Over 300 million Chinese watched a show about Croatia

first_imgOne of the most famous Chinese shows “Day Day Up”, which presents the beauties of Croatia, was broadcast on 15.12.2017 on Hunan TV. The show was watched by over 300 million viewers, and through Chinese social media, the show is expected to be seen by up to a billion viewers. In mid-October last year, a large expedition of journalists, actors, producers and other supporting staff of one of the most famous and influential Chinese shows “Day Day Up” arrived in Croatia to record a show about Croatia.The show was recently broadcast on Hunan TV, and the Chinese estimate that it was watched by an incredible 300 million people, while viewership on all platforms will reach even more viewers. The show, according to Chinese media, affects public opinion, and especially where the Chinese will travel and which country they will choose for their vacation, writes Free Dalmatia.They filmed like that in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, they tasted our specialties. Croatia, among others, was represented by Ana Rucner, Maksim Mrvica, Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, Jelena Rozga, Folklore Ensemble “Linđo”… Famous Chinese leaders and actors learned to dance local traditional dances, listened to our music, and the show was designed as an order education, dir church and the order of entertainment.By the way, the entire support for the production of this show was in charge of the company Baludiči film, which has already made numerous tourist films and reports, such as Dubronik & Time which has won more than 14 international awards as the best tourist film and are the organizers of the Zagreb TourFilm festival.It can already be said that this is the biggest advertisement of our tourism since independence, which will certainly start a new big “wave” of tourists from China.Related news:TOURIST FILM SITIA – SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE! WON THE GRAND PRIX AT THE ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL”DUBROVNIK & TIME” SELECTED AMONG THE 10 BEST TOURIST FILMS IN THE WORLDlast_img read more

Mr. Mitchel Lee “Mitch” Barnes

first_imgMr. Mitchel Lee “Mitch” Barnes, age 56, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 15, 1960, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of, Jerry Lee and Linda Lee (Profitt) Barnes. He was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was a 1979 graduate of John Marshall High School. Mitch was united in marriage to Terri Stout and to this union arrived three sons, Jeff, Jonathan and Justin to bless their home. Mitch was later united in marriage on February 14, 2003 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to Cynthia Lynn “Cyndi” Seymour and he inherited two more sons, Jamin and Aaron. Mitch and Cyndi shared 13 years of marriage together until his death. Mitch owned and operated Mitch’s Garage in Florence, Indiana from 1996 to 2000. Mitch was later employed for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, Mitch was employed as a Correctional Officer for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department in Vevay, Indiana. He was later employed in maintenance for the Switzerland County Courthouse from 2010 to October 2015 when he became disabled. Mitch resided in the Vevay community since 1993. He enjoyed coaching soccer for the Switzerland County High School. He also coached the Vevay Switzerland County Little League where he was famous for saying, “A little poke brings in one.” Mitch enjoyed the Ohio River and spending time with his grandkids. You could always bet Mitch would be sitting on the front porch at his house or if you passed him on the road in his truck where you would always expect a nice gester….well most of the time. Mitch will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. Mitch was welcomed home with open arms from his son, Jon. Mitch passed away at 6:55 pm, Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.Mitch will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 13 years: Cynthia Lynn “Cyndi” (Seymour) Barnes of Vevay, IN; his sons: Jeff Barnes and his wife: Chasity of Vevay, IN, Justin Barnes and his wife: Amanda of Vevay, IN, Jamin Moore of Killeen, TX and Aaron Moore and his wife: Audi of Indianapolis, IN; his grandchildren: Brayden, Braylon, Kaydence, Brooklyn, Adalynn and Josie; his parents: Jerry Lee and Linda Lee (Profitt) Barnes of Vevay, IN; his father-in-law: Charles H. “Charlie” Seymour of Vevay, IN; his sister: Cynthia Barnes-Phillips and her husband: Jerry of Indianapolis, IN; his brothers: Steven Barnes and his wife: Sandra of San Antonio, TX and Ed Barnes and his wife: June of Noblesville, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his son: Jonathan Ryan “Jon” Barnes, died August 19, 2009; his mother-in-law: Carol June (Hill) Seymour, died July 23, 2014; his maternal grandparents: Denver and Annis (Webb) Profitt and his paternal grandparents: Glenn and Lucille (Ruark) Barnes.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Ron Lee at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Marriage licenses in Ripley County by appointment only

first_imgVersailles, IN—Ripley County Clerk Ginger Bradford has announced that until further notice, all marriage licenses applications will be processed by appointment only.  Applicants must start the application process online by going to the Clerk’s page of the county website and connecting to the state link.  Once the online application is complete, applicants should call the Clerk’s office at 812-689-4783 to confirm an appointment time.For those needing copies of a marriage license for a driver’s license or insurance purposes, please call the office to make arrangements.  (812-689-4783)last_img

O’Donnell drops to bench for trip to Paris

first_imgConor Murray and Johnny Sexton team up again at halfback while Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne continue in midfield.  There are two changes to the back three with Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney joining Andrew Trimble. With Sean O’Brien returning to the back row alongside CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip at openside Cahir man Tommy O’Donnell drops to the replacements – his fellow Tipp native Donncha Ryan remains on the bench for the trip to Paris.Rory Best captains the side from hooker and is flanked in an unchanged front row by Jack McGrath and Nathan White.The second row sees Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy paired once again.last_img

Spend Father’s Day Weekend at the Olympic Air Show

first_imgFacebook59Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThurston County skies will be buzzing with warbirds and aerobatic performers during the Olympic Air Show on Father’s Day Weekend, June 17th and 18th at Olympia Regional Airport.Families are welcome during the 2-day Olympic Air Show.Hosted by the Olympic Flight Museum, this 19th annual event is one of only three warbird and aerobatic aircraft gatherings in Washington State. Seven decades of aircraft technological advances will be on display, from vintage bi-planes to high-performance jets.The featured guests this year include a Dornier Alphajet and a TA-4F. The museum’s own collection of rare aircraft will be exhibited, including the award-winning Goodyear Corsair, a P-51 Mustang American Beauty, an L-39 Albatross, and a helicopter exhibition featuring an AH-1 Cobra and UH-1 Huey. Other event highlights include a WWII encampment featuring authentic military vehicles and uniformed personnel, and numerous other historical displays.  Families will enjoy an area for youth activities.  Food, merchandise vendors and a beer garden will also be available.The Olympic Air Show will welcome back the Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car, and will again challenge it to a friendly race each day of the show.  In addition, the Olympic Air Show is very pleased and honored to host the U.S. Special Operations Command Para-commandos jump team.Port of Olympia is proud to be a sponsor of the Olympic Air Show, which offers historic, educational and fun activities for all ages. For complete details see the Olympic Air Show website.19th Annual Olympic Air ShowJune 17-18 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Olympia Regional Airport, 7643 Old Highway 99 SE, Tumwater, WAHosted by Olympic Flight Museum360.705.3925 – info@olympicflightmuseum.com$12 online, $15 at the door, Ages 6 and under FREElast_img read more

Caribbean wonders reasons for Govt approaching CCJ – UWI Political Science Head

first_imgCCJ no-confidence cases…says Govt dodging of elections raises questions about its self-confidenceEven as the coalition Government fights for its survival in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), a Trinidad and Tobago (T&T)-based political analyst has opined that the Caribbean at large on a daily basis questions the reason Government even went to court in the first place.Senior Lecturer at UWI, Dr Bishnu RagoonathThis is according to Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of West Indies at its St Augustine campus in Trinidad. Dr Ragoonath was at the time making an appearance on a Globespan24x7 Town Hall panel discussion.According to Dr Ragoonath, observers of the case in the Caribbean have been questioning the reasoning behind the Guyana Government going to the courts, ever since they first approached the High Court.“For all intents and purposes, there was the feeling that ever since the matter went to the High Court, ‘why is this matter going to the High Court?’ Because as far as most of us were concerned, within the context of all our laws in the Caribbean, once you have faced a no-confidence vote and you have lost, it is anticipated that the Government will hand over or call elections within three months,” he said.“So it is something that most of us, as political scientists and lay people in the Caribbean, would have (asked) why is Guyana going down this route. Why are they not going and call elections when they should? And why is the Government now challenging this thing when initially they accepted it?”Indeed, on the very night of the no-confidence vote, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had accepted that Government must follow the Constitution and call elections in three months, in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana.Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Three of the CCJ Judges during the hearingAnd “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”According to Dr Ragoonath, the Government’s about-turn has caused many in the Caribbean to question whether the Government is afraid of going to the polls and whether this fear stems from a lack of confidence in itself and its record.“I think the eyes of the Caribbean looking at Guyana believe that if the Guyana Government felt so confident in themselves, they should have gone back to the polls and let the people give them another mandate to take the Government forward for the next five years. But there is that concern, that maybe they’re not as confident as they should be.”The courtroomBut Dr Ragoonath noted that the big question was how far Government would be willing to go, if the court should return a ruling unfavourable to it. He noted that the way the case has been progressing and the way the CCJ Judges have reacted to the State lawyers’ submissions in the two days the cases were heard is very telling.“While we cannot say what will be the verdict in this matter, the Judges did in fact ask some very telling questions, to the legal representatives of both the Government and the Opposition. For instance, they kept on asking the question of why did the courts in Guyana take so long knowing full well that there was a 90-day limit beyond the no-confidence motion, that the elections were to be held and the (Cabinet) should have resigned.”“The fact that the Appeal Court in Guyana went beyond the three-month deadline to give their ruling, thus pushing the whole issue back. The issue being raised about whether or not if a verdict does go in favour of the Opposition against the Government, how soon can an election be held in Guyana,” the scholar said.He made it clear that he was not surprised by the questions the Judges put to the Attorneys. According to Dr Ragoonath, having sat and observed events in Guyana and how they were playing out, it was merely a matter of determining the next step forward.He also noted the fact that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has given the Government a November earliest date in which elections can be held. This is a date well outside the timeframe the Constitution of Guyana sets for holding elections.“I think if we are to follow the questions, I think there were serious concerns that the CCJ would have had about how the Government but also the institutions acted… the Elections Commission and the Court of Appeal in how they operated in this matter,” he said.The three no-confidence motion cases deal with Christopher Ram v the Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo v the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House. The oral arguments concluded on Friday, with the whole nation awaiting a ruling.last_img read more

South African arts fest celebrates women

first_img6 July 2015This year’s National Arts Festival – which runs from 2 to 12 July – not only features a number of strong and visible women in most genres, but also numerous productions and exhibitions that interrogate and question fixed thinking in relation to gender more broadly.At the closing of the PEN World Voices Festival in New York earlier this year, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke out against the “codes of silence” that governed American life. “The fear of causing offence, the fear of ruffling the careful layers of comfort, becomes a fetish,” Adichie said.Practising what she preaches, the award-winning writer recently spoke out against the criminalisation of homosexuality in her home country. But, she told The Guardian: “I have often been told that I cannot speak on certain issues because I am young, and female, or, to use the disparaging Nigerian speak, because I am a ‘small girl’. I have also been told that I should not speak because I am a fiction writer. But I am as much a citizen as I am a writer.”Adichie’s critique could equally be levelled at South Africa’s slow-burning culture of consent in relation to everyday gender inequities and the often unspoken violence that plagues the lives of many South African women. This year, the National Arts Festival tackles this seam of gender inequality head on.This focus forms part of the overall thrust of this year’s festival to bring urgent social matters to light and present material that explores the limits of expressive liberty, provoking audiences and taking them beyond their comfort zones.“The arts need to challenge and provoke,” says the festival’s artistic director, Ismail Mahomed – and that includes provocation in relation to the most intimate questions of gender identity, sexuality and power relations.More female artists have been consciously featured in the programme this year in an effort to amplify female voices in the theatrical, performing and visual arts. Among the many female writers, directors, performers, curators and trailblazing artists across all genres appearing this year, the leading lights include:Tara Louise Notcutt’s Three Blind Mice in which she directs James Cairns, Albert Pretorius and Rob van Vuuren in an unforgiving journey into the dark heart of South African justice, which looks to the horrific and barely believable narratives (Pistorius, Dewani) that have dominated our media recently.Patricia Boyer brings Miss Margarida’s Way to Grahamstown. Audiences and critics in over 50 countries have cheered this allegory about totalitarianism, which uses as its central metaphor a classroom. Also, Florence: A Script Reading explores the life of Lady Florence Phillips and the circumstances that led to the creation of the Johannesburg Art Gallery.In Jolynn Minaar’s Unearthed the young South African filmmaker swallows her optimism on the potential shale gas could bring to her people after travelling to ground zero and uncovering the dirty secrets of the fracking industry.Between Darkness and Light is the first major mid-career retrospective of internationally acclaimed photographer Jodi Bieber. It includes a selection of her work from 1993 to the present. The show has been exhibited at Stadhaus Ulm and Museum Goch in Germany as well as the Wits Art Museum.Monique Pelser’s Conversations with My Father is a continuous dialogue (2011 – to date) between the artist and the objects, images, sound recordings and documents she inherited after her father died of a rare motor neuron disease which rendered him unable to speak for the last year-and-a-half of his life. Her father was “a good man, a good father”. As a member of the South African Police force, he was also a product of his environment.The Guardian recently called Thandiswa Mazwai “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer”. One of South Africa’s most influential musicians, her music defies categorisation, but reflects elements of African traditional, jazz, Afro- soul and house.Also catch pianist Kai-ya Chang and gifted vocalists Nomfundo Xaluva, Lindiwe Maxolo, Auriol Hays and Siya Makuzeni (vocals/trombone) at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.Lerato Bereng is this year’s Featured Young Curator. Having graduated with a Masters in Fine Art (with distinction) from Rhodes University, she will be returning to her stomping ground. Bereng, who is a curator at Stevenson gallery in Johannesburg, has curated Nine O’Clock, an exhibition featuring a selection of works by Simon Gush, including elements from his project, Red (2014), and Kemang wa Lehulere’s exhibition History Will Break Your Heart.For gripping theatre based on harrowing true stories about women rising up against the odds, see Woman Alone, Christo Davids’ adaptation of Dannelene Noach’s autobiographical novel, Arabian Nightmare. It tells the story of a woman working as a nursing co-ordinator in one of the large, modern hospitals in Riyadh who is abducted and incarcerated in a Saudi Arabian jail.A Muslim woman comes her rescue in a poignant tale about personal courage in the context of current-day religious conflicts.The National Arts Festival runs from 2 to 12 July 2015 in the small university town of Grahamstown in Eastern Cape.Source: National Arts Festivallast_img read more

Senate Tackles New Energy Legislation

first_imgSenator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has introduced 17 bills that cover a range of energy issues as part of a push to pass the first bipartisan energy package in Congress since 2007. UtilityDive reports the bills would deal with issues such as distributed generation, net metering, the distribution of electricity over the grid, and the development of microgrids.Murkowski, the Republican chairwoman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in January she would push for legislation in four areas: efficiency, infrastructure, supply, and government accountability, according to UtilityDive. The committee has already held hearings on the efficiency bills and planned hearings in other areas later in the month.She also called on other members of the committee to file any energy bills they have so they could be considered for inclusion in her legislation. A number of senators have, including Senator Angus King of Maine, whose proposal is summarized below. The House Energy and Commerce Committee also is considering energy legislation.Fact sheets for each of the bills can be found at the committee’s website. Other bills in the packageAmong the other proposals Murkowski has submitted were these: S. 1217 would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new resources to reduce siting delays for electric power line projects that require environmental reviews and approval from more than one federal agency. A new ombudsman would help settle differences in permit applications for new utility lines. S. 1223 changes the rules for federal loans designed to encourage innovative energy programs. Among other things, the bill would prohibit the subordination of taxpayer interests to the interests of private investors, as was the case when the Department of Energy restructured a loan guarantee to Solyndra. The failed solar panel maker in California had hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loan guarantees. S. 1227 is designed to promote the development of “hybrid micro-grid” systems for isolated communities that aren’t connected to larger electric grids, a problem faced by a number of remote communities in Alaska and the U.S. territories. Another bill would require ‘reasonable’ interconnection feesA second bill on distributed generation, submitted by King, a Maine independent, would establish the right of a homeowner to connect a PV or wind system to the grid “in a reasonable time frame” and for “just and reasonable” fees.The bill, called the Free Market Energy Act of 2015, “creates the outlines of a free market, but allows states to set the specific rules in order to reflect each state’s unique needs,” according to a summary of the bill given to UtilityDive by the senators’s office.The bill would require states to look at rates for distributed generation “in an unbundled manner” (“unbundled” means electric rates are itemized rather than lumped together in a single charge). States would have to consider such things as time-of-use pricing, societal benefits of distributed generation, and “locational value” of the resources, UtilityDive reported.In states that didn’t comply with the requirements, residential solar and wind systems would be considered “Qualifying Facilities” under the 1978 Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA), meaning that utilities would be required by law to purchase power they generated at the utility’s full retail electricity rate, a UtilityDive report on King’s plan said.“We’re trying to provide some sort of policy parameters, if you will, to help the states as they work through this,” King told UtilityDive. “That’s really the purpose. The idea of the bill is to try to guide us in that direction [of unbundled pricing and accurate DER valuation], so that we don’t have low-level warfare around the country in trying to establish this.”center_img A look at distributed generationOne key area for legislation is distributed generation, the production of electricity close to its point of use, such as residential and small-scale solar and wind projects. As the price of solar electricity has fallen, the installation of residential photovoltaic (PV) systems has become more widespread, touching off regulatory battles between state regulators, utilities, and solar advocates all over the country.One of Murkowski’s bills, S. 1219, would direct utility commissioners to review the effects of net metering on customers who don’t have PV systems of their own and decide whether net metering rates are reasonable, according to a summary bill published by SNL Financial.This point has been pivotal, with many utilities around the country arguing that customers without solar electricity end up subsidizing those who do. Regulators in some states have approved surcharges on solar customers to help utilities recoup lower sales, a move the solar industry says discourages sales of new systems.“At the retail level, the rise of distributed generation, such as solar rooftop panels, has resulted in a new, bi-directional flow of electricity, where customers both receive power and transmit power back onto the system,” the bill’s summary says. “As a result, the grid is now being operated in ways for which it was not designed. These transformative changes require closer consideration of ancillary services, such as generation imbalance and frequency response, that are necessary to maintain grid reliability.”Murkowski said at a briefing May 7 she expected opposition to the bill from both states and electric utilities.“Are we going to get pushback from all corners? Yes, because things are changing,” she said, according to the SNL account. “How we anticipate that [issue] is going to be part of our challenge as we try to draft a bill that acknowledges that we haven’t even looked at these systems because we haven’t needed to.“Distributed generation is going to be one of those areas where you’re going to see some robust debate and perhaps not as great a certainty in terms of a resolution right away as many would like,” she continued. “But it goes back to the need as to why it’s so important that we advance an energy bill now, not having done anything since 2007. We are so far behind in updating.”last_img read more

16 days ago​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainz

first_img​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Oklahoma State Was Given A Phantom First Down Against Kansas State, Scored 4 Plays Later

first_imgOklahoma State coach on the sideline against Kansas State.oklahoma state phantom first downIt’s been a tough year for the the Big 12’s referees. It’s about to get worse.During Saturday’s contest between Oklahoma State and Kansas State, it appears that the Cowboys were given a phantom first down when they should have been four yards short of the line to gain. Facing a 3rd and 23 from Oklahoma State’s 42-yard line, Mason Rudolph connected with Marcell Ateman for a 19-yard gain. Fox Sports 1 showed a replay of the play, and when they panned back to the live action, OSU had somehow been given a first down.A user took video of the entire sequence. The play in question comes at around the 2:30 mark.Jake Trotter, who covers the Big 12 for ESPN, confirmed that the officials made a mistake. As he notes, Oklahoma State scored a touchdown just four plays later.Big 12 officials did in fact award Oklahoma St a phantom first down when it should’ve been fourth-and-four. OSU scored TD four plays later— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 4, 2015How does this happen? We’re not sure. But with the Cowboys eking out a two-point win over the Wildcats, there are going to be lots of questions here.last_img read more