Sinj and Nin winners of the Innovation Award of the EDEN network for 2018

first_imgAs part of the general assembly of members of the EDEN network, which was held in Brussels, the winners were announced Innovative EDEN awards for 2018.Thus, Sinj won first place in the category “Exceptional offer of cultural tourism“, While Nin won second place in the same category. The awards were presented by Xavier Lechien, President of the EDEN Association, and was received on behalf of Nin by the Director of the Tourist Board of Nin, Marija Dejanovic, while the award was received on behalf of Sinj by Senka Daniel, Head of the Department for Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Tourism.”It is a great honor and pleasure to receive the award from the presidency of the EDEN network, which has recognized the cultural and tourist offer of Nin, and which is so attractive that it attracts visitors and tourists all year round. Nin has already been awarded so far, in 2013, when it received the award for the most innovative use of the EDEN logo, while this year’s award is an additional wind in the back. Membership in the EDEN network is really important for Nin, which develops promotion related to natural heritage and creates new forms of tourism related to ecological and sustainable tourism. We pay great attention to the cultural heritage and its promotion, and the won award is a confirmation of that”, said the director of the Tourist Board Nina Marija Dejanovic.The EDEN Network Association is supported by the European Commission and brings together winners and finalists of European destinations of excellence from all over Europe, and within the network competitions are held continuously among members. The EDEN network was launched in 2007 and today consists of 71 destinations from 23 countries. It is the most active professional network of non-traditional and lesser-known destinations for sustainable tourism in Europe. Members of the EDEN network from Croatia are Bjelovar, Nin, Sinj and the Northern Velebit National ParkRelated news:DESTINATION “VUKOVAR – VUČEDOL – ILOK” DECLARED “EUROPEAN DESTINATION OF EXCELLENCE” (EDEN) NIN AS A LEADER OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPS A NEW TOURIST PRODUCT – BIRDWATCHING TOURISMlast_img read more

Two in race for high-speed concession

first_imgINTRO: Next month is due to see the selection of a preferred bidder for a build-operate-transfer concession to build Taiwan’s long-planned Taipei – Kaohsiung high speed line. The government hopes to have the 340 km route open by 2003BYLINE: Dr Ching-Lung LiaoDirector General, Bureau of Taiwan High Speed RailWITH A population of 21·3 million crammed into a land area of less than 36000 km2, the island of Taiwan has long been an economic powerhouse of the Far East region. Around 95% of the population lives in the western coastal plains, which stretch from Taipei in the north to Kaohsiung in the south. The coastal belt is served by Taiwan Railway Administration’s main line, electrified in the early 1980s, but steadily growing traffic and overcrowding on the parallel motorway are signals that something better is needed.For the past decade, planning has been under way for a 340 km high-speed line linking the 10 principal cities in western Taiwan. Studies suggest that ridership will be around 200000 passengers/day at opening in 2003, rising to 292000 per day by 2010. The government has now made a substantive decision to build the line, and a preferred consortium to carry out the work is due to be selected next month. The line has been designed as a purely passenger route, with conventional steel wheel on rail technology. The guideway will be aligned for a maximum of 350 km/h. To reduce land severance, over 75% will be built on viaduct, with the remainder a mix of bored tunnel, cut-and-cover, and embankment.Trains will be able to run at headways down to 4min during the 2h peak periods morning and evening. Each train must have a minimum capacity of 800 seats, and a basic service offering no less than 300000 seats per day is required. Running time for the 340 km Taipei – Kaohsiung journey is envisaged as 90min for express services with a single 3min intermediate stop at Taichung. Regular trains will take 120min, including 2min stops at four selected intermediate stations.The total project cost is approximately US$17bn, of which 44% will be allocated to civil works, 19% to the ’core system’ (rolling stock, signalling, catenary and power supply), 16% to land acquisition, 4% to trackwork, and 3% to stations (Fig 1).Following the global trend of privatising state-owned enterprises and transferring investment projects into the private sector to relieve financial burdens on government, the high speed line has been chosen as the first transport infrastructure project in Taiwan to be implemented using the Build-Operate-Transfer model. To make the scheme commercially viable, the government will be responsible for acquiring land, and will assign property development rights around the stations to the concessionaire. Three-part BOT concessionIn fact, the government will grant three parallel rights to the concessionaire. The first is the right to finance, build and operate the high-speed line itself, running from the northern depot site at Hsichih, northeast of Taipei, to Kaohsiung, including stations, depots, maintenance bases, and related facilities. This concession will run for 35 years from contract signing, providing periods for construction and operation.A second concession gives the promoter the right to conduct ancillary businesses as approved by the government. In principle, this will run for the same period as the main concession, but is negotiable. The third right is for the concessionaire to develop property at the stations and maintenance bases, including interchange facilities, car parks, retail plazas, green areas, and other real estate development. The government will adjust the development rights to reflect the scope of work and level of investment proposed by the winning bidder, but the concession period will not be longer than 50 years from the takeover of the land.Following the decision to go ahead with the project, the former Provisional Engineering Office of High Speed Rail was renamed the Bureau of Taiwan High Speed Rail, and authorised to start land acquisition for the route.BOTHSR’s major task at present is to evaluate bids for the BOT concession and select the best applicant. The evaluation process has been divided into two phases, with the first task being to identify prequalified applicants. Two private groups, China Development Corp and Taiwan High Speed Rail Consortium, submitted proposals based on Japanese shinkansen and European TGV and ICE technology respectively. Both organisations passed the Phase 1 review and were formally prequalified on February 22 1997.During Phase 2, intensive meetings were held between BOTHSR and the two groups, to discuss and clarify various investment terms and the rights and liabilities between the government and the private investors. This period finished at the end of June, after which BOTHSR issued on July 15 a set of ’Supplementary Documents of Instructions to Application’. These are the basis for the two groups to draft their investment proposals, and for subsequent contractual negotiations between BOTHSR and the preferred bidder. Final investment proposals were due to be submitted by the end of August, and the selection of the preferred bidder will be made by the Ministry of Transportation & Communications by November 30 1997.Partnership agreementThe partnership between the government and the BOT concessionaire will be based on a complex investment arrangement, government will be directly responsible for about 28% of the total project cost, the BOT concessionaire for at least 40% of the total, and the remainder will be funded by the government but implemented by the concessionaire.The government will be responsible for handling and funding directly all land acquisition (approximately 1200 ha for the new line and 93ha for station area developments). It will manage the civil works for the underground section between Nankang and Panchiao in the Taipei metropolitan area, excluding trackwork and E&M facilities. The government will also be responsible for administration and supervision.Other than these three areas, the BOT concessionaire is free to include all other works within the scope of its investment proposals. Anything not included in the proposal will be treated as ’remainder’ works – which is primarily expected to cover civil works for construction of the guideway; this will be funded by the government but managed by the concessionaire.The actual works to be included in the BOT investment will be finalised as part of the bidding negotiation and selection process, but the following items shall be included as a minimum:last_img read more

Arsene Wenger calls on referee Mike Dean to look again at Diego Costa antics

first_img Press Association Arsene Wenger has called on Mike Dean to review Diego Costa’s actions in Arsenal’s 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as the Football Association awaits the referee’s report into a feisty game where the Chelsea striker was the main protagonist. Dean will file his report by Monday and the FA will decide whether Costa should face retrospective action and a possible three-match ban. “(Dean) let it go and I don’t know why,” Wenger said. “I would like Mike Dean to look at the whole action that happened during the game and see if he stands for his decision. “You have a fourth official, you have a linesman, the referee and they talk all game. They can tell you and they know Diego Costa. He is not a newcomer. “It is surprising. If I am a referee and I referee Diego Costa, I do not send somebody off quickly if he responds to it because you know he has been well provoked.” Wenger, though, did not condone Gabriel, who was sent off for reacting to Costa’s taunts, insisting even if a player is spat at he must keep his cool. Gabriel became involved after Costa grappled with Laurent Koscielny, pushing the defender in the face with his hands before catching him with a flailing arm. “You have to be above that,” Wenger added. The match officials should have been aware of Costa’s reputation during his first 14 months in the Premier League, says Wenger, but statistics show the striker did not commit a foul in the match. The Gunners boss rebuked Dean for allowing the running feud between Costa and Gabriel to continue before the Arsenal defender saw red. “To be professional, to me, is to deal with that. You can spit in my face and if it’s in a game then I will not respond. I do not guarantee that outside of the game. “The desire to win has to be above all of that.” Arsenal have been accused of having a soft underbelly in recent seasons and part of Wenger was pleased to see that his team would not be intimidated. “We are equipped to respond but we always have to keep control of our response,” he said. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho chastised Gabriel for losing “emotional control”, insisting Costa kept his. Mourinho said: “Of course. That’s (the opinion of) people that don’t have the same opinion as I have. “When you work the way he did, his movement, his creation. He was fantastic. “The opponents have to keep emotional control, because to play against an attacking player that is aggressive, that goes to every ball, that fights for every ball, that is physical, it’s difficult.” Costa is “loved” by his team-mates and “trains like he plays – fantastic”, says Mourinho, who insists his players maintain control in opposition to the striker in training. Mourinho refused to say if Costa would rile him in opposition, saying it is challenging to play against Wayne Rooney, Christian Benteke, Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain. “But it’s because of these players that football is what football is and (there is) so much passion around, because they create passion,” Mourinho added. Had results gone against them Chelsea could have been bottom of the table on Saturday evening. Mourinho said: “I knew the teams had two points and we had four. “But I am not worried about that. I don’t believe in December we are fighting (to avoid) relegation.” Mourinho is looking for a third straight win at Walsall on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup Chelsea won in March, with Costa poised to be rested. Radamel Falcao is slated to start alongside John Terry. Mourinho maintains Arsenal have the squad to be champions after taking his record against Wenger to 15 played, one defeat. After successive losses – to Dinamo Zagreb and then Chelsea – Arsenal play at Tottenham in the League Cup on Wednesday. Wenger said: “It’s true that we played the last two games with 10 men in the second half and I hope we play one with 11 v 11. “(But) it’s another derby and that’s not guaranteed as well.” last_img read more

Facebook’s EdgeRank Changes: A U.K. Company Claims They’re Killing Small Businesses

first_imgA U.K. company that makes an app to help charities raise money says it may need some charity of its own, after nearly being run out of business because of changes to how Facebook lets it connect with its fans.The makers of Charity Engine grabbed the vanity Facebook URL as soon as it became available in January 2010, even though its product was still far from being launched. The company used Facebook to explain the product, which offers computer users prizes to use idle time to raise money for causes, to prospect for users and to alert those fans as soon as it was launched.Through most of 2010 the company placed advertisements in Facebook and its fan base quickly grew.“By November we had over 100,000 fans from all over the world and we’d never even posted to the page,” CEO Mark McAndrew said. “As Charity Engine needed just 10K users to be viable, and cost nothing to download, this was hugely exciting.”Now, however, Charity Engine is claiming rapid changes to how Facebook’s EdgeRank promotes posts are threatening its very existence. Charity Engine can’t contact its Facebook fans with any degree of certainty to let them know the product has launched unless it pays for a promoted post, something it says it can no longer afford to do because its Facebook marketing strategy backfired.Facebook has yet to respond to requests for comment, but last month, when similar allegations were raised, Facebook defended how it presents brands’ posts to their Facebook page. At the time, the company essentially blamed brands for not creating engaging content, which is ultimately seen by fewer users.“If a brand is continually putting up low-quality content that no one is engaging with, that content is going to be optimized out of the Newsfeed,” a company employee said at the time.Sinking Engagement LevelsCharity Engine’s excitement over the initial response to its Facebook page was short-lived. As the company started making wall posts, the engagement was about one-in-500 responses from fans. On its long-anticipated launch day, Charity Engine found that Facebook had ditched group messaging, meaning, on average, just 12% of their fans would even see any post on its wall (including posts promoting the launch). And, in reality, McAndrew said, the number was closer to 5%.“Facebook actively prevents sharing with the argument that EdgeRank is a useful and friendly filter, only letting the most-wanted content get through,” McAndrew said. “With fans worldwide, we knew our wall post wouldn’t be seen by everyone, but now we knew it hadn’t even been sent to everyone. How many had never received it?”In those days, before Facebook started offering paid, promoted posts, the company’s answer was simple: create more engaging content and EdgeRank would score that content more highly, meaning more people would see Charity Engine’s posts. Charity Engine started producing non-commercial content designed to engage fans. But McAndrew said no matter what they posted, engagement continued to plummet.McAndrew said his team started talking with Facebook directly. They took solace in the fact that, at the very least, they could send messages directly to followers, although the process was more tedious than simply posting it on the fan page. Then last year Facebook said it was suspending the ability for brands to directly message fans. At the same time, McAndrew said there were other problems, including an analysis of the brand’s followers that found about one in five of Charity Engine’s likes were from dead or fake accounts. Conversion and click-through rates were “terrible.”McAndrew said in hindsight, his firm probably should not have invested its entire marketing budget in Facebook. But the early successes led the team to believe the giant social network was the best method for reaching potential users. By January, when it was set to award its first prize, Charity Engine had just 1,300 users, well below the 10,000 the firm needed to remain viable.False Hope In Promoted Posts“We cancelled our advertising and complained to Facebook customer services, an experience not unlike writing several letters to Santa Claus and throwing them down a well,” McAndrew said. “But, eventually, our prayers were answered – fan pages would be given the ability to ‘promote’ their posts (for a fee, of course) to fully 75% of their fans! The page wasn’t a write-off at all, we would still be able to contact them.”McAndrew said that sounded like a bait-and-switch marketing ploy, but he also felt stuck: The company had spent more than two years building up its Facebook page and followers. The relief promoted posts brought was short-lived: by the time the service was rolled out to Charity Engine, McAndrew was told it would cost up to $4,500 per post. Had he known how much promoted posts would have cost ahead of time, McAndfrew said, he would have spent the money on a half-page ad in the New York Times, which is what he estimates his company has spent on Facebook advertising to date.Meanwhile, the number of fans seeing posts on Charity Engine’s Facebook page has continued to drop to less than 1%.“Tried demanding a refund, threatening to go public or delete the page, even pleaded with them to not basically put us under – and offered to share a software patent they could have used,” McAndrew said. “Nada.”Charity Engine’s solution? It’s giving up on Facebook. On Friday it posted a message to its fans saying just 0.3% of its followers were now seeing its posts because it wouldn’t pay as much as $4,500 to promote each post.“Have we shown you our Google+ profile…? ;)” the post concluded. 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