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The eVisitor system is the third best tourism innovation in the world


first_imgThe Croatian national tourism information system eVisitor won third place and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) award for innovation in research and technology. The winner of this subcategory was declared SEGITTUR from Spain for the project “Smart Tourism System (SIT)”, while the second place went to the organization EarthCheck from Australia for the project “Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS)”.The award was received by the director of the CNTB’s Main Office, Kristjan Staničić, who emphasized that the eVisitor system is the only Croatian project nominated among all finalists. “In Croatia, we were very happy to receive the news of the eVisitor system’s candidacy for the UNWTO award, and this award and third place make us especially proud. The eVisitor system is a very important project for the entire Croatian tourism and we are therefore extremely glad that its quality is recognized in the world. In addition to significantly reducing the administrative work in the process of registering and deregistering tourists, the system serves as an excellent tool for further development of tourist offers and marketing and promotional activities of all users, from renters in family accommodation to travel companies and institutions. This recognition gives us additional motivation for further upgrading of the system, but also the creation of new innovative projects to make the Croatian tourist system even more successful, ” said Director Staničić, adding that the finalists were selected from 128 submitted innovative projects from 55 countries, which further indicates this great success of the Croatian Tourist Board project, which was fully developed in Croatia by Croatian experts.. “This is another recognition for Croatian tourism and proof that today Croatia is recognized as one of the leaders in the world tourism industry.”Said Stanicic.By the way, the eVisitor system is recognized outside Croatia as an excellent innovative product, and as we unofficially find out, there is great interest from several countries that would buy the entire eVisitor system or “know how” and implement it in their countries.The eVisitor system in Croatia has been in full application since 2016 and has met all expectations as a unique and central place for registration and deregistration of tourists, ie for the calculation and control of the collection of sojourn tax. The eVisitor system is an innovative platform that is free for users, maximally simplified and accessible from any location that has Internet access, which greatly facilitates all the processes offered by the system. It is certainly worth emphasizing the segment of monitoring tourist traffic, so today, thanks to the system, it is possible to monitor tourist flows in almost real time by various parameters, which provides a very detailed insight into the various structures of tourist traffic.last_img read more


Microsoft bans face-recognition sales to police as Big Tech reacts to protests


first_imgTopics : “We do not sell our facial recognition technology to US police departments today, and until there is a strong national law grounded in human rights, we will not sell this technology to police,” the company said. The Washington Post first reported the news.The death of George Floyd, a black man pinned down by a white officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, prompted worldwide protests against racial inequity. Concerns also arose over whether facial recognition could be used against protesters unfairly.Research found that face analysis was less accurate for people with darker skin tones, adding to activists’ warnings that false matches could lead to unjust arrests.Matt Cagle, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, said, “When even the makers of face recognition refuse to sell this surveillance technology because it is so dangerous, lawmakers can no longer deny the threats to our rights and liberties.” Congress has weighed possible regulation for months.Ripple effect?Facial-recognition vendors working with police have included Idemia and DataWorks Plus.One of Amazon’s early law enforcement customers, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, decided to halt its program after the tech company’s policy change.”This program was an innovation in law enforcement technology worth exploring, but until stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of it are in place, our program has been suspended indefinitely,” the office said on Thursday in an internal memo seen by Reuters.It was unclear if others would follow suit.Microsoft and Amazon did not answer a request for comment on whether their bans applied to law enforcement broadly, such as an unnamed prison to which Microsoft had previously said it would provide software.Militaries and intelligence agencies also use facial recognition, an old tool that has become common in recent years because of newer computer models that detect patterns in faces and objects.But concerns persist over weaknesses with people of color and targeted use against minorities.Microsoft said it was updating how it reviews customers looking to deploy the technology widely.Mike Jude, a director at research firm IDC, said the big companies’ decisions – at a time of regulatory scrutiny in the United States and Europe – would earn goodwill without sacrificing much business.”Is facial recognition a big deal for any of the companies right now? No,” he said. “It will be smaller players that provide specific solutions to law enforcement that will be put in a bind.”center_img Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would await federal regulation before selling facial recognition technology to police, making it the latest big firm to back away from the business following protests against law enforcement brutality and bias.The announcement came shortly after rival Amazon.com Inc declared it was pausing police use of its “Rekognition” service for a year and International Business Machines Corp said it no longer offers the software generally.In a statement, Microsoft said it has worked on enacting principles and legislation for the software’s use.last_img read more


Governor Wolf Will Sign Compromise Office of State Inspector General Bill


first_imgGovernor Wolf Will Sign Compromise Office of State Inspector General Bill Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Transparency Harrisburg, PA – In the spirit of bipartisan compromise, Governor Tom Wolf today announced he will sign Senate Bill 527, sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument, into law later this week. The bill codifies the Office of State Inspector General in statute and sets forth the office’s powers and duties.In addition to granting subpoena power to the office for its internal investigations, the bill allows the IG to investigate and file criminal charges for certain welfare fraud crimes.“The Office of the Inspector General plays an important role within state government and this bipartisan compromise will bolster this vital executive office,” Governor Wolf said. “I want to thank Senator Aument, Democratic and Republican members of the State Government committees, and their staffs for their willingness to work together on amending this bill to ensure the OIG can serve the executive branch and the taxpayers with efficiency and accountability.”Under the new law, the State Inspector General will be appointed by the governor to serve concurrent with the governor’s term in office unless removed. A State Inspector General may not seek election to a political office while serving.Key responsibilities of the Office of Inspector General include:Investigate and report on the administration of programs and operation of executive agencies;Provide evidence of a crime to law enforcement;Make referrals to the Auditor General for the audit;Review complains from any source;Produce public reports and;Make recommendations to agencies for improvement.The Office of Inspector General was initially created by Executive Order in 1987 and is charged with conducting investigations into fraud, waste, and abuse within the administration of state government and the administration of welfare benefits. July 11, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Governor Wolf with UE Members Vows to Help Workers and Erie Region


first_imgGovernor Wolf with UE Members Vows to Help Workers and Erie Region SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Erie, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today met with the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 506 to discuss efforts to help workers impacted by General Electric (GE) Transportation’s planned layoffs by the end of 2018.“GE’s decision is incredibly tough for these hardworking families and a disappointment to the entire region,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend UE 506 for engaging in collective bargaining with GE to ensure their members are treated as fairly as possible.”“I am committed to ensuring that Erie’s economy remains competitive and the employees impacted by this decision will find good, family sustaining jobs.”Following GE’s announcement, Governor Wolf called the company’s Chief Executive Officer and strongly urged the company to reconsider. With the company’s refusal to change course, Governor Wolf and his administration have worked with Local 506 to put a plan in place to mitigate the potential impact on workers and the region.At Governor Wolf’s direction, the Department of Labor and Industry will work with UE Local 506 to help displaced employees return to the workforce. The department’s Rapid Response team and the local CareerLink will offer information about retraining and education, health insurance and unemployment benefits, and job seeking assistance, including access to computers and phones for the transition to re-employment.“I will do everything in my power to help the Erie economy recover from this loss as the community and the commonwealth build on our successes in bringing jobs to this region,” said Governor Wolf. “There’s no question this is a tough situation, but I am fully confident in the workforce, the citizens, and the spirit of Erie.”The region remains an important destination for businesses to invest and build. Through the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Governor’s Action Team, almost 600 jobs have been created or retained in Erie. Businesses including Sterling Technologies, VNET, UPMC and Logistics Plus, which the governor visited earlier today, have committed to the region with their recent investmentsTo further spur job creation and development, the commonwealth has invested $5 million in the Harbor Place project to remake Erie’s Bayfront, provided over $1.5 million in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to encourage businesses to invest in distressed areas, and a Keystone Enterprise Zone was created in the city to encourage innovation, attract businesses, and create jobs.center_img August 09, 2017last_img read more


Rohr: I’m constantly in touch with Yobo


first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Most Clever Uses Of CGI In Cinema6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that he has been holding talks with his newly appointed assistant, Joseph Yobo. However, speaking in an interview with ESPN’s Colin Udoh, Rohr revealed Yobo has now contacted him, and they discussed at length. The former Bordeaux manager revealed he was not able to get hold of Yobo because he did not have his number. But they have now talked, and he even asked him to help out with some issues. “We talked together.” He gave me the first call because I did not have his number, and then called him back, and we are in touch. read also:Staying in Nigeria never a problem, Rohr replies NFF “I even ask him to help me already because I can’t move for the moment and to contact our players in Nigeria though they are not playing also,” Rohr added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Yobo was appointed as Rohr’s assistant following the dismissal of Imama Amapakabo in February. But when Yobo was announced as the new Super Eagles assistant manager, Rohr revealed he was not aware, and he has not spoken to the former Everton man. The two were supposed to meet for the first time ahead of the Super Eagles Afcon qualifying clash against Sierra Leone last month. But the doubleheader was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged almost all activities worldwide.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more


Global COVID-19 death toll tops 3,000


first_imgThe virus has now infected more than 88,000 people and spread to more than 60 countries after first emerging in China late last year. AFP With fears of a pandemic on the rise,the World Health Organization urged all countries to stock up on critical careventilators to treat patients with severe symptoms of the deadly respiratorydisease. (AFP) South Korea, the biggest nest ofinfections outside China, reported nearly 500 new cases on Monday, bringing itstotal past 4,000. The virus has now infected more than88,000 people and spread to over 60 countries after first emerging in Chinalate last year.center_img A second person died in the northwesternUS state of Washington as President Donald Trump, who has downplayed the riskof a major outbreak, faced criticism over his administration’s preparedness torespond to the threat. THE global death toll from the newcoronavirus epidemic surpassed 3,000 on Monday after dozens more died at itsepicenter in China and cases soared around the world with a second fatality onUS soil.last_img read more


Wenger: We blame ourselves


first_img The Gunners, with a makeshift defence and missing Mesut Ozil because of a knee injury, had taken an early lead through a fine finish from Alexis Sanchez and looked on their way to victory. However, Hull quickly were on level terms through a controversial equaliser from Mohamed Diame as Arsenal claimed a foul in the build-up. Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side only had themselves to blame after having to battle back to secure a 2-2 draw against Hull with a stoppage-time equaliser from Danny Welbeck at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were then made to pay for switching off right at the start of the second half when Abel Hernandez – only playing after an injury to Nikica Jelavic in the warm-up – headed Hull into the lead. Arsenal, beaten at Chelsea before the international break, looked set for more frustrations before Welbeck slotted home in the first of six minutes of added time, and then almost snatched victory at the death through Kieran Gibbs, who was denied by stand-in Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. “We got a point but we had 80 per cent possession. It is a very disappointing result,” said Wenger, who moved to allay any fears over an ankle/knee injury suffered by Jack Wilshere during the second half. “We were unlucky with the referee on the first goal, but on the second goal we can only blame ourselves. “We came out of the dressing room with a lack of focus and gave them the lead straight away. It was difficult. “I cannot fault the effort or the heart that we had in the game. The defensive concentration was missing on the second goal and when you make it difficult at that level you cannot give the goals away like that.” Wenger added: “Even in the last five minutes we had three clear-cut chances on goal. It is difficult when we play against teams who are physically stronger and organised, it was 10 against 10 in one half. “This was the kind of game where we couldn’t afford to concede another goal when we came out at 1-1. We know that – we have enough experience to know that and we cannot give a goal away like we did. “But we put our heart and effort in until the last second and I cannot fault the effort, the spirit and the work rate of the team.” Arsenal have now not won in the Barclays Premier League since September 20 and are some 11 points behind leaders Chelsea in sixth. Wenger added: “Of course I cannot say it is not a concern, it is a big concern because the other teams win their games and we don’t.” After looking set for being on the end of a hiding, Bruce was full of praise for his side’s efforts. “I am satisfied with a point, but I think that is four times this season we’ve conceded in the last minute,” he said. “Today I didn’t think we were going to concede because we were comfortable, but we ran out of juice badly because the international players had been away and we made a few mistakes. “I thought we were going to hang on to what would be a great win for us. “However, I have been here before with teams where Arsenal have played the reserves and we have been beaten by six or five and gone away with our tails between our legs, so we have done extremely well to get a point.” Bruce revealed Jelavic had twisted his knee during the warm-up, while defender Michael Dawson also hobbled off in the second half with an ankle problem. Goalkeeper Steve Harper, meanwhile, looks set for a spell out of action, having to be replaced just before half-time. “It looks as if he has ruptured his bicep, which is a horrible injury,” Bruce said. “He would love me to say he did it when he tipped the ball over the bar from (Santi) Cazorla, but it was a shot somebody scuffed and he went down.” last_img read more


Cricket News If situation demands Virat Kohli can bat at number 4: Sunil Gavaskar


first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Virat Kohli can bat at number 4 in the World Cup if the situation demands. India will play their first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5. The last assignment before the World Cup starts on 24th February against Australia.  New Delhi: With less than four months for the most prestigious event to start, the teams are working regressively with the full fortitude to not keep even a single box unturned. For India, the squad looks pretty much in space with both bowlers and batsmen in prime form. However, there are still a few areas to be seen, one of them turns out to be if skipper Virat Kohli can bat at number four.Since the very statement from Indian head coach Ravi Shastri, the idea of playing batting sensation Virat Kohli at the debatable No.4 slot has caused quite a stir. While most are of the notion that the formidable top-three of the Indian batting line up should not be separated, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that Kohli can bat at number four if the situation demands.He went on saying that if India loses their openers early, India can protect Virat for number four and the likes of Ambati Rayudu or some other can be exposed for the number three spot.  Gavaskar, on Friday, opined that there is no need for the Indian think tank to protect a batsman of the stature of Kohli, but added that if a situation arises where India have lost the openers early on in a big run chase then the “best batsman in the world” can be protected and sent at No.4. “The best batsman in the world needs no protection in the batting order. But sometimes you have to assess the conditions. There could be a lot of swing and movement in the air in England… and if the opposition makes over 350 and India lose the first wicket early, then Kohli could be protected and sent at No.4.”This is the very reason why it is really important for India to select its third opener who is technically sound. Because the ball swings and seams around in England. But if the conditions are not very different then Kohli should bat at No.3,” Gavaskar told India Today. highlights Gavaskar believes that India can build that number three spot for someone till the World Cup, which eventually can provide more solidarity in the batting line up.”The good thing about this Indian top-three is we can separate them if conditions and situations demand. Someone like Virat Kohli can go to number four, and we can put a good number three to bring more balance to the batting line-up. That’s flexibility for you, and for big tournaments like the World Cup, you have to be flexible to see what’s the best balance for the side. So we will decide that (accordingly in England).last_img read more


2 football players appear in court Wednesday; case adjourned until Jan. 30


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Syracuse football players Marquis Spruill and Steve Rene appeared in Syracuse City Court Wednesday for a hearing following their arrests on Dec. 2.The two appeared before Judge Theodore Limpert with their attorney, Christopher Burke of Syracuse University Student Legal Services. Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney Matt Bloss said that he was seeking a “guilty as charged” plea, but told the judge that he was still interviewing witnesses, including the arresting police officers.The judge then adjourned the case until Jan. 30.“(Bloss) needs to speak with his people, his witnesses, and that’s when they’ll decide where we’re going from there,” Burke said.Spruill, 21, faces charges of second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct, both violations. Rene, 21, faces charges of disorderly conduct, a violation, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSpruill is a starting linebacker for the Syracuse football team, while Rene is a running back and punt returner. Rene was declared out for the season on Nov. 20 and received surgery for an upper body injury.Syracuse plays in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium against West Virginia. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said on ESPN CNY Radio Wednesday that Spruill will play in the game, while Rene will not due to his injury. A call to Sue Edson, assistant director of athletics for communications, was not immediately returned.The two players were arrested in the early morning of Dec. 2. The incident began when Rene stood in the road on Euclid Avenue, yelling at passers-by and police officers, according to the police report. An officer took Rene to the side of the street, but he returned to the road, at the intersection of Livingston and Euclid Avenues.The officer approached Rene and grabbed his shirt in an attempt to secure his position. Spruill attempted to pull the officer away from Rene, according to the report.The first officer pushed Spruill away, and another officer came to secure the position. Officers had difficulty handcuffing Rene, according to the report.Rene and Spruill were placed in the back of a Syracuse police car. While officers were questioning Rene, Spruill kicked the inside of the car in an aggressive manner. He kicked the rear door open at one point, nearly striking an officer in the face, according to the report.Spruill and Rene declined comment after the hearing. Commentslast_img read more


Getting to know Bryant


first_img Published on May 10, 2013 at 12:52 am Five years ago, Bryant was wrapping up its 27th year as a Division-II competitor. In five years, the Bulldogs have risen to respectability on the national scene. Led by former Duke head coach Mike Pressler, the Bulldogs have a chance to play Cinderella on Sunday night at 7:30 in the Carrier Dome.Record: 8-10 (4-1 Northeast Conference)Season outline: Bryant started the season 0-7, losing nonconference games to Colgate, Fairfield, Bucknell, Vermont, Drexel, Albany and Harvard before squeaking out its first win of the season, 10-9, against Stony Brook on March 23. The Bulldogs then scored 47 goals in their first three NEC matchups, ultimately finishing 4-1 in conference play and claiming the top seed in the conference tournament. They beat Sacred Heart 11-9 in the semifinals before routing Robert Morris 14-7 in the final on Saturday to repeat as NEC champions. This year, though, the title came with an automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament.Players to watch:Colin Dunster: The junior midfielder is Bryant’s leading scorer with 31 goals and 14 assists. He tallied a game-high six points (two goals, four assists) in the NEC final.Shane Morell: The sophomore attack is the Bulldogs’ most accurate regular scorer. With 27 goals and 18 assists, he’s tied with Dunster for the team lead in points, but shoots 28.4 percent and finds the cage on 61.1 percent of his shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPeter McMahon: The senior attack is playing to continue his career, and with three straight hat tricks entering the NCAA tournament, it shows. He was the NEC tournament MVP.Kevin Massa: If there’s one player who can single-handedly hurt SU, it’s Massa, a quick-stick sophomore midfielder. The faceoff specialist is 293-for-411 (71.3 percent) at the X this year. Against Robert Morris in the NEC final, he won 21-of-25 faceoffs.Gunnar Waldt: The redshirt freshman netminder has been a steady presence between the pipes through the second half of Bryant’s season. He’s saved 57 percent of shots this year and averages nine goals allowed per game. Waldt made 11 saves while allowing seven goals in the NEC final.Head coach:Mike Pressler: Pressler spent 16 seasons at Duke before being asked to step down after three of his players were accused of rape in April 2006. The accusations ultimately proved false and the charges were dropped, but Pressler has moved on to reshape the Bryant program in only seven seasons. He led the Bulldogs to a 14-4 mark last year, an undefeated record at home and their first-ever Division-I national ranking, cracking the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll at No. 20 in early April 2012. Now Pressler looks to push the program one step further when it takes on the Orange on Sunday.– Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff Comments Related Stories Out of the blue: Pressler leads Bryant into NCAA tournament matchup with Syracuse after rebuilding in wake of Duke rape scandalSyracuse preps for Bryant’s Massa at X, attack-minded Policenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more