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November 2020

Jackson Hastings close to making decision on Wigan future | Rugby League News

first_img Wigan beat Huddersfield 19-6 to win their first League Leaders Shield in eight years. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – 1:43 Huddersfield interim head coach Luke Robinson was disappointed with their second half performance as they lost to Wigan in their final game of the Super League season. 3:36 Wigan beat Huddersfield 19-6 to win their first League Leaders Shield in eight years. Jackson Hastings will decide his future soon Wigan playmaker Jackson Hastings says he is likely to make a decision on his future early next week.The 2019 Man of Steel addressed the speculation after helping the Warriors overcome Huddersfield 19-6 in the last match of the regular Super League season at Headingley to claim the League Leaders’ Shield for the first time since 2012. Jackson Hastings is unsure if he will stay at Wigan for the final year of his two-year contract as he could use an opt-out clause that would see him make a return to Australia and the NRL. Last Updated: 06/11/20 11:26pmcenter_img Wigan Warriors coach Adrian Lam (R) and Thomas Leuluai poses with the 2020 League Leaders Shield Wigan Warriors coach Adrian Lam (R) and Thomas Leuluai poses with the 2020 League Leaders Shield

Trump fumes, Democrats rejoice as the fate of the Senate hangs in the balance

first_imgUniversally speaking, no Americans wanted to come straight off an election only to head straight back into one where the stakes will be so high. But Democrats just logged a huge win despite the fact that it wasn’t the blue-wave repudiation of Trumpism we had all been dreaming of. We achieved the historic elevation of the first woman and first woman of color to the vice presidency—that alone feels so sweet, particularly given the racist, misogynist vitriol Trump has been mainstreaming for the past four years from the most powerful perch in the land. We clawed back the Upper Midwestern states that had been a Democratic bulwark for decades before 2016. We likely flipped not just one, but two critical Sunbelt states on the electoral map: Georgia and Arizona. That’s huge. As one pundit recently pointed out (unclear who, it’s all a blur), once the evolution from red to blue begins in these states with rapidly growing metro areas like Atlanta, it’s swift. Virginia, for instance, moved from red to purple to pretty solidly blue all within a few election cycles. The gravitational pull of the dense urban areas and surrounding suburbs—which are increasingly voting blue—ends up dictating the direction of the state.But most importantly, in one of the most rancorous and polarized political environments in American history, we defeated a fascist regime with a pervasive state-run propaganda machine. That’s a whopper achievement, especially given the fact that only three duly elected incumbent presidents have been defeated in the past century: Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush. Incumbency is powerful, and we have ripped that power from the hands of a man who was otherwise destined to destroy the entire American enterprise. We should be incredibly proud. It wasn’t easy work, and it’s been a solid four years in the making. The sustained organizing that resulted in the massive blue wave of 2018 teed up Democratic success in 2020. In the midterms, we not only ensured a Democratically controlled House would end the GOP’s stranglehold on the federal government, we also restored Democratic leadership to three states—Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania—that proved absolutely critical to our victory on Tuesday.But our work is not done. Facing down the fascist impulses of a nation going through an historic demographic shift was never going to be a short-term project. To give the Biden administration the tools it needs to right the course of this country, we must take back a majority in the U.S. Senate in the two Georgia runoff races that will take place in January. Elevating Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the Senate is critical, and we have the momentum, the drive, and clear-eyed motivation to get it done.So take a moment to breathe and do what you need to do, whether that’s mourning what’s been lost along the way or raising a glass and hugging your loved ones. And then let’s get back to those Senate races with the full force of our convictions and the knowledge that these are truly winnable seats. Whatever Trump does, we can be assured that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris know what’s at stake and will be doing everything in their power to bring those seats home.Finally, in honor of this history-making day, I leave you with a quote I both adore and live by from the great Audre Lorde:This is why the work is so important. Its power doesn’t lie in the me that lives in the words as much as in the heart’s blood pumping behind the eye that is reading, the muscle behind the desire that is sparked by the word—hope as a living state that propels us, open-eyed and fearful, into all the battles of our lives. And some of those battles we do not win.But some of them we do.We’ve done some damn fine work, my friends. Onward!The Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7. Trump spared nothing and no one, but the main object of his loathing was an entire political structure that was rotten, top to bottom. He seethed with disgust at the injustices taking place. “We’re hearing stories that are horror stories—absolute horror stories. And we can’t let that happen to the United States of America,” Trump said. “We can’t be disgraced by having something like this happen.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – For months, Trump had been grooming his cultists for the moment when he would declare a massive fraud had been perpetrated on the American people because it was the only way Democrats could win. They drank it all in. It became part of their DNA. Conservative commentator and anti-Trumper Charlie Sykes repeatedly warned that Trump supporters overwhelmingly believed he would win reelection. They were certain of it, and they would be shocked if the race ultimately went the other way.The weekend before the election, The Washington Post‘s Philip Bump went to Scranton to interview both Biden and Trump supporters and size up the campaigns’ GOTV operations. Parroting Trump’s lies, 48-year-old Trump supporter Wendy Ross told Bump, “I think Trump is going to win unless there’s election fraud. God, I’m hoping not. I think that’s on everybody’s mind.” Winning wasn’t a problem so long as Democrats didn’t steal the election. “That’s the only thing that we’re worried about, is election fraud,” Ross added, “I just think Democrats are going to try to pull something just to get in.” At this very moment, all across the country, somewhere close to 48% of the population that voted for Trump just watched the predictions he foretold come true, or so they think. Democrats, in their view, employed corrupt tactics to bend a rigged political system their way and disenfranchise the will of The People. And Trump even confirmed it in a grievance dispatch straight from the White House.- Advertisement – That must be especially disheartening to Trump voters in Georgia, who turned out in historic numbers only to watch their votes evaporate into what appears to be the first Democratic presidential victory in the Peach State since 1992. And yet, having just lost the presidency, those very same GOP voters are going to be asked to turn back around in two months and save the Senate majority by placing their faith in the same system they think betrayed them. This time around, however, Trump won’t be on the ballot. In fact, he may not even campaign for the two Republican senators trying to save their seatsIt remains to be seen how Trump will handle this crushing blow to his ego, particularly as the center of the media universe quickly shifts to the Biden-Harris transition. Trump surely won’t be graceful, but his paper-tiger grousing will soon be dismissed as little more than the amusing antics of a sore loser. But in terms of the Senate races, the question is whether he will be consumed by a scorched-earth campaign of maximal destruction or, rather, crave the spotlight so badly he decides a few campaign rallies in Georgia wouldn’t be all bad. What else does he have to do besides watch Fox News, where coverage will increasingly be devoted to the Biden transition?- Advertisement –last_img read more

England vs Iceland: FA asks for Nations League game to go ahead at Wembley | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – In an international week special, Jamie Redknapp reacts to Joe Gomez’s injury news and analyses where England must strengthen ahead of next year’s European Championships.Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox – Advertisement – Entry from Denmark is currently banned for non-British residents after a new strain of coronavirus – thought to have originated in mink farms – was found in the country.The FA has now confirmed they have been lobbying the UK Government for “elite athlete exemption” on Iceland’s behalf, which would have allowed them to enter the UK under strict rules.It had been suggested that a neutral country, possibly Albania, might host the match. “We have asked Government to consider allowing us to play our final UEFA Nations League match at Wembley Stadium, by giving travel exemption to the Icelandic team subject to strict medical protocols,” read an FA statement.“The Icelandic team will have played Denmark in Copenhagen and therefore would be subject to a travel ban.“While in Denmark they will have been under strict UEFA protocols in a sporting bubble and will be PCR tested before travelling to England. The PCR test picks up the Cluster 5 variant.”Pitch to Post podcast: Redknapp on England- Advertisement – Oxford are gearing up to face Wycombe at an empty WembleyImage:England vs Iceland could yet be played at Wembley The FA has asked the Government to consider allowing England to play the UEFA Nations League match against Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday.England’s national stadium was due to host England’s final Group A2 game, but the entire Iceland squad are unable to enter the UK under current rules given they first play Denmark in Copenhagen on Sunday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

With Biden called clear winner, where does a toddler-like narcissist go from here?

first_imgDan Eberhart, another Republican donor, told the Post Trump is making a power play by refusing to recognize Biden as the president-elect. “Trump is trying to establish the premise that he was robbed by voter fraud and use that as his power base within the Republican Party going forward,” he said.GOP legislators have been similarly slow to acknowledge Biden’s win, and it’s because they don’t want to risk upsetting Trump and dimming their own prospects of reelection in two years, an unnamed Republican congressional aide told the Post. “If the party doesn’t fight on the recount, the grass roots is going to leave the party,” another senior Republican told the Post. “That’s the choice they have. That’s why they are doing it. It’s less about the president than it is his voters.”The president, at least in private conversations, has shown he’s not completely out of touch with reality. He’s talking another run in 2024 instead of a second term, the Post reported. “I’m just going to run in 2024. I’m just going to run again,” Trump said according to a senior administration official the Post interviewed.- Advertisement – In the meantime, he is rumored to be considering a digital media company to rival Fox News, according to the Axios news site. Trump tweeted Thursday: “.@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews !”RELATED: Well, that didn’t go as planned: Observers Trump asks to scope out election fraud find no such caseRELATED: Follow the money: Trump’s refusal to concede is a scam in the purest form of the word- Advertisement – “More than likely, they will find some fraud, but there won’t be enough to justify disqualifying enough votes for Trump to win enough states to win the presidency, but it could,” Deason said. “It probably won’t. But it will give Trump supporters the comfort that Biden won it fair and square.”- Advertisement – Doug Deason, a key Trump donor, told the Post that after attending the White House’s election night party, the president deserves “two or three weeks” to investigate his claims of fraud despite a lack of evidence. ”Some people are writing big checks” to challenge the election results, Deason said.center_img The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Belgium expels Danish right-wing activists over plot to burn Koran

first_imgDanish far-right leader Paludan jailed for racism- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

England’s best formation debated after defeat to Belgium in the Nations League | Football News

first_img5:51 5:19 Jack Grealish in action for England against BelgiumImage:Jack Grealish in action for England against Belgium And Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who agreed with the suggestion there are concerns about the strength of England’s defensive unit, says when England do have their top players fit and firing they must find a way to maximise their impact.He picked out the performance of Jack Grealish as the highlight of England’s night and insisted the prime objective for Southgate – regardless of system – needs to be how he gets his best players on the ball in dangerous areas.“I’ve not got a problem with the system – if you look our system compared to Belgium’s it’s pretty much the same and they’ve got to be the best team in the world playing that system,” said Redknapp.“I think it’s about the players more than anything else. There are problems with that system but we’d have problems with whatever system we get.“I personally think it’s more about, how do we get on the ball more? I think it’s been a major problem for England for many years, how we get our best players on the ball. Tonight we found a system and we’ve got something really successful that’s worked for us by getting Jack Grealish in central areas.“It doesn’t matter what system – we could have played 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 3-5-2 – you’ve got Jack Grealish in great positions all around the pitch. That’s what we need. We need players that are going to be comfortable moving around, variation of how you’re going to play.“When you look at how Belgium play, when you pin it down on paper it’s the same system as ours. But Kevin De Bruyne has license to go where he wants, so you don’t tie players down. Get people moving and get the best players on the ball.” – Advertisement – More men needed in attack?And what of the suggestion that having the extra centre-back leaves England a player less in attack? It was a notion England skipper Harry Kane didn’t agree with.“I think with the wing-backs playing as high as they do, and then one of the midfielders coming into a higher role as well, we’ve got enough in attack to cause problems as we did today,” said Kane.“The goals were a little bit disappointing, a little bit fortunate for them, but other than that, I thought all round the pitch we were good.” preview image Boss Gareth Southgate – who said he “couldn’t have enough praise for all the players” – echoed that sentiment when pressed on his team scoring just three goals in five Nations League matches over the past three months.“I’m not sure we could have been any more creative than we ended up,” he said. “We ended up with five [attacking players] – two attacking wing-backs, three attacking forwards.“We showed against Ireland and against Wales that you can score goals with the system. Of course, that’s a different level of opponent. Against the very best teams, the games are tight and we created a lot of chances – as we did in the first half an hour against Denmark.“We’ll constantly keep reviewing and trying to improve but for me we’ve had 10 or 11 debutants across this autumn period, a lot of plusses, we’ve learnt a lot – good and bad – we’ve learnt a lot about a lot of people. And we’ve got to finish it now against Iceland.”Southgate also pointed to the fact he had lost Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling to injury during the camp, two of his most important and pacey players – “that would be a different sort of threat,” he said.Regardless of system, find a way to get key men on the ball – Advertisement – Lack of faith in a centre-back pair?Former England defender Ashley Cole believes the choice of system stems from Southgate’s lack of faith in finding a reliable centre-back partnership from his squad.“Is Gareth playing a three to protect the two? I don’t think he’s comfortable with the choice of the two that would play centre-back,” Cole told Sky Sports.“I think the left-back and at right-back you’ve got very, very good options. But I think he’s worried about the central area.“And then you’ve got [midfielders] Jordan Henderson in front with Declan Rice, maybe I would like to see someone a little bit better on the ball, forward passing, keeping it ticking a little bit better.“I think when Harry Winks came on he livened the game up a bit, forward passing a little bit more.“I’m just not thrilled by this formation.” Action from Belgium vs EnglandImage:Tyrone Mings was part of England’s three-man defence In the aftermath of the defeat, there was debate over whether England need a three-man defence, if their midfield personnel is suitable for the formation, and what they need in attack to hit the net against the world’s best sides. Is 3-4-3 the answer for England? That was the question put to the England manager, his captain and the Sky Sports pundits after the team’s Nations League hopes were ended with a 2-0 defeat away to Belgium on Sunday.First-half goals from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens put Roberto Martinez’s Belgium in control and, although England dominated much of the second period, there was no way back for Gareth Southgate’s side who can no longer qualify for the knockout stages.- Advertisement – Highlights of the Nations League Group A2 match between Belgium and England Gareth Southgate praised the performance of Jack Grealish in England’s Nations League defeat to Belgium. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Older flu drugs still used, against CDC advice

first_img About 47% of the physicians responded to the survey, and 730 of those (58%) met the inclusion criteria. Of the 730, 36.7% were in family practice, 29.2% in internal medicine, 27.9% in pediatrics, and 6.2% in obstetrics/gynecology. Antiviral prescriptionsAbout 54% of the physicians reported prescribing antiviral drugs to at least some patients, with the rates ranging from 41.7% for pediatricians to 66.4% for family practice. Influenza testingA large majority—69%—of the responding doctors reported using a flu test during the flu season. The use of testing ranged from 87.1% of the Minnesota doctors to 55.0% of those in New Mexico. Of those who ordered tests, 88.0% used rapid antigen testing, 18.8% ordered viral culture, and 6.3% ordered serologic tests. Survey specificsThe survey covered 4 of the 10 sites in the CDC’s Emerging Infections Program, a network of state health departments, academic institutions, and local collaborators working to assess the effects of emerging infections and methods for combating them. The four sites were New Haven County in Connecticut, seven counties in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area, four urban counties in New Mexico, and 15 counties in the Albany and Rochester, N.Y., areas. Surveys were mailed to random samples of PCPs in the four areas in March and April of 2007 and were sent two more times to nonrespondents. Physicians were asked whether they had evaluated patients with ILI, whether they had used influenza tests and what types, and whether they had prescribed antiviral drugs and what types. Those who had not examined patients with ILI were excluded. Amantadine use was highest in New Mexico (43.2% of doctors), followed by Minnesota (16.6%) and New York (14.2%), the report says. Respondents in Connecticut reported the highest use of oseltamivir (94.7%), followed by those in Minnesota (90.2%), New York (85.8%), and New Mexico (70.3%). The CDC says many rapid antigen tests for flu can be handled by nonlaboratorians in office settings, which may explain why many physicians choose them. “However, the benefit of obtaining results quickly must be weighed against the low sensitivities of the tests (70%-75%),” the report says. Consequently, “PCPs should use clinical judgment and check reports of weekly influenza activity from CDC and their individual state health departments to guide their clinical decisions.” The most commonly prescribed antiviral by far was oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a neuraminidase inhibitor, used by 87% of the respondents. The two older drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, were prescribed by 17.8% and 8.7%, respectively. Zanamivir (Relenza), the other licensed neuraminidase inhibitor, was prescribed by 5.3% of the physicians. Jan 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A recent survey suggests that about a quarter of primary care physicians (PCPs) were still prescribing older antiviral drugs for influenza during the last flu season, despite a federal warning to avoid them because of viral resistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the survey of 730 physicians in four states, 26.4% reported prescribing amantadine or rimantadine to some patients in the 2006-07 flu season, according to the report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In January 2006 the CDC recommended that physicians stop using the two drugs because of high rates of resistance in circulating strains of influenza A. In light of the findings on antiviral prescribing, the CDC article calls for more education efforts to make PCPs aware of current treatment recommendations. The report also says that pediatric patients treated with oseltamivir should be watched closely for signs of neuropsychiatric effects, such as hallucinations, delirium, or abnormal behavior. Such effects have been reported in a number of young patients in recent years, mostly in Japan. The survey also showed that 69% of physicians ordered influenza tests for patients with influenza-like illness (ILI), and most of those ordered rapid antigen tests. Because rapid tests miss up to 30% of flu cases, the CDC says, physicians should exercise clinical judgment when using them. CDC. Influenza-testing and antiviral-agent prescribing practices—Connecticut, Minnesota, New Mexico, and New York, 2006-07 influenza season. MMWR 2008 Jan 25;57(3):61-5 [Full text]last_img read more

US seeing flu strain not matched by vaccine

first_imgFeb 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – As seasonal influenza makes its annual march across the country, surveillance data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 23% of the viruses that have been identified belong to a strain that is not included in this season’s vaccine.CDC Director Dr Julie Gerberding said the influenza A H3N2/Brisbane-like strain emerged at the end of Australia’s influenza season, too late for inclusion in US flu vaccines, according to a Feb 2 report from the Associated Press (AP).According to the CDC’s most recent weekly flu report (for Jan 20 through 26), US laboratories have characterized 197 flu viruses so far this season. Forty-six (23%) were A/Brisbane/10/2007-like, which the CDC says is a recent antigenic variant that evolved from an A/Wisconsin/67/2005-like strain, a component of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine.The Brisbane-like viruses made up 87% of the 53 type A H3N2 isolates collected so far, according to the CDC. Of the other isolates, 101 were type A H1N1 viruses and 43 were type B viruses.According to an influenza update from Canada that covers the same week, Canadian laboratories have analyzed 243 influenza samples so far this season and found that 12 (5%) were the Brisbane-like strain.The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the Brisbane-like strain will be included in the southern hemisphere’s 2008 seasonal flu vaccine.This year’s vaccine is still a good match for the strains responsible for most of the flu cases and should provide cross-protection against the new strain, Gerberding told the AP. “If people haven’t gotten their flu shot, it really is still not too late,” she said.According to the CDC, 11 states are reporting widespread influenza activity and 26 are reporting regional activity.In other seasonal flu developments, the CDC recently issued a health advisory to clinicians asking them to report all flu-related pediatric deaths and to have a high index of suspicion for coinfections, especially with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).The CDC said the number of flu-related pediatric deaths during the 2006-07 season was moderately higher than in the previous two flu seasons. Of 73 pediatric deaths from influenza, 30 involved bacterial coinfections. Twenty-two of the patients were infected with S aureus. Of that group, 15 had MRSA infections.According to the CDC’s most recent update, only two influenza-related pediatric deaths have been reported this year. However, two states—Mississippi and New York—recently reported a total of four pediatric flu-linked deaths. The Mississippi State Department of Health reported on Feb 4 that two patients aged 18 or younger died of the illness. No other details about the patients were available, except that the deaths occurred in DeSoto and Madison counties.Yesterday the New York State Health Department announced the flu-related deaths of two children, a 7-month-old from Monroe County and a 7-year-old from Orange County. The children were positive for influenza A and B, respectively, the department said. No other details were provided.Richard F. Daines, MD, New York’s health commissioner, in the statement urged parents to vaccinate their children against seasonal flu. “These tragic deaths underscore the serious threat seasonal influenza poses, particularly for the very young, the elderly, and anyone with a chronic medical condition,” he said.”Anyone who wants to reduce their risk of for flu should get vaccinated. It’s not too late,” he said.See also:WHO recommendations for the 2008 southern hemisphere flu vaccineFeb 4 Mississippi State Department of Health press releaseFeb 5 New York State Department of Health press releaselast_img read more

Massachusetts, Virginia probe E coli outbreaks

first_imgAug 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Massachusetts officials announced yesterday that they were investigating six Escherichia coli O157:H7 illnesses that are linked to a multistate outbreak, while Virginia officials report that E coli has sickened as many as 73 Boy Scouts at a camp.The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) said in a press release that it has not yet identified the source of the patients’ infections but suspects contaminated ground beef. The cases were linked to a multistate outbreak through PulseNet, an electronic network for sharing molecular fingerprinting (pulsed-field gel electrophoresis) data.”These cases may be linked to 20 other cases in several states and Quebec that were caused by the same strain of E. coli,” the release states.But it was not clear if the statement referred to a recent seven-state outbreak that has been tied to ground beef sold at Kroger retail stores. That outbreak involved 49 cases in seven states (Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Utah), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) last update on Jul 18. The outbreak also prompted a Jun 30 recall of 531,000 pounds of ground-beef components by Omaha-based Nebraska Beef Ltd. Three days later the company expanded the recall to 5.3 million pounds.The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with state officials to determine the cause of the Massachusetts cases, and authorities collected several ground beef samples from stores and will conduct tests this week, according to the MDPH.The MDPH said patients range in age from 3 to 60 years old and are from three counties. They reported becoming ill between Jul 10 and 16, and at least five patients were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported Jul 31 that it was investigating an E coli O157:H7 outbreak that has shuttered one of the nation’s largest Boy Scout camps, located in Goshen near the Blue Ridge Mountains. In an update today, the VDH said that 73 Scouts have reported illness since attending the camp, and E coli O157:H7 infections have been confirmed in 21. Eight Scouts have been hospitalized.Karen Remley, MD, MBA, Virginia’s health commissioner, said in the statement that the majority of the sick boys are from northern Virginia, but Scouts attending the camp came from other areas in the state as well as Maryland, the District of Columbia, and possibly other states.Diane Woolard, an epidemiologist with the VDH, told CIDRAP News that laboratory studies haven’t yielded any evidence that the strain responsible for the cluster of Virginia illnesses matches the seven-state outbreak.The VDH said samples of raw ground beef from the camp have tested positive for an E coli O157:H7 strain that matches some of the sick patients, the Associated Press reported today. However, Woolard said officials are looking at all possible exposures and are awaiting the results of full epidemiologic and laboratory studies.See also:Aug 4 VDH press releaseJul 18 CDC E coli outbreak updatelast_img read more

The public bicycle system came to life in Split. Public bicycle rental is up 200 percent and is used by 1.400 users

first_imgThe price of using a bicycle is 5 kuna every additional half hour for a classic, or 10 kuna for an electric bicycle. The price of the seasonal subscription is 200 kuna, valid for one year and includes an unlimited number of free rides lasting 30 minutes per bike, while for additional rides the same method applies as with the ‘pay as you go’ option in the first case. RELATED NEWS: Great news is coming to us today from Split. Namely, a new trend of transport through the rental of public bicycles has come to life in Split.  “From this short period and pilot project we can conclude that our fellow citizens recognized bicycles as part of the offer in the urban mobility system. We offered them an alternative and they started using it in a short time. It is not realistic to expect Split to become Amsterdam. We do not have such a topography or mentality, but it is a cheaper, fast and environmentally friendly way to move around the city. We are preparing documentation based on which we will set up a significant number of bicycles and stations next year. Of course, Split needs to continue developing bicycle paths and the entire cycling infrastructure, which will make this service even safer, better and more acceptable to a growing number of users. We have a long way to go in changing the habits of dominant use of personal vehicles, getting used to and respecting bicycles in traffic, but we have moved in that direction and the first results are encouraging. Next year will be a significant investment as well as the organizational challenges it brings to our company, ”he said is Marko Bartulić, director of Split parking. The operator of the public bicycle system in Split is Nextbike Croatia, and Split is one of the 20 cities in Croatia that have implemented it.  Currently, eight stations have been set up, and there are 50 bicycles available – 20 electric and 30 classic, but the expansion of the entire system with even more stations and bicycles for public transport is expected soon.   Photo: City of Split To use the public bicycle system, registration is required, which is free, account activation costs 5 kuna and is valid for the entire Nextbike system anywhere in the world, while the specified amount also remains available on the user’s account for all additional rides.  The enthusiasm is even stronger due to the fact that most of the users are residents of the city of Split, which shows that we have recognized the value of using a city bike in our area as a supplement to public transport.  Nextbike, The public bicycle system has been expanding and promoting two-wheeled riding for six years as a sustainable, healthy, affordable and often the fastest form of transport in 20 Croatian cities where it is no longer necessary to own a bicycle. ”In addition to expanding in Split, we plan to open new cities and develop a service so that public bicycles are increasingly used to go to work, college or to move around the city. ” concludes Gustin.  AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTINUES TO GROW, SPLIT AIRPORT BREAKS ALL RECORDScenter_img The public bicycle system should be the standard offer of each of our serious tourist destinations. Of course if we want to deal with the strategic development of tourism and talk about the tourist year. “Successful cooperation with representatives of the City of Split and Split parking resulted in a quality network of nextbike stations and a large number of classic and electric bicycles available 24/7 in the busiest locations in the city. Bicycle sharing among visitors and residents as an idea and possibility was accepted in Split in just a few months. After Zagreb, Split records the largest number of rents, and as the plan is to make bicycles available throughout the year, the same trend is expected during the winter season. ” points out Ante Gustin from Nextnika Croatia.  Photo: Nextbike Croatia In Split, 1.400 users are registered for renting public bicycles, of which 52,6 percent are domestic. The most frequent location was the one on the waterfront, followed by Stari plac, Spinut and Split 3 and Sukoišan, Kampus, Žnjan and next to TC Joker.  Thus, in September, the rental of public bicycles in Split increased by as much as 200 percent. From mid-July to the end of September, a total of 2886 leases were realized, of which 60,9 percent were domestic users. More than half of the leases, 1865 of them, were realized only in September, which recorded three times or 200% more leases than in August, according to Split parking data.  By the end of October, if everything goes according to plan, a new contingent of 32 bicycles (20 classic and 12 electric) should arrive in Split, as well as four new stations worth around 700 thousand kuna, financed by Split parking, Bartulić points out, adding that next year plans to set up several dozen new terminals to meet the set goal of each district having at least one station and making bicycles easily accessible to all. By the way, this year Split has the nine best months in tourist traffic ever in which it was visited by 837.125 thousand guests with almost 2,5 million tourist nights. This is the result of which Split surpassed last year’s best tourist year by as much as 8 percent in the number of guest visits, and the number of their overnight stays is 9 percent higher than last year. After the City of Split, in cooperation with the utility company Split parking, put into operation the public bicycle system a little more than two months ago, the results on its use indicate that this form of transport has room for further development.  The company System of Public Bicycles has been proud of the last open system in Croatia for several months now, in which the number of users is growing from month to month. Now that the first concrete figures have been presented in Nextbike Croatia, they also have concrete confirmation that Split has embraced the system of public bicycles. last_img read more