Govt prepares strategies to revive domestic tourism during ‘new normal’

first_img“Health protocols should be properly implemented in the field because of the high risk of infection. If an imported case occurs, it will be difficult to fix a bad image of the tourism area.”Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said his ministry had prepared standard operational procedures (SOP) for various sectors in tourism and the creative economy.The ministry has also coordinated with flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia and hotels to prepare packages at low prices to attract tourists as destinations reopen.Read also: In absence of tourists, pleasure ships sink at Labuan Bajo Port“We are synchronizing the plan with other ministries, institutions and task forces,” Wishnutama said after the Cabinet meeting, predicting that the tourism sector would have about one month to prepare after regions applied the “new normal” phase.He added that the ministry would coordinate with regional heads to disseminate information about the programs and to conduct simulations and trials of the new procedures prior to the “new normal”.Wishnutama said the ministry had prioritized quality over quantity as well as the importance of tourist hygiene, health and safety even before the pandemic. The ministry would prioritize domestic tourism during the “new normal”.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry to prepare “special strategies” to revive domestic tourism in regions safe from COVID-19 for the transition to the so-called “new normal”.However, Jokowi has asked the ministry not to rush to open tourist areas, urging it to gradually identify which areas are ready. The President has said tourist destinations should have COVID-19 basic reproduction rates, or R0, below one to be eligible for reopening.“I ask the Tourism [and Creative Economy] Ministry to prepare promotional programs for tourist attractions and local products. We should closely monitor conditions before opening [tourist areas] so visitors can travel safely,” the President said during a Cabinet meeting on Thursday. He reminded his Cabinet that the COVID-19 outbreak would change tourism trends, with issues such as hygiene, safety and security becoming major considerations for travelers.Read also: Health protocols to be priority in tourism recovery strategy: OfficialsThe disease, Jokowi added, would also shift entertainment demand to options such as solo tours, wellness tours, virtual tours and “staycations”.“[Tourism] actors must really anticipate the trends and must investigate which direction [the tourism sector] will go. We must innovate, improve and quickly adapt to the trends that are likely to occur in global tourism,” said Jokowi.last_img read more

Family First: Allowing medicinal cannabis leads to decriminalisation

first_img3News 10 January 2016Family First fears a push to make medical cannabis more easily obtainable will lead to decriminalising marijuana in New Zealand.Former union boss Helen Kelly has written poignantly about the battle she and others face to obtain medical cannabis and is calling for a referendum on the issue at the next election.Family First says groups who want dope legalised are promoting medicinal marijuana, which manipulates society’s compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns.“But marijuana will then be diverted from medical programs to recreational purposes,” says Bob McCoskrie, the conservative lobby group’s national director.Ms Kelly was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2015 and stood down as the boss of the Council of Trade Unions in October.She has spoken openly about her cancer journey and has said she’s been breaking the law by taking cannabis oil to manage pain. She’s seeking government permission to use medical cannabis, but says the process is difficult.“I am taking nothing really that can stop this cancer killing me, and in not too long a timeframe to be brutally honest,” she says in a post on the left-wing blog The Standard.“It is my view that a good cannabis product will help me live the rest of my life in a better situation than I will without it. The fact I can’t do that shows the absurdity of the whole regime.”Family First is calling for the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms.It wants an emergency or research program that allows seriously ill patients to obtain non-smoked components of marijuana before final Ministry of Health approval.The government should also instruct the Ministry of Health to update the prescribing guidelines for pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines to include Sativex.The Australian federal government is planning a licensing scheme to allow cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/family-first-allowing-medicinal-cannabis-leads-to-decriminalisation-2016011007#axzz3wy6IWxgdFamily First in medical cannabis debateNZ City 10 January 2016Family First fears a push to make medical cannabis more easily obtainable will lead to decriminalising marijuana in New Zealand.Former union boss Helen Kelly has written poignantly about the battle she and others face to obtain medical cannabis and is calling for a referendum on the issue at the next election.Family First says groups who want dope legalised are promoting medicinal marijuana, which manipulates society’s compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns.“But marijuana will then be diverted from medical programs to recreational purposes,” says Bob McCoskrie, the conservative lobby group’s national director.Ms Kelly was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2015 and stood down as the boss of the Council of Trade Unions in October.She has spoken openly about her cancer journey and has said she’s been breaking the law by taking cannabis oil to manage pain. She’s seeking government permission to use medical cannabis, but says the process is difficult.“I am taking nothing really that can stop this cancer killing me, and in not too long a timeframe to be brutally honest,” she says in a post on the left-wing blog The Standard.“It is my view that a good cannabis product will help me live the rest of my life in a better situation than I will without it. The fact I can’t do that shows the absurdity of the whole regime.”Family First is calling for the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms.It wants an emergency or research program that allows seriously ill patients to obtain non-smoked components of marijuana before final Ministry of Health approval.The government should also instruct the Ministry of Health to update the prescribing guidelines for pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines to include Sativex.The Australian federal government is planning a licensing scheme to allow cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has said the government will not be swayed by “emotional nonsense” colouring calls for wider access to medicinal cannabis.He has said there had only ever been one application for a dispensation to use cannabis products not registered in New Zealand – for Nelson teenager Alex Renton – which he had approved.http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=219333&cat=986&fm=newsmain%2CnartsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Barcelona receive injury boost as Luis Suarez ‘may play again this season’

first_img Loading… Suarez aggravated a previous injury on January 9 during Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup defeat by Atletico Madrid which led to the former Liverpool man needing surgery.Sources have told Goal Suarez is expected to be back before the end of the season as he is already walking normally which has given the club a boost.Barcelona’s attack is threadbare due to Suarez and fellow forward Ousmane Dembele being out of action.The club are trying to sign a new striker despite the transfer window being shut.Barcelona will be allowed to sign an emergency replacement for Dembele, a £100m signing from Dortmund in 2017, by proving his hamstring injury will keep him out for the season.Dembele could be out for up to six months due to the severity of his hamstring tear. The Uruguayan forward was expected to be out until the summer due to a knee injury but reports have now suggested he has responded well to surgery. Read Also: Euro 2020: Barca’s Dembele out of tournament after hamstring surgeryThe club reportedly have a four-man shortlist with Willian Jose, Angel Rodriguez, Lucas Perez and Loren Moron all being considered.LaLiga rules state that Barcelona can sign a forward playing in Spain for domestic competitions if a medical assessment proves Dembele will not return this season.It means they will still be short of options in the Champions League. They face Napoli in the last 16 after league games against Getafe and Eibar.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Luis Suarez has provided Barcelona with some good news as the injured striker is expected to be back in action before the end of the season.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Primelast_img read more

Bulldogs, Wildcats, and Pirates Capture Tennis Sectional Titles

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity tennis team defeated East Central 4-1 to win their sixth straight sectional championship.#1 Singles- Beau Brown was defeated by Jason Bosse 2-6, 1-6#2 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeated Matt Kuebel 6-0, 6-2#3 Singles- Spencer Rose defeated Braeden Wittich 6-0, 6-3#1 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Clark Maxwell and Bryce Stonefield 6-0, 6-0#2 Doubles- Will Harmeyer and Jonathan Kunkel defeated Chase Sizemore and Jared Volpenhein 6-2, 6-1Batesville is 15-6 on the season and will play against Richmond in the Regional at Richmond on Tuesday starting at 4:30.The Franklin County Wildcats captured The Connersville Sectional crown with a 5-0 win over the host Spartans and will battle The New Castle Trojans at The Richmond Regionals.The Greensburg Pirates were the Jennings County Sectional champs with a 4-1 win over the host Panthers and will square off against the host Panthers at The Bloomington North Regionals on Tuesday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney and the IHSAA.last_img read more

A man fled a police traffic stop and left his winning lottery ticket behind

first_imgA man who fled a traffic stop in Georgia, left behind a bag of drugs and a winning lottery ticket.The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office said deputies were on Interstate 75 on Monday when they spotted a car with a tag violation. When they pulled the car over the man in the passenger’s seat fled the and dropped a backpack which contained a laptop, a small amount of methamphetamine, and a winning  $100 lottery ticket, according to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker.Deputies congratulated the suspect for winning lottery ticket and invited him to come claim it.Baker said deputies took the man into custody and he was charged with possession of methamphetamine and obstruction.last_img