The most difficult part and as the first basis of digitization is to collect all digital databases and data, which Pointers have been quietly and diligently collecting for years. However, connecting all this and taking a step forward is extremely demanding, but Pointers has no doubts about success, and it is the partnership with Gauss Development and their experience and knowledge in it that will make it possible. That is why the decision to partner with Gauss Development is an important step forward, because it is a company that is the best in the global market competition in creating complex and unique software solutions. But the news of the day is that from Pointers they are raising the concept of digital transformation to a much higher level. Namely, Pointers recently signed a Partnership Agreement with the company Gauss Development, which deals with custom software and web digital solutions. That this is a more than relevant new partner is shown by the fact that Gauss Development is ranked on the Deloitte list of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe, for 2016, and as the first in Croatia and 19th in Europe. The product created in Slavonia, in Osijek offers a unique concept that combines AI, AR, VR. Again, we have it all, but we talk too much about empty potential stories, and we deal too little with market development and resources. Do we want a longer tourist season or not? If so, global tourism solutions are there, in our backyard. This means that tourists will be able to experience destinations in a totally new and different way using Pointers. In particular, the beaches on our coast and all other facilities will be displayed to tourists on mobile phones using augmented reality functionality. Through a plastic example, it should look like this. You are in a destination, you turn on the camera function and through it you are shown in real time and space the marks of various points, which are personalized according to your interests. From the direction of movement towards a museum or beach, to all other tourist facilities. “We also want to take a path that offers the digitalization of the economic sector, where the focus is on small producers around the tourist destination and throughout Croatia. This is the ultimate goal of creating long-term sustainable destinations. The goal is not to create tourism that sells only the sun and the sea, the goal is for this growth to drive the growth of small producers of products and services, which are an integral part of tourist demand.”Emphasizes Weinpert. The big news is the entry of Pointers into the USA market Functionality that only the imagination is the limit, and with which our entire coast will experience a new way of presentation that no other tourist destination in the world currently has. “The focus is on Smart tourism solutions, which is not possible without a digitized destination, which they have been persistently building all these years. Now, based on this rich digital database of 15.000 locations along the Adriatic coast, we want to raise digitalization to a much higher level and show what can be done. We want to show in which direction the digitalization of tourism is going. Our goal is Smart solution Croatia, which means that digitized destinations will begin to be offered through AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), which will offer the end user a package package of destinations connecting everything that is digitized, ie. give him an answer to his wishes and requests, in the form of ready-made personalized arrangementsSays Weinpert. One of the leaders in the digital transformation in tourism in Croatia is certainly the company pointers from Osijek, whose project has already been recognized by the World Tourism Organization and well-known destinations around the world, and recently the EU-Startups portal included them in the list of ten Croatian startups to pay attention to in 2019. Last year, Krunoslav Weinpert visited America to get personally acquainted with the entire market. He participated in all Sell workshops of the CNTB and spent the whole year rolling the dice as he learns in this large and demanding market. It was this month that this chapter in the life cycle of Pointers started, all with a clear goal and vision. It is a tourism project aimed at creating a personalized digital application, which is a kind of guide and brings information about beaches, events, gastronomic offer, entertainment, nightlife, cycling routes, free WiFi hotspots, information for boaters, cultural and natural heritage and dr. The application is also enriched with photos, videos, recordings of VR360 and offers all relevant information and events in one place. Or simply, the whole tourist offer in the palm of one hand. What the partnership brings to Pointers, reveals Krunoslav Weinpert, founder and owner of Pointers, who points out that after four years of work, it was decided that Pointers needs stronger IT support at a much higher level. “Negotiations on cooperation lasted several months, and in the end of the process we got to know each other very well and actually realized that the best solution is to start together as partners. What I can immediately confirm as a result of our partnership is how Pointers will now offer augmented reality to its current and future partnersWeinpert points out. “Students of one faculty from America worked on Pointers’ entry into the American market, and a very high-quality business plan was made. I think we can take part of the big American market, especially through the functionalities we will offer, and we will be the leader in that segment. The trend and focus is on individual customized travel, and today’s concept of travel agencies will hardly be able to meet the demands of global markets in the future. And this is where we see our niche, on personalized travel, and the first prerequisite for that is precisely the digitization of the tourist destinations we are working on. We can present ourselves in any market, American or Chinese market, precisely because we will be able to respond to the requests of individual touristsWeinpert pointed out. It’s crazy not to jump into this story. The madness is that our tourism is late again and reacts poorly. It will soon announce many other functionalities that they plan to launch, Weinpert points out and concludes that the direction of development of Pointers is to be one of the recognizable global tourism brands. Again, we can be proud of our intelligence and top solutions, which are globally competitors, in fact, can be leaders in their segment. The only question is whether we will embrace them and use them through implementation in our tourism and be leaders in it or whether such companies and individuals will continue to develop their products in markets where they are desirable and sought after goods. The digital transformation of tourism is no longer a trend, but an imperative. Those who understand this grow and develop, while others stagnate. In Croatia, we can boast of excellent companies that offer a variety of innovative digital and technological solutions that are globally competitive, and we can rightly be a leader in digital transformation in tourism.
Share 191 Views 4 comments Share Share Tweet LocalNews Dominica did not sign communiqué to expel USAID – Ambassador Henderson by: – June 25, 2012 Sharing is caring! Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince HendersonDominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince Henderson has denied that Dominica signed unto a communiqué with ALBA calling for the immediate withdrawal of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from member countries of the alliance.The ALBA communiqué was published in the Cuban newspaper Granma as well as Aletho News website.The communiqué indicated that USAID participates in “open interference” in the internal politics of the ALBA countries, under the excuse of “planning and administering economic and humanitarian assistance for the whole world outside of the United States,” financing non-governmental organizations and actions and projects designed to destabilize the legitimate governments which do not share their common interests.It said the foreign ministers of ALBA met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 21 and resolved to immediately expel USAID and its delegates or representatives from their countries, due to the fact that they consider their presence and actions to constitute an interference which threatens the sovereignty and stability of our nations.It listed the governments of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominica, Nicaragua and Venezuela as having signed the resolution.However Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vince Henderson who formed part of the Rio de Janeiro delegation told the Next Level radio program on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 that Dominica did not sign the document.“I was responsible for coordinating the meetings of the delegation and the prime minister informed me that we should not mention anything about the situation and we shouldn’t sign unto anything like that,” he said.Henderson also noted that the way in which ALBA operates may have to be “looked into”.Meanwhile, ALBA Coordinator and Ambassador to Venezuela, Dr. Philbert Aaron who did not attend the meeting said he did not have anything to add to what Ambassador Henderson said. Dominica Vibes News
COMMENT Associated Press Television News LIVE TV First Published: 13th August, 2020 17:53 IST Written By Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 17:53 IST F1 Driver Perez Will Race In Spain After Negative Virus Test Sergio Perez will race at the Spanish Grand Prix this week after testing negative for the coronavirus. FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Sergio Perez will race at the Spanish Grand Prix this week after testing negative for the coronavirus.Governing body FIA cleared him on Thursday to return to the paddock for the race in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona.The Racing Point driver missed the past two races at Silverstone in England after contracting the virus on a visit back home to Mexico last month. He flew by private plane to visit his mother in hospital.“I’ve definitely missed racing and it was hard to watch from the outside,” Perez said. “I’m very lucky that I’ve only had mild symptoms, so I’ve been able to keep training and make sure that I’m ready to jump back behind the wheel of the car.”Nico Hulkenberg, the veteran German driver who replaced Perez at Silverstone, stands down.No other F1 drivers have tested positive for COVID-19 after the first five races of the season. WATCH US LIVE
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Preview Story Links at Bowling Green 12/5/2015 – 3 p.m. Box Score (HTML) DES MOINES, Iowa – A pair of 23-point scorers and a big run to open the second half allowed the Drake University men’s basketball team to cruise past visiting UIC, 83-62, Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center. Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) each had 23 points for Drake (4-3) on combined 9-of-15 three-point shooting . The Bulldogs shot 52.5 percent from the field in the win and 52.6 from three-point range while holding UIC (1-3) to 39.7 percent shooting. UIC was led by Dikembe Dixson’s 13 points and six rebounds.”Today I’m most happy and proud of the way this ended a segment of our season,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “We’ve played five games in a seven-day period with a lot of travel. To be able come out like this when we were fatigued, they were able to push through those things for us to find a way to get a win.”Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) helped engineer Drake’s offense with eight of the Bulldogs’ 18 assists.”I see 18 assists and if you’re sharing the basketball, you’re getting good looks,” Giacoletti said. “We have good shooters and they were able to step up and knock down shots.”C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) added four assists and a career-high 13 rebounds from his guard position.”He’s a multidimensional play that does whatever it takes to win,” Giacoletti said of Rivers.Drake built up a six-point, 36-30, lead at halftime thanks to 10 points from Timmer. The Bulldogs quickly expanded that lead in the second half by opening the period on a 15-3 run to take a 51-33 lead six minutes into the half. Abrahamson and Timmer combined to score 11 of those points. The Bulldogs kept that lead at 10 or more points for all but 26 seconds of the remainder of the second half. An 8-0 run that started with three minutes left gave the Bulldogs a 24-point lead heading into the final minute of the game.Following the last week’s rigorous schedule that the Bulldogs navigated with a 3-2 record, the team will have a week off from competition before traveling to Bowling Green for a Dec. 5 contest against the Falcons.”We need it badly. We haven’t had a day off in a while,” Giacoletti said. “Mentally and physically we’ll have a day and half off and be ready to come back Monday and get ready for Bowling Green.”Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Live Stats ESPN 1350 ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live
Tonight is the last chance to see Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama that is sure to open up discussion about an event that has touched many lives.The brilliant cast brings humour, sorrow and raw emotion to the production with an authentic script that left the audience wanting another chapter.This performance deserves an audience and it’s a great honour that they have chosen Letterkeny to debut the drama. Director Iarla McGowan deliberately withheld the story behind the new production but it is a story that will stay with you.Don’t miss the last night of the run at An Grianán Theatre at 8pm tonight.The Brand New Work by Workhouse Theatre Company is suitable for ages 16 and up. For further details contact www.angrianan.com Box Office: Tel: 00353 74 912 0777. Tickets €15Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama brings the unspoken into the open was last modified: June 15th, 2019 by John2Share 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:An griananWorkhouse Theatre Company
Embed from Getty ImagesHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner felt his side were lucky to win at QPR.The Terriers boosted their promotion hopes with a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road, where first-half goals from Izzy Brown and Nahki Wells put them in control.Luke Freeman pulled a goal back on the hour mark and Wagner admitted Rangers deserved a least a point.“We have to be honest; we were not at our best and I think we were lucky today,” Wagner said,“QPR were very good. They were very aggressive, created on the wings and our keeper Danny Ward was by miles the best player on the pitch, which I think says everything.“We got three lucky points, but three points are three points and we are so happy to have got them.“We should not forget also that we scored two wonderful goals and created other opportunities as well.“But in my opinion QPR deserved more than they got. It doesn’t change that we have got three three points though.“We scored two great goals and in the second half we were unable keep the pressure off.“But how we defended this, and how Wardy kept us in the game and we fought to keep the ball out of our net, was great to see.”See also:Holloway convinced QPR will be safe Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Volunteers and GEM facilitators also witnessed some of the day-to-day activities at the home as well as participated in the children’s play-time routine.Volunteers gathered at Ethembeni Children’s Home over the weekend of 30 and 31 January where they lent and hand doing maintenance and cleaning, and also spent some time with the children.The Going the Extra Mile campaign (GEM) visited the children’s home, in Doornfontein, on the eastern edge of Joburg’s inner city, along with a number of volunteers. The visitors took to cleaning the windows and corridors, which helped to ease some of the pressures of running the home.Play Your Part, a Brand South Africa programme that promotes active citizenship, has partnered with GEM in its events that uplift disadvantaged communities.Volunteers and GEM facilitators also witnessed some of the day-to-day activities at the home as well as participated in the children’s play-time routine.Lucia Ntombela, the site manager at Ethembeni, said that the help they received from the volunteers was key to the running of the home. “That’s why we make sure that the volunteers who come to Ethembeni feel at home, because we’re a family and we want them to feel like they are a part of that family,” she said.“It’s nice to know that there are people out there who are willing to take the time to come and help out here at the home. Nowadays people don’t have much time; people are busy. For them to take that hour or two hours to come and volunteer knowing that you won’t get paid. I really admire them.”Ethembeni means “place of hope” in isiXhosa, a fitting name for a place created to provide love and care for children living without their parents.ETHEMBENI CHILDREN’S HOMEThe Ethembeni Children’s Home in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, serves as a home for up to 60 children at any given time. Established by The Salvation Army in 1995, the home accommodates vulnerable children from birth to three years old who are either infected with or affected by HIV/Aids.Ethembeni means “place of hope” in isiXhosa, a fitting name for a place created to provide love and care for children living without their parents. “Being a part of the running of the home isn’t easy, but what makes it worthwhile is seeing the transformations in the children here,” Ntombela said.“Some of them arrive here and it’s difficult for them to smile. But as time goes by they slowly open up and start smiling again. It’s really beautiful to see, and we have a lot of people to thank for helping us.”GO THE EXTRA MILEGEM is a social development drive created to help mobilise people and develop a sense of ownership of the organisations and initiatives that have been established to make a difference in people’s lives.The GEM app rewards volunteers for their involvement in helping during special programmes or in the day-to-day activities of NGOs such as Ethembeni.One of Play Your Part’s key objectives is to encourage active citizenship among all people in South Africa. Through partnerships with GEM and other social change initiatives, the campaign has increased its reach and made it easier for citizens to take action and offer their help where it is needed.Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app’s database. Once the good deed is done, they receive a reward via the app, called a GEM. This reward can then be redeemed for a range of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity or movie tickets.For more information on how to get involved in your community and to keep track of the activities in and around your area, visit GEM’s website or download the application.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
A doping scandal has hit Indian sports again and the conundrum continues, with the administration trying to fix the culprits for the positive dope tests of eight athletes.While the government has launched a probe, there is another voice, though subdued, that is trying to raise a different point altogether.The view is about the establishment unofficially providing assistance to athletes, much like it was done in the erstwhile East Germany and some other countries – and many believe it’s still being done in many. But those, especially in the establishment, who are in favour of this option, cannot openly say so for the obvious fear of being penalised.Several top officials privately feel that without taking help of performance enhancing substances, along with effective masking agents, most Indian athletes cannot win medals – or that they won’t win as many as they do now – at the highest level. The need of the hour is proper research with an aim to help athletes, they say.Although personally I oppose this take, officials say it’s not quite possible for Indians to win only by being fair, considering today’s cut throat competition and extraordinarily high stakes in every sport, particularly athletics. For them, there are only two options: either join the race of systematic doping, with subtle official patronage, or give up playing sport altogether.Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister once tried to stop India’s participation in global events after an extremely poor performance, but even he couldn’t get his idea executed, such was the opposition. So, while the second option is not possible, for that would be unfair on genuine champions like Viswanathan Anand, Pankaj Advani and Saina Nehwal who have excelled on the basis of their skills alone, many officials want the first option to be explored.advertisement”The witch-hunt that is currently going on will lead us nowhere. Those who have tested positive are not cheats; they are our national pride. The episode reflects the failure of our sports system in many ways,” said a top government sports administrator who didn’t want to be quoted.”Instead, let us help our athletes, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and lack in education, with proper research and set up a system that provides them a safe method to improve their performances with effective masking agents. I know saying this is going against the grain – when the entire country seems ready to execute the athletes who have doped – but, realistically speaking, there is no option,” he explained.Another official chipped in: “According to a rough estimate, 70 to 80 per cent athletes worldwide use masking agents. In India, we only do policing; there’s no other programme to provide athletes specialised assistance.” In sports that require physical superiority, Indians, largely due to their weak natural build, cannot match their rivals on their own, such officials say. “Let’s not fool ourselves by saying that the Indian sports establishment wants a clean environment even if our athletes keep on finishing last. Some athletes would surely win without taking banned drugs, but not the majority,” said one of them.Indian sports desperately needs professionals, especially in sports medicine, not ad-hoc administrators who get posted courtesy politicians. But to appoint the right person to the right position we need a real desire to see Indian athletes reach the top of the podium.Since sports is a specialised field we need to invite professional coaches, physiotherapists, trainers, dieticians, nutritionists etc. from abroad and make them train Indian athletes and coaches. When the Patiala-based National Institute of Sports was established in 1961, its faculty consisted of foreigners. “For several decades, we haven’t had any expert from abroad who can teach our would-be coaches so that they could learn the latest techniques and impart the same to our athletes,” said an official.
It was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) never really knew how many guests it would have to put up. As a result most of the rooms,It was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) never really knew how many guests it would have to put up. As a result most of the rooms it booked were not used. In the private hotels built with special concessions for the Asiad only 160 rooms out of the 872 kept aside for AGSOC guests were actually used.The new public sector India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hotels which received preferential treatment from AGSOC were somewhat luckier – AGSOC used 523 out of the 576 rooms it booked in ITDC’s newly-constructed hotels. The AGSOC had reckoned that it would be needing 2,800 rooms in all for Asiad but in the event it needed only about 1,400 in all the hotels. Wild Estimates: On the face of it, there was little excuse for AGSOC officials getting their estimates so wildly wrong, AGSOC was under an obligation to provide shelter for certain categories of guests, ranging from technical delegates, sports officials, cultural troupes, the foreign press and VIPs.These were all people who would have planned their journeys in advance – not trippers who made plans on the spur of the moment. In the normal course of events, AGSOC should have known how many people to expect.Admits Jitendra Bhargava, AGSOC’s officer-on-special duty (accommodation): “Our demand was based on the estimates given by the technical directorate of AGSOC which fell short by over 40 per cent.”advertisementThe unfinished Capital Park hotel in central DelhiAGSOC officials, blame a combination of factors, ranging from adverse publicity about dengue fever and the Akali agitation to plain bad marketing, the inability of travel agents to bring in groups and uncertainty about the completion of hotel projects kept people away.Says Tarlochan Singh, director (publicity) AGSOC: “Till the last moment we were not sure about the actual room availability, and foreign guests wanted confirmed bookings.”Criticism: Understandably, private hoteliers were extremely annoyed. Says Narinder Suri, 39, executive director, finance, of Surya Sofitel: “We have been badly let down by the AGSOC. They kept saying that they would be sending us guests who never arrived. It was with great difficulty that we were able to organise over 170 rooms for the Asiad.” Adds Om Munjal, executive director of Siddhartha Hotels in a similar vein: “We are terribly disappointed with AGSOC. Some of the bookings they gave us at the last minute finally never turned up.” Officials counter such arguments on the plea that many of the privately run hotels were far from ready to entertain guests.Some guests moved from the Surya Sofitel, Hyatt Regency and Hotel Centaur because the facilities were hopelessly incomplete. Says K.P. Singhdeo, chairman of the Asian Games Accommodation Committee: “We would have flooded all the hotels with guests but unfortunately there were no takers for some of the hotels. Even hard selling on the part of my boys didn’t work.” Adds Bhargava: “People who came for the Asiad didn’t want to stay in the semi-finished hotels with limited number of five-star facilities.”There is little doubt that on this score at least AGSOC officials are on firm ground. Most private hotels opened temporarily only to avoid adverse publicity and the penalty clauses that the Government might have imposed had they not been ready.Even hotels like Meridien and Bharat, which made it in the nick of time, wrote to the AGSOC saying that they were in a position to provide 100 rooms each.Technically they may have been right but the heaps of mud and machinery that were lying at both sites were hardly calculated to help provide a congenial atmosphere for guests.In fact, it is no secret that the hotels were obliged to honour their commitments, even if symbolically, because they had received preferential treatment in the matter of loans from financial institutions, allotment of cement, foreign exchange and speedy disposal of their other needs. Admits a senior official of the Finance Ministry: “By writing a letter to AGSOC that a certain number of rooms we’re ready for Asiad, some of these hoteliers have been able to escape public criticism. It’s another matter that they have no guests for their rooms.”Unreal Estimates: Ultimately, the blame for the hotel fiasco must be shared by AGSOC and Tourism Ministry which made hopelessly unreal estimates about the number of additional tourists who would be attracted to India by the Asiad.Six months ago, the then tourism minister, A.P. Sharma told Parliament that Delhi would need 2,500 hotel rooms beyond the 3.801 already in existence. He also said that the 12 new hotels under construction would add 2,650 rooms in time for the Asiad. However, only 1,448 rooms were actually ready in time; but this did not prevent the ministry from recommending preferential treatment for the hotel projects.advertisementAs the Asiad loomed closer, ministry officials soon realised that they had been over optimistic in their estimates. In May 1982, AGSOC had booked 2,800 rooms. By mid-October the booking was scaled down to 2,100. In the end, AGSOC actually used only 1,180 rooms in the ITDC hotels and slashed their bookings with private hotels to just 300 from an original 1,150.Now that the Asiad is over, most of the private hotels have abandoned pretences and gone back to being the construction sites that they really are. Admits Subir Bhowmick, the general manager of the Taj Palace: “We are closed for renovation. To meet Asiad requirements, the rooms were temporarily done up.” Adds Mrs Suri of Surya: “We will resume our business only after two months.” The rooms in other hotels were being offered at less than 30 per cent of the actual room tariff of Rs 600.”As and when the new hotels do open, it seems only too likely that Delhi’s new innkeepers will have trouble keeping their noses above water. The actual turn of events during the Asiad appears to indicate that there will never be any real need for so many new hotels in Delhi. More than 80 per cent of the Asiad rush was accommodated in existing hotels or the projects which were started before 1980.And when all the 4,300 rooms are ready by 1984 there will be more than 7,000 rooms available in Delhi. Unless the number of tourists arriving in Delhi rises by at least 50 per cent, occupancy rates are likely to tumble to around 40 per cent.But as the hotel owners try to figure out how to make their great stone edifices paying propositions, the bureaucrats who once foresaw a roaring trade are busy thinking up explanations for having spent Rs 250 crore on projects which now hardly seem necessary.