Record tourist results in Dubrovnik in the first six months

first_imgDubrovnik is constantly recording excellent tourist traffic, and can boast of an increase in tourist traffic in the first six months, and in June, when 133.467 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 2% more than in June 2015. There were 467.828 overnight stays or 1% more than in June 2015, and the most numerous guests were from the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Croatia and Ireland.6% growth in the first six monthsAccording to available data from the eVisitor system, which does not include nautical services, Dubrovnik achieved record tourist results in all types of accommodation in the first six months of 2016. From 1 January to 30 June 2016, there were 364.887 arrivals in Dubrovnik, which is a total of 6% more arrivals than in the same period last year. During the first six months of 2016, 1.156.943 overnight stays were realized, which is an increase of 5% compared to 2015.The top list of countries from which Dubrovnik tourists came in the first six months of 2016 consists of: the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Croatia, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Korea, and Ireland.last_img read more

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Winter and Indigenous Products Fair in Zagreb

first_imgIn order not to lose the custom of winter preparation, to highlight traditional products in relation to other products on the market, and to help small producers in marketing their products and connecting with consumers, the Ministry of Agriculture launched the project “Winter and Indigenous Products Fair” .For the second year in a row, the Fair of Winter and Indigenous Products will be held on Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb, from October 28 to 30, and visitors will be able to visit the Fair every day from 8:00 to 20:00, except on Sunday, October 30. when the Fair closes at 13 p.m. “The great interest of visitors to last year’s event and the satisfaction of exhibitors, encouraged us to enable the participation of as many as 118 exhibitors from all Croatian counties, and in the organization of the 2nd Winter and Indigenous Products Fair, in addition to the Ministry of Agriculture and the City of Zagreb. young farmers. ” point out from the Ministry of AgricultureThe first Fair of Winter and Indigenous Products was organized last year in Zagreb’s central square, where 77 small producers who produce winter and other indigenous products were presented, including those whose names are protected by labels from the quality system for agricultural and food products. The opening ceremony of the Fair will be on Friday, October 28 at 12:00. “Our country has a rich gastronomic tradition and offer, and our goal is that as many domestic indigenous products as possible soon find their way to European designations of origin and geographical origin. The Ministry will always be at the service of producers and help them reach their goal together. Winter is traditionally prepared throughout Croatia, and who is not skilled in their own kitchen or is eager for new ideas and tastes, let them join us at the three-day fair in the center of Zagreb. “, he said Minister Tomislav Tolušić on the eve of the opening of this year’s Fair of Winter and Indigenous Products.Photo: Dražen Bota / Source: CNTBGreat story and project, support indigenous products and small producers, they make a living from it, and so should our tourism. This is the meaning of tourism – getting to know and exploring a different way of life and thus a new gastronomy. We have something to be proud of and we have something to show to the world, we just have to sell what we are or in other words, let’s be what we are – Croats, that must be our tourist product.By the way, Croatia currently has Krk prosciutto, Extra virgin olive oil Cres, Neretva mandarins, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potato, Istrian potato, Istrian sauerkraut on the list of autochthonous treasures, ie protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications. , Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik, Zagorje turkey, Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb and Šolta olive oillast_img read more

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Videos from social networks as an excellent free advertisement of Croatia as a party destination

first_imgAs the tourist season is over, on the Internet and social networks, day by day we can see new great videos from Croatia taken by guests enchanted by our natural beauty.All of these videos are great free commercials viewed by millions of new potential tourists and which are virally spreading on the Internet. One such great video is definitely the video from Yacht Week that he shot Chris Rogers and so made a great invitation for Croatia as a party destination.Could an invitation be better than this?That we often don’t know how to appreciate what we have already falls into the category: Unbelievable, but true. Sometimes foreigners have to show us how beautiful the coast and nature we have, and so we take it for granted. It is the new great video shot by a drone that tourists shot on their vacation sailing along the Dalmatian coast that shows all the beauty and charm we have and the resource that we must smartly preserve.As the authors point out, this was an unforgettable week from which we carry wonderful memories from beautiful Croatia. If they didn’t reveal to you where this video was shot, we are sure that they would not place it in Croatia, but probably in some other exotic country. By the way, the video was shot near Milna on the island of Brač, Komiža on the island of Vis and in Palmižana on the island of St. Clement.This is just another proof of how new technologies, as well as quality photography and video can be a great tourist postcard and a motif for a tourist destination. You just want to be a part of this video, right?Excellent free advertising for Croatian tourism. Enjoy the video and the beauty of our Adriaticlast_img read more

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Revolution in transport – Will and Uber collaboration achieved!

first_imgOne of the fastest growing Croatian start-ups, a bus-ticket platform that enables easy search, comparison and purchase of bus tickets Vollo, and the well-known global technology platform Uber, which has been present on the Croatian market for a little over a year, joined forces and under the motto “Where one journey ends, another begins”, agreed on a partnership that will simplify and delight many users this fall and winter. .The concept of intermodal transport, which takes advantage of the use of different means of transport, was also the guiding thought of creating a partnership between Uber and Volla, companies that are known on the technology scene and beyond, as drivers of innovation in their business segment. Precisely because of this, the collaboration itself imposed itself as natural. “This is the first step towards full Intermodal Transport where in the future technology platforms such as Uber and Vollo, and autonomous vehicles and buses will completely change the existing concept of owning a car or the experience of traveling by public transport”Said Marko Jukić, founder of Volla.Vollo in addition to cooperating with Uber, has already integrated Fflixbus (unofficial Uber for bus transport), Eurolines and hundreds of other bus carriers as well as BlaBlaCar, the world ‘s largest transportation sharing platform. I know that the “revolution” may sound a little too much, but just go back five or ten years and look at the state of passenger transport back then. Yes, we are witnessing a real revolution in transport transport that is happening in Croatia, and this form of intermodal transport and integration of all partners is, as far as I know, the first of its kind in the world.By purchasing a bus ticket on the Vollo platform, Uber gives new users a free ride to the station for up to 65 kn, and vice versa; all new Vollo users are honored with a discount of up to HRK 35 on the cancellation of the booking fee upon the first purchase. Bearing in mind that tickets purchased through the Vollo platform are already on average 10-25% cheaper than the regular prices from the station, this is really a discount that is not negligible.Apart from the city of Zagreb, the action is also valid for the cities of Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik, and Wall announces that this is only the first of the cooperation they plan to launch in this type of transport. Considering that in less than 6 months of existence they have connected over 20 countries, united over 150 carriers from Croatia and Europe, made over 70 connections and more than 000 million route combinations, we are looking forward to the news they are preparing for us!last_img read more

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The construction of the Four Seasons Resort on Hvar, worth almost one billion kuna, will begin at the end of 2017.

first_imgOne of the world’s leading investment banks, Arqaam Capital and the leading luxury hotel chain Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts presented the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences project, the construction of which will begin in late 2017 on the island of Hvar and will create 320 new jobs.The project worth almost a billion kuna is the first of its kind in Croatia and represents a major step forward in the offer for guests with high demands. In addition to five-star hotels, the complex will contain a hundred luxurious villas and residences from one to five rooms with all the accompanying leisure facilities, such as outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a top spa and fitness center, several restaurants and bars, congress halls and seaplane ports. The project involves world architects and designers from famous houses such as Gensler Architects, Scott Brownrigg and Richmond Hospitality Design and Tihany Design, and the entire project is led by the world-renowned house MACE.”Every hotel guest will experience an unforgettable experience, fully in line with the highest standards of the Four Seasons hotel chain. From luxury rooms designed by Richmond, superbly decorated private beaches, to a range of ancillary services offered by Four Seasons”, Explained Simon Casson, Director of Hotel Operations at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.The tourist mega-project in Brizenica Bay, not far from the Old Town on the island of Hvar, is being implemented by the investment bank Arqaam Capital in cooperation with the world-famous luxury hotel chain Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, which will be in charge of its management. Wijsmuller believes that Croatia has a huge potential for the development of luxury tourism, and he is proud because they are the ones who once again show the world and the local community what can and should be done in Croatia.The importance of this project for the state is confirmed by the fact that last year it was included in the list of strategic projects of the Republic of Croatia, and this  greenfield investment to strengthen Croatia’s position as one of the leading tourist destinations. “This extremely important project, ie an investment of almost one billion kuna, will be of great importance both for the Old Town on the island of Hvar, and for the whole of Croatia. With it, the island of Hvar gets the necessary quality accommodation capacities that will certainly encourage further investments in additional facilities and thus enable the continuation of the development of tourism on the island of Hvar. This is also an opportunity for the local tourist community to start with the complete management of the destination and thus make the island of Hvar a top and high quality destination. As an islander, I am especially glad to see that the potential of our islands has been recognized and I would be happy for such investments to be made on my island as well.”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and added that this investment will certainly encourage other potential investors to pay more attention and look for investment opportunities on the island of Hvar, Split-Dalmatia County and our country in general.Dennis Wijsmuller, co-founder and CEO of Arqaam Capital, said he was proud that Arqaam Capital supports Croatia’s tourism development strategy and contributes to the social and economic development of the country, the island of Hvar, and especially the Old Town. “With the realization of this project, we are strengthening the tourist infrastructure in the region, creating new jobs and firmly positioning the island of Hvar on the global map of luxury destinations. Unfortunately, currently in this area there is no level and quality of service we plan to provide to our clients, and luxury accommodation and additional rich cultural, entertainment and catering facilities will contribute to the economic development of the island of Hvar, Split-Dalmatia County and the country. We are here with the intention of staying, regardless of the obstacles we have encountered so far. It’s all part of this process. “, added Dennis Wijsmuller and noted that the first guests in Brizenica Four Seasons – Resort and Private Residences are expected in 2019.Four Seasons – Resort and Private Residences Hvar is the first Four Seasons resort on the Adriatic. Investors plan to build a hotel with 120 rooms and about a hundred luxury villas and apartments that will be for sale to domestic and foreign clients. In addition to accommodation facilities, the complex will include a number of accompanying facilities for rest and recreation such as a swimming pool, a top spa and fitness center, several restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques, as well as conference and banquet facilities.last_img read more

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Finding meaning in food: Study reveals that boredom predicts eating behavior

first_imgEmail After having 33 participants record their food intake and emotional state for a week, the researchers found that people consumed more calories when they were bored. Consumption of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins all increased on days in which the participants reported higher levels of boredom, but consumption of fiber did not increase.The researchers also found that participants who were assigned to complete a boring puzzle task were more likely to desire a snack afterward compared to participants who completed a more interesting puzzle. However, boredom did not increase the participants’ desire to eat healthy foods.In another experiment, the researchers found these self-reported desires were reflected in the actual behaviors of participants. Moynihan and his colleagues showed 44 participants either a boring instructional video about fish farming or a sad video about the abuse of dolphins. While the participants watched the videos, they were provided with three bowls containing cherry tomatoes, sweets, and crackers.Participants who viewed the boring video ate more sweets and cherry tomatoes — but not more crackers — than those viewing the sad video. The finding suggests that “boredom specifically encourages consumption of sensational foods, healthy or unhealthy,” the researchers said.Throughout the study, Moynihan and his colleagues found a link between boredom, self-awareness, and eating. People who paid more attention to their inner feelings tended to eat more food compared to less introspective people.“By eating, bored people may regulate their self-awareness to avoid threatening existential issues. Attention is narrowed to the current and immediate stimulus environment. This consumption reduces self-awareness in which the meaning-threat posed by boredom resides,” the reseachers wrote. LinkedIn Share Boredom is an emotional state characterized by restlessness, a lack of interest in the environment, and a sense of purposelessness. It has been described by psychologist John Eastwood as the “unfulfilled desire for satisfying activity.” It is a universal but unpleasant human experience — and everyone tries to avoid it.“Boredom signals what you’re doing right now seems to be lacking purpose,” another psychologist, Van Tilburg, observed in 2013. “As soon as you offer people alternative behaviors that may give them a sense of purpose, they’re more eager to engage, and this can result in negative or positive behavior.”According to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology, people turn to food to escape from boredom and the sense of purposelessness in the present situation. The study, led by Andrew B. Moynihan, found that “boredom increases eating, specifically unhealthy and exciting foods which can serve as means to escape the bored self.”center_img Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Scientists discover molecular link between psychiatric disorders and type 2 diabetes

first_imgEmail LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Share There may be a genetic connection between some mental health disorders and type 2 diabetes. In a new report appearing in the February 2016 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists show that a gene called “DISC1,” which is believed to play a role in mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and some forms of depression, influences the function of pancreatic beta cells which produce insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels.“Studies exploring the biology of disease have increasingly identified the involvement of unanticipated proteins–DISC1 fits this category,” said Rita Bortell, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Diabetes Center of Excellence at the Universityof Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. “Our hope is that the association we’ve found linking disrupted DISC1 to both diabetes and psychiatric disorders may uncover mechanisms to improve therapies, even preventative ones, to alleviate suffering caused by both illnesses which are extraordinarily costly, very common, often quite debilitating.”To make their discovery, Bortell and colleagues studied the function of DISC1 by comparing two groups of mice. The first group was genetically manipulated to disrupt the DISC1 gene only in the mouse’s pancreatic beta cells. The second group of mice was normal. The mice with disrupted DISC1 gene showed increased beta cell death, less insulin secretion and impaired glucose regulation while control mice were normal. The researchers found that DISC1 works by controlling the activity of a specific protein (GSK3β) already known to be critical for beta cell function and survival. Inhibition of GSK3β resulted in improved beta cell survival and restored normal glucose tolerance in mice with disrupted DISC1. Alterations in the DISC1 gene were originally associated with increased risk of schizophrenia, but further studies have also found DISC1 alterations in individuals with bipolar disorder and major depression.“The connections between these disorders may be surprising, but we have known for a long time that a single protein or gene can play multiple roles in the body,” said Thoru Pederson, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal.last_img read more

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The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink?

first_imgPinterest LinkedIn It’s a widely accepted fact that excessive drinking of alcohol is bad for one’s health. But what constitutes excessive drinking? According to a new report published today by the scientific journal Addiction, the answer to that question varies widely by country, and many countries don’t provide an answer.Researchers looked at 75 countries that might be expected to provide low-risk drinking guidelines and a definition of a ‘standard drink’. Only 37 countries (under 50%) did so, and their guidelines and ‘standard drink’ definitions were surprisingly inconsistent.The size of a standard drink varies by 250%, from a low of 8 g in Iceland and the United Kingdom to a high of 20 g in Austria. An 8 g drink is equivalent to 250 ml (8.45 US fluid ounces) of 4% beer, 76 ml (2.57 oz) of 13% wine, or 25 ml (0.85 oz) of 40% spirits. In the most conservative countries, low-risk consumption means drinking no more than 10 g of pure ethanol per day for women, 20 g for men.Want to drink more? In Chile, you can drink 56 g per day and still be a low-risk drinker.Got a reason to celebrate? In Australia, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, and the UK, you are allowed to drink more on special occasions.Tired of the old double standard? In Australia, Grenada, Portugal, and South Africa, low-risk drinking guidelines are the same for women and men. The UK joins that list with its new guidelines.Co-author of the report Keith Humphreys says, “If you think your country should have a different definition of a standard drink or low-risk drinking, take heart – there’s probably another country that agrees with you.”The World Health Organization defines a standard drink as 10 g of pure ethanol, with both men and women advised not to exceed 2 standard drinks per day. Although the WHO’s definition of a standard drink is the one most often used, 50% of countries with drinking guidelines don’t use it. Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Sharelast_img read more

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Psychopathy of 1,800 prisoners leads to novel diagnostic tool for criminals and non-criminals alike

first_imgShare on Twitter Email After a large-scale research project involving hundreds of prisoners at maximum security jails, a psychologist at the University of Huddersfield has developed a new method for assessing psychopathy.Dr Daniel Boduszek’s aim was to devise a scale that would grasp the essence of psychopathy, without being influenced by the subject’s background characteristics, including criminal history.  Psychopaths – marked out by traits such as manipulativeness and egocentricity – exist and can flourish in many areas of life, such as business.Therefore there is a need for what Dr Boduszek describes in a new article as a “clean personality measure of psychopathy uncontaminated with behavioural items”.  This would “enable researchers to extend the construct to all populations regardless of criminal history”. LinkedIn Pinterestcenter_img Share Share on Facebook So, although Dr Boduszek and his co-researchers conducted their study among 1,794 prisoners at ten prisons, the criminality and anti-social behaviour of the volunteer participants was not a factor when they were asked to give their levels of agreement to the 20 statements that are part of the Psychopathic Personality Traits Scale (PPTS).  This has been devised by Dr Boduszek, who is Reader in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield.The full list of statements in the PPTS – a “self-report scale” – is given in the new article by Dr Boduszek and his co-researchers that is newly-published in the Journal of Criminal Justice.They include: “I don’t care if I upset someone to get what I want”; “I tend to focus on my own thoughts and ideas rather than on what others might be thinking”; “Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me”; “In general, I’m only willing to help other people if doing so will benefit me as well”; “I sometimes provoke people on purpose to see their reaction”.The purpose of the newly-developed PPTS is to place the emphasis on the core factors that were first described in the 1940s by the influential US psychologist Hervey M. Cleckley, author of The Mask of Sanity: An attempt to clarify some issues about the so-called psychopathic personality.One of the priorities when developing the new scale was to ensure that egocentricity is fully tested.  This was one of Cleckley’s key criteria but it “has been largely neglected in psychopathy assessment research to date”, according to Dr Boduszek.He is Polish-born, and before switching to an academic career he worked as a psychologist in prisons, including maximum-security correctional units.  His contacts helped him to organise the large-scale trial of PPTS when 2,000 prisoners in ten maximum security prisons in Poland were invited to participate.  Almost, 1,800 agreed to do so, and Dr Boduszek ensured that there was a spread of offenders – they ranged from murderers and sexual predators to people who had committed non-violent crimes.As a means of validating the PPTS and measuring its success, the participants also completed six other personality-assessment scales that are in use.  In his article, Dr Boduszek gives a detailed description of the methodology and the outcome and argues that his psychopathy model is represented by four distinctive factors, including affective responsiveness, cognitive responsiveness, interpersonal manipulation, and egocentricity.  He also emphasised that psychopathy should not be studied without controlling for the level of intelligence.He concludes that “this brief measure of psychopathic traits uncontaminated with behavioural items can be used in the same way among participants with and without criminal history”.There will be further development and testing of the PPTS, and Dr Boduszek is hoping to carry out research in UK and US prisons and among the general population. The goal is to develop a diagnostic tool that could have its most practical application within prisons – for example, as a way of identifying inmates with increased psychopathic traits to suggest the most appropriate therapeutic interventions for such individuals.The article Introduction and validation of Psychopathic Personality Traits Scale in a large prison sample, by Daniel Boduszek, with Agata Debowska, Katie Dhingra and Matt DeLisi, appears inJournal of Criminal Justice.last_img read more

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Study links nutrition to brain health and intelligence in older adults

first_imgShare Share on Twitter “Previous studies have found that a person’s lutein status is linked to cognitive performance across the lifespan,” Zamroziewicz said. “Research also shows that lutein accumulates in the gray matter of brain regions known to underlie the preservation of cognitive function in healthy brain aging.”The study enrolled 122 healthy participants aged 65 to 75 who solved problems and answered questions on a standard test of crystallized intelligence. Researchers also collected blood samples to determine blood serum levels of lutein and imaged participants’ brains using MRI to measure the volume of different brain structures.The team focused on parts of the temporal cortex, a brain region that other studies suggest plays a role in the preservation of crystallized intelligence.The researchers found that participants with higher blood serum levels of lutein tended to do better on tests of crystallized intelligence. Serum lutein levels reflect only recent dietary intakes, Zamroziewicz said, but are associated with brain concentrations of lutein in older adults, which reflect long-term dietary intake.Those with higher serum lutein levels also tended to have thicker gray matter in the parahippocampal cortex, a brain region that, like crystallized intelligence, is preserved in healthy aging, the researchers report.“Our analyses revealed that gray-matter volume of the parahippocampal cortex on the right side of the brain accounts for the relationship between lutein and crystallized intelligence,” Barbey said. “This offers the first clue as to which brain regions specifically play a role in the preservation of crystallized intelligence, and how factors such as diet may contribute to that relationship.”“Our findings do not demonstrate causality,” Zamroziewicz said. “We did find that lutein is linked to crystallized intelligence through the parahippocampal cortex.”“We can only hypothesize at this point how lutein in the diet affects brain structure,” Barbey said. “It may be that it plays an anti-inflammatory role or aids in cell-to-cell signaling. But our finding adds to the evidence suggesting that particular nutrients slow age-related declines in cognition by influencing specific features of brain aging.” Pinterest Emailcenter_img Share on Facebook A study of older adults links consumption of a pigment found in leafy greens to the preservation of “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.The study is reported in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.Lutein (LOO-teen) is one of several plant pigments that humans acquire through the diet, primarily by eating leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, or egg yolks, said University of Illinois graduate student Marta Zamroziewicz, who led the study with Illinois psychology professor Aron Barbey. Lutein accumulates in the brain, embedding in cell membranes, where it likely plays “a neuroprotective role,” she said. LinkedInlast_img read more

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