If we did a survey among children both in Croatia and in other countries, and asked them the title question, it would be interesting to see the answers and which cow would prevail. Unfortunately, I’m more inclined to think that purple would predominate among the answers.In today’s modern times, people are increasingly separating from nature, human contact, direct communication and the real world, and everything is becoming digital, ie we live in a digital world. Returning to nature and experience without technology is one of the new trends in the world of tourism, as well as the consumption of organic, ecological and authentic dishes, living as locals, ie experiencing an authentic experience. That is why the very essence of tourism is precisely authenticity, and this is precisely our greatest tourist strength in the fight against globalization, because everything is becoming the same, standardized. And when that is the case, then you lose the motive of coming and the competitive advantage.Also, due to globalization and digitalization, people are increasingly living in modern cities, and the modern way of life and business is giving less and less space, ie time for themselves, family, children. Because of all this, today’s children have never seen a live cow, chicken, horse, goose… and do not know what they actually look like. Their perception is created by cartoons, marketing (Milka) and the digital world.If you live in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and other major cities, ask yourself: When was the last time you saw a cow? When did your children see pets? Ask your child what color is a cow? How many eggs does a hen lay per day? Or maybe eggs are made in retail chains? In accordance with the above, I wonder if the “Zoo” of domestic animals can be a great tourist product? I’m sure he can, and here’s a concrete example.In the Nature Park near Sutivan on the island of Brač, children enjoy and get to know the animals.When Stipo Jurić and his wife Ana decided to turn the island karst into a nature park (private zoo) two kilometers from Sutivan on the island of Brač 14 years ago, he planned to build several dwellings with backyards where his children could see animals they usually know only from books. or television commercials and make sure the cow is not purple and the eggs are not laying in the mall.But today, in addition to sports fields, there is a 20 and 50-meter cable car, slides, trampoline, swing, wooden castle and restaurant with local food and animals rich zoo, all of which covers 16 thousand square meters of Sutivan Nature Park. And most importantly, a real attraction for all foreign tourists who come to the island of Brac. The most interesting, especially for children is the zoo where long-tailed blue and white peacocks, golden, silver and hunting pheasants, geese, ducks, domestic chickens live together, there is the African ostrich, Vietnamese pigs, wild boars, cows, sheep, goats and mouflon and other domestic animals. Stipo Jurić says that the jewel of the park are donkeys aged from a few days to a few years, and horses Suzi and Bela on which you can ride, and the environment is beautified by fruits, greenery and flowers.Love and care for wildlife is felt at every step of this nature park and visitors are sure to bring with them emotions that will remain in their lasting memory because the holiday is not only the sea and sun but also popcorn looking for corn and grass grazing cows. They don’t accidentally call Stipe’s property “Brač’s paradise for children”. “Once an elementary school teacher brought the children and spent among the hens so one student asked how many hens lay eggs a day. She said a dozen, and maybe only one a day… Well, sometimes we even laugh”, Stipo tells me.One hen lays one egg a year?By the way, to answer the question of how many hens lay eggs per day, once a day, ie an average of 280 eggs per year. And now imagine that in our tourism we use domestic eggs, not from large production plants, but from local family farms. How much does one large hotel consume eggs per day, and how much just one whole destination for tourism? Imagine how many eggs it is per day and how many people would be employed through hundreds of family farms, just in the production of organic and organic eggs? It is a tourism to strive for and then tourism makes sense, not to live off the rent of accommodation and the sun and the sea.Not to mention, how organic and organic products have a much higher price on the market, how all the trends are in this direction and how there is a great demand for the same, as well as that the cream of homemade eggs are bright yellow, not “white” colors. Just look at the prices of organic products in retail chains, prices are 30-40% more expensive, if some products and much more. And interestingly, there is a market that is growing from year to year.Sutivan Nature Park has become an excellent quality tourist content offered by the island of Brac and there children can see and experience animals in the true sense, not just watch them because they are given the opportunity to touch, feed and groom animals. Also, in addition to all this, children get all the information about how animals live, what they eat, how they behave, etc.…And this is where the greatest magic happens, it is this direct contact and interaction between children and animals that is invaluable and an experience that is not forgotten. It is remembered “for a lifetime”. “Love for my late wife Ana keeps me from doing what we started together and because of her I do it and I will never leave the park – I live for all this…”, Says Stipo Jurić.This is exactly what is felt at every step, this is not a commercial park, everything is local and you feel that personal touch and care for the whole park. This is not a job, this is a way of life, says Barba Stipo. He adds that all the animals were registered with the Croatian Livestock Association, and the veterinary inspection was there several times. “One inspector acted very seriously and talked a little, so I was afraid she would find any mistake. She also looked at the wild boars that had just pollinated and saw where they were housed because the cubs require special care. She did not say anything, but she wrote in the minutes that the animals live in extremely good conditions, are housed in a house with a garden and are all tame, which is a sign that they were cared for with a lot of attention and love, “said Stipo Juric. where wild boars have young, is the best proof that the living conditions of the animals are excellent. By the way, all animals are registered in the Croatian Livestock Association.Guests find out about his nature park via the internet, there is their promotional material in the local tourist board and many who come once, come again. “My marketing is satisfied visitors, because those who come all these years, return every year and so they recommend others to visit us,” says Barba Stipo and although he does not count exactly all visitors, he estimates that this Brac paradise was visited by over 10 visitors.The nature park near Sutivan is not difficult to find – from the direction of Supetar you have to pass the main entrance to Sutivan and after a slight uphill there is a signpost that will direct the traveler to the park, and from the direction of Milna there is a sign the park is 500 meters.Finally, let me share an anecdote.Namely, while I was talking to Barba Stipe, my son came up to me, got into the conversation and told me. ” Dad, Dad has another parrot, come see and he pulls me to show me another parrot he found. You know, Dad, there’s a red parrot. Come see“Says my son David.That says it all and of course how even after a year, my son still remembers the animals from Brač. A story that has been told dozens of times, a story that is not forgotten, a story that spreads further and a story that remains in the memory of “the whole” life. I am grateful that Barba Stipo provided me with unforgettable experiences from my vacation.Yes, a “zoo” with domestic and indigenous animals can and is a great tourist product, so I wonder why we don’t have them anymore. It is an experience, an emotion and a story. It is tourism.
Sharing is caring! Share Share Sometimes, I just want to give up on dating. Not because of the terrible first dates or the annoying guy bullsh&* that almost always comes in to play (oh wait, you have a secret girlfriend? Cool…), but because it’s expensive!I cringe when I think about how much it costs to make sure I’m in top dating shape — this means my hair and nails are done, my skin is the right shade of faux tan, and I have a new sexy outfit with the shoes to match.Cha-ching.According to a new survey conducted by Match.com, I’m not alone in worrying about my dating life and its deductions from my bank account. Of the 550 single U.S. men and women who participated in their poll, 53 percent of women are like me, in that they spend more money in getting ready for a date than when they’re actually on one (65 percent spend more than $50 getting ready… sounds familiar!).As you would expect, it’s during the date when guys start reaching into their wallets. According to the poll, over half of men are spending $50+ on a date. What’s really interesting is that they’re three times more likely to think how much they shell out is important.But really, us women couldn’t care less. In fact, 58 percent of us prefer a short, sweet, inexpensive date over a fancy one, and we wouldn’t even mind if a guy used a coupon to pay. Most of us are modern and totally realistic about how the first date should not put the poor dude into debt. We don’t need fireworks, a 5-course dinner, and a horse-drawn carriage ride home to like you (although, we wouldn’t object if that was your plan). Meeting for coffee will do.However, there is a spending habit that guys can royally screw up on a date, which will have us running for the hills. And that, my friends, is if he is cheap when it comes to tipping, donating, or tithing — and the same goes for women. A whopping 82 percent of singles take these kinds of financial actions into account. In other words, no tip, no second date.A girl’s got to have standards.So, I’m curious: do your spending habits on a date or getting ready for one match up with these results? Do you even worry about how much money it’s costing you to be single and looking, or is money no object for you when it comes to finding l-o-v-e?Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.by: BettyConfidential.com LifestyleRelationships How Much Is Being Single and Dating Costing You?. by: – April 19, 2011 Tweet Share 42 Views no discussions
Oil and gas sector– Canadian consultant to help GRA build capacityBy Jarryl BryanA total of five audit firms have been shortlisted from a pool of 14 applicants vying to conduct audits into the over US$400 million in cost oil claims submitted by oil giant Exxon Mobil to the Government.This was revealed by Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner General Godfrey Statia during a recent press conference in which he provided updates on prior year matters and the Authority’s efforts to build capacity for the oil sector.He referenced the World Bank US$35 million Development Policy credit to Guyana, noting that money from this will enable the Government to procure the services of the accounting firm to do the cost oil analysis. Statia also revealed that Exxon has been co-operating with the Authority.“We have so far shortlisted five of those firms, out of 14,” Statia said. “It has since been sent back to the World Bank and they should send in their proposals and we should pick one of those proposals and we move ahead. In the meantime, I want to assure you that we have been getting information that we requested from Exxon on a quarterly basis.”“And we’ve been getting information going forward. They’ve been estimating their information going forward. That information will allow us to see their rate of return and whether there should be some tweaking and the emphasis we should put on some of these issues.”When it comes to developing the administrative capacity for oil and gas at GRA, Statia revealed that a Canadian expert in the area of petroleum taxation will be brought on board to assist.“I’m happy to say that we have been able to procure the services of an expert, who was in charge of the Canadian Revenue Authority oil and gas operations. He’ll be here for the next two years, for a maximum of 30 weeks every year.”“He would be in charge of building that capacity based on what we would have had to do. So basically we’re going to spin that off, from the large taxpayers unit and we’ll have a full-fledged oil and gas unit,” Statia said.Cost oilAfter its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil has estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be 5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. At US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion. In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik block.Exxon is expected to use revenue from its production in order to recoup its capital investment. Whatever remains of this is the “profit oil” Guyana will have to split with the oil company and its associates.According to Annex C of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) Guyana signed with Exxon, pre-contract cost “shall include four hundred and sixty million, two hundred and thirty-seven hundred thousand and nine hundred and eighteen United States Dollars (US$460,237,918) in respect of all such costs incurred under the 1999 Petroleum Agreement prior to the year ended 2015.”