What color are the cows: Brown or purple?

first_imgIf 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.last_img read more

Dutch roundup: PGB, Shell Netherlands, APF

first_imgOver the last five years, PGB – initially the industry-wide pension fund for the printing sector – has taken in more than 10 schemes from other sectors, including the cardboard industry, the wholesale sector for flowers and plants and the maritime fishing industry.The scheme for the rubber and plastics sector also recently joined.PGB reported a return on investments of 4% but saw its net return drop to 1.4% after losses on its currency hedge.It had covered 81% of its currency risk through forward contracts.PGB reported asset management and transaction costs of 0.24% and 0.06%, respectively, and said it had spent €158 per participant on administration.Its coverage ratio stood at 97.5% at the end of June.In other news, Shell’s new individual defined contribution scheme (SNPS) said in its annual report that its sponsor was exploring its options for setting up a general pension fund (APF) for its two company schemes.In 2013, Shell Netherlands closed its €25bn defined benefit scheme SSPF and started SNPS for new workers, which now manages €56m in assets.With its plan, Shell becomes the second company to place its company schemes in an APF.At the moment, Unilever is waiting for a license to operate a general pension funds for its closed DB scheme Progress and its new DC pension fund Forward.Recently, Rob Kragten, director of both Unilever schemes, claimed APF legislation was not geared to transforming company pension funds into general pension funds, which had caused delay in the licensing process. PGB, a €23.5bn ‘multi-sector’ pension fund in the Netherlands, has said it will continue to focus on achieving “controlled growth to benefit participants” despite the lack of clarity on the new pension system.In its 2015 annual report, chairman Ruud Degenhardt said increasing PGB’s scale would allow it to reduce costs and negotiate better contracts with asset managers.Added scale would also increase the scheme’s options for diversifying its investment portfolio.Degenhardt said PGB would not need the new general pension fund (APF) to achieve its goal.last_img read more

Tuesday February 11th “The Midday Report”

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Two more area COVID-19 deaths — 50 new cases reported

first_imgDES MOINES — Two more deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in our immediate listening area. In the 24-hour period ending at 11 o’clock this morning, one more death had been reported on the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website in Cerro Gordo County, while Franklin County is reporting its first death. That brings the area’s death total since the start of the pandemic to 21 — 13 in Cerro Gordo; two each in Butler, Floyd and Hancock; and single deaths in Franklin and Wright. 50 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in our listening area in the same 24-hour period — 18 in Cerro Gordo; 10 in Franklin; seven in Hancock; five in Worth; three each in Butler and Kossuth; two in Winnebago; and single new cases in Mitchell and Wright. That brings the area total since the start of the pandemic to 1522 — 453 in Cerro Gordo; 417 in Wright; 145 in Franklin; 94 in Floyd; 84 each in Butler and Hancock; 71 in Kossuth; 68 in Mitchell; 60 in Winnebago; and 46 in Worth. 711 of those 1522 cases have been identified since July 1st, or almost 47%. 21 more cases have been listed as recovered in our area — five in Wright; four each in Cerro Gordo and Franklin; three in Mitchell; and single cases in Butler, Hancock and Winnebago — to make for a total of 834 recovered, or 55%.Looking at the statewide numbers in the 24-hour period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning — six more deaths were reported for a total now of 799; 503 more cases were identified to bring the total to 39,420; 347 more people have recovered for a total of 28,319. Wright4171 Mitchell Confirmed CasesNew Cases Hancock2 Butler843 Winnebago Worth10 Kossuth Floyd2 Cerro Gordo131 Mitchell443 Area Total212 Winnebago261 July Total711 Franklin11 Worth Floyd94 Wright1 Kossuth713center_img Mitchell681 Cerro Gordo1074 Wright3525 Franklin14510 Butler651 Hancock847 RecoveredNew Recovered Winnebago602 Cerro Gordo45318 Worth465 Franklin744 Hancock581 Butler2 Kossuth322 Floyd66 DeathsNew Area Total152250 Area Total83421last_img read more

Leeds United 1-0 Preston: Disappointing return to Elland Road for Simon Grayson as Whites extend unbeaten run to four

first_img1 Simon Grayson was a big hit at Elland Road during his time as manager Simon Grayson’s return to Elland Road turned sour as Preston keeper Jordan Pickford was sent off after half an hour and Leeds banked a 1-0 win for their third victory in four games.Pickford’s early departure meant an unexpected debut for Preston’s fourth-choice keeper Matt Hudson who was beaten by a headed own goal from Alan Browne just after the break.Grayson received a warm welcome from Leeds supporters who remembered his achievement in guiding the club out of Sky Bet League One during his spell in charge.Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri, outstanding throughout, made three top quality saves in the opening 10 minutes as Grayson’s men went all-out attack.First the Italian keeper pushed Paul Gallagher’s curling free-kick round the near post. Then Joe Garner played Will Keane through the middle and Silvestri was quick to leave his line and deny the England Under-21 forward a scoring chance.A minute later Silvestri was in action again, diving full length to his left to turn Garner’s 25-yard shot behind for a corner.After their hesitant start, Leeds forced a series of corners which were well defended but they should have opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.Liam Bridcutt was allowed to make a long run down the middle and Chris Wood timed his run perfectly to receive his pass. However, the totally unmarked striker shot straight at Pickford.With 30 minutes gone Preston suffered a controversial blow when Pickford was shown the red card. A long ball out of defence found Wood, and Pickford collided with him just outside the box.The keeper endured a long lecture from referee Gavin Ward before being sent to the dressing room amid strong protests from his team-mates.Hudson left the bench and former Liverpool midfielder John Welsh was sacrificed as Preston faced the rest of the match with 10 men.When the free-kick was eventually taken, Giuseppe Bellusci lifted it just over the bar.Hudson’s first task was to gather a corner in the congested goalmouth and the youngster, who has been selected in England’s elite goalkeeping camp, proved equal to the task.However, the second half was less than 30 seconds old when Leeds winger Stuart Dallas crossed from the left and Preston midfielder Browne headed into his own net, giving Hudson no chance.Browne was substituted in the 55th minute, enabling Neil Kilkenny to make an appearance against his old club.Silvestri made two fine saves from Kilkenny and Marnick Vermijl’s angled header as Steve Evans’ side won.last_img read more