Zagreb hostel Swanky Mint was named the best in Croatia by the world hostel agency Hostelworld, and to make the story even better, recognition was awarded based on reviews, ie guest ratings.The great atmosphere and the story they tell in the Swanky Mint hostel through three years of work has already brought them several awards, both domestic and foreign. Since the recognition of the Croatian Tourist Board as one of the three best hostels in the country, 5 Star Hostel from the European portal Hostel Geeks, the last mentioned award of HostelWorld is somehow like icing on the cake because it is the world’s largest hostel agency.” We managed to bring this “social”, social element between hotels and hostels from the global idea and trend to the local. The location, the decoration, the various programs are certainly a plus and the specificity of our story, but the biggest part of our success that we are especially proud of is the attitude of the staff towards the guests. We managed to make our guests really feel at home “Said Ante Grancarić, marketing manager of the Swanky Mint hostel in ZagrebPhoto: Swanky Mint TeamIt is this social segment that sets Swanky Mint hostel apart from others, we are not in Croatia but in the whole of Europe. The highlight of the service is when the guest feels at home and when he is delighted with the whole story, and even when we add great content to that story, success is guaranteed.As this is no coincidence the proof is the ratings and reviews of the enthusiastic guests on TripAdvisor-in which Swanky Mint declared the best in Croatia with a score of 97 percent, Booking.com-with a grade of 9.1, as well as the last mentioned recognition Hostel World-with a grade of 94/100.Word of mouth marketing has always been and always will be the best advertisement, and that’s what they are in Swanky Mint hostel very aware.
I just heard the passing thunder of a LIRR train from the deckchair of my back yard.The ground shook like my mother waking me for school. It felt like the crazy pulse of life returning after a 10-week deep freeze of cryogenics. I have only started going onto my back deck in the past week after the long hibernation of COVID-19 in 2020.It’s like getting paroled.Birds sing in verdant trees like street corner a cappella doo wop groups. The air is loamy with the marvelous smells of the summer earth. Bees barhop from blooming roses to blossoming lilacs, zigzagging and stoned on 100-proof pollen to bring back to the hive where there is no social distancing.Every now and again, a jet plane rumbles through overcast skies, where the sun plays a tireless game of peek-a-boo with a world coming back to life.I hear cars whispering down the streets now and a Mr. Softee truck just jingled past a construction crew that has arrived to work on a half-completed house down the road. A roaring parade of earth movers, Bobcats, and cranes enter the site where workmen celebrate a return to labor with whirring saws and drills and nail guns and the clattering planks of lumber.From the opposite direction, two landscaping crews have arrived to mow lawns and trim trees and hedges.I have been on Zoom meetings all week, working virtually in the entertainment business, and my son just got an email from his upstate college announcing that they intend to open for live in-person classes in late August for his senior year. I might actually see my kid graduate.But as we reopen, so much will stay closed.Financial DamageThere are 40 million people unemployed across the nation since the pandemic hit in mid-March. Unemployment in Suffolk County is estimated to be between 10 and 15 percent and there have been over 39,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus with almost 1900 deaths.They tally like the stats of a depression and a war combined.There is no telling yet how many businesses will fail to reopen because of the virus or how many people will be evicted, or foreclosed upon because their COVID financial damage has overwhelmed them. About 240,000 Long Islanders applied for unemployment during the lockdown.Many will not have jobs to go back to.Suddenly the bloom was coming off the roses that those bees were feasting on in my back yard.I remember as a kid when my dad’s factory moved from Queens to New Jersey and he was forced to go on unemployment. He was a proud, gutsy guy, with a wooden left leg, who took pride in overcoming his handicap by going to work each morning with his lunch that my mother made for him in a brown paper bag. He toiled all week in the factory making electrical appliances on an assembly line. He felt like a worthwhile man when he came home on a Friday night and handed over his pay envelope to my mother, who budgeted $100 to feed and clothe seven kids.She worked too, of course, and so did all the kids when they were old enough to deliver orders for the local butcher, fish store, and corner grocer. My sister worked in the local five and dime. My old man would keep a 10 spot for himself every week for cigarettes, car pool money, and to “decorate the mahogany” as he called putting a five dollar bill up on Rattigan’s bar where beers were 10-cents, every fourth one free.After giving my mom his pay, she’d feed my dad a bowl of Irish beef stew and then he’d go take a bath and a shave and pull on a fresh white shirt ironed by my mother. He’d pay me a dime to shine his leather loafers, the left one filled with an oaken foot. Then he’d knot on a tie, shrug on a tweed jacket, and fix a fedora on his full head of dark hair and kiss my mother goodbye and descend the three flights of Brooklyn tenement stairs two at a time by gripping the banister and hopping on the good leg.Then Billy Hamill would limp across the avenue to the roar of Rattigan’s saloon and drink his beers and sing Irish rebel ballads after a hard week of work.That was his reward, his immigrant’s American dream come true. He came to America seeking the dignity of a j-o-b that paid the rent, and put hot home cooked food on the Formica kitchen table for his kids and let him decorate Paddy Rattigan’s bar.Impact Of UnemploymentWhen his factory moved, he became unemployed. He felt suddenly valueless in a job market that wasn’t friendly to an amputee long before the People with Disabilities Act.My father was a man with a fierce work ethic that he passed down to his kids, but when he couldn’t work and watched my mom become the breadwinner as a movie cashier, he became quiet and laconic and introverted as he searched the daily Help Wanted ads.Without an extra nickel to spare, he no longer could decorate the mahogany. He became homebound. He went on, well, lockdown.When he finally landed another job many months later, and it was organized by Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, with health bennies and sick leave and paid holidays and overtime, he rallied back to the joyful man we all so badly missed.I couldn’t wait to shine his shoes again on a Friday night.That’s what unemployment does to a person. Those harrowing numbers you see every week scaling to over 40 million across the land, those are good, hard-working people, most with families, whose souls are being sucked out of them. All this condescending talk about how working people would rather be on unemployment than working because of the $600 federal pandemic relief is an insulting political talking point that voters should force feed to them on Election Day. That sugar high of extra unemployment — that will soon vanish — is not how proud working people live their lives.Working people plan their lives around a paycheck.And so, behind those weekly unemployment numbers and the political venom of a campaign, you will find working men and women searching for a purpose in life, a way to feed and shelter their kids, and maybe a reason to shine your shoes on a weekend evening before splurging on a glass of beer.As I sit on my deck listening to the birds sing and the bees work and the roar of workers back at their crafts, I feel that sense of joy I had as a kid when my proud father went back to work.But I know those are the lucky ones.Many people will not have jobs to return to and they, too, are lasting victims of COVID-19.I hope the economy does come roaring back in a floodtide if and when this horrible virus dissipates.But that isn’t gonna happen.I see years ahead of people like my father trying to find a dignified purpose in life by way of a decent job.That’s the other magic bullet that we desperately need, along with the COVID-19 vaccine. Otherwise, as the world reopens, for countless others it will remain email@example.com Share
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U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) visited Grand Tower yesterday to personally assess the situation in Grand Tower.“Faced with the federal deficit and shrinking budgets, we’ll have to fight for every dollar to repair these critically important levees. This tour provided me with an update on the situation in Grand Tower, and insight into my office’s next steps to provide assistance,” Enyart stated.Congressman Enyart met with Levee Commissioner Roger Cavness and other levee district officials to discuss the current situation and future opportunities to fix the levee.In February, Congressman Enyart petitioned the President to allocate federal funds for the levee project, and plans to convene a roundtable in early April with key stakeholders.[mappress]Press Release, March 21, 2014
The relocation of the huge gantry crane was required for the Duisburg harbour upgrade project, which involves and increase in container handling capacity from one million standard containers to about five million by the beginning of next year.The crane, which has the dimensions 139 m x 20 m x 18 m, originally stood parallel to the quayside, but needed to be turned through 90 degrees in order to create a waterside outreach of 15 m.”Manoeuvring a crane of that size in such a tight space with almost centimetre precision is a tall order,” said Tim Kruse of Kahl Schwerlast.To complete the relocation, Kahl Schwerlast chose to use two six-axle and two four-axle self-propelled modules from the Goldhofer PST/SL-E series with hydrostatic drive, electronic multiway steering and a payload of 45-tonnes per axle line.The two four-axle modules were also combined with conventional three-axle THP heavy-duty modules to further increase the payload.”Manoeuvring so close to the quayside is always a little bit dangerous. So the six additional THP axles provided a margin of safety that permitted us to slightly reduce the axle load on the individual PST modules,” said Kruse.The crane was hydraulically raised 300 mm by the Goldhofer modules, before being rotated by 90 degrees, repositioned in five steps, and finally placed on girders in its new position, which involved eight heavy-duty cranes.The relocation process required Duisburg harbour to be closed to shipping for a short period. www.goldhofer.dewww.kahl-schwerlast.de
SWISSRAIL: Switzerland’s rail industry association Swissrail will bring together 46 of its more than 100 member companies on more than 1 000 m2 of display space spread across two stands in the Railway Technology and Railway Infrastructure areas of InnoTrans 2018.‘We are expecting a record number of visitors and, as always, some fascinating and very interesting discussions’, said General manager Michaela Stöckli. ‘We are looking forward to some hectic activity and the convivial company of many familiar faces and, of course, some new ones too. It goes without saying that we are also keen to see what our competitors are up to, both in terms of their products as well as their innovative booth designs.’
2015 turned out to be a landmark year for the burgeoning Jamaican Stok Exchange (JSE), following a recent report from global financial analyst Bloomberg News showing the JSE had the best performance of the year, among 92 markets tracked by Bloomberg.On the JSE, some US$700,000 a day in securities were traded in the first 11 months of the year, an increase of almost 40 percent from 2014. The recent boost owes much credit changed regulations, including opening accessibility to the exchange for foreign-based investors.South Floridian investors took full advantage of the growing market, according to local accountant Learie Mulling of Broward firm Crichton and Mullings. A key positive decision by the government, says Mullings, “gave special incentives like a 5-year tax free break to junior companies to trade and attract capital on the stock market.” And to facilitate overseas investors, including those in the Jamaican Diaspora, in May 2015, the JSE implemented an online trading platform.“The attraction and strength of the JSE is the direct result of the IMF measures, and the tenacity of the Jamaican government to ensure it’s large debt liabilities were rolled back,” said Mullings. “It was the IMF and the government’s objective to encourage equity investment, with investors purchasing shares in companies, as the alternative to companies and investors accumulating debt by loan financing. The austerity measures have created cash surpluses in the Jamaican economy and this cash has been invested in the stock market.”But Mullings notes that “there’s still a far way to go, but for investors, and the general Jamaican public, there’s now a foundation in Jamaica on which to build a very strong economy.”Jamaica has successfully passed ten of the economic performance tests with the IMF, and is poised to pass the eleventh. The nation has recorded positive economic growth for the third straight year, reaching 1.4 percent in 2015, even as the government continue to unload the massive debt burden.Miami investment analyst Godfrey Comrie said the positive report on the JSE isn’t surprising, as in recent years Jamaica has developed a collection of publicly traded companies with strong earnings. “In Jamaica, investors should find it more exciting to trade money in solid companies listed on the stock exchange than depend on banks to render fixed rates of return.”Economist Sean Barnaby says he expects the JSE to continue its buoyancy in 2016. “Interest rates remain low, making the stock market the most viable option to investors. With investment capital pouring into Jamaica, this should also stabilize the exchange rate.”
During the test, the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester from Rohde & Schwarz simulated an LTE network with simultaneous time division duplex (TDD) and frequency division duplex (FDD). The data was successfully transferred to the DUT on multiple aggregated carriers in different duplex modes.This makes the R&S CMW500 the only test platform to support RF and protocol tests for carrier aggregation in line with 3GPP Rel. 12 for TDD/FDD joint operation. With this test result, Rohde & Schwarz has paved the way for the entire wireless ecosystem, effectively driving the development of future wireless devices for mixed carrier aggregation.Network operators often have spectra in various frequency bands, which they exploit in TDD or FDD mode depending on conditions. Mixed-mode TDD/FDD will now enable them to use carrier aggregation to combine FDD and TDD cells. This not only gives network operators more flexibility in band and spectrum selection, they can also offer higher data rates to subscribers. Carrier aggregation was previously used to combine multicarrier signals with the same mode (FDD or TDD).The TDD/FDD joint operation test functionality is now available for the R&S CMW500 RF and protocol testers from Rohde & Schwarz. Rohde & Schwarz will display the setup at Mobile World Congress, booth C40 in hall 6.
Anokiwave announced the latest addition to their team with the appointment of Carl Frank to the position of COO (Chief Operating Officer), a new position within Anokiwave, effective July 2016. Mr. Frank will report directly to CEO, Robert Donahue.Anokiwave area a fabless semiconductor company providing highly integrated silicon core IC solutions and silicon front ends for mmW markets. They have one of the most advanced portfolios of Active Antenna ICs for 5G, Radar, SATCOM and Satellites.As the COO, Carl will be responsible for the execution of their world-wide growth strategy, as well as assume responsibility for worldwide marketing, sales, and operations. Prior to assuming the COO role, Carl was VP of Business Development where he was responsible for identifying growth opportunities for Anokiwave and for driving corporate strategies that created long-term value through close working relationships with their strategic customers.Over the last 10 years, Mr. Frank has held leadership positions in Business Development and Operations at TRX Systems, Honeywell Technology Solutions, and Techno-Sciences. In these roles, he successfully managed cross-functional teams to introduce and to grow new technology service and product offerings in commercial and military markets. Prior to his work in the technology industry, Carl served for 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard in a variety of leadership positions at sea and in program management positions ashore.Carl holds a BS degree in Marine Engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy and MS degrees in Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and the Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.