WWF: Eco-tourism experts evaluate new tourist package in NP Kornati

first_imgEight international eco-tourism experts spent the past five days touring the Kornati National Park in a whole new context – instead of the classic tourism we are used to, they got to know the nature, culture and tradition of this protected area.Talks with representatives of the local community, introduction to beekeeping and olive growing, picking sage and its processing are just some of the activities that are part of the new tourist package “Sailing Adventure on the Kornati”, which experts in the role of tourists came to try and evaluate. Issi Torres, a Spanish eco-tourism consultant who has been working for several national parks in Panama for years, aligning their offer with the wishes of the local community, liked the part of the package that includes socializing with Kurnatari – property owners. “It was nice to see how the small Skračić family is involved in the process of sage production, and in addition to trying to pick sage, we also spent a nice evening with homemade food prepared for us, ” Issa comments, adding that there is room for improvement in the package. “We need clear information from the outset of what will be required of us in order to be prepared in advance of what is expected of us.”, concludes Torres.Her companion Martine Bakker, a professor of tourism development from the Netherlands who works as a global tourism expert, also points out the olive harvest with her beautiful experience. “So far I have not encountered any activities like picking olives or sage and this is definitely something that makes this offer special. Talking to people who make a living from it helps us understand the tradition of this beautiful place, but there are certainly places to improve the offer itself.“, Concludes Bakker, explaining that the whole package lacks a tour guide who would be with the skipper with them all the time.Experts visiting Murter / Photo: Jelena CuricThe experts spent the first day of their trip in Murter exploring the island by bicycle. Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum, Murter Native Collection, Colentum Archaeological Site and the Church of St. Roca were their destinations. On that day, the DestiMED project was presented to them, within which this tourist package was developed, implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria, and financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).After setting out to sea, for three days the experts got acquainted with the tradition of beekeeping and olive growing. Those braver who did not mind the south tried diving, and all agreed that they enjoyed the sea, fish and the beautiful ambience of the bays Vrulje and Kravljačica. “The recommendations we will receive based on the feedback will help us to make the new offer of our park even better and to encourage other stakeholders to get involved but also to launch their own initiatives. We will have a new test in the spring, after which this package, which JU NP Kornati realizes with the help of the travel agency Tureta Tours, should be ready for the market”, Points out Martina Markov from JU NP Kornati. The second group of experts will arrive on the Kornati in the spring, and they will be greeted by a “refreshed” tour “Adventure of sailing on the Kornati”. How it will look will largely depend on comments sent later this week by experts leaving the park area today.The test in the Kornati National Park, after the one held in September in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, is the second and last pilot test to be held in Croatia this autumn. In the Mediterranean area, a total of seven pilot tests are taking place this fall in protected areas in six Mediterranean countries covered by the DestiMED project.last_img read more

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France new COVID-19 cases spike again, uptick in ICU units

first_imgFrance’s new COVID-19 infections rose by more than 1,600 over 24 hours for the second day running on Thursday, putting the country at levels not seen since late May, while the number of affected patients in intensive care units has also risen.At 1,604, the daily tally of new cases is lower than Wednesday’s 1,695, but still not far from the May, 30 figure of 1,828 cases. The total number of cases has reached 195,633.The seven-day moving average of new cases, now standing at 1,351, has risen on all but one day over the last 11 days, spiking by almost 50% over that period. The 1,351 figure is five times higher than a low point of 272 seen on May 27 but also more than three times less than a April 1 peak of 4,537.Despite the surge in new cases, the number of people hospitalized for the disease kept going down, by 88 to 5,060, extending a 10-week-long trend.Nevertheless, the number of people in ICUs was up by six, at 390, reaching a 10-day high.French health authorities reported seven additional deaths from the disease, bringing the total to 30,312, the seventh-highest in the world.  Topics :last_img read more

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Hamptons duplex pair on the market at $1.55 million

first_img77 A/B Stradbroke St, Runaway Bay.He said the Runaway Bay location was also a huge drawcard.“The developer chose this area because it’s incredibly safe and of course the Broadwater location — you can walk down to the Broadwater and Marine Pde.“It’s a real blue-chip location.”While the both duplex pair is on the market at one price, Mr Phillis said the residences could be sold separately. The living areas.“Everyone love the Hamptons style,” Mr Phillis said.“It’s warm, there are high ceilings and beautiful timber floors.”“And these duplexes are still a good size — it’s a downsize from a house but you don’t feel like you’re losing your whole lifestyle because they are still a good size. Welcome to your Hamptons abode.The new residences at 77A and 77B Stradbroke St, Runaway Bay are on the market for a combined $1.55 million.Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Real Estate is marketing the property and said he expected plenty of interest.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago 77 A and 77B Stradbroke St, Runaway Bay are on the market at $1.55 million.THE popular Hamptons trend is showing no signs of slowing down on the Gold Coast with these two new homes heavily influenced by Long Island’s luxury seaside community.The style comes in all shapes and sizes on the Gold Coast and this duplex pair is no exception. One of the kitchens features a white colour palette.last_img read more

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Parents have been spanking children for millennia. 50 years of scientific evidence says they were wrong.

first_imgVox.com 27 April 2016Family First Comment: More rubbish research. Gershoff is well known for advocating smacking bans and producing research which she thinks supports her notion. But here’s the funny bit. Read this bit (our emphasis added):“What’s more, the analysis finds evidence that spanking is associated with troubling outcomes — like increased aggression, increased anti-social behavior, and mental health problems later in life. The size of these negative effects are SMALL, the study notes, and there’s NO PROOF that spanking specifically caused these behaviors later in life.”And“For one, researchers can’t conduct spanking experiments where they randomly assign children to be hit. And it’s also POSSIBLE that “bad” children are just spanked more, and are also generally MORE AGGRESSIVE and anti-social throughout their lives. But Gershoff SUSPECTS spanking does LEAD to these detrimental outcomes. Or, at the very least, she makes the CONVINCING case that spanking doesn’t do any measurable good.”In other words, it’s a great theory – but we all know from personal experience that it’s rubbish. Moving on…….     For 20 years, developmental psychologist Elizabeth Gershoff has been chasing a question: Does spanking actually do a child any good?“As far [back] as we have written records, people have been hitting children,” Gershoff tells me. Today, spanking — hitting a child on the buttocks with an open hand — is still incredibly common. A 2015 Pew survey found that 45 percent of parents in the United States have spanked.Given this long history, is it possible that parents throughout millennia — many with the best of intentions — were doing the right thing?Gershoff is now even more confident in the answer: It is a resounding “no.”In a recently published meta analysis in the Journal of Family Psychology, Gershoff and University of Michigan professor Andrew Grogan-Kaylor sift through 75 studies, for a total data pool of nearly 161,000 children, and find “no evidence that spanking is associated with improved child behavior.”What’s more, the analysis finds evidence that spanking is associated with troubling outcomes — like increased aggression, increased anti-social behavior, and mental health problems later in life. The size of these negative effects are small, the study notes, and there’s no proof that spanking specifically caused these behaviors later in life.READ MORE: http://www.vox.com/2016/4/27/11510118/spanking-childrenlast_img read more

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2 Iloilo brgys under heightened community quarantine

first_img“We have not yet identified. We areidentifying persons who had a travel history to Manila or abroad that mighthave mingled with the victim,” she said. The Department of Health-Center forHealth Development in Western Visayas on Friday confirmed two moreCOVID-19-positive patients in Iloilo province. According to Biron, all residents of IlaudPoblacion and Tabucan are allowed to go out during the heightened communityquarantine. The COVID-19-positive patient fromBarotac Nuevo is a 59-year-old female with no travel history and no knownexposure to a patient infected with the virus. “Taposna ang contact tracing na-identifyna kon sin-o ang closed contact and dirakami karon sa ila nagakuha information konbala sin-o ang nakabisita ukon naka-mingle sang patient,” said Ventanilla on an interview with DYSI SuperRadyo. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feelunwell. The municipal health office hadinitially traced 21 close contacts of the patient, mostly her family membersand house-helpers. Sarah Ventanilla, nurse 2 of BarotacNuevo Rural Health Unit, said on Saturday health workers in town are tracingwhere the patient could have possibly caught the infection. Non-essential travel within the areawill be banned and only frontliners will be allowed to go out provided thatthey undergo sanitation procedures. The two villages will also be subject toextreme disinfection and the public market will be closed during the communityquarantine.center_img The affected residents will be providedwith food packages for the three-day disinfection.  The local government unit said it will set upa holding area to ensure that there is strict observance of social distancingprotocols. ILOILO – The municipality of BarotacNuevo, Iloilo placed two of its barangays yesterday under three-day heightenedcommunity quarantine after the town recorded its first case of coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). The 21 are considered as persons undermonitoring and now on strict home quarantine. Mayor Bryant Paul Biron announced themeasures through Executive Order 34 to curb the further spread of the viraldisease.   Private establishments in the area arealso closed. No public transportation will be allowed to ply the areas. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), themost common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.  Some patients may have aches and pains, nasalcongestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from thedisease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. Around one out ofevery six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and developsdifficulty breathing./PNlast_img read more

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Pantic joins Chelsea

first_img Press Association Pantic, 18, has represented Serbia at youth level, and helped his country to the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championships last summer. Chelsea have completed the signing of Partizan Belgrade midfielder Danilo Pantic – and immediately sent the teenager out on loan.center_img Pantic has joined Vitesse Arnhem – the Dutch club with which Chelsea have a partnership deal – until the end of the season. “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, the champions of the English Premier League, and I hope I can show my value at Vitesse in the coming season. I am honoured at the faith both clubs have shown in me,” Pantic said on the Chelsea website. last_img read more

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Romania’s Simona Halep Stays Atop World Tennis Rankings

first_imgMadrid: Romania’s Simona Halep maintained the No. 1 spot in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings released on Monday with 6,921 Points, ahead of Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine climbed three spots after prevailing over Sloane Stephens of the United States 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday, becoming the first Ukrainian player to win the season-ending WTA Finals title. Japan’s Naomi Osaka fell one spot down to the fifth, while Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic dropped two places to world No. 7. Further down the ranking, Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland jumped 16 positions up to world No. 91, following her triumph at ITF France 20A on Sunday over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. IANSlast_img read more

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DB Royston to transfer

first_imgIn the last football practice before spring break, the Wisconsin football team got an extra treat. After only practicing in shorts for the first two workouts, the Badgers were in full pads and eager to do some hitting.?One rule I don?t agree with the NCAA, among many, the first two days you can only be in helmets, and those kids are so excited to get out there,? UW head coach Bret Bielema said. ?A lot of times you just wish you could protect their shoulders. It was good to get out there today. You can just set up things so much better.?While the team was enjoying being in pads for the first time since the Outback Bowl on New Year?s Day, Bielema also had to deal with a few off-the-field issues.After playing mostly on special teams and as an extra defensive back for the last two seasons, junior Kim Royston informed Bielema that he is thinking about transferring to a different school. In limited action, Royston has made a total of 22 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception.?As of the morning, I had a discussion with him and his father, and he is talking about transferring,? Bielema said. ?I haven?t had a final conversation with him yet, but that?s where he is leaning.?He?s had some trouble since he?s been here. He wants to be a [starter], and he?s not in that position at this point. That?s a decision that he?s got but is something that he will work through in the next 48 hours.?While Bielema will try to make Royston understand the situation, he said he will not go out of his way to convince the defensive back to stay.?It comes to a point that if you don?t want to be here, then we don?t want you in the program,? Bielema said. ?You’ve got to do what?s best for every kid individually.?And while Bielema will not try to force Royston to stay, he has said that any player that has transferred since he has been a coach has regretted it later.?Any time a kid has left our program and transferred to another school, it has never been anything they thought it was going to be,? Bielema said. ?They always end up, whether it?s a year later or five years later, coming back and saying, ‘I wish I would?ve stayed where I was at.’?Bielema will also lose another player for spring ball when defensive end Mike Newkirk has surgery on his left shoulder this week.?Mike will go through surgery on Friday of this week,? Bielema said. ?It?s not as detailed as Garrett (Graham)’s or Travis (Beckum)’s. We expect anywhere from six to eight [weeks of] recovery. The reason we are doing it now instead of waiting until after spring ball is because we start our summer conditioning program the second week of June. He should be full-go for that.?last_img read more

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Completely unreal Scenes from Titova: Is this possible?! (video and gallery)

first_img[wzslider autoplay=”true”]Truly unbelievable scenes were recorded tonight in the Titova street in Sarajevo. Tens of thousands of people are currently awaiting the arrival of the Dragons to the city center.Everything looks completely unreal, literally no one could have assumed what will be going on tonight in the BH capital.Complete madness! Enjoy the great photo gallery!Video Playerhttp://www.sarajevotimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/video2.mp400:0000:0000:43Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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Bills’ Tre’Davious White blasts fans criticizing his opt-out deliberation: ‘You guys are selfish’

first_imgUPDATE: Tre’Davious White decided against opting out the 2020 NFL season, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.Tre’Davious White’s decision to opt in to the 2020 NFL season came down to Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET on Thursday to decide whether he will opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19, but fans seem to think he has abandoned his team simply for considering the option. Crazy that me choosing my family’s wellbeing over a game comes with so called fans attacking and questioning me and saying I’m selfish. No you guys are selfish for thinking that football is bigger than life. Oh by the way my girl’s grandfather passed from COVID. U understand now?— Tre’Davious White (@TakeAwayTre_) August 6, 2020MORE: A complete list of NFL players opting out of 2020 seasonUnfortunately, it’s unlikely White’s message will resonate with the people at whom it’s aimed: Anyone who would criticize a player for prioritizing his health and family over football likely can’t be reasoned with in the first place.Fortunately, it’s not their choice to make. If White decides to return to the gridiron this season, it should be because he’s comfortable with the safeguards the league and Bills have in place to ensure player safety. And if he decides playing football presents an unacceptable risk, then no one — selfish fans included — has any right to criticize him. The fourth-year defensive back and 2019 All-Pro has yet to decide whether he’ll join the 60-plus players — including two on the Bills — who will opt out of the 2020 season. But he doesn’t appreciate so-called fans’ criticism of his deliberation, especially considering he needs to make that choice based on what’s best for himself and his family.White made that abundantly clear via Twitter on Thursday, revealing how the coronavirus has affected his family while blasting fans’ selfishness ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline:last_img read more

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