TCN’s Virtual Croatia – an innovative free promotion of Croatian tourism during the coronavirus pandemic

first_imgWith the desire to attract as many tourists as possible to Croatia in this uncertain period of the pandemic this season as well, the famous Croatian blogger Paul Bradbury has launched a campaign Virtual Croatia, a project that brings together local tourist boards in one place with the aim of virtually promoting domestic destinations now, to later turn them into actual visits during the season. The most widely read Croatian portal in English, Total Croatia News, allows tourists to explore our beautiful country from the comfort of their home and plan in advance which locations they will visit soon, thus joining tourist destinations around the world devising new business strategies facing the new reality of coronavirus. The owner of the portal, whose texts are read by more than three million users a year, believes that there is no time to lose. “Local tourist boards know their destinations best and have promotional materials available, and with the support of Total Croatia News, Croatian destinations will tour the world. Little by little, I think we could do a lot together for this, as yet uncertain, tourist season“, Says Bradbury. Photo: Vivian Grisogono Anyone interested can send their materials by e-mail paul@total-croatia-news.com, called Virtual Croatia and add the name of the destination (for example Virtual Croatia Split) with links to all available online materials. “Nikad nije bilo boljeg vremena za strateško promoviranje turizma, jer dvije su stvari sigurne – ljudi i dalje imaju očajničku želju za putovanjem (a što je bolje od hrvatske plaže jednom kad sve ovo završi, koja je k tomu jako blizu za sve one koji u Hrvatsku mogu doći automobilima?) i upravo sada imaju jako puno vremena dobro istražiti kamo žele pobjeći i putovati čim im se ukaže prva prilika. A ta je kombinacija izuzetno dobra za promociju turizma. Trenutačno imamo prilike vidjeti mnoge turističke kampanje diljem svijeta, koje prikazuju primamljive destinacije uz poruke poput Ostanite kod kuće, putujte kasnije. Takve su poruke sasvim razumne i dobrodošle, no ne daju onaj dodatni impuls koji stvara stvarnu želju za putovanjem” says Bradbury.center_img Paul Bradbury invites all local tourist boards to join him and send him all the online promotional materials and stories about their destinations, and he will publish them completely free of charge on his portal and so present the best of our country to tourists around the world. These stories can then be shared through all the channels available to tourist boards. The campaign is designed as a series of articles on destinations throughout Croatia, which will provide future tourists with more information about a particular location, but also the opportunity to virtually explore and fall in love with it, until they can travel again. Two articles have already been published, promoting virtual tours and visit planning Zagreb https://bit.ly/VirtualZagreb i Hvar https://bit.ly/VirtualHvar. Total Croatia News – najčitaniji hrvatski portal s vijestima na engleskom jeziku ponovno postavlja trendove u turističkoj promociji naše zemlje i kroz svoju Virtualnu Hrvatsku nudi svim turističkim zajednicama besplatnu platformu kojom dosežu desetke tisuća posjetitelja dnevno. Paul Bradbury is an Irish writer and blogger who has lived in Croatia since 2002. He is the winner of the FIJET Marco Polo tourist journalism award in 2014 and runs and edits the largest and most visited Croatian news portal in English, Total Croatia News, which carries the adjective “The most reliable source of information on Croatian destinations in the world”. Numerous domestic experts and analysts write for the portal, and its success is evidenced by the fact that it is used as a source of news from Croatia by many reputable world media such as the Huff Post, Washington Post, Guardian, Independent, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, New Scientist, Herald, Lonely Planet News and many others. Find out more about TCN at www.total-croatia-news.com.last_img read more

Institutions dive in to West End market

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UK faces soaring COVID-19 death rate unless it moves fast, medics warn

first_imgBritain will face an exponentially growing death rate from COVID-19 within weeks unless urgent action is taken to halt a rapidly spreading second wave of the outbreak, the country’s senior medics said on Monday.The United Kingdom already has the biggest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe – and the fifth largest in the world – while it is borrowing record amounts in an attempt to pump emergency money through the damaged economy.But new COVID-19 cases are rising by at least 6,000 per day in Britain, according to week-old data, hospital admissions are doubling every eight days, and the testing system is buckling. Speed and action are urgently needed, Vallance and Whitty said, adding that as winter was approaching the COVID problem would haunt Britain for another six months at least.Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to speak on Tuesday.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the restrictions would be different to last time. The government wants to crack down on socializing but schools and many workplaces will stay open.Semi-autonomous governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have directed much of the response to the pandemic in those areas.Wales slapped curbs on four more areas – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – from 1700 GMT on Tuesday, leaving just under a third of the Welsh population under restriction.The Welsh restrictions prevent people entering the areas without a reasonable excuse such as education or work. People will also only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that additional restrictions were almost certain to be imposed.”I need to be absolutely straight with people; across Scotland additional restrictions will almost certainly be put in place … over the next couple of days,” Sturgeon said.The official UK death toll stands at 41,777 people. Topics : Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance, its chief scientific adviser, cautioned that if left unrestricted the epidemic would reach 50,000 new cases per day by mid October in the United Kingdom.”If this continued along the path…the number of deaths directly from COVID … will continue to rise, potentially on an exponential curve, that means doubling and doubling and doubling again and you can quickly move from really quite small numbers to really very large numbers,” Whitty said.”If we don’t do enough the virus will take off and at the moment that is the path that we are clearly on and if we do not change course then we’re going to find ourselves in a very difficult problem.”The virus is spreading across all areas of the country and less than 8% of the population have antibodies to the virus, though in London around 17% of the population may have antibodies, Vallance said.last_img read more

Take a dip before work in this massive southside family home

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoTake a look at this modern kitchen.“My favourite part of the house is the kitchen, it is very spacious,” she said. “I’m a mum so I like to cook for the whole family.” 33 Lalina St Middle ParkTHIS double-storey home was just what Jane Xu wanted for her family when they bought their first home in Australia.She had been living in a rental in Brisbane’s suburbs for a while after migrating from Beijing when she first saw the expansive family home at 33 Lalina St, Middle Park.“Basically it is in a very good location,” Ms Xu said.“It is close to everything and there are very good private schools and it is close to the highway.”The brick house is ideal for larger families or people that like their space with a sizeable 894sq m block and a 358sq m floor plan. The home has a spacious floor plan.All five bedrooms are on the top floor, with the main bedroom connecting to a walk in wardrobe and an ensuite. “The bedrooms are all very spacious, especially the master bedroom,” she said.“I do yoga in that room.” Spacious bedrooms throughout.The living areas that bring the family together are all on the ground floor, with a rumpus room and an open plan kitchen overlooking a living and dining room. 3D floor plan.Because the home was modern and already very large, they had made only a few minor changes since they moved in, including new security screens and a new airconditioning system. One of her favourite things about the home was the views, thanks to the elevated position on the block, and the saltwater swimming pool in the backyard. “The kids are very happy in summer,” she said.They have plans to move to the eastern suburbs to be closer to work and have decided to sell the home. “It is a pity because we really love the house,” she said.The home is on the market now through Innovation Real Estate.last_img read more

DSC’s ourtreach initiative

first_imgParticipants receiving certificate of completion from DSC officialDominica State College, Fine Foods Inc. and Auto Trade Ltd. came together to celebrate a very successful Microsoft Excel for Business Course delivered by the College to management staff of Fine foods Inc. and Auto Trade Ltd. The packed Auto Trade Ltd. Coaching Room in Canefield comprised officials of the Dominica State College, the Managing Director of Auto Trade Ltd., Mr. Karl Nassief and the successful participants.The Microoft Excel course was 18 hours long and delivered on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings from 30th April to 5th July, 2011. The course was delivered at two sites, the Auto Trade Ltd. Coaching Room in Canefield and the Save a Lot Office in Roseau. Mr. Larry Thomas, the DSC Facilitator of the course, speaking at the Award Ceremony, described the participants as “highly motivated and eager to learn new knowledge and practical competencies”.DSC Director of Continuing Education, Merrill J. Matthew, in his congratulatory remarks, highlighted what the Department of continuing Education had learned from its first delivery of a course to company managers, on-site. He revealed that the Department had learned three critical lessons, (1) the effectiveness of informal contacts; (2) the value of effective communication with the private sector; and (3) the harnessing of the competence of staff. Mr. Matthew thanked the management of both companies for the opportunity to work with their staff to learn these lessons and announced the intention of the Department to approach more companies to work with them, on-site, in upgrading the knowledge and skills of their staff.Outstanding participant, Rosemary Thomas, overjoyed to receive her certificate of competence in Microsoft Excel for Business, spoke of her immediate use of the new knowledge and practical competencies and how that had improved her effectiveness in her supervisory function. Junella Dover who topped her class in the final assessment, had much praise for the College for its instructional competence, and for the Management of Auto Trade Ltd. and Fine Foods Inc. for their continuous interest in staff development.The Managing Director of Auto Trade Ltd. and Fine Foods Inc. expressed great satisfaction with the outcome of the course and urged his Human Resource Manager, Miss Freda Blaize, to provide the same opportunity to other members of staff in a similar customised training programme. Mr. Nassief was particularly pleased that the successful learners were being certified by the Dominica State College as competent in Microsoft Excel for Business.Miss Blaize who skilfully chaired the Award Ceremony, ended on a very high note of praise to all who had participated in the course and expressed the hope that there would be many more training collaborations with the Dominica State College.It is the hope of the Department of Continuing Education that similar collaboration will be formed with companies in the private sector to ensure that the quality of excellence amongst our nation’s employees is always at optimum level. The net effect will be a society of highly productive workers who are able to compete effectively in on our global stage.Press Release 67 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary DSC’s ourtreach initiative by: – October 31, 2011center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Raymond Lee Peters

first_imgMr. Raymond Lee Peters, age 73, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on August 7, 1942, in Florence, Indiana, to Dale Arnold and Ida Margaret (Riley) Peters. He was raised near Florence, Indiana and was a 1996 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Raymond was inducted into the United States Army on July 1, 1964, in Louisville, Kentucky, serving during the Vietnam War. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Raymond spent 11 months and 23 days in Vietnam. Raymond was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on June 23, 1966 in Oakland, California. Raymond was united in marriage on September 15, 1964, at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, Indiana, to Crystal Mae Voris and to this union arrived two sons, Allen and Christopher to bless their home. Raymond and Crystal shared nearly 52 loving years of marriage together until his death. Raymond was employed for Randall’s Textron in Vevay, Indiana for 29 1/2 years. Raymond was later employed for Steel Technology in Ghent, Kentucky for 16 years until his health could no longer permit. He was a member of the Spring Branch Baptist Church and the Vevay American Legion Post #185. Raymond enjoyed working and keeping a meticulous lawn. Raymond passed away at 5:00 am, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.Raymond will be dearly missed by his loving wife of nearly 52 years: Crystal Mae (Voris) Peters of Vevay, IN; his sons: Allen Peters of Vevay, IN and Christopher Peters of Greensburg, IN; his grandchildren: Christopher Dale Peters, Leeann Peters, Brigitte Peters and Sara Lenville; his brothers: Larry Peters of Pleasant, IN, Bobby Jo Peters of Florence, IN and Dale Peters of Patriot, IN; his sisters: Patricia Brandon of Aurora, IN and Carolyn Morgan of Vevay, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Dale Arnold and Ida Margaret (Riley) Peters; his niece: Cheryl Cunningham and his special friends: Tim Hunter and Bob Taylor.Graveside Services and Interment will be conducted Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 2:00 pm, by Rev. Howard Wade at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Spring Branch Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Fiber optic company strikes water main in Versailles

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — A fiber-optic company hit a water main in Versailles earlier in the week.According to the Versailles Republican, the water main was near Washington and Jimmy Lotshaw streets.The road began to buckle from the water pressure.Many businesses and homes near the site were without water while crews worked to repair the main.It was discovered later in the day that the old fire station, which is currently used for town and police officers, was filled with water.last_img

Decatur County job fair announced

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation Greensburg Decatur County will be hosting a job fair on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Greensburg City Hall.The job fair will feature area employers looking to fill current and future positions in their workforce. The job fair will open at 1 p.m. and close at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend for job seekers.Potential employees are encouraged to dress for success and bring copies of their resumes with them as they explore opportunities from area businesses and corporations.Individual rooms will be set up for immediate interviews if local employers so desire and the event will also allow applications to be filled out online if that is the preferred method of the employer.Businesses, vendors or sponsors may contact the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce about booth space at 812-663-2832 or via email at execdirector@greensburgchamber.comlast_img read more

Type of coach Arsenal need – Kanu

first_imgRelatedPosts Gunners, Reds battle for Community Shield glory Ljungbjerg resigns as Arsenal’s coach Arsenal sign Brazil winger Willian on three-year contract Nwankwo Kanu, an Arsenal FC legend, says the management of the English Premier League clubside need to look for an experienced coach capable of handling players. Kanu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos that Arsenal’s recent poor performances can be improved. “The recent poor performances of Arsenal FC can improve with experienced management. “I know every fan is disappointed with the games the club have been playing of recent. This is not the same Arsenal people used to know. But, all the same, we can still turn it around. “We have a new interim coach, Freddie Ljungberg, but things are not really going on well for him. When you have players, they should always tell themselves the truth. “The players alone cannot be blamed, but the entire management also. But it is clear that Arsenal are not where they are supposed to be, they have to change a lot of things and ensure that they return to the basics,” he said. Kanu said every one involved with the club should be blamed for the slide, advising that they should also all endeavour to improve themselves. “We need a strong hand to bring back the glory days of Arsenal,’’ he said. The former Super Eagles forward added that he was convinced a coach with a strong will and experience would help to improve the team’s performances.Tags: Arsenal FCFreddie LjungbergNwankwo Kanulast_img read more

GSA boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, volleyball enter October on winning streaks

first_imgBLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and volleyball teams rumbled into October on high notes as all three teams finished the first month of the season riding winning streaks.On Monday, the boys’ team posted a season sweep of Ellsworth (1-8-1) with a 3-0 win in Blue Hill. It was the third win in a row for GSA, which had beaten Deer Isle-Stonington and Searsport by a combined 13-0 in its two previous contests.Chris Bennett scored the first goal for GSA (7-3) on a penalty kick early in the first half. He then scored again with 12 minutes, 59 seconds to go in the half before Ricardo Sanchez scored the team’s third three minutes later.On the girls’ side, GSA improved its record to 4-4-1 on the year after it posted an 11-0 win over Deer Isle-Stonington last Monday and a 4-0 win over Searsport two days later. The wins boosted the Eagles to eighth place and have them in position to host a preliminary round game in the playoffs.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Eagles are also in position to make the Class C volleyball playoffs after recording a doubleheader sweep of Lee/Mattanawcook (1-8) on Friday. The Eagles are now 6-6 on the season and in seventh place in the standings.Both soccer teams will be back in action Wednesday, Oct. 3, as the girls host Ellsworth (3-5) at 3:30 p.m. and the boys travel to Bar Harbor to face Mount Desert Island (3-5-1) at 6 p.m. The volleyball team will host Narraguagus (6-3) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.last_img read more