New Book Returns to an Irresistible Theme: the Harvard Murder

first_imgIt occurred early on Jan. 7, 1969, the day Britton was supposed to take her general exams in archaeology. By the next day, it was front-page news, in some papers bumping reporting on Sirhan Sirhan’s upcoming trial for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.Cooper listens, rapt, to the Harvard professor’s lectures, sifting them for clues. (When the professor, describing an ancient Israeli site where people were buried under their houses, remarks, “the dead are kept close to you,” she jots down the line and circles it in her notebook — surely, it’s suspicious!) She painstakingly recreates Britton’s life, tracking down her friends, her brother, her classmates, her boyfriend at the time and every still-living law enforcement officer who investigated her death.She acquires Britton’s letters and journals. She files Freedom of Information Act requests with the C.I.A., F.B.I., Drug Enforcement Administration, State Department and Defense Department, as well as records requests with the police in Boston and Cambridge and the district attorney’s offices in Middlesex and Sussex Counties. She trawls Websleuths, a cold-case site. She even spends a month on a dig in Bulgaria, in emulation of her dead subject.- Advertisement – Over the course of her research, it became “a gateway into this much larger story about abuses of power of the institution,” she said in a phone interview. “And it wasn’t at all where I expected to go.”As her book opens, Cooper has graduated from Harvard but is back on campus. She sits in on a class taught by the professor rumored to have committed the crime. By now, she has uncovered the dead woman’s name — Jane Britton — and pored over photographs of her from a dig in Iran. And she has combed through every press report about her killing, which remained unsolved.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img “We Keep the Dead Close” swells with false leads and red herrings — it’s not much of a spoiler to reveal that the supposedly murderous professor turns out to be innocent of the crime. And here is where Cooper’s book takes a novel, contemporary twist.last_img read more

DJI Mini 2 lightweight 4K drone can resist 29–38kph winds for stable shots » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The DJI Mini 2 lightweight 4K drone offers a level 5 wind resistance feature and remains stable in winds between 29 and 38kph. It can even take off at an altitude of 4,000 meters and obtain clear footage along a windy coastline. In fact, it supports up to 10km of HD video transmission. Therefore, it can fly farther and see clearer in various conditions. The DJI Mini 2 comes with a 12MP camera along with 4K/30fps video and a three-axis gimbal. These features guarantee clear images and videos. And depending on the mode quality you choose, it can zoom up to four times, so you don’t need to be close to your subject. Furthermore, this mini gadget offers a maximum 31-minute battery life, so there’s plenty of time to get the shots you’re looking for. Overall, the DJI Mini 2 is great for professional-level videos but suitable for beginners.last_img read more

The Biden Bump – The New York Times

first_imgTHE LATEST NEWSThe Transition Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on the central part of the Florida Keys yesterday, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. – Advertisement – Republicans have a different set of problems. They have lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections. They now appear headed toward a messy struggle over who their new national leaders will be — or whether Trump himself will continue to dominate the party.For more: Congressional Democrats are arguing over the party’s next steps, Michael Shear and Maggie Astor of The Times report. And Ross Douthat, an Op-Ed columnist, looks at how Republicans can become a majority party after Trump. If Democrats had nominated any candidate other than Joe Biden, President Trump may well have won re-election.It’s impossible to know for sure, of course. But Biden won the states that decided the election narrowly — by two percentage points or less in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, current vote counts suggest. And there is good reason to believe other Democrats might have lost these states. Consider: But there is also a large dose of bad news for Democrats. Despite Trump’s defeat, the Republican Party has retained its popularity in much of the country. A small but crucial segment of Americans chose to vote for both Mr. Biden and Republican congressional candidates.This combination means that neither party has an obvious path forward. Democrats are almost certainly fooling themselves if they conclude that America has turned into a left-leaning country that’s ready to get rid of private health insurance, defund the police, abolish immigration enforcement and vote out Republicans because they are filling the courts with anti-abortion judges. Many working-class voters — white, Hispanic, Black and Asian-American — disagree with progressive activists on several of those issues.But the notion that Democrats should simply move to the center on every issue also seems wrong. A big increase in the minimum wage passed in Florida last week with 61 percent of the vote. Several drug-decriminalization measures also passed. Expansions of Medicaid, a health-insurance program mostly for low-income people, have also passed in red states.- Advertisement – A ‘Jeopardy!’ iconAlex Trebek began hosting “Jeopardy!” in 1984, sporting a thick mustache and a pale pink pocket square on his first episode. He got the job partly because Lucille Ball, of “I Love Lucy” fame, had encouraged the show’s producer to hire him. He went on to host more than 8,000 episodes, breaking a record set by Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” for hosting the most episodes of a single game show.On Sunday, Trebek died at 80, more than a year after announcing he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His death led to an outpouring of tributes from fans who saw him as a steady — and witty — presence in their homes. – Advertisement – Fighting continued between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the weekend in the disputed border region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan — wanting to reclaim the region that is controlled by Armenian forces and mostly populated by Armenians — said its military captured a key town, which Armenian officials denied. This gratin is a fresh way to use roasted cauliflower. Tossed with tomato sauce, sautéed red onions and goat cheese, it’s delicious.Go SightseeingEvery year, millions of pilgrims descend on the central Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the religious holiday of Arbaeen. Take a tour of the festivities last year. In living rooms across the country, five nights a week, viewers could count on “an honest, no-frills test of knowledge” guided by Trebek, as a 2002 Times article put it. “We’re comfortable, like an old pair of shoes,” Trebek said. “We don’t come on with a splash.” Pre-pandemic, Trebek would host five episodes a day, two days a week, from July to April. He would go over the 305 clues for that day’s shows at 7:30 a.m., making notes. If a clue seemed too difficult, he would tell the writers to remove it.Part of his appeal was his honesty, which extended to his fight with cancer. He spoke about it publicly, saying his pain would sometimes shoot “from a three to an 11” during tapings.“With his cerebral bearing and aura of quiet, impartial authority, he embodies ideals that feel endangered: the pursuit of knowledge, and the inherent value of facts,” Alexandra Alter wrote in a profile this year. And his honesty included flashes of restrained disappointment when contestants missed an easy question. His tone, he once told New York magazine, tried to convey: “How can you not get this? This is not rocket science.”Still, many contestants adored him. Some were moved to tears upon meeting him. In one episode that aired last week, a contestant — an Indian immigrant named Burt Thakur — said that he had learned to speak English by watching Trebek as a child, sitting on his grandfather’s lap.Episodes of the show hosted by Trebek will air through Dec. 25.PLAY, WATCH, EAT, LISTENWhat to Cook The Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in a case that seeks to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. If the law is struck down, millions of people would lose health insurance and people with pre-existing conditions would struggle to buy insurance. – Advertisement – Morning ReadsThe Media Equation: For the past four years, The Times’s Maggie Haberman has been the source of much of what we know about Trump’s White House. The end of his presidency means the end of her wild ride, Ben Smith writes.Lives Lived: Marguerite Littman, a honey-voiced Louisianian and literary muse, taught Hollywood to speak Southern. But her most enduring legacy was as an early force in the fight against AIDS. She died at 90.Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today.ARTS AND IDEAS Why does this matter? For the past four years, Trump has dominated American politics. At times, he has seemed to possess magical political powers, winning the presidency despite rejecting the usual rules of politics and maintaining a roughly steady approval rating even as he was impeached and presided over a terrible pandemic.In the end, though, Trump didn’t have magical powers. He instead became only the fourth elected president in the past century to lose re-election, after Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. That’s the good news for Democrats. In Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, the Democrats nominated a Bernie Sanders-style candidate — Kara Eastman, who backs “Medicare for all” and was endorsed by progressive groups like the Justice Democrats — for a House seat. She lost her race by almost five percentage points, while Biden won the district by almost seven points. The pangram from Friday’s Spelling Bee was conditioning. Today’s puzzle is above — or you can play online if you have a Games subscription.Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Browser window (three letters).Thanks for spending part of your morning with The Times. See you tomorrow. — DavidA correction: Friday’s newsletter incorrectly stated that the number of votes cast in Georgia was three million; it was nearly five million.P.S. From The Onion: “Media Condemns Biden For Baseless Claim That Nation Will Come Together Once Election Over.”last_img read more

Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals – Highlights & Stats

first_img– Advertisement – Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya departed with the victory target of 157 in sight so it was left to Ishan Kishan (33no from 19 balls) and Krunal Pandya to get Mumbai over the line with eight balls to spare.Delhi Capitals tasted defeat in their first IPL final despite the best efforts of captain Shreyas Iyer (65no from 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 from 38), who rescued them from 22-3 and helped Ricky Ponting’s men post a respectable 156-7.More to follow…- Advertisement – Rohit Sharma led from the front with a blistering 68 from 51 balls as Mumbai Indians powered their way to a fifth Indian Premier League title with a comprehensive five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the final.The Mumbai captain was in supreme form as he reached his half-century from 36 balls and by the time he was dismissed in the 17th over, his side needed less than a run-a-ball.- Advertisement –last_img read more

EU seals deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for 300 mln doses of Covid vaccine

first_imgThe European Commission said on Wednesday it had sealed a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for the supply of up to 300 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate.The move follows Pfizer’s announcement on Monday that its experimental vaccine developed with BioNTech was more than 90% effective, making them the first drugmakers to show successful interim data from a large-scale clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine.Under the EU deal, the 27 EU countries could buy 200 million doses, and have an option to purchase another 100 million.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Under the Pfizer-BioNtech deal, the 27 EU countries could buy 200 million doses, and have an option to purchase another 100 million.NurPhoto | Getty Images The EU has already signed supply deals with AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson for their experimental Covid-19 shots, and is talking with Moderna, CureVac and Novavax to secure their vaccines. – Advertisement –last_img read more

How to Store Bitcoin Offline in Cold Storage

first_imgBitcoin’s streak of breaking its own record price has been relentless for the past few months, with the cryptocurrency climbing over $14,000 (about Rs. 9 lakh) this week, from having been less than $800 (about Rs. 51,600) this time last year. This unprecedented growth – nearly 10 times its value since the start of 2017 – has brought Bitcoin squarely into mainstream attention.Though the debates over the currency being in a bubble continue to have voices from all directions, what’s clear is that those with a big stake with Bitcoin need to be safer than ever with their digital investment. After all, it’s real money that’s at stake. Bitcoin wallets have faced multiple hacks in the past, so it’s worth going the extra step to secure your funds.- Advertisement – The most convenient way to store Bitcoins is by using an online wallet, which allows you to quickly transfer money in and out of the wallet, or turn Bitcoins into alternative cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Monero, Litecoin, and others. But the safest option is known as ‘cold storage’, which stores your Bitcoins offline away from any Internet access. This is all the more important if you’ve got large amounts of Bitcoin.Here’s how to set up cold storage for your Bitcoin wallet:1. Paper WalletThe easiest way to take your Bitcoins offline is by using paper and a printer. Yes, really. You’ll also need a website that allows you to create an offline Bitcoin address, such as Bitcoin.com or Bitaddress.org. Follow these steps to create a Bitcoin paper wallet:Head to the Bitcoin.com Paper Wallet or the Bitaddress.org page.Save the page locally to your computer as an HTML file.Next, close the page and disconnect your computer from the Internet.Open up the saved local version of Bitcoin.com paper wallet or Bitaddress.org.Follow the instructions on the page to create a new Bitcoin address.Once you’ve a pair of keys and QR codes, print the page. Make sure your printer is not connected to the Internet for added security.You can now use the new public address/ QR code to transfer Bitcoins from another online wallet.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The printed page is the most valuable piece of document for your Bitcoin investment. You should ideally store the printed page in a water and fire-proof container, such as a safe. If that’s not an option, create multiple versions of it and give it for safekeeping with trusted family, in the case of damage to your version. You could also laminate the page for protection.Bitcoin Is at an All-Time High. Should You Invest in It Now?2. BitKeyWhile taking your computer and printer offline is a good security measure, it’s not as safe as using a clean operating system. BitKey is basically a free bootable Linux distro that you can write to a USB drive or CD-ROM. Plus, it can run live from computer’s memory (RAM) so you can eject the drive/ disc once it’s running.- Advertisement – BitKey comes pre-installed with multiple software options: Electrum Bitcoin client, WarpWallet (more on that later), and Bitcoin paper wallet among others. It also has built-in network, printer, and wireless managers so you can use it for all necessary Bitcoin purposes. Creating a paper wallet with BitKey is safer than using your existing OS.Here’s how to create a bootable USB/CD with BitKey:Head to the BitKey website to download the OS image.Click the Download button, and get the 64-bit version.Choose between USB and CD-ROM. The latter is safer since they are read-only by default. For USB sticks without write protection, it’s advisable to remove them after boot.Burn a CD with your favourite program, or use a utility such as UNetbootin to write the BitKey ISO to a USB drive.Boot into BitKey by using your computer’s advanced boot function (varies from F8-F12 depending on motherboard manufacturers).If the boot is successful, you can use BitKey to create a paper wallet, and you can even use the Electrum client to create an offline wallet. BitKey provides three operation modes – cold-offline, cold-online, and hot-online – which define whether the computer is offline and air-gapped.It also decides how convenient the process will be. Choose cold-offline in BitKey for maximum security and least convenience, and hot-online for lesser security and more convenience. You can only prepare transactions in cold-online, though. Follow the three links to figure out which method works for you best.What Is Blockchain? Blockchain Technology Uses Beyond Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency3. WarpWalletFor the even more paranoid, an even safer way to store Bitcoin involves something called a brain wallet, which generates an address by using a memorised passphrase. WarpWallet takes that a step further with “salt”, an additional piece of data such as your email address which forces attackers to target you individually instead of casting a wide net.This way, your private key isn’t actually stored anywhere physically or digitally, it’s in your head (read: brain). That means you don’t have to take care of a piece of document, as long as you don’t forget the passphrase, for which most people advise that you leave cryptic notes around the house.Owing to the complexity and secure nature of this method, it’s been described as how Jason Bourne stores his Bitcoin. Anyway, if you think this is the way to go, here’s how to get started on WarpWallet:Head over to the WarpWallet website, and make note of the SHA-256 sum in the URL.Save the page locally to your computer as an HTML file, and transfer it to a USB drive.Boot up a bootable Linux distro, such as BitKey from above.Copy the HTML file over to BitKey.Open sha256sum warp.html to verify the SHA-256 sum matches the one from step 1.Open the HTML file as a local file in Chrome/Firefox.Generate a passphrase that works on an entropy algorithm, such as One Shall Pass. Anything with 58 bits or more of entropy is very secure.Use the passphrase in HTML file, and your email address as “salt”.Scan public key QR code with phone, and transfer it to a device with Internet.Shut down BitKey.You can now transfer Bitcoin from your online wallet/ exchange to your WarpWallet address. You don’t have to store your private key anywhere, as it can be regenerated with WarpWallet’s website, with the help of your passphrase and “salt”. Just don’t forget any of the details, or your Bitcoin (and the money invested in them) are gone forever.These are the most popular ways to store Bitcoin offline. If you want something with more convenience than BitKey and WarpWallet, and are willing to spend for it, look at hardware wallet options such as TREZOR. They cost a lot – TREZOR comes in at over Rs. 8,500 including shipping to India – but they are easier to use than booting a Linux distro.For more tutorials, head to our How To section.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

USDA says new Listeria rule has made a difference

first_imgDec 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Most firms that produce ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products have taken specific steps to prevent Listeria contamination since new federal safety rules took effect last year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week. The document says that in the first 9 months under the new regulations, 76% of the plants had no “noncompliance records,” or violation notices, while 24% had been notified of some type of violation. The report doesn’t describe what kinds of violations were most common. About 51% of all RTE plants are classified as “very small,” and these accounted for 56% of the Listeria-related rule violations. Jun 6, 2003, CIDRAP News story on announcement of interim final rule on Listeriahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/june0503listeria.html The report says that FSIS has found Listeria contamination on about 1% or fewer of recent RTE product samples. However, it cites limited evidence from other sources that 3% to 5% of RTE meats from retail delicatessens—which are not regulated by the USDA—may harbor Listeria. The FSIS said it would accept comments on the report as well as on the Listeria rule itself until Jan 31, 2005. (See FSIS news release link below for details on how to submit comments.) The report also says that no firms have availed themselves of an option under the new rules to cite Listeria-control measures on their product labels. The provision was intended to give companies an incentive to install newer control technologies, with the idea that citing these measures on labels would confer a marketing advantage, FSIS spokesman Steven Cohen told CIDRAP News. The USDA does not regulate retail delis, which are under the jurisdiction of the FDA and state and local health departments, according to FSIS officials. But the report recommends that the FSIS should increase comparisons of the levels of Listeria on RTE products at production plants and at retail delis. The report suggests that retail delicatessens may be a soft spot in defenses against Listeria. “Evidence indicates that slicing and packaging of luncheon meats at retail deli counters presents a significant source of exposure to L. monocytogenes,” it states. “Prevalence reported from these sources ranges from 3 to 5 percent in deli meat sliced at retail.” But more studies are needed, because the samples that yielded the data were small, the report says. The data come from unpublished findings from New York State and one published study. Dec 1 FSIS news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_120104_01/index.asp “Under the Listeria rule, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are safer and public health is being better protected,” Elsa Murano, USDA under secretary for food safety, said in a news release. “If progress continues at the current rate, we should achieve the Healthy People 2010 goal of lowering the incidence of listeriosis to 0.25 cases per 100,000 people.” However, close to a quarter of firms that produce RTE products, such as hot dogs and deli meats, failed to comply with some aspect of the new Listeria rules in the first 9 months after they took effect, according to the report by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Random testing of RTE products this year, including tests on the riskiest products, has shown Listeria on about 1% of samples or less, the report states. In general sampling, 3 of 345 samples collected in the first 5 months of this year tested positive for the pathogen. In testing of the highest-risk products over the same period, 11 of 1,349 samples tested positive. In October 2003 the FSIS added a requirement that firms take specific steps to prevent Listeria contamination of RTE foods. The rule says producers must choose one of three approaches: (1) using both a “post-lethality” (post-cooking) treatment, such as heating, and a chemical growth inhibitor; (2) using either a post-lethality treatment or a growth inhibitor; or (3) using sanitation only. Firms using sanitation only are supposed to get the most FSIS inspections and those using the first approach the fewest.center_img The team reports that more than 87% of the nearly 3,000 plants that produce RTE meats have adopted at least one Listeria-related measure since the regulations took effect in October 2003. About 17% of the plants began using a post-lethality treatment to control Listeria, and 27% began using an antimicrobial agent or “other control process” in one or more of their RTE products. Also, about 59% of the firms started testing for Listeria or similar organisms on food-contact surfaces after the rules took effect, the report says. Listeria monocytogenes can grow on refrigerated meat and cause serious illness in pregnant women, elderly people, and others with weak immune systems. Largely because of the risk of listeriosis, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says these groups should not eat hot dogs or deli meats unless they are reheated, nor should they eat refrigerated meat spreads, refrigerated smoked seafood unless cooked, or products containing unpasteurized milk. See also: Full FSIS reporthttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/Oppde/rdad/frpubs/97-013F/LM_Assessment_Report_2004.pdf “This may be a way to differentiate their product from others,” Cohen said. “It’s a little early at this point to expect to see much of that. They would have to propose a label, and we’d evaluate it.” The new report was prepared by a 28-member FSIS team that was assigned to measure the effectiveness of all aspects of the Listeria regulations. The USDA began strengthening its Listeria rules for RTE meats in November 2002, after an outbreak in the Northeast involving at least 52 illness cases, seven deaths, and three miscarriages. That prompted the agency to require plants to start testing their surfaces and equipment for Listeria or else submit to increased testing by the FSIS. Previously the FSIS had tested RTE products but not plant equipment. In other items, the report says most of the small and very small plants producing RTE products didn’t receive or didn’t know about the FSIS compliance guidelines for the Listeria regulations. Cohen said he was confident that all the firms were aware of the regulations, since inspectors meet weekly with plant managers, but there may not have been “100% penetration on all the supporting materials that were available.” Nov 2002 CIDRAP News story on requirement that plants test environmental surfaces for Listeriahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/listtests.html CIDRAP News story on recent FDA Listeria risk assessmenthttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/oct2103listeria.htmllast_img read more

H5N1 turns up at Benin poultry market

first_imgAug 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Benin recently reported that two chickens at a live poultry market tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the country’s first outbreak since the virus was detected there at the end of 2007.Authorities found the virus during routine surveillance at a market in Lokossa, the capital of Mono department, located in the southern part of the country near the coast, according to an Aug 25 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Testing performed at Benin’s national laboratory in Parakou revealed H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza, according to the report. The surveillance activity at the Lokossa market was also a training exercise for the lab’s managers and officials, the OIE report said. In December 2007, when the country confirmed its first H5N1 outbreak, the samples were tested at an Italian lab.Animal health officials have not determined the source of the outbreak, according to the report. Authorities disinfected market stalls and have restricted the movement of poultry within the country.Outbreaks in 2007 affected two farms, also located near Benin’s southern coastal area, according to previous reports. Several countries surrounding Benin have reported poultry outbreaks over the past few years, including Nigeria, Togo, Niger, and Burkina Faso.In other developments, agriculture officials in Vietnam said yesterday that an unusual strain of H5N1 virus is starting to appear in smuggled poultry, the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported in a sketchy story today. Bui Quang Anh, head of the agriculture ministry’s animal health department, told VNA that the strain poses a high risk of infecting humans and had previously caused an outbreak in China.Anh told VNA that the H5N1 strain was named “seven.” The story did not mention a clade number. Typically, the story said, “strain one” of the H5N1 virus has infected birds in the Mekong delta, while strains two, three, and four have been found to infect birds in the country’s Red River Basin.Nguyen Van Cam, director of Vietnam’s Central Animal Diagnosis Centre, told VNA the lab was doing more tests to better characterize the strain and that he expected results soon.See also:OIE reports on 2008 outbreaksDec 17, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Benin confirms its first H5N1 outbreaks”last_img read more

Zadar started with the video campaign “Feel Zadar” – Five films, five messages about Zadar

first_imgWith five one-minute films about Zadar showing top gastronomy, culture, adventure, the famous Zadar sunset and Maraschino as an authentic Zadar product, the Zadar Tourist Board has launched a marketing video campaign “Feel Zadar” which aims to present the unique Zadar tourist offer and up to end of October to extend the main season.The use of the power of the film medium is not new in marketing campaigns, but what makes the Zadar story special in this case is the atmospheric and poetic nature of the work signed by the team gathered by the director. Andrea Buča. They are cameramen Milan Latkovic i Duje Kundić, editor Koraljka Maričić and producer Mirta Mirt. Each of the films reads the mood, sensation, ambience and special experience of Zadar, or something completely different from the usual tourist films. That is why “Feel Zadar” (#FeelZadar) was the right choice for the campaign title. “The creative sensibility of the director Andrea Buča perfectly matches the message and feeling of Zadar that we want to share with the audience. We did not want to make a trendy tourist film, but to create recognition and uniqueness as a year-round tourist trump card in the context of the potential that Zadar obviously has. We wanted Zadar to be felt”, Says the director of the Zadar Tourist Board Ante Rados for a project that started on Tuesday to conquer the Croatian, and then the European and tourist markets around the world.The film, which glorifies the impeccable purity of the sea even in the middle of the city, rich cultural heritage, church tradition and heritage, museum spaces, sports facilities and natural beauties that surround it, is intended for everyone – say in the Tourist Board – but above all something more. This, adds director Rados, sets higher goals and imperatives. “Zadar has the potential on the basis of which a destination policy can be built with a better level of offer. In terms of tourism, it would be a sin not to emphasize the quality of indigenous food from the soil and sea that surrounds Zadar, or unique recipes for authentic dishes and drinks of our region. We are convinced, and with such campaigns we are saying, that Zadar is an attractive year-round destination for guests from Croatia and those who come from all over the world.”, Points out the first man of Zadar tourism.Five films, five messages about ZadarEach of the five films carries a different mood and a different experience of the city, so the slogans that appear at the end of one-minute tourist films are also different. “Once you try it, you will fall in love”, “Home of the most beautiful sunset in the world”, “Flaming Sunset”. An experience you will never regret “,” Take your fun seriously “and” Go where the winners go “- are the messages with which the films effectively conclude the unique experiences of Zadar.Campaign first in Croatia, then in Great Britain, Germany and FranceThe first part of the campaign, which aims to present Zadar in feeling and experience and extend the main tourist season until late October, or further develop the potential of the year-round destination, is based on the little known fact that 11 percent of commercial overnight stays in Zadar are domestic guests. Therefore, in the initial phase of three weeks, this campaign will be primarily intended for Croats, with all the elements of the campaign: films, visuals, PR articles and a special website. “After analyzing the campaign with the accumulated experiences and conclusions, positive or negative, we turn to the three key external emitting markets from which the flights of low-cost airlines come to us, namely the United Kingdom, Germany and France.”, Says director Rados.”Feel Zadar” worked in addition to the film team and the entire team from the Zadar Tourist Board, and the success of this tourist presentation of Zadar would mean the continuation of the campaign with five to ten new tourist films. And very quickly. “Unlike some other types of promotion, online campaigns make it easy to track the measurability and success of the process. If she shows a good result, we plan to make new films in late autumn. They would be in the autumn and spring atmosphere, with which they would do a wider and more extensive promotion on foreign markets at the beginning of next year, with the aim of starting the main season as early as possible.”, Says the PR of the Zadar Tourist Board Ante Galić noting that in parallel with the “Feel Zadar” campaign, promotions are being prepared on the domestic and foreign markets for “Advent in Zadar” and “Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival 2018”.Thus, this year’s Advent program will conceptually bring novelties related to the dates and expansion of the program within the historic core, and immediately after Advent and New Year’s Eve, preparations for the fourth edition of “Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival 2018” will begin from 2 to 11 . February. “The festival has its own development path, so we are sure that this neighborhood will further contribute to the attractiveness of Zadar as a destination in the winter”, Rados concludes.Find out more about the campaign on the website http://feel.zadar.travel/VIDEO: Five films, five messages about ZadarGastronomyKulturaAdventureSunsetMaraschinolast_img read more

Labor market in 2017: 34% more ads, mostly for tourism

first_imgIn 2017 on the portal My job more than 41.000 advertisements were published, which is 34% more than in 2016. Considering that it is possible to indicate in one advertisement that more executors are wanted, the number of vacancies was even higher than that.The most sought-after occupations in 2017 were: waiter, salesman, chef, programmer, warehouseman, driver, sales representative, production worker, administrator and cleaner.The highest bid ad was recorded in the following categories of occupations:Tourism and catering – 18% of adsSale (Trade) – 17% of adsProduction and craft services – 14% of adsThe highest demand (number of profiles) is in the following categories:Sale (Trade) – 25% of CVsAdministrative occupations – 19% of CVsEconomics, finance and accounting – 17% of CVs* In one ad / CV you can indicate more categories of employmentGiven the type of employment, in 2017, a total of 63% of ads for indefinite work were published, which is slightly more than in 2016, when 60% of advertisements offered work indefinitely. In the past, a fixed-term contract was offered in 51% of advertisements, while part-time employees were sought in 7% of advertisements, and 3% of advertisements referred to student jobs (advertisements provide for the possibility of marking several types of employment for the same job). On the other side, 51% of job seekers were interested in a permanent job, and almost a third of them were also interested in part – time work (28%). 10% of job seekers were interested in part-time work, and 9% in seasonal work.From the available data, it is not possible to conclude whether these are employees who are looking for additional work or employees who are looking for any job in the absence of employment. “The data show a similar trend as in previous years, and we see the biggest jump in the number of ads abroad, which are growing faster than the total number of ads. The largest labor shortages are recorded in the tourism and manufacturing sectors, which we have warned about before and knew would happen. However, nothing significant has been done to prevent this: skilled workers go abroad, more because of the disorder of our society than because of better working conditions abroad, while young people in school and their parents persistently avoid vocational education. to improve a system that has been proven to work in developed European countries: mandatory šcycling followed by vocational guidance and practical training. “Said the director of the MojPosao portal, Igor Žonja.The candidates with secondary education are usually askedDuring 2017, employers most often looked for candidates with a high school diploma – in 53% of advertisements, a high school diploma was a condition for successful application to the competition. On the other hand, 54% of employees mentioned secondary education as a level of education in their CVs. Employees with higher education were sought in 21% of advertisements, while the same level of education was stated in their CVs by 22% of job seekers. In 28% of advertisements, a university degree was stated as a condition, and the same was stated in their CVs by 15% of job seekers.The most common ad conditions: advanced English and work experience from 2 years and 5 monthsAccording to the MojPosao.net portal, knowledge of foreign languages ​​was required in 42% of ads. Most advertisements required advanced knowledge of English (27% of advertisements), and basic knowledge of English was required in 10% of advertisements. Other languages ​​are less represented. Most employees state advanced knowledge of English in their CVs (36%), while 25% state professional knowledge. Basic knowledge of English is stated by 18% of job seekers.German is the second most widely spoken language – 22% of employees state a basic knowledge of German. In third place is Italian, whose foundations are known to 9% of job seekers. In 28% of the ads, computer skills were required, mostly knowledge of Word and Excel. 44% of advertisements required work experience of an average of 2 years and 4 months.The largest number of advertisements was published for work in ZagrebOf the advertisements published in 2017, most of them were published for work in Zagreb and Zagreb County (51%). The following are ads in the Split-Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties. During 2017, employers posted over 1.600 job ads abroad. Compared to 2016, 43% more advertisements for work abroad were published. Most ads abroad were published for Germany, Slovenia and Austria.last_img read more