HGK – Split County Chamber became part of the European network of UNESCO protected lesser-known sites Mirabilia

first_imgIf tourists want to explore UNESCO sites in Croatia, it is difficult to find a better base for it than Split. Within a two-hour drive, or ferry ride, as many as six UNESCO sites are easily accessible. Start from Split and Diocletian’s Palace, and then “jump” to Šibenik and the local Cathedral of St. James. On the way back, stop at the medieval jewel of Trogir. Tourists can spend a day on the island of Hvar and visit Starogradsko polje. Just an hour’s drive into the interior of Dalmatia is one of the medieval cemeteries with stećak tombstones. Not too far away in BiH is the old town of Mostar. Also, on day trips it is possible to see two more UNESCO sites, Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes National Park. The only site that is somewhat harder to reach is the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec. Split as an ideal central point of research of UNESCO sites in Croatia There is a great potential of this platform that offers a number of opportunities for the development of new cultural and tourist routes and programs, which are interesting to tourists throughout the year, which ultimately strengthens tourism throughout Europe. UNESCO also has its own list of intangible world heritage, and Split is once again a great base for tourists to get to know some of them: Mediterranean food, traditional klapa singing, silent wheel from the Dalmatian hinterland, ojkanje, Sinjska alka, procession for the cross on the island of Hvar, and lace made of the leaves of agave, also on Hvar. HGK – Split County Chamber at the Mirabilia network is also part of the working group for cooperation with the governing bodies of UNESCO protected areas, which carries out a series of activities to connect with UNESCO governing bodies and raise awareness on sustainable tourism in the destination.  In addition to the Split Chamber, chambers from France, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia have also expressed interest in joining the network, and this initiative has now been extended to more than 50 chambers from Spain to Bulgaria. Mirabilia promotes the territories and routes of UNESCO protected, lesser-known sites and enables tourists to get to know other, lesser-known and valuable UNESCO places in addition to staying in large and famous tourist destinations. center_img The memorandum was signed on behalf of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce by the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber Joze Tomaš, who pointed out that the Split-Dalmatia County, with its richness in UNESCO-protected sites, offers numerous opportunities for cooperation in this area.  European network of UNESCO protected lesser-known sites Mirabilia, which was founded in 2012. in Italy, is in the process of expanding to other European countries.  “We in the Split-Dalmatia County are lucky to live and work in a county where four of the ten UNESCO sites in Croatia are located. It is a treasure and a boon, but also an obligation, because it is up to us to protect and preserve that heritage and at the same time to promote and improve it in the best possible way, taking care of the sustainability of the destination.Said Tomas. By networking lesser-known localities with popular tourist cities, guests are also offered new, additional facilities and an innovative approach, and chambers of commerce are there to recognize these new niches and facilities and apply them to EU funds through joint projects, said Joze Tomas. With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Matera, Italy, on November 18, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber became a member of this platform. With the accession of the Mirabilia Chamber in Split, 13,5 thousand of its members get the opportunity to create new products and connect through more than 50 EU chambers of commerce.  Split as the center of the UNESCO story in Croatia. Good selling point, Is it? Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

Syracuse’s depth allows for a new weapon on defense: The full-court press

first_img Comments In the final two minutes of the first half, against an overmatched Eastern Washington team and in a game in which Syracuse struggled offensively, the Orange went to a strategy it couldn’t use for a large part of last season.Syracuse pressed forward, past half court. A double team led to a jump pass quickly intercepted by freshman point guard Jalen Carey. The next two possessions, the Eagles pushed tempo only to throw the ball out of bounds.Outside of a rebounding foul that led to a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity, Eastern Washington crossed the midline only once in that span. Even then, the shot bounced off the rim and out. And the Orange went the other way.“We really couldn’t get anything going offensively,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We got some steals. That was really, I thought, the difference in the game. We got points off the press.”A theme from last season continued in 2018, as the Orange’s offense struggled yet boasted an improved defense through the addition of depth and its use of the full-court press. In its season opener, No. 16 Syracuse (1-0) dominated on the defensive side of the ball in a 66-34 win over Eastern Washington (0-1) on Tuesday night, allowing the least amount of points ever in a game inside the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, during Syracuse’s Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament run, what it lacked offensively, the Orange made up for defensively. Only once did SU allow more than 56 points in a Tournament game — in its season-ending loss to Duke.That came with three players averaging more than 38 minutes per game and another two with 27-plus minutes. Because of a smaller rotation last season, Syracuse rarely deployed the press.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThis year, Syracuse is just one of four Division I programs that returned its entire starting five.  The Orange also added three freshmen, transfer Elijah Hughes and return now-healthy rotational players Bourama Sidibe and Howard Washington.“It’s always great to have nine, 10 guys you can sub in and out,” freshman guard Buddy Boeheim said. “We’re definitely looking to press more, and it definitely helps to have more guys on the court.”The full-court press has been deployed consistently throughout both of SU’s scrimmages and the majority of Tuesday night. Everyday during practice, the team works on its pressing strategies for 10 to 20 minutes, Buddy said.Syracuse ranks third among all teams in the NCAA in average height, at 6-foott, 7.3-inches per player, according to Kenpom.com. Not only does the height help SU close out shooters or stop drives in the paint, but it can contribute toward knocking balls out of the air or double-teaming guards and blocking their view in press situations.When opposing guards try to slow the game down, Washington said the Orange’s press pushes tempo.“Our press was meant to get them,” Washington added. “Speed them up, cause some quick turnovers here and there.”When deploying the full-court press, Syracuse normally puts a man jumping in front of the inbounder. Two or three of its players normally trail or faceguard their opponents. Once the ball is put into play, SU tries to trap players in the corner or off the first dribble.Meanwhile, Paschal Chukwu or Sidibe stand on the other half, ready to play defense if the press is broken.“Once we see teams start to fold, and once they’re not able to control our trap,” Carey said, “that’s what makes us even more hungrier on defense to get steals.”When the halftime buzzer sounded Tuesday, Eastern Washington’s 10 points matched its turnovers for the half. The Orange took advantage of the sloppy play in the second half as well, scoring 33 total points off turnovers. That’s 20 more than SU averaged per game last year.The success did come against a weak Eastern Washington team, which ranks 189th out of 353 D1 teams, per Kenpom. Syracuse’s press still has a lot to prove as the season continues and the level of competition increases. Early last season, the Orange went to the press on occasion, but not nearly as often as the two scrimmages or in its season opener.On a day in which the offense failed to finish open looks, Syracuse showcased its new weapon.“New press that we put in,” Oshae Brissett said, “it’s been working for us.” Published on November 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcocenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

DALMORE UPSETS HEAVILY FAVORED DANZING CANDY BY A HALF LENGTH IN GRADE III, $100,000 AFFIRMED STAKES AS DESORMEAUX BROTHERS TEAM TO GET 1 1/16 MILES IN A SIZZLING 1:40.84

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (July 2, 2016)–In the best race of his career, Dalmore, who is trained by Keith Desormeaux and was ridden by his brother, Kent, engaged heavily favored Danzing Candy a quarter mile from home and proved best by a half length in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita. With longshot Beaumarchais and Danzing Candy carving out fast early fractions, Dalmore sat a comfortable third, about three lengths off the lead with three furlongs to run and he stopped the clock after a mile and a sixteenth in a rapid 1:40.84.“It’s been a nice three-race series here with this horse,” said Keith Desormeaux. “Each race, he’s had a perfect trip. I think that’s attributed not only to Kent’s prowess but also the fact that he’s had small fields and it’s always ended up a decent pace. Although, in the two previous races, the pace was slower and today it was quick, so good job by Kent judging the pace today.”A Florida-bred colt by Colonel John, Dalmore was purchased for a bargain $47,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2014 and is owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Rocker O Ranch, LLC and Keith Desormeaux. Dalmore, who came off a first condition allowance win here on May 29, was off at 7-2 and paid $9.20, $2.60 and $2.10.Eased three starts back in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct on April 9, Dalmore was subsequently a well beaten fifth in the 1 1/16 miles California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos two starts back on April 30.“The most impressive part (of today’s race) was that half mile move to the quarter pole,” said Kent. “That was all him, I never asked him. I hadn’t even used my horse yet and Rafael (Bejarano, aboard Danzing Candy) was driving. To me, I knew we had him. It was a very explosive effort by Dalmore.”With three wins and as many seconds from 11 overall starts, Dalmore picked up $60,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $187,302.Unraced since beaten 20 lengths in the Kentucky Derby May 7, Danzing Candy made his first start today for Bob Baffert and he appeared every bit a 1-5 favorite as the race unfolded. As Baffert had hoped, he relaxed well under new pilot Bejarano and seemed comfortable sitting a close second behind Beaumarchais before taking the lead five sixteenths from home.“Well, he was rating pretty good, but Beaumarchais was just going so fast,” said Baffert. “When I saw that second quarter in 46, I thought ‘Oh man…’ Dalmore is a good horse.”Off at 1-5 in a field of five sophomores, Danzing Candy, who finished 8 ½ lengths clear of Prince of Arabia, paid $2.10 and $2.10.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and off at 13-1, Prince of Arabia picked up a tiring Beaumarchais the final sixteenth and paid $2.40 to show while finishing 4 ¼ lengths clear of the pacesetter.Fractions on the race were 23.26, 46 flat, 1:10.02 and 1:34.52.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

9 great reads from CNET this week

first_img Tags Post a comment Tech Industry It was a busy week for geek culture news with the debut of both Avengers: Endgame and the second installment in the last season of Game of Thrones. Amid the hype, Amazon shifted its two-day Prime shipping to one day, we learned more about an upcoming IPO for Uber, and Facebook put a $3 billion price tag on its privacy woes as it readies for next week’s F8.Here are more stories you don’t want to miss:Screen time is rising and it’s ruining us. Here are 11 ways to cut backHere’s how I did it. (And you can, too.) Getty Images The Nintendo Game Boy was a console designed to last for a lifetime (my lifetime)On its 30th anniversary, we take a look at what made the original Nintendo Game Boy so special.nintendo-gameboy-5.jpg Andrew Hoyle/CNET Life with the Galaxy Fold, screen crease, notch, air gap and allWe know about the Fold’s screen problems. Now let’s talk about the screen itself.216-galaxy-fold Sarah Tew/CNET Avengers: Endgame is here — My 59-hour Marvel movie marathon’s reached its endI’m holed up in a theater watching 22 Marvel films back to back. I’m hating that it has to end (but loving Captain America).abrarcropped @alheeti_3 TikTok’s quirky videos are the hot new way to find fameThe app for super-short videos is creating a new crop of social media stars.TikTok US Launch Celebration Joe Scarnici/Getty Images Avengers: Endgame review — Marvel’s ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity WarDon’t worry, this one is spoiler-free: The Russos’ wholly satisfying superhero epic, a sequel to every MCU movie ever, doesn’t waste a second.avengers-endgame-imax-poster-cropWeed tech heats up with a new smart vaporizer from Apple, Microsoft alumsThe newest app-enabled vaporizer on the market is the Firefly 2 Plus, and it shows how Silicon Valley is looking to cash in on cannabis as legalization picks up steam.firefly-2-plus-hero-shotPatient names, treatments leak among millions of rehab recordsExclusive: The exposed data affects nearly 150,000 people.cybersecurity-hacking-11 Angela Lang/CNET Will Amazon Prime make one-day shipping the new norm for online shopping?Even as Amazon pushes ahead, expect other retailers to struggle to match it.amazon-fall-river-fulfillment-center-5 Ben Fox Rubin/CNET 0 Amazon Prime Hacking Nintendo The Avengers Share your voicelast_img read more

ONGC allocates Rs 100 crore for startup fund on 60th anniversary

first_imgState-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) marked its 60th anniversary by setting up a corpus of Rs. 100 crore to promote new ideas in start-ups from the oil and gas sector. ONGC Chairman Dinesh K. Sarraf launched the initiative on Aug. 14 in Dehradun.In line with the government’s Startup India project, ONGC has named its new initiative “ONGC Start-up”, which will also have a dedicated website. The public sector enterprise will oversee all stages involved in supporting start-ups such as “seed funding, mentoring, market linkages and follow-ups,” read the company’s release.ONGC also awarded three employees in a bid to encourage innovation among the workers. Rajendra Bhambhu and Deepak Naik were awarded for developing safety device for rigs, while Prajesh Chopra developed a Dual SIM Cellular Router System that provides data connectivity at workover rigs.Earlier this year, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, had announced that all public sector undertakings in the oil and gas industry would provide financial assistance to start-ups focused on exploration, production and downstream related activities.The government has also been making efforts to bring start-ups on board to bid for small and marginal oil and gas fields, Pradhan had said in June. In the discovered small bid rounds, the central government had done away with experience clause to make bidding clauses easier for start-ups.As part of the government’s Startup India programme’s emphasis on innovation in public sector, Indian Railways had also allocated Rs. 50 crore innovation fund to open incubators, where railway employees and start-ups could focus on innovative projects. The public sector giant had also set up an analytics team to help in optimising investment decisions.last_img read more

Graft rights violation barriers to inclusive society TIB

Graft rights violation barriers to inclusive society TIB

first_imgBangladesh may face challenges and risks in attaining the UN’s sustainable development goal-16 (SDG-16) despite having legal and institutional preparations, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) observed on Sunday, reports UNB.The SDG-16 has stressed promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, ensuring access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.A new TIB study reveals that corruption, bribery, money-laundering and violation of human rights continue in Bangladesh despite taking various steps to prevent those.TIB senior programme manager (policy and research) Shahzada M Akram presented the findings of the study titled ‘Sustainable Development Goal 16: Bangladesh’s preparation, reality and challenges in achieving the goal related to corruption prevention and good governance’ at a press conference at TIB office in the capital.TIB trustee board chairperson Sultana Kamal, its executive director Iftekharuzzaman and TIB advisor Sumaiya Khair were present at the press conference.About the institutional weakness, the study says the institutions responsible for implementing the National Integrity Strategy are not functioning properly here due to political influence, centralisation of power, and supremacy of the executive branch.There is no structure of being accountable to people in most of these institutions and their internal accountability system is also poor, the TIB study says these institutions never disclose information proactively.It says the government has a tendency of denying the allegations of violation of people’s fundamental rights.Iftekharuzzaman said the government has already taken enough preparation at legal and policy levels to achieve the SDG-16, but challenges and risks remain in attaining the goal.Although money is being siphoned off the country, he said, no effective step is taken to detect the people involved in big scams and money-laundering incidents and bring them to justice.”We talk about ensuring justice to all, but efforts are there to snatch independence of judiciary,” the TIB chief said.To achieve the SDG- 16, the TIB study put forward a set of recommendations, including ensuring a fair system for appointing the chiefs and the members of the constitutional and statutory institutions like the Election Commission and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), removing article 70 from the country’s Constitution allowing parliament members to give votes against their own party, empowering the National Human Rights Commission and removing section 57 of the ICT Act, 2013.last_img read more

Breaking Up With Facebook Its Harder Than It Looks

Breaking Up With Facebook Its Harder Than It Looks

first_imgPhoto via PixabayFacebook’s latest privacy scandal, involving Trump campaign consultants who allegedly stole data on tens of millions of users in order to influence elections, has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network.There’s just one problem: There isn’t much of anywhere else to go.Facebook has weathered many such blow-ups before and is used to apologizing and moving on. But the stakes are bigger this time.Regulatory authorities are starting to focus on the data misappropriation, triggering a 9 percent decline in Facebook’s normally high-flying stock since Monday. Some of that reflects fear that changes in Facebook’s business will hurt profits or that advertisers and users will sour on the social network.The furor over Cambridge Analytica, the data mining firm accused of stealing Facebook data, follows a bad year in which Facebook acknowledged helping spread fake news and propaganda from Russian agents. It also comes less than three months after CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the world that he would devote the year to fixing Facebook. Instead, things seem to be getting worse.“It’s more serious economically, politically, financially and will require a more robust response in order to regain users’ trust,” said Steve Jones, a professor of communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Yet leaving Facebook, like ending a long marriage, isn’t remotely simple. Starting with the little things.Arvind Rajan, a tech executive from San Francisco who deactivated his account on Monday, suddenly discovered he needs to create new usernames and passwords for a variety of apps and websites. That’s because he previously logged in with his Facebook ID.It’s a pain, he said, “but not the end of the world.” And because he is bothered by Facebook’s “ham-handed” response to recent problems, the inconvenience is worth it.For other users looking to leave, it can feel as if there are no real alternatives. Twitter? Too flighty, too public. Instagram? Whoops, owned by Facebook. Snapchat? Please, unless you’re under 25 — in which case you’re probably not on Facebook to begin with.Facebook connects 2.2 billion users and a host of communities that have sprung up on its network. No other company can match the breadth or depth of these connections — thanks in part to Facebook’s proclivity for squashing or swallowing up its competition.But it is precisely in Facebook’s interest to make users feel Facebook is the only place to connect with others. Where else will grandmothers see photos of their far-flung grandkids? How will new mothers connect to other parents also up at 4 a.m. with a newborn?“My only hesitation is that there are hundreds of pictures posted over 13 years of my life that I do not want to lose access to. If there was a way to recover these photos, I would deactivate immediately,” Daniel Schwartz, who lives in Atlanta, said in an email.People eager to delete their profiles may find unexpected problems that point to how integral Facebook is to many activities, said Ifeoma Ajunwa, a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University.“It is getting more and more difficult for people to delete Facebook, since it’s not just as a social media platform but also almost like a meeting square,” she said.Parents could soon realize that their child’s soccer schedule with games and pickup times is only on a Facebook page, for example. Many businesses also schedule meetings via Facebook.“It’s more and more difficult for people to feel plugged in if you’re not on Facebook,” Ajunwa said.Not surprisingly, Facebook doesn’t make it easy to leave. To permanently delete your account, you need to make a request to the company. The process can take several days, and if you log in during this time, your request will be canceled. It can take up to 90 days to delete everything.There’s a less permanent way to leave, deactivation, which hides your profile from everyone but lets you return if you change your mind.Lili Orozco, a 28-year-old office manager for her family’s heating and cooling company in Watkinsville, Georgia, deleted her account in December. She was upset that every new app she downloaded would ask for her Facebook contacts.And while she liked staying in touch with people, she was irritated by the conspiracy stories her high school friends would share.“Falsehoods spread faster on Facebook than the truth does,” she said. She now gets her news from Twitter and shares pictures with friends through Instagram. Sharelast_img read more

A Groovy Time With Evil Dead The Musical

A Groovy Time With Evil Dead The Musical

first_img Listen Obsidian TheaterA scene from Obsidian Theater’s production of Evil Dead: The Musical. At first glance, a story about violent demons, hand dismemberment, and the Book of the Dead might not sound like prime material for a musical. Yet, at the same time, the sheer campiness of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead trilogy fits the bill perfectly.Combining elements of all three original films, Evil Dead: The Musical follows a group of college students who spend spring break at a creepy, abandoned cabin in the woods. They find the fabled Necronomicon (the aforementioned Book of the Dead), accidentally summon demons, and are slowly picked off and transformed into sardonic, wit demons that must then be dispatched by the remaining protagonist, Ash Williams.And while the subject matter might sound a little dark, it’s treated with irreverence and wit — and deliberately doesn’t take itself too seriously.Houston’s Obsidian Theater is performing the show through Oct. 27, and, in the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with directors Tom Stell and Kelsey McMillan about paying homage to Raimi’s original trilogy and what makes it suitable for musical adaptation.– / 5 Xcenter_img 00:00 /07:23 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Gray Touts Triumphs Amid Farewell Address

Gray Touts Triumphs Amid Farewell Address

first_imgWashington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray talked about what his administration has done for the residents of the District over the last four years during his farewell address this week. The mayor delivered the parting speech at his high school alma mater, Dunbar Senior High School, on Dec. 17 before hundreds of people that consisted of residents and administration officials.Gray, who took office in January 2011, said he loved being the mayor of the nation’s capital.“Please know it has been the greatest honor of my life to serve for the last four years as your mayor,” he said. “We have come so far as a city during that time… made so much progress in so many areas, that it’s hard to say goodbye to what I think is, without a doubt, the best job in the world.”During his nearly two-hour speech, the mayor talked about his efforts to restore fiscal discipline to the management of the city’s finances, create jobs for District residents, expand economic development in neighborhoods outside of downtown, make sure that District children get a first-class education and make communities safer.Gray recalled the earlier years of his administration, when the District’s future didn’t look so rosy. “Given where we are today, it’s easy to forget the magnitude of the challenges we faced then,” he said, citing high unemployment, rapid depletion of the city’s rainy day fund, stalled economic development projects, a large budget deficit and structural problems in the District’s financial and human resources.“And so we quickly got to work,” he said. “Four years later, I’m proud to say that the District is stronger today than at any moment in our history.”The mayor painstakingly went through almost all of his successful initiatives dealing with early childhood education; economic development projects such as the upcoming Skyland Town Center, CityCenter and the Walter Reed campus; modernizing schools such as Dunbar and Ballou Senior High School and being one of the few state-level jurisdictions to execute the Affordable Care Act without serious glitches.On Jan. 2, Gray will hand over the city’s helm to Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser, who defeated him in the April 1 Democratic mayoral primary. He had recommended that Bowser and her team continue to be fiscally prudent; grow and diversify the city’s economy; keep the city diverse socially, economically and racially; continue school reform; make tough and sometimes unpopular decisions that are in the best interest of the city and practice openness and transparency.Gray, in his closing, said that he will remain active in the city. “In two weeks, I will step down as your mayor — but not as your friend, your neighbor, or your advocate,” he said. “This is not a farewell. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you around the city.”last_img read more