BTN: Can you tell me a little about the property? What is it that makes it so special?SEW: Bunaken Oasis is the first truly luxurious resort on Bunaken Island, offering stunning views across to the mainland, a five-star dining experience, a panoramic freshwater swimming, purpose-built spa and unparalleled levels of service. Diving in the Bunaken Marine National Park is wonderful. – Advertisement – The corals, and marine life – especially the turtles – justify the international reputation of this incredible area. However, at Bunaken Oasis, we are aiming to build on the reputation of the Marine Park even further, offering an exceptional holiday experience for non-divers and divers alike. We are the first resort on Bunaken to have a truly modern infrastructure. For example with water makers and UV water treatment, meaning all the water in the resort is fresh water – including showers and the swimming pool. However, beyond the physical design of oasis, it is the staff and their commitment to making every guest feel truly special, that elevates the Bunaken Oasis experience for all of our guests.BTN: How useful are accolades such as the World Travel Awards in promoting the property to a global hospitality audience?SEW: The World Travel Awards are universally recognised as a measure of exceptional standards. To have won this award for the third year in succession is phenomenal for the team and it will be core to our marketing focus over the next 12 months. All of our staff are incredibly proud of working for oasis, and receiving this reward for the third year will be valued be each and every one of themBTN: How would you describe the mood in Indonesian hospitality as we move into 2021 – have there been signs of a recovery as we look ahead?SEW: To be honest, internationally, it is all looking a little bleak at the moment. However, we must assume that the travel industry will begin to return to normal in the next year or so, and we are working to ensure that we will be ready.We are all facing challenging times ahead. However, we have taken the last few months to ensure that Bunaken Oasis is fit and well to face the coming months. We all want the travel industry to recover, however, at oasis, our focus has naturally been on the safety of our guests and staff, and training for the “new normal” is the current primary focus at Bunaken Oasis, implementing special measure where necessary into our standard procedures, prior to our re-opening on December 1st. We are extremely fortunate that, as we are an exclusive resort, we have always offered a distanced experience for all of our guests. Our cottages, restaurant, bar and, most importantly, the diving or snorkelling experience were all originally designed to offer a spacious and special experienceBunaken Oasis is ready to welcome guests back to this incredible Marine National Park.More InformationBunaken Oasis redefines diving in Indonesia.Positioned very much at the luxury end of the spectrum, the aim of the hotel is to provide a five-star experience while keeping its ecological footprint to a minimum.Find out more on the official website. With Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa having been recognised as among the best in Asia by the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here catches up with owners, Simon and Elaine Wallace, to discover more about this one-of-a-kind propertyBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa has just been honoured with the title of Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – Simon and Elaine Wallace: We are delighted to have won Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort for the third year in succession. In recent years, we have tried to raise the profile and reputation of Bunaken and to help to establish this incredible location as a luxury destination for divers and tech-divers, as well as non-divers. This recognition from the World Travel Awards is fantastic, not just for us, but also for our staff, who are extremely proud of Bunaken Oasis. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – OlderBreaking Travel News interview: Elena Muntoni, brand manager, Delphina hotels & resorts
Republicans still have a distinct advantage since winning two dozen chambers in the 2010 election cycle, double the average number of chambers that flip every two years, according to Mr. Storey. Before Tuesday’s election, Republicans controlled about three-fifths of all 98 partisan legislative chambers. If no other chambers flip as new results come in, that Republican dominance will not change. “It was a huge night for state Republicans,” said David Abrams, deputy executive director of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which focuses on electing Republicans to state offices. “Democrats spent hundreds of millions of dollars to flip state chambers. So far, they don’t have a damn thing to show for it.”In all, about 80 percent of the nation’s 7,383 state legislative seats were up for grabs.- Advertisement – Democrats failed to take control of the Texas House from Republicans, a prize that had seemed within reach. They also lost the battle for North Carolina’s House and Senate, chambers they had set their sights on after years of Republican control. And they failed to flip the Iowa House, according to the N.C.S.L. Results for the Pennsylvania and Michigan Houses were still pending.Statehouses are important because they are the places where issues like abortion, guns and police reform get decided. They are particularly critical this year because of a process known as redistricting: the redrawing of state and national electoral maps after the decennial census. While some states use nonpartisan or bipartisan commissions to draw these maps, the process in most states is controlled by the majority party in the state legislature. The most recent census is being finalized, and data will be sent to the states for redistricting beginning next year. – Advertisement – The Democrats did not make much progress in the handful of governor’s races either. In Montana, the Republican, Greg Gianforte won against Mike Cooney, a Democrat, who was the lieutenant governor of the state. The state’s governor, Steve Bullock, a Democrat, ran for U.S. Senate and lost to the Republican incumbent, Steve Daines. The outcome in Montana ends more than 16 years of Democratic leadership in a state that usually votes for Republicans for president. – Advertisement –
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Committee Chairman Davis also defended the FDA. In a statement prepared for the hearing, he said the contamination problems this year were not foreshadowed by those found in the 2003 inspection. He also asserted that the FDA’s response to the contamination reported in August was hindered by Chiron’s delay in reporting on its own investigation of the problem. Davis also said the reason the FDA had no advance knowledge of British authorities’ decision to close the plant was that British law bars agencies from sharing commercial information with other governments without the consent of the involved buiness. Crawford promised that the FDA will carefully analyze Chiron’s plans to correct the Liverpool plant’s problems and will thoroughly inspect the plant after corrective actions are taken, probably in February or March of 2005. “If FDA had acted differently—by issuing an official warning letter, re-inspecting the facility, and responding aggressively to the August 2004 contamination—the flu vaccine shortage might have been avoided or mitigated,” Waxman said in a 13-page memo. The shortage was triggered by the loss of up to 48 million doses of vaccine that Chiron was expected to supply. The FDA found serious and widespread problems at the Liverpool plant (then owned by Powderject Corp. and later bought by Chiron) in June 2003. Problems included defects in 20 areas of vaccine manufacture and high levels of bacterial contamination in several lots of vaccine after a filtration step that was supposed to remove most bacteria. Davis also expressed optimism that Chiron will be able to make flu vaccine next year. He said the MHRA is “extremely pleased” with Chiron’s remediation plan and will inspect the plant in late December to assess the company’s progress. The FDA didn’t send its final report on the June 2003 inspection to Chiron until June 2004, 9 months after it should have been sent. Manufacture of the 2004 vaccine supply was well under way by then. Davis said that after vaccine contamination was found in August, Chiron told the FDA it would do an internal investigation and report on it by Oct 4. As it turned out, the company gave its report to the MHRA Sept 24 but did not send it to the FDA until after the MHRA suspended the plant’s license on Oct 5, Davis said. FDA officials told Davis’s staff that if they had received the report sooner, they would have reinspected the plant sooner, Davis reported. Waxman, ranking minority member of the House Committee on Government Reform, distributed his memo at a Nov 17 committee hearing at which Crawford testified. The memo is based on a review of more than 1,000 pages of FDA documents dealing with the agency’s oversight of the Chiron flu vaccine plant. The FDA provided the documents in response to a request from Waxman and the committee chairman, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va. The committee chairman rejected the charge that the FDA took a passive approach to Chiron after Aug 25. “All documents and meetings confirm that FDA followed routine protocol in responding to Chiron’s initial contact with the FDA and continued to follow protocol with each step the agency took after August 25th,” he stated. After Chiron reported in August that eight lots of vaccine were contaminated, the company told FDA it had found the cause of the contamination and that it was confined to the eight lots, according to Crawford. On Sept 28, a company official assured a Senate committee that Chiron would be able to supply 46 million to 48 million doses, he said. After reviewing FDA documents, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said the FDA also failed to respond properly when Chiron reported in August 2004 that several lots of flu vaccine from the Liverpool plant were contaminated. After the 2003 inspection, the agency never inspected the plant again until after British authorities shut it down. Shortly after the 2003 inspection, Chiron officials asked to meet with the FDA to review their response plan, but the FDA ignored the request. The FDA took a “passive” approach after Chiron notified it Aug 25 that millions of doses of vaccine were contaminated. Instead of sending inspectors, the agency relied on weekly conference calls with Chiron to monitor the company’s remedial efforts. FDA officials never asked Chiron or the British government about British regulatory activity. Crawford reported that the FDA had no knowledge of the British Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) decision to close the Chiron plant until it was announced Oct 5. The head of the MHRA said the agency had no legal authority to notify the FDA of its decision in advance, Crawford said. After the 2003 inspection, the FDA decided to ask the company to correct the problems voluntarily, even though the inspection team initially had recommended official enforcement action. Crawford, in his prepared statement to the committee, said the FDA first found problems at the Liverpool plant in a 1999 inspection and issued a warning letter at the time. Inspections in 2001 and 2003 showed that conditions were improving but some problems remained, he said. He added that the company’s plans to correct the deficiencies appeared adequate. The key allegations in Waxman’s memo include the following: Nov 23, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found serious problems at the Chiron Corp. flu vaccine plant in England in 2003 but failed to follow up in time to prevent the loss of half of the US vaccine supply with the plant’s shutdown by British regulators last month, a Democratic congressman charged last week. Acting FDA Commissioner Lester M. Crawford acknowledged in congressional testimony that the FDA did not reinspect the Chiron plant until after British authorities shut it down. But, according to a Nov 17 New York Times report, he said the problems found last year were unrelated to the contamination in this year’s vaccine. “The proof of that is that the 2003 vaccine production was completed on schedule and none of it was condemned,” he was quoted as saying. Davis, in defending the FDA, said in his prepared statement for the hearing, “While some issues at the facility continued from 2003 until September of 2004, Chiron’s license suspension was not based on contamination in flu vaccine lots or other issues addressed in previous inspections. It would be inappropriate to imply that problems at the Chiron facility in 2003 recurred in 2004 and contributed to the closure of the facility.” Chiron, FDA, and MHRA all blame this year’s problems on a systemic “lack of manufacturing oversight and execution,” he stated. The memo says that FDA officials met with the committee staff Nov 15 and acknowledged that some of the problems noted in 2003 were “the same as or relevant to” the problems that occurred this year. But the officials said that the contamination problems this year were worse and more widespread than in 2003 and that an increase in the plant’s output this year contributed significantly to the worsening of conditions. The officials said the FDA decided not to take enforcement action against the plant in 2003 because conditions there seemed to be improving rather than deteriorating. A statement prepared by Davis’s staff labeled Waxman’s memo “extremely misleading” and “another partisan attack” on the Bush administration. The statement says Waxman ignored explanations that the FDA, Chiron, and MHRA provided concerning their documents and actions. Problems revealed in the June 2003 inspection recurred in 2004 and contributed to the closure of the plant. After the British suspended the plant’s license in October, the FDA inspected it again and subsequently cited “bioburden” problems that had not been corrected since the 2003 inspection.
May 22, 2006 (CIDRAP news) – Dr. Lee Jong-wook, 61, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) died this morning following emergency surgery for subdural hematoma (a blood clot on his brain) May 20. He never regained consciousness, according to a Reuters story today.Lee, appointed director-general in 2003, had been spearheading the WHO’s efforts against avian flu, HIV, and other significant infectious diseases.He stressed repeatedly, according to the WHO Web site, that all heads of state should ensure that their countries develop a national pandemic preparedness plan, and he met personally with US President George W. Bush, French President Jacques Chirac, and China’s President Hu Jintao.”The world has lost a great man today,” the WHO quotes UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “Lee Jong-wook was a man of conviction and passion. He was a strong voice for the right of every man, woman, and child to health prevention and care, and advocated on behalf of the very poorest people.”He will be very gravely missed, but history will mark Lee Jong-wook’s many contributions to public health.”Lee, a native of the Republic of Korea who worked at the WHO for 23 years, led a healthy lifestyle, according to the WHO, which for some only heightened the shock of his sudden death. He enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, and walking.”There was no warning, no nothing. It was a complete shock,” said Iain Simpson, a WHO spokesperson, according to Reuters.Lee is survived by his wife and son, two brothers, a sister, and their families, according to the WHO home page. Dr. Anders Norstrom of Sweden will serve as acting director-general until a replacement is named.See also:WHO Web site tribute http://www.who.int/dg/lee/tribute/en/
Jan 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry announced today that a 6-year-old girl recently died of H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s sixth case this year, according to news services.The girl, from central Java, died 6 days ago in a Yogyakarta hospital, Ahmad Priyatna, an official with Indonesia’s bird flu information center, told Reuters. He said her neighbors reportedly had dead chickens.If the girl’s case is confirmed by the World Health Organization, it will be counted as Indonesia’s 81st case and 63rd death.Indonesia has had the most human cases of the several countries with recent avian flu outbreaks. Authorities are conducting a widespread backyard poultry cull in Jakarta to contain the disease.Five people in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province are hospitalized with possible avian flu symptoms, Kahlid Saleh, a physician who heads the avian flu ward at Wahidin Sudirohusodo hospital in Makassar, told Reuters today. The patients, 3 of whom are children, are improving, he said. All are from the same neighborhood, where chicken deaths had been reported.In Thailand, 12 children and 1 man from Phichit and Ang Thong provinces are under watch after they became ill following suspicious chicken deaths in their areas, the Bangkok Post reported today. Eight of the children experienced high fevers after a chicken carcass was found in their schoolyard.Meanwhile in Nigeria, health officials are investigating two suspected human H5N1 cases, AllAfrica news reported today. A mother and daughter from Lagos, Nigeria’s largest metropolitan area, on the country’s southwest border, died within 2 weeks of eating chicken bought from a live-chicken market during the holidays. The father of the family said that after one of the chickens they bought died mysteriously, the family slaughtered the rest.A WHO official told AllAfrica news that he was aware of the case and the WHO was awaiting test results on the woman, her daughter, and a chicken.
Jun 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A series of illness outbreaks linked to tomatoes over the last decade prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to announce last week an initiative to explore contamination causes and develop better guidance to reduce the number of tomato-related illnesses.Over the past 10 years, fresh tomatoes have been linked to 12 outbreaks that resulted in 1,840 confirmed illnesses, according to a Jun 12 press release from the FDA. Most of outbreaks, including two last summer and fall, involved Salmonella.The FDA traced most of the outbreaks to tomatoes from Florida and the eastern shore of Virginia, though some of the contaminated products also came from California, Georgia, Ohio, and South Carolina, the press release said.The FDA said its investigators would collaborate with health and agriculture officials in Florida and Virginia to identify practices or conditions at tomato farms and packing facilities that lead to contamination. The initiative will begin during this year’s growing season, focusing on Virginia in the summer and Florida in the fall.During the environmental part of the investigation, officials will be examining irrigation water, wells, chemical mixing procedures, droughts and floods, and animal proximity to growing fields, the FDA said.”Produce is an important part of a healthy diet, and FDA wants to improve its safety by better understanding the causes of foodborne illnesses and by promoting more effective methods of safe food production, delivery, and preparation, said Robert Brackett, PhD, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in the press release.The findings of the investigation will not only help the FDA improve its tomato safety guidance and policy, but also suggest areas for further research, education, and outreach, the agency said. Several universities and members of the produce industry will be part of the safety initiative, which the FDA says complements the Leafy Greens Initiative that was launched in 2006 to explore factors that led to a spate of Escherichia coli outbreaks linked to lettuce and other leafy greens produced in California’s Salinas Valley.In 1990 and 1993, investigations of multistate salmonellosis outbreaks traced the cause to tomatoes processed at a single South Carolina tomato packer. The authors, who published their findings in a 1999 issue of Epidemiology and Infection, concluded that inadequately monitored chlorine levels in the processor’s wash tanks likely contributed to the outbreaks.Craig Hedberg, PhD, lead author of the study and a University of Minnesota expert on foodborne disease, said that despite investments that have been made to address tomato contamination problems over the past decade, little fundamental change has occurred. Hedberg said he hopes the FDA’s current initiative will spur new measures to reduce the number of outbreaks linked to tomatoes.In 2005, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published findings on three Salmonella outbreaks in the summer of 2004 that were linked to Roma tomatoes. The account said the tomatoes in all three outbreaks were traced to a single packing house in Florida, though other growers or packers also could have supplied contaminated products.More research is needed to determine if Salmonella can travel from the roots to the fruit or if contaminated seeds can affect subsequent generations of tomato plants, the authors noted. “Understanding the mechanism of contamination and amplification of contamination of large volumes of tomatoes is critical to prevent large-scale, tomato-associated outbreaks,” they wrote.The authors pointed out that produce packing houses were exempt from Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements, though the FDA encouraged GMP controls for water used in the packing houses. “However, the extent to which FDA guidance has been adopted by the industry is unknown,” the report said.At a Mar 20 FDA hearing on regulatory options for fresh fruits and vegetables, Elisa Odabashian, director of the Consumers Union’s West Coast office, asserted that the FDA’s voluntary guidelines for producers have failed to make food safer, according to a copy of the prepared testimony. She said the only way to make food safer and rebuild consumer confidence is for the FDA and/or the California Department of Health Services to mandate Good Agricultural Practices for growers and Hazard Analysis/Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems for all processors.See also:Jun 12 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108931.htmCDC. Outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with eating Roma tomatoes—United States and Canada, 2004. MMWR 2005 Apr 8;54(13):325-28 [Full text]Hedberg CW, Angulo, FJ, White KE, et al. Outbreak of salmonellosis associated with eating uncooked tomatoes: implications for public health. Epidemiol Infect 1999;122(3)385-93 [Abstract]Mar 20 Consumers Union testimony to the FDAhttp://www.consumersunion.org/news/cu-tells-fda-mandatory-regulation-of-produce-industry-is-long-overdue/
As is customary at such ceremonies, numerous members of the Marasović family, construction and financing partners, friends attended the launch, and Andrija Marasović, the owner of the company, cut the rope with champagne and symbolically “launched” the ship into the sea. “For several decades, our family has been organizing trips and multi-day cruises around the islands. At first, my father organized excursions on wooden boats that used to transport sand, and today there are almost a hundred modern steel ones in Krilo Jesenice. Guests are delighted with the level of luxury and service we provide. ” said Andrija Marasović, a happy godfather and owner of a new boat in the family.”With the construction of cruise ships, Brodosplit’s efforts to be a constant support in the renewal of the passenger and excursion fleet for Croatian private shipowners – small entrepreneurs whose goals are the development of small businesses on the coast and islands, tourism through organized day trips and multi-day cruises.”Point out from Brodosplit.With the launch, a series of construction of tourist cruise ships, the popular ‘Kriljan’, reached 13 delivered new buildings, and with their construction the program of renewal of the passenger and excursion fleet for Croatian private shipowners – small entrepreneurs whose goals are small business development on the coast and islands, development tourism through organized one-day excursions and multi-day cruises. Yesterday, in the Shipbuilding Industry Split, Novogradnja 538 was laid into the sea, a passenger cruise ship that the company in the Brodosplit-BSO doo group is building for a domestic client, the company Brodarstvo Marasović doo from Krilo Jesenice.According to the design and classification documentation approved according to the rules of the Croatian Register of Shipping, Brodosplit’s ‘special’ made a steel hull and superstructure for a ship 48,79 meters long, 8,8 meters wide on ribs, 3,82 meters high, and 2,40 meters long. , and pleasant sailing and enjoyment on cruises on the Adriatic islands and coast are enabled by two propulsion machines with an individual power of 368 kW.