Reporters Without Borders backs London demonstration in protest at murder of leading editor

first_imgNews July 15, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today voiced its public support for a demonstration to be held in London on 15 January in protest at the killing of a prominent Sri Lankan editor.The demonstration will be the occasion for “a new strong condemnation of the murder” of Lasantha Wickrematunga of the Sunday Leader, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We urge the government to react quickly to end the climate of impunity in Sri Lanka and we urge Londoners to join the rally in memory of the murdered journalist, to condemn repression and the critical situation for journalists in Sri Lanka”, the organisation said. The demonstration, organised by the editor’s colleagues and backed by Reporters Without Borders and other organisations, will take place from 2 to 5pm outside the residence of the prime minister of the United Kingdom at 10 Downing Street.The objective is to denounce the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunga, a crackdown on the media and the desperate plight of many of the country’s journalists.At least 4,000 people demonstrated in the streets of the capital Colombo calling for justice during the funeral on 12 January of the outspoken editor of the Sunday Leader who was highly critical of the government.Demonstrators wore black arms bands and chanted anti-government slogans. It was the biggest demonstration against the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa since he took power more than three years ago. The government has denied any implication in the murder of the editor and has promised to carry out a thorough investigation.In his final editorial, published posthumously on 11 January, the journalist said he knew that he was being targeted by the government. “When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me”, he wrote. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific January 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders backs London demonstration in protest at murder of leading editor Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists to go furthercenter_img News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Follow the news on Sri Lanka January 13, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more

Tournament of Roses Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a commentcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Tournament of Roses Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, November 2, 2015 | 12:52 pm 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  The Tournament of Roses® Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 grant assistance program. In 2016, the total amount awarded to local charities will remain at $200,000. Since its inception in 1983, the Foundation has invested over $2.7 million in more than 180 Pasadena-area organizations. Grants typically range from $1,000 up to $10,000 per organization. The grant award maximum is $10,000. The grant awards in 2015 totaled $200,000, and the average grant was approximately $4,700.Eligible applicants are organizations with 501(c)(3) status, as of the 2016 submission deadline, that are based in and serving one or more of the following communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, La Cafiada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and Temple City. Grants will be given in the categories of performing and visual arts, sports and recreation, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. Forty-two organizations received grants last year including these ten first-time recipients: About Productions, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, Jericho Road Pasadena, Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc., Mark Keppel High School Drama Boosters, Marshall Music Boosters Inc., Monrovia Wildcats Band Booster Club, Pasadena Girls Softball Association, Pasadena High School Instrumental Music Club, and The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.To apply, eligible organizations should visit www.ctkodm.com/ptrf/. New applicants will need to enter “apply” for both the “username” and “password.” Returning applicants will use their previously approved username and password. Returning applicants should contact the Foundation directly for questions on their approved username and/or password. The website will then direct users to a welcome page with instructions on how to begin the application process. Applicants can find the official grant guidelines, the grant application timeline, a list of special stipulations and requirements, a detailed list of frequently asked questions about the grants program and a list of common submission errors and omissions on the Foundation’s website at www.tournamentofroses.com/foundation/grant.Applications will be accepted from November 2, 2015 through January 28, 2016 by 5 p.m. All applicants will receive a status update the week of February 29, 2016. The 2016 finalists will be notified the week of February 29, 2016 and then must submit the required additional background materials by March 14, 2016. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will make the final grant selections at its annual spring meeting, and applicants will be notified of their funding status via email in May 2016.The Tournament of Roses Foundation is a non-profit, public benefit corporation established in 1983 to receive and manage charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association, its supporters and the general public.About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. Nine hundred thirty-five volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization and contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Learn more at www.tournamentofroses.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.For more information, please contact April Hood, (626) 449-4100 or [email protected] Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Urban Areas Lead in Home Prices; Suburbs Grow Faster

first_img About Author: Scott Morgan Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Home Prices Population Growth Suburbs Urban Area 2014-04-11 Scott Morgan Home / Daily Dose / Urban Areas Lead in Home Prices; Suburbs Grow Faster Tagged with: Demand Home Prices Population Growth Suburbs Urban Area April 11, 2014 783 Views As the housing market inches further toward recovery, a curious dichotomy has arisen between urban and suburban growth. According to Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia, while cities are outpacing the suburbs in price gains, the suburbs are leading the way in population growth.According to Kolko, citing Trulia’s joint Price Monitor and Rent Monitor reports, released Wednesday, asking prices for homes in densely populated (i.e., high-rise-rich) and urban settings are still rising as the spring buying market catches its stride. Asking prices typically lead actual sale prices by about two months, meaning today’s asking prices should be a good indicator of what typical sale prices will be as housing enters the summer.Trulia found that month-to-month asking prices nationally in urban markets rose 1.2 percent in March. Quarter-to-quarter, prices rose 2.9 percent in March, reflecting three straight months of solid month-over-month gains. Both calculations were seasonally adjusted.More encouraging is that asking prices are up a full 10 percent since last year, rising in 97 of the 100 largest metros. Only three metro areas—Albany, New York; and Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut, showed a drop in asking prices year-over-year.It’s the suburbs, however, where population is growing most—something Kolko admits can seem rather strange. After all, he says, “locations with stronger demand should have both higher price growth and more population growth.” And there has been greater demand for urban living since the construction bubble burst in 2009 and badly damaged new home construction in suburban areas. The answer, however, lies in the supply.“Suburbs can have faster household growth but smaller price gains because it’s easier to build new housing in suburbs than in dense urban neighborhoods,” Kolko said. “New construction accommodates population growth while taking pressure off rising prices.”It only seems as if cities have the edge in housing recovery, he said, because home prices in high-density high-rise neighborhoods in cities such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco have risen faster than those for other urban and suburban areas.It also appears to have the lead because construction recovery has been disproportionately urban. In 2013, apartment building construction hit a 15-year high, but single-family home construction is still considerably below normal levels. That means many dense cities where much of the housing stock is comprised of rental apartments have seen a construction boom relative to their local normal level of construction, Kolko said.“Population growth since the housing bust has slowed most in the bottom quartile of counties, which are largely rural areas, not suburbs,” Kolko said. “The suburbs are far from over.” Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing.  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: FDIC Urges Institutions to Mitigate Cyber-Related Risk Next: Spring Thaw Expected to Help Minnesota Homeowners The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Urban Areas Lead in Home Prices; Suburbs Grow Faster The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Subscribelast_img read more

Library projects on track

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Police still seek clues in student attack It’s been more than five weeks since a Troy University student was abducted from her home and attacked, and police… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits However, before the project could be approved and bid, several changes had to be made to bring the project on budget.White said the recent slight upswing in the economy caused the price of steel and iron to skyrocket and changes had to be made in the project to keep it within the $4 million budget allotment.“The change from the original plan that will be immediately noticeable is in the Walnut Street façade,” White said. “It had to be changed to lower the cost of the project. The original plan called for a octagonal façade and it was changed to a gable which gives the library a more traditional look that, I think, will compliment the city’s design rather than stand apart from it.” Print Article White said the new library design will have more of a stereotypical historical library/ schoolhouse look.The Elm Street entrance of the library will be reminiscent of the old Troy High School.“The front door unit of the old schoolhouse has been incorporated into the design,” White said. “If you take an old post card photograph of Troy High School and put it next to the Elm Street entrance design, they are very close to the same.”Several other changes were made to bring the project on budget. Latest Stories Library projects on track “These changes had to do with things like reducing the number of light fixtures but they were not changes that anyone would know or recognize,” White said.The new Troy Public Library will be a 24,000-square-foot structure with a meeting room that will accommodate 140, an expanded children’s area with its own storytime room, a genealogy department, an Internet area that will double the present number of computer stations and adequate parking.“We will also have an amphitheater on the Elm Street side of the building and lighted sidewalks and seating areas on the Academy Street side,” White said. “The new library has been designed so that it will be as effective and efficient in 20 years as it is today.”White said the library project is moving along at a quick but careful pace.“We don’t want to make a small mistake that could send the project over budget,” he said. “The new library is very important. Right now, we are registering 1,000 new patrons each year. The need for a library is greater than ever and it will continue to grow as more people realize all that our library has to offer.” Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Published 8:52 pm Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip An artist’s rendering shows the future Troy Public Library. Some external features have been adjusted to bring the project into budget.The long awaited and much anticipated new Troy Public Library is edging ever closer to reality.William White, library director, said he is awaiting the final estimate on the library project before submitting it to Mayor Jimmy Lunsford and the City Council to begin the approval process.“The project is on budget and we should soon go to bid,” White said. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Five local artists ‘challenged’ in JCA art show

first_img Print Article Next UpJohnson, said “Challenge 14” is an offshoot of the JCA’s 2017 “The Art of Being Southern” juried art show.“Plans are for the JCA to host a biennial juried art show for artists in the Southern states,” Johnson said. “We will look forward to the next juried art show in 2021, but now we are focusing on ‘Challenge 14.’ We have amazing artists who work in different mediums, including oil painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, graphite pen, photography and encaustics.”Johnson said five artists from the local area are among those whose work will be included in the “Challenge 14” exhibition. Book Nook to reopen Five local artists ‘challenged’ in JCA art show Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder Published 8:17 pm Friday, September 27, 2019 The Johnson Center for the Arts at 300 East Walnut Street is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The artwork of Charles Adams, David Adams, Samantha Earnest, Carter Sanders and Ruth Walker is well-known and appreciated locally and beyond.“There are other artists whose work is familiar locally due to their work having been shown at the Johnson Center,” Johnson said. “Those who frequent the JCA will recognize Nancy Hartsfield, Warren Simons, Winfred Hawkins and Donna Pickens. We always like to welcome artists back to the JCA and look forward to showing the artwork of artists who are showing for the first time.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Saving Our Youth to host fashion show Saturday Troy’s Saving Our Youth Organization will host a “fierce and fabulous” fashion show Saturday at Washington Park in Troy. The… read more Email the author Sponsored Content Two months ago, the Johnson Center for the Arts issued “Challenge 14” to artists from five Southern states and artists from Alabama, Georgia and Florida accepted the challenge.On Friday, the JCA announced that 66 pieces of artwork by 29 artists will be entered in the prestigious juried art show which will open to the public at the JCA on November 13 and run through January4, 2020.Aaron Johnson, preparator, said the artists were challenge with creating art that was no greater than 14 inches on its longest side.last_img read more

Scottish letting agents welcome new regulation

first_imgHome » News » Scottish letting agents welcome new regulation previous nextRegulation & LawScottish letting agents welcome new regulationThe Negotiator21st April 20170738 Views The Letting Agent Code of Practice Regulations will come in to law in Scotland in January 2018. Measures within the code include setting up a Letting Agent Register.From January 2018 it will be a criminal offence to carry out letting agency work in Scotland if you aren’t on the register. There are tough penalties for those who don’t comply, with fines of up to £50,000 and prison sentences of up to six months for those convicted.Daryl McIntosh at ARLA, says that the regulatory framework will be a benefit to the industry, “The Scottish Government want to ensure the Private Rented Sector in Scotland is professional and credible. This should provide peace of mind and security to both landlords and tenants alike.“Agents now need to implement a realistic timetable for training to ensure they meet the requirements come the commencement of the register.”The Council of Letting Agents (CLA) also welcomed the legislation. Chair of the CLA Policy Group, Amanda Wiewiorka, said, “The CLA strongly welcomes the new regulation for letting agents which will help professionalise our sector and drive rogue players out of our market, ensuring a higher level of service for customers.”Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said, “I very much welcome the support of the industry bodies in raising awareness of these important changes to the letting agent industry.”A Registration Guide is now available from the Scottish Government, download it at: www.mygov.scot/lettingagent- registration.”Landlord Accreditation Scotland LAS Scotland The Letting Agent Code of Practice Regulations April 21, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Tesco results “not about price” says chief exec

first_imgTesco’s group chief executive Phillip Clarke defended its Christmas Big Price Drop campaign today (Thursday 12 January), after reporting a 1.3% like-for-like sales growth in the UK.The supermarket chain, which achieved only a 1.7% increase in UK total sales, including VAT and excluding petrol, for the six weeks to 7 January 2012, saw its share price drop 10% to 347.05p, following the trading announcement this morning.Clarke, who described the UK Christmas trading period as “surprising and disappointing” in a conference call today, said: “In a noisy promotional period, our price cuts didn’t cut through as much as expected. As coupon and promotional investments fell year-on-year, coupled with lower inflation, this is the reason why we underperformed in the market.”He went on to defend the company’s competitive prices, explaining the Big Price Drop was not a “gimmick” and was “a necessary thing to do” in order to offer customers the best deals, compared to Sainsbury’s ‘Brand Match’ price promise and Asda’s Price Guarantee.Tesco has gone on to develop a two-pronged strategy for the next 12 months, beginning by fixing and improving the shopping trip for customers, focusing on price, quality, range and service.In addition, the company plans to build on the success of its online business, which performed well throughout the six-week period. Tesco reported a 14% increase in online sales, both food and non-food, with almost one million orders placed with Tesco Direct and more than two-thirds collected in store.Clarke added: “Our plan for 2012/13 now reflects substantially increased investment to deliver an even better shopping trip for customers – particularly in the UK. Consequently, we anticipate minimal group trading profit growth for the year.“An important element of our plan, as we signalled at our interim results, will be reduced levels of capital expenditure as we modify our approach to UK expansion.”To see how well other leading supermarket chains and bakeries did during the 2011 Christmas period, read the 13 January issue of British Baker.last_img read more

Investigation underway into shooting, police chase late Saturday night in South Bend

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Investigation underway into shooting, police chase late Saturday night in South Bend By Jon Zimney – January 3, 2021 2 389 Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleCrouch: Way out of economic slump may lie in rural IndianaNext articleSome I&M customers to remain in the dark until Monday afternoon Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A shooting in South Bend led to a police chase.The shooting happened late Saturday night, Jan. 2, in the 500 block of West Marion Street.One person was taken to Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.The suspect took off from Marion Street in a vehicle and led police on a pursuit to the area near South Bend International Airport.Police found the weapon they believed was used in the shooting when the caught up to the suspect.The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is leading the investigation.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Press release: Jeremy Hunt appoints roving Human Rights Ambassador to champion human rights across the globe

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn As the UK enters a new chapter in its history I will work to ensure that our values are at the heart of all we do.Ambassador French’s new role will be central to our work in defending human rights across the globe. Standing up for human rights is not only the right thing – it helps to create a stable, more prosperous world. Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French said: Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Based in Geneva, the Ambassador for Human Rights will travel around the world and form new alliances to help countries strengthen their voice at the UN and Human Rights Council.She will also act as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva and will represent the UK’s interests deputising for the Permanent Representative, Ambassador Julian Braithwaite.Ambassador French will work with Lord Tariq Ahmad, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN and Special Envoy for Gender Equality, Joanna Roper; and Special Envoy for Media Freedom, Amal Clooney, to champion and advance human rights on the world stage.Further information The newly created role is the first of its kind across government and demonstrates the UK’s commitment to defending human rights globally.Ambassador French will support UK’s ongoing work through the UN Human Rights Council, led by the UK’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, calling for action and accountability against countries who violate human rights. She will also work with countries across the globe to make sure they meet their human rights commitments to help ensure real change for people across the world.Ambassador French will also promote UK objectives and key campaigns around the world including media freedom, modern slavery and freedom of religion or belief.Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said: The UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, said: For journalists Human rights are the essential foundations for a fair, open and transparent society. It is tragic that in too many countries these rights are violated and abused. I will speak up for human rights, providing a voice on the international stage for those who are not being represented.I also wish to form stronger partnerships with States, supporting their efforts to fulfil their human rights obligations. Ambassador French’s appointment will strengthen the UK’s role in the multilateral human rights system in Geneva and help it deliver tangible improvements for people around the world, including by giving states the support they need to turn their commitments on human rights into practice. Media enquirieslast_img read more

A new global study reveals that destination health certificates instill trust among agencies and travelers

first_imgHealth and safety certificates of destinationsand are still key to recovery of the tourism industry, the results of a study that reveals the impact of the corona virus pandemic on industry and the future recovery of global travel distribution, conducted by Travel Consul, International Tourism Marketing Organization. In the period from 14 to 28 September 2020, more than a thousand tour operators and owners of travel agencies from over 20 countries participated in the global Travel Consul survey.  The greatest interest in monastic travels The survey also shows a growing interest in independent travel (66%), as well as hotels and resorts (64%) and all-inclusive resorts (60%). When asked what are the main considerations of the client when choosing a destination, respondents mostly answered that the confirmation of the health and safety of the destination or health certificate (74%) as a key issue, and thus a motive for coming. Management of the COVID-19 pandemic by the government of the destination country and prices are in second and third place, respectively. Also, 45% of distribution partners believe that cancellation policies and supplier flexibility have a positive impact on their business. Croatia is one of the countries that has received the WTTC seal for safe travel , which certainly fits into the results of this research, ie gives us a big plus, since readiness and security will be the biggest currency. Source: Travel Consul Last minute bookings are becoming increasingly important Similar to the first round of this survey, 70% of respondents believe that changing the cancellation policy or conditions will be one of their main tasks and changes in 2020 and 2021. However, the integration of insurance policy offers has so far increased by only 12%. The next three main responses include marketing campaigns for consumers, then presenting useful and timely data, and sharing information with trading partners.  UNWTO LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL CODE INITIATIVE FOR PRIMARY TOURIST PROTECTION Clients are waiting for a decision on when to travel (48%) or book an international trip less than a month in advance (21%). But research also tells how last minute reservations are becoming increasingly important for European travelers (34%). In contrast, 31% of North American clients book a vacation seven months to a year before departure. To recall, the WTTC created the Safe Travel Stamp in May this year, to allow travelers to identify destinations and businesses around the world that have adopted global standardized health and hygiene protocols. RELATED NEWS: Thus, the introduction of health and safety certificates (almost 60%) is the most important action that destination organizations can take to help partners in travel distribution. It is also important to point out that the UNWTO has launched an initiative to develop an international code with the aim of legal protection of passengers, so that this important part is regulated at the level of the whole world or at least over 100 UNWTO member states. Read the full survey here: New Global Study Reveals that Destination Health Certifications Inspire Confidence among Travel Advisors and their Clients Which would mean that clear communication, security protocols, health organization and capacities, and transparency will be key and play the most important role, as we have already written. Read more about it in the attachment. Side dish: THE QUESTION THAT EVERYONE IS ASKING: WHAT WILL THE NEXT TOURIST YEAR BE LIKE? HERE ARE SOME LOUD THINKINGS Tour operators and associations of travel agencies continued to be a favorite source of data during this crisis (64%), followed by tourist offices (40%). BRAVO FOR SMART PROMOTION CAMPING VILLAGE SIMUNI. AN EXAMPLE TO BE FOLLOWED BY EVERYONE ELSE IN TOURISM CROATIA GOT WTTC SEAL FOR SAFE TRAVELlast_img read more