November 27, 2020

CNTB in Dalmatia organizes a business workshop for nautical and study trips of foreign agents

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board in the Split-Dalmatia County is organizing a business workshop Buy Croatia NAUTIKA, which will be held October 4th at the Le Meridien Lav hotel in the Brač hall.This is a specialized B2B business workshop in which foreign participants will be presented with the offer of charter agencies and tourism entities that specialize in nautical tourism.Representatives of 12 charter agencies from the Austrian, Scandinavian, Russian, Polish, French and UK markets will meet at the workshop to discuss business cooperation opportunities with 32 Croatian participants specializing in nautical tourism. In parallel with the workshop, the CNTB points out that they also organize a study trip of foreign agents, which is held from October 1 to 5, which includes a tour of some of the key tourist sites and destinations in the county.last_img read more

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Pandemic forces Muslims to forgo Ramadan traditions

first_img“I guess my most-want-to-do item in Ramadan is to perform the tarawih [at the mosque] and the mass Idul Fitri prayers,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday.“It is just so sad to realize that now everyone must do it individually. It feels like we aren’t fully experiencing the nuances of Ramadan,” she added.“But to save myself and other people, we don’t have any option but to follow the rules, right?”Meanwhile, Muhammad Ellan from South Tangerang, Banten, had not lost hope that this year’s Ramadan would still feel special, being the largest event of religious observance in the Muslim faith.Ellan, 59, had been praying five times a day for the past year at his local mosque before it was forced to close down under the order of the government. Even so, he still was able to get accustomed to praying at home.“What is more important is to be able to achieve muhasabah [introspection],” he said this week.The Religious Affairs Ministry recently issued a letter outlining prayer and worship guidelines for Ramadan this year. It instructs Indonesian Muslims to perform the tarawih and tadarus (Quran recitations) at home and urges them not to participate in public bukber or sahur gatherings. Furthermore, any itikaf or Nuzulul Quran (day of the revelation of the Quran) events to be held at mosques would be canceled.The nation’s two largest Islamic organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, also called on Indonesian Muslims to refrain from public gatherings. Muhammadiyah has been promoting the hashtag #RamadandiRumah (Ramadan at home) to encourage Muslims to worship at home.Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, had shown no sign of hosting congregational prayers on Thursday night, a sharp contrast to previous years when the mosque council would serve up to 5,000 portions of takjil (breaking-of-the-fast snacks) to worshipers during Ramadan. Istiqlal spokesperson Abu Hurairah said it was the first time in history to have the mosque closed since it opened in 1978.However, in spite of this unprecedented era of social restraint, not all Muslims have heeded the instruction to shelter in place.Muslims in a number of regions reportedly went ahead with tarawih prayers at mosques, as was the case in Aceh. The Aceh Ulema Council (MPU) has allowed people to continue performing mass prayers at mosques, so long as they were in areas where COVID-19 had been safely contained.Mosques in South Jakarta, South Tangerang in Banten, Tegal in Central Java, as well as Tuban and Jombang in East Java also allowed evening Ramadan prayers to be observed, according to local reports.UIN Syarif Hidayatullah lecturer and researcher Saiful Umam said that Muslim beliefs usually fall within a spectrum of theological arguments ranging from the fatalistic – where one conceives that fate is predetermined – to those who believe that it is the ikhtiar (effort) that counts.Most Indonesians fall somewhere midway between the two extremes but tend to conceive the latter, making for more law-abiding citizens, Saiful said.“But there are still some who tend toward fatalism,” he said, adding that the government ought to be cautious of reigniting divisions from the 2019 elections.Muslim-majority Indonesia has prided itself on its moderate brand of Islam amid the global trend of rising religious and political extremism.But the COVID-19 pandemic has proven a veritable test for the country’s devout Muslim worshipers, for whom faith is tied to national culture and identity.Nearly 800,000 mosques and musholla (prayer rooms) are spread across the country, according to data from the Religious Affairs Ministry.Some mosques are not affiliated with the government or the two largest grassroots organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, indicating that local Islamic figures might still hold sway at the community level, Saiful said.He suggested that the government establish communication with all elements of society down to the community level, so that they too could call on Muslims to suspend public gatherings during Ramadan. However, the viral outbreak has upended much of the Muslim way of life in the country after the government instructed people to stay at home as the main strategy to curb the contagion.As of Friday afternoon, the country has confirmed 8,211 COVID-19 cases and 689 deaths, according to the official tally.Every night during the month of Ramadan, worshipers would fill up all mosques across the country for tarawih, but the first night this year on Thursday was anything but crowded.Syarafina Marha, 29, a private sector worker from Bekasi, West Java, said she always tried to go home earlier so that she could take part in the first tarawih prayers at the mosque in her residential compound. Now that the mosque was forced to close, the whole situation had given her mixed feelings. Muslims worldwide began a month of fasting on Friday amid unprecedented social restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.For many Muslims in Indonesia, the long-awaited Ramadan is much more than simply abstaining from food and drink from dawn to dusk. The holy month brings with it a host of communal traditions, from tarawih (evening Ramadan prayers) at mosques, bukber (breaking-of-the-fast gatherings) with family, friends and colleagues, to sahur (predawn meal) “on the road” and itikaf (seclusion in mosques).center_img Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the number of mosques in Indonesia.Topics :last_img read more

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US activists decry first known wrongful arrest blamed on face recognition

first_imgAn incorrect facial recognition match led to the first known wrongful arrest in the United States based on the increasingly used technology, civil liberties activists alleged in a complaint to Detroit police on Wednesday.Robert Williams spent over a day in custody in January after face recognition software connected his driver’s license photo to surveillance video of someone shoplifting, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) said in the complaint. In a video shared by the ACLU, Williams says officers released him after acknowledging “the computer” must have been wrong.Detroit authorities drew help from the Michigan State Police force, which told Reuters that a face matching service from Rank One Computing had identified Williams among possible leads. The ACLU complaint requests Detroit police stop using facial recognition altogether “as the facts of Mr. Williams’ case prove both that the technology is flawed and that investigators are not competent in making use of such technology.”Williams’ arrest concerned five watches totaling $3,800 taken from a Shinola store in October 2018.Police have used facial recognition in convictions, but activists contend greater precautions are needed to mitigate against issues such as mismatches related to Black individuals.Rank One in a blog post last year described such concerns as “misconceptions,” citing US. government research about the high accuracy of top systems.Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc halted facial recognition sales to police this month following nationwide protests that have demanded an end to law enforcement tactics that unfairly target African Americans and other minorities.Topics : Separate guidelines from Michigan State Police and Rank One say a facial recognition result should not be used as the basis for an arrest. Police lacked corroborating evidence before arresting Williams, who is Black, in front of his wife and their daughters, ages 2 and 5, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said.”This case should not have been issued based on the (police) investigation, and for that we apologize,” Worthy said in a statement, adding “this does not in any way make up for the hours that Mr. Williams spent in jail.”Her office said it did not know whether police investigators involved in Williams’ case had been sanctioned.Detroit police and Rank One did not respond to requests for comment, but the police department now limits facial recognition use to violent crimes and home invasions.last_img read more

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These Queensland areas topped the national list as the fastest growing suburbs for unit living

first_imgQueensland accounts for half of Australia’s top ten areas which have chalked up the most approvals for apartments.QUEENSLAND accounts for half of Australia’s top ten areas which have chalked up the most approvals for apartments.A new report by Bankwest found Capalaba, Brisbane’s inner west, Beenleigh, Browns Plains and Nerang were among the top ten of fastest growing local areas for apartment living.The Housing Density report analysed approvals for medium and low density housing over the long and short term.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoIt found in the 12 months to March this year more than three quarters (86 per cent) of all housing approvals in Brisbane Inner West area were for medium density housing.During the same period in Nerang it was 78.9 per cent, Beenleigh 47.6 per cent, Capalaba 46.6 per cent, and Browns Plains 41.2 per cent.Bankwest general manager broker sales, Stewart Saunders said there was a long-term trend towards apartment style living nationally.While the report predicted this trend would remain strong, it revealed in the short term there had been a national drop in apartment approvals.“The short-term decline has been largely driven by uncertainty in Queensland markets, with many apartments finishing construction and tighter foreign lending terms leading to developers holding off on new medium density construction,’’ the report said.“In absolute terms, the number of medium density housing approvals in Queensland fell by 6789 year-on-year.’’last_img read more

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OPT widens second-quarter loss

first_imgOcean Power Technologies (OPT) has booked a net loss for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 which is 62% wider when compared to the same period a year earlier.The net loss filed by the US-based wave energy developer OPT for the second quarter which ended on October 31, 2017, was $2.6 million, against the net loss of $1 million reported for the corresponding period last year.However, excluding the net change in the fair value of the warrants liability of $2.0 million, OPT’s net loss decreases, mainly due to lower product development costs in this quarter, according to the company.The revenue for the quarter was $94,000, which marks a decrease of 44% on the last year’s figures for the same period, when the reported revenue amounted to $177,000.George Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said: “The original six-month lease with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding for a PB3 PowerBuoy that was successfully deployed off the coast of Japan was extended for an additional month, which ended in September. The PowerBuoy has just recently arrived back at the Company’s NJ headquarters, where it will be refurbished and prepared for possible redeployment.“Our contract with the US Department of Defense Office of Naval Research to design a new mass-spring oscillating PowerBuoy has progressed well, and after multiple extensions for testing improvements the project’s first phase is now completed. Additionally, in order to meet anticipated demand, we are building two new PB3 units that are expected to be available for sale or lease within the next few months.”OPT has developed PowerBuoy device that harvests the energy of the waves, and can act as both power and communication platform for remote offshore applications.last_img read more

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Work to begin on US 52 slide site

first_imgNEW TRENTON, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to begin work on Monday at a slide site near the Franklin-Dearborn County line.INDOT’s contractor will stabilize the embankment slide which has kept the highway closed since early March.Crews will also replace the washed-out culvert pipe which caused the slide.Weather permitting, INDOT plans to re-open the highway in early May.last_img

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Poplawski lives lifelong dream of playing for hometown school Syracuse

first_imgWhen Taylor Poplawski walked out through the tunnel of the Carrier Dome on Sunday and onto the turf for her first home game, she had many thoughts run through her mind.It was the same field that she had watched her heroes play on from the stands while she grew up. It was the same field that she had practiced on in front of nearly 50,000 empty seats.But that day, it was, for the first time, her home field.And she was nervous.“I just tried to do what I could. Just mellowed myself out,” Poplawski said. “And focused on what I needed to get done. Focused on some major points of what to do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow a freshman for the Orange, Poplawski, a Syracuse native, is having an incredible start to her freshman season. She ranks third on the team in goals scored with 10 and is seeing significant playing time behind attacks Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor, on the nation’s top-scoring team.Poplawski will look to continue her impressive start when the Orange travels to Boston College on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. start in Chestnut Hill, Mass.“It’s not like she’s coming in trying to do too much,” Murray said. “She’s just really playing off of us really well and taking our advice and the coaches’ advice and just striving off of that.”In her first Dome game last Sunday against Canisius, she scored a game-high four goals. She score three of those in the span of 1:40 to end the first half, which put the game out of the Golden Griffins’ reach.“It was pretty amazing. It was a pretty cool experience,” Poplawski said. “I was nervous but I tried to stay composed and do my best.”Poplawski stands at just 5 feet, 2 inches. Her stature doesn’t intimidate. Her voice doesn’t boom. It’s her confidence that helps her stand out.When asked when she started to realize that Syracuse might be a legitimate possibility for her during high school, she paused. She tried to think of a specific time.But there wasn’t one. Syracuse was the only school that she could ever picture herself playing at.“To be here is literally a dream come true,” Poplawski said. “I’ve worked so hard my high school career to be here and play for such a great team. It’s really an honor.”She grew up playing high school lacrosse with Taylor Gait at the Christian Brothers Academy. SU head coach Gary Gait, who is Taylor Gait’s father, would watch them play and was impressed with what he saw from Poplawski.Gary Gait wanted Poplawski, and Poplawski wanted Syracuse. It was a mutual fit.“She developed into a great high school player and we were definitely interested in having her come to Syracuse pretty young,” Gait said. “We got to see her play, and thought she’d be a good fit here.”Coming into the season, Poplawski was one of the few freshmen that Gait predicted would have an immediate effect on his team, and he was right.But even though Poplawski is turning heads in just her first four games for the Orange, she still insists she has to prove what it takes.Poplawski knows the team she is on is stacked with experienced, championship-caliber players. It’s made people expect a lot of her, and she’s not shying away.“There is a lot of pressure,” Poplawski said. “But I do feel like I play better knowing that there is that pressure, knowing that we do have expectations.“Not only for myself, but for the team.” Comments Published on February 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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LA County Fair to hold ‘USC Day’ tomorrow

first_imgAdmission to the Los Angeles County Fair will be free this Saturday to current USC students, faculty and staff. The fair takes place at the Pomona Fairplex and Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to midnight.USC Recreational Sports has been partnering with the fair since 2009. The only costs to students and faculty to attend Saturday are food, transportation and anything else they’d like to purchase while there. Tickets are available until Friday afternoon on the Recreational Sports website.Over 800 student groups have been invited to attend the fair, including from Greek organizations and international student groups, and there will be a parade featuring student groups.“What we’re trying to do is to integrate a whole lot of different types of people through a common bond of going off campus and having a fun experience,” said Michael Munson, associate director of Recreational Sports.Kimaya Karnawat, a sophomore majoring in business administration, plans to attend with friends.“We’re all fairly new to the L.A. area, so it’ll be a really cool experience,” she said. “I’m just looking forward to going with my friends, having a good time, relaxing and taking time off from schoolwork to have fun.”Events at the fair include cooking contests, circus performances, carnival rides and pig races. Each year on USC day, a pig is dressed in a USC bib and cheered on by USC students, faculty and alumni in the race. There will also be a viewing party for the football game against Boston College with USC Spirit Leaders present.“People can come and watch the entire game, or they can go out and do stuff at the fair and then come back. The viewing party is really the one central meeting place for all Trojans,” Munson said.Natasha Simone, a sophomore majoring in theatre, is planning to attend the fair this weekend.“I’ve only been to little pop-up fairs on the street, but I’ve never actually been to the full L.A. County Fair,” Simone said. “Basically, if there’s a Ferris wheel, I’ll be extremely happy. I’m just planning to have a good time with my girlfriends.”On Saturday, the fair will close with an End of Summer Concert Series performance by R5 featuring Ryland Lynch, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is included in the admission ticket.Students who register online by the Friday deadline will receive an electronic coupon from Recreational Sports that will allow them to enter the fair. Non-USC guests can receive discounted $11 tickets through the county fair website with a USC promotional code.Those who registered on time also have the option of purchasing bus transportation leaving from the Lyon Center. Additionally, seating might be available on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost to ride the bus is $10 per student. It departs at 3 p.m. and will return to campus after the concert on Saturday, around 10:30 p.m.The fair runs until Sept. 28 this year. Normal admission for adults is $19 on the weekends and $12 on weekdays. Information about the event can also be found on the USC Day at the L.A. County Fair 2014 Facebook page.last_img read more

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Mascherano Targets River Plate Return.

first_imgBarcelona star Javier Mascherano has talked up his desire to return to former club River Plate in a playing capacity.Mascherano, 33, spent two years in the Argentine team’s first team before joining Brazilian giants Corinthians. He moved to Europe from Brazil and has gone on to enjoy a decade of European football with three clubs namely West Ham United, Liverpool and present club Barcelona.The Argentina international player disclosed his River Plate wish in a chat with TNT Sports. He said:“I believe I need to give a chapter of my career to River Plate.”“My problem is this is not guaranteed and I could be a prisoner of my own words, if the move does not happen I may be accused of lying.“But the truth is that this is what I have thought about, but I have a good relationship with the club’s president Rodolfo D’Onofrio and we speak regularly.“My future has nothing to do with money, I used to make my own decisions but now they’re done by my family, I cannot forget my kids and their situation.“What will I be doing in January or summer? I have no idea.” he concluded.Any desire to play for River Plate might have to wait until the summer of 2019 with the former Argentina captain still contracted to his Spanish club until then.RelatedMascherano Is Off To China! Argentine Star Signs For Hebei FortuneJanuary 24, 2018In “Europe”Mascherano Rues Romero World Cup BlowMay 24, 2018In “World Cup”Mascherano Retires From International Football After France DefeatJune 30, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

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New 1xBet promotions put different spin on deposit bonus model

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