first_imgThe representative of GSTC Pappas presented the methodology for measuring sustainability, emphasizing that the active cooperation of all involved actors in Dubrovnik tourism is extremely important for this phase. Over the next seven days, a number of workshops, focus groups and individual interviews are planned, and Pappas invited all interested to give their comments, ideas, suggestions and ask questions, discuss problems and opportunities. Based on these consultations and policy analysis, the GSTC will evaluate the current performance of the destination by applying the prescribed criteria and indicators. The introductory speech was given by Mayor Franković, who stressed the importance of sustainable tourism in the context of the city project Respect the City, which the city administration has been implementing since 2017. As a key element of city management and Dubrovnik tourism, he pointed out the cooperation with the Dubrovnik Port Authority by regulating the simultaneous number of cruisers, managing the number of one-day excursions to the old town using online vouchers for buses and informing stationary guests using smart city tools. In addition to presenting the existing measures, he announced future moves that will be introduced gradually, with the aim of making Dubrovnik an even better place to live and consequently for tourists. Yesterday, Lazareti hosted an initial meeting between GSTC Council member and Mediterranean Director Ioannis Pappas and the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković, his associates and a wide range of stakeholders in Dubrovnik tourism: city councilors, directors of utility companies, representatives of travel agencies, police, associations and organizations. related to tourism and others. Upon completion of the analysis, the Dubrovnik public will be presented with an evaluation of activities so far, and the city administration will receive concrete practical guidelines for improving results in the most important areas of destination sustainability: destination management, local economy benefits, life and cultural well-being. The project is sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a partner of the City of Dubrovnik and a signatory to the Agreement on Cooperation in the Preservation and Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Dubrovnik. The City of Dubrovnik is one of the 30 world destinations for which GSTC will conduct a Destination Assessment and the only destination whose measurement is sponsored by CLIA.center_img The City of Dubrovnik has started the active second phase of the destination sustainability measurement project, which is being implemented for the city administration by the Global Council for Sustainable Tourism (GSTC). The Destination Assessment Report for Dubrovnik is carried out by this body based on the criteria for sustainable tourism and destination management established by the United Nations, and is estimated to be completed in January 2020. on a key document that will define the current level of sustainability and which will define further steps in destination management with a view to achieving sustainable tourism. Source / photo: City of Dubrovnik; Pixabaylast_img read more

first_imgCHICAGO – The “Hoop Dreams” came true for Warriors guard Alfonzo McKinnie.It did not just involve returning to his hometown wearing a Warriors uniform in the team’s 149-124 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday at United Center, which is 12 minutes away from his childhood home. It did not just involve providing a subplot to Klay Thompson’s 52-point night on an NBA record 14 3-pointers by adding his first career double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It did not just involve playing in the …last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Small grains and oil seed producers can now plant more acres quickly and accurately with the introduction of the 76-foot. 1870 Air Hoe Drill from John Deere. This latest addition to the 1870 Air Seeder lineup, which includes 40-foot and 56-foot models, incorporates many new industry-leading features designed to improve seed and fertilizer placement and increase productivity.John Peters, marketing manager for the John Deere Seeding Group, says this wider air seeder integrates the latest in precision placement, depth and pressure control, and other enhancements into one of the most rugged, dynamic air seeders on the market today.“The new 76-foot model 1870 offers a time-saving 36 percent increase in seeding width, better residue flow capabilities, and improved seeding and fertilizer placement and control. Also, with the new retractable openers for easier servicing and improved transport, customers will gain more productivity when seeding small grains and oil seeds,” Peters explains. “When combined with a John Deere air cart and used on rolling, undulating terrain, this is one of the most accurate, productive air seeding systems available.”The 76-foot 1870 is a five-section seeder with 12-inch row spacing compatible with 430-bushel tow-between and 430- or 550-bushel tow-behind John Deere seed carts. It features increased frame height and 56 inches of spacing between each rank, which is nearly 20 inches more space compared to other seeders, to help move residue through without clogging.The 1910 Air Carts have been updated to add even more productivity to the 1870 Air Seeder system. They feature a new AirPower 2 Dual fan option that delivers up to 550 pounds of total product per acre across the full width of the air seeder, using two independently controlled fans. The large, cast aluminum design and increased fan size allows higher-capacity performance especially when operating on slopes or hilly terrain.The new 1870 Air Seeder also features a floating front hitch and wings with a range of 25 degrees of flex. High-flotation tires placed inside the high-clearance frame are standard and provide better ground following and drill-to-soil contact, which helps improve accuracy of seed placement when covering hilly, undulating terrain.Another exclusive standard feature to the 76-foot model is the TruSet™ depth and pressure control. TruSet lets the operator monitor, set and adjust trip force and packing pressure from the tractor cab. TruSet also makes side-to-side frame leveling easier. Controlled through the GreenStar 2630 display, operators can set target seeding depth and adjust on-the-go, saving time and making it easier to fine-tune settings due to changes in field and soil conditions.“Another new feature on this machine is our own Relative Flow™ blockage system that allows the operator to monitor the relative flow rate of both seed and fertilizer from the cab,” says Peters. “Sensors on the primary and secondary hoses and an easy-to-read display help ensure proper seed and fertilizer flow across the drill, from opener to opener.”For improved seed and fertilizer placement, the 1870 has independent hydraulic controls and state-of-the-art openers for consistent seed placement and fertilizer separation. Fertilizer can be banded 6 inches deep and seed tubes can be adjusted in ¼-inch increments. A new cam lever on each opener makes it easier for the operator to adjust seed depth across the entire seeder.With the new 1870 Air Seeder, folding and transporting can be easier and more maneuverable. The 76-foot 1870 folds completely in two minutes and the retractable openers narrow the folded width to a slim 22-1/2 feet. The ability to retract the openers also makes servicing the seeder easier. And the use of more greaseless bushings and long-life components cuts service time in half and increases uptime in the field.To make transport easier, John Deere has included a “bump up” and “duck down” feature that allows customers to increase ground clearance by 4 inches to clear obstacles like railroad tracks and duck down by 6 inches to clear low hanging power lines or overpasses. And to help speed up planting and headland turns, full-rise of the seeder has been optimized to seven and one-half seconds.“From the strong, lattice structure frame to the retractable openers to the integrated software technology, the all-new 76-foot. 1870, combined with our updated 1910 Air Carts, help producers plant small grains and canola faster and more accurately than ever before,” says Peters. “This air seeder is the most significant addition to our air seeding portfolio in recent years!”For more information on the new 76-foot 1870 Air Hoe Seeder, as well as the updated air carts and other seeding equipment, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/ag.last_img read more

When Hakeem Olajuwon speaks, people listen. And what he had to say about the Denver Nuggets’ JaVale McGee was significant.“No question, I see him as another star,” Olajuwon said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports in Houston. “That guy should dominate the league.”McGee has been working out with “The Dream,” and the Hall of Famer center known for his dazzling array of inside moves sees a lot in the athletic but unpolished Nugget.“He has tremendous talent,” Olajuwon said. “I give him all these moves and he can finish and he’s already skilled. So now just show him how to use that skill to (get) to the next level.”Then he added: “McGee is incredible because he’s not just a seven-footer, he’s skilled. He’s very agile.”And Olajuwon said McGee’s range and mobility give him a skill set to blossom into a special player.“Most of my moves are designed from a shot-blockers perspective,” Olajuwon said. “I am a shot blocker. What are the moves most difficult for a shot blocker? I’m coming from inside out. This move is very difficult for a shot blocker to block.“The moves that we work on are not for a stiff big guy. With him, he’s agile. The move flows. So I’m excited to see what he’s going to do this year.”Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri said on a Denver radio station, “Hakeem told me he was just amazed at JaVale’s physical abilities and his athletic abilities. How long he is, how quick his feet are. I saw him working on keeping his feet away from each other and not tangling; just little things that you take for granted. He worked high on his jump hook and on getting his lift very high when he does that. He told him nobody can stop him, nobody is as big as him if he gets his lift and his hand up. There’s so many things Hakeem is teaching him, and we’re very pleased with his work.” read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR At a ceremony Friday to swear in John Gibson II as DOD’s first chief management officer, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Gibson will spearhead efforts to support the third line of effort in the National Defense Strategy — reforming the department for efficiency, capability and affordability. The practices of the department are not set in stone, Mattis said, reported DOD News. The secretary said he expects Gibson to reform any practice that does not increase lethality or strengthen international partnerships. Gibson acknowledged the task he faces would be challenging. “Those who have succeeded at this type of change will tell you it takes five to seven years to see enduring results, but it has to start and build momentum,” he said.DOD photo by Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.last_img read more

first_imgThe unmatched entity of a complete woman, of strength, perseverance, fearlessness, determination, and yet vivacious, sensual and compassionate, the destroyer of all evil and the protector of the three worlds, the all forgiving yet inaccessible, someone who can move the sky yet be beautiful like the moon, the ever courageous and valiant, the bestower yet supreme, the passionate lover, the fond mother yet the successful lioness!!It all started years ago when a young girl ,six years old was taught by her grandfather the ‘ashtottor satanam’ or the 108 names of durga .He said this was concentration focus and meditation of the body and mind. Durga Ashtottara Satnam is the auspicious recitation of 108 names of Devi Durga by her devotees. The various names of Devi Durga and the accompanying mantra chants are said to have the power to redeem one from all the difficulties in life. It fills one with strength to combat the vicissitudes in life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today, Bipasha Sen Gupta is an avid environmentalist and a self taught artist. She has travelled the length and breadth of the country and lived in the very midst of nature, that she began this artistic journey; it is not surprising, then, that nature continues to be her most important influence. “I have picked my favourite ones in my tea soaked images of the deity” she says. Her exhibition Ameyaa ‘Immeasurable’ a solo art exhibition presenting Bipasha Sen Gupta will be on display from March 19 to 22 at The Open Palm Court, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the title of the exhibition, she says “The courage to take a call, stand up for truth and to be generous enough to forgive, show empathy yet sternly weave your way. It is not easy to be Durga for she is indeed Ameyaa or The immeasurable”. Bipasha has been paintings since she was eight years old which won her many accolades and as an artist her work has been selected for UNESCO in the children’s category. While in school she started charcoal sketching and water colors. She has since then drawn and donated paintings for great events and to many NGO’s and charitable institutions raising resources for charitable cause, and worked with organizations like AWWA, Tagore Foundation, Government of Maldives, Gujarat Ecological Commission, Gujarat. She paints for a social cause specially environment related issues for she believes in “The more you give the more you receive in return – Love, blessings, joy”.  She wants the world to know through her work that it has become inevitable now that we pull up our socks and make some serious efforts to save this beautiful world we live in. Highly influenced by the effects of Global Warming and the rapid disappearance of the Coral Reefs during her visit to the Maldives and the Andaman Islands, she realized how important it was for humankind to preserve the nature.  Year 2011 she released another series of paintings named How Blue is My Ocean? depicting the serious impact of global warming and the gradual disappearance of coral reefs which was first exhibited at the India International Center, New Delhi. She has been experimenting with various types of medium in her art, namely charcoal, water colors, acrylic and also using different techniques to form textures.  “It is a passionate journey with mixed media thrown on canvas, experimenting with colors shapes and textures.  As my work evolves, I am seeking to deal with strong universal and environmental themes within it and weaving into them the role of imaginations and dreams. It is a constant convergence of colors, fantasies, thoughts and emotions, whereby, the palette creates a story.”When: March 19 to 22Where: The Open Palm Court, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more