Saint Mary’s professor analyzes primary

first_imgJust across the state line, the Michigan Republican presidential primary took center stage as candidates battled for the state’s delegates Tuesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum emerged as the leading candidates in a tight Tuesday primary, in which Romney edged out Santorum with 41.1 percent of the reported votes to Santorum’s 37.9 percent, according to an Associated Press poll. Sean Savage, professor of political science at Saint Mary’s, said Romney and Santorum’s battle for the lead was a close call. “At the end of last week, according to a composite of different polls, Santorum was ahead by 0.08 percent,” Savage said. “It was that close.” Savage said the economy and the candidates’ electability against President Barack Obama significantly influenced voters’ opinions.  “Certainly the economy was a major issue with the impact it has had on Detroit and the auto industry,” Savage said. “According to exit polls, voters wanted someone who had business and administrative experience [in the private sector], but people also voted for who they thought would be able to beat President Obama, and that was Romney.” Santorum, however, maintained a solid base of loyal conservatives supporters, Savage said. “According to polls from the primary, Santorum had the most support from labor union members, blue-collar workers, evangelicals, voters who saw abortion as the biggest issue and the more loyal conservatives,” Savage said.  Savage said Romney’s level of education and affluence appealed to voters.  Despite the close nature of the race, Savage said a few intangible factors contributed to Romney’s victory, including his personal connection to the state of Michigan.  “Romney grew up in Michigan, and his father [George Romney] had been governor,” Savage said. “And even though Romney lost overall to McCain in the 2008 [primary] election, he won Michigan.” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder endorsed Romney, who led a more organized campaign in Michigan than Santorum, Savage said.  “Santorum would hold rallies and there would be people cheering, but then there was no follow-up with his supporters,” Savage said. “There was no organized way of collecting names, emails and numbers to continue to encourage their support, but Romney’s campaign did not have such organizational problems.” While Romney’s close win in Michigan is influential, Savage said it will not determine who wins the GOP nomination, especially because the candidates still face a long road until the Republican National Convention in August. “Michigan was a close race and a good win for Romney,” Savage said. “However, Romney only has 14 percent of the necessary delegates for the nomination, so there is still a long road ahead.”last_img read more

Hugh’s Back! Jackman to Host Tony Awards for the Fourth Time

first_imgThings are looking up! We can stop crying into our Champagne over Neil Patrick Harris choosing to be a serious Broadway actor (in glitter and fishnets) in Hedwig and the Angry Inch instead of hosting the Tonys because Hugh Jackman is coming back! The Tony-winning Aussie will host the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS. View Comments Oh, and come on. You know you want to see this again and again! (So good!)center_img This will be the fourth outing as host for Jackman, who won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for The Boy from Oz. He previously hosted the the ceremony from 2004 to 2006, and won an Emmy Award for hosting in 2005. Click below to see the actor tell you the news himself!last_img read more

David Pittu to Star in David Ives’ The Heir Apparent Off-Broadway

first_img Suzanne Bertish Star Files View Comments Related Shows Tony nominees David Pittu and Suzanne Bertish are to star in Tony nominee David Ives’ The Heir Apparent, adapted from the play by Jean-François Regnard. Directed by John Rando, the show will begin performances March 28 at the Classic Stage Company and play a limited engagement through May 4. Opening night is set for April 9. The Heir Apparentcenter_img Ives received a Tony nod for Venus In Fur. The Heir Apparent will feature set design by Tony winner John Lee Beatty, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Joining Pittu (Is He Dead) as Scruple and Bertish (Machinal) as Madame Argante, will be Carson Elrod (Peter And The Starcatcher) as Crispin, Claire Karpen as Lisette, Amelia Pedlow as Isabelle, Dave Quay as Eraste and Paxton Whitehead (The Importance of Being Earnest) as Geronte. Meet young Eraste. He has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée, and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There’s just one little problem: the uncle won’t die and he’s bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste’s fiancée? What’s a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could “out-Figaro” Figaro.last_img read more

Thirsty soils, streams

first_imgGroundwater decreasingThe normal recharge season for groundwater is over. Sogroundwater levels are expected to keep dropping through summerinto fall.The state’s major reservoirs are in good shape. Levels will beginto drop, though, without adequate rainfall soon.Georgia is now under the normal odd-even outdoor water useschedule. Odd-numbered addresses may water only on Tuesdays,Thursdays and Sundays. Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses maywater only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are nohour limits. The normal odd-even schedule is used whenever the state isn’texperiencing a drought. While conditions are abnormally dry,Georgia is not in a drought. However, proper water use duringabnormally dry times can delay or even prevent the need for morestringent water use restrictions later.Local governments and water providers are authorized to implementmore stringent outdoor water use schedules within theirjurisdictions.Comprehensive updated information may be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Real-time weather conditions, includingsoil moisture balance, may be found at www.georgiaweather.net. Low soil moistureSoil moisture is lowest in the Chattahoochee and Savannah RiverValleys and along the fall line. Only extreme southeast Georgiahas near normal soil moisture for April.U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges are showing low flows acrossthe entire state. Many streams are between the 10th and 25thpercentile for the date. This means that at the 10th percentile,we expect thestream flow to be greaterthan the current value 90 years out of 100 for this date.At the 25th percentile, we expect the stream flow to be greater75 years out of 100.Based on USGS data, groundwater levels were showing good rechargein November and December 2005. However, with abnormal drynessduring February through mid-April, these levels are beginning todrop. By David Emory StooksburyUniversity of Georgia Athens, Ga. — The past six months have been abnormally dryacross the entire state of Georgia.Rainfall during the cool season, October through March, is neededto recharge soil moisture, groundwater, and reservoirs. Becauseof the dry cool season, the soil moisture hasn’t been adequatelyrecharged. As a result, the state has abnormally dry soils andlow stream flows for April. last_img read more

HowellMartin goes head-to-head with Volkswagen

first_imgHowellMartin goes head-to-head with VolkswagenBRATTLEBORO — HowellMartin Marketing & Advertising was one of three finalists in its category in the ninth annual Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) Awards for its design and development of the Real Log Homes® website. The website advanced to the final round from a field of more than 800 contendersmost of which are from Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Londonand was pitted against two Volkswagen sites. The winner in the manufacturing category was the Volkswagen Passat Site, which also won Best of Show.The MITX Awards is the largest and most prestigious competition in the country recognizing the most innovative, effective and compelling achievements in the development of interactive technologies.HowellMartin, and its technology partner Gravity Switch, was recognized with the other finalists at a gala awards ceremony in Boston, where the winners were announced.Its selection as a finalist for the MITX awards was the second time HowellMartin was recognized for its design and technology of the Real Log Homes website. The agency was honored this summer by the 2004 American Graphic Design Awards for excellence in the design of the website, which provided Real Log Homes with essential lead-management tools and brand consistency throughout the companys network of dealer websites.The agency also received American Graphic Design Awards in three other design categories, and earlier this year was honored with a Bronze design award from the international Summit Creative Awards for FiberMarks 2002 Annual Report.Certified brand development experts, HowellMartin works with a broad range of clients to help them develop, re-energize and promote their brands. In business since 1985, the agency offers branding, integrated online/offline strategic marketing, and a full range of design and advertising services.###last_img read more

Optima Computers opens Brattleboro store

first_imgOPTIMA COMPUTERS KICKS OFF HOLIDAYS WITH MAIN STREET GRAND OPENING AND A HOLIDAY GIVE-A-WAYMain Street Location in Brattleboro Offers Convenience to Local Businesses and a Safe Haven for Area KidsBrattleboro, VT Just in time for the Holiday Season 2006, Optima Computers has opened its newest location on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. The newest Optima Computers retail operation features nearly 5,000 square feet of space that in addition to Optima Computers Sales and Service, will also the include the companys Gaming Zone brand, a favorite destination for many of the areas youths. The addition of this location adds to the Optima Computers locations at 845 Putney Road in Brattleboro and 17 Rockingham Street in Bellows Falls.Were really excited about the opening of our new store on Main Street, said Josh Garza, CEO of Optima Computers. While our Putney Road location is highly trafficked, we believe having a store downtown will provide even greater convenience for users of The Gaming Zone and for consumers during the work week and especially the holidays whether for new systems sales, or for service and repair of their existing systems.The new Main Street location will feature a highly knowledge sales staff backed by certified technicians capable of handling virtually any technology issue. Like the other Optima Computer locations, the new store features the latest laptops, desktops and peripheral products such as digital cameras from brand names like Acer, HP and Nikon in addition to the latest in gaming accessories and software.The new location will also feature The Gaming Zone, a favorite destination among the areas kids and a safe haven for homework or simply having fun video gaming. The Main Street Gaming Zone will replace the Gaming Zone location on Putney Road with greater convenience and features five private rooms where friends can battle one another using the latest computer technology, gaming software and accessories. The new Gaming Zone location is sure the be a hit with Parents as moms and dads can monitor their kids via Optima Computers Auk Eye Network that provides real time, web-based video monitoring in a safe environment staffed by responsible adults. And like the Gaming Zone location formerly on Putney Road, the Main Street location will be available for the ever-popular LAN Parties as well as birthday parties and social events.In celebration of the holidays and the Grand Opening of the newest Optima location, the company will be giving away an Acer Aspire Series 5000 laptop computer with a retail value of $1,199. The drawing will be held on December 23rd during a live remote hosted by Brattleboros WKVT-FM. To enter the drawing, stop by any Optima Computers location and fill out and entry form, no purchase is necessary.The company leased the space directly from the current owners of the Galanes building; no real estate firm was involved and terms have not been disclosed. The law firm of Christopher Duggan represented Optima in the transaction. John Brunelle and Sons of Brattleboro managed renovations of the new Optima and Gaming Zone location.About OptimaSince 2002, Optima Computers has been dedicated to humanizing technology, making it more accessible and helping the customers and clients the company serves harness the power of technology to help realize untapped potential while helping to break down barriers that can exist from living in rural environments. Optima Computers is headquartered at 845 Putney Road in Brattleboro and is one of Vermonts fastest growing local companies. More information Optima Computers can be found by visiting the companys Website at optimapc.com or by calling 802.251.0700.# # #last_img read more

Colombia Fights FARC’s Recruitment of Minors

first_img Recruitment of minors on the rise since 2002 The campaign reaches beyond seminars, pamphlets, and radio and TV commercials. As part of the initiative, the Colombian federal government has trained thousands of members of the Armed Forces in prevention efforts and protocols to be followed when dealing with minors who escaped or were rescued from the FARC. Since the defense minister launched the program, the campaign has reached more than 33,500 people in dozens of high-risk municipalities throughout the country. Colombian military authorities are working cooperatively with civilian agencies to prevent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from recruiting children and adolescents. The campaign reaches beyond seminars, pamphlets, and radio and TV commercials. As part of the initiative, the Colombian federal government has trained thousands of members of the Armed Forces in prevention efforts and protocols to be followed when dealing with minors who escaped or were rescued from the FARC. In addition to conferences and a broad media campaign that includes t-shirts, pamphlets and radio and television commercials, “Enough, here I am free” also sponsors “Play for Life,” a series of seminars conducted in 14 municipalities to promote sports such as soccer as positive alternatives to drugs and violence. The soldiers took care of her and quickly placed her in the custody of Colombia’s Family Welfare Institute. “Illegal recruitment happens every day,” said Col. Carlos Lasprilla, chief of the Illegal Recruitment Prevention Unit for the Ministry of Defense. “It is a systematic practice for the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and criminal gangs (BACRIM)”. Soldiers put those protocols to use on October 21 in the Department of Antioquia, where the Colombian National Army engaged in a series of gun battles with FARC operatives. After the fighting, they found a 14 year-old-girl crying next to the lifeless body of a man known by the alias “Chamaría,” who was the leader of FARC’s Fifth Front. The 36-year-old terrorist illegally recruited the girl in 2012, when he removed her from her family. Helping children who once worked for the FARC Soldiers put those protocols to use on October 21 in the Department of Antioquia, where the Colombian National Army engaged in a series of gun battles with FARC operatives. After the fighting, they found a 14 year-old-girl crying next to the lifeless body of a man known by the alias “Chamaría,” who was the leader of FARC’s Fifth Front. The 36-year-old terrorist illegally recruited the girl in 2012, when he removed her from her family. The FARC is the largest terrorist group involved in the recruitment of children and teenagers, but other illegal organizations also target the young. Since 2002, more than 4,000 minors have been linked to illegal armed groups, according to the Group for the Humanitarian Assistance to the Demobilized (GAHD), which is a Ministry of Defense entity. Between 5,000 and 18,000 minors are currently in the ranks of Colombian terrorist groups and criminal gangs, according to estimates by the United Nations (UN). “Minors do not think about risks. The recruiters are taking advantage of that,” said Col. Lasprilla. “In 50 years, the guerrillas have not made one, single gesture towards freeing these children. We must rescue them.” In fact, some FARC fronts rely heavily on minors. For example, about 60 percent of the FARC’s Seventh and First fronts consist of children and adolescents, according to federal government estimates. The FARC, ELN, and BACRIMS are particularly active recruiting minors in Antioquia – the most severely affected department – as well as Guaviare, Tolima, Meta, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño, according to the Ministry of Defense. “These groups have been committing this crime for 50 years now, and unfortunately, these crimes have been invisible,” Col. Lasprilla said. Since the defense minister launched the program, the campaign has reached more than 33,500 people in dozens of high-risk municipalities throughout the country. Since Pinzón announced the program, the Ministry of Defense has organized hundreds of workshops to educate children, adolescents and parents about the false promises of FARC recruiters. FARC operatives often try to lure children and adolescents with the prospect of money, but those inducements are hollow; many end up working in remote camps for little or no money, with little food, and with no opportunities to contact their families. Helping children who once worked for the FARC Through various programs, more than a half-dozen military and civilian organizations are participating in the effort, including the Colombian National Army, the Ministry of Defense, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Police Group to Protect Children and Adolescents, the Family Welfare Institute, and others. Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón launched the initiative in November 2011, when he announced the “Enough, here I am free” program. This is a national campaign to raise awareness about the FARC’s efforts to recruit youngsters. Throughout the country, military and police authorities have made similar rescues of teenagers and children who had been recruited by the FARC. In mid-October, police in the Department of Tolima rescued a girl, 13, and a boy, 15, who reported that they had been physically and psychologically abused during the several months they were with the guerrilla group. And in September, the Army freed five minors from the FARC in the Department of Cauca. The terrorist group had forced one of the minors, who was only 10, to participate in grueling physical training. The FARC is the largest terrorist group involved in the recruitment of children and teenagers, but other illegal organizations also target the young. In fact, some FARC fronts rely heavily on minors. For example, about 60 percent of the FARC’s Seventh and First fronts consist of children and adolescents, according to federal government estimates. The FARC, ELN, and BACRIMS are particularly active recruiting minors in Antioquia – the most severely affected department – as well as Guaviare, Tolima, Meta, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño, according to the Ministry of Defense. Illegal armed groups take advantage of the poverty that thousands of minors and their families endure in rural areas, according to the GAHD. Additionally to promising them money, terrorist recruiters lure children and teenagers with promises of power and material goods that they would otherwise be unable to purchase on their own, such as cellphones and computer tablets. In addition to conferences and a broad media campaign that includes t-shirts, pamphlets and radio and television commercials, “Enough, here I am free” also sponsors “Play for Life,” a series of seminars conducted in 14 municipalities to promote sports such as soccer as positive alternatives to drugs and violence. Since 2002, more than 4,000 minors have been linked to illegal armed groups, according to the Group for the Humanitarian Assistance to the Demobilized (GAHD), which is a Ministry of Defense entity. Between 5,000 and 18,000 minors are currently in the ranks of Colombian terrorist groups and criminal gangs, according to estimates by the United Nations (UN). The FARC, the ELN, and organized crime groups began stepping up their recruitment of minors since about 2002. Some of the FARC’s leaders have established specific goals for the number of children and teenagers they want to recruit, and to meet those quotas they’ll target children as young as 8 years old. Recruitment of minors on the rise since 2002 Illegal armed groups take advantage of the poverty that thousands of minors and their families endure in rural areas, according to the GAHD. Additionally to promising them money, terrorist recruiters lure children and teenagers with promises of power and material goods that they would otherwise be unable to purchase on their own, such as cellphones and computer tablets. By Dialogo December 05, 2014 Colombian military authorities are working cooperatively with civilian agencies to prevent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from recruiting children and adolescents. “Illegal recruitment happens every day,” said Col. Carlos Lasprilla, chief of the Illegal Recruitment Prevention Unit for the Ministry of Defense. “It is a systematic practice for the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and criminal gangs (BACRIM)”. Throughout the country, military and police authorities have made similar rescues of teenagers and children who had been recruited by the FARC. In mid-October, police in the Department of Tolima rescued a girl, 13, and a boy, 15, who reported that they had been physically and psychologically abused during the several months they were with the guerrilla group. And in September, the Army freed five minors from the FARC in the Department of Cauca. The terrorist group had forced one of the minors, who was only 10, to participate in grueling physical training. The soldiers took care of her and quickly placed her in the custody of Colombia’s Family Welfare Institute. Through various programs, more than a half-dozen military and civilian organizations are participating in the effort, including the Colombian National Army, the Ministry of Defense, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Police Group to Protect Children and Adolescents, the Family Welfare Institute, and others. Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón launched the initiative in November 2011, when he announced the “Enough, here I am free” program. This is a national campaign to raise awareness about the FARC’s efforts to recruit youngsters. “These groups have been committing this crime for 50 years now, and unfortunately, these crimes have been invisible,” Col. Lasprilla said. The FARC, the ELN, and organized crime groups began stepping up their recruitment of minors since about 2002. Some of the FARC’s leaders have established specific goals for the number of children and teenagers they want to recruit, and to meet those quotas they’ll target children as young as 8 years old. Since Pinzón announced the program, the Ministry of Defense has organized hundreds of workshops to educate children, adolescents and parents about the false promises of FARC recruiters. FARC operatives often try to lure children and adolescents with the prospect of money, but those inducements are hollow; many end up working in remote camps for little or no money, with little food, and with no opportunities to contact their families. “Minors do not think about risks. The recruiters are taking advantage of that,” said Col. Lasprilla. “In 50 years, the guerrillas have not made one, single gesture towards freeing these children. We must rescue them.” Every action taken to benefit youth is welcomed, but as long as there is poverty and marginalization of education, health and employment, there will always be other illegitimate forms of survival. The government must enforce the rights of every Colombian using the public forces in all of Colombia. Please, the channel has been damaged since Sunday and we have not been able to see the news or any programs. All you can see are lines Sadly, the Santos administration and the military forces have knelt before the FARC and outlaw groups. Great for the good job they do in saving human beings Santos subjugated the military forces in order to keep the FARC criminals happy It means to be with family and all together share something very special Congratulations Colombia President Dr. Juan Manuel Santos God the most Holy enlighten the paths of our Colombian army to move forward with the peace process so that the insurgents return to the path of freedom they are human beings to be reintegrated into their families, in their homes in spite of being kept away from the light of hope and its strengthening hope shines to bring back their rights the holy Virgin and the Lord will enlighten them. We are nothing, we are all the same, no to discrimination long live decency and human development of a person’s being. Mr. Alvira talking about the pothole filling machine on the news, I don’t know how supervision works on how it effectively carries out its assigned function, but in April-March 2014 they came to Hwy 8 and 69 and filled the craters and today we again see the deterioration of this highway, more precisely in front of Hwy 8, Num. 69-70 THE COLOMBIAN PEOPLE SHOULD SUPPORT, EXPRESSLY AND TACITLY, THE COLOMBIAN ARMY IN THIS EFFORT AGAINST TERRORISM As long as the media continues to teach youth how those who commit crime do it, youth will continue to learn how to commit crimes…HUMBERTO GUARIN GOMEZlast_img read more

Get ahead of your data and gain more from the cloud

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions are perpetually faced with balancing regulatory requirements, remaining efficient to protect revenue, and satisfying growing consumer demands safely. Working every day with financial institution decision makers, I’ve seen this challenge force credit unions to make difficult, compromised and, often, delayed strategic technology decisions. Meanwhile, CUs’ competition is heating up, making the pressure to prioritize even greater. To respond adequately, credit unions need a data security strategy that is compliant, available 24/7, and meets business continuity objectives, while also responding rapidly and securely to member needs.First, examine your physical and information security measures. Data security involves much more than firewalls and antivirus programs to keep your institution and customers or members protected. Ask yourself, “Do I have the physical safeguards in place to keep my data protected from human and natural incursions?” Your security protocols checklist should include these safeguards: biometric scanning and a PIN for internal system entry; 24/7 recorded, onsite video surveillance; photo ID and security escort for all users; cages and locks for internal equipment; and a photo ID key card badge for employee access. continue reading »last_img read more

Two Union-Endicott students help families in need while school is closed

first_imgBut when school closed its doors because of the coronavirus, the club knew it couldn’t stop providing. Girl Up has been creating packs filled with personal care items, thanks to donations from the community and the Syracuse-based group, ‘I Support the Girls.’ But two Union-Endicott High School juniors are taking things a step further, providing feminine hygiene products too. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Since schools have been closed around the state, districts have been providing things like learning materials and food to their students. “Even in and outside of school, the need doesn’t diminish. Girls will still need these products every month, they rely on them. So many girls rely on school for access to these products like how so many students rely on schools for access to food,” said Madison. The club is still looking for donations of all feminine hygiene products, as well as deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner. A small act of kindness that is making a big difference for many during this time. “With this bathroom initiative, it allows girls to be in a comfortable environment, and an environment that they feel is judgement-free. And where they’re in control, and they have the option to how they want to use these supplies, when they want to use these supplies. I think that’s important that it’s available to them,” said Alessia.center_img “Girl Up is a club full of passionate advocates who advocate, fundraiser, and plan events to raise awareness about reproductive health, access to education, the environment, and so much more,” said Madison. When school was in session, the club stocked the restrooms at the Middle School and High School with feminine hygiene products. “I mean look at us, we’re 16. We thought one night, we were like, ‘Well we can do this.’ And I think that anybody who is passionate about something can go out there and do something,” said Alessia. With help from Endicott Rotary, the packs are being distributed to families in need in the area. Madison and Alessia Stead are co-presidents of the club, Girl Up at UE. If you are able to make a donation contact Superintendent Nicole Wolfe by email at nwolfe@uek12.org.last_img read more

Romana Lekić, Ph.D.: Communication is a basic prerequisite for tourism development

first_imgMobility and hospitality were two key concepts at the roots of many mythologies and today are the essence of tourism. Hospitality once meant the cessation of conflict or the root of hostility, and therefore myths are important for the way society will understand its existence in this world. We learn from myths that not hosting a stranger was a sin and that meant incurring the wrath of the gods. Hospitality in the true sense of the word allows the guest a certain degree of closeness to the host, the natural and cultural environment. The essence of tourism is that the visitor seeks social contacts that are honest and even intimate in an environment that is unusual and attractive. Tourists should be allowed to be more than an observer and to become real actors in their journey by establishing social contact with the local population. The exchange, because the tourist is also a transmitter of his spirit and culture, enables better mutual understanding. Communication is a basic prerequisite for tourism development It is important not to lose sight of the fact that human behavior and customs, as well as tourism and the need for rest, are typified in the myths of all civilizations. On this evolutionary path, sustainable tourism has the power of transformation, ie liberation, so that its main goal is to change tourists / travelers but also service providers, ie the local community from passive beings within the phenomenon of tourism – into subjects, into exchanges of tourist events. achieved true communication with tourists. When a member of one culture creates a symbol, message or information for another member of another, different cultures and their interaction and communication is actually intercultural communication. In contact with the “other” value systems are often destroyed, changed or supplemented, the individual’s horizons are broadened, stereotypes are erased and finally – persons or individuals change through intercultural communication, and this is the most important thing in intercultural communication, ie cognition. modifying and changing. In cultural contact in a tourist destination, it is important to distinguish between the local population and their culture; tourists and tourist culture (common to most tourists); residual culture (unique to each tourism market), tourism workers (who provide services to tourists and act as intermediaries between the host and guest population) and their managerial and business culture, etc.  Photo: Pexels.com / Illustration: HrTurizam.hr As the world becomes more connected, globalized and liberal, and culturally and anthropologically more developed – it survives only in diversity and pluralism, not in sameness and monism, so in this sense intercultural communication – in tourism and beyond – becomes necessary and necessary. for many individuals, or for an increasing number of people.  The development of tourism began in the 19th century and with its leisure philosophy it followed the technological development so that it became a market for several types of entertainment. In the name of happiness, the society of hyperconsumption is expanding, so tourism is becoming more massive, however, although it is produced and consumed, we are increasingly entering a crisis of materialistic culture of happiness where the gap between rich and poor deepens, closeness is lost and new technologies bringing people together becomes a means of alienation. Therefore, a situation occurs in which, by communicating interculturally, individuals respect each other and, by looking at each other, see themselves as they really are. This component of tourism is actually a sociological and anthropological category of self-knowledge. In tourism, communication can take place on several levels and in several dimensions. Through tourism and local culture, we send a message to the world with words, images and figures that stem from our history and point to the appeal of the space for all those creatives and curious people who strive for an authentic experience of original values. The emphasis is on originality and identity because they are written in our cellular memory and collective memory. Sending and receiving messages is reflected in the identity, attitudes and opinions of an individual who is original and unique. center_img Today, travelers are motivated by the desire to get to know a culture different from their own in a place that cannot be replaced by any other tourist destination – Dr. sc. Romana Lekić Intercultural communication as a form of communication that takes place in tourism, it represents communication between different cultures, more precisely between people who come from different countries and cities or cultures and make mutual contacts and interaction in a certain area. Such communication involves the interaction of people whose cultural perceptions and symbolic systems are different enough to change the act of communication. . At the very beginning, communication is needed to present the offer to a potential tourist and during the stay of tourists in the destination. Thus, communication has an important role in the development of tourism because it serves not only to communicate and transmit information but also to get to know the culture and create interpersonal relationships. Tourism mixes people and cultures, forms and forces unique to each individual local community, ie tourists, and a better understanding of these cultures will lead us to understand tourism as a factor of change in the community and beyond – tourism in this way gets transformative and healing power – dr. sc. Romana Lekić Author: dr. Sc. Romana Lekić, Assistant Dean for Tourism Studies at Edward Bernays College of Communication Management in Zagreb In 2010, the European Commission recognized tourism as a means of strengthening the cohesion of European citizens by encouraging contacts and exchanges between countries and people, regardless of differences in language, culture or tradition. The European Tourism Forum in 2013. suggests tourism as “A POWER FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, SOCIAL CHANGE AND WELL-BEING”.  The criteria of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) point out that for the practice of sustainable tourism it is important to meet the criteria of respect for local culture and tradition so that foreign visitors need to learn local behavior, language and culture, but also the local population learns about different expectations. Furthermore, as the UNWTO points out, we should strive for quality, not quantity, and that the success of tourism can be measured by the length of stay, consumption and quality of the tourist experience, and not just the number of visitors and the number of nights. Also, UNWTO emphasizes satisfaction, because a satisfied visitor when he returns home, will recommend an unforgettable destination to his relatives and friends, which allows further business of these destinations, therefore increasingly emphasizing the quality of tourist experience and experience based on authenticity and tradition. last_img read more