Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 14! The Brady Bunch Takes Sondheim to the Circus

first_imgWe’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! WHY WE LOVE IT Isn’t it RICH, indeed! The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, the post-Brady Bunch television extravaganza, has become legendary in the videosphere of campy folklore. The series brought us such gems as this Strike Up the Band/Music Man mashup, a tribute to Purlie (without Melba Moore, but with synchronized swimmers) and whatever the hell is going on here. But in this clip, Florence Henderson, who started out on Broadway before becoming the classic small screen mom, takes it down a notch with a sort of upbeat, subtly swingy version of “Send in the Clowns.” All appears to be fine, and then…bam. Enter the poor, helpless Brady kids dressed as sad circus clowns. We can’t believe we didn’t realize until now that this is what was missing from A Little Night Music. MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 3:30. Why do they keep turning around to wave as they’re leaving? Are they ever going to get off that stage?! Well, maybe next year?center_img OVERALL CAMP FACTOR Three out of three Clown Marcias. Clown Marcia, Clown Marcia, Clown Marcia! View Commentslast_img read more

Peanut research

first_imgA $15 million grant from the U.S. Agency on International Development is giving a boost in funds to international peanut research at the University of Georgia. The USAID grant awarded to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will go toward management of the Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, formerly known as the Peanut Collaborative Research Support Programs, or Peanut CRSP. One of 10 innovation labs in existence, the lab is designed to help provide essential research for impoverished countries where people suffer from malnutrition.“I think the peanut industry has always had an interest in helping humanitarian situations,” said the grant’s principal investigator Steve Brown, who is the college’s assistant dean for extension. “The University of Georgia and the peanut industry are proud to have this program centered out of the state of Georgia. It means a lot to us.”Brown also will serve as interim director of the Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab.The newly funded program will be anchored at UGA and over the next four years will focus the on helping five countries: Haiti, Ghana, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. During their time in these countries, UGA researchers and collaborators from other universities and organizations will help local farmers and work to improve the entire peanut value chain from production to product development. One project already in the works will look at mycotoxins, which are potent toxins produced by fungi and found in several staple food products. Their goal will be to look for ways to eliminate the toxic problem, which can be a major health issue in some developing countries.Other projects will be selected over the next several weeks. “The countries we are going to be working in are not and will never be competitors of the U.S. peanut industry,” Brown said. “We’re trying to help them crawl their way out of poverty and, if peanuts can help them do that, then we’re the logical ones to lead the effort.”Scott Angle, dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said the Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab’s research also will be applied in Georgia. “It is not often that we can have a truly win-win project such as this,” he said.For more about the Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, see peanutcrsp.org. For more information on peanut research at UGA, see caes.uga.edu/commodities/fieldcrops/peanuts.last_img read more

UGA Traffic Injury Prevention

first_imgEach program area delivers adult education for consumers, safety professionals and community volunteers designed to address the most common causes of traffic injuries and fatalities for target age groups. GTIPI also serves as a statewide resource for answering consumer questions about safer travel. Featured in AAA Magazine, the national CarFit program, designed for drivers aged 55 and up, helps seniors stay behind the wheel longer and more safely. “CarFit is a non-threatening way to educate seniors about how to stay safe and comfortable in their cars as their physical abilities change with age,” Bower said. “Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E.” was showcased by the national Governor’s Highway Safety Association earlier in 2013 for its strong educational impacts on state graduated driver licensing laws and parental involvement. “Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, and more than two-thirds of teens who die in crashes in Georgia weren’t buckled up,” Bower said. Through this year’s grant award, the institute will offer four different training and community education initiatives: the National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Program, Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error), CarFit for senior drivers and the Online Safety Store. The Online Safety Store is a partnership between GOHS and GTIPI. Now in its seventh year of collaboration, the store is Georgia’s primary source statewide for print and electronic traffic safety resources for public safety, public health, traffic safety professionals and consumers. GTIPI manages distribution of GOHS materials from www.gahighwaysafety.org.. PRIDE trains instructors how to deliver safe driving tools to the community. For the last 10 years, GTIPI’s course for parents and their new teen drivers, “Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E.,” has aimed to reduce teen injuries and fatalities through education. The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, or GTIPI, has partnered with GOHS for the past 27 years in designing and delivering education that improves driver and passenger safety across the lifespan. The institute continues to be a leading resource in traffic safety training and education in Georgia. For more information on the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, traffic safety training and programs or other traffic-related resources, see www.ridesafegeorgia.org .For more information on the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, traffic safety training and programs or other traffic-related resources, see www.ridesafegeorgia.org or call 678-413-4281 or 800-342-9819.center_img Parents and young children benefit from safety professionals and volunteers who achieve national certification in the child passenger safety technician course. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety-UGA partnership dates back to 1986. At that time, federal grant funding was awarded to states with highway safety offices for partnering with institutions of higher education to address traffic injuries with an education and enforcement approach to reducing fatalities. In Georgia, UGA Extension was awarded funding support to conduct educational classes for parents and caregivers on the consistent and correct use of child safety seats in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. Originally named the Occupant Safety Education Program, the project was renamed GTIPI in 2002. The institute continues today as an outreach initiative of UGA Extension as a part of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has been awarded a $640,000 grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to continue its statewide education programs in the areas of child passenger safety, parent and teen driving safety and senior driver education. Law enforcement, emergency medical services, health departments, Extension educators, fire departments and others across the state participate in GTIPI’s training and distribute educational materials. Onsite training is conducted across the state at regional locations, as well as at GTIPI’s headquarters training facility in Conyers. A train-the-trainer certification course equips PRIDE instructors to help parents guide their teens through the license process and helps teens learn how to avoid crashes. PRIDE instructors equip both the parent and teen with accurate information about how to obtain and keep a Georgia driver license. “Even though child safety seats are used more than 90 percent of the time by Georgia parents, child passenger safety technicians consistently find that almost all of those in use are installed incorrectly,” said Don Bower, UGA professor emeritus and GTIPI project director. “The National CPST Certification Course offered by GTIPI qualifies public safety professionals, fire, medical and community volunteers to teach parents how to eliminate those installation and use mistakes.”last_img read more

Peru Guerrillas Growing Stronger, Former Top Cop Says

first_imgBy Dialogo November 09, 2009 THIS IS A GOOD SITE. The Shining Path guerrilla group “is increasingly improving its firepower” in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, known as the VRAE region and considered Peru’s principal cocaine-producing area, the former chief of the counter-terrorism police said. Gen. Marcos Miyashiro, one of the key men involved in the 1992 capture of Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman, made the comment in an interview published Sunday by the daily La Republica. The expansion of the guerrilla group’s firepower explains “why they dare to directly attack the military bases located in the VRAE,” where more than 40 soldiers have died in ambushes and attacks staged by the Shining Path in recent months, the retired general said. The current incarnation of the Shining Path in the VRAE is not the same as the group that launched its armed struggle against the Peruvian state nearly 30 years ago, with the main difference being that the organization’s current leader, “Comrade Jose,” limits attacks to the security forces, establishing links to local people instead of murdering them, Miyashiro said. The Maoist-inspired Shining Path launched its uprising on May 17, 1980, with an attack on Chuschi, a small town in Ayacucho province. A truth commission appointed by former President Alejandro Toledo blamed the Shining Path for most of the nearly 70,000 deaths the panel ascribed to politically motivated violence during the two decades following the group’s 1980 uprising. The guerrilla group also caused an estimated $25 billion in economic losses, according to commission estimates. “For the people of the VRAE, who mainly work in drug trafficking and related activities, Shining Path is their protector. That is why they do not cooperate with us, because we are trying to put an end to that protector,” the retired general said. Comrade Jose’s capture is a long way off, with many lives being lost between now and the time he is brought to justice, Miyashiro said. The Shining Path operates in the northeastern Upper Huallaga Valley, a center of coca cultivation and cocaine production, under the command of “Comrade Artemio” and in the VRAE region under Comrade Jose. The guerrilla group’s “remnants” operate in both valleys, working with drug traffickers and staging attacks on the security forces. One of the main problems with the current military strategy against the rebels in the VRAE is the shortcomings of the intelligence service, an essential element in fighting groups like Shining Path, Miyashiro said. “We have not seen any arrests in the VRAE. That’s something that requires an explanation,” Miyashiro said. Defense Minister Rafael Rey, for his part, said in an interview published Sunday by La Republica that the armed forces’ top objective was to “capture the main terrorist chiefs.” Rey refused to confirm or deny press reports that came out Saturday about the government hiring an Israeli firm to train special patrols and help craft a new counterinsurgency strategy.last_img read more

UN Redoubles Efforts To House Haiti’s Homeless

first_imgBy Dialogo May 21, 2010 The head of the UN mission in Haiti Edmond Mulet unveiled new efforts to provide secure housing to thousands of people made homeless by January’s devastating earthquake. One key component of the UN plan would offer assistance to homeowners, enabling them to rehabilitate houses that might have been damaged but are still basically sound. “We’re in the process of identifying houses that haven’t been totally demolished to help the owners make the necessary repairs, so that they will be encouraged to return home and also provide shelter to others in need,” Mulet said. January’s quake left more than 1.3 million people in need of shelter and claimed as many as 300,000 lives. Five months after the quake, several hundreds of thousands of people remain camped out in tent cities and streets in the capital Port-au-Prince. “After having supplied tents to the majority of quake victims, it’s now time to get on with the next phase — providing more solid and secure homes to people now that the rainy season is here and hurricane season is on the way,” Mulet said as he visited an outdoor camp that is home to some 8,000 people on the border of notorious Cite Soleil shantytown. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has for months been saying that people in the camps are first and foremost being given the option to return to their homes, where possible, although many are scared to do so because of the risk of another quake.last_img read more

Trust among Partners, Key to Develop Joint Regional Efforts

first_imgBy Claudia Sánchez-Bustamante, Diálogo May 29, 2018 As commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH) since May 2017, Major General David G. Bellon has strengthened bonds of friendship with partner nation navies and naval infantries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Diálogo talked to the commander as he gets ready to oversee the deployment of the 2018 Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force to provide humanitarian assistance, disaster response, and engineering support to Central America, Colombia, and the Caribbean. Diálogo: What is MARFORSOUTH’s main focus in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018? Major General David G. Bellon, commander of MARFORSOUTH: We have two priority focuses, I would say we have a day job and a crisis response responsibility. For the crisis response job, for half the year, we support a force at the request of the combatant commander [U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command], called the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF). As marines, we task organize for every job, and our philosophy is to come self-deployable. We have everything we need to do the job we’ve been tasked to do. We’ve been organized into a Marine Air-Ground Task Force with a special purpose. In SOUTHCOM, we have a SPMAGTF that has been designed, trained, and equipped to do crisis response, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief. It’s for the people of the region, our partners and friends, we have a force that’s poised and ready to go to alleviate human suffering in the event of a natural disaster, human disaster, whether it’s a hurricane or earthquake, or something else. We’re poised and ready to go for six months of the year, primarily during hurricane season. That force is deployed into Soto Cano, Honduras, but they’re distributed all over Central America, Colombia, and the Caribbean. They also have a day job, so when they’re not pivoting to crisis response, they work with our partners and listen to their needs within their own forces to help build their capacities so that we can contribute to the conditions to establish rule of law. Diálogo: Does the special purpose change or is it always focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts? Maj. Gen. Bellon: For the crisis response element, primarily we’re organized to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response. But there could be other missions that we could be given, you never know. They have a pretty wide skill set, but they’re really trained on humanitarian assistance. Diálogo: What is your biggest concern in terms of regional security in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean? Maj. Gen. Bellon: Regional security really comes down to rule of law. Not to focus too much on drugs, but using drugs as an example, most people in the United States perceive problems in a northward trajectory, meaning drugs, people, and bad stuff coming north into the United States. What they don’t understand is that the byproduct of that flow to the north is a lot of weapons and money going south. This is fomented by this transregional organized crime. That money flow and those organized criminal networks make it very difficult for our partners to establish rule of law, very difficult. That’s what prevents the hemisphere from moving forward, and that’s the primary threat to our friends and partners in the region. Diálogo: What is the importance of joint, regional collaboration among partner nations to achieve security in the region? What joint, regional strategies are in place to achieve this? Maj. Gen. Bellon: From a U.S. Marine Corps perspective, we have been invested for decades in Latin America and the Caribbean, and by that I mean we have been partnering very closely with the Colombian marines, with the Chilean marines, with the Brazilian marines, with the Peruvian marines, and they have all ascended to first-world, primary, very capable, very professional forces. At this time in history we’re seeing them assume significant regional leadership roles. Chile and Colombia both deploy training teams into Central America with us. Mexico is poised and ready to take a leadership role regionally to train and deploy forces. At this time in our history, it’s time to be collaborative, to share the responsibility, to share the leadership, for us to listen to one another and to provide the best conditions possible for our partners to be able to establish rule of law and have a way to move forward. Diálogo: What joint regional strategies are in place to achieve this? Maj. Gen. Bellon: In the same vein of acknowledging the obvious leadership positions of Chile, Colombia, and Mexico; this summer [2018], for the first time, we have offered to share the command of the SPMAGTF with those countries. Colombia, the Colombian Marine Corps, will be the deputy commander of the SPMAGTF for the first time. Chile will have an officer, at least one, participating this summer with the MAGTF, and hopefully, so will Mexico. It’s a historic first step, and it’s an acknowledgement of the professionalism of their forces. We know we’re better working with them. It’s also important to mention that the Brazilian Navy is taking a leadership role in observing how UNITAS–one of the U.S. Navy’s longest-running exercises–changes the paradigm. They are beyond the traditional training model of the past 60 years in which we get together every other year. These navies and marines have advanced to such a stage that they’re ready to be operational. We went down to Brazil to try to seize an opportunity and build a force capable of providing assistance to our friends in the region. Brazil is leading the initiative of a table-top exercise, in which there are no troops, but we work together on scenarios. They’re looking at potentially converting UNITAS Amphibious in 2019 from an exercise force to a force that is designed, ready, and prepared to provide assistance in the event of another hurricane strike in the Caribbean, for example. That is a major shift for which Brazil is taking a historic leadership role in our region, just like Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, and Peru are doing already. Diálogo: How do events, such as the Marine Leaders of the Americas Conference 2018, help strengthen our bonds and benefit the collaboration between the U.S. Marine Corps and those of Mexico and our regional partner nations? Maj. Gen. Bellon: The primary thing is that it gets the leaders together for more than a single meeting. By that I mean that leaders are together for days during trips, so the personal relationships really grow. Those personal relationships among leaders are critical because they foster an atmosphere of honesty. When you can speak honestly and express the equities of each country and its people, you can see where they overlap in order to work together. We fortunately overlap way more than we’re separated. When you can spend enough time together to establish personal relationships and acknowledge the trust and common interests of our people, then you can get to real solutions. It’s more difficult when you do one-day visits here and there because we’re not all there. This is an opportunity for the leaders to get together every other year and discuss, ‘This is how I see the region. These are the interests of my people. I’m listening to what the interests of your people are and how you see the region so we can get together to discuss what we can do together’. Brazil is stepping up and taking a leadership role with UNITAS. Colombia, Chile, and Mexico are stepping up and taking a leadership role in Central America. These are all byproducts of a little bit of trust flowing among those countries. Diálogo: Were any significant agreements made at MLAC 2018? Maj. Gen. Bellon: Yes, typically we have the big meetings, where we’re all together, and then there are smaller side meetings, bilateral or trilateral meetings, where we talk specifics. During those, Mexico, for example, may come and say, ‘We want to be more of a regional trainer. We have very good schools, and we’d like you to come to our schools more’. Those types of conversations happen at these events. Colombia has phenomenal expertise in riverine operations, and they have a very good school in Turbo. They offered to have other countries come to their school, so those conversations took place. We also talked about sharing the leadership of the SPMAGTF and eventually moving it onboard ships, like what Brazil is about to do with UNITAS. Those are the types of agreements that are in early stages of development, mostly based on personal trust and relationships. Diálogo: Having been in this role since May 2017, how has your perspective of the region changed since you assumed command? Maj. Gen. Bellon: Generally speaking, it’s been my experience in other places where you’re at war, that the best you can expect to achieve in a combat environment is a temporary alignment based on immediate needs. Whereas, here we’re not at war and we’re able to talk generationally. What you have in our region is this values-based alignment that already exists based on our common history and heritage. Truly—between the values, orientation, and heritage of our people–we have way more in common than we have different. That’s true from Alaska all the way down to Punta Arenas, so when you start with that, it opens up potential. That’s culturally. Factually, what you have in this region are expanding economies, expanding populations, access to natural resources, and a cultural value of education. All of these countries, hopefully including the United States, are all advancing and they’re going to be a part of the future of this planet in a big way. What’s interesting is that now we talk about issues, such as how to stop illegal fishing. Illegal fishing is a global problem that’s going to affect our grandchildren. What role do we play in that? How about deforestation? How about illegal mining? How about the flow of drugs and guns going not only in both directions, but north, south, east, and west? When you have people that have a bright future they’re more invested in solving problems for the next generation. Diálogo: How are the security concerns in Latin America and the Caribbean unique and different from those in your previous roles? Maj. Gen. Bellon: In other places, in my personal history, like Iraq and Afghanistan, you have open warfare. In Latin America and the Caribbean, it’s more about trying to set the conditions for the rule of law. The people want to live freely and they want to have individual rights that are common with democracies. They want to have free open economies, they want to have trade. But what really jeopardizes that is the vast amount of criminal networks that span the entire region. With the amount of money that flows through those networks there’s a corresponding amount of violence. That money buys murders. The hard reality is that this region—our region—has the highest murder rate in the world by far. It’s really hard to raise your people up and to think generationally if all you’re trying to do is get your kids to survive to adulthood. That’s the problem set we have here as opposed to open warfare that you might have somewhere else. Diálogo: What is the importance SPMAGTF’s long-term vision as you mentioned above? Maj. Gen. Bellon: When I talk to our own navy, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, we are acknowledging that there are navies like Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Honduras that are building and buying ships, and they have aspirations to be a very regional force, but navies are very expensive, and I might be able to buy and build one ship, so we should see that ship working in partnership with a ship from one of our partners and being able to work together. That’s easy to say, but hard to do. The only way you get to that is by having a common mission and sailing together to provide a common capability. That’s why Brazil stepping forward and offering to explore the possibility of [leading] UNITAS, not as a scripted exercise, but as a mission-capable force that potentially sails out as a task force, such as others that already exist in other places on the planet. That’s at a much higher level of sophistication, but if we can get to that within the region then we can work together to solve problems that individually we can’t. That’s the key to our future. Diálogo: Is the idea to make this a humanitarian aid task force, like Continuing Promise? Maj. Gen. Bellon: This is a developing concept and it takes a sophisticated navy to be a thought leader. Brazil is a very sophisticated navy. What they’re exploring is to exercise the concept so we can determine correctly what the potential is. The initial thought is this force would come together, particularly during a high-risk hurricane season, for example, and that these modern, first-world, very capable navies would embark humanitarian assistance capability on them to project that capability to alleviate human suffering in the region if a hurricane hit again, like we had last year [2017], and the year before that. We know it’s going to happen. People are just assuming their rightful leadership roles in the region, and saying, ‘We have this capability. Let’s work together to make this a better place for all of our people.’ Diálogo: Anything you’d like to add for our regional readers? Maj. Gen. Bellon: The biggest take away that I’ve taken from my time here is the potential the region has. When you start from a common place of values, where families from one country agree to basic values as families from another country and another country, there’s cultural alignment. There is a real appreciation of education, science, technology, and development. Just as critically, people feel a global responsibility in this region. This is manifested in their militaries, and [this is true] for me and for many of us in our navies and naval infantries. When you hear these exercises of concepts and people working together, it’s a direct reflection of the people of their country. I’m very encouraged. As I prepare to eventually go into another job, the message I will take is there is great potential of the people of this region.last_img read more

Do you track your net worth?

first_imgYou probably (hopefully) track your budget every month, but your net worth doesn’t need quite as much attention. It’s still a good idea to keep an eye on it. Do you do it?Personal finance site Super Millennial suggests that tracking your net worth every month is necessary to maintain perspective of your financial goals. You may be stretching your budget thin this month, but if you can see that your net worth has increased over the last year, then you can feel assured that you’re on the right track.Super Millennial offers a handy spreadsheet at the source link below to track your net worth, but you can also use services like Mint, or just a piece of paper. We want to know, do you track your net worth? If so, how often do you do it? How has it changed how you view your finances? continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The future is now: Digital applications are key to survival in 2020

first_imgHow do we address this? Now more than ever, it’s important to consider the value of moving to an (improved) online solution. Simply stated: if you don’t have digital account and loan application solutions in place, what is your plan for survival in 2020? This was nicely explained in April 8 post on The Financial Brand(TFB), authored by Jim Marous, TFB co-publisher when he said: “Unless your organization is prepared to not open another new checking, savings account or loan relationship for the foreseeable future, now is the time to …. convert all back office operations to support new digital relationships using digital technologies and seamless integration.” Need more supporting data before you act? Consider this. First Service Credit Union (Asset size: 760 million) in Houston, Texas, was the first to pilot and launch Origins for online account opening and loan applications in 2018. They established the eCU Technology CUSO to offer these digital solutions to other credit unions in 2019.What do your March numbers look like? And what are your projections for Q2 of 2020?ECU Technology is here to equip our customers with the tools and resources to ensure their ability to complete and succeed in a world where remote-access is the bridge and the key to being able to conduct business moving forward.We’re here to help you, as you work to help your members and your communities.CONTACT INFO:Larry Hayeslhayes@ecutechnology.com281.705.4841 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The coronavirus pandemic is impacting everyone. Above all else, our thoughts are with those who are sick, as well as with our healthcare workers and first responders who are on the front lines fighting this terrible virus.And while the emotional toll this pandemic is taking on individuals and communities can’t be overstated, neither can the impact it’s having on businesses all across the country and around the world. This pandemic has escalated importance of remote-access and/or “touchless” transactions as the key to the vitality of organizations moving forward. If you are an organization that relies on in-person exchanges of goods and services, you are an organization that’s severely impacted by this virus – from the nail salons, retail storefronts, entertainment, dine-in restaurants, to travel…. The list goes on and on.However. If you are a credit union that CAN leverage technology to keep business going, but you are not currently doing so, you’re putting members and employees at risk – as well as risking future health and success of your organization.The pandemic is a wake-up call for us all on so many levels, but especially for the business community, and specifically the credit union industry, in how we leverage technology to serve our communities. This is an opportunity to re-think processes to ensure the health of our community and the growth of our organizations into the future. Make no mistake, COVID19 is terrible. But the current situation presents an opportunity for digital transformation of our industry – and ultimately improved service delivery.And while many credit unions are, in fact, still relying on paper forms and applications, even the CUs that have switched to digital forms are facing some challenges.last_img read more

Eco Heritage Task Force volunteers in Nin

first_imgFrom July 23 to August 12, 40 young volunteers are staying in the city of Nin, organized by the Croatian Heritage Foundation, the City of Nin, the Tourist Board of the City of Nin and in cooperation with the Nin utility company Komunalac Nin doo, Elementary School “Petar Zoranić” Nin and Solana Nin.Volunteers work on preserving the heritage and preserving the natural and cultural beauties of the Nin region in several different locations. Project participants came from 15 countries: the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Ecuador, South Africa, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Spain, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and are mostly descendants of Croatian emigrants.Through the ECO HERITAGE TASK FORCE project, the need to preserve our natural and cultural heritage has been emphasized, so the partner in the implementation for many years is the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency and the local community where the project is implemented. This year it is the City of Nin, which is rich in its historical contents and is a tourist destination that will be introduced to young people from all over the world through the project of the Croatian Heritage Foundation.The ECO HERITAGE TASK FORCE project began in the midst of Croatian war suffering in 1992, and the emigrant youth accepted it, enriched it and continued to maintain it with great enthusiasm to this day. Recognizing the value of this program, every year Croatian friends from abroad and representatives of Croatian national minorities from neighboring countries are joined by their friends from all over the world. This year, too, the voluntary program ECO HERITAGE TASK FORCE is traditionally organized, in which young people over the age of 18 work on environmental protection, restoring parts of the Croatian natural-monumental and cultural-historical space. The need to preserve our heritage is a challenge, so the inclusion of young emigrants is a natural need because they also come from Croatia and have a desire to contribute to the preservation of its natural environment and assets and thus get to know the homeland better.The project has so far been held in Plitvice, Skradin, Trsteno, on the island of Ugljan, in Daruvar, on Školjić, in Pula, Motovun, Duga Resa, Bakar, Zaostrog, Koprivnica, Rovinj, twice in Ston, Vis and Šibenik.last_img read more

PP Papuk opened the season and announced new investments

first_imgThe capacity of the bus will be sufficient to visit two school classes of average number, ie one group of 50 visitors, as it is organized on average in package arrangements in the agencies with which it intends to cooperate. Camp Duboka – ranger camp The first tourist season at the Duboka camping resort attracted over 200 visitors who spent 320 nights, while in 2018 that number doubled. There were about 450 tourists staying in the camp, who spent over 600 nights. The structure of visitors is dominated by foreign guests from Western European countries. It is interesting to note that these are guests who are just looking for campsites located in areas with preserved nature, and the Duboka campsite meets all their requirements. PP Papuk also announced a new tourist attraction – balloon flight. Namely, the Papuk Nature Park, as part of the UNESCO Geopark Geoprice project, provided the purchase of balloons that will play the role of promoting the Park, as well as a new tourist product that will offer its guests through a unique experience of seeing Papuk from a completely different perspective. The peculiarities of the Duboka Camping Resort have been recognized by the Croatian Camping Association, and it has been included in the list of 38 best small campsites in Croatia as part of the OK Mini Camps quality standard certification project, a project to encourage camp quality and education supported by the Ministry of Tourism. Mario Fabek (Auto Hrvatska doo) and Alen Jurenac Camp Duboka The camp was opened in 2017 when 2,8 million kuna with VAT was invested in it, through the project “PARKS“Funds from a grant from the Global Environment Facility, the beneficiary of which is the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program in Croatia (UNDP). Source / photo: PP Papuk The camp environment provides many recreational opportunities such as hiking, sport climbing, cycling or jogging. The camp is well connected to the main hiking and biking trails in the park. The project “Geo stories of the UNESCO Geopark“By the end of May this year, the Duboka Adrenaline Park will be built, which is an integral part of the Papuk Nature Park Management Plan. Adrenaline park Duboka as a new product of PP Papuk will contribute to the overall attractiveness and attractiveness of the existing and new tourist infrastructure. “Apart from the fact that our Nature Park prides itself on the natural beauties that make it unique in beautiful Croatia, we are proud to be the first to recognize the opportunity to contribute to the quality of the Park’s tourist offer, all for the benefit of our visitors. I would also like to mention that our project UNESCO Geoparks Geoparks is among the ten largest projects currently being implemented in the Republic of Croatia”, Said Alen Jurenac, director of the Park. PP Papuk is a real example of continuous sustainable development and investment, and after the Krka National Park, it is definitely the most active NP or PP in Croatia. Today, this nature park is an indispensable part of the tourist offer of the whole of Slavonia. Also, a contract was signed for the purchase of a panoramic bus that will connect all parts of the Park and be at the service of all visitors whose number is growing rapidly day by day. Papuk Nature Park has thus become the first among nature parks and national parks to boast of such an endeavor. The value of the procurement is almost 3 million kuna, delivered as part of the aforementioned project “Geopriče UNESCO geoparka” which is funded through the program “Promoting the sustainable use of natural heritage in national parks and nature parks.” Camp Duboka is located on the edge of the Papuk Nature Park in Velika. It is located in a natural oasis of the valley of the Dubočanka stream and covers an area of ​​2,3 hectares and can accommodate up to 200 campers. The camp has 11 arranged pitches for campers and caravans with electricity and water connections. One part of the camp is intended for guests to stay in tents. Guests of the camp use a shared bathroom and a small kitchen.last_img read more