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Zagreb County has announced a public tender for the award of grants to events

first_imgIn 2019, the Zagreb County recorded 139.720 tourist arrivals, which is 14 percent more than in the same period in 2018 (123.008). The right to support for events important for the tourist offer of Zagreb County can be exercised by public institutions, cities and municipalities, tourist boards and associations of craftsmen who are registered in the Zagreb County and who organize events in its territory. The competition is open until March 10, 2020, and the text of the competition and application forms can be found here, The number of overnight stays also increased by 12 percent, from 205.003 to 229.827.Of the total number of arrivals, 107.821 guests were foreign guests and 31.899 domestic guests. Out of the total number of overnight stays in the Zagreb County, 169.732 overnight stays were realized by foreign guests, and domestic by 60.095 overnight stays. Positive tourism indicators in the last year Funds from the tender can be used to co-finance equipment rental, procurement of working / consumables related to the organization of events, rental of event space, rental of vehicles for the purpose of transport of organizers and contractors related to the organization, accommodation costs, travel costs, promotion costs, services security services and other costs of direct organization of the event. Zagreb County has announced a public tender worth one million kuna for the award of grants to events important for the tourist offer of Zagreb County in 2020.  The applicant can apply for and receive grants for a maximum of two events, and the grant can amount to up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of the event for public institutions, cultural institutions, tourist boards and associations of craftsmen. Cities and municipalities can realize from 60 to 100 percent of the project value, depending on the development index of the local self-government unit. Tourists mostly stayed in hotels, household facilities and camps, and according to the organization of arrivals, as many as 75 percent of them came individually, while the other 25 percent came as an agency.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Teenagers Keelin Mulhearn, Anita Robinson, Ciara Crawford, Katie Hoad and Paddy Gillespie.Five Donegal teenagers have graduated from a programme designed to inspire them to become great leaders.Keelin Mulhearn and Paddy Gillespie from Ballyshannon, Anita Robinson from Glenfin, Ciara Crawford from Frosses and Katie Hoad from Inver were joined by more than 300 other young people from across Ireland and around the world during a recent graduation ceremony to mark the end of the 5th annual Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life International Youth Conference.The leadership programme and annual conference is run by Foróige in partnership with ICCUSA, the Irish Chamber of Commerce – United States of America. The programme is open to teenagers in every country and the conference was attended by young delegates from the USA, Palestine, South Korea, Northern Ireland, India, Nigeria and Kenya.As part of the week-long conference, inspirational lectures were given by Olympic boxing silver medallist Kenneth Egan as well as the Irish head of internet giant PayPal Louise Phelan.The programme also includes workshops on team building, critical thinking and communication skills and peer discussions on matters of global importance.Hollywood star Matt McCoy acts as the ongoing ambassador to the leadership programme and mentored the young delegates during the conference. Matt McCoy has most recently featured in some of the USA’s biggest shows The Mentalist and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, though he is probably best known for starring in two ‘Police Academy’ films, ‘L.A. Confidential’ and ‘The Hand that Rocks the Cradle’. Speaking at the launch, Matt said:“This is the fifth year I’ve been back in Ireland for the conference and I must admit, this has been the best yet. The young people attending have gained skills to become true leaders of their own lives, of their communities, of businesses, of causes and of countries.“They have the drive and passion to make the world around them a better place. It really is inspirational and I’m delighted to be in the front row witnessing the first steps in the journey of our next generation of world leaders.”Foróige Chief Executive Seán Campbell said: “Now more than ever, we need to help young people cultivate the skills and qualities they need to become great leaders.“Young people who take part in the conference look at themselves differently, they see that they have the power to stand up and be counted as citizens of the world. Not only that, they see that they have the capability and the talents to make the world around them a better one, not just for themselves but for generations to come. It’s a hugely positive experience and one that Foróige is extremely proud of.” The young people must complete three modules in order to fully graduate from the programme. At the end of the conference, the 300 delegates received certificates for completing various stages of the programme.The conference comes after the recent publication of an independent study into the Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Programme which found that teenagers who actively engage in leadership training manifest key skills including social skills, self-control, confidence, assertiveness and a sense of achievement.The study, conducted by Dr. Sue Redmond at NUI Galway and overseen by Professor Mark Brennan from Penn State University, USA, was conducted over an 18 month period amongst 400 young people who participated in the Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Progamme.The study also found that an increase in female representation in leadership roles throughout society, including business, politics and public service, is needed. FIVE DONEGAL TEENS AWARDED FOROIGE LEADERSHIP CERTS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE was last modified: August 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardsdonegalforoigelast_img read more

New mouse model could shed light on autism subtype

first_imgJun 29 2018Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have created a mouse model for maternal antibody- related (MAR) autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that closely mimics the physiology and behaviors seen in people with this form of ASD. People with MAR ASD have been exposed to maternal autoantibodies, which can react with fetal brain tissue.This model could help researchers investigate the neural damage associated with the condition. The study was published June 28 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.”We’ve really needed an animal model that mimics what we see clinically,” said Judy Van de Water, professor in the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Children’s Environmental Health and senior author on the paper. “We can then understand the mechanisms, the pathology, and what the brains of these animals look like. In time, we might be able to use it to develop therapeutics.”Van de Water goes into great detail about previous research on MAR ASD in a review that was published June 22 in Molecular Psychiatry.While the adult blood-brain barrier is quite good at blocking antibodies, the fetal structure can be more porous and allow reactive maternal autoantibodies into the brain. This happens in about 25 percent of mothers whose children have ASD.This research was inspired by the challenges faced by MAR ASD patients. The researchers wanted to create a model that incorporated these autoantibodies so they could investigate the molecular pathways involved. They also wanted to understand the roles maternal autoantibodies play in ASD. Are they actually causing damage or are they simply acting as proxy biomarkers for other mechanisms?Related StoriesUsing Light Scattering to Characterize Protein-Nucleic Acid InteractionsResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairProblem behaviors may provide clues on gastrointestinal issues in children with autismTo create the model, the team identified the specific regions of the seven human proteins where antibodies bind. They then used these pieces of the total protein to generate similar autoreactivity in mice.Once the model was created, they spent several months conducting behavioral and other tests to validate it. Specifically, the mice showed problems with social interaction and repetitive self-grooming. They also exhibited enlarged heads, similar to human MAR ASD behaviors and physical characteristics.”We were able to replicate those behaviors across different tests and match these clinically to the kids who have this subtype of autism,” said postdoctoral researcher and first author Karen L. Jones. “Autism is a purely human disorder, you’re never going to have an autistic mouse. We were pleasantly surprised at how well the model maps to the human condition.”Perhaps most importantly, the model showed that the maternal autoantibodies were actually causing the symptoms. “These antibodies absolutely have an effect on behavior,” said Van de Water.This MAR ASD model may eventually help researchers investigate new treatments, but that won’t happen for some time. More immediately, the team wants to use it to study how these autoantibodies disrupt brain development.”We want to understand how these antibodies are affecting the developing brain at the cellular level,” said Van de Water. “It’s a much more representative model than we’ve had in the past, which will help us conduct more detailed studies.” Source:http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/12985/?WT.rss_f=UC%20Davis%20Health%20news&WT.rss_ev=a&WT.rss_a=Article_12985last_img read more