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_imgTopics : In total, the business performance of the association’s members has fallen 50 percent since the first confirmed COVID-19 cases were unveiled on March 2, he said. “The B2C and C2C segments recorded growth due to the increase in demand for food, perishables and medical supply deliveries despite large-scale social restrictions [PSBB],” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday, adding that all three categories had seen a 100 percent increase since March.He went on to say that during Ramadan, shipment volume usually increased by 30 to 50 percent. However, this year he predicted that the volume would be down 40 percent from last year.“The prediction is based on lower consumer spending because there have been layoffs everywhere and holiday bonus (THR) cuts,” he said. Zaldy also predicted that the logistics sector would return to normal in the first quarter of 2021. In the meantime, he said, logistics companies could begin digitalizing operations and broaden services, such as catering to more B2C clients to survive the outbreak. Supply Chain Indonesia (SCI) chairman Setijadi also said spending on tertiary goods such as automotive, electronics and fashion had declined amid the outbreak, while medical supplies and health products were likely to continue their growth trend. “Since expedition will need to continue, it is important that the government set safety procedures for our drivers, such as providing disinfectant for the trucks, masks and hand sanitizer,” he said.Responding to the expansion of the PSBB, Setijadi said local governments should ensure the availability of basic needs  by preparing adequate storage units and scheduling shipment accordingly.Previously, the SCI estimated the logistics sector would grow around 12.7 percent this year, with a contribution to GDP of Rp 993.9 trillion (US$63.9 billion). However, Setijadi said the SCI would revise the estimate because COVID-19 had severely affected global trade and logistics activities.Logistics start-up Kargo also reported a shift in operations as it catered to more medical supply and staple need deliveries, such as cooking oil and rice, while the company had seen a huge fall in import and export deliveries, especially when China was in lockdown.“We are seeing an uptick in smaller truck deliveries, such as for delivering groceries and food,” Kargo CEO Tiger Fang told the Post on April 24. “I think logistics is more important than ever now that people have to stay home.”He said that although the start-up was seeing a decline in its delivery volume, its core B2B deliveries, especially in fast-moving consumer goods, would continue to run. The company has been working with top brands such as Coca Cola and Unilever, among others.Fang said that despite the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, Kargo wanted to explore the possibility of delivering agriculture products and e-commerce, as the latter was a big category that had not been affected by the health crisis. He went on to say that the start-up was also looking for partnership opportunities with other trucking companies, banks and agencies, as well as charity programs, to provide relief.“The most important thing we do right now is remain in business and keep our drivers busy so they can still have an income,” he said, referring to the company’s around 10,000 active drivers. Kargo pledged to raise $1 million to protect its drivers’ income through a relief fund initiative. Its employees have been hit with a 75 percent cut in their paychecks across the board and Fang will give up his entire salary for the next 12 months.The company recently secured $31 million in series A funding led by Tenaya Capital with participation from, among other investors, Coca Cola Amatil and the Indonesia-oriented Intudo Ventures.“We are lucky to have had funding when we did. I think it can last us for a long time,” Fang said.center_img Logistics companies have experienced more than a 50 percent decline in overall business performance since the COVID-19 outbreak hit Indonesia in early March, the Indonesian Logistics Association (ALI) reported.The association’s chairman, Zaldy Ilham Masita, said logistics volume has been down 60 to 70 percent across the board since early March due to emergency measures taken by the government to prevent COVID-19 transmission.Zaldy said business-to-consumer (B2C) and customer-to-customer (C2C) delivery services had experienced growth despite the outbreak but the increase was too small to compensate the sharp drop in the business-to-business (B2B) segment.last_img read more


first_img Published on January 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Deon Goggins plans to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19. He is listed on the Bowl’s website as a defensive tackle, nose tackle and defensive end.The Syracuse defensive tackle was a two-year starter for the Orange after transferring from Cerritos Community College. He averaged 3.8 tackles per game in his 25-game career, also featuring at defensive end.The college all-star game put on by the NFL Players Association will kickoff at 6 p.m. Eastern time at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will be broadcast on ESPN2. Dick Vermeil will coach the National Team against Herm Edwards’s American Team. The game includes 100 players, according to the game’s website.Vermeil won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” in 1999 and Edwards coached in the NFL from 1990-2008 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets.Former SU running back Antwon Bailey ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries last year for Vermeil’s National Team before signing with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent May 2, 2012.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more


first_imgLaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 to help the San Antonio Spurs overcome Nikola Jokic’s 43 points and beat the Denver Nuggets 120-103 on Thursday night, forcing a Game 7 of the opening round series.Jokic had 27 points in the second half to post the third highest point total this postseason behind the 50 by Portland’s Damian Lillard and the 45 by Golden State’s Kevin Durant. Jokic also finished with 12 rebounds and nine assists to fall an assist shy of his second triple double of the series.Game 7 is Saturday in Denver, where the Nuggets had the league’s best home record during the regular season. The winner will face Portland.Jamal Murray added 16 points and Gary Harris had 14 points for the Nuggets.The Spurs were 4 for 9 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to overcome Jokic’s output.San Antonio needed the win to continue the series after a listless performance in a 108-90 loss in Denver on Tuesday in which the Nuggets led by as many as 30 points.Still, the Spurs had another hot start nullified by a better second quarter by the Nuggets.San Antonio surged to a 34-24 lead by shooting 67 percent from the field in the first quarter while Denver missed all seven of its 3-point attempts.DeRozan and Aldridge had a hand in the Spurs’ first 10 points, combining for six points and four assists. Aldridge drained a 3-pointer to put San Antonio up 15-8 with 7:26, leading to a timeout by Denver.Jokic kept the Nuggets in the game in the third quarter, scoring 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting.The Spurs were able to regroup beyond the 3-point line.Marco Belinelli looked over at Gregg Popovich after missing a 3-pointer in the right corner with just under 11 minutes and the San Antonio coach nodded his head and clapped at the veteran guard. Popovich had a slight smile when Belinelli made his next 3 pointer a minute later.Rudy Gay added 19 points and Belinelli had nine.TIP-INSNuggets: The Nuggets have advanced beyond the first round in eight of 16 previous postseason appearances. Their previous advancement was 2009 when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. … Denver has used a nine-player rotation during the series. Juancho Hernangomez, Trey Lyles and Jarred Vanderbilt have played a combined 18 minutes in the series. Isaiah Thomas is active but has not played. … Murray stayed in the game after remaining on the court for about 15 seconds after taking a knee to the left thigh on a screen by Jakob Poeltl. Murray jumped up after the Nuggets called time, grabbed his left thigh and worked to stretch it out. He returned after the timeout and promptly drained a jumper.Spurs: San Antonio is 23-9 against Denver in seven postseason matchups. The Nuggets’ lone series win over the Spurs came in the opening round of the 1985 playoffs. … It was Popovich’s 283rd postseason game, moving him past Pat Riley for second-most playoff games coached. Former Bulls, and Lakers coach Phil Jackson tops the list with 333 career postseason games coached. … San Antonio surpassed 40,000 postseason points in franchise history, joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers as the only franchises to surpass that figure.NO FREE LUNCHESIf not for a free meal, Popovich might not be facing such a tough test from Denver coach Michael Malone and the Nuggets.Malone and Popovich formed a friendship in 2005 while working together for a week during the NBA’s ”Basketball without Borders” in Argentina. Malone was looking for a job in the NBA at the time and Popovich took it upon himself to recommend Malone to Mike Brown when the former Spurs assistant was head coach in Cleveland.Considering Malone had never worked for Popovich, what made Popovich vouch for the then young assistant, who was hired by Brown.”He bought my lunch in Argentina,” Popovich said dryly. ”No, he’s a genuine guy. He doesn’t try to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes. He doesn’t try to play an image, he’s Mikey, and he loves basketball. He’s a hard worker. I could tell a long time ago that he understood the game. He understood what won and lost. He’s got a personality where he’s got a sense of humor, but at the same time he’s got the fiber to make demands and hold people accountable. It was pretty apparent that he was going to have a career in this league. He just needed a start some place so I was happy to help him.”Credit:NBA.comlast_img read more