Only 15 percent of domestic agricultural products end up in tourism. And that’s why our tourism is in the banana

first_imgState Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina istaknuo je kako će se kroz mjesec prezentirati akcijski plan razvoja enogastronomije u će se dati vrlo jasne smjernice kako razvijati poljoprivredni sektor uz turizam. “Fokus je na regionalnom pristupu, a jedini mogući način razvoja kvalitetnog turističkog proizvoda je vezan uz razvoj poljoprivrede. Naša budućnost je brendiranje naših vina i poljoprivrednih proizvoda kvalitetom, na tome uspješno radimo već godinama, a dokaz je što sve više gostiju dolazi kod nas zbog gastronomije, a ne samo zbog mora i sunca“, poručio je Glavina, dodavši kako će se ta priča razvijati još desetljećima.   Porazna činjenica je da dok turizam “cvate” i raste, naša poljoprivreda propada. Podsječam, prošle godine posjetilo nas je 19,4 milijuna turista which they accomplished 106 million overnight stays, a koji su konzumirali jaja, salatu, paradajz, dagnje, lignje…. iz uvoza. I zato nam je turizam u banani, blago rečeno. ” When we talk about the placement of agricultural and food products in tourism, we have two problems. The first is that we generally do not produce enough food, and the second problem lies in the producers themselves who do not have a uniform quality standard and sufficient production needed for tourism. regionalize and direct aid to branches that can maximize production and productivity, because without it there is no competitiveness ” , said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic  At the panel “Agriculture and Tourism” held as part of the conferences, the answer to the question: Why is our tourism bad? The answer to the question is clear because we encourage imports through tourism, instead of stimulating the local economy. State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture Marija Vuckovic said that there was no accurate official data on the share of domestic food in tourism, but that, according to her estimate, about 15 percent of agricultural products are consumed in tourism, while the rest falls on domestic consumption and exports.  Photo: Lošinj Tourist Board Marijo Puškarić, vlasnik OPG-a Agro Puškarić, kazao je kako oni nemaju direktnu prodaju prema turizmu, već se tu oslanjaju na velike trgovačke lance. „Naši proizvođači zaziru od zadruga zbog prošlosti, a i proizvodnja je dosta različita pa je teško uskladiti interese. Unatoč tome, manjim proizvođačima je to jedina opcija da plasiraju svoje proizvode na tržište, bez toga neće opstati“, zaključio je Puškarić. S tom procjenom se složio i profesor Ivo Grgić s Agronomskog fakulteta kazavši kako je 15 posto domaće proizvodnje u turizmu i puno i malo. „Malo je jer u ukupnoj potrošnji u turizmu veliki udio hrane dolazi iz uvoza, a puno jer ako bude problema u turizmu, dolazi do opasnosti za naše proizvođače koji gube tržište. Mi imamo i problem potpora jer njihov veliki dio završava u krivim rukama“, pojasnio je Grgić, uz napomenu da godišnje uvezemo 300 milijuna eura voća i povrća. „Ako bi investirali 300 milijuna eura kroz tri godine, iz EU fondova, banaka i osobnih investicija, mi bi kroz dvije godine povratili uloženo kroz vrijednost proizvodnje“, rekao je Grgić. Photo: HGKcenter_img All this is the result because we did not deal strategically and sustainably with the development of our tourism, but on the contrary, spontaneously and by inertia. Kovačević called for the association of small producers and pointed out examples of good practice of cooperation between hotel houses and local family farms through which foreign guests are offered fresh and indigenous products. ” Tourists want authenticity, and food and wine is the right way to get to know our customs and culture,” Kovacevic said, adding that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is carrying out a series of activities to raise awareness of our citizens to buy Croatian and thus contribute to our economy and jobs.  This is exactly one of our main tourism problems and proof that we have completely made a mistake in our tourism development. Crazy, counter productive and out of every mind, but that is unfortunately the reality. The very meaning of tourism is to stimulate the local economy, not to encourage imports, while agriculture is failing. Predsjednik Uprave Podravke i predsjednik ŽK Koprivnica Marin Pucar je istaknuo kako Podravka 83 posto svojih proizvoda plasira kroz retail, a 17 posto kroz HoReCa kanale prodaje. „Turistički sektor na Podravku ima utjecaj od 20-ak posto na ukupne prihode u Hrvatskoj, a taj potencijal je još veći. Nastojimo dići udio domaće sirovine u našim proizvodima jer time ne samo da povećavamo izvoz, već i smanjujemo uvoz. Turizam je idealan medij da naše izvozne proizvode promoviramo na uskom teritoriju s puno manjim marketinškim troškovima pa ćemo ove godine krenuti s puno agresivnijom, ciljanom reklamnom kampanjom”, Said Pucar.  As a confirmation of this thesis is the sad fact that, according to estimates, only 15 percent of domestic agricultural products end up in tourism. Katarina Miličević, direktorica tvrtke Thinktourism, je naglasila da Hrvatska zaslužuje pohvale za svoj turizam, ali da ne postojimo na karti svijeta kao gastronomska destinacija. “Najprepoznatljiviji smo po vinu i kavi. Italija i Grčka su puno jači gastronomski brendovi. Moramo se bolje i prezentirati, a za to bi trebali bolje poznavati vlastitu gastronomsku ponudu“, poručila je Miličević  In 2017, Večernji list launched a series of conferences entitled “Croatia as we need it”, and today, two years later, it was organized as a kind of recapitulation of the first conference.last_img read more

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Government in talks to create supporting regulations for omnibus jobs bill

first_imgTopics : The government is preparing derivative regulations that will support the implementation of the omnibus bill on job creation once the bill is passed into law, a senior minister has said.Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Thursday that the regulations would consist of 36 government regulations and seven presidential decrees.Read also: BPJS Ketenagakerjaan needs government help to pay compensation to laid-off workers Read also: Unions, students, CSOs gear up for protests against omnibus bill on job creation“The Home Affairs Ministry is currently analyzing which regional regulations need to be revised to be brought in line with the omnibus bill on job creation,” said Airlangga.At the same time, the ministry is also working to analyze regional regulations that could hamper investment growth and job creation.“The government will only harmonize the norms, standards, procedures and criteria of regional regulations in line with the omnibus law,” he said.center_img He said discussions on the regulations would be carried out simultaneously with the deliberations of the omnibus bill at the House of Representatives.“All related ministries and government institutions are working on the regulations’ drafts and the implementation will then be adjusted to the paragraphs the House agrees upon [in the bill’s] deliberations,” Airlangga told the press in Jakarta.The government proposed the 1,028-page bill to the House as part of its efforts to cut red tape and improve the ease of doing business as it struggles to attract extra investment to boost economic growth.Once the bill is passed into law, the government will ask regional administrations to revise their regulations, in particular those concerning business operations, licensing and sanctions in an effort to harmonize bylaws with the omnibus law, he continued.last_img read more

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11 companies sign deals to buy gas at lower prices

first_imgEleven companies have signed agreements with gas producers to buy cheap natural gas as part of the government’s incentive to boost Indonesia’s economic growth.Four manufacturers and seven gas distributors will, respectively, purchase gas at US$6 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) and $4 per mmbtu directly from oil and gas fields. The distributors will then resell the gas at $6 per mmbtu to manufacturers located farther away from the source.The 11 companies will receive over 330 billion British thermal units per day (bbtud) worth of cheap gas, over half of which will be distributed to two subsidiaries of state-owned fertilizer producer PT Pupuk Indonesia, PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja and PT Pupuk Kujang Cikampek, the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas)  announced on May 20. The manufacturers, which include seven gas-intensive industries such as fertilizer- and steel-making, are slated to receive the cheap gas from 2020 to 2024. The manufacturers are eligible to buy gas at $6 per mmbtu, below the market average $8 per mmbtu.“For the remaining volume, we are finalizing agreements [with] buyers and sellers,” said SKK Migas head Dwi Soetjipto on Wednesday, reassuring that the incentive’s mechanism would not affect gas producers’ incomes.The cheap gas incentive works by cutting state-owned tax revenue (PNBP) in the upstream oil and gas industry.A representative from the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA), which groups major gas producers in the country, told the Post on Monday that members had held talks with SKK Migas over the incentive’s mechanism.“Basically, the mechanism is already quite good; it does not reduce oil and gas companies’ revenues and for that reason, companies have to work closer with SKK Migas on the details,” said IPA executive director Marjolijn Wajong.Gas distributor PGN signed an agreement with national gas producer Pertamina EP — one of Indonesia’s major gas producers — on May 20 to purchase gas at $4 per mmbtu, down from the usual $5.33 per mmbtu price tag.PGN, which is Indonesia’s largest gas distributor, plans to sell the gas to industrial clients in South Sumatra, West Java and North Sumatra. PGN will distribute 90 bbtud to South Sumatra and West Java and 7 bbtud to North Sumatra until 2024. West Java province is the company’s biggest consumer of industrial gas.“The period of this adjusted gas price may be extended, depending on the government’s decision,” said PGN commercial director Fariz Aziz in a statement issued following the agreement’s signing.According to the government’s cost-benefit analysis, the incentive would cost the government Rp 121.78 trillion ($804.31 million) in forgone non-tax state revenue but generate Rp 125.03 trillion from energy subsidy savings.Based on these estimates, the government will receive a net income of Rp 3.25 trillion from the cheap gas incentives, said Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif. Pupuk Indonesia spokesman Wijaya Laksana said Pupuk Sriwidjaka and Pupuk Kujang were working with the government to complete the administrative procedures for securing the cheap gas.“We have no problems. We will follow the existing mechanisms,” he told The Jakarta Post on MondayThe Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry previously laid out plans to provide 1,188 bbtud worth of cheap gas for 197 manufacturers in spurring Indonesia’s manufacturing sector growth, which makes up one-fifth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).Indonesia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a gauge of the nation’s manufacturing activities, fell to 27.5 from 45.3 recorded in March, the worst decline in the survey’s nine-year history, market consultancy IHS Markit announced earlier this month. A number above 50 reflects an expansion and below 50 indicates contraction.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Loved-up Carroll tipped to shine

first_img However, the Irons boss believes Carroll is now ready to put his well-documented off-field problems firmly behind him, having recently become engaged to former The Only Way Is Essex star Billi Mucklow. “Andy has now got a different life. He is not a single man in London and has now got his fiancee,” said Allardyce, who encouraged Carroll’s gym sessions with his then girlfriend during rehabiliation from an injury sustained on a pre-season tour of New Zealand. “The romance has blossomed to the point where he feels that she feels that they want a long-term relationship, and I always think that can be very good for a footballer when they settle down more off the field. “London can be a very lonely city if you are sat in your apartment on your own every single night – maybe you stay out that little bit too late. “But when you have a relationship, you start building on that relationship by the fondness you have for each other and I think that can only be good for Andy and his football.” Allardyce feels the 6ft 3ins Carroll can adapt his physical style to help avoid the kind of impact injuries which have hampered the England forward’s career following his big-money move from home-town club Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011. “Andy has got to manage himself, at 25 years old and with the injuries he has sustained in his short career,” said the Irons boss. “Now he has got to maintain his level of all the things he is doing now while he is injured, continue to focus on strength and conditioning, his mobility, his prevention of injury policy that he should have ingrained in his mind.” Finally deciding to settle down off the pitch can only help Andy Carroll’s mindset when he is fully fit and returns to the West Ham attack, according to manager Sam Allardyce. Carroll, 25, has yet to feature this season after undergoing ankle surgery, but if he shows no ill effects from a behind-closed-doors match against Southend in midweek he could come into contention for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Aston Villa. Allardyce can offer no guarantees of selection to the striker, signed in a club-record £15million deal from Liverpool in June 2013. Allardyce feels Carroll can embrace his new fitness regime and also develop a new, fine-tuned approach on the pitch. “Maybe somewhere along the line Andy has to think about modifying his game a touch,” Allardyce added. “He is so brave and fearless that I fear that some of the injuries actually come from that, but it all comes with experience. “He is a whole-hearted, committed player. “I cannot tell him to pull out of challenges, it can only come with experience as he gains it, as he goes forward. “You just know what you can win and what you definitely might not be able to win, that might steer him clear of an injury or two that might occur. “It is just the experience of knowing when to go and win it and when to maybe just ease off it and take up another position. “But the biggest thing for Andy is his work off the field after training to maintain his level of fitness.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Former police officer found guilty in fatal shooting of unarmed woman

first_imgOn Tuesday, former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was found guilty of third-degree murder and manslaughter for fatally shooting Justine Ruszczyk Damond while responding to her 911 call.The jury acquitted Noor on an additional count of second-degree murder in the killing.Noor fatally shot the 40-year-old yoga instructor in July of 2017 while responding to a call she made to emergency services about a possible sexual assault.Noor is believed to be the first police officer to be convicted of murder in Minnesota, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.The 33-year-old was immediately taken into custody following the verdict.He faces up to 12 and a half years for third-degree murder and four years for second-degree manslaughter.The judge set a sentencing date of June 7.This March 20, 2018 photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minneapolis, Minn., shows Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor, after he turned himself in to the Hennepin County Jail. Noor was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, last July, minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home in Minneapolis. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP)last_img read more

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Women of Troy score late to defeat Bruins

first_imgBeat the Bruins · Before Friday’s 2-0 win, the No. 14-ranked Women of Troy were 0-15 all-time against the Bruins in Westwood. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThe women’s soccer team capped off an impressive regular season with an emphatic 2-0 road win over UCLA.The Women of Troy (14-5-1) entered the game as the No. 14 team in the land. USC’s play in this game, as well as the team’s body of work all season, legitimized that lofty ranking. The Women of Troy bullied a UCLA team that was really struggling to put the pieces together during the latter stage of the season.The Bruins (8-10-1) endured a down year after having lost just one game in each of the past two seasons. UCLA captured the national title in 2013 and came close to repeating the following season, but 2015 was not so kind to USC’s crosstown rival.On Friday night, the Bruins had the chance to make a statement against a favored USC team. For the majority of the game, the two sides were on level pegging. It was a tremendous fixture to watch for the record-breaking crowd at UCLA’s Drake Stadium. Back and forth they went, nothing to choose between them.The match was deadlocked at 0-0, as a record 6,253 fans held their breath.Then the Trojans decided to take matters into their own hands.USC strung together a terrific offensive move in the 73rd minute. After excellent possession to advance the ball into the final third, right back Kayla Mills drilled a low cross to Morgan Andrews. Andrews coolly tucked the ball into the back of the net. She made the finish look easy, maintaining her composure in front of the goal and giving USC a much-needed score.In a tense game, the junior midfielder was seemingly immune to the pressure. She was clearly enjoying herself out there, dictating the flow of play and controlling the middle of the park.She had given the visitors the lead, but the game was still on a knife’s edge. However, Andrews was not done yet.Just six minutes later, she doubled the lead on a beautiful volley from inside the area. Sydney Johnson served an aerial ball into the box, but Andrews still had a lot to do. She made a clean connection and powered it home to give USC a massive win. It is safe to say that her volley will be in USC’s conversation for goal of the year.UCLA played with energy, but the Bruins did not have an answer for Andrews. The Notre Dame transfer has been unstoppable this season, and her performance against the Bruins on Friday night was no exception.The Women of Troy have quite a bit of momentum as they prepare for the NCAA Tournament, but they also have all of the fundamentals to win the national title this year.It all starts with the goalkeeping. It is virtually impossible to win games, let alone the NCAA tourney, without outstanding play from the netminder. Sammy Jo Prudhomme has posted 10 shutouts this season and has made clutch saves when her number is called. Against UCLA, Prudhomme came up huge in the second half when she made a leaping save to the near post, keeping the Bruins off the score sheet.The game was 0-0 at that point. If Prudhomme had not made that acrobatic save, the outcome of this game could obviously have been different.The back line is also resembling a fortress at the moment. Perfection is impossible, but the defense’s steady play against UCLA was pretty close to flawless. The team’s possession-oriented style means that Prudhomme often opts to roll the ball out to her defenders, who are all comfortable in possession.The back line then looks to connect high-percentage passes to midfielders Mandy Freeman, Nicole Molen and Morgan Andrews. Freeman plays the role of center defensive mid, while Andrews and Molen are given more license to roam. Molen is tireless in the middle and rarely exits matches to catch a breather and Andrews is one of the most dominant players in college soccer.The play from wingers and the center forward has also been incredibly promising. There is a steady rotation among the forwards in this 4-3-3 formation, with all contributors bringing a unique skillset to the table.With a well-rounded, explosive team, the table is set for head coach Keidane McAlpine to lead his team on a national title run.last_img read more

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Local GAA fixtures

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM The first of the County Under 21 B hurling finalists will be decided this afternoonLorrha Dorrha face Golden Kilfeacle at 2.15 in Dolla.Thurles Sarsfields take on Newport in the County Junior B Hurling Final in Annacarty this afternoon – that game gets underway at 1.30.last_img

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SLIVER.tv aims to take over the esports video industry

first_imgSLIVER.tv, an esports entertainment platform, has announced a $20 million (£14,293,200) deal has been reached for Theta tokens in a private presale. The aim of this is to improve the available bandwidth for esports streams, leading to better video quality.The presale sold out in less than 48 hours, and included the following companies: DHVC, I Blockchain Capital, Nirvana Capital, aelf, Synapse Capital, Sierra Ventures, and the Venture Reality Fund. It was led by Danhua Capital and overseen by Steve Chen, Co-founder of YouTube, and Justin Kan, Co-founder of Twitch. Dovey Wan, Managing Director of Danhua Capital, spoke on the sale: “We’ve been impressed working with Mitch and the entire SLIVER.tv team since we led the company’s Series A round of financing. It’s clear they’re on an exponential growth trajectory and getting huge traction in the esports streaming community, their underlying video delivery technology under development makes all this possible.”“We’ve been in the crypto space since 2013 and are among the earliest supporters of DFINITY, Brave and Orchid Labs. Content delivery networks by nature can leverage decentralization and blockchain technology very well,” Wan continued. “Today’s blockchain technology is like the internet in 1996, I think Theta has the opportunity to become the dominant decentralized network that powers all video streaming for the next 20 years.”Mitch Liu, Co-Founder and CEO of SLIVER.tv and Theta Labs also had his say. “Our vision is to create the next generation esports and video streaming ecosystem by democratizing today’s centralized content delivery networks. We’re thrilled to have the support of so many blockchain and esports experts, we truly believe blockchain technology will disrupt esports and the broader video and media industries.“Video content accounts for nearly 80% of all internet data, it’s a huge problem and a multi-billion dollar opportunity that Theta is looking to democratize,” Liu concluded. Theta tokens are earned by those who login to the platform every single day, they can then be used as gifts for users’ favourite entertainers. In the near future, they’ll offer the ability for users to buy in-game goods.Over one million Theta tokens have been earned and distributed so far, and SLIVER.tv has explained that they will, one day, be suitable for advertisers and brand sponsors to fund ad campaigns and creators.Esports Insider says: What SLIVER.tv believes Theta tokens can offer is an exciting prospect, it’s just now a matter of time before we can see if they’ll really be welcomed into esports and video streaming.last_img read more

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MidMichigan Medical Center- Alpena Recognized for Excellence

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis The MidMichigan Medical Center of Alpena has been recognized once again for its excellence.The Medical Center has made the Becker’s Hospital Review 2017 list of 100 Great Community Hospitals. According to the review, the rewarded hospitals are recognized for quality, patient satisfaction, and overall excellence.The hospitals honored play a key role in their communities as the centerpiece for healthcare. President of the Medical Center, Karmon Bjella says, “It’s an honor to see that our dedication to promoting good health has been recognized by a respected organization such as Becker’s hospital review”.The review selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of key awards, rankings, and certifications, in addition to the hospital’s reputation for leadership and innovation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Hinks Elementary School Flies High With Academics & Other With Major AwardsNext New Parking Changes Downtownlast_img read more

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Cardinals newly minted coach Kliff Kingsbury unhappy with Madden look

first_img“I saw my picture on there, and I’m not pleased with where we’re at.”We need to talk, @EAMaddenNFL… 😂 #Madden20 pic.twitter.com/Y78KrXiaF3— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) July 30, 2019A number of players were upset with their individual Madden ratings for this upcoming season and the Cardinals’ team numbers also got brought up Tuesday.Arizona’s offense was given a 73 and its defense an 80 in the game. Kingsbury admitted he doesn’t play the game but that the team seemed to be dissatisfied with the numbers.As for Kingsbury, he just wants his photo fixed. The Cardinals have a new face on the sidelines this season but the newly minted coach isn’t happy with his look elsewhere.Kliff Kingsbury, who was brought in during the offseason, is getting ready for his first NFL season and that means his first Madden appearance. But the 39-year-old coach isn’t thrilled with how he was depicted in the popular video game. “I had seen a bunch of guys kind of getting in their feelings about their ratings and then somebody sent me a picture of what I look like on there. I want to get adjusted on looks rating,” Kingsbury said Tuesday. “I look like I’m on ‘The Walking Dead’ in that picture.”So, yeah, I apologize to any of those players that I thought, ‘Hey, it’s just a video game. Why are you upset?’ Because I saw my picture on there and I’m not pleased with where we’re at. So we’ll have to work on that.” Related News Cardinals’ Kyler Murray starts training camp as ‘the future of the franchise,’ coach Kliff Kingsbury says Larry Fitzgerald says Kliff Kingsbury is speeding up Cardinals’ offense Cardinals cut ‘not in shape’ Robert Nkemdiche after 3 seasons “It’s funny you bring that up,” Kingsbury said. “It looks like they’re all pretty low to start so I don’t think that locker room is probably pleased with where they’re at on that game.”He added, regarding his photo: “Let’s work on that, adjusters.”last_img read more

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