisement – What is the best air purifier to buy? This is a question that comes up a lot, especially from people in Delhi. Although the early days of lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus saw the air quality improve drastically, things have been inching back to normal, and particularly in North India, the levels of pollution are again highly dangerous. A number of factors go into this — from a return in electricity demand, to more vehicles coming back on the roads, and as an annual feature, stubble burning in farms in Punjab, which experts say is a huge contributor to the problem of air pollution. Although stopgap measures like restricting the number of cars on the roads, or banning fireworks will help somewhat, they won’t be able to make a big difference either.And that’s why, if you can afford one, then having an air purifier is a must. However, this doesn’t just apply to people living in Delhi (or the North Indian region) alone. In Mumbai, the air quality in the Colaba area is 800 (it should ideally be under 50) according to AQICN. On Breezo’s data, it is 915 at the time of writing, and other areas like the airport are much better — but still ten times worse than the acceptable levels. According to the platform’s visualisation, that’s the equivalent of smoking five cigarettes. Bengaluru appears to be one of the best major cities in terms of air quality, with levels that are only three times higher than the acceptable.- Advertisement – Philips AC 2887Rs. 15,999 Dyson Pure Humdify+CoolRs. 59,900 Dyson Pure Hot+CoolRs. 59,900last_img read more

Vatican Report Concludes McCarrick’s Ascent Was Aided by Misleading Accounts

first_img“Pope John Paul II personally made the decision to appoint McCarrick,” the report says, despite receiving a letter from Cardinal John O’Connor, the archbishop of New York, that summed up allegations, some anonymous, that Mr. McCarrick had engaged in sexual conduct with another priest in 1987, that he had committed pedophilia with his “nephews” and that he shared a bed with young adult men and seminarians. Mr. McCarrick also appealed directly to Pope John Paul II’s gatekeeper, Bishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, insisting on his innocence.“McCarrick’s denial was believed,” the report says, and the allegations were dismissed as rumor. The allegations of a priest who at the time accused Mr. McCarrick of sexual misconduct were also rejected, because that priest had himself abused two teenage boys.The Vatican argued that “John Paul II’s past experience in Poland regarding the use of spurious allegations against bishops” to hurt the church “played a role in his willingness to believe” Mr. McCarrick. – Advertisement – VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Tuesday released a highly anticipated report investigating how the disgraced former prelate Theodore E. McCarrick rose through the Roman Catholic hierarchy to become one of America’s most powerful cardinals, despite longstanding allegations of sexual misconduct that ultimately led to his downfall.The report, which, given Mr. McCarrick’s long career in the church, had the potential to engulf three separate papacies in scandal, did not directly cast blame on Francis or his predecessors for knowingly abetting or protecting him. But a 14-page summary of the report, which included a Who’s Who of Vatican power players and American church officials, seemed to put it at the apostolic doorstep of Pope John Paul II.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Vatican says that there were at the time no credible accusations of child abuse against Mr. McCarrick and that Benedict was not “kept apprised of McCarrick’s activities” in the United States or oversees after that. When Archbishop Viganò became ambassador, the Vatican said he did not conduct an inquiry as asked.Pope Francis, according to the report, did receive notification about the prior indications by Benedict from top church officials but was not given documentation regarding allegations against Mr. McCarrick until 2017. Believing that they had already been thoroughly reviewed, the Vatican said Francis “did not see the need to alter the approach that had been adopted in prior years.”Jason Horowitz reported from Vatican City, and Sharon Otterman from New York. Elisabetta Povoledo contributed reporting from Rome. “What is now known, through investigation undertaken for the preparation of the Report, is that three of the four American bishops provided inaccurate and incomplete information to the Holy See regarding McCarrick’s sexual conduct with young adults,’’ it said.- Advertisement – Pope John Paul II ordered an investigation to determine if the allegations were true. Bishops found that Mr. McCarrick had shared a bed with young men but were not sure there was sexual misconduct, according to the report. The report now considers the information provided by those bishops to have been misleading. New details about allegations made against Mr. McCarrick surfaced in 2005, and John Paul II’s successor, Pope Benedict XVI, “urgently sought” to substitute Mr. McCarrick as the Archbishop of Washington. In 2006, he was forced to resign from Washington.At around that time, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, later made the Vatican ambassador to the United States, wrote two letters urging his superiors to start a church legal procedure to address the allegations and rumors.The issue was brought directly to the attention of Pope Benedict, who decided against that path. “Instead the decision was made to appeal to McCarrick’s conscience” and for him to “maintain a lower profile.”last_img read more

Super League play-offs: Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar’s self-isolation plan | Rugby League News

first_imgRichard Agar will be watching from home while self-isolating as Leeds take on Catalans – Advertisement – James Webster has been part of Richard Agar's coaching staff this year James Webster has been part of Richard Agar's coaching staff this year

Ghana reports its first H5N1 outbreak

first_imgMay 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – News services today reported the confirmation of H5N1 avian influenza on a chicken farm in Ghana, apparently making it the ninth African country to be hit by the virus.Agriculture Minister Ernest Debrah said the outbreak was discovered Apr 24 on a farm near the port city of Tema, east of the capital, Accra, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Dr. Harry Opata, a World Health Organization (WHO) disease prevention officer, said the outbreak was confirmed by a veterinary lab in Accra and by the US Navy lab in Cairo, Egypt, according to a Reuters report. He said about 100 chickens had died each day for the past 3 or 4 days.Debrah said about 1,700 birds have been destroyed to stop the outbreak, AFP reported.Assuming today’s reports are verified, Ghana will join eight other African countries that are facing or have faced H5N1 outbreaks in birds: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Niger, Nigeria, and Sudan. Human cases have occurred in Egypt (34), Djibouti (1), and Nigeria (1).The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) currently lists 57 countries that have had H5N1 outbreaks in birds in recent years. The OIE has not yet added Ghana to its list of affected countries.In other developments, the H5N1 virus was reported on four more chicken farms in Bangladesh today, according to a separate AFP report.A government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said 8,500 chickens had been culled on a government-run farm and on three other farms in the southwestern district of Jessore, AFP reported. All the chickens were in a 1-square-kilometer area.Bangladesh identified its first H5N1 outbreak in late March on a farm near the capital, Dhaka, the story noted. The latest culling raised the number of birds killed to control the disease to 70,000.Meanwhile, Indonesia’s health minister insisted today that her country will not share any H5N1 virus samples with the WHO until it has a written guarantee that the samples will not be shared with drug companies without Indonesia’s permission, according to another AFP report.Indonesia stopped sending H5N1 samples to the WHO about 4 months ago out of concern that drug companies would use them to make vaccines that would be priced out of Indonesians’ reach.At a meeting in late March, Indonesia agreed to resume sharing samples in return for a WHO promise not to turn samples over to drug companies without Indonesia’s permission. But the country has not yet resumed sending samples.Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said today that the WHO made oral promises, but Indonesia wants them in writing, AFP reported. Supari said Indonesia would now await the outcome of the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of WHO member countries, scheduled in Geneva later this month.”Diplomatically, the guarantees have been made, but we want it in black over white, in writing,” Supari told AFP.last_img read more

A conceptual boutique of wine culture is opening in Zagreb – Pupitres bar

first_imgAfter a very notable crowdfunding campaign last summer, prominent sommelier Jelena Šimić Valentić is realizing her entrepreneurial dream and in September she is opening a conceptual boutique of wine culture in Zagreb – Pupitres bar.Located in the heart of Zagreb, at Frankopanska 1, Pupitres boutique wine culture is a place where wine culture will be promoted in Croatia, and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the best coffee, local food and jazz music. The bar will host Wine Schools and workshops, and all those interested will have access to other educational facilities such as a real small library with books on wine, spirits, coffee, teas and the like. “Pupitres bar is a place where lovers of wine and wine culture meet and a source of knowledge about wines. Here we will have the opportunity to work on the promotion and upliftment of wine culture in Croatia. My wish is to bring wine closer to every guest, domestic or foreign, in a very special way, to teach them, but also to offer guests to taste wines and feel true delight in wines.”, Said sommelier Jelena Šimić Valentić.Jelena pays special attention to making a wine list that will contain over 150 wines from Croatia and the world. All wines, as well as coffee, teas and spirits that will be served, were personally tasted and put on the list by the sommelier herself and reflect her professional worldview and personal attitude towards catering, wine, winemakers and wine culture. sommelier and consultant with twelve years of experience in the hospitality industry, and founder of Pupitres, the first boutique of wine culture in Croatia. A year ago, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, Jelena raised 127 kuna in five days to decorate the space of her Wine School, which was a great success. In less than three years, she held as many as 000 wine schools and workshops in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and brought wine closer to people in a very special way.Photo: sommelier Jelena Šimić Valentić.Sommelier Jelena Šimić Valentić announces that Zagreb will get a place filled with wine, laughter, positive energy, warm and hard-working, educated staff “Pupitres will smell the best and most intense aroma of coffee, hot croissant and breakfast cereals in the morning, provide you with a relaxed place to relax or meet during the day, and in the evening we will gather to the sound of guitar and jazz, taste top wines in the company of wonderful people. , cheese and the finest extra virgin Croatian olive oil and warm homemade bread”Says Šimić Valentić and adds that the space in which it will be located is at least currently in the reconstruction phase, and the planned opening is in September 2017.The interior design was taken over by designer Ivana Ferenčak, who says: “I was primarily inspired to decorate the bar by Jelena herself, and then by what this will become a new focal point of our city, and that is wine. In Pupitres, therefore, everything is in the sign of wine: champagne-colored walls, furniture in shades of red wine of different ages, with some pink details in the color of roses. Luxurious stone floors will be warmed by several items made of wood, which is indispensable for aging wine. For interior equipment, we used designer lighting and furniture such as lounge armchairs and two-seater Ace Hans Hornemann, which are this year’s winners of the prestigious German Design Award and IF Design Award and which will be premiered in our country. We do a lot of things to measure and only for Jelena, but let it remain a surprise. “Zagreb is not only now in the main tourist season but also full of foreigners throughout the year, so I am desks conceived as a place for the promotion of Croatian wine. “I want to bring wine closer to each guest in a special way. ” concluded Šimić Valentić.A great story that will certainly further enrich the day by day better offer of quality and diverse content of the city of Zagreb. The fact that there are more and more tourists in Zagreb is also shown by eVisitor data, and according to the Zagreb Tourist Board, the Croatian capital recorded 30% more arrivals and as much as 32% more overnight stays in June than in June 2016. Thus, a total of 137.638 arrivals and 244.670 overnight stays were registered, and the most numerous were guests from: South Korea, the USA, Germany, China and the United Kingdom, while guests from the United States were in the first place in terms of overnight stays.For the period January – June 2017, a total of 532.735 arrivals were recorded, which is 19% more and 961.364 overnight stays, which is 18% more than in the same period last year. There were 23% more foreign guests (438.801 arrivals) and 21% more overnight stays (790.604). In the first six months, most overnight stays were recorded by guests from South Korea, the US, Germany, Italy and the UK.Related news:IN ZAGREB DUE TO REAL ESTATE BIGGER THAN SUPPLY DUE TO TOURISM DEVELOPMENTNEW INTERESTING ROUTES MOBILE APPLICATIONS ZAGREB BE THERElast_img read more

Online booking of accommodation through the sharing economy is used by every sixth person in the EU

first_imgAccording to the results of the 2017 survey, which he is conducting Eurostat EU statistical service, and some are the result of surveys conducted in 2017 on the use of ICT (information and communication technologies) in households and individuals, 17% of individuals in the EU have arranged accommodation (room, apartment, house, cottage, etc.) using the web site or application in the previous 12 months.The research was conducted in context sharing economics, where transactions relate between private persons. Thus, most respondents used more well-known websites or applications, ie those that specialize in this particular service, but also other sites or applications, including social networks.On the other hand, contracting internet transport services was less common, used by around 8% of individuals in the EU. Again, this is mostly done through dedicated websites or sharing economics apps. While online booking of accommodation, be it a room, apartment, house, were more common among individuals aged 25-54 (22%), arranging transportation services from another private person tends to be more popular among the younger generation those aged 14 to 16 years).An online accommodation service in the context of the sharing economy, most used in the UK and the Netherlands. Thus, in the UK 1 out of 3 people (34%) aged 16 to 74 used online accommodation booking, in Luxembourg 1 out of 5 people (22%), Ireland 21%, Malta and the Netherlands 20 percent.In contrast, the Czech Republic (1%) recorded the lowest percentage among the Member States for which data are available, followed by Cyprus (4%), Portugal and Romania (6% each), as well as Croatia (7%).last_img read more

International Congress of Gastronomy and Catering “Chefs’ Stage” in Šibenik

first_imgChefs’ Stage’s vision is to become a gastronomic stage whose main theme is regional gastronomy, and the main goal is to show that it is worthy of world attention and the establishment of the ‘Be Foodie’ foundation which will educate young talents in gastronomy and hospitality and direct them to education.Also, the goal is to bring together all participants of the regional hospitality scene: chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, industry professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, guests, journalists, opinon makers, as well as create a friendly atmosphere that will encourage joint creativity and research, encourage culinary curiosity and exchange knowledge and experience, systematically increase the network “small producer – restaurant”, connect the regional gastronomic community and consciously jointly plan future directions of regional gastronomy, identify trends and find ways to successfully implement them in local cuisines, nurture culinary talent and point out the beauty of working with people in the hospitality industry, define local gastronomic heritage as a starting point for upgrading local cuisine, articulate current problems of the profession and propose solutions, constructively criticize the legal framework to create a competitive tourism product and emphasize the importance of sustainable development of hospitality andtourism.More information about the program and the entire congress of gastronomy and catering “Chefs’ Stage” see here Organized by the Pelegrini restaurant and its owner Rudi Štefan, recently marked with a Michelin star, and with the support of the City of Šibenik, an international congress of gastronomy and catering “Chefs’ Stage” will be held in Šibenik on March 19 and 20 to bring together regional leaders in gastronomy and catering. which will encourage joint creativity, research and exchange of knowledge and experiences in a friendly atmosphere.The mission of the organizers is to connect the participants of the gastronomic and catering scene and create a platform that connects regional leaders and encourage the exchange of experiences and knowledge and support the sustainable development of catering and tourism by defining local gastronomic heritage. That is why a lot of effort has been invested in bringing in top international chefs and world opinion makers and journalists who write about gastronomy.During the two congress days “Chefs’ Stage“, The program includes a series of masterclasses, which will be held by about 20 international guest chefs and a panel discussion with topics:SWOT ANALYSIS OF REGIONAL GASTRONOMYSERVICECROATIAN FOOD / INGREDIENTSCREATING A TOURIST DESTINATIONLOCATION ZERO CUISINEEDUCATION – creating a career path in hospitalitySMALL PRODUCERSLAWS & REGULATIONSCREATING LUXURYlast_img read more

The directors of the CNTB’s representative offices abroad forecast the state of booking for this season

first_imgRajko Ružička, Director of the CNTB Representative Office in Russia: Croatia achieves 15 to 20% better booking on the Russian market than last year “Turkey and other destinations that have had problems in recent years, are currently in great momentum, and it is logical that this is manifested in the market, and thus for our destination. Traditional destinations are slightly below the values ​​they were in previous years, but predictions are that Germans will travel as they did last year. So the volume of their journey will not decreaseDraghicchio pointed out. We are proud to bring French guests to regions where they have not been present in such numbers so far, emphasizes Mihalic Durica and adds that until decades the most popular destination in Croatia for French guests was Dubrovnik, and now Split is increasingly taking precedence. Also, today we can see more and more French guests in Kvarner, Istria and Zagreb. The directors of the CNTB’s representative offices abroad forecast the state of booking for this season Ivana Herceg, director of the CNTB office in Hungary: I believe that the results will be at the level of last year The meeting with the representatives of the CNTB offices abroad was a real opportunity to get first-hand information about the state of booking in our emitting markets. Daniela Mihalic Durica, Director of the CNTB Office in France: We are proud to bring French guests to regions where they have not been present in such numbers so far LIST OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTIONS FROM 19 ISSUING MARKETS But let’s go in order… Poles feel very well in Croatia, and in the last year and a half Croatia in Poland has been presented as a boutique destination, which has a lot to offer besides sun and sea, points out Agnieszka Puszczewicz, director of the CNTB office in Poland. booking for now good. Finally, in the public space, people started talking about the focus on quality, not quantity, and the number of arrivals and overnight stays is no longer counted. Yes, there has finally been talk of changing the direction of our tourism. How fast and proactive we will be, time will tell, but one thing is for sure, we are fighting in a global game, and the market rules apply here. Study the profiles of emitting markets in order to get to know tourists from the mentioned countries as well as possible and to plan and advertise tourist packages for a certain target group of tourists in the best possible way. If you want to contact a specific CNTB office abroad directly, you can find contacts here. Great news is coming from Russia. As Rajko Ruzicka points out, a stronger and better arrival of Russian tourists to our coast is expected from last year. “We had over 2 million overnight stays from France last season and I believe this year should be in a positive trend. Especially because this year we have new flights, more precisely six new routes, and France is primarily an airline destination. This year will certainly be challenging for our tourism, but I believe that we will be able to maintain the positive trend of arrivals and overnight stays. Data from our most important French operators for Croatia show that booking was slowed down at the end of last year and in the first month, but the situation has been improving in the last two months and bringing it to the same level as last year. Even some of the biggest partners have been recording good results lately”Points out Mihalic Durica. The decline in bookings this year is the result of several factors. Primarily the situation around Brexit, the decline in economic activity in Germany, the recession in Italy and a strong return to the scene of Turkey and Greece. Attachment: Branimir Tončinić, Director of the CNTB office in Austria: Booking is slower on the Austrian market, not only for Croatia, but for all destinations Agnieszka Puszczewicz, director of the CNTB office in Poland: Poles have accepted Croatia as a city break destination “Croatia is recognized as a tourist destination in Austria, praising our infrastructure, service, value for money, as well as all previous investments. Currently, the situation on the Austrian market is that booing is slower, not only for Croatia, but for all destinations. The reason is the return of competition to the market and because of the many offers on the “table”, the Austrians took a little more time to choose their vacation. It will certainly be a last minute year, the partners are not in a big panic for now due to the slow booking. However, it should be taken into account that the competition is there and that there are destinations that offer a stay with much more favorable financial offers. However, with partners who have organized traffic, the booking was positive, which means that the slower arrival that was in the first three months is compensated.”Says Tončinić. NEW EDITION “ISSUING MARKET PROFILES 2018” Note: Interviews with the directors of the CNTB representative offices abroad were held on March 22, 2019. Austria is currently in a positive trend, and according to statistics in the first three months we can be satisfied, says Branimir Tončinić, director of the CNTB office in Austria and emphasizes that the Austrian market is currently slower booking than in previous years. “The early booking was great, after talking to our main partners in Russia, everyone is very optimistic and they all gave us data of 15-20% better booking compared to last year. According to some of their estimates, in organized traffic, they should record about 20% growth, if not more. At the moment, the situation is quite optimistic”Emphasizes Ružička. “Active tourism, nature, culture and gastronomy are certainly motives with which we can interest guests from France, especially in the pre- and post-season. By the way, the French are known as world champions in the use of vacations and the number of days off. French school children have two weeks of school holidays every 7 weeks. That means they have two weeks of holidays in April and two in October. Also, these are not guests who will be content with lying on the beach and the sun and the sea, they are extremely curious. They need a little more effort because they are very well aware of the value for money”Concludes Mihalic Durica. We are facing, to say the least, a challenging year in which we will have to fight for every guest. Years of great growth from year to year are behind us, and weaker booking this season was expected, but somehow it came as a cold shower in the tourism sector accustomed to growth and only growth back a couple of years. Hungarian tourists know the market very well, and the main motives for their arrival are still the sun and the sea, while most of the arrival from the Hungarian market takes place in July and August. “It should certainly be taken into account that destinations such as Egypt, Turkey have awakened and this is felt in the market. But I have no doubt that the Poles will again choose Croatia as their summer destination, as they did last year. For the pre-season and post-season, we were greatly helped by direct lines from Warsaw to Zagreb and Dubrovnik, where we really see that the Poles have accepted Croatia as a city break destination. For example, Advent in Zagreb was well received. Poles are slowly but surely rediscovering Croatia, not only as a destination of sun and sea, but also as a year-round destination through a city break”Puszczewicz points out and concludes that Poles love active tourism, gastronomy and culture. “Now it is IN to be fit in Poland and these are some motives towards which we have to move towards the Polish market” In the last five years, there has been a change in the Russian market. Namely, as Ružička points out, since the introduction of visas, something had to change in the guest profile. “We are still primarily a destination of sun and sea, ie a summer destination, which is clear given the Russian climate and weather. But the preseason is very interesting through nautical, culture and through Citybreak travel. This is something new and for now we see a positive result in Zagreb, but we are also working intensively on entering other sea destinations, especially continental Croatia.”Concludes Ružička. The conclusion from the conversation with all directors of the CNTB office from abroad is that there is a drop or lower booking for Croatia, but how can we expect the season at the level of last year. Which is realistic, in line with current global trends and the situation in the European market more than well. Also, Tončinić points out that Croatia is a destination for Austria with road transport for individual guests, which is strongly influenced only by the weather in Austria. “If the weather is bad in Austria they immediately look where they can go. The biggest competitor for our destination is their domestic market. Practically about 50% of Austrians spend their holidays in Austria. On the other hand, we are on the Austrian market after Italy, the second destination for summer vacation, and jazz between Italy and Croatia is getting smaller and smaller every year.”Pointed out Tončinić and concluded that he expects this season to be at least as good as last year. Hungarians are primarily individual guests, and a very small percentage of them come in an organized manner, Herceg points out and adds that in contact with the leading tour operators in Hungary, he has falsified information. However, there are more of them who reported that they are in the black about the booking status for Croatia. “Hungarian tourists are not known as “early bookers” so I expect booking to grow more and more. We struggle a little more with their domestic tourism, which they strongly encourage, especially through their Szep card system. But I believe that the results will be at the level of last year, which was a record (600.000 arrivals and over 3 million overnight stays) and apparently now there is no reason not to achieve this this year as well.” As part of the UHPA Day in Vinkovci (March 21-23), B2B meetings were held with the directors of the CNTB representative offices abroad. Although I expected that a queue would be created to enter the meeting room, unfortunately there were about eight tourism staff, in my free estimate, who were interested in how to attract guests from abroad. This is one of the rare occasions that so many CNTB representatives from abroad are in one place, especially in Slavonia, and who know their markets best. In any case, a great missed opportunity for Slavonian tourist workers and I have to ask myself whether Slavonians want to develop tourism or not. But that’s for another discussion. In Germany, booking is a bit slower than last year, points out the director of the CNTB office in Germany, Romeo Draghicchio, and emphasizes that the German market is strongly influenced by Turkey and Greece. In recent years, France has been recording constant growth, at an annual level of between 5-10 percent, Mihalic Durica points out, adding that the fact is that at this moment in all markets, including the French market, booking is somewhat slow. One of the real indicators is certainly the great interest in Croatian at the last tourist fair Utazás, where the interest in Croatian was really great, says Herceg and concludes that the fact that they were left without all promotional materials on the last day of the fair speaks for itself. Romeo Draghicchio, director of the CNTB office in Germany: Predictions are that the Germans will travel as last yearlast_img read more

The Times: Croatia’s third destination in the world

first_imgPhoto: Croatian National Tourist Board Let’s remind, The Times & The Sunday Times on their websites made possible voting, among other things, for the best tourist destination in the world, and Croatia was shortlisted. Best Country award 2020 the award was given for the eighth time, and the voting lasted until the end of October. The final winner was decided by the readers. By voting, they also participated in a prize draw for exclusive prizes, such as a stay in Barbados and the Dominican Republic. Except in the best country category, was voted in 12 other categories such as the best city, airline and tour operator. The Times & The Sunday Times is among the most influential newspapers in the UK. This year, they reached a record number of 16 million readers per month through print and online editions.center_img Croatia is included in the top three best destinations in the world in the Best Country award 2020 category by a popular British newspaper The Times & The Sunday Times awarded for the best countries in the world. Given the current epidemiological situation, the award ceremony was held virtually. It was declared the best country in the world in this category Italija, while second place went to New Zealand, and third Croatia. The shortlist also includes some of the world’s best destinations such as France, Turkey, the USA, Dubai, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Thailand.last_img read more