Croatian island products deserve a much better way of promotion

first_imgBy the way, the Croatian Island Product (HOP) is an excellent project aimed at promoting original island products, and was launched 12 years ago. As these are authentic island products, each with its own unique story, I enthusiastically quickly clicked to watch the new promotional video. But let’s go in order… But the enthusiasm quickly faded and turned into disbelief. Disaster is a mild word for the new HOP promotional video, which certainly deserves much better promotion and interpretation. In order to come to life on the market, a quality label must have strong visibility and recognizability, especially of the local population who must live with it and recommend and communicate to tourists about the importance and quality of HOP. The promotional video, if it can be called that, in accordance with new trends in production, was made in Croatian and English. As they point out from the Cluster, to agree that on all ships, catamarans and ferries of Jadrolinija in passenger salons the promotional Video Hop will be released and the video will be forwarded to all Tourist Boards, Croatian Tourist Board and CNTB branches abroad, all for promotion unique brand “Croatian island product”. So far, more than 300 manufacturers have received the HOP label for almost a thousand products from 24 islands (Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Pag, Krk, Lastovo, Dugi Otok, Rab, Cres, Losinj, Prvic, Ugljan, Mljet, Solta, Zirje, Pasman, Iz, Murter, Olib, Kornat, Rava, Silba, Zlarin) and the Pelješac peninsula. Unfortunately, the video is anything but promotional, so the question is how is it even possible, today in 2019, for someone at that level to record a video of such low quality and without any story. It would be interesting to find out what the cost of video production is. Croatian island products, as I mentioned above, each has a unique and authentic story – therefore, storytelling at its strongest. But… On the other hand, Jadrolinija connects the islands and it is impossible to reach the islands without them. Therefore, they are an excellent medium because tourists have to wait to reach the island by ferry. The key words are: they have time and we have their attention, and they have nothing to do. However, in addition to broadcasting the mentioned promotional video, it might be more efficient to find brochures and posters about HOP, as well as for Jadrolinija to sell HOP products, and not to sell mostly foreign products within the cafe on the ferry. Every tourist who comes to the island must see the sign of HOP on the ferry and get acquainted with the story. Island products on which he runs and rides. By the way, during the year HOP organizes fairs on the waterfront as well as on the main square in Zagreb. But, unfortunately, it has not yet become a recognizable brand on the market, especially for foreign tourists. Just one banal example, on arrival on the island there are no signs, banners, billboards, etc.… ways of communicating, branding and connecting with the sign of HOP. Like threads in destinations. Here, the landlords have a big role, so that those who are in direct contact tell the story to the guests, and if they have a bed & breakfast, to offer one of the HOP products. center_img HOP products are a story we should be proud of and this is exactly what tourists want to experience and taste. This is our comparative advantage and added value of a tourist product. Of course, in addition to the tourist segment, it should certainly be emphasized that the local economy on the islands is encouraged, employs local residents, which directly affects the rest of the population on our islands. In the wilderness of the Internet, today I was attracted by the news about a new promotional video for the project Croatian Island Products – HOP. These are food (wines, brandies, liqueurs, olive oils, cheeses, desserts, fish, salad marinades, jams, honey), cosmetics and clothing products, as well as souvenirs and intangible heritage. I emphasize once again that this is a great project, but unfortunately it is a miracle that in Croatia we do not know or do not want to, because we certainly have the knowledge to sell great stories and create added value. In today’s time and global market competition, where everyone is fighting for the attention of every guest, it is simply inadmissible to make such a production bad mosaic promotional video, which has long been overtaken by time and trends. Business Cluster Association “Croatian Island Product” in cooperation with “Art Film” from Matulji, under the auspices of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds that co-financed the production of a new promotional video. Also, Jadrolinija was the sponsor of the video, and the realization of the same was helped by the Tourist Board of the City of Korčula. Find out more about Croatian island products here www.otocniproizvod.hr Source / Photo: otocniproizvod.hrlast_img read more

Looking for a property to rent? Good luck finding something here

first_imgThis unit at 27 Steele St, Holland Park, is for lease. Picture: realestate.com.au.Rental applications often peak in January as many renters view summer as the perfect time to find a better deal.Ms Conisbee said most people looking to rent were often younger, which might explain the popularity of Fortitude Valley and surrounding suburbs.“It has to do with those areas being very popular with young people,” she said.“These areas are a lot of fun, have a good night-life, restaurants and are close to the city.”Ms Conisbee said the high-demand areas for apartments were suburbs that did not have much apartment stock, such as Camp Hill and Holland Park. This house at 176 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, is for rent. Picture: realestate.com.au. This house at 585 Lower Bowen Tce, New Farm, is available for rent.For $330 a week, you can rent a tidy, two-bedroom unit in Camp Hill, like this one at 6/25 Bundah Street.This spacious, two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit at 827 Steele St, Holland Park, will set you back $120 more. ISLAND GEM SELLS Camp Hill is the most in-demand suburb to rent units, according to realestate.com.au. Picture: Patria Jannides.When it comes to houses, you’ll have a tough time snagging something in Fortitude Valley, with listings in the inner-city suburb receiving more than 1200 online visits in the second half of 2017.It was followed closely by nearby Windsor, New Farm and Newmarket, which all attracted more than 1100 views per listing. OLYMPIC SWIMMER’S FAMILY HOME HITS MARKET Fortitude Valley is the most in-demand suburb for houses to rent. Picture: Jono Searle.The median weekly rent for a house in Fortitude Valley is $465, but jumps to $753 in New Farm.A quick search on realestate.com.au reveals there are not many houses for rent in Fortitude Valley, but plenty to choose from if you venture into its neighbouring suburbs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoA four-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage at 176 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, is currently for lease for $600 a week.In New Farm, this three-bedroom Queenslander at 585 Lower Bowen Terrace is available for $625 a week. Realestate.com.au’s most in demand suburbs for renting units in Queensland.In good news for renters, vacancy rates in Brisbane rose in December from 3.4 per cent to 3.8 per cent, according to the latest figures from SQM Research.They had tightened significantly over the past year.But rents are also rising, with asking rents for houses up 1.1 per cent to $448 a week and units rising 0.6 per cent to $368 during the month.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said it was common for vacancies to rise in December due to seasonality.Mr Christopher said vacancy rates in all capital cities rose in December, but the rise in Sydney was larger than expected. Unit 6, 25 Bundah St, Camp Hill, is for rent. Picture: realestate.com.au. Realestate.com.au has revealed the most in-demand suburbs for rental properties.DEMAND for rental properties in Brisbane has jumped by nearly 24 per cent in the past year, new figures from realestate.com.au reveal.As competition for rentals heats up, the site has also identified the most sought-after suburbs to lease a property in the past six months, within 20km of the CBD.The research shows more people want to rent a house in Brisbane’s inner north than anywhere else in the city, but the southside prevails when it comes to demand for unit rentals.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the site had already recorded 1.2 million searches for rentals in Brisbane in just the first two weeks of 2018.Ms Conisbee said realestate.com.au’s rental demand index was up nearly 23.8 per cent in Brisbane compared to the same time last year.“What that typically means is it reflects jobs growth,” she said. “I think it’s good news for Brisbane.“The growth in rental demand is similar to Melbourne but a lot higher than Sydney.” Camp Hill, 6km from the CBD, tops the list for units in the city, attracting more than 820 online visits per property, followed by Holland Park.The median weekly rent for a unit in Camp Hill is $370. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Realestate.com.au’s most in-demand suburbs to rent a house in Queensland.last_img read more

Sprawling Carrara estate snapped up by local doctor

first_imgThe sprawling estate at 23 Maryland Ave, Carrara. Marble, travertine, limestone and timber finishes were featured throughout the stately five-bedroom, five-bathroom home. It also offered a temperature-controlled wine cellar, fireplaces and a pool house with a bedroom, bathroom, two living areas and a kitchen. How about those pool views! This grand Carrara home was snapped up by a local family for $3.2 million.A $3.2 million deal has been penned for a secluded Gold Coast mansion. The sprawling Carrara estate offered a long list of luxury inclusions from a large pool and spa, to a full-sized tennis court and even a thriving orchard with mangoes, guavas and oranges. Luxury at every turn. A local doctor with a young family purchased the 6139sq m property at 23 Maryland Ave for its size and proximity to Emmanuel College, according to Kollosche listing agent Eddie Wardale. “The home was a spectacular single-level home, which had a very easy and flowing floorplan,” Mr Wardale said. “A lot of money was spent on the build and it was a very grand home. “Plus, it had wonderful facilities with the 25m swimming pool, tennis court and lots of room for the kids to run.” MORE NEWS: Gold Coast beachfront apartment sells after four years on the marketMORE NEWS: Gold Coast skyhomes among Queensland’s top apartment sales for 2018 Indoor fun integrates seamlessly with outdoor entertaining. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHigh ceilings add to the grandeur. Space is definitely not an issue, even in the bedrooms. Mr Wardale said the home sat on one of the Gold Coast’s best streets, which was a well-kept secret. “Maryland Ave is one of those streets that most people don’t know exists,” he said. “It’s very exclusive and secluded and has some of the finest homes on the Coast.“This was a very unique property, acreage homes like this, there’s not many of them. “To be 15 minutes from Broadbeach and to have this lifestyle, it’s pretty rare.” Mr Wardale said the Gold Coast market was very strong at the moment with lots of buyer inquiries and activity after a “soft” end to 2018. The property hit the market in September last year with a $3.69 million price tag. Vendor Jo Hargraves purchased the property for $2.5 million in 2015 off Fitch Retail Investment boss David Fitch and wife Rachel, who were one of South Australia’s most successful family business groups. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

Sen. Grupee Embarks on US$120K High School for Gbi and Doru

first_imgIn the wake of the controversy over the annexation of Gbi and Doru (Nimba County, District 9) to Rivercess County, a construction of a modern high school is expected to kickoff in the district soon, with funding from Senator Thomas Grupee’s share of the Legislative Support Project Fund.In an interview with reporters in Nimba on October 1, Senator Grupee said he is going to use about US$ 120, 000 of the 2015/2016 share of the Legislative Support Project for the construction of the high school as part of the development to enhance access to high school education.He said he received an amount of US$ 229, 000 as his share of the LSP from the 2015/2016 budget and, looking at the needs of the citizens of that southern part of Nimba, he has asked LACE to carry on construction of a school building in the middle part of the district, precisely Glann Town.Gbi and Doru have many public schools, but there is no high school in the district, something that is forcing high school students to seek high school education in the city of Tappita or other parts of Nimba.An attempt to build a junior high school in Gbi and Doru did not materialize, an issue Commissioner David Toe expressed his frustration and disappointment over the constructor and the donor (European Union). “The Legislative Support Project covers some basic areas, including health, education and agriculture, among others,” he said.The Senator did not explain how the balance will be used, but earlier this year he asked the 17 administrative district commissioners in Nimba via the local radio station to identify areas where he can use his share of LSP.Majority of Nimbaians are yet to see the impact that the Legislative Support Project has on the county’s development, since it was introduced by the 53rd Legislature.When it comes to the LSP, few representatives are said to be using their shares wisely, with visible projects that the citizens can boast of in Nimba.Rep. Jeremiah Koung (Nimba, District 1) constructed several schools in his constituency, compared to other members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, despite the huge challenges the county is facing with bad roads or bridges as well as inadequate schools and clinics at some localities in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Can Natural Processes Create a Mind?

first_imgNo problemo, says H. Clark Barrett (UCLA), getting a mind from mindless matter.  In a review of a book by developmental psychologist Gary Marcus published in Science June 11,1 Barrett was reassured by Marcus’ book that evolutionary theory working within natural law is up to the task: “The strengths of The Birth of the Mind lie in its sophisticated exposition of how genes guide development and its convincing argument that we need not hold out hope for some magical, as yet undiscovered, process to account for the brain’s complexity.  Plain old natural processes, about which we know much already, will do.”    But how can a brain, composed of billions of neurons and quadrillions of connections, arise from a genome with only tens of thousands of genes?  “Experts have made much of the claim that 30,000 genes aren’t nearly enough to specify the vast number of connections in the brain (the ‘gene shortage’),” he notes.  The answer is in the book:With clarity and precision, Marcus, a developmental psychologist at New York University, lays to rest the rumors of a gene shortage and also rebuts the argument that minds are too complex to have been designed over evolutionary time by the process of natural selection.  He shows instead that minds are built over the course of individual development by genetically regulated processes that have been molded by natural selection to build brains that are functionally organized in ways that promoted human survival and reproduction in the evolutionary past.We need to rise above the simplistic view of genes as static libraries of blueprints, he urges.  Instead, we should view genes as “active ‘agents’ that interact in precisely orchestrated ways to build organisms” —The author shows us how this view allows us to understand the fantastically complex, yet fantastically well-coordinated, generation of the mind.  In cognitive science, it has long been customary to think of the brain as a computer.  Marcus shows that the developmental system that builds the brain can also be thought of as an algorithmic system, one that operates through frequent interactions with its internal and external environments.  He likens the genome to a compressed file, and the cellular machinery with which it interacts to a decompressor.  However, this developmental system is full of ingenious devices not typically found in silicon-based computers, including gradients and switches that allow its operations to be context-sensitive, feedback loops, and self-generated “test patterns” that allow the system to tune itself.  … As Marcus makes clear, although we are vastly more complex than desktop computers and therefore have potentially many more ways of breaking, the fact that our developmental process is relatively far less prone to crashing while booting up from the zygote has everything to do with natural selection for specific developmental outcomes.In addition, the modularity of the brain’s functions helps address the puzzle of the gene deficit.  “For example, an animal with 60 legs would not necessarily need 10 times as many genes as a six-legged animal, and although human arms and legs differ considerably, we do not require an entirely distinct set of genes for each type of limb,” he explains.  Further, gene duplication can provide novelty on which natural selection can act.    Barrett praises Marcus for overcoming “simple-minded debates about the role of genes and evolution in shaping the human mind,” but he does find one weakness in The Birth of the Mind: “If there is a drawback to the book, it is that the author doesn’t show us exactly how a tiny number of genes builds such a complex brain, only that they can.  But he is hardly to blame for this, given that we have a long way to go before we have a complete understanding of brain development.”  That last sentiment is reinforced in a press release from USC that says, “It’s amazing that after a hundred years of modern neuroscience research, we still don’t know the basic information processing functions of a neuron.”1H. Clark Barrett, “Human Cognition: Dispelling Rumors of a Gene Shortage,” Science Vol 304, Issue 5677, 1601-1602, 11 June 2004 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098610].Let’s get this straight.  Barrett just admitted that Marcus “doesn’t show us exactly how a tiny number of genes builds such a complex brain, only that they can” – i.e., Marcus bluffed his way around a problem by making a bald, unsupported claim.  Barrett lets him off the hook for this by saying we have a long way to go before anyone understands brain development.  But in the very next sentence, he praises Marcus for making a “sophisticated exposition” of the case that “plain old natural processes” are sufficient to “account for the brain’s complexity.”  I.e., nature built a brain, how we don’t know, but my friend Marcus said so.    Can evolutionists solve their problems by appealing to “compressed files” and modular genetic algorithms?  No; they make them worse.  In the history of computers, modular programming was a quantum leap in intelligent design over the older “spaghetti code.”  File compression was a quantum leap in intelligent design over uncompressed code.  Any junior high kid can write a text file on a computer, but if she can write software that can compress or decompress it, she’s a prodigy.    One module may suffice to build 60 legs on a centipede, but more is going on, because those legs don’t all grow at the same spot.  Something tells these legs where to form, and coordinates their movements.  The point is, it displays even more intelligent design to use modular programming and compression, to say nothing of “ingenious devices” like “gradients and switches that allow its operations to be context-sensitive, feedback loops, and self-generated ‘test patterns’ that allow the system to tune itself.”  The layers of complexity in the brain have only increased with ongoing discoveries.  These complexities cannot be dismissed by hand-waving appeals to natural selection.  Why Science would print a simplistic explanation from an anthropologist who accuses others of engaging in simple-minded debates is another issue.    The analogies to computers are irrelevant to evolution.  Computers were built by intelligent design, and the intelligence came from minds that beg the question of their origin.  Barrett and Marcus cannot appeal to intelligent design in computers to establish a naturalistic origin of a much more “fantastically complex, yet fantastically well-coordinated” mind.  They leave us only with a glittering generality, a just-so story, in essence claiming that natural selection acting on developmental processes solely directed at evolving survivable reproducing organisms just happened to produce, serendipitously, entities able to create and execute Rachmaninoff piano concertos and build spacecraft and navigate them to Saturn.  For us to believe that, they are going to have to provide better reasons than mere bluffing.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More than 1 lakh pilgrims visit Amarnath cave in the first week

first_imgThe number of pilgrims visiting the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir in the first week crossed the one-lakh mark on Monday.According to a Shri Amarnath Shrine Board official, 1.11 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the holy cave.“Around 15,732 pilgrims visited the shrine on Monday,” the official said.The yatra started from the twin routes of Baltal and Pahalgam in central and south Kashmir on July 1 and will conclude on August 15.Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik, also chairman of the SASB, has urged locals to “bear with the inconvenience caused due to the traffic regulation for pilgrims”. He has suggested that the traffic restrictions for civilians should be reduced to two hours from six hours a day, where vehicles carrying pilgrims would be allowed.Mr. Malik has directed all officers to ensure that every pilgrim is provided the required assistance. “The pilgrimage is conducted with the support of the local people of Kashmir and their role is praiseworthy in ensuring the smooth conduct of the yatra,” the Governor said.last_img read more