LADO as ambassadors of Croatian tourism

first_imgThe Croatian Folk Dance and Song Ensemble LADO is a professional folklore ensemble, founded in 1949 with the task and goal of researching, collecting, artistic processing and stage presentation of the most beautiful examples of the rich Croatian music and dance tradition.Also, LADO has a holdings with more than 1.200 sets of folk costumes of exceptional value and beauty, some of which are older than 100 years, and therefore we can freely call it a traveling museum that is of exceptional value and importance for preserving and nurturing our identity, culture and customs. I keep emphasizing how we should be and sell what we are – Croats. It is the very essence of tourism, not to sell Chinese dance to the Chinese. Tourists want to hear, see and taste our history, our culture, our way of life.We must respect ourselves because that is the only way others will respect us. And it is with respect for ourselves that I have the biggest problem. What is our tourist offer? What is our tourism product? Do we sell ourselves and our gastronomic diversity? Why do we still sell Chinese “souvenirs” on uniform stalls on the waterfront? Why are there no more Fishermen’s Festivities where we sell Adriatic sardines, klapas and KUDs, local wines and gastronomic delicacies, indigenous and handmade local souvenirs to tourists? Well, my people, that’s tourism and that’s what tourists want.Fishing festivals must be held every week so that every tourist who comes to the destination can experience that story. And now imagine that we are not destroying our tradition, ie our small local fishermen with boats, that they take tourists in an organized way early in the morning to go fishing and ride on bonaca with their boats. It’s an experience, and only if a fish is caught is it a spectacle. And where is learning to tie knots, clean fish, make local souvenirs, etc.… we can expand the story as much as we want. This is just one plastic example of how we do not respect ourselves, of course there are still fishing festivals in some destinations, but unfortunately they are also disappearing.Let us respect ourselves, our tradition, history, heritage, way of life and identity.Lado is proud to present more than 100 choreographies that represent an amazing variety of dances, songs and costumes, and yesterday a new choreography was added to the list of Croatian pride – “In the Zelina region”. The musical-scenic presentation of Zelina’s folklore heritage is the result of the choreographer Mr. Ivan Ivanković and his research in Sveti Ivan Zelina and its surroundings, as well as the knowledge acquired at ancient folklore seminars where the dances of Zelina’s Prigorje were presented by the late Dr. Ivan Ivančan and Ivan Kamenarić. The distinctive folklore material of the Zelina region is still nurtured and represented by local cultural and artistic societies. “For the needs of this new stage presentation and revival of Zelina folklore material, the LADO Ensemble has simple and very beautiful original Zelina folk costumes that were chosen for LADO by its founder, prof. Zvonimir Ljevaković. Therefore, my pleasure, but also the honor of setting up this choreography, is even greater. ”, said Ivankovic.It is a story we must tell our tourism. Lado is the guardian of that very tradition, heritage and customs so that they do not disappear into oblivion. For more than six decades, Lado has been performing on stages all over the world, and with over 5.000 performances in Croatia and 48 countries around the world, it tells the story of our customs and identity, the story of Croats.Lado certainly deserves the title of ambassador of Croatian tourism. Hat to the floor.Let’s be like LADO.Photo: Lado.hrlast_img read more

World Futures: Communication And Information Part 3

first_imgBy ANDY ANDREWSLos Alamos World Futures InstituteIn parts one and two of this series we examined the acceleration of communication among humans in the period from around 3,250 B.C until the late 1940’s A.D. Then we noted the development of the digital computer and the emergence of the transistor. While these developments did not immediately affect communication, they were essential to a communication explosion, especially the 1959 the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET). While the great majority of us have no idea of what a MOSFET is, it was the enabling technology for computer networking.As noted in Part Two, the Advanced Research Project Agency began its NETwork (ARPANET) in 1966. In 1969 it became operational, linking computers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Stanford Research Institute (SRI), and the University of Utah (UTAH). The key factor of this network was that if the UCLA computer wanted to communicate with the SRI computer, the network had to direct the data (information) flow from UCLA to SRI and perhaps do it while UCSB was communicating with UTAH. And there were no manual switches to route the data.Now jump ahead 10 years. In 1979, Japan created the first analog cell phone network. A radio signal from a phone had to be routed electronically to another phone either electronically or through a landline and allow two-way communication between people. The networks were growing and people were sensing a need for better communication to share information. Move ahead another 12 years and the first digital cell phones were introduced in Finland. This was another big step forward because digital meant smaller data packages were transferred.Just before the analog cell phone, personal computers were introduced to the public. I remember my first “PC,” a Commodore 64 that I rigged with a carbon ribbon typewriter to send out multiple different application letters. It was easier to reproduce content but distribution remained slow (the mail). But shortly thereafter I got a “real PC” and a 300 baud modem. Now from home I could communicate on-line. I could download or upload an 800 word document at five letters per word in about 16 seconds. And if it was available, I could have downloaded a one hour 30 minute movie in about 39 days. Yes, it was very slow, video tape was better, but it was a start.The technology advanced and the speed for communication increased meaning that the challenge for traffic management grew. Along came the World Wide Web (WWW) and the protocols most of us use today, even if unaware. Tim Berners-Lee is credited with creating the system in 1989, but it took a little time for its adoption. Everything was in place, simply waiting of faster technology, except the machine had to be physically connect to the Internet ”wires.” Yet the “magic” cell phones could use a wireless connection even if they were “dumb” devices.By the end of the century (1999), Wi-Fi was in the computer chatter. At the local level, a device could wirelessly connect to a box that was connected by wire to the Internet. Both the telephone system and the Internet are based on wiring and switches; it is simply the content that is different, or is it? Once in the digital domain you are transferring bits and bytes from one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to one, many to many, and every other possible pattern. But you still need a computer and/or a cell/telephone to use the networks, a truly limiting factor.The in 2007, the smart phone had debuted. The “new” cellphone could provide more than just voice or texting. It could perform some computer function, use sensors, run software, wirelessly talk to computer networks using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and perform satellite navigation. The cellphone was “smart,” even if a human being had to operate it. With all of this connection capability, what do you do with it? While one can point to the integration of a scientific calculator into the phone, it is access to the World Wide Web that is significant. Human beings now can be plugged into the web as long as they are in an area with “service” and have a smartphone.There are many applications on the Internet for use with your computer be it a desk top, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. These applications are for creating, transmitting or receiving information. Sometimes you install the app on your device and sometimes you use it through another device using a web browser interface. Some examples of these information apps include Myspace, Facebook, Tik Tok, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest. Myspace was a social networking site launched in August 2003. Facebook, launched in September 2006, and overtook Myspace in user count in April 2008. Today, people are likely to know Facebook since it has 2.7 billion user accounts in a world of 7.6 billion people.Theoretically, every Facebook account (user?) could post information that could go to all 2.7 billion accounts every day. This would amount to 7.29 quintillion (billion billion) information packets per day being communicated. Obviously as an individual human you cannot read, sort, analyze or whatever, 2.7 billion information packages a day. What do you do?Til next time…Los Alamos World Futures Institute website is Feedback, volunteers and donations (501.c.3) are welcome. Email or email Previously published columns can be found at or read more

Preventing A Collision At Sea, Part XIII

first_imgRules 20 and 21 in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLOREGs) establish rules for several other rules. To be specific, Rule 20 says that all the rules in the Lights and Shapes section of the Rules of Navigation (Rules 21-31) are governed by a few common factors, and that you need to see each separate rule for specific matters as they relate to the vessel or circumstances.Rule 20 – Rules Common to AllRule 20 is quite simple. It says that Rules 21 to 31 shall comply with the following common factors:-Use your lights from sunset to sunrise and in times of restricted visibility (implying foul weather, of course); and-Use no other lights at that time unless you are sure that there is no way that they can be mistaken for the lights spelled out in this section, or won’t impair their visibility or distinctive character (now you know why there are no headlights on a boat – try finding red and green side lights while staring into headlights).From sunrise to sunset, regardless of visibility, vessels shall exhibit “shapes” (another column coming) that conform to the “lights” that would be used at night or during foul weather.So, what are the specifics beyond that?Rule 21 – What Does It Say?Rule 21 specifies what a masthead light is – a white light placed fore and aft of the centerline of the vessel. It shows an unbroken line over an arc of the horizon of 225 degrees and fixed so that it can’t be seen if you are more than 22.5 degrees abaft the beam of the vessel. Abaft? Seaman speak for “behind.” So, if you see a vessel ahead and you can see a side light (red or green) and a white light above and behind it, it is a crossing situation and you are not more than 22.5 degrees abaft her beam. If all you can see is a white light, it is her stern light (keep reading), and you are overtaking her – or it is her anchor light (try not to hit her!)Just what is 225 degrees? Extend your arms and pretend you are a jet plane. That angle, from your right hand, up your arm, across your chest, and down your left arm to your other hand is roughly 225 degrees for most people.Rule 21, having described what a mast light is, goes on to describe “side lights” – the red and green ones. Green goes on the starboard side and red on the port side. Which side is port? Remember “there is no red wine left in the bottle of port.” For the numerically advanced, these lights cut the mast light’s arc of horizon in half. Each light shall show her colors over an unbroken arc of 112.5 degrees (112.5×2=225) and also can’t be seen if you are more than 22.5 degrees abaft the beam of the vessel. Take your jet wings and have one arm point straight ahead while holding the other at “take-off” position – 112.5 degrees.You might ask yourself, “Wait, I don’t have two lights on the side of my boat. I have one on the bow, which is half green and half red.” Exactly, Bunky. Under 20 meters — approximately 66 feet — you can combine these side lights into one “lantern carried on the fore and aft centerline of the vessel.”Continuing to move aft on the boat, the rule then defines the “stern light” – a white light placed at the stern showing an unbroken light over the horizon of 135 degrees and fixed so you can’t see it if you have moved forward more than 67.5 degrees from the stern. And just what is 135 degrees? Pretend you are a jet plane again. That angle, from your right hand, across your back and to your other hand for most people is roughly 135 degrees (225+135=360 degrees).And what’s with the 67.5 degrees? That is to ensure you can tell when you are behind the target vessel (67.5×2=135 degrees, or from the spine of your jet plane to either hand). Lastly, for the math geeks and those that love the hidden zen of the sea, 112.5 degrees from the bow and 67.5 degrees from the bow equals 180 degrees. The full side of your boat, from stem to stern.Rule 21 finishes with some more simple definitions and so shall I – a “towing light” is just like your stern light – except she is yellow; an “all-around light” is, you guessed it, a light that exhibits an arc of horizon of 360 degrees (combining the mast light and stern light into one which is common and permitted on smaller vessels) and a “flashing light” is a light that flashes 120 times (or more) per minute. These are thus “defined terms.” (There is actually one more defined term in Rule 21 – a “special flashing light,” which is just like your mast light – except she is yellow and flashes 50-70 times per minute). Until next week. If interested in being part of United States Coast Guard, email the author at Sharelast_img read more

Bar Council visits Gulf to promote barristers

first_imgA delegation of senior barristers has begun a visit to the Gulf this week in a bid to promote the English Bar. The Bar Council group. led by chairman Nicholas Green QC (pictured) and chairman-elect Peter Lodder QC, will visit Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The group will comprise members of the council’s international committee, and senior representatives of its secretariat. It will hold meetings with members of the financial services sector, senior government figures and top lawyers and academics. The trip is part of a wider effort by the council to promote links with the legal systems, structures and legal professions of other jurisdictions. It follows a trip to China in September. Green said: ‘This is the Bar Council¹s third trip to the Gulf in successive years, demonstrating our commitment to building long-term relationships with the legal and business community in the region. ‘During our visit, we will be discussing the ways in which the Bar Council can support the work of legal professionals in the Gulf, focusing in particular on some of the Bar’s specialisms including commercial arbitrationand litigation, regulation, taxation, trusts and structured investments and business immigration.’ He added: ‘The Gulf is a growing centre of legal expertise and innovation and the bar has much insight to gain from the evolution of legal practice in the region. We are especially interested to learn more about the positive innovations in dispute resolution mechanisms and the ways in which we might provide more choice for clients.’last_img read more

Matson christens con-ro

first_imgThe ship was christened Lurline at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego. It is the first of two sisterships being built at the yard for Matson.Each con-ro (approximately 3,500 teu) has an enclosed garage with room for approximately 500 vehicles, plus space for rolling stock and breakbulk cargo. Each ship measures 265 m long, 34.7 m wide, with a draught of 11.6 m.Lurline features a fuel-efficient hull design, environmentally safe double hull fuel tanks, fresh water ballast systems and Tier 3 dual-fuel engines.www.matson.comlast_img

Trump’s latest US corporate Twitter target: General Motors

first_img SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Trump’s latest US corporate Twitter target: General Motors DETROIT (AP) – In another tweet targeting a U.S. company, President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to slap a tax on General Motors for importing compact cars to the U.S. from Mexico.But GM makes the vast majority of compact Chevrolet Cruzes at a sprawling complex in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland.Trump tweeted early Tuesday that GM is sending Mexican-made Cruzes to the U.S. tax-free. He told GM to make the cars in the U.S. “or pay big border tax!”GM imports only hatchback versions of the Cruze from a factory in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, and it sold only about 4,500 of them in the U.S. last year, spokesman Patrick Morrissey said. The company sold about 172,000 Cruzes through November. The hatchback, which went on sale in the U.S. in the fall, is built in Mexico for global distribution, Morrissey said.GM shares fell by about 1 percent in premarket trading immediately after the tweet, but bounced into positive territory after the market opened Tuesday.Cruze hatchback production amounts to less than a day of output at the Lordstown plant, said Glenn Johnson, president of a United Auto Workers union local at the factory. The union, he said, is not protesting the move to build the hatch in Mexico.“It makes for news, that’s all,” Johnson said of Trump’s tweet. The Lordstown factory, he said, is not equipped to build the hatch.GM did import some Cruze sedans from Mexico last year to meet demand as it was rolling out a new version of the compact car, Morrissey said, but that has stopped and all sedans sold in the U.S. are now made in Ohio, he said.The tweet was the latest threat from Trump to tax companies that move production to Mexico and ship products back to the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Last year Trump went after Ford for plans to shift production of the compact Focus to Mexico. Jobs at the Detroit-area factory that now makes Focuses would be preserved because the plant is to get a new small pickup truck and SUV. Ford’s CEO says the company will not change the plans.Trump’s targets have ranged from U.S. retailers and defense contractors, to tech companies., Boeing and Macy’s have been the subject of Trump tweets in the past.Last year Trump touted a deal to keep 800 jobs at the Carrier furnace factory in Indianapolis from going to Mexico. He has promised to lower corporate tax rates to preserve factory jobs inside the United States, while threatening harsh penalties for companies that produce goods overseas to save on labor costs. On Twitter, Trump warned that he will impose a 35 percent tariff on the goods imported by companies that outsource production.In November, GM said it would lay off about 1,250 workers at the Lordstown plant due to sagging demand for cars as U.S. buyers take advantage of low gasoline prices to buy trucks and SUVs. The workers on the third shift at Lordstown will go in indefinite layoff starting Jan. 23, although some may move to other GM factories.Sales of the Cruze were down more than 18 percent through November.Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers. Last month, 61.5 percent of U.S. new vehicle sales were trucks and SUVs, according to Autodata Corp., and analysts say there’s no sign that will change anytime soon. Related Articles: Author: AP Published: January 3, 2017 11:29 AM EST Updated: January 3, 2017 3:16 PM EST last_img read more

Cummins to produce Tier 4 compliant diesel engine

first_imgUSA: Cummins Inc is to produce a Tier 4 compliant 16-cylinder QSK95 diesel engine for rail, mining, power generation and offshore drilling applications, the company announced on November 1.Prototypes of the QSK95, codenamed ‘Hedgehog’, will be available in 2013, with limited production starting in 2014 and full production from 2015. Launching the engine at its Seymour, Indiana, plant, Cummins announced that Toronto commuter operator GO Transit will be the first QSK95 customer in North America, with an order for the repowering of 11 MotivePower MP40 locomotives. The QSK95 will be capable of an output of more than 4 000 hp, and a gas option will also be offered. The new product line will extend up to the 120 litre, 20-cylinder QSK120, with an output of over 5 000 hp. ‘The arrival of the new QSK95 builds on the success of the QSK78 and QSK60 in the locomotive engine market,’ said Kathryn Unger, General Manager, Worldwide Rail Business. ‘Just as Cummins is a major presence in diesel multiple-unit railcars, switchers and track maintenance equipment, we expect to become a force in the larger locomotive engine business. ‘We anticipate that the QSK95 will power the first passenger locomotives to meet Tier 4 emissions standards in North America using Cummins’ proven SCR exhaust after-treatment. The inherent advantage of high-speed diesel efficiency and a more compact installation over medium-speed locomotive engines becomes even more apparent with the need to meet very low emissions standards.’ For the full story, read the December 2011 issue of Railway Gazette International.last_img read more

DBF statement on Maria’s 1st anniversary

first_imgBusinessLocalNews DBF statement on Maria’s 1st anniversary by: – September 19, 2018 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 59 Views   no discussions Share Press ReleaseRoseau, Dominica, September 18, 2018 – For many, it was unthinkable that Dominica would revive and the private sector would survive; however, one year later, we have seen great and commendable recovery by our Private Sector.In the morning of September 19th, 2017, Dominicans woke up to scenes of unprecedented devastation and destruction of our homeland by the most destructive climatic event in almost four decades. The loss of lives and livelihood was unmatched in our recent past. The Private Sector was subjected to additional misery via orchestrated looting and vandalism of property by public.The DBF Inc. compliments the private sector enterprises that have demonstrated a sense of determination, against all odds, to get their businesses operational and specifically the utility companies such as DOWASCO, DOMLEC and the telecommunication companies who were in the forefront in bringing the country back to relative normalcy. Under very trying circumstances, many businesses reopened their doors and servicing customers again, unemployment has reduced compared to the reality after Maria.Thanks to the determination of the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Government of Dominica and the international community, one year later Dominica is back on the path of development.The Dominica Business Forum Inc. reiterates its empathy to all those who lost relatives, friends and property as a result of the devastation of the hurricane.The DBF Inc. is concerned about the apparent disregard for the loss suffered by the private sector as a result of looting in the aftermath of Maria, and the postured refusal by the political directorate to conduct an inquiry into the matter. The wounds inflicted on the private sector remain wide opened.The DBF Inc. is also concerned about the procurement practices for public contracts awarded in the aftermath of Maria, for which the local private sector has been disenfranchised.Whereas the DBF Inc. appreciates efforts by the Police in adopting zero tolerance for criminal activities for this year’s hurricane season, there is need for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors in addressing the continued challenges of Hurricane Maria and threats of future catastrophic events.The DBF Inc. encourages the Private Sector to continue the great work in the rehabilitation process and also joins the God fearing people of the Commonwealth of D0minica in prayer as we continue the recovery process from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. God bless the Commonwealth of Dominica.last_img read more

Microwaves & RF 2013 – Great turnout!

first_imgThe second edition of Microwave & RF closed on 11th April, after two successful and busy days. A good turnout since 1,897 visitors came to see the latest products from 60 companies and partners who exhibited this year. The exhibitors this year mainly consisted of manufacturers, distributors from the Military & Defence, Aeronautics, Space and Telecommunications Industry. There were 741 delegates who attended the presentations which consisted of 7 cycles of specific and high quality lectures, very popular each time and, in particular, perfect for an update on the problematic of the moment. Over both days, the lecture rooms were packed!  We should say that the themes presented, especially EMC, but also technologies of antennas, detection and communication in RF and optics, Mems RF, 4G mobile Radio, etc. are subjects that concern the work of engineers and project managers who have become loyal visitors to the show! This second edition of Microwave & RF kept its promises well, in perfect synergy with the neighbouring exhibitions, “Solutions Electroniques” and “Analyse Industrielle”. Microwave & RF 2013 exhibitors mostly said they met highly qualified and motivated visitors at their stands, looking for precise solutions, and most of them with real projects in progress.last_img read more

Live Blog Available for Comfort Inn-vitational – Day Two

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF Volleyball fans can continue to follow the 2010 Comfort Inn-vitational through day two of UWF’s Live Blog! UWF staff members, including Assistant SID Rob Walden, will check in regularly to provide updates and answer questions from the Argonaut faithful. Saturday’s coverage begins at 9:15 a.m. CT.If you can’t make it to the UWF Field House to catch the event in person, be sure to follow the action live here at the Comfort Inn-vitational Live Blog!Print Friendly Version Live Blog Available for Comfort Inn-vitational – Day Two Sharelast_img