Brits enjoy cheap pints before second lockdown

first_imgA server wearing a face mask or covering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pours a pint of Camden Pale Ale inside a pub in Mayfair, London on November 3, 2020.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS | AFP | Getty Images A pub offering up to 50 percent off alcohol for drinkers in Soho, London, ahead of a national lockdown for England from Thursday.Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images Laura Martindale, manager of The Rocket public house in Whiston, pours away spoilt beer that has gone off after the pub was placed into tier three and now faces a four week lockdown ahead of a national lockdown for England from ThursdayPeter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images A sign outside a pub reads ‘ Never too late to pop in for the last pint before lockdown’ on November 4, 2020 in London, England. Non-essential businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will be forced to close from Thursday, Nov 5, following a new national lockdown in England.Peter Summers/Getty Images “Cask conditioned beer will not last, so any beer that will not have been sold by the time the pubs are shut will have to be thrown away, simple as that. And the logic is we’d be better off selling it than throwing it away,” he said.The British Beer and Pub Association, a trade association representing brewers and pubs in the U.K. (and there are over 47,000 pubs in the country), estimated back in May that during the U.K.’s first lockdown in March as many as 70 million pints of British beer would have been destroyed due to closures.The association described it at the time as “heart-breaking to see so much British beer, brewed with supreme skill and care, poured away rather than enjoyed in pubs across the U.K.” LONDON — Many Brits headed out to enjoy their last trip to a pub for at least a month on Wednesday, with some offering cut-price pints of beer before a second lockdown kicked in.Pubs across the country slashed the price of draught beer before lockdown began at 00:01 a.m. local time on Nov. 5. Some offered pints for as little as 95 or 99 pence ($1.28) in a bid to get rid of their stocks rather than pouring it down the drain, literally.Wetherspoons, the U.K.’s largest national pub chain and already known for its cheap drinks menu, was among those offering pints of ale for 99 pence in a bid to avoid wastage before the lockdown — which is forcing pubs, restaurants, leisure centers and gyms in England to close for a month. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Some brewers found other ways to use the beer including feed for anaerobic digesters to create organic fertilizer for farming, the association noted, as well as beer reused as animal feed.The second lockdown is due to last until Dec. 2, depending on how effective it is at lowering the country’s coronavirus infection rate. The U.K. currently has the third-highest infection count in Europe after France and Spain, with just over 1 million reported cases of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. On Oct. 31, U.K. government data showed the seven-day average number of cases stood at 22, 329.As infections started to rise in September, pubs, bars and restaurants were forced by the government to close at 10 p.m. and table service became obligatory.The British Beer and Pub Association is among industry groups calling for more support from the government, including requesting tax cuts for the hospitality sector, employment support and business grants.It has warned that almost a quarter of pub and hospitality industry members believe they could go out of business before the end of the year without government help.The Stonegate Pub Company owns over 700 pubs and bars nationwide in the U.K. and it also announced a three-day sale of all cask ale earlier this week, with pints for 95 pence across its venues.Managing Director Helen Charlesworth lambasted the government ahead of the English lockdown, issuing a statement that “once again, the hospitality industry is being told to bear the financial brunt of further regulations in the Government’s response to Covid-19.”“Given the short notice, this 95p pint sale is to ensure minimal wastage of product across our estate.” – Advertisement – The deal only applied to cask ales, not lager, ciders or wines which can keep, Wetherspoons’ spokesman Eddie Gershon told CNBC Wednesday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Georgia run-off election gives soon-to-be 18-year-olds the to vote

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David Easton, Architect for an American Gentry, Dies at 83

first_img“He certainly did the grand houses of the 1980s, and nobody did it better,” said Bunny Williams, the interior designer who, like Mr. Easton, is an alumna of Parish-Hadley, the Kennedy- and post-Kennedy-era design firm that taught new money to look old and old money to look fresh. “But most of his work wasn’t published, because he worked for very private people. It was a totally different time, and he wasn’t interested in fame. He was confident about what he was doing, and he never had to be pretentious.”David Anthony Easton was born on April 9, 1937, in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in York, Pa., the eldest of three children. His father, David Allen Easton, worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as an accountant; his mother, Elizabeth (Scheidt) Easton, was a homemaker.Mr. Easton spent summers with a grandmother in Chicago, and he knew he wanted to be an architect after visiting the Trend House at the Marshall Field’s department store there and becoming transfixed by its model rooms. He studied architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and after graduation received a scholarship to study architecture at a school in Fontainebleau, France.When Mr. Easton returned to New York City in 1964, he went to work for Edward Wormley, the modernist furniture designer. But he was a classicist at heart. In 1967, Parish-Hadley hired him as a senior designer. He started his own firm in 1972, and by the next decade, his work, along with that of Mark Hampton and Mario Buatta, would become emblematic of the English-style opulence that defined the 1980s. Speaking of his former client, Ms. Kluge, Mr. Easton told Town & Country in 2011: “I think she was searching for pleasure in life. The old Roman carpe diem. She was having a good time. I’m not protecting her. I’m just saying she has a view like that, and I think it’s a good and healthy one.” Yet Mr. Easton, who had a deep knowledge of and abiding love for Regency furniture, Roman statuary, Delft pottery and Chinese antiquities, was not really an impresario of glitz and bling. His tastes were disciplined, and he did not seek the spotlight. Even for its time, at the height of the go-go Reagan years, Albemarle House was considered over the top.“Albemarle House really threw down the gauntlet during the roaring ’80s,” said Stephen Drucker, former editor in chief of House Beautiful and Town & Country magazines. Gossip columnists fell all over themselves describing the excesses of the Kluges, like a private disco, a golf course and liveried footmen.The Kluges certainly weren’t the only high-wattage clients in Mr. Easton’s portfolio. He designed an apartment in the Pierre hotel in Manhattan for Phyllis and Sumner Redstone, the media mogul who died in August. For Paula Zahn, the former CNN anchor, he built a contemporary house in Aspen, Colo. And for Herbert Black, the Canadian businessman who exposed the Sotheby’s and Christie’s price-fixing scandal in 2000, he created a Georgian-style house in Montreal. – Advertisement – There were formal English gardens, five lakes carved into the estate’s 6,000 acres, a carriage house and stables, a grotto, a helicopter landing pad, an 850-acre game preserve and a chapel, for which Mr. Easton designed the vestments of the clergy who would preside there, as well as the crypt below. (Mr. Easton researched just what was required to store embalmed bodies.) The house itself was more than 23,000 square feet, and Mr. Easton filled it with European and English antiques.- Advertisement –center_img In 1981, Mr. Easton was already an established architect and decorator when Alistair Stair, a principal of Stair & Company, an antiques dealer, suggested to Patricia Kluge, who had just married John Kluge, the much older billionaire head of MetroMedia, that Mr. Easton was the man to design the estate the couple wanted to build in Charlottesville, Va.Mr. Easton and Ms. Kluge met at the Carlyle hotel in Manhattan, and, as was his habit, he used a cocktail napkin to sketch his design for a 45-room brick manor that the Kluges would name Albemarle House. – Advertisement – Mr. Easton and Mr. Steinmeyer married in 2014, after 39 years together. Mr. Steinmeyer said he had been engaged to a woman back home in Oklahoma when he and Mr. Easton met in 1975. “David said: “I’m not going to tell you what to do, but you can’t have your life two different ways. Either way, you’re going to make somebody very unhappy. If you want to screw up your life, that’s fine. But don’t screw up somebody else’s.”In 1992, Mr. Easton was named to Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame.Despite his very proper interiors, Mr. Easton had a mischievous streak. He drank red wine with all his meals, even breakfast, declaring, like W.C. Fields, that he didn’t like water because fish mated in it (although both he and Fields used a different verb). Former employees recall Mr. Easton asking for a ham sandwich on the Concorde, the supersonic jet that used to ferry the wealthy across the Atlantic at record speeds, instead of the lobster thermidor they were serving. At dinner parties he liked to say that he was a sex therapist, so that he didn’t have to talk about his work.But he was very serious about that design work, and its implications.In an interview with New York Social Diary in 2007, Mr. Easton said it was no longer appropriate to be building enormous houses.“I’ve built all these Georgian houses, we’re talking about 15-to-25,000-square-foot houses,” he said. “Young people are not going to build that way. They still are up in Greenwich, but that’s the last blast. We can’t afford to. No, I think in the day and age when people are starving and dying, the earth can’t afford it.” David Easton, an architect and interior designer who created English-style palaces for an American aristocracy, died on Oct. 29 at his home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 83.James Steinmeyer, his husband and only immediate survivor, said the cause was complications of dementia.- Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA releases final report on spinach E coli outbreak

first_img Changes in groundwater levels during the 2006 growing season could have contributed to contamination problems on the field, according to the report. In March the ranch’s groundwater levels were higher than the San Benito riverbed, but they fell to the riverbed level in July, and then dropped below the riverbed’s level later in the season. “This potentially allowed surface river water from the river flowing into the Paicines Ranch valley to percolate into the ground again and recharge the groundwater during that period,” the report said. Mar 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and California officials released a final report today on last fall’s nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to fresh spinach, tracing the pathogen to a specific farm and identifying a handful of possible contamination sources. FDA final report on E coli outbreak in fresh spinach See also: There, officials found the outbreak strain in river water, cattle feces, and wild-pig feces. A grass-fed cattle operation was located on the ranch, less than a mile from the spinach field, the report says. Investigators found evidence of wild pigs in and around the cattle, growing, and irrigation well areas. San Benito County farm citedDuring the investigation, federal and California officials found the outbreak strain in 13 bags of Dole brand baby spinach and traced the contaminated products to an Aug 15 production run at a Natural Selection Foods facility in San Juan Bautista, Calif., according to the FDA report. Testing at the facility found no samples that matched the outbreak strain. Mandatory oversight?Acheson said the FDA is holding three hearings on issues surrounding tainted produce. He said though good agricultural practices and marketing agreements are the best ways to keep E coli out of produce in the short term, information may come out of the hearings that could build a case for mandatory federal oversight. The outbreak, which occurred in early fall, sickened 205 people and caused three deaths. The spinach grower was marketing products for conventional sale, but the field was being changed into an organic growing area, the report said. Jeff Farrar, food and drug chief of the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), said at a press conference today that the fertilizer used on the field was heat-treated chicken manure pellets. Jan 26 CIDRAP News article “California debates produce safety measures” Reilly said California growers are taking a good first step by signing on to marketing agreements that will be administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Food handlers and producers who join the CFDA marketing agreements vow to accept products only from farmers that follow specific food safety procedures. Products certified by state-authorized inspectors and grown with good agricultural practices can carry an official seal to assure consumers.center_img Investigators traced the product code to four fields in Monterey and San Benito counties, the report says. Though E coli O157:H7 was found in environmental samples on all of the farms, samples that matched the outbreak strain were limited to one farm: the Paicines Ranch in San Benito County. Kevin Reilly, deputy director for prevention services at the CDHS, said that though the 6-month investigation wasn’t able to determine how the E coli got onto the spinach, it was still a success. “This is the first time we’ve found a clear link between an individual with a contaminated product and taken that link down to the farm level,” he said. “In real time, we saw evidence of some of the risk factors coming to fruition.” About 90% of California’s fresh produce companies have expressed an interest in joining the marketing agreement, the details of which are still being formulated, Reilly said. “Industry self-regulation seldom protects consumers and often provides industry with cover when contamination occurs,” she said in her statement. “Simply put, if the leafy green industry ever hopes to regain consumer trust, it must be regulated by an authority other than itself.” The multifaceted problems identified by the investigation point to an urgent need for more research on the microbial ecology of E coli, said David Acheson, MD, chief medical officer for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “We need to find out how the bugs get onto the produce in the first place and how we can prevent that from happening in the future,” he said. Mar 23 FDA press release Elisa Odabashian, director of the Consumers Union’s West Coast office, spoke at the FDA hearing held in Oakland, Calif., on Mar 20. In her comments, posted on the Consumers Union Web site, Odabashian said the marketing agreements taking shape in California lack public input and are heavily influenced by the leafy-greens industry. Consumers Union statement Industry signs on for voluntary changesThe way to reduce the risk of E coli contamination in spinach and other fresh greens is for farms to uniformly adopt established good agricultural practices, Reilly said. “Every farm, every day,” he stressed, adding that food processors must follow good manufacturing practices.last_img read more

FDA may loosen labeling rules for irradiated foods

first_imgApr 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed rules that would relax some labeling restrictions on irradiated foods and invited the public to comment. Oct 2006 FDA statement on E coli outbreak However, in an Apr 4 notice published in the Federal Register, the FDA proposed that only foods that are “materially changed” by irradiation be required to carry the radura logo and the term “irradiated.” The FDA defines a material change as an alteration in a food’s characteristics caused by irradiation, such as extended shelf-life in bananas or changes in color, texture, or taste that exceed the normal range of variability for the food. The proposed rule change would also allow companies to petition the FDA for permission to use alternative terms for irradiation and would permit firms to use the term “pasteurized” instead of “irradiated” if the process they use meets federal criteria for pasteurization. “It is possible that some manufacturers not currently using irradiation as a safety tool (because of the current labeling requirement) may opt to start using irradiation in order to enhance the safety of their products,” the FDA notice states. Some consumer groups, such as Public Citizen, strongly oppose food irradiation because they are suspicious about its effects and believe food producers will use it as a substitute for more traditional food safety measures. The bill broadened the definition of pasteurization to include any safe process that is at least as protective as pasteurization and is reasonably certain to kill the most resistant pathogens likely to occur in the food. The legislation also directed the FDA to review its regulations on labeling of irradiated foods, receive public comments, and then revise the regulations “as appropriate.” The 2002 farm bill specified that, until the issuance of new rules, anyone could petition the FDA for permission to change the labeling of an irradiated food, provided that the change “is not false or misleading in any material respect.” The FDA’s Federal Register notice says that the agency has not received any petitions from companies requesting the use of alternative labeling for their irradiated products. Currently, few foods are irradiated. Though several major health and science organizations, such as the World Health Organization and Infectious Diseases Society of America, have endorsed food irradiation as safe, US consumers have been slow to warm to irradiated foods. See also: It also says the labeling changes could allow some consumers to make more informed decisions about their food purchases, but it acknowledges that others may regard substitute terms as misleading. The FDA says in the notice that it was unclear how many products could be marketed without “irradiation” on the label if its proposal is adopted, because labeling requirements cannot be made in advance for all products. Labeling requirements will mostly likely be set case-by-case because the effects of irradiation on different foods vary. “It is more likely that this option would simply allow firms more flexibility in how they label irradiated foods,” the notice states. Comments from the public are due by Jul 3, 2007. The move toward loosening labeling rules for irradiated foods began nearly 5 years ago when Congress passed the 2002 farm bill. Labeling-related provisions intended to promote the acceptance of irradiated foods were included in amendments authored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Apr 4 FDA Federal Register notice on proposed change in labeling rules However, recent illness outbreaks caused by contaminated produce have sparked new interest in ways to make the US food supply safer. Last October, amid a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to fresh spinach, the FDA, in an outbreak update on its Web site, said it had a petition under review to permit the irradiation of multi-ingredient foods, including prepackaged fresh produce, to reduce microbial contamination. The FDA says companies are sure to consider their bottom line when deciding to make a labeling change, but the new rules could also increase the use of irradiation as a food safety tool. The revised labeling rules, however, could make it more difficult for consumers who want to avoid irradiated foods, because they would need to do more research on which foods are irradiated. Jun 17, 2002 CIDRAP News article “New farm bill may promote food irradiation, but changes could be slow” CIDRAP overview on food irradiation The FDA currently requires all irradiated foods to have the international radura symbol and the statement “treated by irradiation” or “treated with radiation” clearly displayed on the packaging.last_img read more

US officials launch regional stockpile to fight H5N1 in Asia

first_imgMar 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The first of three US-funded supply stockpiles aimed at helping authorities in Asia stamp out avian influenza outbreaks opened near Bangkok today.Eric John, the US ambassador to Thailand, spoke at a ceremony to open a Regional Distribution Center (RDC) in Chachoengsao province, in eastern Thailand, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.”The RDC will help ensure that countries in Asia will be able to take fast action to counter avian influenza without endangering the lives of rapid-response teams,” he said, according to the AFP report.The stockpile, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), initially contains 45,000 protective suits, 400 decontamination suits, 10 laboratory specimen kits, and other equipment totaling $548,300, AFP reported.USAID officials said the supplies, stored in a warehouse near Bangkok’s international airport, could be airlifted to affected areas within 24 hours, according to a report today from the Associated Press (AP).John MacArthur, USAID’s infectious disease adviser for the Asian region, said at the opening ceremony that continuing outbreaks in the region raise the risk of the H5N1 virus mutating into a form that could be transmitted among humans, the AP reported. Vietnam and China have reported several H5N1 outbreaks in poultry flocks over the past few months, and Laos recently reported a fresh outbreak near the border with China and Myanmar.On Mar 18, officials from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said they were deeply concerned that high viral loads circulating among birds in Indonesia are creating fertile grounds for H5N1 virus mutation.According to the US State Department, as of late November 2007, US assistance for international efforts to combat avian influenza had reached $98 million of the pledged amount of $434 million. At a donors conference held in New Delhi in December, the United States pledged an additional $195 million to fight H5N1 avian flu, according to a previous report.See also:Dec 7, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Donors pledge $406 million to fight avian flu”last_img read more

FDA details mess in Texas plant tied to Salmonella cases

first_img The problems in the Peanut Corp. of America’s (PCA’s) Plainview, Tex., plant are detailed in a seven-page inspection report posted online yesterday by the FDA. The Plainview plant was the second of two PCA facilities tied to the outbreak, which involves at least 677 illnesses in 45 states. The Plainview plant blanched, split, granulated, and roasted peanuts, according to the FDA. After the discovery of unsanitary conditions there, Texas officials on Feb 12 ordered PCA to shut the plan down and recall all products made there. PCA filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Feb 13 and a week later said the filing barred it from communicating with customers. As a result, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the FDA are collaborating to handle the recall, according to Sebastian Cianci, an FDA spokesman. Cianci said all products made at the Plainview plant since Jan 1, 2007, are subject to a Class I recall, meaning consuming the products could lead to serious health problems. Products made at the plant before 2007 are subject only to a “market withdrawal,” a classification the agency uses when a product has a minor violation that would not trigger FDA legal action, he said. Six dead mice in a crawl space above the ceiling over the kitchen and blanching area of the plant The DSHS is notifying all the parties that received products from the Plainview plant since Jan 1, 2007, Cianci said. Once that task is done, the FDA will check how all of those businesses responded to the notices, he said. “From a regulatory standpoint we can’t reach the same conclusion [concerning Class I status] at this point regarding the product manufactured in this time frame, before 2007,” Cianci said. Several roof leaks that allowed rainwater to drip into peanut processing areas Buildups of “peanut fines, meal, chunks, or paste (some gooey other solidified)” on numerous pieces of processing equipment The inspectors also found various other problems: Mar 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Inspectors at a Texas peanut processing plant tied to the current nationwide Salmonella outbreak found dead mice, mouse droppings, roof leaks, gooey buildups on equipment, and other sanitation problems, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Storage of recalled peanut products from the Blakely plant among Plainview products awaiting shipment to customers, without separation and labeling to guard against inadvertent shipment of the recalled Blakely products Also, he noted that a private laboratory hired by PCA found Salmonella in peanut meal and granulated peanuts from the plant. He said the FDA was still working on determining the precise strain of Salmonella in those samples. Cases in the current outbreak were first linked to the Plainview plant in mid-February, when the outbreak strain was found in an opened jar of peanut butter from a case-patient in Colorado. The peanut butter had been made by Vitamin Cottage, a natural-foods retail chain, from peanuts that came from the Plainview facility. Later the strain was found in a jar of Vitamin Cottage peanut butter from another patient, Cianci said today.center_img Texas officials on Feb 12 reported finding dead rodents, rodent excrement, and feathers in a crawl space above a production area of the Plainview plant. The newly released FDA report offers more details. It says inspectors found abundant evidence of mice in processing areas of the plant, including: The outbreak, which publicly surfaced in early January, has been blamed mainly on PCA’s processing plant in Blakely, Ga. But in February, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium was found in products from the Texas plant. However, “Whether it’s a market withdrawal or a recall, it still equates to a product coming off the shelf,” he added. The total number of products recalled because of the current outbreak stood at 3,076 today, according to the FDA. A failure to operate ventilation equipment in a way that minimized the risk of contamination of food and food-contact surfaces See also: A dead mouse stuck to a glue trap in a room off the kitchen FDA list of recalled productshttp://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm Rodent pellets on a countertop, under a sink, and in cabinets in various rooms in the kitchen area The report did not describe the peanut products that had been shipped to Plainview from the Blakely plant. A PCA e-mail that surfaced during a Feb 11 congressional hearing on the outbreak indicated that tons of raw peanuts had been shipped from Blakely to Plainview but did not mention any processed products having been shipped there. FDA update on outbreak investigationhttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/MajorProductRecalls/Peanut/default.htm In addition, the FDA and the DSHS each tested samples of peanut meal from the Plainview plant during their investigation and found the outbreak strain, Cianci said.last_img read more

Coordination meeting of the CNTB with the county tourist boards was held

first_imgToday, the coordination of the system of county tourist boards and the City of Zagreb was held in the Main Office of the Croatian Tourist Board, where the director of the Main Office of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić presented the positive trends of this tourist year, according to the CNTB.Kako je rekao direktor Staničić, riječ je o sastanku koji za cilj ima uspostavljanje još bolje i učinkovitije komunikacije unutar sustava. „Following my statements after taking over the position of director of the Croatian Tourist Board that strengthening cooperation in the system of tourist boards is one of my priorities, today we held the first coordination with the directors of tourist boards of counties. I had the opportunity to present to colleagues the implementation of previous activities of the CNTB Head Office, as well as plans for the continuation of the year and also hear first hand the situation in each county, with which directors of county tourist boards are particularly pleased, but also what are the potential challenges. which we need to work on together. The system of tourist boards is an extremely important part of the tourism sector, in many ways it is the initiator of various activities aimed at improving the overall offer of destinations and we need to work on it and establish a stronger synergy of private and public sector., said director Staničić.Na sastanku se govorilo i o marketinškim i PR kampanjama za posezonu 2017. godine te o udruženom oglašavanju, a direktor Staničić je naglasio kako su nedavno objavljeni javni pozivi za udruženo oglašavanje i strateške projekte, s posebnim naglaskom na poticanje prometa u razdobljima pred i posezone, kao i jačanju intenziteta postojećih aviolinija te uvođenje novih. „County tourist boards are now given an even more significant role in creating strategic commitments, as well as in managing the entire promotion process. Excellent tourist results so far this year, on which I congratulate all those who are responsible for them, as well as the expected further growth of traffic in the postseason, put before us all great expectations and challenges for the tourist year 2018. “Director Staničić pointed out and added that in addition to today’s coordination, in the coming period he will visit destinations and talk in the field with key people in the tourism industry, in order to better prepare all activities for the coming year.last_img read more

Hotel Medora Auri in Podgora won the prestigious TUI Nordic Blue Star award

first_imgOnly a year after the opening, the Medora Auri Hotel in Podgora was awarded the TUI Nordic Blue Star 2017 Gold Award for the best rated hotel by a guest of this prestigious market concept.The Blue Star concept is part of TUI Nordic’s offer, as well as its longest-lived and most popular brand. All 34 hotels in Europe, as well as 22 hotels in other world destinations, have common characteristics in this concept – a variety of facilities and services for families and couples in facilities of categories 4 and 5 *, especially sustainability, environmental protection and modern technological solutions. . “The Gold Award, based on the ratings of the guests who stayed at the Medora Auri Hotel, is extremely important for the hotel and the Society as a whole and because the Medora Auri Hotel is the first facility from Croatia to win the Gold Award, ie first place in one of the TUI’s market concepts. This is especially important for us because of the construction of a positive image of Croatia as a destination of excellence and high quality tourist product. In the same competition, the hotel won a silver award for the quality of WiFi and a bronze award for the overall maintenance and cleanliness of the hotel. These awards represent an additional incentive to all employees of the Company to further improve the quality and create an exceptional experience of staying in our facilities.Said the President of the Management Board Zrinko Kamber.Medora repaid debts from pre-bankruptcy prematurelyAt the beginning of the month, Medora hotels from Podgora prematurely settled all their obligations of the Company from the pre-bankruptcy settlement, both to the Ministry of Finance and to all other creditors in full, and the early payment achieved the preconditions for concluding the pre-bankruptcy settlement.According to the Medora Hotel, the early repayment of liabilities was made partly from own funds and partly from a special-purpose loan of Zagrebačka banka dd in the amount of EUR 4,53 million, with a currency clause in kuna equivalent at the middle exchange rate of the CNB. The loan repayment period is 10 years, and no later than October 31.10.2027, 4,20. year, with a variable regular interest rate of XNUMX% per annum.After last year’s renovation of the Medora Auri Family Beach Resort hotel, in which they invested more than 15 million euros, in 2018 Medora plans to continue investing in the two remaining hotels and camps.last_img read more