Magmatism and tectonics in continental Chiloé, Chile (42°–42°30′S)

first_imgThe Chiloé-Chonos region seems to preserve the oldest depositional events in the fore-arc accretionary complex of the Southeast Pacific margin. There are isolated occurrences of low-grade metamorphic rocks, including slates with a Devonian trilobite fauna and schists that give Rb-Sr evidence of a ca. 290 Ma metamorphism. Pillow basalts and ultramafic rocks may represent parts of the Pan-Thalassic ocean floor on which the Palaeozoic sediments were laid down. Emergence of a magmatic arc is indicated by Jurassic to Early Cretaceous volcanogenic and marine deposits. During the mid-Cretaceous climax of plutonic activity, these were intruded by monzogranites, which here constitute the eastern portion of the North Patagonian batholith. They give Rb-Sr isochron ages of 120-100 Ma (Barremian-Albian). Initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7040–0.7045, and ϵNdt values of +0.5 to +1.5, indicate a simple petrogenesis with a mantle source. The western part of the batholith is petrologically more primitive, being composed predominantly of tonalite, diorite and gabbro, and initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios are more variable. Late Cenozoic movement of the Liquiñe-Ofqui fault zone (LOFZ) generated deep pull-apart basins to the west of the uplifted batholith/basement complex. These were filled by thick marine sequences of volcanogenic debris, indicating the wide extent of a mainly rhyolitic volcanic field during Miocene times. Pliocene tonalite and granodiorite plutons (dated by a Rb-Sr whole-rock isochron at 4.7 ± 0.5 Ma) and Holocene andesite-basalt stratovolcanoes are located along the LOFZ. The latter feature has thus been a major influence on the tectonic evolution of the area. There is no evidence for major post-Palaeozoic compression or crustal shortening.last_img read more

OCHS Hosts “Share the Keys” A Pre-Prom Presentation on Safe Driving

first_imgAll Junior & Senior Students and their Parents & Legal Guardians are invited to attend a pre-prom presentation on safe driving at Ocean City High School’s Auditorium on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. The presentation is put on by the Ocean City Police Department and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization, “Share the Keys”.This presentation is a research based, data driven orientation designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement. It is free to attend and is a partnership with the Ocean City Police Department and the Ocean City High School as a pre-prom initiative for teen drivers and their parent/guardians. The High School takes many initiatives when it comes to keeping students safe after events such as prom. They host the After Prom to provide students the opportunity to spend a drug and alcohol free night with food, entertainment and fun with their friends.As an incentive to attend, the School is discounting the costs of the School Prom ticket by $10 to any student who attends with their parent/guardian. Also, there has been financial community support obtained through donations, to be raffled off to anyone who attends with a parent/guardian, including the following prizes for students:• One free limo ride to the Prom courtesy of Avalon Limousine/PBA Local #61• Two $50 Gift Cert. to Rissy Roos Dress Boutique in Linwood• Two $50.00 Gift Cert. to Spinning Wheel Florist in Ocean City• Nine $100 Cash Awards courtesy of the OC Exchange Club, The Storage Inn II, Barra Vaughn Insurance and OCHS After Prom• Two Free Prom Ticket Admissions for One Boy and Girl courtesy of the Flanders Hotel• $75 Gift Cert. to Fabiana Edwards Salon• $75 Gift Cert to At Your Service Formalwear• Two $15 Gift Cert. to Ideal Barber ShopThe presentation begins at 7pm sharp with registration starting at 6:15pm. It will be about an hour long. Pizza will be provided by the OCHS After Prom Committee. You can find more information on the program by visiting www.sharethekeys.com.To be eligible for the free prizes, all students must attend with their parent/guardian.last_img read more

Ocean City Holiday Happenings: “Earlier Than the Bird,” Breakfast with Santa

first_imgGet ready for the “Earlier Than the Bird” shopping extravaganza in downtown Ocean City Nov. 17. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City Chamber of Commerce) Ocean City’s holiday celebrations begin “Earlier Than the Bird” on Saturday, Nov. 17. The annual downtown shopping extravaganza takes place 8 a.m. to noon on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Jump-start your holiday shopping and shop in your pajamas for early-bird shopping specials at stores on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street.Free coffee will be available at Jon & Patty’s (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (917 Asbury Ave.) and Starbucks (1061 Asbury Ave.). Enjoy a free standard doughnut at Drip N’ Scoop (960 Asbury Ave.). Free turkeys will be awarded to the best-dressed. Register while you shop for chances to win up to $150 in gift certificates and prizes. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or visit facebook/downtownOCNJ.Free horse and carriage rides will be available starting on the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18. Ride the downtown the old-fashioned way noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Board in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.The interdenominational Ocean City Ecumenical Council invites everybody to come together for the annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (2998 Bay Ave.).The service is sponsored by the Ecumenical Council and the churches throughout Ocean City. A dessert reception will follow the service. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the local Food Cupboard for those in need.The 11th annual Fast and Furriest 5K Turkey Trot goes off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning on Nov. 22. The course for this 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race is on the Ocean City Boardwalk, and proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, call 609-398-9500 (ext. 4) or visit www.hsocnj.org/events.Free horse and carriage rides are one of the downtown holiday attractions.Ocean City’s small-town version of “Black Friday” takes place on Friday, Nov. 23. The Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” – takes place 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be a warm and entertaining time featuring carolers and performers throughout downtown Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street.Downtown stores will offer discount shopping for gifts, and many Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Free horse and carriage rides will be available. Entertainment and Christmas carols will begin at 4 p.m. on the steps of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.Singer Jackie Evancho will perform and offer a preview of her show on Saturday. The event culminates around 5 p.m. when Santa Claus will emerge on the rooftop of City Hall. With the help of an Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck, Santa will descend and help light the City Hall Christmas Tree and illuminate City Hall.The shopping discounts will continue on Nov. 24 as downtown merchants celebrate Small Business Saturday.Santa will be heading to Ocean City for events beginning Nov. 24. (Courtesy City of Ocean City)Also Coming UpUkulele Orchestra Concert (Nov. 15): The local Grass Roots Ukulele Orchestra will give a free lunchtime concert at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Ave.).This will be the second public performance by the group since it formed a few months ago. A third concert has been scheduled for Jan. 3 at the Ocean City Free Public Library.The orchestra varies from 10 to 15 people, depending on the size of the venue and the availability of players. Selections from Thursday’s concert will range from “Down by the Riverside” to “Tiny Bubbles” to “Edelweiss” to “Stand by Me.”Jackie Evancho Holiday Show (Nov. 24): Platinum-selling, 18-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho will return to the Ocean City Music Pier for a Christmas show 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Evancho will perform a selection of songs from her critically acclaimed “Someday at Christmas” album. She will join musicians from the Ocean City Pops Orchestra to celebrate the holiday season in America’s Greatest Family Resort.Tickets are $45 and $35, and they can be purchased at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111. You can also purchase tickets person by visiting the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway or City Hall’s Welcome Center at 861 Asbury Avenue.Horse & Carriage Rides: Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available noon to 3 p.m. on downtown Asbury Avenue on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23.Breakfast With Santa: Santa will travel to different Ocean City restaurants to visit with children 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 24 to Dec. 23. See www.oceancityvacation.com for the full schedule and locations.Photos With Santa: Santa will be available for photos in an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard boat noon to 3 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23.Train Show (Dec. 1 and 2): Model trains will be on display 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ocean City Music Pier. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. For more information call 609-399-6111.Trim-A-Tree With Santa (Dec. 1): The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association will welcome Santa – 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Ocean City-Longport Bridge flag area. Attendees will decorate a new Christmas tree, and Santa will be available for pictures with the little ones. The OCGCA is inviting children of veterans and those currently serving, and the event is open to all. Refreshments will be served and Santa will have a small gift for each child. Registration is required. To register, please send an email to [email protected] and please include child’s name and age. Rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information, call 609 485-5043.Even the Grinch was swept up in the festivities while riding on a float in the 2017 Christmas Parade.Christmas Parade (Dec. 7): Ocean City’s annual Christmas Parade starts at 6 p.m. and travels downtown Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street.Christmas Concert (Dec. 8): A traditional Christmas concert starts at 4 p.m. and features the 60-voice Angelus Chorus with tenor John Taylor and the Tapestry String Quartet, directed by Richard Stanislaw. The concert is at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (501 East 8th Street).  For more information, please call 609-399-2988.last_img read more

Home-grown food in demand

first_imgNew research from Mintel suggests there is growing demand for local, home-grown food, as consumers bid to cut down on food miles and carbon dioxide emissions.Ethical and Green Retailing: June 2007, released last week, found that 54% of Britons feel there is not enough locally produced food available and that 41% of consu-mers believe bakers, food produ-cers and retailers should provide more details about food miles on the products they sell.M&S is increasingly adding such a label to its food products, inclu-ding bakery. The label features an aeroplane symbol and the words ’air freighted’. Guy Farrant, director of food at M&S said: “Our customers want to know more about how food is transported into the UK.”Bakery producers, including Duchy Originals, are looking into adopting the initiative. Duchy Originals CEO Belinda Gooding, said: “A single transparent methodology, which is easily understood by the consumer, is essential to reducing carbon emissions and achieving our environmental goals.”last_img read more

More than a watchdog

first_imgNew research by scientists at Harvard Medical School has found that nerves in the guts of mice do not merely sense the presence of Salmonella but actively protect against infection by this dangerous bacterium by deploying two lines of defense.The study, published today in Cell, casts in a new light the classic view of the nervous system as a mere watchdog that spots danger and alerts the body to its presence. The results show that by directly interfering with Salmonella’s ability to infect the intestines, the nervous system is both a detector of danger and a defender against it.“Our results show the nervous system is not just a simple sensor-and-alert system,” said neuro-immunologist Isaac Chiu, the study’s lead investigator and assistant professor of immunology in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School. “We have found that nerve cells in the gut go above and beyond. They regulate gut immunity, maintain gut homeostasis and provide active protection against infection.”Specifically, the experiments reveal that pain-sensing neurons embedded in the small intestine and beneath cells called Peyer’s patches are activated by the presence of Salmonella, a foodborne bacterium responsible for a quarter of all bacterial diarrheal disease worldwide. Once activated, the nerves use two defensive tactics to prevent the bug from infecting the intestine and spreading throughout the rest of the body. First, they regulate the cellular gates that allow microorganisms and various substances to go in and out of the small intestine. Second, they boost the number of protective gut microbes called SFB (segmented filamentous bacteria), which are part of the microbiome in the small intestine.,Bacteria get on our nervesUnder normal conditions, Peyer’s patches — clusters of lymphatic and immune tissue found exclusively on the wall of the small intestine—scan the environment, sample substances and determine what can go into the intestine. To perform this function, Peyer’s patches are studded with microfold cells, or M cells, which are cellular channels that open and close to regulate influx of substances and microorganisms into the intestine. M cells are the major entry points that Salmonella and other dangerous bacteria exploit to invade the small intestine. To do so, the Salmonella bacterium injects into the gut transcription factors that stimulate intestinal cells to become M cells. Next, Salmonella latches onto sugars sitting atop the M cells — the cellular gates — and uses its tentacles to prop the gates open. The bacterium then wiggles its way into the intestine.To understand the role of pain-sensing gut neurons in infection protection, researchers compared how mice with and without them responded to Salmonella. One group of mice had intact gut neurons, another group had these neurons genetically disabled or deleted, and yet another cohort had them chemically disabled.Experiments showed that in the presence of Salmonella, gut neurons fire back by releasing a neurochemical called CGRP, which slows down M cell differentiation, thereby reducing the number of entry points that Salmonella can use. Additionally, the experiments show, gut neurons launch another form of defense. By releasing CGRP, they boost the presence of SFB microbes — microorganisms that, among performing other beneficial functions, also guard against Salmonella invasion. Precisely how they do so remains unclear, but Chiu and colleagues say one plausible mechanism may be that SFB uses its tiny little hooks to attach itself to the intestinal wall and form a repellent coating that shields against the disease-causing bacteria.Both defense mechanisms functioned reliably in mice with intact gut neurons. Not so, however, in animals that lacked these gut neurons. Indeed, intestinal biopsies from mice with inactivated neurons showed their Peyer’s patches more densely infiltrated by Salmonella at a greater rate than animals with intact neurons. The neuron-deficient animals also had fewer protective SFB microbes in their guts. Not surprisingly, these mice got sick from Salmonella at a greater rate and had more widespread disease than mice with intact nerve fibers. “We have found that nerve cells in the gut go above and beyond. They regulate gut immunity, maintain gut homeostasis and provide active protection against infection.” — Isaac Chiu, lead investigator “It is becoming increasingly clear that the nervous system interacts directly with infectious organisms in various ways to affect immunity,” Chiu said. “Bacteria literally do get on our nerves.”The findings are in line with past research by Chiu’s group showing a powerful three-way interplay between infection and the nervous and the immune systems. But in contrast to the new findings, the previous work showed that the nervous system can, at times, be exploited by infectious organisms to their advantage. For example, Chiu’s previous research found that nerves in the lungs can alter immune response in serious lung infections with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph. In another study, Chiu’s team discovered that the bacterium that can cause flesh-eating disease hijacks nerves as a way to dampen immune defenses and weaken the body’s defenses.A diverse repertoireThe new findings add to a growing body of knowledge showing that the nervous system has a repertoire far broader than signaling to and from the brain.“Our findings illustrate an important cross talk between the nervous system and the immune system,” said study first author Nicole Lai, research fellow in immunology in the Chiu lab. “It is clearly a bidirectional highway with both systems sending messages and influencing each other to regulate protective responses during infection.”Indeed, the gut contains so many nerves that it has often been called the second brain. As an alert system designed to warn the body of looming threats, the nervous system acts ultrafast. Thus, the new findings, the researchers said, suggest that evolution has taken advantage of this feature for added protection.“If you think about it, the nervous system’s involvement in immunity is an evolutionarily smart way to protect the gut from infection by repurposing an existing feature,” Chiu said.The researchers say their findings could also help explain previous observations showing that the use of opioids—which silence pain-sensing nerve fibers—and other nerve-modulating drugs can make people more prone to infections.“If you dial down nerve signaling in an effort to reduce pain, you may be inadvertently also dampening their protective abilities,” Chiu said. “Our observations support that idea.”The interaction between gut neurons and gatekeeping M cells represents an area ripe for future research, the team said, because M cells — the molecular gates of the small intestine — are also exploited by other organisms that cause serious human disease, including the bacteria E. coli, Shigella and Yersinia, as well as prions, self-propagating clumps of misfolded protein that can cause rare but universally fatal neurodegenerative conditions.The results also point to a possible therapeutic pathway that involves modulating nerve signaling either for boosting gut immunity or intestinal inflammation.“The idea would be that if we could somehow stimulate these protective gut neurons or mimic their activity with a drug, we could activate the immune response and increase the body’s ability to fend off infection,” Chiu said.Other researchers included Melissa Musser, Felipe Pinho-Ribeiro, Pankaj Baral, Amanda Jacobson, Pingchuan Ma, David Potts, Zuojia Chen, Donggi Paik, Salima Soualhi, Yiqing Yan, Aditya Misra, Kaitlin Goldstein, Valentina Lagomarsino, Anja Nordstrom, Kisha Sivanathan, Antonia Wallrapp, Vijay Kuchroo, Roni Nowarski, Michael Starnbach, Hailian Shi, Neeraj Surana, Dingding An, Chuan Wu, Jun Huh, and Meenakshi Rao.This work was supported by National Institutes of Health grants DP2AT009499 and K08 AI108690, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant R01AI130019,  NIH grant R01 DK110559, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Harvard Digestive Disease Center, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (grant K08 DK110532), National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Career Transition award TA3059-A-2), and Whitehead Scholar award and Translating Duke Health Scholar award. 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Jamestown Students Honored With Young Playwright Awards

first_imgImage by Jamestown Public Schools.JAMESTOWN – Love and Ring Elementary School students were recently awarded honors for the plays they wrote through Chautauqua Institution’s Young Playwrights Project.The winners, whose plays will be performed at Chautauqua Institution, from Love Elementary are Zion Kevoian Davis and Juan Lorenzi. Winners from Ring Elementary are Amy Noll and Emma Johnson.Additionally, 13 students were awarded honorable mentions: Love School – Jovian Matos Vellon, Olivia Little, Nyanna Best & Tajiah McBride and from Ring School – Jaydyn Nixon, Aylah Butts, Jazmine Lleras, Colton Miller, Anthony Barone III, Mylah Neal, Ariel Barkstrom, Gabriel Flores Vazquez & Javier Yomar Flores Vazquez.Chautauqua Institution will host the students in June where the winning plays will be performed and all winners will receive award medals. “I thought of my idea for my play because I don’t like to see people pollute the earth,” said Ring Elementary School winning playwright Emma Johnson. “I wanted to encourage people, through my play, not to pollute. I’m pretty excited to see it at Chautauqua. I wonder how they will do the seagulls in my play?”Chautauqua Institution is proud to partner with the Chautauqua Theater Company to present an interactive, three-part playwriting project for area students from Ring, Love, Chautauqua Lake, Westfield and Panama Elementary Schools.Image by Jamestown Public Schools.In the first stage of the project, teaching artists from Chautauqua Theater Company visit every third and fourth grade classroom at each school to guide students through the process of writing a play.During the second stage, students and teachers take a winter field trip to Chautauqua Institution where community and staff volunteers read student’s plays aloud.Awards are given during a closing reception to celebrate each student’s efforts and creativity and recognize winning plays. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Solving the Millennial credit union conundrum

first_imgScott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details It’s quite the conundrum: credit union leaders know they can’t afford to skip over lending to Millennials, but many haven’t yet figured out how to successfully attract enough borrowers under age 35 to impact their average age of membership. There’s so much talk about how to woo this 80-million consumer market – and so few bragging rights.Why?Frequently the problem is many of us pursue the Millennial market as though it was one homogeneous group. But it’s very far from it. The Millennial generation is a diverse group of consumers made up of different ages, lifestyles, cultures, interests, and credit histories. I think this reality explains why technology and digital marketing alone haven’t been enough to capture the results we desire.Consider the following broad groups that comprise, in part, today’s largest demographic:Young MillennialsSingleMarriedCollege-educatedHispanicsMarried with childrenEntrepreneursActive militaryBut, of course defining this group runs deeper. Within these groups we find cause-and-community-driven, diverse income levels, credit challenges – you get the idea.Which Millennial target(s) is right for your credit union?Start with an internal perspective. Today, who are your most profitable Millennial members? Identify unique traits, product usage, credit score, or service behaviors that set this group apart. If you like what you find, judge whether your success has been by chance or part of a strategic focus. Can you find more opportunities to leverage what’s working?Next, look externally to your potential field of membership. Who are the Millennials living within your potential service area? Are there any dominant groups, such as active-duty military, students, or Hispanics? What is the local economic landscape like? Is your credit union located in a lower-income area with lower average credit scores? Or are your potential Millennials in the upper-age bracket in a booming suburban market? What types of financial products and services are your local, dominant Millennial groups using? If your local area is dotted with predatory Payday and “Buy Here, Pay Here” car lenders, you may want to consider second-chance and credit-builder products to develop and improve credit. If you have a growing Hispanic community (average age is 22), you may want to have bicultural staff and communication to reach this market. If the economy in your market is more robust, you may want to target Millennials interested in applying for their first mortgage loan. To be successful, you need to have more than convenient access and technology. You will need to align the right products and services with the right demographics. Do you offer the products they are using elsewhere? From their perspective, will they view your product type, terms, benefits, features, etc. as relevant?You don’t have to solve the conundrum aloneIf your credit union isn’t succeeding, it’s time to re-examine your tactics.I’ve spent a majority of my professional credit union career responsible for successful marketing strategies, profitable membership and loan growth, sales, and community development. I learned there’s no reason to go it alone, and you don’t have to re-create the wheel – but you do need to act.Leveraging high-quality analytical tools is a start. Companies like Experian can help you quickly identify your most profitable Millennial member with its credit and account review products, then overlay Millennial lifestyle information to help you identify the best Millennials to target for your credit unions’ branches. Depending on your resources and budget considerations, you can gather this information by either working with Experian’s credit union consulting team or through a set of self-service tools. Pre-qualification and prescreening tools can then help you make the right offer to the Millennials who best match your risk-based criteria, and serve up digital invitations and offers.Why it mattersSuccess finding (and lending) to your Millennial market is going to require investment (time, money) and prioritization. Time and resources are limited. There are just so many tasks that can be done, and a limited amount of money to do them. But consider this: if your credit union isn’t attracting and lending to the Millennial market it needs to survive, what else could be a higher priority?No credit union can afford to skip over this generation during its prime borrowing years. Indeed, one might say the fate of the entire credit union system hinges on our collective ability to serve this generation.If you’re not yet engaged, now is the time to act. 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfieldlast_img read more

NCUA: Not talking intervention in Puerto Rico

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A credit union trade report said – and NCUA later confirmed – that the agency is not involved in talks regarding insurance for credit unions chartered and currently insured by the Puerto Rican government.NAFCU is closely monitoring reports on the Puerto Rico fiscal situation for any sign this may change.Credit Union Times ran a story Wednesday that quoted a former Puerto Rico financial institutions commissioner indicating NCUA and Treasury were discussing what intervention NCUA might provide to those institutions amid Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis.The former regulator, Jose Sosa-Llorens, is an attorney who reportedly now represents 25 of Puerto Rico’s largest “cooperativas.” The story notes there are more than 100 cooperativas (credit unions) in Puerto Rico and 11 U.S.-chartered credit unions insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. continue reading »last_img read more

In Nin agree: We are ready for the tourist season

first_imgIn September last year, Nin was hit by a natural disaster, an unprecedented flood that caused enormous material damage. The damage was great, the whole infrastructure was damaged, the road, Solana Nin, various farm buildings, the bridges connecting the old town were demolished, and there was also a great erosion of the beaches, which were practically completely destroyed. The total estimated damage has risen to over 50 million kuna, point out the city of Nin.Today, the situation has normalized after the floods, in fact, Nin is breathing with full lungs, reconstruction works are going on throughout the year. The most important question I personally asked myself after the tragedy that struck Nin was: Will Nin be ready for the upcoming tourist season?This was the most important and imperative, that Nin be ready by the next tourist season, because if that does not happen, Nin would suffer even more damage through reduced economic activity through tourism, which is the main driver and support of the whole of Nin.How important tourism is for Nin is shown by the fact that the oldest Croatian royal city is a record holder in terms of population growth during the tourist season. According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (Estimation of the increase in the number of consumers and the potential of food and beverage consumption in the tourist season ), the city of Nin in Zadar County, with about 3000 inhabitants due to tourists increase by almost five and a half times during the season. Thus, the number of inhabitants, according to the analysis of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, jumps by 461 percent in August, which would mean that Nin has 16.500 inhabitants in the summer. Also, last year in Nin was a record tourist season, when over 1,3 million overnight stays were realized, mostly from Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The extent of the flood in Nin is best illustrated by this aerial shot / Source: YouTube Dalibor LovricAs the mayor of Nin, Emil Ćurko, points out, the reconstruction is going according to plan and Nin is satisfied with the pace, and thanks to the quick reaction of the Government and various Ministries who gave maximum support to Nin to rebuild Nin as much as possible without interruption. economic activity through tourism which is an extremely important income to Nin. “ The natural disaster hit us hard, but also shook us a little in a positive way, regardless of all the problems we had. We were united by this tragedy, and I must commend the Government and the Ministries for their help and understanding for all the problems that came after the flood. Without the support of the State, it is certain that Nin could not be rebuilt for years with its own funds. Everything is relatively quickly agreed and defined, and we are satisfied during the renovation. Most importantly, we are ready for the tourist season, and the renovation is going according to plan. ” points out the mayor of Nin, Emil Ćurko.We have trained the city, even more, than to prepare for the tourist season. “A lot of things prevent us from working at a faster pace than everyone would like. There are simply procedures that must be followed that take a lot of time. From the preparation of various studies, tenders for the selection of contractors, the preparation of environmental studies, studies, various paperwork, etc.… which unfortunately last and some things we can not influence ” Ćurko pointed out and emphasized that a lot had really been done in a relatively short time.The natural disaster caused us a lot of mud, mud, and destroyed the beaches, but we practically renovated 90% of the beaches and that is the most important thing, says Ćurko, adding that according to the expected number of tourists, the beaches are 100% ready or will be the main tourist destination. season. “All works that will be during the season will not interfere with guests or traffic through the port, so the reconstruction will be possible in 6 and 7 months. We lost about 50.000 cubic meters of sand in the flood. A part of the Queen’s Beach was destroyed, as well as the Ždrijac Beach, which was practically 100% destroyed. As far as bridges are concerned, the tender of Hrvatske ceste for the rehabilitation of bridges is underway, so we will most likely find out the contractor by 15.06. Then we will estimate when we will start with the complete renovation, since we will study in the tourist season, we will most likely work only the upper bridge, because it is slightly dislocated from pedestrians and traffic, so part of the work will certainly be done during the season. After the start of construction and the lower bridge, everything will have to be well coordinated again, because sludge has accumulated under the bridge, which has an unpleasant smell when it is excavated, so some of this work will have to be done at the beginning of the year. concludes Ćurko and emphasizes that by next year all the works will be finished and Nin will be more beautiful than ever.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Ždrijac Beach – renovation and arrangement after flood / Source: YouTube Dalibor LovrićMarija Dejanović from TZ Nina: There are no cancellations and we expect an even more successful tourist seasonThat Nin is ready for the tourist season is also confirmed by Marija Dejanović, director of the NZ Tourist Board, who points out that this year, regardless of everything, she expects daily tourist growth. “Of course, the wounds will remain and be visible, because these large wounds, ie the destroyed bridges, cannot be completely rebuilt so quickly. This is an issue that is quite complex because it is a matter of historic bridges and requires a whole procedure, from conservation supervision, to conduct public tenders… however, it is done to the maximum of all services and the restoration goes its course”Dejanovic points out.The city and the tourist board have set up information boards in the city to inform tourists about the natural disaster that has occurred and to know that they are in the process of reconstruction. Also, all tourist employees, especially the hosts in the family accommodation, got involved in the communication with the regular guests and sent their guests all the information about the course of the renovation. It is precisely this communication that is certainly largely due to the fact that there is no drop in reservations. “Tourists react extremely positively to information boards, ask questions, want to help, and they are not bothered by reconstruction at all or disturbed by peace. They understand the whole situation and are glad that reconstruction is being done at every step. Also, the hosts in the family accommodation regularly communicate with their guests to inform about the process, so far no one has reported a drop in reservations. Dejanovic pointed out.Sandy beaches are created by the influence of sea waves, tides and winds, and a large part of the reconstruction on Queen’s Beach was helped by nature, says Dejanović and emphasizes that the beaches will be renovated and ready for tourists. “As for the Ždrijac beach, interventions are still underway, but it will be ready by the beginning of the season. Solana Nin also suffered great damage, but got back on her feet very quickly”Concludes Dejanović and adds that this disaster cannot be survived through one season, but through a couple of seasons.Nin saltworks in full operationIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The flood almost completely destroyed the Nin saltworks, which was the first to be hit, and more than two thirds of the harvest, worth around 1,5 million kuna, failed. Thus, the administrative building, the museum and the salt house, the salt production pools, the warehouse were flooded, and practically everything was flooded, and the total damage was in the millions. But, as they say, after the rain comes the sun, and from Solana Nin after this tragedy, they immediately decided to start the renovation and renovation, and today they proudly point out that no matter what, they are ready to welcome guests.” Last year we had multi-million damage. Our pools, museum, salt house and many products were flooded. We didn’t wait for help, but we rebuilt everything ourselves so that this season we could welcome tourists to the saltworks again and start the salt harvest. We did not receive any help, and we invested over three million kuna of our own funds. The season has already started and we hope that this year we will have more luck with the end of the tourist season, and that disasters will bypass us.”Points out Sanja Stamenić Oštrić, marketing director of Solana NinNew promenade – Romantic bridgeIn the accident and tragedy that happened to Nina, many good things happened, one of them is the new wooden bridge that was originally built to connect the old town with the coast, and will now remain as a new additional tourist product and promenade to improve the flow of tourists towards the old town. By the way, Nin, among other titles, holds the title of the most romantic destination in Europe since 2015.And the story of Nina is hard to tell in a nutshell, you first need to define where to start. Is it from the oldest Croatian royal city, the cradle of the Croatian state, the church of St. Cross, which is named as the smallest cathedral in the world, the church of St. Nikola, Solani Nin where sea salt is produced in a natural and ecological way only with sun, sea and wind, healing mud, Queen’s beach, Natura habitat, EDEN – European destinations of excellence, rare plant and animal species with 8 NATURA 2000 habitats, 5 endemic , 4 critically endangered, 1 endangered and 5 sensitive plants, I “scratched” Šokolijada samo a only on the surface of the rich history, culture and tourist stories that Nin tells. Perhaps it is best to start from the first step, and that is to come and experience Nin live. If there is one thing I can be sure of and guarantee, then it is precisely that everyone in Nin will find something that will delight them.Nin is so small, and so big, important and significant for our culture, tourism, identity… and definitely a tourist destination that has the most unique, amazing, diverse and authentic tourist stories in Croatia. I sincerely hope that through strategic and sustainable development, Nin will forever remain as it is, with soul and story. Also, I hope that in the future it will not fall under the pressure of mass tourism, but work to increase quality, not quantity, as a year-round tourist destination because it certainly can and should be.The most important news was that Nin is ready for the tourist season, to recover and to continue one of the main economic activities. Every guest who comes to Dalmatia should experience the story of Nin, because it is an excellent quality and authentic tourist product.Related news:NIN CHOCOLATE FEST AS A GREAT AUTHENTIC TOURIST STORYNIN DEVELOPS A NEW TOURIST PRODUCT – BIRDWATCHING TOURISMHOW NIN SKILLFULLY PLAYS WITH THE STRONGEST EMOTION – LOVETHE MAGIC THAT COMES AND DISAPPEARS – SAND FESTIVAL IN NINlast_img read more

Saudi bans pilgrims from holy sites over virus as Iran deaths jump

first_imgSaudia Arabia on Thursday banned pilgrims from visiting Islam’s holiest sites to try to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus as the number of deaths soared in neighbouring Iran and new cases were reported in Europe.China is no longer the only breeding ground for COVID-19 as countries worry about possible contagion from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy.There are now more daily cases being recorded outside China than inside the country, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the World Health Organization. President Emmanuel Macron said France, the world’s most visited country, was preparing for a jump in coronavirus cases.”We are facing a crisis, an epidemic that is coming,” he said during a visit to a hospital in Paris where the first French person carrying the virus died Tuesday.But President Donald Trump has played down fears of a major outbreak in the United States, the world’s largest economy.”I think that there’s a chance that it could get worse, a chance it could get fairly substantially worse, but nothing’s inevitable,” Trump told reporters Wednesday.His comments contradicted US health officials who urged Americans to be ready to cancel mass gatherings and work from home. There are 60 cases in the US so far.The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said it had detected the first case of unknown origin in the country, signalling that the virus may be spreading within communities.Contagion fears With the virus spreading in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia suspended visas for visits to Islam’s holiest sites for the “umrah” pilgrimage, an unprecedented move, raising questions over the hajj which starts in July.The kingdom — which hosts millions of pilgrims every year — said it was also suspending visas for tourists visiting from countries where the new virus is a “danger”.In neighbouring Iran, the health ministry reported seven new deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 26, the highest outside China.Tehran imposed domestic travel restrictions for confirmed or suspected cases and slapped curbs on visits to major Muslim pilgrimage sites, while Iran’s neighbours have shut their borders.Several governments have also advised against travel to Italy — which has 400 cases and 12 deaths, and South South Korea, which has almost 1,600 cases, the highest number outside China. Even China — which sealed off an entire province and shut down cities across the country to contain the virus — is now worried about importing cases and ordered people arriving in Beijing from affected countries to go into 14-day self-quarantine.But UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet voiced concern Thursday about the widespread use of quarantine, and said the epidemic had “set off a disturbing wave of prejudice against people of Chinese and East Asian ethnicity”.The virus is believed to have originated in a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where it is suspected of having hopped from animal to human.China reported 29 more deaths Thursday — its lowest daily tally since January — and 433 new cases, most of them in hard-hit Hubei province and well below massive increases from just a week ago.Zhong Nanshan, a respected scientist who advises the government, said China would have had far fewer cases if action had been taken as early as December — a rare critique from a prominent insider.Hubei officials have been accused of initially covering up the outbreak and silencing a whistleblowing doctor who later died from the disease.Nevertheless, Zhong said he expected China to bring the epidemic under control by late April.But other countries have now become sources of concern. Warnings against ‘panic’ In Latin America’s first case, the 61-year-old patient had travelled to Italy’s Lombardy region, the epicentre of the outbreak there.In Romania, a man was infected after coming in contact with a visiting Italian. Countries from Denmark to Spain and Algeria have also reported infections linked to Italy.The first cases in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Estonia involved people who had been in Iran.The WHO has urged countries to prepare for a potential pandemic, though it stopped short of declaring one.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, however, said his government was “effectively operating now on the basis that there is one — a pandemic”.But EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides appealed for calm.”This is a situation of concern, but we must not give in to panic.”Topics : More than 2,700 people have died in China and some 78,000 have been infected. The outbreak has spread to dozens of other countries, where there have been more than 50 deaths and 3,600 cases, raising fears of a pandemic.Jitters over the epidemic have rocked global markets, while sports matches and festivals across Europe have been cancelled.The US and South Korea on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint military exercises because of the outbreak, while Japan’s prime minister called for schools to close nationwide for several weeks.- ‘Facing a crisis’ –last_img read more