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Opened the first travel agency specializing in runners – Motion Travel

first_imgMotion travel is a new travel agency on our market, but the real news is that Motion travel is the first agency specializing in runners going to European and world races, as well as promoting Croatia as a racing destination and the arrival of runners from Europe to race in Croatia.The whole story was created out of our own need and then the moment happened when the light above our head came on and an idea was created. Namely, the owner of the Motion Travel agency, Josip Ćorić, is a runner himself and with his friends he had the need to go to various marathons in Croatia, as well as the desire for European marathons and races.Problem?Except in our own arrangement and effort, there were no ready-made and concrete offers for going to various races, targeted at runners, both for races inside Croatia and outside of Lijepa Naša. “The idea came up last year, because as a runner I did not have an offer or an agency that would organize everything to go to half-marathons and races in various cities in Europe. As a passionate travel enthusiast and employee in agency tourism for the last 11 years, I have also come across concrete business opportunities, researched the market, talked to fellow runners and seen my opportunity to open an agency of the first of its kind.”Points out Ćorić, the owner of a newly opened travel agency specializing in runners.Solution?Motion travel, the first specialized travel agency for runnersThe need of people for “movement” as well as a large base of runners in Croatia, which grows from year to year, led us to establish Motion Travel, the only agency in Croatia specializing in recreational, amateur and professional runners and of course their fans to race in Croatia and Europe, says Ćorić, and adds that they want to be a link between the organizers and the runners. “We are already communicating with racing clubs from Germany and Austria, to generate ready-made packages for runners to visit our marathons and races. We also communicate with our racing clubs and for now the reactions are extremely positive and everyone is thrilled with the idea and launch of the first specialized agency for runners.”Says Ćorić and concludes that they have just started and that their goal is to promote and position Croatia as an ideal destination for runners.Exactly the link that the market lacked – the link between race organizers and runners, and the promotion of the entire destination and the arrival of foreign runners at our races.Runners are constantly on the move, looking for new challenges and raising their own boundaries, and are constantly looking for new locations to run, and just running is a great blend with tourism. On average, runners are over 30 years old, they take their family with them, they want to get to know the destination and consume other facilities, they come in the pre- and post-season and generate higher tourist consumption. Croatia is perfect for this type of tourism, especially in the pre- and post-season, because we have a pleasant climate, islands, sea, rivers – beautiful and diverse nature, and a complete tourist product.Over 50 million people regularly run in the EU, and their annual consumption is estimated at 9.6 billion euros.Also, we can and must be proud that in Croatia we have the first application for tourist running, the first Run friendly hotel concept, excellent, recognized and quality races from Istria, Dalmatia, the whole continent to Slavonia, and now the missing link, the agency for departure and arrival of runners for races in Croatia.So, we have everything, we need the synergy of all as well as the support of the whole system to speed up the development process and raise the performance scale to a higher level for a quality and rounded racing and tourist platform. This is how tourism develops in the pre- and post-season.Every start is difficult, so is the new entrepreneur Josip Ćorić, who is full of ideas and energy, so help him with advice, connect and create new added values ​​together. See more about Motion Travel at official websites Running is much more than running, running is movement and a way of life. So let’s not invent hot water, but first and foremost use what we have, our potentials and turn them into resources. #CroatiaFullOfRunnersRELATED NEWS:CROATIA’S FIRST IN THE WORLD GETS RUN FRIENDLY HOTEL CONCEPT – RUN HOTELTOURIST RUNNING VIA SIGHTRUN APPLICATION AVAILABLE FROM SPLIT NOWlast_img read more

US increases support for Taiwan in recognition battle with China

first_imgTopics : “We are also willing to work with the United States and countries with similar ideals to promote the shared common goals of freedom and democratic values, and continue to strive for even wider international space for Taiwan,” the ministry said.There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, which is already angry about Trump’s accusations that China poorly handled the coronavirus outbreak.China’s defense ministry on Thursday accused the United States of playing a dangerous game with its support for Taiwan, after a US warship passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait.One of the act’s authors, Senator Cory Gardner, said the law was needed to respond to Chinese pressure on, and bullying of, Taiwan.”This bipartisan legislation demands a whole-of-government approach to ramp up our support for Taiwan, and will send a strong message to nations that there will be consequences for supporting Chinese actions that undermine Taiwan,” he said in a statement.The United States has been particularly concerned about China hiving off Taiwan’s allies in the Pacific and Latin America, areas of the world Washington traditionally considers its zone of influence.Taiwan now only has diplomatic relations with 15 countries, almost all small and developing nations like Nauru, Belize and Honduras.  US President Donald Trump has signed into law an act that requires increased US support for Taiwan internationally, which will likely infuriate a China already angry with Trump’s criticism of the handling of the coronavirus outbreak.China claims democratic and separately ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and regularly describes Taiwan as its most sensitive and important issue in ties with the United States.While the United States, like most countries, has no official relations with Taiwan, the Trump administration has ramped up support for the island, with arms sales and laws to help Taiwan deal with pressure from China.center_img The Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, signed by Trump into law on Thursday with strong bipartisan support, requires the US State Department to report to Congress on steps taken to strengthen Taiwan’s diplomatic relations.It also requires the United States to “alter” engagement with nations that undermine Taiwan’s security or prosperity.Taiwan complains that China is poaching the dwindling number of countries that maintain formal ties with Taipei and has prevented it from participating in bodies like the World Health Organization. China says Taiwan is merely one of its provinces, with no right to recognition as a country.Taiwan’s foreign ministry welcomed the US law and thanked the United States for its support for Taiwan’s “diplomatic space” and right to international participation.last_img read more

I wasn’t up to the job – Holloway

first_img Holloway and Palace co-chairman Steve Parish announced the split by mutual consent at a hastily-arranged press conference, which came two days after the team lost 4-1 at home to Fulham. The former Blackpool boss said he did not have the energy for the relegation fight, claiming the club had lost the spirit which helped them win promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season because of their raft of summer signings. A brutally honest Ian Holloway admitted he could not keep Crystal Palace up as he left the club on Wednesday. The defeat to Fulham left them second bottom of the table, with seven losses from eight games. Holloway said: “This club needs an impetus of energy. But I just feel tired to be honest. I’m worn out. “I want to give them the chance to stay in this division. “They didn’t want me to do this. They’ve got a great chance, they’ve got 30 more games. The best chance they’ve got is if they use some of the money this big division gives them to get someone they couldn’t afford when they chose me, and if that happens, sitting at home in my front room, no one is going to jump higher than me.” Parish added: “He felt things weren’t working for him, he felt that he wasn’t getting the support that he wanted to get and a different approach might keep us in the division.” Holloway only took over at Selhurst Park last November and led them to promotion via the play-offs. But this season only Sunderland’s woeful form has kept them off the foot of the table and the thrashing at home by fellow strugglers Fulham was the final straw. Palace signed enough players for an entire new team over the summer, bringing in the likes of the much-maligned Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal, Reading pair Adrian Mariappa and Jimmy Kebe, Jerome Thomas from West Brom, Jose Campana from Sevilla, Stephen Dobbie from Brighton, Dwight Gayle from Peterborough, Elliot Grandin from Holloway’s former club Blackpool and, on loan, Southampton’s Jason Puncheon and Stoke’s Cameron Jerome Holloway said: “I didn’t value enough the spirit of the group that helped us get to the Premier League “I’ve lost the spirit of that group. I owe it to the lads to admit that. “I’m not saying my new signings aren’t good enough. But they need to buy into this football club the same way my other lads did.” Parish said Holloway had run himself into the ground doing his own scouting over the summer. “We came up very much as a Championship club,” he said. “The amount of work that went on in the summer was extraordinary, Ian was watching player after player. We should have had more of a scouting infrastructure in place.” Parish emphasised that he never had any intention of sacking Holloway, praising the 50-year-old for doing the “honourable thing” and admitting he was not the man for the job. He said: “He leaves our club with his head held very high. “He’s a remarkable man, he’s done something that most people wouldn’t do, and said, ‘we need to talk about the situation, I don’t think it’s working at the moment’.” He confirmed Keith Millen would take temporary charge for the match against Arsenal on Saturday and he had no permanent replacement lined up. Parish said he would consult Holloway when it came to appointing the new manager, saying they needed someone with more top-flight experience. Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis would fit that bill, having established the Potters in the top flight before leaving at the end of last season. On Pulis, Parish said “He’s never been relegated, and he’s out of work. We’ll look. People with some kind of affinity with the club, that does help when times are tough. I wouldn’t discount anyone.” Press Associationlast_img read more

GECOM ready for Nomination Day – PRO

first_imgIn less than eight weeks, Guyanese will be heading to the polls and in preparation for the upcoming March 2 General and Regional Elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is all set to host Nomination Day on Friday.GECOM PRO Yolanda Ward at the lunchtime lecture organised by the Guyana Press Association (GPA) on Tuesday at Moray HouseThis is according to GECOM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Yolanda Ward, who delivered a presentation to members of the media on Tuesday, on the practices, procedures and laws relating to the conduct of Nomination Day.On that day, each party contesting the elections will have to submit their list of candidates for the election of a President, members of the National Assembly and members of the Regional Democratic Councils to the Chief Elections Officer.This will be done at the Umana Yana, High Street, Kingston, Georgetown on Friday from 13:00 to 17:00h.Moreover, the Nomination Day process began last month when political parties had to submit their party symbols to GECOM by December 13, 2019. This, Ward explained, was to allow the Commission to examine the symbols and give approval to avoid issues such as duplication. This way, parties will be informed of ahead of Nomination Day and will be able to make adjustments.However, she explained that parties are allowed also to submit their symbols on Nomination Day as well.GECOM had reported that 19 political parties have submitted symbols thus far and of these, 14 are new parties. While the two main political parties – the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition – have been gearing up March 2 polls, there have been the formation of several new and small parties over the past months. As a matter of fact, so far, there have been 19 parties indicating interest in contending the upcoming elections.According to Ward, the law prescribed that the submissions of the lists of candidates will have to be done strictly on Nomination Day and within the timeframe set – no time earlier or later. She went on to explain how the lists are formed and who should be on each list.The GECOM PRO pointed out that all the lists must be registered electors. For the National Top-Up List, it should comprise of 300-330 nominators, 42 candidates (persons to be elected to sit in National Assembly) who all need a statutory declaration form in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths or Justice of Peace, and include the name of the Presidential Candidate.The Statutory Declaration form is what candidates sign to indicate that they are Guyanese and do not have dual citizenship. According to Ward, the onus is on the Candidates to be honest when they sign the statutory forms since the laws do not provide for false declarations made by candidates.Meanwhile, the Geographical Constituency (Administrative Regions) List must include 150-175 nominators from each constituency and no more than 45 candidates.It must be noted that parties are not mandated to contest both General and Regional Elections. Likewise, they are not mandated to contest in all 10 geographical constituencies but they must contest in at least six of those regions.With regards to the Regional Elections, the Regional Democratic Council List must comprise of 150-175 nominators for each constituency – all residing in the said region, and 12 to 36 candidates also from within the region. They too are required to sign a statutory form.Candidates and nominators can only appear on one party’s lists – both National Top-up and Geographical Constituency Lists – but only on one of that party’s geographical lists.Parties are also required to have one-third female presence on their National Top-Up List and same on the combined Geographical Constituency Lists in accordance with gender balance laws.These requirements, as well as others, will be examined by Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield on Nomination Day and those parties whose lists, even one, do not meet all the requirements will be deemed defective.Parties will have 24 hours after Nomination Day to notify the CEO in writing of death and/or withdrawals of candidates and/or nominators. In addition, parties can also withdraw their lists but this will have to be done in writing by both the representative and deputy of the lists and before the lists are approved.On January 12, the CEO will inform the representative and/or deputies of the defective lists of same and they will have until the following day to make and submit the corrections.On January 15, the CEO will inform of the approval and/or non-approval of the lists by the Elections Commission. Parties will also have up until January 16 to make any appeals to the High Court based on the decisions of the Commission.Additionally, representatives and/or their deputies will have until January 17 to notify the CEO of any joiner of lists by two or more parties. Finally, on January 19, the titles and symbols of the approved lists of each party will be published in the gazette along with the names of the candidates.The CEO will make these lists available for public scrutiny.last_img read more

GOVERNMENT COULD SCRAP €100 WATER GRANT AT ANY TIME – DOHERTY

first_imgPearse Doherty TDSinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has expressed his concerns that the government’s issuing of €100 rebates on water charges could see the funding model for Irish Water failing to meet EU rules for market competition. The TD for Donegal South-West has said that such a situation would mean that the €100 rebate on water charges could be removed at any time.Deputy Doherty said: “I believe that, with the €100 conservation grant, the government is skating on thin ice as regards meeting Eurostat rules on market competition. “Earlier this year, I queried the government’s classification of a €240m investment in Irish Water as a capital investment which would have allowed this money to be kept off balance sheet. The government repeatedly assured me that they were confident Eurostat would accept their classification. Only two days ago, Minister Noonan confirmed to me that he had failed and that that investment was back on the State’s books.“The government has failed once already to convince Eurostat on Irish Water. Another failure on this issue will mean the carrot of the €100 rebate will be at risk and could be removed at any time.“This is a genuine fear. It shows that, in its scrambling to come up with an idea to entice people into supporting Irish Water, the government may have created an even bigger mess.“Ultimately this scrambling will not convince people. The demand for the abolition of water charges has not been diluted. Nothing announced this week will change minds. The government must stop saying that it is listening and instead show it’s actually listening by scrapping water charges.”  GOVERNMENT COULD SCRAP €100 WATER GRANT AT ANY TIME – DOHERTY was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:conservation grantPearse Dohertyscrappedwater chargeslast_img read more

Avast Secure Browser review
Avast Secure Browser review

first_imgAvast Secure Browser review by Martin Brinkmann on April 09, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: April 09, 2018 – 58 commentsAvast Secure Browser is a free Chromium-based web browser by security company Avast that is advertised as private, fast, and secure on the official download site.The web browser is the official successor of Avast SafeZone Browser which Avast discontinued some time ago to focus development on the new browser.We will take a close look at the web browser in our review; you will learn about installation and use, functionality that it provides, and whether the fast, secure and private promise is kept.Avast Secure BrowserAvast Secure Browser is available as a standalone download for Microsoft Windows and also as part of Avast’s security products. You find the download link in the summary box below the review.SafeZone installations will be updated automatically to the new browser.InstallationThe standalone download is offered as a web installer which means that most program components are downloaded during installation. A click on options on the first installation screen displays several setup preferences:Place a shortcut on the desktop (yes), taskbar (yes), and in the start menu (no).Launch the browser when the installation finishes (yes).Set the default program language.Import bookmarks and settings from my current default browser (no).Import cookies from my current default browser (no).Make Avast Secure Browser my new default browser (no).You need to check the import options if you want to import bookmarks, settings or cookies from the default system browser. Note that the import function supports imports from the default system browser, and that the import will fail if the default browser is not supported by Avast (example: if Pale Moon is your default browser, imports will fail as it is not supported).Note that the browser supports the importing of bookmarks and settings from other browsers after installation.Just load secure://settings/importData at any time to configure the operation. Supported browsers are Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. You may import from a bookmarks HTML file as well.Note: Avast collects and sends usage statistics and crash reports to company servers automatically. Users are not prompted about this during installation. You may disable the collecting and sending on secure://settings/ under privacy and security.Using the browserAvast Secure Browser is based on Chromium, the open source part of Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera and other Chromium-based browsers.If you used Google Chrome in the past, you will feel at home right away as the interface resembles that of the browser.You will notice some differences though as well as Avast’s browser comes with several built-in browser extensions.Three extension icons are visible in the browser’s toolbar that provide video downloading and ad-blocking functionality and a link to the new Security & Privacy Center.A quick check on secure://extensions/ (yes, Avast uses secure:// for internal pages and not chrome// or about://), lists a total of seven extensions of which five are enabled. The installed extensions are:Adblock — an ad-blocker powered by uBlock Origin. Supports third-party filter lists, custom rules, and whitelists.Avast Passwords (disabled) — integrates with the passwords component of Avast security products. You need to install compatible software on the device to use it.Avast SecureLine VPN — integrates Avast’s SecureLine virtual private network in the browser. Enabled by default but requires that Avast SecureLine VPN software is installed on the Windows machine.Bank Mode (disabled) — switch to a virtual desktop to communicate with important sites such as online banking sites. Bank Mode is only available if Avast Antivirus or other Avast security programs that support it are installed on the PC.HTTPS Encryption — enforces the use of HTTPS on supported websites.Privacy — an anti-tracking extension that blocks companies and sites from tracking you online.Video Downloader — download videos to your PC.Avast Secure Browser users may disable or enable extensions but it is not possible to uninstall any of them.Security & Privacy CenterSecurity & Privacy Center is another feature of the browser that is a unique feature. It is a control interface to enable or disable built-in features, and is used by Avast to list company products that complement the browser.You control the ad-blocking, privacy, HTTPS encryption, and password manager extensions from the Security & Privacy Center, and new tools that are not listed as extensions.These are:Anti-Fingerprinting (disabled) to block or limit fingerprinting for tracking purposes.Anti-Phishing (enabled) to protect against phishing attempts.Extension Guard (enabled) to block the installation of untrusted browser extensions.Flash Blocker (enabled) to block all Flash content.You may launch a new private browsing window (called Stealth Mode) and a Privacy Cleaner (clean browsing data) from the Security & Privacy Center as well.Avast’s browser lists the installation status of Avast Antivirus, Bank Mode and Avast SecureLine VPN at the top of the page. Download links are provided when products are not installed; the links redirect to the Avast website.Avast Secure Browser BenchmarksHow fast is Avast’s Secure Browser? My initial assumption was that the browser’s performance should be more or less identical to that of Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers.I ran tests using stable versions of Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi, Opera and Avast Safe Browser. Benchmarks are linked; feel free to give this a try on your end and report the results in the comments below (Basemark and HTML5 Test: higher is better, Ares: lower is faster).Browser / TestBasemarkAresHTML5 TestAvast Secure Browser58126ms528Google Chrome57025ms528Microsoft Edge20785ms476Mozilla Firefox9084ms489Vivaldi42927ms520Opera41529528The benchmark results show that this is indeed the case. The small score differences between Avast Secure Browser and Google Chrome are not significant; expect the same performance in Avast’s browser and Google’s browser.To sum it up: The performance of the web browser is excellent. It is as fast as Google Chrome in benchmarks and that carries over to real-world usage as well. While you won’t see a five times performance boost when you compared it to Mozilla Firefox, it is an area that the browser does really well in.What about privacy?One of Avast’s main promises is that Secure Browser protects user privacy better than other browsers. I decided to run tests using the default configuration and with all privacy features enabled.Panopticlick by EFF stated that Avast Secure Browser offered “strong protection against Web Tracking” and that the browser did not have a unique fingerprint (in both configurations).Other privacy tests highlighted that the browser’s protection was not perfect but still better in many cases when fully enabled.  The test on Maxa Tools, for example, listed the number of installed plugins, the device’s IP address and the location based on the IP, as well as other information. A rerun of the test with fingerprinting protection enabled did not improve the results.You may see some improvement depending on which test you run and whether you connect to Avast SecureLine VPN, but the same can be achieved with any other VPN as well.To sum it up: Avast Secure Browser comes with built-in functionality to protect user privacy. While that is good overall, it does not offer 100% protection against all forms of invasive data collecting or fingerprinting.Closing Words and verdictAvast Secure Browser is a brand new browser that is based on Chromium. The browser is fast and comes with privacy enhancing extensions and settings that do improve privacy up to a point.The fact that usage statistic and crash reports sending is enabled by default damages that somewhat; I’d expect a prompt from a privacy-focused browser during setup that asks me whether I want to enable the send-home functionality or not.Another negative is that you can’t uninstall extensions that the browser comes with. Disabling may work for most users but if you like a clean browser, you may not like the sticky nature of all default extensions.Avast is off to a good start with the new browser. It offers better functionality than the company’s SafeZone Browser and does well in benchmarks and other tests. The company needs to publish regular updates to not fall behind the Chromium release cycle and leave security issues unpatched for too long after patches become available.It is too early to tell whether Avast is up for that. I’ll revisit the browser in a couple of months and keep an eye on it in the meantime to find out more about that.Now You: What’s your main web browser right now, and why?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 40 votes Software Name Avast Secure BrowserOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://www.avast.com/secure-browser Advertisementlast_img read more