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‘Saturday Night Live’ Controversies Through the Years: Photos

first_imgThe moment, while awkward, did not ruin the Ashlee Simpson Show alum’s chances of being invited back. She returned as a musical guest the following year.The same cannot be said for other stars who sparked backlash on the show. Martin Lawrence is among those who have been banned from appearing after delivering a highly controversial monologue when he hosted in February 1994.“I don’t give a damn,” the comedian said during a 2020 appearance on The Breakfast Club. “I’m not banned from SNL. They banned me from NBC at the time for a minute. But then they realized the way it went down wasn’t what they thought and then they sent me an apology letter.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ashlee Simpson, for one, made her mark in October 2004 when she flubbed her appearance as musical guest. While on stage for her second song of the night, “Autobiography,” a vocal track for “Pieces of Me,” which she had already performed, began playing. She walked off the stage after dancing briefly. Viewers were outraged that she planned to lip-sync.“It’s definitely not difficult to talk about. … That was a very long time ago,” Simpson told E! News in August 2018 when asked about the infamous incident. “It’s something that happened to me, and things in life happen to you and they make you stronger and they make you a better performer, a better person. I think things like that build your character and your strength and it’s how you handle them.”- Advertisement – With live TV, unexpected twists are bound to happen! Saturday Night Live has weathered more than one scandal in its decades-long run, thanks to its format and its entire premise as a sketch comedy show.The NBC series premiered in October 1975 and has become a central source for those who hope to get a laugh out of current events. However, Saturday Night Live has also found itself as the butt of the joke throughout the years due to musical guest snafus, headline-making host choices and more.- Advertisement – Scroll through the gallery below to revisit the biggest Saturday Night Live controversies of all time.last_img read more

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Best True Wireless Earphones You Can Buy [November 2020]

first_imgBest under Rs. 10,000: Lypertek TeviIf you haven’t heard of Lypertek before, we’re not surprised. This small and relatively unknown brand is making waves in audiophile circles with the Tevi, its first pair of true wireless earphones. Priced at Rs. 6,999, the Lypertek Tevi is our current top pick of true wireless earphones priced under Rs. 10,000, thanks to the balanced and natural sound on offer.Much of the credit for the good sound quality goes to support for the aptX Bluetooth codec, along with excellent tuning that favours detail over excessive thump and power. The resulting sound is clean, enjoyable, and as natural as you can expect on a pair of earphones priced under Rs. 10,000. Apart from delivering excellent sound quality, the Lypertek Tevi looks decent, has great battery life, and is IPX7 rated for water resistance, making this perhaps the best all-round pair of true wireless earphones you can buy right now. If your budget is lower than Rs. 10,000, there isn’t a better true wireless headset you can buy than the Lypertek Tevi right now.Buy: Lypertek TeviBest true wireless earphones for battery life: Samsung Galaxy Buds+While true wireless earphones are extremely convenient, battery life is still a bit of a pain point; the small size of the earphones makes it hard to put large enough batteries into them. However, Samsung appears to have made some progress on this front with the Galaxy Buds+. The successor to last year’s Galaxy Buds, these earphones also happen to be the best option to buy if you own a modern Samsung smartphone, thanks to support for the Scalable Bluetooth codec. Improvements in the drivers makes this an excellent sounding headset for ₹ 13,990.samsung galaxy buds plus review open case With the earbuds offering an impressive 11 hours of use per charge in our testing, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ is the only headset in our list capable of true all-day, uninterrupted listening. The charging case offers just one additional top-up to the earphones, but this is entirely acceptable given the long run the earphones themselves are capable of.Buy: Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Our favourite true wireless headset you can buy today is the Apple AirPods Pro. Yes, it’s expensive at ₹ 24,900. However, for that price, you get features and sound quality that, in our opinion, are unmatched in the segment. The AirPods Pro is a big improvement over previous AirPods and competing headsets, thanks to one big feature – active noise cancellation. This makes the headset a lot more useful than most other true wireless options, and improves your ability to hear the sound even in the noisiest of environments. There’s also Transparency mode, which lets in outside and ambient sound in the most natural sounding way we’ve heard on any earphones to date. We found the sound to be engaging, immersive, and clean.Much of the improvements in these earphones can be credited to the in-ear fit, which makes for better noise isolation and a more immersive listening experience. The AirPods Pro is also incredibly flexible, and is able to adjust to different tracks on the fly for a comfortable, yet entertaining sound. As expected, the AirPods are meant to be used with Apple devices and work best if you have an iPhone or iPad. That isn’t to say they won’t work on Android smartphones or computers, but certain features will only work with an Apple iOS device. But regardless of what device you use it with, the AirPods Pro is an easy and engaging pair of true wireless earphones.Buy: AirPods Pro- Advertisement – Up until the advent of true wireless technology, wireless headphones and earphones have had some kind of connector between the left and right channels, be it a wire or a headband. With true wireless earphones, even this short cable is gone, and each earbud features its own battery, DAC, amplifier and Bluetooth chip. The earbuds individually connect to the source device, or a dominant earbud that is connected to the source then also connects with the second earbud to provide the digital signal.This way, each earphone is able to work independently, yet the two function together to ensure that the listener gets stereo sound output from the source device. The obvious advantage of this arrangement is the convenience of a completely wire-free listening experience, which improves comfort and ease of use. This is a boon in many usage scenarios, including while working out, in crowded places, on your commute, or when you want to use your earphones while lying down.True wireless earphones often also include built-in microphones, which makes it possible to use them as hands-free devices with your smartphone. Provided the microphones are good enough to pick up sound over a slightly longer distance, this makes true wireless earphones the most discreet and effective way to have call conversations on the move. And while the additional components may make the earbuds a bit heavier than typical earphones, many new options have compact, light-weight designs that are comfortable and don’t rely on winged tips or ear hooks to stay in place in your ears.Best true wireless earphones: Apple AirPods Pro- Advertisement – As we get well into 2020, the true wireless earphones segment has seen some big launches. Although Apple hasn’t launched anything new since the AirPods Pro, other brands such as Sennheiser and Sony have been hard at work. Apart from the high-profile launches, we’ve also seen affordable players such as Xiaomi enter the space in India, as well as some impressive options from brands such as JVC, Huawei, OnePlus, Vivo, and Realme, to name a few.Although there’s definitely demand for high-end products, we’ve seen some big shifts in the affordable and mid-range segments as well. We have a new top pick in the mid-range segment, and some noteworthy new entrants in the premium space as well. Read on to find out what our current top picks are when it comes to the true wireless earphones space in India.How do true wireless earphones work?- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Best true wireless earphones under Rs. 5,000: Oppo Enco W51Priced at Rs. 4,999, the Oppo Enco W51 is our new top pick in this price segment for one big reason – functional active noise cancellation on true wireless earphones at a previously unimaginable price. Although the quality of the active noise cancellation is nowhere near as good as you’d get with more expensive options, it’s good enough to make the listening experience a bit cleaner and easier. oppo enco w51 review in case 2 Interestingly, you also get Qi wireless charging for the case, IP54 dust and water resistance, and sound quality that is cohesive, energetic, and detailed. The Oppo Enco W51 earphones are also comfortable and pretty good for voice calls. Although slightly let down by average battery life and strange touch controls, the pros largely outweigh the cons with the Oppo Enco W51. This is the true wireless headset you should buy if you’re on a tight budget. Best under ₹ 15,000: Jabra Elite 75tDanish audio manufacturer Jabra is best known for its professional audio headsets, but its consumer range is equally good and often underrated. One of its newest products in India is the Jabra Elite 75t, which is a premium true wireless headset priced at ₹ 14,999.Although the Jabra Elite 75t doesn’t quite match the AirPods Pro, it does give the regular AirPods (2nd Gen) a run for their money thanks to a more secure in-canal fit. There’s no aptX or LDAC Bluetooth codec support, but AAC means the sound will be good enough regardless of what source device you use. The sonic signature is bass-heavy, but the sound is clear, crisp, and very enjoyable. As with other Jabra products, voice call quality is excellent on the Jabra Elite 75t, making this one of the best pairs of true wireless earphones to own if you spend a lot of time on the phone.jabra elite 75t review case open Although the Jabra Elite 75t didn’t have active noise cancellation at launch, the company has impressively managed to roll out the feature through a software update. This makes the Jabra Elite 75t among the best true wireless earphones you can buy for less than Rs. 15,000, giving options such as the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live and Sony WF-1000XM3 strong competition in the sub-Rs. 15,000 price segment.Buy: Jabra Elite 75t How we picked the best true wireless earphonesWe’ve reviewed or used a wide range of true wireless headphones, including popular options from major electronics manufacturers, as well as options from traditional audio brands that have been in the business of making headphones and earphones for many years. We also took into account specifications, codec support and price to come up with our top recommendations.True wireless earphones form a relatively new product segment, and we’ve had a chance to test most of the new options. Apart from the earphones themselves, we’ve also paid attention to the charging cases that come with these options. The cases usually offer additional battery backup, and also make for a convenient and safe way to carry your earphones when not in use. With all of these points in mind, we’ve selected our list of top recommendations, as well as other options to look out for as listed below.Also consider these true wireless earphonesHuawei Freebuds 3i: Priced at ₹ 9,990, the recently launched Huawei Freebuds 3i is one of the most affordable true wireless earphones to come with active noise cancellation. The three-microphone system also promises better performance on voice calls.Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2: Xiaomi’s first pair of true wireless earphones in India is impressive and good at just about everything. Priced at ₹ 3,999, it faces tough competition in the affordable segment, though.Sony WF-1000XM3: At ₹ 20,000, Sony’s flagship WF-1000XM3 offers the absolute best active noise cancellation you can find on a pair of true wireless earphones. Sound quality is good, but not quite as good as what Apple and Sennheiser have to offer.Realme Buds Air Pro: Realme’s latest true wireless earphones are also its most impressive yet, offering active noise cancellation, app support, and good sound for less than Rs. 5,000. Although not quite as good as the Oppo Enco W51, this is a solid pair of earphones for the price nonetheless.Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: If you have an Android smartphone to take advantage of the aptX Bluetooth codec, this is the absolute best-sounding pair of true wireless earphones that you can buy right now. It’s expensive, though, at ₹ 24,990.Creative Outlier Air: At ₹ 6,999, this is our second-favourite pick priced under Rs. 10,000, edged out by the Lypertek Tevi. It’s still a very good pair of earphones, but the charging case feels a bit old-fashioned.Buying a budget TV online? We discussed how you can pick the best one, on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Ali Pardiwala Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in …More last_img read more

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Navy Research Confirms Need for Strict Coronavirus Testing Protocols

first_img– Advertisement – The new reports, both posted Wednesday by The New England Journal of Medicine, clarify much of what is known or suspected about Covid-19’s effect on young adults, while also exposing the limits of quarantine measures. One study, led by Dr. Letizia, detailed the rate of new infections detected among nearly 2,000 recruits under quarantine near Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in South Carolina, over the summer. It was conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.The other described an outbreak on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier on which nearly a quarter of the crew — more than 1,200 seamen and women — tested positive in the spring. The researchers determined that about 1 percent of the recruits had arrived infected with the coronavirus, almost all of them without knowing it. An additional 2 percent became infected during the quarantine period. By the end of the study, the team had identified 77 recruits with positive tests, each of whom was moved to another dorm room, to be quarantined alone. Young, healthy people who contract the coronavirus are often asymptomatic, very rarely need hospital care and can transmit the virus to a roommate unwittingly even when following strict quarantine orders, according to two new studies from the U.S. Navy. The findings support the need for strong measures, like daily testing, that go beyond the temperature checks and symptom reporting now commonly deployed to prevent transmission in offices, dormitories and other group settings, the authors said.“These findings all point to the need for ongoing testing strategies,” said Dr. Andrew Letizia, a commander and infectious disease specialist at the Naval Medical Research Center, in Silver Spring, Md., and lead author of one of the studies. “We need to augment public health measures and reinforce them with regular testing” in such settings, he said.- Advertisement – The outbreak on the Theodore Roosevelt, which began in late March and spread through May, provides a clearer picture of exactly how the virus can spread invisibly among young people. Of 4,779 crew members, 1,271 ultimately tested positive, of whom 77 percent were asymptomatic at the time. Almost half of those who tested positive, 43 percent, never experienced Covid-19 symptoms; a total of 23 individuals were hospitalized, with four admitted to intensive care. One died.“It really speaks to the stealthy nature of the virus, and how it can move around asymptomatically in such a population,” said Cmdr. Matthew Kasper, the Navy microbiologist who led the study. “And I think the unique situation here — we had everyone get tested. This was not based on any subjective sense or memory recall. They’re hard numbers.”Outside experts said that the two studies, taken together, demonstrated not only how infectious the virus is but what measures must ideally be put in place to contain it, whether in military or civilian populations.“The approaches learned from the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and Parris Island can be applied, with varying degrees of relevance, to land-based shared living situations,” Dr. Nelson Michael, of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, wrote in an accompanying editorial, “such as college dormitories, prisons, and residential care facilities, as well as sports training environments, meat-processing facilities, and isolated energy plants.”[Like the Science Times page on Facebook. | Sign up for the Science Times newsletter.]center_img Numerous studies in the past year have documented that Covid-19 is often asymptomatic in young people, and that symptoms that do appear are usually mild. And reports of outbreaks on cruise ships, particularly the one on the Diamond Princess in January and February, had found that the virus moves readily through the air between people who are quarantined together in small rooms.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The two new studies are distinct, in that they describe situations in which officials had the resources and the authority to enact comprehensive measures and, in the case of the Marine command in South Carolina, were thoroughly prepared from the outset. The 1,848 recruits who volunteered for that study agreed to remain in quarantine for two weeks at home before reporting for duty; after arrival, they entered quarantine for two more weeks, at the Citadel, the military college in Charleston, which the Marine Corps took over for that purpose. They were tested for the virus on arrival, one week later, and again at two weeks.The containment measures were extensive on campus. Recruits were under orders to wear masks at all times, except when sleeping; to keep six feet of distance from others; and to sanitize toilets after using them. Most had a single roommate, and all training was outdoors.“Still, despite very strict procedures that were monitored 24 hours a day by Marine instructors, we identified six transmission clusters,” said Dr. Stuart Sealfon, a professor of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine, the senior author of the study. Those clusters resulted from one recruit infecting a roommate, or multiple others in the same platoon, which have 50 to 60 members.last_img read more

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Court lifts BSE-linked ban on Canadian cattle

first_img The USDA had planned to reopen the border Mar 7 of this year, after determining that Canada was a “minimal risk region” for BSE. But on Mar 2, US District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings, Mont., ordered the agency to delay that step, saying it could increase Americans’ exposure to BSE. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said loads of Canadian cattle may begin rolling across the border as early as Jul 18, in the wake of the ruling yesterday by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The panel overturned a temporary injunction issued by a federal judge in Montana who had blocked the USDA’s plan to reopen the border back in March. The USDA said Canadian cattle are eligible for importation as of today. “However, to ensure appropriate certification procedures and policies are in place, USDA does not expect any movement until Monday, July 18, 2005,” the agency said in a question-and-answer bulletin. Cebull’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Action Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA). American farmers have enjoyed higher cattle prices since Canadian cattle were barred, but beef industry officials say the loss of Canadian cattle has forced some US slaughterhouses to lay off workers or even close. The unanimous decision by the three judges followed a hearing held Jul 13 in Seattle, according to the Associated Press (AP). The judges said they would issue another ruling soon to explain the rationale for their decision. The United States has found two BSE cases so far. One was discovered in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in December 2003; the second was confirmed last month in samples from a Texas-born cow that had died last November. The United States banned Canadian cattle and beef immediately after Canada’s first BSE case was found in an Alberta cow in May 2003. In August 2003, the USDA made an exception to allow importation of boneless Canadian beef from cattle less than 30 months old. Two more Canadian BSE cases have surfaced since then, both in January of this year. The action means that Canadian cattle younger than 30 months old and destined for slaughter before they reach that age can be imported into the United States. Cattle younger than 30 months are considered extremely unlikely to have infective levels of BSE, or mad cow disease. US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns applauded the appeals court’s decision and said his department would take immediate steps to reopen the border. “This is great news for the future of the U.S. beef industry, specifically the many ranchers, feeders, and processing plants that have been struggling to make ends meet due to the closed border,” Johanns said in a statement yesterday. “It also bolsters our position with other international trading partners by following the very advice we have given them to base trade decisions on sound science.” Cebull had scheduled a trial pitting R-CALF USA against the USDA starting Jul 27. It wasn’t immediately clear whether that trial would go forward, but the AP report said that in the light of yesterday’s ruling, the appeals panel is not likely to allow Cebull to issue another injunction. Canadian authorities will issue a health and age certificate for each animal, and USDA veterinarians at border stations will inspect the cattle and the certificates, Johanns said. Cattle will be admitted at 20 border stations scattered from Washington to Maine. See also: Johanns’ Jul 15 statement on next steps to reopen border In a statement today, Johanns said, “We will move as expeditiously as possible to begin importing Canadian cattle, but we will do so very carefully to ensure the minimal risk rule criteria are clearly met.” During the Jul 13 hearing, the appeals judges suggested that Cebull perhaps should have respected the USDA’s decision to reopen the border, the AP reported. Judge Connie Callahan said the agency “is entitled to some deference. It’s their whole job to keep up with the science to make those decisions.” Jul 15, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A federal appeals court moved yesterday to reopen the US border to live Canadian cattle for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surfaced in Canada in 2003. Johanns’ Jul 14 statement on court rulinglast_img read more

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Luka Burilović, HGK: The lack of manpower to solve the Slovenian model

first_imgAccording to recently published data, tourism lacks about 2,700 workers despite the fact that 171,044 people are unemployed, which is another warning for urgently finding a solution to the burning problem of labor shortage.To solve this problem, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce proposed the introduction of a more flexible model for setting quotas for the employment of foreigners, which would enable employers to approve the employment of foreigners “as needed”, ie. approving the employment of a foreign worker in a situation when it is proven that there is no available labor force on the Croatian market (the so-called Slovenian model) ““Tourism is our most important economic branch, which makes up almost a fifth of the total Croatian GDP and employs 6-7 percent of all employees in Croatia. In recent years, we have seen an increase in tourist overnight stays and tourism revenues. It is believed that the more favorable trends in overnight stays and tourist income were partly influenced by the result of the more favorable economic situation in the EU, which is the most important emitting market for Croatia. Namely, out of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists, tourists from the EU market realize almost 90 percent of overnight stays. ” points out the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović.Short-term proposals and measures advocated by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce are, in addition to bilateral agreements for seasonal work with neighboring countries to enable foreigners to work in season, legally enable minors to work after 8 pm and work of pensioners without losing the right to pension. As they point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, together with HUP and UPUHH they have already warned that just increasing quotas will not be a solution to the problem of labor in tourism because according to the current Decision on tourism and catering, foreigners cannot be employed as waiters, chefs and maids, who are the most deficient. The needs in the practice of the tourism sector far exceed the current employment opportunities for foreign workers.”For the further development of tourism and the Croatian economy, it is necessary to liberalize the system for employment of foreigners, which will be adjusted to the needs of the market instead of the current system in which the needs for foreign labor are assessed once a year. That model proved to be a failure. Labor shortages are also visible in other sectors, which also has a negative impact on the tourism sector. This is mostly seen in the example of construction.  We come to the conclusion that there are projects, there is secured money for financing, but there is a problem with finding adequate contractors “, warns the president of HGK Burilović, emphasizing that the lack of workers will especially affect construction companies and the tourism sector. start the investment cycle for next season.Prema procjenama, u građevinskom sektoru nedostaje više od 2000 radnika raznih profila, najviše zidara, tesara, armirača, montera suhe gradnje, keramičara i fasadera. Planiramo značajne infrastrukturne projekte, od kojih ćemo dobar dio financirati sredstvima iz EU fondova, ali upitno je u kojem će postotku naše tvrtke sudjelovati u tim projektima s obzirom na to da su zbog nedostatnog broja radnika sve manje konkurentni.Uz nedostatak radnika, iz HGK upozoravaju kako je nužno pojednostaviti proces zapošljavanja (za zapošljavanje stranaca potrebno je 30-ak dana) kako bi se pojednostavila komplicirana administrativna procedura i kako bi tvrtke pravovremeno zaposlile potrebne radnike. “Dugoročno, rješavanje problema radne snage vidimo u uvođenju dualnog modela obrazovanja po uzoru na Austriju i Njemačku. Takvo će obrazovanje, u kojem će se nastava 60 do 70 posto održavati u tvrtkama, a 30 do 40 posto u školama, uključiti mlade na tržište rada još za vrijeme strukovnog školovanja. Prednost učenicima bit će kvalitetno školovanje, bolje mogućnosti na tržištu rada, nastavak rada u poduzećima, ali i financijska neovisnost.” zaključuje Burilovićlast_img read more

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Resistance of residents against the construction of a marina in Vela Luka

first_imgWhat is Vela Luka tomorrow without that unique view of the dawns and sunsets from Bad? – ask the residents of Vela Luka who rebelled against the construction of the marina in Vela Luka and launched a petition asking for an urgent suspension of the construction of the marina within the project of building the Port of Nautical Tourism.Namely, a year ago, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County signed a concession agreement with the director of Ovalis Nova doo Ivo Šegon from Vela Luka, by which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County gives the concession holder the right to use the special purpose port – nautical tourism port – marina in Vela Luka. . On the same occasion, the director of the Vela Luka County Port Authority, Boris Žuvela, signed a contract with the representative of the concessionaire, Ivo Šegon, for the execution of works on public infrastructure./ / / SIGNED HRK 47 MILLION CONTRACT SIGNED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MARINA IN VELA LUKAThe group of citizens of Vela Luka who initiated the petition believe that the construction of the marina is not in line with the concept of sustainable development and that the project will reduce the value of natural and cultural resources of Vela Luka. Also, they believe that the construction of the marina on the selected location will cause permanent damage to the image and identity of Vela Luka, primarily the actual physical damage to Vela Luka bay, which will prevent further sustainable development of the place.The group of citizens of Vela Luka who are behind the petition point out that they are not against the construction of the marina, but against the construction on the current location.We are transmitting the text of the petition in its entiretyWe believe that the construction of a “parking lot” on the sea in the bay of Vela Luka within the project of construction of the Port of Nautical Tourism, is not in line with the concept of sustainable development and that this project will reduce the value of natural and cultural resources of Vela Luka. Vela Luka is a port for all its inhabitants who must be involved in making decisions about interventions in the area, and especially those that will permanently change the appearance of the bay. In the case of this project, the population is mostly exempt and therefore other facts (which are listed below) are completely opposed to the construction of LNT Vela Luka at the selected location relating to the sea coastal zone from Šimet (English) bridge to the current ferry port on Badu.This space – with a clean and open view of the mythical Ošjak – is the foundation of the identity of our sung bay. This area is a favorite promenade of Vela Luka residents and visitors and a beautiful bay with three city beaches that have been here since Vela Luka. In that area, Vela Luka was created and developed to this day. What is Vela Luka tomorrow without that unique view of the dawns and sunsets from Bad?Insight into the study of this project, we are of the opinion that the construction and loading of Vela Luka aquatorium with nautical tourism port capacities at the selected location will cause permanent damage to the image and identity of Vela Luka, primarily real physical damage to Vela Luka bay, which will prevent further sustainable development.The study commissioned by the project investor, LNT Vela Luka, from Interkonzalting doo states that the landscape, ie the appearance of the location will be permanently changed by building and using this project, but given the economic benefits that the project should bring to the Municipality, it is considered acceptable .However, nowhere is there a visual study, model or photomontage showing this permanent change of landscape, even though it is over 5 meters high objects and closing the only view that the bay has towards the open sea. On what basis, then, is it estimated that it pays to intervene so aggressively in the space and permanently change the view of the place if it has not been tested at all, as it will ultimately look like in the area of ​​Vela Luka?The same study deals with the ecological aspect of the impact of the project. The analysis of the impact of the project on the seabed and the associated biocenosis identified negative environmental impacts. Negative impacts on seawater quality and ecological diversity were observed. Such influences have been ignored, although 90 percent of tourists visiting Croatia in a survey conducted by the Institute of Tourism rated the clear sea as the main motive for coming to Croatia. Without a visible assessment, it was concluded that all these negative impacts are acceptable in relation to the economic aspect of the project. Despite the fact that the waters of Vela Luka, its protected and strictly protected species, habitats and bottoms, have been declared an area of ​​personal interest of the Municipality of Vela Luka, the Republic of Croatia and the EU, permits have been issued.No chapter of the LNT Vela Luka study deals with this economic aspect, nor is the company Interkonzalting economically profiled. To date, no other economic study is publicly available or does not exist. Following the above, we are of the opinion that this is a possible profit of a small number of legal and natural persons, to the detriment of today’s and future generations of Vela Luka residents.The study does not include comparisons with similar examples in Croatia and the world, despite the factor that should not be excluded in the case of this study, and refers to the specifics of the bay and the location of the project in the bay itself. The location of the project is 7 km inside the bay at the end of which silt is deposited. Despite the legal regulations that require the construction of nautical tourism ports to be carried out in locations that ensure flow, this is a project in almost the narrowest area of ​​the bay. U the study states the solution for access parking LNT Vela Luka, which refers to 40 places in a location hitherto unknown to the public. There is no assessment of the possibility or consequences of building such a parking lot in Vela Luka, if such a thing is feasible at all, given that the problem of parking in the place is already present and it hinders the development and implementation of strategic projects of the Municipality. Considering all the above and other irregularities and considering that the residents of Vela Luka have so far been mostly excluded from the process of consideration and adoption of the LNT Vela Luka project by the competent institutions and the Municipality of Vela Luka, mostly due to the non-transparency of the project itself, ie the lack of public presentation of the same and its long-term effects, we request an urgent stoppage of works at the current location of the construction of the 1st phase of LNT Vela Luka.PETITION: Petition for URGENT stoppage of works of LNT Vela Luka at the current location Luka candlelast_img read more

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Croatia is the fourth in the world after the departure of the educated

first_imgCroatia ranks fourth in the world on this infamous scale, and Haiti, Venezuela and BiH are in a worse situation. Also on the scale below Croatia are Romania, Yemen, Moldova, Northern Macedonia and Serbia. But let’s get back to the topic. Croatia is the fourth in the world after the departure of the educated “Brain drain” (brain drain) is a specific form of population migration that refers to the departure of highly educated professionals, scientists and intellectuals of a country abroad. Logical, brain drain it occurs from underdeveloped or developing countries to developed countries. When we talk about human resources in tourism as well as the burning issue of the workforce in our tourism, a big “fight” is being waged and how to attract and retain existing staff in middle and senior management. A topic that is little talked about in public, and which is also extremely important and more than current. In a 4-star hotel where high quality of service is expected, and accompanied by a “high” price of accommodation, the receptionist can not work for a salary of 5.500 kuna, without knowing two or three foreign languages, has extensive experience, high communication skills etc.… One with the other just doesn’t go. Quality tourism, the future and sustainability are not built on labor imports. The Economist magazine, using data from the World Economic Forum (WEF) according to the Global Competitiveness (WEF) report for 2018, published on its LinkedIn profile an infographic listing the countries where brain drain occurs most. The future is not built on the import of labor, and without domestic labor there is no sustainable development  In Germany March 01, 2020 new laws for skilled labor come into force in That is why a new law has been passed which expands the possibilities for qualified professionals from countries outside the European Union to come to Germany for employment.center_img Germany is chronically short of skilled workers / Croatian citizens in Austria will be able to find employment without a work permit Since the beginning of July, Austria has been opening its doors to work and the restriction on the Austrian labor market has been lifted for Croatian citizens. Until now, workers from Croatia did not have full open access to the Austrian labor market and it is almost impossible to get a work permit in Austria today, but now everything is changing. From 1 July all Croatian citizens in Austria will be able to find employment without a work permit. With that date, Germany will be able to immigrate not only skilled workers and professionals, but also those who would be employed there according to their qualifications. And as we all know, it has been happening in Croatia for a couple of years, where a good part of the citizens moved to some other countries, looking for a brighter future, even though they had their housing and business issues resolved. However, they were not satisfied with the quality of life in Croatia, not with the opportunities for professional growth and development, with the general state of society, ie they did not see their future and perspective in Croatia. The reasons are many, and the facts are exact. It will be more than interesting to follow the Census to be held in 2021, especially since unofficial estimates say that Croatia’s population has fallen below 4,000.000. Source: The Economist, If we want to build tourism on quality, we also need quality workers, and they, as in any sector, cost money.  The borders are open and the law of the market is simple.last_img read more

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UGP: Although the ministries promised to finally solve the problem of leasing interest this week, it did not happen

first_imgAfter the first general entrepreneurial protest in Croatia, the talks deepened, and leasing companies were invited to joint meetings. The PPP and UGP initiative presented proposals according to which all three parties involved (carriers, leasing companies and the Government) would share the burden of this crisis. All involved agreed that the problem can only be resolved in tripartite. It was agreed that the final meeting would take place this week at which everything would be finally agreed. Photo: HonkForHope At last week’s meeting at the Ministry of Tourism, it was agreed that all parties involved would prepare documents with proposals for resolving the problem of high interest rates on leases.   It has been two and a half months since the UGP and the Occasional Passenger Transport Initiative pointed out the incorrect behavior of leasing companies towards their clients. Only after two protests by occasional carriers in eight Croatian cities, the Ministries decided to finally break the silence and start a dialogue in order to find a solution to the satisfaction of all involved, according to the UGP and point out the whole chronology.  “I still hope that these were not empty promises and that we will get an invitation to a meeting and finally end the agony in which the occasional transport carriers found themselves. I still want to believe that pre-election activities are not more important than micro and small entrepreneurs, which represent a branch without which tourism in the Republic of Croatia could not function. Instead of a solution on the table, we currently have a path to ruin without the possibility of a return. Too much time is wasted. Is it possible that this is our end? After two Thursdays we didn’t spend protesting, is it considered that we got tired and gave up, that the fire was put out? I wouldn’t bet on that.” said Marko Slišković from the PPP Initiative.center_img The Association of Leasing Companies, the PPP Initiative and the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association complied with the agreement, while the Government turned a deaf ear because they did not convene a meeting this week, the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association (UGP) points out. every day makes a difference in the attempt at existential survival. The proposals were compiled by the carriers, the association of leasing companies and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and submitted to the ministries as agreed, but the Government has not voted yet, and there is only one working day left for the meeting. “Is the Government of the Republic of Croatia really leaving 20 people at the mercy of foreign leasing companies? Thousands of families are heading for ruin, but the government clearly believes it has more important work to do at the moment. The ruling party is dealing with pre-election calculations, while their voters, whose votes they think they can count on, have been called into question by their bare existence.. ” he concluded Tomislav Kovač from the PPP Initiative.last_img read more

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Zaprešić is richer by 10 guides of heritage interpreters

first_imgThey realized how important it is to include visitors in the story because it can reach their hearts, and because of that experience the visitor will not forget how he felt and what he experienced in the New Palace, said the licensed trainer of the European Association for Heritage Interpretation Ivana Zrilić who held this training and added: “Proud and happy that I had the opportunity to educate a top storytelling master, creative and owner of the Entertainment Laboratory – Dijana Zorić. Vlatka Pehar Matić, the top guide of the Zadar County, awarded by the CNTB, who delighted with the presentation of intangible heritage, and which is usually not recommended for beginners. Then the pearl of the Zaprešić Tourist Board, Lara Purgar Hadžić, such a hard-working, smart, young lady who presents the New Palace with dignity, and baked us Sofia’s kisses. A special costume designer who lives the history of Novi dvori, Lidija Gašpar, who awakened our senses through plants and bouquets. Tourist animator and experienced guide Mihaela Žugec Saračević, who also made the poster, read the poem, and in a humorous way presented the ban and the inspirational one. And finally, a small walking encyclopedia and tourist guide Tanja Mirić, who gave a lot of information in such a short, given time.”Zrilić pointed out and noted that she was especially happy that there were two pensioners in the group, each of whom enriched and gave their contribution in their own way. Licensed trainer of the European Association for Heritage Interpretation Ivana Zrilić, who held this training, pointed out that all participants are very satisfied with the dynamics, pace, practical exercises and experience they had. This 40-hour licensed training was intended for museum guides, nature park staff, tour guides and all those who have the opportunity to personally present the heritage to visitors. Over the course of five days, participants discovered various phenomena, gave them deeper meanings and sought hidden messages, and connected with heritage – all in the spirit of storytelling. The focus is on an experience that the visitor will not forget The first training for certified guides organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Zaprešić and the European Association for Heritage Interpretation Interpret Europe was completed in Zaprešić. “I am extremely pleased that we have launched a training in Zaprešić for guide interpreters, in cooperation with the European Association for the Interpretation of Heritage Interpret Europe, which has not yet been held in the Zagreb County. The response was excellent and most importantly, the participants were extremely satisfied with the acquired knowledge and experience. This is only the first training in a series of activities that we plan to organize within our TZZ academy, and I hope that other trainings will be equally successful.”Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Zaprešić Toni Ganjto. All participants successfully passed the written exam and their interpretive speeches and showed that they have learned the skills of heritage interpretation, adds Zrlić. The last step to the official promotion is the final work that participants must send, so Zaprešić will receive 10 certified guides of heritage interpreters from the association Interpret Europe.last_img read more

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Germany also included Lika-Senj County in the list of risky areas

first_imgThere are currently 1.268 active cases in Croatia All passengers returning to Germany, who were in the mentioned Croatian counties, must go for mandatory testing, and until they receive the test results, they must be in home quarantine. After the Dubrovnik-Neretva, Požega-Slavonia, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Brod-Posavina, Virovitica-Podravina and Zadar counties, Njemacka has also included Lika-Senj County in the list of risk areas. In the past 24 hours, 204 new cases were recorded in Croatia, so the number of currently ill (active cases) in Croatia today is 1.268. Among them, 278 patients are in hospital, of which 27 are on a respirator. You can follow the official information on the number of new cases in Croatia HERE Photo: Robert Koch Institutelast_img

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