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During the tourist season, Croatia Airlines will connect Croatia with 24 countries

first_imgIt is clear to everyone that transport accessibility is one of the first factors if we talk about the development of tourism, and especially the connection with airlines. Be sure to pay attention to the flight overview, ie. direct air connections of Croatia which is regularly updated with new agreed airlines. Croatia Airlines certainly plays an important role in the whole story. Thus, during this year’s tourist season, it will fly in regular traffic to 30 international and 8 Croatian destinations in 24 countries, which means that the national airline continues to actively contribute to the development of the tourist potential of the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb will be directly connected to 24 European destinations in 22 countries. This year, Croatia Airlines aircraft are expected to have about 5 percent more passengers compared to 2018, in which a record 2,168.863 passengers were transported (2 percent more than in 2017). Increased rush on regular routes begins on the eve of the Easter holidays, which traditionally represent the beginning of the tourist season in Croatia, after which many seasonal lines from the most important emitting markets are gradually introduced, Croatia Airlines points out, adding that at the peak tourist season flights per day. Although Croatia is mostly a car destination, in the last few years there has been a targeted investment in increasing airlines, especially in the pre- and post-season, so that Croatia is more and more connected to emitting markets every year. The novelty is an additional flight on Tuesdays from Zagreb to Dublin, so that passengers on this line will have three flights a week this year – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. last_img read more

Cricket News Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft bans to stay: Cricket Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Cricket Australia has announced that there will be no reduction in the penalties imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in the Newlands Test against South Africa in March 2018. The Australian Cricket Board announced the decision in a board meeting on Monday to consider a submission lodged by the Australian Cricketer’s Association (ACA) which called for the bans to be immediately lifted. The ACA had given the proposal after the Ethics Centre review concluded that Cricket Australia’s mindset of ‘winning without the cost’ was the main reason for the scandal in Cape Town.Read More | Maninder Singh’s advice to India in Australia: Read conditions wellThe decision means Smith and Warner, who have been banned for a year, will not be able to play domestic cricket or international cricket until the end of March 2019. Bancroft, who was suspended for nine months for his role in the scandal, could return to domestic cricket by January 2019. Earl Eddings, the interim chairman of Cricket Australia, explained the rationale behind not reducing the bans.Read More | Shastri questions India’s ‘poor travellers’ tag ahead of series “We believe the ongoing conversation about reducing the sanctions puts undue pressure on the three players – all of whom accepted the sanctions. Though we recognise that this decision will be disappointing for the ACA, we thank them for their submission. Our commitment to continue building a strong relationship between CA and the ACA in the interests of cricket in Australia remains. The Cricket Australia Board doesn’t intend to consider further calls for amendments to the sanctions,” Eddings said.Read More | India in Australia: First whitewash, ODI glory and historic twin tonsBancroft’s first international assignment, should be considered, could be the Sri Lanka Tests that begin in mid-January. On the other hand, Smith and Warner could play international cricket before the World Cup if Pakistan decide to move the scheduled ODI series from March to April.Cricket Australia stated that all the elements of ACA’s recommendations were considered and the submission was deliberated at length. The Board maintained that the length and nature of the sanctions was appropriate considering the damage to Australian cricket. The ACA has called the Board’s decision “disappointing” and announced the matter was closedMassive fall-out from ball-tampering scandalThe ball-tampering scandal erupted in the Cape Town Test against South Africa when Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball with yellow sandpaper from his pocket.  The controversy resulted in Smith and Warner being banned by Cricket Australia for a year and Bancroft for nine months, with Warner being permanently banned by the Board from holding a leadership position.In the wake of the scandal, an Ethics Centre report to review Australian Cricket Culture was published and it criticised Cricket Australia’s mentality of fostering a philosophy to ‘win without counting the cost’. Another report in the form of the Longstaff Review was constituted which looked in Cricket Australia’s cultural failings. The review criticised Cricket Australia as “arrogant and controlling” and that players lived in a “gilded bubble”. This resulted in the resignation of Chairman David Peever. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket: Indian cricketing fraternity unites to mourn the death of Abdul Qadir

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisement 19NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2c6iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4w8lv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tbWould you ever consider trying this?😱yctwCan your students do this? 🌚c9v9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sachin Tendulkar led the way as the Indian cricketing fraternity united to pay their tributes to the deceased Pakistan leg-spinner, Abdul Qadir. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAbdul Qadir was one of the leading leg spinners during his era and stood out from the rest of the pack with his unique style and elegance. The spinner paved the way to the next generation of Pakistani spinners such as Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq.The Master Blaster was one of the first names to pay tribute while branding the legend as one of the best spinners of his times. The duo had an eventful interaction as a 16-year-old Tendulkar had smashed Qadir for four sixes in an over in a rain-curtailed exhibition match during the youngster’s maiden tour.Advertisement Here is what Tendulkar tweeted:Fellow spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh also sent out their heartful condolences upon the unfortunate news. Here is what they had to say:Former Indian players VVS Laxman, Madan Lal and Aakash Chopra too had a few words to share regarding the flamboyant leg-spinner. Check out their tweets below:Read Also:Shane Warne has his say on who the better batsmen is between Smith and KohliSheldon Jackson calls for more transparency from selectors after being omitted constantly Advertisementlast_img read more

Geology Fail at India

first_img(Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Tiny insects debunk a widely-taught scenario about where India came from.130 million years ago, India began a 30-million-year float trip north. It slammed into Asia, forming the Himalayan mountains. Experts call this the “biotic ferry” model for the origin of India. It must be true, because TV animations prove it.A new problem has surfaced. While India was moving like a big barge out in the open ocean, it was a long way from land. It should have been isolated from African and Asian organisms. India’s ecology should have had 30 million years to evolve on its own. There are many organisms that appear unique to the Indian subcontinent, but scientists publishing in PLoS One examined amber samples from northern India and found something interesting: biting midges dating from that isolation period that are just like the ones in Europe and Asia. These little insects are incapable of flying over the ocean. Phys.org explains the problem:India gradually drifted away from Africa and Madagascar towards the north and collided with the Eurasian plate. Scientists assumed for a long time that the subcontinent was largely isolated during its long journey through the ocean and unique species of plants and animals were therefore able to develop on it. However, paleontologists at the University of Bonn are now showing using tiny midges encased in amber that there must have been a connection between the apparently cut off India and Europe and Asia around 54 million years ago that enabled the creatures to move around. The surprising results are now presented in the journal PLOS ONE.These midges can be assigned to genera from Asian subcontinent, including China. Evolutionary geologists could explain this if they can dream up a mechanism of species exchange during that long time period. Here, they bring in the ad hoc rescue device:Stebner assumes that a chain of islands that existed at that time between India, Europe and Asia could have helped the biting midges to spread. As if from stepping stone to stepping stone, the insects could have gradually moved forward along the islands. “Some of the biting midges found in Indian amber were presumably not especially good long-distance flyers,” smiles the paleontologist from the University of Bonn. It was therefore probably not so easy to reach the subcontinent or move from there during the migration of India.Maybe the midges hitchhiked on the backs of rafting monkeys. That’s how evolutionists explain the origin of New World monkeys: they rafted from Africa (4/27/15). For the midge hitchhiking story, though, 30 million years is a long time to be sucking a monkey sailor’s blood. Usually, other monkeys groom the bugs off.How the insects were able to spread between drifting India and Eurasia has not yet been clarified fully. “Nevertheless, it also seems to have been possible for birds and various groups of mammals to cross the ocean between Europe and India at the time,” the paleontologist refers to studies by other scientists.The journal paper ends by complaining about the lack of evidence for the continental drift theory of India:For helping to understand India´s plate tectonics history the phylogenetic relationships as well as the age of origination of the various clades, and also the knowledge of Asian faunas subsequent to Cambay amber, which is rather fragmentary, are of great importance….Despite the uncertainties discussed above and the fact that the fossil assemblage studied in the present work is rather small, data recorded here display a valuable source of information for Indian amber research, which is still in its beginning, and should be regarded as a small fraction of a puzzle that still is far from being complete.Will Big Media include this uncertainty in its TV documentaries? Probably not. It would take up too much valuable commercial time.One possibility they will never consider is that India moved much faster during plate tectonics. Flood geologists have a theory for that. It doesn’t require tens of millions of years; just one year. Problem solved. See Walt Brown’s page about little-known problems with standard plate tectonics theory.last_img read more

SA fields strong team at Davos 2011

first_imgTeam SA 2011 is headed by President Jacob Zuma, who is accompanied by key delegates from the private and public sectors, including finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, and energy Minister Dipuo Peters.The Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola, chairperson Anitha Soni and marketing manager Sophie Masipa, among other Brand South Africa personnel, are also attending the high-powered gathering of political and business leaders.The 2011 WEF meeting convenes under the theme Shared Norms for the New Reality, and will address a number of concerns facing world leaders today. They include the rise of digital media and technology; the emergence of blossoming superpowers such as China and India; debt, joblessness and decreased growth in Western countries; and the failure of the global economic system to successfully address issues such as poverty, inequality and the environment.South Africa’s agenda runs on three levels. On a national scale, the aim is to promote the country as a competitive nation, and to attract investment to boost economic growth and create more jobs.At a regional level, the country will drive relevant issues of concern to the continent, and on a global scale, the delegation will promote South Africa as a competent player on the world stage.South Africa’s Presidency describes the four central pillars of the 2011 meeting as:• Responding to the new reality; • Economic outlook and policies for defining inclusive growth; • Supporting the G20 agenda; • Building a risk response network.Zuma is scheduled to host a dialogue with some 60 CEOs of international corporations, where he and his ministerial delegation will discuss opportunities in South Africa.Attractive investment and tourism destinationAccording to Matola, the country has already demonstrated its capabilities to the world, and although the Brand South Africa’s representation at Davos 2011 consequently doesn’t need to be as big as the previous year, the organisation will continue to position South Africa as an attractive investment and tourism destination.Soni said that private-public partnerships were all-important.“At Davos 2010 our partnership with the private section saw South Africa represented at most panels and plenary sessions. We flew the flag high, but ongoing partnerships are vital if we are to successfully focus on what we want to achieve.”In 2010 Brand South Africa ran a successful campaign, titled Experience South Africa, to promote the country, which included huge, visually stunning billboards, featuring South African scenery, at Zurich airport and in Davos, and branding on buses in that town.Welcoming the worldZuma is expected to punt South Africa’s hosting of the 17th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP17), which takes place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, from 28 November to 9 December 2011. Zuma and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón will lead a discussion on lessons taken from the COP15 (Copenhagen, 2009) and COP16 (Cancun, Mexico, 2010) conferences, and expectations for COP17.As busy as always, the South African president will also co-chair a discussion featuring the UN secretary-general’s high level panel on global sustainability, together with Finland’s President Tarja Halonen. This event will focus on climate change as a sustainable development challenge, and the related issues of poverty alleviation, food security, and energy management.The annual Davos gathering will lay the foundation for this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa, which takes place in Cape Town from 4 to 6 May. The theme is Shaping Africa’s Role in the New Reality and will explore ways in which the continent can play a bigger leadership role in the new reality.last_img read more

Big Data: Red Hat’s Jim Whitehurst Looks 20 Years Into The Future

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#Open Source#Red Hat Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Linux vendor Red Hat, has never been shy about sharing his vision of the future of enterprise technology. But at a recent lunch in San Francisco, Whitehurst extended his outlook well beyond the next quarter or two – he looked ahead two decades to predict big changes in the balance of power in enterprise technology – and wonder about how we’re going to get there.(See also 7 Open Source Questions With Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.)Who Will Own Big Data?In 20 years, Whitehurst predicted, Big Data will have gone mainstream. We will be increasingly able to use analytics to better orchestrate how a business collects, analyzes and distributes information. Bascially, everything important about how it operates.Who will be the winners and losers in such a world, Whitehurst wondered?Will there be a couple of big winners? Giant companies like IBM, for example, that are able to supply that kind of analysis to a wide variety of customers?Or will we have lots of small, vertical applications that leverage insight into particular products and markets?Who Will Own Enterprise Technology?For the enterprise, Whitehurst said, the challenge is to use that Big Data to do everything from marketing to logistics and beyond. And then the question becomes who in the enterprise will be responsible for it? Will the Line of Businesss (LoB) owner get the data from something that resembles today’s IT organization? Or will Chief Marketing Officers buy the technology they need directly from those Big Data service providers mentioned above?If that’s the case, Whitehurst asked, Why have a CMO and a CIO? Why not have a single marketing/analytics organization? Instead of having a separate IT organization, they merge, leaving just a rump IT organization that is primarily in charge of support.Either way, Whitehurst predicted, it’s the data scientists who are in charge. The only question is whether they work in a central IT (or IT/marketing) department or directly in the Lines of Business. Whether those essential functions are company wide or organized around vertical markets. “The lines blur,” Whitehurst said.Big Changes For The IT “Factory?”How it plays out depends on which side does a better job of leveraging Big Data: “Will marketing get tech or will tech learn business?” Whitehurst asked.The challenge for CIOs, if they want to remain in the picture, is to find a way to bring in business people – not just tech people, Whitehurst said. And to change the structure of their organization to deal with the new reality.Fact is, Whitehurst said, most IT shops today feel like factories. They look like manufacturing operations, organizationally and culturally in terms of process and quality. “Marketing organizations don’t work like that,” Whitehurst noted.Of course, marketing has its own challenges: “IT vendors try to hide the complexity,” Whitehurst said, but “dealing with Big Data is still a different skill set from traditional marketing.”Information Changes Who Gets RichThese aren’t merely academic questions. In fact, Big Data is likely to become the core of many businesses, Whitehurst said.He cited the CEO of a big retail chain who told him that, “my entire business is about ‘How many red sweaters in size XXL should we have in a store in zip code [60611] in March.’ Everything else is seconday to that kind of interactive data query.”There’s more. The creation of true information businesses leads to a massive bifurcation of wealth, Whitehurst said. As we build a new productivity system around information, more wealth goes to companies that produce the data-collection and analytics expertise – and less to the end customers, who end up being genericized. (Whitehurst credited Marc Andreessen for the idea that “Software Eats The World.”)Where will that expertise come from? Most companies will use outside sources, unless they can create a competitive advantage by doing it themselves.And in that scenario, who is supplying the competitive advantage? Who makes the money when the real value is in the information analysis, not the end-user organization?“In 20 years, I think it’s decentralized,” Whitehurst said. “Right now, XYZ industries may have a source of competitive advantage. But data analytics pulls value away from that.”Whitehurst came to Red Hat from Delta Airlines, and he uses the airline industry as an example. In the era of value management and global distribution, he said, airlines are losing the ability to gain competitive advantage. In an online booking system, “Your brand is reduced to a two-letter code at the moment of purchase.” It’s barely a factor in the buying decision, it’s all about price.That kind of wealth and power transfer will play out in industry after industry over the next 20 years, Whitehurst predicted. The share of GDP in software keeps growing very quickly, he said, and “very few companies can invest in IT that is better than what the leaders offer.”That means that the technology industry’s share of global profit will grow, Whitehurst said, even as the industry becomes less structured, predictable and controlled. Instead, it becomes a more chaotic, wide-open marketplace, like Silicon Valley… or the open source community.Not an entirely surprising viewpoint for the head of an open-source software company.Bonus Question: Who does Red Hat Really Compete Against?Forget Microsoft’s ongoing battles against Linux. According to Whitehurst, “We rarely compete with Microsoft.” The two companies address “different workloads” and address “different parts of the datacenter.”“We never compete on deals, Whitehurst said, “If they hate us, I’m not sure why.” After all, “If it weren’t for Linux, they would probably have massive Department of Justice issues.”So who does hate Red Hat?Whitehurst fingers Oracle. “They’re turned their guns on Linux,” he said, “so we don’t go to market much with them.”But Whitehurst claims that he doesn’t think a lot about Red Hat’s market share vs. competitors. Instead, he says, he looks at larger issues like Linux vs. UNIX, free vs. paid and how to address new enterprise IT workloads.Lead image by Fredric Paul.center_img fredric paul IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice

first_imgKin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trump defends ‘nice’ call with Ukrainian president, attacks Biden PLAY LIST 01:20Trump defends ‘nice’ call with Ukrainian president, attacks Biden00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa But this current side is bereft of confidence, and this loss was Nice’s seventh so far — four more than all last season.Apart from one snapshot from striker Mario Balotelli, Nice made no impact at all in Paris.While Favre’s side is drifting toward the relegation zone, PSG’s win moved it seven points clear of second-placed Monaco.Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale pulled out before kickoff and was replaced by Argentine Walter Benitez, who conceded after only three minutes. Di Maria whipped in a free kick from the left and Cavani met it with a diving header that Benitez fumbled at the near post.Benitez made another mistake when he mistimed his run off his line as he tried to intercept Di Maria’s quick pass over the top, and Cavani poked the ball around him before tapping home.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Bulls exercise options on Portis, 4 other players Having netted a career-high 49 goals in all competitions last season, Cavani already has 11 league goals in 10 games and 15 in 13 overall.PSG coach Unai Emery recalled Argentina winger Angel Di Maria and he set up Cavani’s goals, the second witha clever pass over the top of a static defense that is leaking goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Lucien Favre’s side was the last team to beat PSG in the league, winning 3-1 at home on April 30, and also drew 2-2 away.Nice finished third last season. PSG’s Edinson Cavani celebrates the opening goal during a French League One soccer match Paris-Saint-Germain against Nice at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Edinson Cavani continued his remarkable scoring form with two goals as unbeaten league leader Paris Saint-Germain beat lackluster Nice 3-0 on Friday.Brazil star Neymar was suspended after being sent off in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Marseille. It made little difference, especially with Cavani further underlining his importance.ADVERTISEMENT Cavani’s cushioned header from left back Yuri Berchiche’s cross caused confusion and Nice center half Dante turned the ball into his own net in the 52nd — under pressure from Di Maria and right back Dani Alves.Defending champion Monaco has a tough match away to Bordeaux on Saturday and must cope without Radamel Falcao, the league’s top scorer with 13 goals in nine games. The Colombia striker has muscle fatigue.Keita Balde, who joined from Lazio and scored his first Monaco goal last weekend, is expected to lead the attack. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

25 days agoRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch: We go to Liverpool to win

first_imgRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch: We go to Liverpool to winby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch says they’re going to Champions League opponents Liverpool to win.But Marsch is under no illusions of the challenges his side face when they meet the European Champions.”It is a terrible match-up for us in one sense because all the things we do well they are better at,” Marsch told The Times.”They like games to feel the same way that we like them to feel, so I think stylistically, it will be a big challenge for us but we will also make things difficult for them.”We will have to be incredibly good on the day at what we do. We are certainly going there to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoBarcelona battling to have Dembele red card overturned

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona battling to have Dembele red card overturnedby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele’s red card against Sevilla is unlikely to be overturned.It will mean he is set to miss the clash with Real Madrid. The RFEF code says insulting a referee comes with at least a two game ban.Mateo Lahoz sent off Dembele for saying “very bad, you’re very bad” after he dismissed Ronald Araujo on the defender’s Barca debut.In 2016 Celta midfielder Fabian Orellana was banned for three games for telling the referee “how bad you are”. Two for the insult and one for getting two bookings. last_img read more