The day the president died

first_img In 1959, Sen. John F. Kennedy, Class of 1940, attended Harvard’s Commencement. Kennedy spoke with Harvard Treasurer Paul C. Cabot (left) and Sidney Weinberg, senior partner at Goldman Sachs, who received an honorary degree that day. Kennedy’s suite in Winthrop House has been restored to reflect its former resident. Three of the Kennedy brothers, John, Joseph, and Edward, lived in Winthrop House. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer AT SUPREME COURT, JUSTICES HUDDLED OVER A TINY TVAlan M. DershowitzFelix Frankfurter Professor of LawHarvard Law SchoolShortly after I began working as a law clerk for [Supreme Court] Justice [Arthur] Goldberg, I was in his secretary’s office while she was talking on the phone to her husband, who was an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces. He had something to do with communications because he told her that shots had been fired in Dallas.We turned on a small television set that had been in my cubicle ever since I had brought it from home to watch the World Series a couple of months earlier. Nothing was yet on the news. A few minutes later, everyone in the world knew that President Kennedy had been shot. It was a Friday, and the justices were in their weekly conference, which no one else was allowed to attend. I had been given strict instructions never to interrupt the justices during one of these conferences, but I knew this was an exception. I went to the door of the conference room and knocked. Justice Goldberg, being the junior justice, answered and gave me a dirty look, saying, “I told you not to interrupt me.” I said, “Mr. Justice, you are going to want to know that the president has been shot.”Several of the justices immediately gathered around my TV, which, it turned out, was the only one in the entire Supreme Court building. We watched as the news got progressively worse, finally leading to the announcement that the president was dead. The chief justice asked the justices to disperse for fear that there might be a conspiracy involving attacks on other institutions, such as occurred following the Lincoln assassination. The clerks stayed behind.The following night, Justice Goldberg asked me to drive him to the White House. He was closely connected both to the Kennedy family and to Lyndon Johnson, and the new president wanted his advice. I picked the justice up in my old Peugeot, which was filled with children’s toys, and I drove him to the White House gate. Goldberg asked me to wait for him, since the meeting would be relatively brief, and drive him home. When the White House guard looked into the car, he immediately flung the back door open and grabbed a toy gun. Nerves were tense. When Goldberg emerged from the meeting, he seemed relieved:  “The transition won’t be smooth, but it will work out.” It did.President Kennedy’s death affected me both directly and indirectly. Justice Goldberg had arranged for me to have a job with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, a job that I was considering taking. It soon became clear that Robert Kennedy would not remain in his job long enough for me to serve under him, so I did not pursue that opportunity. The assassination affected me indirectly in that it instilled a sense of cynicism in me about American politics and American justice. To this day I believe that it is likely that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, but I will never know for sure because the process by which the Warren Commission reached that result was deeply flawed. A FOCUS UP IN SPACE, AND THEN ON DALLASIrwin ShapiroAstrophysicist, Timken University ProfessorHarvard UniversityIn 1963, Shapiro was working on jam-proof communications as part of the U.S. Defense Department’s Project West Ford, which launched into orbit millions of tiny metal fragments, called dipoles, that functioned as antennae.A little before 1, I was at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s labs on 185 Alewife Brook Parkway. They had a Baker-Nunn system, which were cameras located on the Earth that took pictures of the sky, following satellites and stuff like that. I was there because their cameras should have detected these dipoles when they were closely packed, before they had spread out in a ring. They were launched something like Oct. 21, 1963, and this was about a month later. They had spread quite a bit but not all the way around. I wanted to see if they could detect them or not with the Baker-Nunn cameras.Someone had the radio on, and I heard that the president was shot, and he was being taken to the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. From the description, it didn’t sound to me as if he would get there alive. I was just totally shocked. The general response was shock, but it wasn’t that all work stopped. I have to admit it: We kept on working. Even though it was going around in my head, I still was able to work, and did.I don’t think my work was changed at all [with the assassination]. I remember being worried about Johnson being president and then being uplifted by his speech, which was impressive to me. I didn’t think he was capable of it.I’d like to believe he [Kennedy] would not have gone whole-hog into Vietnam. It’s easy to say, but who can prove it? But that’s what I thought in retrospect may likely not have happened. Of course, the whole country’s succeeding history would have been very different … Now, would we have made progress in civil rights like we made with Johnson?I would like to believe it, but I can’t do the experiment. Kennedy’s academic records reflected his campus memberships as “Football, Swimming, Chairman of Smoker Committee.” JFK at Harvard “GOOD LORD, I WONDER WHAT’S HAPPENED?”Francis M. BatorLucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy EmeritusHarvard Kennedy SchoolI was having lunch at the Metropolitan Club in Washington with an old friend who had been a colleague at the [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] Center for International Studies. We were sitting at a table fairly near the window. About 10 minutes after we began, [national columnist] Walter Lippmann came in … and sat down for lunch, and we waved hello. About halfway through lunch, I noticed that someone from the desk downstairs at the Metropolitan Club came running up the stairs, literally ran into the dining room to Lippmann’s table, and whispered something in his ear.Lippmann, 74 years old, not a spring chicken, bolted upright, and headed at a fast trot for the stairs. And I remember … saying … “Good lord, I wonder what’s happened?” Word passed quickly around the dining room that the president had been shot.At one point soon after the election, I had had lunch with [Kennedy adviser] Ted Sorensen at the MIT faculty club, and he asked if I’d be interested in going to work for the Kennedy administration, and I said yes, depending on the job. But other than occasional minor consulting, nothing came of it until September ’63 when I did go down as economic adviser … for David Bell, who had been Kennedy’s first budget director and went to run the Agency for International Development. That’s why I happened to be in Washington at the time of the assassination. … It was a ghastly thing to have happened, and though I barely knew John Kennedy, there was no doubt an element of personal shock. Wasn’t there for most Americans?You ask about how it affected my life personally. I am sure that I had hoped that eventually I might end up working directly for J.F.K. in the White House. …  As it happens, I continued in my A.I.D. job, but in March or April of ’64, [White House adviser] McGeorge Bundy did ask me to become the senior economist on the National Security Council staff, and I accepted, ending up as deputy national security adviser for Lyndon Johnson.I suppose it’s not inconceivable that’s where I would have ended up for Kennedy, but that’s just idle speculation.center_img Kennedy was photographed as he arrived to attend a Harvard Board of Overseers meeting on Jan. 9, 1961, less than two weeks before he was to be inaugurated as president. REALIZING SHE KNEW BOTH KENNEDY AND OSWALDPriscilla Johnson McMillanCenter associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian StudiesAuthor of “Marina and Lee” (1977, reprinted 2013)McMillan is believed to be the only person who knew both Kennedy (for whom she worked in 1953 in his Senate office) and gunman Lee Harvey Oswald (whom she interviewed in 1959 as a reporter in Moscow).I was living in the basement of the Brattle Inn [near Harvard Square]. At that time it was a collection of little wooden buildings … at Brattle and Story [streets]. A friend of mine drove into the parking lot and told me Kennedy had been shot. I was angry at him, at my friend, for telling me, angry for telling me the news. Later I was walking past when I ran into one of the secretaries at the Russian Research Center, where I was then a fellow. I said, “Have they caught anybody?” and she said, “Yes. His name was Lee Harvey …” I knew the rest. I did not know he was back in this country. At that stage of the Cold War, it wasn’t so easy to come and go. That was a shock, of course.I remembered that I had written a profile of Oswald when I met him in 1959. So I got in touch with the North American Newspaper Alliance, for which I had been a reporter, to see if they still had that story … I still have a copy of it, of my story. It was a profile of a defector. We didn’t have many defectors in Moscow at the time. People came to Moscow for career reasons. There had never been someone in my experience who claimed to want to live there because he was a Marxist. Nobody believed in the system anymore, including the Russians. Someone who came, an American, as an ideological defector, was very unusual.I just described him. It was just a news story. He had just had his 20th birthday. He was slight. He was about 5 feet 8 inches or 9 inches, and thin. When he said “ask,” he said “axed.” He spoke through a fog of Marxist lingo. I tried to talk to him about himself, but he wanted to talk about Marxian economics.[After hearing that the president had been shot] I was very nervous. I tried to talk to people at the office. It sort of blew out the center of me. And the shooting of Oswald [two days later], even more so. It was so graphic.McMillan, who speaks Russian, met Marina Oswald, Lee’s wife, the following year and spent six months near her, eventually writing a book about their marriage called “Marina and Lee.”It took a lot emotionally out of me because I was trying to get inside of Oswald’s mind, and to a lesser extent her mind. But mostly I was trying to understand what went on in his mind … before he shot at President Kennedy. I was trying to get inside of their minds. When you write about something in depth, you see right through to the bottom of life. It changed me as a person. At the end of that, I understand a lot more about life itself.I just had a life. I got married and moved to the South. My husband was a reporter in the Civil Rights Movement. I was always in touch with Marina and would call her [with questions]. She was very patient, and we were good friends. For a while, all I did was review other people’s books. I appreciated what it took to write a book, and I wanted to see that other authors got a fair shake. I couldn’t think what I wanted to do next. The Class of 1940 Freshman Red Book, given to students once the semester was under way, listed John F. Kennedy’s address as Bronxville, N.Y., his dorm room as Weld 32, and his high school as Choate. Photos courtesy of the Harvard University Archives They are the touchstone moments, the rare flashpoints in American life where all who experienced them remember exactly where they were, how they felt, how their lives changed. The 9/11 attacks provide one such memory, the Pearl Harbor bombings another, and the killing of President John F. Kennedy a third.Kennedy’s assassination happened 50 years ago, but those affected remember the details of Nov. 22, 1963, as if it were yesterday. The Gazette’s reporters asked five members of the Harvard community how they recall that day, and how it affected them. Here’s what they remember, and what happened afterward:IN SHOCK, WALKING AWAY FROM THE STORYMarvin KalbEdward R. Murrow Professor of Practice EmeritusHarvard Kennedy SchoolI was the chief diplomatic correspondent for CBS News during those days. And I had just been at a briefing that Gov. Averell Harriman gave about a trip to Southeast Asia that he had just completed. He tried to persuade us that all of Southeast Asia was in support of the war in Vietnam. I wrote a 50-second radio spot and went into the radio booth that CBS had on the second floor of the State Department. When I picked up the earpiece to call in to the studio to do the recording of the piece, I heard the voice of Allan Jackson, who was one of the principal radio anchors at the time, telling the American people that the president has just been shot.I did not immediately understand that he was speaking of President Kennedy. I was in a bit of a haze until I heard him later in the broadcast speak specifically about President Kennedy, about Dallas, and the seriousness of the wound. At the very beginning, I didn’t know which president he was talking about. And I did not think it was Kennedy. My mind simply wasn’t there. And then when I heard him specifically say — I remember sitting in this very small, darkened broadcast booth in a state of some shock. I was not responding in a very professional way, by which I mean: “Wow, what a great big story this is, and I wonder what part I can play in it.” I was in a state of shock, and I sat there until finally, I believe it was 1 o’clock, I heard Walter Cronkite announce quite specifically that “President Kennedy is dead.”I knew immediately that my bureau chief would call me to come into the studio and help with the anchoring of the CBS News, and I also knew that I couldn’t do it. And so I did what I hope was the only totally nonprofessional thing I’d ever done in my life: I left the broadcast booth, left the State Department, and began to walk around the building itself trying to compose myself. And when I had completed this rather long walk, because it’s four long blocks, I still felt that I could not, that my mind was not clear enough to do a broadcast. That’s why I walked around it a second time. And then I felt as if I was together. I could do anything at that point — I felt I could anyway — and I walked back to the booth. Both phones were ringing. My boss was on both phones, and he was saying something like, “Where the hell have you been?” And I said, “I just found out.” I lied. And I said, “What can I do to help?” He said, “Get your ass in here.” Which I did.I think it had a major impact on America over the next decade or two. I think it was part of the beginning of massive changes within American society, changes to our politics, changes to race relations, changes to women’s rights, changes to popular uprisings against the continued war in Vietnam. I feel that if Kennedy had lived — I’m not saying these things wouldn’t have happened — but I am saying it would have happened in a different way. And he might, might have had the capacity to take a different view of the war in Vietnam and bring the troops home. I don’t know that he would have done that — in fact, I suspect he would not have — but there was that possibility.But without Kennedy, without the comfort, the security that comes with knowledge that there is a president doing his job, the White House is occupied, we would not have had to live through the trauma of his death, absorbing what it meant, and I think we would have been better off … And I say that in full recognition that the words may convey something less than I feel. I feel very strongly that, had he lived, America would have been a different and better place.Professionally, I’m embarrassed to say that I went back and did what I assume was a very good job because I got better and better assignments after that. I can only tell you, at the time, I was quite devastated. Like everybody who read a history book, I knew about other American presidents who had been killed. And of course, Lincoln was always on my mind. But I never believed that in my lifetime presidents would be killed. I thought that was in the past, something we had lived through and advanced beyond. But it was not true. And it is not true even to this day. Kennedy, who was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers in 1957 and served until 1963, held an Overseers’ meeting at the White House on May 13, 1963.last_img read more

African Union Day of Peace

first_img African leaders declared 2010 the Year of Peace and Security in Africa, culminating with a celebration on September 21 as part of the International Day of Peace. Established by a U.N. resolution in 1982, the Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to perform acts of peace on a shared date, according to the organization. The African Union is taking part in the festivities in hopes of ending hostilities in conflict zones so humanitarian aid can safely reach the needy living in those areas, reported news website www.allAfrica.com. “Peace Day aims at putting peace in practice, through a collective, cooperative moment of unity,” said Jean Ping, chairperson of the African Union Commission. “The goal is to demystify peace-building and to portray it as the responsibility of all communities and all individuals.” By Dialogo July 01, 2010last_img read more

Laughing for Peace: Colombian Army soldiers perform in traveling circus

first_img The soldiers of Laughing for Peace are part of the 13th Brigade, which assigned to the National Army’s Fifth Division. Laughing for Peace performs in remote villages every week. For their performances, the soldiers trade their camouflage uniforms and dress in bright costumes. The bright costumes help bring their characters to life and make some villagers laugh. There are 17 soldiers in Laughing for Peace. The Army formed the circus in 1996, with the goal of using entertainment to improve ties with the improving ties with the civilian population. Many villagers who attend the free performances are astonished at first, but are ultimately delighted. “At first, (the people) get scared when watching it, of course. Colombian soldiers and a circus, what’s the relationship?” said Army Sgt. Oscar Francisco Yela, one of the circus performers, according to published reports. “Having fun is important to human beings,” the sergeant said. Reaching out to the civilian population When they are not fighting the FARC or other transnational criminal organizations, the Army soldiers who comprise the Colombia Circus bring fun and joy to people in remote communities throughout the country. The mission of the circus, which is also known as Laughing for Peace, is to strengthen ties with civilian communities by entertaining them. Laughing for Peace staged a show in mid-March, 2014, in Tibiritá, Cundinamarca. The town of 3,000 residents is near the place where drug trafficker José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, who is known as “El Mexicano,” was born. El Mexicano was a member of the Medellín Cartel, one of the most dangerous and feared drug trafficking organizations in Colombia in the 1980s and early 1990s. The cartel was led by kingpin Pablo Escobar. Security forces killed El Mexicano in 1992, and Escobar in 1993. Laughing for Peace is part of a comprehensive military strategy that calls for the Armed Forces to battle the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), the National Liberation Army (ELN), Los Rastrojos, Los Urabenos, and other organized crime groups while also forging closer ties with the civilian population, said María Victoria Llorente of the Ideas for Peace Foundation. “It is important for the Army to show another side to their actions. The Colombia Circus is part of a relationship-building approach with communities involved in conflicts and illegal markets,” Llorente said. Wherever they go, the soldiers who are in the circus go door-to-door to invite residents to enjoy the show. In Tibiritá, the mayor sent a bus to remote areas to bring people into the village to watch the show. Each performance lasts about two hours. The Tibiritá show started around seven in the evening, as twilight gave way to nightfall. Some soldiers performed as clowns, others juggled or engaged in acrobatics. One breathed fire. One soldier walked across a rope suspended above the ground. In previous year, the performance included a goat who walked across the tightrope. The spectators enjoyed the show, and the soldiers had a good time performing. “The moment a soldier transforms himself into a clown, he can feel the humanity and is ready to offer something to our children, to our families,” Euclides Quintana, a soldier who is known as “Botoncito” in the military circus, said in a television news interview. Following the performance, Tibiritá government officials honored the circus in the town’s main park. Many of the soldiers in the circus have patrolled areas where the FARC, the ELN, Los Rastrojos and other transnational criminal organizations operate. “The Colombia Circus leaves a great message and wonderful memories in the minds and hearts of residents and officials in this town,” Tibiritá Mayor Gonzalo Rojas Calderón said. For the next several months, Laughing for Peace will continue to perform in different villages and towns in the department of Cundinamarca, “bringing a message of peace to Colombians, and in this way, building scenarios of reconciliation and love for our country,” the National Army said in a statement. Since the circus was formed, it has performed in remote areas in the departments of Boyacá, Cesar, Norte de Santander, Bolívar, and Santander. Soldiers convey the message that all Colombians can contribute to the battle against transnational criinal organizations. During each performance, soldiers advise spectators to avoid drugs, violence, and excessive alcohol consumption. In late February 2014, the Colombia Circus performed in the town of Chocontá, where every show had an audience of at least 800 people. Gen. Félix Iván Muñoz Salcedo, the Army’s chief of recruiting, and Brigadier Gen. Jorge Humberto Jerez Cuellar, the commander of the 13th Brigade, watched some of the performances with town officials. The traveling circus is a good way for the Army to build trust in remote communities, Llorente said. “The most important task is to build a state presence in the outlying regions,” Llorente said. “The Colombian experience systematically demonstrates that in order to control the territory and combat criminal organizations, government institutions need to carry out more initiatives and actions to pacify these areas despite the difficulties.” A positive message A comprehensive strategy By Dialogo April 09, 2014 I love both articles, we all realized that the first one was a fraud because several people had barely began serving as voting witnesses to count the votes and they already had the final winning number of votes registered in favor of Santos. Few people voted in Barranquilla. Maybe the suffering spirits voted, because the living were nowhere to be seen. Since there are no longer any newspapers or news reporters that are free-thinkers, I’d like to pay for the subscription. Phone is 1 6431932 Institutions should approach the community in a way that inspires trust and awakens solidarity, so that they can constitute a single team and fight organized crime efficiently.I admire the work of the soldiers and officials that courageously fight terrorists. There are a lot of good Colombians that are ready to support the National army, which we are proud of.Congratulations to the army. Congratulations to our soldiers, they are the pillars of democracy. Spectacular. Thank you for bringing so many smiles to the whole worldlast_img read more

Recurring transactions are the future of payments: Is your credit union getting left behind?

first_img continue reading » With the rise of new payment methods, such as mobile wallets and P2P, I often get asked about the future of credit and debit cards. The truth is, cards aren’t going away anytime soon. However, you’re going to “see” a lot less of them.As buyer’s habits have shifted from in-person to online purchases, fewer shoppers are pulling a piece of plastic out of their leather wallets. Just as importantly, as the role of these cards shifts from the traditional swipe or dip, to loading and saving on a merchant’s website, the decision of which card to use will no longer be made at the point of purchase.It will have been made long before.Worldpay sits at the point of purchase at over 800,000 merchant locations, allowing us to collect sophisticated data on 21 billion transactions annually. By integrating, linking, and enhancing this information using Worldpay’s proprietary Vivid Data EngineTM, we can compare transactional usage trends between credit unions and national banks. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

With cancellation, Rumble Ponies shift focus to 2021 season

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — With the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes says he expects negotiations between Major League Baseball and MiLB to pick back up. The current PBA between MLB and MiLB expires at the end of September. “It is a bit of good news because now we can turn our attention solely to working on the PBA (Professional Baseball Agreement) and making sure it’s going to go our way,” said Hughes. “That’s the only thing we have to focus on now which is the silver lining. We can focus our attention one-hundred percent trying to get on what’s best for Binghamton and the Rumble Ponies together.” “We’re trying to be good partners with Major League Baseball and what they have in front of them is a monumental task. We’re not calling there every day and complaining or even talking about our situation.” Negotiations have been on pause since the MLB season was put on hold due to the pandemic. With MLB resuming later this month and the MiLB season canceled, Hughes says he anticipates a meeting within thirty days. Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner fielded questions about the pandemic’s impact on the the negotiations during a press conference following the news of the cancellation. In addition to the teams at risk of being eliminated, a number of teams are dealing with the financial loss of missing out on an entire season. O’Conner said he cannot answer whether or not every minor league team team will be back next season. last_img read more

Federal officials warn of dengue threat to the US

first_imgJan 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The United States could be the next country to experience an epidemic of dengue illnesses if the disease keeps aggressively expanding, senior officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) warned this week.The range of mosquitoes that serve as vectors for dengue—Aedes albopictus and A aegypti—has expanded globally at an alarming rate, wrote David Morens, MD, NIAID’s senior scientific advisor, and Anthony Fauci, MD, director of NIAID, in a commentary that appears in the Jan 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors said A albopictus was first seen in the United States in 1985 and has since spread to 36 states, and A aegypti has been found in several southern states.Severe dengue epidemics are already occurring in US tropical territories and commonwealths such as Puerto Rico, the authors pointed out. In August, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that dengue fever is gaining a firmer foothold in south Texas, where an outbreak of the disease in Brownsville in 2005 sent 25 patients to the hospital, 16 of them with dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), the most dangerous form of the disease.Global health officials haven’t pinpointed exactly what drives the expansion of dengue disease; however, some theories include global urbanization, increased air travel, or climate change.Dengue fever is a flu-like illness that typically involves headache, rash, cramps, and back and muscle pain. DHF, a potentially deadly complication, is characterized by high fever, bleeding, thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet levels), increased vascular permeability, and, in the most severe cases, circulatory failure. Dengue shock syndrome (DSS), another dangerous complication, is characterized by capillary leakage of intravascular fluids and other effects such as pleural and pericardial effusions and decreased blood pressure. DHF and DSS primary occur with second dengue infections. No effective treatment or preventive vaccine is available.Morens and Fauci are calling for more research to understand and combat dengue. “The formidable challenges of understanding dengue pathogenesis and of developing effective therapies and vaccines must be met to effectively fight this important reemerging disease,” they wrote.However, they highlighted several challenges researchers and public health officials face as they work to control the spread of dengue. For example, they wrote that the complex relationship between viral phenotype, virulence, and host immunity make it difficult to develop vaccines and vaccination strategies.”A key remaining question is whether vaccines will elicit antibodies that decline over time to the point at which they no longer protect from but may enhance infection,” they wrote.In recognizing the public health threat from dengue fever and its complications, NIAID allocated $33.2 million in fiscal year 2007 for nearly 60 dengue research projects, according to a Jan 8 press release from NIAID. The projects range from basic research on dengue, DHF, and DSS to clinical vaccine trials.NIAID said its dengue research priorities include:Developing animal models to study basic infection mechanisms and perform initial tests of vaccines and treatmentsDesigning and testing vaccines and treatmentsUnderstanding how dengue viruses elicit antibodies that help them infect host cells and exacerbate diseaseLearning why capillaries leak plasma when patients have DHF and DSSUnderstanding genetic factors in people and the virus that influence disease severityIdentifying biological markers that can predict if an individual is protected from dengue viruses and if a patient with dengue fever will likely develop DHF or DSSMorens DM, Fauci AS. Dengue and hemorrhagic fever: a potential threat to public health in the United States. JAMA 2008 Jan 9;299(2):214-6 [Abstract]See also:Jan 8 NIAID press releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/Archive/2008/Pages/dengue.aspxAug 9, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Dengue fever expanding its foothold in Texas”Sep 10, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Chikungunya fever gains foothold in Europe”last_img read more

Study “Branding of Vinkovci as a desirable tourist destination” made

first_imgPhoto: Roman Days, Vinkovci Tourist Board The Tourist Board of the city of Vinkovci has completed the process of branding Vinkovci as a tourist destination.The aim of the project is to raise the level of recognizability of Vinkovci in the tourist market and give guidelines for creating an offer that will ‘revive’ the brand and attract more guests, and the document analyzes the current state of marketing in the destination, As pointed out by the Tourist Board of Vinkovci, all analyzes and workshops have led to the conclusion that the brand concept is: Continuity of life of over 8 years and a culture of life and work.The Institute for Tourism is in charge of drafting the branding project, which has so far been involved in drafting various documentation in Vukovar-Srijem County, as well as in drafting the Master Plan for Tourism Development in the city of Vinkovci. The need for branding was also recognized by the CNTB, which, according to the CNTB’s Public Invitation, granted support in the amount of 80 percent for tourist communities in underdeveloped areas, and 20% was provided by the City of Vinkovci. The total value of the project was HRK 97.500,00. The first research is related to the attitudes and opinions of potential guests – respondents from the area of ​​Zagreb, since Zagreb is the largest potential domestic market forcontinental destinations. The survey was conducted in October 2017 on an online panel. The results showed that the first associations in memory of Vinkovci: Vinkovci Autumns, Slavonia, Slavonians, East and the song “Come to Vinkovci”, Shorty.  The first three associations (among those offered) are: Vinkovačke jeseni, Slavonija and NK Cibalia. The statements with which they agree the most are: Vinkovci is a city of tradition and customs; Vinkovci is an experience of Slavonia and Vinkovci is a city of rich cultural and historical heritage.The motives for attracting them are: the gastronomic experience of Slavonian cuisine, Vinkovci on a tour of Slavonia and cultural and entertainment events. The colors associated with Vinkovci are: gold, green and yellow. “In order to reach the desired goal, it is necessary to implement 26 programs and projects in the period 2015-2020/2025. These are mostly projects related to infrastructure and superstructure, but projects related to destination development management as well as promotion and sales are also included. Each of them is a different level of priority and they are intertwined and complementary. ” points out Martina Matković, director of the Vinkovci Tourist Board.The second research analyzed the activities and appearance of Vinkovci on websites and social networks, which today are the main tool in creatingrecognizable image of the destination. The results of online visibility are as follows: over 80% of posts are in Croatian, followed by English with 13% of posts, 70% of posts are made on the website, and the rest on social networks.Photo: Vinkovci Autumns”It is up to us to implement this brand, ie that the guest during the entire travel cycle has a clear and complete picture of Vinkovci that meets his expectations in all segments. This means that indeed in every building, but also in the open space of the city, one should see this continuity of life. Every individual, every company, including the city itself, can and should, in its own unique and business-friendly way, determine how it will “tell the story” or how the brand will be implemented in its space. When we have more such content, tourist stories or specific products that travel agencies will offer on the market, then we can work more meaningfully and safely on promotion. The tourist board has the task of promoting the destination for which it was founded and in accordance with the stories and offer developed so far, we are working on the best possible presentation of the city”Points out Martina Matković, director of the Vinkovci Tourist Board and adds that all interested parties will be involved in the implementation of the brand and facilitate the process, and this year will be held training on marketing activities based on this project.Side dish: STUDY OF BRANDING THE TOWN OF VINKOVAC AS A DESIRABLE TOURIST DESTINATIONlast_img read more

Cappelli: Decentralization, better and more even distribution of the whole system is important

first_imgBy the end of the year, we can expect 19 and a half million tourists, 106 million overnight stays and over 12 billion euros in revenue, which is a billion more than last year – these are the expectations we could hear as part of the Croatian Tourism Day event on Hvar.Since the beginning of this year, there have been more than 18,8 million arrivals and about 104 million overnight stays, and 100 million overnight stays this year were realized a month earlier than last year. Arrivals are up 6 percent and 4 percent overnight stays, which is realistic more than great in line with last year’s big growth, and on the other hand it has finally started to be said that the numbers themselves are not important, but quality and sustainability.”This year, our country has won numerous awards, better than ever ranked on the world tourist map and connected by air with the whole world. We are ranked among the three most desirable destinations in Europe, Croatia has been crowned the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists and was named the best tourist destination in Quebec, Canada. Behind us is almost ten months of a tourist year that has been challenging and exciting, and I believe that the positive results will continue in the last months of this record year. This success is the result of the work of all tourism workers, all hosts and those who make tourism better, “, Pointed out the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and added that Croatia is connected with more than 70 new scheduled airlines this year, which has led to an increase in the total number of rotations by 15% compared to last year.Package of tourist laws sent to the parliamentary procedurePhoto: FacebookAt the session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in the town of Hvar, a reform package of tourist laws was passed, namely the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, the Law on Tourist Tax and the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards.According to the proposed law, 2,5 percent of the paid tourist tax will be allocated to the special CNTB account for development projects and programs in underdeveloped tourist areas, according to the proposed law. and 2 percent to a special account of the Croatian National Tourist Board for projects and programs of associated tourist boards.Of the remaining funds, 65 percent will go to the local tourist board, of which 30 percent will go to the municipality or city in which the local tourist board was established, 15 percent to the regional tourist board and 20 percent to the CNTB. “Decentralization is important, better and more even distribution of the entire system, both on the continent and on the Adriatic”, The Minister of Tourism emphasized.”We need to return to some realities, to 2016 – a more concrete, more organized market, higher quality and greater responsibilities”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli after the session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on Hvar, when asked about the perspective of the next tourist season. He added that he is always for fewer tourists who spend more, but warned of the Croatian specificity: “Croatia has a more diverse situation – it has all the capacities, from two, three stars onwards, regardless of the type of accommodation – whether it is a hotel, camp or private family accommodation.”He commented on the increase in the number of private apartments, saying that we cannot regulate the market by law, but the market will recognize the quality and only regulate itself. “All four- or five-star facilities in any accommodation facility, anywhere – on the sea or on the continent, are filled about four weeks more than others. So, the reality is that what is quality, and even expensive – always has its pass”, The Minister pointed out.Cappelli pointed out that a certain relief has been done in the tourism sector and noted that he will advocate lower VAT. “We did one relief. That was those 300 million when we took off the food tax and staff accommodation. Of course we also consider VAT”, Said the Minister, announcing, in the next two years, six laws that will be made by this Government, and which have not been made, as he said, for more than 20 years.Speaking about investments in tourism, he said that investors recognize the potentials here, so that investments of around one billion euros are expected or have already been realized this year. Of that, EUR 628 million refers to investments in the private sector, and EUR 311 million in the public sector, which is an increase of about 15 percent compared to last year. By the way, since the beginning of this year, 42 new hotels, 31 new campsites and 26 hostels have been registered.CNTB office in China soonAt the moment, China has an increase in turnover compared to last year by almost 50 percent, which are excellent indicators of how justified the focus is on the Chinese market. Accordingly, the CNTB will open an office in China. “Following the world markets, we are focusing on new distant markets – China, Japan, Korea, USA, Australia, Canada “, said the Minister of Tourism and announced that the Prime Minister would open a new office of the Croatian Tourist Board in China in a few days.At the end of the year, the Minister announced an extensive study, ie a precise tourist satellite balance, with accurate data on the impact of tourism on the entire economy, which will show the impact of Croatian tourism on the entire economy.last_img read more

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Europa League: Five ties to watch

first_img Loading… The rising panic over coronavirus is overshadowing Inter’s simple looking second-leg clash with Ludogorets, who have little chance at the San Siro following their 2-0 defeat in Razgrad, as Italy grapples with an outbreak that has left 10 dead and over 300 people infected. The chaos caused to the country’s sporting calendar has hit Inter hard, with the weekend’s postponed Serie A match against Sampdoria set to be played at the end of the season and Thursday’s meeting to be played in front of empty stands. The lack of home support is another problem for Antonio Conte’s side as they try to bounce back from a defeat at Lazio 10 days ago that has left them six points off the pace at home. Conte still has to deal with the absence of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, out since the start of the month with a little finger fracture. – Arsenal v Olympiakos – Kenedy’s late goal gave Getafe a two-goal cushion ahead of their return leg against AjaxOnly five members of the team that started last season’s second-leg loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League were in the team for the defeat in the Madrid suburbs last week. One of those, midfielder Hakim Ziyech, has already agreed a transfer to Chelsea. Also beaten in the Dutch league by Heracles at the weekend, Erik ten Hag’s team are in the process of being broken up and overturning such a deficit against a Getafe side currently sitting fifth in La Liga is a big ask. In any case, the match may not even be the priority this week for Ajax, as they face AZ Alkmaar in a top-of-the-table clash in the Eredivisie on Sunday. – Porto v Bayer Leverkusen – A precious away goal by the Colombian Luis Diaz kept alive Porto’s hopes of progressing to the last 16 as they lost 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in the first leg last week. Bayer Leverkusen will be without leading scorer Kevin Volland due to injuryThe Portuguese side have otherwise been in good form recently and will be hopeful of turning the tie around back at the Estadio do Dragao, especially as the Bundesliga outfit have lost top scorer Kevin Volland to an ankle injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.The tie is a meeting of two former winners of the competition or its forerunner, the UEFA Cup – Leverkusen won it in 1988, while Porto lifted the trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2003 and again under Andre Villas-Boas in 2011. Both sides started the season in the Champions League, but Porto went out to Krasnodar in the third qualifying round and Leverkusen finished behind Juventus and Atletico Madrid in a difficult group. – Inter Milan v Ludogorets – Christian Eriksen struck his first Inter goal in the opening leg in Bulgaria Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal in the first leg in GreeceRead Also: Europa League: Big blow for Club Brugge as injury rules out Dennis against Man United Three English clubs and both Celtic and Rangers are hoping to secure places in the last 16 of the Europa League this week, while former European Cup winners Ajax and Inter Milan are bidding to qualify in adversity, for different reasons. Bruno Fernandes has looked assured in a Manchester United shirt since signing for the club in January AFP Sport picks five last-32, second-leg games to watch: – Manchester United v Club Brugge – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hold the upper hand following last week’s 1-1 draw in Belgium, but all is not lost for the visitors given the problems goalscorer Emmanuel Dennis repeatedly caused the United defence. United’s latest financial results revealed revenues fell by almost 12 percent in the six months to December, underlining the club’s need for a return to Champions League football next season. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes could provide just the spark required. The Portugal international scored his first United goal in a 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend. He also impressed in a brief cameo in the first leg. – Ajax v Getafe – After their memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals last year, Ajax are in serious danger of making a limp exit from Europe this season as they welcome Getafe to Amsterdam trailing 2-0 from the first leg. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal host Olympiakos looking to extend a 10-match unbeaten run which has seen them unexpectedly launch bids to reach next season’s Champions League on two fronts. The Gunners started the year languishing 12th in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four. But they now sit just four points adrift of fifth-placed Manchester United, with a top-five finish potentially enough to qualify for the Champions League after Manchester City were handed a two-year ban by UEFA for financial fair-play breaches. A 1-0 victory over Olympiakos in Greece has also put last season’s Europa League runners-up in pole position to reach the last 16 as they bid for a first European trophy since lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more