Natural phenomena – added value of the tourism sector

first_imgTonight is one of the most beautiful celestial “events” of the year. It is, of course, the rain of Perseids, better known as the Tears of St. Lawrence. What exactly is it about?In the orbit of comet Swift-Tuttle, there is a cloud of debris composed of particles that emit the said comet in its 133-year orbit. Most of the debris in the cloud floats for about a thousand years, while there is also a relatively young layer of stardust formed in 1865 that allows night sky observers to witness indications of the phenomenon the day before the peak of the rain. Meteor rain has actually been visible since mid-July with the peak of activity between 9 and 14 August. During the peak, observers can witness a spectacle of 60 or more meteors per hour that can be observed from all over the world despite the fact that at this time of year the constellation Perseids is located in the northern hemisphere.It smells like a good bait for tourists, but also other lovers of celestial phenomena and the starry sky. What’s the story behind the meteor shower?Among the Croatian population, the name Suze sv. Lawrence. Lovro was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome, and also a victim of the great persecution of Christians in 258 under the baton of no more and no less than the native Cibala Valerian. Where did the connection with the Perseids come from? The memorial of the saint’s martyrdom is traditionally from 258 BC. marks on the date of the 10th of August. Taken aback by the unusual celestial phenomenon and during the unstoppable process of Christianization, Catholics explain the meteor shower as the saint’s tears for which the earth, precisely because the place of his martyrdom and murder, is unworthy of falling on it. Logical. Except of course that one time a year.From infancy to the present day, religion has been the standard-bearer of actually good tourist stories because in its effort to explain the world, it has nurtured a tendency toward trivialization and a spectacle that can ultimately be packaged into a concrete product. Let’s just remember St. John’s bonfires and the longest night of the year.Also, another legend about Tears comes from the Mediterranean area which means it doesn’t bypass us again. Namely, as the saint was allegedly burned alive at the stake, by pure analogy these shooting stars then became sparks of the mentioned fire, but the story goes a step further and warns that after the night from the 9th to the 10th of August, a chilled fire can be found. on the ground under the plants.As there was a speech on the occasion of the feast of St. John and traditional St. John’s bonfires, this phenomenon can be capitalized on. In addition, it benefits from the fact that it happens regularly at the same time every year. However, it is completely free and can be seen literally from everywhere so at this point we can find the origin of the lack of initiative. But it’s not all in the money and we shouldn’t look at everything through numbers. It is true that certain locations, due to their exclusivity and uniqueness, can afford to pick up the cream from the mentioned phenomenon, but in order for that to happen, first of all, efforts must be made to map the space as exclusive.However, what we want to emphasize with this is not the financial benefit or the relative possibility of the same, but the immeasurable benefit from the marketing potential of the meteor shower.Fortunately, we are a tourist destination, our “sun and sea” are attracting enormous masses of people from all over Europe, but also from the rest of the world. Croatia fascinates and has an audience – an audience eager for content, something newer and fresh. Let’s suggest the following, the Croatian National Tourist Board starts shooting another promotional video, only this time – in addition to the beauties advertised by footballers, it proposes a selection of the most beautiful natural and untouched locations with excellent predispositions for watching parachutes. Then let’s think a little about the impact of such a promotional message on the average tourist and step up broadcasting times three, as can be done with much more banal things. And all this under the slogan – let’s investigate unexplored or similar.Once again, we have an example of an event with a far-reaching cultural-historical tradition and tourism potential which, although it cannot be viewed through the prism of financial gain, can certainly give a large share in the added value of the domestic tourism sector. And once again we have everything served on a platter: a natural phenomenon (meaning we can concentrate on attracting an audience at the start), a good story (for everyone: sky watchers, religious tourism stakeholders, adventurers, travelers…) and a record tourist season (meaning that Croatia is overloaded with various people).Instead of convincing us of the reasons why to use something, it might be better to answer the question – and why not? What are the concrete and well-founded reasons for the further lack of initiative ??last_img read more

Reserve cable of Spain-Morocco link fixed

first_imgThe cable laying ship EDT Hercules carried out the sealing operations. Red Electrica also mobilised all the necessary technical and human resources, taking into account the depth where the damage was. The leak incident took place in Moroccan waters 21.6 kilometres off Spain at a depth of 208 metres. Nevertheless, the security of the electricity supply through the interconnection was not compromised at any time thanks to its double circuit and the fact that the cable affected was not in service. There are also talks for a third link between the countries. The seven cables, which cross the Strait of Gibraltar, run from Tarifa, Spain, to Fardioua, Morocco. Spanish grid operator Red Electrica and its Moroccan counterpart ONEE have completed the works to seal the leak in the reserve cable of the link between Spain and Morocco.center_img The electricity interconnection between Spain and Morocco consists of two 400 kV lines. One came into service in 1997 and the other in 2006. The companies advised the Spanish maritime authorities and all the authorities and groups concerned on 31 July. After a brief interruption of just a few hours in the use of the link during the works to seal the leak, which was necessary for safety reasons, the two circuits that make up the interconnection between the two countries were brought back into service following the completion of the repair works. Specifically, the interconnection comprises a total of seven cables: three per circuit, plus one reserve cable. last_img read more

ADAMS: ‘WE WON’T PROP UP FINE GAEL OR FIANNA FÁIL IN GOVERNMENT’

first_imgSINN FÉIN wants to lead the next Irish Government, Gerry Adams said in his Presidential Address at the close of the party’s Ard Fheis in Derry on Saturday evening – and the party will not “prop up” either a Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil government. Calling for a “national conversation” about Ireland’s future as we mark the centenary of events from the Ulster Covenant to the 1916 Rising and the Civil War, the Sinn Féin President said: “I believe all genuine progressive social and political forces across this island – including unionists and working-class loyalists – should develop a common platform for political progress.”In his speech, broadcast live on RTÉ and BBC, the TD for Louth opened by extending a special céad míle fáilte to Jim Cullen and Alan McConnell of Friends of Sinn Féin in the USA and Canada, “and to our comrades” from Australia, from South Africa, Cuba, the Basque Country, Greece, Britain and to all the foreign dignitaries, including the Palestinian Ambassador. “Tonight, I call on the Irish Government to act on the Sinn Féin motion adopted unanimously by the Dáil and to recognise the state of Palestine.“Mar a deirfear, Bobby: ‘It’s good to be back home in Derry’.”And in an aside to Enda Kenny, leader of Fine Gael “The United Ireland Party”, Gerry Adams was cheered and applauded when he said:“Taoiseach – if you’re watching – Dia duit, greetings from the North. “Taoiseach, mar eolas duit, this is not a foreign country. This is Ireland.”He described Derry as “a special place”. The attack on the Civil Rights march at Duke Street in 1968, the Battle of the Bogside, and Bloody Sunday (representatives of the Bloody Sunday families were in the audience) are key events in the history of modern Ireland, Gerry Adams said.The Sinn Féin leader sent best wishes to “son of Derry” and former SDLP leader John Hume “who was central to the Peace Process, and to Martin McGuinness for his continued courageous and visionary leadership”.He also welcomed the unionist Londonderry Bands Forum and said that the accommodation reached in Derry on loyal order parades “stands out as an example of what can be achieved when citizens have the will to solve problems. Let’s see the same approach to contentious parades in Belfast and elsewhere.”Gerry Adams outlined the protections that Sinn Féin had achieved in the Stormont House Agreement for the most disadvantaged. “We negotiated that there will be no reductions to any benefits under the control of the Executive. That is fundamental to this Agreement and Sinn Féin will hold to that and hold other parties to that commitment.”Progress was also made on the issues of parades, flags and emblems and the past, he said. “Dealing with the past is very difficult,” he acknowledged, pointing out that the opening day of the Ard Fheis on Friday was the anniversary of the Gibraltar killings by the SAS and, “Today is Sam Marshall’s anniversary.”Every day marks an anniversary for someone, for some family, for some community, he said, as the former MP for West Belfast acknowledged the presence of the Ballymurphy Massacre families.“I hope the Stormont House Agreement will bring closure to victims. That is the intention.” He also welcomed Liam Shannon, one of the ‘Hooded Men’ whose torture cases during internment in 1971 are being reopened before the European Court.“There are those who attack the Stormont House Agreement. They attack Sinn Féin.“Let us be clear – that Agreement did not resolve the issue of British Tory cuts to the block grant. Over one and a half billion pounds has been stripped away by London. Those who opportunistically attack us should be focused on that.“Why should a British Government of millionaires have the authority to impose economic punishment on citizens here?“Sinn Féin will continue to oppose austerity – North and South.“Those who argue that power should be handed back to London need to get real. That would be the road to disaster. Instead there needs to be an island-wide campaign to promote progressive policies and Sinn Féin will build a positive alliance with everyone else who has this position, including other parties, the community and voluntary sector and the trade unions.”He continued by saying that austerity is not the solution but is part of the problem.“Sinn Féin is not the problem. We are part of the solution.“Beidh muid ag obair as lámh a chéile le daoine eile i ngach cearn den oileán seo chun bealach eile a chur chun tosaigh seachas an déine.” He said that supporting austerity in the North is a logical extension of Fine Gael and Labour policies.“Their Budgets have been among the most regressive in the state’s history. There has been a huge growth in social inequality. A third of our children now live in consistent poverty.” He said that public money which should be used to end the scandal of patients lying on trolleys, to house our citizens, and to create jobs is being used to repay private bank debt.“That’s Labour’s way.“That’s Fine Gael’s way.“That’s Frankfurt’s way.“That’s not the Sinn Féin way.”Partition came about because the revolutionary period from 1916 was followed by a counter-revolution, he said.“Two conservative states with narrow-minded, mean-spirited elites were created. Our people suffered, emigrated and died as a result. Our potential is stunted – our communities divided.“It’s little wonder that the response of the Irish Government to these centenaries has lacked ambition and substance. It is little wonder they don’t want to celebrate the Proclamation. For their part, they are embarrassed by its relevance for Ireland today; for our part, the 1916 Proclamation remains the mission statement of modern Irish republicanism.”Gerry Adams called for “a new Citizens’ Charter”, encapsulating fundamental principles which could take us towards a citizen-centred, rights-based society.“It could be a new departure in Irish politics,” the Sinn Féin leader said.“The people of this island, whether urban or rural, from whatever background or tradition, share a common history and our futures are bound together.“We need reminded again and again that our flag is orange. Orange as well as green. Orange is part of what we are.“That is our potential. And our challenge – to unite Orange and Green in equality and mutual respect.”Adams said the imposition of an unfair water charge has been the final straw for many families in the South.“The huge demonstrations are proof of that.“The water charge protesters should be released.”He praised Sinn Féin elected representatives and activists for their “diligence and hard work”, saying:“It’s little wonder that Enda Kenny and Joan Burton are worried” and he warned Sinn Féin supporters:“They and their cronies will be even more strident in the run-in to the election – so brace yourselves.“They know the people want change.“Sinn Féin wants a mandate for government.“I believe we can win that mandate.“Sinn Féin wants to lead the next Government. We will not prop up either a Fine Gael or a Fianna Fáil government.“I am confident that when it comes to making a choice, the people will make the change.“The future hasn’t been written yet. Let’s write it together. Let’s make it happen!“Make the change. Ar aghaidh linn le chéile.”ADAMS: ‘WE WON’T PROP UP FINE GAEL OR FIANNA FÁIL IN GOVERNMENT’ was last modified: March 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ard fheisgerry adamslast_img read more