Video of bicycle paths of Makarska Riviera and Biokovo Nature Park presented

first_imgBiokovo Nature Park presented the bike trails of the Makarska Riviera and the Biokovo Nature Park through a new promotional video created within the project “Bike trails of the Makarska Riviera and the Biokovo Nature Park in the destination development strategy.With a recreational cycling activity, the promotional video takes you through the natural beauties of the Makarska Riviera and Biokovo, reveals beautiful beaches and cultural sights. The sun and the sea have not been enough for a long time, but in combination with an active vacation, they certainly complement each other perfectly. Introduce your guests to the facilities offered by your destination and the surrounding area.Tell them a story and give them information. Did you know how it is possible to see Italy 250 km away from Biokovo? Tell this story to guests from Italy, it will surely motivate them to visit the Biokovo Nature Park and experience a unique experience.If the guest is satisfied, you will be too, because they will return to you next year.last_img read more

New study provides evidence that art courses can improve mental wellbeing

first_imgResearchers at the University of Gloucestershire have recently evaluated data from nearly 1,300 primary care patients in South West England, finding a course of arts-on-prescription to provide a significant improvement in overall wellbeing, including in those with very complex care needs.The group’s findings have been published recently in European Journal of Public Health.“Social prescribing”, or the provision of non-medical interventions in primary care settings, has been on the rise in recent years. It is based on the knowledge that health is determined by a wide variety of factors, and these wider factors (social, emotional, and economic) cannot be remedied by medicine alone. They are a response to the biggest public health challenges we face today; mental health, loneliness, ageing, and long-term health conditions. Patients can be referred to participate in these schemes for very general reasons, like increasing overall wellbeing, self-esteem, or confidence; or for more specific reasons, like providing support during bereavement, or reducing anxiety or depression. Share on Twitter Unlike art therapy, arts-on-prescription schemes provide art courses where patients can choose to learn how to draw, paint, create mosaics, or playwright. The courses are led by local artists, and are community-based rather than being based on specific medical needs. The groups that are referred are usually quite small, with between three and ten individuals, and may be based in local surgeries or community facilities. Those who take part are then provided with materials, and a dedicated space to carry out their activities. What makes these interventions unique is that they provide the participants with anonymity from what has brought them there, eliminating a shared “elephant in the room” that is their diagnosis, or specific medical need.Well received by patients, health professionals, and arts providers alike, the benefits of art for health schemes have long been recognised as valuable. Despite this, they have still been struggling to gain traction in mainstream primary care, even with recognition from a recent inquiry report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Until recently, the evidence base for these interventions has been from studies using small groups of patients, making it difficult to draw solid conclusions from something that will ultimately involve investment from the public purse.The researchers have evaluated evidence from patients referred for arts activities through Artlift, a charity based in South West England that provides courses with local artists across the region. Through using the largest database available of patients referred through such schemes they have found that patients experience quantifiable improvements in overall wellbeing from participating in these arts courses.Diane Crone, Professor in the School of Health and Social Care at the University, said: “We’ve worked with Artlift for a long time now, and have known through some previous research how the patients feel about it. One comment that’s really stuck with me from speaking with patients was that ‘Artlift lifts your heart’. For me, this captures the personal significance of it brilliantly”.“It’s great to be able to finally provide substantial, and significant evidence from data collected over 7 years for these interventions,” she added.Even in recent years, where tightening budgets, and challenges to health commissioning have been on the increase, the evidence supports the benefits of these interventions to those who need it the most. Since beginning to provide arts-on-prescription in the region, Artlift has had to change the services it has offered, from an initial 10-week course with the possibility of multiple re-referrals, to an eight-week course with only one additional re-referral available.Despite this, the evidence shows that the benefits in improved wellbeing experienced by the patients being referred are not only still significant, but they actually seem to be greater in these shorter courses.Paul Flynn, executive director of Artlift, comments: “Artlift has been providing arts for wellbeing benefits for nine years, so the results of this research are welcome, but not surprising. We are told almost on a daily basis that the interventions have significantly improved the lives of participants who have felt better able to cope with serious life issues. We hear of people developing friendships, returning to work and even being able to repair marriages and other relationships, such is the impact that Artlift can have.”The work carried out by Professor Diane Crone and her team at the University of Gloucestershire also shows that this intervention is effective in increasing wellbeing in what is perhaps the most complicated, but increasingly important group in primary care; those with multiple health conditions. The team have been able to identify just over 200 people within the dataset that have multiple medical conditions across different categories like cancers, diabetes, pain conditions, mental health problems, and cardiovascular diseases.Professor Crone says: “These complex multiple care needs are becoming more and more common in primary care in the UK, and beyond; so understanding how they can be supported will be vital in helping to navigate the key public health issues we see today.”Whilst these findings are important for primary care providers, the researchers note that the most important message here is for health commissioners.“These non-medical interventions can potentially offer solutions to some of the most challenging issues arising in public health. While wellbeing is often viewed as something intangible, it is a critical issue that is central to supporting physical health,” Professor Crone says.Artlift executive director Paul also confirms the importance of using this important evidence to support improvements in policy: “We welcome the findings of this report and thank the University of Gloucestershire for their rigorous efforts in its production. We hope it will convince those responsible for health budgets to seriously consider arts interventions to benefit their communities – there is enough evidence now that arts are not a ‘nice to have’ but a genuinely beneficial intervention – and cost effective for the NHS.”By providing community-based arts activities, like those supported by Artlift, patients are given the tools and space to express themselves, a new skill that can be sustained well beyond the scheme itself; and they are introduced to others in their community, increasing connectedness in a society where loneliness is becoming the norm. LinkedIn Emailcenter_img Share Share on Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Obituary: Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Machovec Aug. 14, 2020

first_imgGERALDINE “GERRY” MACHOVEC Aug. 14, 2020Geraldine “Gerry” Machovec, 96, passed away on August 14, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Gerry was born in 1924 in a mining town in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. She was an avid photographer. Gerry’s interest in photography began in 1939 when her father gave her one of Eastman Kodak’s first 35mm cameras. Photography remained a lifetime love.  She was raised in Duluth, Minnesota. Gerry lived in many places, including Illinois, Venezuela, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, New Mexico, and Colorado. She loved the Land of Enchantment; her home for almost 50 years.She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in 1946 where she was an assistant photographer for the college yearbook, editor of her dormitory newspaper, and on the staff of The Carletonian newspaper. She completed a semester at the University of Mexico in 1945 and attended the Latin-American Institute in Chicago during 1947-48 while working in the Society for Visual Education’s Kodachrome Department. With her bilingual skills well developed, she moved to Caracas, Venezuela where she worked for Liquid Carbonic Venezolana. After that, her photography now had a Venezuelan twist, but quickly turned to “family” after she and Charles “Mac” Machovec married and had their three children before moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1957.In Los Alamos, she turned her love of photography and writing into a job as a reporter and photographer for the Rio Grande Sun newspaper in Espan͂ola, New Mexico. Gerry said, “Taking photos for the Rio Grande Sun and spending hours in the darkroom developing black and whites from my twin-lens Rollei was fun, not work.” During her seven years as a reporter, Gerry received two E.H. Shaffer awards from the New Mexico Press Association statewide contests: first prize in the feature writing division and second prize for straight news writing.Her career as a reporter ended prematurely following an auto mishap and arm injury while en route to Guatemala in 1967 with the family in a Volkswagen Microbus camper. Fortunately, Bob Trapp, the editor and publisher of the Rio Grande Sun, opened the Hilltop Print Shop and Book Store in Los Alamos and invited Gerry to manage it. She went on to work at Ojo de Dios Books in Los Alamos before moving to Miami, Florida in 1975 to join Mac, who had taken a new job as an associate professor with the library at the University of Miami.Next came the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs at the University of Miami, where Gerry was first editorial assistant, then assistant editor. She managed to find a way to fit her love of photography into the job by taking P.R. shots for the Center for Advanced International Studies. That and trips throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and South America with Mac were a photographic dream. She helped author Beverly Rush do research for The Complete Book of Seminole Patchwork, which was published in 1982. Gerry’s photographs appear in the book.Upon retirement from the University of Miami, Gerry and Mac returned to Los Alamos and then moved to Santa Fe following the 2000 Cerro Grande wildfire. Gerry enjoyed traveling with Mac and exhibiting her photographs.In 2018, Gerry moved to the Suites at Clermont Park in Denver, Colorado where she passed away peacefully.Gerry was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Mac. She is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.last_img read more

Minerva sell-off starts with £135m Holborn deal

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Giant cake cut to celebrate West End retailers’ birthdays

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Professional opinion: History has vital lessons to teach us about developing garden cities

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Lear Adds Facebook And Former Google Exec To Its Board

first_imgLear Corp. announced that Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementCurrently, Dr. Jepsen is executive director of engineering at Facebook Inc. and head of display technologies at Oculus, where she leads advanced consumer electronics, opto-electronic and display design and manufacturing efforts.Previously, she had a similar role at Google Inc. and Google X.  She also co-founded One Laptop per Child, and was the lead architect of the $100 laptop, millions of which were shipped to children in the developing world. Dr. Jepsen is one of the world’s foremost display innovators, with an exceptional track record of leadership and inventions, paralleled by years of working with Asia’s largest manufacturers. She is the principal inventor on approximately 100 patents.She has been globally recognized with dozens of prestigious awards including TIME magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, a CNN Top 10 Thinker and by the leading global professional societies in optics, display and electronics. She has broad advisory experience in Peru, China, Uruguay, Taiwan, Brazil and the United States, as well as at the United Nations.“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mary Lou to Lear’s board of directors. She has outstanding educational credentials, is a proven technology leader and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in virtual reality applications,” said Henry D.G. Wallace, Lear’s non-executive chairman. “We are very fortunate to welcome someone of Mary Lou’s reputation for innovation and leadership to our board.”AdvertisementJepsen holds a doctorate degree from Brown University in Optical Sciences, a Master of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Visual Studies and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Brown University.last_img read more

Blue Waves’ Goodbye

first_img The School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps saluted the funeral procession of Tech Sergeant Dashan Briggs as it passed by Riverhead High School Thursday morning. It was the last salute for Riverhead High School students.Over 150 members of the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and the football team formed an honor guard to salute alumni and fallen Air National Guardsman Tech Sergeant Dashan Briggs as the funeral procession escorting his remains passed by the school Thursday morning.The hearse escorting 30-year-old Briggs, who grew up in Riverhead and was one of seven airmen killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq, passed by his high school alma mater in observance of a military tradition before making its way to his final resting place at Calverton National Cemetery.A police escort, including New York State Troopers, and Patriot Guard Riders, led the procession past the lines of students under a giant American flag displayed between two Riverhead Fire Department trucks.Seventeen-year-old Michael Daniel, commanding officer of the school’s NJROTC cadets, said he was so extremely proud to be able to experience giving the order to salute for his cadets as well as members of the Riverhead Fire Department. To him Briggs was a great role model for the Riverhead community.“I believe he was a role model because he kind of exemplified what we can do following high school,” said Daniel in an interview after the procession. “Nowadays, there are so many wrong paths you can follow and he followed his heart and his heart brought him in the right direction. He joined the military. He touched so many people.”Daniel said the number of mourners showed the amount of lives Briggs life touched.“He shows what you should try and strive to be as an adult and as a Riverhead High School alumni,” he said.Dozens of cars followed with mourners, some of whom honked their horns, waved or gave the thumbs up sign. One mourner shouted, “Thank you,” to the students.The procession also included representatives from ambulance companies from Riverhead and Westhampton.Riverhead Fire Department Public Information Officer Bill Sanok said that about a dozen firefighters turned out to show their respects for Briggs because he was a member of the community and from an organization similar to theirs. He was a member of the Westhampton Beach Volunteer Fire Department.“There is a respect there,” he said.The students hung yellow, black, and green ribbons and crepe garlands along the football field fence in honor of Briggs, who played on the school’s 2006 undefeated football team. Small American flags dotted the grass, blue carnations were laid down beside them.The NJROTC and football team were joined by other students and faculty from the high school, as well as students of Riverhead Middle School and the Pulaski Street School who stood outside their school buildings. A helicopter performed a final flyover in honor of Briggs, who was a HH-60G special mission aviation flight engineer, as the last mourner passed through the honor guard. Briggs, who lived in Port Jefferson, died when the HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter he was flying in crashed in western Iraq near the city of Al-Qa’im.Briggs and his fellow guardsmen, three of whom were also stationed with him at the ANG’s 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, were operating in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition operation aimed at defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria.There has been no evidence of enemy action in the crash, however, the cause is still under investigation, according to the US Department of Defense.The father of two, who grew up in Riverhead, joined the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton in 2010. He was a career soldier who was previously deployed to Afghanistan as a munitions specialist with the 106th Maintenance Group, and to Texas and the Caribbean for hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively. He was among the airmen to receive medals for their service during Hurricane Irene.During the Southampton Town Board work session Thursday morning, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman informed colleagues about attending the solemn ceremony earlier in the week, when the bodies of the fallen airmen arrived at Gabreski.“It was very moving and such a tragic thing,” he said. “It’s terribly sad. They paid the ultimate price and we’re forever thankful for their service.”peggy@indyeastend.comadditional reporting by Kitty Merrill Share The School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps saluted the funeral procession of Tech Sergeant Dashan Briggs as it passed by Riverhead High School Thursday morning.last_img read more

US Eases Security Measures on Vessels Arriving from Cuba

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard has removed conditions of entry on vessels arriving from Cuba, thus allowing easier access to ports to cruise ships and cargo vessels sailing between the two countries.The USCG said on Thursday that the decision comes following a comprehensive assessment which has determined that Cuba meets the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code requirements established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and has effective security measures in their ports.As a result, vessels arriving to the U.S. are no longer required to employ additional security measures while in Cuban ports. Conditions of entry related to Cuban ports were originally imposed in 2008.However, all U.S. immigration policies remain unchanged and the Office of Foreign Assets Control travel restrictions remain in effect. Furthermore, the governing regulations titled “Unauthorized Entry to Cuba” contained in 33 CFR 107.200 also remain in effect, the USCG said.The move comes as tensions between the two countries ease especially ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, who is the first US president to visit the country since 1928.The two countries decided to normalize bilateral relations in December 2014 paving the way for further cooperation in trade and maritime industries.The move saw approval of an establishment of a ferry service between the United States and Cuba in May 2015.The two countries suspended the ferry services in the early 1960s, following the Cuban revolution.last_img read more

My digital life… Jayne Dennyson

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