The “Saturday Night Lights” series continued on January 19 with the $72,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI 2* and Olympian Mario Deslauriers (CAN) and Amsterdam 27 scoring a win under the lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in the second week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The 12-week WEF circuit features hunter, jumper, and equitation competition and continues through March 31, 2019, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.Highlight events of the final day of competition during WEF 2, sponsored by NetJets, include the $25,000 Hermes Under 25 Grand Prix on Sunday, January 20, at 8 a.m., followed by the $36,000 1.45m CaptiveOne Classic.There were 45 entries in the grand prix, and eight were able to go clear over a course designed by Oscar Soberon of Mexico.First to return over the short course were Juan Pablo Betancourt (COL) and My Way, who set the pace with a clear round in 38.72 seconds that would hold up for fourth place. Zoe Conter (BEL) and Stephex Stables’ Dragonfly de Longchamps also put in a clear round, but in a slower 39.93 seconds for fifth place.Eventual third-place finishers Capt. Brian Cournane (IRL) and Armik took over the lead next in the jump-off by finishing clear in 38.48 seconds, but the lead changed hands two horses later when Olympian Lauren Hough (USA) and Wyndmont’s Valinski S lowered the winning time to 37.28 seconds.“As I left after my round in the jump-off, I knew I left the door open a touch,” said Hough, who only got the ride on the 17-year-old KWPN gelding by Nijinski x Juliusthis winter.“I slowed down quite a bit to the double. After going very fast the other day, I felt a touch on the flat side, so I didn’t take every risk there. Mario had a super round. I couldn’t be happier with [Valinski].”Cournane and Armik won classes at the Bromont CSI 3* and Old Salem Farm Spring CSI 2* in 2018, but Armik “hasn’t gone fast in a jump-off like that before,” said Cournane. “I really want to teach him to do it nice and be quick to the jumps and with the nice, short turnbacks under the lights, so it was an education for him.”He added, “I’m really excited about him. He’s owned by my mother and father-in-law, Bob and Christine Stiller. They’ve been great to me. They own most of my best horses.”“I just want to commend the course builder,” said Hough. “He did a fantastic job all week. This is a really difficult week to build, and he got perfect numbers in both [the WEF Challenge Cup and grand prix] classes.”Going second to last, Deslauriers and Amsterdam 27, owned by Wishing Well Farm LLC, set the fastest clear round of the night in 36.59 seconds for victory.“I wheeled back very close on the oxer, and then I had a very good [fence] number 15 across the middle,” said Deslauriers of his jump-off ride. “I was quick to the double, and I stayed out for the last eight [strides] because I have a big step, so I didn’t need to slow down. Everything kind of worked out perfectly in the jump-off. Usually when you hit everything right on, you have a quick time.”Deslauriers only started riding Amsterdam 27, a nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Catoki x Acord II, in May of 2018 and their first FEI competition together was in August. This was their first FEI win together.“I think I’m looking for high results with that horse,” said Deslauriers. “I like him a lot, and I think he’s a super nice horse. I’m lucky right now to have two great horses. He’s come along quite fast. As you saw tonight, he jumps very easily. He’s got a great head. All summer he’s learned a lot, but it’s very easy for him. I think we have very big goals.”Hough and Valinski S won Thursday’s $36,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 2, and her consistency this week garnered her the Leading Lady Grand Prix Rider Award, presented by Martha Jolicoeur of Douglas Elliman in memory of Dale Lawler.She noted, “Valinski was fantastic all week, and I’m so grateful to have the ride. He’s a wonderful horse, and he’s been wonderful with so many riders.”For their win in the grand prix, Wishing Well Farm LLC, as the owner of the winning horse, Amsterdam 27, will also receive a one-night stay at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, and a bottle of Banfi Principessa Gavi courtesy of Banfi Vintners.Final Results: $72,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI 2*1. Amsterdam 27, Mario Deslauriers (CAN), Wishing Well Farm Llc: 0/0/36.592. Valinski S, Lauren Hough (USA), Wyndmont: 0/0/37.283. Armik, Capt. Brian Cournane (IRL), Brian Cournane And M/M Bob Stiller: 0/0/38.484. My Way, Juan Pablo Betancourt (COL), Juan Pablo Betancourt: 0/0/38.725. Dragonfly De Longchamps, Zoe Conter (BEL), Stephex Stables: 0/0/39.93 Tags: Mario Deslauriers, Winter Equestrian Festival, Amsterdam 27, NetJets Grand Prix, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. 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George Marcus, Sheldon Adelson and Stephen Schwarzman (Marcus & Millichap, Getty)The presidential election captured the most attention but it was just one of the races that top real estate brokers, developers and industry executives contributed their money to during the 2020 election cycle.Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam contributed more than $54 million to Republican leaning or conservative committees during the election season this year, by far the most of any real estate player. Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman gave $27 million to Republican political action committees, including $3 million to America First Action, a super PAC that supports candidates who back President Trump’s policies.Marcus & Millichap co-founder George Marcus contributed nearly $5 million to Democratic leaning committees, while Choice Hotels International chairman Stewart Bainum Jr. gave nearly $3 million to Democratic leaning committees. That includes $40,500 for the Maryland Victory Fund, which raised money to help elect Democratic House and Senate candidates.ADVERTISEMENTAll told, 48 major real estate industry players The Real Deal tracked contributed at least $5,000 each to a variety of political committees, campaigns and candidates. The data was taken from Federal Election Commission filings in 2020.The data shows Republican leaning committees received far more money from industry leaders than Democratic leaning committees did.From Jan. 1 to Nov. 2, industry players gave about $100 million to Republican leaning committees compared to the $12.6 million donated to Democratic leaning committees.While the average contribution was about $200,000, the median amount was far less, around $10,000. That can be attributed to a few very large contributions skewing the total. The average contribution to Republican leaning committees was about $250,000 while the average amount given to Democratic leaning committees was just $71,000.Adelsons and everyone elseThe Adelsons led the way, contributing exclusively to Republican or conservative leaning fundraising committees.In June, the couple gave matching $12.5 million contributions to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super-PAC established to support Republican candidates for U.S. Senate races nationwide.They also gave matching $750,000 contributions to the Georgia Action Fund in September 2019. Those were the biggest contributions to any state-level Republican committee. The Georgia Action Fund was established to oppose Democratic Senate challenger Jon Ossof in his race against Republican incumbent David Perdue. The contest is advancing to a runoff in January because neither candidate won at least 50 percent of the vote. The outcome of that race — along a runoff for the state’s other Senate seat — will determine whether Democrats have a majority in Congress.TRD also broke down contributions by location. The biggest industry contributors were from Las Vegas, largely because of the Adelsons. But the city also counts prolific Republican donors such as casino magnates Steve Wynn and Phillip Ruffin. Las Vegas real estate players contributed $61.5 million to Republican committees in 2020.For Democrats, the biggest contributions came from Palo Alto, California, where George Marcus lives.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBreast cancer could be detected up to five years before there are any clinical signs of it, using a blood test that identifies the body’s immune response to substances produced by tumor cells.Cancer cells produce proteins called antigens that trigger the body to make antibodies against them: autoantibodies. According to new research presented at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference earlier this week by researchers at the University of Nottingham (UK), these tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) are good indicators of cancer, and now they have developed panels of TAAs that are known already to be associated with breast cancer to detect whether or not there are autoantibodies against them in blood samples taken from patients.In a pilot study, the researchers took blood samples from 90 breast cancer patients at the time they were diagnosed with breast cancer and matched them with samples taken from 90 patients without breast cancer (the control group). They used screening technology (protein microarray) that allowed them to screen the blood samples rapidly for the presence of autoantibodies against 40 TAAs associated with breast cancer, and also 27 TAAs that were not known to be linked with the disease.RELATED: Husband-Wife Duo Has Developed ‘Gene and Cell Therapy’ Cancer Vaccine Now Being Tested on Patients“The results of our study showed that breast cancer does induce autoantibodies against panels of specific tumor-associated antigens,” said Daniyah Alfattani, a PhD student in the group who presented the research at the NCRI Conference. “We were able to detect cancer with reasonable accuracy by identifying these autoantibodies in the blood.”The researchers identified three panels of TAAs against which to test for autoantibodies. The accuracy of the test improved in the panels that contained more TAAs. The panel of five TAAs correctly detected breast cancer in 29% of the samples from the cancer patients and correctly identified 84% of the control samples as being cancer-free. The panel of seven TAAs correctly identified cancer in 35% of cancer samples and no cancer in 79% of control samples. The panel of nine antigens correctly identified cancer in 37% of cancer samples and no cancer in 79% of the controls.“We need to develop and further validate this test,” said Alfattani. “However, these results are encouraging and indicate that it’s possible to detect a signal for early breast cancer. Once we have improved the accuracy of the test, then it opens the possibility of using a simple blood test to improve early detection of the disease.”CHECK OUT: Indonesian Teens Use Native Tree Species to Cure Rats of Breast CancerThe researchers are now testing samples from 800 patients against a panel of nine TAAs, and they expect the accuracy of the test to improve with these larger numbers.“A blood test for early breast cancer detection would be cost effective, which would be of particular value in low and middle income countries. It would also be an easier screening method to implement compared to current methods, such as mammography,” said Alfattani.The researchers estimate that, with a fully-funded development program, the test might become available in the clinic in about four to five years.RELATED: Apples, Tea, and Moderation—The 3 Ingredients for a Long LifeA similar test for lung cancer is currently being tested in a randomized controlled trial in Scotland, involving 12,000 people at high risk of developing lung cancer because they smoke. They have been randomized to have (or not) an autoantibody blood test called ELISA (Early CDT-Lung). Participants who test positive for the autoantibodies are then followed up with a CT scan every two years in order to detect lung cancer in its early stages when it is easier to treat.The CEAC group is also working on similar tests for pancreatic, colorectal and liver cancers. Solid tumors like these, as well as lung and breast cancer, represent around 70% of all cancers.MORE: Broccoli Isn’t Just Good For You; Scientists Find It Holds Molecule That Could Be the ‘Achilles’s Heel’ of Cancer“A blood test capable of detecting any of these cancers at an early stage is the over-riding objective of our work,” concluded Alfattani.“Early diagnosis using simple, non-invasive ways of detecting the first signs of cancer is a key strategic priority for NCRI and something we’d all like to see working in practice,” said NCRI CEO Dr. Iain Frame. “The results from this pilot study for a blood test to detect early breast cancer are promising and build on this research group’s expertise in other cancers, such as lung cancer. It’s obviously early days but we look forward to seeing the results from the larger group of patients that are now being investigated.”Reprinted from the NCRITreat Your News Feed To Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media – File photo by Aldenchadwick, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
In April 2018, the widely-used tutoring service and textbook provider Chegg experienced a data breach, after an unauthorized source accessed one of the company’s databases. The breach was discovered in Sept. 2018.On Sept. 26, chief information officer Todd Norris announced in a campus-wide email that the Saint Mary’s College Information Technology department had learned the Chegg usernames and passwords originally stolen in the breach had been decrypted and posted online. Though Chegg reset the passwords of the 40 million affected accounts on their own system, Norris said individuals who are using the same password on other sites are now at risk.In the email, Norris advised students to change their Saint Mary’s passwords immediately.Junior Sophie Koeppl, a Chegg user since her freshman year of college, said she was alerted to the breach by the College and was not contacted directly by the textbook provider.“I never got an email from Chegg confirming the security breach that happened last year,” Koeppl said.Kathy Hausmann, associate director for technical support services at Saint Mary’s, said the information obtained in the 2018 breach potentially included a Chegg user’s name, email address, shipping address, Chegg username and hashed Chegg password.“Saint Mary’s College received a notification from REN-ISAC (Research and Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center) ‘that some credentials from your institution have appeared in a credential dump related to the Chegg data breach,’” Hausmann said in an email. “The information obtained from the Chegg data breach had been shared online for others to do further damage beyond the initial data breach of Chegg.”Because individuals had registered for Chegg using their Saint Mary’s email addresses, REN-ISAC notified the College about saintmarys.edu addresses appearing in the recent credential dump, Hausmann said.“Instead of only contacting the 1,253 individuals in the list REN-ISAC provided, it was decided that all Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff would be notified,” she said. “Those who signed up with Chegg using personal e-mail accounts would then also be aware that their account information could have been made public.”While password hashing is a type of protective one-way encryption, Hausmann said hashed passwords can still be decrypted.“After hashed passwords are decrypted, the passwords can be used to sign into affected accounts if the passwords were not already changed,” Hausmann said. “There is also the concern that the released e-mail addresses and passwords could be used to try and gain access into accounts unrelated to Chegg, including e-mail, social media and finance-related websites.”Chegg users should respond to the breach by changing the passwords to any accounts that are potentially the same password associated with their Chegg account in April 2018, Hausmann said.“If you don’t remember your April 2018 password for Chegg, changing your Saint Mary’s password or any other passwords not changed since last spring will help keep your personal information secure,” Hausmann said. “The best ways to protect your personal information in the case of a data breach beyond your control is to have a different password for every account that you access and to use complex passwords for all your accounts.”Tags: Chegg breach, credential dump, data breach, REN-ISAC
Vermont Business Magazine The board of directors of the Vermont-NEA, the state’s largest union, has authorized a donation of $12,200 to the unions representing 2,000 Fairpoint Communications workers in northern New England who have been on strike for nearly two months. FairPoint has implemented a plan to realign benefit packages with non-union workers and to give itself the ability to hire non-union workers under certain conditions. The unions have agreed to some benefit concessions. Non-binding arbitration in November failed to resolve the issue or move it closer to a resolution. Political pressure also has been unsuccessful. The contract with unionized workers expired last summer.“What Fairpoint is doing to our brothers and sisters is unconscionable and unacceptable,” said Martha Allen, president of Vermont-NEA, which represents 12,000 public education workers in Vermont. “These working men and women have offered millions of dollars’ worth of concessions to Fairpoint only to be met with silence and a refusal to compromise.”RELATED: FairPoint strikers rally at Vermont State HouseVermont Public Service Department seeks investigation into FairPoint service qualityVermont-NEA’s board authorized the donation on behalf of the union’s members and locals, including the South Burlington Educators Association. “As all of us – particularly our recently-on-strike members in South Burlington – know, a strike is a last resort,” Allen said. “We implore Fairpoint to rejoin their loyal employees back at the negotiating table and stay there until a fair contract resolution is reached.”Allen was pleased to add Vermont-NEA to the list of unions donating to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-Communications Workers of America Solidarity Fund. The FairPoint IBEW workers do not have a dedicated strike fund; the CWA does have a strike fund.“When workers strike for fair compensation, working conditions and benefits, it’s not just about them,” Allen said. “Our brothers and sisters walking the picket lines do so on behalf of all union members everywhere.” She pointed out that the striking workers have been without pay or health insurance coverage for many weeks now.Vermont-NEA also noted that a special CWA Local 1400 wish list on amazon.com has been established, and Allen urged union members statewide to help the children of striking workers have presents under the tree this holiday season. The wish list has toys and other items costing less than $25.Source: Vermont-NEA. Vermont Business Magazine. 12.10.2014
British Triathlon has announced that Rockingham motor racing circuit in Corby, Northamptonshire, will play host to the 2014 British Elite Duathlon Championships taking place on Sunday 30 March 2014.The event will feature races for elite youths, juniors, seniors and an open paraduathlon, as many athletes test the success of their winter training in this traditional season opener.The seniors and juniors will compete over a sprint distance duathlon (5K run, 20K bike, 2.5K run), battling it out for a share of a £5,000 prize fund as well the first British Championship honours up for grabs in the 2014 season.Paraduathletes will compete over the same distance, with all classifications catered for at a venue that is made for some fast racing. Youth duathletes will compete over half the distance of the seniors (2.5K run, 10K bike, 1.25K run), with the race acting as the season opener of the British Triathlon Youth Super Series.All races will be held over a multi-lap format, making it a great event for spectators to enjoy what is a truly impressive venue.Jon Ridgeon, British Triathlon Director for Major and National Events said “We are really excited to take the British Elite Duathlon Championship for the very first time to Rockingham. The venue offers the athletes a fantastic course to race on along with first class facilities to ensure everyone will enjoy the day’s racing.“The backdrop of the huge grandstands will certainly give the event a unique quality and we hope will encourage spectators to support the athletes in the first Elite Championships of the season.”Rockingham Chief Executive Peter Hardman, said “This event clearly demonstrates how versatile Rockingham is as a venue. The track is perfect for both the running and cycling elements of this event, while the panoramic views of the whole circuit provides spectators with the ideal vantage point to offer their encouragement from start to finish.“We are delighted to be working in partnership with British Triathlon to host the first duathlon to be held at the circuit, and look forward to building on the success of this event with a regular duathlon series.”www.britishtriathlon.org Related
After rough start, Gophers look for improvement in return to South AtlanticLast weekend, Minnesota went 2-2 in four games in North Carolina. Matt PerkinsFebruary 24, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s softball team heads to South Carolina this weekend trying to improve on a disappointing start to the season.The Gophers are 2-6, their worst start since 1994 when the team began the season 2-7.But the team isn’t going to get over-concerned about the start, co-coach Julie Standering said; it’s not Big Ten season yet.Instead, the Gophers will use the Coastal Carolina University Softball Classic, in which their first game is at 12:30 p.m. today against Pittsburgh, to figure out what everyone on the team plans to contribute this season.And Standering said that task will be harder this year than it has been in the past, because everyone is making an impact.“It’s different because every one of our incoming freshmen are contributing in some way to this team,” Standering said. “Nobody’s role is completely defined, we’re just trying to figure things out before we get too far into the season.”And the first step in that process is communication, Standering said.Minnesota returns only one player from last year’s starting infield, senior Valerie Alston at second base, so creating a working chemistry in the infield will be important for the Gophers. “Anytime you have three new people and different people at different positions all around you, it’s going to be a hard change,” Alston said. “But we’re just focused right now on getting to know everyone a little bit better each weekend and improving from there.”But, the job of familiarizing yourself to new people and new situations is more difficult in softball because of the variables, co-coach Lisa Bernstein said.“In softball, every single pitch brings a new situation,” Bernstein said. “It’s a constant working progress because one minute a bunt will go here and then a slap bunt will go there, you just need to know where your teammates are on the field.”Adding complication to the process has been Minnesota’s 2-6 start. Although the team said they aren’t too concerned about it, they are looking for retribution in the form of wins.And there is a more specific target of revenge this weekend, as the Gophers set their sights on tournament host Costal Carolina.The Chanticleers handed the Gophers a 7-1 loss last weekend at the Triangle Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. Minnesota plays Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m. today as the second half of a doubleheader.The Gophers hope to use the game to clear up one tiny misunderstanding ‘ they aren’t your average 2-6 team.“We didn’t feel like we played well against them,” Alston said. “So it’s definitely a kick in the gut that we didn’t play well, and they beat us badly. So, we want to come out, play well and prove that we’re a better team than we’ve been showing.”
Minnesota rowers prep for HawkeyesThe Gophers had a two-week rest and are ready to get back in the water.Chelsea GortmakerThe women’s rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for their competition against the University of Iowa on Sunday, April 27. Jack SatzingerApril 24, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers won just one race in their last regatta.This weekend, after two weeks off, they’re focusing on making sure that doesn’t happen again.Minnesota will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend for its last regatta of the month and its second-to-last competition before the Big Ten championships.Gophers senior coxswain Rachael Rogers said the team knows it needs to improve on its previous performance.“These past couple races, we haven’t been exactly ourselves,” Rogers said. “I think what we want to focus on is having a good race.”Minnesota has emphasized technique leading up to this weekend’s races.Gophers head coach Wendy Davis said one key point of technique has been lengthening the stroke — keeping the blade in the water longer by leaning further back in the boat.“We want to stay long through the water so we can get as much out of our stroke as we can,” Rogers said.Minnesota has also spent ample time trying to get its fitness level back up. Davis wants her team to start peaking physically in time for the Big Ten championships. She said she would like to see her team get to a stroke rate of 35 strokes per minute.“We wanted to make sure we got some good volume in,” Davis said. “It’s time to bring the rate up.”Though the team is fresh off an extended bye week, it saw its fair share of hardships preparing for Iowa — two minor injuries have shaken up the lineups.Gophers sophomore Jessica Flakne is not practicing this week after spraining her ankle, and freshman Sonia Dunklebarger has also been sidelined. Davis said both are questionable for Sunday’s contest, but she expects Flakne and Dunklebarger to race.Mari Sundbo, usually a member of the first varsity four, practiced with the first varsity eight this week to account for Flakne’s absence.The Gophers’ first varsity eight features a diverse set of rowers, from veteran Rogers to sophomores Lisa Weeks and Sara Scarbro.“They haven’t completed their first varsity racing season yet,” junior Lynn Hodnett said. “Then you’ve got people like the seniors that have been around and really know what they’re doing.”Rogers said personnel changes are not ideal at this point in the season, but she’s confident her team can work through the adversity against the Hawkeyes.“It makes my job a little bit more interesting,” she said. “When the lineups get switched around like that, it really depends on the way the rowers respond to it.”
This year, winemakers in Croatia can be very satisfied with both the turnover and quality of wine, and at the end of the year they were all pleasantly surprised by the quick reaction of the Ministry of Agriculture, which finally brought order to the market with foreign wine in bulk to our market.Namely, at the beginning of December, the Ministry of Agriculture adopted a new Ordinance on the vineyard register, mandatory declarations, accompanying documents, cellar records and production potential, which prescribes a uniform procedure for controlling the quality of wine when placing wine on the market. With the new Ordinance, all foreign wines that come to our market in bulk will now have to be registered and reported to the agricultural inspection for control and quality. So now everyone will have equal treatment on the market, both domestic and foreign wines, which is the first and basic rule of fair market competition, but also the protection of domestic wine producers.2016 marked a lower yield, but better wine quality This year was also marked by the harvest of the “decade”, as the winemakers point out, despite the lower yield of about 20-25 percent due to bad weather during flowering, weather and temperatures during the day and overnight were ideal in the further process. growth of sugar and sugar while the acid level was ideal. All this favored the exceptional quality as well as the health condition of the grapes that arrived in the cellars, and thus the exceptional quality of the wine that will come out of our cellars. Lower yield, but much better wine quality.Total domestic consumption in Croatia is about 1.207.000 hectolitersIn the marketing year 2015/2016 total domestic wine consumption in Croatia is about 1.207. 000 hectoliters stand out from the Central Bureau of Statistics, while wines with a protected designation of origin (53,3%) were the most represented in production. Production of wine with a protected designation of origin in the marketing year 2015/2016 is 529. 130 hectoliters, and in the marketing year 2015/2016. the Croatian citizen consumed on average about 26 liters of wine, while the degree of self-sufficiency is about 82%.HGK estimate: Holiday spending will amount to more than 12 billion kuna”The growth of retail trade turnover in 2016, with consumer optimism, will amount to 3,2 percent, while in 2015 this growth was 2,4 percent,” said the director of the Sector for Trade of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Ema Culi on the occasion of the holiday assessment. consumption in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Thus, according to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, spending will amount to more than 12 billion kuna, which is an increase of half a billion kuna than last year at the same time. Certainly, a part of the increased consumption will be felt by winemakers in December, both through increased wine sales and through the HoReCa channel.One of the solutions is branding of wine regions in CroatiaOne of the big problems on the market is the lack of a unique marketing strategy for branding Croatia as a wine destination – “Vina Croatia – Vina Mosaica.” Đuro Horvat, consultant for marketing and wine market for Agrobiz.hr, adds that Croatia will produce wines of excellent quality this year, but placement problems still remain. ” One of the disadvantages is the non-integration of wine as a strategic reference Croatian product in the national strategy and the excessive share of international varieties in relation to indigenous ones. One of the solutions is certainly to force one’s own Croatian label, and not umbrella brands. We must connect winemakers with each other through the concept of “Vina Croatia – Vina Mosaica”, ie brand our four wine regions: Dalmatia, Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region, Istria and Kvarner and Hilly Croatia. For our recognition as wine countries, that is the imperative of competitiveness. ” Horvat concludes.Wine Institute: Croats drink the most wine per capita in the world”Croatian wines are increasingly attracting the attention of world experts, and it is rare in the world for those wines for which restaurants with three Michelin stars arrange their menus.”, States the research of the Wine Institute, and thus Croatia is the third in the amount of wine consumed per capita in the world, just behind the Vatican and Andorra. According to the survey results, Croats drink per capita annually 44,2 liters of wine, while behind us is neighboring Slovenia, whose resident drinks 44,07 liters of wine a year. Only behind Croatia and Slovenia are the world wine superpowers France (42,51), followed by Portugal, Switzerland, Macedonia, Moldova and Italy.
Jul 10, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – As researchers continue to sort out safety issues surrounding the monovalent vaccine used during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, two new reports focusing mainly on an adjuvanted version suggest that immunization was safe for babies born to vaccinated pregnant women and that it was linked to a small but significant risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) in some patients.Both reports appear in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and focus on an AS03-adjuvanted vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline.In the pregnancy study, Danish researchers studied a cohort of infants born in Denmark between Nov 2, 2009, and Sep 30, 2010. They obtained mothers’ 2009 H1N1 vaccination status from a national database. The AS03-adjuvanted split virus vaccine was the only one used in Denmark.Denmark’s pandemic flu vaccination campaign launched on Nov 2, 2009, with pregnant women in the priority group. Pregnant women with underlying conditions were urged to get vaccinated during their first trimester, and those without such conditions were advised to receive it during the second or third trimester.Using a cohort of 53,432 infants, researchers compared fetal outcomes among mothers who were and were not vaccinated. The main adverse outcomes they looked at were major birth defects, preterm birth, and smallness for gestational age.Of the group, 6,989 babies were exposed to the vaccine during pregnancy, all but 345 of them in the second or third trimester.The researchers found no association between vaccination during pregnancy and major birth defects, preterm birth, or fetal growth restriction.The small number of babies exposed to the vaccine during the first trimester allowed the researchers to exclude only the larger risks, but even in that high-risk group, the results were reassuring, the authors said.They wrote that while other studies have looked at fetal safety of H1N1 vaccination, theirs was the first to directly compare outcomes from vaccinated and unvaccinated mothers.The results might be generalizable to nonadjuvanted vaccines because they contain identical viral antigens, though antigen doses and manufacturing processes may vary, the investigators wrote, adding that the results don’t extend to vaccines that used other adjuvants.The safety data on babies born to vaccinated mothers may have implications for future flu seasons and pandemics, especially when adjuvants are needed to achieve adequate immune response, the researchers said.In the second study, researchers analyzed enhanced GBS surveillance that Quebec health officials ordered during the 2009 H1N1 vaccine campaign. The investigation was ordered by the province’s chief medical officer under the Quebec Public Health Act. Quebec’s pandemic flu vaccine campaign launched on Oct 26, 2009, targeting everyone age 6 months and older. About 96% of vaccinated Quebec residents received the AS03-adjuvanted vaccine, and vaccination status was verified with provincial registries.The population-based cohort study followed patients over a 6-month period from October 2009 through March 2010. Physicians were urged to report suspected and confirmed GBS cases. Patients’ records were reviewed by a physician, with assistance from adult and pediatric neurologists. Reviewers were blinded to the immunization status of the cases.Over the study period, researchers identified 83 confirmed GBS cases, including 25 patients who had been vaccinated 8 or fewer weeks before symptom onset, most (19 of 25) of whom were vaccinated 4 or fewer weeks before GBS onset.For those with GBS onset 8 or fewer weeks after vaccination, the relative risk was 1.80 (95% confidence interval, 1.2 to 2.87), and for those with the earlier onset the risk was 2.75 (95% CI, 1.63 to 4.62).Overall, the team found that the number of GBS cases linked to vaccination was about 2 per 1 million doses. They observed a cluster of cases shortly after the vaccine campaign started, which they said wasn’t likely to have been caused by flu infection. The group found no excess risk in people younger than 50.For comparison, a US study of GBS in recipients of the unadjuvanted 2009 H1N1 vaccine found that there were about 0.8 excess cases of GBS per 1 million vaccinations, which is similar to that for the seasonal flu vaccine. A similar study in five European countries that used an adjuvanted vaccine found that vaccination probably didn’t increase the GBS risk, but investigators couldn’t rule out a slightly greater chance of suffering from the condition.The Quebec researchers concluded that the adjuvanted 2009 H1N1 vaccine was linked to a small but significant GBS risk, but they said the benefits of immunization probably outweighed the risks.In an accompanying JAMA editorial that addressed both of the studies, two infectious disease experts said it’s important to assess the potential pandemic vaccine risks to fetuses as well as adults. The authors are Mark Steinhoff, MD, director of the Global Health Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Noni MacDonald, MD, MSc, professor of pediatrics and computer sciences at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.”Taken together, these studies partially assuage concerns about the safety of adjuvanted pandemic influenza vaccines during pregnancy,” they wrote. “However, more studies are needed examining other types of vaccine adjuvants.”They noted that observational studies of vaccines can be limited by biases and confounding by indication, adding that future studies with improved statistical design are needed to confirm the findings, such as prospective follow-up studies using virologic end points with adjustments for selection, seasonality, and other biases.Pasternak B, Svanstrom H, Molgaard-Nielsen D, et al. Risk of adverse fetal outcomes following administration of a pandemic influenza A (H1N1) vaccine during pregnancy. JAMA 2012 Jul 11;308(2):165-74 [Abstract]DeWals P, Deceunick G, Toth E, et al. Rick of Guillain-Barre syndrome following H1N1 influenza in Quebec. JAMA 2012 Jul 11;308(2):175-81[Abstract]Steinhoff MC, MacDonald NE. Influenza pandemics—pregnancy, pathogenesis, and perinatal outcomes, editorial. JAMA 2012 Jul 11;308(2):184-85[Extract]See also:Jun 2, 2010, CIDRAP News story “CDC: GBS risk similar for H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines”Jul 13, 2011, CIDRAP News story “Study: adjuvanted H1N1 vaccines had little effect on GBS risk”