Month: November 2020

Scotland fly-half Duncan Weir says staying relaxed on the field helped him discover his best form | Rugby Union NewsScotland fly-half Duncan Weir says staying relaxed on the field helped him discover his best form | Rugby Union News

first_img“Don’t worry about people’s opinions or dwelling on getting selection for Scotland or even battling in the Worcester side. Duncan Weir grew his hair during lockdown to raise money for charity
Duncan Weir grew his hair during lockdown to raise money for charity

Butch Harmon reveals work with Rory McIlroy ahead of The Masters | Golf NewsButch Harmon reveals work with Rory McIlroy ahead of The Masters | Golf News

first_img Rory McIlroy has worked with Michael Bannon throughout his career Rory McIlroy has worked with Michael Bannon throughout his career

TikTok Ban Enforcement Held Off by US Commerce Department Following Court Ruling: ReportTikTok Ban Enforcement Held Off by US Commerce Department Following Court Ruling: Report

first_img– Advertisement – The US government has decided against enforcing its ban on Chinese-owned social media sensation TikTok to comply with a federal court ruling issued in the national security case, a media report said Thursday.The Wall Street Journal reported the US Commerce Department had decided to hold off on enforcing a Trump administration order to ban the video-sharing app owned by Chinese-based ByteDance.- Advertisement – ByteDance had been given until Thursday to restructure ownership of the app in the United States to meet national security concerns, but it filed a petition in a Washington court this week asking for a delay.The company said in a Tuesday statement that it had asked the government for a 30-day extension because of “continual new requests and no clarity on whether our proposed solutions would be accepted,” but it was not granted.The Trump administration has been seeking to transfer ownership of TikTok to an American business to allay security concerns, but no deal has been finalised.- Advertisement – The move comes after a federal court in Pennsylvania blocked the Trump administration from carrying out the ban, which had been ordered by the White House based on claims the app posed a security threat due to the company’s links to Beijing.According to the report, the Commerce Department said the shutdown order won’t go into effect “pending further legal developments.”Other court cases are also pending on the matter.- Advertisement – Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Giuliani Is Said to Seek $20,000 a Day Payment for Trump Legal WorkGiuliani Is Said to Seek $20,000 a Day Payment for Trump Legal Work

first_imgLast year, the intelligence community warned the White House that Mr. Giuliani had become the target of a foreign influence operation by the Russian government, which was seeking to feed misinformation to him in the hopes of undermining Mr. Biden’s presidential campaign.The president has refused to allow a formal transition from one administration to the next to begin, blocking Mr. Biden’s team from having access to the agencies they will take over and from receiving briefings on the pandemic and national security threats to the country. National security experts have said this could leave the Biden administration at a disadvantage as it takes over the government in January, and Mr. Biden has said the delay could prove costly in treating the spreading coronavirus pandemic. The Trump campaign has set up a legal-defense fund and is said to be raising significant sums to continue legal challenges in places like Pennsylvania and Georgia.A Trump campaign spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.Mr. Giuliani had sought compensation for his work dating back to the day after Election Day, when Mr. Trump began publicly claiming that he won despite the results, according to people familiar with the request, who asked for anonymity to speak about sensitive discussions.At $20,000 a day, Mr. Giuliani’s rate would be above the top-of-the-line lawyers in Washington and New York who can charge as much as $15,000 a day if they are spending all their time working for a client. – Advertisement – Reached by phone, Mr. Giuliani strenuously denied requesting that much.- Advertisement – Mr. Trump’s insistence that widespread voter fraud cost him the election has no basis in fact but has stoked skepticism about the outcome among his base, including some who violently protested this past weekend in Washington.Mr. Giuliani has encouraged Mr. Trump to believe a number of conspiracy theories about voting machine irregularities, according to multiple people close to the president who were not authorized to discuss the conversations publicly. Late last week, Mr. Giuliani repeatedly insisted to the president that his other advisers haven’t been telling him the truth about his chances of success in his legal battles to overturn the results of the election.Last Friday, as Mr. Trump’s legal fight in Arizona appeared to peter out when the campaign dropped a suit in Maricopa County, Ariz., that was destined to fail, the president put Mr. Giuliani in charge of all election-related litigation and communications for it.On Monday, day before a key hearing on a lawsuit in federal court in Pennsylvania, Mr. Giuliani forced out a lawyer who had been leading the case, two people briefed on the events said. That left Mr. Trump’s team scrambling for a replacement. The local lawyer now handling the case has referred to Mr. Biden as the winner of the election and has said the lawsuits won’t change that outcome.The judge in the case declined on Monday night to postpone the hearing despite a request from the Trump team. And on Tuesday morning, Mr. Giuliani told the Pennsylvania court that he would appear personally on behalf of the president in the case.Beginning in April 2018, in the midst of the Mueller investigation, Mr. Giuliani began representing Mr. Trump for free as his personal lawyer. Although Mr. Giuliani said he made nothing from Mr. Trump, it gave him direct access to the president and his administration — access that Mr. Giuliani used to help his other clients, including foreign business executives under investigation by the Justice Department.After the Mueller investigation ended in April 2019, Mr. Giuliani continued his work for Mr. Trump, concentrating on trying to develop damaging information in Ukraine about Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter — an effort that ultimately led to the House impeaching Mr. Trump.center_img “I never asked for $20,000,” said Mr. Giuliani, saying the president volunteered to make sure he was paid after the cases concluded. “The arrangement is, we’ll work it out at the end.”He added that whoever had said he made the $20,000-a-day request “is a liar, a complete liar.”There is little to no prospect of any of the remaining legal cases being overseen by Mr. Giuliani altering the outcome in any of the states where Mr. Trump is still fighting in court, much less of overturning President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Electoral College and popular vote victory. Some Trump allies fear that Mr. Giuliani is encouraging the president to continue a spurious legal fight because he sees financial advantage for himself in it.- Advertisement – Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has helped oversee a string of failed court challenges to President Trump’s defeat in the election, asked the president’s campaign to pay him $20,000 a day for his legal work, multiple people briefed on the matter said.The request stirred opposition from some of Mr. Trump’s aides and advisers, who appear to have ruled out paying that much, and it is unclear how much Mr. Giuliani will ultimately be compensated.- Advertisement – Since Mr. Giuliani took over management of the legal effort, Mr. Trump has suffered a series of defeats in court and lawyers handling some of the remaining cases have dropped out.A $20,000-a-day rate would have made Mr. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who has been Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer for several years, among the most highly compensated attorneys anywhere.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Flu activity, flu vaccine study bias, Egypt’s H5N1 vaccine, mapping the cold virus, Salmonella updatesNEWS SCAN: Flu activity, flu vaccine study bias, Egypt’s H5N1 vaccine, mapping the cold virus, Salmonella updates

first_img Salmonella cases, recall numbers riseThe number of people sickened in the nationwide peanut-related Salmonella outbreak rose to 636 cases in 44 states, the CDC reported yesterday. The latest known illness onset date was Jan 28. In other developments, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials sent a letter Feb 11 to its international colleagues warning them that though few countries received contaminated products from the Peanut Corporation of America, the investigation into the distribution chain could prompt more product recalls, which yesterday stood at 2,068.[CDC investigation update] Flu activity shows strong spikeSixteen states reported widespread influenza activity last week, up from five the previous week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. Flu activity was widespread in Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Sixteen additional states reported regional activity. Nearly all (98.3%) influenza A/H1N1 samples that have been tested showed resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu).[CDC influenza surveillance report for Feb 1-7] Feb 13, 2009 Study suggests bias in flu vaccine studiesStudies on seasonal influenza vaccines that appear in prestigious medical journals are linked to industry funding, an association that doesn’t appear to depend on study quality or size, according to a study published yesterday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The authors, basing their findings on 259 studies, found that agreement between a study’s data and conclusion was more often seen in higher-quality studies, that government-funded studies were less likely to favor vaccines, and that citation levels were linked to industry funding.[Feb 12 BMJ abstract]center_img Cold virus discovery may foreshadow new antiviralsIn a development that could help researchers develop antiviral drugs to fight cold viruses, a team of researchers yesterday reported complete genetic sequences for 99 known strains of the cold virus, according to a report yesterday in Science. The National Institutes of Health–funded study also reveals how human rhinovirus type A and B species exchange information, enabling researchers to predict the pathogenicity of a cold virus.[Feb 12 Science abstract][Feb 12 University of Wisconsin-Madison press release] Egypt charts path to H5N1 vaccineEgypt is developing its own H5N1 avian influenza vaccine, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. An expert from Egypt’s National Research Center told the country’s Middle East News Agency that tests have shown that the vaccine protects against the H5N1 virus. He added that a contract for a vaccine production line would be drawn up within the next 2 weeks.[Feb 13 Xinhua story]last_img read more

Communication Days started: 16 leading world communication experts in RovinjCommunication Days started: 16 leading world communication experts in Rovinj

first_imgOrganized by HURA and IAB Croatia, the long-awaited and announced for months festival Days of Communications, the central event of the market communication industry, has begun. These days, Rovinj’s leading experts in the communications industry, lecturers whose functions speak volumes about the quality of content and the power of the festival, and especially the chief creative director of Twitter, campaign manager of US President Donald J. Trump and the voice of the functioning iPhone application on the principle of artificial intelligence – Siri.”This year, a record 3 participants are coming to the Communication Days, almost 000 more than last year. We have raised our own standards, and now we need to exceed the expectations of the participants. We want to offer unique content and enable our colleagues in the Croatian market not only to listen but also to discuss with global leaders in the communications industry.”, Pointed out the director of the Day of Communications and the director of the festival program, Dunja Ivana Ballon, and added:”We want to question global practices that influence the direction of industry development. We did not make the festival easier for the participants; we make them think critically and decide for themselves whether certain practices are correct or not. For the development of quality experts, it is important to hear different opinions and then openly discuss them.”The festival will last for three days and will be held in three halls in parallel. While 16 globally known names will speak in the main hall, in the other two halls the organizers offered rich content, from workshops for students to whom HURA provides free registration fees, to forums for exchange of opinions – debates and PPP (Beers after the program) speak leading domestic industry experts.April 12.04.2018, 2018, – Rovinj – Communication Days XNUMX, national festival of marketing communications at Hotel Lone. Laura Sophie Dornheim.Photo: Matija Habljak / PIXSELL”In addition to top lectures, the festival is also known for the respected professional awards that agencies and advertisers have been waiting for and wishing for throughout the year. ” emphasized Damir Ciglar, a member of the organizing committee of the festival. “All four awards, Effie, IdejaX, MIXX and Young Lions, record an increase, whether in the number of projects or applicants. A total of 215 entries were received for Effie, IdejuX and MIXX with 30 teams entered for the Young Lions competition, and the most prominent will be awarded. “, Concluded Ciglar.These days in Rovinj, the names of the most successful advertisers and agencies in the past year will be announced as part of national professional competitions – Effie for efficiency, IdejaX for creativity, Mixx for digital and Young Lions Croatia for young talent in the industry.For more information on Communication Days, visit the official website of the festival www.danikomunikacija.comRelated news: CROATIAN TOURIST BOARD BRINGS IPHONE CHEESE TO COMMUNICATION DAYSlast_img read more

Social Network Analysis: Croatia is mentioned 2.400 times a daySocial Network Analysis: Croatia is mentioned 2.400 times a day

first_imgCROATIA TOP AT THE LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH THE BIGGEST POPULARITY GROWTH ON TRIPADVISOR But although official data speaks of an increase in the number of overnight stays and arrivals, the general impression at destinations is that the season is much worse. This is what various tourist workers say, from landlords to hoteliers, and it is enough to just walk to any destination and turn around. Source: Mediatoolkit / Cover photo: Pexels.com Most posts come from Now, Of the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany i Italy. The post about Croatia in Italian has the most on Twitter, while the post in German and English has the most on Instagram. Croatia is constantly being offered excellent opportunities that should be better used both for promotion and for creating a better offer of content. Second place on World Cup, won Davis Cup, coming out last season Game of Thrones these are just some of the things that have influenced the arrival of tourists and that can make Croatia a year-round tourist sensation, conclude the analysis of Mediatoolkit. RELATED NEWS: Thus, according to Mediatoolkit, Croatia was mentioned in the analyzed period 72 869 times, which makes an increase in the number of mentions of 222,13%. Croatia is mentioned 2 times a day We have over 20 million arrivals or the same number of tourists come to our showroom every year. Let’s sell them the story and the motive for coming to visit us outside the peak season. But then the sun and the sea fall off, and we need to focus on authentic, quality and diverse content. Publications related to Croatia were mostly written in a positive context, to be precise 89,2%. Tourists in their posts praise the natural beauty and the sea, and the hashtag Croatia full of life they took advantage 13.273 times.  According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of June, 6,88 million arrivals (+6 percent) and 26,26 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. (+3 percent). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 5,85 million arrivals (+6 percent) and 22,93 million overnight stays (+3 percent), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 6 percent and in overnight stays by 4 percent.   The top three destinations in Croatia with the largest number of visitors in the first six months, according to the CNTB, are Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Zagreb.center_img On the other hand, a little more optimistic, the recommendation is the best way to promote, and the posts of tourists full of praise about the beauties of Croatia can motivate others to come. Posts related to Dubrovnik are often associated with the popular series Game of Thrones, which is not surprising considering that it is the popularity of Dubrovnik, that is Kraljevo Grudobran, increased. King’s Landing is mentioned 4 thousand times of which it is 741 posts associated with Dubrovnik, a 321 with Croatia. On a daily basis, Croatia is mentioned on average 2.400 times, and that number increases as the season progresses. By comparison, one of our major tourism competitors Italija in the same period the eye is mentioned 7.500 times a day, while the number of mentions Greek i Turkey similar to Croatia. A sharp increase in the number of posts on social networks which occurred with the approach of the summer season is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, such an increase only confirms the pronounced tourist seasonality and non-existence year-round tourism. When it comes to social networks and the web, only two cities stand out – Dubrovnik s 12 mentions i Split sa 7 313. On the other hand, the most visited city Rovinj ima 3 898 mentions, doc Zagreb ima 2 592. Compared to the previous period the number is impression increased by even 18.842% and now exceeds the number of 34 million. The good news is that Croatia is mentioned as a tourist destination the web and social networks around the world, stand out in the Mediatookita analysis. eVisitor: Tourist traffic for the first six months of 2019. Given the different views and perceptions, the Zagreb technology company Mediatoolkit analyzed the perception of Croatia in the context of tourism on social networks in the period from 10. June to 10. July. Source: Mediatoolkit Instagram is by far the most used channel when it comes to publications about Croatia. According to analysis, even 84,8% of publications comes from Instagram, while it is the second most used Twitter channel with tek 7,5%.last_img read more

A handbook on storytelling in tourism publishedA handbook on storytelling in tourism published

first_imgWithin EUSAIR Facility Point project, and based on the tender of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, the Istrian Development Tourism Agency has completed the preparation of a thematic manual “issue paper” for “Handbook of participatory tourism that connects community and culture with Storytelling”.  RELATED NEWS: Storytelling in tourism Attachment: A handbook of participatory tourism that connects community and culture with Storytelling AUSTRALIA’S GOAL TO ATTRACT BRITISH TOURISTS WITH AN EXCELLENT CAMPAIGN It is with this vision that this work was created, which consists of chapters that encompass storytelling and participatory tourism in general, which provides a comparison with similar models in EUSAIR countries and explains what is storytelling through the prism of Istra Inspirita.   It was the success of the Istra Inspirit project, initiated by the Istria County and implemented within the Istrian Development Tourism Agency, that led to the creation of the Handbook in order to educate and guide other EUSAIR member countries (and beyond) on the creation storytelling experiential experiences according to the model of Istria / Croatia.  HOW TO SELL ONLINE TICKETS IN JUST TWO SENTENCES? OF COURSE, THROUGH STORYTELLING AND GREAT COPY Storytelling has existed since ancient times. It was, and still is, a way to connect people, create community and emotions. Nowadays, people have recognized the power of storytelling that unites, creates a new culture, creates products, is a marketing tool and an important means of communication. Thus, in tourism, storytelling enables the development of marketing and management of tourist destinations, products, attractions and the involvement of service providers. center_img SAS WITH THE STORYTELLING CONCEPT #WEARETRAVELERS SHOWED HOW EMOTIONS AND EXPERIENCES SELL TOURISM The reserve is attached, I definitely recommend you to read it. STORYTELLING IN TOURISM: SELL ME A STORY, NOT A PRODUCT HOW TO SELL A STORY AND ENCOURAGE TRAIN TRAVEL? THE FRENCH NATIONAL RAILWAY KNOWS THE RIGHT FORMULA The handbook covers the entire area of ​​EUSAIR (Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, BiH), and provides full insight into models and recommendations for creating innovative participatory tourism products based on intangible heritage and storytelling.    The manual extensively describes the beginnings and development of Istra Inspirit as cultural tourism products and lists the advantages and disadvantages of certain models, the way they are promoted and financed, the involvement of the local community and all its stakeholders in projects, with special emphasis on the methodology storytelling tours (on the example of Casanova tour in Vrsar) or experiences (on the example of the Legend of the Trnoplers). During the nine years of Istra Inspirit, the development of products, business, acting, directing, scenography and other skills that contribute to success is visible. last_img read more

The tradition of the largest boat fair in Central Europe continues. Biograd Boat Show this year with over 240 exhibitorsThe tradition of the largest boat fair in Central Europe continues. Biograd Boat Show this year with over 240 exhibitors

first_img“Biograd Boat Show is known for the hospitable atmosphere of Biograd, a coastal town that lives uniquely with this event with exhibitors and guests. That is why he is recognized among the members of IFBSO, the International Association of Organizers of Nautical Fairs, of which we are a golden member. Thanks to the support of national, county and the City of Biograd na Moru, and the continued cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board, with the teamwork and efforts of professional services of Ilirija dd, despite the global pandemic, it is possible to maintain continuity of events of great importance for the nautical industry. tourism, as the most competitive and highest quality form of Croatian tourist offer“, They point out from Ilirija dd 22nd International Nautical Fair Biograd Boat Show, organized and hosted by Ilirija dd, is ready to open its doors to exhibitors and visitors on Wednesday, October 21, and despite new circumstances, with all epidemiological measures, will maintain the tradition the largest nautical fair in Central Europe. Biograd Boat Show will be held from Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25 in Ilirija Marina Kornati in Biograd na Moru Biograd “B2B”, a platform for business networking of the nautical sector, as a long-term specialty of the BBS this year is more than ever of significant importance, especially strong in the segment of video contacts and meetings. “We are proud because within the “B2B” Croatian Chamber of Commerce organizes the 4th Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days, which congress program has been extended to three days (from 21 to 23 October) and brings together Associations – marinas, small shipbuilding, boat service providers – charter , tourist shipping companies, and the Diving Tourism Association, ie all representatives of the real sector of the nautical industry and tourism and state institutions, giving the BBS the meaning of the Congress of the Croatian Nautical Industry and Tourism”, The organizers point out. So it is a tradition the largest boat fair in Central Europe kept this year with over 240 exhibitors and almost equal last year’s record number of vessels. More information about the 22nd International Nautical Fair Biograd Boat Show, find out on the official web site. German and Slovenian lifting travel restrictions to Croatia, ie Zadar County, significantly increased the response of larger vessels up to 20 meters, and strengthened the international arrival at the fair. center_img Due to current circumstances, the fair was extended to five days, from October 21 to 25, and open space the third largest the country’s marinas, categorized with four anchors, and fresh sea air guarantee a safe environment. Close cooperation and coordination of the team of professional services of the Ilirija company, with the Civil Headquarters and the epidemiologist guarantees the safety of exhibitors and visitors to the fair, according to Ilirija dd “In addition to presenting both novelties and premieres, we believe that the BBS program, with its attractiveness to visitors, will accelerate networking, information exchange and networking of business operators, thus facilitating the preparation of a complex business year 2021. all the necessary funds have been provided, and about which, in addition to written notifications, they will also receive instructions from the operational teams at the entrances.“, Conclude from Ilirija dd As part of Biograd B2B, Croatia Charter Expo next to Hall B in the western Marina Kornati is provided to companies and presentation on their own vessels, pier 14, and registered charter companies have a fleet of over 1600 yachts. The importance of B2B encounters is more prominent than ever Photo: Ilirija ddlast_img read more