first_imgPhoto: Adris Group Hotel Lone, Rovinj / Photo: Maistra.hr HUP-Zagreb, last year’s Adris acquisition and a company that contributes to strengthening the tourism part of the Group, generated one percent higher operating revenues. The number of units sold is lower by four percent with a six percent rise in prices, while forecasts for the second part of the year show further growth in revenue and operating results, Adris points out. For the most part, investments include investing in supporting infrastructure and raising the quality of common camp facilities. The total planned investments in 2019 in the tourism part of the Group amount to around HRK 300 million. The current booking is two percent better than last year, and confirms the positive growth trends in the number of overnight stays, with an increase in the average price. In addition to investing in raising the quality of its own facilities, Maistra is also focused on increasing the visibility and offer of the entire destination. Maistra generates almost 95 percent of its revenues in foreign markets. At the beginning of April, the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj was opened, thus completing the arrangement of the Monte Mulini zone, one of the most luxurious tourist zones on the Adriatic. Adris has invested 1,5 billion kuna in the development of the zone by which Rovinj has been transformed into a luxury tourist destination. center_img In the first six months of this year, the total revenues of the Adris Group amounted to HRK 2,87 billion, which is four percent more than the revenues generated in the same period last year.  The final phase of the business integration process of HUP-Zagreb in the tourism part of the Group is underway with the aim of using operational synergies and economies of scale. The formation of a unique business system is a prerequisite for the creation of a leading national tourism company positioned in three growing and internationally recognizable destinations – Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Zagreb, conclude Adris. Maistra, including the Hilton Hotel in Dubrovnik, achieved one percent higher sales of accommodation capacities with an increase in the average price of 13 percent, while operating income from regular business increased by 15 percent. last_img read more

first_imgDOWNINGS Coast Guard volunteers and local people have been praised after the dramatic rescue of six cattle which ended up fighting for their lives in the River Lennon.The incident happened when the cows escaped from a field just outside Kilmacrennan.Farmer Lester Dobson and neighbours called in the coast guard team after a series of bizarre incidents led to the cattle running into the river. Earlier the cattle – in a distressed state – had been loose on the Churchill Road.It’s understood the animals escaped from a field after being frightened by a dog.Thanks to the coast guard volunteers all the animals were rescued safely and returned to pasture.  COAST GUARD CALLED IN DRAMATIC CATTLE RESCUE was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported today the state’s first human West Nile virus case in 2018, a 71-year-old Lake County man who required hospitalization.So far this year, 20 Ohio counties have reported West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes collected and tested as part of statewide surveillance. Last year, ODH reported 34 human West Nile virus cases, including five deaths. In Ohio, diseases transmitted by infected mosquitoes most often occur from May through October.“West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes is the highest Ohio has seen this early in the season since 2012 when we reported 122 human cases for the year,” said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist and chief of the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases. “We are encouraging Ohioans to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including by eliminating potential breeding sites around their homes, in order to prevent mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus.”The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms. About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection.Mosquitoes can live indoors and outdoors, and some types bite during the day while others bite at dusk and dawn. Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:Use EPA-registered repellents according to label instructions.Wear long sleeves, long pants and long socks when outdoors.Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with an EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection.Treat clothing and gear such as pants, boots, socks and tents with a product containing permethrin, or buy permethrin-treated clothing or gear. Do not apply permethrin directly to skin.Mosquito-proof your home:Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water on a regular basis from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths.Learn more about mosquitoes and West Nile virus on the ODH website at www.odh.ohio.gov/wnv.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Dairy Shrine recently announced the recipients of scholarships for 2019, including the $1000 scholarships given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time Executive Secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and former Executive Director of the National Dairy Shrine. The funds for this award were donated by the friends of Maurice Core. The Core Scholarships are given to freshman status students working toward a degree in dairy/animal science or related majors. Among those recipients is Sarah Lehner of Delaware, Ohio who is a student at the Ohio State University majoring in Animal Science and Agribusiness Economics.The National Dairy Shrine is providing 40 scholarships worth $47,000 to students around the country this year.last_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… markhachman A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#content#Intel center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Four years ago, Intel executives stood on stage with representatives from, Yahoo, Comcast, Disney and Sony, with endorsements from CBS and device manufacturers like Motorola, promising to revolutionize the television. They failed. This week, Intel disclosed that it had launched a new division, dubbed Intel Media, that would set out to give it another try with an Internet television service and set-top box to be released later this year. Erik Huggers, vice president and general manager of Intel Media, spoke at the All Things Digital “Dive into Media” conference on Tuesday, where he confirmed long-standing rumors that his company plans to enter the streaming market with a complex new service. An Intel spokesman added that the box, with a “very unique” user interface, is currently being tested by Intel employees.Why Will Intel’s TV Plans Work This Time?Why will Intel succeed this time? The smart money says that it won’t.Huggers described Intel’s goal as an “all-in-one solution,” providing live television, on-demand, plus what he called “proper” catchup television, modeled on the BBC iPlayer: which offers every second of BBC programming, including radio and television, for seven days after it airs.The box would also ship with a camera, presumably similar to the Kinect peripheral for the Xbox, that will identify who’s watching and provide targeted ads. The creepy camera won’t scare off viewers, Huggers promised, and the targeted advertising will apparently pay for some of the content deals that Intel will provide.Not only will Intel be providing a streaming box – naturally equipped with an Intel chip – but the streaming box will also come with a kind of cable hybrid subscription service, of which there are not many details at the moment. It’s likely that customers will get the streaming mainstays – Netflix, at least, plus services like Hulu and possibly Amazon. But Huggers also said that his company has been working with content providers to offer programming not offered through the usual non-cable services.Playing Nice With Big Content Providers?“We are working with everyone right now, and we are confident that by the time we launch, we’ll have a very compelling product,” Huggers said.That’s unlikely, though. So far, Huggers hasn’t identified who is responsible for the company’s content licensing efforts.At the All Things D event, Huggers said that his marketing chief is a woman who helped launch Apple’s “iProducts,” plus he has executives with experience from Netflix and the BBC on board. But so far, he hasn’t put forward a point person on content.History proves that Intel hasn’t had much traction in this area.The Yahoo-Intel partnership began life as the “Yahoo Widgets Channel” – which debuted on TVs from Samsung, Sony and Vizio. But the widgets, little mini-apps that provided bare-bones interfaces to services like Netflix and sites like HGTV, quickly faded into obscurity. Today, Yahoo Widgets have been replaced by the more consumer-friendly “Apps.” Yes, Yahoo has a Web app store, but its connected TV platform doesn’t. On the other hand, it has struck deals with the National Geographic Channel and Showtime for “broadcast interactivity,” sort of a second-screen experience actually on the TV screen, like Google TV – another platform that has struggled for relevance. It was telling that Huggers also referred demeaningly to the problems that his son had in using the television remotes to load up Netflix – not only was there no mention of the Yahoo partnership, but apparently current solutions weren’t good enough.Here’s another thing to consider: in Sept. 2010, Google hired Robert Kyncl, Netflix’s content chief, to be its emissary to the studios. It took until May 2011 for Google to add 3,000 movies to rent, including “blockbusters” like Oscar winner The King’s Speech. It took even longer to bring Google Play up to speed with other online services. The point is that negotiating content deals can be a long and painful process – and that’s just to keep up with the Joneses, much less break new ground.Huggers did tease the possibility of a la carte programming – being able to purchase a subscription to ABC, ESPN, Syfy and nothing else, for example – before pulling it back. “I believe that if bundles are… bundled correctly, they add tremendous value,” he said, referring to the “curation” that presumably broadcasters provide.But Intel’s offering, on the surface, doesn’t appear to be any cheaper than what anyone else is offering. “It’s not a value play, it’s a quality play where we’ll create a superior experience for the end user,” Huggers said with respect to the cost comparison between Intel’s offering and traditional cable.But with that said, it’s hard to see at the moment what will differentiate Intel’s offering from everything else, especially as Sony and Microsoft gear up to bring their respective next-gen consoles to living rooms this coming holiday season. Meanwhile, Roku has the value streaming-box market sewn up. Products like Simple.tv, which offer recording of live over-the-air television, mixed with streaming offer one solution that Intel could emulate.In this space, it doesn’t matter who makes the box, or the components within them. Only content is king. And if Intel doesn’t realize this, it might as well pack up and head home.“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Huggers said this week. True. But if it’s not going to save you that much money compared with cable, won’t play the latest games and/or live sports, and will simply plug in all your subscription streaming services like any other player, an Intel box doesn’t sound like a very desirable device – and hardly a game-changer.Additional reporting by Nick Statt. Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgEngland ripped apart South Africa’s top order in Sunday’s final session at the Oval to bear down on a victory that would put them 2-1 up with one to play in the four-Test series.Two wickets from successive balls in Ben Stokes’ third over removed Quinton de Kock (5) and Faf du Plessis (0) and ended faint South Africa hopes of mounting a rearguard action in pursuit of their nominal target of 492.Although Stokes failed to record what would have been the first-ever Test hat-trick at the Oval, the damage was done. Du Plessis’ wicket, lbw without playing a shot to a first-ball inswinger, was a particular blow, with South Africa needing their captain to survive at least into Monday.The tourists limped to the close on 117-4, still 375 short of their target with a day’s play remaining.The battling Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 72 despite a painful blow to his finger, and Temba Bavuma on 16, as England turned to Moeen Ali to try to secure another breakthrough.Elgar had been fortunate to survive on nine, dropped by Keaton Jennings at third slip off Jimmy Anderson, and went on to strike seven fours in his 77-ball half-century.No one else provided much resistance. Before Stokes struck, Stuart Broad removed opener Heino Kuhn for 11 and Toby Roland-Jones dismissed Hashim Amla for the second time in the match, this time having South Africa’s danger man sharply caught by Joe Root in the slips for five.England have a further 98 overs available on Monday to complete the victory and vindicate Root’s decision to delay his declaration to apply maximum pressure to South Africa.advertisementEngland’s new captain eventually called time when Jonny Bairstow was dismissed before tea after a breezy 63 which lifted England, who had resumed on 74-1, to 313-8.After Jennings departed early for a painstaking 48, debutant Tom Westley pushed on to a maiden half-century, an innings that should ensure an extended run at England’s problem number three spot.Westley went on to make 59 before he was stumped misjudging a dash at Keshav Maharaj. Root (50) followed soon afterwards, top-edging the same bowler after recording a half-century for the ninth successive match.England gradually accelerated with Stokes (31) and Roland-Jones (23 not out) joining Bairstow in some lusty blows as England’s lead extended way beyond the Test record for a successful final innings run chase of 418.If South Africa fail to survive on Monday, it will complete a one-sided sequence in each of the Tests. England won by 211 runs at Lord’s before South Africa hit back with an even more emphatic 340-run victory at Trent Bridge.The final Test starts in Manchester on Friday, August 4.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian government is facing mounting pressure to suspend its Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States amid concerns over child migrants being detained at the U.S. border but the pact has long been widely panned by refugee law experts and advocates.Efrat Arbel is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and was lead investigator on a Harvard Law School examination of the agreement in 2013.She believes strongly that Canada should never have signed onto the agreement and should absolutely suspend it now, especially in light of recent policy changes in the United States regarding asylum seekers.“I think that the evidence is clear and has been since the creation of the Safe Third Country Agreement in 2004 that the United States is not a safe country for refugees,” she said.“The United States’ standards for refugee protection fall short of what the ‘safe third’ (agreement) requires for designation of a country as safe.”The Safe Third Country agreement is based on the core principle that people seeking refugee protection must file their claim in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for one of a few exceptions.The other core tenet is that Canada considers the United States a safe country for refugees. So, if an asylum seeker comes to Canada at an official border crossing from the United States and tries to claim refugee protection, they will be refused entry and encouraged to make their claim in the United States – the “safe country” from which they just came.The requirements for designating a country as safe are threefold: each country must comply with the United Nations convention against torture and the UN convention on refugees and it must maintain a good human rights record.The United States has long fallen short on meeting these requirements, Arbel says. A recent ruling by U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions that domestic and gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum make the argument for suspending the agreement even stronger, she added.“That is a decision that clearly strays from international protection standards and that falls far below what Canada has long recognized in its domestic asylum regime.”Nadia Abu-Zahra, associate professor of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, also believes Canada was wrong to sign the Safe Third Country agreement, notably after the U.S. government detained and deported Canadian citizen Mahar Arar to Syria in 2002, where he faced almost a year of torture.How can Canada assume the U.S. is safe for refugees from war-torn countries when even a Canadian citizen was deported and tortured, Abu-Zahra asked?“That’s the assumption that’s being made in this agreement. And that assumption was incorrect in 2002 and that assumption is now very visibly incorrect with babies being taken away from their mothers and children being held in cages.”Canada and its welcoming attitude toward refugees has long been its business card for the world, Abu-Zahra said. Canada therefore should be showing leadership in standing up for the rights of refugees being treated like criminals and facing the possibility of being sent back to their home countries – countries they fled due to war, violence and persecution, she added.As for what would happen if the agreement were suspended, Arbel, Abu-Zahra and others say it could lead to a larger number of asylum seekers coming to Canada.But it could also alleviate the problems Canada has been facing with a spike in asylum seekers coming irregularly across the Canada-U.S. border at non-official ports of entry.“At the moment the agreement just pushes asylum seekers towards irregular modes of entry, it increases insecurity and can put their lives and their safety at risk,” Arbel said.“Allowing asylum seekers to cross at (official) ports of entry is beneficial not just for asylum seekers, but also for Canada. We can more effectively manage the flow of asylum seekers, we can resource our borders more effectively, as we have in the past.”If Canada refuses entry to an asylum seeker from the U.S. knowing the U.S. will send them back to their countries where they will face persecution, Canada is complicit, said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.She too pointed to the recent decision by the Trump administration to disallow domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum.“I think particularly for this current Canadian government that is proudly positioning itself as a feminist government and protector of women’s rights, it is completely incompatible for us to be saying we’re going to send women back to the U.S. knowing the U.S. has committed not to defend their rights if they’re fleeing gender-based persecution.”For its part, the Trudeau government has said it will not make rash decisions when it comes to immigration policy or the Safe Third Country Agreement.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that informal conversations have been ongoing to modernizing and improve the agreement. But he stressed that all asylum seekers – regular or irregular – must go through the proper channels to determine if they qualify for refugee status.“If they do not qualify as asylum seekers, they will be returned to their country of origin. That is the system that we have.”Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

first_img a photograph by Bruce Weber of “The Annual Meeting of the Most Devoted Elizabeth Taylor Fan Club, Golden Beach, Florida” — eight dogs of different breeds surrounded by photographs of magazine covers of Taylor, an ardent lover of animals (estimate: $9,000) Online auction house Paddle8 is honored to partner with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and Wilding Cran Gallery to present an auction of works by leading contemporary artists who were inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy.Bidding is available online, culminating in a live auction and private party on February 27 hosted by Colin Farrell, one of Taylor’s close friends. Proceeds from the auction will support The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which raises funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.The auction features works that celebrate Elizabeth Taylor by many artists who knew Taylor personally. Advance bidding is available at Paddle8 through February 27, Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday, at paddle8.com/auctions/etaf. Auction highlights include: a photograph of Taylor’s jewels by renowned photographer Catherine Opie, part of a series Opie made of Taylor’s clothing and jewelry collection in 2010 (estimate: $30,000) a close-up of Taylor by photographer Firooz Zahedi, who traveled with Taylor to Iran in 1976, documenting her trip and beginning a friendship that continued for the rest of her life (estimate: $5,000).Bidding will transfer from Paddle8 to a private live event on the evening of February 27, with guest host Colin Farrell and a musical performance by Katharine McPhee and Rhys Tivey (Taylor’s grandson, a jazz trumpeter).The host committee for the auction and party includes Aileen Getty, Anthony Cran, Barbara Berkowitz, Bruce Weber, Carole Bayer Sager, Catherine Opie, Christopher Wilding, Colin Farrell, Firooz Zahedi, Joel Goldman, Jose Eber, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Naomi Wilding, Tim Mendelson, and Victoria Brynner.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement OK, we know kid actor Jacob Tremblay is adorable, but is he the real deal? The Vancouver star follows up his breakout role in the captive thriller Room with this quirky family adventure tale, in which he plays an American eight-year-old who believes he is actually a Mongolian goat herder. The Alberta-shot film co-stars Vera Farmiga and was written and directed by Jordan Roberts, whose heartfelt scripts include the animated Big Hero 6 and the documentary March of the Penguins. It begins screening in late November.ChristineNo, it’s not a remake of Stephen King’s killer-car flick, but this biographical take on Christine Chubbuck — a local news reporter who committed suicide on live television in the 1970s — is sure to give you chills in its own way. Lead actress Rebecca Hall is already generating Oscar buzz for her sympathetic portrayal of Chubbuck as a talented young woman who struggled to advance in the workplace, but wound up making history for how she shocked viewers.La La LandAs TIFF director Piers Handling aptly put it, “Ryan Gosling singing and dancing — does it get any better?” The Oscar-nominated pride of London, Ont., puts his Mickey Mouse Club-honed vocals to the test alongside his Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Emma Stone in this dreamy musical by Whiplash filmmaker Damien Chazelle. She plays a fledgling actor while he plays a jazz musician in Los Angeles. Reviews from Venice indicate the love story could sashay straight to the Oscars. The film will hit screens during the prime pre-Christmas season. Twitter It’s time to gorge on popcorn and chase the Oscar buzz, cinephiles. The Toronto International Film Festival, known as a hub for Academy Award-worthy titles, kicks off Thursday with nearly 400 films screening over 11 days. Here are some movies that are hotly anticipated among Canadian Press reporters, with expected release dates after TIFF (if known).American PastoralFor his directorial debut, actor Ewan McGregor took on a biggie: An adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. McGregor also stars in the 1960s-set crime-drama, as a father whose seemingly ideal family is torn apart when his teenage daughter, played by Dakota Fanning, joins a violent movement against the Vietnam War. The cast also includes Jennifer Connelly, Uzo Aduba, and Molly Parker of Maple Ridge, B.C. It’s coming to theatres in October.ArrivalThis star-packed alien invasion tale promises to offer more than just otherworldly thrills with Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve at the helm. The Quebec auteur behind Sicario, Prisoners and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel is known for balancing taut, cerebral explorations with slow-burning tension, so expectations are high for this sci-fi outing. Amy Adams stars as a linguist recruited by the U.S. government to communicate with aliens and avert possible disaster. Adams is expected to walk the TIFF red carpet with co-star Jeremy Renner after premiering the film in Venice where early reviews are already, ahem, stellar. Arrival opens in theatres in November.Burn Your Maps Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more