first_imgThe Decree amending the Decree on the procedure, manner and conditions for obtaining a concession on tourist land in camps co-owned by the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette, No. 31/2020) entered into force on 19 March 2020. Due to the emergency situation related to the coronavirus epidemic, the Decree amending the Decree on the procedure, manner and conditions for obtaining a concession on tourist land in camps co-owned by the Republic of Croatia postpones the collection of concession fee on tourist land in camps co-owned by the Republic of Croatia until 30. November 2020 with the aim of mitigating the first financial blow to the tourism sector, and to ensure the time needed to analyze the damage and possibly take further measures to stabilize the tourism sector and retain jobs. The measure applies to companies performing tourist activity on the basis of an application for a concession in the co-owned part of the Republic of Croatia for the use of the camp, in accordance with Article 8 paragraph 1 of the Act on Tourist and Other Construction Land not assessed in the conversion and privatization process (Official Gazette 92) / 10). The aim of the amendment is to mitigate the financial impact on tourist companies that perform tourist activities in camps on land co-owned by the Republic of Croatia. The Ministry of Tourism, as the implementing body, will continue with the activities of determining the amount of the concession fee and will inform the taxpayers about the amount of the permanent and variable part of the concession fee whose payment has been postponed until November 30, 2020. For all information on the implementation of this measure, contact the Ministry of Tourism at the e-mail address [email protected] Side dish: Decree amending the Decree on the procedure, manner and conditions for obtaining a concession on tourist land in camps co-owned by the Republic of Croatia Photo: Valamarlast_img read more

first_imgYesterday’s early dismissal of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite lifted the spirit in the Jamaica Scorpions camp and now they have a fighting chance of topping the visitors in their West Indies Cricket Board Regional First-Class match at Sabina Park.Brathwaite lasted just an additional nine minutes and 11 balls on yesterday’s second day before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton off the bowling of spinner Nikita Miller without adding to his overnight score.With Brathwaite gone, the rest of the Barbados Pride batting struggled against Miller and they were dismissed for 217 in their first innings.The Scorpions, who scored 177 in their first innings, then ended on 22 for two at the close, 18 runs in arrears, after rain forced the abandonment of some of the second and all of the third session of play.”Overnight, I was thinking about it I was thinking I have to get rid of Kraigg early in the morning as he is the person his team basically bats around,” stated Miller, who, in another outstanding spell of left-arm spin bowling, finished with eight for 67.”The plan, therefore, was to go hard at him and get him out, and it worked. I am happy for the team,” said Miller, who extended his lead atop the tournament’s bowling charts to 56.Meanwhile, looking at the state of the game, which is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. today, Miller said the Scorpions remain hopeful.DRIVING SEAT”I think Barbados are in the driving seat now,” he said. “We are still in the negative and need to get a lead before we lose anymore wickets.”Brathwaite, meanwhile, whose overnight partner Royston Chase, after resuming on nine went on to score a 53, said with the wicket good for spin bowling, he will be looking to his spinners in Jamaica’s second innings.”Our batting did not do as well as we had expected as, from day one, the pitch has been taking some spin and is not an easy wicket to bat on,” he said.”Jamaica also have an experienced bowler such as Miller, who kept it tight.”But we have some spinners that can come into play, and once we can string those dot-balls and build pressure, I think we will come out on top.”Other scores:At the National Cricket Centre, Trinidad and Tobago: Leeward Islands Hurricanes 225 all out; Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 264 for six.At Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia: Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 216; Guyana Jaguars 310 for seven.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings 177PRIDE 1st Innings(overnight 103 for three)*K. Brathwaite st Walton b Miller 66R. Chase c wkp Walton b Miller 53+S. Dowrich lbw b McCarthy 5K. Stoute lbw b Miller 17J. Greaves c and b Miller 14J. Warrican lbw b Miller 3H. Walsh Jr c Campbell b McCarthy 22M Cummins not out 8Extras (b1, nb8) 9TOTAL (all out, 83.3 overs) 217Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-58, 3-71, 4-108, 5-113, 6-134, 7-162, 8-166, 9-199, 10-217.Bowling: Dawes 12-3-39-0 (nb4), Gordon 7-1-18-0 (nb4), D Thomas 2-0-20-0, Miller 37-11-67-8, Jacobs 11-3-28-0, Campbell 9-1-27-0, McCarthy 5.3-1-17-2.SCORPIONS 2nd InningsS. Thomas c Brathwaite b Warrican 5*J. Campbell not out 10K. Edwards c Chase b Warrican 2A. McCarthy not out 5TOTAL (2 wkts, 12 overs) 22Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-10.Bowling: Warrican 6-2-10-2, Cummins 2-0-3-0, Chase 4-0-9-0.Position: Scorpions trail by 18 runs overall.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: Christopher Wright, Nigel Duguid.last_img read more

first_imgD-V: No. 2 Del Norte 41 No. 7 Alhambra 6Chase Blackburn scored four touchdowns — all on the ground — and Del Norte picked up a 41-6 win over visiting Alhambra in the first-round of the North Coast Section Division-V playoffs, Friday night in Crescent City.Blackburn had 195 rushing yards in the win as well.Del Norte held Alhambra to 0 total yards of offense in the first-half.Quarterback O.J. Calleja threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kaleb Price in the win while Kobe Mitchell added a 6-yard …last_img read more

first_img51; It’s been fifty years since the first scientific paper suggested listening in on the stellar radio dial for signs of intelligence.1  Nature celebrated the occasion with two articles and an Editorial that said,2 “Despite the long odds against success, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence has come a long way.”    SETI sure has come a long way in hardware and software.  The new Allen Telescope Array, described in another Nature article,3 can sweep hundreds of millions of radio frequencies simultaneously – a huge advance over the first eavesdropping attempt in 1960 that listened to only one radio channel.  But hardware alone cannot justify a scientific endeavor.  Alchemists used the best techniques and equipment available for centuries.  Surprisingly, Nature noted that SETI is “arguably not a falsifiable experiment,” and has long been “on the edge of mainstream astronomy,” because “no matter how scientifically rigorous its practitioners try to be, SETI can’t escape an association with UFO believers and other such crackpots.”  The justification for continuing the search, Nature’s editors suggested, lies elsewhere – in “the enormous implications if it did succeed.”  The implications of SETI are greater than those of astrobiology (which would be content to find unicellular life).  A SETI success would bring to us all the implications of “finding other thinking creatures like ourselves.”  (Presumably, evidence for thinking beings like God or angels, no matter how well founded, is automatically excluded.)    In another Nature op-ed piece, Fred Kaplan recounted the history of SETI.4  (He used the unfortunate word “cohabitants” for the other sentient beings we might discover.)  The glorious 50 years of technical advances are told against the seemingly-futile ambitions of the early searches – with snippets of the Drake equation, famous science fiction novels, and the founding of the SETI Institute – but a callout quote keeps the reader near reality: “In the 50 years since the search began, nothing has been heard.”  Could he justify the search as science, then?  He passed that hot potato to Jill Tarter: “She likens the nay-sayers to someone who dips an eight-ounce glass into the ocean, brings it up empty, and concludes that the oceans have no fish.”    Understandable as that logic sounds, it still does not offer a basis for calling SETI a scientific quest.  There needs to be some foundation for expecting success, and a metric for falsification.  How many eight-ounce glass dips into the ocean would be sufficient?  A well-chosen sample might answer the question about fish in one attempt.  With hundreds of millions of samples collected from space already, is a final answer within reach, or will continued attempts amount to trying to explain away the negatives endlessly?1.  Giuseppe Cocconi and Phillip Morrison, “Searching for Interstellar Communications,” Nature 19 Sept. 1959.2.  Editorial, “SETI at 50,” Nature 461, 316 (17 September 2009) | doi:10.1038/461316a.3.  Eric Hand, “Ear to the universe starts listening,” Nature 461, 324 (Sept 16, 2009) | doi:10.1038/461324a.4.  Fred Kaplan, “An alien concept,” Nature 461, 345-346 (17 September 2009) | doi:10.1038/461345a.Alchemists eventually had to give up, partly because of centuries of failure, and partly because new discoveries about chemistry redirected their energies in more productive paths.  We suggest that astrobiologists and SETI researchers channel their intelligence and energy into more productive paths, too.  They can begin by reading Signature in the Cell and getting excited about the amazing possibilities available by working out the implications of intelligent design at the very core of life.  Maybe they’ll realize that their approach has been using intelligent design concepts anyway (12/03/2005).  Perhaps they will also find that what they have been looking for – a signature of cosmic intelligence – is nearer than they currently imagine.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img25 November 2013Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen claimed his first European Tour title when he captured the South African Open at the Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg on Sunday.“To have the SA Open as my first victory on the European Tour is extremely special,” he said after securing the title. “If you look down the list of names that have won this tournament in the past there are major champions and really great champions all around, so it’s an honour.”‘An amazing feeling’“From the very first time I played in South Africa I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Madsen said. “Obviously when we Europeans come down here it’s tough to compete with South Africans, because they are used to the conditions with the altitude and weather. I always thought I would play pretty well in South Africa, but I didn’t expect to win. It’s an amazing feeling.”Madsen, the first Dane to win the South African Open, closed with a five-under-par 67 for a four-round total of 19-under-par 269, two shots better than Jbe Kruger and Hennie Otto, who went around in seven-under-par 65 and 68 respectively.It was a disappointing final round for one of the tournaments favourites, Charl Schwartzel, who led after three rounds but managed only a one-under 71 in the final round to share fourth place with Italy’s Marco Crespi on 272.Season openerThe event, which was co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour, served as the first tournament on the 2014/European Tour schedule, which meant Madsen vaulted to the top of the Race to Dubai standings. The South African Open is the first of a record eight South African tournaments on the European Tour.Madsen’s previous best result on the Tour was a tie for second earlier this year in the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal. It was also his third top 10 finish in South Africa after he placed fourth in the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa and eighth in the 2013 Tshwane Open.Roller coasterThe 25-year-old Dane was paired with 2011 US Masters champion Schwartzel, South Africa’s highest ranked golfer, for the final round and in the early going it looked like Schwartzel was going to bag his first South African Open victory.He birdied the second, third and fourth holes to move to 18-under-par, but a triple- bogey on the sixth and a double-drop on the tenth dropped him back before he sank three more birdies in a roller coaster last 18 holes. Madsen, meanwhile, was steady throughout and didn’t drop a shot on his way to a five-under-par round.Hennie Otto, the 2011 South African Open champion, looked on his way to a second national open title after four birdies on the front nine and successive birdies from the 12th to the 14th left him with a four-shot lead with four to play. However, a bogey on the 15th and a double-bogey on the 16th undid his good work.Forthcoming tournamentsThree more tournaments, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and European Tour, take place in South Africa within the next month, with the Leopard Creek Country Club hosting the Alfred Dunhill Championship from 28 November to 1 December, the Gary Player Country Club hosting the Nedbank Golf Challenge from 5 to 8 December, and Mount Edgecombe Country Club hosting The Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa from 12 to 15 December.LEADERBOARDMorten Orum Madsen (Den) 269 (-19) 67, 66, 69, 67Jbe Kruger (RSA) 271 (-17) 65, 70, 71, 65Hennie Otto (RSA) 271 (-17) 72, 66, 65, 68Marco Crespi (Ita) 272 (-16) 65, 67, 70, 70Charl Schwartel (RSA) 272 (-16) 67, 65, 69, 71Alejandro Canizares (Esp) 273 (-15) 69, 67, 69, 68Johan Carlsson (Swe) 274 (-14) 69, 70, 68, 67Trevor Fisher jnr (RSA) 274 (-14) 70, 67, 73, 64Warren Abery (RSA) 275 (-13) 68, 71, 68, 68Christiaan Basson (RSA) (-12) 66, 68, 71, 71Garth Mulroy (RSA) (-12) 70, 67, 70, 69last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Microsoft on Tuesday released a patch for a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Office that could allow an attacker to take over your PC – if you do nothing more than preview an RTF file in Outlook.The security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Word 2010, and was part of the normal “Patch Tuesday” update that Microsoft normally issues. The issue can be fixed by going to the Microsoft Update site or manually approving the necessary patch, if your machine has already downloaded it.What makes this particular update critically important is that the exploit allows for an attacker to remotely execute code on an unpatched system. The patch addresses two vulnerabilities. “The more severe vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens or previews a specially crafted RTF file,” Microsoft says. “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.”With most malware, users need to click on a link to either begin a malware download process or visit a malware-loaded website. But in cases like this one, users don’t even need to take that extra step to be vulnerable.What To Do?Fortunately, the vulnerability was disclosed privately to Microsoft, which lessens the possibility that an attack may have already taken place. However, it’s important for Office users to have Microsoft Update turned on, and if not automatically set to update, to at be sure to manually approve the updates as quickly as possible.Users should also not be tempted to run as the administrator. Sure, that level of account access eases hassles by making it easier to  you to manage changes to your machine. But it also makes it easier for malware to get its hooks deep into your system.Apart from this bug, Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday progressed relatively smoothly; six other bulletins address issues in Microsoft Works, SQL Server, SharePoint and Windows. One anomaly is that Microsoft was forced to re-issue several patches, because their specific digital certificates that were generated by Microsoft without the proper timestamp attributes. “While this is not a security issue, because the digital signature on files produced and signed by Microsoft will expire prematurely, this issue could adversely impact the ability to properly install and uninstall affected Microsoft components and security updates,” Microsoft said.On Monday, Microsoft issued a patch for Internet Explorer 10, which comes bundled with Windows 8, because of a vulnerability discovered inside Adobe Flash. Adobe has also seprately released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 11.4.402.278 and earlier versions for Windows, the company said, because it discovered a vulnerability that could cause a crash and cause an attacker to take control of the affected system.Server admins, however, may be forced to deal with a change to Microsoft’s policy toward enforcing RSA key length. The length of the key plays an important role in the cryptographic complexity of the key itself, theoretically making a 512-bit key, for example, easier to crack than a longer 1,024-bit key. On Monday, Microsoft said that it had issued an update to Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and Windows 7 to restrict keys of under 1024 bits.“The private keys used in these certificates can be derived and could allow an attacker to duplicate the certificates and use them fraudulently to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks,” Microsoft said.Image source: Shutterstock/Lightspring. Tags:#Microsoft#security#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img markhachman Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgI know that no matter how well you did this year, you want to perform better next year. If this year was your best year ever, you want to bounce off of that success to an even greater success next year. If this year wasn’t what you wanted—or needed—it to be, then you are right now working on all of the things you are going to change next year to ensure you improve your results.Whether you did poorly or well, you are going to want to change things. In your mind, it’s your job to lead change. Change is the one big lever you have to move all things and produce better results. But before you do, pause and reflect.Over the last three years, how many new initiatives have you started?Of those initiatives, how many of them did you focus on so deliberately, so relentlessly, that you created and captured all of the value that you believed you would?What new competencies did you pursue? Is your team now world class when it comes to those competencies? Which of those competencies are now bearing the fruit of your efforts in a measurable, defendable way?Of the new initiatives and competencies you pursued, how many of them would you recommend or implement if you had it to do over again?Here is the question you need to answer most: Are you really making the changes that you set out to make when you took on those new initiatives, or did they fall by wayside? Did they fail because you were distracted by the urgencies of running the business? Did they fail because you grew bored and apathetic? Or did they fail because you let your team wait you out?Before you decide what you are going to change, it might worth reconsidering re-initiating what you believed to be critical to your success just twelve months ago? It might be worth considering what hasn’t changed, and whether or not it’s really a lacking in some fundamentals that is your real problem.Before you decide what to do next year, it’s worth asking whether or not you wouldn’t be better served by improving all of the things you set out to improve over the last twelve, twenty-four, or thirty-six months. Sometimes the right initiative for next year is to improve what you are already doing instead of changing gears and trying something new.By continually changing form year to year, you aren’t sticking with anything long enough to produce the results you are capable of, and you are teaching your team to wait you out, that you aren’t really serious about your new initiatives.P.S. I know it’s difficult to defend not changing anything. But sometimes what needs to change is the effort you put into dragging your initiative all the way across the line. Kicking and screaming if need be.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed His goals against his old team on Tuesday have already proved historic. The result led Juventus back from a two-goal loss in the first leg for the first time in club history.The victory also helped boost Juventus’ share price on Wednesday morning. The rise was so sharp that trading on it had to be temporarily halted after opening on the Italian Stock Exchange with a 23 percent increase on Tuesday’s closing price.That same stock market had taken a hit three weeks ago, with the club’s share price dropping more than 9 percent after its 2-0 loss in Madrid.Juventus’ presence in the quarterfinals and the manner in which it qualified will also boost its coffers in a way that is hard to quantify: Brand improvement.That is something Juventus has been working on for several years and which included the changing of the club logo and the signing of Ronaldo, which increased its following on social media by tens of millions.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, giving the Italian team the three goals it needed to overturn a 2-0 loss from the first leg.The win earned Juventus a spot in the quarterfinals, worth at least 16 million euros ($18 million) from UEFA and ticket sales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“That’s why Juventus signed me,” said Ronaldo, who has scored 24 goals this season. “I do my job and I’m very happy. It’s been a magical night.”The Portugal forward was brought in to help Juventus finally win the Champions League again after some tough losses to Real Madrid, a team at the time led by none other than Ronaldo. Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, centre left and Cristiano Ronaldo hug at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)TURIN, Italy — If you can’t beat him, buy him.The $131 million that Juventus spent to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid is already paying off on the field and off it.ADVERTISEMENT Peaking at the right time Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This season, Juventus has already received 94 million euros ($106 million) from UEFA and that could rise to almost 130 million ($147 million) if the Italian team wins its third European Cup — and first since 1996.That figure doesn’t include ticket sales. Juventus made a record 5.5 million euros ($6.2 million) on Tuesday from gate receipts, including hospitality. That beat the previous mark of 5 million euros ($5.7 million) from its 2-1 loss to Manchester United earlier in the season.And that will likely be surpassed no matter which team comes to the Allianz Stadium for the quarterfinals.Ronaldo hasn’t had the easiest time off the field after being accused of rape in the United States, but his influence on the field cannot be overestimated.Just look at Real Madrid, which had won the last three Champions League titles with Ronaldo but couldn’t even reach the quarterfinals this year without him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View commentslast_img read more

first_img24May State Rep. Sue Allor: House sends guaranteed savings for Michigan drivers to Governor’s desk Categories: Allor News State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today joined her House colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to deliver significant rate relief for drivers across the state.It’s been forty years since Michigan’s no-fault insurance law was enacted in Michigan, but today the Michigan House approved a landmark plan to fix the state’s auto insurance system, Allor said. The bill, which passed with bi-partisan support, will reduce rates for all Michigan drivers.“The costs associated with auto insurance have skyrocketed since the inception of no-fault and are negatively impacting insureds throughout the state. Insureds have told me that quite often they forgo medication, food, or propane to have money needed for auto insurance,” Allor said after the vote. “Passage of this plan is a step in the right direction to make car insurance more affordable for Michigan families.”The reform plan allows insureds to better determine what they can afford by providing wider variety of options, including choosing the degree of health care coverage that best fits their needs. The options range from as low as fifty thousand dollars coverage to the current, unlimited coverage option. The plan also implements cost controls by requiring a fee schedule for medical costs and greater emphasis on identifying and preventing fraud.“Michigan currently ranks as the state with the costliest car insurance in the country, but these changes will bring relief to thousands of Michiganders,” Allor said.The House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates, 94-15, and will soon be headed to the governor’s desk and is expected to receive her signature.last_img read more