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Maybe it’s time for the people of Lika to organize a study trip for us? The

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first_imgChallenge the potential and offer of Lika as a tourist destination (or any other region) only because we do not know enough about it and at the same time share our personal opinion, attitude or inclination as misinformation, thus degrading the destination only because we do not like it or do not know it enough, it does not harm only that destination or location, but the overall offer of Croatian tourist products, especially because it is and can be very diverse and rich, and thus even more attractive to all future guests. Ako otvorimo stranicu turističke zajednice regije Lika, pronaći ćemo ne mali broj trasiranih biciklističkih staza, koje prolaze što kroz naselja, što kroz šumske puteve, seoske ceste pa čak i zahtjevnije, “divlje”staze. Ljubitelji adrenalina imaju priliku isprobati zipline koji je među najdužima u Europi ili se pak proljuljati na divovskoj ljuljački, koja se nalazi tek 10-15 minuta vožnje udaljena od rodne kuće jednog od najvećih genija u povijest čovječanstva – Nikole Tesle. We rarely talk about the responsibility that tourism professionals have (or should have) when informing about destinations. The recent situation that happened within an FB group, when a colleague who introduced himself as a tourist worker with 20 years of experience, almost made fun of the future guest of the city of Gospić, arguing that there is nothing to “be” or “do”, prompted me to think and commenting on just this topic. ‬It is already known that tourist trends suggest that “being” and “working” as a tourist in a city no longer means only the sun and the sea, large resorts and / or cities. We took Lika as an example, so let’s move on to her. In this part of Lijepa naša there are three national parks, one of which (Plitvice Lakes) is under the protection of UNESCO, just like the beech forests of Northern Velebit and Paklenica, which are included in the same list as the original beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe. . Velebit, our longest mountain, which is also a nature park, is adorned with beautiful hiking and mountaineering trails. Hiking enthusiasts certainly know about the “Premužić trail”, and in addition, the locations on the network of trails “Via Dinarica” ​​are marked. Barać’s caves, Grabovača Cave Park, Cerovac Caves will surely be found in the itinerary of all those who are interested in the mystical world of the underground and karst. Author: Martina Ljuština, Experiences.hr Over 20 cheese dairies and family farms are located in this region and offer their products and tourist story to visitors, in accordance with the popularly known openness and cordiality of Lika hosts, abundant portions and the culture of brandy toasting. Isn’t this an experience that authentically tells the story of tradition, culture and gastronomy? Aren’t these the expectations of today’s tourists? This is not all that Lika can and offers, this is not all that hardworking tourism workers create, this is not all that Lika visitors can experience here. ‬ Maybe it’s time for the people of Lika to organize a study trip for us? Thelast_img read more

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Governor Wolf, Administration Officials Urge Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal

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first_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and members of his administration today urged Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to reject the seriously flawed Graham-Cassidy health care reform proposal, citing its devastating effects on millions of Pennsylvanians, many of whom have benefited from the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion implemented under Gov. Wolf.“The recent Graham-Cassidy repeal-and-replace health reform “compromise” proposal is anything but a compromise.  This plan includes the same “mean” provisions as the other reforms floated this year, which will result in loss of care for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, individuals battling addiction, and children and adults with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. We implore you to reject Senator Graham’s and Senator Cassidy’s dangerous proposal that jeopardizes the wellbeing of the 12 million Pennsylvanians we serve and instead focus your efforts on stabilizing the insurance marketplace.”The letter, signed by Gov. Wolf and acting commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Jessica Altman, and acting secretary for the Department of Human Services, Teresa Miller, reiterates that the Graham-Cassidy proposal contains many of the same flawed components of the failed earlier repeal-and-replace attempts by Congress.“Like the other “reform” bills, this proposal establishes a per-capita cap on Medicaid and ends Medicaid expansion, harms older Pennsylvanians by imposing what truly is an age tax, and threatens our most vulnerable by reducing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But these provisions are even more extreme and will cost Pennsylvania severely.“In addition to forcing our seniors and those with chronic illness to pay more for less, this legislation shifts significant financial responsibility on to states. According to Avalere Health, Pennsylvania would lose $15 billion in federal funding by 2027 if Graham-Cassidy is passed. This extreme shift in funding will result in a fiscal crisis beyond what Pennsylvania has experienced to date. We would be tasked with replacing these federal funds or be forced to cut services, reduce provider payments, or eliminate coverage for some of our most vulnerable citizens.”The letter outlines Pennsylvania’s significant progress on providing affordable and accessible health care with the Affordable Care Act, and advises the senators that the only way forward is a bi-partisan approach as presented in a letter to Congressional leaders from Gov. Wolf and a group of bi-partisan governors.“Instead of going down yet another rabbit hole that could lead to devastating outcomes for residents across Pennsylvania, we urge you to do the responsible thing and work with Senators Alexander and Murray to enact the reforms – like mandating cost sharing reductions – that I, along with a group of bi-partisan governors, have proposed. Our proposal would stabilize the market in the short-term and, through bipartisan compromises, ensure the long-term health of individual markets around the country.We have advocated throughout this process for a bipartisan solution that builds off of the progress made with the Affordable Care Act. Once again, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead stand with Pennsylvania residents in supporting a responsible solution.”Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Senators Casey and Toomey:The recent Graham-Cassidy repeal and replace health reform “compromise” proposal is anything but a compromise. This plan includes the same “mean” provisions as the other reforms floated this year, which will result in loss of care for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, individuals battling addiction, and children and adults with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. We implore you to reject Senator Graham’s and Senator Cassidy’s dangerous proposal that jeopardizes the wellbeing of the 12 million Pennsylvanians we serve and instead focus your efforts on stabilizing the insurance marketplace.Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Expansion, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate is at a historic low of 5.6 percent. If the Graham-Cassidy proposal is adopted, we know this positive trend will be reversed and the commonwealth’s uninsured rate will skyrocket.  While the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will not have an opportunity to provide a full picture of how this plan will impact insurance rates, as noted above, many of the provisions in the Graham-Cassidy proposal were previously considered in House and Senate bills. Those bills would have, according to CBO estimates, resulted in anywhere between 23 million and 32 million Americans losing health care coverage by 2026. And, according to the Center for American Progress, the Graham-Cassidy plan will lead to more than one million Pennsylvanians losing health care coverage, taking them back to the days of seeking routine treatment in emergency rooms.Like the other “reform” bills, this proposal establishes a per-capita cap on Medicaid and ends Medicaid expansion, harms older Pennsylvanians by imposing what truly is an age tax, and threatens our most vulnerable by reducing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But these provisions are even more extreme and will cost Pennsylvania severely.In addition to forcing our seniors and those with chronic illness to pay more for less, this legislation shifts significant financial responsibility on to states. According to Avalere Health, Pennsylvania would lose $15 billion in federal funding by 2027 if Graham-Cassidy is passed. This extreme shift in funding will result in a fiscal crisis beyond what Pennsylvania has experienced to date. We would be tasked with replacing these federal funds or be forced to cut services, reduce provider payments, or eliminate coverage for some of our most vulnerable citizens.The most likely outcome would be wrestling with the impossible decision of who should receive health care – a child born with a disability? A young adult struggling with an opioid addiction who needs our help to receive recovery services? A mom fighting cancer? A senior who has worked hard all his life and needs access to quality health care to age with dignity? We do not know the answer and are hopeful that you will take the responsible position of voting “no” to Graham-Cassidy so that no Pennsylvania leader ever has to make a decision about who deserves health care and who can go without.Instead of going down yet another rabbit hole that could lead to devastating outcomes for residents across Pennsylvania, we urge you to do the responsible thing and work with Senators Alexander and Murray to enact the reforms – like appropriating funds for cost-sharing reductions– that I, along with a group of bi-partisan governors, have proposed. Our proposal would stabilize the market in the short-term and, through bipartisan compromises, ensure the long-term health of individual markets around the country.We have advocated throughout this process for a bipartisan solution that builds off of the progress made with the ACA. Once again, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead stand with Pennsylvania residents in supporting a responsible solution.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorTeresa O. MillerActing Secretary of the Department of Human ServicesJessica K. AltmanActing Insurance CommissionerWold Administration Letter to Senators Casey and Toomey Regarding Graham-Cassidy by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf, Administration Officials Urge Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal September 22, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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State accepting nominations for governor’s century, half century business awards

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first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The state of Indiana is currently accepting nominations for the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the community.Governor Eric J. Holcomb will recognize award winners and present a commemorative certificate during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse in the spring. Applications are due by Feb. 21, 2019.Qualifying criteria is as follows:The business must have had continuous operations in Indiana for more than 50 or 100 years by Dec. 31, 2018.The business must have participated in the same line of work for the duration of its operations. If different, an explanation of the evolution into the current business must be provided on the nomination form.The business must have had its base in the state of Indiana since it was founded.The business must recognize, acknowledge and agree that it is in full compliance with the Indiana Secretary of State, Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development by signing the application.The business must not have previously received a Century or Half Century award from the state of Indiana. Previous Half Century award recipients may qualify for a Century award.Eligible companies are encouraged to complete the online application. Please visit the IEDC website for additional programmatic details.last_img read more

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