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_imgAs of Tuesday, more than 8.6 million applicants had registered to receive Rp 3.55 million in benefits. “We want the people who receive the preemployment card to not just be employees, but also entrepreneurs,” Denni, who formerly served as the President’s economic policy advisor, said in an online briefing on Wednesday.The government launched the program on April 11, earlier than the initial schedule in November, to assist people laid off or furloughed because of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, which had infected more than 9,500 people nationwide, as of Wednesday. The program is also aimed at helping owners of small businesses who have lost customers.As many as 2.2 million people have lost their jobs because of the economic downturn, according to Manpower Ministry data last updated on April 20. More than half are formal sector workers furloughed by 43,690 firms.Executive director of the Institute of Development for Economics and Finance (INDEF) Tauhid Ahmad said Wednesday the program should offer courses on skills related to the government’s priority industries, such as tourism, in line with the 2020–2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN). Many of the more than 20,000 recipients who have taken courses via Sisnaker, an online learning platform managed by the Manpower Ministry, have studied information technology.“The recipients might not know the needs in the labor market,” Tauhid said during the same online briefing, adding that the program management should evaluate the relevance of available courses.However, with most nonessential businesses shutting down their operations, laid-off and furloughed workers needed cash assistance more than access to subsidized online courses, said Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah.If eligible, the participants will each receive cash and training benefits worth Rp 3.55 million.  Of this, Rp 2.4 million will be disbursed as cash assistance over the course of four months after a recipient has completed a course. A further Rp 1 million is for training costs and the remaining Rp 150,000 is received for completing a survey.“I have seen myself that laid-off workers are not able to pay their mortgages or rent,” Piter said during the same online briefing. “If they continue living under such conditions, they will be forced to move out.”With increasing numbers of people out of work, many are struggling to even purchase food. Out of 500 households surveyed across the country, 35 percent reported a decrease in food consumption, said National Development Planning Agency deputy head of population and employment Pungky Sumadi, quoting a recent survey by J-PAL Southeast Asia.“Therefore, we have to adjust the framework of our social safety net programs to the people’s current needs,” Pungky said in a separate online briefing on Wednesday. “The changing framework also applies to the preemployment card program.”The government hoped the program could provide data on those vulnerable to falling into poverty, said program management chairman Rudy Salahuddin.With other social safety net programs such as the Family Hope Program and the staple food card, the government has collected data on the poorest 40 percent of the population. “This data is useful if we want to expand other social assistance programs in the future,” Rudy said during an online briefing Wednesday.Topics : Around 110,000 eligible recipients of the preemployment card, a government-funded unemployment benefit and skill training program, have completed their courses, entitling them to receive cash assistance, an official has said.The program management’s executive director, Denni Purbasari, said in Jakarta Wednesday that some of the most popular courses were on English, online business, barista skills, coffee shop management, interviewing and spreadsheet application Microsoft Excel. Such courses cost between Rp 24,000 (US$1.57) and more than Rp 1 million.As many as 223 training institutions are involved in the program, providing more than 2,000 courses on various subjects through eight online learning platforms, including Skill Academy, Bukalapak, Tokopedia and Sisnaker. Denni said her office planned to team up with more training institutions to “provide as many options as possible to the 5.6 million recipients”.last_img read more


first_img Loading… “Over the past decade, the 2.06m (6ft 9in) power forward became an inspirational figure for the D’Tigers never missing call up from his country.” Commenting on 34-year-old Nigerian shooting guard, Chamberlain ‘champ’ Oguchi, FIBA Africa said: “One of the biggest storylines at FIBA AfroBasket 2015 was the way Oguchi carried Nigeria to glory. “Perhaps motivated by the last-minute decision that prevented him from playing at FIBA AfroBasket 2013, Oguchi arrived in Tunisia ready for revenge, and Nigerians thanked him for his masterclass performance as they won their first ever African title. “And although the 1.96m (6ft 5in) shooting guard finished with a game-high 19 points in the final against Angola, it was his display in the semifinal against Senegal that epitomised his desperation to make history for Nigeria. Read Also: Video: Timo Werner first Chelsea training emerges online “Even though Oguchi has had some eye-catching displays with the D’Tigers uniform on – Oguchi’s FIBA AfroBasket 2015 performance was one for the ages. So much so, that he was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Others on the list top 10 includes, Souleyman Diabate (Cote d’Ivoire), Carlos Morais (Angola), Salah Mejri (Tunisia), Abdelali Lahrichi (Morocco), Gorgui Dieng (Senegal), Makram Ben Romdhane (Tunisia) and Eduardo Mingas (Angola). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria basketball stars, Al Farouq Aminu, Ike Diogu and Chamberlain Oguchi have been listed among the top 10 African players of the last decade, Sportinglife.ng reports. The D’Tigers trio were selected among the best 10 players by the FIBA Africa’s editorial team from a list of 55 African players based on their impact at club and/or national teams’ participations at FIBA competitions, which run from 2010 to 2020. On Orlando Magic power forward, Al Farouq Aminu, FIBA Africa said: “Aminu’s first appearance with D’Tigers has coincided with the revival, and maybe, the highest moment of Nigerian basketball. “The 29-year-old small forward has played a vital role in helping Nigeria shock the world as they became the first African team to secure an Olympic berth via FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela. “Following a disappointing FIBA AfroBasket 2013 campaign where the star-studded Nigeria team finished seventh, Aminu returned two years later to help his country win their first-ever African title thanks to a convincing 74-65 win over then-defending champions Angola in the final. “And although, Aminu sat out the 2016 Rio Olympics, he has helped Nigeria claim Africa’s best-placed team at FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, which qualified the D’Tigers for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.” On Shimane Susanoo Magic power forward, Ike Diogu, FIBA said: “Just a few days before Nigeria travelled to Tunisia for what turned out to be a historic moment for their country’s basketball – as they won their first African title – Diogu got hurt. It was an unexpected experience, yet, he was so determined to make a difference that he watched the entire FIBA AfroBasket 2015 from the sidelines. “Nigeria may have finished runners-up at FIBA AfroBasket 2017, but Diogu was huge. So much so, that he returned home with a special trophy, the Most Valuable Player award.center_img Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Best Cars Of All Time12 Actors Who Can Only Play Bad Guys6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink PineappleYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more