Souvenir shops with an authentic offer stimulate the local economy. Here’s how they do it in Aquatica

first_img10 suppliers applied for the tender with their souvenir proposals with a mermaid motif. An expert commission of 4 members met, reviewed all submitted works, formed criteria (aesthetics, product availability and interpretation of the given motive) and evaluated each submitted work. Great story, but why sirens? I was immediately alarmed that something in this story was not logical. I asked myself: What has the mermaid got to do with Karlovac? Souvenirs are complex cultural objects, an inseparable part of material culture, but also of identity and development strategies of localities. Rooted in the local cultural heritage and nature, they not only reflect the tourist attractiveness of the site, but also materialize and promote its identity, cultural heritage and tradition and promote certain values. As tourism connects various industries vertically and horizontally, the impact of tourism multiplies on various sectors. On the one hand you have a great demand and consumption through tourism, and on the other an economy (agriculture, production…) that places products in tourism. And that’s it, a rounded story. Based on the received works, the expert commission selected the three souvenirs that won the most points and that will find their place under the sun in the souvenir shop. The first place was won by Craft Biblo with the souvenir “Necklace of Nymphs”, the second place went to the handicraft of Ankica Hitrec, and the souvenir of the glass figure “Let’s keep our rivers”, and the Craft Šporčić with the souvenir “Tornica sirena” in third place. All these works also received a certain financial award. On the occasion of the 440th birthday of the City of Karlovac, the Public Institution Aquatika, with the aim of having as many original domestic souvenirs in its souvenir shop, invited souvenir producers, craftsmen, artists and designers to propose and produce a souvenir of Karlovac and Aquatika. which will be sold in the souvenir shop of the institution of the same name. To repeat myself again. Authenticity and sustainable development. And that the story makes sense again shows the market. “In the past three years, a dozen new local handicrafts and crafts have been opened, so that our local people can do business with us and place their souvenirs in the Aquatika souvenir shop. Some of them really live off of it. And that is our greatest success”Emphasizes Kaleb Vuletić. Balm for my ears. That’s it, it’s that simple. Well done to Aqautika. This is how tourism is developed, strategically and sustainably. But the real story is just beginning, and it concerns the souvenir shop in Aquatica. And that is why souvenirs cannot be produced in China, and especially they should not have an offer of plastic “souvenirs” at stalls and bars on the waterfront, which is unfortunately a common case and a totally missed story. At least they shouldn’t be. The souvenir must be authentic, original, unique, tell the story of a destination and have added value because it is reminiscent of an experience that a guest has experienced in a tourist destination. That moment and the experience that, thanks to the souvenir, will be remembered forever. How many times have you told a story about a souvenir or picture from a trip, which is in your living room and attracts the attention of your guests. If it is still a souvenir and handmade and unique, it is even better because there is no copy or mass production on the tape. Photo: Public institution Aquatika FRESHWATER AQUARIUM KARLOVAC / Author: Denis Stošićcenter_img A story that should be an example of sustainable development and most of all a school example of a souvenir shop as it should be. Of course, everything revolves around an authentic and unique offer, which encourages the development of the local economy and sustainable tourism development of Karlovac. But when you don’t know something, then you research and ask. So I asked and found out how the mermaid actually has a significant connection with the city of Karlovac. This is how the story goes about souvenirs, both in our tourist destinations, waterfronts, stands, and in museums. We have to offer our guests local and authentic souvenirs that are related to the story of the tourist destination. The motive of the trip is to get to know a new way and culture of living, and that is exactly our biggest advantage. Our incredible authenticity and diversity. On the other hand, the meaning of tourism is not to live on rent, and to encourage imports through tourism, which is unfortunately the case of our tourism, but to encourage local and national economy by increasing tourist consumption. Which means making the most of all local resources for tourism. So, let’s say eggs, salad, meat… are used from domestic production, not from imports. Otherwise, what is the meaning of tourism and for whom, if not for our economy? Namely, the connection with mermaids comes from river mermaids that are on the coat of arms of the city of Karlovac and are considered a symbol of the city on four rivers.Legend has it that Karlovac mermaids have been watching over Karlovac since its foundation. It is said that the founders of the City asked the permission of the mermaids from the Kupa and the Korana to build it right in their arms, so that they could keep it. In return, they promised to build a star-shaped city and inhabit it with good people, and to immortalize mermaids on the coat of arms of the city as a sign of gratitude. Now, some things are clearer to me, as well as the overall story of Karlovac. Aquatika souvenir shops offer exclusively local unique products from local suppliers, crafts, local crafts and family farms. At the beginning, there were only a dozen suppliers at the opening in Aquatica, and today they work with even more than 60 suppliers, which are mostly from the area of ​​the town of Karlovac and its surroundings. “In this way, we encourage the involvement of the local community in the work of our institution and give the opportunity to young talented artists to exhibit their souvenirs in our area. We have a wide range of souvenirs, from magnets and decorations, through jewelry and handbags to art paintings. They are all unique, which the suppliers themselves process by hand from different materials (wood, stone, ceramics, leather, etc.), which proved to be extremely appreciated by visitors. We offer over 500 items in our souvenir shop, from cheaper to more exclusive ones. So there is something for everyone, from schoolchildren to business people. And often companies call us and take our souvenirs as business gifts. ” Kaleb Vuletic points out. And since Aquatika is a public institution under the jurisdiction of the city of Karlovac and in these three years of existence has become a recognizable tourist attraction of the city, which certainly returned the city of Karlovac to the tourist map of Croatia, it is a logical move to make an official souvenir. “With the arrival of an increasing number of visitors to our city, we want to enable them to carry a beautiful memory of visiting our city. And since Karlovac is the only city on four rivers, the solution in itself is to design a souvenir that will be truly Karlovac, with a mermaid motif. This is the background that led us to the decision to announce this public tender for the selection of a Karlovac souvenir with a mermaid motif.”Points out Ivana Kaleb Vuletić from the Public Institution Aquatika – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac. Let’s go back to a great example of a souvenir shop in our largest freshwater aquarium. Interesting story, isn’t it? A story that has a direct connection with the city of Karlovac, including Aquatika. last_img read more

No. 16 Pitt may get big bowl—or big letdown

first_imgby Alan RobinsonPITTSBURGH (AP)—Pitt’s season will play out with season-ending games against Notre Dame, West Virginia and Cincinnati, three ranked opponents in a month’s time for a team that hasn’t played a Top 25 team since last season’s Sun Bowl.The difficult stretch will tell coach Dave Wannstedt’s No. 16 Panthers if they are Big East championship-worthy and ready to play in a BCS bowl, or if their 7-1 start can be credited to a favorable schedule.The No. 25 Fighting Irish, No. 20 Mountaineers and No. 5 Bearcats represent as many ranked teams as Pitt has played in the last two seasons combined, and that includes the Sun Bowl against Oregon State. Pitt (4-0 in Big East) has never played better during Wannstedt’s five seasons, but they’ve never been tested like they soon will be.Are they ready? They think so. First, there’s a Big East game against Syracuse (3-4, 0-2) Nov. 7, one Wannstedt insists the Panthers can’t overlook. Last season, the Orange upset Notre Dame a week before the Irish played Southern Cal.“Syracuse is a conference game, and it is a priority,” Wannstedt said. “We used to talk in the NFL that, until this point, it’s all talk whether you’re a contender or a pretender. I think our guys now should get a taste that we could be a contender.”Pitt doesn’t have to travel far to finish the season. Syracuse, Notre Dame and Cincinnati play at Heinz Field, and the only remaining trip is the 75-mile jaunt to Morgantown. The Panthers don’t have to get on a plane again until their bowl game.While his team is mostly staying at home, Wannstedt took advantage of the Panthers’ off week to spend some time recruiting.The Panthers’ climb the last two seasons—they’re 16-5 since the start of the 2008 season—is largely the result of their recruiting success in Pennsylvania and its neighboring states. Wannstedt doesn’t want that slipping while he’s taking care of on-field matters.While Pitt was the preseason choice in the Big East, it was difficult to envision in August that the Panthers would be so strong at quarterback and running back, the two primary positions of worry before the season began.Bill Stull, so shaky at the end of last season that he threw for only 52 yards in the Sun Bowl, has been one of college football’s most improved players. He has thrown 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions, a major upgrade over last season’s nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Running back Dion Lewis also has been a major surprise, rushing for 1,029 yards and 11 touchdowns only a year after he was finishing his high school career in New Jersey. He’s been so consistent with five 100-yard games that the Panthers haven’t missed former star LeSean McCoy nearly as much as they thought they would. McCoy left for the NFL after two seasons and has been an impressive rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles.“Nobody’s been more productive for their team that he (Lewis) has been,” Wannstedt said.This is Pitt’s best-balanced team in seasons, with a 1,000-yard rusher, a steady quarterback, a tight end (Dorin Dickerson) who leads all BCS receivers with nine touchdown catches and a deep-threat receiver Jonathan Baldwin, who averages 20.4 yards per catch.Pitt must win at least three of its final four for its first 10-win regular season since 1981, when the Panthers went 10-1 before beating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. This is Pitt’s best start since 1982, when it also was 7-1 but finished 9-3.“We’ve still got a lot of games left to play,” Dickerson said. “We’re starting to get better, but every game we’re going to keep getting better until we get ourselves in a position of where we want to be.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 7, 2015

first_imgDoug O’Neill2468225%$271,210 Mario Gutierrez1322315%$108,920 John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 CALIFORNIA ‘BIG THREE’ DOING GREAT FOR PREAKNESSOnly one horse on the planet can win the Triple Crown this year, and that horse is American Pharoah.That said, the first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund, all based at Santa Anita, are scheduled to meet in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico on May 16.“You go in there with two really good horses and you’re hoping they run their races, and they did,” said Bob Baffert, trainer of Pharoah and Dortmund, recounting the experience last Saturday before a record Churchill Downs crowd of more than 170,000.“Dortmund really looked good in the paddock, but Pharoah got a little worked up on the walk. I was a little concerned because he spent a lot of energy going through all those people getting to the saddling area, and they were running alongside, and he doesn’t like that.“It really stirred him up pretty good, and he dragged his galloper and his groom all the way to the paddock. He was getting a little hot but then he cooled down and settled down, and after that he was real professional, like he usually is.“Everybody wanted to get a picture of him on the walk over. Dortmund handled the saddling really well. Down the backside Dortmund was in a nice stride and I thought he was going to go all the way with it, and then he got a little tired at the end.“Victor (Espinoza) swung way wide on Pharoah who seemed to be struggling a bit and I was worried a little about that, because Firing Line was running the race of his life, and that’s what you need to win the Derby, especially this year.“It was the toughest Derby I’ve ever been in. This crop is really strong.”American Pharoah and Dortmund both went to the track today and Jimmy (assistant Jim Barnes) said they really looked excellent,” Baffert said. “We’re pretty excited about the Preakness.”Simon Callaghan was happy with Firing Line’s second by a length to American Pharoah.“He came out of the race really well,” Callaghan said of the Sunland Derby winner. “He’s showing us all the right signs since the race and he’ll ship to Pimlico on Wednesday. He ran great. He did everything you could ask, he just got run down late, but he came out of the race as good as you could hope.” Alex Solis823125%$108,780 Elvis Trujillo1930216%$134,140 Dan Hendricks721029%$37,090 Santiago Gonzalez1834117%$107,460 Gonzalo Nicolas2432413%$99,940 Tiago Pereira1625313%$129,370 Michael Machowsky922122%$68,850 Fernando Perez3146613%$188,230 (Current Through Sunday, May 3) Victor Espinoza520040%$70,350 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke2334113%$150,840 Bob Baffert621133%$89,690 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS BAZE KEEN ON WARREN’S VENEDA FOR GRADE I VANITYTyler Baze felt he had a good thing going with Warren’s Veneda when he rode her to her first win over two years ago.It came in a stakes race.Baze piloted the California-bred daughter of Affirmative to a 1 ¾-length victory in her second career start, the Alphabet Kisses Stakes for state-breds at Hollywood on April 27, 2013.Since then, the 32-year-old Seattle native has ridden her seven times, winning four, the last three in a row, including the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 14 for Craig Lewis, who trains the stretch-running chestnut mare for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren.Next up: Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles, a race in which two-time Eclipse champ Beholder was entered, but will not run.“She had a temperature this morning and had a high white blood count,” trainer Richard Mandella said Thursday. “She’s on antibiotics and out of the race.”It might have been four straight wins for Warren’s Veneda but Baze was beaten a head by Tiz Midnight in the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos last Dec. 6.“She was a little unlucky at Los Alamitos, but she’s done everything so easy this year,just playing around and having fun, just happy really,” Baze said. “Craig’s been keeping her happy. She’s loving what she’s doing.“In all three of the wins, I got down to ride her a little bit, but she’s had her ears pricked forward having fun. She’s doing great now and I expect her to run huge.”The field for the Vanity, race five of nine: Warren‘s Veneda, Tyler Baze; Gas Total, Flavien Prat; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith; and Legacy, Martin Garcia.center_img Philip D’Amato1351238%$200,440 ‘VENEDA’ SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT; BEHOLDER OUTPREAKNESS STAKES NEXT FOR AMERICAN PHAROAHRACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF ‘BUD’ JOHNSTONSTREAKING TALCO EYES HIS THIRD WIN IN A ROW Mike Puype1321115%$103,240 Joseph Talamo2641615%$150,168 TALCO EYES GRADED STATUS IN AMERICAN STAKESTalco steps up in pursuit of his third straight victory when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III American Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf.The 4-year-old French-bred colt won an overnight race at one mile on grass March 12, and the restricted Thunder Road on April 4, also at a mile on turf.“He’s doing really well,” said John Sadler, who trains the son of Pivotal for Hronis Racing LLC. “He had a very good, game win in the Thunder Road. We were delighted with it.“This is a little tougher field, facing the sensational horse from South America (Bal a Bali). I know he’s pretty good, so this is kind of the next step up.”As for Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, fourth in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1, she came out of the race in good order and could run at Santa Anita late next month.“She came back well, but we have no plans yet,” Sadler said. “She’s possible for the Summertime Oaks (June 20, Grade II, $200,000, 1 1/16 miles).”The field: Enterprising, Gary Stevens, 12-1; War Academy, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Gabriel Charles, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Talco, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Little Jerry, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 5-1; and Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 9-5.FINISH LINES: WELCOME BACK–Veteran jockey Scott Stevens, 54, who just wrapped up his seventh riding title with 104 wins at Turf Paradise, rode first-time starter Mint Julep Taffy to a third-place finish for trainer Molly Pearson in today’s third race, marking his first engagement at The Great Race Place “in at least 10 years.” . . . Jockey David Flores has been granted permission to resume riding by the California Horse Racing Board effective immediately. The 46-year-old native of Tijuana had been disqualified from participating in riding for one year by authorities in Singapore in late March. Felipe Valdez2554120%$153,720 Edwin Maldonado2244318%$122,830 Rafael Bejarano1933516%$154,900 Richard Mandella1224117%$195,120 Peter Miller1023120%$104,830 William Spawr420050%$24,350 RACING MOURNS PASSING OF OWNER/BREEDER BUD JOHNSTONThe racing world and California in particular mourned the passing of Elwood (Bud) Johnston, who died in his sleep Tuesday. Johnston, who bred and raced 2011 Eclipse Award champion older male Acclamation, would have been 78 yesterday.“I’m just numb,” said an emotional Kenny Black, assistant to Don Warren, who trained for Johnston many years. “He was so good to me. He was an excellent horseman and treated me like a son. He loved horse racing and he loved to run.“The only thing he didn’t like was not running. ‘Dag-nab it,’ he would say if he was angry or upset because a horse couldn’t race. I never heard him use a curse word.“He was at our house in Rancho Cucamonga all day Sunday for my daughter Kaylee’s seventh birthday party, playing with all the kids and having a great time. He and his wife were the last people to leave.“In all my years in the business, I never met a better a horseman. I learned something from him every day.”In addition to Warren, the Johnston family had tremendous success over the years with trainer Bruce Headley. “He was my best friend, my buddy, my partner,” Headley told the Paulick Report on Tuesday. “He was very honest, very knowledgeable, and always enthusiastic. He truly loved horses. He was nice to people and always a gentleman, always smiling.”California’s leading breeder 13 times, Old English Rancho has bred more than 200 stakes winners and has been home to prominent stallions such as Fleet Nasrullah, The Pie King, Lucky Mel, Windy Sands, Kennedy Road and Unusual Heat.Johnston was the son of Elwood B. “The Pie Man” Johnston, who began breeding and owning horses in California in the 1940s with the establishment of Old English Rancho in Chino. Bud Johnston and his wife, Judy, took over management of the farm which had been moved to Ontario, in 1957. “O.E.R.” was again relocated in 1997 to Sanger, near Fresno, where its current stallion roster is comprised of Acclamation (by Unusual Heat), Cyclotron, Surf Cat, Vronsky and Big Bad Leroy Brown.Acclamation won 11 of 30 starts including the $1 million Pacific Classic in 2011, in a career spanning from 2008 to 2012. He earned $1,958,048, and was thus Johnston’s all-time leading money earner.Preceded in death by his father and mother, Betty, Johnston is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy, daughters Darlene Johnston Smith, Mary Johnston Hilvers, five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.Services for Johnston are pending. Tyler Baze3984821%$352,500 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mark Glatt1422314%$75,220 Richard Baltas1342131%$259,200 Flavien Prat3368118%$359,110last_img read more

Jeff Duling, June 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I feel lucky. We only got two tenths of an inch of rain last night and some areas got one to two inches, so I was pretty happy. We are wet. We still have a corn field and a bean field to plant. It gets close and then they talk about these big rains and you get scared about planting before that. I am going to give that corn a couple more days and then I’ll switch to beans.In the last two weeks we got another 50 acres of beans in and then we got 2.5 inches of rain really fast and it was like a lake out there. The beans made it out OK, though.Last night we drove from the middle of Putnam County to Findlay and everything was beautiful. If you go west of Ottawa it is ugly over by Continental. They are in bad shape over there. There are still a lot of acres not done the first time and a lot of acres going to get redone. They have been hit by a lot of rain over there.Yesterday afternoon I finished sidedressing corn. The corn is at V5 or V6 already and looks beautiful. The rains have been great for that, but from Mother’s Day on it has not been very conducive to planting. We haven’t done much since May 24 when we planted that last field of beans. It has been wet ever since. There are some guys trying to mud it in.The wheat is OK. I got about 80% of it sprayed with Prosaro. It has been humid and muggy so we’ll see how well it works. I think we have good conditions for head scab around here.I am pretty impressed with weed control in this area. Guys are figuring out how to get a handle on some of these problem marestail fields.last_img read more