Van Morrison Announces New Album & Tour Dates

first_imgVan Morrison has announced a new album, due out September 22. Roll With The Punches marks the British star’s 37th studio album and will be a mix new self-written originals and hand-selected rhythm and blues classics, with covers of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin’ Hopkins, among others. In celebration of this new release, Van Morrison will bring the show on the road for a number of concerts in the U.S. and the U.K– including stops at Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival in Hershey, PA, the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, Tennessee, The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California, and The Fox Theatre in Oakland, California.“From a very early age, I connected with the blues,” Van Morrison says in a press release. “The thing about the blues is you don’t dissect it–you just do it. I’ve never over-analyzed what I do; I just do it. Music has to be about just doing it and that’s the way the blues works–it’s an attitude. I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing–people like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bo Diddley, Little Walter & Mose Allison. I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot.”He contines, “The songs on Roll With The Punches–whether I’ve written them or not–they’re performance oriented. Each song is like a story and I’m performing that story. That’s been forgotten over years because people over-analyze things. I was a performer before I started writing songs and I’ve always felt like that’s what I do.”Roll With The Punches track list:1) Roll With the Punches (Van Morrison & Don Black)2) Transformation (Van Morrison)3) I Can Tell (Bo Diddley & Samuel Bernard Smith)4) Stormy Monday/Lonely Avenue (Stormy Monday–T-BoneWalker/Lonely Avenue–Doc Pomus)5) Goin’ To Chicago (Count Basie & Jimmy Rushing)6) Fame (Van Morrison)7) Too Much Trouble (Van Morrison)8) Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke)9) Ordinary People (Van Morrison)10) How Far From God (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)11) Teardrops From My Eyes (Rudy Toombs)12) Automobile Blues (Lightnin’ Hopkins)13) Benediction (Mose Allison)14) Mean Old World (Little Walter)15) Ride On Josephine (Bo Diddley)Van Morrison U.S. Dates:Sun Sept 10 Hersheypark Stadium @ “Outlaw Music Festival”Thu Sept 14 Ascend AmphitheaterFri Oct 13 The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort SpaSat Oct 14 The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort SpaFri Oct 20 Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)Sat Oct 21 Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)Van Morrison UK Dates:Mon Nov 6 Edinburgh PlayhouseTues Nov 7 Glasgow Royal CourtSun Nov 12 London Eventim ApolloMon Nov 13 Birmingham Symphony HallWed Nov 15 Liverpool Philharmonic HallMon Nov 20 Cardiff St. David’s HallTues Nov 21 Bristol Colston HallFri Nov 24 Torquay Princess TheatreSat Nov 25 Plymouth PavilionsMon Dec 4 Belfast Europa HotelTues Dec 5 Belfast Europa Hotellast_img read more

History shines through the glass

first_img“All glass is beautiful,” Belgian researcher Patrick Degryse said, gently turning a delicate, Roman-era vessel, its bluish sheen glowing under the fluorescent lights of the Semitic Museum’s basement collections.Degryse, a research professor from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, was on one of his twice-yearly pilgrimages to Harvard to examine the Semitic Museum’s archaeological collections. Degryse is one of several international researchers investigating the properties of ancient glass and other materials to understand more about where and how they were manufactured and what the background says about their makers.Together with Katherine Eremin, the Patricia Cornwall Conservation Scientist at the Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Degryse is examining Roman-era glass to reconstruct trade patterns, looking at associated collections at the museums, which hold items of an artistic nature. He is also meeting with Eremin to discuss progress on a project to investigate glass from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nuzi, which was destroyed in 1,350 B.C. The site is in modern Iraq.Though less spectacular than the far younger Roman specimens, the glass from Nuzi is in some ways the crown jewel of the ancient glass collection, according to Joseph Greene, assistant director of the Semitic Museum.Excavated in the 1930s by an international team that included Harvard archaeologist Richard Starr, who was associated with the Fogg Museum of Art, the Nuzi finds were divided between the Semitic Museum, which received historic-era materials, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, which received prehistoric items, and the Harvard Art Museums, which received items created as art. At the Semitic Museum, the Nuzi glass collection has something going for it that some similar collections do not: clay tablets.The excavation of Nuzi turned up not only glass artifacts, but also thousands of clay tablets, marked in cuneiform, one of the earliest forms of writing. The tablets describe the society of the day and, when combined with the material excavated from Nuzi, create a powerful resource for scholars seeking to understand the Mesopotamian region of more than three thousand years ago.“Together, they tell us much, much more,” Greene said.For example, the tablets say the city had large stores of gold and silver, as well as weapons. Though the excavations turned up some metal blades and tools like adze heads, very little silver and gold have been found. Researchers believe it was probably taken when Nuzi was looted in 1,350 B.C.“We assume the Assyrians took all the gold,” Greene said.In recent decades, unrest in the Middle East — especially in Iraq — made collections at the Semitic Museum and a handful of other institutions critically important resources for a generation of Mesopotamian scholars, Greene said. Nuzi is located near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, in a region dangerous for archaeologists to visit. In addition, the looting of the Iraq Museum after the U.S. invasion of Iraq eight years ago created great uncertainty about other Nuzi materials.“We can access materials [at Harvard] we can’t otherwise access,” Degryse said.Degryse uses isotopic analysis to read the molecular signature of minerals in the glass’ raw material to trace it back to its source. So far, it seems that glass at the time of Nuzi was mainly manufactured in two regions: Mesopotamia and Egypt. Though the glass appears to have been widely traded, Egyptian glass doesn’t show up in Mesopotamia and Mesopotamian glass doesn’t show up in Egypt. Both, however, are present in ancient Greece, Degryse said.Glassmaking goes back to at least 3,000 B.C. and perhaps earlier, Degryse said. Early glass was made by combining a silica source such as sand with plant ash. The plant ash was a key component because it reduced the melting point of the silica considerably, from 1,700 degrees Centigrade to 1,000 degrees, within reach of the furnaces of that period.Because the technique of glass blowing wasn’t invented until 100 B.C., early glass vessels were made by applying glass around a clay mold, which was then broken up and removed when the glass cooled. The result was that early glass vessels tended to be thick-walled compared with the more delicate glass of the Roman era.Early glass was a rare item, reserved for the elite, Eremin said. In Nuzi, it was often colored dark blue, perhaps to mimic the gemstones lapis lazuli or turquoise.It was only later, during the Roman era, when manufacturing changed to replace plant ash with natron, a mineral soda, that glass became more common outside of the elite classes and began to be used for more functional purposes.Modern analytical techniques like isotopic analysis weren’t even dreamed of by Richard Starr when the Nuzi materials were originally excavated 80 years ago. Greene said that points to the importance of maintaining collections such as those at the Semitic Museum because future scholars may have ways of analyzing materials that don’t presently exist.“Archaeological collections are repositories to be interrogated with techniques that weren’t thought of when they were originally collected,” Greene said.last_img read more

Can iPads help students learn science? Yes

first_imgThe scale of the universe can be difficult to comprehend. Pretend you are going to make a scale model with a basketball representing the Earth and a tennis ball as the moon. How far would you put the tennis-ball moon from the basketball Earth? Most people would place them at arms’ length from each other, but the answer may surprise you: At that scale, the balls would need to be almost 30 feet apart.A new study by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) shows that students grasp the unimaginable emptiness of space more effectively when they use iPads, rather than traditional classroom methods, to explore 3-D simulations of the universe.This study comes at a time when educators are increasingly questioning whether devices such as iPads should play a greater role in education. It suggests that iPads (and other tablets) can improve student understanding of challenging scientific concepts such as astronomical scale.“These devices offer students opportunities to do things that are otherwise impossible in traditional classroom environments,” said study leader Matthew H. Schneps of the Harvard College Observatory. “These devices let students manipulate virtual objects using natural hand gestures, and this appears to stimulate experiences that lead to stronger learning.”Schneps and his colleagues looked at gains in learning among 152 high school students who used iPads to explore simulated space, and compared them to 1,184 students who used more traditional instructional approaches. The researchers focused on questions dominated by strong misconceptions that were especially difficult to correct via teaching. Many questions examined students’ understanding of the scale of space.They found that while the traditional approaches produced no evident gain in understanding, the iPad classrooms showed strong gains. Students similarly struggle with concepts of scale when learning ideas in biology, chemistry, physics, and geology, which suggests that iPad-based simulations also may be beneficial for teaching concepts in many scientific fields beyond astronomy.Moreover, student understanding improved with as little as 20 minutes of iPad use. Guided instruction could produce even more dramatic and rapid gains in student comprehension.“While it may seem obvious that hands-on use of computer simulations that accurately portray scale would lead to better understanding, we don’t generally teach that way,” said the study’s co-author Philip Sadler, the Frances W. Wright Senior Lecturer on Celestial Navigation and Astronomy in the Department of Astronomy. All too often, instruction makes use of models and drawings that distort the scale of the universe, “and this leads to misconceptions.”Participants in the iPad study came from Bedford High School in Bedford, Mass., one of a number of school systems around the country that have made the decision to equip all students with iPad devices. “Since we began using iPads, we have seen substantial gains in learning, especially in subjects like math and science,” said Henry Turner, the school’s principal.“What is perhaps most remarkable is that we saw significant learning gains among students who used the simulations, in situations where little to no gains were observed in the traditional classrooms,” said Mary Dussault, a member of the research team. This study thereby provides experimental evidence supporting national trends promoting the use of new technologies in the classroom.The study is published in the January 2014 issue of Computers and Education.The research was spearheaded by the Laboratory for Visual Learning, a member of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, as part of its mission to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States.last_img read more

At the Arboretum, an unquiet winter

first_imgDon’t let the smooth blanket of snow fool you. Don’t be deceived by the footpaths free of summertime crowds or the trees patiently waiting for spring. Winter at the Arnold Arboretum is a busy time.For humans, it’s a time for catching up outdoors and forging ahead inside. It’s a time when the frozen ground is a blessing, when heavy machinery — a bucket truck to reach high branches, say — can cover territory that is off-limits in the summer. Meanwhile, horticulture crews have time to focus on oft-neglected patches of natural woodland, targeting invasive species.Indoors, researchers peer into microscopes and visit greenhouses, examining and cataloging collections from other seasons. Though spring prep work is typically completed in the autumn, planning for the season is ongoing, as is the development of programs for high school and college interns interested in horticulture.Work aside, winter at the Arboretum is a time of beauty, of marveling at the gnarled branches of the hawthorn collection, of surprise at the fresh blossoms on the witch hazels, and of transport while walking snowy paths under evergreens.“The firs, spruces, and pines, you really get a chance to appreciate them in the winter better. Juxtaposed against the snow, you can be transported to the Alps, the Rockies, wherever you want,” said Michael Dosmann, curator of living collections.For horticulture supervisor Andrew Gapinski, the witch hazels are most interesting. The shrubs win the annual competition for pollinators by blossoming when other plants are still sleeping. Their spidery blossoms, which open through winter, are visited by gnats and other insects that become active during the season’s fleeting warm-ups.Prep timeIn the fall, leaves are cleaned up and newly planted specimens are thoroughly watered to ensure they’re hydrated — especially evergreens, such as rhododendrons, that photosynthesize on warmer winter days even though they can’t draw water from the frozen ground, making them susceptible to drying out.But one of the most important winter-prep tasks, Dosmann said, is a year-round one: ensuring that specimens enter the season in good health.“We practice tough love here. We don’t have the necessary resources to go through and pamper plants. A healthy plant going into winter will winter [well] and be good in the spring.”The first step in that process is choosing a site, Dosmann said. With the Arboretum’s 140 years of history to draw on, horticulturists know better than to put in plants that won’t make it through the winter, but in some cases knowing how conditions vary across the terrain is valuable, Dosmann said. Certain locations have microclimates that are a benefit to tender plants. Explorers Garden, a flat area on Bussey Hill, gets ample sunshine on its southwest-facing slope, and its elevation keeps it above winter’s coldest bite, as the chill air drains away to lower elevations.Winter is a time of particular emphasis on pruning. Not only are staff less occupied with tasks that dominate in the growing season, a plant’s branch structure is more visible because of the loss of leaves. Pruning is also less stressful this time of year because the plant is dormant and because the vigorous growth of spring is just weeks away. There’s also a reduced chance of transferring pathogens in the winter.Though pests are mostly dormant in the winter, they aren’t ignored. Officials meet to assess the pest situation and plan strategy for the coming year. One January day, horticulturists took in monitoring traps for winter moth — a pest that affects many kinds of trees — to better understand the level of infestation before spring begins.Frigid temperatures might help on this front. One early winter cold snap hit minus 4 to minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit at the Arboretum, cold enough to help with some pests and close to the minus 10 that knocks out the hemlock woolly adelgid, one of the Arboretum’s least welcome visitors, Gapinski said.The Arboretum is home to three full-time faculty members, Director William (Ned) Friedman, the Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and recently appointed assistant professors of organismic and evolutionary biology Robin Hopkins, an expert on speciation in plants, and Elizabeth Wolkovich, an ecologist investigating the effects of climate change on plant communities. Faye Rosin, director of research facilitation, works with visiting scientists and postdoctoral fellows.Analysis of flowers, leaves, stems, roots, and other specimens collected during warm months is a process that amply fills the winter, Rosin said. “People with extensive outdoor work do analysis in the winter months. The indoor work happens all the time.”For those who can’t wait, such as Friedman, whose research involves a rare, extinct-in-the-wild water lily from Rwanda, the temperature and moisture in the Arboretum’s greenhouses can be adjusted to replicate various outdoor environments, as can the conditions in smaller growth chambers.“On a cold, dark, winter day in Boston, there is nothing better than taking some time to visit theses water lilies under the bright supplemental lights, high humidity, and warm temperatures that they thrive under,” Friedman said.last_img read more

American economy on the bubble

first_img Harvard’s Lipsitch urges public to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests “There is so much research on the negative consequences for companies of layoffs that I continue to be surprised that it is as popular a practice as it is,” said Sucher, of a three-year hangover effect that includes reduced profitability; lost productivity; weakened morale; quality, safety and innovation declines; customer erosion; and difficulty attracting new hires following mass layoffs.Overall when judging businesses, “People are going to look at the balance that’s being struck between what companies say they’re interested in and what they do,” she said.With different states on different timelines, Summers predicted an economic reawakening that occurs in fits and starts. “Even if we do it safely … it’s not a steady march from darkness into light. It’s not a steady march uphill. It’s three steps up, one or two steps down, three steps up … And there are going to be moments when we step too far, and we have to then lock things down,” he said. “I think this is going to be a pretty gradual process.” Why odds of a coronavirus recession have risen A five-layered defense for workplace reopening ‘Worry about 4 weeks from now,’ epidemiologist warns Jeffrey Frankel cites domino effect of problems in China, huge U.S. deficit, likely decline in jobs and spending center_img Chan School’s Allen looks at COVID-19 through healthy-building eyes This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.As several states begin piecemeal easing of stay-at-home restrictions, President Trump continues his push for a speedier nationwide opening to revive the battered U.S. economy and head off a possible recession, despite concerns of public health experts and economists and polls indicating that most Americans think it’s too soon.“There will come a point when it’s right to open up the economy,” said Harvard President Emeritus Lawrence Summers, Ph.D. ’82, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and a former U.S. Treasury Secretary, during a virtual talk on April 20 for Harvard Business School (HBS) students and alumni. “But no one who sensibly looks at data could possibly believe that that point is this week or next week.”All agree, however, that the nation’s economy is in significant, and perhaps lasting, peril that will grow more acute the longer businesses remain dormant, as a careening stock market and surging unemployment claims suggest. While major online retailers Amazon and Walmart and streaming services like Netflix have seen gains from the shift in American lifestyle, most businesses have not. Data suggests those segments facing the most immediate threat include restaurants, retail stores, hotels, movie theaters, and small businesses, some of which cannot survive a month or more without revenue. But they’re hardly alone, and even an eventual, safe reopening will bring challenges.“I think what’s less appreciated is that if we go through a big recession, everybody’s going to be affected,” because investment will be cut and consumer wallets will be lighter. “That hits every line of possible business,” said Robin Greenwood, Ph.D. ’03, George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking, and head of the finance unit at HBS.The time to open up the economy has yet to arrive, says Professor Lawrence Summers. Rose Lincoln/Harvard file photoBusinesses that convene large groups, such as conferences and trade shows, concerts and theatrical performances, professional sports, museums, and theme parks, are the industries Jill Avery, who studies customer relationship management at HBS, said she is most worried about. To survive once the economy resumes, these types of businesses will need to reconsider how customers occupy and flow through their venues in order to maintain safe physical distancing. Even so, she suspects conference planners will likely have to keep events virtual until a vaccine is widely available. But that may not be enough.“Even after a vaccine, will we be left feeling uneasy when six feet of distance is unable to be obtained between people? Probably. The experiences of previous generations who lived through other crises, such as the Great Depression, show us that consumer behaviors, once changed under times of extreme stress, are often resistant to reverting back to previous behaviors, even when the threat is lifted,” she said in an email.How quickly and robustly the U.S. economy rebounds will be shaped in large part by emotion.If most Americans are too afraid, physically or financially, to start shopping, traveling, eating in restaurants, or going out, it could be catastrophic. Consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of the nation’s economic activity.“The economy is powered by spending and if people are not spending, that’s a death spiral,” said Greenwood, who recently launched a website on COVID-19-related business data and research with Alberto F. Cavallo, Edgerley Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at HBS.“If the lockdown is short, the psychology of it isn’t that bad. In fact, the first thing people want to do is get back outside and get back to the things they were doing before,” he said. “If the lockdown is very long and full of hardship, then we’re in for a very, very tough ride.”Calming jitters and successfully restarting the U.S. economy will depend on three factors, said Greenwood: how comfortable the public is with being monitored for COVID-19, how effective treatments and efforts to prevent the disease through a vaccine are, and how prevalent the virus is in the population where people are asymptomatic. “If it’s 90 or 95 percent, for example, we may decide we can live with this … we don’t know.”Even when restrictions are lifted, there still will be challenges. Firms that can and do reopen will face great uncertainty about some fundamental questions: How easy will it be to get materials and supplies? How quickly will sales return? How many employees should they rehire? Moving ahead without that information is financially perilous. Many businesses will proceed anyway, but with great caution.Professor Francesca Gino says she is “encouraged” by the number of businesses that have found ways to retain staff. File photo by Katherine Taylor“Imagine that type of decision proceeding en masse, across the economy, and a little bit of conservatism can have some pretty negative effects,” said Greenwood.Francesca Gino, Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at HBS, said she has been “encouraged” so far by the number of businesses that have found ways to retain staff, perhaps in new roles, and that have expanded pay, health, and other benefits to them rather than defaulting to layoffs.Though she concedes these moves “may not be possible for every business,” Gino said that as companies are “thinking about how to manage the short-term challenges this crisis is creating, leaders should try to keep perspective also on the long-term: How can they reimagine themselves and rethink how they do their work?”The COVID-19 shutdown has already prompted major changes to workplaces, marketing pitches, and consumer behavior. The abrupt shift to digital tools like Zoom conferencing that enabled remote work and distance learning may linger “if employers continue to see productivity gains from remote workers,” said Avery. A long-term switch could affect a range of businesses, from video-conferencing-related sales and services to commercial office space leasing, office design, and even home office furnishings.Also, the widespread retreat to the relative safety of home has spurred a major shift in grocery shopping habits. During the crisis, online ordering and delivery have “increased dramatically” over precrisis numbers, when less than 5 percent of food purchases were done via e-commerce, said Avery. There’s also been a surge in comfort-seeking, especially in food choices. Besides baking and soup-making, anxious consumers have turned to pantry items such as canned soups, boxed stuffing and rice mixes, and breakfast cereals, all of which had fallen out of favor in recent years. Many consumers are also returning to brands from childhood that they may not have purchased in years, such as Chef Boyardee, SpaghettiOs, Spam, and Lucky Charms, “to soothe anxiety and to symbolically return them to a less stressful time,” she said.More broadly, the pandemic could have more significant, lasting effects on the attitudes and behaviors of younger generations, as the Depression Era shortages did on the thrifty Silent Generation. Millennials, known for valuing experiences over goods, may recalibrate that preference as demand for travel and sharing services like Lyft, Uber, and Airbnb decline precipitously, and time at home puts greater focus on products. Generation Z, a demographic highly coveted by marketers, may be less willing to try new products and unfamiliar brands if personal safety and health remain a primary concern. Brand trust is always important to consumers, and it could have significant implications for product innovation and competition if legacy brands that have built up decades of trust enjoy a major advantage.Regaining public trust will be key, says Harvard Business School Professor Sandra Sucher. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoNo matter the industry, the biggest challenge for firms as they reopen will be regaining trust, said Sandra Sucher, Joseph L. Rice III Faculty Fellow and a professor of management practice at HBS.With safety suddenly a high-value commodity, companies will need to clearly communicate and demonstrate that they have kept their customers, employees, and supply-chain partners safe during the shutdown, as well as what steps they’ve taken to operate safely. They also will be judged by the effect they have on their communities, both intended and unintended, and whether they take responsibility for any harm they may have caused, particularly when it comes to their workers. Firms that eagerly trumpet how they gave extra vacation pay to furloughed employees won’t earn public trust if they also paid out stock dividends to investors and top executives. And for companies that laid off large numbers of employees, there may be a price to pay. Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Endicott Mayor responds to vote to change zoning laws, impact on battery facility

first_imgThe Board of Trustees for the Village of Endicott voted three to two to approve a change to the zoning law. “The vote taken last Thursday by the Board, has NO impact on whether the battery recycling facility will be allowed to operate in the Village of Endicott. The Department of Environmental Conservation, issued the only facility permit that is required. Information about their thorough review and findings can be found on the Village website.  In a statement sent to 12 News, Mayor Jackson said the following: ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson says a vote taken by the Village Board Thursday has no impact on whether SungEel’s controversial battery recycling facility can operate in the village.center_img This code change was meant to clarify and add restrictions to protect the Village for all current and future recycling facilities operating in our Industrial Zone. A building permit for SungEel is being granted with or without these stricter recycling guidelines or restrictions. The only thing this misinformed group and petition can accomplish is to defeat the additional protections we are putting in place.” The Department of Environmental Conservation’s approved the permit for the facility earlier this year.last_img read more

Imperial dd and Hoteli Makarska dd announced the merger

first_img“Our new company Imperial Riviera dd will continue to invest, create new jobs, develop tourism business and act as an economic driver of its destinations in Makarska and on the island of Rab. We believe that this is a significant step forward in the common interest of all stakeholders of the merged companies, as well as local communities in Makarska and on the island of Rab.” pointed out Vlado Miš, President of the Management Board of Imperial dd  The Management Boards of the tourist companies Imperial dd and Hoteli Makarska dd have signed an Agreement on the merger of the Makarska tourist company into Imperial dd, and the merged companies will continue to operate under the name Imperial Riviera dd with its headquarters in Rab and a branch in Makarska. The new company Imperial Riviera dd will own six hotels, three tourist resorts and two camps in the leading Croatian destinations Rab and Makarska, which makes 3.618 accommodation units and a capacity to accommodate 9.000 guests, and will be one of the ten largest tourist companies in Croatia.  With the merger, Hoteli Makarska will transfer all its assets, rights and obligations to Imperial, so the total share capital of Imperial will increase from HRK 254 million to HRK 401 million. As compensation for the transferred value, the shareholders of Hotel Makarska dd will become shareholders of Imperial by receiving 0,32679 shares of Imperial for each share of Makarska. The corresponding number of shares will be rounded to the first lower whole number, and the difference will be paid to the shareholders in cash.  The intensive investment cycle launched in the previous period in Makarska and Rab after privatization, worth HRK 250 million, will continue in the merged company on a significant scale and with much greater investment potential, which will enable increased capital investments in the future, say the management of Imperial doo “Imperial Riviera dd will employ about 900 workers in the season, of which 40% are full-time employees, while retaining all acquired employee rights in Makarska and Rab and maintaining the existing collective agreements. This merger will provide even better working conditions for our employees in the long run and enable them to gain new knowledge and experience and new career opportunities. Business will continue to be organized as a destination, which will keep jobs in both Makarska and Rab” pointed out Joško Lelas, President of the Management Board of Hoteli Makarska dd Also, the new Imperial Riviera dd plans to continue investing in the material rights of workers in accordance with investments in tourist facilities and raising the quality of services, which with increased management efficiency and better corporate governance represents added value for employees and shareholders.  Valamar Riviera dd will continue to manage all hotels, resorts and camps in Makarska and Rab under the brands Valamar – All You Can Holiday and Camping Adriatic by Valamar, which ensures their continuity in the market and the continuation of successful business in tourism.   The merger should also be approved by the general assemblies during May 2019.last_img read more

Italy introduces mandatory covid19 testing for people coming from Croatia

first_imgCroatia is still on the list of countries for which there is no general recommendation of the British government to avoid all unnecessary trips. All UK citizens can go to Croatia and back to the country without any restrictions. Croatia is on the lists of safe countries and most other EU member states, including Poland and the Czech Republic, from which significant tourist traffic is recorded this year. According to the decision, persons who have been in the territory of Croatia and the mentioned countries for the last 14 days have the obligation to: “Everyone who plans to go to Croatia should reconsider the necessity of their trip. However, if you cannot avoid this type of travel, be sure to avoid places with an increased number of people, mass gatherings, indoor bars and nightclubs, ”said Kacin. Asked whether Croatia will be on the red list for the second week (mandatory 14-day quarantine upon return to Slovenia), Kacin said that the numbers of new patients would say so. The decision is effective from today (August 13), which you can read here. Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Focus: Italian citadines in country and foreign cities in Italy b) the obligation to test by PCR through buffer zones at the time of arrival at the airport, port or border crossing, or within 48 hours to the nearest health institution of residence. While waiting for the test, persons are required to remain in the self-isolation of their own home. In the regular update of the list of countries safe for travel, on July 31, the German Robert Koch Institute confirmed Croatia on the list of recommended destinations for summer vacations of its citizens, and the decision was confirmed by the German Government by updating the list yesterday. On August 10, Austria updated the list of safe countries, ie areas, and Croatia was confirmed in the group of countries to which the Austrian Government recommends travel to its citizens. Croatia remains on the list of safe countries in key emitting countriescenter_img According to the Slovenian media, most of the new patients in Slovenia came from Croatia, and the Slovenes resent us for doing too little testing. According to data until yesterday, 24 new cases were recorded in the past 130 hours, so the number of currently ill (active cases) in Croatia to date is 686. We know that Ferragosto (from lat. Feriae Augusti = Feast of Augustus) is approaching, the feast of the Assumption, which is celebrated every August 15 in Italy, and is considered one of the most important religious and family holidays. At that time, many Italians go on vacation, and most take advantage of the entire vacation.  The Slovenian government is closely monitoring the entire situation in Croatia Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza has signed a new Decision on the introduction of mandatory testing for covid19 for all who come to Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain. Also, Slovenian government spokesman Jelko Kacin said that Croatia could soon be on the red list due to the increasing number of new infections in Croatia. a) showing to a public transport official or who is authorized for controls, a PCR test not older than 72 hours before entering the country that is negative for COVID-19last_img read more

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International driver permit, valid in 188 countries, can now be processed online in Indonesia

first_imgPeople living in Indonesia are now able to register for international driver permits online as the National Police have launched a service to ease the process of applying for the document, which is valid for use in 188 foreign countries. National Police Traffic Corps head Insp. Gen. Istiono said that Indonesia had cooperated with 188 countries so that international driving permit holders from the country would be able to use their licenses there. “All ASEAN [countries] are included among the 188 countries,” Istiono said as quoted by kompas.com on Friday, without elaborating on the other countries. The National Police’s Traffic Corps launched on Friday a new feature that enables drivers to register and pay for international driving permits online. Before the online feature, applicants had to register themselves manually by visiting the police’s international driving permit center in South Jakarta. With the online feature, applicants — who must already have driving licenses — can register themselves through the traffic corps website for an international driving permit registration.  After filling out the form and making the payment, applicants will still need to visit the police’s international driving permit center in South Jakarta and bring the required documents, including their ID card, national driving license and passport, as well as copies of the registration form and payment. Foreign citizens living in Indonesia are particularly required to bring their permanent stay visa permit (KITAP). By allowing permit applicants to register themselves through the online feature, Istiono expected that it would be able to reduce corrupt practices in the permit-issuing process.“This feature upgrade should make our service more accessible to the public,” Istiono said as quoted by Antara.  (dpk)Topics :last_img read more