EU Ecolabel label an opportunity for the Croatian tourism sector?

first_imgConsumers are increasingly being educated about the products they buy, and when shopping, they place special emphasis on health and ecology.All this has led to a large increase in demand for top quality products that meet high standards of environmental protection in production, and strong competition on store shelves has encouraged companies to adapt to such trends, so many of them try to emphasize the positive environmental aspect of their products. . Today, the market is flooded with various so-called “eco-labels” which are not really because they do not include the process of independent verification by a third party and / or do not consider the environmental properties of the product throughout its life cycle.”, Explains the director of the Sector for Energy and Environmental Protection of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Marija Šćulac Domac, and in order to bring order to the market and combat false declaration at the EU level, unique criteria have been adopted that determine which products can carry eco-labels and be advertised as” green ” . “These are two eco-labels that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce emphasizes in this sense, the national environmental label A friend of the environment and the European Union’s environmental label EU Ecolabel, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy is responsible for both”, Explains Šćulac Domac.Both eco-labels belong to Type I eco-labels, which means that they are voluntary, cover different environmental criteria throughout the life cycle of products or services and, most importantly, have an independent system of qualified assessment / verification by a third party. “Market trends clearly show that customers are looking for products that guarantee them they are  produced according to the strictest environmental standards, and I see a great opportunity for stronger branding of Croatian companies in the domestic and international markets because the price of products manufactured in accordance with the demanding criteria and criteria of eco-labels is much higher than conventional ones. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce is therefore committed to the application of clear and impartial criteria for the award of eco-labels and is continuously working to inform Croatian companies about high standards of environmental protection.”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”These labels make it clear to customers that the products that wear them have passed strict controls by independent bodies and that they meet the environmental criteria more than those prescribed by current laws. Labels are intended only for the best, so the criteria by which they are awarded are set so that only 20 to 30 percent of products on the market can meet these requirements. Also, only Type I eco-labels may be included in the Global Eco-labeling Network (GEN). “We have launched a series of activities aimed at raising awareness among manufacturers and service providers about the benefits that eco-labels bring, with an emphasis on the EU Ecolabel. We believe that Croatian companies with their quality products and services have significant potential for acquiring these labels, but it is necessary to make additional efforts to inform them.”, Points out Šćulac DomacWith eco-labels, Spain is in the lead, mainly in tourismIn order for a product or service to bear the EU Ecolabel label, they must meet a strict set of criteria based on professional and scientific parameters of product / service environmental pressure during the life cycle (from collection and processing of raw materials, through production, packaging, transport, service, use and until when it becomes waste). The criteria are specific to a specific group of products or services, and are focused on the part of the pressure on the environment that is most significant and that can be influenced. It has been in use since 1992, and according to data from the European Commission from March 2018, there are almost 70.000 products and services bearing the EU Ecolabel mark on the European market. Spain leads with more than 30 marks, followed by Italy and France with significantly lower numbers. It is interesting that the Spaniards received the vast majority of labels for services in tourism, ie accommodation facilities. Their hoteliers recognized the interest of customers in “eco-friendly” hotels and focused on attracting guests with a label that is recognized throughout the EU. “This is a great potential for the Croatian tourism sector, but also for the overall strengthening of this market segment and a stronger positioning in export markets through the eco niche. “, said Ščulac Domac, noting that this type of labeling is still in its infancy in our country, which is shown by the fact that only one Croatian product bears the EU Ecolabel (EcoBianco laundry detergent), and only a few are in the process of obtaining the label.See more about the EU Ecolabel HERElast_img read more

Man arrested for 3 sexual batteries in St. Lucie County

first_imgPolice have arrested a man for multiple sexual assaults in Fort Pierce over the last four years.29-year-old Kano Roen Demetrius Brown was arrested on Thursday in the 1900 block of S. 26th Street in Fort Pierce and has been charged with sexual battery, aggravated battery, and kidnapping charges.St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara called the details of the crimes “chilling.”Sheriff Mascara said that Brown is accused of multiple violent attacks on women dating back to 2016. The crimes occurred in 2016, 2019, and last month.“Every one of these victims experienced violence at the hands of this animal,” Sheriff Mascara said.Investigators were able to link Brown’s DNA to all three sexual assaults.Brown was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail, and is being held without bond.The sheriff’s office is urging anyone who may have been victimized by Brown to call 772-462-3230, or the Fort Pierce Police Department at 772-467-6800.WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE:last_img read more

Golf Express 9-hole campaign goes national

first_img Golf Express – which promotes 9-hole golf to inspire busy people to play more often – is being rolled out nationally by England Golf.The launch coincides with this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and follows a successful eight-month trial in Staffordshire when over 4600 9-hole rounds were played.Now clubs across the country are invited to join the campaign and promote 9-hole green fees and offers to players on the website.Justin Rose, an England Golf ambassador, often plays 9 holes in practice and describes Golf Express as:“A great way to play all the game in half the time.”On average, a 9-hole round can be played in just two hours, which can fit into a busy lifestyle, and it offers all the health and social benefits of the full game. In a 9-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.The appeal of the 9-hole game, which is compatible with the Rules of Golf and the handicap system, has also prompted the R&A to launch a new 9-hole championship for amateurs and Scottish Golf is also promoting the shorter format.To mark the national launch of Golf Express, England Golf has re-imagined the results of the Major championships of the past five years to find out how they would differ if played over 9 holes.If the Majors had been played over the front 9, Tiger Woods would have won two more titles – an Open and a Masters. If they’d been played over the back 9, Lee Westwood would have won a Masters and Justin Rose would have added another Major to his 2013 US Open title.England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director Richard Flint said: “This research shines a light on the 9-hole game and I hope it encourages more people to get into golf.”Golf Express offers places to play across the country through its online directory which also features special offers. 25 May 2016 Golf Express 9-hole campaign goes national last_img read more


first_imgRICHARD MANDELLA, SPIRIT OF XIAN, WINNER: “You could see, she meant to be on the lead, and Joe did a great job. I was lacking confidence, and I told Joe, ‘If you’re not sure she can get the last quarter, get off and run yourself.’ He didn’t have to.”NOTES: Winning owner Ben Keswick lists his residence as Central Hong Kong. -30- JOCKEY QUOTESJOE TALAMO, SPIRIT OF XIAN, WINNER: “We won, so it was definitely a great race! I had a lot of horse today. Coming off that sprint race in her last out, she really showed a lot of speed the whole way today. When she got to the front, she relaxed nicely and all the credit has to go to Mr. Mandella. You don’t see too many fillies going from a six and a half race to winning a mile and eighth turf race in their next out, so really all the credit goes to him. He gave me enough horse to work with today.”FLAVIEN PRAT, ENTRECHAT, THIRD: “We had a good trip. It was the first time at this distance, so it was a little bit tough. I think she needs to get more experience, she was a little bit green, so for her this was a good race.”TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

Powerful ‘EverGlow’ charity project raises €4,250

first_imgA Christmas charity campaign has raised an incredible €4,250 to support services for parents who suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth.The EverGlow Project by Christmas Spirit LK was launched in 2018 to raise awareness of miscarriage via a powerful video.The heartbreaking film brought the silent grief of miscarriage to the fore. It made a large impact online, with over 100,000 people watching the Donegal-made production. EverGlow, directed by Charlie Doherty and starring local actors Jason Daly and Eavan Hennessy, charts the raw experience of a young couple who fall pregnant and must tragically deal with a miscarriage.Watch the film below:A fundraising campaign was linked to the video for anyone who was moved by the subject and wanted to support women and couples in grief.A donation of €3,250 has been made to the Gynaecology Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital to help toward a special local project. Pete Rose from Christmas Spirit LK presenting a cheque to staff of LUH Gynecology UnitA second donation of €1,000 will be made to Nurture Health, an Irish counselling and training support service for women and partners dealing with difficulties with conception, pregnancy and childbirth.Money donated to Nurture Health will be used to start a special first of its kind hardship fund for couples and people who have suffered the loss of a child.This is the second successful Christmas Spirit LK campaign, led by local man Pete Rose. The goodwill project has raised almost €12,000 for local charities in the past six years.Powerful ‘EverGlow’ charity project raises €4,250 was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:christmas spirit LKdonationeverglowlast_img read more

Jon Gruden is drooling over this wide receiver at the combine

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Jon Gruden saw a picture of D.K. Metcalf without a shirt on and wanted to hit the gym himself.Metcalf is chiseled beyond belief, reportedly recorded this week with a 1.6 body fat percentage while weighing 228 pounds. He’s gone viral on social media because of a shirtless gym picture, and Gruden said Metcalf is the biggest wide receiver he’s ever seen. He tied Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry with the most bench press reps (27) among wide receivers on Friday, and only two others …last_img

New guide celebrates Africa’s cuisine users are often surprised to learn how sophisticated the local culinary scene is.(Image: iKapa Tours) CEO Teresa Clarke, left, and Chef Benny Masekwameng are optimistic that the new restaurant guide will help African cuisine claim its place in the spotlight.(Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Talia Harrison sales development  +27 84 400 2159 RELATED ARTICLES • A taste of SA in New York • Help street kids the responsible way • SA restaurant tops in food Oscars • Dash of Zulu in the heart of London • Culinary graduates steak their claimJanine ErasmusWith about five-million page views per month, online portal is perfectly positioned to put the continent’s culinary industry into the global spotlight – and with its newly launched restaurant guide it’s going to do just that.African cuisine is colourful, diverse and cultured, and is a largely unexplored aspect of the continent that offers a refreshing alternative to game drives and extreme adventures.The restaurant guide was launched in Johannesburg on 7 March 2013 with South Africa as the first country on the list. It was developed in response to questions from users, says CEO and chairperson Teresa Clarke.“Most of our users are visitors from overseas who are interested in travel, and they are often surprised at how sophisticated the South African culinary scene is,” says Clarke. “They enjoy learning about new opportunities to experience the country’s best, and we’ve noticed that some of our top performing articles are those that, for instance, talk about a new restaurant in the Winelands.”South African food has absorbed numerous influences over the years, from French Huguenot, Dutch and British colonists to Malays to Indians and the land’s indigenous residents. Conservative foodies can sample anything overseas restaurants have to offer including hamburgers, sushi, pizza, pasta and carvery, and the brave ones can taste more exotic local fare such as mopane worms, crocodile steaks, ostrich fillets and kudu sausage.In major cities there is everything to choose from – Vietnamese, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Moroccan, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Brazilian, and more.Now it’s time for that vibrant cuisine to shine around the world.Stephen Billingham, president of the South African Chefs Association, and part of the three-member culinary council, says the guide is targeted at the discerning international traveller who expects excellence and value for money.“These people will now be guided straight to local establishments that offer the same quality found in New York, London or Singapore,” he launched in 2010 and is considered the fastest growing Africa-focused website, claiming some two-million international monthly visitors from over 200 countries. With categories ranging from arts and culture and tourism to news and a recently created business travel section, the overseas traveller to Africa will find all the right information no matter which of the continent’s 54 countries he or she is visiting.Africa offers world-class fine dining, but visibility is important and exposure on will provide that, and will help travellers to plan their visits more efficiently by screening restaurants before they leave home. Best of the bestThe guide offers restaurants graded in three tiers. The platinum establishments are the crème de la crème­, those that offer an exceptional dining experience. They are followed by the gold tier, which offers culinary excellence, and the bronze tier which offer solid choices for casual dining.Restaurants are rated according to their service, quality of the food, wine list, general ambience and value for money.Four restaurants, two from Gauteng and two from KwaZulu-Natal, were singled out for platinum status at the launch. There are also four in the Western Cape which have yet to be announced.The restaurants are Five Hundred at the Saxon and dw eleven-13, both in Johannesburg, and Ile Maurice and the restaurant at Hartford House, both in KwaZulu-Natal.“We know we made the right choices,” says Benny Masekwameng, a member of the culinary council and a Masterchef South Africa judge. “We need to let people know what we can do. There’s a lot that’s said about our country in terms of other attractions, and now our industry has the chance to reach a wider audience around the world.”Masekwameng says the country has top-notch culinary talent, but that talent needs a platform such as Masterchef and now, the restaurant guide.All the qualifying restaurants were announced at the launch, and those achieving platinum also received a plaque which they can display with pride.“ is the definitive address for information on the continent,” says the culinary council’s third member Richard Harden, who publishes a highly regarded guide to restaurants in the UK, “and we expect the restaurant guide will become the obvious choice for diners in Africa.”“What better way for a restaurant to get expert advice on what people want?” says Masekwameng. “From the top traveller with money to spend to average tourists, the list caters for everyone. But you need to make sure that your establishment delivers – it’s all about consistency and keeping the reputation you’ve built.” How is the list compiled?“We take nominations from our visitors,” says Clarke. “Based on that, our South African staff goes around and visits the recommended restaurants, who know nothing of the exercise.”Establishments have to earn their place – there is no paying for a spot on this list – so the results are objective and transparent.Once a rating has been achieved, the restaurant will be reviewed every four months to ensure that it upholds the required standard and that is aware of the latest developments.Kenya will soon be the second country featured in the guide.“There are some great restaurants there,” says Clarke. “Many of them are still finding their feet, but they’re coming along. Most are in Nairobi, so look out for them on our list.”last_img read more

All of Us Can Make a Difference

first_imgBlog post written by Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-ExtensionToday I heard a radio program on how each and every one of us can make a difference in someone’s life. This seems impossible as we are bombarded with stories of war, terrorism, families in crisis, political conflicts, and other negative things happening in our communities and around the world. Katherine Fritz was on the radio program and she shared fifteen things I could do when the world feels like a terrible place.Katherine’s list can be found at, 15 Things You Can Do When the World Feels Like a Terrible Place. A few of her suggestions were giving clothing to the needy, sending a note to someone who has influenced you and let them know you are thinking of them, and leaving an extra-large tip to someone who serves you such as a waitress, the paper boy, etc. Her list made me realize that I could make a difference in the people’s lives with whom I interact.So I experimented to see what would happen if I did little things and reached out to others with kindness. I consciously made an effort to smile at people I didn’t know while at the grocery store, make a friendly comment to the store clerk, and let my husband’s doctor’s nurse know how much we appreciated her responding to our questions and requests. Those people I reached out to responded with a smile, a nice comment or said thank you and really meant it.It was amazing that I felt better for reaching out to them and it put me in a more positive frame of mind. I thought about how sometimes I get wrapped up in my own world of caregiving and develop a “poor me” attitude. When I have the “poor me” attitude I have a tendency to be negative and my temper is short. Basically, I’m not a happy person. When I am mindful about being positive, I find myself looking for ways to be kind. I am more likely to reach out to others. It’s as if I am on a mission to see if I can get a smile out of others, and as a result people respond positively to me.It reminds me of a high school graduation I attended years ago. The speaker focused on each of the graduates being a little above average in every facet of their lives and how that would not only improve their life but also make the world a better place to live. If I try to be above average in my efforts to reach out to others, I am emotionally healthier. Since I’m emotionally healthier I experience less stress, which allows me to have more patience and be a better listener.With the New Year vastly upon us, I’m making a New Year’s resolution to be “above average” in reaching out to others and to do the little things that will make someone smile! I hope you will join me in being “above average” in reaching out to others so together we can make a difference in the life of the person we are caring for and also in the lives of others we don’t know.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 18, 2015.last_img read more

ISL: Ferran Corominas hat-trick helps FC Goa defeat 10-man Bengaluru FC

first_imgA sublime hat-trick by Spanish striker Ferran Corominas lifted FC Goa to a 4-3 victory over Bengaluru FC in a thrilling Indian Super League (ISL) season four encounter at the Fatorda Stadium here on Thursday.FC Goa opened the scoring through Ferran Corominas in the 16th minute.The Spanish forward latched on to the loose ball around the centre circle before dribbling past the Bengaluru FC defensive line to slot the ball into the back of the net.The goal evoked a quick response from the visitors.Just five minutes later, a lofted ball through by Erik Paartalu found Miku inside the box. The midfielder drilled his shot past goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani to level the scoreline.Sergio Lobera’s men regained the lead at the half-hour mark.Manuel Lanzarote floated deep ball from a free kick, found Bruno Pinheiro, who headed it down for Corominas to do the rest.Then, Bengaluru FC suffered a double whammy in the 36th minute that completely changed the complexion of the game.Some sloppy passing deep inside their own half forced Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh into making a challenge at Lanzarote which he managed well.But his violent reaction afterward earned him red card and Goa were awarded a penalty.Lanzarote picked himself up to double the advantage from the spot for FC Goa.Two goals down and a man short, Bengaluru FC looked done and dusted at this stage.But Albert Roca’s men staged a quick comeback in the second-half.Paartalu’s thumping header from a corner in 57th minute cut down Goa’s lead to just one. Three minutes later, Bengaluru were back on level terms.advertisementThis time, it was Spanish midfielder Miku’s turn to bamboozle FC Goa’s defense before finishing off with a Messi like chip over the goalkeeper.However, Bengaluru FC’s fairytale comeback story was cut short by Corominas.In the 63rd minute, Lanzarote again turned provider. His well-weighted through ball put the forward one on one with Bengaluru’s replacement goalkeeper Abhra Mondal to seal all three points for the home side.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Neymar has spent an astonishing 14 minutes on the ground

first_imgAfter a shaky start to their World Cup 2018 campaign, Brazil have recovered impressively as they registered convincing 2-0 win over Mexico to cruise into the quarter-finals.Their impressive run, however, has been overshadowed by the debate over Neymar’s play acting.And now a Swiss TV station has come up with the minutes the forward has spent down on the ground. According to RT Sport, the PSG striker has 14 minutes on the deck throughout the World Cup.According to the report, Neymar was down for five minutes and 29 seconds total in the match against Mexcio. The biggest interruption in the match came in the 72nd minute when he writhed about after Mexican Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle.The incident was clearly meant to wind Neymar up, and Layun was lucky to escape punishment.But he didn’t look to have put pressure on Neymar’s leg, and the player’s delayed and exaggerated response was the subject of heated debate, especially coming after similarly petulant displays in earlier matches.Even fans who appreciate Neymar’s unquestionable brilliance have been turned off by the antics of a player who too often comes across as spoilt and immature.Neymar has the lowest pain threshold of any player in World Cups since Opta stats began.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 2, 5 (@Ferrari_SEB5) July 5, 2018Im sure he can triple that amount in the remaining games. What a blight on the record of an otherwise talented player.Robert E Baillie (@RobertEBaillie2) July 5, 2018All sorted !! Darley (@13darlo) July 5, 2018After he dived in a bid to win a penalty against Costa Rica in Brazil’s second match, Tostao, a striker in the legendary 1970 World Cup-winning side, encouraged coach Tite to have a heart-to-heart with the player and “demand that he stop with the fits, the complaining, the arguing and the faking.”The opprobrium heaped on the 26-year old has prompted a counter-reaction from fans, who, with some justification, believe Neymar is more sinned against than sinner.You should be protecting him instead of criticizing him, he’s the most fouled…GHEORGHE NAVIT (@navit1) July 5, 2018Such a haters hahahaha….Neymar is freaking awesomeDaniela Rocha (@danibignati) July 5, 2018He has been fouled 23 times so far in the tournament, more than Uruguayan duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani combined.Meanwhile, Brazil coach Tite has defended his player over the criticism.”I’ve already talked about Neymar and I’ve been very specific about what happened,” Tite said. “You should look at the videos. All you have to do is look at the images.””What makes me happy is to have him playing at his best. It’s not just with the ball, it’s not just dribbling. There are actions, there are transitions, defensive transitions and if you look, you see how much he has contributed.”The former Barcelona player will be back on the pitch on Friday as Brazil will take on Belgium in the quarter-finals.last_img read more