UNWTO: Open applications for the award of the World Tourism Organization

first_imgPromoting innovation, job creation and sustainability are the slogans of the 15th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) awards.This long-standing and above all prestigious award recognizes both public institutions and the private sector and non-governmental organizations in the development of competitive, responsible and sustainable tourism, which strives to achieve the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development by 2030.We have written in more detail earlier about the 17 goals of this commendable Agenda, which are in fact the criteria for receiving this award, and in short they are: to eradicate poverty and hunger in the world, raise the quality of health and well-being, ensure quality education, gender equality, clean water and humane conditions life, enable affordable and clean energy, fair business and economic development, industry, promote innovation and create functional infrastructure, reduce inequalities, create sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, then actions related to climate protection, preservation of underwater and terrestrial life, preserving peace, justice and building strong institutions, all through strong and healthy cooperation.From the first awards until today, more than 70 institutions have been recognized by the UNWTO award. In 2017 alone, 128 applications were received, and the award went to the Turismo de Portugal, the Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust of India, the Indonesian booking platform Triponyu.com and the Spanish National Tourism Innovation Society SEGITTUR.Applications for all stakeholders – we repeat, stakeholders in the public sector, government, entrepreneurship and NGOs are open until 31 October. The finalists will be announced in December 2018, while the announcement of the winners is scheduled for January 2019.Also, for January 2019, another award of the World Tourism Organization was announced. It is a UNWTO award for ethics, to which all signatories of the so-called private sector bonds to promote the global code of ethics in tourism, formulated by the UNWTO back in 2011. The signatories undertook to maintain, promote and implement the values ​​of responsible and sustainable tourism through a set of specific guidelines set by the World Tourism Organization in order to build a tourism sector based on the principles of ethics and responsibility. Details of the application, according to the World Tourism Organization, will be announced soon.The Global Code of Ethics seeks to link economic, social, cultural and environmental components in advancing the culture of travel and tourism in general, and stems from the following 10 points: the contribution of tourism in mutual understanding and respect between people and communities, tourism is a tool of individual and collective fulfillment. is a factor of sustainable development and a user of cultural heritage (which of course it seeks to improve). The Code recognizes the benefits of tourism activities for the host country, but also emphasizes the obligations of stakeholders in tourism development. Finally, they want to define the right to tourism, the freedom of tourist movements and the rights of employees and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry. Finally, the last point implies the implementation of all of the above.last_img read more

LandSecs’ Empress State refurb complete

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In Asia, bucking the global lockdown trend

first_imgWhen success slips Similar successes have been seen in Hong Kong and Singapore, although their outbreaks are beginning to worsen.Both cities moved comparatively fast to screen arrivals from China and used contact tracing to keep initial infections down.That allowed them to avoid the kind of complete lockdowns seen across a growing swathe of the globe.But infections have spiked in recent weeks as residents return home to flee the growing outbreaks in Europe and North America.Hong Kong now has 936 confirmed cases and four deaths while Singapore has 1,375 and six deaths.Both cities are now ramping up enforced social distancing measures.In recent days Singapore announced it would close schools and workplaces as well as quarantining some 20,000 migrant workers in their dormitories.Hong Kong’s schools have been shuttered since early on and most civil servants are working from home.But the government recently banned more than four people gathering in public and shut down entertainment venues including bars, karaoke businesses and mahjong parlors.Bernard Chan, a top advisor to city leader Carrie Lam, recently warned tougher measures could be rolled out if infections continue to rise.”We could simply impose a much bigger lockdown across the city and tell all non-essential businesses to close so nearly everyone stays home most of the time for a few weeks,”  he told RTHK news. The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.”Countries like Taiwan are exemplary,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is funneling his billions into vaccine research, told Fox News this week.”And so they won’t either have the disease burden or the economic effect that other countries will have.”Much like antibodies are formed to fight off the next infection, Taiwan’s response was forged in a previous epidemic — the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003. This time the island was ready. Flattening the curve Before Wuhan was even locked down, Taiwan activated its Central Epidemic Command Centre, began screening arrivals, rolled out comprehensive testing and deployed detailed contact tracing.It soon closed off all travel from China, its biggest trading partner, even when the World Health Organization — a body it is frozen out of by Beijing — was advising against such a step.A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association documented 124 early actions the command center took at a time when much of the rest of the world was barely considering the possibility of a pandemic.Jason Wang, a Stanford Medicine professor who co-wrote the study, said those steps bought Taiwan crucial time to ramp up testing and mask production.”Two weeks is a lot of time when the virus is spreading exponentially,” he told AFP.”Before definitive evidence is available, it is better to be cautious when you are dealing with an unknown virus.  We all learned a hard lesson,” he added.South Korea is being hailed in a different way — as a country that managed to flatten the infection curve despite a major outbreak.In late February the coronavirus exploded in the southern city of Daegu via a cluster within a religious group.At its peak, 909 new infections were found in one day. In total more than 10,000 people have been confirmed infected in South Korea with 192 deaths.But six weeks on, Daegu registered its first single-digit daily rise in confirmed cases.Meanwhile much of the rest of South Korea is running comparatively smoothly with widely adopted social distancing measures remaining advisory, not compulsory.Experts have cited widespread testing as a major factor as well as contact tracing and quarantines for all positive patients.South Korea had a workable test within just a few weeks of the government issuing tenders and is now a major exporter of kits around the world.center_img As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometers off mainland China.Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open. Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane home with $75,000 worth of marble features for sale

first_img MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: 19 Merinda Street, Greenslopes. Photo: SuppliedMore than $70,000 has been spent on marble features alone in one of the finest new builds in Greenslopes.The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 19 Merinda St was developed by Robert Bielen who said $75,000 was invested in marble features including the master ensuite.Mr Bielen said previously a three-bedroom home was on the 873sq m block.“We did a subdivision and built two homes – one smaller, one bigger,” he said.With Hamptons-style homes gaining popularity, Mr Bielen said he took inspiration from the elegant American-style classic homes and wanted to create something between an American and Queenslander home. “The interior of the Hampton-style is timeless, inviting, cosy and feels like home,” Mr Bielen said. The wine cellar at 19 Merinda Street, Greenslopes. Photo: Supplied French Flair for riverside suburb The spacious three-storey house has so many unique decor items, including brass cabinet handles (imported from US), brass light fittings, brass tapware and accessories.Mr Bielen said marble benchtops and marble tiles were widely used throughout the home.“Calacatta Statuario splashback tiles in the kitchen works perfectly with the Calatatta Oro marble benchtop on the kitchen island, all complemented by natural stone through the house,” he said. A main focal point of the home is the stunning 500-bottle wine cellar.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMr Bielen said the wine cellar had a separate cooling system and could hold 50 bottles on display and 500 bottles storage.“It’s designed not only to store the wine but also has another purpose to be a home bar,” he said.“Timber veneer wine shelves, LED lights, mirror splashback wall, make the luxurious look of the room. The wine cellar is located opposite the dining room and on the way to kitchen and living area. “The large window to the room creates always an interest of anyone entering the house. Our wine cellar is great, not only for the wine connoisseur, but for anyone who likes to entertain friends.”center_img Inside 19 Merinda Street, Greenslopes. Photo: Supplied The pool area at 19 Merinda Street, Greenslopes. Photo: SuppliedPlace Woolloongabba selling agent Denis Najzar said Greenslopes was only 5km southeast of the CBD and convenient for professionals working in the city. The suburb is a short drive to three major hospitals.Mr Najzar said the new build had set a benchmark of luxury living in the area with buyers seeking quality and ample internal living space but low maintenance external grounds. Micro homes the next big thing 19 Merinda Street is a three-storey home at Greenslopes. Photo: Suppliedlast_img read more

‘High-value’ drug suspect falls

first_imgJopson was nabbed after she soldsuspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P300 around 9:30 p.m. onDec. 25, the report added. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 7, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Antidrug operatives inspect the suspected shabu seized from “high-value” suspect Shery Mae Jopson during an entrapment operation in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City on Dec. 25. POLICE STATION 7/BCPO Bacolod City – A “high-value” drug suspect was arrested in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay Mansilingan.center_img PHOTO BY POLICE STATION 7/BCPO Suspected shabu weighing about twograms valued around P20,000 was seized from 24-year-old resident Shery MaeJopson, a police report showed.last_img read more

Osgood man sentenced for theft from Laughery Valley Ag. Coop

first_imgVersailles, In. — Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel says after almost two years, Steven Linville, 48, of Osgood, former fuel delivery manager for Laughery Valley Ag. Coop has been sentenced for theft.Court documents say Linville committed hundreds of thefts and delivered false sales document, as part of a well thought out scheme during his time as fuel manager. Company officials testified that Linville was responsible for losses totaling $369,000. Linville avoided prosecution for hundreds of other alleged thefts from customers that lacked probable cause.Ripley County Circuit Court Judge Ryan King sentenced Linville to 15-years in prison with 3-years suspended and ordered him to pay $98,310.30 in restitution to Laughery Valley Ag. Coop.Hertel had praise for the investigation conducted by Indiana State Police.last_img read more

Former NBA Star Dennis Rodman Accused of Slapping Local Man

first_imgDavid L. Roth, who invited Souolouque to Rodman’s birthday party at the bar, says he saw Rodman hit Souolouque two times with an open hand.Rodman’s attorney denies that the incident ever happened. His client played 14 years in the NBA, winning five titles and making the NBA all-defensive first team seven times before retiring for the second time in 2008. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is accused of slapping a local man.According to a Delray Beach Police report, the man, identified as Miami resident Jeff Souolouque, says Rodman smacked him in the face for apparently no reason on May 17 at the Buddha Sky Bar.Souolouque adds that Rodman apologized and invited to take the man to dinner the following night. Soulouque says he decided to press charges when he awoke with swelling on the left side of his face. Another source says that doctors ended up diagnosing him with a left corneal abrasion.Happy birthday, Dennis Rodman!Fun fact: during his three championship-winning seasons with the Bulls, Dennis led the NBA in rebounds (for a total of seven consecutive times) #ThisBudsForYou #LegendaryMoments pic.twitter.com/KjRBttttQS— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) May 13, 2019last_img read more

Costa cracker fires Chelsea back on top on low-scoring day

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLONDON,(Reuters)-Saturday’s Premier League goal glut turned into a trickle yesterday but Diego Costa’s class still shone through as he fired Chelsea to a ninth win in a row and back to the top of the table.The Spain international’s fine second-half strike at Stamford Bridge secured a 1-0 victory over a defensive West Bromwich Albion that restored the Blues’ three-point advantage over Arsenal.The Gunners had taken the overnight lead on goals scored after coming from behind to defeat Stoke City 3-1 at the Emirates.All six home teams in action on Saturday scored at least three goals, with Jamie Vardy bagging a hat-trick as champions Leicester City returned to form with a 4-2 home win against Manchester City.With the game heading for a goalless stalemate, Costa seized on a defensive error to break the deadlock with a superb shot into the top left corner in the 76th minute.It was the league top scorer’s 12th goal of the campaign, as many as he netted in all of last season.“It was a tough game,” said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. “We played with passion. West Brom is a tough team, a physical team who are difficult to break down. It was a good win and now we must continue.“We have won nine in a row which is fantastic because this league is very tough. We are working very well.”Chelsea’s scoreline in yesterday’s early match was reflected later at Old Trafford and St Mary’s with Manchester United and Southampton seeing off Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough respectively by the same margin.Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened his league account for Jose Mourinho’s United, days after scoring his first for the club in the Europa League, with a sizzling first half strike.The Armenian midfielder’s afternoon ended painfully, however, when he was taken off on a stretcher with 10 minutes remaining after a heavy tackle left him clutching his ankle.United remained sixth with 24 points, three behind fifth-placed Tottenham who might otherwise have overtaken Manchester City on goal difference.Third-placed Liverpool, four points behind Arsenal, were playing struggling West Ham United at Anfield in the later kickoff.Southampton recovered from the disappointment of their midweek Europa League elimination to return to winning ways in the Premier League.Their goal came in the 53rd minute when Sofiane Boufal picked the ball up from James Ward-Prowse and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot shot to claim his first league goal.last_img read more

Football News Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain And Bayern Munich Enter Last 16 UEFA Champions League

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: Douglas Costa scored a dramatic injury-time winner to send Juventus into the Champions League knockout stages after a 2-1 win at Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday, while Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich joined the Italian champions in the last 16. Mauro Icardi’s first-half goal was enough for PSG to edge past Club Brugge 1-0 at the Parc des Princes, as Bayern laboured to a 2-0 victory over Olympiakos. Manchester City missed the chance to progress from Group C after a dramatic 1-1 draw at Atalanta which saw right-back Kyle Walker end the game in goal. Juventus knew three points in Russia would be enough to secure their passage to the knockout rounds, and took a fourth-minute lead through Aaron Ramsey. Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick bounced in front of Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme, who inexplicably allowed the ball to squirm through his legs, with Ramsey prodding in from on the goalline.Aleksei Miranchuk quickly levelled for the hosts by tapping in the rebound after his own header had struck the post, with Maurizio Sarri’s Juve then struggling to break their hosts down. But Brazilian winger Costa came off the bench and netted a magnificent 93rd-minute winner, slipping the ball through the hapless Guilherme’s legs after a mazy run. “He (Costa) is returning to top condition after an injury but he has enough quality to play anywhere on the pitch,” said Juve coach Sarri. Icardi fires PSG through PSG reached the last 16 for the eighth straight season, but a nervy display against Brugge will not have boosted hopes of the French champions making the semis for the first time since 1995. Icardi swept Thomas Tuchel’s men into the lead midway through the first half with his eighth goal since joining on loan from Inter Milan. But Belgian outfit Brugge should have grabbed a late equaliser, only for Mbaye Diagne to see his penalty saved by PSG ‘keeper Keylor Navas. Bayern Munich laboured to a 2-0 victory over Olympiakos and it was their first game after the sacking of coach Niko Kovac. (Image credit: Getty Images)”It is logical we are annoyed after a game where I think we deserved something but you still end up empty-handed,” said Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Managerless Bayern Munich had earlier become the first side to go through, as late goals from Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic ended Olympiakos’ resistance at the Allianz Arena.”I’m very happy with the performance, we’re into the last 16 and that’s what counts,” said Hansi Flick, who took over as interim coach after Niko Kovac was sacked on Sunday. Bayern lead Tottenham at the top of Group B by five points, after last season’s runners-up thrashed Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in Serbia. Son Heung-min scored twice just three days after being left devastated by his tackle which caused a horrific injury for Everton’s Andre Gomes, with Giovani Lo Celso and Christian Eriksen also finding the net. Goalkeeper Walker helps City to pointPremier League champions Man City were made to wait after Atalanta’s second-half fightback at the San Siro. Raheem Sterling, who scored a hat-trick in City’s 5-1 victory in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, put Pep Guardiola’s men in front after only six minutes, but Gabriel Jesus dragged a dreadful penalty well wide shortly before half-time. City goalkeeper Ederson was replaced by Claudio Bravo at the break as a precaution ahead of their crucial Sunday clash at Premier League leaders Liverpool. Chilean Bravo saw Mario Pasalic’s header fly past him in the 49th minute, but worse was to come when he was sent off with nine minutes remaining for hacking down Josip Ilicic. Walker was brought on to play as ‘keeper, and despite almost fumbling Ruslan Malinovsky’s effort from the resulting free-kick into his own net, helped City secure a point. “I say again, thank you Kyle because it is not easy to take this responsibility to go on and be a goalkeeper and save the free-kick,” said City full-back Benjamin Mendy. Atletico Madrid also missed out on booking a last-16 place as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen. A bizarre Thomas Partey own goal and Kevin Volland’s second-half strike kept the Germans in contention to finish second behind Juventus in Group D despite Alvaro Morata’s late consolation.Also Read | Paulo Dybala Scores Twice, Juventus Recover To Win Vs Lokomotiv MoscowShakhtar Donetsk snatched a thrilling 3-3 draw at Dinamo Zagreb thanks to two injury-time goals, including a 98th-minute penalty from Tete. Those two teams remain level on five points in Group C behind Man City, but Shakhtar are second due to having scored more away goals in their head-to-head matches. last_img read more

Grades: Pass ‘D’ fails at NU

first_imgTolzien played well Saturday, but it wasn\’t enough for the Badgers at NU.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports takes a look back at the Wisconsin football game and grades the position groups on a scale of zero to five.Here is how the Badgers fared in their final Big Ten game against Northwestern:Quarterbacks — 3.5 of 5Up until the final 42 seconds, junior quarterback Scott Tolzien had put together a pretty strong performance. He found his top two pass catchers — receiver Nick Toon and tight end Garrett Graham — for a combined 13 times and completed a respectable 19-of-30 passes for 235 yards. Both touchdown passes to Graham showed poise and touch. Put in a tough situation for the last drive, however, Tolzien folded immediately, lofting an interception to Northwestern’s Jordan Mabin. With no timeouts, the Badgers’ chances ranged from slim to none, but that still was an ugly way to end the game.Running backs — 1.5 of 5Has there ever been a less descript 100-yard performance from a running back in recent memory? Sophomore John Clay finished at exactly the century mark — averaging 4.3 yards per carry on 23 touches — but never seemed to get on track. Named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Monday, perhaps Badger fans have been spoiled by some of Clay’s more recent superlative performances. Reliable as usual in short yardage situations, Clay did punch in a 2-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. After controlling his fumble problems for the last seven games, the sophomore bruiser chose a bad time to cough up the ball again. The fumble in the fourth quarter epitomizes how close Wisconsin has been in these big games before falling just short.Wide receivers — 2.5 of 5Nick Toon was superb. Finishing with seven receptions for 80 yards, the sophomore has stepped up the last few games as an elite receiver in the Big Ten. He makes tough catches over the middle and doesn’t get hung up on mistakes. Tolzien said it was his fault for their miscommunication on a deep route. Wisconsin fans should be grateful to see him next season. After flashing early in the season, Isaac Anderson has returned to the inconsistent play that once marked him. He can not be counted on game in and game out.Tight Ends — 4.5 of 5Despite not possessing elite speed or quickness, Graham continues to produce. He understands how to use his big body to position himself and hangs onto the ball in traffic for the most part. He never quit on his route for the second touchdown and Tolzien hit him in the back of the end zone. No tight end does a better job blocking. Junior Lance Kendricks was quiet, with one catch for six yards.Offensive line — 1.5 of 5Coming into the game with the top running game statistically in the Big Ten, UW managed a meager 99 yards on 35 carries. The holes John Clay was used to seeing weren’t there, and the Badgers became a pass-first offense in the second half. Although Tolzien often had a pocket to step up in, he was also taken down three times for a loss.Defensive line — 3.5 of 5In a word, sophomore defensive end J.J. Watt described the game as “frustrating.” Coming in as the top-ranked rushing defense, the Badgers lived up to that billing, holding the Wildcats to 73 yards on the ground. Only sacking NU quarterback Mike Kafka once, the Wildcats hurry-up, quick-strike offense never gave UW pass rushers a chance to get home. When they did reach Kafka, the Badgers failed to wrap up and bring him down for the big play. Despite knowing the three-step drops were coming, only defensive tackle Jeff Stehle got his hands up to bat down a pass. Linebackers — 1 of 5Spending most of the game in coverage, the UW linebacking core was exposed early and often. Kafka consistently found open receivers down the seams or in holes of coverage. Only junior middle linebacker Culmer St. Jean — who usually comes out in passing situations — managed to break up a pass. Overall, the spread offense exposed the linebackers for their worst performance of the season.Secondary — 0 of 5The Badgers gave up 248 yards passing in the first half and 364 through the air overall. They were burned deep and short, and sophomore Devin Smith was even tricked on a wide receiver pass. The zone coverage was soft, and cushions were often too deep. For a secondary that has struggled all season, this was its worst game of the season.Special teams — 4 of 5After three years of promise, junior wide receiver David Gilreath finally took a return to the house. Taking a punt 68 yards in the third quarter, Gilreath showed good speed and made decisive cuts. The blocking was superb. Kicker Phillip Welch hit from his only field goal try, and punter Brad Nortmann even landed two inside his 20-yard line. The kickoff coverage was sloppy as usual, giving Northwestern strong field position.last_img read more