The Unforeseen Threats to the 2020 Election: Hand Sanitizer and Bad Plumbing

first_imgIn Hidalgo County in South Texas, just across the border from Mexico, it was a technical glitch. New laptops that had been distributed to polling sites ahead of Election Day to help accommodate the region’s record-breaking turnout did not work, causing delays of up to 90 minutes on Tuesday morning.- Advertisement – Nov. 6, 2020, 3:56 a.m. ET This week saw a variety of such small-scale interruptions. In Atlanta, the culprit was leaky plumbing. Inside the arena where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball — converted into a polling place — the early-morning discovery that a burst pipe was leaking water into a room with absentee ballots delayed the count by a couple of hours. An arena staff member quickly fixed the leak, and none of the ballots were damaged, officials said.Several polling places in Louisiana were running on generators after lingering power failures caused by Hurricane Zeta, which led to a feud between local and state officials over who was responsible for sending the generators to election sites. Officials ultimately moved two polling locations to a nearby middle school, and there were no serious delays. Updated – Advertisement – Poll workers face unexpected glitches every year, but warnings about distorted tallies or delayed counts made voters and observers more on edge than usual about any oddities. None of the complications this week led to serious problems, elections officials said. Some, like the hand sanitizer incident, were the result of an election severely altered by coronavirus precautions. “They were not allowing the software program to open up to check in voters,” Yvonne Ramon, the county elections administrator, said. “And because they were scattered throughout the county, my field service technicians took off to the nearest locations. We’re a large county, so going from location to location is not an easy thing.”Ms. Ramon noted that hiccups with new technology were not unusual. But the county kept polling places open an additional hour on Tuesday night to make up for the earlier delays, and everyone who had come out to cast a ballot was ultimately able to do so, she said.In the battleground state of Wisconsin, the last few hundred votes went unreported for several hours because the Richland County clerk could not reach the clerk in the town of Willow, who had said she felt sick and then could not be reached, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Willow’s 274 votes were eventually reported. In Green Bay, the count of absentee votes was briefly delayed while an election official ran over to City Hall to get more ink for the vote-counting machines.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Southern Charm’ Cast Predicts Who Will Get Married, Have a Baby Next

first_img– Advertisement – Spilling the sweet tea! Southern Charm’s Shep Rose, Craig Conover and Leva Bonaparte weighed in on which of their castmates could tie the knot first in Us Weekly’s “Southern Charm Confessions” video.The trio exclusively told Us who they’d pick to get married next among the Bravo cast — pointing to Shep and Craig as frontrunners.- Advertisement – The Bourbon and Bubbles co-owner added: “Craig’s getting into adulthood. He’s spreading his little wings.”When it comes to who will have a child next, the Sewing Down South designer picked former costar Thomas Ravenel, before switching to Austen Kroll.“I would like to say me, but I think it’ll end up being Kathryn [Dennis],” Leva, who has a 2-year-old son with husband Lamar, explained.- Advertisement – The trio also revealed their choices for best dressed cast member over the years with Shep, 40, and Craig both pointing to the Delaware native.“I say Craig is kinds of stylish. I don’t agree with some of his style choices, but I think he’s pretty stylish,” the Shep Gear creator said.Leva, for her part, identified Kathryn, 29, as the worst dressed … at times.Southern Charm Cast Predict Who Will Get Married Have Baby Next“Kathryn’s a hit or miss. Sometimes she’s like glorious and other times you’re like, [woah]. That’s here thing,” she told Us. “She’s like a Sour Patch Kid, you never know what you’re going to get.”Leva continued: “She’s very authentic with her fashion, because you never know what you’re going to get. You’re in the nail salon and she’s in a dominatrix outfit and you’re like, ‘What’s happening?’”For more Southern Charm cast confessions, including which cast member is the life of the party, check out Us Weekly’s video above. Plus, see which Bravo show each reality star would want to do a crossover with and which Housewife they’d date.Southern Charm airs Thursdays on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “Somehow it might be Shep, which is crazy. A full reversal,” Craig, 31, said. “I would pick Shep.”Shep, however, admitted he doesn’t know who will walk down the aisle, joking, “I hope no one.”Southern Charm Cast Predict Who Will Get Married Have Baby NextLeva Bonaparte, John Pringle, Kathryn Dennis, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll, Madison LeCroy and Craig Conover John Valkos/Tommy Garcia/BravoLeva, who is new to the cast in season 7, picked Craig, noting that she’s met his “current woman friend” and she’s “really sweet, really beautiful, very quiet.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

40 million new internet users in 2020, report finds

first_imgSINGAPORE — Southeast Asia saw a surge in the use of digital services like e-commerce, food delivery and online payment due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from Google, Temasek Holdings and Bain & Company.As many as 40 million people in six countries across the region — Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand — came online for the first time in 2020, the report said. That pushed the total number of internet users in Southeast Asia to 400 million. It added that many of the new users came from non-metropolitan areas in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.Global growth is facing an unprecedented challenge this year due to stringent lockdown measures that have affected businesses and employment across the world.- Advertisement – “When we ask consumers why they chose to use e-commerce, as just one example, during coronavirus, they share with us that yes, it was to avoid potential exposure to coronavirus. But really importantly, near the same percentage of people state it is because it is efficient and they found it to be helpful,” Davis said.Some of the main findings from this year’s report includes:1. Digital financial services are gaining momentum as more small-and-medium-sized businesses have become receptive to accepting online payments. Digital payments are set to grow from $600 billion in 2019 to $620 billion in 2020 as the average number of cash transactions fall and could reach $1.2 trillion by 2025.2. Health technology and education technology sectors received a boost from the pandemic as many people turned to online health consultations while schools shifted to remote learning. Investments into those sectors are growing.3. Online travel and transport sectors were hit the hardest as the pandemic ground international travel to a halt while many people began to work from home. Still, the report predicts online travel to rebound to $60 billion by 2025.4. Regional technology investments rose 17% in the number of deals between the first half of 2019 and first half of 2020 but total deal value fell from $7.7 billion to $6.3 billion. Investors put more money into the financial technology space where deal value rose from $475 million to $835 million in the first half of 2020. Customers and drivers for Grab Holdings Inc.’s GrabFood line up to collect orders at a Pisang Goreng Bu Nanik store in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, July 15, 2019. Globally, the online food order industry has grown into a hyper-competitive field, which has led to consolidation as companies claw for a bigger slice of more than $300 billion in restaurant deliveries. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Still, the report predicted Southeast Asia’s internet sectors could witness strong growth and hit $100 billion in 2020, with e-commerce registering a 63% growth while the online travel segment contracted 58%. Overall, the region’s internet sectors remain on track to cross $300 billion by 2025.“We’ve been profoundly impacted by the global coronavirus but it has been heartening and encouraging to see that the resilience still exists in Southeast Asia’s digital economy,” Stephanie Davis, vice president for Southeast Asia at Google, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Tuesday before the report was officially released.Davis explained that Covid-19, which has infected more than 50 million people worldwide, drove a lot of the decision-making for consumers across Southeast Asia. She added that there was encouraging evidence that much of that shift to digital consumption is here to stay.- Advertisement –last_img read more

HHS releases plan for coping with pandemic flu

first_imgAug 26, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today released a lengthy plan for dealing with the potentially overwhelming threat of an influenza pandemic like those that occurred three times in the last century.A flu pandemic today would find the nation unprepared to respond immediately with an effective vaccine or adequate supplies of antiviral drugs, says the plan released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Such an event could put a crushing burden on the healthcare system and disrupt transportation, business, and public safety, the document states.The draft plan describes numerous steps to take before and during a pandemic. “This plan will serve as our roadmap on how we as a nation, and as a member of the global health community, respond to the next pandemic influenza outbreak,” HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said in a news release. “Our proposed strategy draws upon the wealth of experience and knowledge we have gained in responding to a number of recent public health threats, including SARS and avian influenza.”Flu pandemics struck three times in the 20th century, the release notes. In 1968 the Hong Kong flu caused close to 34,000 deaths in the United States, and in 1957 the Asian flu killed about 70,000. The most deadly pandemic, the Spanish flu in 1918 and 1919, sickened 20% to 40% of the world’s population and killed about 675,000 people in the United States alone, according to HHS.Flu viruses change slightly each year, requiring annual modifications in the vaccines used against them. In contrast, HHS says, “A pandemic influenza virus is one that represents a major, sudden shift in the virus’ structure that increases its ability to cause illness in a large proportion of the population.” Disease experts fear that such a shift could occur if the H5N1 avian influenza virus currently circulating in East Asia combined with a human flu virus, spawning a new variety that could spread easily from person to person.The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan, as it is called, includes a 55-page main document and 12 “annexes,” which provide guidance for state and local health departments and private healthcare organizations as well as technical information on various preparedness topics. HHS is inviting the public to comment on the plan within the next 60 days.The nation’s first pandemic preparedness plan was developed in 1978, not long after the swine flu cases and vaccination campaign in 1976, according to the document. The plan was last updated in 1993. HHS calls the new plan an “evergreen” document—one that will be constantly modified as new developments warrant.The report cites five grim characteristics of a flu pandemic that guided the planning: simultaneous outbreaks in communities nationwide; an overwhelming burden of ill persons requiring hospitalization or outpatient medical care; likely shortages and delays in the availability of vaccines and antiviral drugs; disruption of national and community infrastructures including transportation, commerce, utilities and public safety; and global outbreaks.The plan says it’s impossible to predict the overall impact of a pandemic on the nation. But it cites estimates published in 1999 of 89,000 to 207,000 deaths, 314,000 to 733,000 hospitalizations, and 18 million to 42 million outpatient medical visits.Vaccination is the primary tool for fighting a flu pandemic, but it takes 6 to 8 months to produce a vaccine for a newly identified flu virus, the document says. Thus it’s not likely that a vaccine will be ready when a pandemic first emerges. In the early stages, the nation will have to rely on antiviral drugs, “quality medical care,” and infection control measures to keep the virus from spreading.Antiviral drugs such as amantadine and oseltamivir can reduce the severity of flu when used preventively or given within 48 hours of illness onset. But, the plan says, the supply of these is limited and cannot be rapidly expanded because there are few manufacturers and the production process is slow. Oseltamivir was added to the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs last year, and HHS is continuing to study how best to use antivirals in a pandemic, according to the plan.Once a vaccine does become available in a pandemic setting, the demand is likely to far exceed the supply at first, the document states. Consequently, the vaccine initially will have to be reserved for certain groups, such as healthcare workers, people providing essential public services, and those with certain medical conditions. Other decisions about who should have priority for vaccine will depend on the pattern of the pandemic and may not necessarily be the same as for annual flu vaccination.HHS expects that in a pandemic, vaccine shortages could spawn a “gray market” with high prices for some vaccine doses, as has happened in some recent years. The agency is considering several options for buying and distributing vaccine. The government could buy all the available vaccine and then distribute it to state and local health departments, or the country could rely on a mixed public-private system or on the present, primarily private system of vaccine purchasing and distribution.The plan says disease-control measures other than vaccines and antivirals could also be used to fight a flu pandemic. For example, usual infection control measures would be helpful in hospitals. However, because people can carry flu viruses without being sick, efforts to keep the viruses out of the country or limit spread in the community are not very effective. On the other hand, if a new virus strain didn’t spread quite as readily, measures such as screening travelers, closing schools, and quarantining exposed people could help, the report states.The plan says that HHS must help state and local governments and the healthcare system plan for a pandemic in view of the likelihood of illness among healthcare workers and shortages of hospital beds and medical equipment and supplies. “Health care facilities may need to be established in nontraditional sites to help address temporary surge needs,” the plan states.The document recommends taking numerous preparedness steps during “inter-pandemic” periods. For example, in the vaccine arena, the plan calls for developing libraries of novel influenza strains that could cause a pandemic and preparing reagents to diagnose infection. The plan also calls for efforts to develop a vaccine targeting an unchanging portion of the flu virus, which would sidestep the need to modify the vaccine every year and possibly permit the establishment of a vaccine stockpile.Some of the other recommended measures include:Strengthening global human and veterinary surveillance of influenzaIncreasing US influenza surveillance to a year-round effortDeveloping investigational vaccines for selected novel influenza strains and evaluating them in clinical studiesDisease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site, said he hopes the new plan will spur state and local officials and the healthcare system to recognize the serious threat of a flu pandemic. He said he has contributed to federal preparedness efforts for pandemic flu over the years but was not directly involved in producing the latest plan.”The important message is that this plan lays out in substantial detail what needs to be done at the federal, state, and local level to better prepare us for a potential pandemic of influenza,” Osterholm said. “It really calls upon state and local officials, together with healthcare providers and the healthcare system, to come together and take this seriously—that in fact a pandemic is going to occur.”We’re talking about the possibility of 3% to 5% of the population getting ill and dying. Even with this plan, will we be able to get the kinds of hard-to-conduct planning activities moving in state and local areas? It would be unfortunate if state and local officials say, ‘Here’s a federal plan, we don’t have to do any more.’ This is just a start.”See also:Aug 26 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040826.htmlMain body of preparedness planhttp://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/federal/hhspandemicinfluenzaplan.pdflast_img read more

FDA approves West Nile test to screen blood

first_imgDec 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A test to screen blood and organ donors for West Nile virus (WNV) has won approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after 2 years of trial use.The FDA yesterday announced approval of the Procleix West Nile virus assay, developed by Gen-Probe Inc., San Diego, and marketed by Chiron Corp., Emeryville, Calif. The test detects West Nile RNA in blood.The test has been used to screen more than 29 million units of donated blood since June 2003 and has detected the virus in more than 1,500 cases, preventing transfusion of contaminated blood into as many as 4,500 people, Gen-Probe officials said in a news release.The test is intended to help protect recipients of donated blood and organs from the virus. The FDA said there have been 30 cases in which people probably acquired WNV from a blood transfusion, and nine of the patients died.”This approval is the result of a tremendous cooperative effort among FDA, other public health agencies, the test kit manufacturers and the blood industry,” Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a news release.”To develop an investigational test to screen blood, tissue and organ donors, and to get this test in blood banks throughout the country, and then licensed this quickly is a remarkable achievement for public health and patient safety,” Goodman added.Another blood test is available to help doctors diagnose WNV, but it must be used in tandem with other laboratory tests, according to a Reuters report published yesterday. Procleix is the first approved test that stands alone, making it suitable for use by blood banks, the story said.Another WNV blood test, developed by Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., is still being used experimentally, Reuters reported. An FDA official said the agency is allowing Roche to use the test on a trial basis until it has enough data to apply for approval, the story said.Efforts to develop a WNV blood test began in 2002 when it was discovered that the virus could be transmitted in blood, the FDA said. With help from the FDA and other federal health agencies, biotechnology firms developed investigational tests that were quickly adopted on a trial basis. A total of about 1,600 infected donations were detected by the investigational tests, the FDA said.Close to 20,000 cases of WNV illness, with 762 deaths, have occurred in the United States since the virus first arrived in 1999, the FDA said.See also:FDA news release about WNV blood testhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108523.htmApr 8, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Six West Nile cases in 2003 linked to donated blood”last_img read more

WHO confirms two H5N1 cases in Egypt

first_imgMar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that an 11-year-old Egyptian boy is hospitalized in critical condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, a day after the agency announced the death of a 25-year-old Egyptian woman from the virus.The boy is from Menofia governorate, north of Cairo, according to a WHO statement. He was hospitalized with influenza symptoms on Feb 25, and his samples were positive for the H5N1 virus in tests by Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratory and the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3).The WHO said an investigation into the source of the boy’s infection revealed that he had contact with sick and dead poultry.Yesterday the WHO reported that a 25-year-old woman from Fayoum governorate, about 53 miles south of Cairo, died of an H5N1 infection. In its statement, the WHO said she got sick on Feb 24 and was hospitalized 3 days later; the date of her death was not listed. Egypt’s health ministry had announced the confirmation of her case on Mar 1, according to earlier media reports.An investigation into the woman’s illness indicated she had contact with sick and dead poultry before she got sick, the WHO reported.With the two latest cases, Egypt has had 46 H5N1 cases and 20 deaths, including 3 cases and 1 death this year. The WHO’s global total is 371 cases and 235 deaths.See also:Mar 5 WHO statementMar 4 WHO statementMar 3 CIDRAP News story “New case raises Egypt’s H5N1 count to 45”last_img read more

We’re Beyond Theory, and on to Reality and Execution

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – The race is on. The next few months will pit all of our preparedness planning (or lack thereof) against a novel H1N1 virus that is certain to sweep through northern hemisphere countries.While this next wave is not likely to dramatically increase influenza deaths—unless the virus undergoes additional mutations or reassortments—it could cause significant and sustained illness in our otherwise healthy workforce populations. And remember, we currently don’t have any explicit plans to vaccinate that population, except for pregnant women and healthcare workers, even in the United States.Regular readers of this column know I have emphasized for the past 4 months that we should expect the unexpected in our battle with this virus. But now it’s time to drive a stake in the ground and declare, “No more what-ifs. This is what we can and are going to do in response to this virus in our organization over the next 4 to 6 months.”Business preparedness for this pandemic was substantially elevated this past week when the US news media suddenly found the second coming of novel H1N1. Stories about the potential shoe to drop with a fall/winter wave of illness have been everywhere.The media’s attention is not based on any recent change in the disease occurrence, but has largely occurred because of an all-out media campaign by our federal government to hit our pandemic preparedness status head-on. I applaud these federal efforts, particularly the coordinated messages coming from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Education, Commerce, and Agriculture.Despite the balanced and scientifically sound information being shared by our federal agencies, there are still a number of critics who have publicly declared that this is a “Chicken Little” situation. We are scaring the world needlessly, they say. If that’s where you are as you read this column, go no further. If you aren’t convinced by now that we have some real challenges ahead with this upcoming fall/winter wave of H1N1, I’m afraid it’s too late for CIDRAP to help.Your primary focusBut if you do believe that H1N1 may cause substantial and sustained illness in our workforce over these upcoming months, then understanding what that means, particularly as it is overlaid on a global just-in-time economy, ought be your second highest priority right now.Of course, your first priority should focus on what the next few months will mean for your family and loved ones. As a father of a pregnant neonatologist (my first grandchild is due in December)—and she is also part of the team at the bedside of other H1N1-infected and seriously ill pregnant women—I pray for the day when my daughter gets both of her H1N1 influenza vaccine doses in her arm. It can’t come soon enough.Announcing a crucial summitTo try to bring a very current, practical, and execution-driven summary of what we all can do to have the highest level of preparedness in our organizations, CIDRAP is sponsoring its third pandemic preparedness summit on September 22 and 23 in Minneapolis. “Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations” is the title we’ve chosen for this 2-day crash course and summary of the latest, most effective actions your organization can implement to be better prepared.You can get more information on the summit here. We’re convening pandemic response experts in public and private sectors who know their business and are ready to act. We’ll tackle with candor, urgency, and practicality how to brace our enterprises for the months ahead.The 25 members of the Summit Advisory Group represent some of the best minds and most practical thinkers in the pandemic preparedness business. I think when you review the program and see the line-up of speakers and sessions, you will agree that this will be your last, best chance to get ready for this next wave of H1N1 infections.And I can only hope that one day, when we do all our pandemic postmortems, we will realize we did make a difference.Bottom line for businessIt’s not too late to get some very crucial and practical preparedness planning completed and implemented in your organization. But time is of the essence. No more feeling your way through the preparedness black hole. Execution is everything now. And it helps if somebody else has tried it and is willing to share which best practices worked and which didn’t.last_img read more

Plava Laguna is investing HRK 2019 million in 300

first_imgIn Poreč, Plava Laguna will also invest in the camping segment in 2019 (AK Puntica, AK Zelena Laguna, AK Bijela uvala and AK Ulika), and more intensive investment in expanding and arranging the existing capacities for accommodation of workers in Poreč and Umag to ensure high quality employee accommodation.  In 2019, Plava Laguna will continue with large investments in its facilities, and will thus invest HRK 300 million in the destinations of Poreč, Umag and Rijeka. Key investments include the construction of a new administrative building of the company in Poreč and the thorough arrangement of the Savudrija camp, which includes new, additional facilities in the camp.  The largest part of this investment is the construction of a new pool complex of 3.200 m2, which will improve the level of service and quality and significantly extend the season and the days of occupancy of the camp. Also, with this investment, the camp will get a completely new atmosphere and provide guests with an extraordinary experience of the destination as well as provide conditions for a top vacation.  Looking at the total of 2018 and 2019, the investments of Plava Laguna amount to more than 750 million kuna, which are the highest amounts in the recent history of the company.  BLUE LAGOON INCREASES INCOME FOR WORKERS ON AVERAGE 8,85% The estimated value of the investment in the camp is 46 million kuna, and it will be the largest investment of Plava Laguna in Umag during 2019. Thus, Camping Savudrija will become a camp for families and couples with the offer of “active vacation”, whereby the existing pitches will be arranged and mobile homes and glamping tents will be introduced.  This year, the investment in Park Resort in Porec amounted to 245 million kuna, and it is a family product consisting of 309 accommodation units, of which 154 hotel rooms and suite, 91 garden suites, 43 apartments and 21 villas. In Umag, among other things, investments were made in the complete reconstruction of the Stella Maris camp, worth 84 million kuna, and in Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag in the amount of 35 million kuna. center_img Next year, Plava Laguna is also investing in the Park Umag camp. The value of arranging plots and setting up our own glamping tents amounts to a total of 6,2 million kuna of investment.  In addition, in 2019, Plava Laguna will invest in an administrative building in Poreč, which will be located in the Facinka business zone at the very entrance to the city. The value of the investment is HRK 86 million. The company will also invest in an additional six villas in the Bellevue resort in the Blue Resort. Six newly renovated accommodation units, landscaping, as well as the completion of the process of renovating villas in 2019 will amount to 6 million kuna. Park Resort in Porec This year, Plava Laguna achieved the largest capital budget in its history – half a billion kuna.  RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Presented thematic trail 20 km long and a new brochure of the island of Mljet – a mystical oasis

first_imgThe “Olive Road”, 20 kilometers long, begins in Babino Polje, and leads to Odysseus’ Cave through hundred-year-old olive groves. The path “Sacral treasure of Babino polje” is a short circular, passes through the town of Babino Polje, and leads to churches and chapels that testify to the Christian tradition of the island since the 11th century. The project on Mljet was implemented as part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County project “Paths of the Past” co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund, and is implemented through the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020. The aim of the project is to create and promote the cultural and ethnographic offer of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The brochure was printed as part of the project “Rural educational, cultural and ethnographic tourist attraction” for the purpose of promoting landscaped hiking trails in the central part of Mljet. “Drywall Road” is a 500-meter-long trail that represents a cultural landscape shaped by fields and drystone walls, forming a unique cultural and natural heritage unit. The route also includes the core of the hamlets of Ocinje and Zabrežje with volts from the 15th century. The trail “Water springs – old stream” follows a stream with a riverbed that often dries up, testifying to the importance of water for agricultural activities in the area of ​​Babino polje from the Middle Ages to the present day. Along with the Austrian road and the Babino polje thematic trails, the project also includes the Dubrovnik Littoral Native House, the Korčula City Museum located in the Ismaeli-Gabrielis Palace and the Smokvica Gold and Silver Museum. The tourist offer of Mljet is richer for a new thematic tour as long as 20 kilometers, which is presented through a new brochure “Mljet – a mystical oasis”.center_img The aim of arranging themed trails and the Austrian Road is to present the rich heritage of the Island and ensure a longer stay of guests. In addition to the thematic trails of Babino polje, 850 meters of the Austrian road between the settlements of Sobra and Babino Polje have been arranged. A brochure with information on new tourist attractions can be found in the offices of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Mljet and the information centers of the National Park Mljet or downloaded in electronic form attached. “Paths of the past” Attachment: Brochure Mljet – a mystical oasislast_img read more