Northland Power, Shizen Energy team up, target Japan’s offshore wind market

first_imgNorthland Power, Shizen Energy team up, target Japan’s offshore wind market FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Tokyo-based developer Shizen Energy and Canada’s Northland Power have inked an agreement to work together to develop “early stage” offshore wind projects off Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The 50:50 joint venture, Chiba Offshore Wind, will focus on developments with a capacity of around 600MW, according to the partners.“Taking action for the planet is our company’s foremost priority, and we hope to pass [it] onto the future generations,” said Masaya Hasegawa, Shizen Energy’s representative director. “We strongly believe that our partnership with Northland will allow us to put that vision into action and bring us a step closer to making a positive impact on the future.”Mike Crawley, Northland’s CEO, added: “With Shizen Energy’s strong track record of developing and constructing renewable projects in Japan, and Northland’s success developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms globally, we view this agreement as an excellent opportunity to combine the strengths of the two companies to achieve something great.”Toronto-headquartered Northland has over 1.4GW of projects under construction and in advanced development, including in Asia, where it owns a 60% equity stake in Taiwan’s 1GW Hai Long offshore wind farm.Shizen Energy has been involved in the development of around 1GW of solar, on- and offshore wind, biomass and hydro power generation in Japan, with first forays recently being made into global markets including a PV development in Brazil in July and maiden wind and solar projects in Vietnam and Thailand.In July, the Japanese government unveiled an updated Energy Supply Plan targeting 10GW in on- and offshore wind capacity by 2030 as part of its ambition to have renewables reach a 22-24% share of the island nation’s electricity generation by this date.More: Shizen and Northland tie up for utility-scale Japanese offshore windlast_img read more

Trail Mix | Dori Freeman

first_imgTucked deep in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, the town of Galax seems like a long way from everywhere.To get there, one must court long, winding country roads that pass over and around some of the most beautiful mountains in all of the Appalachians.For generations, settlers of hearty stock have called these highlands that once represented the western frontier home. And it was in towns like Galax, where the Scotch, Irish, and German pioneers settled along the trail ever westward, that traditional old time music was born.24 year old Dori Freeman lives in Galax and comes from a long line of musicians, which isn’t unusual in the Galax area, as for 81 years the town has been home to the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, arguably the longest running gathering of old time musicians in the world.Blessed with a striking voice, Freeman cannot be pigeonholed by the traditional sounds of her upbringing. Sure, old country and old time form the wellspring of her sound, but Freeman’s music is also laced with influences from contemporary songwriters.Freeman is celebrating the release of her debut record, one that has already caught the attention of writers from both NPR and the New York Times. Big things are most certainly on the horizon for this small town girl.I recently caught up with Dori to chat about the new record, small towns, and that beautiful Wayne Henderson guitar she plays.BRO – You hail from the Galax area. Is it true that everyone there can play the fiddle?DF – Hah! Yes, it is. Every newborn is sent with a fiddle upon leaving hospital. No, not everyone here enjoys or plays traditional music, but a good number of us proudly do.BRO – To “make it” in the music world, there is always the temptation to head to a big city like Nashville. You are perfectly content to remain in Galax and branch out from there. Why is that?DF – I like to do things differently, and while a lot of people successfully take the big city route, that isn’t for me. I’m so influenced by my roots here and want to draw more attention to this part of the country. I may move one day, but not likely to a big city. I grew up in a small, rural town, and I would like my daughter to have a similar experience. Plus, I love the mountains so much and always miss them when I’m away.BRO – What’s your earliest musical memory?DF –  Listening to my dad play at fiddler’s conventions and art festivals as a toddler.BRO – We are featuring “Ain’t Nobody,” a wonderful a cappella piece, on this month’s Trail Mix. What do you think it is about an a cappella song that people find so compelling?DF – Well, we’re so used to hearing a voice accompanied by instruments, so hearing an a cappella song where the voice is the instrument can be really striking. I think we forget the voice’s strength and power as an instrument.BRO – Suffice it to say that I am green with envy over your Henderson guitar. Could you put in a good word with Wayne for me? Maybe get me to the top of the list?DF – Hah! I will be sure to pass the word along. It’d help if you could bring a couple lemon meringue pies and a rare shotgun by the guitar shop.Dori  – and her beautiful Henderson guitar – will be celebrating the release of her new record on Friday at the Rex Theater in Galax. After that, she heads out to Missouri for the Folk Alliance conference before hitting some more local dates in Roanoke, Floyd, and Knoxville in March and April.For more information on Dori Freeman, her new record, and when she might take to a stage near you, point your browser here.[divider]Read more Trail Mix[/divider]last_img read more

Depression: Loosening the Noose of Stigma

first_imgI’ve run into the subject of depression quite a bit recently.Coincidentally and through no deliberate search of my own, I have come face-to-face with what seems to be a significant cultural shift in our alternative sports community… we are suddenly opening up, showing vulnerability, and reaching out to others for help. That is so incredibly awesome!I have encountered this subject so much in personal conversations and media over the past month that I feel compelled to share some of the puzzle pieces. Maybe this information can spur a butterfly effect that could change or save a life…This commentary by Simon Sinek sets the stage… while a bit hard on millenials, it demonstrates our generation’s vulnerabilities towards depression. These include operating in a highly filtered social media existence, having a degree of convenience and instant gratification to many aspects of life, and not always realizing that we must first climb the mountain in order to reach the summit (love that analogy). Check it out regardless of which generation you belong to… Rob is a member of our Southeast whitewater kayaking community, and his willingness to address a very personal and difficult subject is admirable and powerful. I believe he is absolutely correct about people being afraid to speak up because we don’t want to be a downer, and we think it clashes with optimism and a positive attitude. But here’s the thing… if you’ve ever heard of Asch’s conformity experiments, and the “single dissenter” psychological phenomenon, it only takes one person to stand up to give others hope and a voice. Wellness: The Dark RideThis article from Mountain Life Magazine digs deeper into the intricate relationships of these threads. The topic of sadness and hardship being taboo is revisited, as is the critical role of peer validation. One new piece to the puzzle is the effect that elevation can have on brain chemistry. When considered together, a fragile house of cards begins to emerge. But what is also evident is that silence and fear are giving way to support and love. As the article points out, there are 350 million other people on Earth dealing with something similar!Note- The title of this blog was borrowed from a meaningful quote by Greg McDonnell within this Mountain Life piece.Searching for SeroRenowned adventure photographer John Rathwell and his partner Tracy Guenard put this project together to tell compelling stories about life and joy in the outdoors. Sero is short for serotonin, the chemical believed to contribute to a feeling of happiness, and the Searching for Sero mission is to shine light on mental wellness and suicide prevention.   Rolling Stone / Dave MirraThis piece of journalism is a powerful and sobering convergence of every factor in this discussion, with one additional component: head injuries. As it turns out, every one of these depression risk factors is exacerbated by a condition discovered in pro football players around 2000. CTE is a degenerative brain disease linked to concussions and depression, and even mild concussions can increase the risk of depression and suicide. The article focuses on legendary BMX rider Dave Mirra, who tragically took his own life in 2016. That event put the extreme sports community on its heels, and sparked a lot of research into the relationship between brain trauma and depression.These conversations and articles have had a significant effect on me. I am a millennial who enjoys extreme sports and playing at altitude, and I have hit my head more times than I care to admit. Like it or not, I have signed up for a life of extreme highs and sometimes dramatic lows. Is this information reason enough to quit the sports that I love and live life in a bubble? Hell no!But I do know that I will pay closer attention to depression in my own life and in those of my friends. “The stoke” will live on, and hopefully we will be able to take care of ourselves and each other in a more informed way… Good lines.last_img read more

Suriname Air Force Deputy Commander Looks Forward to Greater Regional Collaboration

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo May 07, 2018 Major Marven Van Huisduinen, deputy commander of the Suriname Air Force (SAF), is focused on growing his air force and partnering with sister air forces in Latin America and the Caribbean to reinforce their capabilities. The Suriname air chief participated at the third Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium organized by the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA), from March 12-16, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. At the symposium, Maj. Van Huisduinen met his counterparts and other high-ranking military officers from the region to share lessons learned on humanitarian aid and disaster response, maintenance of aircraft, command and control of airspace, and operations against narcotrafficking. During an interview with Diálogo, he discussed his concerns about drug trafficking and illegal activities within Suriname’s borders as well as regional collaboration to confront common threats. Diálogo: Why is it important for the Suriname Air Force to participate at the Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium? Major Marven Van Huisduinen, deputy commander of the Suriname Air Force: It’s important because I am looking for possibilities of training and operations with partner nations. We don’t have the assets right now, but we have the personnel. If I can’t provide them with assets to work or train on, at least I can look for possibilities in terms of capacity-building, gaining knowledge and experience. Diálogo: What is your assessment of regional air forces’ participation at the event? Maj. Van Huisduinen: Everyone is doing their part. I want to be in that position in the future, doing my part as a partner of the region. If you need help, you ask for it, we supply it. It’s the second time I sat in on a symposium where I’ve learned that most of the South American countries work together if there is a need—a humanitarian need or whatever need. They work together, and I want to be a part of that. I want Suriname to have a part in that. Diálogo: Has SAF had students participate in IAAFA? Maj. Van Huisduinen: We haven’t had a participant yet, but I’m working on it. One of the main obstacles we have is we are Dutch-speaking people. There are certain numbers of people back home knowledgeable in the English language, but not that much in Spanish. Diálogo: One of the main topics discussed was humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. How does SAF prepare to respond to these? Maj. Van Huisduinen: We don’t have natural disasters like the rest of the countries in the region. The only natural disaster we have is during the rainy season. Diálogo: What is your conclusion of the topics discussed at the symposium? Maj. Van Huisduinen: The symposium was definitely a wealth of knowledge with the briefings and the places we visited. There are enough possibilities for what I plan to do with my personnel. I need to work on the possibilities and the benefits of having closer ties or partnering with IAAFA. Diálogo: Is drug trafficking a security concern in Suriname? Maj. Van Huisduinen: Drug trafficking is a main concern, but we also have other illegal activities like gold smuggling, illegal logging, and fishing. My main focus is how to command, control, and defend our air space to counter drug trafficking. There are a lot of drugs going through Suriname to Europe, the Caribbean, and the rest of the world. Unfortunately, we don’t have the assets to cover the whole air space or the borders, everything is open and everyone can do what they want. Diálogo: Is terrorism a threat to your country? Maj. Van Huisduinen: Not really. There was an incident where two people were arrested for terrorist activity, but there’s not enough proof they were planning anything. Diálogo: How does SAF help counter security concerns? Maj. Van Huisduinen: The only contribution we can provide now is to support the Army with helicopters–as we have just three. We support the police with personnel for the security of the inner city. Diálogo: Does the Suriname National Army cooperate with other forces in the region to counter common threats? Maj. Van Huisduinen: There were talks with the Brazilians to join the Surveillance System of the Amazon, which is a system that controls the Amazon region. With the United States we’ve had coast guard exchanges and training. We’ve had people trained in Brazil and there is an ongoing military cooperation with them on a small scale. Diálogo: How is SAF integrating women? Maj. Van Huisduinen: We have one non-commissioned officer. We don’t have many women in the military. In other branches there are a few, but not a lot have interest in the Air Force yet. Our Air Force was created in 1982 and is composed of about 120 people. It’s a small air force. Diálogo: What is your message to the region? Maj. Van Huisduinen: Looking at the world right now, the European Union, the Asian pact, and all the countries are getting together for different reasons, and they’re forming pacts. The integration of the Americas is important as together we’re stronger.last_img read more

Ministerial for the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership

first_imgBy Office of the Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State April 18, 2019 On April 12, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led an interagency team of U.S. senior officials and experts to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters in Miami, Florida, where he hosted ministers and disaster management officials from 18 Caribbean countries, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, and the Regional Security System to launch the new “U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership.” The “U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership” will strengthen the U.S.-Caribbean relationship and advance our shared interests in achieving greater resilience to natural disasters. The partnership involves the following initiatives: Understanding Risk and Enabling Action Empowering Local Community Resilience: The United States, through the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), plans to provide $650,000 in grants to eastern Caribbean community organizations to improve disaster mitigation and resilience. Improving Disaster Response Space Technologies for Risk Reduction and Resilience: The United States, through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will make geospatial information openly accessible, understandable, and readily useable with Caribbean partners to ensure the region’s decision-makers and stakeholders have the tools necessary to implement sustainable resilience policies. U.S. and Caribbean officials will continue high-level policy dialogues and collaboration on the use of Earth observation tools to build resilience and reduce risk during the Understanding Risk: Caribbean Conference in Barbados, May 27, and a NASA-led workshop on vulnerability and exposure of infrastructure in Puerto Rico, August 6-8. The United States will be an active partner when Jamaica hosts the first United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Americas and Caribbean Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting in 2020. U.S. Assistance to the Caribbean: The United States, through USAID, will offer skills development training to the Caribbean Red Cross National Societies and to their volunteers. The United States will also work with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and Regional Security System to strengthen regional response capabilities. Ongoing USAID programs in the Caribbean help islands prepare for their annual hurricane seasons. USAID maintains prepositioned emergency supplies in Florida, Texas, and Haiti. USAID has trained on-call local disaster relief staff and consultants that monitor and collect information on potential disasters in the Caribbean and enable the U.S. government to respond immediately should a country request assistance. Civil-Military Coordination and Training: In addition to sharing best practices in military and civilian disaster response, SOUTHCOM officials announced U.S. participation in the establishment of a Multi-National Caribbean Coordination Center in Barbados that will support information sharing and coordination among allied partners when responding to disasters in the Caribbean. The Coordination Center will support the Caribbean-focused Tradewinds Exercise in June to train over 600 Caribbean military and security personnel in responding to natural disasters and land and maritime threats. This exercise will also incorporate civilian authorities in a disaster simulation planning exercise. On behalf of the United States, the Deputy Secretary and a representative of the Regional Security System signed an End Use Agreement, which outlined a new plan for cooperative activities to help build the defense and security of the eastern Caribbean region. Monitoring Terrestrial Hazards: The United States, through USAID and in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will offer technical assistance to the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Center for Dominica and other Caribbean nations to build technical skills in monitoring volcanoes via the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. This assistance will help Caribbean countries continue improving their ability to provide early warning. The United States supports resilience to terrestrial hazards through the installation of seismic stations for the Caribbean Tsunami Early Warning System, as well as technical consultations and capacity building on coastal inundation and erosion hazards. Building Resilient Communities Weather Information-Sharing and Storm Surge Mapping: The United States, through funding provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will roll out storm surge mapping to additional countries in the Caribbean, enabling governments to assess and mitigate flooding risks from tropical cyclones and tsunamis. The United States, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will continue to offer weather information sharing capabilities with Caribbean countries. Network Resilience: The United States, through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), committed to share with its Caribbean regulatory counterparts best practices in emergency communications and disaster preparedness. Resilient Energy Systems: Under the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI), the Departmentof State is working toward resilient, cost-effective, and secure energy re-development efforts in support of disaster recovery in Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica. Building on this effort, U.S. and Caribbean officials announced the Advancing Caribbean Energy Resilience (ACER) Workshop to be organized by the Department of Energy in partnership with the Department of State and theOrganization of American States (OAS) in Puerto Rico, May 2-3. The ACER workshop will further advance energy resilience in the Caribbean and bring together technical experts and regional policymakers to learn about tools for powering critical infrastructure and microgrids. Planning Smarter, Responding Better: The United States, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), committed to sharing best practices and lessons learned from its recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the United States recently impacted by hurricanes. Information sharing will include the use of industry standards and building codes to build back and improve the resilience of disaster-impacted facilities and infrastructure. Civil Aviation in the Caribbean in Time of Disaster: The United States and participating Caribbean countries signed a declaration of intent to expand civil aviation cooperation to promote the resumption of critical services quickly after a disaster. The declaration of intent specifically calls for the creation of a disaster resilience-planning group, the “Caribbean Aviation Resilience and Recovery Group,” to share information and lessons learned for recovery from disaster events, and to enhance partnerships and communication mechanisms to mitigate vulnerabilities and strengthen recovery efforts in Caribbean aviation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will work with aviation partners in the Caribbean to achieve the goals of the declaration of intent.last_img read more

Yellen to leave Fed board once Powell sworn in as central bank chief

first_imgU.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will leave her seat on the central bank’s Board of Governors once Jerome Powell is confirmed and sworn in to replace her as head of the Fed, the central bank and Yellen announced on Monday.Yellen’s term as Fed chief ends in February, but she technically could continue serving out a separate appointment as a Fed governor until 2024.Keeping with past practice, Yellen in a letter to President Donald Trump said she would resign when Powell is sworn in, and in the meantime “will do my utmost to ensure a smooth transition.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Monica Belz – Taking the torch (#42)

first_img 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Welcome to episode 42 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder of Today Randy is talking with Monica Belz, President and CEO of Kauai Government Employees FCU.In essence, credit unions are social enterprises with social missions. Monica discusses what this means and gives us examples of how this impacts how she runs her credit union on Kauai. Monica believes that we can truly forge sustainable, relevant change and it’s in the DNA of credit unions.Monica speaks to us about how important credit unions are, that the torch isn’t being passed to the new leaders of today they are already holding it. She believes that social enterprise is the way for credit unions to stay relevant and that credit unions teaming with local governments and the private sector can move community development to the next level both at home and abroad.Monica has excellent insights into being a mom to three kids, volunteering with nonprofit organizations, and keeping the work-life balance in check. She has seen and done things most of us only dream about, so you don’t want to miss this conversation. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find Monica:Monica Belz, President and CEO of Kauai Government Employees [email protected] | Twitter | Facebook Show notes from this episode:Check out all the amazing work Monica and her team are doing at Kauai Government Employees FCUDocumentary mentioned: Free SoloFrom our friends at CUNA: CU Difference – Monica Belz of Kauai Government Employees FCUCU Management: Leadership in Action with Monica Belz, CUDECUNA News: Disaster no match for CEOMonica’s alma mater: Thunderbird School of Global ManagementShout-out: Mel Chiba and Tess ShimabukuroShout-out: Gather Federal Credit Union Shout-out: WOCCU and WYCUPYouTube: World Council 2019 Puerto Rico Engagement VisitShout-out: InclusivShout-out: Credit Union Development Education – Are you a DE? You should be.Shout-out: The entrepreneurship development program “Incubadora Ahora” – an initiative of the Cooperativa Sagrada Familia in Puerto Rico.Shout-out: Linda BodieShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Lauren CulpBook mentioned: Failing Forward by John C. MaxwellWhat is White Nights of St. Petersburg where Monica got in some trouble? Find out here.Podcasts mentioned: The CUInsight Experience, CUNA Podcast, FreakonomicsAlbum mentioned: Dear Mama by 2PacAlbum mentioned: Lose Yourself by EminemShout-out: HCUL and their annual conferenceBook mentioned: Leading for Growth by Ray DavisShout-out: Mark Weber from StrumPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), Linda Bodie, Lauren Culp, Mark WeberYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:38] – Aloha Monica, welcome to the show![02:24] – Andy and Monica discuss their kindred wanderlust spirits.[02:49] – Monica tells us that she is going to go on a five-day rock climbing trip for her 40th birthday.[04:10] – She speaks to us about her love of the outdoors, her need to learn as much as possible.[05:22] – She earned her real estate license right out of high school, following in her maternal family’s footsteps.[06:08] – Monica chats about her life after college and traveling the world as a divemaster.[08:01] – Her travels lead her to snowboard in many places as she trained for the Olympics.[09:43] – She learned to surf in El Salvador in a little fishing village, she now owns land there.[10:41] – She ended up in Kauai to raise her kids while she continued her education and launched her business.[12:50] – Her heart is in international development, and she volunteers for many nonprofit programs.[13:59] – Monica found a listing for an executive position with a credit union on Craigslist.[14:13] – She got the job she applied for and learned what credit unions were all about.[16:06] – How do you find that the World Credit Union Conference field engagements benefit union in Kauai? Can you share an example?[20:15] – She talks about credit unions being social enterprises with social missions.[22:15] – Is getting back to social enterprise the way that credit unions can stay relevant?[26:31] – They discuss a conference that will be in Puerto Rico in May about developing communities.[27:38] – What inspired you to go for the position of President and CEO of the Kauai Government Employees Credit Union?[30:56] – Monica feels like her leadership style is continually evolving, but she couldn’t do any of it without the fantastic team she has.[33:13] – She says the greatest strength of her team is diversity by a considerable measure.[35:52] – She always says, ‘go team go’ is the one thing she says all the time that her team can still finish for her.[36:22] – What mistakes do you see young leaders make over and over again?[38:55] – ‘Wherever you are, be all there’ is a piece of advice she considers over and over.[39:22] – What does your work-life balance look like? What do you do when you have a free day?[40:55] – The first time she got into memorable trouble was in Russia, and she was almost kidnapped.[42:19] – What is your morning routine?[42:58] – Favorite album of all time?[44:03] – What book to you gift all of the time?[44:55] – Her time has become more valuable, and everything else is less important.[45:24] – When you hear the word success who comes to mind?[46:45] – Final asks or thoughts from the listeners?last_img read more

The Museum of Illusion through the franchise model has expanded to Ljubljana and Vienna

first_imgAfter Zagreb and Zadar, the Museum of Illusion expanded through the franchise model to Ljubljana, and at the beginning of this week to Vienna.An excellent tourist story as well as quality additional entertainment and tourist content Museum of Illusion, is proof of how the business model of private museums can work, in fact, works great, even outside our borders through the franchise model. I constantly emphasize that the motive for the arrival of tourists is not accommodation, but quality, diverse and authentic content of the tourist destination.The Museum of Illusions, which has been in Zadar since last year, has proven to be an excellent tourist and entertainment attraction, and has certainly further expanded the rich tourist offer of Zadar and its surroundings. Last year in Zadar, the museum attracted about 50.000 visitors, which are excellent results, especially when we know that most visits happen during the three summer months. “Zadar is a tourist city that has more and more arrivals and overnight stays every year, so it was logical to open the Museum of Illusions in Zadar as well. The product works best in the summer months, although the museum is open all year round. Thus, the growing crowds start from April until mid-October. During the year we have various events and happenings as well as creative workshops. Everything is great, tourists are satisfied, only it is still a semi-annual product. “Points out Roko Živković from the Museum of Illusion and adds that the most important thing is that visitors leave the museum happy and smiling, and this is evidenced by the average rating on TripAdvisor, which is 4.90.It is interesting how the Museum of Illusions in Ljubljana as well as the newly opened ones in Vienna function through a franchise, and as Živković points out, there are concrete interests from other European countries as well. “We saw that there was room for expansion, and we chose the franchise model as the most acceptable to us. Through the franchise in cooperation with the partner, we offer him help through all phases, from the first contact, the book of standards, employee education, all the way to the opening and later through the entire development process. It’s been a process for a year. ”Points out Živković and adds that all four museums proved to be a hit on the market as well as the most attractive museums in their cities. But for the whole thing to be self-sustaining and successful it takes a lot of effort.As Živković points out, the business model works, but it is very tricky. “For a product to succeed, it has to be a very good story and product, good distribution, a product for a wide target group – a combination of five or six things needs to be put together, otherwise the whole story is not profitable. Also, the Museum has additional income through souvenirs and didactic toys for which we are also distributors. ”Says Živković and finally points out that further expansion is planned both in Croatia and outside the borders of Lijepa naša. The Museum of Illusion is a unique product in the world and as such provides joy and entertainment to people, and accordingly it is an excellent quality and different tourist content in each destination.It is important to point out that the Museum of Illusion is a private investment and that with their quality work they have shown how all museums should operate, especially state-owned museums that have much more resources. This is where the difference between private and state museums, which have a secure way of financing, have no imperative of earnings or how many visitors visit them, is best seen, while private museums are companies struggling in the market to survive and certainly care about every visitor and every kuna. . Yes, and in this equation it should certainly be mentioned that private “museums” have a VAT of 25% like everyone else, while State museums do not.Also, unfortunately most importantly, museums under the auspices of the State (honor exceptions) do not work on the promotion and popularization of culture and their exhibits, and often do not even work on weekends, which is absurd because they have to work on weekends for tourists and domestic visitors.Croatia – a country with “a thousand” museumsThe Illusion Museum is an excellent tourist story that has enriched the Croatian tourist offer and we sincerely hope that their success will be an incentive to open more and more specialized museums in Croatia, there is a place on the market for everyone.Our biggest tourist advantage is our incredible diversity and authenticity. And the motive of the trip is to get to know new ways and cultures of living. I wonder, why don’t we have hundreds of private museums for all our amazing tourist, historical, cultural, authentic… stories?We have to tell our authentic stories and be proud of them, museums give added value, offer quality content and tell thousands of stories about our history, culture, heritage, innovation, identity.Tourist staff and hosts – You are the ambassadors of Croatian tourismI definitely recommend you to experience the Museum of Illusions, and to your guests, both hosts in family accommodation and hoteliers, recommend the Museum of Illusions as a great tourist attraction because the motive of arrival is not hotels or apartments, but quality content and experience of the destination. Guests will be grateful and will return to their tourist destination next year to return to your accommodation.And finally, here is an “illusion”. Everything is great and everything is for five. Again we have a record tourist season, growth in the number of nights and arrivals, everything works great, everything is great… only unfortunately we never have less tourist spending.last_img read more

Croatian National Tourist Board budget up 14 percent: HRK 41 million for strategic projects, HRK 24,6 million for joint advertising

first_img“At today’s session, we adopted a number of important decisions that will contribute to maintaining the positive tourism trends in the coming year. To this end, we have provided almost HRK 41 million for the implementation of strategic promotional campaigns in emitting markets, ie for strategic cooperation with airlines and tour operators that offer organized programs for Croatia. We are also extremely pleased with the great interest of key entities expressed in joint advertising, for which we set aside HRK 24,6 million next year. Also, at our suggestion and with the support of council members, we are initiating the process of engaging specialized agencies for the implementation of PR activities and the lease of media space, which will be important partners in the implementation of promotional activities in 16 key markets.” said CNTB Director Kristjan Stanicic. For joint advertising in public and private sector promotional campaigns, the 45th Council of the Tourist Board passed a Decision on approving funds for destination advertising and joint advertising of tourist boards of counties with private sector entities. The councilors were also presented with the proposal of the De minimis aid program for the development of the tourism sector in the coming year, which is awarded by the Croatian Tourist Board to entrepreneurs for promotional and other market activities. In the next year, revenues are projected to amount to HRK 331 million, which is an increase of 14 percent compared to 2018. The increase in income is the result of higher inflows from the sojourn tax and tourist membership fee in the total planned amount of more than HRK 250 million.  Minister Gari Cappelli said on this occasion: “Next year, the budget of the Croatian National Tourist Board is planned to increase by 14 percent and will amount to 331 million kuna, which is primarily the result of an increase in tourist tax revenues in accordance with the decree of our Government and an increase in tourist membership revenues by 4 percent. million. This year, the airport traffic in Croatia has already exceeded the passenger traffic of 53 million, which is the best indicator that our activities so far related to the positioning of Croatia as an air destination have given excellent results. For the next year, we have provided HRK 10 million to strengthen transport connections, which will enable the growth of tourist traffic from European and distant markets during all months of the year. In the coming period, we will place greater focus on strengthening our visibility on the world market using various channels, and with new legislative changes, opportunities will open up for even better promotion of Croatian tourism in the world. ”  On the agenda of the 45th session of the Tourist Board of the CNTB, proposals for a decision on announcing a public tender for the selection of a PR agency and a media agency in emitting markets were presented. Also on the agenda was a proposal for a decision on the allocation of funds for strategic projects in 2019, for joint advertising in promotional campaigns of the public and private sector and a proposal for a program to grant De minimis support for the development of the tourism sector in the coming year. At this year’s last CNTB Parliament, the most important point was the adoption of the 2019 budget. The 45th session of the Tourist Council and the 9th Parliament of the Croatian Tourist Board were held at the Internacional Hotel in Zagreb. center_img After the session of the Tourist Council, the 9th CNTB Parliament was held, at which the budget of the Croatian Tourist Board for 2019 was adopted.  Photo: MINT Revenues from the state budget in the amount of HRK 2020 million will be provided for general advertising and marketing activities, special marketing activities, PPS communication campaign for health tourism, business tourism and other events, support for TOP events and EXPO 53 Dubai. Also, HRK 5,9 million was provided from other revenues, primarily for appearances at tourist fairs, Buy and Sell Croatia workshops and for the EDEN project. The engagement of the PR agency relates to the provision of media relations services, social media management and online communication channels in the markets of Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Slovakia, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine. An agency for the development and implementation of media advertising strategy in the markets of the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine will be selected, as well as a PR agency. in a public tender that will be realized in the period from December 2018 to March 2019. The total budget for the lease of media in all emitting markets included in the tender for 2019 amounts to more than 42 million kuna.last_img read more

Exiled Morales pulling Bolivian political strings as polls loom

first_img“At this time when Evo Morales is in exile, outside of power, he has become a kind of kingmaker,” political scientist Carlos Cordero told AFP.Morales last year hand-picked economist Luis Arce as the man who can win back the presidency for his Movement for Socialism (MAS) party. To do so he faced down grassroots members who favored former foreign minister David Choquehuanca or young coca-growers’ leader Andronico Rodriguez.Arce, however, has slowly won over the doubters and is riding high in opinion polls, which if confirmed in the September 6 elections, would hand the presidency back to MAS a year after Morales’ tumultuous resignation. The polls give Arce 33 percent and centrist ex-president Carlos Mesa just over 18 percent, while Anez trails with nearly 17 percent.’Polarizing factor’ Maria Teresa Zegada, a sociologist at the state-run Universidad Mayor de San Simon, says Morales is a key player in the electoral campaign, despite his absence.”I believe that he will continue to play an important role, as long as he continues to be a polarizing factor in the country’s politics. There are important sectors that support MAS and that is where Morales’ presence lies.”Ahead of the pandemic, the ex-president frequently convened meetings with MAS leaders in Argentina, but that direct communication has been frustrated by the pandemic lockdowns.These days he issues instructions via social media.”We will come back stronger and we will restore freedom and dignity to the Bolivian people,” said a message on his Twitter account.Morales on Wednesday condemned what he said was an attempt by Anez to get the courts to outlaw his party and remove Arce from the electoral race.”The de facto government initiated a judicial strategy with political ends to disqualify our candidate and MAS and prevent us from participating in the elections,” he tweeted.People arrive at a triage area at the General Hospital to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in La Paz, Bolivia June 23, 2020. (REUTERS/David Mercado)Anez has accused Morales of conspiring to damage her electoral chances by sending overpriced Spanish ventilators for COVID-19 patients into the country as part of a relief operation during the pandemic.Zegada said Morales has benefited from the errors and scandals that have tainted his adversaries in power.’Messianic leadership’ Morales fled the country after three weeks of protests over his controversial re-election in October 2019 in a poll in which he was constitutionally barred from participating.He had tried to cling to power but lost the backing of the country’s military after an Organization of American States audit found clear evidence of election fraud.He initially fled to Mexico, which sent a government plane to pick him up, before settling later in Argentina, home to a large Bolivian population.Most of Morales’ cabinet fled with him, leaving behind a power vacuum in the bitterly divided country. Anez — a hitherto little known conservative senator — assumed the presidency the following month.Her government accuses him of sedition and terrorism for allegedly urging his supporters to lay siege to major cities such as La Paz.However, Morales, a member of the Aymara indigenous community, has built up a “messianic leadership — which is why his voice continues to carry so much weight, even in exile,” said Cordero, a professor at the Catholic University in La Paz.”These leaders become political professionals… Their life is simply doing politics, that’s the psychological profile of these people,” he said.Morales is a colossus of his own party, whose support comes mainly from indigenous people and poor farmers, and there is no one in the party ranks to overshadow him.According to Zagada, his broader influence has waned, however.”We have a gravitating figure, but at the same time one that is worn out, and he is no longer the figure he was when he was president of the country,” she said.Under Morales’ 14-year rule, Bolivia’s 36 indigenous groups — which account for 62 percent of the country’s more than 11 million people — were constitutionally recognized. The country also reduced extreme poverty from 38 percent to 17 percent, and achieved an average economic growth rate of 4.8 percent.Topics : From exile in Buenos Aires, former leftist president Evo Morales continues to influence Bolivian politics and is plotting his party’s return to power in September elections, analysts say.Though banned from running in the poll and facing arrest if he returns, the 60-year-old — Bolivia’s first indigenous president — is masterminding opposition to right-wing interim leader Jeanine Anez.Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Anez applauds after taking oath to the military command during her first day in power, at the Quemado presidential palace in La Paz, on November 13, 2019. Anez, who declared herself interim president before her claim was endorsed by the constitutional court, arguing that her succession was necessitated by the resignations of those above her in the government hierarchy, will try to fill the power vacuum left by Evo Morales’s abrupt resignation, as the former leader denounced what he described as a (Agence France Presse/AIZAR RALDES )last_img read more