first_imgA group of foreign experts in eco-tourism spent six days in Croatia, visiting Split first, and then the goal of their arrival – the Lastovo Islands Nature Park. The purpose of their visit was to try the package “Lastovo – positively wild”, the first eco-tourist offer of this park, which was designed by the park staff in cooperation with the local population and the world organization for nature protection WWF.On the first day of their stay in Croatia, last Monday, the experts gathered in Split and first participated in a workshop on the ecological footprint in tourism, where they were joined by colleagues from the Kornati National Park, who also participate in the DestiMED project. The next day they visited Split and after that, only in the evening, they reached Lastovo. “The goal of tourism that we want to develop is not only profit, but also the well-being of the local community, preservation of identity, culture and tradition, as well as protection of natural resources. The eco-tourism offer must be a departure from mass tourism. Seven experts who spent last week in our park got acquainted with our nature, were delighted with the activities, cultural customs and offer. “, points out Bruna Đuković from the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, explaining how some of them tried diving for the first time, while others took oars in their hands for the first time and kayaked around the shores of Lastovo.”Although we will receive the real report only later, what we learned by talking to the experts is that our package is too intensive for them in terms of activities carried out. This information is extremely important to us because we will adjust this offer according to it”, Explains Mosor Prvan from WWF Adria, project manager of DestiMED within which this tourist offer was developed.The experts spent most of their time with nature conservationists and the local community, housed in the camp. They participated in making souvenirs and visited the local winery, and complained about too much riding and too little cycling. “We focused on quantity, we wanted them to experience as much as possible, and that was obviously the wrong decision. We know for the future. We in the Nature Park are extremely satisfied, but we understand that much more attention needs to be paid to the organization of such an offer. The fact that 12 local stakeholders are involved in Local cluster in ecotourism participating in this offer for us is a confirmation that we are on the right track“Concludes Bruno. The second group of experts will arrive in Lastovo in the spring, and they will be greeted by a “refreshed” tour “Lastovo – positively wild”. It will last five days, will not include a tour of Split, but will spend its time in better quality, exploring local customs and participating in the production of local products.The test in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park is the first of seven pilot tests to be held this fall in protected areas in six Mediterranean countries covered by the DestiMED project, implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria and funded by the EU Interreg Mediterranean Program. It is based on the success of the MEET (Mediterranean Ecotourism Experience) network, a non-profit destination management organization, which aims to further develop and promote a high quality portfolio of ecotourism experiences in the region’s protected areas.last_img read more


first_imgThe Paddington house Graya Constuction bought and transformed before selling to Alison Ariotti. Television presenter Alison Ariotti with husband Gerry and their two daughters at their home in Bardon.They are currently rebuilding another old home in Paddington for former Wallabies great Stephen Moore and his family.The median house price in Paddington is $1.11 million, according to CoreLogic. The property is just around the corner from Rosalie Village.There are no photos of the inside of the house.Records show the property last sold for $525,000 in 2012.The two-bedroom house, with a study, has just been listed for rent for $450 a week, until Graya Construction can start work on it. Graya Construction took to social media to announce they had bought the property at 192 Baroona Rd, Paddington.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe circa 1920 cottage was marketed by Belle Property as being a “good old fashioned renovator” with a north facing position and city views, just around the corner from Rosalie Village. POWER COUPLE SLASH $3M OFF WATERFRONT MANSION An artist’s impression of the house Graya Construction is building for former Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore. Graya Construction has bought a property on Baroona Road in Paddington with city views.The builders took to Instagram to announce their most recent purchase to their 32.5 thousand followers and declare the property as their next project. UNLISTED HOME SETS NEW RECORD Former Wallabies great Stephen Moore bought this house in Howard St, Paddington, which is being transformed by Graya Construction into a dream home. Brothers Rob (left) and Andrew Gray of Graya Construction. Picture :AAP/David Clark.The company has been busy transforming a number of rundown homes in prime locations in the inner-city suburbs of Paddington and Bardon in recent years, including the home of television presenter Alison Ariotti. SOCCEROO SETTLES ON GOLD COAST BEAUTY Graya Construction has bought this tiny cottage at 192 Baroona Rd, Paddington.A DUMP on stumps in one of Brisbane’s best suburbs has sold at auction for almost $200,000 more than the city’s median house price.The brothers behind Graya Construction have paid $715,000 for a tiny, rundown house on 405 sqm at 192 Baroona Road, Paddington. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more


first_imgBy Stephan SookramST AGNES and North Georgetown advanced to the final of the 2019 edition of COURTS Pee Wee Football tournament following yesterday’s semi-final round. Both games ended 2-0 but took vastly different paths at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.In the first semi-final, North Georgetown took the fight to Genesis from the opening whistle, tormenting the opposition ’keeper who was stellar between the uprights in keeping the score line decent.North Georgetown made it no secret that they were shooting for goals by any means necessary, sometimes shooting from half field to break the deadlock.Genesis, on the other hand, had a few tries go wide of the post with their best chance being a loose ball down the flank which was side-footed wide.Jaheim Gillard would break the eventual deadlock in the 28th minute and North Georgetown continued trying the goal.Kevin Burton in the 38th doubled the score line just before the whistle to make North Georgetown the first team into the final.Under the setting sun, however, a battle ensued for the second spot.Tucville went toe-to-toe with St Agnes, quite literally, as they traded shot for shot in the opening minutes.And while there was no shortage of shots, there were no goals as both goalkeepers kept their sides in the game.The first half and then regulation time ended with no goals scored and the tournament went into the extra time.Eventually, Shane Darlymple (40+3) and Celon London (40+8) put the game out of the reach of favourites Tucville.Earlier in the day, in the 13-16 category, St Stephen won via walkover from Craig while Enterprise won via walkover from UitvlugtIn the 9-12 division, Mae’s went down to St Ambrose 1-2 with Elijah Bynoe scoring for the losers and LeAndre Carr 35th and 38th scoring twice for the winners.Redeemer were 3-1 winners over Marian Academy thanks to Nickolas Watts’ hat-trick of goals in the 10th, 12th and 38th while Emanuel Francois scored for the losers.Soesdyke 2 needed extra time to beat Timehri 2-1 in the 5-8 playoff with Shaquille Caleb in the 17th and 40+6 being the hero while Nyron Barrow (36th) scored for Soesdyke.St Pius also beat West Ruimveldt 2-1 with Jamal Fraser scoring in the 40th and 40+2 despite Cleon LaRose scoring in the 39th.The final will take place next weekend.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jeff Reese, OCJ marketing specialistThis is a busy time of year for everyone involved in agriculture. If you are not in a field working you are most likely in some form of support role. I have never been directly responsible for the helping with the grain farming but since the loss of my 98-year-old Grandpa two months ago I have felt a pull to the farm.My uncle has been the “farmer” in our family for as long as I can remember but my grandpa was always there with him. His brother has been a major piece of the puzzle but my grandpa was always there. With the loss of Grandpa things are just a little different.My wife and I have joked that maybe between the two of us we can help to fill the void Grandpa left helping my uncle on the farm. She can be the brains and I can try not to break things. The truth is that because my Grandpa was always there we didn’t grow up in the tractor or in the field. Things are just going to be different now that Grandpa isn’t around.It was with this in mind that I called my uncle up on a beautiful Monday evening and asked what I could do to help. What I really wanted to do was sit out in the sun and wait for the groundhog that had been digging up our tree fields. Visions of me triumphantly slaying this irksome beast and then hunting for mushrooms had me wavering on my promise to help. Ultimately my desire to help my uncle won the day, and that groundhog will have to wait until the crops are in the ground. Priorities are just different now that Grandpa isn’t around.My anxiety to help in the fields is real. My fear is that I will break or mess something up and cost more time than I am saving. But things have a funny way of working out. What my uncle really needed help with was tilling the garden. This is a job I can confidently accomplish! The scope of the garden was not something I had taken into consideration, though. See, my Grandpa loved sweet corn, he loved squash, he loved tomatoes, he loved onions and he loved potatoes too. My Grandpa had a prolific garden and even at 98 he was planning on growing enough for him, my uncle and the surrounding community to share. It was not unusual to see asparagus exchanges in the church parking lot on Sunday mornings or coolers full or sweet corn dropped on a neighbor’s porch. I have fond memories of hot summer mornings husking corn in the shade so that we could freeze enough to last through the winter. It may be different without my Grandpa but maybe I can help keep his memory alive in my own small way this year.As I fired up the tiller I had visions of perfectly straight lines with no footprints in the freshly tilled garden soil. I fought to keep the tiller in line and make everything perfect. I wanted to make Grandpa proud. Then something dawned on me, Grandpa wasn’t about doing everything perfectly. He was about doing it right. Grandpa worked this exact ground with a horse drawn plow as a child. He has kept it in his family for his 98 years. Clearly he was doing something right. Being a part of the farm can take on many different shapes. Each job requires a different set of skills, but they all take a level of determination to do it right, to the best of your ability. I realized that maybe I can’t do everything the way he did and it will take time to learn the best way to do things. I just hope, in one small way, that maybe things didn’t have to be so different even though Grandpa isn’t around this year.last_img read more


first_imgMicrosoft recently rolled out new Windows Phone Developer Tools, which include, among many things, the anticipated copy-and-paste functionality that will arrive in the operating system’s first major update. The public launch of that update is still unknown at this time, however.Says Microsoft, the toolkit will let developers build apps using the new assemblies that ship with the forthcoming Windows Phone OS update. Plus, any app built using these tools will also work on phones that have not yet been updated to the new OS.What’s Included in the New ToolsAccording to a Microsoft blog post from Brandon Watson, the update includes copy-and-paste functionality, improved app performance, updated reference assemblies and “other enhancements.” He also mentioned that Microsoft just crossed the 1 million download mark for the tools, which is notable since they have been out for less than a year.For an OS that’s not selling well enough for Microsoft to publicly tout sales figures, it certainly has strong developer interest. There are now 27,000 registered developers with Microsoft’s AppHub and over 7,500 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, says Watson.In addition, Microsoft also announced it has partnered with Zones.com, its OEMs and operator partners to sell phones to developers without a voice or data contract. To get this deal, developers are advised to go to http://www.zones.com/windowsphonedeveloperpurchase.For a bit of fun, a new infographic has also been making its rounds on the Web lately, showcasing stats related to the WP7 ecosystem. Unfortunately, it’s already out of date – the image is only current as of January 17, it says. And the number of apps it cites is just 5,855. Assuming that number was accurate at the time, the Windows Phone app store is seeing rapid growth if now, only a couple of weeks later, there are 7,500 apps available. Related Posts sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more


first_imgExpressing anguish over the flouting of the order of the National Green Tribunal by devotees during the Chhath Puja, who broke open the gates of a Kolkata waterbody and performed rituals, Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Tuesday said that the state cannot suppress expression of any religious belief by using force.“They were not taking the law into their own hands. How can we use batons or tear gas on such people?” Mr. Hakim said.On November 2, thousands of people broke open the locks of the Rabindra Sarovar and performed Chhath Puja in the waterbody. In an order in 2017, the NGT had “strictly prohibited” performance of any puja, community picnic or organisation of other social events in and around the Sarovar. Spread over 192 acres, Rabindra Sarovar boasts of a huge biodiversity. On November 3, a film of oil floated above the lake water and several animals were found dead. According to the Mayor, 14 ponds were specially constructed for the puja so that devotees spare this waterbody. “I am sorry that despite taking many initiatives, we could not stop the devotees from going to Rabindra Sarovar. We did all what we could do but the people who traditionally come to Rabindra Sarovar came in large numbers and we could not stop them,” he said. The Mayor also suggested that ‘environmentalists’ should have instead spread awareness on the issue.“If the Mayor had listened to what the environmentalists had to say, then they would not have approached the courts,” Naba Dutta, a well-known environmentalist, said. Mr. Dutta said the ban on performing puja at Rabindra Sarovar was a result of years of legal intervention and it did not happen in one day. Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee had expressed his displeasure over the way devotees stormed into the lake.last_img read more


first_imgzoom With the impending adjustment to the Elbe fairway, Germany’s Port of Hamburg is preparing for the future also with improved infrastructure and digitalization.“We must get to grips with Industry 4.0, with digitalization and how this will change supply chains. We must develop the port to enable it to play a prominent role,” Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, said.“We will improve the infrastructure, implement the fairway adjustments and secure good general conditions,” Horch added.Once the adjustment to the Elbe fairway is finalized, the port will be able to handle more containers and bulk cargo.“Terminals and other port facilities are well prepared for growth. Increased draft on the Elbe and simplification of manoeuvring by the construction of a passing zone on the Elbe downstream from Hamburg will facilitate more efficient use of hold capacities and crucially simplify passing for ultra-large vessels,” Ingo Egloff, HHM Executive Board colleague, added.In the last business year, the port saw a stable handling result comparable with the previous year.At 136.5 million tons, in 2017 seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg, comprising general and bulk cargoes, was stable at a high level. A slight downturn occurred in handling of containerized general cargo at 8.8 million TEU, being one percent lower. At 44.7 million tons, the bulk cargo total was at the previous year’s level.In 2017 Hamburg received 102 calls by ULCVs in the size bracket 18,000 to 20,000+ TEU, a rise of 52.2 percent.Furthermore, Egloff informed that positive effects on the flow of imports via the Port of Hamburg are expected from the revamping of Import VAT agreed in the current coalition deal in Berlin.This would eliminate a long-standing disadvantage vis-à-vis the Netherlands, with importers in future able to deduct Import Tax immediately.In Germany Import Turnover Tax has so far been paid immediately and only later allow for in advance notification of Turnover Tax.last_img read more