Disputes between Slovenia and Croatia over the sea border do not seem to affect the mood of Slovenian tourists, who still, according to a recent survey, prefer to spend their summers on the Croatian sea and, along with Germans and Italians, are the most numerous foreign tourists.The Ljubljana daily Delo conducted a survey that showed that 49 respondents prefer to go on holiday to Croatia, 45 percent spend their summers in Slovenian resorts, 7 percent in Italy, 4 in Spain and 3 percent in Greece. It is interesting that more than 75 respondents say that they will spend the summer in Croatia or spend at least one day on a trip there. According to the Croatian Tourist Board, in recent years the number of arrivals of guests from Slovenia has grown by two to three percent.Most of them cite the geographical proximity of Croatian destinations, natural beauty, family and friendly ties, similarity of language as the reason for coming to Croatia, and we should not ignore the fact that many Slovenes in Croatia have their own holiday properties. Slovenian President Borut Pahor also decided to spend his summer holidays on the Croatian sea, so he announced that he would spend a week with his family in Umag. However, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar is bypassing Croatia in a big way. He will spend his vacation in August on the Slovenian sea, mountains and lakes, and will also enjoy the beauties of the Montenegrin coast and the Austrian Alps.Slovenian tourism is also recording better results in terms of the number of guests, which prompted the tourist staff of Bled and Bohinj to tell domestic tourists not to come in the height of the main season but in the fall when there are fewer guests.Slovenians mostly visit destinations in Istria and Kvarner, followed by destinations in the Zadar region. Tourist traffic from Slovenia is dominant in the camping segment. In the segment of commercial capacities, family accommodation is in second place, followed by hotels. A relatively high share of Slovenians’ traffic is made up of arrivals and overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation facilities.Take a look at the key features of tourist traffic from Slovenia here
Palabrica said signal jammers at the IDJ were also inconveniencingBarangay Nanga residents living nearby. Palabrica urged the local offices of concerned government agencies– National Telecommunications Commission, Philippine National Police,Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and BJMP – to draw up a plan to secure theIDJ but at the same time relieve Barangay Nanga residents of the inconveniencecaused by the signal jammers. “The personnel of the BJMP are perhaps incompetent andill-equipped to deal with confined criminals. They have not effectively stoppedthe entry of banned cellular phones,” said Palabrica. “This matter has serious implications on the economic and sociallife of residents in this barangay. They cannot optimize their livelihoodactivities or stay in contact with families and relatives elsewhere. Lifenowadays is so dependent on cellular communications,” he stressed. The people of Barangay Nanga, said Palabrica, should not be madeto suffer from the incompetence of IDJ jail personnel. If anything, according to Palabrica, the use of cell phone signaljammers exposed flaws or weaknesses in law enforcement and prisoner containmentat the IDJ. “Signal jammers are not the answer to the nagging issue of drug orcontraband control and apprehension. The answer lies in the integrity andcompetence of the leadership and personnel of the BJMP,” said Palabrica. In short, he said, the phone signal jammers were creating“economic and social distress to residents.” “Residents within the 300-meter radius of the facility cannot sendtext messages or make phone calls or use the internet adequately. The maincenter of the barangay which is 100 meters away is severely affected, too.Official communication to other government agencies, especially in emergencysituations, cannot be conducted 24/7,” lamented Palabrica. ILOILO – Jamming the cell phone signal at the Iloilo District Jail(IDJ) in Barangay Nanga, Pototan town is not the solution to the smuggling ofillegal drugs and other contrabands into the prison facility, according toSangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Matt Palabrica. It only covers up theincompetence of jail guards to secure the IDJ, he stressed. He also raised the possibility that jail guards and personnel maybe allowing illegal drugs and phones slip into the prison facility for someconsideration. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) started usingcell phone signal jammers at the IDJ in June this year to prevent inmates withmobile phones from making outside contacts for possible criminal activities. Acting on this concern, the SP invited IDJ and BJMP officials to a“question hour” on Nov. 12 at the Provincial Board session hall, Iloiloprovincial capitol./PN
Evelyn Hidalgo, who worked for a year in personnel at the plant, described the mood there Friday as “very somber.” She added, “Everybody came in this morning like it was a regular day. Then we had a meeting and that was it. It’s heartbreaking.” Topps faces at least two lawsuits filed since the recall; one from the family of an upstate New York girl who became ill, and one seeking class-action status on behalf of all people who bought or ate the hamburgers. The closing, or any subsequent bankruptcy, does not derail the lawsuits.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWARK, N.J. – It took 67 years to build Topps Meat Co. into one of the country’s largest suppliers of frozen beef patties; it took just six days to bring it down. Topps, which began grinding beef before the nation entered World War II and eventually had its products sold in stores across the country, announced on Friday that it was shutting down. Closure of the privately held, Elizabeth-based company puts 87 employees out of work and comes after Topps was forced to issue the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history on Sept. 29. The culprit was 21.7 million pounds of frozen beef patties – an entire year of production – that may have been tainted with potentially fatal E. coli bacteria. The Topps recall raised questions about whether the U.S. Agriculture Department should have acted quicker to encourage a recall, and on Thursday, top USDA officials said they would speed warnings in the future. Thirty people in eight states had E. coli infections matching the strain found in the Topps patties, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. None have died. Topps conceded that much of the recalled meat had already been eaten, and on Friday expressed regret that its product had been linked to illnesses. “We hope and pray for the full recovery of those individuals,” said Topps chief operating officer Anthony D’Urso, a member of the family that founded the company in 1940. “This is tragic for all concerned,” D’Urso said in a statement. Workers left the plant in small groups Friday afternoon, most carrying personal belongings.