November 2020

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High performance and less waiting time

first_imgMicrosoft’s Xbox Series X.Jordan Novet | CNBC Green is the characteristic color of the Xbox, and it appears around the vent holes of the Series X.Jordan Novet | CNBC I spent less time waiting for games to load, and switching between games was faster. The Series X contains a solid-state drive that reads data more quickly than the hard-disk drive in the One X.That faster storage enables a feature Microsoft calls Quick Resume, which is great for going back and forth between games. For example, when I paused car-racing game “Forza Horizon 4” and opened third-person shooter title “Gears 5,” which I had been playing a day earlier, a “Quick Resume” notification appeared in the upper right corner of the screen, and I was dropped right back to where I was in “Gears.” – Advertisement – Screenshot There are thousands of games to choose from, spanning four console generations all the way back to the original 2001 Xbox, Microsoft says.The wide selection is one advantage the Series X has over the PlayStation 5. While most PlayStation 4 games can be played on Sony’s new consoles, games built for older PlayStations won’t be available. Microsoft has a feature called Smart Delivery that lets you open games you own for older machines on the Series X in an optimized format and not have to buy them for a second time.You can also see Smart Delivery in action if you have Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription, which provides over 100 console games for $10 a month.A Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which costs $15 a month, turns on another perk: You can play games from Game Pass on Android devices. Microsoft wants to provide something similar on iOS.I don’t have a very fast home internet connection, and my phone can’t access 5G. As a result, streaming games from the cloud is choppy, if not downright unplayable. So I still prefer a console or PC. Things might look different in a couple of years. Microsoft has packed formidable power into the Xbox Series X, the $500 video game console it’s bringing to the market on Tuesday. Games perform better on this machine than on all previous Xboxes as well as on many PCs.The Series X has a sleek design — a black rectangular slab with a green-shaded concave vent on one end. It’s coming out at about the same time as Sony’s $500 PlayStation 5. For Xbox devotees, the Series X will likely be quite appealing, especially as the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of letting up, leaving consumers with plenty of free time at home.Microsoft says the Series X improves gaming in a few ways. They were evident to me as I tested the console and compared it with the Xbox One X from 2017.- Advertisement –center_img The buttons on the shoulder of the Xbox Series X controller feature tiny tactile bumps that can give you a stronger grip.Jordan Novet | CNBC The Whitewater Falls scenic location in “Forza Horizon 4” looks more realistic on the Xbox Series X than on the Xbox One X.- Advertisement – The Series X also has four times the processing power of the One X, as well as double the graphics performance and 33% more memory. To take advantage of those resources, Microsoft software engineers have optimized “Forza Horizon 4,” “Gears 5” and other games, and developers at third-party studios are doing the same.I saw slight performance improvements in “Forza Horizon 4,” “Gears 5” and “The Touryst,” a puzzle game from Germany’s Shin’en Multimedia. In Forza, I parked my Lamborghini beside a waterfall, and the scene looked more realistic on the Series X than on the One X.The Series X can deliver 4K gaming at 60 frames per second, but I have a 1080p television. In “Gears 5,” I saw higher frames per second as my character ran around. The game looked more impressive.The Series X and the One X each include 1TB of storage onboard, but the Series X has a little more storage space you can actually use: 802GB vs. 781GB, according to one study. That means more space for games if you don’t want to spend more for detachable storage. Remote play, Microsoft’s term for streaming games from my console instead of a distant data center, is a different story.If I’m home and someone else is using the television, I can still play on my phone without losing much performance. I bought a $9 adjustable plastic clip that attaches to my Xbox controller and holds my phone in place directly above it. I’ve played that way for hours. This feature works through the Xbox app for Android and iOS, and it’s available on the Xbox One, not just the new Xbox consoles.Microsoft has refined the design of the Xbox controller. The new version includes welcome changes and still feels familiar. The left and right buttons and triggers now sport a matte finish that I prefer to the old glossy buttons, and they now have tiny tactile bumps. When the playing gets intense, it’s helpful to have the extra friction. Your fingers are less likely to accidentally slip and cause a wrong move.A new share button for capturing screenshots sits in the middle of the controller. The D-pad is now a full circle instead of a plus sign, making it easier to move diagonally. Pushing down on the D-pad feels a little more precise and makes a more high-pitched clicking sound. And the port on the front of the controller now connects over the reversible USB-C instead of the older micro-USB.Altogether, I like Xbox’s new gaming hardware. The Series X isn’t a huge advancement from the One X, but for more serious gamers the performance gains will probably be worth it. If you have an older Xbox One or an Xbox 360, it may make sense to upgrade to the Series X. You could opt for the $300 Series S, but it has no disk drive, and the performance won’t be as impressive.WATCH: Microsoft’s Xbox, cloud segments remain standouts: CFRA Research – Advertisement –last_img read more


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Control of the Senate to be decided by double runoff in Georgia

first_img– Advertisement – Ossoff also linked Perdue to Donald Trump, who currently trails in the presidential race in Georgia, saying Perdue “cannot defend being such a weak enabler of this president.” Trump will still be in the White House at the time of the January 5, 2021 runoffs for both Ossoff and Warnock, and his sore loser behavior could well be a drag on his fellow Republicans.Control of the Senate is on the line. Can you give $3 each to Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock? Jon Ossoff and Raphael WarnockGeorgia is going to be the center of the political universe for the next two months, as Sen. David Perdue fell below 50%, forcing him to a runoff election against Jon Ossoff. Raphael Warnock and appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler were already slated for a runoff, so that means two Senate seats remain at stake—and they will determine control of the chamber.“This race is headed to a runoff,” Ossoff said Friday morning. And in that runoff, “Retirement is coming for Sen. David Perdue,” Ossoff pledged.- Advertisement –last_img read more


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Ben Youngs: England scrum-half targets 2023 Rugby World Cup after winning 100th cap | Rugby Union News

first_img“I got experience at Test level at a young age. You can get out there a bit earlier as a scrum-half,” Youngs said.“I don’t see myself yet as the guy who is mid-30s and still trying to figure out ways of staying at the top. I still see myself as the 31-year-old that is full of enthusiasm and desire to get better.“You can look anywhere for athletes who are still at the top of their game – Roger Federer, Richard Wigglesworth, (Cristiano) Ronaldo – but I don’t feel right now that is something I need to focus on. I’m not at that stage yet.“A lot of it’s in the mind. With this squad, we’ve got an unbelievable group of young, enthusiastic guys and I can feed off that.“They have the real bit between their teeth and I’m really enjoying being a part of it, trying to help them because I know that if I help them, they’ll help me.” Ben Youngs has targeted playing at a fourth Rugby World Cup
Ben Youngs has targeted playing at a fourth Rugby World Cup


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Trade agreement includes China but not U.S. or India

first_imgSINGAPORE — The formation of the world’s largest free trade bloc in Asia-Pacific sends a signal that there’s a need for economic integration despite existing challenges, according to a Singapore government official.Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries, including Singapore, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Sunday. Those nations have a combined population of over 2 billion and total GDP of more than $26 trillion — and make up about 30% of the world population and global economy.The 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed the RCEP deal with their top trading partners: China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The countries that make up ASEAN are: Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar — formerly Burma, and Laos.- Advertisement – Notably, the agreement excludes the United States and can potentially allow China to cement its position as a vital trade partner for Southeast Asia and the other countries in the deal. Representatives of signatory countries are pictured on screen during the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit that is being held online in Hanoi on November 15, 2020.Nhac Nguyen | AFP | Getty Images … I think all the member countries remain open to the prospect of India joining at the appropriate time.S IswaranSingapore’s minister for communications and information “RCEP is an important development but also a very important signal to global markets that even as we fight the challenge of (the coronavirus pandemic), the public health care challenge as well as the economic challenge, we need to continue to build bridges and economic integration,” S Iswaran, Singapore’s minister for communications and information, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Monday.Iswaran is also the minister-in-charge of trade relations and oversees the city-state’s bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.The RCEP agreement outlines provisions for preferential access in trading goods, standard rules around investment and disciplines governing that, enhanced trade facilitation measures as well as “forward-looking aspects” such as e-commerce and competition laws and intellectual property rights, according to Iswaran.‘Political will and commitment’By virtue of its size and the diversity of its membership, RCEP “signals a commitment and level of ambition, in terms of economic integration,” he said. “It’s been a long haul over eight years but I think the outcome is well worth the effort.”He explained that since the signing was endorsed and witnessed by the leaders of the 15 countries, there is “political will and commitment” to get things done under the agreement. The impetus comes from the fact that governments recognize that current circumstances, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, require them to move quickly on economic initiatives to unlock opportunities for their people and businesses, Iswaran said. One of the ways to do that is by linking up with regional and global economies through agreements like RCEP, he added. – Advertisement –center_img It’s been a long haul over eight years but I think the outcome is well worth the effort.S Iswaran- Advertisement – The agreement aims to “abolish some 92% of traded goods tariffs,” Lavanya Venkateswaran, an economist at Mizuho Bank’s Asia & Oceania Treasury Department, said in a note. It “would be critical in deepening supply-chain linkages, with a reach into the service sector with ambitions of 65% of service sector being fully open under the RCEP.”The RCEP “is a much-need and overdue life-line for global trade that is based on multi-lateral trade cooperation, engagements and rules,” Venkateswaran said, adding, “Arguably, there are also hopes pinned on RCEP helping to catalyze the recovery in global trade and commerce.”India and the U.S.Negotiations for RCEP began in 2013 and initially included India, whose presence was seen by some members as a counterweight to China. But New Delhi last year declined to join RCEP, stating that some of its “issues of core interest” remained unresolved.Iswaran told CNBC the door remains open for New Delhi to rejoin the agreement when it wants to.“India has been involved in a lot of the negotiations and would understand the nuances and I think all the member countries remain open to the prospect of India joining at an appropriate time,” he said.The United States under President Barack Obama was part of a rival regional trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which excluded China.The TPP never went into effect as the U.S. left the agreement under President Donald Trump and a new version of that pact emerged, called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The CPTPP was signed by all of the TPP signatories except the U.S.Iswaran said Singapore as well as other Asian partners value U.S. engagement in the region. “I think the key point is we want to deepen the engagement of the U.S. economy with this part of the world,” he said, adding that could either be through RCEP or CPTPP or some other agreement. Singapore’s minister for communications and information – Advertisement –last_img read more


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Marburg cases jump again

first_img The AFP story said no new cases have been reported recently outside Uige Province. But despite a major international response to the epidemic, transmission in Uige appears to be continuing. The tally yesterday stood at 313 cases, including 280 deaths, with another 208 people under observation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Angolan health ministry announced yesterday, according to a report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). The WHO had reported 275 cases with 255 deaths as of Apr 27, which included only 9 new cases in the preceding week. A health team that traveled to a village called Ngombe on Sunday learned that a woman who had attended a funeral in Uige had spread the illness to her village, said Jose Van Dunem, Angola’s deputy health minister, as reported by AFP. Since the outbreak drew international attention, healthcare workers have worked diligently to stop it. Some lessons clearly have taken hold among the residents of Uige. A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) report today described one incident involving the infection of a 1-month-old girl. The latest figures mean the deadly Marburg, which has no cure, has an 89.5% fatality rate among known cases in this outbreak. “We have a whole contingent of Angolan doctors here now and we’ve strengthened our team sizes,” Daigle said. “So we’re optimistic, but certainly not ready to say it is contained.”center_img “When she returned to Ngombe, she contaminated 12 other members of her family, and they all died,” Van Dunem said. In addition, a traditional healer who had Marburg patients also died. Neither of those incidents appeared to have a connection with recent lapses in hospital infection control that had prompted statements by WHO officials on Apr 29. Marburg virus had killed the baby’s mother, and the rest of the family had fled, the BBC reported. Neighbors, knowing they would risk infection and death by responding to the ailing baby, had little choice but to listen to her cries. After she died, they pointed the home out to healthcare workers, who sanitized the home and the baby before burying her, the BBC story said. The same report quoted David Daigle, a WHO spokesman, as saying that healthcare workers are receiving more alerts about sick people than about dead bodies. May 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Thirty-eight new cases of Marburg hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the northern Angola province of Uige in the past few days, despite hopes that the outbreak was being contained.last_img read more


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H5N1 found in wild birds in Germany

first_imgJun 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Six wild birds in Germany have tested positive for the lethal strain of H5N1 avian influenza in the virus’s first appearance in the country since last August, according to news services.The Friedrich Loeffler Institute, a veterinary institute, said five swans and one goose found dead in Nuremberg in the southern state of Bavaria were infected, according to a Reuters report published today. The cases were found in the course of a national testing program for dead birds.Authorities ordered farmers in the Nuremberg region to confine their poultry and banned the transport of poultry into and out of the area, Reuters reported.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said the restrictions apply to an area within a 2.5-mile radius of where the infected birds were found. Officials also warned people not to let cats and dogs roam freely in the area, according to Reuters.The last H5N1 case reported in Germany involved a swan in the Dresden zoo last August, according to AFP.Earlier last year, the virus killed some wild birds on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. The virus eventually was found in wild birds in six of the country 16 states, AFP reported.The new report from Germany came less than a week after the virus was confirmed on a turkey farm in the Czech Republic, leading to the killing of 6,000 turkeys. The only other confirmed outbreaks in Europe this year occurred on a British turkey farm in February and on a Hungarian goose farm in January.last_img read more


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PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Kentucky’s grassroots network helps at-risk populations prepare

first_imgEditor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools (www.pandemicpractices.org) online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a biweekly series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.Jan 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A statewide project in Kentucky engages communities to help vulnerable populations prepare for an emergency.This grassroots group, called the Kentucky Outreach and Information Network (KOIN), was initiated by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. It brings together representatives from diverse community groups, faith-based organizations, health and social service agencies, and the media. Creating this network helps state health officials reach vulnerable populations with preparedness information; it also allows groups working with those populations to find and hone pertinent information.Barbara Fox, KOIN coordinator and the information officer for Health and Family Services, said the network, which began in 2004, now has about 400 members serving “hard to reach” populations, including the deaf, blind, the elderly, the disabled, and those who speak limited or no English. (Kentucky is home to large Spanish- and Vietnamese-speaking populations.) KOIN planners also hope to reach out to homeless populations this year, Fox said.An additional focus is on rural populations, as a substantial portion of Kentucky’s 4.2 million residents live in rural areas. Knowing how to reach them when needed is essential, Fox said.As the statewide KOIN project continues to grow, Fox said she hopes such networks also can be developed at the local health department level.Workshops for educating, getting feedbackFox holds annual workshops with KOIN members that have a twofold purpose: to raise awareness about disaster preparedness and to hear ideas on how best to reach different audiences. The network members are considered trusted local sources who can convey messages appropriately.These sources include pastors and leaders of different faith groups, chaplains who visit local horse farms where there are many immigrant workers, and caseworkers from social service organizations that serve specific language or special needs groups. Other members, according to Fox, include ethnic media reporters, local radio hosts with programs that cater to particular populations, translators, healthcare workers, and others who provide direct services or have otherwise developed trusting relationships with the target populations.”These are folks who really know their communities,” Fox said. “It’s kind of hard here at the state level to know what’s going on.” Ensuring crisis communication is particularly important for people who do not receive information through conventional channels.A 2005 study in Kentucky on reaching vulnerable populations during emergencies found that during a crisis locally trusted sources gain more trust compared with outside sources (see link below). That finding underscores the importance of identifying and training such sources to dispatch information during a disaster.The study also found that few of the vulnerable populations explored “felt adequately prepared for grave crisis, whether terrorism-related or the result of disease or natural disaster,” according to the study’s authors. KOIN provides an opportunity to improve that preparation.Fox brings drafts of materials to workshops to solicit feedback from the network members and then incorporates changes, she said. “They point out a lot of things that we missed.”Network members are expected to share those materials with their constituencies, Fox said. She provides members with items such as community and media information guides, brochures, magnets, and coloring books.”They adapt the information to meet the specific needs of their populations,” Fox said.Ever-evolving messagesFox mainly communicates with contacts via a periodic newsletter, although in an emergency, e-mail and telephone calls will be used. She tries not to overwhelm members with too much information or responsibilities, she added.”It’s a volunteer network, so we can’t demand things of these people,” Fox said.The network has already been tested on a few occasions. Recently, it was used to alert people about a Salmonella outbreak caused by peanut butter. It was also employed in bringing different people together for Kentucky’s Pandemic Influenza Summit in 2006.The KOIN project keeps exploring new ways to communicate emerging concerns such as pandemic influenza with special populations, Fox said. A new set of messages on preparedness is under development now.”We’re going to start testing the messages with seasonal flu,” she said, adding that some of the approaches will be tested among different faith congregations, whose members have been useful in evaluating messages.Language, other barriersBut challenges remain. For example, poor rural communities are of particular concern, Fox said, and communication in these areas may require unconventional methods. She said one of KOIN’s member organizations, for instance, is able to reach people on horseback if needed. Health departments and individuals in these areas also have satellite phones in case standard systems break down.In addition, communications to different audiences pose a number of challenges. For example, Fox said, “It’s really hard to get materials into Braille.”Fox is also working on pictograms that teach people how to proceed through a flu clinic, which could be especially beneficial for populations with low literacy rates. “We’re testing that out right now with our KOIN people, and they’ve been giving us a lot of pointers,” she added.In addition, the state’s Vietnamese community would benefit greatly from having more materials translated. The 2000 census identified about 3,000 Vietnamese residents in Kentucky. Today that figure is closer to 7,000, said Thuy-Loan Nguyen, who works with the Louisville branch of Boat People SOS, a social services organization for Vietnamese immigrants.Nguyen has been a KOIN member for 2 years. She said barriers such as poor English abilities, lack of transportation, and being poorly informed hinder preparedness in the Vietnamese community. “I don’t think they are well-prepared,” she said.Boat People SOS has been sharing KOIN updates with eight local Vietnamese organizations, Nguyen said. More education and resources would be beneficial, a point she has raised at KOIN workshops. “We lack information in Vietnamese,” Nguyen said. “We really need help.”One case studyWorking with KOIN has helped the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) plan disaster outreach and network with other organizations, according to Sherry Buresh, the organization’s disaster relief program director. CAP offers more than 60 programs to different vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the disabled, and the poor in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio.CAP has plans to use a pool of staff and local volunteers to call, e-mail, or go door-to-door, especially in more remote areas, in an emergency. She noted that preparedness levels remain low among some residents, especially because rural and poor communities have other more pressing concerns.”I feel real comfortable . . .that we would reach a large number of people,” in an emergency, Buresh said. “[The KOIN project] is a very simple tool that could have a lot of impact.”See also:2005 study: “Reaching vulnerable populations in widespread emergencies: lessons learned in Kentucky”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/php/70/70_lessons_learned_0.pdflast_img read more


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Real estate in tourism: Dubrovnik the most expensive, and Zadar the most sought after

first_imgAccording to data and research of real estate ads Crozilla.com during May, house prices rose the most in Dubrovnik and Zagreb, while Zadar was most interesting to potential buyers from abroad. The largest change in prices on a monthly basis was recorded in Dubrovnik, where due to an increase of 4,2 percent, the average asking price of a house, including the price of a garden, rose to as much as 4134 euros. An increase in house prices was also recorded in Zagreb, where it amounted to 0,7 percent, and an average of 1229 euros was demanded for one square meter. Also, the data showed that Zadar recorded a monthly increase of 0,3 percent, and the price of a square meter of a house, including the price of a garden, was 1599 euros.The largest monthly decline in house prices during May was recorded in Bjelovar and Slavonski Brod. The average asking price of a “square meter” of a house including the price of a garden in Bjelovar fell by 3,3 percent and amounted to 470 euros, while in Slavonski Brod prices fell by 2,3 percent and averaged 632 euros. Varaždin, according to the Crozilla.com classifieds, recorded a drop in house prices of 0,8 percent, so they were advertised at an average of 655 euros per square meter. A drop of 0,2 percent was recorded in Osijek, where the price per square meter was 612 euros, and in Senj, where 1204 euros were demanded for a “square”. For houses in Split, the average asking price of “square meters” on a monthly basis fell by 0,9 percent, so it averaged 1972 euros.House prices are 18 percent lower than apartment pricesHouse prices were almost 18 percent lower than apartment prices in May. The biggest difference was recorded in Opatija, where the price of a “square meter” of a house was 683 euros, or 23,2 percent, lower than the price of a “square meter” apartment. In Varaždin, houses were as much as 41 percent, or 447 euros per square meter, cheaper than apartments, while in Zagreb the difference was 27 percent, or 442 euros.The smallest differences in the prices of “square meters” of these types of real estate were recorded in Senj, where houses were on average cheaper by 8 euros than apartments, and in Pula, where the difference is only 11 euros. Poreč and Dubrovnik are cities where the average asking house prices were slightly higher than the apartment prices. In Dubrovnik, the difference in the prices of “squares” is 197 euros, and in Porec 53 euros.Foreigners’ favorite house on the sea: Zadar the most sought afterOsijek, Zadar, Poreč and Zagreb are the cities in which the offer of houses for sale was most often searched for through the Crozilla.com classifieds in May. Potential foreign buyers, in search of houses sold on Crozilla.com, most often came from Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and showed the greatest interest in houses on the sea, mostly those in Zadar and Zadar County. then for those in the area of ​​Crikvenica, and for houses in the Istrian area.Monika Sunara, owner and director of the real estate agency Adria team real estate doo from Zadar, told Crozilla.com what kind of houses foreigners are looking for and buying in the most sought-after area in Zadar: “Foreigners are mostly looking for and buying apartment buildings or luxury houses, and one third of buyers are explicitly looking for apartments near the beach with open sea views.”He also notes that the location is extremely important to them, and that they are most often looking for and buying houses with a price between 270.000 – 650.000 euros. “Recently, more and more new, modern and luxurious houses are in demand, and a smaller part is looking for older Dalmatian-style construction (stone houses) for reconstruction.. ”- said Sunara and added that buyers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia are also showing great interest in houses in the area.last_img read more


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The richness of Croatian tradition needs to be capitalized into finished products

first_imgAlthough we have long since entered the summer, judging by the high temperatures, the calendar is still at our door.The beginning of summer is marked by the traditional lighting of St. John’s bonfires. The shortest night of the year, June 24, has fueled the imagination of the human species since the Early Stone Age. Among Croats, of course, this pre-Christian custom is associated with the so-called natural holidays (equinoxes and solstices), and is part of a much wider fascination with the sun encountered throughout Europe. In the ancient Slavs, this event was associated with a deity named Jarilo or Jarovit in some sources who, in order to maintain the harmony of the seasons, must cross the entire tree of the world. During the summer solstice, Jarilo comes to Perun’s mansions on top of a tree where he meets his daughter Mara. Midsummer Night is therefore the night of their wedding.With the arrival of Christianity, the period of adaptation of theology into pagan beliefs began, and so the spring Jaril was replaced by St. Juraj, and the summer St. John the Baptist.The lighting of bonfires is a custom on other holidays such as St. George’s Day, Vidovdan, Ilindan, St. Peter and Paul as a relic of the Sun cult that is symbolically always associated with heavenly fire.From an ethnological point of view, this custom exists on the margins of tradition, but has been actively maintained in the area of ​​Pokuplje, along the banks of the river Kupa and along the Cetina in Dalmatia. Also, as an organized event, it is celebrated in Karlovac, Požega, Đakovo, Donja Stubica and others.”The sun is imitated by the bonfire and announces summer as the most fertile season, calling for a good harvest of ripe grain. The bonfires are thus becoming a symbol of Karlovac’s boatmen who have been developing the grain trade with the Cup for centuries “, point out the Tourist Board of the City of Karlovac, whose last year’s edition of summer greetings was visited by about ten thousand Karlovac citizens and guests.From the given cultural pattern, the people of Karlovac capitalized on the all-day event and offered a rich sports and entertainment program to the visitors. With unavoidable concerts, fireworks and, of course, bonfires at several attractive locations in the city, visitors can expect football matches, street performers and folk games – packed into a story that balances between history and fiction.Photo: TZ KarlovacAt the same time, at the other end of the continent, more than 25.000 people admired the sunrise on an ancient prehistoric monument. The difference from the previous example is that gathered druids and sun worshipers seemingly gather on their own initiative around the ancient stone circle in Stonehenge and by beating drums, singing and dancing, these self-proclaimed pagans make an attraction that can be very independent.Whether organized in some production sense or not, this pronounced spontaneity leaves the impression of an active, relevant gathering place as opposed to the loneliness of a historical monument. Needless to say, how much such access to the place, also maps on the tourist map of the country and makes it world famous.The question is what exactly is the brake in the Croatian case when it comes to the capitalization of traditional elements (with an emphasis on pagan sources)? Lack of motivation or simply we have not outgrown the dogma that some third instance must organize something for us to have fun?In any case, the fact remains that there is no lack of material in Croatia, nor a desire for cultural patterns to survive, but for a place or in this case a custom to become vibrant, they must have a present value in community life. In other words, become a part of it because the real tourist value is not given to a place that has an attraction, but is only part of the attraction in line with its local tradition and culture. These are efforts that depend on the synergy of the entire population, not a handful of organizers.Ultimately, the efforts made can only result in an increase in the rating on the tourist map, economic profits and an increase in standards.Fortunately, the example of St. John’s bonfires shows that we are on the right track.last_img read more


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New identity of the Park Plaza brand presented

first_img“We are extremely honored to present the new repositioning of the Park Plaza brand and logo as part of a comprehensive restructuring of our brand architecture – a process we began last year with the launch of the Radisson Hotel Group. Park Plaza is a strong and recognizable name, especially in the London market, and the new position of this famous brand is in line with our ambitions to provide our guests, owners, investors and talents with unforgettable moments, while providing a clear and attractive offer in our brand’s entire portfolio. This brand repositioning will help us add value and allow us to continue to be the best possible partner for our stakeholders. ” stated Federico J. Gonzalez-Tejera, President and CEO of Radisson Hospitality AB and Chairman of the Board of Radisson Hotel Group Global, Park Plaza is one of the largest international brands of the top-upscale category in central London, with 3.200 rooms available and some of the largest congress and multifunctional halls in the capital. In addition, the brand is present in other capitals and regional centers such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bangkok, Beijing, Nuremberg, Cardiff, Leeds and Nottingham, as well as tourist destinations in Pula and Medulin in Croatia. Radisson Hotel Group and PPHE Hotel Group, as Radisson’s exclusive partner for its Park Plaza brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, today unveiled the first phase of introducing a new Park Plaza brand identity. Park Plaza Histria, Hotel Pula The new brand identity, which is now present on all digital platforms and communication channels, including the Internet and social networks, is supported by a new logo inspired by the unique and sophisticated spaces that feature objects from the Park Plaza portfolio. Park Plaza brand new philosophycenter_img After an extensive investment program that has made the Park Plaza portfolio richer with four new openings since 2015, the completion of comprehensive repositioning programs for the two hotels in 2018. and several other repositioning programs in the final stages, PPHE has truly elevated the Park Plaza portfolio to the level of a posh hotel product, PPHE Hotel Groupe points out, adding that Park Plaza is now firmly positioned as an international brand of the top-upscale category. brand identity is fully compliant with the requirements of a modern high quality product. The redesigned brand identity exudes style and sophistication and reflects a true understanding of its guests and the local ambience in which each individual brand-owned facility is located. Supported by three key pillars – authentic service, contemporary spirit and local sights, The brand’s modernized identity confirms its commitment to providing each guest with a true and original experience through elegantly decorated and distinctively designed hotels with exciting restaurants and bars that exude a lively atmosphere. “After a complete transformation and repositioning of our portfolio in recent years, we are proud to present the enhanced identity of the Park Plaza brand that further allows us to create memorable moments for our guests and offer increased property value to our investors. The new visual identity and logo complement the growth of the brand and represent modern and sophisticated facilities that form part of our real estate portfolio. We are currently finalizing plans to launch a new brand identity in all facilities across Europe and, in cooperation with Radisson Hotel Group, for Asia Pacific hotels. pointed out Boris Ivesha, PPHE Hotel Group Radisson and PPHE continue to develop key brand features through recently introduced guest experience initiatives, such as introducing an enhanced sleeping experience thanks to luxury bedding, a dedicated fragrance program, creating social destinations and focal destinations where the local community and guests socialize together in a vibrant environment. -entertaining offer. Additional features of the brand include an innovative approach to design, lighting and ambience.last_img read more