Smoky Mountains National Park to Demolish 29 Historic Cabins; Preserve 19 Others

first_imgElkmont is a historic portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park once home to a resort and logging community.Residents of the community have been gone for decades, but the cabins built to house them still remain as visible reminders of a bygone era.The National Park Service allowed the families who owned these cabins to retain them until the early 1990s. Since then, the cabins have sat vacant, slowly deteriorating.Now, big changes are in store for the historic structures as NPS has announced its intention to demolish 29 of the cabins and restore and preserve 19 others.“They are stabilizing those structures, and by the end of this year we hope that they will be open for public access,” said park spokeswoman Dana Soehn.Of the cabins slated for razing, Soehn said, “we hope to have the contractor selected by early March and then start that demolition process.”According to Soehn, park officials are taking special precautions to preserve hardware within the cabins, things like window seals, lighting fixtures and door knobs that are unique to the era in which they were built, before the demolition takes place.Once the project is underway a few popular trails in the areas of Jake’s Creek and Little River will be temporarily shut down.last_img read more

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LOCKN’ 2019 VIP Giveaway

first_imgThis contest is over. VIP Pass Package Elements:Festival AdmissionAccess to VIP Lounge with on-site concierge hostsAccess to VIP viewing areaVIP/ SVIP Entrance into the campgrounds with dedicated, hassle-free check-inVIP campground (On-site lodging accommodations including tent-only camping, car camping, and RV parking must be purchased in addition)Ample air-conditioned bathrooms with flushable toilets and showersInvitation to the Thursday Welcome BBQ**Fully catered brunch on Sunday**VIP cash bars with complimentary water and soft drinksComplimentary late night munchiesExclusive 2019 Lockn’ Festival Merchandise Items*Thursday Welcome BBQ is available with 4-Day VIP Festival Pass Only**Sunday catered brunch is exclusive to 4-Day VIP, 3-Day VIP, or 1-Day VIP on Sunday***1-Day VIP ticket holders will not have access to the VIP campground center_img Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on March 30, 2019 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before March 30, 2019 – date and time subject to change. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person.last_img read more

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Brazilian Army Offers International Cyberdefense Training

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo June 15, 2018 The Electronic Warfare Training Center (CIGE, in Portuguese), a unit of the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) headquartered in Brasilia, Federal District, held the Third International Cyberdefense Workshop for Partner Nation Officers, May 14-25, 2018. The annual event brought together service members from 17 countries, including Argentina, Chile, the United States, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Suriname, as well as representatives from the Brazilian Federal Police. The objective is to share cybernetic knowledge, disseminate new technologies and methods of operations, and foster integration and cooperation among the armed forces of participating countries. According to EB Colonel Luiz Carlos Soares de Sousa, commander of CIGE, international participation increases every year. “In 2016, there were nine participating countries at the first workshop; the following year, there were 11; and this year [2018], we were able to gather 17 countries from different continents. We intend to expand the number of representatives every year, since cooperation and synergy are important factors in cyberdefense,” Col. Luiz Carlos said. The workshop provides a great networking opportunity for participants, bringing partner nations together so they can work on cyberdefense, the officer explained. “It’s a new field that requires a lot of cooperation and integration, so we need to share our experiences and expertise. The more diverse the countries involved, the more we all benefit,” Col. Luiz Carlos said. The workshop, offered with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish, included topics on reverse engineering malware, where experts presented methodologies to identify malware around the world. Encryption techniques and forensic analysis of Linux and Windows systems were other themes touched on. Final challenge On the last day of the workshop, students got to put their newly acquired knowledge to the test. “Every participant had to come up with a solution to the proposed problems. Each exercise solved resulted in one point earned. In the end, the person who solved the most problems won,” explained Col. Luiz Carlos. CIGE used its Cyberwarfare Operations Simulator (SIMOC, in Portuguese) to run the exercises. The platform, created in Brazil, enables virtualization of corporate infrastructure, analysis of malicious devices, and possible solutions to protect institutional systems in a closed network, without creating real vulnerabilities during the exercise. CIGE uses SIMOC as a foundation for all its training courses. This year, Brazil won first place in the competition, followed by Spain and Portugal. “It’s a way to challenge them and make the activity more dynamic. But, the overriding purpose is to share knowledge and practice what we learned,” Col. Luiz Carlos said. Participants impressed by technical quality Brazilian Army Captain Thiago Itamar Plum, one of the participants, highlighted the quality of instructors and the information shared among international service members. “We have countries from NATO, South America, Africa, and Asia working in many different ways for the same objective,” Capt. Itamar said. The officer who works at the Cyberdefense Center said that his participation in the activity will better prepare him to deal with the sector’s problems. “Due to the technical and practical nature of the workshop, problems could be solved by learning the best techniques and tools the various participating countries use,” Capt. Itamar said. “I learned some different tricks and methods from those I normally use, which are going to help diminish my investigating time,” Spanish Army Captain Julio Rodrigues Romero told Diálogo. The officer, who works at the Spanish Army Security Operations Center, praised this opportunity to find out how cyberdefense is developed globally in the armed forces. Working with other participant’s added value to the experience, Capt. Rodrigues said. “I am leaving this workshop with a long list of contacts and a lot of documents, protocols, and updates that will greatly contribute to my work,” he said. For U.S. Army Major Michael J. Hill, the course improved his knowledge both in the field of cyberdefense and for his duties at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil. “I work in security cooperation with Latin American countries, and nearly all of them were represented at this course,” Maj. Hill said. “The course covered the most important aspects of cyberdefense, always making them applicable to the armed forces. Cybernetics is a language spoken worldwide, and there will always be integration.” Chilean Army Captain Enrique Letelier Hermosilla emphasized learning about the preparation of Brazilian officers who work in the cyberdefense sector. According to him, Brazil’s technical quality is a benchmark for other countries. “I plan on preparing some drafts on everything I learned during this course to adapt the training methodology to my country’s reality,” Capt. Letelier said. The officer pointed out that cyberdefense is part of a new dimension, unlike defending land, sea, or air, and there is no way of establishing limits or borders for attack. As such, cooperation among neighboring countries is essential. “Students had varying levels of knowledge, but the problems that we all face in our respective countries are very similar, so teamwork is always a plus,” Capt. Letelier said. Continuing education throughout the year According to Brazil’s National Defense Strategy, established in 2008, cyberdefense is EB’s responsibility. CIGE has been training people in electronic warfare operations for 34 years, and started teaching cyberdefense courses in 2012. The center trains service members on two of EB’s strategic projects: cyberdefense and the Integrated Border Monitoring System. To that end, CIGE offers training courses and workshops throughout the year to more than 2,000 students. “We get service members from the Brazilian Air Force and Navy, as well as government staff from the Brazilian Intelligence Agency and the Federal Police,” Col. Luiz Carlos said. He also pointed out that the workshop adds a wealth of knowledge to the center. “As a hands-on, collaborative event, it lets instructors pick up on participants’ techniques and work methods, in addition to enabling outreach with partner nations,” he said.last_img read more

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New NCUA Board Member: 3 reasons why it won’t happen

first_imgHe’s too political. Self-Help has close ties to the CFPB, reportedly meeting with the bureau to weigh in on payday loan regs. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby was a strong opponent of the Dodd-Frank Act and is no fan of the CFPB. He’s still angry with Democrats for refusing to attach his Dodd-Frank reform to the omnibus spending package last year. Shelby – whose chairman seat expires this year due to term limit – is unlikely to give Democrats anything before he leaves, especially if someone with CFPB ties is involved. The White House yesterday announced it would nominate Self-Help Credit Union SVP for Hispanic and Latino Affairs John A. Herrera to the NCUA board. Herrera would probably be a great board member, but the odds of him being confirmed are very slim. Here are three reasons why: 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » He’s a Democrat. Why in the world would a Republican-controlled Senate give Democrats control of the NCUA board? Currently, NCUA board party power is balanced between Democratic Chairman Rick Metsger and Republican Board Member Mark McWatters. I doubt the goings on at the NCUA keep Senators up at night, but it would nonetheless defy logic for Republicans to cede control of any federal agency to the opposing party.last_img read more

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The city of Ozalj provides support for accommodation capacities, for each new bed one thousand kuna

first_imgOzljani, who are engaged in tourism and are planning new accommodation capacities, could achieve this more easily with city support.Namely, in 2018, the city plans HRK 50.000 for this purpose, for investment in new accommodation capacities and for promotional activities. It should also increase the number of beds from the current 91, as many as 13 renters, he writes”The measure of investment in accommodation capacities is granted for the purpose of subsidizing investments in accommodation capacities and raising them, for the construction of new accommodation capacities in the amount of HRK 1.000 per new bed. Support intended for investment in promotional activities refers to co-financing the costs of producing promotional materials (print, photo, web / online) and co-financing trips to fairs and events outside Ozalj, in the amount of 1.000 kuna per account”Points out the head of the Administrative Department Lidija Bošnjak.Beneficiaries can be family farms, crafts, companies for the provision of services in catering and tourism, and other legal and natural persons residing in the area of ​​Ozalj, and the beneficiary can receive 5.000 kuna per year. By the way, so far the City has paid a little more than 23.000 kuna for such subsidies, but the allocations for tourism are ten times higher.”In addition to the aforementioned grants and the work of the Tourist Board, the budget allocates more than 200.000 kuna per year for various other tourist activities. The city and the Tourist Board jointly implement or support various tourist projects, of which we single out: Enjoyheritage – Interpretation Center Lović Prekriški, Adrenaline Park, Encounter with the river, Bathing project, Summer in Ozalj, Rumobil, Jaškovo – 2nd Strudel Festival, with Run of heart race , Month of Slave Raškaj, Winemakers and wine events – Vivodina, Vrhovac, Ozalj court balls in the Homeland Museum, Lace exhibition in Ozalj / Sprang weekend, Masquerade, Ozalj open taekwondo / Trekking in Vrhovec”Concludes Bošnjak.Source:

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HŽ timetable available on Google Maps

first_imgGoogle Maps provides travel information to nearly 7.000 carriers at more than 3,8 million stops and 20.000 cities in 78 countries. Google Maps is used by more than a billion users, more than half of whom use mobile devices. Google Maps Transit is available through the Google Maps application for Android and iOS systems, and users of Google Maps can also access format to support developersThe data used by Google Maps is in GTFS format, which is a standard open format for displaying timetables that, in addition to being a basis for display on Google Maps, can be used for other applications that the interested public wants to develop. In this way, HŽPP wants to make it easier for developers to access data and encourage them to develop their own applications. A successful example of such cooperation is the HŽPP Planer application, which uses GTFS data and is well accepted among users.HŽPP invites all those interested in using the data on the timetable of HŽ Putnički prijevoz in GTFS format to contact us by e-mail ( ) with a brief description of the project or the need for timetable data, in order to give them direct access to the files In cooperation with HŽ Putnički prijevoz, Google provided its users with free information on the possibilities of traveling by train in Croatia on Google Maps (Google Maps) as part of the Google Maps Transit service.By entering the travel route in the territory of the Republic of Croatia in Google Maps, passengers can now plan their trips on HŽ Putnički prijevoz trains in accordance with the valid timetable. This selection is available with car / bike, other modes of transport and walking options.This initiative is the result of cooperation between Google and HŽ Putnički prijevoz, they point out from HŽ, which expands the possibilities offered by Google maps and which provides useful information to railway transport users. On the other hand, Google’s mission is to make Google Maps more comprehensive, accurate, and useful to millions of users who travel to their destinations by bus, train, subway, or tram. In addition to information on train schedules in Croatia, information on other types of public transport is also available in the Zagreb area. Photo: HŽPP”The presence of HŽ Putnički prijevoz on Google Maps enables boil visibility and greater reach to potential passengers who are users of this platform, who for their planned trip did not necessarily consider the possibility of traveling by train. In addition, Google Transit offers the ability to update service information in real time, which is especially important to inform passengers in case of emergencies that cause delays, which we plan to introduce as soon as possible”Said Marko Knežević, Head of the Service for Infrastructure Services, Logistics Support and Transport Execution of HŽ Putnički prijevoz.last_img read more

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Promotional video “Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism” nominated for the Travel Video Awards

first_imgPromotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board “Ambassadors of Croatian tourism”, Which premiered in November last year as part of a performance at the WTM Tourism Fair in London, was nominated by”Travel Video Awards”For an award in the subcategory”Best Video by a Tourism Organization”.In addition to the CNTB promotional video, “Rhythms of Peru” (Kuoda Travel), “Sabrosura” (Visit Columbia) and “North America” ​​(Jordan Tourism Board) were also nominated.”We are proud that our latest promotional video, in which globally recognizable Croatian stars participate, is the ambassadors of Croatian tourism nominated for the prestigious world award. This nomination for us represents professional satisfaction, but also proof of our creativity and innovation, ie confirmation by the profession that in the Croatian National Tourist Board, together with partners, we create top internationally recognizable promotional content.”, Said the director of the CNTB Main Office Kristjan Staničić and called on everyone to support with their votes a video in which Croatia, as an attractive tourist destination, is represented in the best light by Luka Modrić, Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovačić, Dean Lovren, Marin Čilić, Dario Šarić, Maksim Mrvica, Zrinka Cvitešić and 2Cellos.”Travel Video Awards“Is an organization founded by independent filmmakers and brands from around the world that rewards innovative and inspiring videos. The awards are presented in two main categories, namely in the category dedicated to the works of independent authors (“Independent Track”), which is divided into four subcategories and in the category intended for works by companies (“Industry Track”), which is divided into five subcategory.Online voting is open until Saturday, March 31, 2018 via this one links, and the awards ceremony will be held on April 9, 2018 in Las Vegas.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”last_img read more

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EU to fund Portuguese revival

first_imgPORTUGAL’s railway network is to be modernised over the next three years at a cost of Esc600bn, according to plans announced on December 23 by Minister of Planning João Cravinho. To be funded by the government and the European Union, the package will build on the separate infrastructure and operating companies due to take over from CP this year (RG 12.96 p780). The package covers the introduction of tilting trains on the Lisboa – Porto main line and upgrading to cut journey times on the Lisboa – Algarve route.The restructuring also marks a switch to contract operation on commuter and rural passenger routes, where the government retains control over fares. This will ensure that subsidies are targeted on specific services, rather than meeting CP’s overall loss of Esc1bn a week. Cravinho anticipates that the contracts will gradually be opened up to competition to drive down subsidies. An independent regulator is being appointed under the restructuring to oversee competition, fares and investment. olast_img read more

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Classic charm restored at former pink palace

first_imgBut many of its original features have been retainedUpstairs, the previous owners had already put in a new ensuite and had renovated the kitchen, so the couple focused on opening up the floor plan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago And there is plenty of open plan living spacesMrs Davies said one of her fondest memories of the home would be the “renovation journey”.“My main goal was to bring an old Queenslander back to life for the next hundred years,” she said.“And I think we have done that.“It is a lovely piece of architecture and I will really miss the sense of history it has.”The home sits on an elevated north-east facing 1158sq m block and boasts high ceilings, wide hallways, a formal living room with fireplace, a master suite with walk-in-robe/dressing room, ensuite and study, a spacious kitchen with designer appliances, three additional bedrooms, secure intercom entry and landscaped gardens.The formal living room with fireplace has been described as “elegant”, and one of the three bathrooms comes with its own powder room.Mrs Davies said her favourite room in the house was the master suite.“We are selling because the boys are older and we just don’t need such a big back yard,” Mrs Davies said.The house, which comes with the original house name plate, was built in 1900, according to CoreLogic. Mrs Davies said she believed Shalimar was named after a boat that came out to Australia.The house is being marketed by Clare Hartley of Havig & Jackson and could be yours for $2.795 million. The kitchen is modernThey installed an internal staircase, added a large family bathroom, and transformed one upstairs bedroom into a sitting room.A large deck was also added, with their architect replicating the original detailing used on the front veranda. 16 Roseby Ave, ClayfieldWhen Natasha and Bruce Davies bought Shalimar in 2010, it was pink.“That is the overwhelming memory I have,” Mrs Davies said. “It was pink. It was a typical old Queenslander, open underneath.”The sugar farming family, who split their time between Brisbane and the Burdekin, bought 16 Roseby Avenue at Clayfield to be closer to Eagle Junction State School.They spent one year renovating the home, with their boys living in one room and the couple in another during the build.center_img The house makes the most of the natural light and breezes The house has been given a new lease on lifeWith the help of Bettina Clarke of Ascot Living and Michael Dougherty of Dougherty Design, they built underneath the house, adding two bedrooms, a large rumpus, a laundry and storage area, all of which flows out on to a covered backyard patio.last_img read more

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Cock derbies in Iloilo City temporarily suspended

first_img* travel agencies / tour operators * hotels and other accommodation establishments This city transitioned to MGCQ on June 1. Treñas initially included cockpits as among the establishments that may reopen. * amusement centers (cinemas, computers and online gaming shops, all-night clubs, pubs, casinos, cockpits  and the like * personal care services (massage parlors, saunas, facial care, foot spa, waxing salons and the like) * libraries / archives, museums and other cultural activities ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas has suspended temporarily cock derbies “until we have issued an executive order solely for this.” * gyms / fitness studios, sports facilities * dine-in service for food retail establishments He made the move following a pronouncement from Secretary Carlito Galvez, chief implementer of the national action plan on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic – that physical distancing was difficult to observe in cockpits under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). In Treñas’ Executive Order No. 086 imposing MGCQ over Iloilo City, a provision identified establishments that may operate but at a maximum operational capacity of 50 percent only and with a similar percentage in maximum venue capacity. These were the following: “Siguro po mga July pag-new normal na tayo, pwede na,” according to Galvez. * barbershops (maximum venue capacity of 50 percent; then  up to 100 percent after three weeks from June 1 but with strict compliance to minimum health standards and safety measures) All workplaces are encouraged to practice alternative work arrangements for employees who more than 60 years old, those with comorbidities and immunodeficiencies, and pregnant women in accordance with the issuances of the Department of Labor and Employment and Civil Service Commission, according to Treñas./PN Galvez cited as example Davao Region. It was believed that the spread of COVID-19 cases there was                                     due to cock derbies. * other leisure and amusement establishments that promote mass gatherings * supermarkets, grocery stores and food preparation establishments (to operate for a maximum  period of 12 hours, and capacity to hold people not exceeding 50) Other business and industries allowed to reopen were the following: * resorts, parks, beaches and other leisure / tourism establishmentslast_img read more

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