A year ago, I had the honor of being a small part of the dice when launching an online travel portal – The Plitvice Times.In a conversation with one of the initiators of the portal Ante Fumić a year ago, before launching the project, it was clear that he and the entire team from the project has a clear goal and desire – to promote Lika and its surroundings through tourism to as many visitors from Croatia, especially abroad learned about the amazing tourist stories provided by Lika. A great idea and project was my reaction and advice that the portal has great growth potential, especially because it is about foreigners as a target group of readers, and is not dependent on the Croatian market. “Plitvice and Lika definitely need such a portal. Go and try, you have nothing to lose. Go ahead bravely “One hundred questions in my head, as with any new business venture, but most importantly the whole team had the courage, believed in the project, passion and ultimately a clear vision. But the most important thing is that they have started, how many projects fail because they are waiting for the “right” moment and do not even take the first step, because it is one idea and quite another to implement the idea on the market. “We’ve been working on the project for over half a year and now the magazine is finally out. It is constantly said that Plitvice, and especially the whole of Lika, are not active enough in promotion on foreign markets, so an entrepreneurial initiative was born and we have now turned the idea into reality as the only English media in the area that exclusively targets foreign markets.”Said Ante Fumić, when launching the portal a year ago.Day by day, The Plitvice Times project positioned itself excellently on the media scene, knocking out the first perfume as an authentic and unique souvenir. Yes, a perfume, and not just any perfume, but a premium perfume based on orchids, moss and plums that grow in the Plitvice area. The goal is to reach a million visits, we are waiting for that goal to be fulfilled. Step by step, day by day, the Plitvice Times portal will be, in fact already, the first place for all tourist information about Plitvice, Lika and the surrounding area in English.Today, the whole project has gone a step further, and the first printed edition has been presented travel magazine The Plitvice Times.The tourist magazine is the only one of its kind in the wider area of Plitvice and its goal is to interest many tourists who visit the wider area of Plitvice every day with the interesting content of the surrounding destinations. “The Plitvice Times, is the first and only tourist magazine that covers this area, and is intended primarily for many foreign tourists who come here, but also for all potential visitors who are just planning their trip, because it will come to life on the online platform. The goal is to present to the readers all the beauties and experiences of this area and to interest them to stay longer in Plitvice.”Point out the editorial board of the tourist magazine The Plitvice Times.The first printed edition brings fresh information, many interesting stories, beautiful photos and personal experiences, so you can read articles about the abandoned air base Željava, the castle in Ozalj, an active vacation at the foot of Plješivica, an emotional story from Rastoke, but also little-known facts about orchids and a perfume created in honor of that valuable plant. ”“Humans of Plitvice ”is a category in which tourists who enjoy their touring experiences are prominent, and local people from the Plitvice area are not forgotten, so this time you will find the story of Tamara, a travel blogger who travels to the world from Plitvice. You can also find out the connection between the planetarily popular Oprah Winfrey and Plitvice, as well as why Italian Vogue chose this place for its special photoshoot. “They conclude in their statement.Otherwise, the magazine will be published according to the seasons, and the next issue is expected in January 2019. Of course, it is important to emphasize that the portal and the magazine are exclusively in English, and it is planned to start with other languages, especially Chinese.We need such entrepreneurs and ambassadors of Croatian tourismBut to get back to the beginning of the story again, the team behind the whole project bravely set off, they didn’t wait for the right moment because it’s never there, the right moment is always now. They set out to test the idea in the market and see how the whole project would develop. And that is a very important entrepreneurial message. Just get going, even though the project fails, you tried, you did your best, but you didn’t sit in the safety of your couch and whine on Facebook. Trust me, if the project ends ingloriously, you will learn a lot, mostly so far and meet some new people as well as open some new doors.And again, going to the print edition of a magazine in Croatia is crazy for most, both because of the high production costs and the chaos on the media scene, not to mention future potential sponsors to make the whole project financially worthwhile.Be like the team from The Plitvice Times. The right moment is now. Go and set clear goals, not desires. It’s one thing to want something, it’s another when you set clear goals for yourself.What is your new travel story?Related news:“THE PLITVICE TIMES” – THE FIRST TOURIST MAGAZINE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROMOTING STORIES FROM ALL OVER THE CHARACTERPLITVICE GOT ITS PREMIUM PERFUME AS A TOURIST AUTHENTIC SOUVENIR
In total, 130 Pensionskassen (94%) were considered to have sufficient “risk-bearing capacity”, according to BaFin’s statement.BaFin supervises 138 Pensionkassen. It excused 16 from taking part in the stress test because it considered their “risk-bearing capacity” to be assured as a result of them pursuing low-risk investment strategies.A spokesman for BaFin said that Pensionskassen’s ability to bear risks had not changed significantly since last year.In an introduction to the regulator’s 2016 annual report, BaFin president Felix Hufeld said that Pensionskassen were under considerable pressure from low interest rates and have already begun to take measures to strengthen their risk-bearing capacity.Nearly all Pensionskassen have built up additional provisions, he said.However, he warned that some might not be able to deliver promised benefits in full if interest rates stayed low.According to statistics published in BaFin’s 2016 annual report, the average funding level at Pensionskassen was 131% and therefore in line with last year’s level of 132%.As at the end of 2016, Pensionskassen in Germany had €155bn in assets, up 5% from 2015. BaFin said they remained mainly invested in investment units, bearer bonds and other fixed-income securities, as well as registered bonds and loans.BaFin today said it would not disclose the names of the Pensionskassen and Pensionsfonds, nor those of the companies financing them, that are due to participate in EIOPA’s second stress test of EU pension funds. Eight German Pensionskassen did not pass the German financial regulator’s stress test for 2016, BaFin has said.BaFin said the eight schemes were smaller Pensionskassen – insurance-based occupational pension plans – and did not belong to the 40 largest in the sector.The stress test examines how Pensionskassen would fare in four different situations involving short-term, adverse capital market changes. Last year seven did not pass the stress test, and the year before it was nine.The eight Pensionskassen failed BaFin’s stress test because they did not pass all scenarios tested. The supervisor said they generally missed the required funding level by a small margin.
The 24-year-old said earlier in the week that the north London club had tabled a bid for him, and admitted White Hart Lane is a desired option as he would relish working with boss Andre Villas-Boas and the influential Gareth Bale. “It is important for the team and for the Brazilian fans that at the moment all my focus is on winning the Confederations Cup,” he said in the Daily Mirror. “But after the tournament is finished I hope it is a deal that can get finalised quickly. “To play in England for a great team like Tottenham is a dream. What I respect about Tottenham is the ambition they have shown. “This summer there has been interest in their coach and their best player – and they have been clear they are both not going anywhere.” Brazil midfielder Paulinho is keen to complete a move to Tottenham following the Confederations Cup. Paulinho is currently playing a starring role for his country, heading in the winning goal against Uruguay to help Brazil reach the final of the World Cup warm-up event. While he is focused on Sunday’s clash with Spain at the Maracana, Paulinho is almost certain to leave Corinthians this summer and Spurs would be his preferred destination. Press Association
DUBBING the event as an integral step towards the development of the next generation of cricketers, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), in collaboration with Dave West Indian Exports Guy-NY, launched the 2017 edition of the GCB Under-15 Inter-County tournament yesterday at the GCB’s boardroom.The one-day competition is of utmost importance to the GCB as it is being used by the junior selectors to formulate the Guyana team for the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Regional Under-15 competition later this year.At a simple launch, representative of the business entity, Cliff Joseph, presented the sponsorship cheque and trophies to executives of the board.However, prior to the handing-over ceremony, GCB’s Territorial Development Officer, Colin Stuart, indicated that the tournament plays a huge role in identifying future stars. Stuart, the former Guyana and West Indies fast bowler also pointed out that the sponsorship will go a long way in assisting the continued success at the Under-15 level.Meanwhile, secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie stated that the GCB is extremely grateful to have Dave West Indian Imports on board for a second consecutive year.Joseph said his company is pleased to partner in the development of cricket, especially at the youth level.As was the case last year, a President’s XI team has been included in the tournament, increasing the number of teams to four.With the unpredictable weather pattern, the GCB has identified March 14 as a tentative date for the commencement of the tournament, with Ogle, Enmore and Police as the venues shortlisted. (Rajiv Bisnauth)