Audioslave To Reunite For First Time Since 2005 At Anti-Inaugural Ball

first_imgChris Cornell, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford will reunite as Audioslave for the upcoming Anti-Inaugural Ball at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles this Friday, January 20th. It is the first time the group will play together in over a decade.The event will feature a headline set from Prophets of Rage, along with special sets from Jackson Browne, Jack Black, Vic Mensa, and the Los Angeles Freedom Choir. According to a statement from Audioslave:“The Anti-Inaugural Ball is a celebration of resistance. Resistance to racism. Resistance to sexism. Resistance to homophobia. Resistance to bullying. Resistance to environmental devastation. Resistance to fascism. Resistance to Donald Trump. We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act NOW, unless we fight back NOW. We intend to create ‘No Trump Zones’ across the country; in our homes, our schools, our places of work, and our concert stages. Bad Presidents make for great music. Join us as we get loud and stand together to defend our rights, our country, and our planet.”Calling Zack de la Rocha….Audioslave – Show Me How to Live:last_img read more

Spafford Packs The Ogden Theatre On Night One Of Colorado Run [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Bill McAlaine Spafford performed to a packed house on Thursday night at The Ogden Theatre in Denver. The show was the first of a three night run in Colorado, with The Aggie in Fort Collins on Friday and Denver’s Globe Hall on Saturday. “Spaffnerds” flew in from all over the country to make it to the opener and for good reason. The entire show was high energy from start to finish, with an extra something special in the air. With Spafford playing their largest room to date, it was an especially exciting experience for all. If last night’s attendance was any indication of Spafford’s presence among the scene, the rooms will presumably continue to increase in size very soon.Spafford Announces 2018 Winter Tour DatesAfter Spafford’s VIP sound check jam, a part of the “All In” CID entertainment package, their first set included a funky “The Postman” opener, a crowd pleasing “Eternity”, and closed with a heartfelt “Spell Yourself” with a special sit in by Don Cheek who wrote the song. Don Cheek has a special relationship with the band, as he gave them their start in Arizona by offering them a New Year’s gig at Coyote Joe’s in Prescott in 2009. The sit-in was special and representative of the band’s eagerness to remember their roots–a sentiment mirrored in their decision to play a three-night New Year’s run in Phoenix to close 2017.Spafford Releases Live 53-Minute Improv Studio Session And More [Pro-Shot Video]Spafford Welcomes The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner For Mad World Cover At Hulaween [Video]Second set included a dirty “Ain’t That Wrong,” with another special guest Nick Gerlach on saxophone. Gerlach stuck around for a funky rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City”. The song presented the opportunity for a guitar, sax, and keys battle, which inevitably lit the room up. The set closed with an always beautiful “Beautiful Day” into “Let it Be,” delivered by keyboardist Red.Catch Spafford in a city near you!You can listen to fan-recorded audio from the show below from teamikoiko:Check out the full gallery below from photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Spafford | The Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 11/9/11I: The Postman, My Road (My Road), Eternity, Diana, In the Eyes of Thieves, Spell Yourself*II: Ain’t That Wrong^, Living for the City^$, Weasel, Aeroplane% > Salamander Song, Beautiful Day > Piano Outro! > Let It Be@! > Beautiful Day!E: Plans*With Don Cheek (Written by Don Cheek)^Nick Gerlach on Sax$Stevie Wonder%RHCPSpafford | The Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 11/9/11 | Photos by Bill McAlainelast_img read more

Hutchinson Center awards Ph.D. candidate

first_imgDaniel Hochbaum, a Ph.D. candidate in engineering/applied sciences/applied physics, was one of 13 graduate students from institutes throughout North America chosen to receive the 2014 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Nominations were solicited internationally; the winners were selected on the basis of the quality, originality and significance of their work.The recipients, all advanced students at or near the completion of their studies in the biological sciences, will participate in a scientific symposium May 2 at Fred Hutch consisting of scientific presentations by the awardees.The award, established in 2000, honors Harold M. Weintraub, Ph.D., a founding member of the Hutch’s Basic Sciences Division who in 1995 died from brain cancer at age 49. Weintraub was an international leader in the field of molecular biology; among his many contributions, he identified genes responsible for instructing cells to differentiate, or develop, into specific tissues such as muscle and bone. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Plantsitter.

first_img W. Reeves, UGA CAES Some houseplants need watering more often during the winter because indoor air is drier than during the summer. But if you’re gone for several days on a winter holiday trip, how can you avoid coming home to wilted plants? One way is to lug all of the plants to your bathroom, arrange them on towels in your tub, water them thoroughly and then pull the door closed when you leave. The drawback is that this is a dirty, time-consuming, back-breaking chore. Why not try a method that lets your plants water themselves while you’re gone? All you need is some polyester knitting yarn, a No. 8 crochet hook, a waterproof saucer for each pot and a handful of small pebbles. In brief, insert the yarn into the bottom of each pot, which is supported over water in the saucer. Polyester yarn wicks water up into the soil automatically as it dries out. The first step is to cut a length of yarn for each pot. Measure a piece that’s twice as long as the pot height. A 6-inch-tall pot needs a piece of yarn 12 inches long. Turn the pot on its side and push the No. 8 crochet needle up through one of the holes in the bottom. Slowly press it through the soil until the hooked end emerges from the surface. Request the high-res image. PLANTSITTERS water your plants for you while you’re away for the holidays or other trips. Walter Reeves, extension horticulture educator, said yarn pulled through the pot with a crochet hook will wick moisture into the soil, keeping your plant from drying out while your’e gone. Hook the center of the piece of yarn and pull it back through the soil. Bring the yarn only 1 inch through the bottom of the pot. Allow it to hang free. Place three or four pebbles in the bottom of your waterproof saucer and set the pot onto them. Check to make sure the yarn dangles freely from the pot bottom. Fill the saucer with water just to the level of the pot bottom. The yarn hanging in the water will wick moisture into the soil as it becomes dry. Large potted plants may need two or three yarn wicks per pot. Insert each as above. Now you can leave your favorite houseplants unattended for several days! All you have to remember is to fill each saucer with water before you leave.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 2 – 8

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Texas Hippie CoalitionYeee-hawww! These heavy metal cowboys have come a long way from Texas to unleash the finest and most rock ‘n’ roll rodeo this side of the Rio Grande. Formed in 2004, lead vocalist Big Dad Ritch promotes his band’s best: “It’s like Lynyrd Skynrd and ZZ Top had a child, and Pantera ended up raising it.” Ready those cowboy hats for one big, bold night of rock chaos and glory. Warming up the crowd are Red Sky Mary, Symptom 7, Logan’s Room and One Day Waiting. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $16. 7 p.m. July 2.Colin Quinn’s The New York StoryNew York is arguably the envy of the world, yet filled with more than its share of complexities and intricacies. Lovable Jerry Seinfeld directs this satirical one-man play starring former SNL Weekend Update host Colin Quinn with the sole purpose of exposing the dirty cracks hidden beneath The Big Apple’s glossy veneer of shiny skyscrapers. Based on Quinn’s The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America, the show captures the city’s transformation from its Dutch origins to its present manifestation. Get ready to chuckle and laugh aloud! Heck, you might even learn something you never knew before. Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $20-$40. 4 p.m. July 2, 3.BadfishLate, great Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell may no longer be here with us physically, but he left behind an unbelievably addictive collection of tunes for us to rock out with him spiritually. No better way to kick off the long Independence Day weekend than by seeing this very cool tribute band covering everyone’s favorite punk/reggae/ska/pop songs. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. July 2.Powerman 5000“Your future has arrived,” claims this Boston band. Formed in 1991, the group was born in what feels like an almost distant time, but their focus is forever forward. Builders of the Future, their newest album, recently joined the seven already under their belt. With opening acts Soil, 3 Years Hollow, One More Breath, Permanent Scar and Adiron. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $17, $19 DOS. 7 p.m. July 3.The Beach BoysGet lost in rock ‘n’ roll and drift away as the seminal Beach Boys free their souls with timeless hits such as “Kokomo,” “Surfin’ Usa” and “I Get Around.” The legendary group has been pouring their youthful hearts out with these classic titles since the 1960s, inspiring past and present generations onward. By the end of the night, it will be abundantly clear that surfing is and has always been the best transportation of choice. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $145-$250. 7 p.m. July 3.A Poem Is a Naked PersonNever before released, renowned independent filmmaker Les Blank’s amazing 1974 documentary captures the brilliance of Leon Russell and the artists around him at his Oklahoma recording studio over a three-year period from 1972 to 1974. The late filmmaker’s son, Harrod Blank, will discuss this revealing cinematic experience with one of America’s seminal rock musicians after the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Check out CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 2.Tall Ships ChallengeLafayette’s Hermione Voyage is partnering with The Tall Ships Challenge to celebrate the journey that was made by the Marquis de Lafayette in 1780 and the long-lasting partnership between the US and France. Musical performances and entertainment will accompany tours of these historic ships, and attendees will be able to speak with the ships’ crews about their lives before the mast. The whole family will love this unique, exciting and educational event–and will learn a ton about this once common mode of transportation that connected the world. Greenport Harbor, Greenport. greenporttallships.com $15 adults, $5 kids. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 3.Art ReceptionArt, among so many other countless transcendental powers, melds the realms of the physical and the spiritual. To put brush to paint and give birth to such extraordinary visions is pure magic. A special showing of realist painter Isabelle Haran-Leonardi’s new oil paintings called “On The Water.” Nova Constellatio Gallery, 419 Main St., Greenport. novaconstellatiogallery.com Free. 4-7 p.m. July 3.Lee BriceWhat better way to celebrate Independence Day weekend than with some country music! Nominated for numerous Academy of Country Music, CMT and Grammy awards, Lee Brice is a chart-topping artist. Fans surely won’t be disappointed by this performance, as Brice is bound to play some of his greatest hits, including “Love Like Crazy,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “Drinking Class” and “I Don’t Dance.” Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 55 S Bicycle Path, Farmingville. pennysaveramp.com $35-$100. 5 p.m. July 3.Joe DevitoThis Long Islander has been around the block and down the Expressway and back. Since 2006, the comedian and writer has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Animal Planet and CNN. He was also a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Check out his “romantic” album First Date with Joe Devito. Imagine him whispering all the wonders of love and intimacy right into your ear. Too much? Maybe just go see him live–and laugh your tuckus off in the process. The Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokeragecomedy.com $15. 8 p.m. July 3.Christopher RoachThe New York-native comedian, actor and performer is bringing his self-described “unique and self-depreciating sense of humor” to LI this week. Perhaps most well-known for his recurring role as Rodney on One Life to Live, he has also performed on television commercials, Comedy Central and The Michael J. Fox Show. Come see what all the hubbub is about and get ready to burst your britches as he delivers one hysterical joke after another. Say what? You’ll be wearing shorts that night, not britches? Oh well, just the same. You’ll rip those at the seams from laughing so damn hard, too. Governor’s of Levittown, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $15-$47. 8 p.m. July 3. David CrosbyThe stuff of legends. A stellar Californian musician and social activist who’s performed at Woodstock, the Grammy’s, even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Crosby’s been there, done that. And he’s been on stage with some great musicians, too, like Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, not to forget Joni Mitchell and so many more. The man’s a living legend. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $96-$161. 8 p.m. July 3.Amagansett Fine Arts FestivalPriding itself on “no functional crafts,” according to the group’s website, this multi-artist, multi-medium extravaganza will feature sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media with labeled reproductions and original works by more than 40 exhibitors! Wowzler, Batman. Wowzler, indeed. American Legion Amagansett, 15 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton. amagansettfinearts.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. July 3-5.Vineyard WalkWine is known as the holy nectar of the gods for good reason. Born dangling amid the spiraling arms and fingers of a most gorgeous vine, and replacing woes and worries with triumphant visions and thoughts after just a few sips, the vino, as some oenophiles say, is much, much more than merely a sweet beverage to unwind with after a long day. It is a dear friend, a confidante, a true companion and even a lover. Come stroll amongst the twisting majesty that are these magical vines, bearing its blessed fruit, come partake in its relaxing, healing powers. Come rejoice in the wonder and pleasure that is this blessed, blessed creation! Shinn Estate Vineyards, 2000 Oregon Rd., Mattituck. liwines.com $20. 1:30 p.m. July 4Evening Tower TourSome say the moon was once a part of the Earth, a sub-aquatic mountain lifted from its watery residence when our planet was bashed by some gigantic intergalactic meteor millions and millions of years ago. Others say it is hollow, an extraterrestrial base, of sorts, for an alien race to spy on us. Others contend it is made of cheese, perhaps fancifully. Whatever your beliefs about our globe’s glowing satellite, when its light reflects off the top of the restless ocean, bouncing its illuminated beauty off the lip of each moving wave, it creates a bridge of starlight leading out into the depths of the horizon that is nothing less than absolutely breathtaking, a lunar portrait that has transcended time, and a living, breathing vision that inspires the imagination. Experience the interplanetary magnificence that is this nightly gravity-defining full-moon spectacular from atop one of Long Island’s most famous landmarks, the Fire Island Lighthouse, and find out whether the place is haunted, as the story goes, for yourself! Robert Moses State Park, Robert Moses Causeway, east of Field 5, Fire Island. fireislandlighthouse.com $15 members, $20 public. 4 p.m. July 4.Annual Outdoor Summer Shakespeare Festival – Twelfth NightRelive your high school English classroom days and watch one of many brilliant William Shakespeare plays in the beautiful outdoors. Twelfth Night, which inspired the comedy She’s The Man with Amanda Bynes, tells the tale of fraternal twins who are separated by a terrifying shipwreck. Viola, believing that her brother Sebastian has drowned at sea, disguises herself as a boy to get closer to her one true love, Duke Orsino. In the process, the woman whom Sebastian is trying to pursue grows deep affection for none other than Violet! Talk about steamy. From the man who brought you the word “swagger,” Shakespeare shakes all expectations in this entertaining play of gender confusion. Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. vanderbiltmuseum.org $15. 7 p.m. July 5.Fare Thee WellWhat more can be said about the Grateful Dead? They are true rock and roll legends. It’s been a long, strange trip, with so many members come and gone along the way. Time for one last jam, a farewell with a bang. For those who can’t make it to the Chicago concert, it will be telecast at this venue’s 30-foot, high-definition cinema screen with full concert sound. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $12. 8 p.m. July 5.Streaming Party: Grateful Dead’s Last ShowTwenty years after Jerry Garcia’s untimely death, the Grateful Dead will finally reunite where it ended in Chicago. As the Dead say farewell with their final concert, a live webcast will also stream on this giant Suffolk Theater screen, allowing fans to celebrate their legacy. On top of this, the band Half-Step will perform live Grateful Dead music, and $2 of every ticket will go to the Rex Foundation–a charity run by the Dead’s extended family that gives grants to extraordinary causes. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $10. 8 p.m. July 5.Mike BirbigliaYou may recently know him as corporate tool Danny Pearson in season three of hit series of Orange Is The New Black, but Mike Birbiglia is also a comedic powerhouse not to be reckoned with. The actor, author and panelist for NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! muses about jokes themselves, all while explaining why he once got arrested in New Jersey and why he was reamed out by a renowned director. Prepare for contagious belly laughs thundering from the sure-to-be packed audience as he performs his magic! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centre, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach whbpac.org $50-$70. 8 p.m. July 5.This is All NowLong Island natives This is All Now are a collaboration of longtime friends and previous bandmates. Their varied musical backgrounds allow the influence of different perspectives, which has resulted in mega-success. The pop/rock band has created a sound that stands out, providing energetic live performances and professionalism at the same time. With supporting acts Hope Vista, Marshall Traver, Matt Weiss, One-Click Waiting, Rebecca Maida and Gianni Paci. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bwy., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $12, $14 DOS, $25 VIP. 5 p.m. July 6.Swingtime Big BandCome dance amid the bombastic, joyous grooves of a swingin’ big band along the shores of the Atlantic, where music and wind and waves and laughter collide to cleanse your body, mind, spirit and soul! National Boulevard Beach, Long Beach Boardwalk. longbeachny.gov Free. 8 p.m. July 6.Emma StraubMeet the critically acclaimed author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and Other People We Married, whose latest novel, The Vacationers, hit book stores just last month. Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. poblib.org Free. 7-8 p.m. July 7.Long Island International Film ExpoThe event that MovieMaker Magazine dubbed “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” will kick off with the first its 165 independent movie screenings two nights before the official opening night ceremony July 10. Celebrity guests throughout the film fest include actor Jon Amos of Roots fame, composer Randy Edelman, who’s written scores for The Last of the Mohicans, Dragonheart, The Mask, among others, as well as Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods), Kevin Brown (30 Rock), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks) and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling. That’s all in addition to the many panels for those looking to learn more about how to make it in the biz. Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilmexpo.com $8-$65. Times vary, through July 16.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Kaitlin Gallagher, Nicholas Semelak, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Scoring system estimates a patient’s risk for SARS

first_imgSep 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – By sifting data from hundreds of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases in Hong Kong, researchers there have developed a scoring system for predicting whether a patient with suspicious signs and symptoms has the disease.If the model is validated in studies of other SARS outbreaks, it could help emergency department physicians make decisions about hospital admission, isolation, and treatment for suspected case-patients if SARS returns, according to the report in the Sep 7 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.”Our findings suggest that a simple model that uses clinical data at the time of presentation to an emergency department during an acute outbreak predicted the incidence of SARS and provided good diagnostic utility,” says the report by Gabriel M. Leung, MD, MPH, and colleagues.To determine which signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings were the best predictors of SARS, the authors analyzed records on all patients who were evaluated in the SARS triage clinics at two large Hong Kong hospitals during 2 months in early 2003.One cohort consisted of 1,274 patients who were seen at United Christian Hospital; this group included 821 residents of the Amoy Gardens housing complex, where a major SARS outbreak occurred. The other cohort included 1,375 patients who were examined at Prince of Wales Hospital. The incidence of SARS was 29.6% (377 of 1,274) in the United Christian cohort and 13.4% (184 of 1,375) in the Prince of Wales group.The authors developed their scoring system in two steps designed to parallel physicians’ decision-making processes. In the first step they looked at demographic data such as age, sex, occupation (healthcare worker or not), contact with SARS patients, travel history, symptoms, and vital signs. By statistical analysis, the investigators determined that age, contact history, fever, myalgia, and malaise were significant risk factors for a final diagnosis of SARS.The researchers identified patients at high risk for SARS on the basis of step 1. In step 2, they analyzed the radiological and lab findings for these patients and looked further at the risk factors identified in step 1. The analysis showed that significant risk factors included haziness or pneumonia on chest radiograph and low lymphocyte and platelet counts. The further analysis also ruled out myalgia and malaise as significant risk factors. Factors that were significantly linked with a low probability of SARS included a high neutrophil count, sputum production, and young or old age (under 18 or 65 and up).The authors further developed a point score for each risk factor, making it possible to calculate the overall risk by adding up the points. Patients above the threshold for high risk were further grouped into quartiles on the basis of their scores.The scoring system worked well when the researchers tested it on the patient cohorts it was derived from, according to the article. The actual incidence of SARS in patients assigned to the low-risk group was 4.4%. In the high-risk group, the incidence of SARS was 21% in the first quartile, 39.5% in the second quartile, 61.2% in the third quartile, and 79.7% in the fourth quartile. The system achieved an “optimism-corrected sensitivity of 90%” and a specificity of 62%.The researchers suggest that during a SARS outbreak, patients found to have a low risk on the basis of step 1—which requires only a history and physical exam—could be sent home and monitored daily until resolution of their symptoms. Patients found to be at high risk on the basis of step 2 should be admitted to an isolation ward for further assessment and possible treatment, the report says.The authors list several limitations of their method, including the fact that it has not been tested against data from SARS outbreaks elsewhere. “Ultimately, the generalizability of the findings should be confirmed by using similar databases in other SARS-affected countries and should be prospectively validated if SARS returns,” they write. They also note that the system is based on data from an acute outbreak and thus may not apply to isolated SARS cases during interepidemic periods.In an accompanying editorial, three physicians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that additional testing of the prediction system is particularly important because it is based on combined data from two “epidemiologically distinct” groups of patients. The cohort from Prince of Wales Hospital included a much higher proportion of healthcare workers with past exposure to SARS patients than the other cohort did. In addition, the Amoy Gardens outbreak has been widely discussed because of its “peculiar epidemiologic characteristics,” says the editorial by John A. Jernigan, MD, MS; Rita F. Helfand, MD, and Umesh D. Parashar, MBBS, MPH.Leung GM, Rainer TH, Fei-Lung L, et al. A clinical prediction rule for diagnosing severe acute respiratory syndrome in the emergency department. Ann Intern Med 2004;141:333-42 [Full text]last_img read more

Croatian nautical offer presented at the European Nautical Fair in Düsseldorf

first_imgPhoto: Pixabay.com That nautical is a product that makes up an important part of the overall Croatian tourist offer is also shown by research data TOMAS nautics 2017 Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland are key markets that we must strive to keep because it could turn to Turkey for prices – Shangulin Port, Angelina Tours “The figures clearly show that nautical tourism is one of the key segments of our tourism industry. These are guests who are willing to spend more for a quality offer, and the continuous growth of this niche is especially important for extending the season“, Explained the president of HGK ŽK Šibenik Ivan Soža. The number of registered boats in the first nine months of 2018 exceeded the figure from the whole of 2017 – 124.394 by the end of September 2018 compared to 122.964 in the twelve months of last year – with the number of registered yachts rising to almost 3000.  “A good weekend is behind us. The first bookings have already been made, and the interest is much better than last year. I hope that this trend will continue and that we will be able to fill our capacities for this year as well. I think that Croatia needs promotion, especially this year since we are struggling a bit with booking compared to Greece, which came to life as a market, and Turkey, which woke up much faster than we thought., “Said Luka Šangulin, owner and director of the charter company Angelina Tours from Biograd and deputy president of the Association of Boat Accommodation Providers – HGK charter. Due to the very high quality and preserved resource base on the international market, Croatia occupies the position of one of the most desirable nautical destinations, points out the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Stanišić, and adds: “This is a product that we intensively promote, both during the main part of the tourist year, and for the periods before and after the season. In support of charter companies and their activities related to early booking, we conducted a large online campaign on nautical tourism in the markets of Germany, Austria, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Sweden, France and Slovenia.”, The CNTB organizes performances at the BOOT nautical fair in Tulln, Austria in March, and at the Interboot fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany in September, and there is also a business workshop in Southampton. Among the co-exhibitors participating in the fair are the Split-Dalmatia and Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board, Croatia Yachting, Marina Hramina, Marina Veruda, Angelina Tours, Ultra Sailing, Burin Yacht Charter, Offshore Boote and Denebola Charter + Anamore Yachting. As part of the Croatian stand, in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and ACI, a gathering with partners was organized, as part of which a tasting of Croatian wines, cheeses and other gastronomic delicacies was held. This year, Croatia will once again present its nautical offer at BOOT, one of the most important European nautical fairs, which will be held this year in its 50th edition in Düsseldorf from 19 to 27 January. center_img Nautics is an important segment of our tourism Namely, according to these data, 56% of boaters come from households with an average income of more than € 3.500, which is almost twice the budget of summer vacation guests. The duration of the boaters’ stay is generally in the range of 4 to 7 nights (59%), followed by stays of 8 to 14 nights. Regarding the German market, according to the same research, 3/4 of sailors from Germany earn a monthly income of more than € 3.500, and during their stay in Croatia, 71% of them earn up to 7 nights. From the activities, they most often choose restaurants, shopping and sports activities. In 2018, 479 thousand arrivals and 3,2 million overnight stays were recorded in the nautical charter segment, which is an increase of 1 percent. Viewed by counties, the largest number of overnight stays in the nautical charter in 2018 was recorded in the Split-Dalmatia County (the share of the county in nautical charter nights is 44%), followed by Zadar (share 21%) and Šibenik-Knin County (17%).  The total number of charter vessels in Croatia grew to 4.375, and over half a million nautical guests realized almost 3,5 million overnight stays. Marinas, with over 17.000 berths, earned HRK 2017 million in 855. Of that, HRK 598 million was generated from renting berths, which is 70% of the total revenue generated. Compared to 2016, the total income is higher by 11,2%, and the income from renting berths by 10,9%. Online campaign in 9 emitting markets Shangulin noted that Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland are key markets that we must strive to keep because it could turn to Turkey because of prices. On the other hand, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the United States are specific markets that are harder to enter. “We also have a lot of interest from Australia, but we have not recognized the Australian license, which would be good to change in order to realize this potential for growth,” said Shangulin.  Last year, the BOOT Düsseldorf attracted more than 1900 exhibitors, almost 250.000 visitors and about 2.000 accredited journalists from 44 countries, which only speaks to the importance of the fair.  During the last year, more than 70 thousand arrivals and about 530 thousand overnight stays in the nautical charter were made from the German market, which positions this country in the first place in terms of tourist traffic.last_img read more

City slicker

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China threatens to ‘counter-attack’ US over Hong Kong curbs

first_imgBeijing reacted angrily to the moves, saying it was “detrimental to both sides”.”Any words and actions that harm the interests of China will be met with counter-attacks on the Chinese side,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a press briefing Monday.He said that Washington’s measures “seriously interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine US-China relations”.China’s rubber-stamp parliament on Thursday approved the plans for the law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security — as well as allow Chinese security agencies to operate openly in Hong Kong. Beijing warned Washington Monday of retaliation after President Donald Trump announced restrictions on Chinese students in the US in protest against a new national security law in Hong Kong.China also said ongoing unrest in the US highlighted its severe problems of racism and police violence — and exposed Washington’s double standards in supporting Hong Kong’s protesters.The two sides have clashed repeatedly on different topics and on Friday Trump said he would restrict Chinese graduate students and start reversing the special status enjoyed by semi-autonomous Hong Kong in customs and other areas. The move followed seven months of huge and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year.It was condemned by pro-democracy activists and Western nations as another attempt to chip away at the city’s freedoms.Hong Kong police on Monday banned an upcoming vigil marking the Tiananmen crackdown anniversary citing the coronavirus pandemic, the first time the gathering has been halted in three decades.The candlelight June 4 vigil usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the anniversary is still allowed.In Beijing, Zhao also seized on ongoing anti-racism protests in the US to accuse the US of hypocrisy, calling racism “a chronic disease of American society”.Washington’s response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of police was a “textbook example of its world-famous double standards”, Zhao said.”Why does the US lionize the so-called Hong Kong independence and black violence elements as heroes and activists, while calling people who protest against racism ‘rioters’?” Zhao asked.Protests and rallies, sometimes violent, were sweeping the United States over the death of Floyd. The US Department of Defense said that around 5,000 National Guard troops had been mobilized in 15 states as well as the capital, with another 2,000 on standby.Beijing has long been infuriated by criticism from Western governments — especially the United States — over its crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying took aim at Washington on Saturday.”I can’t breathe,” she said on Twitter, with a screenshot of a tweet by US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus that had criticised China’s policy in Hong Kong.Hua was quoting the words Floyd was heard saying repeatedly before his death in Minneapolis — after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.The police officer has since been charged with third-degree murder.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Falling property prices dragging household wealth down: CoreLogic

first_img What the Budget offers home buyers Budget commits to ‘most ambitious to date’ megacity More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMost households “will likely remain in a position whereby the value of their assets is significantly higher than their debt”, Mr Kusher said. Capital city living for less than $45,000 Young, single and snapping up property Total value of household assets and liabilities — CoreLogic Property Pulse 04/04/19But, he warned, “no doubt an increasing number of recent property purchasers will have higher levels of debt than the value of their asset”.“This is probably an area of most concern for the RBA. If this leads to reduced consumer expenditure an in-turn slower economic growth, it may be a trigger for either lower official interest rates or changes to mortgage lending policies (or both).” Ratios of interest payments to disposable income — CoreLogic Property Pulse 04/04/19This as latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics put net household worth at $10.2 trillion — which is the lowest level it’s been since September 2017 — with a big portion of that drop coming off falling property values. BUDGET 2019 Housing debt was at 28.3 per cent of total housing assets — the highest level it’s been since September 2014, with CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher warning asset values were falling as debt increased.“It is important to understand that if asset values fall, the value of the debt typically doesn’t reduce at the same speed, which can lead to asset value erosion.” The fear for RBA is those households that have higher levels of debt than the value of their asset.Mr Kusher said “if household debt levels haven’t declined by the time interest rates rise, it could create more challenges for households”.Overall household wealth dropped in both the September and December quarters last year, so much so that they sat -1.6 per cent below June 2018.The assets of Aussie households were valued at $12.6 trillion at the end of last year, ABS data found, but household liabilities rose 1.5 per cent to $2.4 trillion, which put net worth at $10.2 trillion, the latest CoreLogic Property Pulse said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Latest ABS data has put national household net worth at $10.2 trillion. Picture: Richard Walker.If you’re feeling a bit poorer today, here’s a very good reason why — and also the reason you need to go for broke now, according to experts.Debt levels in Australian homes have hit record highs with families putting more of their income towards paying down borrowing — effectively trying to go for broke while interest rates are low, according to latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and CoreLogic analysis.About 9.1 per cent of household disposable income was going on interest payments in December — the highest level it’s been since September 2013, according to CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher. “Despite the cash rate tracking at generational lows, households are paying a proportionally higher share of interest than they have in many years.” MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Mortgage stress up nationally, down in QLD FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more