first_img2016 marks the 25th anniversary of a monumental rock album. The one with the kid on the cover, alone, a failure of adult supervision. The trio from a small place with no scene in a northern coastal state. The front man capable of wounding with his guitar while hooking with its melody. The band was critically acclaimed as a new vanguard in rock music. The album is not Nevermind.You’ve had 25 years to listen to Dinosaur Jr.‘s Green Mind. So have you? There must have been some kids in your high school or your college dorm who listened to Dinosaur Jr., but probably not many. I love this band, and wonder why more people don’t love them too.Everyone had Ten and Vs. and Nevermind and In Utero; some kids had Dirt and Badmotorfinger and Siamese Dream; I had all of them, and I had Green Mind. I felt like an explorer, like Lewis seeing the Pacific, “Guys! This is awesome! Come see!” But nobody really did. I would play songs for friends, but no one seemed to hear what I heard. Green Mind was the alternative to Alternative, and to this day, the album I’ve listened to more than any other.Following the release of Where You Been in 1993, Spin Magazine put Dinosaur’s J Mascis on the cover with the headline, “J Mascis is God”, a nod to the ’60s graffiti copycats that tagged London with the same line about Eric Clapton. While other bands might have had a dynamic front man with a soaring voice or a poet whose lyrics are soul-stirring or a groove-driven rhythm section, Dinosaur Jr. was Mascis’s juggernaut guitar hugeness. More than Green Mind, Where You Been was a showcase for Mascis’s guitar. Bassist Lou Barlow would have recounted times in the band’s tour van when Mascis would solo for 5 hour rides between towns. The man can shred a guitar; that was the case in 1991, and remains true today.But being on the cover of Spin is one thing; being on the cover of Rolling Stone or Time is something else.Alternative rock had pierced mainstream consciousness, but Dinosaur remained obscure. The touring in support of Green Mind and Where You Been was constant and worldwide, peaking with a slot on the main stage at Lollapalooza in 1993. While Lollapalooza propelled many acts into stardom, some were never heard much from again. After Lollapalooza, Dinosaur didn’t tour again for over a year, and when they did, it was the same club scene they’d known prior. Their wave never crested.At that time, no one’s brother or sister had come back from college with tapes of Dave Matthews. Phish wouldn’t hold its first festival for 3 more years. Creep had hit the airwaves, but was not a harbinger of what to expect from Radiohead. Jack White was still Jack Gillis and was in high school. Alt rock was still in command of the music scene, but like always, the scene was changing, and the latter half of the decade would look quite different than the early 90s.In May of 1997, as part of their largest tour in 3 years, Dinosaur stopped in my hometown, Pittsburgh, for a show at Graffiti. The band would break up before Christmas.Being 17, I was on foreign turf as I stood near the bar at the back of the place. I’d never been to a rock club before. I didn’t really know what to do besides just observe this scene I knew little about. Or, let’s be honest, observe any scene for the first time. This is what Cameron Crowe absorbed so much of on the other side of the country. This is where older kids went to feel music, to see how it sounded, to be part of it. This was not an arena or an amphitheater. This was a club show, and I felt like part of the club.The Smoking Popes had finished their set, and the house lights dimmed. The two guys I had been standing next to for the last 30 minutes put their drinks down on the bar, and started wedging their way through the crowd. The one guy was pretty tall, tall enough that I could see him as he kept moving through the Club. He got to the front row, then stepped up on stage, grabbed a guitar, and destroyed the place for the next hour. I had been standing next to J Mascis and didn’t realize it.Clubs have occupancy limits for how many people they can cram in; they don’t have limits for how many Marshall speakers you can stack up behind a guitarist. If such legislation is ever adopted, a Dinosaur show will be Exhibit A.Mascis has said his colossal guitar sound is derived from his days as a drummer in the hardcore band Deep Wound; with guitar, he sought a way to make a thicker, heavier impression – something that hit like the drums.In a 2012 interview with Marc Maron, Mascis was asked about his guitar mastery; he answered, “I don’t know what to tell you… I’ve had a lot of drum lessons.”In 2005 the band reunited, and have toured with the same fervor they had 25 years ago, mostly playing the club scene from coast to coast. In boxing, they say to punch your weight; maybe for Dinosaur Jr. that means to be the world champion of mid-sized rock clubs, the demolishers of crowds between 500 and 1000 people.Mascis’s genius has not slowed down, it just keeps soloing over the melodies.  They play the new stuff and the occasional gem from decades ago. And when those songs from Green Mind are played, there are people in the crowd, like the guy from your high school ceramics class and me, who can still smell the Vans we wore and the comic books we read when we heard it for the first time.Since the reunion in 2005, they have released four albums, including Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, which they are presently touring to support. They’ll have played 90 shows across the US and Europe before returning to the East Coast in late November for dates in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and North Adams Mass. Then it’s off to Australia in 2017.If you can catch any of the remaining tour dates, be sure to bring your earplugs, and keep an eye on the guy standing next to you in the crowd during the opening act.And please, go get a copy of Green Mind.last_img read more

first_imgPink Floyd is just about finished with their massive campaign to re-issue their entire catalogue of music on vinyl. The group announced earlier this year that they would roll out various album throughout the course of the year, and today broke the news that A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Final Cut would complete the re-issue phase on January 20th.Everything from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to A Saucerful of Secrets, and Dark Side of the Moon to Animals has been re-released on 180-gram vinyl for the first time in years. All packaging will also replicate the original each album’s original release.For additional information and to order the albums, click here.“Learning to Fly” from A Momentary Lapse of Reason:[via Jambands]last_img

first_imgPaul Simon recently announced that he will embark on his final tour this spring. The legendary singer-songwriter will cap off his 50+ year touring career with Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour, a 30+ date international outing, hitting the United States, Canada, and Europe. Today, Paul Simon announced the final batch of dates for the Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour that will culminate with three shows in the New York City area.The extended stay in NYC is a fitting way to close the Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour, considering Simon played some of the most important shows of his career in the Big Apple, including the famed 1981 Concert in Central Park. On September 20 & 21, Paul Simon will take over Madison Square Garden. Then, on September 22, Simon has a final show TBA, though fans are speculating it will appropriately take place in Central Park as part of the annual Global Citizen Festival.In addition to the NYC dates, Paul Simon also added shows at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, Tampa’s Amalie Arena, Fort Lauderdale’s BB&T Center, Orlando’s Amway Center, Atlanta’s Cellairis Amphitheatre, Washington, DC’s Capital One Arena, Newark’s Prudential Center (his hometown), and Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena.Last month, Simon released a statement on his retirement that reads:I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, VincentN’guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing. I’d like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who’ve come out to watch me play over the last 50 years.After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall, and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.Once again, I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.For more information on tickets for Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, head to Paul Simon’s website.Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour (new dates in bold):May 16 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers ArenaMay 18 Seattle, WA @ Key ArenaMay 19 Portland, OR @ MODA CenterMay 22 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood BowlMay 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood BowlMay 25 Oakland, CA @ Oracle ArenaMay 27 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden ArenaMay 30 Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s GreenJune 1 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines ArenaJune 2 Houston, TX @ Toyota CenterJune 4 Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin CenterJune 6 Chicago, IL @ United CenterJune 8 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy CenterJune 10 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy CenterJune 12 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada CentreJune 13 Montreal, QC @ Bell CentreJune 15 Boston, MA @ TD GardenJune 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo CenterJune 19 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro ColiseumJune 20 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone ArenaJune 30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericcson GlobeJuly 1 Oslo, Norway @ SpectrumJuly 3 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal ArenaJuly 5 Antwerp, Belgium @ SporpaleisJuly 7 Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo DomeJuly 10 Manchester, UK @ Manchester ArenaJuly 11 Glasgow, UK @ SSE HydroJuly 13 Dublin, Ireland @ RDS ArenaJust 15 London, [email protected] Hyde Park (BST Festival)Sept 5 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King CenterSept 7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie ArenaSept 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T CenterSept 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway CenterSept 12 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis AmphitheatreSept 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One ArenaSept 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential CenterSept 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints ArenaSept 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSept 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSept 22 – New York, NY – TBAlast_img read more

first_imgWith pumpkins carved, painted, and in one case even completely covered in candy corn, Annenberg Hall resembled a scene straight out of “Harry Potter” thanks to the annual freshman pumpkin-carving contest.Throughout this week, the members of the Class of 2017 gathered in their entryways during study breaks to carve jack-o’-lanterns for the chance to earn bragging rights — and $75 toward a special study break — for being named the winner in one of four categories: “Most Funny,” “Most Scary,” “Most Creative,” and “Most Harvard.”“What this does is it once again reminds us of how creative the members of this Class of 2017 are,” said Dean of Freshman Thomas Dingman.The Boston Red Sox’ run to a World Series Championship influenced several of the entries, including the “GREENough Monster,” which was painted to resemble a baseball. Then there was the “David Gourdtiz a.k.a. Big Pumpi” from Pennypacker, a large Red Sox cap-wearing, bearded pumpkin designed to look like the Sox slugger.Some of the pumpkins took on a political tone, such as the “Zombie Romney.” The “Furlough Frights” entry from Hollis South wasn’t carved at all, but impaled with a note that read, “This pumpkin not carved because of government shutdown.”Many of the entries went far beyond the typical Halloween themes. Wigglesworth D entered the “Annenburger,” a pumpkin sliced in half, filled with patties, lettuce, and tomato, with the pumpkin seeds affixed to resemble a sesame-seed bun. This earned Wigglesworth D the “Most Creative” award. To bring the jack-o’-lantern into the 21st century, in place of the traditional candle one entry put an iPhone in the hollowed-out center, treating passersby to music.And with The Game less than a month away, the large Harvard Pumpkin feasting on the smaller Yale pumpkin from Stoughton North won the “Most Harvard” prize.“I think they all had a lot of fun doing this with their classmates,” Dingman said, making his way through the rows of pumpkins. “And the nice thing about this year is it’s also Freshman Parents Weekend, so their mothers and fathers can see their creativity firsthand.”last_img read more

first_imgLast year I had the opportunity to speak at a large healthcare technology conference. The audience was primarily comprised of healthcare professors, clinical researchers, and medical students. One of the biggest challenges for these healthcare professionals and those in healthcare research is understanding the impact Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL) will have in their day to day activities. Clearly AI is booming in every industry, transforming Enterprise IT, and healthcare is no different — whether it’s a medical research lab searching for faster insights or a hospital embracing AI and DL to augment practices and resources.Healthcare offers some of the biggest opportunities for AI and DL to make positive impacts in human lives. Whether the impacts come from aiding in quicker diagnosis or assisting in high risk surgical procedures, future healthcare professionals will rely progressively more on these burgeoning technologies for positive patient outcomes.Why Deep Learning for Healthcare?Deep Learning is a sub branch of Machine Learning where neural networks are used to build models from large data sets. Hospitals are extremely data rich environments and DL loves to process large amounts of data. In previous decades, processing such large amounts of data using DL would have taken months or years and consumed multiple years of IT budgets. Now with the help of accelerated compute and dense storage platforms, those same processes can be done in weeks, days, or even hours for a fraction of the cost. So many more organizations can now take advantage of the advances in IT technology to deploy DL algorithms and neural networks. Let’s take a quick look at different types of neural networks and where they apply to the healthcare industry.Neural Networks Impacting HealthcareThe first type of neural network impacting the healthcare industry is a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). In the world of neural networks, CNNs are widely used for image classification. Recently the FDA approved AI for use in chest x-ray detection for Pneumothorax, a condition that occurs when gas accumulates in the space between the chest walls and lungs. If undetected, it can lead to lung collapse or become fatal. Pneumothorax can be often overlooked, as it is hard to detect at first glance. Now, with the use of AI, the image can be flagged for a deeper look by doctors, which leads to easier detection and better outcomes for the patients. Notice here that the image is simply flagged and then still must be reviewed by medical staff. This is an AI augmentation use case and not a replacement for hands-on medical care.Another workload seeing the benefits of AI on image analysis is Digital Pathology. This practice allows pathologists to digitize whole slide images allowing for AI algorithms to be run against these images. This can accelerate time to diagnosis leading to better and faster patient care. The second type of neural network is a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) where the sequence of the data matters, such as in verbal communication. Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a common technique used in RNNs to build voice recognizing applications. If you’ve ever talked into a virtual assistant like Siri or Alexa, you have used an RNN. The Healthcare industry is being completely transformed using NLP and voice recognition applications.For instance, a couple weeks ago I was in the doctor’s office and he was using a voice recorder to record our session for his notes. He explained that he tried using tablets to jot down consultation notes, but found himself staring at the tablet instead of patients. In the end it was easier to record the meetings then have the notes transcribed.  Short-term automation through AI will help with dictation and transcription via the use of virtual assistants. Doctor’s notes will be captured and transcribed in near real-time. The impact will be better care and more face time for doctors to be in front of their patients instead of behind a keyboard or desk.The last neural network being implemented in the healthcare industry is the Generative Neural Network (GAN). A GAN is actually two neural networks: one is a generator that creates fake data and the second is a discriminator which attempts to tell if the data is real or fake. The process pitting the generator and discriminator against each other help build better outcomes for the models. Deep fakes are a common example of GANs. While deep fakes may pose threats, there are some good use cases for GANs in Healthcare.Drug discovery in healthcare is a long and costly process. Most drugs never make it out of the research phase let alone get FDA approval. GANs are being used now to speed along the discovery phase of approval process. Researchers can generate a list of known elements for use in a GAN to build out millions of different possibilities for element combination that will be the next to treat breast cancer, prostate cancer, or other diseases. The use of GANs in drug discovery offers a ton of upside and is something that the Dell Technologies Healthcare IT teams will monitor closely. These three neural networks showcase the immense potential of AI and Deep Learning in Healthcare; and this is just the beginning.Start Your AI Healthcare Journey The science behind these Healthcare advances can be difficult to understand however architecting the right IT Infrastructure for your AI initiatives doesn’t need to be as challenging. At Dell Technologies we have been helping customers to unlock the value in their data capital with the right technology to suit their needs and use cases. To learn more about how we can assist on your AI Journey in Healthcare, Life Sciences or any other enterprise click the link below:Dell Technologies AI Solutionslast_img read more

first_img News and Notes Lisa Quarrie of Broad and Cassel was installed as president of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr., Bar Association for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Brian K. Duffey of Hodgson Russ, LLP was recently elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association, and will sit on its Legislative Advocacy Committee. Louis Andrew Frashuer of Johnson and Johnson, P.A. was named president-elect of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents at its annual convention in June. Richard B. Comiter of Comiter & Singer, LLP recently addressed the Annual Wealth Protection Conference sponsored by The Florida Bar. He spoke on “Effectively Using Limited Liability Entities for Tax and Asset Protection Planning.” Harris L. Bonnett of Purcell, Flanagan & Hay, P.A. gave presentations on “Preserving Disputed Items for IRS Appeals, Recovering Your Fees and Administrative Cost in IRS Disputes, and Florida’s New Uniform Principal and Income Accounting Act for Trusts” at the annual convention of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents in June. Additionally, Frances D. DeGraw of DeGraw & Associates, P.A. discussed “Basic Estate Planning in Florida,” and Carolyn H. Sawyer of Sawyer & Sawyer, P.A., presented “Representing Elderly Clients in Florida, Long-Term Care Benefits, and the New Medicare Prescription Program” at the convention. H. Michael Muniz, of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, was elected to the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach County, and has been a volunteer and supporter of the organization for two decades. Tiffany M. Chill, Jon M. Oden, and Joseph L. Amos of Fisher Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A. were honored by the Orange County Bar Association. Chill received the New Attorney Award of Excellence, and Oden and Amos received the Attorney Award of Excellence, selected by the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society. Peter G. Walsh of Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli, Esco & DiMatteo spoke in Las Vegas at the annual Absolute Litigators Conference IX on “Defense Settlement Methods & Strategies: Recognizing the Curveballs.” He also lectured at a National Business Institute seminar on “How to Win Your Next Soft Tissue Injury Trial in Florida.” Cindy Laquidara, chief deputy general counsel in Jacksonville, was named the Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Jacksonville Women Lawyers’ Association. Marc A. Chambers of Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A. has become a member of The Tampa Connection Class of 2005. Joseph H. Saunders of Saunders & Walker, P.A. gave a presentation titled “An Update on the Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Trials” at the Mealey’s Fen-Phen Litigation Conference held in Philadelphia, PA. Christopher M. Shullman of Christopher Shullman, P.A. Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, recently participated in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar, assuming the role of mediator in the presentation “Mediation: An Examination of Management’s Opportunities for Early Charge Resolution.” Shulman also has serves as the president-elect of the ACR Florida chapter. Andrew Joshua Markus, of Carlton Fields recently spoke on international issues at the British American Business Counsel, the leadership meeting of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocates and the ABA Section of International Law and Practice. Steven J. Brodie of Carlton Fields has been re-elected to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Board of Directors where he will serve a one-year term. Rebecca O’Dell Townsend of Haas, Dutton, Blackburn, Lewis and Longley, P.L., was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on Arts in the Court. Townsend was also appointed to Florida’s Film and Entertainment Advisory Council for a four-year term by Gov. Jeb Bush. Felipe Garcia of Ruden McClosky was certified by The Florida Bar as a Foreign Legal Consultant in Mexican law. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale recently completed the Umpire Certification Course sponsored by The Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. Blitman also discussed mediation and conflict resolution with campers attending “Michael’s Magic Camp” in Key Biscayne. Richard C. McCrea, Jr., a partner with Zinober & McCrea, was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Richard C. Mahler, of the Law Offices of Patricia E. Garagozlo, has been elected to the board of directors of the Volusia County Bar Association. Mahler also has recently been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a circuit court mediator. Sylvia H. Walbolt and Cristina Alonso of Carlton Fields co-authored an article titled “Jury Instructions: A Road Map for Counsel,” published in the Winter 2004 edition of Litigation, the Journal of the ABA Section of Litigation. The article was recently selected to be reprinted, in digested form, in the September issue of “Best of ABA Sections” issue of GPSolo magazine. Lawrence G. Walters, with Weston, Garrou & DeWitt, was recently installed as an officer of the First Amendment Lawyers Association during the group’s meeting in Portland, where he also delivered a presentation entitled “Free Speech and the Internet.” Kenneth P. Hassett of Hassett & Associates, P.A. has been elected president of the Coral Gables Bar Association for 2004-2005. Hassett also is the immediate-past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers — Miami Chapter. September 15, 2004 News & Notes September 15, 2004 News and Noteslast_img read more

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Well, we’ll give the Fed this, they do keep it interesting! They could have made what would have essentially been a symbolic hike of 25 basis points to the funds rate, issued a dovish statement for the future and closed a fun filled six-year chapter in their history. But they didn’t.If you thought things were confusing before last Thursday, wait until something good happens, like China announcing a massive stimulus plan, or oil stabilizes and starts rising on a production accord.Based on last Thursday’s FOMC, could anyone blame you if you ran around with your hair on fire worrying about a real Fed tightening cycle? Or what if things get worse in China or oil plunges to $30? Quantitative Easing IV? Based on yesterday, that is no longer laughable either! continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgRepresentatives of Istrian wineries and Vinistra associations held a meeting with the Istrian County Prefect, which was also attended by the Mayor of Pula and the Head of the Administrative Department for the Italian National Community and other ethnic groups.The meeting discussed the past period of winemaking in Istria, during which much was done for its development, increasing the quality of wine and strengthening competitiveness in the domestic and international markets. As those present stated, Istria has made extremely big strides in terms of investing in vineyards and new agricultural techniques, and creating a brand of Istrian wine, which has enabled significant success of our wines.Continuing the excellent results of Istrian winemakers and cooperation with the Istrian County, the participants agreed that the time has come to develop a Strategy for the development of winemaking and viticulture in Istria until 2030, in order to keep the region a leader in wine production in the wider environment. world trends in the field of winemaking and made an additional step forward in terms of our market positioning and expansion of the export market and increase competitiveness. As it was pointed out during the conversation, it is necessary to work on a new development path of Istrian winemaking, precisely by consensus and unity of winemakers and the public sector. “The County of Istria and the cities and municipalities strongly support the need to draft a quality document that will provide guidelines for the development of Istrian winemaking, and we will, together with the excellent cooperation with our winemakers so far, jointly assist in securing funds for the Strategy”, Said the prefect Flego, emphasizing that the main goal of the project is to maintain the status of a region leader in wine production, strengthening the brand and label Istrian Quality (IQ) and the development of Istria as an ecoregion.It was therefore concluded at the meeting that within the Vinistra Association, which brings together almost all Istrian winemakers, talks will be held on the main goals to be achieved in winemaking, and then the development of the Strategy will define all steps and activities to be implemented in the future. long-term. “We need to brand Istria as a wine region – emphasize the advantages of different Istrian terroirs, emphasize indigenous varieties as the main Istrian trump cards in branding the region and encourage additional promotional activities for the label IQ – Istrian quality for wine.”Points out the President of Vinistra, Nikola Benvenuti.The Association of Winemakers and Winegrowers of Istria was founded in 1994 with the aim of providing professional assistance to members, better connecting producers, representing their interests, nurturing and maintaining traditional customs related to winemaking, better presentation and promotion of wine and creating the image of Istrian wines as quality and natural products. . Today, the association has about a hundred members from the Istrian County, among whom some winemakers have been awarded many times, but also winemakers who have just started wine production.last_img read more

first_img‘There is no survival without growth, and growth without development. At a time when the period of hyper-demand in tourism in Croatia is definitely behind us, we continue to monitor changes, think and make timely moves,”Concluded Žgomba. This sets an extremely high scale for 2019, which should be successfully skipped despite a series of turbulences in foreign markets, but this marathon will not be able to run objectively if business conditions are not regulated, said Boris Žgomba, CEO of Uniline, after announcing business results in 2018 Uniline points out that the business result in 2018 is a reflection timely recognition and adaptation to change te diversification of tourism products i markets outside Europe, especially in Asia and North and South America, ie the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries, and larger investments in the Indian market are planned.  “These regulations provide a more even starting position compared to competitors of the Mediterranean tourist country, where such burdens are usually twice lower or in the case of a special procedure of taxation of travel agencies do not even exist, as well as investing in higher salaries for employees, leading to competitiveness. which will be increasingly important in the coming periods and the constant technological improvement of the quality of business at all levels.” Boris Žgomba, Uniline: Timely moves should be made in today’s tourism “We appeal to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, ie the competent ministries, primarily finance and tourism, to finally resolve several key issues for tourism and in our business area for more than 1000 travel agencies in Croatia – from lowering VAT to a competitive level with Mediterranean countries to regulation special procedure for taxation of travel agencies in accordance with European practice “, stressed Žgomba, pointing out the two main problems plaguing travel agencies. What is required is the same starting position on Mediterranean countries and fair market competition, because with competition from the Mediterranean, tax and other burdens are much lower, which puts our tourism in an unequal position. Last year for Uniline, it was more than successful. Thus, in 2018, a historically record business result of Uniline was achieved. The increase in the number of arrivals in 2018 compared to 2017 is recorded from all markets by about 20%, for example from China over 25%, Singapore about 20% and Korea by about 20%. As a regional leader among tour operators and travel agencies, Uniline annually serves more than 390 thousand guests in Croatia and the region thanks to its business headquarters in Pula, office in Zagreb, sister companies in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and offices and representative offices in South Korea, China, Japan and Thailand. He is the exclusive holder of the Europcar franchise for Croatia and manages the vehicle fleet, which in 2019 increased to 1500 vehicles. Unilline’s total revenues in 2018 amounted to HRK 416 million, which is an increase of 2017% compared to 11, as well as an increase in profit before tax by 16%, while the number of employees grew by 10%. last_img read more

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