Hurricane season: Record number of named Atlantic storms

first_imgHurricanes A guide to the world’s deadliest storms Winds 154-177km/hRoofs and trees could be damaged. Storm surge +1.8m-2.4m – Advertisement – Hurricanes are violent storms that can bring devastation to coastal areas, threatening lives, homes and businesses. Hurricane Sandy (2012) caused $71bn damage in the Caribbean and New York The storm rotates due to the spin of the earth and energy from the warm ocean increases wind speeds as it builds. – Advertisement – “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. Well, we’re about to get punched in the face.” Florida Mayor Bob Buckhorn, ahead of Hurricane Irma (2017) A mound of water piles up below the eye which is unleashed as the storm reaches land. These storm surges can cause more damage from flooding than the winds. The size of hurricanes is mainly measured by the Saffir-Simpson scale – other scales are used in Asia Pacific and Australia. Air swirls in to fill the low pressure in the storm, sucking air in and upwards, reinforcing the low pressure. Winds 178-208km/hHouses suffer damage, severe flooding Storm surge +2.7m-3.7m “Urgent warning about the rapid rise of water on the SW FL coast with the passage of #Irma’s eye. MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!”Tweet from the National Hurricane Centercenter_img Winds 252km/h+Serious damage to buildings, severe flooding further inland. Storm surge +5.5m Winds 119-153km/hSome minor flooding, little structural damage. Storm surge +1.2m-1.5m “For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life.” Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin ahead of Hurricane Gustav, 2008 Winds 209-251km/hSome roofs destroyed and major structural damage to houses. Storm surge +4m-5.5m – Advertisement – When winds reach 119km/h (74mph), it is known as a hurricane – in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific – or a typhoon in the Western Pacific. Hurricane Ike (2008) hit Caribbean islands and Louisiana and was blamed for at least 195 deaths Hurricanes develop from thunderstorms, fuelled by warm, moist air as they cross sub-tropical waters. Warm air rises into the storm. Hurricane Irma (2017) caused devastation in Caribbean islands, leaving thousands homeless – Advertisement – The central eye of calmer weather is surrounded by a wall of rainstorms.This eyewall has the fastest winds below it and violent currents of air rising through it.last_img read more

Shermie Heart Pullover Sweater Is an Amazon Bestseller

first_img– Advertisement – Get the Shermie Pullover Cute Heart Sweater for just $30 at Amazon with free shipping! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.This sweater is available in six colors, all with contrasting heart designs. Your options are beige with a black heart, white with a red heart, navy with a white heart, grey with a white heart or one of the two black versions, one with a white heart and the other with a purple heart. You’ll notice that covers only half of the options available on the Amazon page, so make sure to check out the remaining six for different heart designs that are equally cute!This sweater is ready to go everywhere with you. Wear it over stretchy leggings for Thanksgiving dinner or with the front tucked into jeans for a walk around town as you step on all of the crunchy leaves. It’s ready to be gifted to someone else too — we know we’d love to unwrap one come holiday time! See it!Get the Shermie Pullover Cute Heart Sweater for just $30 at Amazon with free shipping! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.Not your style? Check out more from Shermie here and shop other pullover sweaters here! Don’t forget to browse through all of Amazon’s Daily Deals for more great finds!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! There is sometimes a fear with designs like hearts and stars that a piece can come across as juvenile, no matter how much you like the idea of it. Some brands lean a little too far into the whole childlike wonder thing, making everything a little cartoonish. This top-rated sweater on Amazon, however, will show you how to make a heart design so, so chic!Shermie Pullover Cute Heart SweaterAmazonSee it!Get the Shermie Pullover Cute Heart Sweater for just $30 at Amazon with free shipping! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – This fan-favorite Shermie sweater checks all of the boxes when it comes to a nice pullover sweater. It’s warm and comfy, it has a relaxed but not bulky fit, it’s lightweight and it has a ribbed neckline and hem, plus ribbed cuffs at the ends of the long sleeves. It has just the right length and thickness too where you can easily tuck it into your pants or leave it out for equally cute styling!That big heart detail in the center though? That’s the real stunner. It’s adorable and sophisticated at the same time, and when you take a closer look, it only gets better. The heart has a heavier knit pattern, really making it pop — and really making our own heart skip a beat!Shermie Pullover Cute Heart SweaterAmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.You know how some people say they wear their heart on their sleeve? Well, what about on the front of your sweater instead? We know it’s just a saying about being honest and vulnerable with your feelings, but really — do you own any sweaters with hearts on them? Because if we’re being honest, they can be pretty dang cute!- Advertisement –last_img read more

Live match preview – Slovakia vs Scotland 15.11.2020

first_imgTeam news and stats ahead of Slovakia vs Scotland in the UEFA Nations League, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 2pm.Team news Slovakia vs Scotland will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football from 1.30pm; Kick-off at 2pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game goals in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.Opta stats – Advertisement – Scotland have won their last two international encounters with Slovakia by the same 1-0 scoreline, although both games were at home – a World cup qualifier in October 2017 and a UEFA Nations League match last month.Slovakia won their only previous home meeting with Scotland – a 3-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier in October 2016.Scotland have won six of their eight UEFA Nations League games (D1 L1), only three countries have won more in the competition since its inception in 2018 (Portugal, Finland and Norway – 7).Slovakia have lost six of their eight UEFA Nations League games (W1 D1) and are on a run of five such matches without victory (D1 L4) since a 4-1 win against Ukraine in November 2018. They are one of just three countries yet to keep a clean sheet in the competition (alongside Northern Ireland and Iceland).Slovakia have won just one of their last seven international matches at home (D3 L3) – a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan in November 2019.Scotland are unbeaten in each of their last three away games (W2 D1), they last went longer without defeat on the road in September 2006 (5 games – W3 D2).Slovakia captain Marek Hamsik has been directly involved in three goals (two goals, one assist) in his last three home matches for his country.Ryan Christie has scored in each of his last three games for Scotland, in fact, he has been directly involved in nine goals (four goals, five assists) in just 11 starts for his country, since his debut against Netherlands in November 2017. preview image Ryan Christie was moved to tears after helping Scotland secure their place at Euro 2020 with a penalty shootout win against Serbia Highlights from the UEFA Nations League Group B2 match between Scotland and Slovakia When asked if he would make more changes than normal, Clarke said: “The short answer is yes. The long answer probably takes in the fact the celebrations wouldn’t have anything to do with it. It was a good celebration but it wasn’t crazy, it wasn’t silly and over the top.“It was a physically draining game but emotionally also very, very draining for the players who were out on the pitch. – Advertisement – 8:53 preview image “I will give them another 24 hours and speak to three or four players who I have maybe got a doubt about going again after such a tough game, and then I will come up with a team selection that hopefully gets us another three points.“Lyndon Dykes is suspended and we have one or two knocks and niggles. Andy Robertson will be the most doubtful.”Slovakia were also play-off winners, beating Northern Ireland 2-1 in extra-time, and midfielder Marek Hamsik is set to make his 125th international appearance.How to follow preview image 5:27 – Advertisement – 2:25 1:42 Highlights of the European Championship Qualifying Path C play-off final between Serbia and Scotland Scotland boss Steve Clarke will make changes for Sunday’s Nations League clash with Slovakia, but their Euro 2020 celebrations will have no bearing on his selection. The squad enjoyed their achievement together after beating Serbia on penalties in Thursday’s play-off.- Advertisement – Highlights of the European Championship Qualifying Path B play-off final between Northern Ireland and Slovakia preview imagelast_img read more

Moldova votes in presidential run-off vote

first_imgThe current leader, Igor Dodon, is openly backed by Moscow, which accuses the United States of planning a revolution in Moldova to oust him; his challenger, Maia Sandu, favours closer ties with the EU – and critics paint her as a puppet of the West, who’d usher in supposedly alien liberal values and allow a Nato base in the country. – Advertisement –last_img

Focus: Why your smart phone is a great companion for vacations

first_imgIf you have a vacation planned in the upcoming months, then it is imperative you bring along your smart phone. These devices are not only very useful for your trip itself, they are also great tools to stay connected with your every day life while on holiday. In this article, we will go through some of the reasons that smart phones are such great companions for your vacations. – Advertisement –last_img

The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros, while Croatia is the last in Europe in the franchise business

first_imgWhen we talk about earnings from tourism, the first thing that comes to mind are accommodation services as well as catering services. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, especially in tourism where tourism spending is dispensing vertically and horizontally to other industries.One of the important sectors is franchise, which is still in its infancy in Croatia, while the franchise sector in the world generates more than 50 percent of world retail, and research in the European Union shows that, for example in Italy, 96 percent of franchise brands are national. In Poland, there are 73 percent, in Slovenia 48 percent. However, Croatia, with 12 percent of its own brands in the franchise business, ranks last in Europe. There are currently about 200 franchise systems operating in our market with about 17 employees operating in more than a thousand franchise locations.This important topic was discussed at the Fair of Franchising, Financial and Consulting Services FEC (Franchising Exhibition Croatia) in Opatija. “We need to create a good business climate for all our member states and ensure the lowest possible level of state regulation. Economic growth is accelerating by encouraging franchising. The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros and employs more than three million people. That is why such fairs are so importantand ”, believes the president of the European Franchise Federation Michael Eyre.Experts advise entrepreneurs, before starting a business, detailed education on franchising, which is especially stimulating for the growth of small business. They have to understand, they say, that quality business concept design is a prerequisite for franchise success, so it will not happen, as was the case in Croatia, that franchises open quickly to reduce costs and shorten time, then close them quickly and so on. affect the image quality of the franchise and discourage future potential franchisors.A good and encouraging example is the Croatian franchise Surf’n’Fries, founded by Andrija Čolak and spreading around the world. These are mobile “stands” and trailers for selling french fries on beaches, fairs, festivals and other events. Colak explains that the Surf’n’Fries franchise costs 9+ VAT, but if the entrepreneur is involved and has a good location, he can return the investment in 400 days. There are over 45 Surf’n’Fries mobile stands in operation along the Adriatic coast. “We give him full support, from employee training, warranty on technical elements, distribution and delivery of all goods and packaging, and advise him to facilitate the whole process at the beginning in order to get on a sound foundation as soon as possible.”, Says Andrija Colak in the recent interview for, adding that in accordance with the franchise agreement, ie royalties, it amounts to 5 percent of the turnover.In addition to Surf’n’Fries mobile stands, Čolak has designed a new innovative product – Surf’n’Fries Trailer, ie a trailer intended for the needs of major events, festivals and fairs. “Mobile stands weigh over 300 kilograms and are difficult to move, we have developed another format – surf n fries trailer. Just targeted for events. It is a trailer in which everything is set up and ready for work immediately at any location, wherever an event, festivals, fairs are held…”, Continues Čolak and adds that the same conditions apply to the franchise, but as this is a much more serious and demanding entrepreneur story, so the amount of the franchise is higher and amounts to 28.000 Euros + VAT.Croatia is recording a large increase in the number of apartments for rent to tourists, and today there are five times more of them than in 2014. The main activity of renting apartments opened the space for a number of other service activities such as laundry. Although there are still landlords who wash and iron their own laundry for apartments in the “old school” way, more and more of them decide to entrust this job to the laundry. When financial and time savings are added up, it is most cost-effective to hand over the laundry job to one of the professional laundries.The White World brought the Laundry Lounge concept to Croatia. LG Laundry Lounge is a brand of self-service laundries that provide laundry, drying and ironing services. The first one was opened in New York five years ago, and the second in Zagreb two years ago. Mario Martinek, the founder of Bijelo svijet, told Privredni vjesnik that since last year they have been a strategic partner of the strong global brand LG Electronics for market development and distribution in Central and Eastern Europe, and their main activity in Croatia is sales, design, equipment and maintenance of hotels and restaurant kitchens and laundries and staff training. “Today, we do business with hundreds of users of various profiles, from large companies to small entrepreneurs. The knowledge and processes we have acquired enable us to design original concepts tailored to the client in a short time. “, explains Martinek.The results so far show that laundries in most cases achieve a return on investment after only 12 months. It is also an advantage to work with cash, without deferred payments and uncollected receivables. “We help new entrepreneurs in all phases of opening a laundry – from choosing a location and furnishing the interior, through help with marketing and sales activities to the financial forecast.”, Says Martinek.The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros and employs more than three million people, which is a good enough signal that franchises as a successful business model are starting to be applied more and more in Croatia. And here are the opportunities for new entrepreneurs.Related news / ANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYSlast_img read more

A unique tourist guide through Karlovac County was presented

first_imgIn the Old Town of Dubovac in Karlovac, a tourist guide was presented, which in one place combines the complete tourist offer of the greenest tourist destination in Croatia – Karlovac County.The authors of the presented tourist guide in Croatian and English are Saša Vugrinec and Daniel Herman, and it was published in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Karlovac County, the City of Karlovac, the City of Duga Resa, the City of Ozalj, the City of Ogulin, the Tourist Board of Vojnić and the Tourist Board of Rakovica. .The tourist guide brings together the unavoidable tourist attractions of the county in one place. It is available in printed and digital form, and the basic guiding thread of the author was to bring the county and all its benefits closer to every tourist through the story. So in the guide you will find general information, tips on what to visit, and especially prominent itineraries through which you can explore the destination, take historical routes, experience a special gastronomic experience, ride a bike, go Nordic walking, hike or head to the rivers. For those who want a different holiday, there is information on hunting, photo hunting, fishing, rafting and canoeing, and tips for a quality family vacation are presented. The guide also brings the most interesting myths and legends, a list of events and accommodation tips.”For the first time, we have combined the complete offer of the region on a total of 120 pages. ”, said the director of the Karlovac County Tourist Board Dina Begić, and the mayor of Karlovac Damir Mandić praised the uniqueness of the project because the whole story involved a large number of stakeholders from the public and private sector to present Karlovac County as a unique tourist product. The prefect of Karlovac County also presented concrete figures, which highlighted the increase in the number of tourists at the national level of 23% compared to last year, while Karlovac County is already recording an increase of 28%.”This tour guide is just a starting point from which to further upgrade further promotion. Only the integrated and planned cooperation of Karlovac County and all relevant stakeholders can achieve a common long-term goal – positioning Karlovac County as a desirable and unique destination on the tourist map of Croatia. ”, Said the director of the Tourist Board of Karlovac County Dina Begić, wishing that the guide will experience its second edition next year. The importance of the tourist guide was also recognized by the Croatian Tourist Board, which supported and co-financed the project with 40.000 kuna.last_img read more

Technological trends in tourism

first_imgOne of the main conclusions of the 52nd ITB Fair in Berlin was that travel agencies, hotels, as well as airlines, or anyone working in tourism, should not lag behind modern technological trends. Technology plays an important role in improving the user experience. Namely, with the help of it, you can not only speed up the processes, but also personalize the offer according to the preferences of your guests. And this year we had the opportunity to see a lot of examples of how virtual reality can promote a destination or a travel agency offer. For example, a cruise or a ride in an adrenaline park. The person puts on his “glasses” and the next moment is teleported to some distant and unusual place. Virtual reality instantly arouses the need to go on a trip!Instead of resisting digitization, we need to embrace it. It is inevitable and opens up some completely new possibilities in the hotel and tourism industry.For those who could not attend, we bring a brief overview of the technological topics discussed last week at the ITB trade fair in Berlin. Pepper – a robot in human formeTravel Day started in a very interesting way! Robot Pepper conducted an interview with David Ruetz, director of the ITB trade fair in Berlin. Together they greeted the guests and started a conversation about the future of tourism technology.Robots in human form are increasingly used in tourism. Mention has been made of very promising results related to these robots that provide services to international tourists in destinations. Where can robots be used? Robots in tourism, for example, can range from robots that could deliver breakfast to a hotel room to luggage carriers that would walk behind hotel guests. Service robot Pepper showed off his skills live on stage. Are you ready to introduce such technologies in the business of your hotel?ChatbotsAmong the various trends that have emerged, chatbots stand out in particular – an automated way of interacting with clients. The simplest is to define them as artificially intelligent programs that talk to people through a chat interface. Think of a chatbot as a personal assistant who can respond to inquiries or make recommendations on a particular topic in real time.The importance of connecting European tourism professionalsDuring the lecture on China and the Far East, which is expected to represent the majority of tourists visiting Europe by 2020, interesting information was presented. The Chinese view Europe as one destination. They may not be the only ones who perceive it that way. This means simply exchanging information between European countries and connecting tourism professionals across Europe. If we only look at rail traffic, we can see that this is not the case. It is therefore not surprising that E. Santander, Executive Director of the European Tourism Commission (ETC) pointed out that Europe is not competing with the United States or Australia, but we are creating problems for ourselves.Lack of online booking system for tours, excursions and tripsSome criticism was also directed at the work of travel agencies and tour organizers. Although travel agencies use social networks, they (consciously or unconsciously) omit the possibility of booking on them. The lecture talked about different possibilities tour and excursion reservations available on Facebook and Instagram. eWOMeWom is an acronym from the English term Electronic Word of Mount, in translation electronic recommendation. These are websites for reviews of accommodation, restaurants, city tours, etc. The most famous such site is TripAdvisor. We can say with certainty that every person planning a trip visits TripAdvisor and looks at the reviews before choosing a restaurant, hotel or tour. It is therefore important to leave a good impression and invite your guests to leave a review on the web.  Blockchain technologyIn addition, the methods of payment in the tourism industry were also discussed, so the conversation turned to blockchain technology. It was discussed that the introduction of the same could reduce costs, and payments would be posted in real time, regardless of the bank in which we are located. But as currencies are volatile and have not been accepted as a means of payment by the government of any country in the world, blockchain technology seems like a distant future for now.Overtourism – How to solve the problem of seasonality in tourism?Although not a technological topic, we will end this article with the increasingly frequent crowds in tourist places, known as overtourism. It negatively affects the sustainability of destinations and the general satisfaction of guests, not only in Croatia, but globally. Therefore, a panel on the topic was held overcrowding of destinations due to the effects of tourism, in which the mayor of Dubrovnik also participated. He said that he would solve this problem in Dubrovnik with a system of timely informing visitors, using modern communication channels such as a smartphone application. As Mayor Franković pointed out, in addition to enriching the tourist offer with selective forms of tourism such as medical tourism, which undoubtedly prolongs the tourist season, technology plays a major role. The question of how technology can solve seasonality in tourism will be discussed in more detail at 3T conference which will be reflected on March 20, 2018, in Zagreb. We invite you to definitely come to this useful panel!Author: Barbara Črgar, Orioleslast_img read more

Call for project proposals “Increasing energy efficiency and use of RES in the service sector (tourism, trade)” published

first_imgOn 8 May 2018, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy published a call for project proposals “Increasing energy efficiency and the use of RES in the service sector (tourism, trade)”.The total amount of grants available from the European Regional Development Fund for allocation under this Call is HRK 76 million. The call is implemented under Priority Axis 4 ‘Promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources’, Specific objective 4b2 ‘Increasing energy efficiency and use of RES in the service sector (tourism, trade)’ of the Operational Program ‘Competitiveness and Cohesion’ 2014-2020. The Open Call is intended for companies registered for activities in tourism and trade. The lowest amount of grants that can be awarded to an individual project is 220 thousand kuna, while the highest amount is 13 million kuna.The call aims to support the reduction of energy consumption in companies registered for tourism and / or trade, through the implementation of energy efficiency measures (measures) and / or activities (measures) for the use of renewable energy sources that bring energy consumption to the cost of the company of at least 20% in relation to the reference delivered energy, ie in relation to the consumption of delivered energy before the implementation of measures.Applications for the Call are accepted from June 15, 2018 to September 21, 2018.During the award process, potential applicants may continuously ask questions in order to clarify the documentation of the Call, and the answers will be published during the award process on the eFunds website within 7 calendar days from the date of receipt of each request. Questions with a clearly indicated reference to the Call can be asked only electronically to the following e-mail address: [email protected] Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy will organize information workshops in which all potential applicants can participate. The date, time and place of informative and educational workshops during the Call will be published on the website of the Ministry, and on the websites and at least 10 calendar days before days of their workshops. The date, time and place of additional, “ad hoc” organized information workshops will be announced at least 3 calendar days before their holding.You can find more about the Call, as well as all the documentation here.last_img read more

The “Cro card” project is not dead, a pilot project will start soon

first_img“We might arrive as early as the preseason, and at worst in the fall we would do a week-long rehearsal to see what the interest is. In any case, that week will go, we have prepared it, and the point is that employers get part of the money tax-free, as they now have HRK 7500, and that we eventually add HRK 2500 and that it is an additional reward, but that it is spent in Croatia”, Said Cappelli for Admittedly, these are the frameworks that were in the initial project proposal, but no details about the implementation are known yet, and as Cappelli pointed out, we can expect more details soon. Two years ago, Horwath HTL held a presentation “Analysis of the justification for the introduction of the Croatian tourist voucher” in which it was pointed out that applying a maximum of 10 thousand kuna would theoretically have a potential of about 1,5 million employees, but it is possible count on its usability at about 15 to 30% or from about 35 to 4 billion kuna realization. Cro cards as a great benefit for continental tourism RELATED NEWS: As Cappelli points out, as part of the project, employers would pay the workers the amount “somewhere in the amount of HRK 2500”, which they would give to their employees as a reward. CRO CARDS A ONE-TIME MEASURE OR SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF CONTINENTAL TOURISM? The introduction of Cro cards for continental tourism has been waiting for years, and which will certainly help continental tourism a lot. Asked if his announcements mean that the project did not fail, he replied that it did not, but it has not yet been determined what it will be called: Cro card, Croatian Offer Week or similar. It is important to emphasize that 50 percent of the funds from the card would go to accommodation, 25 to 30 percent would go to catering services, food and drink, and the rest of the money could be used for museums, wellness and similar facilities. So a Cro card would be another bank card to which the employer would deposit money. Of course, those employers who want it, because otherwise there are no sanctions, and the state would return the same money to the employer through tax relief in the amount of 25 to 100 percent of the amount paid. It is assumed that the direct financial effects through the increase in consumption would be the realization of total revenues of 2,7 to 5,4 billion kuna, 10 to 21 thousand new employees directly and indirectly, 1 to 2 billion kuna of new value and 7,6 to 11 billion kuna of new investment.There were two proposals on the table at that time, the first that the employer pay the employee five and the second 10 thousand kuna. When we asked about the project “Cro cards” from the Ministry of Tourism, they point out that the preparation of the project with the aim of encouraging domestic tourism trends is in its final stage and that they will inform the public about the details in a timely manner. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli said on Monday before the Government session that the “Cro card” project, in which employers would pay workers the amount they could use to pay for accommodation and other tourist services in Croatia, is not dead, but its implementation is being worked out. he writes last_img read more