Ivana Alilović, Zagreb County Tourist Board: In order to remain competitive, we must keep up with innovative trends

first_img“In order to remain competitive, we need to keep up with innovative trends such as the digital revolution, ever-higher environmental standards and the sustainable development of local communities. It is necessary to emphasize the development of eno-gastronomy, which is promoted as one of the motives for coming to the destination, so I see Zagreb County in 2020 as one of the most desirable tourist destinations, whose offer is based on eno-gastronomic experience, in line with innovative, but again with traditional and sustainable and responsible tourism development ” concludes Alilović.  ZAGREB COUNTY Tourist Board PRESENTS NEW PROMOTIONAL FILM – VISIT ZAGREB COUNTY This is the summary of the tourist year 2019 in Zagreb County, and we talked about future plans in 2020 with the director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board, Ivan Alilović.  Such an approach would affect not only the promotion of Croatian tourism and the expansion of the tourist offer with the aim of increasing the number of tourist arrivals, as a year-round destination, but also targeting guests with stronger purchasing power and multisectoral connections (primarily tourism with food processing sector). investments, preservation and promotion of one’s own identity and tradition, as well as strengthening the quality of life and generally creating the image of the destination and smart specialization of the Zagreb County region ” says Alilović.  This year, the Zagreb County Tourist Board will have a more competitive tourism management model with an emphasis on positioning and promoting the Zagreb County destination based on the integrated identity of the area and a portfolio of experiences based on territorial capital and regional specifics, cultural heritage and tradition, local production and service system. Alilović adds: Zagreb County in 2019 recorded 139.720 tourist arrivals, which is 14 percent more than in the same period in 2018 (123.008), and the number of overnight stays also increased by 12 percent from 205.003 to 229.827. RELATED NEWS:center_img The goals of the established activities of the Tourist Board for 2020 are further intensive promotion of existing tourism products and programs with defined target markets, intensive cooperation of tourist boards and tourism entities, development and improvement of selective forms of tourism by creating new tourism products based on cultural, eno and gastronomic, natural and historical tourist resources of Zagreb County. The most visited cities were Velika Gorica, Samobor and Jastrebarsko, which recorded an increase in tourist overnight stays by 35 percent, largely due to newly opened hotels. Tourists mostly stayed in hotels, household facilities and camps, and according to the organization of arrivals, as many as 75 percent of them came individually, while the other 25 percent came as an agency. Of the total number of arrivals, 107.821 guests were foreign guests who realized 69.732 overnight stays, while domestic guests realized 31.899 arrivals and 60.095 overnight stays. In 2019, Zagreb County was mostly visited by tourists from China and South Korea, followed by traditionally guests from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, France and the USA. Alilović also emphasizes the important role of the Zagreb County Tourist Board to communicate changes, new products and arrival motives together with the organization of local tourist boards, private sector and other interest groups in target markets, especially new ones, and position Zagreb County as a desirable tourist destination.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Emulate past great leaders

first_imgAs usual, whenever the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday is commemorated the public is subject to excerpts of the numerous speeches made by the great, late civil rights leader. As one listened to excerpts of these speeches earlier this week this particular quote by the Reverend King stood out: “We need leaders not in love with money, but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity. Leader who can subject their particular egos…..”Quote reflects current problems This quote stands out because it aptly, and at the time prophetically, reflects one of the root causes of the problems currently afflicting several countries, including America and the Caribbean.As these countries become embroiled in persistent unusual “unbelievable” and “bizarre” challenges, the older, surviving generation question the quality of today’s leaders, in comparison to leaders of years past.Too often, it’s seen where leaders of recent years appear  motivated by love of money, resulting in accusations of financial corruption. Also, it’s frequently seen in recent years, where the current crop of leaders crave, are addicted, to publicity whether for bad or good.Where did past leadership qualities go?Every year as Americans celebrate the unselfish, dedicated public quality of leaders like the Reverend King; and former presidents like Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, and Lyndon Johnson, one wonders where has this quality gone? It is similar in the context of the Caribbean when one contemplates the life, service and tremendous sacrifices of leaders like Jamaica’s Norman Washington Manley, Trinidad’s Eric Williams and Barbados’ Dr. Errol Barrow.  These American and Caribbean leaders, and several of their contemporaries, consistently and diligently placed  national interests before their personal interests. Most did not make the motivation behind their leadership be the acquisition of wealth. Norman Manley, for example, could have focused on his very outstanding legal career, being one of the world’s more prominent attorneys. Rather, he chose to focus on leading Jamaica to self-governance,   shelving a promising career, and the wealth it could have brought himRev King was an outstanding orator and preacher.  He could easily have chosen to lead a mega-church in the 1960s, gaining great wealth as television exposed more preachers to the public.  Rather, he chose the quest to lead America to bridge the racial divide and secure civil rights for black people. He gained no wealth, and although he attracted publicity did not seek it deliberately, and he eventually sacrificed his life.Today’s leaders focused on publicityToday, corelated to the explosion of a multi-media system bolstered by the intervention of social media, leaders seem reluctant to lead without the exposure from televised press conferences, or social media messages. Every gesture, statement and comment, some of which are often questionable, begs publicity. Publicity is used as a tool to attain leadership, and once leadership is attained publicity is again used as a tool to uphold this leadership. So many modern leaders while offering leadership potential as they seek to lead have fallen on the sword of publicity as they focus on their public profile, rather than offering service. This has allowed for grave social divisions to cripple societies not only in America, but other countries. Leaders of yesterday deliberately made attempts to unite those they led. They used compromise as a prominent means to secure unity. But, it has been a long time since seeking such unity was a priority. Today, maintaining divisiveness seems more important.  Rev. King wasn’t content to focus on serving his black base of supporters. If he did, he wouldn’t have accomplished what he did. He wouldn’t have been able to  garner the support of President Kennedy and his brother, Robert. He would not have influenced the US Congress to pass, and President Johnson to sign, the Civil Rights and Voter’s Rights Acts in 1965.A dithering conundrumToday, America is a dithering conundrum because leaders are intent on first serving their base, to the detriment of the rest of the society. Serving their base enhances these leader’s publicity, boost their tenure as leaders, and make it easier for some to seek and acquire wealth.People are searching, but there’s little evidence of the leaders of years past. There’s little evidence of leaders who are ready to lead while placing love for justice and humanity over love for money and publicity. Certainly, hopefully, leaders like MLK, FDR, NW Manley and Eric Williams, weren’t once-in-a-lifetime leaders. These leaders must be more than occasionally celebrated. They left footprints to be followed, and it remains hopeful there are emerging new leaders who will soon emulate these past, great leaders.last_img read more

Farm groups weighing in on WOTUS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 version of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule must be permanently rescinded, and the prior version of the regulation re-codified, to provide certainty for dairy farmers, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said.In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) this week, NMPF outlined its support for both agencies’ proposal to repeal the current definition of WOTUS and rewrite it to reflect common-sense approaches to protecting the environment. In addition, NMPF joined numerous farm and food organizations to submit an additional 22 pages of comments that provided an extensive legal and technical assessment of what the two agencies did wrong three years ago in an attempt to update the regulation.“Dairy farmers undertake extensive efforts to manage the natural resources that are critical to their livelihoods,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “WOTUS must provide proper clarity on what falls under its jurisdiction so that farmers can better meet the industry’s shared commitment to clean water.”In early 2017, the Trump Administration ordered a review of the WOTUS rule in response to concerns many farm groups had raised since the measure was finalized in 2015. Because the WOTUS regulation significantly expanded the EPA’s authority over waterways used by farmers for drainage and irrigation, the measure was challenged in a federal appeals court and ultimately put on hold.“The 2015 Rule should be repealed and, for absolute clarity, done so permanently,” NMPF said. “We believe the 2015 rule failed to provide regulatory certainty and consistency and exceeded the Agencies’ legal authority under the [Clean Water Act].”The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 gave the federal government jurisdiction over navigable waters but left the regulation of non-navigable waters to the states. However, over the years, the federal government has continually and wrongfully expanded its authority over these non-navigable waters, according to NMPF.NMPF said the two agencies need to apply the definitions of the WOTUS rule in ways that are consistent with recent Supreme Court decisions and long-standing farming practices. Re-codifying the regulations that existed before the 2015 rule was developed will provide continuity and certainty for dairy farmers, other regulated entities, states governments, agency staff, and the public, the comments said.The EPA and ACE should proceed with a notice-and-comment rulemaking process, in which two agencies re-evaluate the definition of WOTUS. NMPF said this must be done to correct the 2015 rule’s lack of clarity on key terms, such as “adjacent,” “floodplain,” and “significant nexus.” Dairy producers must be able to understand what constitutes federally-regulated waters of the United States, so they can better manage water quality on their farms.With the repeal docket now closed, it is likely that the 2015 rule will be repealed permanently. NMPF will now focus on suggesting modifications to the pre-2015 rule and how it can be changed to provide the necessary clarity and certainty.last_img read more

Adamson makes presence felt, stuns NCAA champion

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEAG debacle aftermath: Young Aklanon’s big splash must not be in vain LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next View comments Galanza topscored with 18 points, Soyud had nine and Lea-Ann Perez eight for the Lady Falcons, who contained Arellano’s vaunted gunners with tough floor defense.Jovielyn Prado, one of Arellano’s top contributors, could only muster 11 points, while Andrea Marzan added eight. Regina Arocha contributed just two.Adamson created ripples during its opening match, whipping University of the Philippines last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Falcons were nowhere near the team they were in the previous UAAP season when—they could only cough up one win—as they dominated the Lady Chiefs, who didn’t show a trace of being the current NCAA champs.Christine Soyud instigated the Lady Falcons’ raging start as they posted a 19-10 lead in the opening set, taking advantage of the Lady Chiefs’ spotty defense that was so solid the previous two matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn posting its second straight win and keeping its tournament slate clean, Adamson handed Arellano its first setback in a 2-1 start.Comebacking setter Fen Emnas did an excellent job distributing the ball, making 29 excellent sets for Soyud and Jem Galanza to blast away. Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning queens of the NCAA bowed to the cellar-dweller of the UAAP.In a stark reversal of roles, Adamson drubbed Arellano, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ICDDR,B and Knowledge Translation

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 12, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). MHTF is supporting their project, Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Translation in Bangladesh. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: ICDDR,BThe project “Knowledge Translation in Maternal Health: Culture and Capacity for Change” has successfully launched several concurrent activities. The main focus of the first three months of the project has been in two areas – 1) outreach to stakeholders, especially policymakers and ICDDR,B researchers, to inform them of the project and its goals and to receive early feedback and suggestions for improvement; and 2) drafting a document and reviewing curriculum for ICDDR,B researchers on ‘how to write a policy brief’ and communicate with policy makers. In addition to these, the most cost-effective and efficient approach to developing the project’s web-based system for maternal health ‘policy briefcases’ has been proposed. During this process, the project team realized the need for a ‘shared folder’ which contains the most up-to-date literature, evidence, and datasets on maternal health in Bangladesh. This is currently developed and is housed on the web-page of the Reproductive Health Programme at ICDDR,B. All study related personnel have access to this web-page.A very successful consultative meeting entitled “Communication to strengthen evidence based policy-making for reproductive health in Bangladesh” was held at ICDDR,B on June 30th, 2010 to achieve our first objective mentioned above. Forty-two participants were invited and they included senior and mid-level government officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, researchers from ICDDR,B and other research institutes in Bangladesh as well as policymakers. This meeting was held in conjunction with another project that is focusing on enhancing the capacity of policymakers to apply research evidence in policymaking. The objectives of the workshop were three-fold: 1) to present a historical overview of ICDDR,B research and evidence and its influence on reproductive and maternal health; 2) to introduce the “Knowledge Translation in Maternal Health: Culture and Capacity for Change” project; and 3) to have open discussion about suggestions for the project. In addition to getting specific suggestions about what our ‘Access for All’ website should look like we also received useful inputs on the content of our policy brief training courses.A draft of our first Knowledge Translation brief in both Bangla and English was circulated in the workshop. The Knowledge Translation Brief was based on a completed research study on “Strengthening Health Systems Capacity to Monitor and Evaluate programmes Targeted at reducing Abortion-related Maternal Mortality” conducted by ICDDR,B in collaboration with Ipas (available at www.icddrb.org/publication). Detailed and immediate feedback from the participants on the Knowledge Translation Brief was requested during the workshop. It was particularly valuable to hear policymakers’ specific suggestions about the presentation and the content of the Knowledge Translation brief.The first draft of the document “How to Write a Knowledge Translation Brief” which draws on recent literature and existing training courses and materials has also been prepared. It is intended for researchers at ICDDR,B but could eventually be adapted for other institutions as well. The document is currently under review and the researcher’s course on this Knowledge Translation Brief writing procedure will be started soon.Share this:last_img read more

The College Football Programs Whose Recruiting Rankings Improved The Most From 2014 To 2015

first_imgFor most programs and their fans, National Signing Day is Christmas come early. Each team adds a few dozen players who are coming off of illustrious high school careers. Most are either lauded by the various recruiting services or deemed “underrated” by the fans. While these major recruiting sites—Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN—can never evaluate every kid perfectly, studies have shown that the teams that consistently pull it blue chip talent are the ones that compete for national championships. SB Nation’s Bud Elliott wrote a great feature about this last February: As recruiting rankings continue to grow more accurate, they’re now to a point at which they can help tell us which teams are ready to compete for titles. Every BCS champion since recruiting rankings could be accurately tracked (2005, or four classes after Scout joined Rivals in rating players) has met a benchmark: it’s recruited more blue-chips (four- and five-star players) than lesser-rated players over its four previous signing classes.So, which programs have improved their recruiting the most from 2014 to 2015? Which have fallen off? Based on 247 Sports’ useful composite rankings, which use the ratings applied to each player from the four recruiting services, here are the 23 power conference teams whose recruiting rankings have improved the most.coloradoT-19. Colorado2014 Composite: 742015 Composite: 69Difference: +5As a program, Colorado has been wandering through the desert for years now. 2014 didn’t see a big difference in the Buffaloes’ win-loss record at 2-10, but Mike MacIntyre’s team was more competitive on the field. The Buffs took UCLA to double-overtime, eventually falling 40-37, and did the same in a total shootout against Cal, where they eventually fell 59-56. They also put up pretty respectable performances against Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, and Utah. While the gains in recruiting weren’t substantial, Colorado did keep talented four star lineman Tim Lynott home. He was one of four of the top six recruits in the state to choose to play for CU. The Buffs also went into California to pull out talented outside linebacker Nu’umotu Falo. Colorado’s class isn’t huge at 19 players, which hurts its total ranking a bit, but it is a step in the right direction for a team that hopes to finally exit the rebuild stage over the next few years.purdueT-19. Purdue2014 Composite: 692015 Composite: 64Difference: +5Purdue’s recruiting class ranks last in the Big Ten, but the Boilermakers are encroaching on Minnesota and Iowa, and don’t have winning seasons to fall back on like those schools. Purdue only has four wins in the first two seasons under Darrell Hazell, with only one coming in Big Ten play. Former coach Danny Hope had a bit more success late in his tenure, making back to back bowls in 2011 and 2012, but two of his classes ranked 70th or worse. Hazell is digging out of a big hole, and hasn’t had a ton of immediate success, but the deck was stacked against him, which makes it less surprising if he gets a bit of extra leeway at Purdue.wsuT-19. Washington State2014 Composite: 542015 Composite: 49Difference: +5With Mike Leach on the sideline and Connor Halliday under center, Washington State had one of the most prolific offenses in the country in 2014. The Cougars were No. 1 in the nation in passing offense at 477.7 yards per game, and 117th in points against at 38.6 per game. While some don’t believe that Leach cares much about defense, this 2015 recruiting class says something different. Wazzu’s lone four-star player Thomas Toki plays defensive tackle, and is one of 11 Cougar commits on that side of the ball. According to 247 Sports, seven of the Cougs’ nine top recruits play on defense. While bringing a top 50 class to Pullman and improving on last year’s class is a good thing, if Washington State can start to build that defense, it will not be a fun group to play.nebraskaT-19. Nebraska2014 Composite: 362015: Composite: 31Difference: +5Coaching changes almost always have an immediate impact on recruiting. Occasionally, it takes a year for excitement about a new coach to result in improvement, but new Nebraska coach Mike Riley actually improved on Bo Pelini’s final class right away. The program has a pair of four-star early enrollees from Colorado in cornerbacks Eric Lee and Avery Anderson, and picked up a top ten guard in four star Jalin Barnett. Nebraska is not a state rich with high school football talent, which makes recruiting for the Huskers a bit tricky, but Riley did a very nice job dipping into Texas, Oklahoma, and even out to California and the Southeast for quality players.oregonT-19. Oregon2014 Composite: 212015 Composite: 16Difference: +5There is a pocket of the Oregon fanbase that is not yet sold on head coach Mark Helfrich, at least when compared to his predecessor Chip Kelly, but he has done a great job of maintaining Oregon’s high level of recruiting, despite the fact that the state produces very few FBS caliber players. Oregon plucked players from eight different states, and it leaves no stones unturned. The Ducks are bringing in players from California, Georgia, Hawaii, and Minnesota—their recruiting profile is about as varied as any team can get. Headlining this impressive class are five-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule from Honolulu, who should be a force against both the run and the pass at 6-foot-7, 290-pounds, and dual-threat quarterback Travis Waller from Anaheim.arkansasT-17. Arkansas2014 Composite: 292015 Composite: 23Difference: +6Since shutting out LSU 17-0 on November 15, Arkansas has been on a roll. The Razorbacks followed that up with an even more impressive 30-0 win over Ole Miss, narrowly lost to SEC East champion Missouri, and then destroyed Texas in the Texas Bowl, 31-7. In mid-October, it didn’t look like Arkansas would make a bowl. Now, the team has a ton of momentum, and took it into the end of this recruiting cycle. The Hogs had five blue chip players enroll early, including pro style quarterback Ty Storey from in state. Arkansas has also added a couple of four star defensive linemen, and two top tight ends, which should help round out Bret Bielema’s run-heavy offense a bit. Amazingly, Arkansas’ class only ranks 11th in the SEC, but it should help them stay competitive in the SEC West, college football’s toughest division. Next: Programs Ranked 17-12 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5last_img read more

Twitter 1 million accounts suspended for terrorism promotion

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further In its latest transparency report, Twitter said it suspended 274,460 accounts between July and December 2017 “for violations related to the promotion of terrorism.”The figure is down 8.4 percent from the previous reporting period and is the second consecutive decline, a Twitter statement said.”We continue to see the positive, significant impact of years of hard work making our site an undesirable place for those seeking to promote terrorism, resulting in this type of activity increasingly shifting away from Twitter,” said the statement from the messaging platform’s public policy team.Twitter has faced pressure from governments around the world to crack down on jihadists and others calling for violent attacks, while at the same time maintaining an open platform for free speech.In the latest six-month reporting period, Twitter said 93 percent of the suspended accounts were “flagged by internal, proprietary tools,” and that 74 percent were cut off before their first tweet.It said government reports of violations related to the promotion of terrorism represent less than 0.2 percent of all suspensions in the period.Twitter also used the report to express concerns about what it called “legal threats to freedom of expression” online in countries around the world.”With the passage of new legislation and ongoing regulatory discussions taking place around the world about the future of public discourse online, we are seeing a potential chilling effect with regards to freedom of expression,” the report said.It cited a Human Rights Watch report suggesting that “governments around the world (are) increasingly look to restrict online speech by forcing social media companies to act as their censors.” © 2018 AFP Twitter touts victories in war on extremist content Twitter says more than one million accounts have been suspended since 2015 for “promotion of terrorism” Citation: Twitter: 1 million accounts suspended for ‘terrorism promotion’ (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-twitter-million-accounts-terrorism.html Twitter said Thursday it has suspended over one million accounts for “promotion of terrorism” since 2015, claiming its efforts have begun to make the platform “an undesirable place” to call for violence. read more