18 Nov

Tourists pay 100 euros to pick olives and ride in a tractor

first_imgIf someone told you that the Butić family resort is only a few kilometers from Zadar, in the pre-season it hosts over 17.000 guests who also carry a hundred euros to pick olives with the cheerful host Ante, most will say that someone is joking, but that is tourism which we must strive for and tourism that takes place in the family resort Butić.Namely, the family farm Butić picnic area has been working since 2011 on the presentation of local indigenous food, whether it is delicious cheeses, prosciutto that is part of the processing is kept in the Nin Sea or delicious chocolates and meat under the baking lid. The whole family works hard to make the whole story have an authentic story, and most of all they make sure that the guests bring a special story of our region in their mouths and memories.Last year they started with the presentation of the olive picking offer, which had a great response among the guests, so this year they organized the same thing again, driving the guests to the field in a tractor, which was a very funny and interesting experience for most. Or rather an unforgettable experience that they are willing to pay well for. “We have been thinking for a long time how to create additional content that will not require too much investment, and which our guests will gladly accept. Visiting tourism fairs, various conferences, seminars and listening to the profession, we decided to offer olive picking as our trip three years ago. This means that our guests spend 100 euros to spend the day in the olive grove, have lunch outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and olive picking activities. We realized our idea with the help of the oldest agency Globtour-event and offered our guests and our region a new, interesting offer. “ Ante Butić points out and adds that the olive picking trip was recognized by various agencies, and that the reservation for this year  done, and for the next one there are very few terms left. This picture speaks a thousand wordsThis year, they hosted over a dozen groups, and guests have no problem traveling even 2 kilometers to come to Brisevo and stay in the countryside. It is the tourism we must strive for, our authentic story in every sense. In the upcoming holiday season, the Butić family resort organizes Christmas parties with the presentation of gift packages from local producers. “It is not easy for people in the hinterland who are engaged in tourism to attend all workshops or seminars, because often the working day ends very late. Through our work, we need quick information and help to improve our offerings and create a sustainable story whose results will benefit the entire community. We thank the Association for Rural Development Ravni kotari and the LAG in Laura, which is not part of our territory, but we are very happy to refer us to tenders and measures that we can apply. In addition, we gladly follow the work of other TZs in Croatia with which we have excellent cooperation and exchange of experiences, and we praise the work of TZ Benkovac, because such energy and programs should be an integral part of all TZ hinterlands, we are sorry that our home TZ counties often do not recognize the offers of the hinterland and the value of the rural part of the county that offers a lot “, the host Ante Butić told us at the end.Tourists want to experience an authentic way and culture of living, and especially local ecological delicacies, which they can pick up and taste immediately. With homemade wine, brandy and liqueurs and homemade food, it is the best possible tourist product. Who was driving the tractor? Who saw live cows, horses, chickens, geese, donkeys, sheep…?Tourists will pay to be you one day, to do your chores around the garden, feed the animals, and so pick olives, grapes, corn, etc.…Yes, someone will pay you to do your job! It is a story we must tell in rural areas as a major tourist product. Organic and organic food is a rapidly growing trend, as well as the need to experience the noise of silence and the smell of nature has become imperative, especially in major European cities.Picking tomatoes in the garden, slicing homemade prosciutto, drinking homemade wine – this is an experience that tourists are ready and willing to pay for. It is tourism.last_img read more

31 Aug

Reggae Girlz team for World Cup taking shape

first_imgAccording to reports, some of the players who will make up the 23 players to represent Jamaica at this summer’s FIFA Women World Cup will be announced shortly. Assistant coach Andrew Price told the Jamaica Gleaner that 14 members of the Reggae Girlz will first be announced. He said the team’s coaches were very impressed with the team’s performance in their recent two-match friendly series against  Chile, and have decided they will soon let the players know who are selected to that batch of 14 The women who are not named in the first set of players should not despair, as Price indicated there’ll be another training camp in April, “and so there is still an opportunity for other players to be selected.” He said based on the previous two training camps he believes there are “about 14 to 16 players who will definitely make the trip to France.”The Reggae Girlz, who are ranked 53rd in the world, will be making their first trip to the FIFA women tournament. They are drawn in Group C with Australia, Brazil and Italy.In reference to the team’s sweep of Chile in the recent two-match series said the Girlz showed good resilience, and the goal is now to improve their fitness and understanding of the game plan.The camp for the Reggae Girlz is scheduled to be held in South Africa from April 1 – 9.last_img read more

21 Dec

Anger as Speech and Language Therapist funding requests ‘ignored’

first_imgThe lack of funding for two senior Speech and Language Therapist posts in Donegal has been branded as unacceptable ignorance from the Department of Health.Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has criticised the Minister for Health for not allocating funding for services for adults with intellectual disabilities, despite the applications being approved.Deputy McConalogue said he was informed by the HSE that Speech and Language Therapy Services submitted business cases for two Senior Speech and Language Therapist posts for Adult Intellectual Disability services in Donegal at the beginning of 2017. “Through my correspondence with the HSE I have discovered that despite the application submitted in 2017, no approval has yet been received for the posts. Indeed, I learned that the posts were included in their estimates for 2019 but no funding was received,” McConalogue said.The Fianna Fáil TD said it is unacceptable that there is currently no service for adults with intellectual disability in Donegal for their communication needs.“As it stands at present, adults with intellectual disability who require swallow assessment, are currently being seen with the Primary Care system and that is unfair and unacceptable.”Deputy McConalogue who raised the matter with the Minister in the Dáil recently, promised to keep the issue high on the agenda. “I have been informed that the HSE will include the posts again as a matter of priority in their 2020 estimates, so it is up to the Minister now to follow through with the necessary funding to ensure this vital service is available for the people of Donegal as a matter of urgency,” Deputy McConalogue concluded.Anger as Speech and Language Therapist funding requests ‘ignored’ was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

18 Dec

Rolls Royce tackles 787 engine issue

first_imgEngine manufacturer Rolls Royce is working with All Nippon Airways to resolve an engine problem that has prompted the airline to cancel domestic flights so it can replace compressor blades on some of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners.ANA, which recently took delivery of 50th 787 and is the world’s biggest operator of the technologically advanced aircraft, cancelled nine flights on Friday as a result of the problem.The problem with the Trent 1000 engine relates to corrosion found on the blades and could result in at least 350 flight cancellations through to the end of September, according to the Nikkei Asian Report.There were differing accounts of the cause of the corrosion with Nikkei citing ANA on insufficient anti-corrosion coating and a possible design flaw. Britain’s The Telegraph suggested  the corrosion was related  to the way the airline used the planes and the high number of landing and take-off cycles.ANA told the Japanese business publication that Rolls had notified other airlines using the same engine type and that the manufacturer would develop and produce an improved part by the end of the year.It said engine abnormalities found on ANA international flights in February and March had been traced to medium pressure turbine blades and the carrier had been conducting repairs.It decided to fast- track repairs on 13 planes used for domestic services when a similar problem occurred Saturday on a flight from Tokyo to Miyazaki Prefecture.The Trent 1000 is one of two engine types used on the 787 and both have had teething problems.The rival General Electric-built GEnx  was the subject of a US Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness directive earlier this year after icing caused problems  on two Japan Airlines planes.In one case,   ice-shedding on a JAL 787-8 travelling between Vancouver, Canada, and Tokyo, Japan, resulted in a  fan imbalance that caused substantial damage to the engine and meant the pilots were unable to restart it.The FAA ordered updates to the flight manuals, an associated mandatory flight crew briefing and the re-working or replacement of at least one engine on Dreamliners with certain power plants.last_img read more

18 Dec

R17bn Budget hike for education

first_img17 February 2010 Education continues to receive the lion’s share of South Africa’s Budget, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announcing an allocation of R165-billion to the Basic Education and Higher Education departments for 2010/11 – an increase of more than R17-billion compared to the previous year. A further R2.7-billion will be made available to help the Department of Basic Education tackle serious challenges in South Africa’s schooling system, including unacceptably low numeracy and literacy levels, inadequately trained teachers, poor management, and a lack of basic resources in poor schools. Delivering his maiden Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said that while government spending needed to be kept in check, education remained the number one priority in the country’s fiscus. Workbooks, assessments The R2.7-billion would go towards the roll-out of workbooks in all 11 official languages to help raise literacy and numeracy levels in grades 3, 6 and 9. The workbooks would help teachers map out clear plans and guide effective use of the curriculum. An annual R28-million is also being provided for national assessments of literacy and numeracy in grades 3, 6 and 9. These assessments, announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address last week, will allow teachers and parents to intervene at the right time in students’ careers in order to improve their performance. Spending by provincial education departments is also expected to grow by 8.1 percent per year to R162-billion over the next three years.FET colleges, universities Gordhan said the country’s Further Education and Training colleges would receive R12-billion in 2010/11, with a further R1.3-billion set aside to improve the salaries of educators in this sector over the next three years. The government will use the R12-billion to promote higher training standards to meet the requirements of a changing economy, while addressing the lack of training in certain key areas. South Africa’s lack of skilled labour is hampering the country’s economic growth, with twice as many students enrolled in universities as in vocational colleges – the reverse of what is the case in most developed countries. Allocations to South Africa’s higher education institutions have grown from R7.1-billion in 2001/02 to R15.3-billion for 2010/11. An additional R1-billion is to be provided over the next three years to increase subsidies to universities, while R5.6-billion will go to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

16 Dec

Windows That Perform Better Than Walls

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img UPDATED on March 18, 2015The common perception that windows are “energy holes” is a bad rap. Since today’s high-solar-gain triple-glazed windows gather more heat than they lose, good windows perform better than an insulated wall. After all, a wall can only lose energy, while windows can gain energy during the day to balance energy lost at night.The Canadian window-rating systemIn Canada, windows are rated according to the ER (Energy Rating) method. For those who live in cold climates, the Canadian ER system is arguably an easier-to-understand method of rating windows than any system used in the U.S., where NFRC window labels cause a fair amount of head-scratching.According to a Natural Resources Canada document explaining the original ER rating system, “A window’s ER rating is a measure of its overall performance, based on three factors: 1) solar heat gains; 2) heat loss through frames, spacer and glass; and 3) air leakage heat loss. A number is established in watts per square meter, which is either positive or negative, depending on heat gain or loss during the heating season.”Under the original ER rating system, windows with a negative ER were “energy holes,” while windows with a positive ER acted like heaters. Poorly designed windows had ER ratings as low as -25, while the best-performing triple-glazed windows had an ER of about +1 (for operable windows) or +8 (for fixed windows).Window manufacturers weren’t happy to discover that many of their windows ended up with negative ratings. Canadian authorities decided to respond to manufacturers’ complaints by instituting a type of grade inflation: 40 points were simply added to every window’s old ER score. With a stroke of the pen, -10 became 30, and 1 became 41.South-facing windows produce the most energyConsider a 1-square-meter fixed window equipped with the best available triple glazing… last_img read more

7 Nov

Roosters NRL Touch Premiership coaches

first_imgNRL Touch Football is excited to announce the head coaches for the Roosters 2019 NRL Touch Premiership teams.Australian Mixed Open head coach Mick Lovett will lead the female program and Youth World Cup-winning coach Dave Nolan will take the reins of the men.TFA in conjunction with our newly appointed head coaches will now start a search for suitable support staff including assistant coaches before commencing the process of selecting teams.As the current Australian Mixed Open head coach and being Melbourne-based, Mick Lovett is the logical choice to lead our Roosters women’s team. TFA looks towards ensuring a pathway for alliance coaches as well as players so there will be a focus on finding assistant coaches from our Alliance states to support these teams.Pictured below: Dave Nolan (left) and Mick Lovett (right) at the Touch Football 50th Anniversary Dinner, December 2018last_img read more

9 Aug

LaSata announces grant to fight blight

first_img10Aug LaSata announces grant to fight blight State Rep. Kim LaSata announced this week that Berrien County will receive funding for residential and commercial blight elimination projects.  The Berrien County Land Bank Authority has been awarded $102,000 to tear down 25 blighted, tax-foreclosed properties in Benton Harbor, Benton Charter Township, and Buchanan. The funding was awarded through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, following a competitive application process.“Our economy is rebounding strongly, but there is still much work to be done,” LaSata said. “This is an excellent example of how tax dollars can be used at the local level to improve the quality of life in a small community.” Categories: LaSata Newslast_img read more

19 Jul

Researchers use nanoparticles to treat snake bites

first_imgThe stable, low-cost nanoparticles have the potential to be administered subcutaneously immediately after the bite at the site of envenoming by this spitting cobra to halt or reduce the extent of local damage and mitigate the systemic distribution of toxins post-envenoming,”the researchers say. Source:https://www.plos.org Related StoriesScorpion venom contains compounds that could help fight Staph and tuberculosis bacteriaAssessing antimicrobial properties of silver and copper nanoparticlesHeat from nanoparticles zaps cancer cells from insideThe standard treatment for snakebites is the intravenous administration of IgG immune molecules that recognize venoms. However, such antivenom therapies must be administered quickly—and by trained healthcare workers— to be effective and are highly specific to particular venoms. There is an ongoing need for a snakebite treatment which can be used in a rural setting and works against the bites of diverse venomous snakes.In the new work, Kenneth Shea, of the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues engineered nanoparticles that bind to and sequester an array of phospholipases A2 (PLA2)and three-finger toxin (3FTX) molecules found in Elapidae snake venoms. The Elapidae family is a large family of venomous snakes that includes cobras, kraits, tiger snakes, sea snakes, coral snakes and mambas, among other species. The researchers tested the ability of the nanoparticles to block Naja nigricollis (black-necked spitting cobra) venom in mice that received varying doses of the nanoparticles, injected into the skin. Envenomings by this snake in sub-Saharan Africa inflict serious cutaneous necrosis that may leave permanent tissue damage in the victims.In experiments on isolated cells, the nanoparticles were found to sequester a wide range of Elapidae PLA and 3FTX venoms. Moreover, with collaborator José María Gutiérrez from the Instituto Clodomiro Picado (Universidad de Costa Rica), experiments with mice demonstrated that injections of the nanoparticles at the site of venom injection significantly mitigated the typical necrotic effects—including blistering and ulcers— of the spitting cobra venom. The nanoparticles administered to mice that had not received venom did not have an effect on skin and did not induce systemic toxicity. “Synthetic polymer nanoparticles bind elapid snake venom toxins and inhibit venom-induced dermonecrosis.” Credit: Shea, et al. (CC BY 4.0, 2018) Oct 5 2018Venomous snakebites affect 2.5 million people, and annually cause more than 100,000 deaths and leave 400,000 individuals with permanent physical and psychological trauma each year. Researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have now described a new approach to treating snake bites, using nanoparticles to bind to venom toxins and prevent the spread of venom through the body.last_img read more

18 Jul

Oral cancer is among the ten most common cancers in the world

first_imgFor SUNSTAR, it is crucial to support projects that promote prevention and give the dental professionals a central and relevant role in the detection of several diseases. Dental check-ups can be the perfect setting for early detection since mouth and body are related, and our oral health has much to say about our overall well-being. Therefore, it is important to provide them with the right tools and support them along the way.”Dr Marzia Massignani, Sr Manager of Scientific Affairs and Corporate Communications at SUNSTAR On the World Cancer Day, it is relevant to remind that smoking and alcohol consumption are the main risk factors for oral cancer.Related StoriesStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerIn fact, tobacco (smoking and smokeless such as chewing tobacco) causes 90% of oral cancers. On top of that, individuals who smoke and drink have a 35-fold increase in developing this condition.”About 500,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancers are diagnosed annually, three-quarters of which occur in the developing world,” said Dr Ihsane Ben Yahya, FDI Council member and oral cancer expert.Consequently, encouraging the dental professionals to conduct oral screenings for early detection of this disease as well as helping them to work together for better management are the main priorities of the chairside guide launched by the FDI and SUNSTAR.‘Oral cancer: Prevention and patient management.’This toolkit for professionals focuses on the prevention and management of oral cancer patients, paying particular attention to the screening process.The chairside guide provides oral health professionals with concise, yet comprehensive, information about oral cancer prevention, risk factors and management, and also helps them navigate the clinical examination and diagnosis through a decision tree. Feb 4 2019Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, it is more frequent in men than women, and it usually appears at the age of 60.Early detection is essential to manage this disease, and it is possible since the most common sites for oral cancer are very visible areas such as the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, and the floor of the mouth.Therefore, to guide dental professionals and improve the prevention of this disease, the FDI World Dental Federation and SUNSTAR, a holistic healthcare company, have developed a chairside guide to prevent and treat Oral Cancer. Source:https://www.sunstar.com/ The holistic healthcare company has been contributing to research and raising awareness about the two-way relationship between oral health and general health for many years now.Under #ThePerioLink project, SUNSTAR gives visibility to the many impacts of poor oral health, spanning from diabetes to sports performance, and encourages the population to take care of themselves holistically.last_img read more