Month: November 2020
Mumbai Indians win fifth IPL title after Rohit Sharma leads them to a storming win over Delhi Capitals | Cricket News
10:52 As it was, the contrast could hardly have been more stark as Rohit set the tone, hitting Ravichandran Ashwin over long on for a six in the first over before De Kock climbed into Rabada in the next, taking his compatriot for 18, included a six that sailed over the legside and into the stands.Rohit gave another South African, Anrich Nortje, the same treatment and even the dismissal of De Kock, caught behind to Stoinis’ first ball, did nothing to slow Mumbai as Suryakumar Yadav came in and slapped his first ball through cover for four and lifted the next over fine leg for six.Even after a quiet sixth over, Mumbai were 61-1 at the end of the powerplay and well ahead of the rate. Rohit Sharma and his Mumbai Indians side lift the IPL trophy after winning the tournament for the fifth time Delhi Capitals tasted defeat in their first IPL final despite the best efforts of captain Shreyas Iyer (65no from 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 from 38), who rescued them from 22-3 and helped Ricky Ponting’s men post a respectable 156-7.The game got off to a dramatic start as Trent Boult, whose participation had been in doubt due to a groin injury, produced a beauty first ball to have Marcus Stoinis caught behind. 0:53 Substitute Delhi Capitals fielder Lalit Yadav took a superb diving catch to dismiss Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma in the IPL Final Substitute Delhi Capitals fielder Lalit Yadav took a superb diving catch to dismiss Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma in the IPL Final Rohit’s fine innings was eventually brought to an end by Nortje thanks to a brilliant catch in the deep from sub fielder Lalit Yadav but Pollard came in and struck successive fours to take Mumbai ever closer.He was bowled by Rabada, a 30th IPL wicket of the season for the fast bowler, in the next over but another Kishan boundary took Mumbai to within a hit of the trophy.Hardik was caught off Nortje in the next over with the scores level so it was left to his older brother Krunal to hit the winning run from the next ball. – Advertisement – Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting says Mumbai Indians were deserved winners of the 2020 IPL – but was proud of the way his side played That allowed Rohit to regroup for a couple of overs before going again with twin sixes off Praveen Dubey in the ninth, one over long off and the next over long on.Not everything went to plan for Rohit though and he was looked crestfallen after running out Suryakumar (19), calling for a single that was never on. The junior man sacrificed himself for his captain and Rohit did not pass up the opportunity, reaching his fifty with the first of back-to-back boundaries in the next over.With the required rate dropping quickly, Rohit was happy to tick the score over with Kishan going on the offensive, nailing Stoinis over long off for six and adding a further two boundaries off Dubey. Mumbai Indians claimed their fifth IPL title with a comprehensive five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the final in Dubai; captain Rohit Sharma scored a blistering 68 while Trent Boult starred with the ball, taking three wickets Last Updated: 10/11/20 7:14pm 0:32 Rohit Sharma and his Mumbai Indians side lift the IPL trophy after winning the tournament for the fifth time – Advertisement – Watch highlights from Dubai as Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by five wickets to win their fifth Indian Premier League title Pant was growing in confidence after brought up his first fifty of the season by lap-sweeping Nathan Coulter-Nile for four. He top-edged the next ball over Quinton de Kock head for four more but Coulter-Nile had his revenge from the last ball of the over when Pant hooked the bumper straight to Hardik at fine leg.Iyer kept going and brought up his own half-century from 40 balls but Boult (3-30) returned to remove Shimton Hetymer with a slower-ball bouncer and with Mumbai’s death bowling as impressive as ever, the innings appeared to run out of steam.Coulter-Nile dismissed Axar Patel in the final over and while Iyer took Delhi over 150 with a maximum from the penultimate ball, Kagiso Rabada was run out from the last as Mumbai finished the innings as they started it: with a wicket.The Capitals needed early wickets defending such a modest total against Mumbai’s star-studded batting line-up, ideally a mirror image of their own start.
But in the unlikely event that state legislatures and governors appointed competing slates, Congress would have to choose.Something like this actually happened in 1960: The governor of Hawaii certified a 141-vote victory for Richard M. Nixon, but a recount flipped the state to John F. Kennedy, and the results weren’t final when the Electoral College met. The stakes were low — Hawaii’s electoral votes had no bearing on the outcome of the election, which Kennedy won — but Congress did have to resolve the dispute. Nixon himself, presiding over the Senate as the sitting vice president, called for unanimous consent to count the pro-Kennedy slate.In the theoretical 2020 version of this scenario, Mr. Greenbaum said, federal law suggests that Congress should favor the governors’ slates.- Advertisement – But “I don’t think any of this is likely to happen,” said Paul Smith, vice president of litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan voting rights group. “Absent some really clear justification, like some massive dysfunction, it’s pretty hard for a legislature to say, ‘We’ve just decided we don’t like democracy anymore.’”Congress will certify the results.On Jan. 6, Congress will count and certify the electoral votes.In any remotely normal year, state certifications — by Dec. 8 or, at the latest, Dec. 14 — would be the end of disputes, and everything after that would be formalities. In all likelihood, that will be the case this year, too.- Advertisement – One possible — but, again, exceedingly unlikely — complication would be if a state legislature somehow managed to appoint a pro-Trump slate and defend it against legal challenges, but the governor certified a pro-Biden slate through the normal process, producing two competing sets of electors.In that case, it would be up to Congress to decide which slate to count.- Advertisement – But let’s say Congress stuck to partisanship, meaning the Democratic House chose a governor’s pro-Biden slate and the Republican Senate chose a legislature’s pro-Trump slate. Even in the case of a congressional stalemate, federal law dictates that the slate chosen by the “executive” of the state in question would prevail, according to David Boies, who was Al Gore’s chief lawyer in the 2000 Florida recount. – Advertisement –
Among the young immigrants who would be eligible for relief if the program is fully reopened would be Johana Larios, a Make the Road New York member and plaintiff in Batalla Vidal v. Wolf. She called the decision, “an incredible victory for DACA recipients and first-time applicants like me.”“DACA has opened so many opportunities for hundreds of thousands of youth and now I hope to be able to go through with my application,” she said in the Make the Road New York statement. “With DACA I hope to be able to return to school, and feel safe from being separated from my young children.” That’s what this administration has spent years trying to block through its attacks on DACA—and done it on legally shaky ground.It was only after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Unlawful Chad was unlawfully installed that the administration bothered to officially submit his nomination. Now just weeks away from the end of this godforsaken administration, it’s still reportedly trying to push it through, likely solely because of decisions like Judge Nicholas Garaufis’ this past weekend.- Advertisement – “The court has reaffirmed what we always knew: Chad Wolf was not authorized to perform the functions of an acting secretary when he issued the July 28 DACA Memo,” National Immigration Law Center staff attorney Trudy S. Rebert said in the statement. “This is a victory for our courageous plaintiffs, DACA-eligible youth across the country, and all of our communities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that the Trump administration is accountable to the law and immigrant youth remain safe and have the freedom to thrive here at home.”CBS News reported that DHS slammed Garaufis as an “activist judge” and claimed it’s “exploring its options to ensure its review of DACA continues as intended,” possibly signaling it’s ready to defy more court orders. Why none of these motherfuckers haven’t been thrown in jail for contempt is beyond me, folks. But what I do know is that no matter what else the Trump administration tries, the incoming Biden administration has confirmed it intends to act on protecting young undocumented immigrants come Jan. 20.“We have a big stack of business for day one already,” incoming White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain said this past weekend according to Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re going to rejoin Paris, we’re going to protect the Dreamers on day one, we’re going to take other action on health care on day one that the president-elect’s talked about during the campaign. So, we’ve got a busy, busy day one on ready scenario here.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Unlawful Chad should have reopened DACA to new applicants following the Supreme Court’s historic decision last June finding the Trump administration unlawfully ended the program in September 2017, but this coifed mini-fascist instead ignored it and issued the memo rejecting new applicants and slashing protections for current and former enrollees from two years to just one. “The plaintiffs asked the court to invalidate this latest attack on DACA so that the government would be required to process first-time DACA applications, two-year renewals, and advance parole requests,” plaintiff Make the Road New York said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “The court’s ruling today now makes that relief likely.” Tumlin said in a tweet on Monday that parties are scheduled to return to court on Wednesday to discuss next steps. – Advertisement –
Mr. Richmond will inherit a job once held by Valerie Jarrett in the Obama administration. Kellyanne Conway served as President Trump’s counselor, the job that Mr. Ricchetti will take. And Ms. O’Malley Dillon will probably oversee White House operations for Mr. Biden.A spokesman for the transition declined to comment. A person familiar with the transition planning said that the three appointments would be announced along with other members of the president-elect’s staff. She assumed the role of campaign manager in mid-March, just as the severity of the coronavirus outbreak was becoming clear to many Americans. Two days after she was named to the role, Biden campaign offices around the country shut down. She learned to remotely navigate the team factions and transformed a shoestring primary operation into a general election organization.Ms. O’Malley Dillon’s team faced criticism and second-guessing over the light footprint Mr. Biden’s campaign maintained in key battleground states during the pandemic, and throughout the campaign there were tensions between some of the earliest Biden aides and those she brought in as she built the team.But she was respected inside the campaign for streamlining and organizing what had been a small and underfunded operation, and her expected appointment is a clear sign of the degree to which she is trusted by the president-elect. Mr. Richmond, who served as a national co-chairman of Mr. Biden’s campaign and was an early supporter, had been widely expected to join the Biden White House. He brings with him deep relationships across Capitol Hill. His new job was reported earlier by Bloomberg. By contrast, White House staff positions do not require Senate confirmation, leaving the president-elect wide latitude in selecting his West Wing advisers.The announcements come as Mr. Biden moves quickly to establish his governing agenda and the team he will need to put it into effect once he takes office. The president-elect is under pressure to fill those jobs with people of diverse ethnic and ideological backgrounds, making good on promises he made during his campaign.But the appointments of Mr. Richmond, Ms. O’Malley Dillon and Mr. Ricchetti — all loyal lieutenants to Mr. Biden — suggest the importance that he is also placing on surrounding himself with people whose advice he implicitly trusts.- Advertisement – Mr. Ricchetti is a close adviser and longtime lobbyist who has been by Mr. Biden’s side for years. He lobbied for the pharmaceutical industry and served as Mr. Biden’s chief of staff when he was the vice president.As one of Mr. Biden’s most trusted advisers and a longtime member of his tight-knit inner circle, Mr. Ricchetti is expected to have a broad portfolio and a senior role within the administration. During the campaign, he maintained deep relationships across Capitol Hill and in the donor community, sometimes serving as a kind of gatekeeper to the campaign for Democratic heavyweights.Mr. Biden is likely to move quickly on other key White House jobs as well.He still has to assemble a communications team, including a press secretary, who will often serve as the public face of the administration. Among the possible candidates for that job is Symone Sanders, who has served as one of his top communications advisers during the campaign.The president-elect will also have to choose a White House counsel, a key job in an era of divided government, when members of the other party often engage in legal clashes with the president. Dana Remus, who worked in the counsel’s office during Mr. Obama’s tenure, was the chief lawyer for Mr. Biden’s campaign.And Mr. Biden will need to choose aides to oversee national security, homeland security and economics in his White House. Announcements on some of those positions could also come as soon as Tuesday.Pranshu Verma and Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting. Decisions about cabinet secretaries remain several weeks away, according to people close to Mr. Biden, who has spent several days during the past week in closed-door discussions with advisers about the challenge of winning confirmation fights if the Senate remains in Republican control next year.- Advertisement – The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 16, 2020, 9:01 p.m. ET Mr. Richmond, a Democrat whose district includes most of New Orleans, has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where he is expected to announce he is leaving Congress. In a brief phone call on Monday night, Mr. Richmond laughingly declined to confirm that he was joining Mr. Biden’s staff but acknowledged that he would discuss his “future” on Tuesday.Mr. Richmond was formerly the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and he has a close relationship with Representative James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina, whose endorsement in February helped revive Mr. Biden’s campaign. Mr. Richmond’s district is safely Democratic, and his departure from Congress is unlikely to cost the party another seat after an election where their majority was weakened.Mr. Richmond is likely to have broad responsibilities in his senior role and will continue to interact with Congress, according to people familiar with the transition. Others said they expected him to serve as one of the people most willing to give the new president frank and candid advice behind closed doors.Ms. O’Malley Dillon, a veteran of former President Barack Obama’s campaigns, has been credited with steering Mr. Biden’s presidential bid through the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic and the challenge of running against an unpredictable rival like Mr. Trump. Her appointment was reported earlier by NBC News. WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will formally announce key members of his White House staff on Tuesday, naming Representative Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana to oversee public outreach and installing Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, who managed his presidential campaign, as a deputy chief of staff, a person familiar with the transition said.Mr. Biden will also announce that Steve Ricchetti, a longtime confidant, will serve in the White House as a counselor to the president. All three will most likely have offices down the hall from the Oval Office, making them among the most senior aides in the West Wing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
The health agencies said consumers should not eat any of these products bearing the message “Best if used by 09/23/05” and a production code beginning with B250. Oct 2 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108495.htm The products linked with illness were bought from at least four different Rainbow Foods stores in the Twin Cities area between Sep 13 and 16, the MDH said. But the FDA said products with the affected production codes are distributed nationwide. “Given the severity of this illness, FDA believes an urgent warning to consumers is needed,” Dr. Robert Brackett, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in an Oct 2 FDA news release. He said the FDA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state agencies to learn more about the source and scope of the problem. In E coli cases, illness usually begins between 2 and 5 days after contaminated food is eaten, the MDH said. Adults usually recover in 5 to 10 days. But in some people, especially the elderly and children younger than 5, the infection leads to hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can cause kidney failure and in some cases death. Eleven Minnesotans ranging from 3 to 68 years old fell ill between Sep 16 and 19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said in a Sep 30 news release. Nine of them had eaten one of the Dole salads sold as Classic Romaine, American Blend, and Greener Selection, all of which contain Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots, officials said. Oct 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers against eating certain prepackaged Dole salad products after they were linked to 11 cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection in Minnesota. See also: The MDH statement said there was no evidence of contamination in any other lot numbers of the products.
Jun 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – At the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) recent annual meeting, member states couldn’t agree on a new date for destroying the world’s remaining collections of smallpox virus and handed the issue off to the WHO Executive Board. WHO report “Outcome of the Fifty-ninth World Health Assembly”http://apps.who.int/gb/archive/pdf_files/EB118/B118_2-en.pdf The African group also advocated changing the composition of the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research to make it more broadly representative, the Sunshine Project reported. Sunshine Project report on the WHO discussions on smallpox virushttp://www.smallpoxbiosafety.org/papers/WHAvariola2006.pdf Known stocks of smallpox virus are held by the United States and Russia. The WHO has postponed dates for destroying the collections several times since smallpox disease was eradicated in the late 1970s. Many experts fear that terrorists may have supplies of the virus. The known stocks have been maintained to permit research on smallpox vaccines and treatments in view of concern about the risk of bioterrorist attacks. The WHO released no details on the discussions of a working group on the smallpox issue at the Geneva meeting in late May. But the Sunshine Project, a nonprofit organization that works to ban biological weapons, said the discussions generally pitted the United States and Russia against a group of developing countries that wanted to set 2010 as the date for destroying the virus stocks. The Sunshine Project report said the working group finally decided to recommend that a draft resolution including the 2010 destruction date be submitted to the WHO Executive Board. This proposal was adopted at the closing plenary session of the WHO meeting, the report said. Namibian officials, speaking on behalf of 46 African countries, said those countries were concerned about the safety and security of the smallpox virus stocks, according to the Sunshine Project report. To allow time to complete current research, the African group proposed June 2010 as the destruction deadline, the report said. The United States and Russia generally opposed the African proposal, with the US proposing only a “major review” of the issue in 2010, according to the Sunshine Project. But the Americans did accept the need for some changes in the advisory committee. The report said some diplomats described the mood in the working group as turning “ugly” at times. See also: “After prolonged discussion of the destruction of variola [smallpox] virus stocks, it was decided to refer the proposed draft resolution to the Executive Board at its 119th session for consideration,” the WHO said in a report on the annual meeting. The board session is scheduled for next January. A May 27 Reuters news report also suggested that the discussions were intense. The story quoted the chair of the working group, Suwit Wibulopolprasert of Thailand, as saying, “We have worked through several meetings—inside the room, outside the room, in front of the elevator, even in the restroom.” But he gave no details on the sticking points. May 27 WHO news release on results of the annual meetinghttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2006/wha03/en/index.html Feb 15, 2002, CIDRAP News story “Wide range of smallpox research efforts cited in WHO decision to retain virus stocks”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/smallpox/news/whoboard.html
Dec 30. 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Hong Kong today said a 2-month-old girl who lives in mainland China has been hospitalized at a Hong Kong hospital for an H9N2 avian influenza infection, which typically causes mild illness but is considered one of the viruses that could evolve into a pandemic strain.Thomas Tsang, controller for Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection, told reporters today that the girl was in stable condition and is in isolation, according to reports from Reuters and the Associated Press (AP).The baby and her family live in Shenzhen, in southern China, but she was hospitalized in Hong Kong after she got sick, the AP report said. An Agence France-Presse report today said the girl’s case was diagnosed after she fell ill with vomiting, a cough, and a runny nose.”We have had four (H9N2) cases in the past 10 years and they all had mild respiratory symptoms and they all recovered,” Tsang said at the press conference, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur. He added that the virus is common among chickens and geese in southern China.Tsang said health officials in China’s Guangdong province are investigating how the girl contracted the virus, the AP reported.Hong Kong’s last H9N2 case was reported in March 2007, when the virus struck a 9-month-old girl. The same subtype sickened two girls in 1999 and a 5-year-old boy in 2003, according to previous reports.Though the H9N2 strain of avian flu is distinct from the deadly H5N1 subtype, global health experts regard it as one of the other avian influenza viruses that could evolve into a pandemic strain.Researchers have reported that the virus can spread to pigs, in which it could potentially reassort with other influenza viruses that are more likely to infect humans. Serologic studies have suggested that there may be more human H9N2 infections than have been detected and reported.In August, investigators published a study in PLoS One (Public Library of Science One) that explored how H9N2 viruses replicate and transmit in ferrets, which have sialic acid receptors in their respiratory tracts resembling those in humans. They found that wild-type H9N2 viruses can infect ferrets and can spread to other ferrets through direct contact, though aerosol transmission did not seem to occur.The research group also identified genetic characteristics that could enhance H9N2 replication and direct-contact transmission. They also found that a reassortant virus that combined genes from H9N2 and human H3N2 strains replicated in both the upper and lower respiratory tracts and caused more serious lung damage than the wild-type H9N2 virus did.Given the concerns about H9N2’s pandemic potential, the US government in 2004 contracted with Chiron Corp. (now part of Novartis) to produce 40,000 doses of a vaccine against the strain. In Sept 2006 researchers reported that a phase 1 clinical trial demonstrated that the experimental vaccine generated a good immune response.See also:Mar 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian flu”Aug 14 CIDRAP News story “Researchers probe pandemic potential of H9N2 virus”
H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, vaccine delivery estimates, edging out seasonal flu Down Under, Sanofi begins vaccine production
Jun 26, 2009World novel flu tally approaches 60,000The global number of novel H1N1 cases climbed to 59,814 cases, including 263 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total reflects a 3,947 increase from the last update on Jun 24. Jurisdictions appearing on the list for the first time are Indonesia, Iran, Serbia, and the UK crown dependency of Guernsey. Countries reporting the highest increases since the last report include Chile, the UK, Mexico, Australia, and Canada.[WHO update 54]US pandemic flu count nears 28,000The nation’s number of novel flu cases rose to 27,717 cases and 127 deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The tally represents 6,268 more cases and 40 more deaths than the last update a week ago. States reporting the highest number of cases include Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. New York has the most fatalities, 35, followed by California with 16.[Current CDC numbers]US may have 1 million pandemic flu casesA surveillance expert from the CDC said yesterday at the agency’s immunization group meeting in Atlanta that the true number of pandemic H1N1 cases in the United States could be as many as 1 million, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Lyn Finelli said the projection was based on mathematical modeling and surveys from health officials. She told the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that 6% or more of the population from some urban areas could be infected with the virus.[Jun 26 AP story]Vaccine experts differ over vaccine delivery estimateRobin Robinson, an official from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) who addressed the ACIP group yesterday, projected that as many as 60 million doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine could be available by September, the AP reported today. However, others at the meeting said the estimate may be too optimistic.[Jun 26 AP story]Novel flu edging out seasonal strains in Australian stateThe pandemic H1N1 strain is dominating seasonal flu strains in Victoria, according to a report from the Victoria Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) that covered last week. Of 138 influenza A samples tested, 60 were novel H1N1, 3 were H3N2, and 2 were seasonal H1N1. Victoria is the state with the most confirmed novel flu cases, 1,560 of Australia’s 3,519. Experts predicted that the new flu strain might push out seasonal strains as the southern hemisphere’s flu season progresses.[VIDRL weekly flu surveillance report]Part of UK moves away from pandemic flu containmentHealth officials in England said pandemic flu response in two parts of the country will shift from a containment to a management strategy, the London Daily Mail reported today. The change, which affects London and West Midlands, means that schools will no longer close and that antiviral medication will no longer be given to close contacts of flu patients, only those who have illness symptoms. Also, most illnesses will be diagnosed clinically rather than through lab testing.[Jun 26 Daily Mail story]Sanofi begins pandemic vaccine productionSanofi Pasteur, one of the five companies that are developing a novel H1N1 vaccine for the US market, said it began large-scale production on Jun 23, according to the company’s Web site. The company will still need to conduct clinical trials, which it said in an earlier statement could take place as early as August. In late May the company received a $190 million order from the US Department of Health and Human Services to make bulk vaccine and conduct other activities.[Sanofi timeline of novel flu vaccine developments]Two workers were sick at Argentine pig farmAnimal health officials from Argentina said yesterday in a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that two workers at a pig farm where the animals tested positive for novel H1N1 were sick between Jun 7 and 9, but did not seek medical care or undergo testing. The report said pigs started getting sick on Jun 15. The virus sickened 30% of the 5,586 pigs, but none have died. The facility has its own restocking system, and no pigs have entered from outside the farm since July 2008.[Jun 25 OIE report]
Villa Vista Zamask in Istria, Villa Sreser from Peljesac, Villa Falcon Rook from Konavle and Villa Vadedija near Zminj were declared the best in the selection of the Best European Holiday Home (BEHH) last night in Brussels. Thus, Croatia became the absolute winner by winning awards in as many as four of the eight categories – the best family house (Falcon Rook), the most original house (Vista Zamask), the best house on the coast (Peljesac Sreser) and the best wellness house (Vadediji Zminj). The BEHH award is organized by the European Holiday Home Association for the third year in a row. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the largest European companies dealing with family accommodation (such as AirBnB, Novasol, Interhome and HomeAway).Photo: Danijela Čavlović, Deputy President of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of CommerceCroatia had as many as 12 finalists out of a total of 64 in eight categories, which is an excellent result considering that tourist countries such as France and Italy had only 2 representatives in the finals of this competition. Only Great Britain had more finalists than the Republic of Croatia, which in the end won three awards. A total of 18 countries from Europe participated in the selection.”This is an exceptional success of Croatian family accommodation and a confirmation that this sector is developing in the right direction, and that Croatia is increasingly moving towards the title of the most beautiful and most desirable European destination. The growing recognition of accommodation in the household, which according to the latest figures is 92.000, proves the importance of specialization of the offer, branding of the destination and education of the host, on which the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is working intensively.. ”, Said Danijela Čavlović, Vice President of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, who was involved in choosing the best European accommodation as the only Croatian representative and also took the awards on behalf of the winners in Brussels.By the way, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce became a member of the European family accommodation organization EHHA in March 2017 and is actively involved in its work.