Encouraging smart tourism solutions for EU destinations through the European Capital of Smart Tourism

first_imgContracts arising from the tender are provided for on duration of a maximum of 36 months, and the aim of the competition is to contribute to the nurturing of innovative, smart and sustainable solutions in tourism in tourist destinations through the organization of competitions for European Capitals of Smart Tourism and for European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN). A tender has been announced for the Promotion of Smart Tourism Solutions for EU Destinations through the European Capital of Smart Tourism in the total value of two million euros. Participation in the tender is open under equal conditions for all natural and legal persons falling within the scope of the Treaty, as well as international organizations. “Turizam predstavlja značajan udio BDP-a Europske unije i zapošljava više od 10% zaposlenika u Europskoj uniji zbog čega je važno poticanje stvaranja zajedničkih rješenja za izlazak iz krize turističkog sektora uzrokovane pandemijom COVID-19, ali i stvaranje programa i planova za suzbijanje sličnih ugroza u budućnosti“, izjavila je ministrica turizma i sporta Nikolina Brnjac. The overall goal is to support European destinations and cities and their transformations towards smart and sustainable solutions, giving the winners recognition and the opportunity to achieve outstanding success in the field of tourism. The aim is also to contribute to the establishment of a framework for the exchange of examples of good practice between the destinations participating in the competition, including mutual learning and networking and the creation of opportunities for cooperation and new partnerships. By registering on eTendering, you will be able to ask questions and be automatically informed about changes to the competition (additional documents, answered questions, etc.). The tender documentation is published on the eTendering platform of the European Commission and can be downloaded via the link for download documentation. The deadline for applications is October 20, 2020. year (until 16:00 local time in Brussels). More information can be found at the link: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/fostering-smart-tourism-solutions-eu-destinations-european-capital-smart-tourism_en.last_img read more

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Trojans go cold from field in blowout defeat to Wildcats

first_imgAfter relatively smooth sailing during interim head coach Bob Cantu’s first three games, the Trojans’ ship capsized Saturday in Tucson. Following a heartbreaking overtime loss at Arizona State on Thursday, the Trojans tripped out of the gate and never regained their stride in a 74-50 defeat at No. 6 Arizona.Wheels fall off · After shooting a blistering 15-28 from 3-point land on Thursday against Arizona State, USC went cold on Sunday, making only five shots on 20 3-point attempts in a lopsided loss at Arizona. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe 50 points is USC’s lowest scoring output of the year, and the Trojans fall to 8-13 (3-5 in Pac-12 play) on the season.Senior point guard Jio Fontan led the Trojans with nine points in USC’s first game this season to have no players in double-digit scoring but also had four turnovers. USC’s starting five shot 7-of-37 (18.9 percent) from the field, and sophomore guard Byron Wesley and senior forward Renaldo Woolridge each scored eight points for the Trojans.“[Fontan] just has to continue to be the quarterback, play with poise and be at the point where we need to move forward,” Cantu said on Fontan’s struggles in directing the offense.In what is becoming a routine occurrence, the Trojan 7-footers failed to make an impact. Junior forward Dewayne Dedmon had three blocks, no points and four fouls in a mostly unimpressive performance. The same goes for junior center Omar Oraby, who contributed little besides four fouls, a turnover and a missed shot in 12 minutes.The Trojans shot 28.1 percent from the floor, including just more than 22 percent in the first half, and a 10-0 USC run in the final two minutes and 22 seconds made the game seem more competitive than it really was.“We weren’t making shots, we weren’t getting stops and we just got ourselves in a hole early and had a tough time getting out of it,” Cantu said.The Trojans were out of it from the start, not scoring until their seventh possession and falling in a quick 6-0 hole. That deficit turned into 12-2, then 18-4 with 13:36 left in the half after back-to-back 3-pointers. For every USC basket, the Wildcats seemed to answer with three of their own.Making just one field goal in the first seven minutes did not help the Trojans’ case, as putrid field goal shooting, a Wildcat lockdown on USC’s starting trio of guards and needless turnovers translated into a 29-7 deficit with eight minutes left in the opening half. After scoring 64 points against Arizona State on Thursday, the trio of Fontan, Wesley and junior shooting guard J.T. Terrell combined for just 20 points against the Wildcats.“We came out really sluggish offensively, and Arizona came out very aggressively on defense and just took us out of our offense,” Cantu said. “Shots weren’t going down early, and they were for us in previous games.”Junior forward Ari Stewart had an easy dunk and quick layup to finish the half, but the Trojans trailed 39-20 at the break.A 19-point deficit was as close as the Trojans got. In the second half, it took the Trojans eight minutes to score their second field goal as Arizona took a 9-1 run to make it 52-25 with 13:03 left in the game. At this point, the Trojans were toast in Tucson.“Basketball is a game of momentum, and we didn’t have momentum at any point of this game,” Cantu said.The Wildcats were led throughout the second half by guard Nick Johnson, who led all scorers with 14 points and came up with easy baskets by taking advantage of USC’s struggles in transition and post defense.USC struggled on defense to block off Arizona’s passing lanes, and the Wildcats’ speed and constant ball movement led to all too many open layups or dunks by Arizona big men making cuts or coming off screens.The epitome of the Trojans’ struggles Sunday afternoon came with a little more than eight minutes left in the game, when Arizona’s Johnson stutter-stepped right by Wesley and two other USC defenders, then coasted on the baseline for a reverse slam that looked more a dunk contest entry than an in-game bucket.Arizona took a 74-40 lead with 2:58 left, tied for USC’s largest deficit of the season. By then, the benchwarmers from both sides were in the game.The Trojans finished strong on a 10-0 tear, including freshman forward Strahinja Gavrilovic’s first points of his college career, but the scoring burst was about 30 minutes too late.Undoubtedly upset at this lopsided defeat, USC must regroup in a hurry, as their next game comes Wednesday at UCLA, who fell to Arizona State on Saturday, 78-60.The Trojans lost all three meetings against the Bruins during the 2011-12 season.last_img read more

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Tombs broken into, skeletal remains scattered in cemetery

first_imgFour tombs in the La Belle Alliance Cemetery on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two have reportedly been broken into, and their contents were dumped in the cemetery. This gruesome discovery was made on Tuesday by a cattle farmer who was at the time grazing his animals.Guyana Times visited the scene and observed that the tombs had been breached in several places. The skeletal remains of at least one woman had been taken out from her casket and was placed on the ground a short distance away. The skull and certain other bones were missing from those remains. The corpse was identified as that of Sara Garraway of Danielstown, Essequibo Coast.The three other tombs that were broken into still had their caskets intact, but it was not clear if bones were missing from them.The headstone of the second tomb read “Campton Britton of Danielstown”, while only the word “Persaud” was visible on the third tomb. The fourth tomb was unmarked.Contacted, the relatives of Campton Britton were shocked to learn what had happened, and could not say why anyone would want to break into the tomb of their departed loved one.This ghastly development is greatly worrying to Region Two residents, and they are hoping that the corpses have not been used in some sort of trade or for purposes of perpetrating evil. The Police are investigating the matter.last_img read more

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Things to know: Sharks center is getting his first ‘big test’

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — No one downplayed or sidestepped the truth Tuesday morning: the Sharks are about to receive their first big test of the season.After controlling the play in eight straight games, the Sharks (4-3-1) are about to find out if their game holds up against the reigning President’s Trophy winners. The Nashville Predators (7-1) are entering Tuesday’s game in Music City holding the most points in the NHL (14) and the league’s best goals-against average (1.88).The Sharks, who rank …last_img read more

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Gender violence: ‘no one group to blame’

first_img28 February 2013No single cultural group can or should be blamed for gender-based violence in the country, the Presidency said on Wednesday, after members of South Africa’s Afrikaner community criticised remarks made by a Cabinet minister in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).“We wish to assure the Afrikaner community and all South Africans that government’s commitment to non-racialism and diversity, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic, remains unwavering,” the Presidency said in a statement.“The contribution of Afrikaner males in the fight against gender-based violence, and also generally to the building of a united, caring and prosperous South Africa, is as valuable as that of all South Africans.”The campaign to fight violence against women and children “must be waged by all South Africans, black and white,” the Presidency said, adding: “The nation should focus energies on finding solutions.”Minister apologises, retracts commentSeparately, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana apologised on Wednesday for her comments to ABC, acknowledging that they may have offended some members of the South African community.During a recent interview with ABC on violence in South Africa, stemming from the Oscar Pistorius case, the minister reportedly said: “Young Afrikaner men are brought up in the Calvinist religion believing that they own a woman, they own a child, they own everything and therefore they can take that life because they own it.”Xingwana reportedly added in the interview that “we [black South Africans] have cultural differences as well in our own communities, where we have women who are forced into marriage, and we are dealing with all those issues.”On Wednesday, Xingwana said that, through her comments, she had “sought to convey the message that, as a country we have emerged from a very violent past and that some tend to use cultural and religious beliefs to justify gender inequality and abuse.“I would, accordingly, like to retract these remarks and apologise unconditionally for them. I value national unity and social cohesion, and will continue to work tirelessly towards nation-building.”The Presidency said it had noted and was seeking clarity on the comments attributed to Xingwana.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Africa’s first biofuel flights take off in South Africa

first_imgHistory was made in mid-July. Africa’s first sustainable biofuel powered flights successfully flew between Johannesburg and Cape Town.The South African Airways (SAA) and Mango Boeing 737-800s used biofuel to power their engines on 15 July 2016. The fuel is made from a tobacco plant cultivated in Limpopo. Under Project Solaris, the plant, also named Solaris, produces small leaves, flowers and seeds which are crushed to extract a vegetable crude oil. It is a nicotine-free, hybridised tobacco plant.Growing the crops locally had contributed to the country’s National Development Plan of economic and rural development, said Musa Zwane, SAA’s acting CEO. He also noted that the project had established a regional bio jet fuel supply chain, something of which we could be proud.Nico Bezuidenhout, Mango CEO, echoed Zwane’s pride. “The project also shows how, when various role players come together and collaborate, success is imminent,” he said.Environmental impactThe World Wildlife Fund South Africa (WWF-SA) said the aviation industry was one of the fastest growing sectors but it was also responsible for much of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.Biofuels could play a key role in the move of the aviation industry from using hydrocarbon fuels.“These are fuels manufactured from oils, sugars and biomass from plants, rather than from fossil fuels,” the organisation said of biofuels. “Because plants remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere biofuels typically can reduce the emissions from flights by between 25% and 75%.”It noted a study from the Stockholm Environmental Institute which estimated that “biofuels could feasibly reduce aviation’s emissions by as much as 9% between 2020 and 2035, while still being produced in a responsible manner”.While the biofuel industry is tiny at present, concerns have been raised about the land used to harvest these plants, water consumption and other agricultural impacts. WWF-SA and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) are studying the sustainability of biofuel crops.“This means factoring in the population growth and agricultural demand within the region [since the displacement of food crops has been a key concern of first-generation biofuels], the protection of endangered species and critical ecosystems, and the securing of essential water resources as the climate changes.”Project Solaris has RSB certification.WWF-SA’s James Reeler said: “By using RSB-certified feedstock, SAA has demonstrated its concern with not only reducing its carbon footprint, but also ensuring that the biofuel supply chain reduces other social and environmental risks.”Project Solaris received RSB certification in September 2015 for producing the crop in line with the RSBs global standard. It is a GMO-free plant that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil.RSB is an independent global multi-stakeholder coalition that works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials. Its certification scheme verifies that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable and credibly sourced.South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Women of excellence: Ferial Haffajee, champion of media freedom

first_imgWhen, at the age of 36, Ferial Haffajee was appointed editor of the Mail & Guardian, she became the first woman to edit a national mainstream newspaper in South Africa.Tough and tenacious, Ferial Haffajee is one of the most respected and influential women in South African journalism today. Throughout her distinguished career she has fearlessly played her part to advance media freedom, transparency and government accountability.Haffajee, the daughter of garment workers, grew up in Johannesburg and studied English and African literature. She trained at the cadet school of the Weekly Mail, the famous independent anti-apartheid newspaper, and began her career as a cub reporter when the paper became the Mail & Guardian. At 22, Haffajee was on a panel of journalists chosen to interview Nelson Mandela on his release in 1990. Haffajee also has experience as a radio producer and TV reporter at the SABC and was political editor at the Financial Mail.Haffajee worked for the Mail & Guardian throughout her career and in 2004, at 36, was appointed editor. She was the first woman to edit a national mainstream newspaper in South Africa. She steered the M&G to record circulation, while maintaining its reputation for courageous, quality journalism. In 2009, she took on the mammoth task of repositioning the national Sunday paper City Press. It now boasts 1.75-million readers, sets the weekly local news agenda and has a first-rate editorial team.Haffajee was voted one of New African’s 100 Most Influential Africans last year, she has won a Sanlam financial journalism award, was a Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year in 2004 and won the Women in The Media award in 2006.As a board member for the International Press Institute and World Editors’ Forum, Haffajee also takes South Africa’s strong tradition of a free and fearless press to the broader global community.last_img read more

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Aguero hits 200th European top-flight goal

first_imgManchester City Aguero hits 200th European top-flight goal with Watford double Last updated 2 years ago 23:00 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Watford Getty Manchester City Premier League Watford v Manchester City Watford The Argentine smashed twice in the first half to reach the milestone, while also closing in on a record held by Robin van Persie Sergio Aguero reached 200 goals in European top-flight matches as he netted against Watford on Saturday.The Manchester City striker opened the scoring at Vicarage Road and was on hand again to convert from close range against the Hornets after sterling work from Benjamin Mendy on the flank. Man City and Palace 8/1 to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And with that strike, Aguero celebrated his double century.200 – Sergio Aguero has scored his 200th goal in European top-flight matches. Machine. pic.twitter.com/PtZtoSHRDN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 16 de septiembre de 2017He has currently scored 126 times in the Premier League for the Manchester Club, having previously racked up 74 in La Liga for Atletico Madrid.Aguero also bothered the scorekeepers for his eighth consecutive away league match, closing in on a record held by Robin Van Persie. 8 – Sergio Aguero has scored in 8 consecutive away @premierleague starts, only Robin van Persie (9) has embarked upon a longer run. Streak.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 16 de septiembre de 2017The former Arsenal man had set the benchmark by scoring in nine consecutive away games during a fantastic run at the start of 2011, helping the Gunners to fourth place that season. And if City and Aguero continue in the same vein it will be extremely difficult to keep Pep Guardiola’s side from going much further and taking the title. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Dr Hospedales speaks on issues faced in Caribbean countries

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 24, 2016 – We really need to lose some weight, most of us anyway and we really need to quit over eating…. It is a major focus at this year’s Health & Research Conference which features some of the sharpest minds in the Caribbean.Dr. James Hospedales in a one on one with Magnetic Media pulled no punches and agreed that gaining wealth as Caribbean people has made us massive consumers and in addition to having more, we are eating more, often to our detriment and in the case of diabetes, to our death.  “The typical pattern of a country that starts to get some wealth, is people want to consume more, they want to drive a nice car, and those kinds of consumption patterns lead to problems.  So yes sometimes wealth, unless it’s accompanied by a really open eyed view, a wait a minute, we’re getting wealth here, we have to watch these things”.  Dr Hospedales is the Executive Director of CARPHA and said the Turks and Caicos on Thursday presented research conducted here in the TCI on childhood obesity, he also said while no nation has figured out how to beat diabetes as a whole, he believes our smaller Caribbean countries can change that.  “So one of my aspirations is that some of us in the Caribbean should be the first, because we have a serious problem, we can’t afford it.  The problem is not so much the people are greedy, the problem is the environment that we’re in.  You’re bombarded with advertising, the labeling is not very clear, the choices you have in places, the pricing, the availability.  So a lot of things really conspire against us, and give us what we call a  obesogenic environment, where all influences are driving you to consume more that you need.” Meetings for the Health & Research conference, which is for the first time being held in the TCI, will continue into Saturday at Beaches.last_img read more

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