Through the event “Sweet route of Croatian island producers” the goal of the Tourist Board of the City of Korcula is to promote local producers

first_imgWhen asked how important such events are for the promotion of tourism, but also indigenous island products, Borojevic is convinced that small producers, who cannot invest significant funds in the promotion of their products, will benefit from this and similar future events. “The products they offer are indigenous, and some also fall into the domain of intangible cultural heritage, something we are currently working on. Some producers such as Cukarin, Ms. Smiljana Matijaca are globally known and recognized and tourists come to Korcula with an already defined intention to visit this extremely charming shop of traditional Korcula cakes and sweets. Certainly, the intention of this project and those that will be further developed on the basis of this is to make Korčula a recognizable destination precisely by local indigenous and traditional products and producers. Whether it is cakes, honey, jams, olive oil, dried fig desserts or wine”, She explained and added that the offer of a unique experience is exactly what sets one destination apart from other similar ones. Borojević emphasizes that the goal of the tourist community, and in accordance with the “Strategy for the Development of Tourism of the City of Korčula”, is to develop the rural part of the City, as well as the islands and nurture indigenous agriculture and gastronomy. “The island of Korcula has a large number of producers who carry the prestigious label Croatian island product, but there is still work to be done on developing new products, raising the quality of existing ones and expanding the number of producers of indigenous products based on cultural heritage and traditional products. Furthermore, through this and similar events, networking is achieved, contacts are made and ideas for new products are developed, which is the added value of all similar projects. With this project we want to connect hiking as a form of active tourism with the tasting of sweet products, which is ideal for guests who stay on Korcula outside the main season when the weather allows quality outdoor activities.”, He emphasizes. Borojevic announces that a mobile application will be launched next year through which all producers, as well as other stakeholders in rural tourism, will be able to promote their tourism products in rural areas, not only the City of Korcula, but the entire island. “The desire of the Tourist Board of the City of Korcula as well as colleagues from other tourist boards on the island is to promote joint products. Cooperation in terms of promotion has been developing intensively for several years, and these and similar events are certainly a tool for developing new products.”, She said and on this occasion announced the holding of a triathlon next year, which will be organized throughout the island. “This is one of the first large and challenging projects that the City of Korcula and all municipalities on the island will jointly implement.” When asked how the idea of ​​organizing this type of walking route came about, the head of the destination management of the Korcula Tourist Board Milijana Borojevic explains that the event “Tastes of the Island of Korcula”, which includes producers most of whom offer products labeled “Croatian Island Product”, in a row. “‘Tastes of the island of Korcula’ last from May to September, and with the extension of the season we hope for longer. The flavors of the island of Korcula usually begin with the “HOP Fair”, which was organized this year at the same time as the triathlon ‘The Challenge of Marco Polo’, in late April. At the same time, the event ‘Korčulanska Pjatance – spring food and wine festival’ was held, thus combining sports, gastronomy and island products.She said. Encouraged by the success of this event, the Tourist Board of the City of Korcula has designed the event “Tastes of the Island of Korcula” which is held every Wednesday in 2018 and 2019 in the period (May-September) in the city of Korcula. Holders of the quality label “Croatian island product” and the certificate “Organic production” and the like, are convinced that they have an advantage over the competition. Already in 2018, the number of holders of the label “Croatian island product” on the island of Korcula increased significantly, and in May 2018, the Tourist Board of Korcula organized the event “Fair of Croatian island product” in Korcula and then in April 2019, with support of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds and cooperation with the Business Cluster Association “Croatian Island Product”. The walking route, which is about 8 km long and lasts 4 hours, includes four producers bearing the Croatian Island Product label: Cukarin, Škatula, OPG Komparak and OPG Bažika. Participants will be provided with tasting products such as traditional cakes, honey and jams and marmalades. In addition to tasting sweet products, the route includes a visit to the head of Sv. Anthony, which is a religious monument and a protected monument of park architecture. To the top of the hill there are 101 steps along a tree line of cypresses planted in 1708. At the top of the head on a small paved square was built in the 14th century the church of St. Antun Pustinjak. In the time of Bishop Španić, at the end of the 17th century it was restored and today it is dedicated to St. Antun Padovanski. The director of the Tourist Board of the City of Korčula, Hana Turudić, stated that the tourist board has been actively working on the promotion of traditional products through events for the last four years. “In May 2016, we organized an educational – walking tour to Žrnovo with a tasting of local products, as the first activity in this direction. In 2017, we designed the event ‘Tastes and Sounds of the Island of Korcula’ (held in August, September and October) where the producers of the island of Korcula offered their products to guests. The event was very successful and in addition to enthusiastic guests, who tasted traditional products in the evening (jams, olive oil, honey, liqueurs, traditional cakes, innovative products from traditional ingredients…) and the producers themselves were very pleased to be given the opportunity for direct sales. It is important to emphasize that most family farms do not have their own tasting room and store to sell their products, so their participation in this event opened the possibility of cooperation with other stakeholders in tourism.She added. On the house next to the church there are reliefs of St. Antun Pustinjak and St. Antun Padovanski. The route continues to the town of Lumbarda through the area of ​​Gornje Blato where the participants of the route can enjoy nature, vineyards and olive groves. From Lumbarda return to Korcula is organized by convertible bus. The head of destination management believes that the quality development of the destination must include all stakeholders in the process, and thus small producers who offer indigenous products, which are always interesting to visitors. “Quality development of the destination must certainly be based on the real interests of visitors and on listening to their wishes, needs and habits. Thus, the Korčula Tourist Board has started the process of defining the project marked “Korčula Souvenir”, which will be an additional impetus in the development of entrepreneurship related to tourism in the city and the island of KorculaShe added. The Tourist Board of the City of Korčula, in cooperation with partners, organizes a walking route called “Sweet route of Croatian island producers” with the aim of promoting producers who carry the label “Croatian island product”. In terms of tourism indicators, Korcula in recent years has seen an increase in tourist arrivals in both pre- and post-season. “A significant shift during October in the number of arrivals is visible and it is expected that this trend will continue in the coming weeks. In the off-season part of the year, the guests of Korčula come either with the aim of engaging in active tourism, primarily cycling and hiking, or they decide to do so upon arrival on the island. Korcula has an ideal predisposition to achieve almost a season of 365 days by developing this type of product and products that naturally continue to all forms of active tourism. Contacts and daily conversations with tourists who come before and after the main season tell us exactly that and direct us to the development of this type of program”, Concluded Borojevic. “Sweet route of Croatian island producers” is organized on Wednesday, October 9, from 13 to 17 hours, and the participation fee is 150 kuna. 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O’Shea pays tribute as he exits manager role

first_imgHe also paid tribute to the players and their families and said he was in no doubt that the future of Tipp hurling is bright with the current crop of players. The Cloughjordan native has stepped down from the manager’s post following the Premier’s exit from this year’s All Ireland championship. Selector Michael Ryan is set to take up the mantle. Speaking on Extra Time here on Tipp FM last night, O’Shea had a special word of thanks for the Tipperary GAA fans. last_img

Kenyan Kalalei triumphs in Athens Marathon

first_imgSamuel Kalalei crosses the finish line in AthensAthens, Greece | AFP | Samuel Kalalei won the 35th Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday as Kenyan runners dominated the gruelling, largely uphill course by sweeping the top five places in the men’s race.The 23-year-old crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds, ahead of Milton Kiplagat Rotich, who clocked 2:14.18, with Jonathan Kiptoo Yego in third at 2:16.08.The women’s race was won by 18-year-old Ethiopian Bedaru Hirpa Badane in a time of 2:34.18.Around 18,500 runners from dozens of countries took part in the authentic marathon which began near the tumulus erected for the Greek dead from the Battle of Marathon.Another 30,000 participated in the shorter 5km and 10km races in downtown Athens. According to legend, the 42km route from Marathon to Athens was first run by Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger who in 490 BC dashed to the city to announce victory over the Persians, before dying of exhaustion.Run on a four-lane concrete avenue through the urban districts of east Athens with a finish at the all-marble Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the 1896 Olympics, the race is a challenge for runners as much of it is uphill.RELATED VIDEO:Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Democrats Seek to Fix Federal Flood Insurance Program

first_imgLast week, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) joined U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) and other lawmakers at a Capitol press conference to announce bi-partisan flood insurance reform legislation called the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2019, which would also reauthorize the program through 2024, but cap allowable annual premium increases to 9 percent. But how high should premiums be permitted to go? Named the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, the bill by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was unanimously approved by the House Financial Services Committee. Without increases to flood insurance premiums, that debt could continue to rise, making the program unsustainable. If the program lapses, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would continue to adjust and pay claims as premium monies enter the National Flood Insurance fund and reserve fund. If those funds are depleted, claim payments would have to wait until sufficient premium monies are received. New Jersey lawmakers are concerned about a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program they fear could result in a dramatic spike in flood insurance premiums for Two River-area homeowners. A June 12 House bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program calls for premiums to rise annually up to 18 percent for primary homeowners and 25 percent for owners of vacation homes, commercial property owners and owners of “compromised total loss” properties until actuary rates are met. FEMA’s new Risk Rating 2.0 mapping system will help customers better understand their flood risk and provide them with more accurate rates based on their unique risk, the agency said. “After Super Storm Sandy, insurance companies outright refused to make good on their promises to policyholders and instead pointed to the fine print while denying families who had lost everything,” Pallone said. “New Jerseyans deserve a long-term flood insurance program reauthorization that improves the program based on the realities of major weather events like Sandy.” “They’ve still had to pay and now they’ll have to pay higher rates. It’s something we’ve been fighting about with the flood insurance program since 2009. It’s not fair to the North Middletown community. They receive no credit for being protected by the flood levee and the levee obviously works,” Mercantante said. The bill would provide a five-year reauthorization of the program, which is due to expire Sept. 30. Following a series of historic and devastating storms around the country, including Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, the program was reported to be $25 billion in debt as of July 2018. The bill also allows property owners located in flood-prone areas to borrow at low interest rates as a means to proactively elevate their homes rather than reacting to flood damages. It also limits how much private insurers can profit on writing policies. Pallone said the measure is to ensure the industry isn’t making “hand-over-fist profits at the expense of program sustainability.” Middletown Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said he hopes whatever legislation is adopted will begin to treat residents in the coastal North Middletown section of the municipality fairly. Thanks to a levee that runs adjacent to Pews Creek, extending in a westerly direction from Port Monmouth Road near Monmouth Cove Marina to Route 36, “virtually no homes were flooded” during Super Storm Sandy, Mercantante said. But homeowners there still pay high flood insurance premiums. The bill also aims to trim administrative fees paid to private insurance companies, which would create a cost savings for the program without a reduction of services. “It’s not affordable,” Menendez said of Waters’ bill in a July 16 press conference. “In fact, homeowner premiums will likely double ever y four years and possibly even sooner than that.” But George Kasimos, who heads the Toms River-based organization Stop FEMA Now, is dubious, calling the last mapping change after Super Storm Sandy “a mess.” “Now they’re changing the process again and it could hit property owners in the Bayshore hard. Their mapping system hasn’t gotten it right yet,” said Kasimos. Berkeley, Brick, Lacey, Toms River and Point Pleasant recently passed resolutions denouncing aspects of the House bill for the potential premium hikes and proposed mapping updates, which they say could result in higher rates for those situated closer to bays, oceans and rivers. “In some cases around the state you’re talking about premiums that can increase by $3,000 a year. And if you try to sell that proper ty you’ll have a hard time trying to find someone who will buy it,” said Kasimos, who is also a real estate agent and broker. “It’ll be a game of musical chairs and the last guy is going to be sitting in a home he won’t be able to sell.”last_img read more

SAN ANTONIO INVITATIONAL QUOTES

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners Jungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome of Los Angeles); Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond, CA; George Todaro of Seattle; Alex Solis III of Glendale; and Jason Litt of Lexington, Ky.Today’s on-track attendance was 21,522. TRAINER QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “The race kind of came up on paper like we thought it would. We got lucky that way. We wanted to be around third early. Mike (Smith) said if he came away from there and shot to the lead, he might try that. But it ended up the way we talked about it, so that was real good.“I was thinking you’re going to have to go get him (when California Chrome opened up turning into the stretch) and that’s what we had to do. Good for us we got to him in mid-stretch and then got past him. We’re thinking about that Santa Anita Handicap next ($1 million, Grade I, 1 ¼ miles on March 7) for sure. I couldn’t argue against it (this being his finest performance). I think you could make a case for a couple of races, but this one would be hard to argue against.“He’s still a young horse and he’s going to mature some more and I think the people who looked at him today can see that he was carrying a little more weight. He’s still training on a regular schedule which is a little bit hard for these kinds of horses, and he’s gaining weight, not losing. Asked about any vindication at this time: “No, I’m just happy to win this race and that’s the honest truth. I don’t care what happened before. I care what happened right now and what happens in the future. California Chrome has a big following, deservedly so. He deserved to be Horse of the Year. If things had gone a little bit different, I might have got a chance, but you can’t always get things to go your way . . . I’m proud of Art (Sherman) and his horse, and I’m very proud of my horse and my partnership.“I think the fans were into it and I know a lot of people were looking across the nation and that’s what we need, a great race to help things out . . . I thought Chrome’s rider moved at the right time and got to the lead at the right time. He was just saying come and get me and we came and got him and that’s the way it played out today . . .They are two great horses and they’ll probably meet up again, so we’ll what happens. It’s a long year.” ART SHERMAN, CALIFORNIA CHROME, SECOND: “You saw two of the best handicap horses in the country. We’ll see how he cools out. Dubai is still on the table. We had a helluva turnout here today at Santa Anita to see California Chrome and the match up. We are looking forward to a match up again down the line. Jerry’s horse is the real McCoy. My horse is very good, too; we just got outrun. Jerry’s horse was sitting in the garden spot; it was a great race. My horse ran his heart out and I’m proud of my horse. He didn’t give up; he ran his eyeballs out.” JANET ROME, SHARED BELIEF CO-OWNER, WINNER: “This is so much fun. I’m only disappointed Jim couldn’t be here for the big race. He’s had faith in Shared Belief ever since Alex Solis II found this horse for us. He always believed this was THE horse.“Unfortunately, at the end of last year we didn’t have good luck in the Breeders’ Cup but we knew he could do it. We feel so fortunate to be a part of this horse and to have Mike Smith . . . we couldn’t ask for a better jockey, a Hall of Fame jockey. And, of course Jerry Hollendorfer, also a Hall of Famer and we have great partners. This has been great for our family, we feel so fortunate.“I was nervous, I woke up nervous this morning. I had a feeling Mike was holding back a little bit. I was hoping he would give it his all going into the stretch and that’s the thing about Shared Belief, he’s all heart. He’s showed us that through every race, everything we’ve asked of him.“Jim is in St. Louis. He made a commitment to one of his sponsors last summer and of course he was going to honor that.” 2/2/2/2 MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “I can’t even describe that performance. He ranks right up there with the top five horses I have ever been on, with room to grow. It really was so impressive. There’s no telling what this horse can do or the potential that he can reach. I think he still has room to grow.“I’m just happy to be riding him. I learned something about him today. I’m numb right now. I’d like to see what the final time was because it felt like we flew.“There was a little jockeying around that first turn between the three of us. We were just making each other decide what they were going to do without showing one another our hands. We were pushing at each other but then we settled into a nice pace. At first I thought California Chrome was getting away from me and I know that when he switches leads he has another gear. It wasn’t good enough today but not only was it not good enough but I don’t have words to describe what Shared Belief did. Hopefully they get to meet again. They’re two great champions, they’re going to battle back and forth. Hopefully we see a race between the three of them again, Shared Belief, California Chrome and Bayern.“I would say this is the best he’s ever run but I would also say this is the best he’s ever looked. He’s not very tall but he’s made really well and he had more flesh on him today than normal. He works very fast (for that track) up at Golden Gate Fields.“I thought I got away good today; sometimes he can break a little slow. They just broke really fast and California Chrome and Alfa Bird broke really fast.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, SECOND: “I had a good trip. For two months off, it was a good race for him, a good effort. He will be better the next race.(Did you feel Shared Belief coming up on the outside?) “I know I had him right behind us. I was trying to open it up on him as much as I could turning from home. California Chrome just got a little tired the last 20 yards. It was an awesome race. He was running. I could feel him tire on me over the last 20 yards. But I think it’s normal. It’s the first time he’s run this year; he was out for two months. In the last race (the Hollywood Derby), it was pretty easy for him. It didn’t take much out of him, so I think after this race and the next one, he’ll be a better horse. I can tell you for the next race, he’ll be good.” -30- -more-last_img read more

SA food fund in R50m Tanzania deal

first_img30 May 2013 South African private equity food and agribusiness fund Agri-Vie has invested R50-million in the Tanzanian Food Corporation (TFC) to develop the country’s beef industry to meet fast-growing consumer demand. “There is a growing demand for quality meat products thanks to a growing middle class, increased investment, increasing awareness of food safety and the growth and development of a number of sectors in the country,” Agri-Vie managing partner, Herman Marais, said in a statement on Wednesday. Agri-Vie was established by financial services group Sanlam Private Equity and investment firm SP-aktif to drive sustainable growth in sub-Saharan Africa’s food sector. Agri-Vie’s Africa investment fund looks to invest in projects with positive development impacts and good financial returns. Tanzania’s meat industry has significant potential nationally and regionally, according to Marais. “Agri-Vie’s injection of risk capital over the next few years, the importation of genetic material from neighbouring African countries, enhanced animal foods and beef sector know-how will see the company increase production and sales many-fold,” he said. “We are proud to join the local and international founding shareholders of TFC who have developed the venture to a stage ready for significant expansion.” The TFC operations area is primarily in the Iringa region of the southern Tanzanian highlands and forms part of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, which is a public-private investment initiative to drive agribusiness output. “The operation comprises of abattoir and processing facilities, a sales and distribution channel, an estate rearing beef cattle, in combination with a supply chain for a fattening herd of cattle and sheep and an arable farming operation focusing on maize and soya as a basis for animal feeds,” Marais said. “There is also significant scope for value added products, as some 700 metric tons of processed meat are currently imported into the country annually.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

UP Governor prefers talking about biryani and kebabs when asked about rape incident

first_imgUttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi at an iftar party on Friday night. He made the remarks while talking to reporters after the feast.Biryani and kebabs are gastronomic delights whose mention is more important than the rising cases of gang rape and murder for Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi. This can be the only explanation for Qureshi brushing aside media queries on crime cases in the state, including the one in Lucknow in which the victim was tortured before being gang-raped and then murdered.”Did you taste the biryani? It was great. And kebab was also nice. Leave other things aside,” Qureshi said before walking past the cameras of television crews in Lucknow on Friday night. The UP governor made this comment after attending the roza iftar party hosted by Advocate General V. C. Mishra.The mediapersons had sought the response from Qureshi on the gang rape and murder of a lab technician of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. A mother of two children, the woman had failed to save her husband two years ago even after donating one of her kidneys.Originally from Gorakhpur, the widow was working to ensure good education to her 11-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. Her brutalised body was found inside a school in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area on Thursday. But these facts apparently didn’t evoke any empathy in Qureshi, a Congressman, who has recently developed tremendous proximity with the leaders of Samajwadi Party. Qureshi, who is also the Uttarakhand governor, has been given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh.advertisementQureshi is not alone in making such insensitive comments as state Sports and Youth Welfare minister Narad Rai said crimes against women take place all over the country. “Such kinds of crime take place all over the country. I will pray to the God to give us strength to fight against the evils,” he said on Saturday. Sadly, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav still appears to be supporting his son Akhilesh Yadav’s government. “Going by the population of the state, I must say that there are many states where the rate of crime is higher than UP. We cannot stop every crime in the state. I believe the women are most secure in UP,” he said.But the insensitive comments did not end there.  G.P. Prajapati said in Amethi: “We cannot deploy a police officer for the protection of every woman in the state. After all, even the police are human.”As per a report from 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh, more than 240 rape cases have taken place in the last three months. Meanwhile, the police claimed to have cracked the gang rape and murder case and arrested three persons. The police said one of the killers wanted to marry the victim. He along with his two friends committed the crime when she didn’t agree for marriage.last_img read more

Arcosanti subleases a 13 foot wall in the HDVIC to

first_imgArcosanti subleases a 13 foot wall in the HDVIC to help encourage visitors to experience Arcosanti: to take a tour, have lunch, visit the gallery at Arcosanti, buy a bell and literature, and to stay overnight. A small selection of bronze and ceramic bells are displayed and are for sale at the HDVIC.Arcosanti artists Steven Bochinski, Conrad Mcanany, Cliff Hersted and Arcosanti alumnus Larry Meagher display their work in the HDVIC Art Gallery. Other local artists also display jewelry, sculpture and painting.A variety of historic thematic maps have been donated to the museum for diplay. The general population in the area has been very supportive of the new museum and visitors center.Museum secretary Annie Wales, historian and author, stands by the growing research library of the museum. Cliff Hersted, museum treasurer, loaned most of his personal anthropological library collection to the museum.Many of the books present scholarly articles on the archeology of the Agua Fria National Monument and Arizona in general.Cliff Hersted, HDVIC Manager, explains that to become a State recognized Visitors Information Center, brochures from each of the [5] tourism regions need to be available to visitors. The 5 regions are designated “Northern AZ, AZ West Coast, Southern AZ, North Central AZ [where Yavapai County is located] and Phoenix and Central AZ.The oak display rack was donated by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Visitors Information Center. Volunteers call the various tourist venues to request brochures for the new HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center.This is a terrific new resource, please stop by any time.Hours of operation are from 9 am to 3 pm daily.The HDVIC is located right next to the new Dollar Store, across the street from the Chevron Station at Cordes Junction. July 9, 2014The HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center is operated by the HDHM High Desert Heritage Museum, a 501[c][3] ‘Not for Profit’ Corporation. The Cosanti Foundation / Arcosanti provides co-sponsorship and significant operation support for the HDVIC.A formal application has been submitted to the AZ Office of Tourism and the AZ Dept. of Transportation for the HDVIC to be recognized as an official AZ VIC Arizona Visitor Information Center. Blue “AZ Tourist Information” directional sign will eventually be installed on I 17 and SR69 as well as the Traffic Interchange. Hours of operation are from 9 am to 3 pm daily.[photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Cliff Hersted]The facility houses the museum office, its archive and research library, a gift shop and art gallery, a snack shop, and a Visitor Information reception area. Brochures and Maps from all over AZ are available. The HDVIC is ADA compliant.Cliff Hersted, manager of the new HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center and an employee of the Cosanti Foundation sits at the conference table in the visitors reception area. Also seated are Annie Wales, Museum Secretary [on the left], and Lucy Corder, Museum President [center].The conference table was donated by the Dewey-Humboldt Museum. Cliff Hersted produced the historical posters hanging on the wall.On May 31. 2014 the High Desert Visitor Information Center held an ‘Open House’. About 150 people visited the celebration. Free hotdogs and cookies were served. HDHM – High Desert Heritage Museum board members were on hand to show people around and explain the operation.The “Hilltop Gang” band provided entertainment outside for the Open House celebration.last_img read more