first_imgWith Led Zeppelin’s new Complete BBC Sessions album due out tomorrow, fans will get a unique opportunity to delve into a top-notch Zeppelin recording at the peak of the band’s career. Of course, many fans noted the unfamiliar “Sunshine Woman” track on the album’s listing. The bluesy jam was recorded at the studio but never made it into the band’s studio albums or live performances.Fortunately, a version of the BBC recording has found its way onto YouTube ahead of the album release. The raw Zeppelin energy is front and center for this great track, which of course begs the question – why didn’t they play it more? We may never know, but at least we can listen and enjoy it now.Tune in to hear “Sunshine Woman,” streaming below.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s safe to say that people love their kicks. It’s safe to say that people also love their beats. Luckily, the folks over at the marketing and branding company Neely And Daughters have finally given the people what they want, with a prototype shoe that combines the classic Roland TR-808 drum machine—the ever-popular drum machine behind any number of songs released since the 1980’s and now—with the iconic Adidas sneaker.Their future-retro design is fully functional—in addition to looking sweet as hell—with a built-in start/stop button, volume and tempo control, and speakers to its six pre-programmed beats. Luckily, these innovators recognized we’re not in the stone age anymore, so they did consumers the courtesy of also embedding a USB port and making the shoes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible. This way, once you’ve spent hours sitting cross-legged on the floor, toiling away at your shoes and cranking out beats for your new mixtape, you don’t even really have to get up to upload it for your fans. Yes!While these shoes are highly practical as a portable beat lab, it’s nice that their prototype design also address aesthetics, bucking the tradition that mandates “function over form” and boldly declaring, “Let them have both!” As we mentioned before (and snarky tones aside), the shoes look sweet. The yellow, red, and orange color palette is pulled from and the numbers along the shoelaces inspired by the rhythm buttons at the bottom of the TR-808. Plus, TR-808 is written across the velcro straps while the Roland logo graces the heel of each shoe.Unfortunately, these prototypes never made it into production, so all you producers out there may have to postpone your dreams of being able to make your beats while riding the subway, renewing your license at the DMV, or stretching before, during, or after a jog. Check out the pictures of the Adidas X Roland hybrid below, and take a moment with us to mourn what could have been. [H/T Consequence Of Sound]last_img read more

first_imgThe SNAP program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps — is a federal program designed to reduce food insecurity and help families obtain nutritious foods. But a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that SNAP, which serves one in seven Americans, may also be subsidizing substantial purchases of unhealthy foods.The study, published online Aug. 14, 2017 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that food purchases paid for with SNAP benefits consisted of higher spending on less healthy foods, including sugar-sweetened beverages, red meat, and convenience foods, and lower spending on healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables, compared with purchases paid for with other means.“These data should launch a new era of programs that increase benefits to the most needy but with strategies to encourage participants to purchase healthier foods,” said Eric Rimm, senior author of the study and professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard Chan School. “Let’s try a new program that would give participants a choice of the current SNAP program or a revised package in which sugar-sweetened beverages are ineligible but benefits for fruits and vegetables are increased. Then we could test to see whether this strategy helps promote healthier purchasing patterns among SNAP participants.”The study looked at two years’ and nearly 300 million shopping baskets’ worth of sales data from April 2012–April 2014 from 188 stores across five states — Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. The research team identified individual foods by their Universal Product Code or price look-up code, grouped the foods into categories based on their nutritional characteristics, and determined which transactions were paid for with SNAP dollars and which weren’t.The Harvard Chan researchers found that food purchases made both with and without SNAP were far from consistent with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide recommendations for healthier eating. But SNAP purchases included higher percentages of less healthy foods than non-SNAP purchases.“There are many possible explanations for the differences we observed, but it is important to document how SNAP dollars are spent to inform the current debate about how the program might be improved for participants,” said research fellow Rebecca Franckle, lead author of the study.The most popular category for both SNAP and non-SNAP food purchases was red meat, which accounted for a larger percentage of total sales among SNAP transactions (16.9 percent) compared to non-SNAP transactions (11.5 percent). Spending on sugar-sweetened beverages as a percentage of total sales was also higher among SNAP transactions than among non-SNAP transactions (5.5 percent vs. 3.7 percent). And convenience foods, such as boxed macaroni and cheese, comprised a higher proportion of total sales among SNAP transactions than among non-SNAP transactions (7.3 percent vs. 5.1 percent).The greatest discrepancies in composition between SNAP and non-SNAP purchases were major protein foods (35 percent vs. 29 percent) and fruits and vegetables (14 percent vs. 21 percent).Rimm and Franckle are part of a team at Harvard Chan School—the EVidEnce-based Research GRoup to EvaluatE Nutrition policy (EVERGREEN)—that is invested in improving population health through assessment of current U.S. nutrition policies and programs. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_img Related Shows In Chairs and a Long Table, a group of Asian American Actors prepare to attend a conference in Los Angeles addressing racial discrimination after a classic Chinese play is cast with two non-Asian actors as the leads. The cast includes Ron Domingo, Julie Fitzpatrick, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Moses Villarama and Jeena Yi. The production is playing in repertory with Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda, which opened on November 5. Han Ong’s Chairs and a Long Table officially opens off-Broadway on November 7. Directed by Linsay Firman and presented by the Ma-Yi Theater Company, the show is playing at the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row. Chairs and a Long Table View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 22, 2014last_img read more

first_imgU.S. offshore wind auction blows past previous record FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:A record-breaking auction buoyed the U.S. offshore wind industry last Friday when a “bidding bonanza” for three lease areas offshore Massachusetts yielded $405 million in winning bids. After 32 rounds of bidding spread across two days, provisional winners were announced for lease areas covering 390,000 acres in federal waters located south of both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which conducted the auction, the three lease areas can support 4.1 gigawatts of wind generation capacity.The three winning bids each came in at $135 million. Provisional winners are: Equinor Wind US, LLC, the U.S. arm of the Norwegian oil major; Mayflower Wind Energy, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell and EDP Renewables; and Vineyard Wind, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables.With the conclusion of the Massachusetts auction, BOEM now manages 15 active wind leases. Lease sales have generated a total of $473 million in winning bids for the right to develop offshore wind projects across nearly 2 million acres in federal waters. Before last Friday’s auction, the highest-grossing lease sale had been a December 2016 auction for a tract offshore New York that resulted in a $42.5-mllion winning bid.For industry watchers, the record-breaking auction demonstrates that the fast-maturing U.S. market is poised for explosive growth.“These lease prices and the fact that we had 19 companies eligible to bid on these leases is great news for the overall U.S. offshore wind marketplace,” said Liz Burdock, President & CEO, Business Network for Offshore Wind, in a statement. She noted that just three years ago the same three lease areas did not receive bids in the first Massachusetts offshore wind auction.Anthony Logan, research analyst covering North America wind power for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, agreed that the aggressive bidding signaled developers’ confidence in future cost reductions. “These are just the prices to get the lease areas, and there are rent payments which jump significantly when these projects come online. At these rates they start making a meaningful impact on overall project economics,” he wrote in an email. But, he added, “another way to look at this is it’s a vote of confidence in continued LCOE [levelized cost of electricity] reductions for offshore wind, and moreover, continued LCOE reductions in the United States.”More: Record-Breaking Massachusetts Offshore Wind Auction Reaps $405 Million in Winning Bidslast_img read more

first_img“Additionally, the experience of relating to other sectors and representatives of the United Nations also deployed in Haiti, was an exceptional opportunity to practice interagency relationship building, which is so important in today’s complex world,” added Gen. Peixoto. “After the earthquake, the demands that emerged exposed the force commander and his subordinates to constant capability challenges aimed toward solving extremely critical situations that overpowered all those who were affected by the event. On that opportunity, I must mention the rich experience I had in relating to military contingents from other countries, international agencies, international leaders and various organizations that helped the country with substantial humanitarian aid. The military component was, in fact, the only one not affected by the earthquake, in terms of capacity and response readiness, despite the casualties that occurred. With that, we were able to lead in providing immediate disaster relief, as well as maintain the effort aimed at security, as established by the terms of the U.N. Mandate.” The island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti on the west and the Dominican Republic on the east, was one of many Caribbean islands inhabited by the Taíno Indians at the time of the European arrival in 1492. Ayiti (“land of high mountains”) was the indigenous Taíno name for the mountainous western side of the island, the inspiration for country’s present-day name. Upon the arrival of Spanish settlers, disease and massacres decimated the native population, which fell from 500,000 to only 60,000 inhabitants in less than 15 years. “Additionally, the experience of relating to other sectors and representatives of the United Nations also deployed in Haiti, was an exceptional opportunity to practice interagency relationship building, which is so important in today’s complex world,” added Gen. Peixoto. “After the earthquake, the demands that emerged exposed the force commander and his subordinates to constant capability challenges aimed toward solving extremely critical situations that overpowered all those who were affected by the event. On that opportunity, I must mention the rich experience I had in relating to military contingents from other countries, international agencies, international leaders and various organizations that helped the country with substantial humanitarian aid. The military component was, in fact, the only one not affected by the earthquake, in terms of capacity and response readiness, despite the casualties that occurred. With that, we were able to lead in providing immediate disaster relief, as well as maintain the effort aimed at security, as established by the terms of the U.N. Mandate.” The devastating earthquake also claimed the lives of foreign residents in Haiti and of military personnel and police officers stationed at MINUSTAH. “I am reminded of Lieutenant Colonel Ken Bourland, a SOUTHCOM Foreign Area Officer and Haiti Desk Officer that was among the more than 200,000 who perished in the Haiti earthquake, and dedicated himself to providing our military’s support to Haiti and interoperability with others in providing that support. This January 12th we should all pause to remember and shine a light on Haiti,” concluded Lt. Gen. Keen. Five years have passed since that terrible Tuesday afternoon, when nature brought Haiti to its knees in a matter of a few seconds. The world then followed a stream of shocking images charting the devastation on the news bulletins. In the days and weeks after the disaster, the international solidarity machine juddered into life. One positive aspect that the earthquake left in its wake, however, is the lessons learned from the experience, and is best summarized by Gen. Fraser: Unity of Information – in today’s information age, information flows from the disaster area to national capitals and international public and private organizations through a myriad information channels. Sifting through this flood of information to build an understanding of needs, especially early in a response phase, is a daunting challenge, but a critical requirement. The effectiveness of the response effort increases dramatically with the speed at which unity of information is achieved. Centuries later, another tragedy decimated a large number of the population in Haiti. On January 12, 2010, an earthquake reaching 7.3 on the Richter scale rocked Haiti, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake. The Haitian government estimates the resulting death toll was greater than 230,000, and the International Red Cross says that up to three million people were affected. “The training that takes place routinely between militaries around the world proved very beneficial during the disaster response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Military forces were already in place in Haiti working under MINUSTAH. Additional military forces arrived from around the world in a matter of days. The ability of these forces to define their individual responsibilities, coordinate their efforts, support one another, talk, operate, and adjust as the response situation changed are a tribute to their professionalism, to their common focus on helping the Haitian people, and to the familiarity they have with one another gained through recurring joint and combined training. The response would have been much less effective without this interoperability,” says retired General Douglas Fraser, commander of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) at the time of the earthquake. Luckily, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – which celebrated its 10th anniversary on 1 June 2004 – was already in place and in full force, because its participation in the relief and reconstruction efforts was paramount to mitigating the suffering of the Haitian people. Unity of logistics – disaster-response operations depend on logistics – the speed of getting the right support to the right place, the right people, at the right time. Quickly building a common understanding and priority of logistics support dramatically improves the speed and effectiveness of any disaster response effort. By Dialogo January 14, 2015center_img Unity of Effort – building a common understanding of mission, priorities, capability, and limitations of each of the myriad organizations responding to the disaster and effectively coordinating their efforts is difficult but critical to success. Much of the planning for the huge task of managing and maximizing the presence of thousands of aid workers who flocked to Haiti from different parts of the world, and finding the best way to distribute all the food and supplies, fell on the hands of MINUSTAH’s force commander, retired Lieutenant General Peixoto. “Interoperability is a fundamental requirement to achieving success in asymmetric environments that characterize current conflicts, considered fourth generation conflicts, whether to implement the military apparatus to confront oncoming threats or in scenarios where the forces work in pursuit of the stabilization of an environment, such as occurred in Haiti, once the initial attrition phases were overcome. Interoperability ensures that all elements are synchronized according to principles, operational procedures and technical training for the fulfillment of the various missions imposed on them. Only the integration of efforts based on those conditions, aligned with the same objectives, under strong leaders at all levels can provide a consistent chance of success.” Unity of logistics – disaster-response operations depend on logistics – the speed of getting the right support to the right place, the right people, at the right time. Quickly building a common understanding and priority of logistics support dramatically improves the speed and effectiveness of any disaster response effort. Unity of Information – in today’s information age, information flows from the disaster area to national capitals and international public and private organizations through a myriad information channels. Sifting through this flood of information to build an understanding of needs, especially early in a response phase, is a daunting challenge, but a critical requirement. The effectiveness of the response effort increases dramatically with the speed at which unity of information is achieved. The devastating earthquake also claimed the lives of foreign residents in Haiti and of military personnel and police officers stationed at MINUSTAH. “I am reminded of Lieutenant Colonel Ken Bourland, a SOUTHCOM Foreign Area Officer and Haiti Desk Officer that was among the more than 200,000 who perished in the Haiti earthquake, and dedicated himself to providing our military’s support to Haiti and interoperability with others in providing that support. This January 12th we should all pause to remember and shine a light on Haiti,” concluded Lt. Gen. Keen. A bunch of lies. Very strange. As far as I know, those in command of the troops in Haiti from the very beginning are the generals in the Brazilian Army. What is all this talk praising the names of a lot of American generals? Not true at all. All of the merit for the operations in Haiti should go to the Brazilian commanders and military supported by some foreign troops, but not Americans, who arrived immediately after the earthquake, stayed shortly and then left. There is a latent conflict about which much of the world does not seem to know. The Dominican Republic can not support a massive invasion of Haitian citizens and do nothing. Haiti is an albatross around the Dominican Republic’s neck in terms of economic growth. It is an undesired and inconvenient emigration for us. We just hope that our brotherly countries put themselves in our place to understand us. Imagine yourselves invaded by tens of thousands of individuals, undocumented, illiterate, sick and unfriendly, because in their mind this land belongs to them. And above all, a country which has been responsible for serious aggression against and genocide of our population in the past. We have been compassionate and generous with them, but the situation now is impossible to sustain, to the point that the government is pushing for a massive repatriation of illegals otherwise the people will do it on their own. We, the Dominicans, are who have done the most for Haiti. All the rest is rubbish and propaganda. If we hadn’t arrived, especially Dr. Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic, even feeling the stinging replies. We don’t even want to think about what would have happened there. The Dominicans helped Haiti first, not the United States. The island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti on the west and the Dominican Republic on the east, was one of many Caribbean islands inhabited by the Taíno Indians at the time of the European arrival in 1492. Ayiti (“land of high mountains”) was the indigenous Taíno name for the mountainous western side of the island, the inspiration for country’s present-day name. Upon the arrival of Spanish settlers, disease and massacres decimated the native population, which fell from 500,000 to only 60,000 inhabitants in less than 15 years. Centuries later, another tragedy decimated a large number of the population in Haiti. On January 12, 2010, an earthquake reaching 7.3 on the Richter scale rocked Haiti, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake. The Haitian government estimates the resulting death toll was greater than 230,000, and the International Red Cross says that up to three million people were affected. Five years have passed since that terrible Tuesday afternoon, when nature brought Haiti to its knees in a matter of a few seconds. The world then followed a stream of shocking images charting the devastation on the news bulletins. In the days and weeks after the disaster, the international solidarity machine juddered into life. Luckily, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – which celebrated its 10th anniversary on 1 June 2004 – was already in place and in full force, because its participation in the relief and reconstruction efforts was paramount to mitigating the suffering of the Haitian people. “The training that takes place routinely between militaries around the world proved very beneficial during the disaster response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Military forces were already in place in Haiti working under MINUSTAH. Additional military forces arrived from around the world in a matter of days. The ability of these forces to define their individual responsibilities, coordinate their efforts, support one another, talk, operate, and adjust as the response situation changed are a tribute to their professionalism, to their common focus on helping the Haitian people, and to the familiarity they have with one another gained through recurring joint and combined training. The response would have been much less effective without this interoperability,” says retired General Douglas Fraser, commander of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) at the time of the earthquake. The international community immediately responded with an outpouring of relief efforts and solidarity to the crisis, providing critical humanitarian aid to the Haitian population at the request of the government of Haiti. Billions of dollars were raised, and humanitarian agencies from all over the world raced to send aid and relief operators. However, without an almost seamless coordination between the military forces on the ground, the government of Haiti, and non-government organizations (NGOs), the task of organizing the distribution of all incoming disaster relief would have been insurmountable, if not close to impossible. Retired Lieutenant General Ken Keen, who commanded the U.S. Joint Task Force Haiti (20,000+ American troops) and was in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake hit, agrees. “Faced with tremendous obstacles and significant loss of life, the United Nations and MINUSTAH, led by then-Major General Floriano Peixoto, from Brazil, demonstrated the true spirit of collaboration and coordination in seeking to respond rapidly and effectively in Haiti’s darkest hour. The United States response, led by the USAID and supported by SOUTHCOM’s Joint Task Force, along with other countries from the region and around the world, demonstrated that same spirit and made working together and with the Haitian government and people a priority.” Much of the planning for the huge task of managing and maximizing the presence of thousands of aid workers who flocked to Haiti from different parts of the world, and finding the best way to distribute all the food and supplies, fell on the hands of MINUSTAH’s force commander, retired Lieutenant General Peixoto. “Interoperability is a fundamental requirement to achieving success in asymmetric environments that characterize current conflicts, considered fourth generation conflicts, whether to implement the military apparatus to confront oncoming threats or in scenarios where the forces work in pursuit of the stabilization of an environment, such as occurred in Haiti, once the initial attrition phases were overcome. Interoperability ensures that all elements are synchronized according to principles, operational procedures and technical training for the fulfillment of the various missions imposed on them. Only the integration of efforts based on those conditions, aligned with the same objectives, under strong leaders at all levels can provide a consistent chance of success.” “The Haitian earthquake experience serves to remind all of us and demonstrate the importance of the interoperability of our military forces and ability to seamlessly work with other government agencies and non-government organizations. The more we are able to train and operate together, share lessons, and conduct joint and combined exercises, the better prepared all of us will be in responding to the next crisis or disaster,” added Gen. Keen. One positive aspect that the earthquake left in its wake, however, is the lessons learned from the experience, and is best summarized by Gen. Fraser: Unity of Effort – building a common understanding of mission, priorities, capability, and limitations of each of the myriad organizations responding to the disaster and effectively coordinating their efforts is difficult but critical to success. “The Haitian earthquake experience serves to remind all of us and demonstrate the importance of the interoperability of our military forces and ability to seamlessly work with other government agencies and non-government organizations. The more we are able to train and operate together, share lessons, and conduct joint and combined exercises, the better prepared all of us will be in responding to the next crisis or disaster,” added Gen. Keen. The international community immediately responded with an outpouring of relief efforts and solidarity to the crisis, providing critical humanitarian aid to the Haitian population at the request of the government of Haiti. Billions of dollars were raised, and humanitarian agencies from all over the world raced to send aid and relief operators. However, without an almost seamless coordination between the military forces on the ground, the government of Haiti, and non-government organizations (NGOs), the task of organizing the distribution of all incoming disaster relief would have been insurmountable, if not close to impossible. Retired Lieutenant General Ken Keen, who commanded the U.S. Joint Task Force Haiti (20,000+ American troops) and was in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake hit, agrees. “Faced with tremendous obstacles and significant loss of life, the United Nations and MINUSTAH, led by then-Major General Floriano Peixoto, from Brazil, demonstrated the true spirit of collaboration and coordination in seeking to respond rapidly and effectively in Haiti’s darkest hour. The United States response, led by the USAID and supported by SOUTHCOM’s Joint Task Force, along with other countries from the region and around the world, demonstrated that same spirit and made working together and with the Haitian government and people a priority.” last_img read more

first_imgHowever, as in every language, both in Croatian and Chinese, there are various dialects and meanings of some words. That is why it is crucial, in general with any translation, to use the services of a professional translator. Are we playing a game or not? – is a question we all have to ask ourselves. You know the first steps, the rest is up to you. Photo: ProConcept IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD ABOUT TRANSCRIPTION, THEN DO NOT TRANSLATE WEBSITES INTO CHINESE JOANNE CHAN, IPPWORLD: THE AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO CHINESE TOURISTS. THEY WANT TO SEE HOW LOCAL PEOPLE LIVE, WORK AND HAVE FUN So are we either playing a game or not? Fortunately for us, since last year, in collaboration with ProConcept, IPPWORLD provides its services to clients in Croatia and surrounding countries. Instagram, Facebook and other social networks are not available in China, but in China they have their own Chinese social networks, such as WeChat, Weibo, Baido, etc.… So, if we think about Chinese tourists at all, the basis must be Chinese translation as well as promotion on their social networks. “The real challenge is to create content that communicates with people in their language. This mission motivates IPPWORLD to be the first choice of clients and to provide them with top language services”Point out from IPPWORD and add that today when almost every tourist explores destinations and makes reservations online, it is very important that hotel and tourism companies promote their content in foreign languages, not just local ones. Chinese tourists have become the focus of all destinations, and the world’s largest tourism market continues to grow unstoppably. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, the increase in the number of individual tourists from China worldwide increased by 12,7%. Thus, Croatia sees its opportunity in better positioning on the Chinese market in order to make a part of the big cake of Chinese tourists to visit Lijepa naša. RELATED NEWS: “It is good information that, unlike western tourists, tourists from Asia do not equate tourism with swimming at sea. For them, a tourist trip is much more than that. They are interested in historical locations, cultural heritage, natural attractions and beauties, gastronomic offer. This is what Croatia abounds in, not only at sea but also in Slavonia, in Lika, in Međimurje… In that context, I would be happy to say “everything should be put on the table”. This actually means that our rich offer should be presented in the right way, we should approach the new tourist market in a language they understand. ” Gazdek concludes.center_img Andreja Gazdek from ProConepct points out that they are in IPPWORLD and Joanne Chan, directors and co-owners of the company, found partners who brought the experience and skills needed to penetrate the Chinese tourism market. “Joanne fell in love with Croatia and our people even before the first visit, and she shares with us our values, entrepreneurial spirit and vision. It listens carefully to the needs and philosophy of the market so that together we can make the right decisions and set goals. If you also need a reliable partner with quality references and contacts in the tourism industry, contact us with your ideas and needs. We will be happy to join the development of your business. ” points out Andreja Gazdek, from the ProConcept agency. At the beginning of the year, ProConepct organized the first regional company in Zagreb conference on the Chinese tourism market, which gave an excellent overview of the complex Chinese market. Next year, on March 13, 2020, the Congress Centaur Forum in Zagreb will be held Masterclass education to which it comes Joanne Chan from IPPWORLD and William Chia, founder of The Culture Embassy. For all those who want to work with the Chinese market, this Masterclass will be a real opportunity to gather valuable knowledge and information. FIND OUT KEY SOLUTIONS HOW TO USE THE WORLD’S LARGEST SOURCE OF TOURISTS – CHINESE MARKET Article written in collaboration with ProConcept, an exclusive agent IPPWORLD for Croatia and the countries of the region. Since its inception in 1994, IPPWORLD has focused primarily on multilingual publishing and end-to-end project management, and since 2008 has expanded its range of services to clients in the tourism, hospitality and lifestyle sectors in various parts of the world. Every year, LUXlife magazine awards the best companies in the tourism sector, and in 2019 the award for the best agency for transcreation and content localization went to IPPWORLD. But what does that have to do with Croatia? But if we really want to position ourselves in the large and complex Chinese market, then we need to start dealing with content, not form. First and foremost, we need to translate our promotional materials and websites into Chinese. One of the important pieces of information in the report that we need to be aware of is how most Western internet and mobile apps, such as Google, PayPal, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Quora, etc., are censored by China’s Great Firewall. In the whole “hysteria” around Chinese tourists, various tourism workers make key mistakes, and one of them is that they do not have a website translated into Chinese at all, as well as using Google translate when translating, which is a big mistake. Apart from making them frivolous and an object of ridicule, they will certainly not attract Chinese tourists. In fact, just drag.last_img read more

first_imgThe Communications and Information Ministry is set to test its planned restrictions on illegal cellphones using the devices’ unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers before it implements the new restrictions fully in April.The ministry’s director for standardization of informatics and postal devices, Mochamad Hadiyana, said the government would start the trial restrictions on Monday.“God willing, we will do [the test] today,” he said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com. The trial was initially planned for Feb. 13 to 14, but was delayed because of a debate over the test’s implementation and success indicators.Separately, cellular operator XL Axiata spokesperson Henry Wijayanto confirmed that the provider would work with the ministry to conduct the IMEI restriction test on Monday.The ministry’s service quality and standards harmonization sub-directorate head, Nur Akbar Said, said five cellular operators would take part in the test.The test will be conducted using an equipment identity register (EIR) machine, which is used to detect an illegal phone’s IMEI number. Nur added that the test would be conducted on dummy phones and would not disrupt phones that had already been connected to cellular servicesIn October of last year, the government issued a regulation allowing a national IMEI system to identify illegal cell phones and require operators to block them from networks. Illegal cell phones are commonly sold on the black market both overseas and in Indonesia.Communications and Information Ministerial Regulation No.11/2019 requires cellular network operators to identify their users’ devices’ IMEIs and report the data to the government’s National IMEI Management System.The national system will separate illegal devices and put them on a “blacklist”, where cellular operators will restrict cellular connections. Users can also ask that their lost or stolen devices be put on the blacklist. The phones can be whitelisted in the national system if found. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgWant to know why it feels like you have a leaky wallet? A whopping 85 per cent of Aussie homeowners don’t know their interest rate yet 94 per cent know their mobile number.Latest “Know your numbers” research by UBank has found homeowners could save tens of thousands of dollars if they reviewed their interest rates, especially for their mortgage.Ubank chief executive officer Lee Hatton said actively seeking the best rate should be a priority for homeowners.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“While 94 per cent of Australians can remember their mobile phone number and 93 per cent can remember their PIN number for their debit/credit card, only 15 per cent can remember their home loan rate,” UBank found.The results were shocking given mortgages were the most expensive purchase of a person’s lifetime generally.“Of those surveyed, 44 per cent could only recall an approximate figure for their home loan rate while the remainder or 41 per cent simply didn’t know their rate at all” Men were twice as likely as women to know their mortgage rate “to two decimal places”, UBank found.Men were twice as likely as women to be accurate about what their rate was “to two decimal places”, and surprisingly Gen X (20 per cent) did better than both Baby Boomers (13 per cent) and Millennials (13 per cent) on that score too.UBank chief executive Lee Hatton said actively monitoring and seeking the best rate should be a priority for homeowners.“Buying a home is one of the biggest investments of your life, so it’s really important that you find the right loan that suits your individual needs. Simply knowing your exact home loan rate and managing it closely could save you thousands of dollars a year.”The research also found that 54 per cent of Aussies were feeling financially strained, while a third constantly worried about their financial future.“Unfortunately, more and more Australians are making significant sacrifices due to being financially overstretched. The better acquainted you are with your numbers, the less stress and more money you’ll have in your back pocket. It’s important Australians borrow less and live more.”last_img read more

first_imgPortugal’s government has been given the go-ahead by Parliament to make cuts to the country’s occupational pensions system and raise the retirement age from 65 to 66, after several weeks of uncertainty.A proposed 10% cut in public sector pensions of more than €600 a month was overruled by the country’s constitutional court last December, on the grounds it contravened the principle of trust between pensioners and the state.Furthermore, the country’s 2014 budget, passed by Parliament on 30 December 2013, was sent to the constitutional court for review by president Anibal Cavaco Silva the day after he ratified it.Cavaco Silva considered some of its contents, including public sector wage cuts, too harsh. But the president has since received legal advice that the budget does not infringe the constitution.However, the government still needed to make savings to replace those from the rejected public sector pension cuts.Parliament has now passed changes to amend the state budget accordingly.The changes include reducing the threshold for the extraordinary solidarity surcharge (CES) on total pension income received by retired individuals, from €1,350 to €1,000 per month.The CES was brought in after Portugal agreed a €78bn bailout deal with the so-called troika of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund in 2011.The CES is levied at between 3.5% and 10%, depending on income.The government has also now introduced rates of 15% and 40% for higher income bands.Furthermore, contributions to public sector health insurance schemes for the civil service (ADSE), armed forces (ADM) and police (SAD) are also raised from 2.5% to 3%, reducing the employer’s contribution from 1.25% to 0.75%.A third change is the increase in pension contributions by public sector workers from 2.25% to at least 3% of salary.Besides raising the retirement age by a year, there is also now a mechanism for building future increases into existing legislation.The Portuguese government estimates the total amount saved by these measures will amount to €388m and ensure the state deficit is reduced to its 4% of gross domestic product (GDP) target during 2014.The bailout deal ends this coming June, after which Portugal hopes to rely solely on the markets to finance government programmes.However, the government said the measures would be temporary, and it would study the court’s earlier decision to find a constitutional process of making permanent cuts in the pension system, put it on a sustainable footing and reduce the public debt.Meanwhile, there has been a change in the way the sustainability factor, which links the level of pensions to increasing life expectancy, is determined.It was previously calculated as the ratio between life expectancy in 2006 and life expectancy in the year prior to retirement.The reference year has now been changed to 2000, changing the new sustainability factor for 2014 from the expected 5.43% to a 12.34% reduction in starting pension.The other main change of the legislation relates to the application of the new sustainability factor.In future, it will not be applied to reduce the retirement pension – instead, it will be applied to increase retirement age.For each month of work after 65 years, workers will be credited a ‘reference bonus’ of 1% of pension.So a 65-year-old worker would have to work 12 more months to reverse the effect of the application of the new sustainability factor of 12.34%.This way, the retirement age has been changed from 65 to 66 years as from 2014.In future, longer life expectancy will increase the retirement age, to reach 67 years in 2029. Catarina Galvao, senior consultant at Towers Watson in Lisbon, said: “From the government’s point of view, this is not a win-win situation in relation to pension costs.“The savings in pension payments they will make in 2014 with the increased retirement age will disappear in 2015 when those employees start to receive their pension, without any reduction from applying the sustainability factor.”The government also said it would set up a working group to study the future of the pensions system and options for reform, once the constitutional court had delivered its decision.last_img read more