iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — The apparent alligator attack that resulted in the death of a Florida woman who was walking her dogs near a lake is an extremely rare occurrence, authorities said.An estimated 5 million American gators live in the southeastern United States — about one-quarter of them in Florida alone — but the likelihood of being seriously hurt from an “unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly only one in 3.2 million,” according to 2017 statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.“Over the last 10 years, Florida has averaged six unprovoked bites per year that are serious enough to require professional medical treatment.”Summer is mating season, which can mean more active and territorial alligators, according to experts. Shizuka Matsuki had disappeared Friday in Davie, Florida, before her dogs were found wandering alone, one badly injured, officials said.Authorities later found Matsuki’s body and captured and killed an alligator measuring 12 feet 6 inches in length. When the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission performed a necropsy on the reptile, they found Matsuki’s arm, identified by a tattoo, in the gator’s stomach, officials said. How to stay safeTo avoid an encounter with a gator, wildlife experts said, people must never feed them. It’s not only dangerous but also illegal in Florida.Families with young children should also steer clear of waterways at nighttime, when alligators can’t decipher the difference between a child and its normal food sources, which include birds, rodents and other small mammals.People must be especially vigilant during nesting season, in June and July. “It’s rare that an alligator will come out of the water and go after a human being,” Ron Magill, a wildlife expert and communications director at Zoo Miami, told “Good Morning America” in 2016. “They usually nest close to the water. If you get near a nest, a female will come after you. Females are very protective.”In the unusual event that you find yourself squaring off with a gator, wildlife experts offer these four tips:RunIf you happen to lock eyes with an alligator on land, forget running in a zigzag. Run away as fast as you can in a straight line. Alligators will typically chase a human only to defend their territory.“The longer you stay within their territory, the longer they’re going to chase you,” Frank Mazziotti, a professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, told ABC News in 2016. “When you run back and forth, you are in fact exposing yourself to attack for a longer period of time than if you just ran in a straight direction and got out of there. Once you’re no longer a threat, it has no interest in you.” Fight backIf a gator grabs hold of you, there are a few things you can do. Most important, don’t give up.“Fight like hell. Don’t go willingly,” Mazziotti said. “The bigger fight you put up, the more likely it’s going to let you go and say, ‘This isn’t worth it.’”Smack the snoutRather than try to open a gator’s jaws, which are extremely powerful, aim for where the animal is most vulnerable, like its snout.“Pop them on the snout. The tip of their snout is very sensitive. That might be able to get them to release you,” Magill said.Gouge the eyesJabbing a gator in the eyes may also make it release its bite, even for just a moment, allowing you to get away before it pulls you underwater.“The thing you want to stop them from doing is turning. They’ll grab, and they’ll start rolling to try to break off pieces to eat, and that’s the key thing,” Magill said on “GMA.” “You’ve got to hold on as hard as you can. And the other is to try to poke your fingers in their eyes. That’s easier said than done in that situation, of course, but that’s the best chance you have.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStockBy: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (LOS ANGELES) — A federal appeals court has backed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order banning in-church services to blunt the spread of coronavirus, rejecting an argument from clerics that the governor is treading on their First Amendment right to free exercise of their religious beliefs.The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a split 2-1 ruling denying the request for a temporary restraining order against Newsom’s in-church service ban filed this month by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California.The ruling was issued late on Friday, the same day President Donald Trump demanded governors nationwide allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to reopen immediately.“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors,” Trump said as his administration released detailed guidance on how religious institutions can safely reopen amid the virus that has killed nearly 100,000 people and infected more than 1.6 million in the United States. “In America we need more prayer, not less.”It is unclear what legal authority the president has to overrule a governor and the White House could not cite a specific provision that would give Trump that power.In its ruling in the California case, the federal appellate judges who sided with Newsom found the state’s action of shuttering houses of worship due to a health emergency does not “infringe upon or restrict practices because of their religious motivation” and does not “in a selective manner impose burdens only on conduct motivated by religious belief.””We’re dealing here with a highly contagious and often fatal disease for which there presently is no known cure,” Judges Jacqueline Nguyen and Barry Silverman wrote in their ruling denying the restraining order.In reaching its decision, the judges noted that late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson once wrote that if a court “does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact.”Newsom issued his stay-at-home orders on March 19, closing all nonessential businesses and barring large gatherings that health officials say could fuel the spread of the contagion.On Wednesday, the second phase of Newsom’s plan to restart the economy kicked in allowing the reopening of many of California’s retail businesses, office buildings, restaurants and shopping centers.Members of houses of worship are not allowed to congregate until the plan’s third phase begins, which will also allow the reopening of hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, gyms, movie theaters and sporting events without live audiences.Newsom has been vague on when phase 3 will begin, saying earlier this month that it “is not a year away. It’s not 6 months away. It’s not even three months away. It may not even be more than a month away.”On Friday, he announced that state officials are working with faith leaders and expect to release guidelines on Monday on how churches can reopen.“We look forward to churches reopening in a safe manner,” Newsom said.Leaders of the South Bay United Pentecostal Church filed an emergency motion on Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.“Gov. Newsom would apparently rather litigate this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court than allow a single Californian to go to church,” Charles LiMandri, a lawyer for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund who is representing the church and its bishop, Arthur Hodges III, said in a statement. “Under the governor’s edicts, Bishop Hodges can bump shoulders with congregants at a shopping mall, but he can’t minister to them in a safe and sanitary church sanctuary. That is blatant religious discrimination, and we hope the Supreme Court agrees.”The Supreme Court has yet to announce whether it will hear the case.In a dissenting opinion, Judge Daniel Collins, who was appointed to the 9th Circuit by Trump in May 2019, wrote that Newsom’s executive order “illogically assumes that the very same people who cannot be trusted to follow the rules at their place of worship can be trusted to do so at their workplace.”Collins added that the state cannot “assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work or go about the rest of their daily lives in permitted social settings.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Tags Message* Restrictions are being eased around New York, with arts and entertainment events permitted as soon as this weekend with state approval, the Wall Street Journal reported.Generally, venues will be allowed to open at 33 percent capacity with a cap of 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors beginning April 2, according to the publication. Attendees are required to submit a negative Covid test before entering and must wear masks.[Syracuse, WSJ] — Cordilia JamesContact Cordilia James Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the 11 p.m. curfew for certain recreational businesses will end April 5 (iStock)The curfew for some businesses just got an expiration date, but it won’t apply to bars and restaurants.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the 11 p.m. curfew for certain recreational businesses will end April 5, Syracuse Media reported. The change covers casinos, pool halls, movie theaters, bowling alleys, gyms and fitness centers.Notably absent from the list are bars and restaurants, where the early closing time will remain. Cuomo plans to review the curfew and make an updated announcement in April, the website reported.Catered events will still be required to end at midnight, the publication added.Cuomo recently announced that restaurants outside of New York City could run at 75 percent capacity starting March 19, up from the current 50 percent. The city’s indoor dining capacity remains 35 percent.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreCuomo imposes new Covid-19 restrictions on restaurants, gymsIndoor dining will resume in NYC on Valentine’s DayEvolving outdoor dining regulations leave restaurants in the cold Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateLifestyleNYC Restaurants
Socar’s BOS Shelf at the Baku Deepwater Jacket Platforms Plant constructed the Garabagh jacket. (Credit: State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic) State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (Socar) has launched the Garabagh jacket, designed to support the upper part of the stationary platform and the deck that is planned for installation at the Karabagh field offshore Azerbaijan.The Karabagh field is located 120km offshore, east of Baku, in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.Socar’s BOS Shelf at the Baku Deepwater Jacket Platforms Plant has constructed the Garabagh jacket, which is configured as a grid-type metal structure.Garabagh jacket to be transported by the STB-1 bargeThe 16,000-tonne structure is planned to be transported by the STB-1 barge to the sea for installation at a depth of 182m. It features 10 main and 10 auxiliary legs and walkways along the perimeter.In March 2020, SOCAR and Norway’s Equinor have made an oil discovery at the first appraisal well at the Karabagh field.The well was drilled in a water depth of 180m using Socar’s Caspian Drilling Company (CDC)-operated by the Dada Gorgud semi-submersible drilling rig. The field is estimated to hold 60 million tons of oil reserves.The discovery reservoir is located 3.4km below the surface of the Caspian Sea.At that time, SOCAR president Rovnag Abdullayev said: “Karabagh is the first oil field discovered during the independence period of our country and its oil reserves estimated more than 60 million tons.”The Karabagh prospective structure was identified in 1959 following seismic surveys while its oil and gas reserves were confirmed in 1997-1998 through exploration drilling.In May 2018, Socar Karabagh signed a risk service agreement with Equinor to develop the Karabagh oil field. As per the terms of the deal, the two firms equally own the shares. Karabagh field is located 120km offshore, east of Baku, in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea
Daydreaming video: Radiohead have released a new video for A Moon Shaped Pool‘s climate-change-themed song “The Numbers”. The video features vocalist Thom Yorke, guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and a CR-78 drum machine, with the two musicians performing live against a beautiful California backdrop. The video was directed by frequent Greenwood collaborator and Hollywood film director Paul Thomas Anderson.Anderson and Greenwood have worked together on a number of projects in the past, including the incredible 2007 film There Will Be Blood. Anderson has now come into the fold with Radiohead, having directed the beautiful and heartbreaking music video for “Daydreaming”, as well as another video with Jonny, Thom, and a CR-78 (seemingly from the same session) performing “Present Tense” from AMSP. If past trends with Radiohead are any indication, we can probably expect more videos from them and Anderson in the near future.See below to watch the new intimate video for “The Numbers”. As a bonus, we’ve included the “Daydreaming” and “Present Tense” videos as well. Also, if you are really ready to go down the Radiohead / Paul Thomas Anderson rabbit hole, check out a fan-made mini-documentary about the imagery in the “Daydreaming” video and how it reflects upon Thom Yorke’s life and relationship over the course of his many years in Radiohead.The Numbers Music Video:Present Tense Video: Radiohead: The Secrets Of Daydreaming, courtesy of Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria
Anne Monius was 8 years old when she strayed from her class during a field trip to Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. After all, there were giant dinosaurs and ferocious tigers to investigate. While wandering the exhibit spaces, she came across a room of art students sketching the taxidermied animals stored behind glass cases.“What are you doing? Where are your parents?” asked one of the students who caught Monius staring.Monius explained she was at the museum for her class field trip, but then started asking her own questions. What were they doing? And why were they all drawing? The student explained in detail about his class and why they were drawing the stuffed tiger.“It was like I had been living in a broom closet, and somebody opened up the door, and I had no idea what was going on,” Monius recalls today. “But I wanted to know.”Outside the museum, just down the street, is where Monius now has an office as professor of South Asian religions at Harvard Divinity School (HDS).After the field trip that fateful day several decades ago, Monius returned home to Brookline, N.H., and declared that she would one day attend Harvard. Her mother shrugged it off. Sure, sure. Gaining admission to one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious universities was an unlikely dream for the modest family of immigrants. Monius grew up alternating between Catholic Masses celebrated in Polish and in Lithuanian, understanding neither. She spent her summer breaks toiling long, sweaty days on the family farm. Still, the idea of Harvard, and the feeling of the door opening to other worlds, never dissipated. There was a tenacity to her curiosity.Though Monius got stellar grades in high school and was interested in physics, no one pushed her to apply to college, much less Harvard. She did it on her own initiative, seeking out the feeling she had on the field trip — the feeling of doors opening. And despite the odds against her, she was admitted and came to Harvard College in the early 1980s to study theoretical astrophysics. To satisfy a core curriculum requirement, she took Professor Diana Eck’s class “Sources of Indian Civilization.” The lectures and texts spoke to things she had been reading since high school: The 1960s’ and ’70s’ fascination with the Far East had reached her small town and she and her brother had devoured the “Bhagavad Gita,” the “Tao Te Ching,” “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” They had discussed and debated philosophies over the dinner table, joined on occasion by their mother, though their father stayed silent. For the “Religion Around” book series, which looks at how the work of cultural icons shaped and was shaped by their religious milieu, Monius is exploring Bob Marley and Rastafari’s possible roots in Saiva culture. Terry Tempest Williams, in thought Illinois high school students use fashion, space, and travel to understand world faiths Related Writer, environmentalist reflects on lessons from being at the Divinity School Religious education through new eyes Not surprisingly, Eck’s introduction to Indian texts showed Monius the possibilities of studying such ideas as more than a hobby, and after another semester, she switched her focus from physics to South Asian religions. According to Monius, the two had one striking commonality: “examining the big questions about the meaning of life.”She graduated with her A.B. in 1986 and spent a fellowship year in India. When she returned to the U.S. she worked as a receptionist in Inman Square and debated whether to apply to graduate school. In the end, she said, she realized she loved her studies too much to give them up. That passion stayed with her through eight grueling years in Harvard’s Ph.D. program. “What really kept me going was just my love of the material,” she said. “And when I started working as a teaching fellow for discussion sections in my second year, I realized how much I liked teaching.”She felt lucky to be in the program, and lucky to engage with thinkers who opened her worldview. For dissertation research, Monius traveled to Chennai, India, to conduct two years of textual research on the only extant Buddhist texts in Tamil. While there she spent time in rural villages composed largely of Dalit populations, and found her upbringing helped her relate to strangers who’d never heard of New Hampshire. Her ability to help with the farming made her part of the community, which in turn made her understanding of South Asian religions more complete. A highlight was when locals allowed her to cook for them, entrusting her with an okra fry.But the best thing about those two years in India, she said, was that it was “the longest uninterrupted time of just being able to do my research I’ve ever had. I’ll never have that again until I retire.”Still, she said, “students are the best inspiration, and in most seminars, I learn more from the students than they get from me.” If that’s true, it’s at least in part due to Monius herself.“She helps us learn to think in new ways by deeply and closely engaging with student contributions to the discussion and inviting us to consider issues from a variety of angles,” said Morgan Curtis, M.Div. ’18, a Ph.D. candidate.The materials she encounters in researching medieval Tamil poetry and premodern South Asian religions also have a lot to teach, Monius said. “Everybody in the humanities is engaged in human understanding, and we tend to think that the assumptions we make about the world are natural, and biologically real, and true. They’re not,” she pointed out. “They’re assumptions, with distinct histories. Looking at material that is so far afield [from our modern, predominantly Christian world] really highlights the assumptions that we make.”By delving into the past, Monius has come to consider her study of South Asian texts transformative — even when you turn away from the research page, she argues, you continue contemplating the ethics and ideas that such materials bring to the fore. “We tend to think of the practices of academic life — reading, writing, etc. — as only disciplines of the mind, and in fact, in the premodern South Asian context that I work on, they’re formative of who you are as a person.”Monius is currently immersed in several research projects. Her upcoming book, “Singing the Lives of Śiva’s Saints: History, Aesthetics, and Religious Identity in Tamil-speaking South India,” examines the formation of Saiva (Śiva-worship) identity in the medieval period of Tamil Nadu, when the Chola dynasty rose to prominence from the ninth through 12th centuries.Research for one of the book’s chapters also led Monius to her next, as-yet-untitled book, which will explore literary innovation by Jain monks in the same period. In addition, she is part of a team of scholars translating the Tamil version of the “Ramayana,” one of India’s great epic poems. Last but not least, she’s contributing to Penn State University Press’ “Religion Around” book series, which looks at how the work of cultural icons shaped and was shaped by their religious milieu. Monius’ subject is Bob Marley and Rastafari’s possible roots in Saiva culture.But all the writing and research is not distracting her from teaching. “I most hope I’m helping to train the next generation of scholars and professors who are going to continue generating interest on the part of young people in this country, whether they’re Hindu or not, in India, in its long, fascinating traditions,” she said.Put another way, Anne Monius today is not so different from the 8-year-old in the museum, gazing through the glass cases into history, examining the evidence left by those who’ve passed, striving to open new doors and new understanding. Dancer moves from stage to the study of religion Coincidences plotted new path for Benjamin Grimm Getting to the why of British India’s bloody Partition Using new technology and techniques, scholars seek answers for 1947 cataclysm that killed millions
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See related article posted today: “Experts stress vigilance over emerging, unpredictable diseases”Oct 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Saying Americans are threatened by a rising tide of emerging and resurging infectious diseases, the nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) today issued a report calling on the US government to launch a comprehensive campaign to battle the microbes at home and abroad.”Americans are more vulnerable than we think we are, and our defenses are not as strong as they should be,” TFAH Executive Director Jeffrey Levi, PhD, said at a news briefing on the 44-page report, “Germs Go Global: Why Emerging infectious Diseases Are a Threat to America.””Infectious diseases are not just a crisis for the developing world. They are a real threat right here, right now to America’s economy, security, and health systems,” Levi commented in a news release.Quoting an estimate from the National Intelligence Council in 2000, the report says emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases “will continue to kill at least 170,000 Americans annually” and “will complicate US and global security over the next 20 years.”TFAH, based in Washington, DC, said the nation should take an array of steps to combat infectious diseases, such as building up public health capacity and improving disease surveillance both nationally and globally and adopting strategies to develop new vaccines, antimicrobials, and diagnostic tests. The group called on congress to take specific steps toward those ends, such as fully funding the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA).A disease smorgasbordIn the report and news release, TFAH cites a wide range of new and older diseases that threaten or may threaten the nation, including HIV/AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), H5N1 avian influenza and its potential for sparking a pandemic, tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis C, Lyme disease, Legionnaire’s disease, and dengue fever.”We also have the diseases of old that continually threaten us,” said Kathleen Gensheimer, MD, MPH, Maine’s state epidemiologist, speaking at the press conference. “In Maine we worked up a large outbreak of mumps this past winter, over 100 cases,” which necessitated costly control measures. Gensheimer served on a peer review board for the report.More than 130 cases of measles—once thought to be largely eliminated because of immunization—have been reported in the United States this year, the most since 2001, the report notes. In addition, the nation continues to face a risk of terrorist attempts to spread diseases such as anthrax, botulism, plague, and smallpox, it says.Another danger is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which causes serious skin, soft-tissue, and bloodstream infections. Once confined mainly to healthcare settings, MRSA infections are increasingly occurring in the community, the report notes.The report cites 13 factors spurring the emergency of infectious diseases. The leading ones include antimicrobial resistance; globalization; climate change, which leads to the spread of disease-carrying insects; poverty and the associated lack of healthcare and poor sanitation; war and civil strife; and high-risk behaviors.”The trends involving most of these factors are in a direction favoring the microbes,” said James Hughes, MD, an Emory University professor of public health who formerly headed the infectious disease branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hughes, a peer reviewer of the TFAH report, spoke at the news conference.Chinks in the armorDespite these threats, the private research and development pipeline for countermeasures against most emerging diseases is “stagnant or nonexistent,” the report asserts. Reasons include a common view that these diseases are confined to the developing world and that vaccines and drugs for them are not profitable for US drug companies.Since 1998, only 12 new antibiotics have been approved in the United States, and only two of those had a truly new mechanism of action, the report says. And despite some progress on vaccines, there are still no highly effective vaccines against three of the biggest killers: HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria.Disease surveillance capabilities also fall short, according to TFAH. The United States has a number of surveillance networks, but overall the nation lacks a “robust, coordinated capability.” Internationally, there are programs that monitor particular diseases, but the support for tracking emerging diseases is “relatively weak,” the report states.Also needed are better diagnostic tests—especially “point of care” tests. Exhibit A is TB, for which the standard test in most of the world is more than 50 years old and only 50% accurate.A Manhattan Project?The TFAH report argues that a decidedly major effort is needed to remedy the situation: “The US government should lead efforts to detect and conquer emerging infectious diseases with the same energy it devoted to tackling polio in this country during the last century.”Gensheimer likened the scale of effort needed to that in the Manhattan Project, which developed the first nuclear bombs during World War II.The report offers a lengthy set of recommendations for the nation, which largely mirror those made by the Institute of Medicine in its 2003 report “Microbial Threats to Health.” Here are the key ones:Governments at all levels should provide the resources to build the ublic health capacity to respond to infectious diseases. In particular, the CDC should lead an effort to provide the nation with a disease surveillance system that is interoperable among jurisdictions and agencies.The nation should step up its leadership in enhancing global capacity to respond to infectious disease threats.The federal government should take the lead in “promoting the implementation of a comprehensive system of surveillance for global infectious diseases.”The government should lead the development of a comprehensive, long-term research agenda, including strategies for vaccines, antimicrobials, antibiotic resistance, diagnostics, surveillance, and insect vector control.The government and all components of the health system should expand efforts to reduce the inappropriate use of antimicrobials.The government should work with academia and private groups to recruit, retain, and train public health professionals to combat emerging infectious diseases.Public health education efforts aimed at stopping infectious diseases should be stepped up. Efforts should focus on hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and following vaccination recommendations.TFAH also appeals to Congress to take specific steps related to the above. For example, Congress is urged to:Fully fund BARDA. Congress authorized $1.07 billion for the program for 2006 through 2008, but actually provided only $102.1 million for fiscal year 2008.Pass the proposed Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act.Restore funds for the CDC’s programs to support state and local public health preparedness at least to the fiscal year 2005 level of $919 million, versus the $746 million provided this year.In response to a question about the chances of increasing funding for public health in the current financial crisis, Levi commented, “Even in this difficult financial climate we’re going to see federal investments in infrastructure, roads, alternative energy sources. Making sure in difficult financial times that people are protected from disease also has to be a priority. The level we’re talking about is not huge compared to what’s being proposed to invest in other areas.”Gensheimer added that every dollar spent on vaccines is estimated to save $27 in overall healthcare costs, and that only 4% of US health spending is for prevention.See also: Oct 29 TFAH news releasehttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/?releaseid=146Full text of reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/GermsGoGlobal.pdf
At the very peak of the tourist season, when everyone who cares about themselves needs to comment on Croatian tourism and compare it with tourism in other countries, we decided on a special experiment: we become tourists of a modern profile.On Saturday, August 23, we were still not sure if we were going on a trip. We decided that on Sunday morning. The destination of our trip was France – Provence. The way to travel – the only possible for such a “quick” decision – by car. By noon we were packing for the trip and planning the route and booking accommodation through booking.com.Our first destination will be Savona, about 700 km away. We left at 14 p.m. Navigation took us at 20,30 across the hilly Ligurian hinterland to the town of Sassollo, some twenty kilometers from Savona. Accommodation here is cheaper by about thirty Euros, the difference is enough for a good dinner for two. For sleeping, whenever possible, we choose family accommodation, so on this occasion we booked one night in the B&B house “San Giovanni”, which also has a restaurant of the same name. The warm welcome of the hosts was just an overture to an amazing experience.The Muscardin family is originally from Lošinj. Ustrine is named after their company, after the birthplace of Mrs. Rita’s parents. Pleasant conversations imbued with emotions towards the beloved Kvarner culminated in a special gift – we received a book of poetry “La memoria del mare”, illustrated with photographs of the Cres – Lošinj archipelago with a dedication by the author, Mrs. Rita.Comfortably located in a house that radiates a special atmosphere, we rested from the hard road and headed for – breakfast. The price of 60 Euros for a double room includes breakfast in one of the local cafes in the center. Instead of a voucher or electronic card, the hosts gave us a signed and stamped business card. We decided on a cafe with a long tradition – “Jole”. At “Joleta” you can drink great coffee, have breakfast, but also buy local products offered by producers united in an agricultural cooperative. Canned mushrooms, jams, almond and hazelnut products, cheeses and spreads… everything can be bought in the cafe at “Joleta”.By the way, the Ligurian hinterland is irresistibly reminiscent of Gorski kotar, and their narrow winding roads are attractive to cyclists, especially road cyclists. On some sections, bicycle traffic is equal to motor vehicle traffic. Liguria is one of the smallest Italian regions, with a total population of 235 million in 1,6 municipalities. The hinterland is hilly with peaks up to 1.500 m above sea level. The weather conditions are similar to those in Kvarner – unstable with a lot of precipitation. Liguria has its “Gorski kotar”, it has its “Rijeka” (Savona) and “Opatija” – San Remo! This tourist town with 57.000 inhabitants is protected by the Maritime Alps from the effects of cold currents, so it is known for its flower growing and year-round tourism.San remoSan Remo is best known for its music festival, which has been held continuously since 1951. This festival was a model for many Croatian festivals – Opatija, Split, Zagreb… What attracted our attention were the hundreds of greenhouses and hothouses for growing flowers, fruits and vegetables on demanding terrain that descends steeply towards the sea. The developed culture of fruit and vegetable production will follow us all the way. Just like all the present solar panels and excellent infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.You can ride a bike or walk along the Riviera and along local roads. Bicycle paths are specially marked and physically separated from the road for motor vehicle traffic. But bicycles are used on all roads, in fact bicycles are equal to other means of transport. Invigorated by a good meal at the Corsican bar, we continue our journey from San Remo along the coastal state road to Monte Carlo.Monte CarloThis second smallest country in the world founded 8.1. In 1297 it had a population of 32.000 and covered only 2 km2. Tourism is the principal source of income for the principality, where its citizens do not pay taxes, and its GDP per capita is $ 21.000. A perfectly organized city – the state captivates with its distinctive architecture that has brought concentrated construction to the level of aesthetic harmony. Prestigious yachts are moored in the port of Monegasque, on the stern of which newly composed rich people from the east are loudly gesturing and uniformed crews are parading, and all this is being watched closely by thousands of tourists who leave the same amount of euros here – per hour.Parking, city tour, souvenirs, food and drink… in two to three hours each visitor to Monaco leaves the principality a minimum of 50 and more Euros. Everything seems like a well-directed play attended by a large audience. The same scenario awaited us in our next destinations, Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez… However, it should be said that each port of these most elite destinations has room for small boats of the locals, and a special place deserves traditional boats, gucevi.In general, the domicile population lives their usual rhythm of life everywhere, bottles are played in parks in the city center, people work in hotels, restaurants, shops, well-organized beaches, but also in kiosks offering simple food, stalls with cheaper clothes, souvenirs… Everywhere it has everything, for everyone’s taste and for everyone’s pocket.Cote d’Azur / PixabayNicaNice especially surprised us. We were expecting a town like Opatija, and we were greeted by an agglomeration of millions. Nice alone has a population of 350.000, and with the surrounding settlements and cities it exceeds one million inhabitants. We are trying to imagine a city the size of Zagreb that would stretch from Mošćenička Draga to Novi Vinodolski “stretched” deep into the hinterland.Nice is the capital of the Cote d’Azur, a pulsating center with a rich offer of diverse facilities. The airport built by the embankment has three runways with very frequent arrivals and departures, every 5 to ten minutes a plane lands and takes off… DHL, Air France… Nice’s tourist history begins in the late 19th century when it is discovered by the English as a pleasant winter resort . It is an irresistible link with our Opatija, which at the same time is discovered by Austrians for the same motives.The first hotel in Nice was built a little later than our “Kvarner”. “Negresco” was built in 1912 and did not have time for business take-off. World War I destroyed the owner of the Romanian Count Negrescuo. Nevertheless, the hotel has been preserved, renovated and today operates as one of the most elite hotels in Nice. Perhaps the most impressive of all in Nice is the promenade. The “English Promenade”, 5 kilometers long and wider than the roads through the city, allows thousands of walkers, swimmers, cyclists, joggers, rollerbladers uži to enjoy the promenade that provides a lot of content and different scenes. Here, as in all other destinations, it is not a problem to find accommodation of all categories, so two-star hotels are located just a hundred meters from the coastal promenade.Cannes As in any film, the journey took us further to the most prestigious place in the world when it comes to film art. Cannes, a small town near Nice with 67.000 inhabitants, covers an area of 19,6 km2. The first holiday villa was built here by an Englishman, Lord Brougham, in 1839. The real rise in the “orbit of popularity” of Cannes was given by the decision of the French government to establish a film festival in that city. It was 1946. Well anticipating the magical power of the film industry, the French developed this small place with a pleasant climate into a synonym for movie stars. This is exactly what the one-hour train tour of Cannes is based on. Of course after Lord Brougham and especially with the arrival of Hollywood stars, hundreds of prestigious villas for famous names were built and after that thousands of apartments and holiday homes for tourists who want to be in a place visited by the world’s Jetset.We booked the second night in a French chain of B&B hotels, some thirty kilometers from Nice in a place with an interesting name – Sophia Antipolis. (This is the “Silicon Valley” of France). We had problems with navigation, so we bought a map of the region at TIC and paid 10 Euros for it. Such cards are given away in Croatia, and in France they also make money on them. Here is another “input” for Croatian tourism analysts.The B&B chain is irresistibly reminiscent of the Etap hotels of the French chain Accor. Simple, neat and clean, at the level of two stars and at a price of 79 Euros for a double room with breakfast. Still, we are looking forward to accommodation in a real Provencal house which we also booked through booking.com. We get there the next day.L isle sur la SourgeThe road to L isle sur la Sourge led us through a landscape very similar to our climate. A mixture of the Adriatic north and south, olive groves, pine trees, vineyards, lots of stone, yellow and red earth… and incredibly consistent architecture. Probably our architects and spatial planners would suffer from depression if they had to sign projects in Provence. All houses are authentic. Where facades were originally made of stone and today even modern villas are built in the same way, if the facades are rustic made of local material, a mixture of sand and lime then all the houses are made in that style. Facades, shutters and roof coverings are simply “default elements” without the possibility of experimentation.This is where any resemblance to the Croatian coast ends. We notice more and more differences with each kilometer traveled. Incomparably richer natural environment in Croatia and also incomparable cultivation culture in France. Orchards, vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields, greenhouses, farms… Food is really produced here. And it is felt in every bite whether in restaurants or shopping in small specialty stores of fruits and vegetables, meat products, cheeses and wine…Supermarkets are not as widespread as on our coast, so we have an advantage, I think?French accommodation with the ownerWhen we arrived at our destination, the Mas Clement estate, we were thrilled – it’s Provence! From the main road, a massive door opens up a macadam road decorated with cypresses, lavender and a “green wall” to a typical Provencal house about fifty meters away. Accommodation in a double room with bathroom basket 100 Euro per night. Breakfast is included. The house also has a swimming pool. But the general impression is that the owner has a slightly more relaxed sense of tidiness and cleanliness, which was especially evident in and around the pool. Breakfast is a special experience. All guests sit at a common table on the pergola terrace. On the table are three thermoses with hot water, coffee and milk, one half-used butter in the original packaging, a salad bowl and one baguette placed on the table for two seats. There are also two types of marmalade in a 500 gram vase on the table, and the hostess personally, with her hand from the scrapbook (paper bag), shares the “following” – one croissant for each guest.Tea, milk or coffee are drunk from a salad bowl, because “it’s a French breakfast”. The bed in the room consists of floorboards on legs and a beautifully painted front laid on the wall. All room equipment is cheap, deftly “rustic”, which would be called “stucco e pitura fanno una bella figura”. The lady has four double rooms and earns 400 Euros a day in a very casual way. From foreign languages he speaks good morning, thank you, room, pay, goodbye. It is accommodation in the household in the French way. The house was full, mostly French people who are also the most frequent guests. All guests come with good cars, they are middle-aged, nice people. A sleek couple from Germany in a convertible stands out, the lady speaks excellent French and English. I have to admit I was quite confused by the startled condition.Guests to be desired – and the service could be even betterThe situation is similar in restaurants and shops. Rarely does anyone speak a language other than French, the service is correct and no more than that, and the prices are slightly more than correct. Contrary to this impression, the audience is generally well-off, people who like to tour the area they visit and enjoy the local culture and gastronomy. This can be seen in the fleet and well-visited bars.The matter seems to be in order of importance. The most important thing is the atmosphere, and it is completely retro, completely in line with tradition, blended into the environment. This patina can be seen everywhere – on the floor, on houses in shops, restaurants… PVC equipment is a real rarity, natural materials, original antiques and faithful replicas predominate. In this context, accommodation is something that is a “necessity”, and everything else is a real value. Thousands and thousands of people visit specially branded towns like Gordes every day that are authentic in a preserved ambience where even a new hospital is built in the old style. Parking lots, restaurants, souvenir shops… are real “cash machines” that collect thousands of Euros a day from people who come to admire this consistency in preserving authenticity. Despite the large crowds, the flow of traffic was ensured with the help of on-duty police officers and large parking capacities. Pages of the text could be written about each town, and the connection with our Dobrinj, Vrbnik and similar small towns would almost be imposed. However, the mistakes already made, especially in Vrbnik, where the new building did not adapt to the current view, unfortunately permanently eliminate such branding in the future. What is important to note is that in these preserved historic cities live a population who are even allowed to enter the pedestrian zone by car. A city without people would be just a backdrop without action.A city of artists and antiquariesOur “basic” L isle sur la surge, is known as the second most famous center of antiquities in France (after Paris). In a small town the size of Krk, 300 antique shops have been registered. The most famous festival of art and antiques in France is held here in mid-August. On weekends, a large antiques market opens with 40 bars offering all sorts of items from the distant and recent past. The city lives off of it. It has branded itself as a city of artists and antiquarians. In addition, the city is surrounded by canals in which watercourses drive numerous mills, once important drivers of the economy, today a tourist attraction. It is also called “little Venice”. In the summer, the locals enjoy riding on wooden canals along the canals, and kayak-canoeing is a well-developed sport with all the bowling alleys present.Tourist Information CenterAt the local tourist information center, we received useful information about famous destinations, including the lavender museum. All tourist information centers in the rural area are in fact branches of a regional tourist organization, in this case the Var region. There are no more wonderful picturesque brochures in them. The Internet has taken on the role of a “picture book”. TICs or “visitor centers” offer only leaflets and brochures of specific products – hiking, cultural and historical tours, cycling itineraries, wine routes, wine routes, family routes, gastro tours, entire regions regije and everything tailored to individual guests. That’s how we came to the information about the lavender museum.Lavender field, France / PixabayLavender MuseumThe Lavender Museum is actually a well-organized tour of the Le chateau du Bois distillery. An educational tour that is also tailored to individual guests (a tour with mobile synchronized setup interpreters) ends of course in a well-equipped shop with service assistants. Enriched with new knowledge about lavender and lavender, we decided to go on a trip to the Middle Ages.AvignonAvignon, the papal city, still exudes a heavy medieval impression. The Papal Palace, but also the whole old town, seem bare, a bit neglected, at night even gloomy, just “medieval”. However, here we found a restaurant with Wi Fi zone and a waiter who speaks perfect English. To book the last night on the way back, after an unsuccessful “surfing” on the Internet, we decided to use the “jocker call” method. We called the kind hosts Muscardin in Sassoll who found us accommodation in a household not far from their B&B facility.Saint TropezOn the way from France to Italy we decided to stop by Saint Tropez. “Sugar in the end”, Saint Tropez, a town smaller than Rovinj, became a place of prestige when the most famous French actress Brigitte Bardot fell in love with this place as her favorite destination. It didn’t take long for the world’s Jetset yachts to arrive from nearby Monte Carlo and Cannes. Bardot also built her mansion here, and well-to-do stars began to compete to build a house closer to hers… Everything else is a legend.It took us an hour and a half to cross five or six kilometers of the local road to the town. From morning to evening, ride in a column on the stretch that corresponds to the route Malinska – Porat. This was exactly my first association, Porat could have been the second St. Tropez, and Malinska nearby Maxim that no urbicide occurred in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Like St. Tropeza and Porat had their own charm, and the first villas built in the 5s were like those in St. Tropez blended into the environment. In the XNUMXs, mass construction of multi-storey buildings of various styles began, without backyards and gardens, concreting which is diametrically opposed to the situation on the Cote d’Azur. There, no house overhangs the pine trees, and a green environment is something that goes without saying. Anyway, all these columns of cars rush to see this fashionable place and for that they pay XNUMX Euros per hour for parking on the endless parking plateaus. A well-organized excursion fleet of boats transports hundreds of tourists every full hour for a panoramic tour of the villas of celebrities – Sarkozsy, Benetton, Al Fayed, George Michael… and dozens of other celebrities have their Provencal-style villas on the slopes of the shores of St. Tropeza.When this task is completed in an hour and 10 Euros, all that remains is to eat something and buy some souvenir in a picturesque place visited by armored limousines. People play ballots, sell their products at the market, and if you are lucky, you can “comb your hair” in that crowd about some famous person. In the harbor lined yachts in front of which are deployed painters artists, the first “settlers” in the picturesque St. Tropez. Wealthy yacht owners fulfill the wishes of their companions and buy “freshly” created works of art on the waterfront. A good recipe for the coexistence of artists and their rich patrons. Boats of the local population as well as traditional wooden boats are moored next to the yachts. They are followed by a promenade of shops with offers and prices for “ordinary mortals”. Here, too, the “see and be seen” scenario works perfectly, on which local authorities earn decent money.Tourist spendingThe last night in Italy was also a kind of journey into the past. Accommodation in the household with a kind lady in the center of the town has not changed since the first post-war years after World War II. But that’s why we drank coffee from real cups, and everything was served in a pleasant way. On the way home, my wife didn’t have to persuade me for a long time to stop by the outlet village near Venezia, we’re already home.Just before entering Croatia, we add up the “damage”: we covered 2.500 km, spent 1.600 Euros, of which 1/4 on fuel and tolls, 1/4 on accommodation, hranu on food and shopping and ¼ on parking lots, tickets, trips… Italy and in France we left 70 Euros for tolls, 150 Euros in fuel, 100 Euros in Italy for purchases… and we spent the rest more in France.Ah, those tourists who come by car, even from Croatia…, a Frenchman might think, as it is known in Croatia, to hear all kinds of comments. The fact is that they asked us everywhere where we came from and diligently recorded it. Every guest is important. “Oral presentation” is the strongest promotion, and in order to be a good host you have to enjoy the role of a guest. In our case, with each trip we reap a double benefit – we invest in knowledge and enrich our lives. It is tourism.Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com
Read also: Bappenas, UI modeling shows grim projection of COVID-19 spread in Indonesia”Coughs and the common flu can spread very quickly from one person to another, from one group to the others,” Temanggung said on Monday.”So if one tribe member catches a cold, he will be separated from the rest of the group so the disease won’t spread to other members.”The tribe believes that sickness and disease spread through river water, so the sick ones should stay around the downstream area while the healthy tribe members remain in the upstream.”Sick people will walk to the downstream area or we will carry them if they can no longer walk. We will create a sudung [hut] for them to live in,” he said.The tribe then assigns a small group of people to hunt boars for those who are sick. Other healthy tribe members clean and roast the meat and then leave the food at a certain place close to the sick people.The person who delivers the food gives a signal to tell the sick ones to take the meal. Tumenggung said the tribe members usually also sent them coffee, sugar and tobacco.In the besasandingon custom, the tribe also believes that interaction with sick people should be avoided at all costs. If tribe members happen to cross paths with those who are sick, they should keep a physical distance of 10 meters, he said.”There’s no certain time limit for the separation. It can be a week or months,” Temanggung said, “If the sick members have recovered, they can return to join the rest of the tribe.”According to Indonesian Conservation Community (KKI) Warsi data, there are around 5,235 people in the Suku Anak Dalam tribe, most of whom live in a 60,500-hectare area of TNBD. Only around 862 members of the tribe live outside the national park.Read also: Indonesia bans entry of foreigners to curb spread of coronavirusThe tribe members are among millions of indigenous people from various groups living in remote and customary forests areas across the archipelago, many of whom still reportedly do not own e-ID cards and face difficulties in accessing health facilities.So far, no confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported among indigenous tribes in the country out of the total 1,528 COVID-19 cases nationwide, however, experts believe that indigenous people are among the most vulnerable to the spread of contagious diseases.Marahalim Siagian, an independent social consultant and forest protection specialist, said infectious diseases such as the cold, smallpox and dysentery could spread very quickly among indigenous tribes.”Up to 50 percent of their population could be infected in the first two weeks of an outbreak,” said Marahalim, who was formerly with nonprofit bird conservation organization Burung Indonesia.Indigenous tribes therefore devise a system that allows them to keep their distance from the sick, such as in the case of the Suku Anak Dalam tribe, he said. The healthy tribe members even use different roads and water sources from those who are sick, he said.Tribe members generally believe that they contract diseases because they interact with village residents around the forest.Marahalim said the sick members of the tribe depended on themselves as individuals to defeat the disease. “If their body can fight the disease, they will recover and return to their tribe. If not, they will die,” he said. (nal/trn)Topics : “We asked our ancestors to close the doors to prevent the virus from coming in,” Seso tribe leader Damianus Tarung said on Monday.Damianus said that the tribes decided to perform the rituals as many East Manggarai residents started to feel wary over the novel coronavirus, which has already killed some 136 people in Indonesia to date.Meanwhile in Jambi, the Suku Anak Dalam nomadic tribe living in the province’s Bukit Duabelas National Park (TNBD) prepared a method to deal with the infectious disease called besasandingon, a sort of physical-distancing system that they have long implemented every time such an outbreak takes place.Tumenggung Tarib, one of the leaders of the tribe, which is also known as the Orang Rimba, said that the system had traditionally been applied to curb diseases with fast transmission such as influenza within one community. Indigenous communities across Indonesia are scrambling with their own ways to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in their homelands, with each performing their respective customs and rituals to keep the contagious respiratory disease at bay.In East Nusa Tenggara, leaders of the indigenous Kengge, Seso and Rongga tribes gathered at Mbolata Beach in East Manggarai on Monday to perform traditional rituals known as podo to ward off the infectious disease from reaching their communities.During the rituals, the tribe members provided a black male rooster and an egg as offertory symbols, as well as performing Pele Le Tadu Lau, or Pele Le Galu Lalu — roughly translating as “closing all access”, to ask for the spirit of their ancestors to give them help.