Deprived of a Quick Decision, Democrats Seek a Narrower Path

first_imgWins in Nevada, where Mr. Biden narrowly leads, and in Arizona would bring him to 270 electoral votes, the bare minimum number he needs to make him the 46th president of the United States. And on Wednesday night, Georgia was too close to call, too.In a speech in Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Biden said he would reach 270. “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won,” he said, “but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”Yet the initial results on Tuesday and Wednesday indicated a far closer race in key states than many political observers — and the polls — had anticipated. Mr. Biden lost Florida, apparently by a bigger margin than Hillary Clinton did, while the outcome in Pennsylvania, long a top political and personal priority for Mr. Biden, remained uncertain, though there were signs it was moving his direction.- Advertisement – “I thought we were going to have it all over at 10 o’clock last night,” said former Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida. “Obviously, not only was I wrong on Florida, but what happened to Florida has been happening to the entire country.”Saying that he remained confident that Mr. Biden would ultimately win the presidency, he joked, “I am wearing sackcloth and ashes.” WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign team began Election Day believing that the candidate had multiple routes to 270 electoral votes, as some Democrats dreamed of a landslide.A day later, it was clear that the path to victory would be narrower, slower and more challenging than many Democrats had hoped, in a vivid reminder of how deeply polarized the nation is and how difficult it has been for the party to secure the votes of some of the diverse constituencies it had courted.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In his remarks in Wilmington, Mr. Biden sought to signal that he was already looking past the election as he emphasized the need for the country to come together once the results are in. “I know this won’t be easy; I’m not naïve,” he said. “I know how deep and hard the opposing views are in our country on so many things. But I also know this as well: To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies. We are not enemies.”Election night, however, underscored just how deep the divisions in the country are. A number of states that Democrats had been hopeful about — places like Ohio, Florida and even Texas, where Mr. Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, campaigned — slipped out of range. And states where Mr. Biden was thought to have a comfortable lead, including Wisconsin and Michigan, were extremely close.Ohio, Texas, Iowa, Florida and most likely North Carolina — all battlegrounds, all reaches for the campaign where it nonetheless made investments of the Democratic ticket’s time in the final week — remained Republican. It was a disappointment to some in Mr. Biden’s campaign who had hoped for an early night and an overwhelming rejection of Mr. Trump, even as they remained encouraged by news out of Arizona.“Running the table in modern American politics is really hard,” said Representative Tim Ryan, Democrat of Ohio, who hung onto his seat in a part of the state that has become increasingly challenging for his party, and was optimistic about Mr. Biden’s chances over all. Biden campaign officials had always said that they were seeking to create as many pathways to 270 electoral votes as possible, and Mr. Biden’s campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, warned weeks ago that the race was closer than polls suggested.“We were always clear that our initial pathway to victory was through the Upper Midwest,” Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to Mr. Biden’s campaign, said on Wednesday. “The goal was to get 270 electoral votes, and we feel very confident that after the votes have been counted, that’s where we’re going to be — above 270, which is how you win the presidency in this country.” But on Tuesday, campaign officials had also entertained the prospect of having a clear picture of the results early, suggesting that Mr. Biden would give a presidential speech that hit notes of leadership and national unity that evening. Instead, given the close nature of many races, in a year where many Americans voted by mail in a pandemic, he gave only brief remarks in the early hours of Wednesday, urging patience. Other states show the limitations of Mr. Biden’s efforts to pry away white voters who supported Mr. Trump in 2016. In Iowa, many Trump-friendly counties moved further to the right. The same pattern could be seen in Ohio.Yet he also appeared, in some states like Pennsylvania, to make gains with other voters, including moderates and independents.“My friends, I’m confident we’ll emerge victorious,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday. “There will be no blue states and red states when we win — just the United States of America.” An examination of election returns in battleground states showed trouble spots for Mr. Biden in a number of states, Florida perhaps above all else.The campaign made a significant play for the state, a perennial battleground, deploying the Democratic ticket and former President Barack Obama there in recent days. But as Mr. Biden’s allies in the state had warned, and some inside his campaign had worried, he faced challenges with portions of the diverse Latino community there. And for months, party officials in the state said, he was not especially visible on the ground, while Trump voters were palpably energized.“Their message, their implied ‘socialism with a Biden win,’ scared a lot of folks in the South Florida area,” State Senator Janet Cruz, a Democrat, said in a pre-Election Day interview. “I call it like a zipper effect: You start with a little issue, you zip it right open. And it worked.”Mr. Biden won Hispanics in the state by only five percentage points, according to preliminary exit polls, a sharp decrease from four years ago, when Mrs. Clinton won among that group by 27 points.In one of his most notable setbacks, Mr. Biden was leading by only seven points in Miami-Dade County, which has a majority Hispanic population and many Cuban-American residents, a steep drop from Mrs. Clinton’s 29-point margin four years ago. In Osceola County in Central Florida, which has a large Puerto Rican population, Mr. Biden was ahead by 14 points, a notable decline from Mrs. Clinton’s 25-point advantage there. Mr. Biden has a clear path to the presidency, despite President Trump’s false claims about his own standing in the race. Mr. Biden flipped Wisconsin and Michigan, Midwestern states that were central to Mr. Trump’s path. He is leading in Arizona, another state that for decades was a Republican stronghold but rejected the party under Mr. Trump’s stewardship.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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A Big Win for Democrats in California Came With a Gut Check for Liberals

first_imgAnalysts saw a reflection of the state’s demographic complexity in the vote.“It’s always difficult to do proposition campaigns in a state of 40 million people,” said Anthony Rendon, a Democrat and the speaker of the California Assembly. “But our racial and ethnic groups are more complicated and divided than they used to be, in a bunch of different ways.”Since 2014, no one racial or ethnic group has constituted a majority of California’s population. Thirty-nine percent of California residents are Latino, 37 percent are white, 15 percent are Asian-American, 6 percent are Black and fewer than 1 percent are Native American or Pacific Islander, according to the 2018 American Community Survey.- Advertisement – This has put California on the front lines of many political battles. The affirmative action measure on the ballot this year, for example, dated to 1996. That year, 55 percent of the state’s electorate voted to ban the use of race, ethnicity, national origin or gender in public hiring, contracting and university admissions.The proposition that California voted on this time would have repealed the ban and was supported by a who’s who of the Democratic Party in the state, including Kamala Harris, the senator and vice-presidential candidate. But it was defeated by almost the same margin with which it had passed originally.- Advertisement – Against that backdrop, Mr. Rendon said, affirmative action is difficult to define, with different meanings to different generations, ethnic groups and income brackets. In most of the state’s working-class, inland counties, Californians voted to keep it banned. Only wealthier, left-leaning urban areas such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area supported bringing racial and ethnic preferences back into the public sector.And in statewide polls, Latino voters expressed ambivalence — one survey done shortly before the election showed that only 40 percent of the state’s Latinos supported the proposition. Many white and Asian-American Californians opposed the measure, fearing that higher admissions for underrepresented minorities might mean less room for their own children in the University of California system. Some young voters did not even understand the concept, Mr. Rendon said.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Avian flu: human case in Thailand, infected bird in Kuwait

first_imgNov 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Thailand has reported its 21st human case of H5N1 avian influenza, while an infected flamingo was found in Kuwait and new poultry outbreaks surfaced in China, according to news reports today.An 18-month-old boy in Bangkok was diagnosed with the H5N1 virus today, but he was already well on the way to recovery, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoting Thawat Sunthrajarn, Thailand’s disease control director.”He is recovering and almost back to normal,” Thawat said.An Associated Press (AP) report said the boy became ill soon after the death of three fighting cocks and a chicken kept in his household in the Bangkok suburb of Minburi. According to the AFP report, Thawat said the boy’s 65-year-old grandmother also has symptoms, and test results on her were awaited.The boy’s case is Thailand’s fourth in the past month, according to AFP. Before mid-October, the country had gone for more than a year with no human cases. Thirteen of the 21 cases there have been fatal.In Kuwait, the confirmation of H5N1 in a flamingo marked the first detection of the virus in the Persian Gulf region, an AFP report said.The flamingo was found by the sea and killed by authorities, said Mohammed al-Mehanna, a Kuwait agriculture official, as reported by AFP. He said a second bird, a falcon imported from an Asian country and quarantined at the Kuwait airport, tested positive for an H5N2 virus.Sheikh Fahd Salem al-Sabah, head of the country’s agriculture authority, said yesterday the two birds were discovered earlier this month, AFP reported. “Kuwait is so far clean of the disease as the two cases came from abroad,” Sabah said.In China, two new H5N1 outbreaks in poultry have been reported in the past 2 days, one in the northeastern province of Lioaning and one in the central province of Hubei.An outbreak in the Liaoning village of Beining killed 300 chickens and triggered the slaughter of 5,500 more at the affected farm and another 2.5 million in the surrounding area, according to a Chinese report on the Web site of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The report said contact with wild birds caused the outbreak. But it was the fourth outbreak in the province since Nov 3, according to AFP.The outbreak in Hubei province killed 2,500 birds and prompted the culling of 31,000 more, according to an AP report today. The story said officials didn’t specify what kind of birds were involved, though most poultry in central China are chickens or ducks.AFP reported that a female chicken farmer from Heishan County in Liaoning province was being tested for avian flu after coming down with severe pneumonia. She initially tested negative for the virus, but further test results were awaited.The woman, surnamed Liu, was among 121 people from the county who had had contact with sick chickens and were hospitalized with fever or flu-like symptoms, the story said. Avian flu has been ruled out in all the other cases.In Italy, health officials reported finding an H5N1 virus in a wild duck this week, but they said it was a low-pathogenic strain unrelated to the poultry outbreaks in Asia.According to an AFP report, the Italian health ministry said tests on the duck, found near Padua in northern Italy, “clarified that this virus is of low pathogenicity which has no relationship with the Asian virus.”Donato Greco, an animal health expert with the health ministry, said that usually about 3% of migratory birds that winter in the Italian wetlands carry “the low pathogenic H5-type virus,” according to the story.Italy has tested hundreds of samples from migratory birds in recent weeks without finding the deadly virus, AFP reported. The H5N1 virus has been found in birds as far west as Turkey, Romania, and Croatia in recent weeks.In northern Vietnam, a local newspaper named Tienphong reported that two people were hospitalized with suspected avian flu, according to a Bloomberg News report published yesterday. A 43-year-old man and a child from different villages in Bac Giang province were suffering from fever and breathing difficulty, the report said.last_img read more

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China, Vietnam report more cases of avian flu

first_imgNov 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 35-year-old woman who died Tuesday in China’s Anhui province had the third confirmed human case of H5N1 avian influenza in China, according to Xinhua, the country’s government news service.The woman, a farmer surnamed Xu who lived in Xiuning County, developed fever and pneumonia symptoms on Nov 11 and died Nov 22, Xinhua reported. Anhui has had recent H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, and the woman had been in contact with sick and dead poultry.The World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet confirmed the case, but China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that samples from the woman tested positive for H5N1. This case marks the nation’s second known fatality; another poultry worker, a 24-year-old woman also from Anhui, died Nov 10. The other confirmed case was in a 9-year-old boy who was hospitalized Oct 17 and has recovered.In addition, China has reported four new outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry in the western provinces of Xinjiang, Yunnan, and Ningxia, Bloomberg News reported today.Vietnam has announced that a 15-year-old boy, Vu Van Hoa, tested positive for an H5 virus, although reports conflict as to whether his illness was confirmed as H5N1. The boy is from the northern port city of Haiphong, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). He is hospitalized in stable condition.”We have identified the type A flu virus H5,” said Tran Duc Long, a health ministry spokesman. “We are waiting for results of the tests in order to determine the precise strain of the virus.”Travelers to Vietnam who are eager to sample its famous soup, pho, won’t be able to order it with chicken any longer. The Vietnamese government has announced that chicken will be removed from the menu for tourists in Vietnam, according to a Reuters story today. In addition, tour operators have been ordered to avoid spots where avian flu outbreaks have occurred in poultry.The National Tourism Administration announced the rules, which took effect immediately, Reuters said. Vietnam has been a popular tourist destination for Americans and Europeans, and tour operators said today that avian flu has not diminished their numbers.last_img read more

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House approves pandemic funding far below Bush request

first_imgDec 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The US House of Representatives early today approved $3.8 billion in funds for pandemic influenza preparedness, well below the $7.1 billion requested by President George W. Bush in November.The funds were attached to a huge military spending bill that also included a measure to protect vaccine makers from lawsuits over harm resulting from immunizations against biological agents or viruses such as avian influenza, according to a New York Times report.The House, laboring to complete major appropriations bills before adjourning for the holidays, passed the $453 billion defense spending bill just after 5 a.m. today, the Washington Post reported.The Senate is expected to vote on the bill as soon as Dec 21, according to the Post. But the measure is highly controversial because it also would authorize oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.A news release from the House Appropriations Committee says the proposed $3.8 billion for pandemic preparedness is $3.46 below the administration’s request. “This amount funds roughly the FY06 portion of the Administration’s request,” the statement says.Of the $3.8 billion, $3.3 billion is for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to boost pandemic preparations, the committee says. The money includes:$350 million for upgrading state and local response capacity$267 million for “international activities, surveillance, vaccine registries, research, and clinical trials”$50 million to increase laboratory capacity through the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe Department of Health and Human Services is to use the rest of the $3.3 billion to support other “core preparedness activities,” including expanding flu-vaccine production capacity, developing vaccines, and stockpiling antiviral drugs.The remainder of the money is intended for “international assistance, monitoring and tracking, and research and development,” the committee says.In requesting $7.1 billion on Nov 1, Bush had sought $1.2 billion to stockpile the H5N1 avian flu vaccine now in development, $2.8 billon for development of cell-culture vaccine technology, $1 billion for antiviral drugs, $583 million for pandemic emergency planning, and $251 million for surveillance in Asia. The request included $100 million for state and local planning.The House-passed measure to protect vaccine makers from liability was sought by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the Times reported. The provision would allow lawsuits against manufacturers only if they committed “willful misconduct,” the story said. It also said the government would pay medical expenses and benefits for people harmed or killed by vaccines.The House vote came 8 days after Frist warned in a television interview that Bush’s $7.1 billion request “had better pass” before Congress adjourns for the year. He made the remark Dec 11 on “Fox News Sunday.”last_img read more

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HHS buys another 5 million doses of anthrax vaccine

first_img HHS announced in a press release that it is buying the doses of Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA) for $120 million from BioPort Corp. of Lansing, Mich. The purchase augments the 5 million AVA doses that HHS bought from BioPort a year ago. The vaccine is funded by the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, which authorized spending of up to $5.6 billion on medical defenses against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats. To provide full protection, AVA requires six doses over 18 months, followed by annual boosters, which is the regimen used in the US military. The vaccine has generated controversy in the military because of concern over side effects. See also: “The additional BioPort vaccine will further strengthen and expand the Strategic National Stockpile’s medical countermeasures for anthrax,” said Stewart Simonson, HHS assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness. The agency says the added vaccine, together with an “already substantial” supply of antibiotics, helps diversify the nation’s medical stockpile. May 6, 2005, CIDRAP news story “HHS buys anthrax vaccine for civilian stockpile” May 5 HHS press releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050506.html HHS has a contract to buy 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine from VaxGen Inc. of Brisbane, Calif., for $877 million. Officials hope that vaccine, which is not yet licensed, will provide protection in three doses and have fewer side effects than AVA. May 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is adding 5 million doses of anthrax vaccine to its stockpile for civilian biodefense, which will double its store of the vaccine.last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Rapid H5N1 test, alleged H5N1 vaccine fraud, Japanese test prepandemic vaccines, new strategy for malaria

first_imgApr 7, 2009FDA approves rapid H5N1 testIn a move to speed the diagnosis of avian influenza, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cleared for marketing a new, more rapid test for detecting the deadly H5N1 subtype. The test, called AVantage A/H5N1 Flu Test, detects H5N1 in patients’ throat or nose swabs, the FDA said in a press release. The test takes less than 40 minutes to identify a specific protein (NS1) that indicates the presence of H5N1. Previous tests cleared by the FDA can take 3 or 4 hours. “The clearance of this test represents a major step toward protecting the public from the threat of pandemic flu,” said Daniel G. Schultz, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.[Apr 7 FDA release]Polish health workers charged with H5N1 vaccine fraudNine healthcare workers in Poland are facing charges that they tested a banned H5N1 avian influenza vaccine in 196 patients without their consent, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday. According to the allegations, the workers led patients, many of whom were poor and homeless, to believe that they were receiving a seasonal flu vaccine. Poland’s news agency reported that the patients were paid to receive the vaccine.Japanese test prime-boost strategy for pandemic preparednessThe use of two vaccines made from different strains of H5N1 avian flu virus may be a promising prepandemic vaccination strategy for dealing with a potential H5N1 pandemic strain, according to a news report about a vaccine trial in Japan. In the trial, conducted by Japanese government researchers, 210 volunteers were first given a vaccine based on an H5N1 strain from Vietnam, the Mainichi Daily News reported today. Three years later, the volunteers were given one of two other H5N1 vaccines, based on strains from Indonesia and China. Three weeks after the second vaccination, 67% to 96% of the volunteers were found to have immunity to the strain for which they had not been vaccinated, according to the story. Also, the volunteers showed improved immunity within a week of the second vaccination.[See also Oct 31, 2007, CIDRAP News report on prepandemic vaccination]Researchers say killing only older mosquitoes may stall malariaTargeting older mosquitoes with insecticides might save millions of dollars in controlling malaria while reducing the chance of resistance, according to researchers who reported their findings today in PLoS Biology. Using data on malaria transmission and mosquito lifespan, they calculated that killing only mosquitoes that have completed four egg-production cycles might reduce the number of infectious bites by 95%. Late-acting insecticides, such as a fungal version that the researchers are working on, could dramatically reduce the selection of pesticide-resistant mosquitoes, they wrote.[Apr 7 PLoS Biology report][Apr 6 PLoS press release]last_img read more

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Crikvenica declared the most successful destination for health tourism

first_imgAt the Days of Croatian Tourism, which took place on October 25 and 26 in Mali Lošinj, Crikvenica was declared the most successful health tourism destination in Croatia.The Crikvenica Riviera was close to winning another award, because, in addition to Split and Rovinj, it competed for the tourist destination of the year at the state level, and there are two other great reasons for pride and celebration – even two employees from the Crikvenica Riviera were declared the best in Croatia and won the award “People in Tourism” – category “Man – the key to success, employee of the year”, namely Josip Rubčić in the category of cleaners and Dinko Car in the category of maritime transport.In the candidacy for the “Most successful destination of health tourism”, the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica, among other things, stated the comparative advantages of the Crikvenica Riviera (location, very healthy and favorable climate and microclimate, healing natural factors, diversity of natural beauties, hiking trails and promenades, beaches etc.) and highlighted thematically related products in the destination (events, active holidays, traditional gastronomy…). The award deservedly went to the Riviera where health tourism began to develop at the end of the 19th century, among the first in Croatia. Valuable centuries-old tradition is still nurtured by respectable health care institutions (Thalassotherapy Crikvenica, polyclinics Terme Selce, Katunar i Oxy, dental practices).In addition, the Crikvenica Tourist Board in recent years has designed and implemented numerous marketing activities related to the further development of health tourism (international conference CIHT – Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference, promotional materials – brochure and film on health tourism, etc.). “We can rightly be proud that our Riviera has been declared the best health destination, which is the result of constant effort, commitment and work of many institutions and companies, especially those whose activities are related to health and tourism. This is proof that successful coordination in a tourist destination significantly affects the development of a better offer and products, and thus the strengthening of the image and recognition in the global market. Of course, this ultimately contributes to improving the living conditions of guests and increasing their satisfaction. I thank everyone who helped us present our Riviera during a tour of this year’s awards committee. Many thanks also to those with whom Crikvenica Tourist Board has a long-term successful cooperation, from local government, city institutions and many companies and crafts to clubs, associations and volunteers, whose support and assistance in the implementation of many activities is invaluable. Special congratulations to our awarded employees, Mr. Josip Rubčić and Mr. Dinko Car, and I thank them for their daily work to develop hospitality and improve the quality of service and make the Crikvenica Riviera a more pleasant and beautiful place to rest.”Said Marijana Biondić, director of the Crikvenica Tourist Board.The awards were given as a strong motive and incentive for further work on improving the quality of the tourist offer on the Crikvenica Riviera, and also testify to the importance of mutual cooperation and quality coordination of all stakeholders in tourist life. Finally, the award for the most successful health destination is the most beautiful introduction to the upcoming 2018, which, along with various activities, will take place in a celebratory mood, because the Crikvenica Riviera will mark a great anniversary – 130 years of tourism.Related news:PROMITIVE FILM OF CRIKVENICA “DISCOVER, ENJOY, REPEAT” – VIDEO WITH STORYCRIKVENICA UHPA’S DOMESTIC DESTINATION IN 2018CRIKVENICA GOT CITY BOAT – CITY SEA LINE CONNECTING ALL PLACESlast_img read more

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Uje oil bar as ambassadors of Croatian tourism

first_imgTo repeat the material…I constantly emphasize that we must begin to respect ourselves, our culture, history, identity… and that we must be what we are – Croats. It must be our main tourist product. This is exactly what tourists want to get to know, taste, experience because the very motive of the trip is to get to know a new way and culture of living. That is the essence of tourism.Here is a concrete example: If you and I visit France, we will not be offered one Croatian and one French wine. Which will you try, Croatian or French wine? Of course, we will try French wine, because we can drink our wine every day in Croatia and we did not travel to consume, experience and see what we consume every day, but to experience something new, different and unique.Now imagine a restaurant whose cuisine is based exclusively on homemade olive oil, and the food is based on fresh and exclusively local ingredients – so ingenious, simple, logical and authentic. It’s a story to be told. It is an experience not to be forgotten.All this is the first Croatian “olive oil bar” – Uje oil bar, located in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace in Split, which began to tell its unique story in 2013, and to this day has delighted many tourists with its unique and authentic story. The restaurant has a large selection of olive oils, and the offer of the Oil bar is based on traditional and modern Dalmatian cuisine with a slogan and mission – Dalmatian food for the soul.As he points out Vedran Sučić who co-owns the Uje oil bar restaurant with Leopold Botteri, the staff is specially trained to present olive oils and wines, and the menu is based on olive oil and indigenous flavors and depends heavily on the availability of fresh, local ingredients. That’s it. Imagine how much only Split needs domestic eggs, lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes… how many family farms, how many new employees, how much is only domestic consumption. The calculation is quite clear. We have everything and everything is up to us, there is no special philosophy. If we need xxx tons of potatoes, we will co-finance and encourage so many family farms, it is called strategic development. We have production and consumption and completed the entire cycle.Responsibility and care for the future and tradition Uje oil bar is the initiator, co-organizer and sponsor of numerous projects aimed at increasing the consumption and promotion of olive oil. That is exactly why the Oil bar restaurant was opened, Sušić points out, and adds that they pay special attention to education.Thus, on the occasion of this season’s opening of Uje oil bar, as one of the few restaurants whose cuisine is based exclusively on olive oil, in cooperation with the Institute of Adriatic Cultures, they organize free trainings on olive oil. Why? Yes, they educate the profession and citizens about Mediterranean cuisine. By the way, the Mediterranean diet is inscribed on the representative list of world intangible cultural heritage – UNESCO, as well as klapa singing. “For several years now, we have been telling tourists the story of the benefits of Mediterranean cuisine, of which olive oil is an essential part, and now we are aware of the need of our citizens who would like to deepen their knowledge. It seems that tourists at the end of their vacation have more knowledge and information about the production and cultivation of olives than our fellow citizens, the vast majority of whom have their own olive groves. Sucic points out.In cooperation with the Institute for Adriatic Cultures and Ms. Mirella Žanetić, and the School of Tourism and Hospitality and Mr. Ivo Bilić, they launched mini trainings for students and tourism staff (guides, receptionists, hotel chefs,…) to educate them on how to use olive oil. oil, but also proper tasting and quality recognition. Also, on Saturdays at noon they have open days, when all interested citizens can also participate in tastings and trainings completely free of charge. “We are active leaders everywhere, and now that we are experts in olive oil and, as the name suggests, we work with the Institute of Adriatic Cultures, we decided to make oil days in our restaurant by educating as many people as possible about our tradition. and the Dalmatian way of life”Says Sucic.Uje is also the first Croatian oleoteca launched with the mission of promoting top Croatian olive oils. In the past few years, Uje has grown into a central point of promotion and sale of the best Croatian olive oils and delicacies. Uje owns the brands Uje selekcija, Aroma mediterranea, Brachia and Nona, and the oleoteca also offers a wide range of Croatian olive oils, as well as delicacies that are a cross-section of the best that the Croatian gastro scene offers at the moment.Also what is extremely important, the restaurant is open practically all year round, ie 10 months a year, and during the summer they employ over 30 people, while during the year as full-time employees 12. Of course they cooperate with local family farms and most importantly sell and brand the tradition, way and culture of living in Dalmatia. ” Our philosophy from day one is from the field to the plate, because there is no good plate without good ingredients. I can proudly say that we are the leaders in creating Split as a gastro destination. We are not big enough to be mass, and family farms, winemakers and olive growers do not have enough quantities to be mass. But that’s why if we can’t be massive, then we have to be excellent and position ourselves on quality. Indigenous food, tradition, authenticity, excellence and top quality – we hold fast to that and it must be our tourism. “Said Sučić and added that they are actively involved in gastro destination management through indigenous foods and tradition.And the proof that this is so is another excellent project they started in Split. Instead of the classic breakfasts on offer, they started branding Dalmatian brunch. Every day from 10 am to 13 pm they tell the story of brunch, they tell our authentic story that tourists want to hear and experience. “Our grandparents started their day pretty early in the morning. Working in the field left them exhausted until 10 a.m., and so they would always bring something to eat. Thus began the Marenda tradition. Tourists can thus experience a true Dalmatian identity, eat and drink as if they were born here. And there is no brunch without traditional Dalmatian delicacies such as Dalmatian prosciutto, pancetta, cheese and lots of olive oil. “Concludes Sucic.Just imagine the bigger picture and the implication when tourist Split would start branding this story about the Dalmatian brunch. It’s funny that I have to talk about it today and that this and similar projects haven’t been branded for a long time. Man who talks – Dalmatian brunch in “all” restaurants, homemade food, bevanda, etc.… I immediately shivered, and so simply and logically, right? That’s what tourists want, that’s what tourists want to pay for, we can charge well for that – quality and tradition, and tourists are still happy and enthusiastic. Also, the Uje oil bar is organized by the Gastro Get festival, which brings together Split caterers working within the Ghetto in Diocletian’s Palace and offers the citizens of Split and their guests special menus on the theme of four default foods, and each restaurant makes its own “work” ”.Breakfast at Uje oil bar / Photo: ViatorPrecisely such restaurants must be a symbol of our tourism, restaurants that use local and indigenous ingredients, not from large stores, ie meat from Argentina and eggs from Poland, but from our local family farms. It is a strategic development, it is tourism in the right sense. It is precisely such restaurants that we must brand, encourage, co-finance, promote… because that is the meaning of tourism, to encourage an increase in tourist spending through authentic and quality content and that tourist spending is dispersed to the local economy, not to encourage imports again.Of course we have a free market, not all restaurants will have such a philosophy, but through special brands “labeling” which we emphasize and promote authentic experience and food we give them importance and targeted development, co-financing and promotion of such restaurants, which use local ingredients and thus positively affect the local economy. Restaurants that have such brands employ local labor, work all year round, use local groceries from family farms, etc.… These are our tourist heroes and ambassadors of our tourism, these are the tourist stories we have to tell because it is our diversity and authenticity that is our greatest advantage and value.If we do not already know how to arrange the whole tourist mosaic and complete the cycle, we can see how they do it in Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria. This is called the strategic development of a tourist destination. And it is precisely strategic and sustainable development that is least in our tourism and we are slowly losing in the fight of the tourism industry vs. authenticity. It’s never too late to change direction, it’s all up to us. Another tip for the end, stop by Uje oil bar and talk to Vedran Sučić, it will be one of the best tourist schools.Tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. Tell stories, our authentic stories.last_img read more

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