Find out more details about co-financing the installation of photovoltaic systems HERE The Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency has published a public call for co-financing the use of renewable energy sources in tourism. / / / EXAMPLE OF A TRUE HOST AND STORY TALKING IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATION Tourists are increasingly looking for accommodation and services that take into account the sustainable use of natural resources, and this, along with all the environmental benefits, is one of the possibilities for our renters to adapt their offer to market conditions. Ecology and sustainability are the key words, and tourists will choose more and more destinations and accommodations that care about sustainability based on these factors. Metaphorically speaking, ecology and sustainability is becoming the new “black” color. Registered landlords and family farms (OPG) have at their disposal HRK 18 million for photovoltaic systems installation projects. PS When we talk about sustainable development in family accommodation, look at the story of eco-friendly accommodation Home Sweet Home from Dalmatia. RELATED NEWS: According to the tender, depending on the location of the property, it will be possible to get 40, 60 or 80% of the grant, or up to 70.000 kuna for renters and up to 200.000 kuna for family farms.
Share 3 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNews Geothermal potential in Dominica moves to another stage by: – March 14, 2012 Energy Minister Rayburn Blackmoore. Geothermal exploration in Dominica has moved into another phase as two test wells have been completed in Laudat.Minister Responsible for Energy Rayburn Blackmoore told a press conference on Wednesday that the government of Dominica made a commitment to diversify its energy resources and the greatest hope for citizens is in geothermal development. “We have signed contracts with two companies and earlier one had to do with the drilling of test wells and the other to do with the actual testing of the wells. The first well which was done ion site two in Laudat commenced on December 16th, 2011 and the completion was January 28, 2012. We said we wanted to find out the size and the quality and the requisite tests are being done to determine whether energy could be produced from that well. The actual opening of the well started on Friday and the reason for that was to get a sense as to whether there was any flow in that well and the quality would give us an idea of whether there are any prospects for energy from that well,” he explained.Blackmoore said he has been advised that a temperature reading of 240-265 degrees Celsius was recorded down to the depth of 1337 meters which is great news as the minimum temperature required to produce energy would be in the region of 180 degrees Celsius.This he said demonstrates that his government is committed to ensuring that everything possible is done to develop geothermal potential to electrical power.According to the energy minister, the long term objective of governments’ effort is to have a power plant of 120 megawatts to provide for the local market and sell the surplus to the neighboring French islands.“We believe that we also have to address our own local demand by constructing a small plant so we can see some benefits to the people of Dominica because high energy impacts on every sector of any society and we believe that we can benefit by having an edge in terms of investments,” he explained further.Blackmoore also noted that a second test well which is parallel to the first is also being constructed.“The conditions that currently exist on the second well are much more impressive than the first one, we have seen smoother progress, no pressure loss in the drilling process and we are going to see the completion of that well before the 28 day deadline,” he added.Dominica Vibes News read more
Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Apple#comics#iOS 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… brian proffitt 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Reports yesterday that Apple had inserted itself into the world of publishing censorship have turned out to be completely inaccurate. Apple didn’t ban the sale of a comic; the comic’s distributor app did — though apparently only to pre-empt the Apple ban it anticipated.The kerfuffle centered on the banning of the sale of issue 12 of Image Comic’s Saga comic series within the iOS version of ComiXology’s app.On Tuesday, the creator of the series, Brian K. Vaughan, released a statement indicating that Apple would be banning sales of Saga #12 in the popular ComiXology app and any other third-party comic app due to depicted sexual scenes.“Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps,” Vaughan said in a statement posted at Image.News of this move stirred a lot of observers on the Internet, including me, to lambast Apple for blocking the sale of third-party material when Apple offers the exact same comic directly within its own iBook app. This would have been the first time Apple curated independent media sold through an app, even though, according to the App Store Review Guidelines, independent books and music are not supposed to be curated:We view Apps different than books or songs, which we do not curate. If you want to criticize a religion, write a book. If you want to describe sex, write a book or a song, or create a medical App. It can get complicated, but we have decided to not allow certain kinds of content in the App Store.The whole thing seemed odd when I first posted about it yesterday, but the whole thing was completely wrong, and my story incorrect: it turns out Apple had absolutely nothing to do with blocking Saga #12… it was all on ComiXology.“As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps. Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today,” ComiXology CEO David Steinberger blogged yesterday afternoon.“Given this, it should be clear that Apple did not reject Saga #12,” he emphasized.The comic, which anyone could still purchase on ComiXology’s web site and then sync to an iOS device, was restored to the in-app catalog yesterday.ComiXology’s move to preemptively block the sale was their way of anticipating a decision from Apple that would have done the same thing later. But Apple, ComiXology learned, had no intention of censoring the comic issue.Because the Saga series is intended for mature readers and has depicted graphic scenes of violence and sex before, many speculated that ComiXology (and before, inaccurately, Apple) has an issue with the portrayal of same-sex activities in two panels of Saga #12. This is a charge Steinberger denies.“We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance,” Steinberger wrote.It is still not entirely clear what it was about Saga #12 that made it stand out as a potential problem, but one thing is clear: content distributors like ComiXology and Apple definitely need to get their acts together.ComiXology can be accused of having an overabundance of caution, but there was something in the Apple policies that faked them out. Perhaps Apple, which has not publicly commented on this matter, could come out with clearer policies on content, if that is indeed the problem.Hopefully, the policy will continue to be what it seems: that for all of the app content that Apple does curate, they have to date not curated content that’s independent of apps.This can be confusing, because it means that publishers like Playboy will have to keep the naughty stuff to itself within its own Newsstand app, but third-party movies, books and music with explicit material can still be sold through apps, including Apple’s.For this particular incident, Apple is off the hook. But somewhere there was a miscommunication, which needs to be fixed.Image courtesy of Shutterstock 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App read more
You just received an email asking you to shoot a wedding. Now what? Here are eleven questions you should ask engaged couples before you shoot their wedding.All images via ShutterstockTalking to an engaged couple is the most important step for planning a wedding shoot. By asking a few simple questions, you’ll be able to pull so much information you’ll need for the day of the shoot. The couple won’t know how many cameras or crew members you’ll need, but by asking these eleven questions — you can figure all that out on your own.When I first receive a wedding inquiry, I immediately reply with a congratulatory message to the couple and attach a copy of my wedding packet. The packet includes a brief bio on myself, the wedding packages I offer (including the starting price), and a request for more information.This packet is incredibly helpful for many reasons. The couple gets to know me a bit and the services I offer. Plus, it gives them a glance at the cost of their wedding video. By requesting their contact information — you are including a call-to-action. If a couple is serious about hiring you, they will immediately respond with their contact information. Also by responding, you know that they agree to your pricing plans. By being straightforward with cost, I am able to target my intended clientele.Once we get past this step, I move forward with additional questions — which can be done face-to-face or in email.1. Who is getting married?/When and where is the wedding?It should be obvious, but the first details you need to ask are who, when, and where. This will be the base of a quote and contract. You need to have the full names of the couple, the location of their ceremony, the location of the reception, the wedding date, and the start time. Be sure you don’t have any conflicts that day. If you’ll be filming before the ceremony as well, you’ll need to know where hair and makeup will be done, what the groomsmen will be up to, or any other places you may need to film that day. Not only do you need locations to know where you will be, but you need to calculate the cost of travel. If there are two videographers, will you use one car — or will the two of you be split up during the day requiring two cars? These are all details you need to figure out well before the shoot.Also, by knowing the start time — you will know the position of the sun. This will tell you how much available light you will have if you’re shooting outdoors. This is a simple question that will give you a lot of answers.2. Do you want a custom quote or package deal?/Do you have a set budget?I am very straight forward with my pricing. There is nothing worse than dragging things out between multiple emails. To simplify the process, I offer different packages — each with their own starting cost. From there you will just need to add things like the cost of travel, parking, additional shooters, or rental gear.While discussing the cost, also ask about their preferred method of payment. Do they want lump sum payments, or will you offer a payment plan? Be sure to clarify the due dates, and impose late fees if necessary.3. What type of coverage do you want?This will tie into the package they choose. Does the couple just want the ceremony and reception filmed, or do they want you to shoot all day? Will they want to follow the bride in the morning to capture hair and makeup, or do they also want to film the groom hanging out with the groomsmen? The type of coverage directly ties into the overall cost. This isn’t a one person shoot if you have to film the bride and groom at the same time at different locations. The more they want filmed, the larger the crew you will need.As a rule of thumb, I never shoot without at least one other person. It’s helpful to have someone not only capture the footage you can’t, but they can also set up and breakdown tripods and gear for the ceremony and reception.4. What type of edit do you want?If a couple has contacted you, hopefully they’ve already seen some of your work. Be sure to ask if they have, and ask which wedding videos of yours they liked the most. If you don’t have many edits under your belt, ask if they prefer a traditional straightforward and chronological wedding video, or if they want a modern cinematic storytelling edit.5. What kind of music do you like?Get a feel for the couple by asking about the music they like. Don’t settle for — “everything.” By knowing the music genres they like, you can start looking for music for the edit. If you can’t get a good answer, be sure to pay attention to the type of music everyone enjoys at the reception. Is this a rustic country wedding or an all-night dance party?You can then license tracks when you start editing. I usually build a playlist of favorites on music sites like PremiumBeat and Shutterstock Music. When I get into editing, I will download watermarked demo versions to make sure I have the right feel for the edit. I also tend to use at least one slower song for the ceremony and a faster song for the reception. It helps the edit flow nicely.Once you have the edit locked in, make sure you license your tracks. If you get a copyright takedown on a wedding video, good luck explaining to the couple why their wedding video was pulled from the internet. You will not only look forward to them wanting a refund, but also any fines for copyright infringement. It’s not worth it! Trust me. Just license tracks from anywhere, and make sure you have the rights to use the songs.If you are interested in checking out some PremiumBeat tracks, you can listen to some Classical and Modern royalty free playlists.6. Are their any planned special moments outside of the ceremony?For all-day shoots, you will want to know as much of the schedule as possible in advance. That way you can prepare your wedding gear accordingly. Is the couple going to have a first look? If so, will it be indoors or outdoors? Maybe the bridal party will all have a morning tea or breakfast they want captured. Groomsmen may take off for a round of golf or lounge around the pool. You need to find out what they want covered, so you’ll know when and where to have cameras ready.This also applies to the reception. You’ll want to know if there are any big choreographed dances or any fun things planned for guests. I’ve seen everything from funny sketches and dances, surprise bands, Marine saber arches, to a family friend hand rolling cigars for guests.7. Do you have any special items you want captured?Will the bride have something old, new, borrowed, and blue? Will the groom be wearing his father’s cufflinks? Making sure to capture all the little sentimental things will make the couple love the final video so much more. Be sure to ask if they have any special decorations on the tables or in the entryway. I’ve had a couple use their grandma’s china plates to serve dinner. While on this topic, be sure to capture all the traditional items too. Wedding rings, jewelry, the veil, shoes. All things worth shooting.8. Do you have any other vendors booked?Once you work in the wedding industry long enough, you’re going to see a lot of familiar faces. It’s not uncommon to work with the same photographer or DJ. The only time that’s a problem is if the two of you don’t work well together. I’m always most interested in knowing if the couple will have a DJ or band.If it’s a DJ I have worked with in the past, and one I trust, I know that I have a reliable source for audio. Having a great relationship with a DJ can be a real timesaver. It’s so much easier to plug straight into their soundboard or speakers. If it’s a DJ I don’t know, or one I don’t trust, then I know I have to focus on capturing all the audio on my own. Be sure to always have some type of audio setup going yourself. It’ll help when syncing, and it will serve as a backup if necessary.9. Do any venues need a signed waiver or Certificate of Insurance?Every church, chapel, synagogue, and venue has their own set of rules. Some require videographers to stay out of certain locations, others have a much more lenient policy. Many big churches ask you to sign a waiver, agreeing to their own church polices. Most often they will require you to use natural lighting, banning any video lights. Other rules are more focused on common sense, like not standing on furniture or pews.Many venues that solely host weddings will have strict rules — mostly because they’ve seen everything happen. If there is a rule, that rule was created for a reason. Some venues also require videographers to provide a Certificate of Insurance — or COI. This is a document issued by your insurance company proving that you have insurance. The venue may ask for a COI that certifies that you are responsible for any damage done while on the property.10. Is there an exit or getaway planned?After the reception, does the couple have a grand exit? You will want to know what time the exit should take place — this will help you decide if you need to set up lights or not. You’ll also want to know some smaller details like if the guests are tossing anything or holding sparklers. Are they driving off in a car, horse and carriage, just walking away? Knowing this will help you keep an eye out for the getaway vehicle. If the couple isn’t leaving yet, you can run out and get a few shots of the car before they leave.11. Do you have any questions for me?Finally, as you wrap up your meeting with the couple, ask if they have any questions or concerns regarding your services. Lay everything out as clearly as possible, so they know exactly what they are getting from you.Sometimes they may ask for special requests. I once had a bride who wanted to have input into the music. I handled that as delicately as I could. I don’t hand over creative control of my edits (they did come to me for my work) but I do allow input. I sent her a playlist of tracks. – Did you know you can make playlists on PremiumBeat and then email them? – I didn’t let her pick the exact songs, but I did allow her to get rid of any she didn’t like. (She wound up loving the video.)In the end, the video is for the couple. Do your best to please them, and you’ll find yourself having success in the future. I can’t tell you how many times one wedding turned into four because of referrals.Was this list helpful? Want more wedding articles like this one? Let us know in the comments below. read more
APTN National NewsFamed musician Robbie Robertson was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this past weekend.Here is the fourth part of his interview with APTN National News reporter Donna Smith.Smith asked him if he’s ever been star struck and his answer may surprise.