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Mourning, fear of discrimination, empowerment: ND Chinese students discuss impact of coronavirus on community

first_imgThe outbreak of coronavirus started in Wuhan, a major city in China 7,200 miles away from South Bend. However, before it became a world pandemic in March, the Notre Dame Chinese community had been affected by the epidemic for two months.The impact was not on physical health, but mental health.“I felt a deep sorrow every time checking the news of deaths of patients and medical staff,” said junior Jiadai Li, who is from Shanxi Province, China.Before coronavirus largely impacted the United States, discrimination against Asians had become apparent. A video spread on Twitter showing a passenger on New York subway, who berated an Asian man and sprayed him with air freshener.“I felt indignant watching that video,” freshman James Chen said. ”The racist passenger should be held accountable for hate crime.”Chen is originally from Jiangxi Province, China.Facing the growing epidemic and related issues, students started to take action.In January, several Chinese students established a donation network that delivered 50,000 N95 respirator masks, 1,500 protection suits and 150 goggles to over 40 hospitals in Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak of coronavirus, at the time of an extreme shortage of medical resources in all hospitals.On Feb. 23, Chen sent a letter to the Editor of The Observer that stated “nobody should be labeled and dehumanized as virus spreaders from their ethnicity.”Senior Erin Shang, who is from Beijing, initiated a petition on March 10, asking the University to consider making all courses remote for at least two weeks following spring break.”There is suffering and pain for everyone, but we also try every effort to combat the pandemic and we hope it will pass soon,” said Miranda Ma, the senior advisor for Asia at Notre Dame International.Ma, who is originally from Jiangsu Province, China, expressed hope.“The Sakura in Wuhan will bloom soon,” she said, quoting a currently popular metaphor in China. “The Spring is coming.”“My heart went broken every time I thought of my daughter.”The coronavirus outbreak started in January. Shang said when she was sitting in a cafe in Miami enjoying winter break, her phone started buzzing with news about confirmed cases and cities shut down due to the virus.“I immediately called my family to make sure they’re okay,” Shang said. “When my mom coughed on the phone, it nearly gave me a heart attack.”Shang said she was more worried about her grandparents.“They don’t live with my parents and they couldn’t do online grocery shopping, so they had to go out every day,” she said. “They’re old and if they catch the coronavirus, there is a high risk that they may die.”According to the Chinese CDC, 47.7% of coronavirus patients were above 50. The fatality rate of coronavirus was 14.8% in people 80 or older, reflecting the presence of other diseases, a weaker immune system or simply worse overall health. By contrast, the fatality rate was 1.3% in people in their 50’s and 0.4% in people in their 40’s.Li, whose parents are both doctors, said there was a severe shortage of medical supplies in her parents’ hospitals at the beginning of the outbreak.“They just couldn’t find masks,” Li said. “There was no place to buy masks and barely did they have the stocks. … I was so worried about my parents. I kept telling them to pay attention to sterilization at work every time I called them.”One month later, this chain of concern reversed, when coronavirus spread more widely in the United States.Licun Yu, a Notre Dame parent who lives in Hubei Province, said he was really worried about his daughter.“My heart went broken every time I thought of my daughter, living alone in a foreign country, far away from home, and the coronavirus epidemic there was getting worse,” Yu said. “Who’s going to take care of her if something happens?”Yu said he repeatedly told his daughter to stay on campus, wear a mask and wash her hands.“She always said ‘Yes, I know it, dad,’ but I still worry about her,” Yu said. “When my daughter asked about me and her mom, I always consoled her saying ‘We’re good. Don’t worry. You take care of yourself and don’t let us worry, okay?’”Yu’s daughter, Xuelin Yu, will graduate this May. Yu said he and his wife had planned to attend their daughter’s commencement, but their plan had to be canceled due to the travel ban.“It’s such a pity that I couldn’t share this moment with my daughter,” Yu said. “I won’t be able to see her in a really long time. I miss her.”However, Yu’s parents aren’t the only ones who are concerned.Freshman Kayle Liao, who is originally from Sichuan Province, said her parents told her about the confirmed cases and policy changes in the U.S. every single day. They worried more about her safety than their own.Editor’s Note: Liao is a news writer for The Observer.“I should take good care of myself so that they can stop worrying about me, although they would always be,” she said.She canceled her spring break trip to Florida.“If they know I go traveling under the epidemic, they can’t fall asleep at night,” Liao said.With the increase of students’ and parents’ worries, Ma said her workload has significantly increased.“Every day I received the phone call from Chinese parents saying ‘Should I fly my kid back home?’ or ‘Should my child change to a single dorm room?’” Ma said. “Children are the priorities of many parents and they have every reason to be worried. I completely understand. I try my best to console them, provide them information and let them know that the University is able to protect our students.”Ma said she serves as a bridge between the campus and parents.“During the coordination, it’s very heartwarming to see how supportive the parents are and how much the students trust me,” Ma said. “Their appreciation makes me feel all the hard work is paid off. I’m grateful to help our students and their families and to help Notre Dame operate smoothly during this special time. I’m lucky to be a part of the Chinese community at Notre Dame.”Since January, students have been following the news of coronavirus in China, and some of the news included desperate situations.“On the news, I saw doctors died in the front line, uremia patients and pregnant women couldn’t get medical aid because the city was shut down and medical staff continued to work with the extreme shortage of supplies,” Jiadai Li said.These hundreds of tragic stories drastically contrasted with Jiadai Li’s experience of studying abroad.“When putting down my phone, I looked at the campus of Notre Dame as such a peaceful bubble, which made me even more sadder,” Jiadai Li said.The death of Dr. Li Wenliang on Feb. 7 from coronavirus impacted Chinese students at Notre Dame.Li Wenliang was called in by the police and forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an illegal rumor on Jan. 3 after telling his classmates about the new coronavirus that had already killed hundreds in China.His death prompted nationwide anger and frustration at how the government mishandled the situation by censoring information. He has since been referred to as a whistleblower and hero.At the time of Li Wenliang’s death, Jiadai Li was doing assignments at the Duncan Student Center. Suddenly, news and posts popped up on her phone about the death of Li Wenliang, expressing outrage and grief.“The tears immediately filled my eyes, and I went out of Duncan crying,” Jiadai Li said. “I was crying and laughing at the same time because the whole thing was so absurd that I don’t even know I should laugh or cry.”Jiadai Li said the government responses to Li Wenliang’s statements and death have been contradictory.“The government forced Dr. Li Wenliang to admit to wrongdoing for doing a right thing, and the news of berating him was everywhere on [pro-government] TV stations,” Jiadai Li said. ”At the same time, the government also set him up as a model and ‘mourn’ his death. … It’s so hypocritical and absurd that I just can’t stop laughing, and feeling sad.”Jiadai Li said she felt so powerless when seeing how arrogant and arbitrary the authoritarian government treats ordinary citizens.“I don’t think Dr. Li Wenliang is a hero because he just warned his classmates and family about the new unknown virus and this behavior was really normal,” Jiadai Li said. ”He didn’t intend to confront the power.”However, because the tragedy happened to an ordinary person, it resonated with people and made them even angrier, since everyone could be the “next Li Wenliang,” Jiadai Li said.“When we mourn Dr. Li Wenliang, don’t we also mourn ourselves?” read a quote from a podcast that Jiadai Li sent to The Observer.After the death of Li Wenliang, she posted a portrait photo and the police’s letter berating Li Wenliang on Instagram with a crying emoji but received no comments. Meanwhile, on her Wechat and Weibo — Chinese social media sites — the timeline was filled with candles, showing mourning from a large number of Chinese students.“We Are Waves of the Same Sea”Racism and hate crimes against Chinese and Asian people have spread along with the coronavirus.In London, a Singaporean student was beaten up by a group of men who told him “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country.”In Los Angeles, a 16-year-old boy was attacked by bullies accusing him of having the coronavirus because he is Asian American.A Wikipedia item, “Xenophobia and racism against Asians related to the coronavirus pandemic,” lists more than 150 incidents as of Saturday.Chen said he was angry when watching a racist incident on the internet, and said the perpetrator “should be held accountable.”He said discrimination is rooted in the existing racist stereotypes of Chinese people.“The coronavirus may be an outlet or excuse for such hatred,” Chen said. “Also, Chinese immigrants haven’t spoken out a lot in history, and some people just think we’re easy to be bullied.”The coronavirus outbreak’s origin in China may be another cause of discrimination.“[That] the coronavirus appeared in China doesn’t mean it’s Chinese’s fault,” Liao said. “I mean, it might be some individual’s ‘fault’ because they ate wild animals and the virus transmitted to humans, but the majority, like 99% of Chinese, don’t eat wild animals and they shouldn’t be blamed.”According to Vox, the popular theory states that coronavirus derived from a farmer’s market in Wuhan where some people sold wild animals and coronavirus was transmitted to several species before finally infecting humans. The piece contained a note, clarifying that the majority of Chinese people don’t eat wildlife animals and those who do “are the rich and the powerful –a small minority.”“The majority [of] Chinese are innocent and we’re also victims,” Liao said.Liao added that although some blame the Chinese for spreading the virus, “people don’t know they carry the virus.”The surfacing of racist incidents in the United States has made students worry about going out of campus.“I’m scared when seeing the hatred and discrimination cases on the news,” Liao said.Because of seeing news about racism against Asian people in the time of coronavirus, Liao said she felt the need to alter some travel plans.“I planned to go to Florida during the spring break but I canceled it,” she said. ”If I book AirBnb or take Uber, some people might not welcome me because I have an Asian-looking face.”The worry of discrimination doesn’t prevent some Chinese students from wearing masks if going to big cities.“I can wear a mask and draw a smile on it, and writing ‘healthy’ alongside,” Liao said. “Maybe being sarcastic is the only way to keep me safe from racists and coronavirus at the same time.”Although there are no known substantial hate crime cases at Notre Dame so far, there have been several unfriendly experiences for Chinese students.“One of my Chinese friends has heard people joking that ‘Chinese people eat everything,’” Chen wrote in his Letter to the Editor. ”Another of my Chinese friends was seriously suspected of having the coronavirus by her roommate, even though she had checked with the hospital several times.”After his letter was published Feb. 28, accountancy professor Tonia Murphy, sent Chen an email in response.“I’m sorry to hear of the difficulties you have encountered here,” Murphy said in the email. ”We here at Notre Dame must do better. Thank you for the much-needed reminder not to take xenophobic views. … We are all God’s children, deserving of respect and concern.”In an email to The Observer, University President Emeritus Fr. Edward Malloy said any actions of discrimination against Asian students during the coronavirus outbreak would be ”totally unacceptable.”“In times of national and international tension and uncertainty, sometimes the worst in human nature can be revealed,” Malloy said. ”However, I am confident here at ND that such situations can bring out the best in each of us and all of us together.”Liao agreed unity is essential during this time.“What actually solves the problem is that we all take precautionary measures, united together, help each other to combat coronavirus,” Liao said. “The enemy is the virus, not people.”When coronavirus became a world pandemic, unity became more important. This solidarity was exemplified when Chinese tech company Xiaomi donated masks to Italy. The boxes that contained the masks were labeled with a quote from Roman philosopher Seneca.“We are waves of the same sea, leaves of the same tree, flowers of the same garden,” the boxes read.Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, li wenlianglast_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

Travel to School

first_imgSchool starts soon. Do you know how your child will get there? More importantly, doesyour child know how to get there?”Don’t wait until the first day of school to be sure your child knows the bestroute to school, whether he’s walking or riding a bus or a bike,” said Don Bower, afamily and consumer science specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”The first day of school has plenty of excitement,” Bower said. “Don’tadd to it by sending your child out of the house unprepared for how to get there.”Bower said generally children under age 9 shouldn’t ride bikes in the street. Andchildren under age 8 shouldn’t walk to school without an adult or older child.”If your child is walking or riding to school, select the safest route,” hesaid. “Choose the one with the fewest street crossings. Then walk or cycle it withyour child to be sure she understands the route and how to stay safe.”Your cyclist must have an approved bicycle helmet required by law.If your child is under 8, plan to walk him to and from the bus stop. Or arrange for anadult or an older child to be there.”If your child will ride the bus, teach her to stay a safe distance from the busuntil it comes to a complete stop,” Bower said. “After she gets off, she shouldstay on the sidewalk until the bus pulls away. Or watch for traffic while the bus waitsfor her to cross the street.”If your child will ride in a car pool, check to be sure each car has safety belts foreach child. Find out if any drivers intend to smoke, exposing your child to secondhandsmoke, Bower said.Consider what supervision your child will need after school if an adult is not present.Many younger children enjoy after-school programs right at their school.You may decide that an older child may be responsible enough to spend some time at homealone after school. If so, consider some questions about self-care:* Have you chosen a dependable, nearby adult who can help your child?* Does your child know how and when to dial 911 for help?* Have you developed a fire escape plan and practiced it with your child?* Does your child know the family rules on whether and how to answer the phone or thedoor if she’s home alone?* Have you discussed what your child should do if severe weather hits?* Have you taught your child how to prepare safe snacks that don’t require cooking or aknife?* Are important emergency numbers posted by the phone?* Have you collected items for a first-aid kit, a power outage (flashlight, radio andbatteries) or boredom (coloring books with crayons)?last_img read more


January 17, 2021 0

Decarbonization of U.S. Utility Sector Gains Steam

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence:As the Trump administration pursues policies to benefit the fossil fuel industry, the trend toward decarbonization among electric utilities in the United States is picking up steam.Shareholders have been pushing for investor-owned electric utilities to be more proactive and transparent when addressing environmental, social and governance risks and several management teams are responding. The Edison Electric Institute recently announced the launch of a pilot ESG and sustainability-related reporting template to help electric utilities provide uniform and consistent information.Duke Energy Corp., American Electric Power Co. Inc. and NiSource Inc. are among the investor-owned utilities to announce their participation in EEI’s broad working group that helped develop the template.Separately, PPL Corp. on Nov. 30 released its Climate Assessment report and plan to dramatically reduce emissions by 2050 in response to a request by its shareholders to analyze the costs and feasibility of limiting global warming to “no more than 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels,” which is tied to the Paris climate pact signed in 2016.President Donald Trump’s plans to initiate a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement have so far done little to alter the course for utilities focused on clean energy and ESG risk management.Credit rating agencies believe utilities, by and large, have the inherent capability to proactively address ESG concerns. Still, shareholder groups see the need for progress.Lila Holzman, energy program manager for the nonprofit shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow, agreed that several investor-owned utilities are taking steps to improve their ESG reporting.“One of the greatest challenges for investors has been the inconsistency with which utilities provide such disclosures on various actions including frequency, level of detail, presentation, and the underlying assumptions used in scenario analyses,” Holzman said. “Voluntary reporting initiatives like those of CDP and the Edison Electric Institute have helped draw attention to the need for improved uniformity, and this process must continue evolving to meaningfully respond to shareholder concerns. Participation in programs like these are an important and proactive step that some utilities are beginning to take.”Holzman warned that utilities that refuse to respond to climate concerns “leave themselves and their shareholders vulnerable to risks being better addressed by peer companies.”“Proactive companies are those that plan for the ongoing energy transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean sources,” she said. “Transparency and preparation help them to adapt to meet changes in demand in a profitable and sustainable way. Reluctant companies will be left behind and lose their ability to compete, putting their shareholders at risk.”More ($): Electric utility giants point to progress on ESG uptake Decarbonization of U.S. Utility Sector Gains Steamlast_img read more


December 31, 2020 0

Bar license tag bill still on track

first_img Bar license tag bill still on track Bar license tag bill still on track May 1, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Bar’s “Kids Deserve Justice” specialty license plate — praised for being free of administrative costs —sailed through another round of legislative committees.“I want to salute the Bar for what they are doing here,” said Sen. Jim Sebesta, R-St. Petersburg, during the Senate Children & Families Committee that passed the proposal unanimously on April 13.“No pun intended, they have really raised the bar. Now it’s 100 percent of the dollars. I would throw that challenge out to all of the organizations. It’s a great bill, and I’m very supportive of it,” Sebesta said.Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, sponsoring the license plate bill (SB 2730), explained that The Florida Bar Foundation has the infrastructure in place to handle the administrative duties of dispersing funds raised from $25 for the specialty tag to go totally toward children’s legal service programs for disabled, neglected, and abused children, provide testing services required by law, and assist in permanent placement for foster children.Steve Metz, the Bar’s legislative counsel, said, “Senators, this is a good cause, and one I think lawyers will embrace. I think it can do a lot of good things.”The committee unanimously passed the bill that next traveled to the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, where it also passed unanimously April 15.In the House, Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, is sponsoring the license plate, where it last passed favorably out of both the Finance and Tax Committee on March 31 and the Subcommittee onTransportation and Economic Development on April 16.last_img read more


December 19, 2020 0

Disney Plus blows past expectations for its first year with 73.7 million subscribers

first_img– Advertisement – It’s worth noting that some of those subscribers arrived at the service through bundles or one-time promotions, but Disney doesn’t break out those numbers. Still, subscribers flocked to Disney right off the bat: 10 million people signed up within the first day. In its first operating quarter, the service secured 26.5 million subscribers.And it only shot up from there, as the Covid-19 pandemic kept viewers indoors — Disney+ jumped from 33.5 million subscribers in its second quarter to 57.5 million by its third quarter.The company had its doubters: Some analysts predicted prelaunch that the service wouldn’t reach even 20 million subscribers by the end of 2020. But analysts widely and quickly changed their tune since the service’s launch.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Mandalorian and the Child on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.”Disney Morgan Stanley on Thursday morning raised its streaming subscription estimates to 230 million by the end of 2025, and MoffettNathanson analysts in October upped their forecast to nearly 160 million subs worldwide by 2024.“We expect Disney to further lean into streaming, implying higher spend and more original content that moves more quickly to its DTC platforms,” Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne said in a note to investors Thursday.The strong subscriber numbers come as Disney pushes heavily into its streaming service. The company in October announced that it was restructuring its media and entertainment divisions, centralizing its media businesses into a single organization that will be responsible for content distribution, ad sales and Disney+.“We are tilting the scale pretty dramatically [toward streaming],” Disney CEO Bob Chapek told CNBC at the time.Disney’s next step? Proving to investors that it can retain subscribers as well as it can bring them in.Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of Universal Studios and CNBC.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. It’s been exactly a year since Disney+ launched, and the streaming service has far outperformed expectations.Disney announced Thursday that its platform surpassed 73.7 million subscribers. It’s remarkable growth considering Disney’s goal, at its launch, was to reach 60 million to 90 million subscriptions by 2024.Just a year in, and Disney+ is quickly creeping up on Netflix, which reported more than 195 million subscribers in its most recent quarter. Disney also joined the streaming wars at roughly the same time as Apple and a few months before Comcast‘s NBCUniversal. Apple has yet to release subscription numbers for Apple TV+. NBCUniversal’s Peacock reported nearly 22 million sign-ups as of October, up 12 million from its July report. – Advertisement –last_img read more


November 20, 2020 0

Ognjen Bagatin, Polyclinic Bagatin: Health tourism can and must be one of the solutions in terms of seasonality

first_imgIn the past month, the Bagatin Polyclinic has received two foreign awards and recognitions for two activities, dental and dermatology. In the great competition of over 290 dental clinics around the world, the Dental Center of the Bagatin Polyclinic received the award in the most demanding category – complete jaw reconstruction. The annual award is given by the American platform ‘Dental Implants Friends’ and thus pays tribute to the achievements of dental clinics and their top dentists.Only a week later, the Bagatin Polyclinic was named the leading dermatology clinic in Europe according to the latest analysis of European dermatology clinics by the Global Clinic Rating – an international accreditation body for medical institutions. The overall international clinical reputation of the Bagatin Polyclinic for 2018 was rated very high at 4.55, which places it at the very top of clinics in Europe.  “This indicates an increasing health standard throughout Europe, but also in Croatia!” What makes me even happier is the fact that as many as 10 clinics from Zagreb are included in the top 3 clinics in Europe, and we also have the Poliderma Polyclinic and the Nola Polyclinic. ” Ognjen Bagatin, from the Bagatin Polyclinic, proudly points out.The latest awards of the Bagatin Polyclinic are just another in a series of successes of our polyclinics, specialized hospitals, surgeries, spas and other health institutions in the more than competitive European market and proof that it is high time to start seriously and strategically dealing with health tourism. When if not now when we are in focus and in trend as a desirable tourist destination.The above-mentioned recognitions were the reason for the conversation with Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic, in which we talked about all the challenges, potentials, the current situation and further development of health tourism in Croatia.The potential of health tourism has been there for years, and now Croatia has excellent, professional and highly professional institutions, such as the Bagatin Polyclinic, and it is the basis and the main base – professional, certified health institutions. But the institutions themselves are not health tourism, do we need a complete tourist product? What is the real situation in health tourism in Croatia?We are very optimistic when it comes to the future of medical and health tourism in Croatia. Given that the annual growth at the global level in this branch of tourism is 15-20%, part of the domino effect and impact must be felt in our country. According to some calculations and forecasts, and some of them confirmed by our Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, the Croatian tourism industry can expect one billion euros in revenues from this branch of tourism, 400 million euros in investments and about 1500 additional jobs. Looking at the European level, it is the most propulsive branch of selective tourism because 15% of all trips are motivated by health reasons – 203 million Europeans travel annually. A total of 115 billion euros is spent annually on these trips.In Croatia, tourism with 19.6% has the largest share in GDP, in that share is currently only about 300 million euros in revenues from health services in tourism, which is less than 3% in Croatian tourism revenues. The strategic goal is to raise that share to 10%, while the world average is currently around 15%.BUT, ALL THIS WILL HAPPEN ONLY IF CROATIA MANAGES TO ADDITIONALLY DEVELOP HEALTH TOURISM AND MAKE IT GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE, AND THAT MEANS JUST TO PROVIDE A COMPLETED TOURIST BAG We providers cannot do it alone, we need the help of the state. Amendments to the law that would “facilitate” our work, by allocating funds for the purpose of advertising and joint foreign presentations, co-financing fam trips and visits of foreign delegations. The costs are extremely high and so far we have mostly financed them from our own budgets. None of us here are hungry only for our own success, we do it for the benefit of the development of the industry, believe me, there are enough clients for all of us. But the shift is there. For the first time so far, health tourism as a strategically important branch of tourism has received its budget and funds have been allocated primarily for advertising. That is still not enough, but it seems that our voice, I mean us providers, is finally being heard, so at least something has started to happen.Also, as of January 1, there have been changes in the law on the provision of services in tourism. These changes actually allow health care providers to provide services directly, ie offer packages, without additional administration and registration of companies or companies. They include, in addition to their health services, the service of travel, accommodation and all additional activities that the patient wishes during his stay in the destination – so we can offer a complete tourist product.There are a lot of excellent, professional, certified clinics that have become centers of excellence and can be compared to the world’s strongest clinics. Special hospitals Svjetlost and Sv. Katarina, Akromion Polyclinic, Rident Polyclinic, Smile Polyclinic, Bagatin Polyclinic, Lege Artis… are just some of the Croatian flagships that have so far focused all their efforts and investments on a long-term vision of opening foreign markets and establishing Croatia as a destination for health tourism.Do we have health tourism in Croatia? Somehow it all comes down to the own efforts of all the individual clinics, which themselves invest resources to offer tourists the whole package, which is neither logical nor natural? Healthcare facilities need to be what they are and the best at it, and not worry about what the guest will be doing 7 days in the destination? This is the job of DMC agencies, Tourist Boards, the Croatian Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism.Few people today know that the foundations of health tourism in Croatia in the form of organized tourism were laid back in 1686 with the founding of the Hygienic Society on the island of Hvar. At that time, the greatest emphasis was on spa tourism.Furthermore, Istria and Kvarner are known for dental tourism with a tradition of almost thirty years. Back in the XNUMXs, they recognized the strategic advantage of the proximity of Italy and that market, which was the main “driver” for the beginning of the arrival of Italians for treatment in Croatia. The emphasis was on northern Italy then, but it is still today. The second and equally important driver was the price, which is drastically lower in Croatia than the competition in Italy. And third, and equally important that despite growth and lower prices quality has never been compromised. The knowledge, specialty of doctors and their education, as well as the materials used in the work are comparable to those already “stereotypically” of good quality from Western countries.Regarding the packages you mention, yes, that’s true. We have experienced first hand what a bad system means when it comes to a complete product and offering it to foreign clients. We researched, tried and learned from case to case what our clients coming from abroad would like to do, see, explore, eat during their stay in Zagreb and Croatia, if of course their recovery allows it. While learning, we entered into partnerships with travel agencies, hotels, restaurants so that we could provide our clients with a top service at any time, equal to the one we provide in our Polyclinic. It always meant a lot of administration, a lot of steps that slowed us down in excellence but we succeeded. Changing the law on the provision of services in tourism is actually something that will facilitate all these processes, but we now have a long period ahead of us to systematically put it into operation and communicate in the right way.There is content, for everyone at will, now we just need to work smartly and persistently to present ourselves that way – we providers together with state institutions that should be our mainstay in such ventures.What are the specific problems and challenges to start the whole story about health tourism from the “dead point”? Somehow we all know everything, it is told through various associations, but everything stands or goes very, very slowly, too slowly in today’s business environment? You are at a high level of performance and standards, but the system is far below. And yet, without a rounded story and a tourism product, regardless of your performance, if there is no synergy there is no health tourism either?The biggest challenge, here as everywhere else when it comes to state aid, is finances. The funds allocated for the development of this branch of tourism by the state and institutions are very small, I would dare say that they are less than the funds allocated by the Bagatin Polyclinic from its turnover for regular advertising, campaigns and other marketing activities only for the domestic market. Associations as such are a positive thing and the benefits are really numerous. Joint advertising, joint appearance at fairs and conferences for health tourism, cost reduction when organizing family trips for foreign facilitators, sharing managerial knowledge among members, development of marketing expertise and strategy, joint and individual growth and development and, of course, providing even better and better services to all our clients. clients. But let us not forget again that the associations, too, are based on the initiatives of private clinics and hospitals. The membership fees we give to associations in order to maintain their survival are too small to talk about big projects and activities.WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE ALONE FOR A LONG TIME, WE NEED THE STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO HELP US BECAUSE ONLY TOGETHER CAN WE DO GREAT THINGS. IN EVERY FOREIGN CONTACT, WE PROMOTE THE ENTIRE DESTINATION BECAUSE IT MAKES NO SENSE TO SELL THE SERVICE WITHOUT A DESTINATION, WE ALWAYS PUSH THE DESTINATION IN PARALLEL WITH OUR SERVICE – OGNJEN BAGATINHealth / medical tourism is a specific branch of year-round tourism because, unlike some other segments in tourism that are sold exclusively through the destination, medical tourism works in a way that the client buys the service, in this case by medical and health care providers. that way he sells the destination.There are numerous cases and success stories of other countries where, with great state support and reforms, health tourism systems have developed, systems from which the community “lives”. Just look at the example of one Malaysia or Turkey where states have established councils (Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council and Turkish Healthcare Travel Council). Since their founding, they have worked exclusively on the strategic development of their health tourism offer and on building the profile of countries that are today, according to numerous recognitions and awards, globally preferred destinations for health tourism of world standards. Their projections for 2018 are to generate RM1.5bil in medical / health tourism spending in Malaysia, or $ 7,5 billion in Turkey.Furthermore, in Poland, the medical tourism promotion program is an initiative of the Ministry of Economy and is funded by European Union funds as part of the project “Promotion of the Polish economy in international markets.” The financial support of the Ministry covers 75% of the total costs, while the health institution itself must finance 25% of the costs. Incorporated into the program is the understanding of the need to promote Poland as a health destination because it is needed to attract patients from abroad. The costs of implementing each three-year promotion program in the period from 2016 to 2019 amount to € 1.163.000,00.Latvia, for example, has signed a contract with Central Finance and Contracting Agency on the implementation of a project co-financed by the European Union. The total budget of this project is € 485,874.42, of which the European Regional Development Fund finances 85% while the private sector finances the remaining 15% of the costs. What is certainly important to note is that the development of health tourism would certainly affect the retention of medical staff in Croatia, which is already lacking.Health tourism, as well as other forms of tourism, without the synergy of all participants in the chain and without a strategic and complete tourism product cannot be developed in a quality and long-term manner. Is Croatia recognized as a brand and does it have value and trust in the European market for health tourism?The first thing we need to work on is branding Croatia and that must be the focus of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board. I’m glad it started in 2017 and I hope the advertising budgets will be higher with the time ahead. We cannot stress enough the role of the private and public sector and the fact that we need the support of key public and state institutions for all major initiatives and projects that will ultimately lead to faster development of health tourism in Croatia. Legal provisions, which include strategic and business-friendly visa regimes, taxation and infrastructure investment, are contributing to the growing growth of health tourism. According to the Vision 2020, the Government of the Republic of Croatia is on a very well-established path, but no country, including Croatia, can afford to develop this segment by the method of trial and error.Last year, the Croatian National Tourist Board presented a new website for health tourism that connects private and public sector initiatives with our potential foreign clients. Croatia is increasingly positioning itself as a top destination for tourism in general, and the public sector has a major role to play in positioning Croatia as one of the leading Mediterranean destinations for medical travelers. The Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Health, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Tourist Board, the Zagreb Tourist Board and medical clusters (Kvarner, Zagreb and Osijek) are all working together on this important vision – branding and positioning Croatia as a leading Mediterranean destination for medical travelers.We are currently regionally known for dental services and we need to work on that because the road has already been built, and to position Croatia as an excellent health / medical destination for all other branches of health and medicine because we can offer equally good service and standards at the world level.Polyclinic BagatinWe are constantly talking about extending the season, ie the problem of seasonality, can health tourism be one of the solutions? The implications are certainly multiplying throughout this chain? What is your specific experience on this topic?Health tourism can be and tends to become the main solution to this problem. The challenges are numerous, such as the choice of markets, the budget for those same markets (because in the markets we want to go to and advertising is more expensive) and the so-called. ‘visa regime’ for certain countries (Russia, Middle East, etc.). One of the biggest challenges is the fact that we are not yet an established destination for health tourism and we need the help of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism. Through advertising and branding Croatia as a health destination, we would position Croatia as a top destination for health tourism and thus help private clinics that are already advertising abroad that their money is worth more. And when the number of clients increases, then there will be higher investments that directly affect GDP growth. You yourself know that from 2009 to 2016, Croatia had a negative growth rate of -1%. Health tourism can and must be one of many generators of investment and growth in Croatia and a solution in terms of seasonality.Should we force the certification and accreditation of health care institutions so that they can deal with health tourism at all? Because one bad and unprofessional clinic can collapse the whole market because it is primarily about patient trust.Certificates and accreditations are by no means a prerequisite, but when you work exclusively with people they mean very, very much – especially in terms of the trust of clients coming from abroad. Therefore, my answer is one big ‘yes’ to certifications and accreditations. Thanks to the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate we have obtained, we have created standards with protocols and procedures for every step in caring for foreign clients, from the first contact with our clinic to care after the procedure and monitoring the entire process. The project team consisting of 12 representatives of the quality department went through: 75 records, 49 protocols, 124 work instructions, 165 forms and 5 regulations. Our goal is to improve these figures on a daily basis in order to correspond to the real situation in the operational and strategic activities of our Polyclinic.We are recognized as the leading clinic for plastic surgery, dentistry and dermatology in Croatia, and last year’s IMTJ (International Medical Travel Journal) award for “Best International Clinic for Aesthetic Surgery” says a lot. This year we applied for four applications for four different categories where we have already been presented as finalists in three categories, which is a huge value for us. According to Deloitte, we are one of the fastest growing small and medium enterprises in the medical sector in the region, and after 23 years of successful business in two locations in Zagreb, at the beginning of next year Polyclinic Bagatin opens its doors in the heart of Dalmatia, Split. We are proud holders of the Global Clinic Rating recognition of above-average service standards. GCR is an international accreditation body that evaluates medical institutions based on 4 criteria: expertise of staff, technological equipment and quality of medical and non-medical units, range and quality of medical and non-medical procedures and services, and criticism and evaluation of patients on independent websites. What I would certainly especially highlight is the Bagatin Academy, a five-year project to develop soft skills in healthcare. Once a month we have lectures and seminars with more than 50 coaches who are the best in Croatia in the field of leadership, soft skills and communication. Continuing education is the foundation and foundation of our corporate culture.The next step for us is accreditation by some of the leading accreditation companies in the world such as AACI and JCI. This is the right direction because it raises the quality standard in the institution and raises its own credibility in the market, which in turn further attracts potential international partners and clients to the clinic.COMMENT Goran Rihelj, gl. editor HrTurizam.hr / Health tourism – an opportunity we must not missPhoto: HTZThe potential of health tourism has been there for years, and now Croatia has excellent, professional and highly professional institutions, but without a strategic and complete tourist product there will still not be much progress. We have too late coast and climate, top specialized health facilities, excellent connections, ie accessibility, as well as amazing tourist stories – we just have to pack them nicely into a rounded tourist product and tell our guests the story.On the other hand, entrepreneurs seem to be shouting loudly and sending an appeal to tourist institutions to get involved and for health tourism to become part of the integrated Croatian tourist offer. How long do we have to wait for something to really move from a standstill? The system is there for us, not the other way around. If we draw a parallel with the private sector, ie the market and the operability of the system, everything is clear to us. The slowness and inertia of the system costs us, everyone loses money because there is no development, and the competition is moving forward. This has nothing to do with politics, but exclusively with the market.Health tourism is found as one of the focuses Master plan for tourism development until 2020. A lot of promising and optimistic strategies and plans have been listed, but unfortunately, there are still no concrete and real market shifts in the market. Here we are talking exclusively about strategic development.I emphasize once again and appeal to the close cooperation of the Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism with the clinics. They must complete the whole cycle, provide framework guidelines, encourage and develop the platform and, ultimately, brand Croatia as a top destination for health tourism and at the same time design content for their tourists – and our patients. On the other hand, we will continue to invest all our efforts and resources in bringing in new patients (their tourists) to whom we will provide the highest quality service. I would also mention that these patients / clients / tourists come in the pre-season as well as in the sub-season, and to generate higher consumption.We live in the 21st century where change is getting faster and faster, where there is strong competition, where it is getting harder and harder to stand out and get attention. We need to ‘start’, move the focus away from the sun, the sea and the counting of overnight stays, and stop giving priority to competition in the environment. It’s all up to us, we have it all, and I sincerely hope we know how to harness our potential in health tourism.We are constantly talking about potentials, it is time to concretize those potentials. Right now and now when Croatian tourism is a trend in the focus of global tourists and the media. Health tourism is an opportunity we must not give up.last_img read more


November 18, 2020 0

Aaron Ramsey still adjusting to Sarri-ball, admits Juventus coach

first_img‘We should’ve been organised in our pressing on their three defenders, as the distances weren’t right today. Having said that, Verona are in excellent shape and attack you all over the field one-on-one, they press high and it’s not easy to beat them.‘It takes a long time to drill the defending movements into the team and right now they are not confident enough playing out from the back under pressure.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 22 Sep 2019 11:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Aaron Ramsey still adjusting to Sarri-ball, admits Juventus coach Aaron Ramsey marked his Serie A debut with a goal for Juventus in their win over Verona (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri admits he isn’t surprised Aaron Ramsey is still coming to terms with his tactical demands, despite the former Arsenal midfielder marking his full debut with a goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Verona.The former Arsenal midfielder’s Juve bow was delayed by the injury he suffered towards the end of last season and belatedly made his first appearance for the bianconeri in Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid as a late substitute.Ramsey was promoted to the starting line-up yesterday as part of a midfield trio alongside Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi.The 28-year-old dragged his new side back into the contest with a deflected shot from 25 yards, 11 minutes after Miguel Veloso had opened the scoring.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTA Cristiano Ronaldo penalty three minutes after half time secured a third victory from four league matches but Sarri was unhappy at the lack of balance in his midfield.He said: ‘Dybala had a very good game. Ramsey still needs to adapt, but that’s pretty natural in the circumstances. Our central midfielder was man-marked, but I think we could’ve done more with the other two midfielders. Changing two out of three in the middle meant it was clear we could’ve lost some balance.‘This is a team under construction and you can tell. We far too easily forget to defend moving forward and tend to run backwards under pressure, so it’ll take a while to get that out of them.‘When there are teams that provide width with their wing-backs, we need to stay tight, otherwise it becomes a problem and we’re constantly in the middle of nowhere.⚽ Juve back on level terms with Verona!⚫⚪ Aaron Ramsey gets his first goal since his move from Arsenal pic.twitter.com/Pr4O0qb54g— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) September 21, 2019 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


October 18, 2020 0

‘Tech angel’ to help retirees tap into digital age

first_imgAveo NewsteadAveo Newstead’s newest residents, who were welcomed on June 1, will have access to their own “tech angel” in what is reportedly a retirement living first.Unique to Aveo Newstead, residents have access to a tech bar complete with a staff member on-hand to help navigate those in need of support. This includes anything from setting up their Google Home to configuring smart TVs and personal devices, with learning programs available to all. Mr Grady said the premier location and the integrated care solution were attributed to the project’s success. “Aveo Newstead has been our most successful off-the-plan development to date. The significant level of inquiry has been driven by the fact we are placed within one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs,” he said.“We are attracting interest from interstate with prospective residents coming from Melbourne and Canberra to see just how special this community really is. The total community areas span almost 3681 sq m with panoramic city skyline views from the rooftop lounge on Level 19, floor to ceiling glass private dining room and lounge to the largest community recreational landscaped terraces in Brisbane. Seniors are embracing technology at a rapid pace, which is why we want to ensure our residents can enjoy the many benefits of the ever-changing digital game.” Apartments have zero-step-flush thresholds, gourmet kitchens and spacious bathrooms. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoInside Aveo NewsteadAveo CEO Geoff Grady said the $250 million development had taken more than 800 inquiries and more than $40 million in sales off the plan, as a new generation of retirees looked to settle in Brisbane’s first integrated vertical retirement community.Set in the Gasworks precinct, seniors have gravitated to Aveo Newstead, which features 144 one, two and three bedroom apartments including eight penthouses, plus 154 aged care beds and apartments.last_img read more


September 28, 2020 0

Ministry of Health holds workshop to facilitate the integration of mental health services into the Primary Health Care Services.

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health holds workshop to facilitate the integration of mental health services into the Primary Health Care Services. by: – July 4, 2011 Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 16 Views   no discussions Photo credit: stopform.comThe Ministry of Health in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, the Pan American Health Organisation and Mc Gill University of Canada will convene a two- day workshop on Integrating Mental Health Services into Primary Health Care Services in Dominica. The workshop will run from Tuesday July 05 to Wednesday July 06, 20011 at the Public Service Training Centre.The main objective of the workshop is to improve the abilities of Primary Health Care (PHC) physicians to care for patients with mental health problems that could be managed by non-specialized Primary Health Care servicesThe health professionals will be trained:I. To implement the concept of ‘wholeness’ of care i.e. managing patients’ physical and mental health needs simultaneously, as a means of lowering barriers to mental health care in Primary Health care.II. To evaluate the actual and desired mechanisms for mental health consultations, referrals and support, which PHC physicians would access, while simultaneously defining better those mental health problems that could be management within PHC settings andIII. To aid in the establishment of appropriate lines of consultation, supervision, referral and support between primary and secondary care settings for mental health problemsThe workshop will be facilitated by Psychiatrist Consultant Dr. Griffin Benjamin and Drs’ Aileen Standard Goldson and Dr Wendel Abel of the University of the West Indies.Press ReleaseMinistry of Health Promotion Resource Centrelast_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Ben Utecht

first_imgBen Utecht retired from the Cincinnati Bengals a couple years ago.  He was a member of the 2006 Super Bowl Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts released him in 2009 because of the concussions he suffered while playing for them.  The Bengals gave him a try, but it didn’t work out.The 35-year old has 3 daughters and now spends his time writing songs about his family.  He wants to make sure that if he succumbs to the same fate as several other NFL veterans, his family will still remember him.  What he is afraid of is CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalitis).  This is a form of dementia directly related to concussions.  Ben suffered his first concussion while playing Middle School football in Minnesota.  At this time, he shows no signs of any lasting brain injury.  This is why there is such an emphasis on not allowing an athlete to play until they show no signs of the concussion.  These rules were not in place when Ben was playing.last_img read more


September 24, 2020 0