What it looks like when the hosts themselves take the fate of tourism into their own hands – Ingenious

first_imgHave you ever heard of a small tourist place, Medici?I haven’t until a few days ago and I have to admit that I immediately fell in love with Medić at first and I hope that I will have the opportunity to experience him live as soon as possible. At first I was thrilled by the story, the story I will tell you now…Namely, Medići is a small tourist resort in Central Dalmatia located on the Omis Riviera, only 11 km from Omis and 36 km from Split. Peace, quiet, few tourists and beautiful sea – ideal for a real vacation for those who do not like crowds and mass tourism, and yet close to Omis and Split.Why are the Medici special and unique?The answer is simple – because of the people. Local people who took the fate of tourism in Medići into their own hands and made something special and unique in the history of our tourism. Most of the hosts in the family accommodation in Medići decided to make a promotional film on their own initiative, which they financed themselves, and to make the story even better, they were the actors in the video themselves.Watch the video 🙂Ingenious, isn’t it?In the video, they are not actors, but local people who live in Medići and are engaged in tourism as hosts in family accommodation. The video shows what it is, no hidden motives, no fake smiles… What you see is what you get – 100% indigenous, 100% Medici.We were thinking about what we could do to promote our small place so that everyone in the local community would benefit and so we came up with the idea to shoot a promotional video about our place points out Frane Medić, one of 30 hosts in family accommodation in Medići. ” The initiative started from all the locals, ie the landlords, and we financed everything ourselves. Since I personally took over the organization of video recording I can say that it is quite a complicated and demanding job. The video shows all the local people living in Medići, we didn’t pay any actors or extras. “It simply came to our notice then FB page Visit Medici which they run themselves, and as they set off we can obviously expect more great tourist stories.Medici does not offer much tourism, except for the sun, the sea and people. Hosts who are the essence of tourism itself and great hosts who will tell you their indigenous stories. They take you fishing in their boat, and then you bake the fish you caught together. Could the experience be better? Medici is a place with soul and heart, and I constantly emphasize that we have to be what we are and tell indigenous stories because tourists want to see, taste and experience just that.I hope that this inspiring and great tourist story will encourage some other small places to make their own story, indigenous story and tell it to guests.Visit the Medici, these people deserve it.last_img read more

Read more →

Demand for male escorts for women is growing, global survey finds

first_imgA quarter of Australia’s 516 male escorts cater to women and couples, a global survey of the 61 countries which host online male escort websites has found.But Australia is well behind the United Kingdom in sites catering for women or couples where more than 50 per cent of the 5487 male escorts cater to women and couples, the survey, conducted by by Professor John Scott and Adjunct Professor Victor Minichiello from QUT’s Crime and Justice Research Centre and researchers from The Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, found.“Uganda and Argentina are the only other countries that have more male escorts seeking females and couples than solely male clients,” Professor Scott, from QUT School of Justice, said. Share “It’s assumed that men are the primary market for male escorts, and while it is true that most escorts target male clients, our survey suggests a significant emerging market for women who pay for sexual services from men.“While more than 57 per cent of identified websites catered to male customers only, 11 per cent were specifically for female clients and a similar number of sites were for couples, most of the opposite sex.“As expected, we found twice as many male escorts had male clients only (72,106) as against the 32,948 escorts for women or couples.”The results of the survey are contained in the blog About Male Escorts and will be published as a book chapter in Male Sex Work and Society (Volume II), to be released in 2018. The survey found a total of 324,852 profiles of male escorts online but after eliminating duplications (many male sex workers list on multiple sites) there were 105,009 male escorts.Professor Scott said Mexico’s nine websites led the table in this emerging aspect of the sex industry.“Mexico had 14,531 male escorts prepared to cater to women and couples; Brazil (6892) the United States (3481), the United Kingdom (2926), Spain (2357), Germany (359), and Japan (327) followed. Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn “Other countries with a high percentage of escorts for women and couples include Chile (41 per cent), Germany (42 per cent), Hungary (45 per cent) and Malaysia (46.5 per cent).”Professor Scott said even traditional, socially conservative societies hosted male escort websites with escorts who advertised online as catering for women and couples.“Malaysia has 88 escorts on its nine sites and 41 of them provide for women and couples, and the United Arab Emirates has 124 escorts for women or couples out of 337 male escorts,” he said.“In jurisdictions where sex work or same-sex relations are heavily penalised, it is possible that escort sites are known only to participants within relatively closed social networks. They may also be listed on the ‘dark web’ – these sites were not included in the survey.“If you are a woman or a couple seeking a male escort using online male escort services, you are out of luck in Costa Rica, Finland, Israel, Panama and Taiwan where the male escorts have male clients only.“There are slim pickings in Bulgaria, China, Estonia, Uruguay and Paraguay where each country has just one male escort who has found a niche in the market and offers this service.”“The average price worldwide seems to be $200 an hour but it can be thousands of dollars for a weekend, especially among the international male escorts who list on websites around the world.“It’s important to note that websites such as Rentmen and Hourboy included escort profiles from around the world and were often hosted in countries where sex work was legal. These websites were among the largest overall and mostly cater for male clients.Professor Scott said the survey counted only male sex workers operating online, not those in brothels or massage parlours or outdoor settings.“The figures fluctuate over time with sex workers and websites entering and leaving the market. The fluidity makes the online marketplace appealing for many.”To check for the validity and emerging trends over time, a similar survey will be conducted annually.last_img read more

Read more →

AGU: Researchers Capture Rarely Heard Narwhal Vocals

first_imgDubbed the unicorns of the sea, narwhals can have tusks up to 10 feet long protruding from their head, weigh up to 4,200 pounds and grow to 17 feet in length. Source: worldwildlife.org. Courtesy/worldwildlife.orgAGU News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchers.Narwhals are difficult to study because they are notoriously shy and skittish and spend most of their time deep in the freezing Arctic Ocean. They tend to summer in glacial fjords around Greenland and Canada, but scientists often have trouble getting close enough to study them. Glacier fronts can be dangerous and hard to access, and the animals tend to swim off when approached by motorized boats.But Inuit hunters familiar with the mysterious cetaceans can get closer to the animals without disturbing them. In July 2019, researchers accompanied several Inuit whale hunting expeditions in Northwest Greenland to study the narwhals that summer there in more detail.Using underwater microphones attached to small boats, the researchers captured narwhal social calls and foraging sounds, getting as close as 25 meters (82 feet) to the elusive cetaceans. Listen to the vocalizations they captured here.The recordings help the researchers provide a baseline of the kinds of sounds that permeate the narwhals’ pristine habitat. In combination with sightings, they also show narwhals get closer to glacier ice than previously thought for this area and the animals do forage for food in summer, contrary to some previous findings. “Their world is the soundscape of this glacial fjord,” said Evgeny Podolskiy, a geophysicist at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan and lead author of a new study detailing the findings in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. “There are many questions we can answer by listening to glacier fjords in general.”Getting closePodolskiy and his colleagues had been working in Greenland fjords for several years, studying the sounds made by melting glaciers. Coincidentally, a population of narwhals summers in the fjords they were studying, and Podolskiy saw an opportunity to study the wily creatures.“I realized working in the area and not paying attention to the elephant in the room — the key endemic legendary Arctic unicorn just flowing around our glacier — was a big mistake,” he said.The researchers tagged along on several Inuit hunting expeditions departing from the village of Qaanaaq, placing microphones underwater and recording the baseline sounds of the fjord.They captured several types of sounds made by narwhals, including social calls, or whistles, and clicks used for echolocation, the biological sonar used by dolphins, bats, some whales and other animals to navigate and find food.The closer narwhals get to their food, the faster they click, until the noise becomes a buzz not unlike that of a chainsaw. This terminal buzz helps the narwhals pinpoint the location of their prey.“If you approach and target these fast fish, you better know precisely where they are; you need to gather this information more frequently,” Podolskiy said.Few studies have documented narwhals feeding in the summertime. Because the microphones picked up terminal buzz, a sound associated with finding food, the new study provides further evidence that narwhals do forage in summer. Surprisingly, the researchers found narwhals come roughly within 1 kilometer (half a mile) of a glacier calving front, despite the fact that these areas are some of the noisiest places in the ocean and calving icebergs can be dangerous. “There is so much cracking due to ice fracturing and bubbles melting out… it’s like a fizzy drink underwater,” Podolskiy said. “It seems we are dealing with animals living in one of the most noisy environments without having much trouble with that.” An Inuit hunter near Bowdoin Fjord in Greenland during a whale hunt in 2019. Photo by Evgeny Podolskiylast_img read more

Read more →

Virtual Entertainment Guide

first_img‘The Whistlers’Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center has screenings available on its website for a fee; through June 15 is “The Whistlers,” and through June 16 is “Once Were Brothers.” Go to www.whbpac.org.Sag Cinema At HomeSag Harbor Cinema presents films to watch remotely with “Shirley,” “A Father . . . A Son . . . Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “What Sex Am I?”, “Zombi Child,” and “The Grey Fox.” See them at www.sagharborcinema.org.Strange, Weird, OddEast Hampton Library presents a talk with Adam Baranello, filmmaker of “Beautifully Strange” on Friday, June 12, at 6 PM via Zoom. On Saturday, June 13, at 7 PM, “The Weird Ones” will stream on Facebook, along with “Odd” on Sunday, June 14, at 7 PM. Visit www.easthamptonlibrary.org.Fest FavoritesHamptons Doc Fest presents “To a More Perfect Union: U.S. Vs Windsor,” directed by Donna Zaccaro, as part of Fest Favorites starting Wednesday, June 10. Visit www.hamptonsdocfest.com.BookHamptonBookHampton in East Hampton is offering virtual events. Mike Lupica, author of “Robert B. Parker’s Grudge Match” will be in conversation with Neil Broadfoot on Wednesday, June 10, at 6 PM. On Thursday, June 11, at 6 PM will be Gae Polisner and Nora Raleigh Baskin talking about “Seven Clues to Home” followed by Richard Haas, “The World: A Brief Introduction” in conversation with Jeffrey Garten at 7 PM. Get the links at www.bookhampton.com.War CorrespondentsThe Rogers Memorial Library of Southampton and the Southampton History Museum present a Zoom program on Wednesday, June 10, at 12 PM of “Women War Correspondents: Middle East” with Patricia DelGiorno. Visit www.southamptonhistory.org.Memoir ReadingsCanio’s Books presents poet Mark Doty, discussing and reading from his new work “What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life,” on Saturday, June 13, at 5 PM via Zoom.On Tuesday, June 16, at 5 PM, the bookstore presents a Zoom event with journalist Barbara Weber-Floyd who will talk about “The Resistance and Me: An Insider’s Account of the Two-Year Mission to Stop the Trump Agenda and Take Back the House.” Visit www.caniosbooks.com.Staged ReadingOn Tuesday, June 16, at 8 PM Guild Hall in East Hampton will host a virtual staged reading by Austin Pendleton in “James Joyce: A Short Night’s Odyssey No To Yes.” Go to www.guildhall.org.Sip And SingEvery Friday at 5 PM, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will host a virtual sing-along broadcasting via Zoom right to the comfort of your own home. To receive the link, go to www.baystreet.org and sign up for the newsletter.The Songs Of SummerOn Friday, June 12, at 6:30 PM East End Arts presents a virtual talent show. Visit www.eastendarts.org for details.nicole@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Read more →

Linde Supervisory Board appoints new member

first_imgSubscribe Get instant access to must-read content today!To access hundreds of features, subscribe today! At a time when the world is forced to go digital more than ever before just to stay connected, discover the in-depth content our subscribers receive every month by subscribing to gasworld.Don’t just stay connected, stay at the forefront – join gasworld and become a subscriber to access all of our must-read content online from just $270.last_img

Read more →

Hydrogen station confirmed for Canberra

first_imgGet instant access to must-read content today!To access hundreds of features, subscribe today! At a time when the world is forced to go digital more than ever before just to stay connected, discover the in-depth content our subscribers receive every month by subscribing to gasworld.Don’t just stay connected, stay at the forefront – join gasworld and become a subscriber to access all of our must-read content online from just $270. Subscribelast_img

Read more →

Panama Canal Route Less Popular than Suez?

first_imgThe trend towards more Asia-US East Coast container services via the Suez Canal route and fewer via the traditional Panama Canal route is accelerating, as reported by UK-based shipping consultant Drewry.Based on Drewry’s proprietary database of container services, another 2 Panama weekly services between Asia and the US East Coast have gone in the past year and were replaced by an additional Suez loop.“Counted in number of loops, only 62% of services in this tradelane now use the Panama Canal route. During the forthcoming winter season, when the G6 alliance merges its NCE and SCE Panama Canal services into just one loop, the proportion is expected to fall again to 60% (12 out of 20),” Drewry explained.As a  new member of the CKYHE alliance, Evergreen replaced its former independent Asia-Panama Canal-USEC “AUE” service (using 4,200 teu ships) by a joint Asia-Suez Canal-USEC “AWE8/AUE” service with Hanjin (using 8,200 teu ships).Drewry calculated the relative capacity shares of the Asia-Panama Canal-US East Coast services and the Asia-Suez Canal-US East Coast services, concluding that there is an even bigger loss in share for the Panama Canal.Between October 2013 and October 2014, the Suez Canal route increased its share of total Asia-US East Coast all-water ship capacity from 44% to 52%.“The Panama Canal route now finds itself as the less popular route – representing a huge turnaround from late 2009 when there were only three Suez routed services,” the review adds.The traditional benefit of using the Panama Canal was to enable shipping lines to reduce voyage time between Asia and the US East Coast, when compared to using the route via the Suez Canal or around the Cape of Good Hope. From Hong Kong and South China and from any other point further north, the Panama route is shorter.Initially, the Asia-Suez Canal-US East Coast route thrived by also serving the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia: for this part of Asia, the Suez route is shorter. Then this route spread to capture services from Hong Kong and South China.According to Drewry, a worrying development for the Panama Canal is that the Asia-Suez Canal-US East Coast route is now also encroaching on the Taiwan, Shanghai and Ningbo markets, even though the Panama Canal is supposed to have a distance advantage. An additional driver is that some production in Asia is moving from South China to lower labour cost countries such as Vietnam and Bangladesh.Another reason for the switch of carrier strategy is that substantially larger ships can be deployed on the Suez route. The average size of ships on the Suez route is about 7,500 teu, whereas on the Panama Canal route the average is about 4,500 teu due to the Panama Canal’s current maximum size limit of about 5,000 teu.An extra Suez loop adds nearly twice as much capacity as an existing Panama loop. The large difference in ship size, as well as the economies of scale which can hopefully be gained, are also why carriers are keen on deploying their many post-Panamax containerships on this loop.The switch to the Suez Canal route has now absorbed 91 post-Panamax vessels, which carriers would probably have struggled to employ on other routes, in Drewry’s opinion.Drewry believes that the main reason why carriers are switching to the Suez Canal route is that they currently have a surplus of 8,000 teu ships.“Once the enlarged Panama Canal is open in 2016, Asia-US East Coast services (other than those from South East Asia) will probably revert to the Panama Canal route, provided its new canal tolls (yet to be announced) are reasonable,” Drewry concluded.Source: Drewry, Image: CMA CGMlast_img read more

Read more →

Where’s the justice?

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Read more →

Hansom: Coming of age

first_imgAge concernIn the same week Mark Farmer’s industry report predicts that 700,000 new recruits will be needed in the next five years to replace those who are retiring comes another piece of news that industry bigwigs might prefer to avoid. “Britain’s Most Ageing Jobs: Construction Workers Are Likely To Age Before Their Time” is the headline they really don’t want to see on a press release. Research by cosmetics firm Remescar – one of its products is, yep, an anti-ageing cream – says that construction ages its employees prematurely, by a whole nine years in fact. This is second only to table-topper healthcare, whose workers look 11 years older than they actually are. Good luck with that industry recruitment campaign, then, everyone.Home from homeGreat Portland Estates’ James Pellatt had an awkward moment last week after a visit to Building’s office at 240 Blackfriars Road. The developer’s head of projects had been helping us out with a video interview but when he tried to leave he found that his visitor pass wouldn’t let him out of the building. Eventually, and to the relief of all, he made it out. Though the delay was no great incovenience, the technology fail was slightly uncomfortable – the owner of 240 Blackfriars Road is none other than Great Portland Estates.Getting a pastingYou can get a world record in anything these days it seems. Hanging wallpaper is a new one on me but if you’re not blessed with the athletic talents of Usain Bolt perhaps it’s one to have a go at and then try and impress your friends with. Imagine, then, being Dulux decorators Simon Medlin and John Green who “smashed” the record for hanging three sheets of wallpaper, romping home in a time of one minute and 14.93 seconds – a whole second and a half ahead of the previous record holders. Their joy was shortlived, though, when the judges ruled it invalid because of a couple of air bubbles. Happens to us all.From a few bricks…As part of a fundraising initiative for youth homeless charity LandAid, Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds promised to reveal what he had wanted to be when he was growing up. He invited friends and colleagues to guess and suggestions that came in included Batman, a racing driver, Flipper the dolphin, Watford manager – “I’d have been sacked too many times” – and, rather oddly, Scottish. None of these, it turns out, was the genuine career ambition of the Mace supremo. No, what Reynolds really wanted to be was a Lego builder – of course. Still, all that top-level guesswork has been for a good cause – Reynolds managed to raise nearly £3,000 for LandAid.Bonus heavenI see that profit at architect Benoy fell last year. Why do I mention this? Well, despite a rather steep drop – more than 40% – the firm still shelled out on a profit share. The £1.9m it handed back was 27% of the firm’s profit, the same proportion as 2014, when it handed staff a £3m bonus. They shared a £4m bonus the year before as well. I don’t know about you but that’s the sort of company I wouldn’t mind working for.Children crossingA colleague was at the Institution of Civil Engineers headquarters in London recently and was rather taken aback to see a giant bridge made out of Lego in one of the dining halls. In fact, a total of 262,500 plastic bricks were used in thestructure, which has a span of 34m – eclipsing the previous best of 14m in Germany. The widest free span extends to more than 16m and the bridge at its tallest is 3.2m high. It’s all part of the ICE’s attempt to get children interested in civil engineering. But with all those bricks, let’s hope no unfortunate youngster accidentally bumps into it …Send any juicy industry gossip to hansom@ubm.comlast_img read more

Read more →