Ethiopian conflict deepens as Tigray leaders sacked

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Thailand protests: Police deploy water cannon in Bangkok

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Netflix Direct, a TV Channel-Like Offering, Will Choose Content for You So You Don’t Have To

first_imgIf proven to be successful, it’s likely that Netflix will roll out availability of its Direct channel in other global markets as well. Of course, the functionality of the channel depends on careful curation of content, with a good mix of movies, TV shows, and other specials playing as per a set schedule. The curation would have to be based on respective markets, since users in France and users in India will naturally have different preferences.For now, Netflix Direct is only available in France, and is naturally being curated for French audiences, with a selection of French, international, and US feature films and TV shows, as per the Variety report. Users will of course have the option to watch movies and TV shows on Netflix normally by selecting and immediately viewing as before, but Netflix Direct will have some appeal to users who are between TV shows or just want to sit down and watch something at the end of the day without putting much effort into looking up content.Netflix is known to live test many of its upcoming features in various global markets, and only recently announced plans for a ‘weekend trial’ of its premium service for select users, starting with India. The streaming service has also been gradually improving the technical quality of its original productions. Much of its new content is being produced in 4K Dolby Vision, compatible with many current-generation HDR TVs.- Advertisement – Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Netflix Direct is a TV channel-like service that is being tested in France. The great thing about streaming on OTT platforms is having access to movies and TV shows whenever you want to watch them. You aren’t bound to programming schedules, and in most cases, you don’t need to wait for a week to get a fresh new episode of your favourite show. That said, it can sometimes be frustrating to look for something to watch, and the traditional experience of flipping through TV channels to find something interesting remains an option that many prefer. That’s why Netflix plans to bring this experience to OTT streaming, through Netflix Direct.Designed to function like a regular TV channel within the streaming platform, Netflix Direct is the company’s first attempt at linear, scheduled programming. The channel is rolling out in a phased manner for testing in France right now, according to a report by Variety. The report states that Netflix chose France because traditional TV consumption habits are still popular in the European country. Netflix Direct has been soft launched in France on November 5, and will be widely available in the country in December, as per the report.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

China’s pig disease continues to spread and confound

first_img BBC News reports that Chinese authorities knew of the S suis cases about a month ago but did not release that information until Jul 25. Local reporters have been banned from visiting areas where cases have occurred, with orders to newspapers to use dispatches from Xinhau, the state news agency, according to an MSNBC story. The Western Pacific office of the World Health Organization (WHO) put the number of cases as of today at 181 with 34 deaths, but New Scientist reported 198 cases with 36 deaths. The disease is concentrated in the Sichuan province in the southwest, but a case was reported Saturday in the southern province of Guangdong, says an Associated Press (AP) story. The lethality of the current cases and the symptom variations have called into question the S suis diagnosis. Robert Dietz of Asia-Pacific WHO is reported to have said that his organization is not convinced. Samson Wong, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, told Reuters, “It could be another disease altogether, it need not be Streptococcus suis because the presentation is so atypical.” Chinese authorities have not allowed any independent analysis of the cases to date. S suis has just been declared by the Chinese government as a notifiable infectious disease, according to the Chinese business newspaper The Standard. The decision was made because of the vast scale of the infection and the high associated mortality. Extensive control measures have been undertaken quickly in China, according to WHO, focusing on accurate identification of infected pigs, educational efforts informing people not to butcher or eat infected swine, and identification and treatment of human cases. Officials in Sichuan claim to have distributed more than 2 million posters to farmers and to have sent 50,000 heath workers and officials to 1.4 million hourseholds to register every pig in the region, according to a United Press International story. Chinese experts have completed genetic sequencing of S suis, a Jul 28 Xinhua story reported. Scientists at the Chinese Center for Disease Control are studying how closely the pig and human bacteria are genetically correlated to investigate how the disease spreads from animals to humans. Eleven cases have been reported in Hong Kong since May 2004, according to MSNBC. Two of them coincide with the Sichuan outbreak, but whether they are related has not been determined. The disease has been identified by the Chinese Ministry of Health as being caused by Streptococcus suis, a bacterium not uncommon in pigs. Human cases have been very rare, however, with mortality rates of less than 10%. Symptoms usually include high fever, vomiting, and hearing loss resulting from inflammation of the brain. Current cases are showing hemorrhaging under the skin, a very rare manifestation; only isolated hearing loss; and a mortality rate of 20%, according to various reports. Aug 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Reports on the mysterious pig-borne disease spreading among humans in China are numerous, with the number of cases closing in on 200 and fatalities standing at 34. Several sources today said the Yongshun pharmaceutical company in Guangdong shipped enough vaccine to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, on Sunday to treat 350,000 pigs. The company claims they will be producing and shipping vaccine for another 10 million pigs shortly, according to a China Daily story today. To acquire immunity, pigs must be given two doses within a 15-day period; protection will last for more than 4 months. China is the largest pork producer in the world, with production concentrated in the Sichuan province. About 80% of China’s pork comes from small backyard farms, according to the Pacific News Service. Most of the current cases have occurred in farmers and butchers who have slaughtered or had contact with infected pigs.last_img read more

Salmonella outbreak tied to pot pies totaled 401 cases

first_imgNov 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A widely publicized Salmonella outbreak that was linked to frozen pot pies last year involved 401 cases in 41 states and put more than 100 patients in hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a final report on the episode.The outbreak prompted changes in the label instructions for Banquet pot pies and warnings about the importance of thoroughly cooking frozen, not-ready-to-eat foods. And in today’s report, the CDC says the food industry and regulators should examine manufacturing processes for such foods to determine how safe it is to cook them in microwave ovens.Cases in the outbreak began in February and continued until December, peaking in September, according to the article in the Nov 28 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Of patients for whom the information was available, 144 of 289 (50%) had bloody diarrhea, and 108 of 338 (32%) were hospitalized, the CDC says. The outbreak strain is known as Salmonella enterica serotype I 4,5,12:i:-.Rajal Mody, MD, a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, said a hospitalization rate of 32% is “close to average” for Salmonella outbreaks. He said a recent study that compared the hospitalization rates for many different Salmonella serotypes found that the average is 22.8%. The study was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases (see link below).”There are definitely some strains that are lower, some in the 16% range, and there’s one as high as 67%, but that is a fairly rare serotype,” Mody told CIDRAP News. He said the same study indicated that the average hospitalization rate for the I 4,5,12:i:- strain is about 25%.The first cluster of cases involving the outbreak strain with matching DNA fingerprints was detected by Pennsylvania disease detectives in June, the CDC report says. But the source of infection was not discovered until a case-control study was launched in October.As part of that effort, epidemiologists in the Minnesota Department of Health determined that four case-patients had eaten Banquet pot pies in the week before they got sick. Further investigation of cases and neighborhood matched controls pointed to Banquet turkey pot pies as the only food associated with the outbreak.In subsequent interviews, 174 of 236 case-patients reported they had eaten frozen pot pies in the week before they fell ill, and more than 90% of these were Banquet or other brands made in the same plant. In addition, the outbreak strain was found in 13 unopened Banquet turkey pot pies collected from patients, all of them produced on Jul 13 or Jul 31, 2007.ConAgra Foods on Oct 8, 2007, suspended production of pot pies at the plant linked to the outbreak, and a few days later the company recalled all pot pies made there. Previous reports listed the plant location as Marshall, Mo.The CDC report indicates that many of the outbreak cases might have been related to undercooking of the pot pies in microwave ovens. “Banquet pot pie microwave instructions might have been confusing because different parts of the package recommended different preparation times,” the article says. Also, the microwave instructions varied by wattage, but few of the patients who were interviewed knew the wattage of their microwave. The report notes that ConAgra revised the labeling and instructions on the pot pies before resuming production.However, improper microwave cooking could not explain the entire outbreak, because 23% of case-patients who ate a pot pie reported cooking the pies in conventional ovens, the CDC says. The case-control study was not large enough to determine whether using a microwave rather than a conventional oven was a risk factor for illness.Several previous salmonellosis outbreaks have been linked to frozen, not-ready-to-eat foods, including several tied to frozen chicken entrees, the report notes. The pot pie outbreak differed from the previous ones in that all the meat ingredients in the pies were supposed to be precooked, with the crust being the only raw part, it says. The report suggests that contamination could have come from “raw frozen poultry pastes” used in making the pies. However, an intensive investigation of the ConAgra plant and its suppliers failed to pinpoint any source of contamination.In view of the likely role of microwave cooking in the outbreak, the CDC says, “Industry and regulators should consider examining the manufacturing processes for frozen not ready-to-eat foods to determine the extent to which microwave cooking is safe for these products.”Besides calling for clear instructions and warnings on frozen microwavable foods, the agency says that clear and prominent listing of the wattage on microwave ovens might improve consumer compliance with the cooking instructions.CDC. Multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections associated with frozen pot pies—United States, 2007. MMWR 2008 Nov 28;57(47):1277-80 [Full text]See also: Oct 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “ConAgra recalls pot pies as Salmonella cases rise”Study from Jul 1, 2008, Journal of Infectious Diseases: “Salmonellosis outcomes differ substantially by serotype”last_img read more

Peanuts not likely at fault for spike in Salmonella -killed birds

first_img He said he has no suspicion that the rash of dead birds is related to the human outbreak. Keel said his lab tests birds that people find dead around their feeders and send in. The lab has tested “a couple hundred” since January—far more than the four or five that are sent in for testing in a typical year. To reduce the spread of Salmonella, the NWHC recommends cleaning feeders with a 10% solution of bleach in water, changing feeder locations regularly, and adding more feeders to reduce crowding. “We did do some strain typing, and our preliminary data indicate no relation” to the strain involved in the human outbreak, said Keel, who supervises the diagnostic service for the ongoing wildlife study. Burkmann Feeds recall news releasehttp://www.burkmannfeeds.com/index.php?tpl=recall Western Trade Group Inc. of Port Angeles, Wash., recalled roasted peanuts in February because they contained peanuts from Peanut Corp. of America, the firm blamed for the nationwide outbreak. The firm’s recall notice said the feed-grade peanuts had been sold to makers of livestock and bird feed in Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and North Dakota. Mar 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella infections have been killing more wild birds than usual in the US Southeast this winter, but the increase does not seem related to the nationwide human disease outbreak tied to tainted peanut products, according to federal wildlife scientists. Western Trade Group Inc. recall noticehttp://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/westerntrade02_09.html “We don’t regularly get pine siskins; they’re typically a more northerly bird. Periodically they come down here. They move down in extremely dense flocks. It’s not uncommon to see Salmonella outbreaks among them,” he said. Like Keel, Ramsay said the reasons are unclear. “It seems like it’s a cyclical thing. Back in 1998 we had a large peak also, not only on the East Coast but also in the Midwest. It seems like every once in a while we get outbreaks that occur over a large area and in large numbers. We’re not exactly sure what causes that as yet.” M. Kevin Keel, DVM, PhD, of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia in Athens said testing so far has shown that the birds have been dying of a different Salmonella strain than the one in the human outbreak. Pine siskins predominateKeel said most of the Salmonella-infected dead birds have been pine siskins and goldfinches, though some cardinals and other birds have died of salmonellosis as well. Salmonella is not uncommon in birds found dead around feeders. But this year it’s “really widespread,” and it’s not clear why, Keel said. In a Mar 11 press release about the recall, Wild Birds Unlimited said, “Initial tests have found no correlation between any bird deaths and the recalled food; a different strain of Salmonella was found in deceased birds in North Carolina than what we detected in the recalled food.”center_img “We really don’t know why this year has been much more extreme,” he said. “If it hadn’t occurred till the pine siskins arrived, we’d have thought it was them, but some cases occurred before they got here. They certainly are the dominant species affected now.” See also: “It seems from probably around Maryland down through Appalachia we’ve been seeing an increase in Salmonella,” he said. “It is Salmonella Typhimurium, and we see outbreaks of this type in birds every year, but usually not to this extent,” Keel told CIDRAP News. Salmonella Typhimurium is also the serotype involved in the human outbreak, but the bird strain does not match genetically with the human cases, he said. He said he was not aware of an unusual level of Salmonella-related bird deaths in regions other than the Southeast, with the possible exception of Washington state. A cyclical phenomenon?Nathan Ramsay of the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wis., said his center also has been seeing an increase in bird deaths related to Salmonella in the Southeast. Bird feed recallBurkmann Feeds, a Kentucky company, recently recalled 150 bags of bird feed after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in one sample. In a statement, Burkmann said one of its peanut suppliers had sold the company some peanuts that were subject to a recall and had not informed the company. Ramsay, who is the lead necropsy technician at the NWHC, said the center has not run genetic tests on Salmonella isolates from birds this winter, but said “there doesn’t seem to be any connection” with the human outbreak. Salmonellosis is a common cause of death in birds at bird feeders, according to the NWHC. The pathogen can spread from bird to bird through direct contact or through food or water contaminated with feces from an infected bird or mammal. Infected birds may appear healthy but can shed the organism in their feces. Burkmann makes bird feed for Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) franchise stores in the Southeast. The recalled peanuts were used in certain lots of Burkmann’s WBU Wildlife Blend and WBU Woodpecker Blend, the company said. The firm said it had recalled those lots and informed all the customers who bought the products. Mar 11 Wild Birds Unlimited recall news releasehttp://www.wbu.com/news/pressreleases/2009_0311_recall.pdf NWHC information on salmonellosis in birdshttp://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/other_diseases/salmonellosis.jsplast_img read more

CDC says new virus spreading beyond travelers

first_imgApr 28, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As the official count of US swine influenza cases rose to 64 today, top federal health officials said it’s becoming increasingly clear that the virus is spreading beyond people who recently traveled to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.”The information we’re seeing from states and locals . . . is that this appears to be acting like a normal flu virus, which has a fairly high rate of transmission in families,” Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a news briefing this afternoon. He said investigators are finding respiratory and flu-like illnesses in family members of case-patients.Besser said the only confirmed case of person-to-person transmission in the United States so far is in the two Kansas cases, which officials have said involved a husband and wife. But he said that probably only reflects the limited extent of testing, adding, “I expect we are seeing transmission within families.”Later he commented that while travel history is an important diagnostic clue in people who have a flu-like illness, “I wouldn’t limit it to that, because it’s really [in] a minority of cases to date that we’ve identified that travel history.”The signs of ongoing transmission seem to fit with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) move yesterday to raise the pandemic alert level to phase 4, which means a new flu virus can spread efficiently enough to cause sustained community outbreaks.This morning the CDC raised its case count to 64, from 40 as of yesterday, including 45 cases in New York, 10 in California, 6 in Texas, 2 in Kansas, and 1 in Ohio. Besser said five patients have been hospitalized—three in California and two in New York—but provided no details on their illnesses.The Associated Press reported this afternoon that “several hundred” students who attend a New York City Catholic school that has been hit by swine flu are sick.Besser reported that the latest illness onset date in a confirmed swine flu case is Apr 24, but that doesn’t mean there has been no transmission since then.”We’re asking that if you are a confirmed case not only that you stay home, but that the rest of your family stay home as well,” to limit the virus’s spread, he said.States all want suppliesIn other comments, Besser reported that all states have now requested their shares of antiviral drugs and personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile, and the CDC is working to fulfill the requests. He called the requests “a forward-leaning step,” since most states don’t have any cases yet.In response to a question, he said the CDC has not yet identified anything that distinguishes swine flu from seasonal flu, aside from the possible clue of a travel history. He said it was an advantage that the new virus did not emerge in the middle of the regular flu season.”If this outbreak had occurred in January or February it would’ve been very difficult to detect because of all the flu activity going on,” he said.On vaccine issues, Besser called the possibility of adding a swine flu antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine “an attractive approach” in that one vaccine could protect against seasonal and swine flu infections. “We do know that seasonal flu vaccine production is moving forward, and we don’t want to delay that, but that is under consideration,” he added.The other possibility is to make a monovalent vaccine, containing just the swine flu strain, he noted.The CDC previously said it was developing a seed strain of swine flu virus for companies to use in making a vaccine. Besser said the seed strain has not yet been sent to the manufacturers.He also reported that the incubation period in US swine flu cases appears to range from 2 to 7 days, which he termed typical for flu.Earlier in the day, Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO emphasized—as he did yesterday—that the swine flu represents “a serious situation” but that a pandemic is not yet inevitable. “We really are in a period in which countries should take this opportunity to really prepare themselves for the possibility of a pandemic,” especially countries not yet dealing with cases, he said.He said that as of today the WHO officially counted 79 cases, including 40 in the United States (the number reported yesterday), 26 in Mexico, 6 in Canada, 3 in New Zealand, 2 in Spain, and 2 in the United Kingdom.Later today, the WHO in an online statement reported that Israel has confirmed 2 cases. The numbers are confirmed cases reported by governments.Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and the environment, stressed how much remains unknown about the new virus, including where it originated and why severe cases seem to be confined to Mexico.”We still do not have a good explanation for why the pattern of cases in other countries appears relatively mild while the pattern in Mexico appears to be much more severe,” he said. Besser said much the same in the CDC briefing.When asked about reports that the virus might have originated in Mexico’s Vera Cruz state, Fukuda said, “I think right now it’s not possible to really know where this virus originated.” He added that the swine flu isolates that have been analyzed have been very similar, suggesting that the virus emerged recently and has not been around long enough to branch into many variants.Fukuda cautioned that even if swine flu activity subsides sometime soon, it will be at least several months before experts can conclude that a pandemic won’t happen. “It’s very hard to know when something like this disappears. I don’t think we’ll be able to conclude that in the next few weeks.”He also warned not to forget how the great pandemic of 1918-19 unfolded. “It also started out as a relatively mild spread of illness that really wasn’t much noted in most places, but then it became a very severe pandemic in the fall,” he said.See also: CDC swine flu pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/Apr 28 WHO updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_28/en/index.htmlWHO swine flu pagehttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.htmllast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: American attitudes, work absences in Britain, Canada’s vaccination plans

first_imgAmericans not worried about H1N1 but will get vaccineMore than 60% of Americans say they are not worried about the novel H1N1 flu, but 55% plan to get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves or someone in their household, according to a Washington Post ABC News Poll. The poll indicates that about one in eight Americans is very worried that the pandemic will affect his or her family, while twice as many are not at all worried, the Post reported. Nearly 75% were confident that the government will be able to cope effectively with the epidemic.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/19/AR2009081901585.htmlAug 19 Washington Post storyMany British firms have had H1N1-related absencesIn a survey of 429 small and medium-sized British companies, 72% said they had weathered staff absenteeism because of the H1N1 flu and 38% expected that their sales would suffer, Reuters reported yesterday. The survey by the law firm Eversheds also found that one in five businesses said they expected to have to close or partially close premises, and 87% said they had introduced new sanitation measures to combat the virus.http://www.reuters.com/article/internal_ReutersNewsRoom_ExclusivesAndWins_MOLT/idUSTRE57I42920090819Aug 19 Reuters reportCanada expects November vaccination launch, adequate supplyCanadian officials hope to license the country’s novel flu vaccine and begin immunizing people in November, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s vaccine supplier, GlaxoSmithKline, will ship about 10 to 15 million doses and will be able to quickly replenish supplies as healthcare workers administer the vaccine to patients. Officials project that GSK’s antigen production will outpace its fill-and-finish capacity but said finishing the vaccine elsewhere would cause delays.Australian doctors question country’s vaccination plans Australia’s major infectious disease society is questioning the safety of the country’s novel H1N1 vaccination plans, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported today. In a letter to the government, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases cited a risk of cross-contamination when using multidose vials and said the flu epidemic has subsided, so the campaign needn’t be rushed. A spokeswoman for vaccine maker CSL countered that the single-dose approach would be slower and more expensive.http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/20/2662321.htm?section=justinAug 20 Australian Broadcasting Corp. storyNovel H1N1 deaths in Latin America exceed 1,300Deaths from H1N1 flu in Latin America, the world’s hardest-hit region, have reached 1,303, more than 70% of the global total of 1,799 listed by the World Health Organization, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday. Argentina has had 404 deaths, the second-highest toll after the United States’ 477, and Brazil has 368, the story said. Trailing Brazil are Mexico, with 164 deaths; Chile, 105; and Peru, 62.Zimbabwe, Belarus report first novel flu casesZimbabwe’s health ministry today announced the confirmation of the country’s first novel H1N1 cases, in five private-school children who got sick in early August, Agence France-Presse reported. Doctors at Zimbabwe’s state hospitals are on strike over wage and allowance issues, but the health minister said the medical system is coping. Meanwhile, Belarus confirmed its first novel flu case yesterday, in a Chinese man who had recently returned from visiting China, the Interfax news agency reported.last_img read more

After the renovation, the Hilton Imperial opened in Dubrovnik

first_imgHilton Imperial Dubrovnik, built back in 1897, is one of the recognizable features of the city of Dubrovnik, and yesterday, after a five-month renovation, it received its first guests, writes Poslovni dnevnik.This year’s renovation of the reception area, all accommodation units and the Executive lounge breathed a new glow in combination with the old glamor, they point out in the hotel, but do not reveal the amount of investment. The Goddard Littlefair studio was hired for the renovation, and the materials used, parquets, furniture and lighting are Croatian products, while the walls are decorated with works by Croatian artists.“The Hilton Imperial is a cultural asset of this city which, due to its magnificent façade, often appears in pictures of tourists. We have preserved the distinctive exterior of the hotel as we have renovated the interior to revive the imperial history of the hotel. With the opening of the hotel, we continue the tradition of 120 years of providing first-class service to existing and future guests, said the general manager of the hotel Mario Matković.As part of the renovation, the hotel bar of the new name The Imperial Bar and Lounge has been renovated to match the elegant interior. The team of award-winning bartenders at The Imperial Bar has created a unique offering inspired by classic 1890s cocktails like Milk Punch. The bar is also known for its The Imperial Afternoon tea, which was served back in 1936 to King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson while they danced in the gardens of the old Imperial, the hotel explains.In addition to Hilton Dubrovnik and Zagreb’s DoubleTree by Hilton, two more Hilton hotels will open in the next two years, Hotel Canopy by Hilton will open by September in the Branimir Center instead of Arcotel, and the Hilton Garden Inn should open by the end of next year. in Radnička.Source: Business diary</p>
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Two young people from Zagreb got a job in Feravin and decided to move to Feričanci

first_imgUnfortunately, it is no longer news that young people from Slavonia are moving out every day. But the news is when someone moves there for work, and it was this step that was decided by two young people who started their careers – no less and no more – than in Feričanci, a small town with about two thousand inhabitants.  It currently exports to 18 countries: Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Estonia, Switzerland, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, USA, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and Japan. “This year, we exported the most wines to Germany, France, the Netherlands, the USA and Serbia. I am extremely glad that Frankovka Miraz and Frankovka Dika have been drinking in the distant Caribbean since this autumn, which we exported through our customer in the Netherlands. Exports account for a little more than 20 percent of our revenues, which is a good result considering that until a few years ago, our share of this segment was only three percent. We plan to increase the share of exports to 40 percent of total sales. ” pointed out Luka Vrga, a member of the Management Board of Osilovac, a company within which Feravino operates. “I am extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to work in the cellar and vineyards where it all actually begins. My days in Feričanci are full. After work, there is always time to hang out with dear people I met there, and Zagreb is only a two and a half hour drive away, so when I want it, I go on the weekends. “, says Lucija Kužir. Consumption of wine as well as knowledge about wines is an increasingly important part of the lifestyle in Croatia, including in Feričanci. Many wine regions and winemakers promote wine when guests visit wineries, including our winery in Feričanci. Photo: Feravino Photo: Julio Frangen And the fact that this winery takes care of young people is confirmed by the fact that since the beginning of last year, the professional team of oenologists has also been led by the young and promising Antonija Čema. Martin Kovačević, her fiancé, says that the fear of moving and the negative news spreading about emigrating from Slavonia quickly disappeared. “Already after the first few working days I was satisfied with my new job. From vineyards and cellars to selling wine, there is a lot of work, but I am very satisfied with the working conditions, and as a young technologist I see room for improvement. It is important for me to work in the profession. After all, I was educated for that, and I love my job very much. I am also delighted with Slavonia. Here the people are extremely hospitable, warm and cheerful. I like the serenity with which they radiate and live, as well as the richness of tradition and customs”, Martin Kovacevic points out. Photo: Martin Kovačević, Adela Grabež and Lucija Kužir, a team of young technologists from Feravin Feravina exports its wines to 18 countries around the world  Unfortunately, it is no longer news that young people from Slavonia are moving out every day. But the news is when someone moves there for work, and it was this step that was decided by two young people who started their careers – no less and no more – than in Feričanci, a small town with about two thousand inhabitants.  Feravin’s increasingly important business orientation is export-oriented. Namely, after graduating from the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, twenty-four-year-old Lucija Kužir and twenty-five-year-old Martin Kovačević got a job at the Feravino winery as technologists. Lucija is from Zagreb, and Martin Dalmatinac from Polača, and they gained their first experiences in practice in California, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Construction of a wine hotel is also planned  Exports account for just over 20 percent of our revenues- Luka Vrga, member of the Management Board Feravina vineyards cover an area of ​​165 hectares, and at the moment about 40 hectares of vineyards are in the phase of restructuring and new planting. The annual production is about 900 thousand liters, and in the vineyards are planted part of the indigenous grape varieties that have been found here since ancient times – Graševina, Frankovka, Zweigelt, as well as international varieties of white grapes (Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Rhine Riesling) and black varieties – syrah , cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and pinot noir. “The plan is to have sauvignon blanc on offer, for which vineyards have already been planted, thus following the trends of winemaking in the world. Most of the vineyards and attractive localities are located on the slopes of the Krndija mountain in the village of Feričanci, and some of the interesting locations are located in the vicinity of Našice. ” Vrga pointed out. With the possibility of wine tasting in the Old Cellar and wine shop, we offer our guests a tour accompanied by an expert oenologist, the past few years we offer vintage as a tourist program and every year more and more interested in this type of tourism. “In the long run, we plan to build a small hotel, restaurant and accompanying facilities, which will be realized in the next two to three years. This will strengthen the image of Feravin, but also Feričani as an unavoidable wine destination. ” concludes Vrga.last_img read more