The city of Dubrovnik provides subsidies to traditional deficit family crafts

first_imgThe monthly net amount of the subsidy is 2.000 kuna and they are awarded based on the Tender conducted by the Administrative Department for Tourism, Economy and Sea of ​​the City of Dubrovnik, and the novelty is that for 2018 subsidies will be paid throughout the year, not just 6 months. earlier. ”We are grateful to you for your perseverance because it is very difficult today, especially if you work in the old town and engage in traditional crafts, to survive in the market. Therefore, we have decided to additionally encourage you to engage in your business, to find successors in your business more easily and for our citizens to be satisfied because they receive quality service.”, Said the Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepšić and added that she believes that these subsidies will be a good incentive for all craftsmen for further work, but also that lately we are witnessing positive changes in this regard.Thus, on Stradun we have a barber, a stonemason in Pile, and a tailor’s shop and flower shop were opened, which did not exist for several years, Tepšić emphasized. As they point out from the city of Dubrovnik, subsidies have been approved for traditional deficit family crafts, ie production and service crafts, including 13 in the historic core, including tailoring, hairdressing, two jewelry and one watchmaking.”So far, your commitment has been to work all year, and you’ve been getting support for just six months. This year we are providing subsidies for all twelve months, we want you to be there, to be at your service, but we also want you to see how the city administration really appreciates what you do. I hope this will be just one small step so that those who might be able to inherit you tomorrow and expand your trades to be aware that the City is behind them”Said on this occasion the head of the Administrative Department for Tourism, Economy and the Sea, Marko Miljanić.Bravo, a great move by the city of Dubrovnik, because if we lose our tradition and authenticity, as well as the people, then there is no city or tourism. There can’t and shouldn’t be a lot of cafes and restaurants as well as “Chinese” souvenirs. Also, we can always go a step further, so that costumes and uniforms for the needs of the Dubrovnik Games are tailored and repaired by small and local tailors, if this is not the current practice, as well as connect all other services of traditional crafts with similar practices.The city is not walls, but people. Thirty craftsmen took over the agreements on subsidizing traditional Dubrovnik crafts, signed with the City of Dubrovnik.last_img read more

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Hong Kong extends restrictions to preserve success of coronavirus efforts

first_imgHong Kong’s government will extend restrictions aimed at tackling the coronavirus for another 14 days to preserve the city’s success in keeping the number of cases down, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday.The extension comes as governments around the world, including those of Australia, Germany and the United States are gradually relaxing restrictions or considering doing so.The Chinese-ruled city recorded zero new cases on Monday for the first time since early March, keeping the total at 1,025 infections and four deaths. Topics : Hong Kong banned public gatherings of more than four people for 14 days from March 29 and later extended that restriction until April 23. Game centers, gyms, cinemas and other entertainment venues are also closed and foreign arrivals at the airport have been suspended indefinitely.”This is indeed a very difficult balancing act,” Lam told a regular weekly news conference, referring to the toll the restrictions are taking on the recession-hit economy.”For the time being, the better balance to be struck and a safer approach to ensure all these successes that Hong Kong has achieved over the last months would not be wasted is to extend these social distancing measures for another 14 days.”Hong Kong has avoided the exponential infections seen elsewhere and won praise for a strong community response, attributed to the city’s experience with the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic.center_img Although schools remain closed, many people are working from home and shopping malls and restaurants are less busy. Almost all Hong Kongers wear masks, while office buildings, commercial centers and public institutions run temperature checks and free sanitizer dispensers are widely available.The residents’ self-discipline also comes amid widespread lack of confidence in the government’s COVID-19 response.The restrictions extension limits the prospects of a resumption in anti-government demonstrations amid growing anger over a crackdown on pro-democracy forces and as Beijing and city government officials push for national security legislation that critics say would limit freedoms in the city.Police arrested 15 activists on Saturday, including veteran politicians, a publishing tycoon and senior barristers, in a move criticized by foreign governments, international barristers and rights groups.Luo Huining, the most senior mainland political official based in Hong Kong, said last week the city should work to introduce national security legislation “as soon as possible” as violent protests last year had undermined its rule of law, prosperity and stability.Hong Kong returned to Beijing rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees it a high degree of autonomy. A previous attempt to draft a national security law for Hong Kong, known as Article 23, was met with mass protests in 2003 and abandoned. last_img read more

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Barcelona and Real Madrid get set for politically charged Clasico

first_imgThe Clasico was supposed to be played on October 26 but the RFEF decided to postpone “due to exceptional causes”.Democratic Tsunami, the protest group advocating another independence referendum for Catalonia, has called publicly for its supporters to gather at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium from four hours before the 1900 GMT kick-off.“Football has to be for everyone, all over the world,” said Valverde. “People should be able to express themselves freely tomorrow, that is what we ask, but that there is respect for everyone. I believe that is the right thing.”Meetings have taken place between the police, clubs and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to ensure the safe arrival of the two squads and referees, as well as the nearly 100,000 fans expected to attend.As well as the massive security presence in Barcelona, the numbers of private security staff in the stands will also be increased to reduce the threat of pitch invasions that could interrupt the game.“The operation will ensure that the Clasico is played normally,” said the chief commissioner of the Catalan regional police Eugeni Sallent.Democratic Tsunami hopes to transmit its message — ‘Spain, sit and talk’ — through one of the world’s most famous football matches, which has an estimated global audience of 650 million.Barcelona have historically had a close association with Catalan nationalism, with Camp Nou routinely used as a setting for flags, banners and chants in support of the cause.“We know we are living in a complex social and political situation but I am convinced that it is compatible with playing a football match,” said the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu last week.Barcelona could also suffer the consequences of any altercations or interruptions during the fixture.At a meeting in Madrid last week, the RFEF warned it “will apply the regulations in force,” which range from heavy economic sanctions to the closure of Camp Nou to supporters.Share on: WhatsApp EL ClassicoMadrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona and Real Madrid will travel to the Clasico on Wednesday from the same hotel as part of a large-scale security operation aimed at reducing the impact of Catalan independence protests.The fixture had to be postponed in October due to violent demonstrations and there are renewed fears of unrest breaking out around Camp Nou, where Barca and Madrid will tussle for top spot in La Liga.Around 3,000 security personnel will be deployed at the stadium and both teams have been instructed to gather at the Hotel Princesa Sofia at midday (1100 GMT) on Wednesday, eight hours before kick-off.The players, coaching staff and referees will then travel together to the ground around two hours ahead of the match.It means Madrid will be in a different place to their usual base in the city while Barcelona will arrive earlier than normal for a home match.“It is a small change, but not very significant. When we play away, we are also in a hotel. It is not a big problem,” said Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde on Tuesday.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the arrangements as “something different but the rules are the rules”.Barcelona also issued a statement on Tuesday night to fans planning to attend the game, advising supporters to use public transport, allow plenty of time and warning of “exhaustive security checks” at entrances to the stadium.Barca called for calm around the fixture, asking fans “to come to the game at Camp Nou on Wednesday to support the team”.“The game between Barca and Real Madrid is a festival of football and yet it is without doubt also compatible with a civil and peaceful demonstration of opinion, given the exceptional circumstances faced in Catalonia in recent times,” the statement read.– Catalan uprising –Violent protests broke out in Catalonia in October after nine separatist leaders were sentenced to heavy prison sentences for their involvement in the independence referendum of 2017.last_img read more

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The Art of Beautiful, Natural Hair

first_imgNatural and healthy – the perfect formula for a balanced way of life.Taji was recently in Liberia visiting her parents. She expressed delight at seeing so many natural hair enthusiasts and specialists. She, herself, is committed to promoting natural hair health and awareness. Taji provides men, women, and children with the tools to help them acquire and maintain healthy, natural hair – for life.“Our scalp is a part of our body’s skin system. And just as the earth’s topsoil covers and protects the earth, so does our skin, including our scalp, cover and protect our bodies from head to toe. Our hair is like the plants that grow best in the rich, black topsoil of our garden. And so our scalp must be nourished and cared for like our garden soil to produce beautiful hair.“We would never use a bulldozer to clean our garden. And we should never use harsh soaps like laundry soap to wash our hair.” We must make sure harmful chemicals never touch our precious ‘garden’ of hair. The natural oil crops we have right here in Liberia like coconut and palm kernel oil (“kanna” oil) are nourishing for our hair unlike the chemically produced pomades and greases. Natural oils absorb into the hair shaft instead of coating and clogging the hair strands.”We’ve all seen women whose natural hairlines are receding backwards leaving baldness where hair used to be. This hair loss is from tight plaiting and tight extensions or chemical straightening (relaxing). Synthetic (plastic) hair, and any style that prolongs tension and weight on the hair root also causes hair loss and balding.A gorgeous head of hair is a beautiful sight to behold and we can achieve it while prolonging the life of our hair by keeping it healthy. Enjoy the beautiful Balance of these natural hair styles from Taji’s Natural Hair Salon in Raleigh, NC.Liberia Holds the KeyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Father of the Geocoin: Moun10Bike

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocoin – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found VideoMay 30, 2010In “Community”From the Desk of Moun10Bike: How to Keep Your Geocaching Streak Going in the SnowDecember 18, 2013In “Community”An Open Letter to Groundspeak – from an 11-Year-Old GeocacherJanuary 21, 2011In “Community” Geocoins—it’s hard to imagine Geocaching without them, Travel Bugs, or any other kind of trackable. But for an entire year and a half after geocaching was born (in May of the year 2000), that was how geocaching was done. Caching primarily involved using GPS technology to discover ammo cans hidden deep in the woods, then the seekers would write long entries into pre-placed log books.The Father of the Geocoin: Mr. Jon Stanley, aka Moun10BikeBut geocaching’s path changed forever (and for the better) when Jon Stanley, aka Moun10Bike, created and placed the very first geocoin in a cache near Deception Pass in Washington State, USA.Not only is Jon a legend of geocaching, he’s also a Charter Member and now works as a System Analyst/Lackey with Groundspeak. We caught up with Jon between bug fixes, forums posts, meetings to keep everyone in the loop, and geocaching on his lunch break, to find out more about how geocoins came to be.What gave you the idea to place a geocoin?Back in 2001, I was coming up on my 100th cache find. I wanted a signature item to launch in time for that milestone and had heard about military challenge coins from a fellow cacher. They sounded like the perfect geocaching item – compact, easy to carry, durable – so I designed and minted a set of personalized coins that I dubbed “geocoins.”Here it is, folks: Moun10Bike Geocoin 001. Try not to hyperventilate.When was the first Geocoin placed?The coin was placed September 30th of 2001. I placed it in a cache that still stands out today in my mind as one of the best (even though it has since been archived) – Light House Point. It involved a rickety aluminum ladder that you could only access during low tide. I climbed the ladder. I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it because I have a fear of heights. But knowing I wanted to place that coin in a special cache got me up the ladder.So the first coin was placed in that cache?I kept the first one for my personal collection. So it was number two… 002. That was the first one placed.And then what happened?I placed it in there and didn’t think that much about it. Well you know, it started off really slowly. It was about 6 months after I placed or minted my coins and placed them that anyone else started making coins that I know of. They became desired items. So rather than people seeing them and moving them on, the goal was to get to it first and keep it for their collection. It was almost like a Beanie Baby craze. There was the Geocoin craze.How many Geocoins do you think you’ve placed out in the world at this point?I’ve sent out over 1200 of my Moun10Bike geocoins so far, and over 1500 coins if you count my coinaments (a Christmas tree ornament that is trackable and shaped like a coin)!How many Geocoins do you own?I stopped counting in 2006. At that point, it was around 1000. I have at least five times that many now.Jon, aka “Moun10Bike”, and his son Jameson, aka “Moun10Tyke”, on an adventure a few years ago.What is something that most people would be surprised to learn about you?Hmmm, I’m pretty boring. Would it surprise people if I said that my wife and son can barely tolerate caching? Getting abducted on the E.T. HighwayAny parting thoughts?From computers to the web, to gadgets, and then foremost the outdoors, I just couldn’t ask for a better hobby.Sure is crazy to think that any experiences you’ve had with geocoins, Travel Bugs, or trackables lead back to Jon Stanley. Do you collect geocoins, or geocache with trackables? How have they changed the way you cache? Tell us your stories below!  Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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How Much Will Shading Your Air Conditioner Improve Its Efficiency?

first_imgRELATED ARTICLES Does an AC compressor located in full sun work harder than one located in the shade?Stupid Energy-Saving TipsThe Magic of ColdAir Conditioner Basics The Difference Between Air Conditioners and DehumidifiersWindow-Mounted Air Conditioners Save Energy I got a question this weekend that’s often asked — and, I’m sure, wondered about — by homeowners: “Will my household AC system run more efficiently (perhaps cycle on/off fewer times, or the compressor won’t have to run as long when it cycles on) by shading the compressor?”I’ve written about the outdoor unit of air conditioners and heat pumps a few times, but I’ve never tackled this question directly. Let’s change that now.Why this is a natural question to askFirst, a little explanation about air conditioners. If you have a split-system air conditioner, that metal noisemaker that sits out in back or on the side of your house is called the condensing unit. The compressor is one component in that box, but the condensing coil and a few other parts are there, too. (To understand how an air conditioner works, see my article, “The Magic of Cold.”)The condensing coil’s job is to dump the heat picked up inside the home to the outdoor air. (If you have a ground-source heat pump, that heat gets dumped into the ground rather than the air, and you won’t have an outdoor unit like the one shown above.) The hotter it is outdoors, the harder it is to dump that heat and the more you’ll spend keeping your house cool. Hence the question: Can shading your air conditioner’s outdoor unit provide significant savings? The answer is yes and no. It depends on what type of shading we’re talking about, but for the type of shading most people are thinking about when they ask that question, the answer is no.Why the answer is mostly noShading the outdoor unit with a structure as shown in Image #2 (below) will reduce the direct solar gain from insolation but won’t do a whole lot for the air temperature around the unit. That photo is from a study done the Forida Solar Energy Center on the effectiveness of shading air conditioner condensing units.Caution: The unit in the photo exhausts from the side, so the shading structure doesn’t interrupt the air flow. Most AC outdoor units exhaust from the top and that structure would reduce the air flow and perhaps cause serious damage to the unit. Don’t try something like this unless you have a good understanding of air conditioners.In the “Discussion” section at the end of their report, the FSEC authors explain why small-scale shading like this doesn’t work. The temperature of the surrounding air has a much bigger effect on cooling efficiency than direct solar gain, and the volume of air pulled in by an air conditioner is huge.A typical 3-ton air conditioner condensing unit might pull in 2,800 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of outdoor air. If it ran continuously for an hour, 168,000 cubic feet of outdoor air would move through the outdoor unit. Since your air conditioner is probably oversized, it won’t run the full 60 minutes. My oversized AC, for example, runs about 30 minutes an hour at design conditions. Even at 30 minutes per hour, though, the outdoor unit pulls in 84,000 cubic feet of outdoor air.To put those numbers in perspective, 84,000 cubic feet is about three times the volume of a typical house being cooled by that 3-ton air conditioner. It would take a lot of shading to cool that much air.The FSEC study sums it up this way:We conclude that any savings produced by localized AC condenser shading are quite modest (<3%) and that the risk of interrupting air flow to the condenser may outweigh shading considerations. The preferred strategy may be a long-term one: locating AC condensers in an unobstructed location on the shaded north side of buildings and depending on extensive site and neighborhood-level landscaping to lower localized air temperatures.If you’re building a new home or siting a new air conditioner, it’s worth considering the location of the outdoor unit. If you could save even a little bit just by putting it on the north side of the house, that might be worth doing. I say “might” because you also have to consider the effect on the length of the refrigerant lineset and whether or not it’s in a high-use area of the yard. If you’ve got an existing home, however, trying to figure out a way to shade your outdoor unit isn’t the best strategy. You might even make things worse if you obstruct the air flow.A question related to the question about shading the condensing unit is about saving money by spraying a mist of water on the unit, especially with the recent launch of the Mistbox. I wrote about that topic a couple of weeks ago, and again, the answer is that you’re better off looking elsewhere.If you really want to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, your opportunities are much greater if you look to your duct system. By fixing disconnected ducts, flacid flex, uninsulated boots, and more, you may be able to cut your air conditioning bill in half, depending on how bad your particular ducts are. And they most likely are bad. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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Chinmayanand case: lawyers move SC over missing victim

first_imgA group of lawyers here on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court requesting initiation of proceedings over the missing law student incident in Uttar Pradesh to avoid repeat of the Unnao incident.Suo motu cognisanceIn a letter to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, a group of lawyers requested the court to take suo motu cognisance of the issue. They also mentioned the matter before the Bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana.Initially, the court asked lawyers to approach the High Court but later asked them to submit the letter. It also assured them that it would look into the matter.The lawyers requested the court to issue notice to the U.P. government to trace the girl and provide police protection to her family. “We as a society can’t allow another Unnao case to happen,” it said.The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh police while the Uttar Pradesh Women Commission has sought a report from the Shahjahanpur district administration in the case.The NCW, which has taken a serious note of the incident, has urged the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police to expeditiously investigate the allegations of harassment levelled by the student and ensure the safety of the girl and her family.“Considering the gravity of the matter, the commission is taking suo motu cognisance of this case and issued a notice to the DGP Uttar Pradesh to investigate this matter and send a detailed report to the commission. The commission had urged the DGP to ensure the safety of the girl and her family and also make sure that the investigation is done very quickly,” the NCW said in a statement.UPWC chief Vimla Batham also expressed her commitment to safe return of the girl, who had been pursuing her studies in a college run by Mr. Chinmayanand’s Mumukshu ashram. “We have taken note of the incident and sought a report from the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Shahjahapur. We are awaiting report,” Ms. Batham told reporters.The student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that she was under threat from the leader of the sant community, without naming Mr. Chinmayanand.last_img read more

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Prominent Ministry of Education officer is now the interim boss at National

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 14, 2016 – Tamera Howell Robinson has the job, at least for now.  Last week the contentious atmosphere and staff concerns at the Board reached the Governor in Cabinet.  A major call was for the removal of Zaneta Burton as CEO of the publically owned health plan.The Premier and Finance Minister were slammed by staff for sluggish response to their concerns; the leaders’ delay resulted in further industrial action and another ‘sit out’ which forced the office to close down.It is unclear what will ultimately happen but Tamera Howell-Robinson is the interim CEO; she started work today. TCI: Independent House member Connolly says PDM Government too inexperienced to manage the country Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NHIB NHIB report bogus, Premier says change initiatives progressing A Statement from the Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture, and Human services, Dr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing on the National Health Insurance schemelast_img read more

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