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_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, June 12, 2014:•11:44 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block S. Washington, Wellington.•1:03 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•4:21 p.m. Officers investigated known suspect(s) aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and battery in the 900 block S. C, Wellington.last_img

first_imgAn early Friday morning fire at Sparta Middle Dam, also called Bamboo Dam, on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two, completely destroyed a two-storey wooden and concrete structure owned by Bissessar Mohan, a former teacher who now resides with his family in the United States.Reports received indicate that the fire, believed to have had its genesis in the bottom flat of the building, was first spotted at about 01:30h; and as neighbours rushed to the premises in an attempt to put out the blaze, they found that they could not gain access to the building because the gates to the premises were wellThe house that was razed by fire on Friday morningsecured with padlocks.The Guyana Fire Service was summoned, but by the time they arrived on scene, the entire building was already engulfed. Although reportedly employing their best efforts, the firemen were unsuccessful in saving the fully furnished home from total destruction.Ramanie Narine, a neighbour, told Guyana Times that a strange noise had awakened her; and as she opened her eyes, she saw a bright glow being reflected through her bedroom window. As she got up to investigate, she saw the Mohans’ house on fire, and immediately raised an alarm. She noted that the owners of the house migrated to the United States three months ago.Residents believe the fire might have been electrical in origin. “Them family does come and check the place and put on the light and so… Nobody stay at the house”, the woman added.Residents are skeptical about unusual fires occurring in the community. On May 31, the home of Harry Permanand was completely razed by fire; and two houses in close proximity to the Mohans’ home were recently destroyed by fire.The owner of this latest house to have been gutted was informed of the fire and that an investigation has been launched by the Guyana Fire Service.last_img read more

first_imgROSEMEAD – Voters casting ballots in the March City Council election will find fewer precincts in the city, officials said Thursday. The number of polling places will be reduced to six, plus an all-mail ballot precinct, as a way to ensure Rosemead complies with a federal court order, City Clerk Nina Castruina said. “By consolidating you cut back on the opportunity for error,” said City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto. Having fewer precincts also helps cut the costs of providing bilingual poll workers and materials in other languages, Castruina said. “Even prior to what happened in Rosemead we took a proactive approach during the elections because this is such as diverse city,” said Truong. Like Rosemead, Monterey Park is required to provide election materials in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese. In 2000, there were nearly 60,000 people living in Monterey Park, and 53,000 in Rosemead. Rosemead City Councilman John Nu ez said local elections officials do not want to take any chances March 6. “This will help ensure that the conditions are followed properly,” said Linda Hudson, Rosemead’s election consultant, of the reduced number of precincts. The act requires that election materials be made available in other languages if they are spoken by more than 5 percent of local residents of voting age, and if those voters are not proficient in English. The 2000 census showed that 31 percent of the Rosemead voters are Chinese, 13 percent Vietnamese and 41 percent Latino. Hudson said she does not think having fewer precincts will negatively impact voter results. “We’ve done everything we can to make it easier on voters,” Hudson said. “It will eliminate confusion for them.” Council candidate Polly Low said she has her doubts. “I think in general it will confuse a lot of people,” she said. “There have been people who have for years gone to the same polling place.” She said she hopes the change doesn’t discourage people from voting. Longtime Rosemead resident Kevin Donnelly said the change will not deter him from voting. “We’re not really that inconvenienced,” Donnelly said, “but I have heard that some people are annoyed at the change.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There are absolutely costs associated with compliance,” she said. In 2005, the U.S. government sued Rosemead, Azusa and Paramount for violating the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. A judge found the cities had failed to translate municipal election materials into Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. Since the ruling, federal overseers have been patrolling Rosemead’s precincts to ensure the city follows federal election law. They will continue to so until August. Some cities not under scrutiny are complying with federal regulations without reducing the number of polling places. Monterey Park will have 16 polling locations. The city added a precinct for this election, said Deputy City Clerk Cindy Truong. last_img read more