Vivo Y91i Gets a Rs. 500 Price Drop for the 3GB + 32GB Model

first_img– Advertisement – The Vivo Y91i is backed by a 4,030mAh battery. Lastly, the phone measures 155.11×75.09×8.28mm and weighs 163.5 grams.Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. The base 2GB + 16GB model is priced at MRP Rs. 7,490 and the 2GB + 32GB model is priced at MRP Rs. 7,999, as per the official website.Vivo Y91i specificationsThe dual-SIM (Nano) Vivo Y91i launched with Android 8.1 Oreo with Funtouch OS 4.5 on top but has been upgraded to Android 9. It features a 6.22-inch HD+ (720×1,520 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the phone has an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762R) SoC, paired with up to 3GB of RAM.For photos and videos, the Vivo Y91i comes with a single 13-megapixel camera sensor at the back with an f/2.2 lens and an LED flash. There is also a 5-megapixel selfie camera at the front with an f/1.8 lens. The Vivo Y91i comes with up to 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor.- Advertisement – Vivo Y91i has received a Rs. 500 price cut in India and the new pricing has been updated on the official website as well. The phone was launched back in March last year in two configurations – 2GB + 16GB and 2GB + 32GB. The 3GB + 32GB model of the Vivo Y91i was launched in March this year and has now received a price cut. The entry level phone comes with a single rear camera and a notch for the selfie shooter.Vivo Y91i (3GB + 32GB) price in IndiaThe Vivo Y91i (3GB + 32GB) is priced at MRP Rs. 8,490 in India which is Rs. 500 off from its original pricing of MRP Rs. 8,999. The new pricing has been updated on the website as well as on Amazon, however Flipkart still shows the older price of Rs. 8,999.- Advertisement – Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump and allies spew election fraud vomit faster than social media platforms can clean it up

first_imgAt one point on Wednesday, Eric, White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany, and other Trumpers decided they would simply call Pennsylvania for Trump.“VICTORY for President @realDonaldTrump in PENNSYLVANIA!!” McEnany declared in a tweet that Twitter later flagged, writing, “Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted.”Again, why not simply block that tweet? No one except the voices in Trump’s head had called Pennsylvania for him.- Advertisement – The site’s Twitter account worked in real time to fact check false claims spreading on Twitter, such as the notion that Trump still led Michigan.xSocial media users are sharing a link to the Michigan election night reporting website to incorrectly claim that Donald Trump still leads the state. Although this is the official site, the website is updated from local results and appears to lag behind other reporting outlets.— Election Integrity Partnership (@2020Partnership) November 5, 2020Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the social media platforms had failed to limit the reach of Trump’s propaganda machine.“With every policy the platforms belatedly announce, we’ve continued to see Trump and his allies flout and circumvent them,” he said in a statement. “The consequences here are dire: As the President and his campaign grow more desperate, they are willing to spread even more inflammatory and dangerous falsehoods, with the very real possibility of prompting violence.”But Trump’s reach also went beyond social media, with the campaign pelting supporters with some 9 million texts between midnight and midday Wednesday, according to the Post. Their main claim raised alarms about a stolen election paired with a fundraising ask to support the legal battles ahead.The bottom line is, anyone who’s ceaselessly willing to lie and spread disinformation in this digital age can find a way to do that, particularly if their supporters rely on a single news source or a narrow universe of likeminded outlets to get their information. But social media platforms continue to complicate the matter, amplifying the very lies they are supposedly aiming to control. xANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020In some cases, retweets by Trump and Co. have been so flagrantly false they’ve led to the suspension of the accounts from which they originated. That’s what happened when Eric Trump retweeted video from a QAnon conspiracy account claiming to show the ballots of Trump voters being burned, according to The Washington Post. In actuality, those ballots were sample ballots and it was simply a wild hoax intended to inflame Trump supporters, who always seem just a hair trigger away from violent fury.- Advertisement – Twitter’s failures aside, Trump and his associates are now building upon the voter fraud narrative they have been plugging for months to attack the counting process. “They’ve shifted their tactics, after months-long attacks on voting by mail, to saying that the voting process and the vote-tallying process is rigged,” said Joan Donovan, director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. “They are priming the public, and laying the groundwork for legal challenges to mail-in voting and to the voting processes.”Even as social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have raced to respond to the firehouse of Trumpian disinformation, much of it still circulated to tens of thousands of people. “Tweets from the president that Twitter had labeled around Election Day had been shared more than 156,000 times by Wednesday evening,” wrote the Post, citing data from the Election Integrity Partnership.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Drew Barrymore Revisits ‘Never Been Kissed’ Character Josie Grossie

first_img“Thank you for having me! Your studio is so beautiful,” an excited Josie told Barrymore, who said in response, “Oh, so is your ensemble! You know, you didn’t have to dress up just for this.”Drew Barrymore Revisits Never Been Kissed Josie GrossieDrew Barrymore as ‘Josie Grossie’ on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’. YouTubeJosie pointed out that since she’s on TV, the occasion called for the perfect outfit. “It’s the fanciest thing I own, and I never really got to wear it anyway,” Josie said of the pink dress, which was ruined by bullies who tossed eggs at her during a prom night prank. The popular kids also referred to her as “Josie Grossie.”The Flower Beauty founder, for her part, offered to help Josie “make a new memory” for her in the gown. However, as they began to read the news together, it became clear that Josie was not caught up with current events. While reading a headline about the presidential election, she incorrectly listed George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis as the candidates. (Bush, who died in 2018 at age 94, and Dukakis, 87, ran for office in 1988.)- Advertisement – “Oh, Josie — you’ve missed so much,” Barrymore told her former character. “A lot has happened since 1998.”Barrymore starred in Never Been Kissed in 1999 alongside David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Leelee Sobieski, Jeremy Jordan, Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly. The rom-com followed newspaper copywriter Josie Geller (Barrymore) as she goes undercover at her former high school to gather research for a story. While there, she ends up falling for her high school English teacher, Sam Coulson (Vartan).In early October, Barrymore virtually reunited with her former Never Been Kissed costar Jessica Alba on The Drew Barrymore Show. At the time, the Honest Beauty founder praised the Santa Clarita Diet alum for helping out many of the young actors on set.Drew Barrymore Revisits Never Been Kissed Josie GrossieDrew Barrymore in ‘Never Been Kissed’. Suzanne Hanover/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “You popped so many actors as well,” Alba, 39, said. “It felt like camp, but you also, I mean, you really took so many people under your wing and guided them and a lot of us were just really starting out and you set the stage, I would say for us and gave us a platform to be successful, so thank you.”Josie isn’t the first character Barrymore has revisited since recently launching her daytime show. Last month, she recreated her iconic Scream character, Casey Becker, who was Ghostface’s first victim in the 1996 film. In her reimagining of Casey, the Golden Globe winner envisioned what life would be like for the character had she not been slain by the infamous serial killer.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! A blast from the past! It’s been 21 years since Never Been Kissed hit the big screen, and now, star Drew Barrymore is revisiting her former role of Josie Geller — a.k.a. Josie Grossie.During the Drew Barrymore Show on Friday, November 6, the 45-year-old actress brought Josie on as her “copilot” to help deliver the day’s news. Josie, a high school student and aspiring journalist, was decked out in her 1980s prom dress and matching scrunchie alongside a mouth full of braces.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

first_imgCheers and Jeers for Tuesday, November 10, 2020Note: Hey, everybody! All of a sudden the postal service seems to be working fine again. It’s an early Festivus miracle!!!–- Advertisement – –“Vice President Harris’s emergency task force has reunited the last immigrant children separated from their parents by the previous administration, sources say…”“NATO alliance, with U.S. back on board, more unified than ever…”“Okay everybody, gather around. Say hi to Stephen Miller. He’s gonna be our new fry vat guy…”“President Biden’s cabinet picks have been hailed as smart, shrewd, and diverse…””In a manner she had feared for years, Betsy DeVos died today from an acute case of getting eaten by a grizzly bear…”“For the first time in four years, polling shows that Americans feel like the country is on the right track again…”“After less than 24 hours on the job, House Republicans called for President Biden’s impeachment today, and were literally laughed out of the chamber…”“Fossil fuel industry in full retreat as Biden White House announces massive green energy push…”And…“Donald Trump’s mug shot was retweeted over 50 million times in less than an hour after its release by New York prosecutors this morning, but not by his own Twitter account, which had been permanently deleted just days earlier…” – Advertisement – By the Numbers:Bideninauguration.jpg71 days!!!Days ’til inauguration day: 71Official time that the AP called the race for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Saturday: 11:28 amNumber of the top 5 states for boat ownership that Trump lost (CA, MI, MN and WI): 4Years, as of Mark Kelly’s Nov. 30 swearing-in, since both of Arizona’s U.S. Senate seats were held by Democrats: 67Minimum number of stars in the Milky Way, according to NASA estimates, 4 billion of which are sun-like: 100 billionPotential number of habitable earths in our galaxy if only 7% of those stars have habitable planets: 300 millionYear the word “Vacationland” first appeared on Maine license plates: 1936–Puppy Pic of the Day: History…–CHEERS to calling it. Look, people, I know you come to Cheers and Jeers for the slapdash, joke-a-minute nuttiness that has become the hallmark of America‘s favorite blogging institution. But I rarely get the chance to herald the arrival a new, duly-elected Democratic President of the United  States to my millions of readers, and I believe this moment is one that deserves to be noted with all the stone-cold gravitas I can muster. With that in mind, I wish to make the following announcement:Former Senator and Vice President Joe Biden was officially declared the winner of the 2020 election Saturday morning, and will become our 46th President at noon on January 20th, 2021. It’s a proud moment in American history that will long be remembered as a deadly blow to the rise of fascism and religious fanaticism in the United States.Presidentialplate.pngOn January 20th, President Biden will officially take his place behind the resolute Desk and on this collectible plate.In addition, Senator Kamala Harris of California becomes the first woman, the first Black, and the first South Asian vice president, shattering a significant glass ceiling into a million pieces for the first time since John Adams grudgingly took the office in 1789.Together, President Biden and Vice President Harris will face enormous obstacles, including the Covid-19 pandemic and a Republican party still drunk on power and dedicated to the proposition that only all card-carrying GOP white men are created equal. But, together with the Democratic-led House, and possibly a Democratic-led Senate if the Georgia runoff elections swing our way, our nation can begin to recover and heal from the gravest internal wounds since the Civil War. Oops, I farted.Perfect. Seal it in amber.CHEERS to more winning. Yes, there was more on America’s mind a week ago than just the White House, so let’s dig into some of the candidates and ballot measures that deserve applause. And since I’m a world-renowned daredevil who accomplishes amazing feats of skill, I’ll do this in a 30 SECOND LIGHTNING ROUND…GO! U.S. Senate: Astronaut from Arizona YES! Geologist and beer brewer from Colorado YES!  Twin runoffs in Georgia that could deliver Senate control to Democrats YES! Multiple exciting prospects to fill VP-elect Kamala’s seat YES!Retired astronaut Mark Kelly amd former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords share their moving story and inspiration for summoning courage in tough times AMGA Conference, Phoenix, USA - 10 Mar 2018.For the first time in 21 years, the Senate will have an astronaut among its ranks. Somewhere in the hereafter, John Glenn is whispering, “Godspeed, Mark Kelly.”Marijuana legalization: Montana YES!  South Dakota YES! Mississippi YES! Arizona YES! New Jersey YES!School funding: Tax increase in Arizona for schools YES!Michigan State Supreme Court: Now dominated by liberals YES!LGBTQ caucus: House LGBTQ Caucus grows to 9 members YES! America‘s first trans state Senate members YES! At least 117 openly-LGBTQ candidates across the country win their races YES!Constitutional amendment in Nevada: Same-sex marriages are just as equal as opposite-sex marriages YES!Minimum wage increases: Florida YES!  Portland, Maine YES!Ding!  29.999 seconds. I know I make it look easy. But don’t try this at home, kids.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–JEERS to keeping track of America’s fugliest numbers. The mighty Covid-19 Wurlitzer plays on with 51 million cases worldwide—the usual 20 percent of them in the U.S, including unnecessary daily records being set nationwide and a new breakout at the White House led by Trump’s own chief of staff and Ben Carson the brain surgeon. Our weekly tradition of maintaining a benchmark of the awfulness for the C&J historical record continues, so let’s check the most depressing tote board in the world as our death toll now surpasses the population of America’s 91st-largest city Chesapeake, Virginia: 6 months ago: 1.4 million confirmed cases. 81,000 deaths.3 months ago: 5.2 million confirmed cases. 165,000 deathsHey, Mom and Dad! Guess what Junior’s bringing home for the holidays?–1 month ago: 8 million confirmed cases. 219,000 deathsThis morning: 10.3 million confirmed cases. 245,000 deathsBut there’s hope on the horizon: a vaccine looks promising, for one thing. For another, we now have a president-elect who plans to take the pandemic seriously. Joe Biden is already assembling his coronavirus task force, co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, and former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler. In other words, he’ll be injecting science into America’s veins again. In the immortal words of a lame-duck president: “It’s like a cleaning.”P.S. In other health news, the fate of the Affordable Care Act goes before the Supreme Court (again) today. In a nutshell, there need to be enough reasons for a majority of justices to keep the law in place. I’m no fancy lawyer, but off the top of my head I can think of 23 million.CHEERS to knockin’ that sucker down. Thirty-one years ago this week, the world witnessed a surreal scene: Berliners hacking away with pickaxes and hammers at, and dancing atop, the wall that had divided their city for decades—a mind-blowing moment that briefly galvanized the planet in celebration.  And what sparked it wasn’t the pope or the U.N. or even ex-president Saint Ronald Reagan—it was this awkwardly-delivered comment by Politburo member Guenter Schabowski a day earlier:“Therefore…um…we have decided today…um…to implement a regulation that allows every citizen of the German Democratic Republic…um…to…um…leave East Germany through any of the border crossings,” said Schabowski.BERLIN-WALL-1989.jpgI’d suggest we do this to Trump’s Mexican wall, but he never built the damn thing.He appeared scarcely to believe his own words and we were all dumbfounded.  What did he just say?  Schabowski was asked when the new rule would take effect. “That comes into effect…according to my information…. immediately, without delay,” Schabowski stammered, shuffling through the papers spread in front of him as he sought in vain for more information.I still link to this must-see Boston Globe photo diary, which documents the jubilation and its aftermath. I had the chance to visit Berlin a couple times in the 70s when I was kid.  I had a middle-school knowledge of the post-war history of Berlin, but nothing could prepare me for the contrast I saw in person: vibrant and colorful on the western side…oppressive, gray, boarded-up and barb-wired on the eastern side.  In some ways it reminds me of what this country has become: reality-based, education-oriented and live-and-let-live on the left…authoritarian, trigger-happy, reality-averse and homogenous on the right. But my main point is: Happy reunification anniversary, Germany—let’s all drink beer.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 10, 2010CHEERS to the F-word, properly applied.  Every once in a blue moon, a “novelty” (for lack of a better word) web site launches, shines brightly, and then gets lost in the ether.  So, before I forget—and I will—I’m posting this one for posterity and the proverbial “future reference.”  Behold…What the Fuck Has Obama Done So Far?  Quite a bit, as it turns out.  And, maddeningly, not enough.  Which is why I always open the C&J bar early.–And just one more…CHEERS to the software revolution.  On November 10, 1983, back when I was still banging out term papers on my REALLY LOUD Smith Corona electric typewriter, Microsoft introduced Version 1.0 of its Windows operating system. It wouldn’t actually be released until 1985, but the spark was…um…sparked.  Wanna see something hilarious?  Here’s over-caffeinated former CEO Steve Ballmer selling Windows 1.0 (the last line is priceless):–To mark the occasion, today the C&J cafeteria will be dishing out our famous Fatal Error Casserole served at exactly 404 degrees.Have a tolerable Tuesday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J Testimonial“Oh my goodness! Cheers and Jeers! Woooooooooow!”—Rudy Giuliani– Kent Brockman’s lips to God’s ear.And now, our feature presentation…–- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Nicky Hunt: Former Bolton defender hospitalised with head injury as Darlington match abandoned | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – “We would like to thank the excellent care and prompt action which was taken by the physios of both clubs, and the Darlington FC safety staff and stewards.“Our thoughts are with Nicky and his family. We will update everybody when we can.”The game was abandoned by referee Adam Williamson with the score at 2-0, and the league will have to decide whether the result stands or a replay is required.- Advertisement – Nicky Hunt of Bolton runs with the ball during a pre season friendly match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bolton Wanderers at the Borussiapark stadium on July 25, 2009 in Monchengladbach, GermanyImage:Hunt played for Bolton for nine years between 2001 and 2010 Former Bolton defender Nicky Hunt was taken to hospital with a serious head injury as Darlington’s game with Boston was abandoned on Tuesday night.The 37-year-old was knocked unconscious following a collision with an opposition player in the build-up to Boston’s second goal in the 87th minute of the National League North match.- Advertisement – However, the scoreline was of secondary importance to those involved at Blackwell Meadows.Hunt’s former Bolton team-mate Kevin Davies has since tweeted: “Hoping for some positive news regarding my good mate Nicky Hunt in the morning.”Other EFL and non-League clubs have also posted messages of support for the veteran defender.Hunt played for Bolton in the Premier League for nine years between 2001 and 2010 during a highly successful period for the Trotters, primarily under Sam Allardyce.He has since played for several EFL clubs, including Bristol City, Accrington, Mansfield, Leyton Orient and Crewe, before signing for Darlington in the summer. He was taken to hospital by ambulance at around 11pm after being treated on the pitch for more than an hour by club physios and medical staff.Darlington later issued a statement, which said: “We would like to update you on the serious injury to Darlington defender Nicky Hunt.“Following an incident on the field near the end of the match, Nicky was left unconscious and needed lengthy treatment for a head injury from the physios of both clubs and medical staff. He was taken to hospital at 11pm by ambulance. – Advertisement –last_img read more

OnePlus Nord N10 5G, Nord N100 to Get Just One Major Update to Android 11: Report

first_img“The Nord N10 5G and N100 will receive one major Android update and a total of two years of security updates. The plan for these two devices aligns with industry standards for smartphones in more affordable price ranges. As always, we will continue listening to feedback from our users and looking for ways to improve the software experience for all OnePlus devices,” the OnePlus spokesperson said.Typically, Android phones support two years of Android updates and three years of security patches. However, it looks like OnePlus has other plans with OnePlus Nord N10 5G and OnePlus Nord N100. The two phones were released after the launch of OnePlus 8T that comes with Android 11 out-of-the-box. If the company launched the two budget phones with Android 11 as well and then promised one Android update, it would’ve probably been more acceptable to people planning to buy these phones.It makes sense for a company to focus more on its flagship smartphones and provide continued support to them. To take a step in the opposite direction for its budget phones is quite surprising, especially for a company like OnePlus that promoted the idea of bringing a flagship experience to affordable phones.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – OnePlus Nord N10 5G and OnePlus Nord N100 will only get one major Android update, according to a report. The latest budget-friendly phones from OnePlus are set to go on sale in Europe and the US. Now, the company has reportedly confirmed that OnePlus Nord N10 5G and OnePlus Nord N100 will receive only one major Android update, along with two years of security updates. OnePlus Nord N10 5G and OnePlus Nord N100 were released with Android 10 out-of-the-box, suggesting that the Android 11 update will be the last one.A OnePlus spokesperson reportedly confirmed to Android Central that there will be only one major Android update for OnePlus Nord N10 5G and OnePlus Nord N100. The spokesperson also stated that the company will continue to take in community feedback to improve the software experience on all OnePlus smartphones.- Advertisement –center_img Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

First ‘Covid-19-free’ Lufthansa flight takes off in Germany | News

first_imgAll passengers onboard had previously tested negative for Covid-19. Once the test was completed, customers received their test results via push message and e-mail. All test results on the second daily flight, LH2059 from Hamburg to Munich, were also negative.- Advertisement – Alternatively, passengers can present a negative PCR test taken no later than 48 hours prior to departure. Lufthansa takes care of the complete rapid test procedure. There are no extra costs for the passenger. All they have to do is register in advance and allow a little more time before departure.Ola Hansson, chief executive of Lufthansa Hub Munich, explained “We want to again expand the worldwide travel options for our customers while maintaining the highest hygiene and safety standards. “Successful testing of entire flights can be an important key to this. “With the test flights we have successfully launched today, we are gaining important knowledge and experience in handling rapid tests.” In close cooperation with the Munich and Hamburg airports as well as with the biotech companies Centogene and the Medicover Group’s medical care centre, MVZ Martinsried, the airline offers its customers the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19 free of charge before departure of the two daily flights. Passengers who do not wish to be tested will be transferred to an alternative flight at no additional cost. Only if the result is negative, the boarding pass will be activated and access to the gate will be granted. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – NewerMilestone Hotel launches new Royal Afternoon Tea The first ‘negative only’ Lufthansa flight has taken off for Hamburg headed for Munich. LH2058, which left Munich at 09:10, marked the start of Covid-19 antigen rapid testing on two daily flights between the two German cities. – Advertisement – OlderQatar Airways adds new destinations to global networklast_img read more

CDC offers advice on citizen use of masks, respirators

first_img They live with someone who has flu symptoms (resulting in possible exposure) and they need to be in a crowded public place. Feb 1 CIDRAP News story on nonpharmaceutical measures recommended by CDC “State and local public health agencies are continuing to work with their communities to prepare for a possible pandemic and to ensure that citizens understand that facemasks and respirators should be used in combination with other preventive measures, such as hand hygiene and social distancing.” Furthermore, people who care for a pandemic flu patient at home or have other close contact with sick people in a pandemic should consider wearing an N-95 respirator, a more elaborate type of mask designed to stop virus-sized particles, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised. For example, says an 11-page guidance document the CDC released, people might choose to wear a face mask when going to a grocery store or a religious service, and they might want to use a respirator when visiting a sick neighbor to deliver food or medicine. Surgical face masks are simple masks designed to fit across the nose and mouth and catch large respiratory droplets produced by the wearer, but they also offer some protection from others’ secretions. They are inexpensive and typically fit fairly loosely. They have the flu and think they might come in close contact with others. N-95 respirators are thicker masks that are designed to fit tightly to the face and block at least 95% of small airborne particles. They must be specially fitted for the wearer. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators used for infection control in the United States are intended to be discarded after one use, though washable fabric masks are used in a number of countries. She added that a respirator can lead to a “false sense of security,” because if it fits poorly so that air can leak around it, it provides less protection. . . . “If you’re going to choose a mask right now, it’s probably best to think about a simple face mask that prevents your respiratory secretions from infecting someone else” and that also offers some protection from incoming droplets, she said. Because respirators fit tightly, they make it harder to breathe, which can be a serious problem for people who have heart or lung disease, she said. Also, “For people who have a beard, it’s just about impossible to make it fit tight enough to the face to work as an effective filter.” The CDC recommendations drew a positive response from two non-CDC public health officials contacted by CIDRAP News today. The new guidance was preceded about 3 months ago by CDC recommendations on general nonpharmaceutical community measures to combat a flu pandemic. The new document comes about 6 months after the CDC called for stronger respiratory protection for healthcare workers in a pandemic. In guidance issued in October 2006, the agency said the use of N-95 respirators is prudent for medical staff providing any direct care for pandemic flu patients. Oct 18 2006 CIDRAP News story “HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients” Flu spreads mainly when people come in close contact, meaning about 6 feet, with those who are sick, according to the CDC guidance. Long-distance transmission of flu viruses through the air, such as through ventilation systems, has not been proven. Sick people are most likely to spread the virus early in the illness, especially when they first start to cough and sneeze, the document says. CDC officials said avoiding crowded conditions and infected people are the most important precautions in a pandemic, but masks and respirators may provide additional protection. Standard precautions such as hand hygiene and social distancing should also be used, officials said. The CDC said people should consider wearing a face mask during a flu pandemic if: If N-95 respirators run short during a pandemic, face masks can be used instead—and should be used when close contact with sick people is expected, the CDC guidance says. Duchin said he senses that the threat of a pandemic has waned in the public’s consciousness. “But when people are engaged in discussing pandemic preparation, masks and respirators are something they ask about,” he said. Gerberding said the CDC is not recommending that people stockpile masks or respirators now. However, she said, “This might be a good time to get one and check it out, find out what’s comfortable for you. Can you even wear an N-95 respirator?” The CDC is stockpiling masks and respirators for use by healthcare workers in a pandemic, mainly because the supply depends heavily on imports. “We have almost 52 million regular surgical masks, and of N-95 respirators we have almost 100 million in the stockpile, with several million more on order,” Gerberding said. “We’re not really sure what role an N-95 will play in protection beyond caring for the sick,” she added. People should consider wearing an N-95 respirator if they are well and expect to be in close contact with someone who is known or believed to have the flu, and particularly when caring for a sick person at home, the agency said. They are well and don’t expect to have close contact with a sick person, but they need to be in a crowded place. In presenting the CDC guidance today, Gerberding said the agency is doing research to learn more about the role of masks and respirators in blocking flu viruses, but the results won’t be available for months or years. “So we decided to gather our best experts to give some practical advice,” she said. The guidance also suggests that, for necessary group meetings, everyone be encouraged to wear a face mask. Another option, it says, is to screen people arriving at a meeting and exclude anyone who has a cough or fever or has been exposed to a sick household member. May 3 CDC news release May 3, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Though there is little scientific evidence to go on, wearing a surgical face mask may make sense for people who have to go into crowded public places during an influenza pandemic, federal health officials said today. “I think the guidance will be useful in the context of getting standardized information out to the public,” said Jeffrey Duchin, MD, chief of communicable disease control for Seattle King County Public Health in Washington. Though public health experts don’t have definitive answers on how helpful masks and respirators will be in a pandemic setting, the CDC’s guidance is a good source of information for people who are interested in their use, he added. “Masks may be an extra margin of safety, but none of the masks are likely to make a very big difference,” she said. They are “something businesses may consider, but they wouldn’t be our priority in terms of preparedness.” Paula A. Steib, communication director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, commented, “While masks alone will not eliminate the risk of infection during an influenza pandemic, the CDC interim guidance is a good starting point. In response to a question, Gerberding played down somewhat the role of masks and respirators in business settings. She suggested that employees should follow the same approach the CDC is recommending for the public in general, but said the most important thing in pandemic preparations for businesses is to develop an overall continuity plan. “If people are not able to avoid crowded places, [or] large gatherings or are caring for people who are ill, using a facemask or a respirator correctly and consistently could help protect people and reduce the spread of pandemic influenza,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release. Today’s interim guidance is intended to augment and supersede information in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pandemic Influenza Plan, released by the agency in November 2005. See also: “Think of it as a way to catch and contain respiratory secretions,” Gerberding said at a news briefing today. “These masks are very good catchers of those droplets, they keep your secretions contained within you.” Gerberding acknowledged today that it would be hard for people to properly test the fit of an N-95 respirator on their own, since fit-testing requires training. “We’ll be experimenting with others at the FDA and elsewhere to see if there’s a way we can help people with that,” she said. Although child-sized face masks are available, children may find it hard to wear them correctly, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not cleared them, the guidance says. 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Finally found a solution against labor shortage in tourism

first_imgLack of manpower is a problem that has been screaming for years and it was only a matter of time before that bubble burst and when we would find ourselves in the current situation. The consequences will be felt for a very, very long time, and if we take the whole issue seriously, we must urgently adopt concrete measures and a plan on how to arrive at a quality and sustainable solution to the problem. And not only the Ministry of Tourism, but the whole country because the problem is very complex and starts from primary school to the labor market.But why did the balloon burst?Simple – the whole system was not self-sustaining. Everyone knew that and they were very well aware that it was not a question of whether the balloon would burst, but it was only a matter of time – when? Nonetheless, no one reacted or prepared, in fact, because of the short-term run for profit for today, and not looking beyond tomorrow, no one cared. The whole system not only examined the last limits of extensibility, but consciously, with all the alarms and alarms, squeezed the gas to the end.The worker, ie the man who is the most valuable resource as well as the key to success in tourism, was at the very bottom of the value. Consumer goods. The mantra was simple. It doesn’t matter if the employee returns next year, there is a high demand for seasonal jobs, so let’s squeeze every person over the endurance limit as well. A new one will come tomorrow and so on in a circle.Today, when the problem has escalated, and will only escalate in the coming years, everyone is pretending that no one knew anything and at the very least as if they were hit by a meteor. But even today, when everything is clear, there is still no real solution or strategic planning and thus no sun at the end of the tunnel. Only some firefighting measures are looked at, but the whole paradigm is still the same.But let’s go in order…In Croatia alone, this tourist year alone, according to some estimates, there was a shortage of about 2.700 workers in tourism, although these are mild estimates, while there are announcements that the jazz will be even higher for next season. As the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Želimir Kramarić, recently pointed out, in 2018, Croatian tourism will need about 15 workers, which we do not have. “The education system produces people for the stock market or going out. It’s not just about brains, ‘hands’ are also leaving Croatia. That is why it is necessary to introduce a dual system of education – learning in the workplace”Said Kramaric.How to most simply define the process of dual education – a combination of theory and burst during education. For years we know, see and talk about how it is needed, but again there are pictures but no tone.As if it is a scientific fiction and I guess even the sparrows know that dual education is the only real way of education because students through schooling, in addition to theory, learn to work practically and after completing the educational program are ready for the labor market and have such valuable practical experience by the most valuable because one is a theory and quite another a practice i.e. a market. Especially in Croatia where the level of professionalism is very low, ie we have too few markets that operate on a market basis and where the world business rules do not apply, nor those well-known sayings of successful entrepreneurs or various strategies and concepts from foreign books.But again we knew everything and again we know everything, but there are pictures but no tone. No one reacted to all the warning signs, the tourism industry most often used cheap labor from Slavonia, they didn’t care about education, or whether they would come back again next year when there was high demand. We even introduced the term permanent seasonal! So who can plan life, future or family as a permanent seasonal? To make the situation better, the seasonal workers were hired through employment agencies, which logically led to an even lower salary of the seasonal workers, because normally the agency has to earn its commission and charge for its service. Of course, this situation was great for tourism employers, because they could change workers whenever they wanted or they had no obligations to them, since the seasonal workers were employees of the employment agency.On the other hand, working conditions, accommodation, food provided, working hours were, to put it mildly, outside all norms. However, the escalation of this problem will only be felt in the next many years, and according to the announcements that another 50 hotels on the Adriatic will be opened in the next year or two, the logical question is who will work in these hotels when I already have a shortage of manpower. ?Is tourism a highly profitable or a low-profit business? If we compare the profits of hotel houses as well as various catering facilities with the cost of workers’ salaries, something doesn’t “fit” us at first, you know the feeling when you immediately see a big mistake in the mathematical equation. I don’t know how it is at all possible to expect in 4 * or 5 * star hotels where service and performance could be at a high level to be low wage workers. A quality, experienced and educated worker who can work at that level costs and is worth it, just like the prices of accommodation in these hotels.But not everything is in financial terms, there is something in the work environment, the attitude towards workers, working hours, the quality of accommodation of workers and ultimately respect for the man himself.Of course, this is not a problem for the hotelier himself, but it is much broader and more complex. From seasonality, high levies to the State, VAT, catastrophic education system, degradation of professions such as waiters, cleaners, chefs… tourist land, poor infrastructure, strategic non-development of tourist destinations and much more. However, tourism is not one industry, but it is extremely dynamic, complex, heterogeneous, multidisciplinary and vertically and horizontally connects all other various industries. That is why it is complex and must not be developed by inertia or accident, but only strategically and sustainably.We have destroyed the profession – waiters, cooks, anyone can be a waiterToday is World Waiters and Chefs Day. Who are the waiters in today’s job market? Everyone, so anyone can be a waiter, right?Because of this whole story, the bad position of the market and the education system, the degradation and underestimation of the whole profession of waiter and chef is not an interesting occupation among young people. Admittedly, in the past couple of years through various TV show programs the interest in chef has risen to a well-deserved position and that being a chef is not easy, but also that good chefs are appreciated and paid, and even stars. But again, it was not strategic or systematic, but a product of the media. On the other hand, the waiter is still such a degraded profession that it has been reduced to very low branches. Being a good waiter needs to know a lot, especially when talking about a higher level of service through the HoReCa channel. One should know how to talk to guests, one should know how to make good coffee, twice in a row, know the philosophy of wine and how it blends with food, one should know how to sell wine as well as all the manners of a good waiter.Salaries for waiters are usually minimal, and the rest again on the black market or on hand. Quality is not looked at, and any effort invested in additional education, the waiter can not charge. And finally, can any waiter or chef work in a top hotel or restaurant. Not everyone can be a waiter, we need quality and experienced people, who we must also pay well.Trust is the key, and trust is lost We all know that it is three times harder and more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest back. So it is when we talk about workers. The tourism sector has lost confidence. That is why there was a reverse effect or phenomenon, as this tourist season various employers offered excellent conditions, from salary to accommodation, three meals, etc.… still could not find workers.Everyone is familiar with various stories about how the working conditions agreed over the phone are one thing and the reality is another. As the reports of workers in most cases were minimal, and the rest were black or handy. And for stories about accommodation we can write a special book, as well as “secured” meals.This year, a lot of tourist employers gathered at the Days of Jobs in Tourism in Osijek, “everyone” came to the sports hall and went on a “hunt” for workers and “poor” Slavonians. What bothered me the most was the relationship and the picture of the whole story. So, in the hall there were those classic white square stands, ie boxes, and no one bothered to actually present themselves as an employer. Present what it offers, who it is, what the job description is, what the conditions are, etc.… than it all seemed out of the question as a hunt for filling out forms. A mass of young people in the hall just stand in lines in front of each stand and wait to just fill out the form and hear the well-known sentence: “Thank you, we will get back to you. ” And that’s it. No one has bothered to present themselves in the slightest to attract quality workers, pure hunt for cheap labor… It is a tourism industry. I just felt miserable when I saw it all. Passionately. What message are we sending? Where is she known as the key to success in tourism? And all hoteliers want Slavonians and appreciate them the most because they are hard workers.However, the whole situation has forced the big ones to change out of necessity, so today the largest hotel companies are “competing” to provide better conditions, build accommodation for their employees, invest in education, promote themselves as the best employers, etc.… Certainly positive , but there is still no solution to the problem and one swallow does not make spring and it is still far from ideal conditions. The problem is solved when smoke is seen, not when a fire of “biblical” proportions occurs.Fighting on two frontsMany as many are unaware that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that the fight for quality employees will be waged on two fronts. Both for seasonal staff and for highly skilled workers, from sales, marketing to public relations. Because with more and more hotels, and few quality workers at that level, there will be better and more attractive offers, and there will certainly be a fight on the front to keep the existing quality workers.The race started a long time ago, are you ready? Don’t be surprised again.Influence of hoteliers and increase of quotas for import of foreign workers We all know how hoteliers have always had a very big impact, and they still have it today. Instead of directing their influence to increase the quota for the import of foreign workers, which can only be a short-term measure and by no means a solution, it would be good to direct their influence to start changing things for the better, not from political connotations but exclusively from market ones. To start dealing with the strategic development of tourism and tourist destinations in accordance with the trends of the 21st century.In the long run, foreign workers will have a very bad impact on our tourism, because the meaning of tourism is precisely authenticity, and the motive for traveling is to get to know new ways and cultures of living. Also, we will not go so far as to continue to encourage young people to leave, to stifle our local economy and for foreign workers to send their earnings back to their homeland in the context of cheap labor, and not spend it here. I wonder: Can Filipinos sell our authentic story? Of course I can’t.Robots as a solution to the problem quality workforce    I recently had the honor of giving a lecture and thinking aloud at one college to young students and future tourism managers. As I traveled from Vinkovci to Zagreb and got stuck in the crowds of Zagreb, unfortunately I did not arrive at the lecture before me, and I was really interested, but I arrived at the last 5 minutes of the lecture. One tourism expert with a long and enduring career in tourism told young future tourism leaders how Chinese tourists are looking to be served by labor from Indonesia and the Philippines, and how this is normal because of globalization and how we need to make it possible for them.On the other hand, the whole paradigm of cheap labor and the way of thinking of the tourism industry was presented by the former Minister of Economy and later director of INA, and today Honorary Consul of the Philippines, Mr. Davor Stern, who told Poslovni Dnevnik that a quality solution to the burning problem tourism and hospitality imports workers from the Philippines ” Filipinos would, of course, be very happy to come to work on the Adriatic for our average salary, with a balanced diet and accommodation. You need to know that they come exclusively to work, as a rule they do not spend the money earned, but send it to families in the Philippines. They would work for a monthly salary of 500-600 euros net. But accommodation must be resolved. They do not count on being placed alone, but on several of them, but in appropriate conditions. ” Stern told Business diary.Interestingly, it is precisely because of this thinking of the tourism industry, which looks only at short-term profits and only itself, that the whole problem has arisen towards the workers. So, the point of the whole story is that cheaper labor, without any rights and questions, can be accommodated in 10 m2, ten of them on more bunk beds and that is the winning formula.From the above, it follows that perhaps the “right” solution is expected by the hotel tourism industry to replace workers with robots! Robots don’t ask or demand anything, they work 0-24, they don’t eat, they don’t sleep…ConclusionThe whole problem is complex, and there is no magic wand or short-term solution. We need to be honest and start dealing with all the challenges systematically, strategically and in a planned manner and be aware of all the consequences. Because “Mother Nature” has taught us very well and shows us day by day that everything depends on the natural balance and the whole system is perfectly lubricated. If we throw out one wheel, the whole system collapses. It is the same in the economy and in tourism. Plastic example, if we want to have a hotel with 4 or more stars, then we must have a 4-star staff, and also that staff must be paid at a 4-star level. Symbiosis in the true sense of the word.To reveal to you a great secret and solution to the shortage of manpower in tourism. It is around us all the time, it has always been known, even today, and you probably already know it yourself and you have come to a logical conclusion – and that is offer better wages and working conditions.Like all other industries, from the IT industry to banking. Who else asks how they cope with attracting quality workers. A quality graphic artist, programmer, etc. costs money, and IT companies in Croatia, regardless of more than double taxes, ie taxes on salaries higher than 10.000 kn, pay quality workers. And again, not everything is in the salary, but also in the working conditions, atmosphere, business culture, etc.…One of the best sayings for me personally regarding quality employees is that of the famous entrepreneur Richard Branson ” The way you treat your employees is the way they treat your customers ”. To get better quality guests, invest in quality workers, and they will give it back to you many times over.Yes, it’s that simple. Offer better working conditions and you will have no problem attracting quality staff.Related news:DR.SC. MARINELA DROPULIĆ RUŽIĆ: THE STATE “FULL OF LIFE” SHOULD CARE THAT IT HAS EMPLOYEES “FULL OF LIFE”</p>
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SHORT TIME RENTAL – accommodation with hosts in Spain and Berlin

first_imgEHHA Round TableThe thematic gathering of EHHA (European holiday home association) at the ITB in Berlin, and this year brought to the fore the problems related to the regulation of activities. EHHA was established in 2013 with the aim of bringing together property owners, property managers and OTA platforms, the main stakeholders of STR business. EHHA membership consists of 10 significant OTA platforms, the most famous of which is Airbnb, 16 STR associations from Germany, USA, France, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Scotland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Croatia. Associate members are Maxxton – IT company for business management and Supercontrol – Booking & Management system. EHHA operates through three centers, in Copenhagen, London and Brussels. As things stand, an office in the USA could open soon. Namely, in the USA, where OTA platforms have gained the greatest momentum and where the “sharing economy” has been created, such attempts are now being made to limit or disable such jobs.In the countries of the European Union, there are 20 million beds in households, which is almost twice as many as in hotels. The value of real estate in which accommodation services are provided is estimated at 600 billion euros. Annually, STR (Short time rental) generates 45 million arrivals and generates 80 billion euros in revenue. Of the total cost of travel, only 25% falls on accommodation, and as much as 75% of income is shared by airlines, highway concessionaires, fuel filling stations, mobile phone operators, shops, catering, museums, excursion service providers and many others.The struggle between big and smallLike a copy-paste scenario, members of political elites are increasingly exposing themselves as representatives of big business, powerful companies that still seem to create politics and politicians. Thus, the city administrations of large cities are in favor of restricting the operation of OTA platforms and adopting restrictions for STR. Attempts are being made to limit the number of days of renting accommodation (90, 60…), to ban renting in certain neighborhoods and the like. All of this is happening in circumstances where tourism giants like Airbnb and are recording high growth rates of mediation between host and guest. alone realizes 1,5 million overnight stays per day in apartments and houses worldwide. Younger generations of travelers are looking for STR accommodation and this is something that no law can prevent. Hotel chain owners will have to gradually change their business models because politics cannot protect them from the future.Spanish troublesSpain, one of the strongest tourist countries in the world and synonymous with tourism, is increasingly getting into trouble. Now the long-lasting crisis in the “most touristy” province of Catalonia has no end, in fact, with the arrest of political leaders, it sinks even deeper into uncertainty. One of the drivers of the crisis was the fact that Catalonia generates large incomes from tourism and other activities, but that the province itself benefits little from it. Greater decentralization was required, first of all money, and then the authority to manage the space. This paved the way for independence. The scenario has already been seen and experienced in Croatia. But what the Catalans don’t know, and we do know, is that similar problems continue to arise. Even when independence is fought, because the guys from “Krupni kapital doo” are still creating politics and politicians… speaking of Catalonia, it is worth mentioning Barcelona, ​​officially the 7th city in the world in terms of “overtourism”. Barcelona has 300 hotels and the whole of Croatia 600. As far as apartments are concerned, 1,4% of the total housing stock is on offer. But at the round table, it was emphasized that there are still neighborhoods in Barcelona where there are no tourists at all, either through accommodation or the offer of content. Problems occur at “neuralgic points”, well-known places where everything is concentrated – both accommodation and restaurants and shops… Obviously, there is a problem with (non) management of city development.Of the 17 provinces in Spain so far, only Galicia has managed to legally regulate STR, or household accommodation. This was done only last year. Until then, it was not possible to do business with household accommodation at all. The law is the result of cooperation between the legislature and tourism organizations. Now they finally have legal accommodation and statistics, indicators of tourist traffic. Admittedly, only in the size of 5.500 legal facilities, but they are trying to bring people closer to the possibility of legal business through road show animation and raise that number.Chaos of legislationAs far as regulations at the state level are concerned, they do not exist, the competence is reduced to the level of provinces, the provinces give powers to their cities, and these in turn interpret the legal framework in their own way. There is currently chaos in Spain with legislation. In general, any business planning is almost impossible, because the rules are not known and new regulatory regulations are constantly being added. Due to all this, Novasol has been present in Spain for only a few years, with only 3.000 facilities on offer. The same agency in Croatia has 12 facilities.In the entire territory of the Kingdom of Spain, in a way, 125 buildings are legally offered and over a million buildings are rented out. Only 000% of the capacity operates legally.The Berlin caseBerlin is often mentioned as the city with the most restrictive approach to the STR. Until recently, there were “spies” in function, who controlled the entrances to residential buildings. That “secret police” spied on their fellow citizens in collusion for dissatisfied citizens and stalked tourists who would stay in apartments. It was the result of a ban on legally renting apartments. At the time of this ban, which was justified by the lack of housing for residents, only 1% of the total housing stock returned to the real estate market. Only then was it established that citizens own only 14% of the housing stock in Berlin. Everything else is owned by companies. There were large investments in housing, but the apartments were empty for a long time. Whether this was due to an artificial rise in prices, money laundering or something else, is not yet known. However, the city authorities decided that the apartment should not be empty for more than 6 months, and subsequently that period was reduced to 3 months. What feels like a problem now is that there is almost no “native” to receive guests. The spirit of Berlin was lost. Some political currents want to restore such a model. The FPD party is in the lead.Our beautiful CroatiaWhen we compare all this with the situation in Croatia, we should be satisfied. We have good legal solutions, we have statistics and registered turnover, and paid sojourn tax and paid income tax… The restrictions set by our Law on Catering for providers of catering services in the household, are in a good range. If it would be good to “copy” something from others, it is this provision from Berlin that the apartment cannot be empty for more than 6 (3) months. If something like this were applied, especially to our coast, large investments in housing would be curbed. We also have a case where the apartment ownership ratio will increasingly benefit investors. The domicile population is under pressure from all sides with the construction of residential buildings built by successful entrepreneurs from all over Croatia and the surrounding countries. That is real “apartmentization”. These apartments are in operation for a maximum of 60 days a year and “eat” space. Nobody lives in the apartment buildings, guests are waiting for the “key under the rug”. Of course, the guys from “Krupni i krupnije kapital doo” have their fingers in it, who are “breaking the ice”. Then everyone else follows them. However, the labels “apartmentization”, “overtourism”, “tourism phobia”, are attached only to the domicile population. They want to stop growth.So we went from good things to less good ones. Which no one cares about. And they should. Because if it happens that the local community is left with no benefit from tourism, only “strats and shackles”, then real “tourism phobia” could appear. Between the Spanish chaos in the segment of family accommodation and the Turkish effort to make accommodation with the hosts, we in Croatia have a huge advantage.Are we aware of what we have ?Author: Nedo Pinezić www.nedopinezic.comlast_img read more