Conference Held Can Croatian Tourism 365?

first_imgThe first conference on year-round tourism was held in the packed hall of the Sheraton Hotel. Can Croatian Tourism 365 ?. Along with numerous foreign and domestic experts, the topic of year-round tourism in Croatia and all the challenges that tourism faces, especially after the increase in the number of arrivals and guests. Croatian tourism must be better!High seasonality of tourism and reaching infrastructural and other maximums in the summer months and low tourist representation in the continental part of Croatia is a realistic picture of Croatian tourism, which worries us. The main topics of the conference discussed were, above all, how to extend the season and how to start continental Croatia.The conference was opened by Robert Pende, Deputy Minister of Tourism, who said that Croatia has a relatively good infrastructure, but that the capacities are not used well enough. It is necessary to show inventiveness and prudence. Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economy of Slovenia, pointed out several important facts that have led Slovenia to the recognizability of the destination and gave recommendations for the development of tourism: “The challenge that many destinations face today is over-tourism. Low prices are part of the problem, and destinations are becoming more accessible. Tourism is the largest industry in expansion, but we do not act responsibly towards people or the environment. Clear support is needed at the state level, and without a shared vision it does not work. In tourism, it is important every day of the year! “.The conference was concluded by the conference organizer, Ms. Ivana Kolar, who pointed out: ” At the end of this conference, it became clear that we do not lack desire, but that initiative and activity are needed. Only if we work actively can change happen. The overall efficiency of our work must be higher. At the state level, it is necessary to create a strategy for year-round tourism and stronger promotion, and to include continental Croatia in the whole story of tourism. Incentives for new projects, education of the population, provision of favorable financial resources from EU funds, easing of obstacles and provision of necessary infrastructure would also be welcome.. “Croatia can develop tourism 365 using models from other successful countries such as Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. But all this is part of a long-term process that can be realized overnight, nor is it the task of the state alone. This is the task of all of us who are still insufficiently connected, we still divide Croatia into continental and sea, we divide it by counties and individual places. “The point of this conference is to connect and collaborate and think outside the local community. Croatia must be one destination. We have 2 tasks ahead of us – to extend the season where we are good and to develop an attractive year-round offer on the continent where possible. Let’s connect our goals, our activities, our products and experiences and finally – our common results.- pointed out Kolar.last_img read more

People with disabilities invited to tell their stories at research roadshow

first_imgAre you a person with a disability? Have you experienced difficulty accessing services related to fertility, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, childbirth or parenting?The Re(al) Productive Justice project wants to hear from you.This project is setting out to highlight the reproductive experiences of persons with disabilities in Ireland. Researchers are visiting Letterkenny Resource Centre on Friday November 22nd to record the personal accounts of persons with disabilities, over the age of 18, who want to talk about accessing reproductive services in Ireland. Dr. Áine Sperrin and Maria Ní Fhlathartha from the research team will be in Letterkenny to tell people more about the project, to record Oral History or Key Informant interviews or to take potential participants’ details to get in touch at a later date. The Re(al) Productive Justice project is based at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway. Led by Prof. Eilionóir Flynn, the Research Team is comprised of Dr. Áine Sperrin, Dr. Jenny Dagg and Maria Ní Fhlathartha. The project runs from 2019 to 2022 and focuses on experiences across the Republic of Ireland. The researchers said: “We want to hear your stories about difficulties you have had based on your disability when you have used, or tried to use, reproductive services. Reproductive services include fertility and contraception – including surrogacy, abortion, pregnancy and childbirth, parenting – including fostering and adoption. Oral Histories will be recorded on a tape recorder. All Oral Histories collected can be anonymous if desired and will be archived for use by researchers in the future.” Who can participate?The project is open to people over the age of 18 who identifies as having a physical, intellectual, sensory or psychosocial disability.Anyone who identifies as neurodivergent and users and survivors of psychiatry.We are interested in people with disabilities who live in rural communities, are members of the Travelling Community, the LGBTQI Community, the Direct Provision community and people who have experiences with institutionalisation. “Key Informant interviews will determine the impact of legislation and policy on people working in the disability and reproductive services sectors. “Do you work in the field of reproductive rights for persons with disabilities? “Are you a legal, medical or social work professional with experience of supporting a persons with a disability to access reproductive services?“We also want to hear from you!”The Re(al) Productive Justice project is coming to the Letterkenny Resource Centre on Friday November 22nd from 10am to 2pm. For more information see www.realproductivejustice.com or contact the Research Team on [email protected] or by calling 091 49 42 72People with disabilities invited to tell their stories at research roadshow was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

German golfer wins SA Women’s Open

first_img16 July 2012Germany’s Caroline Masson was remarkably composed on a brutal final day of the South African Women’s Open golf tournament at Selborne in KwaZulu-Natal, claiming her maiden victory on the Ladies European Tour on Sunday.Masson closed with a bogey-free 70 to win on one-under-par 215, one stroke clear of South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace and England’s Danielle Montgomery.“I’m so happy. It was such a tough day with the wind,” Masson said of a round which was in doubt because of the gale force winds that battered the Selborne Park Golf Club from the early morning.WindAt its strongest, the wind raged at 81 km/h, and forced a one-hour delay of the tee-off time. It was into these conditions that Masson threw her disappointments of several near misses in the past and her hope of a maiden title at last.She birdied the par-five third for her only birdie of the day. But far more impressive was the fact that she didn’t drop a single shot.“That was pretty good. I hung in there and made my pars. I got lucky a few times, and I had a few birdie chances but didn’t make those putts. But, all in all, I’m really happy with the way I played,” she commented on her performance.Missed birdie puttPace was determined to make a move in the tough conditions and came close to forcing a playoff before missing her birdie putt on the 18th on her way to a 70 and a level-par finish.“I played really solid golf from the second round, and when the wind came up I knew I had a chance. I just stayed patient out there and made my pars,” she said.Montgomery closed with a solid 72 to share second on 216.South Africa’s Melissa Eaton-Jackson also impressed with a tournament low of 68 to climb to three-over and a share of ninth place.Deserved victoryHowever, it was Masson who showed the greatest composure, leading from the first round on her way to a deserved victory.“You have to keep patient in these conditions, which is not my strength to be honest. I had a few good chances to win before this, so I just kept focusing on playing my own game and not worrying too much about the leaderboards,” she said.“I’m feeling very confident,” she added about the effect of securing victory. “I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time, and the middle of the year is great timing for a victory.‘A beautiful country’“It’s also nice to do it in South Africa. This is a beautiful country and we’re all really glad to have the tournament back here.”As South Africa’s top-ranked player in the field and a key ambassador for the event, Pace echoed Masson’s sentiments.“I think it’s fantastic for South African woman’s golf to have this tournament back here. It’s very exciting times, and all the Europeans are talking about coming back. It’s really good stuff for South Africa,” she enthused.The Jackie Mercer Trophy, named after the four-time SA Women’s Open champion, for the leading amateur went to South Africa’s Bertine Strauss, who finished on 12-over-par with rounds of 78, 72 and 78.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Graça Machel – freedom fighter for life

first_imgLike her husband, Graça Machel is globally respected and admired for her fight for women’s and children’s rights and her services to humanity. (Image: GlobalGiving) In 2010 Mandela and Machel visited the exhibition “Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons,” at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, Eastern Province.(Image: Michigan State University) An early photo of a radiantly happy Mandela and Machel.(Image: Revista Afro) Machel’s 1996 report drew the world’s attentionto the devasting effects that war has on children.(Image: Unicef) MEDIA CONTACTS • Graça Machel Trust  +27 11 783 4951 RELATED ARTICLES • A nation of paradoxes: Robinson • Mandela posters show world’s respect • Madiba’s legacy is forever • Nelson Mandela: a timeline • Obama inspires tomorrow’s leadersYvonne FontynMany know Graça Machel as Nelson Mandela’s wife and the former first lady of both Mozambique and South Africa, but perhaps few recall that she was once a fiery young freedom fighter.Born Graça Simbine on 17 October 1945 in Gaza, Mozambique, Machel went to a Methodist mission school and then to the University of Lisbon on a scholarship. Enrolling in 1968 to study languages, she became involved in student politics, resulting in Portugal’s secret police putting her under surveillance. Fearing arrest by her country’s colonial ruler, she left for Switzerland and spent time in Europe, where she made contact with the Marxist-based Mozambican Liberation Front, Frelimo.In 1973, she joined the organisation, which was setting up resistance against the Portuguese colonial government. Frelimo had its headquarters in Tanzania, where it operated two training camps under Chinese and Russian instructors, respectively. According to South African History Online, at these camps Machel “underwent military training and learnt how to take apart an assault rifle and put it back together”.As she had studied languages, including German, French and Portuguese, Machel began teaching at the schools Frelimo established in its training camps and within liberated territories in Mozambique. In 1974, she was appointed the deputy director of the Frelimo Secondary School at Bagamayo in Tanzania, embarking on what was to become a celebrated career in education and the advancement of literacy and children’s rights.Samora MachelIt was in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province that she met the Frelimo commander, Samora Machel, whom she married in 1975 shortly after Mozambique achieved independence and he became president. South African History Online recounts that with this marriage, Machel became stepmother to her husband’s five children by a former wife and partner. The couple had two children of their own.She also joined Frelimo’s Central Committee, becoming minister of education and culture. She held this post until 1989, during which time the number of pupils enrolled at school rose from about 40% to 90% for male children and 75% for female children, says South African History Online. She is also credited with increasing the number of schoolchildren in Mozambique from 400 000 to 1.5-million during her tenure as education minister, and reducing the illiteracy rate by 72%.Her husband was killed in an aeroplane crash over South Africa in 1986 during the country’s anti-apartheid struggle, and at the height of the civil war in Mozambique. Two years after it gained independence from Portugal, the ruling Frelimo was violently opposed by the Mozambique Resistance Movement, or Renamo, which received funding from Rhodesia and later South Africa. The conflict ended in 1992 and Mozambique held its first multi-party elections in 1994.With the war’s end, Machel became involved in Mozambique’s efforts to rehabilitate its 1.5-million returning refugees. As a member of the Forum of African Women Educationalists, founded in 1992 by African female ministers of education, she helped to develop ways to improve the education of girls and empower Mozambican women.Impact of violence on childrenIn her role as president of the National Organization of Children of Mozambique, which places orphans in village homes, Machel articulated her concerns about why children were targeted for violence in certain societies – killed, tortured and made part of the destructive process of war and genocide. She led the organisation for 20 years, at the same time working with UN organisations, including Unicef, for which she became Goodwill Ambassador.In 1994, the UN appointed Machel to carry out an assessment of the impact of armed conflict on children. Her groundbreaking report, presented in 1996, was the first human rights assessment of war-affected children and established a global agenda for the protection of children’s rights in conflict. Her book, Impact of War on Children: A Review of Progress Since the 1996 United Nations Report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, was published in 2001 in conjunction with Unicef. The book presents the findings of her study and documents the violence children endure, as well as the interventions taking place. Machel’s survey took in child soldiers, displaced and refugee children as well as child victims of landmines, Aids and sexual exploitation, focusing on the psychological consequences of war on the very young. The book is illustrated with photographs by Sebastião Salgado.In 2010, the Graça Machel Trust was founded, to advocate for the rights of African women and children, as well as good governance and democracy. The trust is a platform “to embrace, nurture, enable and inspire women and children to soar to the fullest of their potential”, says its website. “It consolidates the work of its founder and seeks to build her legacy, empower new generations to take up the challenges of their times and create caring societies that value social justice. Leveraging her access to key national, regional and global networks and champions, the Trust amplifies the voices of those who otherwise might not be heard in certain spaces.”Among the trust’s projects are the End Child Marriage Campaign; the New Faces New Voices African Women Economic Summit; the Network of African Businesswomen; the Youth for Microbiocides Advocacy Programme; the African Medical Research Foundation; the Gender Violence Project and various child health and immunisation projects with the GAVI Alliance. Machel also founded the Zizile Institute for Child Development in Mozambique, to focus on early childhood development and is a co-founder of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies.Global leaderIn addition to being the current chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Machel serves in various capacities in several organisations, including The Elders – formed in 2007 by Machel with Mandela and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu to address issues including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sustainable development, and equality for girls and women.She also serves on the Africa Progress Panel; the High Level Task Force on Innovative International Finance for Health Systems, and the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocates Panel. She is chair of both the Leadership Council for the Campaign to End Paediatric HIV/Aids and the Board of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes.Not surprisingly, over the years Machel has won international recognition for her myriad achievements. Her many awards include the Laureate of Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger (Hunger Project 1992); the Nansen Medal in recognition of her contribution to the welfare of refugee children in 1995; the Global Citizen Award of the New England Circle in 1997; the Inter Press Service’s International Achievement Award for her work on behalf of children internationally; the Africare Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award; and the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.Nelson MandelaHer relationship with Mandela has been a happy meeting of astute minds and generous spirits. She met Madiba in the early 1990s and, finding they shared many causes in common, the two formed a deep friendship. They were married on his 80th birthday (July 18) in 1998.“She has not only brought joy to Madiba, she has also tried very hard to draw the Mandela family together,” Tutu told the Washington Post early in July 2013, when it was reported she never left the side of the ailing elder statesman.Verne Harris, director of research and archives at the Mandela Centre of Memory, told the same publication: “She has great warmth, and like Nelson Mandela, she insists on dignity. She has an identity and a life journey independent of Nelson Mandela.”The two of them together, however, are a formidable force.last_img read more

Importing Premiere Pro Projects Into After Effects

first_imgCreate your video edit in Adobe Premiere Pro.  Then import your project into After Effects for finishing – add effects, color correction, and motion tracking.There are several ways to manage your Premiere Pro to After Effects workflow.  One way is to take advantage of Adobe’s Dynamic Link, with the ability to jump btween the two applications for video editing and compositing/motion design (for more info on Dynamic Link check out my previous post here).Another useful post production workflow is to complete your video edit in Premiere Pro and then move your entire project into After Effects.  Unlike using Dynamic Link (jumping between applications), importing your entire Premiere Pro project into After Effects tends to be a one way operation.Quick note: For Editors working with FCP or Media Composer who want to finish in After Effects, you can do so by using Adobe’s Pro Import (which was added in CS6).  Pro Import was previously Automatic Ducks’s Pro Import but Wes Plate & Harry Plate have now partnered with Adobe.When to Use Import instead of Dynamic LinkThere are several instances when you may want to import a Premiere Pro project into After Effects (as opposed to using Dynamic Link).  Some editors may prefer to finish in After Effects because they have third party plugins (transitions/effects) that work in After Effects and not Premiere Pro.  In other instances an editor may be handing the project/media to a motion designer.  Lastly, it may be preferential to use import because there can be issues reconnecting with Dynamic Link depending on your workflow.For those using Dynamic Link, check out this post from Digital Rebellion troubleshooting a Dynamic Link workflow.The Import ProcessWhen you import your project from Premiere Pro to After Effects, you have all the original layers live.In After Effects go to File > Import > Premiere Pro Project.A dialog box opens, where you have the choice to bring in all the sequences, select a sequence and whether or not you want to import audio.Click OK, and a folder with the referenced media and composition appear in the project.  Note, Premiere sequences become compositions in After Effects.Double click on the composition to see the timeline with all your layers from Premiere Pro.Aside from all of your media, markers also come over from Premiere Pro – which is huge.  Markers are useful for spotting audio, noting where to add transitions/effects and for notes from a client session.  You could also use markers if you wanted to make notes for a motion designer that you were handing the project off to.You can also use speech analysis in Premiere Pro to mark specific words and then that data flows through to After Effects, which is illustrated in the image below.Click for larger view:The Output ProcessOnce you’ve completed working with your Premiere Pro project in After Effects, you can either output using the Render Queue or Adobe Media Encoder. For high quality renders I would suggest you use the Render Queue. For video going to the web or DVD it’s better to use Adobe Media Encoder (H.264 and MPEG-2 codecs are superior in AME).  As well, Adobe Media Encoder has Vimeo & YouTube Presets to choose from.To add to the Render Queue – With the Composition selected in the Project, go to Composition > Add to Render Queue. You will need to set your “Render Settings”, your “Output Module” and your “Output To” in the Render Que and then click “Render”.  For more specifics on how to do this check out this Adobe Help document.Click for larger view:For more information on Adobe Media Encoder check out my tutorial here or the Adobe Help link.Are you utilizing a full Adobe post production workflow?Share your thoughts or advice in the comments below!last_img read more

India looks at open balanced IndoPacific region Jaishankar

first_imgSingapore: India looks at an open, inclusive and balanced region connected by secure seas, integrated by trade and investment, underpinned by the rule of law, External Affairs Minister S Jaishanakar said on Monday, as he sought Singapore’s support in addressing the challenges posed by the changing world. Addressing the inaugural session of India Singapore: The Next Phase of Strategic Partnership, Jaishankar said, “There is no hegemonic power to underwrite an international order but nor is there a global compact among nations. The international situation today is under stress.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn geopolitics, it’s not only the rise of China and the sharper competition between the United States and China but the simultaneous rise of several countries, the promise of an Asian century whose rise still has challenges to overcome, he said. “We do see multilateralism in retreat. There are question marks about the effectiveness of institution that we have set up in the last 50 years,” he said. Highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, Jaishankar said, “We look at an open, inclusive and balance region connected by secure seas, integrated by trade and investment, underpinned by the rule of law and anchored in ASEAN unity and centrality with East Asia Summit as its principal forum. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHis comments came amidst China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. “We are poised at a very important juncture in the world politics. It is not obviously an easy time, but also not a disheartening time. I think a lot would depend on the imagination and the dexterity with which we together address many of the challenges,” he said. Recalling India’s ties with Singapore, Jaishankar, who was earlier posted in Singapore as the high commissioner said, “When we came together in the contemporary phase of our relationship, it was the time when the world was changing and India was changing.The two changes had something to do with each other. “At that time India was facing severe balance of payments crisis and was embarking on radical economic reform. Then world was changing and the Cold War was coming to an end. “It was very clear that a lot of assumptions on which the world was working had to be revised. In that situation, India turned to Singapore and Singapore responded. We had the Look East Policy. Singapore then became a key partner in India’s growth and development,” Jaishankar added. It also became a bridge to this region, he said. “In 1992, India launched the India-Asian partnership and by 2005 we were members of the East Asia Summit,” the minister said. During that period Singapore was a direct source of investments into India. Its financial market was a major source of capital. Singapore was the first country with whom India signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, he said. “We have a robust defence relationship. We have just completed 25 years of uninterrupted naval exercises which I think is the longest India had with any country. Now we have extended it as a trilateral with Thailand,” he said. “In political, strategic as well as economic and commercial areas, Singapore has become a fulcrum for India’s policies east of India. Today, what started as a bilateral relationship is something that has grown very much bigger,” he said ahead of his meeting with the leaders of the country.last_img read more

FROM FILM SETS TO TRACTOR CABS

center_img My childhood weekends, summer holidays and birthday parties were always spent on the farm. I was free there. I ran wild, took off on horseback, built forts in the coulee and climbed the Porcupine Hills. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img

35yearold man found in pool of blood at Nakhoda Masjid

first_imgKolkata: A 35-year-old man was found lying in a pool of blood inside Nakhoda Masjid on Tuesday morning. A housekeeping staff saw the man and informed his seniors. The victim, identified as Shaikh Faisal, was rushed to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).According to sources, the staff had gone to the second floor of the masjid for cleaning at around 8:30 am on Tuesday morning. On entering, he saw Faisal lying in a pool of blood and a hammer found beside him had blood stains on it. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe masjid authority informed the Imam of Nakhoda Masjid, Shafique Qasmi, and Jorasanko police station. Police rushed to the spot and took the victim to CMCH where he is currently admitted. “Our cleaning staff saw the injured person and informed us. Apart from Fridays due to Jumma Namaz the masjid remains less crowded. As the second floor on Tuesday had no devotees, none of us visited. Police are investigating the case. The accused person is believed to be a Bangladeshi and might be known to the victim,” said Qasmi. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources, Faisal regained consciousness around 2:30 pm and informed the sleuths that he lives at the nearby Jeliatola Lane. He had recognised the accused but could not recollect his name. The only thing he knows is that he is a Bangladeshi national. Based on the information, the sleuths have initiated a case on charges of attempt to murder. Police are checking the CCTVs of Nakhoda Masjid for clues. Forensic experts had visited the masjid and collected samples from the spot. It is learnt that Faisal deals with foreign currency exchange. The sleuths suspect that he might have had some deal with the accused and a conflict had occurred.last_img read more

Parrot 40 is out

first_imgParrot, a Debian-based platform, announced the release of its latest version, Parrot 4.0. This release puts an end to all the development and testing processes of many new features, which were experimented in the previous releases since the release of Parrot 3.9. It also consists of all the updated packages and bug fixes announced since its previous version, Parrot 3.11. So, What’s new in Parrot 4.0? Netinstall Images Introduced Netinstall images are a powerful tool, which enables one to install just the necessary software components. One can even use them to install other desktop environments and to build a system of choice. With the provision of netinstall images in Parrot 4.0,  one can use Parrot as a pentest distribution, and also as a framework to build their very own working environment with ease. Docker images This version includes a release of Parrot’s own Docker templates. Docker is a powerful container technology that allows Parrot users to quickly download a Parrot template and immediately spawn unlimited and completely isolated Parrot instances on top of any host OS. Linux Kernel 4.16 The introduction of the new Linux 4.16 kernel is a very important step forward for Linux distributions. The Linux Kernel 4.16 version includes important updates, such as AMDGPU multi-display fixes, optimized in-kernel filesystem operations and so on. Sandbox Parrot system is secure and sandboxed. This is because of its custom firejail profiles with the underlying AppArmor support. This 4.0 version includes sandboxed applications that are stable and reliable. MATE 1.20 The MATE Desktop Environment is updated to its 1.20 release. This includes many graphic bug fixes and new features, such as HiDPI support, and the ability to auto-resize windows by simply dragging them to the screen corner and can also divide them into new layouts. Nginx This version introduces Nginx as Parrot’s new default web server daemon replacing Apache 2. Apache2 is the most famous web server out there, but it is heavy and complex to configure and maintain. On the other hand, Nginx is very lightweight and easy to use. It is not only a fast and secure web server but also a powerful proxy, cache, load-balancer and general purpose forwarder. And its configuration syntax is very easy to use. Apache2 will be available in the repository or pre-installed as a dependency of some security tools that rely on it. LibreOffice 6 LibreOffice 6 is now included as default in Parrot 4.0, with better documents support, memory efficiency and stability. MD Raid Support The Parrot 4.0 now includes a default MD raid support, which was absent in the previous versions. This is because parrot is also used for forensic analysis, and to open software, raids can be crucial while reading disks in a server environment. Mdadm is also introduced, which can be used as a pre-installed tool. This means that parrot can be installed in a software raid for better reliability. To know more about the new changes in detail, read the release notes. Read Next Pentest tool in focus: Metasploit 5 pen testing rules of engagement: What to consider while performing Penetration testing Top 5 penetration testing tools for ethical hackerslast_img read more