World Cup of Darts 2020: England, Netherlands, Wales and Belgium through to quarter-finals | Darts News

first_imgAfternoonCanada 2-0 New Zealand Whitlock and Heta were over the moon with their win against Poland Simon Whitlock averaged a neat 95.82 as ‘The Wizard’ won a high-quality contest against Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajsk 4-3, which included a timely 117 checkout. Australian teammate Damon Heta – making his World Cup debut after replacing Kyle Anderson – then eased past Krzysztof Kciuk 4-1 with a three-dart average of a cool ton. Simon Whitlock hit this stunning 117 checkout against Krzysztof Ratajski The pair recorded the first and third highest averages of the day as they moved into the quarter-finals. Wales vs Australia Watch the thrilling conclusion to the World Cup of Darts on Sunday as England, Netherlands and Wales chase the title. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Arena at midday with all four quarter-finals followed by the evening session of semi-finals and final. Which team will be crowned champions? Last Updated: 07/11/20 9:51pm Sunday’s Quarter-Finals – Order of Play Saturday’s Second Round results 0:50 Jeff Smith showed promise as Canada beat New Zealand to reach the quarter-finals 0:18 John Henderson fired in this show-stopping 121 checkout against Gerwyn Price but it wasn’t enough in the end 1:14 Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens have lost just one leg in two matches as they progressed to the quarter-finals Michael van Gerwen nailed this 112 checkout in the opening leg of the tie against Spain Debutant Jesus Noguera was next up for Spain against Noppert, and the Dutchman found himself 2-1 and 3-2 down, but last year’s World Series Finals runner-up stayed calm to send the rubber into a final leg decider.Noguera then missed six match darts to allow Noppert in to steal a cliffhanger of a match. Top seeds England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts Van Gerwen is happy with his current form and he and Danny Noppert sent the Dutch through to a showdown against Germany Four-time winners Netherlands also made it through with Michael van Gerwen and debutant Danny Noppert sending Spain home.Big-hitter Van Gerwen demonstrated his powerful scoring and eagle eye finishing to defeat Toni Alcinas 4-0. He wasted no time in getting a leg on the board with a 112 finish before breaking in the next. He quickly wrapped things up to complete a whitewash win. 2:55 Huybrechts (right) felt Belgium would have lost had they played a better team – Advertisement – England, Netherlands, Belgium and pre-tournament favourites Wales all made it through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts in Salzburg on Saturday.The team of Michael Smith and Rob Cross proved too good for Lithuania as England made it through to a showdown against hosts Austria.- Advertisement – Wales or Australia vs Netherlands or Germany Rob Cross felt he put too much pressure on himself after Michael Smith won the first rubber with ease Smith and Cross made further progress as a pair as they eased past Lithuania 2-0.Smith averaged a cool 91.09 in a calm and composed display to dismantle Darius Labanauskas 4-0, and then Rob Cross landed a stunning 10-dart leg to break the resistance of Mindaugas Barauskas before sealing a 4-2 victory for the four-time winners.“If anyone was going to be the muppet between us it would be me,” Cross gave an honest assessment of his performance, despite a relatively comfortable afternoon at the office. John Henderson fired in this show-stopping 121 checkout against Gerwyn Price but it wasn’t enough in the end ‘The Iceman’ moved 3-0 up in no time before a fine 121 from John Henderson started the fightback. However, Price landed D8 to seal a 4-2 win along with a superb 104 average.Clayton and opponent Robert Thornton both endured doubles woe in their clash. But it was the three-time major winner from Scotland who pinned D18 for a 4-2 victory and send the content all the way into pairs action for the first time in the second round. Austria are next for England after the eighth seeds of Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez defeated debutants Portugal.Rising star Jose De Sousa, who won a European Tour title last month, went down to a spirited 4-2 loss to Suljovic while Jose Marques, who competed in the 2020 Qualifying School, was unable to trouble Rodriguez, losing 4-1. Jonny Clayton praised Gerwyn Price for picking him up after his loss to Robert Thornton as Wales went on to defeat Scotland 4-0 in the deciding pairs Wales dodged some bullets, but Price’s barrage of treble hitting and some clinical finishing from Clayton ensured they made it through to the last eight with a fine 4-0 triumph, averaging 101.90. 0:17 Simon Whitlock hit this stunning 117 checkout against Krzysztof Ratajski Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens have lost just one leg in two matches as they progressed to the quarter-finals Gabriel Clemens and former World Youth Champion Max Hopp defeated John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis 4-1 and 4-0, respectively. A brilliant 130 checkout from Clemens sealed victory for Wayne Mardle’s favourites Germany. 2:32 Whitlock and Heta were over the moon with their win against Poland Host nation Austria to face England – Advertisement – Austria (8) 2-0 Portugal Wales continued their outstanding start to their challenge to claim a first World Cup triumph with the team of Price and Jonny Clayton doing enough in the deciding doubles rubber to send defending champions Scotland out of the tournament. 1:57 Jonny Clayton praised Gerwyn Price for picking him up after his loss to Robert Thornton as Wales went on to defeat Scotland 4-0 in the deciding pairs EveningAustralia 2-0 Poland 0:16 Michael van Gerwen nailed this 112 checkout in the opening leg of the tie against Spain Netherlands vs Germany Top seeds England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts
Top seeds England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts

Britain to protect tech firms after Arm and DeepMind sold overseas

first_imgBritain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving a statement in Downing Street in central London on April 27, 2020 after returning to work following more than three weeks off after being hospitalized with the Covid-19 illness.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS While Arm sold for £24 billion ($31.6 billion), DeepMind only sold for a reported £400 million. Given DeepMind is widely perceived as one of the world leaders in AI today, the Google deal is viewed by experts as a bit of a bargain.Ian Hogarth, an entrepreneur turned tech investor, believes that DeepMind should have been nationalized by the U.K government so that it didn’t have to sell itself to an overseas tech giant.“I find it hard to believe that the U.K. would not be better off were DeepMind still an independent company,” he wrote in an essay in June 2018. “How much would Google sell DeepMind for today? $5 billion? $10 billion? $50 billion? It’s hard to imagine Google selling DeepMind to Amazon, or Tencent or Facebook at almost any price.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – LONDON – The U.K. government introduced new rules this week that are designed to protect Britain’s best and brightest companies from being gobbled up by other, potentially hostile, nations.But some are asking if the rules, which have been in the works for several years and apply from this Wednesday this week, are too little and too late given two of Britain’s most innovative companies have already been sold overseas. Cambridge-based chipmaker Arm was sold to Japanese tech giant SoftBank in 2016 and London-based artificial intelligence lab DeepMind was sold to Google in 2014.Matt Clifford, the chief executive of start-up factory Entrepreneur First, told CNBC that the government should have “probably” intervened in these deals. “Tech is a big and growing national security issue,” he said, adding that “technological sovereignty is very important.”- Advertisement –center_img Hogarth added: “With hindsight, would it have been better for the U.K. government to block this acquisition and help keep it independent? Even now, is there a case to be made for the U.K. to reverse this acquisition and buy DeepMind out of Google and reinstate it as independent entity?”While DeepMind is a leader in AI, Arm is a leader in semiconductors, or chips. Its energy-efficient chip architectures are used in 95% of the world’s smartphones and it is widely regarded as the jewel in the crown of the British tech industry.“In Arm’s case, I can’t see why some investors here didn’t outbid the foreign folks,” said Jon Crowcroft, a computer science professor at the University of Cambridge. “Arm are a massive success and long term super viable too.”SoftBank is now in the process of trying to sell Arm to U.S. chipmaker Nvidia for $40 billion but there are a number of hurdles to overcome before the deal goes through, including regulators in China.Even though DeepMind and Arm are no longer British in some people’s eyes, there are a number of other fast-growing tech companies that very much are — and could be worth protecting. Security firm Darktrace and AI chipmaker Graphcore, for example.Beyond AI and chips, Crowcroft said that Britain has aerospace and biotech companies that are worth protecting, such as BAE Systems.Some have pointed out that the new rules could potentially make it harder for founders and their investors to sell companies. But Chris Smith, a venture capitalist at Playfair Capital in London, told CNBC he doesn’t think it will have a material impact.“The scope is likely to be fairly limited, both in terms of the number of countries on the ‘no deal’ list and the number that would meet the strategic test,” he said. “In reality, it reflects what we already know, that we have two tech universes — one in the West and one in the East.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump fans head to the streets as he pushes false election claims

first_imgTrump supporters read their phones after Biden was named President-elect while protesting outside the Maricopa County elections building on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.Gina Ferazzi | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities were scheduled to feature a mix of the president’s backers, far-right personalities and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys in a public display of support for his effort to stay in power.Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” Trump has tweeted his support.- Advertisement –center_img Some left-wing groups are planning counter-demonstrations in Washington and other cities.Biden further solidified his victory on Friday as results from Edison Research showed him winning Georgia, giving him a final tally of 306 Electoral College votes, far more than the 270 needed to be elected president and above Trump’s 232.The 306 votes was equal to what Trump won in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton, which he then called a “landslide.”Trump briefly appeared close to acknowledging the likelihood he will be leaving the White House in January during remarks at a White House event.“This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the, uh, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell,” Trump said in his first public remarks since Biden was projected as the election’s winner a week ago.With the election outcome becoming clearer, Trump has discussed with advisers possible media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible 2024 White House bid, aides said.He is considering starting a television channel or social media company to compete with those he felt betrayed him and stifled his ability to communicate directly with Americans, according to several advisers.In the near term, Trump is expected to campaign for Republican candidates in Georgia ahead of two Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.Failing in courtTrump has refused to concede to Biden and claims without evidence that he was cheated by widespread election fraud. State election officials report no serious irregularities, and several of his legal challenges have failed in court.A Michigan state court on Friday rejected a request by Trump’s supporters to block the certification of votes in Detroit, which went heavily in favor of Biden. And lawyers for Trump’s campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona after the final vote count there rendered it moot.Federal election security officials have found no evidence that any voting system deleted, lost or changed votes, “or was in any way compromised,” two security groups said in a statement released on Thursday by the lead U.S. cybersecurity agency.To win a second term, Trump would need to overturn Biden’s lead in at least three states, but he has so far failed to produce evidence that he could do so in any of them.States face a Dec. 8 deadline to certify their elections and choose electors for the Electoral College, which will officially select the new president on Dec. 14.Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has stalled the official transition. The federal agency that releases funding to an incoming president-elect, the General Services Administration, has yet to recognize Biden’s victory, denying him access to federal office space and resources.But Biden, who will meet with advisers about the transition on Saturday in his home state of Delaware, has pressed ahead with the process, identifying legislative priorities, reviewing federal agency policies and preparing to fill thousands of jobs in the new administration.“We’re charging ahead with the transition,” Jen Psaki, a senior adviser to Biden’s transition team, said while stressing Biden still needs “real-time information” from the Trump administration to deal with the resurgent coronavirus pandemic and national security threats.Although the national popular vote does not determine the election outcome, Biden was ahead by more than 5.3 million votes, or 3.4 percentage points. His share of the popular vote, at 50.8%, was slightly higher than Ronald Reagan’s in 1980 when he defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter. President Donald Trump’s supporters took to the streets on Saturday to back his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud as he pushes ahead with a flurry of longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.Trump has made little headway in the courts with his lawsuits and for the first time on Friday he began to sound doubtful about his prospects, telling reporters “time will tell” who occupies the White House from Jan. 20.There have been other pro-Trump protests around the country since Biden was projected the winner on Nov. 7, but they have been small and unfolded with few incidents.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tokyo Olympics: IOC’s Bach ‘very confident’ fans will attend Games

first_imgJapan’s Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto said earlier this year they wanted to avoid the possibility of having no spectators at all at the Games, adding it was possible events might be held with a “limited” audience, while the number of staff and delegates from each country could also be reduced. – Advertisement –last_img

Cambodian study hints at subclinical H5N1 cases

first_imgJan 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A recent study in Cambodia suggests that some human cases of infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus escape detection because symptoms are mild or absent, according to a report from an international avian flu conference this week in Bangkok.The meeting drew about 500 experts from 40 countries to discuss research and ideas on a wide range of topics. Some other topics discussed included the idea of stockpiling vaccine adjuvants to prepare for a pandemic, the use of engineered human antibodies as a defense against the H5N1 virus, and the high H5N1 case-fatality rate in Indonesia.Cambodian studyThe Cambodian researchers tested 674 people in two villages who were exposed to the virus and found that seven of them, all between the ages of 4 and 18, had antibodies signaling previous infection, according to a Jan 24 Bloomberg News report.The finding contrasts with previous serologic studies of people in areas affected by H5N1 outbreaks. A review published Jan 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) said the few serologic studies since 2003 of people with potential exposure to H5N1 suggest that asymptomatic or mild cases are rare. The studies involved people living with backyard poultry, workers in live-bird markets, and healthcare workers.More cases of mild disease might suggest that the virus is improving its ability to spread among humans, while becoming less virulent. Based on the current global count of 353 cases with 221 deaths, the case-fatality rate is almost 63%.The Cambodian researchers, led by Sirenda Vong of the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, conducted their study in early 2006, according to the Bloomberg story. The researchers asked villagers about their exposure to poultry and tested their blood for antibodies to H5N1.The median age of the seven people who had antibodies was 12 years, compared with 27 years for those who had no antibodies, the story said.Vong and colleagues had conducted a similar study of 351 Cambodian villagers in 2005 and found that none had antibodies to the virus. The study was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases in 2006.Malik Peiris, a microbiology professor at the University of Hong Kong, told Bloomberg that the latest study supports findings from the 1997 H5N1 outbreak in Hong Kong, in which human cases were first reported. The virus infected 18 people, 6 of whom died. Peiris said children were less severely affected than adults and had a better survival rate, Bloomberg reported.”Most of the children diagnosed in Hong Kong in 1997 had a very mild course of infection; they basically had a mild flu-like illness and they recovered,” Peiris was quoted as saying. “I don’t think there is any evidence to say the situation has changed.”The recent NEJM review said H5N1 infections involving febrile upper respiratory illnesses without pneumonia in children have been reported more often since 2005, but early antiviral treatment may account for this.Stockpiling of adjuvantsAnother topic raised at the meeting was the idea of separately stockpiling adjuvants, immune-boosting chemicals that enable vaccine producers to reduce the dose of antigen in a vaccine without reducing immune response. Global health officials, including those at the World Health Organization (WHO), hope this dose-sparing approach could dramatically increase the world supply of pandemic vaccine.Albert Osterhaus, a virologist at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands who spoke at the conference on Jan 23, said stockpiling adjuvants would be useful if the pandemic strain turned out to be a subtype other than H5N1, according to a Jan 23 Reuters report.”There’s a lot of discussion to vaccinate people against H5N1 with adjuvanted vaccines,” Osterhaus said. “We might do that, but it’s very expensive and it might well be that the pandemic outbreak may not be caused by H5N1 but by H7, H9, or H2 [viruses].”Osterhaus said adjuvants should be stockpiled separately from antigens, Reuters reported. “Adjuvants can be stockpiled and H5 antigen as well,” he said. “So if the pandemic is going to be H5N1, you just mix them and you get a vaccine. If not, you rapidly produce the antigen and add it together with the adjuvant.”Currently, the United States has no licensed influenza vaccines that contain adjuvants, according to a previous CIDRAP News report. However, a few studies of influenza vaccines with alum-based adjuvants have shown acceptable protection levels. In August, researchers working on a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine reported positive results for a split-virus vaccine combined with a proprietary oil-and-water adjuvant. A month later, Sanofi Pasteur reported promising results for its inactivated vaccine paired with its own adjuvant.Using engineered antibodiesIn other developments, a researcher from Crucell, a Dutch biotechnology company, reported at the conference today that engineered human monoclonal antibodies to the H5N1 virus protected mice from several strains of the virus, according to a Reuters report.Crucell created the human antibodies by mixing antibody fragments taken from nine blood donors with antigens from two H5N1 strains found in Vietnam and Indonesia, Reuters reported.Mark Throsby, project director for antibody discovery at Crucell, told the conference that in vitro studies showed that one line of the engineered antibodies neutralized several strains of the H5N1 virus, including strains isolated in Hong Kong in 1997, Indonesia in 2005, and Vietnam in 2003, Reuters reported.In the animal studies, he said, researchers injected the engineered antibodies into mice that had been given normally lethal doses of H5N1 virus 3 days earlier. “We were able to protect all the animals,” Throsby was quoted as saying. “It reduced their disease and they became well again.”Drug resistance in Indonesia?Yesterday Menno de Jong, a virologist at an Oxford University clinical research unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, spoke on the topic of drug failure in the treatment of patients who have H5N1 infections. The case-fatality rate for the disease in Indonesia is especially high—82%, compared with about 63% overall, based on WHO figures.De Jong told the conference that researchers are conducting studies to see if H5N1 patients in places like Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam require higher doses of antiviral medications, Reuters reported yesterday.”It could be they are treated later, or the virus is different, more virulent,” de Jong told a Reuters reporter. “There are many maybes, including differences in the susceptibility of the virus.”He told Reuters that the H5N1 viruses in Indonesia appear less susceptible to osteltamivir, the antiviral recommended as first-line treatment for H5N1 infections. “It’s not a resistant virus, it’s just that a bit more drug [may be] needed to inhibit these [H5N1] clade 2 viruses,” he said.De Jong was a member of the WHO expert panel that wrote the recent review in the NEJM on human H5N1 cases. In line with de Jong’s observations at the Bangkok meeting, that article said clade 1 viruses appear to be 15 to 30 times more susceptible to oseltamivir than clade 2 viruses from Turkey and Indonesia. However, the panel wrote that the clinical relevance of this difference in oseltamivir susceptibility “remains to be determined.”See also: Jan 16 CIDRAP News story on NEJM review of human H5N1 cases: “Exposure source unclear in 25% of H5N1 cases”Sep 7, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Cambodian study suggests mild H5N1 cases are rare”Oct 30, 2007, CIDRAP News story “The Pandemic Vaccine Puzzle, part 4: The promise and problems of adjuvants”last_img read more

Tests indicate an arenavirus in South African deaths

first_img Charles H. Calisher, a former viral disease moderator on ProMED-mail, wrote in a ProMED post yesterday that scientists are eager to learn if the arenavirus that caused the recent infections represents a new type or a variant of a previously recognized arenavirus. Calisher is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University in Ft Collins. Oct 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that preliminary tests indicate that an arenavirus—possibly a previously unknown one—is responsible for the mysterious febrile disease that killed three people in South Africa and has now sickened a fourth. Further testing to better characterize the arenavirus is underway at the NICD and the CDC, the WHO statement said. Lucille Blumberg, head of the NICD’s epidemiology and outbreak response unit, said it remains to be learned whether the virus is a previously unrecognized member of the arenaviruses, according to the Mercury report. Arenaviruses are typically spread to humans through contact with urine or feces of infected host animals, such as eating contaminated food or contact with abraded skin. Lassa and Machupo arenaviruses have been associated with secondary person-to-person or nosocomial infections, typically through direct contact with blood or other secretions, according to the CDC. Members of the arenavirus family are associated with rodent-transmitted diseases in humans, and a number of them can cause hemorrhagic fevers, according to information from the CDC’s Special Pathogens Branch. An earlier WHO statement said the patients who died had some symptoms that suggested a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), but bleeding was not a marked clinical feature. See also: CDC fact sheet on arenaviruses The tests were conducted at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the WHO announced in a statement today. The nurse has a febrile illness and thrombocytopenia, according to Blumberg, who commented on the case today in a post on ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. She said the patient is being treated with ribavirin, a drug that is effective against Lassa fever but has unknown efficacy for the current arenavirus. Blumberg, in her ProMED post today, commented that arenaviruses have been found in South African rodents in the past, but they have not been known to cause disease in humans. Members of the arenavirus family are divided into two groups—Old World and New World—depending on the mouse reservoir species. Five arenaviruses have been known to cause disease in humans. Four of them are primarily limited to South America, and one, Lassa virus, is found in much of West Africa, according to the CDC. Oct 13 WHO statement Janusz T. Paweska, who heads the NICD’s special pathogens unit, said the tests were done on skin, liver, and muscle tissue from two healthcare workers who died after they had contact with the index patient, according to a report yesterday from The Mercury, a newspaper based in Durban, South Africa. He said tests on blood samples from the index patient, a woman from Zambia who got sick while on a safari and died in a Johannesburg hospital on Sep 14, also detected the virus. (A previous report from the NICD said no samples from the patient had been available.) The latest confirmed  case in the cluster is in a nurse who became ill after close contact with one of the earlier victims. The WHO said the nurse’s infection was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in South Africa. The patient has been hospitalized, and authorities have identified and are monitoring her contacts. CIDRAP overview on viral hemorrhagic feverslast_img read more

Požega-Slavonia County received 23 new bicycle guides

first_imgThe Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County has implemented the first of a total of three parts of the cyclotourism development project in Požega-Slavonia County.In the first phase, training for bicycle guides was held by the development agency from Pazin IRTA doo, after which Požega-Slavonia County received a new 23 for bicycle guides. Each of the participants received a certificate from the Croatian Cycling Federation that they can lead groups of cyclists in our county and beyond.The other two parts of the project according to the Operational Plan for Cyclotourism Development of Požega-Slavonia County are in the final phase: Development of a bicycle map of Požega-Slavonia County and “Inclusion of cycling routes and tourist content of Požega-Slavonia County in the project Croatia bike routes” which should be completed until the end of 2018, they point out from the Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County.The operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in Požega-Slavonia County, as well as all bike trails and the offer can be viewed hereEven if the whole cycling tourism story were developed in synergy at the level of the entire destination Slavonia, it would be a strategic development. This way we have 5 counties and 5 different tourism products, as well as cycling stories. This, as well as many other trainings, were to be held at the level of the entire region of Slavonia. This is more so in the case of cycling tourism, where the average and recreational cyclist travels 30 kilometers by bicycle and in one day travels from one county to another by bicycle.This is another practical proof of how the whole of Slavonia should be developed and branded through one brand – Slavonia.last_img read more

#WhereInTheWorld campaign announcing the opening of Saudi Arabia to global tourism

first_imgNew website VisitSaudi.com The government of the kingdom, due to falling oil prices, hopes that tourism will contribute up to 2030 percent of gross domestic product by 10, compared to the current 3 percent. They expect to attract up to 2030 million tourist visits a year by 100, both domestic and foreign. Is Saudi Arabia looking for its place under the global tourist sun? Who would visit Saudi Arabia when the country is known for torturing women’s rights and human rights activists in general, public executions, where there are no tourist visas… were just some of the open questions. In 2017, Saudi Arabia announced a multibillion-dollar project that would turn 50 Red Sea islands into luxury resorts. #WhereInTheWorld is the name of an online campaign that has attracted a lot of attention on the global tourism scene. The kingdom is opening its doors to tourists to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil. And all within the vision Saudi Vision 2030. But soon, tapping just two weeks later, Saudi Arabia showed off its maps and for the first time offered foreign tourists tourist visas to visit the kingdom (visitors will be able to stay for up to 90 days). Saudi Arabia’s tourism officials announced a new visa program for citizens of 49 countries, including Croatia, followed by a Twitter campaign called #WelcomeToArabia as well as a modern website dedicated to the promotion of tourism in the Kingdom. The financial power of tourism has been recognized even by Saudi Arabia, which did not have tourist visas until “yesterday”, but times are changing. Now Saudi Arabia is also entering a global struggle for every guest, all as part of preparing the future of its economy after the oil era. Obviously, as Saudi Arabia opens up more and more to the modern world, even last year Saudi Arabia ceased to be the only country in the world where women are banned from driving, and we can soon expect the lifting of various restrictions, at least for tourists. position and open to global tourists. Saudi Vision 2030 is an economic vision of the Kingdom’s development to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, to diversify its economy through the development of public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism. The goals include strengthening economic and investment activities, increasing trade in the oil industry between countries in goods and consumer goods, which was presented in 2016 by the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman In the promotional video, they skillfully play with shots and well-known symbols of other world destinations, ie their similarities, but with communication This is not Maldives, Utah, The Caribbean, Italy, Australia etc.… make it clear that these are not the mentioned destinations but one destination. The video ends with the slogan #WhereInTheWorld. The video was released as a kind of teaser in early September, and although the promotional film does not show which destination it is, with a little research it is clear that Saudi Arabia is behind the whole story. Where in the world could this be?Be the first to visit an exciting, new destination. Get ready to see the unseen.#whereintheworldhttps://t.co/z5JYaylT5i pic.twitter.com/6HwfrVrctC- Visit Saudi (@visit_saudi) September 14, 2019last_img read more

The cooperation between Booking.com and the Grab platform added fuel to the global race for dominance in the tourism sector

first_imgThe race has started, and it is on this track that new news and “gamechanger” from Booking.com come to us. In any case, the gloves were thrown away, and the race for the huge tourist market began. But the most important thing, the biggest benefit at the end of the whole story, is to get the users themselves who will have a better user experience. The imperative of the mentioned companies is to become a kind of full service for passengers, ie to use as many additional services as possible through one application / service, which complement each other through one trip. From travel, accommodation, public transport, excursions, restaurants, attractions and tourist facilities… all under the slogan one profile, one platform and one unified service. Southeast Asia is visited by 130 million people a year TRIPADVISOR TRANSFORMATION: THE MOST SELLING EXPERIENCES Thus, users of Booking.com’s application will be able to access the services of the Grab platform in Singapore today, in Indonesia and Thailand before the end of the year, and in Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines in early 2020. The question everyone is asking is: Why stay only in the accommodation service, when we can use our power and large customer base and offer a much wider range of services to travelers. As a result, they all become direct competitors with each other and enter “someone else’s” yard. The gloves are thrown away. For the first time, the company is trying to offer on-demand transport, and with this move will connect international travelers visiting Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines with drivers through an application they already know and trust. It will also remove language and currency barriers that can deter many visitors from using the services of local carriers. By the way, Grab is the leading provider of on-demand transportation services in Asia (Asian “Uber”) and is also the owner of the most famous mobile application in Southeast Asia. Today, the Grab app has more than 152 million mobile downloads and gives users access to over 9 million drivers, retailers and resellers. Grab also has the largest number of land transport drivers in the region, and since its founding in 2012, it has recorded 3 billion trips. Grab also offers the widest selection of on-demand transportation services in the region, and also offers a range of food and package delivery services, in 336 cities in eight states. This initiative synergistically unites the strengths of the two leading companies in the field of technology and travel and marks the first collaboration of Grab with a global online brand in the field of travel from the west with the aim of creating a local experience. AIRBNB FOR NOW REFUSES TO PARTICIPATE IN A NEW ACCOMMODATION RENTAL PROGRAM WITHIN THE GOOGLE SEARCH Bryan Batista, CEO of Booking.com’s transportation department, said: “This time is exciting, people are discovering new ways to explore the world around them. Both we and Grab are pleased to push the boundaries by bringing together our unique strengths to provide added value and provide passengers with real, tangible benefits. Our mission is as simple as it is ambitious, we make it easy for everyone to explore the world. Guided by this, we will continue to test and develop innovative products. By providing our customers with intuitive technology solutions, we give them the freedom to explore, with more choice and personalization than ever before.” AIRBNB ABOLISHES GUESTS FEES TO MAKE MORE COMPETITIVE TO BOOKING It was only a matter of time before these technology giants and leaders in their sectors would use their power to embark on a much larger portion of the tourism pie that is growing year by year. RELATED NEWS: If you are not up to date, read a couple of related news on this topic, attached below. VIDEO: Announcement of cooperation between Booking.com and Grab / Photo: Booking.com AIRBNB AND 23ANDME ASSOCIATE TO POPULARIZE GENEALOGICAL TRIPS GOOGLE BECOMES A STRONGER PLAYER ON THE STAGE OF ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES GOOGLE INTRODUCES PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION RENTAL OPTION WITHIN ITS HOTEL RESERVATION APPLICATION BOOKING.COM ENTERS IN PARTNERSHIP TO ENABLE FLIGHT RESERVATIONS IN 7 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TRIPADVISOR PLANS TO INTRODUCE A LOYALTY PROGRAM TO WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST GOOGLE TRAVEL Interestingly, 70% of the world’s on-demand transport activities take place in Asia, and Southeast Asia and its love of mobile technology are the logical ground for a new challenge of on-demand transport. WiFi networks are already more or less ubiquitous in this region, and smartphone use is projected to triple before the end of 2021. Namely, booking.com, in cooperation with the Grab platform, is introducing an on-demand transport service, giving users of Booking.com’s application access to the largest selection of drivers in 8 Southeast Asian countries. The integration of transportation services, at the request of the Grab platform, into Booking.com’s application is part of a broader strategic partnership between Booking Holdings and Grab. Booking Holdings is investing in Grab, and Grab, in collaboration with Agoda and Booking.com, has introduced hotel reservations directly in its app. HOTELTONIGHT APPLICATION BECAME PART OF AIRBNB Southeast Asia is visited by 130 million people a year, and the collaboration between Booking.com and Grab will provide them with the tools they need to travel as locals, from cashless payments through apps in users’ currencies that are critical to tourists, driver safety. customer service in the language of the user and most importantly all-in-one service – accommodation booking and taxi services through one platform. In the past year, an intense and large global race has begun between Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Google, which have begun to expand the range of their travel services to their customers. Booking.com users can already pre-book taxis in more than 120 countries and rent vehicles in more than 160 countries. Also, although it is still a pilot project, they can purchase and use public transport tickets in six European and Australian cities via the Booking.com app. Collaboration of Booking.com and the Grab platform BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES INDEPENDENT RESERVATION AND ATTRACTIONS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR PREVIOUS HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES BOOKINGSUITE APP STORE. GAME CHANGER IN THE TOURISM SECTORlast_img read more

Proposal of the law on unappreciated land sent to the second parliamentary reading

first_imgThe Government of the Republic of Croatia sent the Draft Law on Unrated Construction Land to the second parliamentary reading. It is also regulated that the content of the lease agreement in the camp on the tourist land will be prescribed by a decree, and the procedure for the implementation of the study, which has been simplified, is more precisely prescribed. With an important change, the Minister also pointed out that it is unequivocally prescribed that in the case of further construction in that camp, a building permit can be obtained for the area of ​​the existing camp and in the case when the spatial plan in that area envisages some other purpose. to obtain building permits for the camp. “We are actively working despite the situation with the coronavirus. The draft law on unrated construction land was sent to the second parliamentary reading. This law is absolutely necessary and will be enforceable, high quality, fair and reform. We analyzed all the proposals made in the first reading and held a series of meetings. We put the emphasis on the concepts of tourist resort and buildings and hotel building plots. The law will resolve long-standing property and legal relations and regulate the status of land that is exempt from conversion and privatization and that tourist companies have used for 20 years free of charge.”Banožić pointed out. Banožić singled out a better definition of the terms of the building plot of a hotel, tourist resort and buildings, which are of great importance for the regulation of property relations and law enforcement, and the final proposal extended the deadline for the preparation of geodetic studies.center_img In the case of an administrative dispute, the administrative court has jurisdiction to independently determine the facts and other procedures, and companies that have missed the deadline for submitting applications for concessions for tourist land under the old law are allowed to initiate proceedings to resolve property relations under the new the law. Minister of State Property Mario Banožić emphasized its importance for investment activity, especially in tourism and camps, and reminded that there are 76 camps in Croatia today, with an area of ​​more than 14 million square meters. These camps were subject to the transformation of social enterprises during which the facilities were estimated, but not more than 6 million square meters of tourist land around them. Source: Ministry of State Propertylast_img read more