Lošinj concluded a record tourist year

first_imgWith more than two million overnight stays in 2016, the return of the famous bronze statue of Apoxyomenos and the opening of the unique Apoxyomenos Museum, Lošinj – a destination of health and vitality, achieving another successful tourist year and ranked among the leading Croatian destinations with the most overnight stays.Thanks to the natural resources, diverse offer, numerous investments, but also the responsibility and creativity of the residents who help raise the quality of the offer and the common vision of the archipelago through daily cooperation, in 2016 Lošinj achieved a total 287.582 arrivals (36.964 domestic, 250.618 foreign) and 2.203.155 nights (289.273 domestic, 1.913.882 foreign) and thus surpassed the previous 2015 s 4% more arrivals i 2% more nights. This winter, Lošinj shone in a new Christmas and New Year environment, while offering a rich program of events full of surprises for islanders and visitors. With many animation, entertainment and sports events, cultural sights, restaurants and unique museum institutions have opened their doors to many visitors. Only in the period from December 23 to January 2 on Lošinj was it realized 2.722 arrivals i 8.849 nights.Traditionally, winter on the island has mostly attracted Austrians (52,7%), Slovenes (14,1%) and Croats (12,1%), Germans (10,9%) and Italians (7,2%), and other guests were in a slightly lower percentage (3%). This winter, guests stayed in hotels (2.253 arrivals, 6.487 overnight stays), but also in private accommodation (169 arrivals, 675 overnight stays) and camps (285 arrivals, 1.361 overnight stays) and other accommodation facilities (15 arrivals, 326 overnight stays). “Extremely satisfied with last year’s results, we are entering 2017 optimistically, with a focus on priority products: cultural and health tourism. Also, activities on the implementation of destination brand management continue, such as continuous coordination, development of new products, education and thematic presentations for renters, but also other activities on the ETIS project, and Total quality management, which in addition to quality management in all segments, contributes to quality the lives of our inhabitants. ” said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.Photo: Lošinj, Siniša GulićAlso, based on a 120-year tradition of health tourism, quality destination management and many years of dedicated work and effort, the Island of Vitality is a proud holder of numerous projects and events, but also a winner of world and European awards. Thus, in October, the City of Mali Lošinj was awarded the annual Croatian tourist award for the most successful health tourism destination in the destination category of the year, and the Apoxyomenos on the Island of Vitality project was awarded the Innovation of the Year award. As part of the conference ‘World Green Destinations Day’, Mali Lošinj received the prestigious ‘Top 100 Sustainable Destinations of the World’ certificate in 2016. He is an example of the best practice for quality management in Croatia, and he won the award of the European System of Sustainable Development Indicators (ETIS), ie the award for the breadth and depth of knowledge gained on sustainable tourism practices on the island, in April 2016. “In addition to all the above, new products are being introduced, such as the project for the restoration of the Lošinj camp – Mala barka 2, which was accepted as part of the Mala barka 2 program, ie Interreg Croatia-Slovenia from EU funds for the restoration of historical maritime heritage and cultural labeling project” Kucic concluded.Lošinj is the winner of numerous other international tourism awards based on highly creative quality of work, projects, development programs, tourist presentations and numerous programs that overall contribute to the prosperity, vision and quality of visitors and residents.last_img read more

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CARICOM and UN meeting on crisis in Venezuela

first_imgA Delegation from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) led by Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis is meeting today with United Nations Secretary-General  His Excellency Antonio Guterres to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. (From Left) Hon Denis Moses, Foreign Minister, Trinidad and Tobago; Hon Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados; Dr Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago; HE Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Dr Hon Timothy Harris, Prime Minister, St. Kitts and Nevis and Chairman, CARICOM; Hon Peter David, Foreign Minister, Grenada; Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, CARICOM; Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, Foreign Minister, Barbados Prime Minister Harris is accompanied at the meeting by  Dr. Hon Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon Mia Mottley Prime Minister of Barbados, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Foreign Ministers and UN Ambassadors of Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago. Jun 30, 2020 Statement by the Chair of the Caribbean Community The… Statement by the Chairman of the Caribbean Community… Jun 6, 2020 Leading the CARICOM Delegation – (from left) Prime Minister Hon Mia Mottley, Barbados; Prime Minister Dr Hon. Keith Rowley, Trinidad and Tobago; CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Hon Timothy Harris, St Kitts and Nevis, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque The meeting, at UN Headquarters in New York, is a follow-up to the decision of CARICOM Heads of Government at their Special Emergency Meeting on Thursday which discussed the on-going situation in Venezuela. The CARICOM Leaders agreed to request a meeting with the UN Secretary-General which he accepted. Jul 2, 2020 Tribute to Sir Everton Weekes: Climbing to the Top –… CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… You may be interested in… Jul 10, 2020 CARICOM Delegation in New York holds pre-Meeting ahead of talks with UN SGThe CARICOM Delegation in New York to meet with UN Secretary-General HE Antonio Guterres on the crisis in Venezuela held a preparatory session this morning. CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis, is leading the delegation which includes Prime Minister Dr. Hon Keith Rowley…January 28, 2019In “Barbados”CARICOM Delegation to meet with UN Secretary-General Monday on crisis on VenezuelaChairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis leads a delegation from the Community to meet with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General His Excellency Antonio Guterres on Monday morning to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. The meeting will take place at…January 27, 2019In “Barbados”PM Rowley holds press conference on return from CARICOM UN Mission on VenezuelaMeaningful dialogue and negotiation are necessary to find a solution to the situation in Venezuela, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley said Wednesday. PM Rowley, who is Lead Head of Government with responsibility for Security in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet, was on a delegation to…January 30, 2019In “Event”Share this on WhatsApp Video Playerhttps://today.caricom.org/wp-content/uploads/PM_Rowley_on_UN_Meeting_Venezuela.mp400:0000:0001:05Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

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Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Barnard, 90

first_imgGertrude “Trudy” Henrietta Barnard, a long-time resident of Bridgehampton, died on June 6, at the age of 90.She was born on August 8, 1928 in McKenny, VA, to James and Ava Mason. On Christmas Day in 1948, she was married to Sisco Edward Sylvester Barnard Sr. The couple had six children.She was baptized at a very early age and as a child became a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton, where she sang in the church choir.Barnard loved her family and opened her home to those in need and for many family cookouts. She loved to cook and made sure to prepare enough for whoever came through the door. Her family said she believed in helping people and was loved by many.She attended the Bridgehampton Elementary School and High School. She worked as a teacher’s aide at the school and later as an outreach aide for Migrant Health at the Riverhead County Center.Barnard was predeceased by her husband and two sons, James Anthony Barnard and Gary Keith Barnard, her brother, George Mason, and sisters Helen Johnson and Winifred Johnson.She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Sisco E.S. Barnard Jr. of Riverhead; Betty “Tara” Williams of Blackwood, NJ; Helen Darlene Barnard of Chesapeake, VA; Valerie Letcher of East Hampton; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.She also is survived by a sister, Alice Jacobs, of Queens; her sister-in-law Dorothy Mason (George) of the Bronx; her niece, Deborah Woods, of Southampton; her close friend, Linda Corbett, of East Hampton; and many other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held June 14 at the First Baptist Church of Southampton. The Reverend Henry Faison Jr. officiated. Burial followed at Calverton National Cemetery. Sharelast_img read more

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USA: Ecology OKs Pend Oreille County’s Shoreline Program

first_imgThe Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved Pend Oreille County’s comprehensive update of its shoreline master program.The county’s locally tailored shoreline program is designed to protect private property rights, help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public’s right to access and enjoy public lands and waters.The updated shoreline master program guides construction and development along more than 60 lakes, rivers, and streams, including the Pend Oreille River, Sullivan Creek and Sullivan, Diamond and Sacheen lakes.Throughout the process, Ecology staff worked closely with local planning staff, their elected officials, and special interest groups.“We are pleased to approve a shoreline program that not only meets the requirements of the law but also remains locally tailored to meet the needs of the county and public,” said Gordon White, Shoreline and Environmental Assessment program manager.“We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the county,” said Jaime Short, Ecology shoreline planner. “We believe education and outreach that fosters a greater understanding and enhanced stewardship of our shoreline resources will be a key component to applying the shoreline program.”Under state law, a local shoreline program must receive Ecology approval before taking effect. It then becomes part of the state shoreline master program, subject to a 60-day appeal period.The department will help defend the county’s shoreline program against legal challenges.All of Washington’s cities and counties with regulated shorelines must update their programs by December 2014. They are following regulations adopted by Ecology in 2003. The regulations resulted from a negotiated settlement among 58 different parties including business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology, and the courts.[mappress]Press Release, December 11, 2013last_img read more

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Brought to account

first_imgObiter, who blushes to reclaim a receipted taxi fare, has watched with awed fascination the Daily Telegraph’s exposure of how MPs have worked parliament’s expenses regime. Justice ministers are among those in the spotlight. Justice secretary Jack Straw, who receives an annual salary of £141,866, repaid the council tax for which he had wrongly claimed, but over the years received thousands of taxpayers’ pounds for improvements to a house in his Blackburn constituency, listed, under the rules, as his second home. According to the Telegraph, improvements included new garage doors, kitchen, central heating system, beds, bathroom and LCD television. Solicitor general Vera Baird, meanwhile, whose annual salary is £125,602, had her £250 claim for Christmas decorations rejected by the Commons’ fees office. However according to the Telegraph, and again entirely within the rules, we should stress, she claimed for mortgage interest payments, repairs, decorations and furnishings to a four-bedroom house in her Redcar, Cleveland constituency. Obiter suspects we will be hearing less from ministers about overpaid legal aid lawyers ‘moderating their expectations of earnings’. For the time being, anyway.last_img read more

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Bach rejects Society’s legal aid fee cut fears

first_imgLegal aid minister Lord Bach (pictured) has rejected Chancery Lane’s demand for an extension to the consultation period on proposed criminal legal aid cuts. He also dismissed the Law Society’s allegation that the August consultation paper Legal aid: funding reforms is ‘incoherent’ and ‘deeply flawed’. The paper proposes cutting fees to duty solicitors and reducing Crown court defence barristers’ rates to bring them in line with prosecution fees. It also puts forward other reductions to payments made for advocacy and litigation in the Crown court. The Society has so far declined to respond to the consultation, claiming that it is ‘not reasonably able to understand what the proposals are’. Bach was responding to a hard-hitting letter from Law Society president Robert Heslett, sent to the Ministry of Justice in early September. In that letter Heslett outlined what he described as a ‘host of inconsistencies’ in the consultation, including the lack of any explanation of the Government’s policy aims and what is meant by ‘oversubscription’ on police station schemes.In a detailed reply, Bach stresses that the MoJ is operating to a ‘strict budget’ and stresses that savings must be made in the criminal legal aid budget to protect funding for civil legal aid. The government’s proposals are targeted at ‘removing anomalies, disparities and duplication’ within the existing regime to generate savings, he adds. Lord Bach’s letter can be read: at: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/newsandevents/news.law Chancery Lane is considering its response. The consultation closes on 12 November.last_img read more

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Tyrone Appollis’s work honoured

first_imgStompie, a Tyrone Appollis sculpture inspired by James Seipei, who was also known as Stompie Moeketsi. He was a teenage United Democratic Front (UDF) activist from Parys. He and three other boys were kidnapped on December 29 1988 by members of Winnie Madikizela Mandelas bodyguards, known as the Mandela United Football Club. Stompie was murdered on January 1 1989. Activist and retired Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs described Tyrone Appollis as an artist of inconvenience during the launch of the latter’s exhibition and documentary.Mr Sachs, who is a collector of Mr Appollis’s art, made the remark at the Sanlam Art Gallery in Bellville, where the launch took place on Tuesday March 14.Mr Appollis, who is originally from Bridgetown but now lives in Plumstead, said he could not agree more with that statement. He admitted that he would make his presence known during a somewhat quiet gathering by playing his penny whistle, just like Mr Sachs described.Although he held his first solo exhibition at the tender age of 14,Mr Appollis was given little formal recognition, and because of this, the Sanlam Art Gallery decided to honour his life and art shortly after his 60th birthday. The exhibition is a combination of his recent paintings and iconic examples of his earlier works, drawn from his private and public collections. It runs until Thursday April 13, and the opening was accompanied by the premier of the documentary Of My Time – Tyrone Appollis, by film-maker Ron Moller of Storyteller Productions.Mr Moller said the documentary was an intimate portrait of the artist, poet and musician. He was unsure where it would be screened next, but said he might use it as a pilot for a series if he could get broadcasters to invest.“The film explores the theme of artistic journey, as a reflection of the artist’s personal journey, and is an insight into Tyrone’s creative space filled with personal history, conflict, passion, resilience and personal and artistic successes,” Mr Moller said.Mr Appollis has also been described as a painter, who, over the past thirty years, created unique images of the times and places that made up his life and environment.Stefan Hundt, from the Sanlam Art Gallery, said: “There is little doubt that Tyrone is one of the Western Cape’s most talented painters. Yet, he has been given little official or formal recognition. His peculiar vision, formed by his understanding of Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall, Cecil Skotnes and a plethora of Italian Renaissance painters, has provided unique perspective on life on the Cape Flats for more than 30 years.”Asked whether he was bitter his work had not in the past been given the recognition it deserved, Mr Appollis said: “I became a celebrity. I am not a whinger of the past. Ek is waar ek wil wees. Of my time.”People had not understood him in the past, lending him a degree of anonymity, he said.“I keep telling my friends who want to force me into teaching – after they mocked my beginnings at music, painting and writing – that they should ask Jonathan Butler or Johnny Clegg for lessons. I have taught extramural classes in the community in the past, but, at present, I am engrossed in catching up. I still have a lot of work to do before I will be taken seriously. My message to the people is that I can only say as much, or as little, as I do.”And his thoughts on the opening of the exhibition?“Exhibition openings are a hindrance, because there is food and drinks and trimmings. I would rather people come to buy my work, than to come for the trimmings. I must add, however, that this exhibition is wonderful, and I don’t want this feeling to subside.”Mario Pissarra, of the Africa South Art Initiative, said in order to understand Mr Appollis’s art, one had to grasp his conviction that “an artist must be of his time”.“His art is rooted in his geographic identity as a Capetonian, in his historic identity as a ‘coloured’ person, in his post-apartheid national identity as a South African, in his non-racial identity as an African, and in his humanistic identity as a member of the global community of artists. All of these identities co-exist in him as a person, and inform his art,” Mr Pissarra said.Mr Appollis was trained and worked as a sign writer, and later as a carpenter, but never completed the apprenticeship. He studied part-time at the Community Arts Project under artist Cecil Skotnes, and attended the Foundation School of Art for one year. He held his first solo exhibition at the age of 14, under the auspices of the Students’ Health And Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) and the Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA). His other solo exhibitions include Rocklands library, in 1982; the South African Association of Arts, in 1988; Chelsea Gallery, in Wynberg, in 1992; Karren McKerron Gallery, in Johannesburg, in 1993; Sheraton Atlantis Hotel, Zurich, in 1997; The Framery Gallery, in Cape Town, in 2010; and Irma Stern Museum, last year. He also participated in many group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad.His current exhibition is on view at the Sanlam Art Gallery until Thursday April 13, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4.30pm. 1 of 2 Stompie, a Tyrone Appollis sculpture inspired by James Seipei, who was also known as Stompie Moeketsi. He was a teenage United Democratic Front (UDF) activist from Parys. He and three other boys were kidnapped on December 29 1988 by members of Winnie Madikizela Mandelas bodyguards, known as the Mandela United Football Club. Stompie was murdered on January 1 1989.center_img Iris and Howard Burkat, second from left, and second from right, came all the way from New York to attend the exhibition opening. With them are, left, Shireen Appollis, and Tyrone Appollis.last_img read more

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CDB to host gender socialization workshop in Dominica

first_img Tweet The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will be hosting a regional Gender Socialization workshop for Early Childhood Development (ECD) Practitioners in an effort to strengthen the enabling environment to promote and sustain positive childhood development. The conference will be held on December 9-10, 2013 at the Fort Young Hotel in Dominica under the auspices of the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.The major objectives of this workshop are to improve teaching skills in imparting knowledge and to promote gender-responsive childhood learning in pre-schools. CDB, through its poverty reduction Programme the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), has invested in ECD infrastructure in the region, including construction and refurbishment of day-care facilities, pre-schools and primary schools. The Bank has also given grants to the Roving Caregivers Programme as part of the Caribbean Child Support Initiative, the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children, community groups and public agencies with responsibility for social development and education.However, CDB recognizes that there is also a need to support professional development training and capacity building in the ECD sub-sector and this workshop will examine the school as a major agent of gender socialization.Participants will include direct beneficiaries of BNTF funding in the early childhood sub-sector, specifically teachers, caregivers, principals and supervisors from the public and private sectors.The workshop will provide case material and recommendations for enhancing teaching skills among ECD practitioners for challenging traditional gender stereotypes. BNTF will also collaborate with the CARICOM Working Group on ECD, Parenting Partners Caribbean, and members of the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) on the development of resource materials and a curriculum towards a certified programme for ECD teachers.The ten BNTF participating Member Countries are: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Turks and Caicos Islands.Dominica Vibes News Share Share 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews CDB to host gender socialization workshop in Dominica by: – December 4, 2013 Sharelast_img read more

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Dominican graduates at top of class from Monroe College

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! EducationNewsTertiary Dominican graduates at top of class from Monroe College by: – August 28, 2017 Sharecenter_img Tweet Jacinta B. PeterJacinta B. Peter, age 22 from Loubiere, graduated from Monroe College, New Rochelle top of her class. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA; with straight A’s in all of her classes, she graduated with her associate and bachelor degree from the School of Criminal Justice. She was one out of two students to receive the “Outstanding Academic Achievement Award” which was a result from hard work and determination (for both degrees). Jacinta also received an award for “Student of the Semester” in her first semester at Monroe. Although many obstacles stood in her way, her dedication and hard-work paved the way to success. 492 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Man accused of making death threats to Bermuda Premier

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional Man accused of making death threats to Bermuda Premier by: – May 9, 2018 Premier David Burt was allegedly the target of a young man who was demanding money and items from him (Caribbean 360 News) HAMILTON, Bermuda, Tuesday May 8, 2018 – A 28-year-old man this morning appeared in court charged with making death threats to Premier David Burt, and demanding cash and other items from the country’s leader.Jared Gordon was charged with two counts of sending threatening messages.According to prosecutors, he allegedly sent Burt several messages between October 2 last year and March 28 this year, demanding items and money.One of those messages, allegedly sent on October 13, 2017, stated: “Ignoring me asking for a budget is driving me to a point of wanting to tell you this to your face…I would really put a hole in your head.”Another message sent to the Premier, on March 28, 2018, made reference to “pulling you out of your house and chopping your head off with a hacksaw”.When Gordon appeared before Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo this morning, he was not required to enter a plea to the indictable offences. He was released on $5,000 bail, on the conditions that he avoid contact with the Premier and report to Hamilton Police Station regularly.He will appear before the Supreme Court on June 1. Sharecenter_img 35 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

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