first_imgCroatian tourist offer is again presented this year at the largest tourist fair for the general public in France “World tour salon“, Which takes place from March 15 to 18 in Paris.The fair is visited by more than 100.000 visitors every year, and the tourist novelties are represented by about 500 tourist destinations in Europe and the world. In addition to the Croatian Tourist Board as the main exhibitor, the tourist boards of the City of Zagreb, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties also present their offer at the fair. The Croatian stand was also visited on the first day of the fair by the Croatian Ambassador to France, HE Filip Vučak with associates.According to Danijela Mihalić Đurica, director of the CNTB Representation in France, arrivals from the French emitting market are constantly increasing “In 2017, there were more than 540.000 arrivals of French tourists in Croatia, which is an increase of 9 percent and a record 2,1 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 5 percent compared to 2016. Especially cheerful and realized increases in the pre- and post-season periods in regions where the French have not been present in large numbers so far, which has certainly contributed to the numerous promotional activities in the regions from which direct flights to Croatia are being introduced.”, Pointed out Mihalić Đurica.In recent years, the International Tourism Fair in Paris has been associated with the fair “Destination Nature“Which is dedicated to active tourism. Thus, for the price of one ticket, visitors have the opportunity to visit two fairs, which is why the interest in these fairs is constantly increasing, which is evident in the extremely high attendance of the Croatian stand during the first day of the fair.Photo: HTZ”France is a very potent market for Croatia, from which we have been achieving excellent results in tourist traffic in recent years. Together with key partners, we are working hard to increase airlines, which are one of the key prerequisites for further growth and maintaining positive trends. We are extremely pleased with the data of the Association of French Tour Operators (SETO) according to which the demand for package deals for Croatia is constantly increasing, while the sale and reservation of summer package deals for Croatia is increasing by as much as 45%”, Said the director of the CNTB Main Office Kristjan Staničić.According to the CNTB, the Croatian tourist promotion on the French market will continue next week with a performance at the active tourism fair in Lyon, followed by the presentation of Croatian tourist and maritime heritage at the event “Escale à Sète“, Which takes place in the south of France in the city of Sète. Croatia, along with Italy, will be one of the honorary countries of this year’s edition of the event, which annually attracts about 300.000 visitors, who have the opportunity to see more than 130 boats. Thus, as part of the Croatian presentation, the arrival of several Croatian traditional boats was organized, such as Kvarnerski guc, Lošinj regatta pasara, Condura Croatica, Komiška sandula, Neretvanska lađa and trupica.last_img read more

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand, (CMC) – West Indies failed in their bid for a breakthrough in the short period before tea, as they continued to struggle after being dismissed cheaply on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve here today.At tea, New Zealand were nine without loss, with opener Tom Latham (six not out) and Jeet Raval (three not out) encountering few jitters in the six overs available to them.Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner had earlier claimed a career-best seven-wicket haul as West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 55 runs after lunch to be dismissed for 134 in their first innings.Opener Kieran Powell top-scored with 42 and partner Kraigg Brathwaite got 24, but it went downhill quickly for the visitors, after the pair put on 59 for the first wicket.Resuming after lunch on 79 for three, the Caribbean side lost wickets steadily to be bowled out, 40 minutes before tea, with the outstanding Wagner claiming seven for 39.New ball bowler, left-armer Trent Boult, picked up two for 36.The performance by Wagner was the second best by a New Zealand bowler against West Indies.Shai Hope, yet to score at lunch, perished to the second ball after the resumption without adding when he pulled at Wagner and brushed a leg-side catch behind, with a single run added to the score.Seven balls later, debutant Sunil Ambris trod on his stumps off Wagner to depart without scoring, leaving West Indies 80 for five.Roston Chase turned Wagner around the corner to be caught at leg slip by Raval on 97 for six and captain Jason Holder was yorked first ball, to extend the Windies’ misery.Dowrich was run out in a mix up with Roach and Miguel Cummins was bowled for one playing down the wrong line, before Roach and Shannon Gabriel (10) put on 29 for the last wicket – the second-best stand of the innings – to frustrate the Black Caps.last_img read more

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona’s rescheduled La Liga game at home to Real Madrid is set to take place on December 18 as both clubs came to an agreement after the match, due to be played on October 26, was postponed amidst violent political demonstrations in Catalonia.Following huge protests over the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders, the league’s organising body made an official request to the RFEF this week for the ‘Clasico’ to be rearranged, which was approved yesterday.The federation ordered the two clubs to arrange a new date before a deadline of October 21, and the two sides said later yesterday they wanted the game to take place on December 18.“In light of the ruling which postpones the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid and states the clubs must agree a new date, Real Madrid wishes to communicate that the date proposed by both clubs is December 18,” said Real’s statement.In a separate statement, Barca said they had argued in favour of the game still taking place on October 26 and had opposed La Liga’s plan to move it from the Camp Nou to Real’s Santiago Bernabeu.Barca added that they had “utmost confidence in the civic and pacific attitude of its fans and members”, also apologising to supporters who were inconvenienced by the decision and saying tickets purchased would be refunded.Real coach Zinedine Zidane said he and his players would accept any new date for the fixture, also calling the images of violence in Catalonia “difficult”.Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators waving pro-independence flags and chanting “freedom for political prisoners” joined marches across Catalonia yesterday, the fifth day of protests.Barcelona town hall said 700 garbage containers were set ablaze since protests began on Monday and estimated that the city had suffered damage totalling more than 1.5 million euros.An official from Barcelona town hall said around 10 trees were set on fire on Thursday. Regional police said 16 people were arrested across Catalonia on Thursday, while health officials said medical aid was provided to 42 people.Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, a former Barcelona player and their most successful ever manager, called on European countries to try to resolve the crisis.“The international community must help us to solve the conflict of Catalonia and Spain and we need a mediator from outside to sit in and talk,” he said in a news conference ahead of his side’s visit to Crystal Palace in the Premier Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgAbout 6 weeks ago, an 85-second message from the Philae lander put its project manager, Stephan Ulamec, in a justifiably exultant mood. After 7 months of silence, the lander was alive and well on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But Ulamec’s mood has darkened since then, as radio links with the lander have become short and spotty, then faded out. The team has not heard from Philae since 9 July. “It’s a bit frustrating to have an apparently working lander on a comet surface and not being able to communicate with it,” says Ulamec, of the German Aerospace Center in Cologne.But even if little Philae’s working life is over, its short career yielded solid returns. On 12 November 2014, the orbiting mother ship Rosetta dropped Philae to the surface. The harpoons and retrorockets meant to hold it there did not work, but the lander did not fly off into space. Instead, it bounced and came to an awkward stop on its side in the shadow of a cliff. It had less than 3 days to perform science before its batteries were exhausted and it went into hibernation. This week in Science, the lander’s science team publishes the fruit of those 3 days: a suite of seven papers that describe the mechanical, compositional, and textural properties of the comet surface and its interior.Philae’s investigators had hoped to build on those findings. After Philae woke up on 13 June, it was in contact with Rosetta six more times over 10 days. It sent encouraging “housekeeping” data: The lander was warm and its solar panels were receiving sunlight, which will increase up until 13 August, when 67P reaches its closest point to the sun. Engineers lowered the altitude of Rosetta’s orbits in hopes of improving the radio link. Email But since 24 June, the team has heard from the lander just once—on 9 July. Ulamec says one of Philae’s two receivers is dead, and one of its two transmitters may also be on the fritz. Flight engineers are reluctant to send Rosetta too close to the comet, which is belching an expansive halo of dust as the sun warms ices in its interior, causing them to sublimate into jets of gas. Too much bright, reflective dust can mimic the stars that Rosetta relies on for navigation, overwhelming the spacecraft’s star trackers and causing it to reboot—a process that wastes days of valuable scientific time and risks leaving Rosetta stranded in an orientation in which it cannot receive commands from Earth. Stars shine behind the rugged cliff that shades Philae’s landing site on comet 67P. 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Country On 11 July, 2 days after the last contact, the craft had star tracker problems at about 165 kilometers above the comet. Engineers have since pulled back to safer orbits 190 to 210 kilometers above the surface. Moreover, during August, the orbiter will spend more time exploring the comet’s southern terrains, which are now illuminated—but that will mean fewer passes over Philae, which sits in the north.The lander team can console itself with what it did find. Two mass spectrometer experiments designed to ingest and analyze samples never received material drilled from the subsurface, as planned. But scientists working on the experiments think they did capture material that accidentally fell in after the lander’s first bounce kicked up dust. The instruments detected organic compounds similar to those that astronomers have spotted in the dust and gas of other comets’ comas. But they found no sulfur-bearing compounds—a surprise given that the Rosetta orbiter has remotely detected such compounds just above the surface. And one of the two experiments found four compounds never before detected on comets.An experiment that analyzed radio waves traveling through the body of the comet when the orbiter and lander were on opposite sides of it found that 75% to 85% of 67P’s interior is nothing but void space. If comets are icy dirtballs instead of the dirty snowballs scientists once pictured, those dirtballs must be loosely packed. Valerie Ciarletti, a member of the radio experiment team, says the interior was also strikingly uniform. That’s odd, she says, because the orbiter has detected strong variations in both the abundance and composition of ices outgassing from the surface. Some areas are rich in carbon monoxide, for instance, whereas others are enriched in water.The uniformity also raises doubts about theories that comets accreted layer by layer in the early solar system, says Jessica Sunshine, a comet researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park, who is not on the mission. However, the radio experiment fell short in one of its key tasks: explaining whether the two lobes of 67P began as separate cometesimals that stuck together, or whether they formed from a uniform body that eroded away preferentially around its neck. The experiment had time only for the lobe where Philae came to rest—the “head” of the duck-shaped comet. “It’s really a pity that we were not able to sound both of them,” says Ciarletti, a planetary scientist at LATMOS-IPSL, a research institute near Paris.Philae even sent pictures from its 360° camera, CIVA. Jean-Pierre Bibring, who led the camera team and is one of Philae’s two lead scientists, says he was surprised to see very little ice. Instead, he found grains of dust that were far bigger than expected, stuck together to form meter-sized blocks resembling conglomerate rocks on Earth. “The cement of a comet is probably not ice,” says Bibring, a planetary scientist at the Institute of Space Astrophysics in Orsay, France. Instead, it may be the stickiness of the dust grains themselves—complex organic material from the presolar nebula in which the comet formed more than 4.5 billion years ago.Sunshine isn’t convinced yet. She says the surface materials may not be pristine—they may have been altered by ultraviolet light. “We’re still dealing with the skin-deep problem,” she says. For her, one of the surprising results came from an analysis of the lander’s initial bounce. Sunshine says most scientists expected comets to be “fluffy,” but Philae’s trajectory showed that, underneath about 20 centimeters of soft dust, the comet has a thin, relatively strong layer, perhaps formed as ice sublimed and left behind dust that “sintered” together. The soft outer layer may consist of dust that blew off and settled back to the surface. Computer simulations work showed that larger infalling objects can splash dust across the surface, covering its features like drifting snow—but with no need to invoke any cometary “wind.” “Material is moving around this thing,” Sunshine says. “That’s sedimentary geology.”Layers of settling dust could eventually become a problem for Philae’s solar panels. For now, light levels look good, and Ulamec says that, since the 13 June contact, they have increased beyond what would be expected with the change in seasons—an indication the lander has shifted to a more favorable angle (although the tilt may have also made its radio connections worse). He is looking to September and October as the last chance to get the lander doing science again before the comet leaves the inner solar system and sunlight dims too much. “We of course keep trying,” he says. “The lander surprises us again and again.” BIBRING ET AL./SCIENCE Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more